Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Marianna Kay Siblani died Jan. 2 following a four-year battle with breast cancer.
To Council President Pro Temp Suzanne Sareini, Marianna Kay Siblani was "a very powerful voice for the Arab American community across the country." Siblani, the executive editor of the Arab American News, died Jan. 2 after battling Stage 4 breast cancer at her home in Warren. She was 64. The longtime advocate for local, national and international causes affecting Arab Americans in Michigan and abroad was honored at Tuesday night's Dearborn City Council meeting. "Kay was a single mom with roots from Kentucky," Sareini shared of Siblani. "She became involved in the Arab American News in 1985." According to the Detroit News, Siblani also co-founded the Muslim Observer newspaper, and helped create the Michigan office for the Council for …
Sunday, January 6, 2013
Bishop Anderson, a former resident of Dearborn, died Jan. 1.
Sunday, January 6
Bishop Moses Anderson, who lived in Dearborn for several years before moving to Livonia in 2009, died Tuesday, Jan. 1, at age 84. The following article about Bishop Anderson is excerpted from a story in Best Dearborn Stories: Voices From Henry Ford’s Home Town, Volume II, published last November by the Museum Guild of Dearborn. David L. Good is chair of the Dearborn Historical Commission. Every street has its characters—odd or otherwise memorable—who in turn give neighborhoods their character. Our block of North Waverly near Cherry Hill had its quota, though there is one whom we’ll always remember with special fondness, partly because he never tried to make us go to his church. I don’t really want to demean him by calling him a character, …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Inouye, the longest serving senator in Congress, passed away Monday. He was 88.
Most people best remember Daniel K. Inouye as the U.S. Senator for Hawaii, a position he held for 49 years. But to Dearborn resident Daniel Kushnir, he will always be remembered as a compassionate American soldier. Kushnir recalls the Army hospital in northern Italy where he served during World War II “as if it were yesterday.” That’s where a wounded Inouye came in during 1945—his arm badly broken. “When I looked at his dog tags,” Kushnir recalls, “I said ‘Daniel K—that’s my name.’” Kushnir, a surgical technician, also remembered Inouye’s selflessness. “He was worried more about the rest of his troop than he was about himself,” Kushnir shares. “He didn’t talk much about himself.” Inouye, the longest-serving member of the U.S. Senate, …
Friday, November 16, 2012
TV pioneer Eliot, 91, passed away peacefully at home in Farmington Hills.
Detroit's beloved weatherman, Sonny Eliot, passed away in his Farmington Hills home Friday. He was 91. The Dorfman Chapel in Farmington Hills is handling funeral arrangements, which are pending. Known for his sunny disposition and his rapid-fire quips, Eliot had a 60-year career in Detroit broadcasting and was a pioneering TV personality. Eliot joined the staff of WWJ-TV (now WDIV) after World War II and stayed there for 35 years. He was a weatherman, host of the annual Thanksgiving Day parade broadcast and hosted an "At the Zoo" series. After TV, he kept the fun going on WWJ radio (950 AM). He was born Marvin Schlossberg on Dec. 5, 1920, in Detroit. Eliot was also a veteran of World War II, according the The Michigan Compainion book, and …
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Abbas Bazzi was a father of three and the owner of Flowers by Rene.
When Dearborn resident Abbas Bazzi passed away Oct. 30, Dearborn lost a talented florist—the owner of Flowers by Rene. But Habib Bazzi of Habib's Cuisine also lost his best friend. "He used to do some decoration at the banquet hall," Habib said of Abbas, whom he had known for 20 years. "We were very, very close friends." Bazzi passed away after a year-and-a-half-long battle with mesothelioma. He is survived by his wife and three children. His mother, Hajji Hayat Shbib Bazzi, passed away several days later. Habib remembers Abbas as a family man who loved his line of work and loved helping others—though he stayed humble about his work in the community. "He was an unbelievable person," Habib shared. "He was a big supporter of organizations …
Friday, July 27, 2012
In addition to helping his neighbors with their lawns and other housework, Klieber would decorate houses for Christmas each year.
As neighbors go, Dearborn resident Will Klieber was among the best of them. He cut grass, helped with handy work, and–especially around Christmas time–made his neighborhood bright. Klieber passed away suddenly this July. He was 50. According to neighbor Debra Walling, "He was just going for a walk in the morning and, he’s 50 years old and his heart just stopped. "It was very tragic.” Neighbors remember him as someone who was always willing to help out, even without them asking. Last winter, Klieber decorated 14 houses on his block of Highview Street with Christmas lights and displays. But Jennifer Ellis, who lived three houses away from Klieber, said his generosity extended well beyond the Christmas season. “(Klieber) was just a great guy…
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Everett graduated from Fordson High School and went on to become famous for his role in the TV series "Medical Center."
TV and film actor Chad Everett–a Dearborn native–has died. He was 76. According to The Huffington Post, Everett's daughter confirmed that he died Tuesday in his Los Angeles home after a year-and-a-half-long battle with lung cancer. Born Raymon Lee Crampon in South Bend, IN, he was raised in Dearborn. Everett–who changed his name after entering show business–attended Fordson High School, where his interest in theater blossomed. He was best known for his role as Dr. Joe Gannon on the 1970s television drama Medical Center. Everett is survived by his two daughters and six grandchildren. His wife of 45 years, Shelby Grant, passed away in 2011.
Monday, March 5, 2012
Share your memories of the Edsel economics teacher, who passed away from a rare blood disease on Sunday.
Michael Grenfell, who taught at Edsel for 25 years, died Sunday, his colleagues confirmed
Longtime Edsel Ford High School economics teacher Michael Grenfell died Sunday after battling a rare blood disease, his colleagues confirmed. He was 49. According to fellow teacher Paul Parana, Grenfell died from a seizure due to complications from his illness. Originally from Marquette, Grenfell taught economics for 27 years at Edsel Ford before taking a leave of absence in the fall of 2011 when he became sick. In November, a fundraiser dinner was held at the school to help Grenfell pay for treatment of his illness at the Mayo Clinic. The event was attended by more than 750 friends, family members, community members, students and former students of Grenfell. Visitation will be held 4-9 p.m. Wednesday and 12-9 p.m. Thursday at Howe-…
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
The city remembers Padzieski for his many contributions to the arts and health care in Dearborn.
Frank C. Padzieski is a familiar name in Dearborn. A longtime resident and frequent contributor to various causes, the city's Padzieski Art Gallery and Oakwood Hospital's Padzieski Sanctuary both honor the philanthropist, as well as his late wife Mary. Padzieski passed away on Jan. 3. He was 103. Frank Padzieski founded Oakwood's original chapel in 1993, and at age 101, was the co-chair of the donation drive to raise $1.3 million to build the hospital's interfaith sanctuary. The Sanctuary in honor of Frank C. and Mary T. Padzieski opened in the spring of 2011. Padzieski attended the dedication in April. Before retiring, Padzieski owned an insurance company in Dearborn. Dearborn City Council recognized his passing at their meeting Tuesday …