Charity Music, Inc. 40736 Hayes Road Clinton Township, MI 48038-2545
In Loving Memory of Michael James Doolan
Michael James Doolan, 26, of Hopewell Twp., left this world prematurely on Friday, Jan. 27, 2012.
Michael was a 2004 graduate of Hopewell Valley Central High School, where he participated in several music programs playing the bass guitar. His passion in life revolved around music, whether it was rock 'n' roll, jazz, or his new recent interest, electronic music. He particularly enjoyed string instruments, owning everything from a tiny ukulele to a stand-up bass. He was a member of the bands "La Violencia" and "Anne," along with his brother and best friend, Matthew. The group played at many area venues, including John & Peter's in New Hope, where they last played on Jan. 20.
Michael loved the outdoors, hiking and traveling and always looking for the next adventure. He made friends wherever he went and had a joy in living that he freely shared with others. He had worked along with his father in the family real estate business, Doolan Realty, for several years before finding a passion for construction work. For the last two years, he worked for Future Solutions Contracting in Hamilton, where he was a carpenter's apprentice. He was currently attending Mercer County Vo-Tech School toward this goal. Michael lived in Pennington with his father, Peter Doolan, and stepmother, Ida Furente Doolan, and his brother, Matthew.
He is survived by his mother, Catherine Marciante Doolan of West Trenton; his maternal grandmother, Barbara Quinn Marciante of West Trenton, and his girlfriend, Kylee Briggs of Newtown, PA. He was the nephew of Edward "Jay" Doolan and David Visser of New Hope, PA; Richard and Lynn Doolan of Lyndell, PA; Mary Ellen Doolan and John Feldhaus of Ewing; Joseph Doolan of Oakland, CA; Michael and Colleen Marciante of Trenton, Stephen and Linda Marciante of Howell, and Mary Barbara Marciante and John Rose of Pennington. He also is survived by his cousins, Christopher Doolan of Orlando, FL, and Katie Seaman of Ewing, and several aunts, uncles, cousins and grandfather on his stepmother's side. He was the grandson of the late Joseph and Helen Doolan of West Trenton, and the late Charles Marciante of West Trenton.
Calling hours will be on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at Murphy Funeral Home, 935 Parkway Ave., Ewing. Visit www.murphyfh.com. The funeral service will begin at 12 noon, with the Rev. Libby Smith officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Michael's name to the charity of choice
In Loving Memory of Geraldine C. Gilliam
Geraldine C. Gilliam, age 94, of 19 Beaver Avenue, Beaver Dams passed away Friday, December 30, 2011, at Corning Hospital. Geraldine was born in Buffalo, NY, on October 25, 1917, the daughter of the late Ernest and Shirley (Goodwin) Marsh. She was the wife of the late Royal B. "Brownie" Gilliam. They were married December 23, 1935, in Horseheads, NY. He predeceased her on February 6, 2002.
Gerry went to school at the Elmira Free Academy and had been employed with Lockwood Heath Dry Cleaning in Elmira. She and her husband opened a dry cleaning business on Bridge St. in Corning and then owned and operated Gilliam's Dry Cleaners in Corning on Pulteney St. for over four decades. Early in their marriage she and "Brownie" played in a band and later in life always enjoyed entertaining friends and family with their music.
She is survived by one daughter, Shirella (John) Leipold of Bel Air, MD; one son, Jeffrey (Michele) Gilliam of Dade City, FL; granddaughters: Keri Lyn (Edward) Rizzo of Appleton, WI, and Jacqualyn Ann Leipold of Mountville, PA; great grandson, Jack Allen Rizzo of Appleton, WI; sisters: Eloise Carpenter, Musetta (William) Parker, Joyce Tillotson; brothers, Ernest Marsh and Robert Marsh; and niece, Becky (Len) Vaughn.
Friends will be received Monday, January 2nd from 10:00 to 11:00am at the Phillips Funeral Home & Cremation Service,
17 W. Pulteney St., Corning. Services will follow at 11:00 am with Rev. Matthew Pickering officiating. Private burial will be in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Elmira.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to CharityMusic.org, a non-profit organization that funds musical instruments and training for needy children.
Donations have been made to Charity Music in memory of Geraldine C. Gilliam by:
Officers & Associates of Auto- Owners Insurance Company, Robert & Sue Allen, Gary & Gretchen Borden, Randy & Paula Borden, Robert & Shelvy Borden, Tina Borden, Jeff & Michele Gilliam, James Johnson, Shirella Leipold, Rosemary Maglio, Rosalie P. Malizia, Jeffrey, Rosalie & Shirlee Meropol, Neal & Sharon Meropol, Jim & Terry Potter, William Ruete, Virginia Slocum, Rebecca & Leonard Vaughan, and Wendie Waddell.
