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Wenk, Roger 8/27/1949 - 6/18/2018 Chelsea, MI Roger A. Wenk of Chelsea, MI age 68, passed away on June 18, 2018. He was born August 27, 1949, the son of Henry "Al" and Marian (Monje) Wenk. He graduated from Ann Arbor High School in 1967 and Michigan Tech in 1971. He was retired from Chelsea Proving Grounds. He is survived by a daughter Brianne Webley, his grandchildren Starlite, Raine & Phoenix, a brother Richard (Jody) Wenk of Chelsea, MI; sister Corrine Schwartz of Missoula, Montana and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by brothers Donald of Chelsea, MI and Herbert of Tennessee and sisters Jeri Cooch and Karen Cooch of Ann Arbor. A private gathering by the family is planned. Cremation arrangements are being made by Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea, MI.
We have had numerous requests asking for a copy of the slide show that played during the AAHS 50th reunion.
Thanks to Nancy Lutkehaus for preparing a wonderful PowerPoint slide show for the 50th AAHS reunion. She has now made the slide show available (in a compressed powerpoint format) to share.
Unfortunately, I cannot attach it to the website, but Nancy is happy to send it to anyone who is interested in viewing it.
Just drop her a note: email@example.com
Thanks to Jacquie Baird for the following link on the Tappan website and thought it would be nice to link it to the AAHS website so we don't lose it. We think you'll find it interesting and will enjoy the historical value of it. It's a very lengthy article so make yourself comfortable.
Pat Miley Martell passed away 5-5-2018
Martell, Patricia L. 5/3/1949 - 5/5/2018 Grass Lake Patricia "Pat" Martell (nee Miley), age 69, died peacefully at home surrounded by family on Saturday, May 5, 2018 in Grass Lake, Michigan. Her humor, courage, and grace throughout her brief and unexpected battle with cancer is admired by all those who loved her. Pat lived her life in Michigan, growing up in Ann Arbor, raising her family in Chelsea, and retiring in Grass Lake. Pat truly lived life to the fullest by appreciating life's simple joys and laughing easily, devoting her time and love to her children and grandchildren. She was very proud of her children's lives and accomplishments. She is remembered as a kind, gentle and patient soul with a wonderful sense of humor. Even in her final days, she continued to crack jokes, lifting the spirits of her loved ones. Pat is survived by her four children and their spouses: Pamela (Carlos) Garcia, Bradley (Jessica) Martell, Sarah (Eric) Holmstrom and Jeffrey Martell; six grandchildren: Alex, Taylor, Itsari, Veronica, Nicklas, and Lucille; four siblings: Robert (Ann), Kenneth, Mary Lou, Sue (Larry) Nix; and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, Richard E. and Lucile R., and brother, John. A funeral mass will be held in her honor at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church at 10 am on Thursday, May 10 with a visitation and reception to follow at Muehlig Funeral Chapel from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm in Ann Arborwww.muehligannarbor.com. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Pat's life. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the American Cancer Society
Published in Ann Arbor News from Feb. 7 to Feb. 11, 2018
William Frederick Munz, 68, of Rochester Hills, Michigan, passed away on November 30, 2017 at home after a difficult journey with prostate cancer. Son of the late William Carl and Anna Rose (Binder) Munz, he was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan on March 18, 1949 and is preceded in death by his sister, Susanna Rosina (Munz) Kosmalski. He graduated from Ann Arbor High School in 1967 and attended The University of Miami in Miami, Florida. He was married to Lori Beth Munz (Woolley) on October 21, 1978 and is also survived by his daughter, Stephanie Marie Munz, DDS of Ann Arbor, Michigan and their cats, Duncan, Sasha and Spencer.Bill had a career in the defense industry, starting with AM General Corporation in 1976 and ending with Roush Industries as Director of Business Development from 2010 through the present. He was a member of St. Irenaeus Catholic Church in Rochester Hills, Michigan. He is known for his enduring loyalty and commitment to his family and to Michigan football, passion for automobiles, especially his 1915 Model T Ford, and fondness for the game of golf. He traveled around the world and gained many wonderful friends and colleagues through these endeavors.His funeral will be held at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Ann Arbor, Michigan at 10:00 am on Thursday, December 7, 2017 with visitation at the church beginning at 9:00 am and a gathering at the St. Thomas activity center to follow burial at Arborcrest Memorial Park. Pastor Brian Chabala of St. Irenaeus will officiate. In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy and remembrance for Bill may wish to consider memorials to the Blue Boxer Prostate Cancer Research Fund: http://www.blueboxerfund.org.
Peter Palmer teacher of physical education and baseball coach died on November 7,2017. The obituary was in the AA news on November 12. Per Jack Knowles. Liz K.
