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2012 Death Notices cont.
January 01, 1926 - February 25, 2012
Thomas G. Montgomery of Troy died peacefully on
February 25, 2012 at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal
Oak. He was 86 years old.
Thomas was born in Glasgow, Scotland to Mary
(McComish) and Thomas Montgomery. Thomas was born at
home and when he was only three months old his mother
and father left by boat to start their own company in the
United States. Thomas stayed behind with his older sister
Rita in the care of his grandmother McComish and her sister
“Aunt Meg.” His parents came to Detroit, Michigan in 1926
with his older brothers Robert and Hugh.
When he was six years old his parents sent for him and his
older sister Rita (13) to cross the Atlantic alone. On the
voyage his sister became seasick and unable to watch him.
He remembers running all over the ship having a great time
until he came face to face with the captain of the ship. From
then on it was his duty to keep track of the captain and
follow him where ever he went. He remembered every night
he had to wear a tie which the captain tied and he sat at the
captain’s table next to the captain for dinner. From then on
he had a love for the sea.
Thomas went to Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit. He came
from a very religious family and wanted to become a priest.
On April 24, 1944 at the age of 18 he joined the US Navy
and drove PT boats in the South Pacific during WWII.
He often told the story about one day being on the deck of a
submarine, loading bombs by passing them one by one to
the next man when all of a sudden one man dropped one of
the bombs and everyone froze. He remembers an officer
next to him running and grabbing the bomb throwing it
Thomas was honorably discharged on July 24, 1946.
On May 28, 1949 Thomas married Mary June (Clancy) at St
David’s Church in Detroit. During those years dad had
purchased a 34ft Cabin cruiser where Tom and Mary would
often vacation with all 11 children. They were married for 62
years. They spent 26 of their retirement years in Fort Myers,
Florida on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico doing what he
loved the most, golfing.
Thomas is survived by his children, Patricia (Thomas)
Maxwell, Peg (Thomas) Sokolnicki, Thomas Montgomery,
Jr., Cathy Briton, James (Judy) Montgomery, John (Denise)
Montgomery, Michael (Michelle) Montgomery, Ed
Montgomery, Paul Montgomery, and Rob (Stacey)
Montgomery. He is also survived by 17 grandchildren and 6
great-grandchildren. Mr. Montgomery is preceded in death
by his beloved wife, Mary June Montgomery and daughter,
Mary (Dennis) Hrischuk.
Friends may visit at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 1368 N.
Crooks Road (between 14-15 Mile Rds.) Wednesday 5-8pm
and Thursday 3-8pm. Rosary, Thursday 7pm. A Funeral
Mass will be celebrated at St. Hugo of the Hills Stone
Chapel, 2215 Opdyke, Bloomfield Hills, Friday 11am.
Friends may visit at church beginning at 10:30am. Interment
in Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly.
Memorials appreciated to Disabled American Veterans, 477
Michigan Avenue, Room 1200, Detroit, Michigan 48226.
11/22/1927 - 03/23/2012
Putansu, Richard, J.,March 23, 2012 Age 84 Beloved husband of
Patricia (nee Lieb). Loving father of Richard (the late Joyce)
(Sylvia), Mary (Philip) Martens, Julie (Antoine) Boyd, James
(Dawn), Lisa (Jeff) Cartwright, Anne (Bill) Schanta and Steven
(Kerry). Loving grandfather of 12 and 1 great grandson. Dearest
brother of Elaine (the late Bill) Parducci, Lorraine (the late Harry)
King, Ida (the late Jim) Heron and Virginia (Jerry) Vairus.
Visitation Sun. 3-9 pm at Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons Inc. 36900
Schoenherr Rd. at Metro Parkway (16 Mile). Rosary Sun. 7:00
pm. Instate Mon. 10:00 am until 10:30 am time of mass at St.
Rene Goupil Church 35955 Ryan Rd. (Bet. 15 & 16 Mile Rd.).
Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Memorials to the Capuchin
Soup Kitchen or St. Rene Goupil Church appreciated. Share
memories with the family at their "On-Line Guest Book" @
Vogelei Robert A. passed away peacefully on Thursday, March
29, 2012. He was 85 years old. He is survived by his wife of
61-years, Janet; his children, Kirk (Joan) Vogelei of Troy, MI,
Richard (Barbara) Vogelei of Scottsdale, AZ, Nancy Lesinski of
Troy, MI, Jon Vogelei of Royal Oak, MI; grandchildren, Robert
(Gretchen) Vogelei, Caroline (Todd) Sepp, Drew (Kristin) Vogelei,
Kathryn (Bradford) Rahn, Matthew (Sarah) Vogelei, Sarah
Lesinski, Brendan Lesinski, Christopher Burguess;
great-grandchildren, Connell Vogelei, Regan Sepp, Grace
Vogelei; and other extended family members. A Memorial service
will be held at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Birmingham, MI
on Friday, May 11.
Gerry Weber, age 80, died March 18, 2012 (wife of Bill Weber,
residence Fairfield Glade, TN). She had suffered from Alzheimer's
for 4 years. Submitted by Ed Verduin
BILL HAS HAD 2 MAJOR STROKES AND SEVERAL MINOR
ONES. THESE WERE AFTER HE HAD 5 WAY HEART
BY-PASS.BILL WILL BE 86 OCT 16 TH. OF THIS YEAR. HE
SPENT HIS DAYS FROM 8 A.M. TO 2 P.M. WITH GERRY IN A
NURSING HOME ALL THOSE YEARS. FEEDING HER AND
REMINDING HER OF YEARS GONE BY. GERRY WOULD HAVE
BEEN 82 ON JULY 29 TH. OF THIS YEAR. SHE WAS THE
SISTER OF BILL'S BEST FRIEND WHEN HE WAS A
TEEN-AGER. SHE WAS THE ONLY LOVE OF BILL'S LIFE.
GERRY WAS 18 WHEN THEY GOT MARRIED IN 1950 ON
SEPT.16 TH. GERRY AND I WERE CONFIRMED TOGETHER
AND WENT STEADY WITH AND MARRIED BROTHERS. WE ALL
WENT TO THE SAME CHURCH AS NORM AND ALICE WILKE,
WHO ARE OUR BEST FRIENDS STILL TO THIS DAY. JEAN