Victor Mircea Bogdan
Victor Mircea Bogdan, loving husband, father, and grandfather, died peacefully on October 1, 2015 following a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Victor was born in Timmins, Ontario, Canada, he was the only child of Romanian parents, Nicholas and Sylvia (Wrsoin) Bogdan. At age 8, Victor and his parents immigrated to the United States, and settled in Metro-Detroit, Michigan, where Victor remained a lifelong resident and prominent designer in the automotive industry.
In 1954, at only 14, Victor’s budding passion for design and automobiles garnered the attention of the Fisher Body Craftsman’s Guild for the submission of his first model car of his own original design. By 1961, Victor had earned the Guild’s highest honors, taking the Styling Scholarship Award and the First State and Regional Award.
After graduating from Cooley High School in 1958, he pursued a degree in automotive design at Art Center College of Design Pasadena, and enjoyed a vibrant career with Ford Motor Company, where he worked in Detroit as well as London, England. He proudly served his country in the Army National Guard Reserves.
In his private life, Victor was a profoundly dynamic, creative, and kind family man and everyone’s friend. He was a calm, down-to-earth, humble man with a fascinating, unpredictable sense of humor. He was a strong man of faith who loved animals and the outdoors, and he always saved room for dessert.
Victor is survived by his loving wife, Laura (Fisher) Bogdan; children, Tanya (Larry), Hamilton of Rochester Hills, Kent (Mari) Bogdan of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Chad (Kate) of St. Paul, Minnesota; step-children, C.T. (Nina Fattahi) Terry of Brooklyn, New York, Patrick Terry of Roseville, and Sheila (Jordan) Eddy of Grand Rapids; grandchildren, Ella, Jack, Max, and Will; and four-legged companion, Libby.
Visitation will be 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 8, 2015 at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Elk Rapids, with a Vigil for Victor at 7:00 p.m. Mass from the Order of Christian Funerals will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, October 9, 2015; with Rev. Robert J. Zuchowski presiding. Visitation will be held one hour prior to mass. A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Children’s School in Rochester.
Memorial contributions made to the National Parkinson’s Foundation or the Michigan Humane Society are appreciated.
Please share a memory with the family at www.covellfuneralhomes.com Arrangements entrusted to Covell Funeral Home, Elk Rapids.
Lee Charles Norling
Lee Charles Norling, 68, of Elk Rapids, passed away Thursday, October 1, 2015 at Munson Hospice House in Traverse City, surrounded by his family. He was a loving son, husband, brother, father, grandfather and friend.
Lee was born in Midland, Michigan on November 20, 1946, the youngest of three children, to Karl and Grace (Myers) Norling. He graduated from Midland High School in 1965 and attended Delta College. On August 13, 1966 Lee married Michele J. (Mike) Ensign.
Lee’s fascination with radio led to a career spanning 40 years in the Saginaw Valley with stations WQDC, WMDN, WBCM, WGER, WKNX, WRCI and WSGW/WIOG. He was on air as Lee Norling or as Lee Charles. In addition to on air announcing, he also did radio production work. For several years, while their children were growing up, Lee would be at home in the mornings to start their day with the daily WYOD (Your old Dad) radio program. When the computer era arrived, Lee was quick to embrace it and all things electronic, another interest shared with his children.
Lee and Mike moved to Elk Rapids in 2007, fulfilling a long held desire to return to the area visited often over the years. Lee especially enjoyed Wednesday mornings with his Elk Rapids coffee buddies. He was a wonderful and inventive cook who enjoyed feeding family and friends. Lee also gave much of his time and energy to the Antrim County Democrats. He had a great capacity for forming enduring friendships.
Lee was preceded in death by his parents, Karl and Grace Norling, brother Jess Norling, sister-in-law Bobbie Norling, nephew Chris Norling and brother-in-law Ace Lopez. He is survived by his wife, Mike Norling of Elk Rapids, children Amy Norling, Ben and wife Jess Norling, Sam Norling, Martha Norling, grandchildren Daniel Norling and Jackson Norling, all of California, sister Carol Lopez of Saginaw, and sister-in-law, Jac Ensign of Elk Rapids, plus many nieces and nephews.
Cremation and a private family celebration of Lee’s life have taken place. He was a kind and caring man who will be greatly missed.