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Judy Barney Householder Burns passing

Judy Barney Householder Burns has passed away.

Per her son Stephen Householder, no formal ceremony took place according to Judy's wishes.

Liz kostora
Class mate Douglas Helek

Douglas Helek Obituary

Helek, Douglas
8/19/1949 - 3/11/2024
Chelsea, MI
Douglas L. Helek, of Chelsea, MI, age 74, passed away at his home on March 11, 2024. He was born on August 19, 1949, in Ann Arbor, MI, the son of George and Gladys (Worden) Helek. He touched the lives of many with his warmth, generosity, and unwavering dedication. Doug graduated from Ann Arbor High School in 1967 before serving his country in the United States Air Force from 1968 to 1972, including a tour of duty in Vietnam. Upon his return, he began his career as a Driver/Mechanic at Chrysler Proving Grounds, where his commitment and skill spanned over three decades. In 1980, Doug made Chelsea his home. Doug attended St. Mary Catholic Church in Chelsea. He was also a proud member of the Chelsea VFW and the American Legion, embodying the values of service and camaraderie. He supported the Chelsea Community Fair and found joy in the simple pleasures of hunting and fishing. Doug was honest and sincere, and always a good neighbor and friend. Doug is survived by a son, Adam W. Helek (Courtney Stidham) of Pleasant Lake; a grandson, Xander Hanson; nieces and nephews: Jodelle "Jody" (Earl) Sparks, Judith "Judy" (Patrick Watson) Rowe, and Russell "Rusty" (Christine) Rowe; great-nieces and great-nephews: Julianne, Jeffrey, Jessica, and Bradley. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a half-brother, Charles Rowe. Visitation will be held at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home on Thursday, March 14, 2024, from 5-7 p.m., and on Friday, March 15, 2024 from 10-11 a.m. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, March 15, 2024, 11:00 a.m., at Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home with V. Rev. Dr. William J. Canon Turner officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove East Cemetery in Chelsea, MI. Memorial contributions may be made to the Herbert J. McKune Chelsea American Legion Post 31 or the Chelsea Community Fair.

Liz kostora
Jay Stielstra football coach has died

Jay Stielstra born 9-21-1933 died 3-1-2024


Jay Stielstra Obituary

Stielstra, Jay
9/21/1933 - 3/1/2024
Jay Stielstra died peacefully at home of heart failure on March 1st. In keeping with his preferences, this is a brief and humble obituary. There will be time for many more words at a celebration of some kind in the future.
Jay was born in 1933. He left his mark as a standout athlete in his home town of Ludington, Michigan and at the University of Michigan; as a US history and social studies teacher, and football coach in the Ann Arbor Public Schools; as a carpenter; as a songwriter, playwright, poet, author and performer; as a father, brother and husband.
He is survived by his wife Barbara Schmid; his children Julie Stielstra, Jamie Meza, and Aaron Stielstra; grandchildren Ben Meza and Suzanna Meza; great grandchild Nicolas Jay Meza; siblings Elden Stielstra, Connie Nofz and Gail Stielstra; and pets Sadie and Tiger.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to an organization that promotes environmental conservation in Michigan or social justice anywhere in the world. Or, perform an act of kindness in memory of Jay when you have a chance.

Published by Ann Arbor News from Mar. 2 to Mar. 3, 2024.


per:  Jack Knowles

Elizabeth (Liz) Lawrence
Charlene Morgan passed away February 6, 2024 age 75


Charlene Morgan Obituary


Charlene Joyce Morgan, a resident of Lexington, IN, passed away peacefully at her home on February 6th, 2024, at the age of 75. She was born on October 17th, 1948, in Ann Arbor, MI, to her loving parents Charles P. and Imogene "Jean" (Olinger) Morgan.
Charlene was a gentle soul, known for her kindhearted nature and adventurous spirit. She embraced life with enthusiasm and approached every day with optimism. She had a passion for connecting with others and cherished the time she spent talking on the phone with friends and family.
In addition to her son Charles G. Morgan, Charlene is survived by her sisters, Dana L. Barger of Lexington, IN, and Diann (Len) Pytlak of Beaverton Township, MI.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles P. and Imogene "Jean" (Olinger) Morgan, as well as her siblings, Frances Morgan and Deborah "Debby" Morgan. She was also preceded in death by her brother-in-law, Wilson Barger.
Cremation services have been entrusted to Adams Family Funeral Homes & Crematory Scottsburg. A burial of cremains will be scheduled at a later date at Washtenong Memorial Park in Ann Arbor, MI.
Charlene will be deeply missed by all who knew her. Her memory will be cherished, and her legacy of kindness and adventure will live on in the hearts of those she touched.


Mark Krouse Obiturary

Mark Krause Obituary

Krause, Mark F.
Ann Arbor, MI
Mark Frederick Krause, age 74, of Ann Arbor, Michigan passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 26, 2023. Mark was born June 22, 1949, to the late Ernest Krause and Anna (Braun) Krause. Mark is survived by cousins and an uncle. He attended Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor where he was a member of the high school golf team. He then went onto Trinity University in Texas where he also played on the golf team. He later graduated with a degree in Business and Economics. Golf was a big passion of Mark's. He was a very good player having qualified for the United States Amateur at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pennsylvania along with achieving many other golf accomplishments. After returning home from college, Mark worked in construction and building with his father until he and his family opened Liberty Golf Range in Ann Arbor in 1977 and ran it successfully until 2002. It was at Liberty Golf Range that Mark first met Debbie Williams-Hoak. Mark was Debbie's first golf coach and they developed a very special relationship over a 35-year period. Debbie, through Mark's guidance, friendship, and love, experienced much success as a player and coach. Liberty Golf Range was a very special place for Mark as he developed many lifelong special relationships. Fishing was another passion of Mark's as he would winter in Florida and enjoy many fishing opportunities. After retiring from Liberty Golf Range, Mark enjoyed reading, following the Stock Market and going to Train shows. The family would like to thank Glazier Commons at Chelsea Retirement Center, Ann Arbor Hospice, Dr. Bluhm, Katrina Elliott and all the wonderful caregivers that came together to help Mark. He was so grateful to all of you.
A Celebration of Life will take place on Thursday, January 18th, 2024 at the Robison-Bahnmiller Funeral Home in Saline. The family will receive friends from 3:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M and then a service will be held at 6:00 P.M. Rev. Dr. James Tuttle will officiate the service. Memorial contributions in Mark's name may be made to the Pioneer High School Golf Teams. Please send to: Ann Arbor Pioneer High School Booster Club, c/o Men's & Women's Golf, Pioneer High School, 601 W. Stadium Blvd., Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Contributions may also be made to the Magic of Christmas Foundation. Visit for donation information. To leave a memory you have of Mark, to sign his guestbook, or for directions, please visit

Mack school 100 year anniversary

Per Jack Knowles, There is going to be a Mack school 100 year anniversary party/reunion on October7, 2023.

information can be obtained

Liz Kostora

Elizabeth (Liz) Lawrence
Diane Quicksey Koram Passed Away August 25, 2023


    • Koram, Diane


    • 1/7/1949 - 8/25/2023


    • Pittsburgh


    • Diane Quicksey Koram, 74, of Wexford, PA, Friday August 25, 2023 at UPMC Passavant Hospital.


    • Beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother, and Sister Diane Quicksey Koram passed away on August 25th 2023. She was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan on January 7th 1949, the third of five children, to Antoinette Vivian Pope Quicksey and Lloyd Quicksey, Sr. Her first home was in the heart of Ann Arbor's historic African American community, a community whose strength and resolve she embraced to live life with joy, curiosity, compassion and without judgement of others.


    • As a child she showed a talent for a great many disciplines, including swimming, dance and the performing arts. However it was her thoughtfulness and kindness as a child that were remarkable. After graduating from Ann Arbor High School in 1967, she accepted a scholarship to attend the University of Michigan from which she obtained a Bachelor's degree. In keeping with her kindhearted and selfless disposition, she further obtained a Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Minnesota with the aim of helping all that she could. Her career in Social Work spanned over four decades in Illinois, Minnesota, Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania. Her generosity and selflessness were evident throughout her career as she counseled people from all walks of life, giving them comfort and offering aid during some of their darkest times.


    • Diane was known throughout her life for her positive and thoughtful outlook and also for adventurous spirit. She loved to travel and to experience new things. She was a huge supporter of the arts, a voracious reader, a lifelong learner, and later in her life, a published children's book author. Giving back to the community was of profound importance to her and she gave to a great many social causes. She was active in various positions within her local Ann Arbor chapter of Jack and Jill of America and the Pittsburgh North Hills Ebony Women groups and volunteered her time and resources to further those groups and their chosen charities.


    • As a mother and wife, her support and love of her family were unwavering and the love for her grandchildren knew no bounds. She is remembered as joyful and genuine, vivacious, determined, patient and loving. Diane cared deeply for others, and she is forever loved. Her memory will live on in all of the many who loved her.


    • She is survived by her husband of 49 years Kwaku Koi Koram, son Kwaku Manteaw Koram (Lauren Abraham), daughter Antoinette Chukudebelu (Amuche Chukudebelu), grandchildren Ahlia Koram, Kwaku Abraham Koram, Anulika Chukudebelu, Arinze Chukudebelu, Adaolisa Chukudebelu and Akachi Chukudebelu, and sisters Shaya Gardner- Hayum and Joanne Quicksey. Diane was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Lloyd Leonard Quicksey, Jr. and Garnett Nathaniel Quicksey. A remembrance of Diane's life will be held at a later date. If desired, a donation in her name may be made to the American Civil Liberties Union ( or a charity of one's choice.


    • Cremation Society of Pennsylvania, Inc., at Pittsburgh.


    • Published by Ann Arbor News from Sep. 5 to Sep. 10, 2023.


Vickie Gilligan
Bob Murphy Passed Away August 9, 2023

Murphy, Robert
1/24/1949 - 8/9/2023
Livonia MI
Robert (Bob) James Murphy, 74, of Ann Arbor MI, passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on Aug 9th, 2023. He is survived by his three sons Rob, Jeff ( Jill), and Mike (Stephanie), six grandchildren: Alex, Robert, Drew, Elliot, Quinn, and Maxwell and three great grandchildren: Audrey, Archer and Bryson.
The Lord reunited Bob with the love of his life and High School sweetheart Pam who passed away in 2005. Bob and Pam were married 35 years and lived a wonderful life together raising three boys in Ann Arbor. Bob was an avid Michigan and Detroit sports fan who loved spending time with his family and friends. He will be deeply missed by all that knew him.
He is preceded in death by his parents Edward & Patricia, his sister Sheila and his wife Pam. Bob has two brothers and three sisters and list of friends a mile long.
Bob's wishes were to be donated to University of Michigan Anatomical Donation Center. The Family will be hosting a celebration of life in Dexter at the American Legion Post 557, 8255 Chelsea-Dexter Rd on September 30th from 3pm-7pm.
We could never tell you enough how much we loved you Dad. Thank you for all that you did for us and our kids. We take comfort knowing you are up in heaven watching over us with Mom in your arms!
Your Sons.

Celebration of Life September 30

3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

American Legion Post 557

8255 Chelsea-Dexter Rd, MI

Send Flowers


Vickie Martin
Manfred Hilberer Passed away December 7,2022


Manfred Hilberer age 74 of Dexter, Michigan passed away December 7, 2022 at University of Michigan Hospital.

He was born April 7, 1948 in Ehingen, Germany to parents, Franz and Franziska Hilberer.

Manfred graduated from Ann Arbor High School, in 1967. This was the same year he officially became a US Citizen and joined the US Navy serving from 1968-1971. He was stationed on the U.S.S. Charles S. Sperry. After an honorable discharge, he returned to Ann Arbor where he married his high school sweetheart, Theresa Holzapfel in April of 1972. They were able to celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary earlier this year.

In 1981, he graduated from Washtenaw Community College earning an Associate Degree in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning and in 1983, a second Associate Degree in Journeyman/Industrial.

He retired from The University of Michigan as Assistant Chief Engineer at the Central Power Plant in 2003, after over 30 years of service.

He was a life member of Schwaebischer Unterstuetzungs Verein (a German Fraternal club in Ann Arbor), a member of GBU Financial Life District 630 of Ann Arbor, and the American Legion.

Manfred was very proud of his family and enjoyed spending time with them. He enjoyed being with his family, camping, hunting, boating, riding his motorcycle, and attending classic car shows. He enjoyed traveling and shared many vacations with Gary and Linda Chesser, of Mississippi, who he considered family. Their friendship began when he met Gary in the Navy. He also enjoyed attending Navy reunions over the past seventeen years. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Franz Josef and Franziska Maria (Hieber) Hilberer and his father and mother in-law, Kenneth Oscar and Harriett Louise (Gardner) Holzapfel.

