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 JANET DeMARTELAERE ROCCO TENAGLIA
BUFORD HERRONELIZABETH REIBER
GARY VETTRAINOGIOVANNINA WESOLOWSKI
MARY SULLIVANPHILIP KITTELL JR.
SHERRI LEWINSKITHOMAS AVEREYN
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THOMAS AVEREYN
Thomas M. Avereyn, 60, a resident of Fort Wayne, Indiana, passed away at his home on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014.
Tom was born Aug. 10, 1954, in Mount Clemens, the son of Arthur M. and Margaret (Lambert) Avereyn.
Tom was raised in Washington Township and graduated from Romeo High School in 1973. Tom worked and retired from General Motors.
Tom is survived by his siblings, Gerald (Jane) Avereyn of Grand Blanc, Patricia (Richard) Borowski of Ray Township, Kathleen (Jim) VanHoeck of Armada; along with many nieces and nephews.
A memorial mass to celebrate the life of Tom will take place at a later date. Local arrangements by the Henry M. Malburg Funeral Home, Romeo.
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 JANET DeMARTELAERE
Janet E. DeMartelaere, 75, a resident of Romeo since 1987, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital in Clinton Township.
Janet was born on Oct. 25, 1939, in Royal Oak, the daughter of Robert and Eileen (VanMarter) Mentier. She married David L. DeMartelaere on January 6, 1962 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Royal Oak and Dave preceded her in death on Nov. 24, 2014.
Janet was well known for her cooking and baking. Janet and her husband Dave were longtime members of St. Clement Catholic Church where they helped out with the funeral luncheons for many years. She dedicated most of her time to her family and friends, helping out with whatever needed to be done. Janet worked for The Romeo Observer for many years in the advertising department.   
Janet is survived by her children, 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. She is also survived by 14 grandsons; 2 granddaughters; and four great-grandsons; along with a sister, Donna Austin, of Midland. Janet was preceded in death by a sister, Nancy Austin.
Services were held Monday, Dec. 15, at St. Clement Catholic Church of Romeo. Arrangements were made by the Henry M. Malburg Funeral Home in Romeo.
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ELIZABETH REIBER
Elizabeth B. Reiber, 95, passed away on  Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, at Angelica's Place in Romeo. She was born on January 23, 1919 in Sterling Heights, the daughter of Louis and Barbara (Ohlert) Schoenherr.
Elizabeth is survived by her five children, Michael Reiber (Sherrill Beaubien) of Leonard, Timothy Reiber (Sheryl Kalnow) of Romeo, Steven Reiber (Gayle Eliason) of Seattle, Washington, Elizabeth Reiber Agase (Tom Agase) of Highland Village, Texas, and Christopher Reiber (Lori Rogers) of Shelby Township. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Janell Reiber Farmer (Timothy Farmer), Michael Reiber (Tinamarie Dunkirk), Elizabeth Agase, Rebecca Reiber Hart (Carl Hart), Paul Agase (deceased), Benjamin Reiber (Rachel Owen), Christopher Reiber, Matthew Reiber (Brandy Skurya-children, James, Jayden, Alaina, Brennan), great grandchildren Victoria, Alexandra, Corbin, Olivia, Abigail, and Aliya. Elizabeth is also survived by her two sisters-in-law, Helen Schoenherr and Bernadette Schoenherr. She is preceded in death by her 12 siblings, Ethel (Leo) Jenuwine, Louis (Cecilia) Schoenherr, Paul (Viola) Schoenherr, Jim (Mildred) Schoenherr, Tom (Delores) Schoenherr, Marian (Glen) Hoxsey, Catherine (Harold "Hockey") Moore, Beatrice (Cliff) Reiterman, Suzanne (Frank) D'Angelo, Jack Schoenherr, Eugene Schoenherr, and Margaret Masters on August 4, 2014.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 17, at the Henry M. Malburg Funeral Home in Romeo. Services will be 11 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 18, at the funeral home with Father John officiating. A luncheon will be held at Greystone Golf Course (32 and Mound) following the service. Burial will take place at a later date at the Elk Ridge Cemetery near Traverse City. Donations can be made to Alzheimer's Association.
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 ROCCO TENAGLIA
Rocco Tenaglia, 80, passed away peacefully at his Bruce Township home Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014.
He was the beloved husband of Ida (nee Polsinelli) for 49 years; father of Debra of Bruce Township, Michel (fiancé Renee Watt) of Leonard and Lisa (Jeff) Rapp of Washington Township; proud grandfather of Rocco, Glenn, Serafina, Silvana, Karly and Cole; and dear brother of Alfredo (Linda), Rita, Nicoletta and Angela. He was predeceased by two sisters, Maria and Tina; and a daughter-in-law, Audrey.
