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Mary “Helen” Humm

of Fort Pierce, FL. formerly of Westland, age 90, died Monday, July 6, 2020 at her home, surrounded by her family. She was born February 11, 1930 in Boston, MA, the daughter of William J. & Charlotte F. (Squire) Cavanagh.  Helen was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She retired from K-Mart, where she worked at the Livonia & Canton stores. Helen attended Saint Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church in Florida. She was very active physically, enjoying shuffleboard & golfing. She also went to many dinners and activities at the American Legion (both in Westland and in Fort Pierce) until she could no longer drive.

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Michael George "Spider" Wynn

Spider, age 77, passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 surrounded by his family. He was born June 10, 1943 in Ypsilanti, Michigan. He graduated from Whitmore Lake high school in 1961. Rumor has it that he got his nickname from the football team he played on.

After attending college for a couple years he discovered the music scene in Ann Arbor. Spider was well known in the Ann Arbor music scene. He played in numerous bands in and around the Ann Arbor area for over 50 years. Many musicians, local and touring, bought their instruments from Spider.

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Vladimir Theodore Bibicoff

Vladimir Theodore Bibicoff of Pinckney, age 78, died Monday, June 29, 2020, at his home. He was born August 4, 1941, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the son of Vladimir Hilarion & Ethel Marie (Lapp) Bibicoff.

Vladimir graduated in 1959 from University High School in Ann Arbor, and attended several colleges. He was a tool and die maker, first for his dad, then for Boos Products in Gregory. He also delivered the Ann Arbor News from 1985 until his death. Vlad liked to read and do word search puzzles.

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Grant Wade Willis

Age 40, a musician, artist and Jehovah's Witnesses of Chelsea Michigan passed away June 24th 2020 in Saline Michigan. He was preceded in death by his mother Nevatte Willis of Chelsea Michigan. He is survived by his father Greg Willis, his son Jaydon Willis, his brother and sister-in-law Garth and Nichole Willis, his sister Geneva Willis, close friends Caden Stein and Myranda Catalano, along with many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Grant was extremely fun and creative being universally loved, often described as a gentle giant among friends. He was a consummate musician playing with multiple bands, Elsewhere, Trash Pig, 5 Tongues, and his group Professor Cat ( https://www.facebook.com/ProfessorCat/ ). He followed in his grandmother's footsteps developing a love of art ( https://www.facebook.com/GrantWspaceart/ ) and becoming known in the area for painting live at art shows and a number of murals for local businesses.

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Emil "Bill" Bethke

Emil "Bill" Bethke, a lifelong resident of Ann Arbor, passed away peacefully on June 22, 2020 at the age of eighty-seven.  After graduating Ann Arbor Pioneer in 1950, he served in the U.S. Air Force, where he was stationed in Alaska and Washington. In the Air Force he worked on the communications team, flew search and rescue missions as well as played hockey and baseball including the midnight sun game in Fairbanks, Alaska. Bill returned to Ann Arbor where he worked for Michigan Bell / AT&T for thirty years followed by ten years at the University of Michigan in telecommunications.