Welcome to our new installment of Rochester Media. Periodically, we will bring you an update of death notices as shared by Pixley Funeral Homes and Potere-Modetz Funeral Homes in Rochester.

Here are a few obituaries from the past week.

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HausIrene J. Haus

November 24, 1927 – August 14, 2013

GoetzMavis Elaine Goetz

October 7, 1936 – August 13, 2013

Mavis E. Goetz, passed away August 13, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. Beloved wife of the late James. Loving Mother of Kimberly (Edward) Meleski, Daniel (Karen) Goetz, Jill (Karen Gasper) Goetz. Cherished grandmother of Ryan Siekas, Kyle Siekas, Paige Goetz and Brandon Schaefer, great-grandmother of Kylie and Kyle Siekas Jr. Mavis was an avid reader. She loved to travel, take cruises, go to the movies but most of all she loved spending time with her family. The Memorial Service will be held at White Chapel, Saturday August 17, 2013 at 2:00pm. at the Chapel of the flowers. Memorial Contributions appreciated to the American Stroke Association . Please visit

Marguerite Ellen Ledbetter

November 16, 1917 – August 13, 2013

LEDBETTER, Marguerite E. 95, Born in Detroit, Michigan passed away on August 13, 2013 in Waterford, Michigan. Beloved wife of the late Vernon Kemp for 27 years, and the late Sidney Ledbetter for 28 years. Proud mother of Richard (Janet) Kemp, and James Kemp. Cherished grandmother of Robert Kemp, Rebecca Kemp, Cheryl (Scott) Napier, Amy (Steve) Ernst, David Kemp, and Jennifer Kemp. Great-grandmother of four, and great-great-grandmother of one. Please visit


KotwickiLarry Alan Kotwicki

January 25, 1954 – August 12, 2013

Larry A. Kotwicki, age 59, of Pontiac, Michigan passed away on August 12, 2013 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Beloved Husband of Helen. Loving Father of Brad, and Haley, Son of the late Joan and Louis. Son- in- law of Alena and the late Emilo Cinqueranelli. Cherished brother of Sandy Yurk, and brother-in-law to Ted Yurk, Mary Ann, and Tony DeMarco. Uncle to Tiffany (Shane), Marcy, Amy, Reed, and Brent. Survived by many cousins, great nieces, nephews and friends. Larry loved classic cars, camping, playing cards, and woodworking. He loved Halloween and horror movies, The Eagles, and golf, along with Bill Knapp’s Chocolate Cake. Visitation will be held on Friday, August 16, 2013 from 9:00 a.m until the funeral service at 12 noon at the Pixley Funeral Home Godhardt-Thomlinson Chapel, 2904 Orchard Lake Rd., Keego Harbor, Michigan 48320.


Norma M Marshall

November 7, 1918 – August 10, 2013


GoodingArlene Gooding

January 17, 1924 – August 10, 2013

GOODING, ARLENE of Commerce Twp.; August 10, 2013; age 89; Loving wife of John S. Gooding; Beloved mother of Linda Nestle and Charles Allen; Dear grandmother of Becky, Cheryl, Trish and the late Kari. Great-grandmother of Jessica, Matt and Lilly; Also cherished by many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. Mrs. Gooding was retired from the Michigan Department of Transportation. She enjoyed golf, playing bridge and loved spending time in her beautiful gardens. Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, August 14, 2013, 10:30 a.m. at the Riverside Chapel, Simpson-Modetz Funeral Home, 5630 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday 4 to 8 p.m. Interment Great Lakes National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.


WelshDennis F. Welsh

December 15, 1942 – August 9, 2013

WELSH, Dennis F., Age 70, August 9, 2013 of Addison Township, husband of Ann, father of Eric (Jacquelynn) and the late Christopher. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Pixley Funeral Home; 322 W. University Dr., Rochester with a funeral service will be celebrated on Wednesday at 1:00 PM at the funeral home. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Benedictine Sisters, MSSC, 801 S. 8th Street, Atchison, Kansas 66002-2778

BennettWade E. Bennett

August 19, 1953 – August 9, 2013

BENNETT, Wade E., age 59, of Rochester Hills, died August 9, 2013. A life-time resident of Rochester, he was a 1972 graduate of Rochester High School and was employed as a Quality Engineer for Cooper Standard Automotive. He was the husband of Brenda S. Bennett, whom he married June 28, 1975. Loving and proud father of Joshua and Zachary. Son of the late William and Julia Bennett. Brother of Michael (Susan), Jo Anna (Allen) Sova, Harvey (Debbie), Laura Bartosiewicz, Rebecca (Perry) Bailey and the late Julie Bennett. Funeral Service 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at PIXLEY FUNERAL HOME, 322 W. University Drive in downtown Rochester. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday 2-8 p.m. Memorial contributions in Wade’s name may be directed to Gentiva Hospice and envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

