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Ronald E. Curtis, 75, of Orion and formerly of Romeo, passed away Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, after a long illness with Alzheimer's.
He was the loving husband of Barbara for 19 years, dear father of Diane (Jerry) Markey, Darryl (Sue) Curtis, and stepfather to Jeff LaVoy, proud grandfather of Amy, Joshua, Jeremy and Casey, and brother of the late Richard Curtis.
Ronald graduated from Royal Oak Dondero Class of 1957. He retired after 44 years of service for General Motors. He was a member of the North Macomb Sportsmen's Club and enjoyed traveling.
A memorial service will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 1, at St. John Lutheran Church, 246 Benjamin St., Romeo. The family will receive friends at the church 10 a.m. until time of service.
Suggested memorials to Alzheimer's Association or to a hospice of donor's choice. Arrangements care of Modetz Funeral Home, Orion. Online condolences
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Gladys Payne, 90, a longtime resident of Washington, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, at Crittenton Hospital.
She was born June 17, 1924, in Detroit, the daughter of Lyle and Lillian (Thrower) Langtry. Gladys graduated from Romeo High School. She married her husband John A. Sewell in 1945 and together they farmed and owned and operated Sewell Ford Tractor Sales in Utica. Gladys supported her husband in the Washington Lions Club as a charter member. She was a member of Romeo Chapter No. 19 O.E.S. Gladys enjoyed gardening and raising show horses. She loved animals and was always willing to support animal organizations. But most of all, Gladys loved her family. 
Gladys is survived by her son, John (Nancy) Sewell of Romeo; a daughter, Barbara Miller of Washington, seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Lila (Howard) Johnson of Boyne City and husband Eugene Payne. Gladys is preceded in death by her beloved husband, John A. Sewell; a daughter, Luann Schubring; and brothers Lewis Langtry and Joseph Langtry.
There will be a memorial service held at a later date. Arrangements by Roth-Muir Funeral Home (296 South Main ­ Romeo, MI 48065.) Guestbook at
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Paul A. Ries, 66, a lifelong Macomb County resident, passed away on Oct. 22, 2014.
Paul was born on March 31, 1948, in Mount Clemens, the son of Vincent and Flora (Rosso).
Paul worked for many years at National Twist Drill before starting his own company in 1983 called Ries Well Drilling Inc. He loved golfing, tractors, snowmobiling, hunting, and fishing. 
Paul is survived by his two children, Scott (Jennifer) of Allenton and Cheryl (Carlos) Asturias of Bristow, Virgnia; three brothers, Charlie of Rochester, John of Port Huron, and Mark of Colorado; and seven grandchildren. Paul was predeceased by his parents, Vincent and Flora; two sisters, Marsha and Ellen; and a brother, Martin.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Henry M. Malburg Funeral Home in Romeo with Pastor Eric Majeski officiating. Burial was at Grand Lawn Cemetery.
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Melvin M. Tabar, passed away on October 21, 2014 in his home in Gardena, California.
He was 71 years old. He is survived by his wife of 50 years Linda (Boles) Tabar, his children Saundra Ayache, James Tabar (Robin), Pamela Turcotte (Cory), John Tabar, and Michelle Baxter (Steven). He also had five grandchildren, Joseph Ayache (Denise), Nicholas Baxter, Zachary Turcotte, Skylar Herrera, and Jordan Tabar. He is also survived by his four brothers, Clarence Tabar (Deanna), Charles Tabar (Margaret), Raymond Tabar (Chique), and Ronald Tabar (Margaret).
He was born in Romeo, the son of Max and Eldora (Beauprey) Tabar. He married Linda Boles in 1964 while attending Michigan Technological University. After graduating in 1967, he moved his growing family to California to take a job with Hughes Aircraft where he worked for 32 years. He attended Maria Regina Church for 44 years.
Services were held Wednesday, Oct. 29, followed by a reception at Holy Cross Mortuary in Culver City, California. Msgr. Thomas Acton officiated. Condolences can be entered on the Holy Cross Mortuary website. His family would like to thank everyone who has offered their support, love, and prayers.
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Death notices. . .
Calvin Potter Sr., 89, of Allenton, died Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. Arrangements were by Tiffany-Young and Hauss Funeral Home, Armada.
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Marjorie Eckert, 93, of Armada, died Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014. Arrangements were by Tiffany-Young and Hauss Funeral Home, Armada.
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