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llona Arnten's - (Dick's wife)
Obituary Listing for (Rod) Roderick W. Baker who was born 12/Nov.1926 and died 22/Mar/1991, in Ohio , age 65.
Information taken from Social Security Records.
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Lou Batchelor SPO October 20, 2004
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Jack Braswell ACDelco
Patricia Ann Brown
Patricia Ann Brown -
To all, To keep you informed.
Subj: (no subject)
Date: 7/23/2006 2:18:42 PM Central Daylight Time
From: Thee genes Gene Hunt
To: Billbigtoe11@aol.com Bill Gay
Bill, sorry to inform you that Patricia Ann Brown , Len's wife, passed away this morning. She was diagnosed with Acute Leukemia on May 12th and began to fail immediately. The funeral is on Wed. Please be kind enough to forward this info to the old gang
Address.... Len Brown...303 Treasure Lake.....DuBois, PA 15801
Pat was a great gal and a dear friend.
Gene Hunt Theegenes@aol.com
Jean Browning ACDelco/SPO September 18, 2004
CAMPBELL RICHARD C - September 7, 2006
Age 84, of Royal Oak, died September 4, 2006. He was born September 20, 1921 in Highland Park. Mr. Campbell served in the Army Air Corps during WWII and retired from G.M AC Delco Div. where he was an assistant comptroller. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Royal Oak for 53 years where he served as a Trustee, Deacon, and Elder, and also sang in the male chorus, The Kings Men. In 1997 he was names Royal Oak Citizen of the Year in recognition of his long service to the community which included coach in the little league Baseball program, President of Upton School PTA, 30 year treasurer of the Royal Oak Hockey Assoc, Meals on Wheels and Stagecrafter volunteer. He also served on the Royal Oak Parks and Recreation and Senior Citizen Advisory boards and was a member of the Royal Oak Lions Club. Beloved husband of Betty for 65 years. Dearest father of Barbara (Victor) Gajewski, Virginia Leonard) Fox, Patricia (Kurt) Ritter, Rev. Richard D. (Julie) Campbell, MI, and Mark (Rita) Campbell. Proud grandfather of 13. Great grandfather of seven. He is also survived by his brother, Robert (Aileen) Campbell. Memorial visitation Friday 6-8 p.m. at the Kinsey-Garrett Funeral Home, 420 S. Lafayette, Royal Oak. Further visitation Saturday, 10 a.m. until memorial service at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 529 Hendrie Blvd., Royal Oak, 48067 with the Rev. Dr. Thomas Rice, Rev. Dr. Carl Eschenbrenner and Rev. Richard D. Campbell officiating. Memorials suggested to the church. Funeral Home web site: www.kinsey-garrett.com.
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Walter T. Campbell SPO/ACDelco October 2005
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79, an ACDelco regional service manager
for nearly 38 years, recently passed away. The family has requested,
in lieu of flowers, to make donations to Parkinsons Foundation or
Shriners Children Hospital. Funeral services were held today at D.
W. Newcomer’s Son’s Longview Chapel, 12700 S. Raytown Rd., Kansas
City, Mo. More details can be found at:
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Pat Cody ACDelco 12-2-2001
Andy Corvi ACDelco 11-09-2006
to inform you, Andy Corvi passed away on Thursday, November 9th from a
Art Craned Service Parts Operations February 25, 2005
Andre Daughtry GMSPO July 24, 2005
This is to report the passing of Andre Daughtry, age 60 in Falling Waters, West Virginia on Sunday, July 24, 2005. Andre is survived by his wife, Shirley, daughter, Sebrina, son, Andre and brother, Michael.
Andre retired on April 1, 2003 after working 33 years for GMSPO. Beginning his career with SPO in Englewood, New Jersey, Andre went on to work in SPO facilities in Philadelphia, Pa, North Brunswick, N.J. and finally retiring from SPO Martinsburg, WV.
Funeral services will be conducted from Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg, WV at 4:00 PM on Monday, August 1, 2005. Andre a highly decorated Viet Nam veteran will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery at 11:00 AM, Friday, August 5, 2005.
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Davison ACDelco June 24, 2004
Marge DeCann Service Parts Operations
John Z. DeLorean General Motors Corp.