He was a member of St. Clement K of C and Federazzione Abruzze del Michigan.
Services were held Tuesday, Dec. 16, at St. Clement of Rome Catholic Church in Romeo. Arrangements were by Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons, Inc. in Shelby Township. Entombment was in Resurrection Cemetery.
Please share memories with the family at their On-Line Guest Book at WujekCalcaterra.com
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PHILIP KITTELL JR.
Philip Michael Kittell, Jr., 44, passed away of natural causes on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014.
He was born Dec. 5, 1970 in Mount Clemens, the son of Philip Michael and Eleanor Kathleen (Young) Kittell. He graduated from Lutheran High North in 1989 and then attended Ferris State University where he earned a Bachelors of Science. Philip was the the branch manager of South Park Welding in Romeo. He enjoyed restoring vintage pinball machines and 1980's video arcade games (as well as playing them), and heavy metal music (plus a little Frank Sinatra and traditional jazz).
He was always willing to lend a hand to a friend, neighbor or family member in need. He possessed a quiet, gentle personality and always had a kind word for everyone. Those who knew him well, enjoyed hearing his hearty laughter and watching the corners of his eyes crinkle as he savored a funny joke or anecdote. He is survived by his best friend since junior year of high school and wife Michelle L. Bracali of Rochester; stepdaughter Bianca; and his mother Eleanor "Kathy" Kittell of Lake Orion. He is also surviving are many beloved cousins, aunts, uncles and God parents Bob and Barb Young of Yale. He was preceded in death by his grandparents and his father Philip.
Visitation: 4-8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 19, Roth-Muir Funeral Home, 296 South Main, Romeo, and instate 10-11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 20.
Services: 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 20, Immanuel Lutheran Church, 47120 Romeo Plank Road, Macomb
A celebration of Phil's life with food and refreshments will be immediately following the funeral at Thee Office Pub & Cookery, 128 South Main, Romeo. Memorial donations may be made to The American Heart Association or the Lutheran High School North Scholarship Fund
in Philip's honor.
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SHERRI LEWINSKI
Sherri Lewinski, 54, of Washington Township, passed away at her home.
She is the beloved wife of Joseph, dear mother of Christopher (Kelley), Marcy (Jason) Mitchell, Rebecca (Jeff) Stasyk, Shannon (Justin) Wolschleger, beloved daughter of Judith Bazzetta and the late Frank Bazzetta, sister of Mary Kaye Nolan, Cindy Pitcock, Lynn List, Amy Tilton and the late Steve Bazzetta. She is also survived by nine grandchildren.
Visitation: 2-8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 18, Henry Malburg Funeral Home, Romeo, and instate 10-10:30 a.m., Friday, Dec. 19.
Services: 10:30 a.m., Friday, Dec. 19, St. Pio (formerly Sacred Heart) Catholic Church, 18430 Utica Road, Roseville. Memorials are suggested to St. Jude Children's Hospital.
Burial: Sacred Heart Cemetery, Roseville.
Arrangements by Wessels & Wilk Funeral Home, Pleasant Ridge.
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GARY VETTRAINO
Gary Vettraino, 76, of Allenton, died Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, at his home.
Gary was born in Detroit, a son of Arthur and Gwendolyn Augusta (nee Beckham) Vettraino. In 1956, he graduated from Center Line High School, where he played halfback on the football team that became the 1956 State champions and earned a scholarship to play for Purdue University. In 1958, Gary married Connie Dailey.
Gary was an engineer at General Motors Tech Center, retiring in 2003 after 43 years of employment. Since 1980, he and his wife, Connie, owned and operated Buccilli's Pizza and Cakes in Almont. In May of 2014, Gary reopened the Allenton Tavern.
Gary is survived by his sons, Gary Jeff Vettraino of Imlay City, Ricky (Cam) Vettraino of Allenton and Danny Vettraino of Almont; daughters, Jill (William Jr.) Anderson of Allenton and Penny (Tom Jr.) Cline of Allenton; grandchildren, Blake, Taylor and Logan Vettraino and Austin, Cody, Zachary and Travis Cline; siblings, Lavonne Topolewski, Polly (Dan) Stolt, Janice Swisher and Tom Vettraino; special friends, Pat and Bernie Bianchi and Ivon and Diego Pena; and his canine friend, Ralph. Gary was predeceased by his wife, Connie, on March 30, 2013; his parents; and siblings, Wayne Vettraino and Judy Vettraino.
