Chevrolet Engineering Retirees Club
2012 Death Notices cont.
Alvin Frank Kaflik, age 85, of Sterling Heights, died September 14, 2012. Loving
husband of Gloria for 59 years. Dear father of David (Denise) and Kathy (Dan)
Gauthier. Loving grandfather of Edward Freiwald, Lisa (Jeff) Scott, Eric Gauthier,
Chris Kaflik and Carolyn Kaflik. Mr. Kaflik was retired from General Motors after 34
years of service. Alvin served in the United States Navy during World War ll.
Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society or to Vitas Hospice Care of
Southfield, Michigan. Arrangements in care of the Potere-Modetz Funeral Home.
Online guestbook www.modetzfuneralhomes.com
Published in The Macomb Daily on September 22, 2012
Wilke, Norman E., age 85, Sept. 19, 2012, of Fairfield Glade, Tenn., and Fraser,
Mich. Husband of Alice (Schmelzer), father of Carol (Jim) Crawford, and Steven
(Sharon LeMieux). Grandfather of Jaclyn and Sean Wilke. Predeceased by son
A graduate of Cass Technical High School in Detroit, he enlisted in the Navy at
age 17 (1945). A 35-year employee of General Motors/Chevrolet Engineering, he
also sang in various church and civic choruses, including the General Motors
Employee’s Chorus and the Cumberland County Community Chorus. He enjoyed
golf, bowling, square dancing, travel, and watching hockey.
Visitation will be Friday, Sept. 28, from 4-9 p.m. at:
Faulmann & Walsh Funeral Home
32814 Utica Rd, Fraser, Mich.
Private internment at Cadillac Memorial Gardens. Memorial service at Christ
Lutheran Church in Fairfield Glade, Tenn., on Saturday, Oct. 6, at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, Memorials to:
Hospice of Cumberland County, 30 East Adam St., Crossville, TN 38558; or
General Motors Employee’s Chorus, P.O. Box 194, Warren, MI 48090
Joseph Edward Burke of Macomb Township formerly of Roseville, died at St.
John Macomb-Oakland Hospital in Warren on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at
the age of 80 years.
Joe was born on November 15, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois, the only child of Joseph
Chester and Agnes (nee Andrezejski) Burke. Joe proudly served his country in
the United States Navy Reserves. On May 4, 1957, Joe married Marilyn Dembek
at Our Lady Queen of Heaven in Detroit. He was a GM Superintendent at C.P.C.
Engineering for 32 years before retiring on August 1, 1993. Joe volunteered for
the Macomb Family Services for 11 years; McCrest Program for several years;
and Macomb Ostomy Association. He was a member of St. Isidore Catholic
Church, Macomb and also taught 6th grade Catechism for 6 years. Joe was a
Eucharistic Minister for Home Bound Seniors for 2 years and a member of CPC
Men’s Club. He was a former member of John F. Kennedy – K of C Council;
bowling leagues and golf leagues. Joe enjoyed fishing, golfing and bowling. He
was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
Joe is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Marilyn; son, Steven (Andra) Burke
of Fort Gratiot; daughter, Sandra Burke of Roseville; grandsons, Ryan, Chad and
Tyler; and great-grandson, Isiah. Joe was predeceased by his parents, Joseph
Chester and Agnes (nee Andrezejski) Burke
A Funeral Mass will take place at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at
St. Isidore Catholic Church, 18201 23 Mile Rd., Macomb with the Rev. Fr. Muma
as celebrant. Inurnment will take place in Resurrection Cemetery at a later date.
Visitation is on Tuesday, November 6 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Hauss Funeral
Home, 47477 Romeo Plank, Macomb (North of 21 Mile Road) with a 7 p.m.
Memorials would be appreciated to a charity or organization of your choice.
He was not alone and he was very peaceful. On Monday, he conveyed that he
just wanted to "slip away quietly". And today, he did just that. This has been an
incredibly long year for our family and we are relieved that the fight is over, that
there is peace. We will continue to use CaringBridge as a means to communicate
Memorial Service plans and details as we develop them. Finally, I can't tell you
that we have "lost" an amazing man because, in truth, he is not at all lost. He will
continue in each of our stories, thoughts, ideas and endeavors.