March 19, 2005
Joe Devers General Motors
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Robert L. 'Bob' Dorn
There will be no viewing of Bob at the funeral home, nor at the church before the service, according to the funeral home. Shown below is the obituary on the funeral home website:
Current Memorials > Robert L. 'Bob' Dorn
Memorial for Robert L. 'Bob' Dorn
Born in New York City on Jun. 28, 1935
Please click on the links above for locations, times, maps, and directions.
Bob was and graduate of
College in Vermont and General Motors Institute.
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John Eagle ACDelco
Obituary on John F. Eagle, born 2/20/1931; died 6/10/2002, Age 71. Issued Gainsville, Cooke Co., TX 6240.
This information taken from the internet Social Security Records.
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Lloyd "Don" Fritz ACDelco
Lloyd "Don" Fritz passed away suddenly Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2007, at his home. He was 79.
A Waukesha resident since 1959, he will be remembered by many throughout southeastern Wisconsin as the "auto mechanic’s mechanic." He was the resident AC Delco instructor at the General Motor’s Training Center on Bluemound Road for 32 years, retiring in 1987.
He will be missed by his wife of 58 years, Doris; children, Don (Chris) Fritz of Chetek, Dex (Wendy) of Palmyra, Dee (Paul) Crook of Waukesha and Dean (Wendy) of Crystal Lake, Ill.; grandchildren, Nathan, Kylene, Erica, Luke, Molly, Aimee, Shawn, Cory and Keith; and great-grandchildren, Timothy, Madison, Marabeth, Joshua, Ethan and Audry.
Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service Monday, Nov. 26, at Grace Bible Church, 3991 Silver Lake St., Oconomowoc. Refreshments will follow. Private internment will be held at Prairie Home Cemetery.
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Gregory Greanias Service Parts Operations
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Stephen D. Ham SPO/GM
Age 76. September 15, 2007. Beloved husband of Mary Margaret. Loving brother of Bob (Margaret). Uncle of Bob, Jr., Jeff, Kathy, Jessica, Dawn, and Stephen and great-uncle to many. Also survived by longtime friend John Geller. Mr. Ham was an active member of the Grosse Pointe Crisis Club. Services will be held privately. Memorial contributions may be made to the Grosse Pointe Crisis Club. Arrangements by Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home, 313-881-8500
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Shirley Heller - James K. Heller's Wife
From: James K. Heller email@example.com
Revised 3-10-07. As with most of us, as we get older things in our life continue to change. Mine changed dramatically on Sept. 3, 2006 when our family and I lost a mother, wife and my best friend of 52 years to ovarian cancer. Shirley died at home with the whole family by her side. We had services on Sept 7 in Grove City, Oh at our church and then a service and burial at Flanner-Buchannan in Memorial Park Cemetery in Indianapolis. I have discontinued my part-time job at Automotive Dist. Whs. in Columbus. I now have learned how to wash clothes and dishes, cook, buy groceries, clean house, make beds, get the trash out in time and keep the kitchen floor swept. I haven’t tried ironing. I am keeping up with travels. I have been to Seattle, Dallas, Tampa, Orlando and Phoenix since the 15th of Dec, 2006. Travel is mostly to keep myself busy, but also to visit with my kids and their families. The trip to Florida was to visit with friends and attend a whole H.S. reunion. I visited with Alex Gray and his wife Patsy in Nicholasville, Ky. going and coming back from Florida. Also spent a few days with Bill Brown and his wife Helen in Tampa, just a few days before Bill fell and broke his upper femur in three places. . I also had lunch with Bill Freedman and his wife June and Al Harper and his wife Janet at The Villages in Florida. They said Joe Burns was playing baseball and couldn’t make the lunch. And just a few days later a tornado went thru there area and did a lot of damage.. Luckily no one was hurt in The Villages. I still walk at least three miles every day, mostly on the treadmill. But several of the local seniors and I are joining the Senior Center to have access to more exercise equipment. I feel good at 74 years with no major physical problems. Also trying to get rid of a lot of “stuff” and prepare to sell this very large four bedroom two story house. I sold the Chevy Suburban last year when gas went to $3.00 a gallon. Anyone want to buy a boat?
