Remembering Loretta Smarch, Joseph Coleman, Janet Davis, Mary Helen Bull and others

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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Kaydonna Lorraine Silkwood

November 8, 1950 – February 27, 2014

Kay Silkwood age 63 passed away on February 27, 2014. Loving mother of Gerald “Brent” Silkwood and David (Courtney) Silkwood. Dear grandmother of Haiden, Jacob, Ryan, Reagan, and Rianna Silkwood. Dearest sister of Kris (Dick) Brouwer, Gene (Mary Jane) Crystal, sister in law Mary Crystal, and the late Keith Kay enjoyed reading and was a big fan of the Detroit Tigers. Visitation will be held on Sunday at 10am until the time of service at 11am at Pixley Funeral home 322 W. University Dr. Rochester Rd., MI 48307.

Henry Joseph Astemborski

March 5, 1921 – February 28, 2014

Visitation will be held in memory of Henry Joseph Astemborski on Friday, March 7 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Potere-Modetz Funeral Home, found at 339 Walnut Boulevard in Rochester, MI 48307. A Rosary will be held at 7 p.m.

A service will be held on Saturday, March 8 at 10 a.m. at the St. Andrew Catholic Church, located at 1400 Inglewood, Rochester, MI 48307. Instate at 9:30 AM.

James Cole

November 24, 1945 – February 28, 2014

Michael Loranger Freeman

February 8, 1941 – February 28, 2014

Michael Freeman received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Michigan University in 1967. Mr. Freeman received his Juris Doctor Degree from Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University in 1972.
Michael’s law practice was devoted to the defense of product liability and medical malpractice litigation, along with suits arising out of construction site accidents. In 1978, Mr. Freeman was retained as counsel by a number of suppliers and manufacturer’s of asbestos insulation products to represent them in what was the first of thousands of asbestos exposure law suits filed in Michigan
Michael served as an arbitrator and mediator of personal injury matters. In his retirement, he served as an adjunct professor at Northwood University.
Mr. Freeman had a love of boating. He travelled the Great Lakes on his prode and joy, the “Irish Mist.” His love of hockey took him to Europe and all over North America.
Michael is survived by his loving wife, Gail. Adored Father of Christopher (Becky). Cherished gradfather to Sean, Shannon and Kelly. Brother of Thomas Freeman. Also survived by cousin Elizabeth Furton (Kenneth)

Visitation will be held in memory of Michael Loranger Freeman on Friday, March 7 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the St. Mary of the Hills Catholic Church, located at 2675 John R Road, Rochester Hills, MI 48307.

A service will follow at 10 a.m.

LoisJanet Lois Davis

February 25, 1935 – February 28, 2014

Janet Lois Davis, age 79, of Waterford and formerly of Traverse City, passed away Friday, February 28, 2014. Beloved wife of Donald for 56 years. Loving mother or Scott Davis, Dana (Jeffrey) Martin and Glenn Davis. Proud grandmother of Carmen Davis, Kathleen “Katie” Davis, Shay Martin and Drew Martin. Janet was loved by all and will be missed by many friends and family. Share a memory at

BullMary Helen Bull

February 6, 1931 – March 1, 2014

Mary H. Bull age 83, born on February 6, 1931 in Detroit, MI., passed away on March 1, 2014 in West Bloomfield, Michigan. Loving wife of Jack Bull for 60 years. Beloved mother of John (Terri Klochko) Bull Jr, Nancy (Aron) Lorenz, James (Denise) Bull, and Molly (Brady) Phillips. Cherished grandmother of Jared Phillips, Emmet Phillips, Madison Lorenz, Jean Klochko-Bull, Grace Klochko-Bull and John R. Bull III. Mary graduated from the University of Michigan at the age of 20 with a major in mathematics. She was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority at U of M. Mary and Jack have been lifelong members of Pine Lake Country Club in Orchard Lake. Mary was a Life Member of the Women’s District Golf Association of Michigan where she had many close friends and friendly competitors. Mary was an accomplished athlete, enjoying tennis, swimming and skiing in addition to golf. She succeeded in passing this competitive spirit to all of her children and grandchildren. Mary often described herself as “…100 lbs. of fun!” Mary and Jack were avid travelers and were long-time members of the Nomads Travel Group and enjoyed trips all over the world. Mary was a member of Kirk in the Hills Presbyterian church where she taught Sunday school. She will be greatly missed by all.

Family will receive friends and family at a Celebration of Life Memorial Service on Friday March 7, 2014 beginning at 11:00am at Kirk In the Hills Presbyterian Chuch 1340 W. Long Lake Road Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48302. Arrangements entrusted to the Pixley Funeral Home Godhardt-Tomlinson Chapel.Memorials appreciated to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. To share an everlasting memorial please visit

Jacob F. Goltry

December 19, 1934 – March 1, 2014

GOLTRY, Jacob F., age 79, of Auburn Hills, March 1, 2014; loving husband of Charlotte for 58 years; dear father of Cynthia (Paul) Hilbert and Randal Goltry; loving grandfather of Kristin, Kaitlyn, Jacob, Justin, Kyle and Kyra. Memorial contributions to the National Kidney Foundation would be appreciated.

A funeral service in memory of Jacob Goltry took place Wednesday, March 5.

ColemanJoseph Patrick Coleman

October 19, 1990 – March 2, 2014

A service will be held in memory of Joseph Patrick Coleman on Tuesday, March 11 at 10:30 a.m. The service will be held at the St. Perpetua Catholic Church, located at 134 Airport Road, Waterford, MI 48327.

Ruth Carmen Cordray

August 24, 1936 – March 3, 2014

Cordray, Ruth Carmen; age 74; of Rochester Hills; passed away March 3, 2014. A 1954 graduate of Waterford Twp. High School, her professional career was spent as an Office Manager for several car dealerships in the area. She also was an active member of the O.P.C. in Rochester. Daughter of the late Henry and Carmen Mendez; beloved sister of Penny (Jim) McMain, Michael Mendez, Pearl (Larry) Beard, and the late Ben Mendez. Visitation Wednesday 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Pixley Funeral Home, 322 W. University Drive in downtown Rochester. Burial will be private in Square Lake Cemetery in Orion Twp.

Ira N. TerBush

November 21, 1918 – March 3, 2014

TERBUSH, IRA NEAL of Waterford; March 3, 2014; age 95; Husband of the late Phyllis; Dear father of Janet Hinton (the late Dan), Alice Souden (Mike), Brien TerBush (Cathy), the late Dennis and the late Timothy. Also cherished by 7 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by his siblings Jean Roetzel, Wilma Smith and Fred TerBush. Mr. TerBush was retired from General Motors Pontiac Motor Division and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Funeral Services will be held Thursday, March 6, 2014, 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 Wednesday 3 to 7 p.m. Interment Ottawa Park Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Easter Seals or to Gentiva Hospice.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, March 5 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Riverside Chapel, Simpson-Modetz Funeral Home, located at 5630 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford, MI 48327.

A service for Ira TerBush will be held on Thursday, March 6 at 11 a.m. The service will be held at the Riverside Chapel, Simpson-Modetz Funeral Home, locted at 5630 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford, MI 48327.

SmarchLoretta Smarch

May 21, 1944 – March 4, 2014

Visitation for Loretta Smarch will be held on Friday, March 7 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the A Riverside Chapel, Simpson-Modetz Funeral Home, located at 5630 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford, MI 48327.

A service will follow at 11 a.m.




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