Skip to content

SMC Luncheon Speaker 09/11/2018 Grosse Pointe Historical Society

Reported by George Arsenault

Esabelle (Izzy) Donnelly — Director of Education & Collections Manager for the Grosse Pointe Historical Society gave us a chronological compilation of the evolution and history of Detroit and the Grosse Pointe Windmill location and its development from the years 1679 to 1876.Izzy

1679 – Sieur de la Salle – (Rene Robert Cavelier) French explorer of the Great Lakes, the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico. Passage of Le Griffon, Le Griffon was a 17th-century sailing vessel built by René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle in his quest to find the Northwest Passage to China and Japan was the first to research the Great Lakes.

Read more

Calendar of Events


SMC Memorial Donald R. Kalso 

Name:   Donald R. Kalso

Born:   February 19, 1928

Died:   September 5, 2018 (90)

SMC Member: March 10, 2009 (9)

Donald R. Kalso, beloved husband of the late Margaret. Loving father of Nancy (Donald) Dunlop, Keith (Joann) and his late infant son Gary. Dearest grandfather of Jennifer (Darren) Woodside, Sarah (Adam) Schultz, Elizabeth (Jeffrey) Moore, Emily (Paul) Clark), Alyssa (Justin) Hanje, and Amanda (Nathan) Ewald. Dear great grandfather of Jessa and Riley Hanje and Isabella Schultz. Preceded in death by his sister-in-law Shirley Lightle.

Visitation Saturday 10am until the time of the funeral, 12 Noon, at Chas. Verheyden, Inc., 16300 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Children’s Hospital of Michigan, 3901 Beaubian Blvd, Detroit, MI 48201.


SMC Memorial Frank X. Hillebrand

Name:   Frank X. Hillebrand

Born:   July 2, 1923

Died:   August 26, 2018 (95)

SMC Member: October 27, 1998 (19)

Grosse Pointe Farms resident Frank X. Hillebrand Jr., 95, passed away Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018. He was born July 2, 1923, in Detroit to Francis Hillebrand and Josephine Michels Hillebrand and graduated from De La Salle Collegiate High School, University of Detroit and Walsh College. He was an automobile man from age 2, clearly recalling a leather seat belt made by a harness maker for use in his mother’s Model A. He was part of the evolution of the auto industry in Detroit, lending his accounting and management skills to many dealerships, most notably Huntington Ford, and was the owner of Hillebrand Oliver Lincoln-Mercury.
Read more

SMC Memorial John Dinka Jr.

Name:   John T. Dinka, Jr.

Born:   September 28, 1936

Died:   August 3, 2018 (81)

SMC Member: March 8, 2005 (13)

John “Johny” Tibor Dinka Jr., 81, of Grosse Pointe, passed away peacefully Friday, Aug. 3, 2018, after a four-year battle with cancer, with his family by his side.
Born Sept. 28, 1936, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to John and Mary Dinka, he was the oldest of three children. After graduating from Oakville Trafalgar High School, Johny began his 38-year career with Ford Motor Co. He was transferred by Ford to the United States in 1965 and retired as a buyer in 1994. While working for Ford, Johny earned a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from the University of Detroit Mercy.
Read more

SMC Memorial

Name:   Salvatore A. Ciaramitaro, Jr.

Born:   September 7, 1922

Died:   September 3, 2018 (95)

SMC Member: May 13, 2013 (5)

Salvatore A. Ciaramitaro, Jr. (Sam), age 95, September 3, 2018; cherished husband of 69 years of Marie (nee Oxley); son of the late Salvatore and Stella; beloved father of Mary (Albert) Sullivan, Christine (Gerald) Elmore, Barbara (Mark Homrich), Joanne (David) Kalapinski, John (Lynn), Mark (Tara), Matthew (Julie Robertson), Therese (Julio) Iglesias; also survived by his brother Richard and sister Roseanne O’Keefe, sixteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; preceded in death by his brothers Charles and Frank, his infant son Salvatore and his grandson Dominic.
Read more

SMC Members visit historic Elmwood Cemetery

On August 29th, more than 25 members and guests toured Elmwood Cemetery in Detroit. We were led by Joan Capuano, Executive Director of the Historic Elmwood Cemetery Foundation and SMC member Stewart McMillin. Our tour was arranged by Special Events Chairman James Callahan with assistance from John Snyder, who serves as Treasurer and Member of the Board of Directors of the Historic Elmwood Cemetery Foundation.  Read more

SMC in the Grosse Pointe News

Festivities, fun and fellowship Senior Men’s Club proves age is just a number

Some members of the Grosse Pointe Senior Men’s Club laugh about the reason people don’t want to join the group. Men in their 70s, 80s and 90s, they say, don’t want to be part of something with “senior” in the title. However, members like Ken Mokray and John Prost proudly tout their membership and speak happily about the camaraderie and fun they experience belonging to the club, which formed in 1959. “It’s about making connections,” said Mokray, a Grosse Pointe Woods resident who joined nearly two years ago. “Socialization is the key to a long life.”

Read more

GPSMC Foundation purpose

Grosse Pointe Senior Men’s Club foundation is a non-governmental entity that is established as a nonprofit corporation or a charitable trust, with a principal purpose of making grants to to organizations in the Grosse Pointe community that support Education, Elderly, and Health related objectives. The GPSMC Foundation is 501 C
3 certified, please see certification here.

Avoid the New Medicare Card Scams

Please see article from SOC Communicator May-June 2018 CLICK HERE  on possible medicare scams with intro of new medicare card. The article is on the front page of the May/June edition.  The entire May/June Communicator follows the cover sheet when  you click on the link above.

SOC Communicator