He is survived by his wife, Theresa; his children, Kimberly (Gary) Dosey of Chelsea, David (Jodi) Hilberer of Saline, Philip (Chrissy) Hilberer of Grass Lake; his grandchildren, Joshua Dosey, Zachary Dosey, Amanda Dosey, Brynn Hilberer, Bryce Hilberer, Makenzie Hilberer, Kayleigh Hilberer and Louis Hilberer; his brother, Gunter “Frank” (Bonnie) Hilberer; his nephews, Jason and Brian (Lisa) Hilberer and their families; sister in-law, Sharon Landers; and brother in-law, Kenneth (Carol) Holzapfel and their families. He is also survived by many cousins in Germany.

Visitation will be held at Nie Funeral Home - 3767 W. Liberty Road, Ann Arbor on Sunday, December 18, 2022 from 3:00 - 6:00 pm. A Funeral Service will be held at Nie Funeral Home - 3767 W. Liberty Road, Ann Arbor on Monday, December 19, 2022 at 11:00 am. Burial will take place immediately following the service at Bethlehem Cemetery in Ann Arbor.




Vickie Martin
Don Cochran Passed away August 16, 2022
Donald Alan Cochran, age 73 of Brooklyn passed away on Tuesday, August 16, 2022 at Beaumont Hospital in Trenton with his wife by his side. He was born May 16, 1949 in Waterloo, Iowa, a son of the late Rupert Emmanuel and Donna Fern (Terry) Cochran. On June 27, 1992 at the Clinton United Church of Christ he married Linda Jean Corwin, they have shared 30 wonderful, fun years together.

Donald retired from Ford Motor Company in Saline after 32 years of service. He loved collecting coins, woodcarvings and eagle statues. Donald also enjoyed spending time bird watching. Most of all he loved being a grandpa, father, brother and spouse.

Besides his wife, Linda; Donald is survived by two children, Brian (Dawn) Cochran of Tecumseh and Lisa (Mike Ellis) Cochran of Flat Rock; brother, Bob (Karen) Cochran of New Port Richey, FL; sister, Dee (Bruce) Beck of Brea, CA; and three grandchildren, Tyler Cochran, Devon Cochran and Brandon Ellis. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Bonnie Cochran.

A maize and blue celebration for Donald will be from 4-6pm on Friday, August 26, 2022 at Clinton United Church of Christ. Memorial contributions may be made to the Clinton United Church of Christ.


Vickie Gilligan
Don Cochran Class of 1967

Don Cochran passed away August 16,2022 

Elizabeth (Liz) Lawrence
55th Class Reunion

There are no plans for a 55th class reunion this year.


However, classmate Karl Diez belongs to a band “Salmagundi” Check out their website: They play “our” music from our generation! They will be performing on Saturday, August 6th at 7 - 10pm. at the Zal Gaz Grotto on Stadium Blvd.

They will also be performing at Dexter Dazes (in Dexter) at 4 -7PM on Saturday August 13th. Check their website closer to the date:

Karl and his band welcome all classmates!

Saturday, August 6th,
Zal Gaz Grotto 7 PM. 

Cost: $5.00 for membership (since this is a club it requires membership). 

Music, dancing, food & drink. Outside, unless it rains.

Everything is on your dollar $ – food & drink.  The Class of ’67 is not sponsoring this nor furnishing any funds.

Saturday, August 13th – Dexter Daze 4-7PM – Check their website closer to the date for the time and location.

So gather your friends to join in the festivities. Food, drinks, music, dancing and old friends!

No need to sign up or decide now – just show up!



Ed Higgins III dies

Ed Higgins died in NYC in December.  He had become a well known artist in the Lower Manhattan art circles and with the Mail Art and Artists' Stamps World.  

Ed Higgins III, a seminal Lower East Side artist known as a pillar of the Rivington School movement in the 1980s, and for his unique “mail art,” died earlier this month. He was 72.

Friends allegedly found Higgins in his Ludlow Street apartment last week after not hearing from him for several days. We’re told that cause of death was reportedly a heart attack.

Ed Higgins III lived in the same rent stabilized Ludlow Street tenement since 1976. Forty-five years after moving from Colorado to the Lower East Side as a recent graduate. You’ve probably seen him and his artwork around the neighborhood, but never thought twice about it. Namely, the “wingnut” icon of, you guessed it, a nut with wings.  More information and photos at this link.

Norie (Margaret) Sato
Another Happening - University High Class of '67

University High Class of '67 is holding an informal gathering of ‘67 grads at Buhr’s Westside Bar and Restaurant 5PM Saturday June 11th

AAHS Class of '67 is welcome to join in the gathering

Don Warner.... from his brother Tom


Don Michael Warner, 73, died on February 24th, 2022, after a lengthy illness, at home surrounded by his family. He was the son of the late Paul Ellet Warner and Hope Massie Warner.

Don is survived by his wife, Bonnie L. Cothran Warner, of Lexington, South Carolina; his daughter, Jeanette Marie Holloway (Paul), of Newnan, Georgia, and their children: Madelynn Taylor and Ryan Daniel; his daughter, Christy Lee Boscaglia (Dominic), of Lexington, South Carolina, and their children: Christian Blake Donnelly (Ashton); great grandson, Memphis Blake, great granddaughter, Willow Rae (on her way), Maximus Alexander and Alexander Marcello; his daughter, Rebecca Lynn Sterrett (Brett), of Savannah, Georgia, and their children:  Noah Joseph and Emilee Ann; and his siblings, Ginger Rauser (Doug), Tom Warner (Anne) and Elizabeth Sturgis (Bill), all of Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and their children, all of which he loved.

Don advised his wife there were three things that governed the way he would live his life: God 1st, Country 2nd, Family 3rd …. and in that order, they shared a happy life and would have celebrated 52 years of marriage on February 28, 2022.

Don was a Vietnam Veteran and the recipient of the Bronze Star while serving in the US Army. He continued to serve his country as Division Chief of Military Housing and Maintenance at Ft. Stewart, Georgia from which he retired. He followed his retirement by investment in Boscaglia Properties, and started his own business, Homework’s of Lexington, and later retired from both. Don enjoyed woodworking and left many items and handcrafted pieces with family and friends. He was an avid fisherman and loved bowling.

Graveside Services will be held 3PM, Friday, March 4th, 2022 at Ft Jackson National Cemetery, 4170 Percival Rd., Columbia, SC 29229. A Celebration of Life will follow at 179 Spence Shores Court, Lexington, South Carolina, 29072. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Don’s honor to: Used Parts Senior League, JC’s Lexington Bowl, 5380 Augusta Rd., Lexington, South Carolina, 29072.

Barr-Price Funeral Home and Crematorium, Lexington Chapel, is assisting the family.