BrandonKeith W. Brandon

April 23, 1916 – August 9, 2013

BRANDON, Keith W., age 97, of Auburn Hills, passed away August 9, 2013. Keith was the loving husband of the late Beatrice Brandon for 73 years. Dear father of Virginia (Wilson) Garner and Vicki Brandon. Keith ws born in Turner, MI to the late Charles and Ethel Brandon. He was preceded in death by his sisters Aletha Mackell, Pearl Edwards, Geraldine Monk and a brother, Kenneth Brandon. In his early twenties, Keith graduated from the Detroit Barber College and did barbering in Pontiac. He also was a United States Marine Corp veteran of World War II. Keith retired from General Motors Truck and Coach after 30 years of service. He was a faithful worker for the Lord at Five Points Community Church, serving as Supervisor of the Junior Department and custodian. He could fix or repair almost anything and took pride in keeping the Lord’s house in immaculate condition. In recent yers he was a member of North Auburn Hills Baptist Church and regularly attended the “Keenagers Class” for seniors. Funeral Service 11:00 a.m. Thursday at North Auburn Hills Baptist Church, 3889 N. Squirrel Road in Auburn Hills 48326, with Dr. John E. Marine, officiating. Visitation Wednesday 4-9 p.m. at PIXLEY FUNERAL HOME, 322 W. University Drive in downtown Rochester. Memorial contributions in Keith’s memory may be directed to his church. A special “Thank You” to Clarkston Specialty Healthcare and Crittenton Hospital 5-East for their compassion and care.


Susan Pianka

December 7, 1956 – August 8, 2013


RossEilene Bertha Ross

September 10, 1918 – August 08, 2013

Ross, Eilene, Age 94 of Rochester Hills. August 8, 2013 Loving wife of the late Donald. Dear mother of Karen Lehrke, James (Lynne) Ross, and Robert Ross. Grandmother of Kirk (Kelly), Jennifer, and Julian (Terry). Great grandmother of Blake, Sarah, Brent, Brooke, and Zachary. Eilene was a member of VFW #3909 Auxiliary. She spent many years as a school volunteer and member of the PTA. She was a devoted Christian who loved her family. Funeral service Monday, August 12, 2013, 1:00 p.m. at the Potere-Modetz Funeral Home, 339 Walnut Blvd., Rochester. The family will receive friends 11 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home. Interment Van Hoosen Jones Cemetery. Suggested memorials to the Alzheimer’s Assoc. Online guestbook


MiakininGeorge Miakinin

February 14, 1926 – August 08, 2013

MIAKININ GEORGE Age 87 of Rochester Hills, August 8, 2013. Loving husband of Patricia for 60 years. Dearest father of Ron (Lory) Miakinin and Beth Miakinin (Jim Ogonowski). Korean War Veteran. Retired from Chevrolet Engineering. Model train enthusiast. He was deeply loved and will be sorely missed. Funeral service Monday, August 12, 2013, 12 Noon with an in state time of 11:30 a.m. at White Chapel Cemetery, 621 W. Long Lake Rd., Troy in the Chapel of Flowers. The family will receive friends Sunday 5-9 p.m. at the Potere-Modetz Funeral Home, 339 Walnut Blvd., Rochester. Suggested memorials to the American Heart Assoc., American Kidney Foundation, or Michigan Humane Society. Online condolences at


MeyersAgatha “Skip” Joan Meyers

February 24, 1925 – August 08, 2013

Meyers, Agatha “Skip”, Age 88 of Rochester. August 8, 2013. Loving wife of Jack for 65 years. Cherished mother of Linda (Doug) Kilbourne, Tom (Holly) Meyers, Bunny (Ron) Moeller, Pam (Doug) Lee, and Jack (Pam) Meyers. Dear grandmother of Mike (Carly), Beth, Sarah, Bobby (Carolina), Jason (Christina), Ben (Heather), Stephanie, Matt (Jackie), Katie (Chris), Mary (Will), Tommy, Nicole, Chris, Abby (Mike), Leah (Chris), and Joe. Great grandma of Finn, Julian, Macy, Alexander, Andrew, Lucas, Isabella, Madison, Dylan, Brooklyn, and Kennedy. Skip loved gardening and antiquing. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family. Funeral Mass Monday, August 12, 2013, 12 noon with an instate time of 11:30 a.m. at St. Andrew Catholic Church, 1400 Inglewood, Rochester. The family will receive friends Sunday 3-9 p.m. at the Modetz Funeral Home, 100 E. Silverbell Rd., Orion. Interment Guardian Angel Cemetery. Suggested memorials to St. Jude Tribute Program, Tennessee.

Edward Dean Moshier

February 18, 1936 – August 5, 2013

MOSHIER, EDWARD D.; age 77; of Rochester; August 5, 2013. Husband of the late Barbara and Joyce; loving father of Catherine (Robert) Larson, Susan (Richard) Acho and Laura (Timothy) Jarrow; survived by seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren; brother of Jerry, Douglas, Bonnie Haacke, Greg and Richard Moshier; also survived by special friend Kathy Reed. Ed was retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Technical Sergeant. Funeral Service Friday 11 a.m. at Pixley Funeral Home, 322 W. University Dr., Rochester with visitation Thursday 3 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Assoc. Please leave condolences at


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