We chatted at the reunion, she still had her humor and "out of the box" thinking which I always liked. She never let on about the challenge she was facing, brave soul. She was the only one who could run ahead of me, those long legs kicking up dust as she crossed the finish line. We always need someone to push us to be better. Best wishes to her huge family, I know she will be looking down on all those she loves. Susan Finnegan Fefferman
Rickard-Sartori, Jennifer "Sue" 12/28/1948 - 9/25/2017 Jennifer "Sue" Rickard-Sartori, aged 68, died peacefully on September 25, 2017 at home in Grass Lake, MI, after a courageous battle with cancer. Sue was born December 28, 1948, in Ann Arbor, MI, the daughter of Oscar and Edanna Hackbarth. Sue graduated from Ann Arbor High School, recently attending her 50 year reunion. She loved attending these reunions and the annual townie party and staying in touch with her high school friends. Being such a social person, she easily adapted to life as a hair dresser, and loved all of her clients. Her clients were like family. She also loved animals, wildlife and the outdoors, and was known for rescuing hurt or abandoned animals, including raccoons. With horses and chickens and a dog named Hula at home, plus tons of wildlife surrounding her, there wasn't any place she would rather be! Sue had two loves of her life. Her first husband, Mickey, was her high school sweetheart and introduced her to Harley Davidson's and they would often travel together across the country on the motorcycle. When he passed in 1990, she learned to ride the Harley herself and went on many more adventures and trips. She shared the motorcycle passion with her second husband, John Sartori, as well as their love of horses. They loved spending time together at their home in Grass Lake, and watching the kids and grandkids play. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Jim Hackbarth and husband, Mickey Rickard. Sue is survived by her husband, John; daughters, Pam Rickard (Carl), and Sarah (Chadd) Hogle; step-daughters, Melissa (Tom) McPherson and Angela (Mike) Kreuger; God-daughter, Sheri (Fred) Burke; grandkids, Mike, Vince, Taylor, Kiera, Mickey, Bella, Jake, Libby and Johnny; her siblings, Carolyn (Dave) DeBorde, Sandy (David) VandenBosch, Jerri Cole (Todd) and Steve (Lori) Hackbarth; numerous nieces and nephews as well as her extended hair family (including her clients and many co-workers over the years). Sue donated her body to Wayne State University, and a memorial service will be held at Sue and John's home in Grass Lake this Saturday, September 30th at 2pm. Please bring a chair and dish to pass. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent in Sue's name to the Huron Valley Humane Society or Arbor Hospice. Arrangement's entrusted to Sherwood Funeral Home, Grass Lake.
Thank you once again for your concern and wishes. We got lucky with Irma unlike Matthew last October that did some damage to our property and all of the Lowcountry. We ended up with 9" of rain over about a 8 hour period of time and had constant 40 mph winds with gusts hitting 67 mph which was pretty scary when you have several 80' and 90' tall pine trees around your home. We could actually see the trees swaying as much as 20' in each direction and banging together which brought down several limbs but the trees stayed standing. So bottom line is no damage this time around but there was some flooding from the rain and storm surge in the area. My brother questioned us as if we made the right move down here seeing we have had two hurricanes in the past 11 months but when there are no storms it is absolutely beautiful down here.
Our winter home of Venture Out on Cudjoe Key was hit pretty hard by Irma. Fortunately for us, we rent an RV lot and live in our motor home. The lot looks good! But many people either suffered significant damage to their homes or lost them entirely. Still, as we are able to view the photos and videos that trickle in, it could have been much worse. No one who didn't stay is allowed back in yet. They are waiting for road clearance, water, power, etc. it wil be an interesting winter!
It was late when Irma decided to take a golf slice to the east and put Orlando in her crosshairs. We are safe in our Charlevoix home but the damage from fallen trees to our home in Florida is going to hurt. Although we stressed out, we were glad to be up in Michigan watching instead of hunkering down in a bathtub in Florida waiting for a tree to crash onto us.
Hope everyone affected by Irma and Harvey are ok. Prayers go out to everyone.
Mike works for NOAA so he is very involved with the storms:
Thx. Vickie, knew I shoulda retired past year. Might as well wrap this career with a busy season. Just kidding; More on site later.
Mike Hilla (Florida)
We just finished putting up all of the covering over our windows here in the Hilton Head area of South Carolina but the NOAA website as of 11:00 a.m. in now suggesting the Hurricane Irma is heading further west and that we might not get hit too hard so instead of leaving today for higher ground we are going to wait and see where this hurricane goes.
Thanks for staying in touch.
Wendell Haight (South Carolina)
Bruce Maslin (North Carolina)
My Florida wind-turbine automation project is totally on hold. Water, water, everywhere but none to drink. Luckily I live in Ann Arbor.
John S. Wolter***
Since Virginia is the northernmost southern state and Richmond is about 100 miles from the coast it looks like we will not be bothered by the hurricane. We were planning to host my stepson's family from Lakewood Ranch Fl. but they waited too long and weren't able to get out on the interstate which is now more of a parking lot. Richmond has been more involved in the recent ruckus about removing Confederate statues. Since this was the Capital of the Confederacy the statues are pretty much everywhere.
Bev Martin (Byrn)***
Palacios, Texas was blessed. Destruction all around us, but we only had a few tree limbs down. Because we were not harmed, we have been able to give aid to other communities. Thank you, for thoughts and prayers. May God Bless,
Fran Cook Callahan
For those that posted — we're all in some indirect or especially DIRECT WAY invloved!. — At least; we're all together. — OUR HEARTS ARE ONE!.
I will keep the memory book going. Please inform me at firstname.lastname@example.org of anyone passing and I will include them into the book. Since the reunion Lynne Acree informed me of the passing of Robert Klose 7-10-2017. Thank you, Liz Kostora
What a GREAT GUY!. — A Great TRAGIC LOSS!
My deepest sympathies and condolences to all
his loved ones.
My SINCERE CONDOLENCES for Your loss. My thougts and prayers are with You and Your loved ones
My Sincere Sympathy;