Online register at

Fred Smith
Informal Reunion June 2022

The weekend of June 10th UHIGH '67 will be getting together and inviting Pioneer '67 to join together- details not final yet. Best Regards to all of you😃😃Tom Killins

Tom Killins
Magician on Penn & Teller's Fool Us

To add a bit of good news, I thought I'd post a link to my appearance on the Penn & Teller's Fool Us hit show. Although this aired earlier in the year, it is still really fun to watch, indeed, it is timeless fun, if just a bit spooky.

That said, I'm sending my best to all of you and urge you to stay safe and enjoy this:

Oh, and Go Blue!

Peter Samelson

Peter Samelson
Larry Olson

Larry Olson   born October 24,1949  died December 14,2021  Liz Kostora


Elizabeth (Liz) Lawrence
Stephen Hart Towery Obituary

Towery, Stephen Hart 12/28/1948 - 10/22/2021 Ann Arbor, Michigan Stephen Hart Towery, age 72, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, passed away on Friday, October 22, 2021, after a long battle with illness. Steve was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on December 28, 1948, the first-born child of Robert H. and Barbara J. (Hart) Towery, and was raised in Ann Arbor with his sister, Harriet. After graduating from Pioneer High School, Steve enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served in the during the Vietnam War. Upon returning home to Michigan from war, Steve began attending classes at Michigan State University and graduated in 1976 with a bachelor of science degree assisted by the GI Bill. Steve had a successful and fulfilling career in security systems and most recently worked at Wayne-Westland Community Schools. In 2000, Steve met Camilla J. (Leeny) Landry at a local event in Washtenaw County. After 16 years of love and companionship, they married on June 26, 2016. The two enjoyed several wonderful adventures together -- most memorable were cruise trips exploring the rugged terrain of Alaska and the beauty of the Caribbean islands. He was a proud veteran and a lifetime member of the Marine Corps League, often volunteering for their honor guard. In his spare time, Steve enjoyed playing the piano, working with computers and being outdoors, especially while hunting or fishing. He had a keen eye for photography, often while exploring nature. Steve enjoyed the photography classes he took at Michigan State University and, most recently, at Washtenaw Community College. Steve is survived by his wife, Camilla J. Landry; his children, Heather (Debi) Towery, Faune (Luis) Towery, and Trevor (Val) Towery; his grandchildren, Alora, Tristan, Troy, Tyler and Brooke; and his sister, Harriet (Brent) Roller. Friends and family are welcome to gather at Nie Family Funeral Home, 3767 W. Liberty Road, Ann Arbor, on Thursday, December 9, 2021 at 11:00 am and a Memorial Service will take place at 12:00 pm. Interment will follow at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Michigan. Memorial contributions can be made in Steve's name to the Washtenaw Alano Club, 995 N. Maple Road, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103

Memorial Gathering
Dec, 9 2021
11:00a.m. - 12:00p.m.
Nie Family Funeral Home & Cremation Service Inc
Michael Lee Hilla Obituary

Michael Lee Hilla

MAY 18, 1949 – SEPTEMBER 4, 2021

Michael Lee Hilla, age 72, of Saint Petersburg, Florida passed away on Saturday, September 4, 2021. Michael was born May 18, 1949 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Hilla family.

Barbara Strong Obituary

Strong, Barbara Ann "Barby" 9/15/1949 - 9/12/2021 Ann Arbor, Michigan Strong, Barbara Ann of Ann Arbor, Michigan died on September 12, 2021 a few days short of her birthday. Barbara was born on September 15, 1949 in Ann Arbor the daughter of the late James and the late Johanna Strong. Born a twin, sadly her sister, Brenda Sue died in the early minutes of their birth and Barbara mourned the death of her twin throughout her life. Barbara had a passion and love for animals, she was a past member of the Rainbow Girls, and she loved to travel and especially loved strolling through the concession stands and tailgate parties outside the Michigan Football Stadium before the games, enjoying the carnival like atmosphere; many of the vendors knew her by name. Barbara retired after 40 years of service at The University of Michigan Hospital. Surviving are her sister; Deborah Jean Hardesty, brother; Daryl (Amy) Strong, nieces and nephews; Andrew, Daniel, Jeffry, Phillip, Kelli and Stephen. She is also survived and missed by her beloved cat Lucy. Family and friends will gather at Zion Lutheran Church (1501 W Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI) on Sunday, September 19, 2021 from 1:00 until 2:00 P.M with the funeral service beginning at 2:00 P.M. Barbara will be laid to rest on Monday at Arborcrest Memorial Park. Donations may be offered to Huron Valley Humane Society or to the Alzheimer's Association. Please visit the website prepared by the funeral chapel to leave the family your condolences.


Kathy Hendrickson Obituary

Kathy Louise Hendrickson, of New Providence, NJ passed away on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at Overlook Hospital in Summit, NJ at the age of 71.

Kathy was born October 14, 1949 in Ypsilanti, Michigan and adopted by Dr. Willard J. and Kathryn L. (neé Niedermeyer) Hendrickson.  She grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan and graduated with honors from Pioneer High School in 1967.  She was a member of the International Club and the Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club, which performed locally. 

Kathy initially attended Michigan State University then transferred to the University of Michigan where she majored in printmaking, drawing, art history and film studies.  She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, graduating with honors in 1971 and did post-graduate work at U. of M.’s Horace Rackham School for Graduate Studies.  In 1972 she moved to Berkeley, California to study at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland and the University of California at Berkeley’s Film Studies extension program.  In 1973 she was accepted to the Arts Center College of Design (then located in Los Angeles, CA) where she studied illustration, developing a talent for delicate renderings of natural themes such as flowers, birds and insects. and she received a second BFA in 1976.  She later attended a Milton Glaser workshop in New York that deeply inspired her in graphic arts.

Her first professional job was working at Hallmark in Kansas City, Missouri from 1976-78 doing designs for greeting cards and other items.  In 1978 she moved to New York City where she was hired to create beautiful fabric designs for Ameritex, V.I.P. and Concord Fabrics.  Many felt her talent could have challenged William Morris had she stayed in the field.   She moved to New Providence in 1982 and lived there the rest of her life.  In the 1990’s she went into textbook illustration including freelance work for Silver, Burdett and Ginn, Scholastic and other textbook publishers as well as doing decorative illustration for greeting card companies. 

Kathy was a longtime member of the New Providence community pool where she indulged her passion for lap swimming and sunning.  In her later years Kathy became very active in the New Providence Senior Citizens Club and served on its Board of Trustees.  She was an enthusiastic bingo player and enjoyed the company of many friends.  Although Kathy never married, she became an “aunt” and “grandmother” to the children of her friends and neighbors and always encouraged their interest in art.  Kathy loved music, classic film and animals.

Kathy is survived by her cousins, nieces and nephew, her cat Angel, who now has a new home, friends old and new, including her “crew” at the senior center and the many children she loved and mentored.  She was predeceased by her parents and her brother James Paul Hendrickson.