In Loving Memory of Emil J. Sutt
SUTT, EMIL J. of Clarkston, MI. Passed peacefully on October 25, 2011 at 95 years of age. Very loving husband of Florence for 70 years. Loving Uncle of 11 and Great Uncle of many. Mr. Sutt was a private music teacher, had his own Big Band, and was a composer and arranger of music. Emil played woodwind instruments, mainly the saxophone. He taught himself how to play the instruments and read music. He touched the lives of many and will truly be missed. A memorial for Emil Sutt will be held at Coats Funeral Home-Waterford on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 1:00PM. Memorial donations may be made to Charity Music of Michigan.
In Loving Memory of Louis Manuel Barcelo
Louis M. Barcelo was born on February 26, 1936 in New York, NY. His passion for music began at a young age when he was given his first instrument, a violin. Shortly after, his mother hired a piano teacher and encouraged him to learn, which he is eternally grateful for. His teen years on the streets of South Bronx were spent "harmonizing with the doo wop boys" and learning to plays the bongos. He says he could have gone down the wrong road growing up in poverty, in the rough streets of the Bronx. But music saved his life.
Considered a "musician's musician" by the late Charlie Palmieri and also by the late Tito Puente, Louis is and will always be, one of the greatest, versatile musicians of our times. He studied at the Hartnett Music Studios where he learned the Schillinger system for arranging and composing. He also studied music at Manhattan College in NYC. He enjoyed playing several musical instruments including the piano, flute, bass, vibraphones, all the percussions, and he learned to play ukelele while in the US Army stationed in Honolulu, Hawaii.
He was a prominent figure in the salsa community playing for the Tony Rios Orchestra, the Joe Quijano Orchestra, and then later forming his own called "Orchestra Sensational." He produced the hit songs "Subway Sally" and "Wobble with the Saucerman". His singing style of music ranges from salsa, mambo, merengue, cumbia, boleros, standards and ballads. After moving to Las Vegas, NV in 2002, Louis started singing with a twenty two piece orchestra with the famous Benny Bennet, an arranger/composer graduate of the Conservatory of France. With them, he added bossa nova and semi-classical jazz ballads to his list.
Louis was active in both local communities and international as well. .
He also worked to establish higher standards of living for the countries' people through increased employment opportunities, improved infrastructures, and improved health facilities and care for all of its citizens. Louis had a deep love and affection for people and used his keen knowledge, expertise and resources to initiate true "changes for the people", uplifting their quality of life and happiness of each individual was his goal. He wanted to make it his mission to encourage the youth of America to become involved in music. Now we can do that in his honor. His love of music changed his life. But it changed ours too
Joshua Plunkard, age 19, of Harrison Township, passed away on September 22, 2011. He was born June 28, 1992 in Wayne County, Mich.
Beloved son of Tom and Debbie Plunkard. Dear brother of Eric. Survived by numerous aunts, uncles and many cousins. Beloved grandson of Elizabeth Skiles and Harry Plunkard.
Visitation Monday September 26, 2011, 2-8 p.m. at Wm. R. Hamilton Co, 226 Crocker Boulevard, Mount Clemens, Mich.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Charity Music Inc., or the Joshua Plunkard Memorial fund.
The fund will be used to buy helmets given to bikers and skaters.
Donations have been made to Charity Music in memory of Joshua Plunkard by:
Anonymous, Dorothy Beehner, JB Bieske, John Callahan, Debra Castel, Beth Contorer, Louis & Carlos Dominguez, Kirby Dopp, Thomas Harper, Claire Hooley, George P. Johnson Co., Patrick & Jodie Korte, Delia Mailloux, Yvonne Maxwell, Cathi Owens, Cathy & John Phelan, Carla Proctor, Thomas Roberts, Jennifer Simmons, Tricia Tobolski
Barnes Timothy Randall Age 49 of Dearborn Heights, beloved son of the late Eugene Barnes, and surviving mother Jane. Loving sons Brandon and Ryan. Brothers Mark, Eric, and David Barnes, his nieces and nephews. Tim attended the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and Wayne State University in Detroit. Later, he was employed as a master electrician for Wayne County at Willow Run Airport, and Metro Airport. Then, as a traffic signal electrician for Wayne County. Tim's passion was writing and performing music as he formed many bands over the years. He signed a record contract, recorded and produced an album. He later continued his passion by writing and producing music for two more albums. From the time he was eight years old, Tim was seldom seen without his guitar. He was creative, bright, and extraordinarily talented. He will be dearly missed. Visitation at Stephens United Methodist Church (5000 Pelham Rd, Dearborn Heights, MI 48125) from 12:00P.M.-8:00P.M. on Thursday August 11, 2011, and Friday August 12, from 9:00A.M.-12:00P.M.. The memorial service will be at Noon on Friday, August 12, 2011. Dear Charity Music,
Tim was a very talented musician and gifted song writer who grew up and lived in the Detroit area.