Hennessy SPO October 8, 2004
Ronald Ray Humerickhouse, 73, of Collierville, passed away peacefully on July 4, 2005, surrounded by his family after a recurrence of cancer. He was born in Flint, MI on January 11, 1932, served in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict and received his business degree from Indiana University. Retired as regional office manager after 30 years with AC Delco division of General Motors, he was active in Shelby Country School as a beloved substitute teacher at Collierville High School and president and board member as the Collierville Education Foundation. He was actively involved with the Collierville Rotary Club, and as a cancer survivor, Relay for Life. He also served as a president, treasurer, and a board member of The Woods Homeowners Association. He was a member of the Collierville United Methodist Church. He will be remembered for his generous and welcoming spirit, his helping hand and unconditional love for his family and friends. For those attributes and more, he will be greatly missed by all. He is preceded in death by: his parents. Ivan Ray and Anna Merle Humerickhouse; his infant sister, Elizabeth Ann: brother-in-law, Norman Weissert. He is survived by: his wife of 52 years, Constance Joan Humerickhouse, his sons, Steven Edward Humerickhouse of Minneapolis, MN and Michael Ray Humerickhouse and his wile Julia of Collierville; 4 grandchildren, Anna, Kathryn, Mary, and Ellen; 1great-grandchild, Alexis; his sister Yvonne Merle Weissert of Flint, Lawrence Hunter and wife, Janet of, Spencer, IN, Ann Ksiazyk and husband, Richard, of Green Valley, AZ, and Gilbert Hunter and wife, Patricia, of Oxford, OH; family friend, Lucinda Martian of Memphis; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends from all around the country. Visitation will be held 5-8p.m. Thursday at Collierville Funeral Home, and funeral services will be 10a.m. Friday at the Collierville United Methodist Church Sanctuary on the Square. Interment will follow at Magnolia Cemetery in Collierville. The family requests memorial contributions to the Collierville Education Foundation; 101 Walnut St., Collierville, TN 38017. Collierville Funeral Home 901-853-2628.
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Barbara Kemerly - Wife of Frosty Kemerly ACDelco
February 11, 2005
Edward P. Kelly ACDelco
April 29, 2005
Kathy Kiloustian Service Parts Operations
Fred King Service
Ann Kosciolko General Motors
Thomas J. Krieg Oldsmobile
January 25, 2004
Dad's funeral will be Tuesday, December 26th at 10 a.m. at St. Edward Catholic Church. There will be a rosary beforehand beginning at 9:45 a.m. Burial will be private and on another date. In lieu for flowers, donations can be made to the American Lung Association in Dad's memory.
Thank you so very much for all your prayers. Sorry if Nancy has already sent this to you all, but I don't want to leave anyone out.
Love to all,
Jayne and Nancy Lang
St. Edward Catholic Church
33926 Calle La Primavera
Dana Point, CA 92629
Kathy Lawrence Service Parts Operations
January 03, 2005
Paul Lochner ACDelco/SPO October 17, 2004
Charlie Howard "Charlie" Maak MAAK, Charlie Howard "Charlie" of Largo, died peacefully at Hospice Woodside on Tuesday, Jan. 15 with his niece and favorite chaplain at his side. He was looking forward to reuniting with his much beloved wife, Mildred, who was featured in the St. Petersburg Times and on Channel 10 as "Charlie's Angel," as Charlie worked tirelessly to raise money for Alz-heimer's research by designing and drawing Christmas stationary in her memory. Charlie was born in Cinncinnati, OH, on Feb. 13, 1918, and was predeceased by his loving parents and sisters. He was a member of the Civilian Conservation Core in the 1930s and proudly served his country during WWII in the U.S. Air Force. He married the love of his life, Mildred Chaney, in 1941 and celebrated a glorious 60 years of marriage, before her death in 2002. Charlie spent most of his life in Georgia, retiring from General Motors Assembly Division as Director of Personnel in 1973. He was particularly proud of those he hired who went on to have positions of great responsibility in the corperation. Charlie kept up with these people through various means of communication. He became quite a computer buff in recent years, as it allowed him to communicate with friends all over the world, whom he met through work and his worldwide travels. Charlie was such that he made great friendships with people he met only briefly. He was beloved by all who met him. A lifetime member of Atlanta's DeKalb Chamber of Commerce, Charlie was active in civic affairs in Georgia. Charlie is survived by his niece, Carole Chaney Oliver, of Largo; and numerous cousins and many friends. Charlie has been cremated and a Memorial Service is planned for later. Those who desire may make donations to Hospice of the Florida Suncoast, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33760; their local Alzheimer's Association or favorite charity.
