Obituaries: Elliott Brooks, Cassie Stack, Helen Thayer and more

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Welcome back to our new installment of Rochester Media. Periodically, we will bring you an update of death notices as shared by Pixley Funeral Homes and Modetz Funeral Homes in Rochester. Here are a few obituaries from the past week.

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BennettRuth I. Bennett

July 14, 1934 – October 04, 2013

A service will be held in Ruth’s honor on Thursday, Oct. 10 at 6 p.m. at the Waterford Oaks Community Church (located at 2950 Watkins Lake Road, Waterford, MI 48328).


GecziKathy M. Geczi

July 08, 1949 – October 04, 2013




GlowackziKevin Douglas Glowacki

January 22, 1965 – October 4, 2013



HefnerMichael K. Hefner

July 26, 1955 – October 04, 2013

Visitation and a memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 16 beginning at 10 a.m. at the Waterford Baptist Cathedral (Located at 2640 Airport Road, Waterford, MI 48329).



PasekJames Edward Pasek

December 30, 1937 – October 04, 2013

Pasek, James Edward, Age 75 of Auburn Hills. October 4, 2013 Loving husband of Marion. Dear father of James (Kelly) Pasek, Margaret “Peg” (David) Engasser, and John Pasek. Grandfather of Ryan, Nicholas, and Sean. Brother of Eleanor, Mary Louise, and the late Catherine. Jim was a thoughtful creative man who gave his best to those he loved. He had a very successful career at GM and retired as an Executive after 40 years of Service. His passions included cooking, car shows, and auto racing. Mass of Resurrection Thursday, October 10, 2013, 10 a.m. with an instate time of 9:30 a.m at St. Ireneaus Catholic Church, 771 Old Perch Rd., Rochester Hills. The family will receive friends Wednesday 3-8 p.m. at the Modetz Funeral Home, 100 E. Silverbell Rd., Orion. Inurnment Guardian Angel Cemetery. Suggested memorials to St. Patrick Senior Center, Detroit, or OCIMA.

CarlsonJosh David Carlson

September 21, 1984 – October 05, 2013




Patti Lee Carney

July 27, 1947 – October 05, 2013

A service will be held on Sunday, Oct. 13 at 1 p.m. at the Potere-Modetz Funeral Home (Located at 339 Walnut Boulevard, Rochester, MI 48307).

DavidsonWanda R. Davidson

May 21, 1931 – October 05, 2013

DAVIDSON, WANDA R. of Waterford; October 5, 2013; age 82; Loving wife of Sidney; Beloved mother of Sandra (James) Doll, the late Patricia Gibson (David), and the late Ronald Guy. Dear sister of Jane Wilson, Shirley (Terry) Claiborne, Geraldine “Cricket” Miller, Joyce (Ed) Walden, Yvonne (Ken) Faulkner, Millard (Jewel) Chadwell and Norris (Irene) Chadwell. Devoted grandmother of David (Sheila) Gibson, Robert (April) Gibson, Jaime (Mark) Reynolds, Jodi Doll and Julie (Anthony) Wilfong. Great-grandmother of Bradley, Tyler, Tessa, Kaylee and Shane. Preceded in death by her parents Eslich and Tilda Chadwell, and her siblings Minnie Belle Longmire, Reba Cleo, James Arthur Chadwell and L.D. Chadwell. Also cherished by many nieces and nephews. Mrs. Davidson was an active member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church and served on the Altar Guild for many years. She was a Registered Nurse at Pontiac General Hospital and was also an avid golfer. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, October 9, 2013, 10:30 a.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 5301 Hatchery Road, Waterford. The family will receive friends Tuesday 3 to 8 p.m. at the Riverside Chapel, Simpson-Modetz Funeral Home, 5630 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford. Interment Christian Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Church.