Tim;s last project was with the Detroit band Superlast. sadly Tim passed way a few days before knowing that the band had won a local contest to play at the DTE Music Theatre opening for Def Leppard. Tim would have loved to have been there and heard his songs performed at such a large venue.
Tim would like the idea of giving all the kids the chance to have music in their lives thus I would like to honor him with this donation. His family and friends will miss him dearly but he'll live on through his music.
Sincerely, Mary Jo Reamer
Dr. Robert E. Roddewig
Dr. Robert E. Roddewig had a favorite expression - "Wow" - which he used whenever he was extremely pleased about something. Born June 1, 1926, he devoted his life to teaching American History, which he loved and so did his students at Grosse Pointe Parcells Middle School for 42 years. he passed away on April 20, 2011 after an extended struggle with Non-Hodgenkin's lymphoma. Hospice care at home helped so much with those final days. He was a good Christian man.
Bob was my dear husband for 24 years. He loved his two sons and my three children and grandchildren as well. He was a very kind man and would do anything he could to help his church, family and friends, or a stranger. He continued playing his clarinets at home during our marriage, harmonizing with big band CD's.
Bob was born in a small town in Iowa and took part playing clarinet and singing in a local band. He entered the Navy at the beginning of WW 2 as a radioman on the Missouri where he was present on deck for the signing of the Japanese surrender.
He attended the University of Iowa and during that time period occasionally played with the Lawrence Welk band and the Tommy Dorsey band which were highlights of his life. Big Band music was his favorite and I was delighted to offer his two Clarinets, 93 CD's and 24 cassettes to Charity Music in memory of Bob, knowing they would be put to good use to continue helping others. Charity Music is a much-needed and wonderful outlet that helps young people acquire assistance when needed and perhaps change their lives. What better memorial could we leave for Bob than that? "Wow"
His loving wife, Maxine Roddewig and family.
Emanual "Manny" Riter
Emanual "Manny" Riter passed away suddenly and peacefully September 23, 2010 just shy of his 83rd Birthday. Although he was a Business owner by trade, I think all would agree he was 1st and foremost a musician at heart. It brought him great joy to play for others as well as teach his students. He is survived by his son Evan, daughter Jill and Grand Kids Zach and Shelby as well as his long term girlfriend Elinor. He will be missed dearly and all hope he is playing his violin, unencumbered by physical limitations. Xoxoxo
Donations have been made to Charity Music in memory of Emanual "Manny" Riter by:
Natalee Chan Bartak Billy Brewer Michael Doyle James Gewecke Gilliang Gray Monica Liming-Hu Ellen Kirmayer Don and Adrienne Mannis Anne Marie Prentice Linda McCaffrey Sousa Gitomer - Weiner Family
Charity Music Boardmember and Dear Friend, Brian Harris
Brian K. Harris September 5, 2010 Age 42. Loving son of Margaret J. Dear brother of John (Tracy). Uncle of Sean and Jack. Also survived by many aunts and uncles. Resting at the L.J. Griffin Funeral Home, 42600 Ford Rd. (West of Lilley) Wednesday 3-9 p.m. Prayer service at 7 p.m. In state Thursday 10 a.m. St. Thomas Becket Church, 555 S. Lilley Rd. (S. of Cherry Hill) until 10:30 a.m. Mass. Share a "Memorial Tribute" with the family at griffinfuneralhome.com.
James Peter Obremski
James Peter Obremski, 22, died unexpectedly at his apartment in Evanston, Illinois on July 29, 2010. He was a student in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University. James was a gentle soul who was dearly loved by his immediate and extended family members, as well as his large circle of friends.
His older brother Michael says of him that James was always a loving and peaceful person, who radiated compassion whenever you were in his presence.
James was born in Beverly, Massachusetts on June 26, 1988, to parents Peter (deceased) and Kimberly (Shailor) Obremski. He attended North Beverly Elementary and Memorial Middle School. During his childhood years Jamie played golf, soccer, and most of all baseball. He shared a love of the game with his dad who was also his coach. He attended St. Johns Preparatory School in Danvers (2002-2006), where he was a gifted student. Through his participation in the Drama Guild, he developed his interest in sound production, and as a member of the elite Mens Choir, he toured Europe and developed his love for music. He was a soulful musician who composed and played on both the piano and the guitar. In 2006, James enrolled at Northwestern University, where he studied film, literature, and political science.