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Gil Magraw Service Parts Operations
August J. Mazza ACDelco
John B. Meehan ACDelco/SPO July 07, 2004
Bud Melchert ACDelco/SPO September 14, 2006
Gary ‘Bud’ W. Melchert
Gary “Bud” W. Melchert
RAPID RIVER — Gary
“Bud” W. Melchert, 67, of 8300 25.3 Lane, Rapid
River, passed away Thursday, Sept. 14, 2006, at St.
Francis hospital in Escanaba.
Bud Melchert September 14, 2006
Caroline (Kerzich) Wunderlich Ckwunderlich@aol.com
Gordon E. Miller GMAC May 05, 2005
January 18, 2006, 09:52 PM ET
Former GM Chief Thomas Murphy Dies at 90
DETROIT (AP) - Thomas A. Murphy, who was General Motors Corp.'s chairman and CEO as the company shifted to smaller, more fuel-efficient cars in the 1970s, died Wednesday in Boynton Beach, Fla., the automaker said.
He was 90. Murphy died of natural causes at a hospital, GM spokesman Brian Akre said.
Murphy was named chairman and CEO on Dec. 1, 1974, and led the world's largest automaker until his retirement on Jan. 1, 1981.
His tenure began a year after the Arab oil embargo led to a sudden shift in demand for small, fuel-efficient cars in the United States. That led to a radical downsizing of the next generation of GM cars, and a large-scale shift to front-wheel-drive powertrains.
GM reached its all-time sales record in the United States of nearly 7.1 million cars and trucks in 1978, with Murphy at the helm.
"The entire GM family mourns the passing of Tom Murphy," GM Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner said in a statement. "He was one of the great leaders in GM history, guiding the company to outstanding business results as it addressed major challenges, such as the oil crises of the 1970s."
Murphy served as a GM director until May 1988.
He was born Dec. 10, 1915, in Hornell, N.Y., and attended Leo High School in Chicago. He earned an accounting degree at the University of Illinois and joined GM in 1938 as a clerk on the comptroller's staff in Detroit.
Murphy served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1946. He rejoined GM and held several accounting and financial analysis positions before being appointed an assistant treasurer in 1959. He was elected comptroller in 1967, and treasurer a year later. Murphy was elected vice chairman in 1972.
Survivors include his wife of nearly 65 years, Catherine Rita "Sis" Murphy, daughters Catherine A. Murphy and Maureen M. Fay, son Thomas A. Murphy Jr., eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
A funeral Mass was scheduled for Saturday in Boynton Beach, Fla. He will be buried in Long Island, N.Y.
NURRENBROCK, Topper, 68, of New Port Richey, Fla., died June 13, 2007. He is survived by wife, Frances; son, Mark, and grandson, T.J. Alexander; daughter, Rita; and siblings. Services will be June 19, 2007, but we do not have any details.
Condolences can be sent to:
Mrs. Fran Nurrenbrock
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Ronald J. Orcutt
I am so sorry to tell you that Ronald J. Orcutt, who
retired after 50 years with GM, passed away on May 20, 2008 after a
two-month battle against pancreatic cancer.
Laura L. Orcutt email@example.com
John Osadcky ACDelco/SPO January 27, 2008
Got the following from Ruth Gerdelman. If she gets me an address for his widow, we'll pass it on. Ed
YESTERDAY, CAROL MEUSER, JOHN OSADCKY’S DAUGHTER, CALLED ME..
SHE TOLD ME HER FATHER DIED IN THE MORNING AT 7:30 AM.
HE HAD BEEN REALLY FAILING SINCE CHRISTMAS,,,,,,WAS USING A POWER CHAIR TO GET AROUND AND HIS KIDNEYS WERE FAILING HIM.
HE HAD BEEN IN THE HOSPITAL AND RETURNED TO THE SKILLED NURSING FACILITY IN THE COMPLEX WHERE THEY LIVE, LAST FRIDAY.