Robin L. Dragonetti

August 30, 1955 – October 5, 2013

DRAGONETTI, Robin L., age 58, of Oxford, formerly of Pontiac, October 5, 2013; wife of Gene Wilson; mother of Renee (Jamy) Mincks and Mike Dragonetti; stepmother of Derrick and Bryant Wilson; grandmother of Tyler, Kile, Hannah, Brenden, Grace, Elizabeth, Jacob and Savanna; great-grandmother of Kayan. Memorial gathering Saturday 3-5 p.m. with the memorial service 5:00 p.m. at Pixley Funeral Home, Auburn Hills.

Jane E. Graham

July 1, 1917 – October 5, 2013

Carol Evelyn Knapp

November 28, 1947 – October 05, 2013

Knapp, Carol Evelyn, Age 65 of Auburn Hills. October 5, 2013 Loving daughter of the late Stewart and Ruth Knapp. Dear friend of John Reiss. Cousin of Roger (Jane) Knapp. Carol enjoyed playing bridge and Mahjong. She loved her cats, going to dinner, traveling, and most importantly spending time with her family and friends. Funeral service Tuesday, October 8, 2013, 11 a.m. at the Potere-Modetz Funeral Home, 339 Walnut Blvd., Rochester. The family will receive friends Monday 3-8 p.m. Interment Guardian Angel Cemetery. Suggested memorials to the Michigan Animal Rescue League (MARL), Pontiac.

Thaddeus “Ted” Osak

March 30, 1943 – October 05, 2013

StackCassie Elizabeth Stack

April 24, 1928 – October 05, 2013

Stack, Cassie Elizabeth, Age 85 of Auburn Hills, formerly of Troy. October 5, 2013. Loving wife of the late Richard Sr. Dear mother of the late Richard Jr. (Beverly) Stack and Susan Stack (Steven) Dorris. Dedicated grandmother of Chelsea, Dana, and Kara. Predeceased by her siblings, Walter Stacherski, Sophie Klimczak, Cass Stacherski, Marie Tamaro, Jenny Dzierbicki, Chester, Ted, Leo, and Frankie Stacherski. Funeral Mass Thursday, October 10, 2013, 9:30 a.m. with an instate time of 9:00 a.m. at St. Anastasia, 4571 John R, Troy. The family will receive friends Wednesday 3-8 p.m. at the Modetz Funeral Home, 100 E. Silverbell Rd., Orion. Interment White Chapel Cemetery. Suggested memorial to the Michigan Humane Society or Hospice of Michigan. Online guestbook

RohdeRobert N. Rohde

June 7, 1940 – October 6, 2013

ROHDE, Robert N., age73, October 6th, 2013 of Rochester Hills. Husband of Janet (Nee Baker,) father of Michael (Carla,) and Susan (Eric) Harden, grandfather of Faith, Lauren and Andrew, brother of Richard (Phyllis), Sharon (Dr. Richard) Lanier, brother-in-law of Carol (Richard) Lutgens, Susan (Robert) Bellas and Cathleen Baker, and son-in-law of Grace Baker. Robert is also survived by many nieces and nephews. A Memorial Visitation will be held on Friday from 2:00 PM until 8:00 PM at the Pixley Funeral Home, 322 W. University Dr., Rochester with a Memorial Service on Saturday at 11:00 AM at St. John Lutheran Church, 1011 W. University Dr., Rochester. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Donor Services, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202 or Gleaners Community Food Bank, 2131 Beaufait, Detroit MI 48207.

SchneiderNorma L. Schneider

February 19, 1930 – October 06, 2013

SCHNEIDER, NORMA L. of Waterford; October 6, 2013; age 83; Loving wife of Robert A. Schneider; Beloved mother of Danny (Jennifer) Schneider, Rick (Barb) Schneider, Gary (Kim) Schneider, Diana (Steve) Robinson, Lynette Stearley, Jeff (Kim) Schneider and Tina (Pat) Shallow. Dear sister of Eugene Davis and Pauline Tucker. Also cherished by 18 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Mrs. Schneider was a member of the Order of Eastern Star and was a lifetime member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #3373. Funeral Services will be held Thursday, October 10, 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 Wednesday 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Interment Ottawa Park Cemetery.

