Southfield High School Class of 1957

Good Friends Gone
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GOOD FRIENDS GONE, BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN

 

James Abraham

Melvin Boring

Donna (Chandanais) Bryant


Sandy (Clifford) Goudie 

Alice Corriveau

Russ Cuchetti

Allen Davison

Terry Dees

Joan (Gale) Adams

Donald Goodale

Nancy (Hamill) Roth 
David Hines

Ted Hoffman
Carole (Hrdlicka) Rockov
Janet (Ivankovicz) Olesen
Roger Keeling
Chuck Kinnunen
John Koskela
Leonard Lamb
Lorraine (Libtow) Maurer
Marvin Lilac
Richard Loveday
Carol Mahlman
Judith (Marshall) Sumner
Barbara (Meinecke) Morgan
Bernie Miscovich
Ruth Moon
Christine (Morris) Waldron
Ruth (Mueller) Abreu
Kevin Munns
Bill Myers
Mike Myers
Ron Mytty
Nancy (Nelson) Lofthouse
Sandra (Nelson) Brown
Richard Pedersen
Marilyn Pehovic
Carol Pepper
Wayne Peterson
Josephine Ponzetti
Gil Purse
Fred Rankin
Richard Rueger
Robert Sheill
Bette Sherer
Clayton Smith

Jeannine Van Tassel

Bob Waldron

Mike Warren

Mary Ann Watterman

Ralph Watts

Judith Warner

Charley White

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Bill Myers was a great family man, a very successful businessman, a person of high integrity and a wonderful lifelong friend. We both enjoyed outdoor activities and were able to connect every few years even though we never lived near each other. He died February 24, 2007 and I really miss him. Jay Frazier

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It is with deep regret that we tell you of the passing of Mel Boring. We received a note from his wife, Carol, who informed us that Mel passed on September 12, 2008. Mel was the moving force behind this website. He cared a great deal about his classmates.

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To the Friends of Ed Litogot,
Sadly, Ed passed away on May 16th in Summerfield, Florida.

Due to his Parkinson's Disease, Ed moved from his home in Northport, FLa. into an excelllent assisted living facility in March of this year. Ed was loved by the staff and he entertained them with all of his interesting stories.

Suddenly, Ed's health began to decline and the local Hospice Association compassionately proveded much of his final care.

Your friendships through the years, cards, and phone calles meant so very much to Ed. He would read the letters, smile, and talk about how special his friends were.

He was right, his friends were special and we would like to thank you for sharing your lives with Ed.

The Litogot family

Friends: Mr. & Mrs. Dale Freeman
 

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 Edward B Litogot

Long-time Southfield Athletic Director and Cousin to Henry Ford

For three decades, Edward B. Litogot, Jr. served the Southfield School District as physical education teacher and coach at Southfield and Southfield-Lathrup High Schools. Mr. Litogot obtained the position of Athletic Director before he retired in 1980 to enjoy his summers in Cheboygan, Michigan and his winders in Northport, Florida.

With a smile and hearty infectious laugh, he was a respected educator who inspired and challenged his many students over the thirty years of his teaching and coaching career. Mr. Litogot died 16 May 2009 in Summerfield, Florida. He was 85.

Born April 12, 1924 in Detroit to Ed and Gertrude (Barrow) Litogot, Ed Litogot grew up in Dearborn where his grandfather, father, and uncles worked for their cousin, Henry Ford. He attended and graduated from Edison Institute in Greenfield Village with his other cousins under the ever-watchful eye of Mr. Ford.

During World War II, he served the the United States Eighth Army Air Force (AAF) from 1943 to 1945. He survived 29 bombing missions over Germany as a ball-turret gunner including one in which his B-17 plane was shot down by the Germans. Managing to fly 60 miles into France before abandoning the plane, he and his crewmates were rescued by the Allied forces.

Upon returning to Michigan after World War II, he attended Michigan State College on the G.I. Bill where he earned his B.A. in Education in 1949. He later earned his Master's Degree in Counseling from Wayne State University in 1954.

Upon his retirement, Mr. Litogot focused on his hobbies of golf, fishing, and breeding greyhound racing dogs whose names always carried his name, Ed's Sally, Ed's Make Believe, and many more. A lifetime Tiger's fan, he cheered them through their winning and losing years with equal enthusiasm.

His father, Edward B. Litogot (second cousin to Henry Ford) preceded him in death in 1971 and his mother, Gertrude, died in 1989. He is survived by cousins and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to your local Hospice Assoc. or to the charity of your choice.
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Leonard John Lamb, Jr. age 69    of West Bloomfield died Feb. 19, 2008. Beloved husband of 49 years to Barbara. Loving father of Christine (Chuck) Spieser and Caryn Lamb. Grandfather of Chas, Chelsea and Chase. Brother of Dennis (Jan) Lamb. Also many nieces and nephews. Mr. Lamb was an Eagle Scout and avid fisherman. He was retired from General Motors where he worked for 28 years. Memorials to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Association appreciated. 

