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Name: David G. Jennings

Born: March 19, 1930

Died: November 4, 2019 (89)

MC Member: November 11, 1997 (23)

David George Jennings, 89, joined his Lord and Savior on Monday, November 4, 2019 at his home. He was born March 19, 1930 in Ferndale, MI a son of William J. and Evelyn M. (King) Jennings. David grew up moving around the Midwest. He spent his early years in Gary, IN, where he graduated from Emerson High School in 1948. He was independent from an early age and had many jobs starting at the age of ten. He attended IU and from there went on to DePaul University for law school while working at Continental Insurance. In 1953, while at DePaul, he was drafted and served in Korea. He held a top security position in the cryptography center. When he returned from the war he resumed his work at Continental Insurance Company where he met his future wife Carole. They were married in 1962. They moved to Indianapolis and both their children were born there. They moved to Grosse Pointe Woods in 1968 and called it their home for the next 51 years. While in Grosse Pointe Woods, David and Carole were longtime members of Lakeside Bible Chapel and more recently attended Crosspointe Christian Church. David was also a member of the Grosse Pointe Senior Men’s Club.

A recent move to Portage, Michigan brought them closer to family, which David enjoyed very much! David was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Betty Jankowski; and a brother, William Jennings. On June 30, 1962 he married the former Carole J. Aldrich who survives. Also surviving are two children, Linda (Matt) Gregory of Portage, MI and David (Victoria) Jennings of Edina, MN; five grandchildren, Cameron (Lindsay) Gregory, Kyle Gregory, Colin Gregory, Bevlin Jennings and Lauren Jennings; a great-granddaughter, Rylee Gregory; a brother, Robert (Nadine) Jennings; and several nieces and nephews. Cremation has taken place. Graveside services with military honors will be held 10:30 Tuesday morning, November 12th, in Fort Custer National Cemetery. A memorial service will be held 3:00 Sunday afternoon, November 17th, at Crosspointe Christian Church, 21336 Mack Avenue, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236. Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society. The family is being cared for by Langeland Family Funeral Homes Burial & Cremation Services, 411 E Centre Ave, Portage, MI 49002. To view David’s personalized web page, please visit https://www.langelands.com


Name: Sterling E. Berry

Born: April 29, 1925

Died: October 13, 2020 (95)

MC Member: February 7, 1989 (31)

Sterling grew up in Grosse Pointe. His summers spent on the Lake St. Clair Flats, where he watched freighters go by, ignited his lifelong love of the Great Lakes and Great Lakes shipping. A 1943 graduate of Grosse Pointe High School, Sterling served in the U.S. Navy in World War II. He graduated from Northwestern University in 1950. Sterling married Anne Louise Hinchman in 1959, and shared 61 years with his beloved “Anniebelle.” Together they raised five daughters, Julia Berry, Ginna Ericksen (Matt), Martha Long, Barbara Pappas (William) and Melissa Hibdon (Terry). Sterling was the proud grandfather of Nick Ericksen, Melissa Ericksen Burns (Will), Andie Long, Peter Sterling Ericksen, Emily Ericksen Johnson (Alex), Stephanie Long, Theodore Sterling Pappas and Sterling Hibdon. He was honorary grandfather to Alejandro Lleras (Leah) and Mark Holley (Karen), and great-grandfather to their children, Maddie and Olivia Lleras and Charlotte Holley; beloved uncle of Ken Berry (Connie Nassios), Judith Garver (Patrick), Emma Meston (Jim), Sara Howell (Brad), Carolyn Gray (Dan), David Hinchman (Pauline) and Ted Hinchman; and many grandnieces and grandnephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Tommie and Annie Berry; beloved uncle, Duncan Pirie; brother, Douglas Berry; sister-in-law, Mary Berry; nephew, Thomas Berry; brother-in-law, Ted Hinchman; and niece, Nancy Hinchman.

In his career in human resources management, Sterling was widely respected by labor and administration alike. He retired in 1988, which allowed him to devote more time to his many passions. Chief among those was Great Lakes shipping and sharing his enthusiasm and expertise through his website, greatlakesvesselhistory.com; and affiliations with the Marine Historical Society of Detroit, which honored him with the Distinguished Service Award for 70 years of membership and service on its Advisory Council; Great Lakes Maritime Institute; Lake Superior Marine Museum Association; Dossin Great Lakes Museum; and Toronto Marine Historical Society.