Kathy is expected to have her ashes interred with her parents in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to St. Hubert’s Animal Rescue Center in Madison, NJ, the ASPCA or your local animal rescue center.

Vincent Fratello, executor
Cathy Hirth

Catherine Anne Hirth, 70 of Niwot passed away September 30, 2019. Cathy was born March 4, 1949 in Ann Arbor, Michigan to Howard ad Lillie (Mohr) Hirth. She grew up in Ann Arbor and graduated from Ann Arbor High School in 1967.Cathy earned a master's degree in speech pathology from Western Michigan University. She worked as a speech therapist in the Los Angeles School System for many years.On March 30, 1980 she married Eugene Morgan in Palm Springs, CA. They later divorced in 2001. In 1988, Cathy moved to Longmont, CO. She was a longtime member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church and volunteered with the Longmont Humane Society.Cathy was an avid reader and enjoyed playing piano, horseback riding and sewing. She is preceded in death by her parents. Cathy is survived by her beloved children; Eric and Melissa Morgan of Longmont, a brother, Charles Hirth of Palm Desert, CA and her former husband, Eugene Morgan of Oro Valley, AZ.A memorial service will be held 10:30 a.m., Friday, October 11 at First Evangelical Lutheran Church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Longmont Humane Society or to the First Evangelical Lutheran Church. Visit to share condolences.

Vickie Sue Martin
Passing of Ted Palmer

For those of us that went to Slauson jr high I'm sorry to say that our beloved teacher Ted Palmer passed away 1-27-2021.  The obit is on mlive funeral Thursday February 4 at 1:00 p.m. at staffed-Mitchell funeral home in Chelsea.

Palmer, Edmund (Ted) L. 9/8/1923 - 1/27/2021 Ann Arbor Age 97, he died at his Ann Arbor, MI home. He is survived by his beloved wife of 73 years, Elaine M. (Hadley) Palmer. Born in Toledo, OH to Mabel and Herbert Palmer, he lived most of his life in Ann Arbor, where his father had a successful photography business, Palmer Studios, in the Michigan Theater Building. After graduating from Ann Arbor High School in 1941, he served in the CBI (China Burma India) Theater of War during World War II. He was a military policeman and motorcycle dispatch rider at Kurmitola Air Base in India, where transport and bomber planes-including those of the famous Flying Tigers-took off to fly "the Hump," the eastern end of the Himalaya Mountains. He received the Asiatic-Pacific Theater ribbon with three bronze stars for his military service. After the war, he lived briefly in California, where he delivered blocks of ice to homes and restaurants and managed a bowling alley. After returning to Michigan, he earned both his BA and MA degrees and began a long career of teaching at Slauson Junior High School in Ann Arbor. He is fondly remembered by his students for stories that brought history alive, field trips to Tigers Stadium and Greenfield Village, and visits to his own "general store," a recreation of a 19th century establishment. After retirement, he enjoyed riding his motorcycle and driving his 1930 Model A Ford. He created beautiful gardens at his home, and spent many hours at local golf courses, where he maintained a highly-respectable eight handicap. He put his many home repair skills to work, helping friends and neighbors in Ann Arbor and on Fripp Island in South Carolina, where he and his wife maintained a vacation home for 36 years. On the island, he and his wife and dogs walked on the beach, enjoyed the native wildlife, and golfed at the island golf course. In addition to his wife, Elaine, he is survived by several nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephews, and many close friends in Michigan, California, Tennessee, and Georgia. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings and several beloved cocker spaniels. A funeral service is scheduled on Thursday, February 4, 2021, 1:00 p.m., at Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea, Reverend Robert Livingston officiating. Visitation is on the same day at the funeral home, noon until the time of service. Funeral directors are following current Michigan Department of Health and Human Services guidelines for COVID-19; only 10 people are allowed to pay their respects at one time-those attending will be instructed accordingly, and masks must be worn. Interment is private at Washtenong Memorial Park, Ann Arbor. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105.

Elizabeth (Liz) Lawrence
The most amazing school ever!

So there I was, sitting in summer school because "the teachers really didn't know how to teach". Uhh... The next thing I know, I am getting called to see Mr. Schreiber.

"David, I just wanted to ask you if you would like to go to Sweden for the summer?"

"Wow..Sweden!! The capital city is Copenhagen", I said to myself. As you can tell, it's obvious why I was in summer school.

"Yes, Mr. Schreiber, that would be incredible." I returned to class, only to be summoned back to his office 10 minutes later. I immediately thought that they were going to tell me that the trip had been called off. 

"Dave, the trip for the summer is off: they want you to stay for 15 months!"

I was floored. What would follow would set things in motion that would allow me to experience the most amazing 15 months of my life!

Thank you Vickie Martin for reaching out and encouraging me to share some of my experiences. Over the weeks ahead, I will share some of the things that I was able to experience. Things that ranged from going to West Berlin, visiting the Berlin wall, touring one of the concentration camps, visiting a library that had the largest collection of Rembrandts anywhere in the world, experiencing the first teacher strike in Sweden's history, breaking my wrist, having a former Olympic champion as my track coach, and soooooo much more!

Pioneer High was one of the greatest high schools in all of America, with the greatest classmates that a person could ever have asked for. So much happened in those turbulent 60's that would shape our city and our world. I was so blessed to have been a participant during those times.  

David Spann
Charles Leo Stoll

Stoll, Charles Leo Willis/Ann Arbor Age 71, passed away November 14, 2020 at home with family at his side. He was born January 16, 1949 in Ann Arbor to Richard and Phyllis (Wood) Stoll. He was the youngest of three brothers, elder to two sisters, and husband of 47 years to Anne Faulhaber, who survives. Chuck graduated from Pioneer, earned his teaching degree at EMU, and taught math before proudly serving in the U.S. Postal Service for over 31 years. After retirement in 2005, he happily returned to teaching and served as London Township Treasurer 2006-2012. Chuck was a determined and joyful man who fought lymphoma for 8 years and bone marrow transplant complications for over a decade. He was kind to a fault and had a deep commitment to family and love for nature, puns, politics, and travel. He would always stop for a stranger and couldn't resist taking apart a computer or reading a sci-fi story. A lover of Doctor Who and Star Trek, Chuck looked to the stars and God above for guidance - May he find rest there and in the hearts of all he loved. He is survived by his wife, Anne - four children: Mary Lyn Stoll (Dan Palmer), Tim (Meghan) Stoll, Sara Stoll and Jeremy Stoll - three brothers: Mike (Jane), Richard and George Stoll - two sisters: Mary Melissa (Kris) Williams and Anne Stoll – and many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be at Ochalek-Stark Funeral Home, Milan on Friday, November 20th, with Rosary. Social distancing and face masks are required. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Whittaker on November 21st, and burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Whittaker. Contributions may be made to the National Lymphoma Society, and a larger celebration of life will be held next summer.

