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DEATH NOTICEDONNIE GOTTA
EMILY McNEILJAY YOUNG
JOANN DeLATERJOHN ZAPPELLA
MICHAEL ZIONSMINNIE WEST
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DONNIE GOTTA
Donnie D. Gotta, 80, a resident of Romeo since 1973 and formerly from Des Moines, Iowa, died Friday, Sept. 5, 2014 at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital in Clinton Township.
Don was born April 27, 1934, in Melcher, Iowa, the son of Andrea and Asunta (Logli) Gotta. He married the former Norma Dittmer on June 3, 1961, in Rosemount, Iowa. Don then moved, along with his family, from Iowa to the Romeo area to work at the Ford Motor Company tractor plant. Upon retiring, Don enjoyed all types of sporting events, especially Iowa Hawkeye football and Detroit Tiger games. Always quick with a smile and a story, Don will forever be remembered by his friendly nature as he walked around town talking to all he met.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Norma (Dittmer); children David (Jennifer) Gotta of Royal Oak and Diane Jacobi of Northville; four grandchildren, Andrew, Anthony, Luke, and Daniel; and one sister, Angie (Don) Warner.
Services were held Tuesday, Sept. 9, at St. Clement Catholic Church of Romeo followed by burial at the Bruce-Armada Cemetery in Romeo. Donations to the Henry Ford Hospice would be appreciated. Arrangements were by the Henry M. Malburg Funeral Home in Romeo.
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MINNIE WEST
Minnie Mary West, 90, a longtime resident of Romeo, died Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, in Romeo surrounded by her loving family.
She was born April 11, 1924, the daughter of Steven and Mary Carolyn (Nagy) Barnick in Boswell, Pennsylvania. She married her loving husband, Robert John West, Sept. 2, 1950, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Detroit and they celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary last year.
Minnie worked at Verellens's Orchard for more than 40 years. She was a longtime member of St. Clement of Rome Catholic Church.
She is survived by her daughters, Lynne West of Romeo and Kathleen Valcaniant of Imlay City; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Robert on Sept. 4, 2013; and siblings John George, Edward and Pauline.
Services were held Tuesday, Sept. 9, at St. Clement of Rome Catholic Church, 343 S. Main, Romeo. Burial was in Mt. Vernon Cemetery. Arrangements were by Roth-Muir Funeral Home in Romeo. Memorial donations can be made to the family's wishes. Guestbook at www.RothMuirFuneralHome.com
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JAY YOUNG
Jay Arthur Young, 70, died Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, in his home in Capac.
He was born Feb. 11, 1944, in Detroit, the son of the Harold and Hadie (Brade) Young.
He was a 1962 graduate for North Huron High School. After high school, he proudly served his country in the United States Army. He then married his high school sweetheart, Bernadette (Gorkowski) Young, on June 25, 1966. She preceded him in death in 2003.
From 1968 to 1995, Jay and Bernadette lived in Washington Township. He worked for Ford Motor Company for more than 30 years then they bought a home in Capac.
He is survived by daughter Grace (Scott) Lallmann of Warren; daughter Victoria (Mark) Thuemmel of Sterling Heights; son Dean (Christine) Young of Ashburn, Virginia; daughter Laura Young of Portland, Michigan; son Matthew (Preeyanuj) Young of Rochester Hills; daughter, Martha (Joel) Raines of Campobello, South Carolina; son Donald (Monica) Young of Sharpsburg, Georgia, and son Peter Jay (Margaret) Young, stationed in Okinawa, Japan; and 25 grandchildren. He is also survived by two brothers, Raymond (Kathy) Young of Sterling Heights and Nelson (Gail) Young of Bad Axe. He was preceded in death by his half-sister, Anna Marie Marsh in 1988.
Services were held Saturday, Sept. 6, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Kinde. Burial was in Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Kinde. Arrangements were by Knoblock Funeral Home, 5720 N. Van Dyke Road, Kinde.
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MICHAEL ZIONS
Michael L. (Mickey) Zions, 78, a resident of Romeo since 1954, died Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at Crittenton Hospital in Rochester Hills.
Mickey was born Dec. 19, 1935, in Springfield, Illinois, the son of Michael and Agnes (Yurgil) Zions. He married the former Eunice Jaynes on May 24, 1954, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Romeo.
Mickey retired from TRW in Washington Township when the plant closed. His hobbies include watching NASCAR, working and driving old muscle cars, collecting Marilyn Monroe and all types of Coke memorabilia.
He is survived by his wife Eunice; four children, Ellen King of Washington, Shannon (Bob) Emerick of Ray Township, Terry Zions of Chesterfield Township and Troy (Karen) Zions of Shelby Township. Grandchildren include Shawn, Jennifer, Cassie, Michael, Nicholas, Alex, Vicky, Allen, Carter, Kyle, Emily and Jenna; and great-grandchildren include Taylor, Addey, Carson, Xavier, and Barrett. He was predeceased by a son, Todd; and a great-grandson, Daniel.
A memorial visitation was held Friday, Sept. 5, at the Henry M. Malburg Funeral Home in 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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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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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.
Services: 11 a.m., 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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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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