With a song in his heart and a pitch pipe in his pocket, Sterling’s musical resume included choirmaster at St. Philip and St. Steven Episcopal Church; 48-year membership in the Society for Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America, also known as the Barbershop Harmony Society; Rackham Community Choir; Senior Men’s Club of Grosse Pointe Choir; director of the Good News Gospel Singers; St. Michael’s Episcopal Church Choir; American House Choir; and most special to him, founder and leader of the Berry Chorale. His participation in the Christ Church Chorale sparked a passion for travel as he performed throughout Europe nearly 20 years.

Sterling also was devoted to service to others. He always was ready with the greeting, “Hello, friend!” as he delivered Meals on Wheels 29 years. He also served at soup kitchens and together with his wife, Anne, advocated for public schools. In addition, he helped adults learn to read and volunteered as a docent at the Dossin Great Lakes Museum. Sterling’s family will hold a private memorial service. He will be laid to rest at Elmwood Cemetery in Detroit. Memorial contributions in Sterling’s name may be made to Harmony Foundation International, harmonyfoundation.org; the Chippewa County Historical Society ; or the Dossin Great Lakes Museum through the Detroit Historical Society website, detroithistorical.org. Arrangements are entrusted to Chas. Verheyden, Inc.


Name: David A. Beatty

Born: August 9, 1936

Died: October 24, 2020 (84)

MC Member: May 26, 1987 (33)

David was born in Grosse Pointe, to Melvin William Beatty and Audrey Louise Levillier. He was proud of his heritage as a direct descendant of Capt. John Martin and the French family who settled on the ribbon farms in Grosse Pointe. A graduate of Grosse Pointe South High School, David was in the co-op program at Chrysler Co. He retired from Chrysler in 1984.

David was a volunteer at many events and historical venues. He also was involved with the Chrysler travel group, Pentastar Travel. An active participant at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Dexter, David often assisted at funeral luncheons for fellow parishioners. David was well-loved by his neighborhood community at Sugarloaf Lake in Chelsea, where his family owned a cottage more than 100 years and where he eventually retired.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Oct. 28, at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Burial took place at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Detroit. Expressions of sympathy in David’s name may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church, 7870 4th St., Dexter, MI 48130. Arrangements are entrusted to Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home in Chelsea, mitchellfuneral.com.


Name: William “Bill” Rice

Born: July 15, 1929

Died: October 12, 2020 (91)

MC Member: June 12, 2018 (2)

Bill was the son of Thomas and Christina Rice of Detroit. He graduated from River Rouge High School, Michigan State University (where he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha), and the Wayne State University College of Medicine.

Following an internship at Queen’s Hospital in Hawaii, he joined the U.S. Air Force as a Flight Surgeon and was stationed in the South Pacific. After his military service, he met his wife, Ginnie, a nurse, in San Francisco. Returning to Michigan for his residency, he was Board certified by the American College of Surgeons and went on to co-develop Lakeshore ENT—one of the largest ear, nose, and throat practices in the state.

Upon his retirement, Bill co-founded The Holley Institute with its services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and was its vice president and medical director. An avid tennis player, skier, runner, scuba diver, and photographer, he is survived by his wife of 58 years, sons Grantland and Garrett, grandchildren Taylor and Jackson, and more than two dozen nieces and nephews.

An outdoor service was held on the Trinity Terrace at the Grosse Pointe Memorial Church on Tuesday, October 27th at 12 Noon. Donations (in lieu of flowers) can be made to The Holley Institute, Boll Professional Building (Suite 223), 22151 Moross Road, Detroit, Michigan 48236.


The Passing of the following eight memorials were not previously communicated to the general membership. Their deaths were noted during a follow up of dues invoices mailed in august, 2020 and returned by the post office.

Name: Harold R. Knoll

Born: April 15, 1925

Died: December 15, 2017 (91)

MC Member: October 27, 1987 (28)

Harold Roy Knoll was born on April 15, 1925 in Jacksonville, Illinois the son of Paul and Agnes Knoll. He proudly served his country in the Merchant Marines during WW II. He would make this known to everyone he would meet. “I’m a WW II veteran.” He was honorably discharged in August of 1945 after hostilities came to a victorious close . Harold married Bette Edna Surbrook daughter of the late Melvin and Dorothy in 1948 and together they shared 64 years of happiness until Bette’s death in 2012. Together they raised their daughter Janice.