SUNDAY MORNING, HE DIED IN HIS SLEEP BEFORE ANYONE GOT THERE TO VISIT.
THERE WILL BE NO VISITATION, EXCEPT FOR THE FAMILY. A MEMORIAL SERVICE WILL BE HELD IN THE CHAPEL WHERE THEY LIVE ON WEDNESDAY
JOHN WAS 90 YEARS OLD LAST AUGUST AND CAROL SAID THEY HAD A BIG CELEBRATION.
ON FEBRUARY 4TH, THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN MARRIED 69 YEARS.
ED, HOPE YOU ARE DOING WELL NOW.
BEST WISHES TO EVERYONE
LOVE AND GOD BLESS
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Ken Parker ACDelco November 24, 2004
Bill Periord GM-Delco
Pfeifle ACDelco Friend
I just received a call from Joanne Piatek about Ed. He died yesterday in hospital. Joanne, Ed's wife, asked that I let anyone he worked with know about his passing and the arrangements. Unfortunately when I was transferred to the Tech Center, before my retirement, I lost contact with just about everyone from the Delco era except Ed and Joanne. Please pass this information along to anyone that might have known Ed.
1 to 9 PM Friday, 15 Dec '06 at the
Jurkewicz / Wilk Funeral Home
(Across from St. Ladislaus)
Our Lady Queen of Apostles
Corner of Conant and Prescott
9 AM Saturday, 17 Dec '06
On Conant (East side of street)
One block North of Caniff
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James F. Prell
PRELL James F. Prell, of St. Augustine, FL passed away on December 21, 2005. He was born August 27, 1947 in Cleveland, OH. He was preceded in death by his loving parents Joseph and Barbara Prell. Family members include his beloved wife, Peggy J. Prell; and loving father of Prudence A. (Bob) Foran, Jennifer L. and Ashley N. Prell. He also was a loving stepfather of Shawn M. and William G. Webb. A loving grandfather of Emilie and Alexis; and he was loved by his brother, Allan (Jan) Prell; and sister Judy Delemeter; and many nieces and nephews. The families Love and Memories will never pass away. A private service will be held by the family at a later date. Arrangements by QUINN-SHALZ, A Family Funeral Home, Jacksonville Beach, FL (904) 249-1100.
In a career that spanned well over 30 years, Jim began his General Motors sojourn with the old United Motors in Cleveland, Ohio, transitioned through United Delco, A C Delco and Warehouse and Distribution in Columbus, Ohio. Jim ended his years of service at SPO's Martinsburg, WV facility.
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Jerry Rambow General Motors
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Richard "Dick" Reed, Jr.
Richard Reed, Jr., 76, passed away March 6, 2008. He
is survived by his wife, Joyce Reed and his daughters, Tiffany
Strozier and Heather Reed. This wonderful man will be remembered by
family and friends as a great storyteller, a strong shoulder to lean
on, a caring hand to hold, a loving, warm and providing father and
an attentive supportive, loving husband. The twinkle in his eyes,
his special smile, and his comforting hugs will be greatly missed.
His family will greet friends on Sunday, March 9, 2008 from
2-6:00p.m. in the chapel of Arlington Park Funeral Home
(904 -724 - 6384),
6920 Lone Star Road, to share your memories and celebrate the life
of this great man. Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com
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John Rock G M Oldsmobile
John Rock, former GM vice president, passed away Nov. 16 in Hot Springs, S.D. He was 71. Rock, known for his candor and no-nonsense style, served as Oldsmobile’s general manager from May 1992 until early 1997 after serving a successful eight-year term as general manager of GMC Truck. No memorial service is planned, per the wishes of the deceased. Messages of condolence can be sent to Bonnie Rock at: 28069 Cascade Rd., Hot Springs, SD, 57747. Memorials in Rock’s name may be sent to Fall River Hospital, New Building Project, 209 N 16th Street, Hot Springs SD 57747 or to the City of Groton, Groton Swimming Pool Construction Committee, PO Box 587, Groton, SD 57445-0587.
Gus Sansone ACDelco 01-26-2007
I just got an E mail from Loretta Sansone with the death details for our friend Gus.