There are no words to thank you for all your support on this journey. We have
found, and will continue to find, strength in your words.
A Memorial service will be held at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Grand
Traverse, 6726 Center Rd on Saturday, November 17 at 3 pm.
Arrangements for a second service downstate are pending.
We will post more details about both services as we confirm them.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the following recipient
causes for which Fred demonstrated an enormous amount of passion.
National MS Society: online at
http://www.nationalmssociety.org/chapters/mig/donate/index.aspx , via phone at
248-351-2190 or via check to: National MS Society, 21311 Civic Center Dr.,
Michigan Educational Savings Program: (for his mentee, Hugo, Calderon
Balcazar) All checks MUST have account # 31790152 written in the "Memo"
portion. Checks $25 and greater can be sent directly to: Michigan Education
Savings Program, PO Box 55925, Boston, MA 02205-5925. Checks less than
$25 can be sent to me, the custodian of the account, so that I can deposit them
appropriately: Adriane Willmuth, 5817 Wooddale Ave, Edina, MN 55424.
John D. Vicary, 91, of Traverse City passed away Nov. 23, 2012 at Orchard
Creek Skilled Nursing.
Jack was born on Aug. 23, 1921 in Detroit to the late John and Mary Belle (Mills)
On April 5, 1947 Jack married Edna May McMillan in Windsor, Ontario. Together
they have shared 65 years of marriage.
Jack served honorably as a member of the United States Navy from 1944 to
1964. He served in the Battle of Okinawa and retired as lieutenant commander.
Concurrent with his time in the service he was an engineer for Chevrolet. Jack
retired in 1983 when he and Edna moved to Traverse City.
In his spare time he loved fishing and boating. He enjoyed travelling to Canada for
fishing trips and vacationing across the United States. He journeyed to all 50
states with the exception of Alaska.
Jack is survived by his wife Edna; three daughters, Janis (Michael) Fitzgerald of
Port Orchard, Wash., Marilynn Flynn of Alamogordo, N.M., Patricia (Todd
Nelson) Vicary of Pleasanton, Calif.; brother Donald Vicary of Burlington, Ontario;
grandson Tyler (Michelle) Martin of Kirkland, Wash., grandson Derek Nelson of
Pleasanton, Calif., and great granddaughter Cecelia Martin of Kirkland, Wash.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents, brother Robert, son-in-law Michael
Flynn and sister-in-law Shirley Vicary.
Visitation will be held on Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 from noon until 1 p.m. at the
Reynolds Jonkhoff Funeral Home. The funeral will begin at 1 p.m. with Rev.
Becky Chamberlain leading the service of remembrance and military honors
provided by Cherryland VFW Post #2780.
Interment will take place at Oakwood Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be directed to The American Cancer Society.
Please visit www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com to share your thoughts and condolences
with Jack's family.
The family is being served by Reynolds Jonkhoff Funeral Home
JONES RICHARD LEONARD "LEN" 88, of Farmington Hills, died suddenly
December 5, 2012. Len is the beloved husband of 66 wonderful years to Joyce;
devoted father of Rick (Kathy); grand-father of Keely (Ryan) Green, Lauren
(Jason) Dinsmore and Beth Jones; and great- grandfather of Logan and Cullen.
Sadly, Len was preceded in death by a son, Roger (Janet Johnson), in 1989;
grandson, David; and brothers, Roy and Barry. Visitation Friday, December 7, 1-9
p.m. at the Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home, 23720 Farmington Rd., (btw. 9-10
Mile Rds., just n. of Grand River), downtown Farmington (248-474-5200). Funeral
Service Saturday, December 8, 11 a.m. (in state 10 a.m.) at Nardin Park United
Methodist Church, 29887 W. Eleven Mile Rd., Farmington Hills. Private interment
Glen Eden, Livonia. Memorial gifts suggested to Nardin Park Church or North
Farmington High School, 32900 W. 13 Mile Rd., Farmington Hills, 48334, Attn:
Cheryl Berling. heeney-sundquist.com