Harold worked in sales for the Stroh Brewery Company for over 40 years, retiring in 1985. He was a member of the Grosse Pointe Lions Club where he was very active, becoming more so when he retired. Harold was also a member of the Grosse Pointe Senior Men’s Club and the AMVETS. He was a volunteer at St. James Lutheran Church in Grosse Pointe Farms where he also served on the Board, and a member of First English Lutheran Church in Grosse Pointe Woods. Harold was a collector of model trains, enjoyed gardening of both flowers and vegetables. He especially liked working outside, reading and volunteering his time to serve others and especially his Lord.

Harold is survived by his daughter Janice Lannoo (the late Leon) and his grandson Christopher. He is predeceased by his beloved Bette and his parents Paul and Agnes Knoll. The family has requested memorial contributions be directed to the Grosse Pointe Lions Club, P.O. Box 36160, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236 or McLaren Hospice, 1515 Cal Drive, Davison, MI 48423.


Name: Albert T. Paglia

Born: June 17, 1925

Died: January 1, 2014 (88)

MC Member: July 12, 2005 (8)

Albert Thomas Paglia, Sr., age 88, died peacefully on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit. Mr. Paglia was born on June 17, 1925 in Detroit, one of four children of Michael and Mary Paglia. He graduated from East Detroit High School in 1943, and married Anna Eileen Edgeworth in 1954. Mr. Paglia was a decorated veteran of World War II where he flew 30 missions to help the Allied cause in Europe. After the war Mr. Paglia started his business, Township Oil Company.

More recently, he was the principal in Castle Real Estate. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, lifelong businessman and resident of Grosse Pointe Shores. Friends and relatives will remember Mr. Paglia for his hard work, wisdom and generosity. He was the patriarch of a loving family and enjoyed family card games, traveling, golfing with his grandchildren and his time spent with the family at the cottage in Lake Orion and winter home in Lauderdale by the Sea, Florida.


Mr. Paglia is survived by his loving family, Kathleen (Stephen) Pawlowski, Albert T. “Tom” (Attarah), Anthony (Carol Ann), Francine (Bob) Maxey, Roseanne (Brian Kruger), and Connie (Shawn) Duffy; 23 grandchildren, Stephen, Tim, Joe, Patrick, and Rose Pawlowski, Tommy, Andy and Lisa Paglia, Anthony Jr., Christina, Jeffrey, Matthew and Elizabeth Paglia, Robby, John, Scott, Tommy and Sydney Maxey, Danny Paglia, and Josh, Ryan, Colin and Jake Duffy, his cherished friend Virginia Kastner. He is also survived by his sister Erma Reindel. He was predeceased by his wife of 53 years, Anna; his parents; and brothers, Erman and Michael Paglia.


Name: Lionel H. Hayes

Born: October 7, 1921

Died: July 2, 2018 (96)

MC Member: May 17, 1997 (12)

Lionel “John” Hayes died peacefully in his home in Grosse Pointe Woods on July 2. He was born on October 7, 1921 in Preston, England. At the age of 2 his family moved to Detroit, Michigan. He was a graduate of Cooley High School in Detroit and Ohio State University. He obtained his citizenship in order to enlist in the Army at the start of World War II. He served as a cartographer in France. When WW II ended he came home to marry his fiancé, Mary Jane Jones. They had met at Fort Riley, Kansas, at the USO club where he played the piano and she sang.

They were blessed with two daughters, Holly and Cathy, graduates of Grosse Pointe South High School, and a son, John, graduate of Grosse Pointe North High School. John began his business career as a salesman for Montgomery Ward in Kansas. Moving back to Detroit he became a manager for Cunningham Drugs. Then later he became a manager for Serling Drug Company. He was the founder and CEO of Hayes Retail Services until he retired at the age of 80.

During his 61 years of marriage John and Mary Jane traveled to Europe, Hawaii, to his lake house in Port Huron, timeshare in Fort Meyers, and all across the United States. He especially enjoyed his friends in the American Legion Post of Grosse Pointe for over 30 years, golf, tennis, bridge, and sing along parties where he played the piano and Mary Jane played the base. He is survived by his children Holly (Stephen) Anderson, Catherine (David) Tyler, and John P. Hayes; four grandchildren (Mary Anderson, Stephanie Anderson, David Tyler, and John Paul Hayes), and three great-grandchildren (Tomas Negron, Lydia Negron, and Alexa Tyler).

