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BETTY DOMMENICKDANIEL CARR
Death notice . . .DOROTHY TYLER
EMILY McNEILJOANN DeLATER
JOHN ZAPPELLALARRY CHAMBERLIN
MAXINE WESTPAUL WEST
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JOANN DeLATER
Joann M. DeLater, 81, a lifelong resident of Romeo/Washington Township, died Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, peacefully at her home.
She was born Aug. 24, 1933, the daughter of Harold and Edna (Striber) Eastwood.
She loved music, playing the piano, singing in the choir and dancing. She was also a caretaker for several people in the area. She was very devoted to the Romeo United Methodist Church.
She is survived by her loving husband, Larry, of Washington Township; and a son, David (James) of Austin, Texas.
A memorial service will be held at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 18, at the Henry M. Malburg Funeral Home in Romeo. Dr. Gary R. Glanville will officiate. Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m.
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EMILY McNEIL
Emily Annas McNeil, 89, of Rochester Hills and Naples, Florida, died Monday, Sept. 8, 2014.
She is the loving wife of the late Earl; dear mother of Earl William III (the late Teri) McNeil, Jane (David) Cowan, Mary (David) McIntosh, John (Marilyn) McNeil and Patty (Christopher) Wainer; cherished grandmother of 11; and great-grandmother of four. She is the sister of Virginia Quarles and Barbara Robinson.
Funeral services were held Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, at the Potere-Modetz Funeral Home, 339 Walnut Blvd., Rochester. Memorial donations may be made to the Karmanos Breast Cancer Institute. Online guestbook: www.modetzfuneralhomes.com
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JOHN ZAPPELLA
John Adam Zappella, 84, died Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. His DNR wishes were respected.
He was husband and soulmate to Launn Zappella; father of six; step-father of two; grandpa, great-grandpa, step-grandpa, brother, uncle, mentor and an inspiration to more than a few. "Why not take a risk when you have nothing to lose." He leaves behind his Big Boy coffee buddies and the wait staff who will miss his humor and complaints. He was a proud United States Navy veteran. John was a friend of Bill W. for 48 awesome years.
John's wishes for cremation and no service will be respected. Local arrangements by the Malburg Funeral Home, Romeo.

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Death notice . . .
Shirley A. Bishop of Romeo died Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014; Rewalt Funeral Home, Richmond.
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DANIEL CARR
Daniel W. Carr, 65, a 28 year Romeo resident passed away peaceful at his home on Monday, Sept. 15, 2014.
Daniel was born Aug. 16, 1949, in Detroit, the son of James and Doris (Manchester) Carr. Daniel worked as an engine builder at the GM Tech Center and the Warren Power train plant for 30 years. He loved working on classic cars, as well as motorcycle riding, and snowmobiling. Daniel loved being up north and being surrounded by nature.
He is survived by his longtime companion, Sandra of Bruce Township; his daughters, Jaime Carr of Washington and Michelle (Judd) Sehn of Washington; his brother, James Carr of Dearborn; a sister, Kathleen Martin of Hazel Park; and grandchildren Zachary (Natasha) Sehn of North Carolina, Victoria Sehn of Lapeer, and Danielle Vollen of South Carolina.
Visitation: 2-8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 19, Henry M. Malburg Funeral Home, Romeo.
Services: 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 20, at the funeral home with Pastor Bob Wright officiating.
Burial: White Chapel Cemetery, Troy.
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DOROTHY TYLER
Dorothy J. (Compton) Tyler, 85, of Grand Rapids, passed away Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014.
She is survived by her children, Patricia (Steven) Jackson, David (Cathy) Tyler, Tim (Roxanne) Tyler, Becky Dorrell; grandchildren, Bethany (Brian) Baar, Bretton Jackson, David (Danielle) Tyler II, Alison (Jesse) Ward, Amy (Derek) Yoder, Libby Dorrell; seven great-grandchildren; a sister, Ruth (Marvin) Kloock; a brother, Ed (Betty) Compton.
Dorothy was born and raised in Romeo. After retiring from General Motors (Flint) she moved to Clearwater Beach, Florida. Upon returning to Michigan, she resided in Cadillac until moving to Grand Rapids five years ago. Dorothy was an accomplished bridge player and enjoyed golf.
