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Name:   Carson C. Grunewald

Born:   April 13, 1923

Died:   April 21, 2018 (95)

SMC Member: September 11, 2007 (10)

Carson C. Grunewald, 94, a long time resident of Grosse Pointe, passed away on 4-21-2018. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Nancy. 

Carson received his Under Graduate degree from the University of Michigan. He then joined the Navy in 1943 as part of the V7 Program and placed on active duty upon the USS Hank during WW II. During his 3 years in active duty he earned the level of Lieutenant, the Victory Medal of WW II , 3 stars in the Asiatic Pacific, and 1 star for the Philippine Liberation.

Carson returned to the University of Michigan to earn his Juris Doctor with highest honors in 1947. In 1950 he married Nancy and began practicing law at Bodman Longley Law Firm where he became a senior partner.
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SMC Memorial

Name:   Ralph Fairfield Woodbury, MDWoodbury

Born:   March 29, 1930

Died:   March 24, 2018 (87)

SMC Member: September 10, 2002 (15)

Ralph F. Woodbury, MD, age 87, passed away early Sunday, March 25, 2018 at his home in Oak Park, Michigan. Ralph was born March 29, 1930 in Detroit, Michigan to Lloyd and JaneWoodbury. Ralph weighed only 3.5 pounds at birth when premature babies were given a poor prognosis. He prevailed and at the age of eleven won a gold medal inDetroit’s Inter-School Junior Olympics. At Northwestern High School, Ralph lettered in football and track, and graduated with honors. He was offered a football scholarship to Bowling Green University in Ohio and when he matriculated to study History, he became the first person in his family to attend college. In his sophomore year, he suffered a career-ending knee injury. He rebounded from that setback quite well in meeting Elaine Crough. They were married in September of 1951 as Ralph entered his senior year of college.
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Special Engagement Speaker

Rufus McGaugh presented a very enjoyable talk to SMCGP in March and has agreed to return for a special engagement on May 8th at 1:30 in the dining room of the War Memorial.


Rufus was in the 5th Marine Division 1970-71 and fought in the An Hoa Valley and the Que Son Mountains of Vietnam .

His slide presentation will cover nearly every aspect of the war: booby traps, Marine Search and Destroy Operations, tactics and strategies, zippo warfare, patrols, jungle fighting, the Viet Cong, and the rice paddies and villages that were stereotypical of the time.

The cost to  cover expenses is only $5, please pay at the next meeting or at the door.

We look forward to seeing you.

Grosse Pointe Mens Club Excursion


1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Meet at Sindbads at 11:00/11:30 AM

Lunch at Sindbads is on your own.DiamondJack

Shuttle will depart from Sindbads at 12:30 PM and will arrive at Stroh’s Riverplace for embarkation at 1: 00 PM.

Cost: $20.00 per person inclusive of shuttle costs.

Cash bar and snacks are available on the ship.

Cruise proceeds from Stroh’s Riverplace to beyond the Ambassador Bridge, then around the Canadian side of Belle Isle, then to the Detroit side of the river back to Stroh’s Riverplace with narration regarding the scenic and historical points.

Payment of $20.00 to be made to James Callahan or David Buckley on or before May 22.

Any questions please call James Callahan at 313-220-8315.

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.

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SMC Memorial

Name:   John R. Welchi

Born:     March 6, 1929 (89)

John R. Welchi was born on March 6, 1929 and passed on March 23, 2018 (89). He became a member of the SMCGP on June 14, 2011 (6). Husband of Lynn. Loving father of Russell (Dee) and John (Victoria). Dear grandfather of Grant. Loved brother of Robert Welchli. Visitation Tuesday 3-8PM at the A. H. Peters Funeral Home, 20705 Mack Ave. at Vernier Rd., Grosse Pointe Woods, 48236. Funeral service Wednesday 12:00 Noon at the Funeral Home. Interment Elm Lawn Cemetery, Bay City, MI.

The Encore Years: Ed and Fran Benz

This is an inspiring article on Ed & Fran Benz that is in the March 2, 2018 issue of the Grosse Pointe News.  Their lives reflect a dedication to serve others as well as each other. Ed & ran are role models and we are proud Ed is a member of SMCGP.

Life continues to be an adventure for City of Grosse Pointe residents Ed and Fran Benz.


The two met on the SS South American, a Great Lakes steamer. He was a busboy and bellhop while he worked his way through school, then after serving in the U.S. Army, he returned and served as a bartender.

“Every year a nurse would do medical records and draw blood,” Ed Benz said. “That was (Fran).”

They met in the dining room and argued about Ayn Rand, Fran Benz said. It was the start of a long-lasting and eventful relationship.

After they married, they applied to the Peace Corps and were ready to head to North Bornea, “but that was the week we found out I was pregnant with Brian,” Fran Benz said, so they were unable to go. “Three years later we found out about Extension Lay Volunteers, which is like the Catholic Peace Corps. We spent a year (in Rowena, Texas).” Read more

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Denne Osgood was born on April 7, 1942 (75)  and had been a member of the SMCGP  since March 11, 2008 (9). He died on December 26, 2017.

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