Remembering Rodger Lee Fuller, William H. Morgan 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.

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Rodger Lee Fuller

September 21, 1957 – March 21, 2014

FULLER, Rodger Lee, age 56, of Pigeon, Michigan, formerly a life long resident of Rochester Hills, died in Rochester Hills on Friday, March 21, 2014, after a lengthy illness. He was born In Pontiac on September 21, 1957, graduated from Adams High School in 1975,and was employed by the Rochester Community Schools for 35 years, retiring in 2010. He was a life-time member of the Rochester Eagles, Aerie # 2634 and loved fishing, hunting, bowling and golf. He is survived by his beloved wife, Terry (nee Leslie) Fuller, whom he married October 2, 1982. Proud and loving Dad of Amanda Fuller and Ryan Fuller. Dear son of Melvin “Babe” and Shirley Fuller of Rochester Hills. Brother of Richard “Rick” (Denise) Fuller. Son-in-law of Ida and the late Norman Leslie. Brother-in-law of Michelle (Mike) Kesteloot. Rodger is also survived by his six nephews and nieces as well as two grand nieces. A Memorial Service will be held at PIXLEY FUNERAL HOME, 322 W. University Drive in downtown Rochester on Sunday, March 30, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. His family will greet family and friends at the funeral home that day from 1:00 p.m. until the 3:00 p.m. time of service. Memorial contributions in Rodger’s name may be directed to Beaumont Hospice and envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

A memorial gathering will take place on Sunday, March 30 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m at the Pixley Funeral Home (located at 322 W. University Drive, Rochester, Michigan 48307, 248-651-9641). A memorial service will follow at 3 p.m. Sunday.


MorganWilliam H. Morgan

August 12, 1929 – March 21, 2014

MORGAN, William H., age 84, of Rochester, passed away March 21, 2014. A graduate of Michigan State University and one of its most ardent supporters, he was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served during the Korean Conflict. He began his career with Elias Brothers Restaurants as a restaurant manager, working his way from the kitchen to the executive offices by serving the company in nearly every capacity. In 2001 Bill retired as the Senior Vice President of Big Boy International and was involved in growing the company from three initial establishments to the oversight of over 700 Big Boy franchises worldwide and stadium contracts in Michigan and Ohio. A tennis enthusiast, Bill founded and co-owned the Rochester Hills Racquet Club which evolved into the Rochester Hills Tennis and Swim Club. Always a contributor to the growth and well being for the cities of Rochester and Rochester Hills, he served as the President of the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Crittenton Development Council and the Greater Rochester Prayer Breakfast. He was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, the Rochester Rotary and the Avon Players. The definition of a loyal Spartan, Bill often answered the phone, “Spartan Locker Room,” and was a season football ticket holder for over 35 years. He received the Distinguished Service Award from the MSU Alumni Association and served as a Director and Board Member of the MSU Development Council. Bill personified community and his community was large. He was quoted as saying, “When you give nobly of yourself and your time, everyone wins. People with heart make the greatest difference in our community.” Bill was the husband and best friend of Helen, his wife of 55 years, who preceded him in death on September 10, 2011. Devoted and loving father of Mary Morgan, Martha Morgan and Bill (Susan) Morgan. Cherished and respected grandfather of Ruth, Molly, Jennifer and Stephanie. Also surviving Bill are his many nieces and nephews. Funeral Services will be on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 620 Romeo St. in Rochester. Visitation on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at PIXLEY FUNERAL HOME, 322 W. University Drive in downtown Rochester. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that contributions in Bill’s memory be made to “The William H. and Helen Elias Morgan Scholarship,” Scholarship Allocation Code: A20002065, Michigan State University. 632 Bogue St., N505, East Lansing, MI 48824 or to The Crittenton Foundation, 1101 W. University Dr., Rochester, MI 48307.

A service in memory of William Morgan was held Wednesday morning.

ShebibNicholas F. Shebib, Sr.

October 30, 1933 – March 22, 2014

Nicholas Ferris Shebib Sr., “Nick”, passed away peacefully the morning of Saturday, March 22, 2014 in Birmingham, Michigan.

Nicholas Shebib was born in Detroit, Michigan on October 30, 1933 to the parents of Nicholas and Josephine Shebib. He graduated from Wilbur Wright High School in Detroit, Michigan in 1952, and he received an engineering degree from Lawrence Technological Institute in Southfield, Michigan.

Nicholas Ferris Shebib Sr. is survived by his wife, Madeline Kalif Shebib, of 57 years; his two brothers, Richard Shebib and David Shebib; his daughters, Susan Donlin, Sandra Oleszkiewicz, and Karyn Ferrera; and his son, Nicholas Shebib. He is also survived by his eleven grandchildren.

Funeral Mass will be held Thursday, March 27, 2014 – 10 a.m. at Holy Name Catholic Church, 630 Harmon St., Birmingham. The family will receive friends Wednesday 2 – 8 p.m. with a 7 p.m. Scripture Service at Modetz Funeral Home, 100 E. Silverbell Rd., Orion.

The family wishes that in lieu of flowers a donation be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association,

GackiThaddeus Gacki

January 3, 1919 – March 23, 2014

Gacki, Thaddeus: Born on January 3, 1919 in East St. Louis, Illinois, passed away peacefully on March 23, 2014 in Sterling Heights, Michigan. Mr. Gacki was a long time resident of West Bloomfield and served his country proudly in World War II. He was preceded in death by the love of his life, Lydia after 67 years of marriage. Thaddeus (Ted) will be remembered for his sense of humor, quick wit and his “spot on” sarcasm. Ted was just a “great” guy! He loved meeting new people and could spend hours telling stories. He will be missed greatly by many nieces, nephews and by all those who have spent time getting to know him over the years. Visitation will take place at Pixley Funeral Home Godhardt-Tomlinson Chapel; 2904 Orchard Lake Rd. Keego Harbor Mi. 48320 on Friday March 28, 2014 from 2 pm to 7 pm. Funeral Service will be held at Our Lady of Refuge Catholic Church; 3750 Commerce Rd. Orchard Lake MI. 48324 on Saturday March 29, 2014. In State 9:30 am with Funeral service beginning at 10:00 am. Memorials would be appreciated to Our Lady of Refuge Schools. Please visit to share a memory.

Visitation will be held on Friday, March 28 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Pixley Funeral Home, The Godhardt-Tomlinson Chaple (found at 2904 Orchard Lake Road, Keego Harbor, Michigan 48320, 248-682-0200).

Funeral mass will take place on Saturday, March 29 at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Refuge (3750 Commerce Road, Orchard Lake, Michigan 48324, (248) 682-0920).

Barbara Jean Maxon

February 6, 1937 – March 23, 2014

MAXON, BARBARA JEAN of Waterford; March 23, 2014; age 76; Beloved sister of Roger Chrysler (Matthew Dick) and Randy Chrysler (Kathy). Step-mother of Brad Maxon, Gordon Maxon, and David Maxon. At her request no services will be held.



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