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Connie D. Brown, 51, a lifelong resident of Romeo/Imlay City, passed away Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, at Lapeer Region-McLaren Health Care Hospital surrounded by her family.
Connie was born Sept. 16, 1963, the daughter of Orville and Shirley (Woodward) Brimm. On Oct. 21, 1990, she married Bob Brown in Romeo.
Over the years, she was employed at various places such as Fred's Market (Romeo) and Barclay Medical (Rochester). Connie loved the outdoors where she did activities such as riding the four-wheeler, picking up rocks, gardening and fishing. She loved to be with her grandson Lucas and was simply full of love.
Connie is survived by her husband, Bob of Imlay City; daughter Christina (Eric) Givens of Tecumseh; mother Shirley of Rochester; brothers and sisters Michael Brimm of Clinton Township, Susan (Victor) Avolio of Washington Township, Angela (Daniel) Nelson of Macomb, Teresa (Scott) Lukity of Shelby Township and Jason (Melissa) Brimm of Clinton Township; 17 nieces and nephews; 1 great niece; 1 great nephew; and lastly, her pride and joy, her grandson Lucas.    
Services were held Tuesday, Nov. 18, at the Henry M. Malburg Funeral Home with Father Jerry Kessel officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Michigan Humane Society.
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Robert M. Welch, 83, of Allenton, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, at his home.
He was born July 27, 1931, in Romeo, the son of Merton and Irene Welch. He served with the U.S. Navy.
Robert worked in skilled trades for Hydraulic Tube in Almont; was a member of West Berlin United Methodist Church and Berlin Township Senior Citizens. He enjoyed airplanes and woodworking.
He is survived by his wife, Joan; children, Tom, Vickie, Debbie, and Michael, Robert and Louie Welch; stepchildren, Michael and Marty Dodds and Tom Beckner; grandchildren, Nicholas Welch, Morgan, Amber and Ryan Dodds. He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Donald Welch; and siblings Dorothy, Ruth, JoAnn and Ernie.
Services were held Saturday, Nov. 15, at Muir Brothers Funeral Home in Almont. Rev. Curtis Clark, pastor of West Berlin United Methodist Church, officated. Burial was in West Berlin Cemetery. To sign the online guest book please visit
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Death notices . .
Julia McCraw, 87, of Armada, died Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Arrangements were by Tiffany-Young and Hauss Funeral Home, Armada.
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Norman Sandmann Jr. 68, of Utica, died Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. Arrangements were by Tiffany-Young and Hauss Funeral Home, Armada.
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Harold Martin Beal, 65, a longtime resident of Leonard and formerly of Romeo, passed away on Tuesday, Nov.18, 2014.
He was born Nov. 16, 1949, in Mount Clemens, the son of Bert and Beatrice (Luscomb) Beal. He married Yvonne Gomes on Dec. 2, 1968, in Romeo.
Harold worked for Ford Motor Company for 32 years at the tractor plant and then the engine plant in Romeo. He was an all around avid sportsman and enjoyed spending time with his loving family.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Yvonne of ,Leonard; beloved children Jo Anne (Jeffrey) McGill of Oxford, Kathy Jo Beal (Kyle Cooper) of Leonard, and Bobby Jo Beal (Curt Jordan) of Attica; beloved grandchildren Alex McGill, Kaysee McGill, Charles Liebenow, Sarah Schick, Brittany Harrison, Delanie Cooper, Diamond Smith, Brooklyn Smith, Kara Beal, Curt Jordan; and five great-granddaughters. He is also surviving by his beloved siblings Bert (Nedra) Beal of Armada, Richard (Brenda) Beal of Armada and Mary (Chuck) Haddrill of Oxford.
A memorial service will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 29, at the Leonard United Methodist Church (254 E. Elmwood, Leonard, MI 48367.) Memorial donations may be made to the family. Burial will be made at Romeo Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to the Roth-Muir Funeral Home, 296 South Main, Romeo, MI 48065.