Memorial service:Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Zaagman Memorial Chapel, 2800 Burton St. SE, Grand Rapids.
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LARRY CHAMBERLIN
Larry Wallace Chamberlin, 65, of Clarkston and formerly of Lake Orion, passed away Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, after a long illness.
He was the son of the late Evelyn and Wallace Chamberlin who were owners of Chamberlin Bros. Farms in Lake Orion, where he helped with the farm work. He then went into the United States Marines for a short period.
He is survived by a daughter, Amy Beth and grandchildren; three sisters, Shirley McKaig, Merry Williams and Peggy Waltman; and two brothers, John and Jerry. He was predeceased by a brother, Charles (Chucky) Chamberlin.
Services: 10 a.m., Monday, Sept. 22, at Kaul Funeral Home in Clinton Township. Burial was in Romeo Cemetery near his parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and brother.
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BETTY DOMMENICK
Betty Louise Dommenick, 64, a lifelong resident of Romeo, passed away Thursdy, Sept. 18, 2014, at her home.
She was born Nov. 9, 1949, in Romeo, the daughter of Frank and Marion Louise (Schadewald) Dommenick.
Betty graduated from Romeo High School in 1968 and then attended Wayne State University and New York University in New York City where she received her bachelor's of art degree. She worked for Richmond Medilodge for many years. Betty enjoyed spending time with her dog Scottie III.
She leaves to mourn her siblings, Joe (Cathy) Dommenick of Florida, Linda (A. J.) Rozycki of Grosse Pointe Woods, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother, Frank Dommenick Jr. in 2014; her mother, Marion Louise, in 2009; and father, Frank in 1999.
Visitation: 5-8 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 23, Roth-Muir Fuenral Home, Romeo.
Services: 10 a.m., Wednesay, Sept. 24, at funeral home.
Burial: Romeo Cemetery.
Guestbook at www.RothMuirFuneralHome.com
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MAXINE WEST
Maxine E. (DeGrandchamp) West, 91, passed away Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014.
She was the beloved wife of the late Edmund; dearest mother of Mary of Roseville, Jane Martin of St. Clair Shores, Ann (Kenneth) Grimm of Ohio, Judith Naber of Washington Township, the late Paul (Diane), the late Fr. John, the late James and the late Gerald. She was the proud grandmother of six and great-grandmother of five.
Visitation will be 3-9 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 25, at Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons, Inc., 54880 Van Dyke at 25 Mile Road Shelby Township. Prayers will be at 7 p.m. Instate 10:30 a.m., Friday, Sept. 26, at SS. John & Paul Catholic Church, 7777 W. 28 Mile Road, until the 11 a.m. mass. Donations to St. Vincent DePaul are greatly appreciated.
Mr. and Mrs. West were married 63 years prior to his passing in 2007 and had lived their entire married life in Washington Township.
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PAUL WEST
11/1/54 – 9/14/14
Peacefully and lovingly in his wife's arms, Paul Edmund West became an angel in Heaven after a brave struggle with a recent illness.
A 1972 graduate of Romeo High School and a graduate of Western Michigan University, Paul was an advocate for the mentally disbled citizens, enacting one of the first pieces of legislation to help challenged individuals, while still in his 20s. He went on to pursue an MBA from Indiana University and became an advertising executive with Leo Burnett in Chicago. He then created an automotive marketing business and moved to California. His other entrepreneurial successes included an exhibit business and an Internet marketing company.
He met the love of his life in California and proposed in Paris, France. His wife believes he should have written a book, "How to be the Perfect Husband", so men could learn from his example.
He is survived by his wife of 11 years, Diane, sisters Mary, Jane, Ann and Judy, many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, predeceased by mother Maxine, father Edmund and three brothers Fr. John, Gerald, and James.
Visitation: 3-9 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 25, at Wujek Calcaterra & Sons, Inc. in Shelby Township.
Services: 11 a.m., Friday, Sept. 26 at SS. John and Paul Catholic Church in Washington Township.
In lieu of flowers, donations will be used for a memorial bench at the Meditation Garden of the hospital where he spent time trying to heal.
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