At the campus radio station (WNUR), he hosted two radio shows (one focusing on rock, the other on the most experimental music in the world). At WNUR he worked for a time as the Programming Director. James was also the Film Programmer for Sonic Celluloid an experimental music and film event. Doug Kaplan, station manager at WNUR, said that James had one of the best brains that I have ever known. He was a sponge for all music and film and digested media voraciously.
Tomi Mendel, one of James university friends, remembers him as a very talented musician who was generous with his talents James is survived by his mother, his brother Michael, his maternal grandfather William Shailor, seven sets of aunts and uncles, and many cousins.
His memorial service was held at on Sunday, August 8, at 2:00 pm, in the Ryken Center for the Arts at St. Johns Preparatory School, 72 Spring Street, Danvers, Massachusetts. For further information, call 617-899-9980. Arrangements by Campbell | Lee, Moody, Russell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, Beverly.
Donations have been made to Charity Music in memory of James Peter Obremski by:
Ann M Amatucci, Charlie Baker, Kathy Bilodeau, Brian E Boyle Charitable Foundation Matt Cahill, Carol Chapman, Sharon Corazzini, Michael Corsa, Caprice Crebar, Catherine Deely Thomas Erskine, Cara Gagliano, Stephanie MacGregor, Deacon Winslow Harris John Hettish, Stacey Hubbard, Deborah Linskey, Eileen Lang, Andrew Leonard & Family, Joy Nemitz Janet Norris, Kimberly Obremski, Friends at North Bridge Robert Orenberg, Lorraine M. Picano, Janice Sale, Nathaniel Smith Jonathan Shailor, Jonathan Swartz, Mr. & Mrs. Fritz Von Mering, Anna Whitlock
Albert N. Palmieri 1918-2010
Whether he was accompanying Hollywood stars on war bond tours during World War II or entertaining in nightclubs, Al Palmieri was happiest when he was on stage.
Domenick Palmieri of Hempfield PA said his father enjoyed performing throughout his life.
"Even after my father retired and joined a senior citizens group in Turtle Creek, he composed a song, 'We Are the Senior Americans,' which many groups consider their senior citizen anthem."
Albert N. Palmieri of North Versailles -- known professionally as Al Palmer -- died on Tuesday, May 4, 2010, in the Veterans Affairs hospital in East Liberty. He was 92.
His son said Mr. Palmieri, an accomplished accordion player and a member of the Army Air Corps during World War II, never forgot being on stage with such Hollywood celebrities as Donald O'Connor, Loretta Young, Betty Grable, Edmond O'Brien, Patti Page and Brian Donlevy.
"And yet as the war was coming to an end, my father, who served as a turret gunner on a B-17 bomber in Europe, was assigned to help with the mopping-up operations in Dachau, where he experienced the depths of inhumanity. He never forgot the horrors of what he saw."
Born in Steubenville and raised in Duquesne, Mr. Palmieri was one of six children in the family of steelworker Domenick Palmieri and his wife, Louisa Pala Palmieri, who emigrated from Italy.
Mr. Palmieri dropped out of school during the Depression and went to work in the steel mill with his father to help the family.
He entered the Army Air Corps in 1942, and upon completing his field training in Amarillo, Texas, was assigned to the 8th Army Air Corps.
Mr. Palmieri was discharged in 1946 and a year later married Judy Del Corso, a resident of Braddock. In 1950, he opened Palmer's Accordion Studio in Braddock.
As a member of the Al Palmer Trio and the Vagabonds, Mr. Palmieri was a regular in many of the area's nightclubs and ballrooms, including the Vogue Terrace in North Versailles and the Palisades in McKeesport.
In addition to his son Domenick, Mr. Palmieri is survived by his son, Nick Palmieri of Florida; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and two sisters, JoAnne Miholav of Venetia and Irene O'Bruea of Florida.
Mr. Palmieri was preceded in death by his wife, Judy, in 2006; three brothers, Carmen, Neil and Mundo (Herman); and a sister, Victoria Drylie.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Jude the Apostle Church in Wilmerding. Interment with military honors followed at Good Shepherd Cemetery in Monroeville.
A donation from Mike and Sandy O'Malley has benn received in Loving Memory of Albert N. Palmieri
Doug Fieger August 20, 1952 - February 14, 2010
Douglas Lars Fieger, 57, lead singer of the rock group The Knack and composer of the 1979 #1 hit My Sharona passed away at his home in Woodland Hills, California on February 14, 2010—Valentine’s Day. Doug had battled lung cancer for six years. He outlived, for many, many years, his doctors' prognoses.
