Past Funerals that happened November 2022 – October 2023

Marco Fortuna Jr., 81, of Southgate, Michigan, has completed his life journey and has been called home by his Savior, Jesus Christ. Marco died peacefully in his home on Sunday, September 10th, 2023, after a recent diagnosis of cancer. He was surrounded by his family – loving wife of 52 years Doris Fortuna and his two sons.

The family invites you to drop in and visit at the Memorial Visitation on Wednesday, September 13th from 2:30 pm to 8:00 pm (Rosary service 6 pm to 7:00 pm) at Molnar Funeral Home Nixon Chapel located at 2544 Biddle Avenue in Wyandotte, Michigan (734-284-1600,

Donations may be made in Marco’s honor to one of his favorite charities: Smile Train ( or Christian Appalachian Project (

A Catholic Franciscan Order Celebration Mass will be held on Thursday, September 14th, 10:00 am at St. Joseph Church, 334 Elm Street in Wyandotte, Michigan (734-285-9840). Please come as you are – casual attire is fine. Friend and priest Father Charles Morris will be officiating. Fellow Fransican members will assist in the service.

Following the celebration mass, burial will be at Mount Carmel Cemetery located at 900 Ford Avenue, Wyandotte, Michigan.

The family asks that you join them for fellowship and a meal at Hungarian Rhapsody in Southgate immediately after the burial around 12 PM.

Marco was born in Wayne County, Detroit, Michigan, on June 22, 1942, to Marco Fortuna Sr. and Elizabeth Fortuna. He graduated from Pershing High School in Detroit. Marco dutifully served his country for 3 years in the Army’s 13th Infantry Division. He was stationed at Fort Knox, Kentucky; in South Korea; and at Fort Gordon in Augusta, Georgia. He graduated college from Wayne State University with a baccalaureate degree in accounting. Marco married Doris on August 27th, 1971.

Marco was a loyal and dedicated employee for the Chrysler McGraw glass plant in Detroit, Michigan.

Marco was a faithful, humble, and generous Christian. He was raised and baptized in the Catholic faith tradition. He was a faithful member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Wyandotte, Michigan, until its doors closed. He served as an usher, Eucharistic server, lay reader, lay deacon, prayer warrior, life in the spirit leader, and many more unofficial roles. He was a current member of St. Joseph’s church. He was a fervent member of the Secular Franciscan Order since 2009. Marco was a true example of being a shining light for Jesus. He was generous and always friendly. Marco helped and prayed for others.

Marco was a great husband, father, and spiritual leader of his family. He loved being a grandfather to his five grandchildren. He made a noticeable impact in the lives of his family and friends.

Marco is survived by his wife, Doris Fortuna; sons Phillip Fortuna and Kenneth Fortuna (Rachel); his sister, Mary Massie; and grandchildren Dalton Fortuna, Zachary Fortuna, Bethany Fortuna, Caleb Fortuna, and Bailey Fortuna.

We are thankful to family, friends, and neighbors who supported Marco and his family during his last days. We were blessed to have a great hospice team, Beaumont Hospice, and especially nurse Patty.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” John 3:16


Thursday, September 14, 2023

Age 79 of Detroit.

Beloved wife of Robert Fisher for 59 years.  Loving mother of Gary (Julie) Fisher, Barbara (Kevin) Ludy and Erin (Joe)  King.  Cherished grandmother of 5.  Great grandmother of 3.  Preceded in death by her grandchildren Daniel and Sydney, her sister Lorrie Bouchard and her brother John Schwendeman.




Tuesday, September 19, 2023

  • Funeral Mass of the Resurrection
    10:00 am
  • St. Vincent Pallotti Parish at St. Patrick Catholic Church
    135 Superior Blvd, Wyandotte, MI 48192
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Age 87 of Riverview, formerly of Wyandotte

Beloved husband of Mary,   Loving father of Margaret Elsesser, Michael (Sherrie Simmons) Elsesser, Thomas (Barbara) Elsesser, Joseph (Sharon) Elsesser, Julie (John) Poslajko and Susan (Kevin) Ruehle.   Dearest Grandfather of  Steven (Mary Anne), Valerie (Garrett), Rachel, Brian (Maggie), Renee, Emily (Andy), Mary (Brad), Justin, Maddy, Jack, Carly, Kate, Nick, Tom, Chris and Mikey.  Great grandfather of Lewis, Zane, Cora, Charlotte and Melody.




Saturday, September 9, 2023

  • Instate
  • Funeral Mass of the Resurrection
    10:00 am
  • St. Vincent Pallotti Parish at St. Patrick Catholic Church
    135 Superior Blvd, Wyandotte, MI 48192
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Skelly, Paul J., age 92.  Passed away on August 21, 2023.  Beloved husband of the late Marie J. Skelly.  Dear father of Anthony Skelly, Dominic (Paula) Skelly, Paul (Tobey) Skelly, Lance (Carol) Skelly and Alex Skelly.  Dear father-in-law of Susan Skelly.  Brother of Mary Jane Williams.  Also survived by many grandchildren and great grandchildren.   Preceded in death by his sons, Brian Skelly and Guy Skelly, and his 7 siblings.  Mr. Skelly was a member of St. Vincent Palotti Parish.