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 J. Gilbert Purse, age 68, of Tecumseh, died February
1, 2008 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor, after
a brief battle with cancer.
He was the owner of Peninsular Casket Company,
Dearborn, MI until 1971 when he purchased Dunn Funeral
Home in Tecumseh, MI and renamed it J. Gilbert Purse
Funeral Home shortly thereafter.
Gil also began a second location of J. Gilbert Purse
Funeral Home in Adrian, MI in 1989, and together with
his sons operated both funeral homes.
Surviving are his wife Judy, two sons; Barry Gilbert,
and Gary Gilbert; the mother of his children, Marilee;
2 sisters, Virginia Morrish, and Marilyn (Cliff) Dean,
and his beloved Black Lab, "Shelby".


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 PONZETTI, JOSEPHINE; born July 11, 1938; died Nov. 10, 2007; age 69. Preceded in death by her parents Peter Sr. & Lena and her nephew Daniel Ponzetti; survived by her sisters Lee Cavanaugh and Mary Wilke and her brothers Peter (Gail) Ponzetti Jr. and Anthony (Maureen) Ponzetti; also survived by 15 nieces and nephews and 47 great nieces and nephews. A private family visitation was held at COATS FUNERAL HOME, Waterford. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Josephine Ponzetti Fund thru any Huntington Bank.
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James Abraham passed away February 14, 2010 of prostate cancer.

Mike Warren passed away January 11, 2011.   His obituary is as follows:

Michael Warren was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was born December 16, 1939 to John and Isma Warren in Port of Spain, Trinidad. Michael died January 11, 2011 at the age of 71. He was a resident of Okemos for over 40 years. He and his wife JoAnn met in the 8th grade and would be celebrating 50 years together in June. He was an attorney for Foster, Swift, Collins and Coey for several years, as well as president for a year, eventually starting his own law firm in Okemos. He was listed in Who's Who in American Law starting in 1998. Michael served as a United Way solicitor and as a Long Range Planning Committee member for a number of years. He served nine years on the Board of Directors for Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, including chairman in 1979; was the first recipient of the "Tireless Award" from the Chamber for his community involvement. Michael served on the Board of the Big Brothers – Big Sisters in 1972. Michael was an Eagle Scout and served on the Foundation Committee for the Chief Okemos Council of the Boy Scouts of America for several years, the Board of Trustees since approximately 1983 or 1984, and as President from July 1, 1989 to June 30, 1991. He received the Silver Beaver Award in 1990 for his service to the Boy Scouts and the Whitney Young Award from the National Boy Scouts of America for his work with urban and at-risk youth. Michael also was the Founding Trustee of the Lansing Region Community Foundation, serving as its President in 1994. He was a volunteer for the Okemos Athletic Klub (OAKS) youth recreation program approximately 22 times, coching his children in various sports, including softball, football, basketball and soccer. He had a passion for genealogy, and would research anyone's family history who asked him. He was avid sports spectator, attending as many as 7 of his grandchildren's games in one weekend. Michael was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife JoAnn; children, J. Douglas (JoLynne)Warren, Denise Warren, Stephanie (Bill) Larsen, and Lynne (Kevin) Thatcher; grandchildren, Conor Warren, Braden Warren, Joshua Larsen, Kelsey Larsen, Shane Thatcher, Kayla Thatcher and Cassie Thatcher; brothers, Thomas (Fran) Warren, Russell Warren; sister, Joanne LeChevalier. 

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Alan C Davison
(May 23, 1939 - February 7, 2013)
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Alan C. Davison, 73, of Scottville passed away Thursday afternoon, February 7th 2013 at his home.

He was born May 23, 1939 in Detroit, the son of the late Orman and Ruth (Gouldberg) Davison. He was united in marriage Karen Nielsen on September 24, 1960. She preceded him in death on October 1, 2003. On October 7, 2010 he was united in marriage to Barbara Larr.

He was retired having operated his own business, installing sprinkler systems through out the area. After retirement he enjoyed being with his friends and family.

Alan is survived by his wife Barbara; a son, Fred Davison of Free Soil; a step-son, Travis (Tawnya) Thurow of Denver; step-daughters, Tracy (Mickey) Shimel and Alesha Larr (Chris Miller), both of Ludington; granddaughter Jessica (Jason) Stickney of Fountain; grandsons, Grayson Bentz and Teegan Shimel, both of Ludington; and great grandchildren, Eric, Justin & Leah Stickney. He is also survived by a sister-in-law, Lynn (Charlie) Creech of Fort Collins, CO and by numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to first wife and parents, Alan was also preceded in death by a brother Clark.

In accordance with his wishes, cremation has taken place and no services are being planned at this time.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Johnson Funeral Home of Manistee. 

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