Frances Allen, Robert Griffis, Clifford Papple and others

inside article Welcome back to our Local Condolences section. The Rochester Media team respectfully brings you a monthly update of obituaries as shared by Pixley Funeral Homes and Modetz Funeral Homes in Rochester.

It is never easy learning a loved one has passed. With this collection each month, it is our hope to keep our community connected to ensure the memories of those passed live on in our thoughts.

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GriffisRobert Carl Griffis

September 29, 1927 – November 7, 2013

Dr. Robert C. Griffis of Rochester Hills passed away on Thursday November 7, 2013. Loving husband for over 64 years to Doris. Dearest father of Carl (Etta), Edward, Robert (Barbara), Thomas (Mimi), and Patty. Proud grandfather of 6 grandchildren, Robert also leaves behind is dear cat Kacey. Robert served his country in the Navy during WWII; he graduated with a Doctorate in Chemistry going on to work for General Electric and Ford Motor Co. Robert volunteered for over 20 years making harnesses at Leader Dogs for the Blind of Rochester, MI. Visitation will be Tuesday November 12, 2013 from 1pm until the time of service at 3pm at Pixley Funeral Home, 322 W. University Dr. Rochester, MI 48307. In lieu of flowers please send memorial donations to Leader Dogs for the Blind P.O. Box 5000 Rochester MI 48308. Please visit

Funeral services were held Nov. 12.

Leroy D. Taylor

October 18, 1926 – November 8, 2013

Leroy D. Taylor; age 87; of Rochester, MI, passed away on November 8, 2013, surrounded by family. Lee will be dearly missed by his loving wife of 65 years, Kappy (nee Marjorie Kathleen Sims), and their children, Barbara and Larry Stringer of Rochester, Douglas and Martha Taylor of Newtown, PA, and David and Lisa Taylor of Traverse City. He is also survived by his seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren, who will always remember the humor, easy-going nature, and devotion of their “Grandpa Lee”.

The son of Irwin and Lena Mae Taylor (nee Plassey), Lee was born in Highland Park, MI and grew up on the eastside of Detroit, where he graduated from Pershing High School. He went on to earn his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and his Master’s from Wayne State University. As a career engineer and executive with Sperry Vickers, Lee built his life with Kappy in Rochester, where they have been active in the community for decades. As a charter member of the Brookwood Golf Club, Lee was an avid golfer and enjoyed days spent on the links with Kappy and their dear friends. He was also a member of the First Congregational Church of Rochester. In addition to his unwavering love and support, Lee shared his passion for travel, dogs, sports, and reading with his family.

A celebration of his life will be held on November 23rd at the First Congregational Church of Rochester at 2:00pm. The family asks that any tributes or memorials may be directed to Rochester Hills Public Library in Lee’s honor. Family and friends wishing to share a thought or memory of Lee are welcomed to do so online at

Memorial Service:

Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.

First Congregational Church (1315 North Pine Street, Rochester, Michigan 48307)


Gary J. Covington

June 11, 1947 – November 09, 2013

COVINGTON, GARY J. of Waterford; November 9, 2013; age 66; Father of Mandi (Sean) Johnson; Son of Paul Covington and the late Anna Miller; Also survived by 2 grandchildren. Military honors will be provided Wednesday, November 13, 2013, 11:00 a.m. at Great Lakes National Cemetery, 4200 Belford Road, Holly.


PrietoJesse J. Prieto

May 09, 1974 – November 09, 2013

PRIETO, JESSE J. of Waterford; November 9, 2013; age 39; Loving husband of Kimberly Sweat Prieto; Beloved father of Cameron, Cody, Caitlin, Jesse Jr. and Conner. Dear son of Lois (Michael) Stephens; Dear brother of Shari Stephens and Shannon (Josh) Defoe; Son in law of Ralph (Pat) Sweat. Mr. Prieto was a Dialysis Technician at Davita Dialysis Center. Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 11:00 a.m. at the Riverside Chapel, Simpson-Modetz Funeral Home, 5630 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Monday 3 to 8 p.m. Memorials may be made to the National Kidney Foundation.

PappleClifford L. Papple

May 9, 1935 – November 10, 2013

PAPPLE, Clifford L., age 78, of Rochester Hills, November 10, 2013; husband of Sandra; father of Clifford W. (Susan), Terry, Jeff (Joy), Bill and Connie Papple; grandfather of Emily (Rob), Sara, Julie, Jeremy, Brennan, Kyle, Cassandra & Christy; also survived by other family; Memorial gathering Wednesday 5-7 p.m. with service at 7 p.m. at Pixley Funeral Home, 3530 Auburn Rd., Auburn Hills. Donations may be made to American Heart Assoc.

Memorial Gathering: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Pixley Funeral Home (3530 Auburn Road, Auburn Hills, Michigan 48326). Phone: (248) 852-1800

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Memorial Service:

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 7 p.m. at the Pixley Funeral Home, Auburn Hills, Michigan 48326.


Dominic James Picco

February 01, 1934 – November 10, 2013

Cremation and funeral services have taken place.


AllenFrances A. Allen

October 31, 1949 – November 11, 2013

Frances Westbrook Allen, 64, passed away on Sunday, November 10, 2013 at Henry Ford Hospital in West Bloomfield, Michigan. Frances resided at the American House Oakland and was a former resident of Lawton, Oklahoma and Cortez, Colorado. She is survived by her sister, Carol Ann Parisi of Arvada, Colorado, her five children, Roger (Connie) Westbrook of Lawton, Oklahoma, Gene Westbrook of Lawton, Oklahoma, Vicki (Alan) Blazier of Sylvan Lake, Michigan, Jim (Kim) Westbrook of North Port, New York and David Westbrook of Durango, Colorado. Also fifteen grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Frances passed unexpectedly from a very rare disease. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made in her name to The National Prion Disease Pathology Surveillance Center
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Glenn A. Long

October 09, 1927 – November 11, 2013

LONG, GLENN A. of White Lake; November 11, 2013; age 86; Loving husband of Dorothy Morrow Long for 66 years; Beloved father of Randy (Terri) Long and Linda (David) Crow; Also cherished by 5 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Mr. Long was retired from Ford Tractor and was a veteran of the United States Navy.

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