BrooksElliott Keith Brooks

July 2, 1989 – October 7, 2013

BROOKS, Elliott K., age 24, of Oakland Twp., October 7, 2013. Elliott was a 2007 graduate of Rochester Adams High School; a 2012 graduate of Western Michigan University where he made the Dean’s List multiple times and received two Bachelor degrees, one in Creative Writing and one in Business Management; he enjoyed writing, movies, snow skiing, time with friends and especially time with his younger brother, Clark. Loving son of Warren (Jann) Brooks of Oakland Twp.; brother of Clark of Kalamazoo; grandson of Mary Brooks of Port Huron and the late Doris Rogers; nephew of Edward Brooks of Rochester Hills, Dr. Pat Brooks of Rochester Hills, David (Denise) Brooks of Fort Gratiot, Amy Rogers of Evanston, IL, Thomas (Judy) Rogers of Clarkston and Susan Smith of Morganton, NC; also survived by numerous cousins and friends. Visitation Thursday 1-5 & 7-9 p.m. and Friday 10:30 -11:30 a.m. at Pixley Funeral Home, 322 W. University Dr., Rochester; Memorial contributions to Leader Dogs for the Blind would be appreciated.

Victoria Grace Edwards

Edwards, Victoria Grace; August 18, 2013 – October 7, 2013; Seven week old precious daughter of Brian and Kelly; sister of Melanie and Aaron. Granddaughter of Wayne and Gloria Tenes, James (Brenda) Edwards and the late Diane Edwards. Also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, and cousins. Victoria was a very cuddly, lovable daughter, kissable sister, and a true blessing. She is now safe in the arms of our Heavenly Father. Funeral Service Friday, October 11, 2013 at Kensington Church, 1825 E. Square Lake Rd., Troy. The family will receive friends Thursday 2 – 8 p.m. at Modetz Funeral Home, 100 E. Silverbell Rd., Orion. Interment Guardian Angel Cemetery. Suggested memorials to the family for a future memorial.

ThayerHelen Roberta Thayer

April 18, 1930 – October 07, 2013

Thayer, Helen Roberta, age 83 of Rochester Hills, October 7, 2013. Loving wife of the late Dewane. Dear mother of Terry (Cheryl), Kevin (Vicky), Michael (Fiancé Melissa Killian), and the late Rickie (Judy) Thayer. Survived by 8 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Funeral Service Friday, October 11, 2013, 11:00 A.M. at the Potere-Modetz Funeral Home, 339 Walnut Blvd, Rochester. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday 3-9 pm. Suggested Memorials to the American Cancer Society.

KhouryLisa Anne Khoury

August 8, 1959 – October 8, 2013

Lisa Anne Khoury age 54 passed away on October 8, 2013 at her home. She was the loving wife of Dr. M. Steven Khoury. Dearest mother of Mark, Anne-Marie, and Audrey. Lisa is also survived by her siblings David Wachna, Pamela (Brad Blain) Wachna, and niece Stephanie Blain. Lisa was very active in her children’s activities and she served on the board of directors for the Rochester Area Youth Assistance. A memorial visitation will be held on Thursday October 10, 2013 from 5-8pm at Pixley Funeral Home 322 W. University Dr. Rochester MI, 48307. A memorial service will be held on Friday October 11, 2013 at 10:00 am with additional visitation at 9:30am at Living Word Lutheran Church 3838 N. Rochester Rd. Rochester MI, 48306. In lieu of flowers memorial donations to Karmanos Cancer Institute Development Office 4100 John R Detroit, MI 48201-9945.

McCormickBeau T. McCormick

December 04, 1990 – October 08, 2013

McCORMICK, BEAU THOMAS of Waterford; October 8, 2013; age 22; Loving son of Kim (Mike) Wheeler and Paul McCormick; Dear grandson of Denise and Len Chilson, Anthony McCormick and Harold and Nancy Londy. Dear great-grandson of Francine Londy. Beloved brother of Branden (Ashley) McCormick, Alan Wheeler (fiance’ Erica), Samantha (Brandon) Elliott and Jake Kettinger; Also cherished by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Beau enjoyed music and playing his guitar. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, October 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 Friday 2 to 8 p.m.
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