Friday, August 25, 2023

Age 70 of Taylor.

Beloved wife of the late Gary Mackey Sr. and the late John Leszczynski.  Loving mother of Gary (Jody) Mackey, Mitchell Mackey, and Scott (Kim) Mackey.  Dearest grandmother of Nicholas Mackey.  Dear sister of Kathy (Bill) Heinle, Ken (Chris) Matschikowski, Marlene (Bob) Cain, Carol Matschikowski, Sandy Loewe. Also survied by beloved pet Barkley.  Preceded in death by her parents, Kenneth and Elizabeth Matschikowski and brother, Chris Matschikowski.

Cremation will take place at The On-Site Crematory, located within Molnar Funeral Homes – Brownstown Chapel.


Saturday, August 26, 2023

Vincenzo “Vincent” Noto was born on December 7, 1933 in Terrasini, Sicily, to Antonino and Vincenza Noto. He passed away on August 10, 2023, at the age of 89 in Trenton, Michigan.


Vincent was born December 7th, 1933 in Terrasini, Sicily. The most important thing in his life was family. He was the eighth child in a family of twelve. Vincent enjoyed telling stories of his childhood. He claimed he did not own a pair of shoes until he was 12 years old and often attended church barefoot.

He made the brave choice of moving to Canada at age 26 where he lived with brother Nino and sister-in-law Rosina. He met and married Grace in 1959. They celebrated their 64th anniversary in June.

He was the proud father of Anthony, Salvatore and Anna Marie. Providing for his family was very important to Vincent. He worked two jobs for many years, painting houses during the day and then working at Whitehead and Kales on the afternoon shift.

He was thrilled when his family from Sicily began moving to the States, housing some of them just like his own brother did for him. He enjoyed gathering with them and playing cards late into the night.

His family grew and he welcomed his grandchildren Dominic, A.J., Amanda, Alexandra and Melissa. They were his pride and joy.

Vincent did not retire until he was 80 years old. He had a long list of repeat customers who remember him as a wonderful painter and a hard worker. His family believes that he is in heaven right now painting for Jesus.

In the last years of his life his great grandchildren were like a Fountain of Youth. Ellis arrived in 2018 followed by Luca, Oliver, Isabella and Stella. You never saw him happier than when he was playing with them.

Vincent loved his garden and looked forward to making wine every year. He loved to exercise and walked vigorously twice a day through the neighborhood. He enjoyed watching the Red Wings even though he often complained about them. He loved sitting with his friend Larry exchanging stories and talking about life.

His family will miss him so much but take solace in the fact that he is having a wonderful family reunion in heaven .

Vincent is survived by his wife of 64 years Grace Noto, his children Anthony (Danielle) Noto, Salvatore (Carol) Noto, and Anna Marie Rogers (Shunbe Nedd); his grandchildren Dominic (Sarah) Noto, Andrew (Chelsea) Noto, Amanda Noto (Taylor Kurtz), Alexandra Noto and Melissa Noto; and his great-grandchildren Ellis, Luca, Oliver, Isabella, and Stella.


Vincent is also survived by four siblings, many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Vincent was preceded in death by his parents Antonino and Vincenza (Brancaleone) Noto and seven siblings.


Visitation will be held on Sunday, August 13, 2023, from 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM at the Allen Park Chapel of the Martenson Family of Funeral Homes. The funeral mass will take place on Monday, August 14, 2023 at St. Vincent Pallotti Parish in Wyandotte, MI. The instate period will begin at 9:30 AM and Mass will begin at 10:00 AM. After Mass, we will be driving in procession to Michigan Memorial Park to witness the interment.



Monday, August 14, 2023

Age 65 of Wyandotte.

Beloved husband of JoAnn Sabatowich.  Loving step-father of Rosann Russell, Melissa Barbee, Amanda Crowley, Christopher Crowley and the late Katie Crowley.  Dearest brother of Dennis (Sally) Sabatowich.  Also survived by 12 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild and 2 nephews.

Cremation will take place at The On-Site Crematory, located within Molnar Funeral Homes – Brownstown Chapel.




Friday, August 18, 2023

  • Instate
  • Funeral Mass of the Resurrection
    10:00 am
  • St. Vincent Pallotti Parish at St. Patrick Catholic Church
    135 Superior Blvd, Wyandotte, MI 48192
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Age 91 of Wyandotte.

Beloved wife of the late Joseph Vitale.  Loving mother of Joseph (Pamela) Vitale, Susie (Robert) Coch, and Anthony (Robyn) Vitale.  Dearest grandmother of Jerome (Amber) Vitale, Anthony Vitale, Bobby (Christine) Coch, Michael Coch, Spencer Coch, Priscilla Coch, Nathan Vitale, Joe Vitale, and the late Tommy Asciutto.  Great grandmother of Hailey Asciutto, TJ Asciutto, Bella Vitale, and Stella Coch.  Dear sister of the late Vincent (Rosario) Palazzolo and Stephanie (Antonino) LaSala.  Also survived by many nieces and nephews.



Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Helen Gertrude Bialy was born August 20, 1924, in Wyandotte, Michigan. She was one of six children born from the union of Frank and Casimiera (Warda) Bialy. Helen attended St. Stanislaus Kostka grade school and graduated from Roosevelt High School with the class of 1941. She married William J. Nester in 1944 and adopted three children from Catholic Charities. Helen loved being a stay-at-home mom caring for her dear loving husband and children. They spent many happy times with both sides of their very close families. She found her second career calling in the 1970’s selling Tupperware to help with the family income when “Bill” had a debilitating neck surgery that kept him from work temporarily. She loved the product and enjoyed her home parties for 25 years. She navigated the challenging business landscape with determination and grace, building a loyal customer base through her exceptional sales skills and infectious enthusiasm.

When Bill surprised the family by bringing home a small camper trailer one day, Helen was leery of the whole camping scene. One camping trip later she was hooked, and she reveled in watching her family enjoy every aspect of the outdoor life! When Bill sadly passed away in 1981, she sold the camper and found new enjoyment in socializing with parish friends at festivals and polish dances.  She met the second love of her life Henry in 1984 at one of these social gatherings. They dated and danced for five years until they married in 1989 at St Stans.  During their happy and active thirty-four year marriage, Helen and her husband shared a passion for travel. Las Vegas held a special place in their hearts, becoming a frequent getaway for the couple. They embarked on seven memorable cruises, exploring different corners of the world together. A trip to Poland allowed them to embrace their heritage and create lifelong memories. Additionally, they went on numerous bus trips, traversing the vast landscapes of the United States.

One couldn’t think of Helen without picturing her and her beloved husband, Henry, dressed alike, twinning in their outfits not only on nights they went dancing but also, on every occasion they stepped out together. Their synchronized fashion sense represented the deep bond they shared, a true testament to their affection to each other.

Helen’s culinary prowess was unmatched. She found immense joy in preparing delicious meals for her family, making her home the go-to destination for all holiday gatherings. Her signature city chicken or pork roast, slow cooked to perfection, roast beef accompanied by creamy mashed potatoes and savory gravy, and a side of canned corn, became legendary among friends and relatives.

Known for her unyielding faith, Helen was a devout Catholic who instilled in her children the same values of her religion. She raised her family with love, compassion, and a solid moral compass, nurturing their hearts and souls alongside her husband.

Even in death, Helen’s spirit remained as strong-willed as ever. She faced her final days with the same stubborn determination that defined her life. Helen G. Piwowar, age 98, of Wyandotte passed away Thursday August 3, 2023, while under the care of Henry Ford Hospice. In addition to her passing, she is preceded by her first husband: Willam (Bill) J. Nester; three sisters: Mary Karasienski, Cassie Grupczynski, Genevieve Burtka, Irene Kuzmiak; two brothers: John Bialy, Stanley Bialy; and son: Timothy F. Nester.

Left to cherish her memory, she leaves her husband: Henry; four children: Bill (Noreen) Nester, Jean Ann Boyes, Daniel (Nancy) Piwowar, Yvonne Berry-Piwowar; seven grandchildren: Alex (Jodi Ferlito) Boyes, Jarod Boyes, Keith Boyes, Joe Johnson, Jonathan Berry, Kara Gelven, Kevin (Jordan) Piwowar, and five great grandchildren.


Monday, August 7, 2023

Age 90 of Riverview.

Beloved husband of Elizabeth Matt for 67 years. They married in 1956. Loving father of Donna Marie (David Jr.) Grachek and Norberto Donald Matt (Sharon Parthum).  Dearest grandfather of Christina Marie (Nicholas) Busse, Gabrielle Elaine Matt (Tom Ganos) and Caroline Marie Grachek. Great grandfather of Colton Dale Ganos,  Gabriella Mae Ganos, Mason Dale Ganos, Louisa Marie Busse and Charlotte Genevieve Busse.  Dear brother of the late Raymond Matt, the late Jeanette Faye Busha, the late Francis Thomas Matt, the late Thomas Ronald Matt, Pamela Patricia Ann (the late Lloyd) Geiger, the late Valentine John (Peggy) Matt, the late Saline Barbara (the late David) Gooding, Louis Stevphen (Nora) Matt and Sharon Marie (Bill) Susick.

Doanld graduated from A.E. Smith High School, now Riverview High School, in 1954 and earned an associate degree from Lawrence Tech. He was a proud Veteran of the Air Force where he served in the Korean War. He then joined the National Guard for 22 years becoming a Master Sergeant. Donald worked for 33 years at Monsanto Chemical Company in Trenton as a welder. He was a founding member of St. Cyprian Catholic Church where he was a member of the Knights of Columbus. Donald was an active member of the Riverview Kiwanis and a volunteer for the Goodfellows.

Donald enjoyed traveling, boating, camping, and hunting. But most of all, he enjoyed being with family and friends.


Saturday, August 5, 2023