Alex Leslie email@example.com
"I sadly have to let you all know that Gus passed away this morning (Friday)at 9:45a.m.He fought a great fight. There were too many things that went wrong; none of witch were foreseeable. Gus was very strong and I thought he would come through.
It wasn't to be.
The wake will be Friday, Feb. 2 ,at Haught Funeral Home 708 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd. W. in Plant City from 6 p. m. to 8 p. m. The Funeral Mass will be 10:00 A.M. Sat. Feb. 3rd at St. Clements Catholic Church -Alexander St Plant City
In lieu of flowers ,the family is requesting Masses or donations in Gus' name to St. Jude's Children's Hospital in Memphis, TN. or My Brothers Keeper At St. Clement Church in plant City.
Gus' favorite charities.
Once again I want to thank all of you for your prayers for Gus and me and our family. They have been of great comfort to us all over this past year.
I will never forget the kindness shown us by all of you.
Loretta, Michele and Lynn - The Sansone's
Submitted By Paul Pucci, Alex Leslie & Carol Hohlstedt
Jack Scheppke ACDelco
Regional Mgr. 11-24-02
Robert (Bob) E. Schwarz SPO
The following obituary appeared in The Review Journal (Las Vegas) on September 24, 2006:
Robert (Bob) E. Schwarz, 72 died September 21, 2006. He was a retired Office/Warehouse Manager at the closed GM Service and Parts Operations, Parts Distribution Center in North Brunswick, N. J. Mr. Schwarz began his General Motors career at the United Motors Service Warehouse in Kearny, New Jersey. He retired in 1991 when the North Brunswick facility was closed and the work was transferred to the Martinsburg, West Virginia facility. He served in the U S Marine Corps during the Korean War.
Surviving are his wife Lorraine and daughter, Kristin J of Santa Barbara, California. Burial was in the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Las Vegas.
Carl L. Sheffield, Sr. ACDelco
ACDelco September 16, 2004
Don J. Smith - SPO/ACDelco April 18, 2006
October 1, 1933 - April 18, 2006. Beloved husband of Mary Ann. Loving father of Linda (Michael) Bajdo, Steven (Teresa) Smith, Cindy (David) Peters, David (Elizabeth) Smith. Grandfather of Kevin, Adam, Madeleine, Kylie, Jacob, McClain, Nevan and Samuel. Brother of Julia Naughton, Mary Coates, Nora Dompierre, Dorothy Bagazinski and the late Charles Smith, John Smith and W. Joseph Smith. Don graduated from St. Theresa High School, Detroit and University of Detroit. Proud Korean Veteran. Visitation Friday 2-9 p.m. at the Harry J. Will Funeral Home, 37000 Six Mile, Livonia. Rosary 7 p.m. Funeral Mass Saturday 9:30 a.m. at St. Colette Catholic Church, 17600 Newburgh Road, Livonia. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Salvation Army or Capuchin Soup Kitchen.
John W. "Jack" Smith
John W. Jack Smith, age 81, of Branchport, NY died Tuesday, January 6, 2009 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY.
Friends and family may call on Sunday, January 11th, 2009 from 12 noon to 3 PM at the Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, 201 E. Elm St. Penn Yan. His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, January 12, 2009 at 1PM at St. Michael’s Church in Penn Yan with Father Robert Ring and Father Jack O’Connor, celebrants. Interment will be at St. Michael’s Cemetery in Penn Yan.
Memorials may be made in his name to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101; Holy Childhood, 100 Groton Pkwy, Rochester, NY 14623; or to St. Michael’s School, 214 Keuka St., Penn Yan, NY 14527.
Jack was born January 30, 1927 in Rochester, NY the son of Irving J. and Rose A. Taylert Smith. He served in the US Army from 1945 to 1946. Jack was a district manager for General Motors AC Delco division in Buffalo, NY. He was a member of the Gates-Chili Fire Dept. since May of 1957 where he was a past Chief and past Battalion Chief. He was a charter member and past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus of St. Michael’s Church in Penn Yan. Jack was predeceased by his wife, T. Opal Smith on February 20, 2006.