Terry Cunningham Beem

 Teresa (Terry) Cunningham Beem

March 9, 1949 – March 23, 2020

                We are very sad indeed to report that our dear friend and classmate Terry Cunningham succumbed to pancreatic cancer on March 23, 2020, in Evanston, Illinois.  She is survived by her beloved sons, Nicholas Beem and Christopher Beem, and three adorable grandchildren, Jasper, Stella and Jack Beem.

                After graduating AAHS in 1967, Terry matriculated at Wellesley College, where she completed her Bachelor’s Degree in three years’ time.  She taught private school in Princeton before moving to Evanston, Illinois with her former husband, Marc Beem. Terry lived in Evanston until her death. (AAHS French students of Roger Swanson may remember that Evanston is the “land of milk and honey.”) She continued her education at Chicago’s prestigious Erickson Institute, where she earned a Master’s Degree in Child Development.  Terry was an early childhood educator and consultant all of her professional life.

                At AAHS, Terry distinguished herself as an excellent writer (she was the Co-Editor of Omega, the literary and arts magazine), a National Merit Scholar Semi-Finalist, and a civil rights activist, beginning with FAIR.  Throughout her life, Terry was passionate about the Beatles, Motown, nature, children, choral music, yoga, and most of all, her loving and accomplished children and grandchildren. She especially enjoyed reconnecting with AAHS classmates at our 50th reunion in 2017.  Terry’s many devoted friends, colleagues and family members were inspired by the optimism, love, and enormous courage she demonstrated until the end of her life.  We deeply mourn her loss.


Obituaries » Michael F. LaFever

Michael Frelan LaFever, 70, of Bealeton, died June 27, 2020 at his home. 

Michael served with the 5th Special Forces, Fort Bragg, N.C. Michael began his career with the Joint Military Branch of the Computer Command Site, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Before retiring from the Army after 40 years, he served the Judge Advocate Branch, Fort Belvoir. 

Michael was a devoted family man who loved his wife, sons and grandchildren. He could not wait for the holidays with family and reunions. He was very proud of his family. Now Michael is at peace.

A graveside service with military honors provided by VFW Post 2524 will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 7, at the Culpeper National Cemetery.

Condolences may be offered at
wayne esch
Do you remember these? - Part 2

Hi Again:

This story section will only allow "one" picture at a time to post, unless there is a way to post more pictures and I just didn't figure it out!  So here is one more picture to show ... sorry if I got your curiosity up!  If you want to see more pictures, you can email me at and I will send all of them.

Toni Perry

Toni Perry
Do you remember these?

Hi everyone! 

I have been wanting to share some pictures of things I have kept all these years ... 

  • Ann Arbor Pioneer Class of 67 sweatshirt in our class colors of green & white
  • my graduation tassel and Honor Roll pins for all three years (not bragging)
  • a Vietnam POW bracelet 
  • a wooden nickel souvenir from Chelsea, Michigan's 125th Anniversary in June 1959.

I hope you enjoy this walk down memory lane.  Does anyone else have our Class sweatshirt or other high school treasures to share?

Blessings to all!  Toni Perry

Toni Perry
Kathy Poole Obituary

Ms. Kathleen "Kathy" Ruth Hill

October 14, 1949 ~ November 9, 2019 (age 70)


Ms. Kathleen “Kathy” Ruth Poole Hill was born October 14, 1949 in Ann Arbor, Michigan to Ruth & Richard Poole. She passed away at the age of 70 in her home in Auburn, AL on Saturday, November 9, 2019.

She is survived by her daughter: Christie Leigh Hill McHugh, her son-in-law Cooper Davis McHugh Jr.; former spouse: Robert Lloyd Hill; nieces: Stephanie Hill, Kim Foster Hensley, Kelly Foster Amerson, Jennifer Hill, Aly Hill Hoch; nephews: Matthew Foster, Alex Hill, Brian Hill and Ramsey Hill. She also leaves behind several grand nieces and nephews & her beloved dog, Aubie.

She was preceded in death by her parents: Mr. Richard Adam Poole and Mrs. Ruth Bock Poole.

Kathy was the sweetest, most caring mom and friend. She loved the Auburn Tigers, lunch dates with her family and friends, and rescuing and rehoming dogs from the streets. She did absolutely everything for her daughter and loved spoiling her family and her dog. Kathy was so thankful to have had the opportunity to move to Auburn to be closer to her daughter and son-in-law. 


Vickie Gilligan
Pandemic shelter-in-place

It's a strange new world.  We have been hunkered down in Orlando doing all the common sense measures that keep us healthy.  Let me emphasize....common sense.  Card games, board games, gardening (after all, it's Florida), and plenty of wine have made for a tolerable isolation.  We are looking forward to easing of restrictions so we can enjoy our summer home on Lake Charlevoix.  We count our blessings every day!!!

One of the most important things is:  Thank God I really like the person I live with!!!!

Prayers are going out to those in trouble and wishing everybody good health.

Dean Tangalakis

Dean Tangalakis
How are you spending your time during the Pandemic?

I wanted to check on all of you.  It might be fun/interesting to see how everyone is spending your time while staying home. I have been tackling a giant project organizing boxes of old photos that never found their way into albums. It's fun to look back on those good memories. Also I've been making bread, sewing masks, and putzing around the house. Others might like to hear from you and would be interested on any clever or fun things to do.

I also want to thank all of the first responders who are putting their lives on the line each and every day. Not just the medical professionals but all of the support personel for doing their jobs. The truckers, grocery clerks, farmers, police, etc, etc.  It takes a "village" to keep things going.

I hope you are doing well during these terrible times. Remember, we are all in this together. Stay safe and well!

Vickie Gilligan
Tim Harper Obituary


Timothy Warren Harper passed away on the 2nd of December 2019, after a brave battle with cancer. Tim died at home in Green Lane surrounded by family. 

