Pixley Funeral Home

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David Anthony Hand

December 5, 1959August 14, 2019

DAVID ANTHONY HAND, age 59, of Rochester Hills, died August 14, 2019. David was born on December 5, 1959 in Detroit, son of the late Stanley and Helen (DeFauw) Hand. He graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Political Science. David is survived by a brother John (Rainelle) Hand; uncle David (Sheila) DeFauw; aunts JoAnne (Ron) Buehler and Barbara DeFauw. Also survived by cousins Henry DeFauw, Katherine Peternel, Joel DeFauw, Jeffrey DeFauw, Alan Buehler, Sharon Jones, Carolyn Storey, Christine Mimbs and Bill DeFauw. In addition to his parents, David was also preceded in death by his brothers Michael and Timothy Hand, and an uncle Jim DeFauw. David had received exceptional care from his caregivers, and friends, Trish and Kandie. Funeral service will be held Saturday, August 17, 2019, 12 noon at St. Andrew Catholic Church, 1400 Inglewood Ave., Rochester. Rev. Fr. Tom Wilisowski celebrant. David will lie in state at 11:30 a.m. at the church. Interment at Guardian Angel Cemetery.


  • Stanley and Helen (DeFauw) Hand, Parents (deceased)
  • John (Rainelle) Hand, Brother
  • David (Sheila) DeFauw, Uncle
  • JoAnne (Ron) Buehler, Aunt
  • Barbara DeFauw, Aunt
  • Henry DeFauw, Cousin
  • Katherine Peternel, Cousin
  • Joel DeFauw, Cousin
  • Jeffrey DeFauw, Cousin
  • Alan Buehler, Cousin
  • Sharon Jones, Cousin
  • Carolyn Storey, Cousin
  • Christine Mims, Cousin
  • Billy DeFauw, Cousin
  • Michael Hand, Brother (deceased)
  • Timothy Hand, Brother (deceased)
  • Jim DeFauw, Uncle (deceased)
  • Trish and Candy, Caregivers and Friends


  • Funeral Mass Saturday, August 17, 2019
  • In State Saturday, August 17, 2019


David Anthony Hand

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Mary Bea Brusstar

August 18, 2019

My brother Dan and I send sympathy to the Hand family. Dan was best friends with Dave when they were young. I ran into Dave a few years ago, and found his deep faith and spirituality impressive. I will miss his generous spirit.

Steve Yezback

August 16, 2019

Foremost in David's life were faith, family, friends, and fun.
Of his thousands of books, hundreds were about Mary and the Saints. All of his books contained his thoughts and comments, on nearly every page.
His parents were ever on his mind. He would quote his Dad often re choices in life, the importance of quality vs. quantity, etc.
He cared for his Mom for many years, hoping to one day have her live with him .His brothers were also often mentioned.
Dave did not have a plethora of friends, but those he did have stayed with him for life. He particularly enjoyed his King's Cove neighbors, and later on in life, his caregivers Trish and Candi.
Everything David did contained an element of mischief and fun. You never knew what to expect, and that is part of what made him so special. We will miss him and always remember him. Janet, Steven, and Paul.