Jack is survived by his children, Joanne (Michael) Culp of N. Chili, Dianne (George) Valesente of Ithaca, NY, and Mark (Teresa) Smith of Branchport; grandchildren, Shannin Thomas, Jaime Passinault, Christina Valesente, David Valesente, and Cassidie Smith; great grandchildren, Hunter, Cameron, Madison, Noah, Easton, and Kendall; brother, Gerard (Mary Jean) Smith of Webster; sister, Carol Engard; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and many dear friends too numerous to list.
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Former GM Chairman, CEO Roger Smith
DETROIT (AP) -- Roger B. Smith, who led General Motors Corp. in the 1980s and was the subject of Michael Moore's searing documentary "Roger & Me," has died, the automaker said Friday. He was 82.
Smith died Thursday in the Detroit area after an unspecified brief illness, GM said.
He was appointed chairman and chief executive on Jan. 1, 1981, and led the world's largest automaker until his retirement on July 31, 1990.
During Smith's tenure as chief executive, Detroit-based GM introduced its first front-wheel-drive midsize cars, formed a joint venture with Toyota Motor Corp. to manufacture cars in California, created the Saturn brand and acquired Electronic Data Systems and Hughes Aircraft Corp.
"Roger Smith led GM during a period of tremendous innovation in the industry," current GM Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner said in a statement. "He was a leader who knew that we have to accept change, understand change, and learn to make it work for us. Roger was truly a pioneer in the fast-moving global industry that we now take for granted."
Smith also served GM as an executive vice president and a member of the board of directors beginning in 1974.
Moore has become an Oscar-winning documentary maker, but he became famous with "Roger & Me," which explored how GM's plant closings and layoffs affected his hometown of Flint.
The 1989 film chronicles Moore's fruitless attempts to interview Smith about the devastation in Flint, although magazine articles and documentaries have alleged that Smith granted interviews to Moore prior to the film's release.
Moore has acknowledged a five-minute interview with Smith about a company tax abatement at a 1987 shareholders' meeting, but said that was before he started working on the movie.
Smith often faced questions about the documentary, which contained interviews of people who said they lost their homes after GM plant closures in Flint.
One woman said she had to start killing rabbits for food after GM shut down the plants, eliminating 30,000 jobs in the city of 150,000.
"I haven't seen it," Smith told reporters shortly after the film was released. "I'm not much for sick humor, and I don't like things that take advantage of poor people."
At the time, Moore said he arranged with Warner Bros. to reserve a seat for Smith at every showing of the movie across the United States.
Smith was born in Columbus, Ohio, in 1925 and served in the Navy from 1944 to 1946. He received a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1947 from the University of Michigan, and a master's degree in business from the school in 1953.
His career at GM began in 1949 as an accounting clerk. He became treasurer in 1970 and vice president in 1971. In 1974, he was elected executive vice president in charge of the financial, public relations and government relations staffs.
He led the company as import brands began to expand their market share and as GM grew its global business and dealt with tough U.S. environmental and safety standards.
Richard Kent Sneed - General Motors Friend
RICHARD KENT SNEED, 71, passed away October 7, 2006 at St. Francis Hospital. Visitation will be on Tuesday, October 10 from 12-2 p.m. with service following at 2 p.m. at Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel. Burial will be in Memory Hill Gardens. Richard retired in 1999 from Mid America Parts Distributors, where he served as president for 22 years. He is survived by his former wife, Jennie Sneed; one son, Mike Sneed and his wife Petra; one daughter Melinda Sample and her husband Jeff; four grandchildren Blair Sneed, Garrett Sneed, Jenny Sample, and Ryan Sample. He also leaves his companion Carolyn Bagwell. He was preceded in death by his parents, Park and Opal Sneed; one brother, Walter Sneed; and one sister, Doris Benjamin. Memorials may be made in Richard’s honor to the American Heart Association. Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel 901-725-0100 www.memphisfuneralhome.net
Published in The Commercial Appeal on 10/9/2006.
Mike Sneed (Son) - Mid-America Parts Distributors - 4274 Pilot Dr., Memphis, TN. 38118 901-362-2622
Frank Steinmetz, Jr. Delco
Richard "Dick" Stewart ACDelco
Passed away on Oct.29th, 2007, from complications of diabetes. He
was 84 yrs. old onOct. 1st. We were married 69 yrs. on Oct. 2nd .