Tim was born on the 16th of September, 1949 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He was the son of Jack Warren Harper and Mary Lou DeVee. Tim was a long time resident of Green Lane, married to Elaine Porter Poulson Harper for the past 25 years. He was the father of Ian and Douglas, and stepfather of LeeAnn, John and Dawn. Tim was the proud grandfather and “pops” to Preston, Hudson, Natalie, Jamie, Damian, Tina, Hannah, M’Lynn, Benjamin, and Gabriella. As well as great grandfather to Tempe and Fae. He is also survived by siblings Thomas, Linda, Kathrine, identical twin James and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Tim graduated Ann Arbor High School in 1968 and attended Eastern Michigan University. Tim retired from Honeywell and also worked at Penn Engineering, Lancer, and Lorain County Community College. Tim was a history/genealogy buff, a member of “The Sons of the American Revolution”, and proud to have had a direct ancestor at Valley Forge. Tim was a 32 degree Freemason, as well as an avid deer hunter, conservationist, environmentalist, and a member of a hunting club in Michigan. He had a love of traveling and seeing the world. Tim was a keen observer of American politics, he was very patriotic and dedicated to our American Republic.

A memorial service will be held at 12 PM on Thursday, December 19, 2019 at Mann-Slonaker Funeral Home, 222 Washington St., East Greenville, PA 18041 with Rev. Barry Moyer officiating. Family and friends are invited to a visitation from 10 AM to 12 PM at the funeral home prior to services. Please offer sympathy to the family at
Shelley Sample
Correction for Kent Kittel's viewing and services. Previous given wrong information.

Kittel, Kent 7/10/1949 - 10/30/2019 Northville, MI Age 70, went home to be with his Lord Wednesday, October 30, 2019. He was born July 10, 1949 in Ann Arbor, MI, the son of John N. and Margaret (Gafner) Kittel. Kent was a 1967 graduate of Pioneer High School. He later went on to join the electrical apprenticeship with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. He was an active and proud member of the Union Local 252. He carried on a Kittel family tradition of working as an electrician and being involved in the union. As his career developed he went on to be a Job Site Manager. He was passionate about his career and truly enjoyed his working life. Kent was also a very devout Christian and a faithful member of St. John's Lutheran Church since 2003. He attended Salem Lutheran Church previously. Kent was always a perpetual optimist and cared selflessly for others. He was above all else a family man. His love and affection for his family was far reaching. He will be missed. Survivors include: two sons, Jamie and Jody Kittel; three grandchildren, Maggie, Cheyenne and Maija Kittel; two brothers, Dennis and Wayne Kittel; and nieces and nephews, Case, Ross, Jonathan, Jeremy and Jessica. He was preceded in death by his parents. The family will receive friends on Friday, November 8, 2019 from 5 PM to 8 PM at Muehlig Funeral Chapel. A funeral service will be held Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 11 AM at St. John Lutheran Church 2945 E. Northfield Church Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105 with Pastor John P. Gierach officiating. In lieu of flowers the family is requesting generous donations to the American Diabetes Organization and Junior Diabetes Research Foundation.

Vickie Gilligan
Kent Kittle

I am so saddened to hear of Kent's passing today.  He called me a few weeks ago and we had such a nice conversation. We discussed how we were both doing and he sounded so good and was always so positive and encouraging.  He will be missed by many. ❤️
Lynne Lowry Acree

Mike Acree & Lynne (Lowry) Acree
Note from Ken'ts Children, Jody & Jamie

My brother Jamie and I are saddened to inform those who knew our father Kent Kittel passed 10/30/19. Not only was/is a loving and wonderful father, but an exceptional human being with who put others welfare before his own. He touched many peoples lives and everyone he met touched his life and made a place in his heart. Arrangements :


 Viewing is Friday 11/08


From 5pm to 8pm at Muehlig's


403 S 4th Avenue


Ann Arbor, MI 48104




Service is Sat 11/09 at 11AM 


St Johns Church


2945 East Northfield Church Rd


Ann Arbor, MI 48105




In lieu of flowers the family asks for your generous donation to be made to the American Diabetes Association. Or The Junior Diabetes Research Foundation.  

Vickie Gilligan
Kent Kittel Passed Away Last Night October 30, 2019

I was just notified by Clyde Gibson of Ken's passing. His blood pressure was very low and he had an infection near his heart. I will send details when I see the obituray.  We have just lost a great man. Rest in Peace Kent.

Vickie Gilligan
Robinson-Himpelmann, Smith-Steinke and O’Brien-Bauer in Munich

We ALL married Germans!  Had a wonderful visit with Linda at her home outside Munich in August.

Mary Smith
Update on Kent Kittel

Kent has done such a great job over the years keeping us updated on our classmates and I thought it was time someone returned the favor for Kent!  I am posting this on  Kent's behalf and with his permission.  

Kent has faced some some really big health challenges over the past 6 months.  In March he started on kidney dialysis, in July he had his other leg amputated and last month he had to have a finger amputated due to a complication from this dialysis fistula.  He has the most positive attitude, remains optimistic and has proven he is very resilient!  He would love to hear from anyone who might have time to visit, email, send a card or call.  He has been at the Regency Bluffs Rehabilittion Facility in Ann Arbor since March. He is unable to text on his phone, but can answer emails on his Ipad.  Here is contact information for Kent:  Regency Bluffs, 355 Huronview Blvd., AA 48103.  Phone: 734 645-7586.  Email:

Robin Arnold
Barbara J. Fisher passed away August 5, 2019

FISHER, BARBARA JEAN Ann Arbor, MI Novi, MI, age 70, passed away peacefully on Monday, August 5, 2019. Barbara was born August 3, 1949 in Harper Woods, MI, the daughter of Robert T. & Dorothy M. (Dyar) Fisher. Barbara received her B.S. and M.A degrees in Education from Eastern Michigan University. A lifelong educator, state certified since 1971, Barbara taught at Whitmore Lake Public Schools and Chelsea School District including elementary, middle school and alternative high school focusing on special education programs. After retiring from Chelsea School District, Barbara returned to her love of teaching at COPE Alternative School. Barbara has been a resident of the greater Ann Arbor area for 60 years and recently moved to Fox Run in Novi, MI. Barbara enjoyed traveling with friends and family, Parkwood financial club and mostly importantly entertaining and socializing with those dearest to her. Outside teaching, Barbara's most proud achievement was her son Ryan; she was an entirely devoted mother spreading love at every turn. Survivors include her son, Ryan K. Fisher and his wife Barbara M. and granddog Arbor of Seattle, WA; two sisters, Patrice (Patrick) Pergolski of St. Germain, WI and Beverly Adams of Springfield, VA; two brothers, Robert (Pam) of Higginsville, MO and Gary (Brenda) of Estero, FL; dear friends William Sverdlik and Karen Schulte of Ann Arbor, MI; goddaughter Sarah Chew Stawowy (Nicholas) of Ypsilanti, MI; and several nieces and nephews. According to Barbara's wishes she was cremated and in honor of her love for a great social event, the family will be having a Celebration of Life at Zingerman's Greyline in Ann Arbor, MI on Sunday, October 20th from 1-4 pm. All are welcome to attend this event including family, friends, former colleagues and former students with a close bond to Mrs. Fisher. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Chelsea - Cancer Center. Arrangements by Shelters Funeral Home Pinckney, Michigan