In person, Doug was brilliant, witty, with a wry and biting sense of humor. To those who loved him, his sometimes outspoken and argumentative nature (another Fieger Family trait) was recognized as a thin facade for a genuinely caring and gentle soul. Someone once remarked, tongue-in-cheek, that "Doug had more friends than he could shake a stick at, not that he didn't try."
In the Buddhist tradition, Doug was wrapped in a shroud and left to lie in repose for three days. His remains wilwere cremated. A memorial was held in Los Angeles for relatives and close friends. In lieu of flowers or contributions, the family hopes that you continue to fill your homes and hearts with music.
Doug is survived by his older brother, Geoffrey, his younger sister, Beth Falkenstein, his nieces and nephews, Freya, Gretel, Julian, Aidan and Quinn, and hundreds of friends. He also remained very close to his former wife, Mia who was with him continuously at the end.
On behalf of Doug, his family wishes to thank all of his loyal friends and fans for their years of support and well wishes. Doug did not suffer. He is in a better place. And wherever he is, his love and music will continue to shower down upon all of us who remain in this mortal coil, forever.
The above words were borrowed from Geoffrey Fieger from his law firm website.
An extensive collection of Sheet Music was donated in memory of John E. Cola. With love, from his children Jim, Kelly, and Chad
Laura E. Lancaster 1968-2009
Laura was born April 27th, l968 in Enid, Oklahoma while her father, Blake, was completing pilot training for the US Air Force. She moved frequently in her early years before settling in elementary school at Washington in Mt. Clemens, MI.. During her elementary days she started playing the flute and continued through middle school. Later, Laura attended Brighton High School (class of 86) where she continued her interest in music as a member of the Brighton High vocal choir. After high school Laura moved to Ann Arbor and graduated from U. of MI.. From her post high school years Laura enjoyed music by attending many concerts and musical plays at U. of MI.
Although Laura died suddenly on January 30, 2009 the memory and love for her lives on.
Blake and Sue Lancaster Brighton, MI
A flute and check has been received from the Laura E. Lancaster Memorial Fund.
Dennis (Denny) Martin 1976-2008
Dennis (Denny) Joseph Patrick Martin, 31, of Hartford, CT, lost his battle with liver disease on Friday, November 28. He passed away peacefully in the evening, surrounded by love. Born on December 27, 1976, in Falls Church, Virginia, he spent his childhood in Connecticut and moved to California when he was 20. At a very young age he took up playing guitar, and later drums and singing. His life revolved around playing, listening and critiquing music. He was fortunate to see more of this country and others than many will ever see, due to years of touring with different Bay Area Bands.
Denny was incredibly intelligent, endlessly talented and a ferocious supporter of the underdog. He showed both beautiful compassion and razor-sharp wit and he lived life to its fullest extent. He loved books and music and animals and good food. He felt passion far deeper than most of us will ever be capable of knowing. He leaves behind girlfriend Sarah Boehmke of Hartford, CT; mother Colleen Star of Portland, CT and father Dennis Martin and wife Lynn of South Windsor, CT. In addition two sisters Leah Martin and daughter Sofia of Valley Village, CA and Chrissy Martin of Rockyhill, CT; brother Brendon Martin and son Hunter of Portland, CT. Also many loving friends including dear friend Beth Monchun of Hartford, CT, Elizabeth Dutton of Chesterfield, SC, along with others in the Bay Area. Many will miss him.
John "Mystery Tramp" Jaczkowski 1954 - 2008
JOHN JACZKOWSKI, age 54, An enthusiastic supporter of independent musicians, passed away on September 2, 2008. Loving father of Debra (Lauren) Weber, Karen (John) Perkins and Tabitha Jaczkowski. Dear grandfather of Nico and Lucas Perkins. Survived by Christine Frostick, his wife of 24 years. Brother of James (Marilyn) Jaczkowski, Patricia (Jerry) Petkash, Elizabeth (Tim) Ayres, Joseph (Donna) Jaczkowski, Walter Jaczkowski and Catherine Senyko; Also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and loyal friends. Holy Mass was offered for the repose of his soul at Saint Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church.
John aka "Mystery Tramp" was an avid supporter of independent musicians in the Metro-Detroit area and beyond. He strove to support, encourage, advertise, and advocate their musical endeavors. He befriended a number of talented musicians, some of which became close friends. In response to his passing, and in support of the Charity Music program, a number of his talented musician friends will hold a "Mystery Tramp" Tribute Concert in his honor on November 22, 2008 at the Cadiuex Cafe in Detroit.