Dick started to work
William Stokes General Motors
Michael J. Suriano Service Parts Operations
Bob Sutherland ACDelco
Bob Sutherland passed away Sunday December 16th at his home in Cadyville, NY after a long battle with Lou Gerhig's disease. Cindy, and I along with Bob and Maryellen Powers attended his funeral.
Those wishing to express their sympathy can do so by sending it to his wife Debra at 2269 State Route #3, Cadyville, NY 12918.
I have additional information. Anyone wishing to make a contribution in Bob's memory can do so by making a check payable to ALS/MDA Albany and send it to his wife Debra: 2269 State Route # 3, Cadyville, NY 12918.
Thanks for keeeping us all informed.
Submitted By: Charlie Ellis Cellis6@stny.rr.com
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Henry Varrichio -
-------------- just got word a few hours ago from Henry's daughter Kate, that Henry passed away on Friday night, September 8, 2006.
As most of you know, Henry has been battling Cancer for some time. I think it resulted in a stroke.
Funeral arrangements have not been finalized at this time. However, It looks as though it may take place on Thursday, September 14th.
We'll let you know as soon as we get the details.
Henry is certainly in our prayers.
Take care, Bob & Glenda
ps. I have a new temporary address with aol. We are now at "The Villages" in Florida
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Bob Waidelich - Bob passed away on December 13, 2006
Robert H. Waidelich
Thursday, December 14, 2006 7:40 PM MST
Born June 2, 1928, passed away Dec. 13, 2006.
Ms. Mildred Waidelich
Submitted by Don Byrn
Stan Waits - Mr. Waits passed away Saturday, February 19, 2005. Stan, as he was known to all of us was a very good and long time friend of General Motors. He was the heart and soul of his company Associate Jobbers Warehouse located in Boaz, Alabama. Stan was just 56 years old. We will miss him!
Mrs. Robbie Waits
Associate Jobbers Warehouse
Gretna Walraven GM Parts
I didn't know if you were aware of Gretna's death or not. See arrangements below. She worked in Atlanta for GM Parts. A lot of GM folks knew her. Can you pass along to the GM folks.
Jan Ragsdale firstname.lastname@example.org
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Subject Sad News - Gretna Walraven
It is with
sadness that I share the news that Gretna Walraven passed away
yesterday morning. Gretna retired from the Southeast Region in 2005.
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George Walters -
George Walters - (Bill's Brother)
Thank you so much for your kindness and consideration. My brother passed @ 12:31 A.M. the morning of the 19th. The many thoughts and prayers helped speed him on a quick and comfortable journey. None can ask more than that.
My family joins me in extending sincere thanks and warm wishes for your prayers and kind thoughts.
Bill Walters WJWJEW@aol.com
Bill Walters - (Brother) -
Milton N. Weatherhead, Jr.
Milton N. Weatherhead Jr.- Training Instructor
Mr. Weatherhead moved to Greenspring Village retirement
home in Springfield
John Charles Weber III
John C. Weber III was a very good friend of mine and even thought not yet retired after 33 Years of service with GM and Delphi, passed away in his office in Vandalia, Ohio Monday January 22, 2007 and will be missed by all his friends in the automotive business. I'm told by friends at Delphi, he had a massive heart attach in his office with no prior signs of illness.
My Comments on John's Guest Book in the Dayton Daily News are as follows:
January 24, 2007
"I always enjoyed discussions with John. He was a good friend and had the most knowledge about materials of anyone I ever knew. He was always willing to help with any problem or issue related to plastic materials.
James Conlee (Dayton, OH ) "
James K. Conlee,P. E.
John Charles Weber III
Marge Weckler - Ralph Weckler's wife
Ralph Wecklers Wife - 7-25-06
I just got a call from Jack Clayton telling me of Ralph Wecklers wife death. Marge had been sick for several years and as we all know they were very close.
Ralph was (is) one of the really good guys and I' sure a lot will want to sent him a card. Ralph Weckler email@example.com
Alex Leslie Alexleslie@aol.com
Ralph & Marge Weckler
Ralph & Marge Weckler
Below is the death notice from the Flint Journal. She passed away on
Scott Williams ACDelco
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