Barb Fisher passing

Barbara Jean Fisher

born: 8-3-1948

died: 8-5-2019


Elizabeth (Liz) Lawrence
Keith Jory Boudrie Passed away February 9, 2019

Boudrie, Keith Jory Age 69, of Independence, passed away at home on February 9, 2019. He is preceded in death by his son, K.C.; parents, Ken and Wanda; and brother, Bart. He is survived by wife, Susan; daughter, Meredith; daughter, Alison (Jeff) Hoernemann; grandchildren, Jace, Blythe and Jory Hoernemann; brother, Brian (Elizabeth); cousin, Jane Worden; and other loving relatives and friends. Keith had a passion for life. He was an entrepreneur and a proud farmer. He loved his John Deere and could drive a Bobcat like no other. He had countless hobbies, a mind for business, and heart for family. A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 27 at 2:00 PM with a visitation 1hr prior at Huber Funeral Home, 520 2nd St, Excelsior, MN 55331. Interment to follow at Resurrection Cemetery next to his son, K.C. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Mayo Clinic Cancer Center: Huber Funeral & Cremation Service Excelsior Chapel 952-474-9595

Elizabeth (Liz) Lawrence
Coach Wolfgang Dozauer passed Nov 20,2018
Casual Get Together on September 23rd, 2018

Here’s a photo from our recent gathering at Revel and Roll.

Cynthia Payne
Casual Get Together

We had a good time at Revel and Roll Sunday evening!  22 Classmates attended with various partners and guests.  We met in the Coaches Room, a private meeting room off the bar, thanks to Bob and Susie Ufer.  Hope we can do it again next year for our 70th birthday year (Jacquie Baird suggested that).  I would be happy to organize it, more in advance this time, so more classmates can plan to attend. What time of year is best?  I was thinking about Pioneer High’s Homecoming weekend, and attending the football game and festivities, what do you think? I’d appreciate your input if you have a preference.  Here’s a photo of the group and the attendance list:

Karl Diez, Carol Hanna, Susie (Reichmann) Ufer, Bob Ufer, Robin (Arnold) Lammers, 

BOB Kurtz, Pat (Stalker) Richards, Bill Minion, Doug Morningstar, Sandy Christopherson Nelson, Susan (Jahns) Ristow, Jane Ann (Howard) Jibson, Clyde Gibson, Wayne Esch,

Susan Jacob, Judy (Bradley) Burt, Steve Towery, Jim Richardson, Jacquie Baird, Kent Kittel, John Ford and Cynthia (Payne) Jones

Cynthia Payne
Class of 1967 Casual Get Together

Date:  Sunday, September 23rd 6:00 p.m.

Place:  Revel & Roll –

1950 South Industrial Highway
Ann Arbor, MI 48104 (Old Colonial Lanes Bowling Alley)

Pay for your own drinks and food

Organized by:  Cindy Payne Jones

Please contact Cindy with any questions


Peter Kempf

Kempf, Peter C. 1/22/1949 - 9/11/2018 Ann Arbor, MI Peter Charles Kempf, age 69, died on September 11, 2018 at the Arbor Hospice Home in Saline, Michigan. He was born on January 22, 1949 to Richard and Carol (Hauser) Kempf in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He recently resided in Pinckney, Michigan. Peter graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Fine Art in Industrial design, 1976 and received his master's in Kinesiology, Biomechanics and Human Factors Engineering, 1995. Peter was active in the Navy Reserves for over 22 years and worked over 30 years in various engineering roles for General Motors, Ford Motor Company, General Dynamics, Sikorsky Aircraft Company, AM General, and recently retired from HumanProof as Senior Humans Factors Engineer. He also proudly served on the University of Michigan, School of Kinesiology Alumni Society board for many years. Peter is survived by his wife Karen (Evans) Kempf, daughter Sherry (JC) Irvine, brother Dan (Raynetta) Kempf and many nephews and great nieces. He is preceded in death by his parents Richard and Carol Kempf. Services have already taking place. Contributions made in honor of Peter C. Kempf can be sent to the Yankee Air Museum (, Arbor Hospice ( or American Cancer Society (

Published in Ann Arbor News on Sept. 20, 2018


Elizabeth (Liz) Lawrence
Roger Wenk

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.

Published in Ann Arbor News on June 24, 2018


Reunion Slide Show Now Available

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:





History of Ann Arbor Schools


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.


Ron Hatto

HATTO, Ronald  was born June 25, 1949 in Ann Arbor MI, the son of Robert and Eleanor (Bryan) Hatto. Ronald graduated from Pioneer High School, Ann Arbor MI in 1967 and in the following year on October 3, 1968 he married his high school sweetheart Dianna Lynn (Crise). Ronald served in the Army National Guard from 1968-1974. Ronald enjoyed the company of friends and family. He will be remembered for having a larger than life personality and a big spirit. He had a great many friends throughout his life from the young to the elderly. Ronald is survived by: his two sons, Paul Hatto (Robin Tyde) of Ormond Beach FL and Scott Hatto (Heather Mang) of Cape Coral FL, his partner Cindy Potts, five grandchildren, two nieces, two nephews, brothers Robert, Jeffrey and their spouses. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Dianna and brother William. Cremation has taken place.

Published in Ann Arbor News from Feb. 7 to Feb. 11, 2018


Bill Munz Passed Away
In Memory of

William Frederick Munz

March 18, 1949 - November 30, 2017


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:


Elizabeth (Liz) Lawrence
Peter Palmer Teacher from Ann Arbor Pioneer high School

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.


Elizabeth (Liz) Lawrence
Sue Hackbarth Sartori was a great one

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

Susan Finnegan
Sue (Hackbarth) Rickard-Sartori

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.

Irma in South Carolina

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.  

All the best to the both of you and enjoy this last week of summer.

Wendell Haight
Hurricane Irma

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!

Rebecca (Becky) Davis

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.

Dean Tangalakis

Dean Tangalakis
Comments from our friends along the way of Irma....

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)


Hey Vickie,

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)


Thank you! 

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

No weather problems in Virginia

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)

Bev Byrn
News from Texas Hurricanes...

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


Memory book

I will keep the memory book going. Please inform me at 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

liz kostora
Bob Klose passed away July 10, 2017


My deepest sympathies and condolences to all

his loved ones.


Bill Fox

Dear John;

 My SINCERE CONDOLENCES for Your loss. My thougts and prayers are with You and Your loved ones


My Sincere Sympathy;


Bill Fox









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