A memorial service was held Wednesday, Dec. 17, at Tiffany-Young and Hauss Funeral Home in Armada. Memorials would be appreciated for family wishes.
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MARY SULLIVAN
Mary Frances Sullivan, 79, of Romeo, passed away at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014.
Mary was born June 11, 1935, and is the daughter of Patrick and Mary (Totchy) Mulrooney.
She is the beloved wife of Jerome Sullivan, and loving mother of 10 children, Shannon, Pat (Dana), Jerry (Renee), Mick (Michelle), Tim (Brenda), Tom (Margrete), Kelli, Sean (Kristina), Brian (Elizabeth), and Kevin; dearest grandmother of 15, Jerome (JK), Nicholas, Taylor, Leah, Halie, Patrick, Austin, Alexis, Benjamin, Noah, Jack, Ruby, Skylar, Cooper, and baby Mary. She was also a friend and role model to people whose lives she touched.
Mary has been the pillar of the family and the Romeo community throughout her life. She quickly passed away in her home in the presence of her loving husband of 56 years. She will be truly missed by all those who loved her dearly, as well as those who have had the honor to know her during her life journey.
A mass in Mary's honor: 10 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 18, at St. Clement of Rome Catholic Church. Donations can be made out to Polar Bear Memorial Association, 1250 Weiss, Frankenmuth, Michigan 48734. Arrangements were by the Henry M. Malburg Funeral Home in Romeo.
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GIOVANNINA WESOLOWSKI
Giovannina "Jennie" Wesolowski, 89, a 41 year resident of Romeo, passed away on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, at her home. Jennie was born on September 10, 1925, the daughter of Frank and Anna (Guido) Rimi.
She married her beloved husband Roman on June 12, 1954, in Anchorville. Jennie worked for Briggs Mfg. assembling B-17 and B-29 bombers during WW II, a genuine "Rosie the Riveter." Jennie was a loving mother of six children, a caring grandmother to her grandchildren and was a devoted wife to her husband. Jennie loved flowers and had a knack for creating beautiful summer gardens.
Jennie is survived by her children, Lawrence of Ortonville, Gail (Dale) Brinker of Almont, Kathy of Lake Orion, David (Sharon) of Davisburg, Carol (Roger) Klein of Addison Township and Mary (Gary) Poulos of Woodstock, Georgia. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren. Jennie was preceded in death by her loving husband Roman; sisters Virginia Pallante, Victoria LaRicca, Mary Rimi, and Josephine Cavaliere; and daughter-in-law Linda.
Visitation: 4-8 p.m. with a 7 p.m. rosary, Thursday, Dec. 18, Henry M. Malburg Funeral Home, Romeo.
Services: 10 a.m., Friday, Dec. 19, St. Clement Catholic Church in Romeo.
Burial will follow the service at the Romeo Cemetery.
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BUFORD HERRON
Buford E. Herron, 81, a 54 year resident of Ray, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital in Clinton Township.
Buford was born Nov. 12, 1933 in Guntersville, Alabama, the son of Thomas and Sarah (Whitehead) Herron. He married the former Dolores Schultz on Aug. 28, 1954, at St. John Lutheran Church in Romeo.
After serving 10 years in the Air Force, mostly stationed at Selfridge Air Force Base in Harrison Township, Buford worked for General Motors and retired after 30 years from the Drayton Plains Assembly in 1995. He was an avid sports fan, especially watching Alabama football and going camping around Michigan. Along with his wife, they were longtime members of St. John Lutheran Church of Romeo.
Buford is survived by his wife Dolores of Ray; children Randy (Luisa) Herron and Darcel Bennett, both of Washington, and Deanna (Jeff) Shultis of Sterling Heights. He is also survived by grandchildren Eric, Melissa, Tiffany, Christopher, Amanda, and Adam; great-grandchildren Dimitri, Madison, and Riley; and siblings Jerry (Brenda) of South Carolina, Sylvia (Larry) Dickerson and Rosie (James) Hale both of Kentucky. Buford was preceded in death by his daughter, Kim; along with four siblings.
Visitation: 3-8 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 21, Henry M. Malburg Funeral Home, Romeo.
Services: 11 a.m., Monday, Dec. 22, St. John Lutheran Church of Romeo with Rev. Martin Gehring officiating.
Donations to Karmanos Cancer or to St. John Lutheran Church would be appreciated.
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