Arrangements by Roth-Muir Funeral Home (296 South Main – Romeo, MI 48065.) Guestbook at
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Denyes B. Zuehlk, 64, a 35 year Ray/Washington Township resident, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, at Henry Ford Detroit Hospital.
Denyes was born Aug. 7, 1950, in Jamaica, the daughter of Ervin and Carmen (Chin). Denyes enjoyed many different activities from gardening to reading to visiting museums and even loved going to the beach. A very big part of her life was being part of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witness in Washington Township. She also loved her children and grandchildren.
Denyes is survived by her children, Linda Zuehlk of Lake Worth, Florida, Pamela of Washington Township, and Luanne of Clinton Township; grandchildren, Kyla, Josh, and Luke; and a sister, Jennifer Chong of Washington Township.
Services were held Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Henry M. Malburg Funeral Home.

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Ferrell Keesee, 72, of Almont and formerly of Romeo, passed away Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, surrounded by his family.
He was born July 25, 1942, the son of Abner and Blanche (Hunt) Keesee, in Pikeville, Kentucky.  After high school, Ferrell served in the U.S. Army. He enjoyed traveling around the country.
Ferrell is survived by his brothers, Howard (Norma) Keesee of Sandusky and Kenneth (Brenda) Deskins of Tennessee; and his sister, Ruby Newsome of Almont. He is also survived by nieces and nephews Terry (Sean) Colgan of Beaverton, Randy (Lori) Newsome of Allenton, Dwayne Newsome of Almont, Craig (Erica) Keesee of Armada, Derek Deskins of Washington, Kenitha (Paul) Droke of Tennessee, Myron Deskins of Alabama and Anthony (Kim) Swafford of Kentucky; and many great-nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Abner and Blanche (Hunt) Keesee; his sister Mable Swafford; and his niece Rhonda Adams. 
Visitation: 9-10 a.m. followed by 10 a.m. service, Tuesday, Nov. 25, at Roth-Muir Funeral Home in Romeo. Guestbook at
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Charles See, 34, of Warren and formerly of Rochester, died Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Arrangements were by Roth-Muir Funeral Home, Romeo.
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David L. DeMartelaere, 79, a resident of Romeo since 1987 and previously from Troy, passed away at his home on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014.
Dave was born May 12, 1935, in Rock Island, Illinois., the son of Marcel and Paula (VanLandegem) DeMartelaere. David married the former Janet Mentier on Jan. 6, 1962, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Royal Oak.
After graduating from University of Illinois in February of 1958 with an engineering degree, Dave worked for many companies as an automotive engineer. He started work with Chrysler Missile in Sterling Heights, setting up missile sites in Italy. He then worked for Holley Carb in Warren for many years and then retired from SPX Corporation in Warren in 1996. Upon retirement, he enjoyed working on and driving his 1931 Model A and assisting at St. Clement Catholic Church where he and his wife Janet helped with funeral luncheons. He enjoyed helping his children out with any renovatiion projects on their homes, where he became known as the famous "Mr. Fix It." During the Christmas season, he designed and built elaborate games for his children and grandchildren, most notably his 9-hole miniature golf course complete with a water hazard.
Dave is survived by his wife Janet; daughters Denise (Rob) Prough of Shelby Township, Debi (Ken Appleman) Martone of Romeo, Donna (Paul Jett) DeMartelaere of Madison Heights and Deanna (Greg) Heiden of Capac; 14 grandsons; two granddaughters; four great-grandsons; and two sisters, Alice Ann (Hugh) Epperson and Georgene Silvertsen, both of Rock Island, Illinois.
Visitation: 1-8 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. rosary by the Knights of Columbus No. 7018, Wednesday, Nov. 26, Henry M. Malburg Funeral Home, Romeo.
Services: 11 a.m., Friday, Nov.28, St. Clement Catholic Church in Romeo with Fr. Stephen Reckker officiating.
Donations to the Samaritan House of Romeo would be appreciated.
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