Memorial contributions may be made to American Legion, Care of Adjutant Dick Wendin Post 372, 17440 Maumee, Grosse Pointe, MI 48230


Name: John J. Hill

Born: March 16, 1920

Died: April 8, 2013 (93)

MC Member: July 8, 1980 (32)

John J. Hill, age 93 of Grosse Pointe Shores, died in Detroit on Monday, April 8, 2013. He was born in Charleston, Tennessee on Tuesday, March 16, 1920; the son of John and Katherine Hill. A dedicated employee of General Motors for many years, John retired in 1985 as a Design Engineer. John was also a long time member of Grosse Pointe Baptist Church as well as the Masonic Society. John loved music; especially Big Band, Jazz and Swing.

In his early years, he played the trumpet in a jazz band. John also enjoyed building model trains, boating with friends and cooking southern barbeque. John will be remembered as the consummate southern gentleman, a very sweet man. John adored his family and was a devoted caregiver to his wife, Maxine, before her passing on Wednesday, May 2, 2007.

Beloved husband of the late Maxine for 62 years. They were married on Sunday, June 24, 1945.
Loving father of Gary Hill and Catherine (Tony) Allison. Proud grandfather of Lauren (Vaios) Theodorakos, Shannon Hill, Jacquelyn Hill, Christina Allison and Andrew Allison. Great grandfather of Vaios III, Thomas Elias and Thomasina Theodorakos. Faithful owner of Copper, his Red Boned Coon Hound.


Name: Luther ‘Ray” Hardin

Born: December 22, 1929

Died: May 21, 2016 (86)

MC Member: September 25, 1990 (25)

Hardin, Luther ‘Ray’ was born on December 22, 1929 in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. He passed away May 21, 2016. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and adored his family. Ray attended Henry Ford Trade School and had a curiosity for learning every day of his life. He worked as a wood and metal pattern maker and retired from Perfection Pattern & Mfg. Corp.

Ray was preceded in death by his son, Kendal Ray Hardin. They are now together in Heaven. Surviving to cherish his memory are his beautiful wife Peggye, loving daughter Linda and grandchildren, Joseph, Jacob and Katherine. Also surviving is brother, Lloyd Hardin of Missouri.

Ray lived each day to serve the Lord and help others. He was a strong advocate of Christian Education for his children and grandchildren. Ray went to Heaven with a smile on his face knowing his family continues to walk closely to their Savior, Jesus Christ our Lord. Visitation Saturday 1:00 pm until the time of the funeral at 3:00 pm at A.H. Peters Funeral Home, 20705 Mack Ave., at Vernier Rd., Grosse Pointe Woods. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lansing Christian School, Lansing MI.


Name: Edward H. Binder

Born: July 10, 1926

Died: August 28 , 2019 (93)

MC Member: November 24, 1992 (26)

Loving husband of the late Marie. Dearest father of Brian, and the late Evelyn. Dear friend of Shirley Knoll, survived by many in-law and nieces and nephews. A private memorial service is to be planned.


Name: Bert E. Baker

Born: July 20, 1932

MC member: December 12 , 1995 (26)

An obituary is not available. Date of death is not known


Name: Joseph B. Chrzanowski

Born: June 30, 1923

Died: August 10 , 2014 (91)

MC Member: February 14, 2012 (26)

Joseph Chrzanowski “The Consummate Gentleman” Beloved husband of the late Sally; Dear father of Dr. Gregory, Victoria (Ken) Smits, Judith (Peter) Bill and Carolyn (Jeffrey) Rovner; Loving Grandfather of Christopher, Michael, Alexander, Jillian, Brody and Dashel. Predeceased by Rebecca; Loving Great Grandfather of Katlyn Marie. Born in Detroit, Mr. C was a graduate of Catholic Central in 1940 and then received his B.A. from Kalamazoo College in 1950. He served as a Second Lieutenant during WWII, and later as a First Lieutenant during the Korean Conflict in the Medical Service Corps In 1953. Upon his return, He entered the retail business field and became a highly regarded district manager for the Winkelman Company.

Upon Retirement he and his wife Sally relocated to AZ and enjoyed their lovely home situated along the golf course. Mr. C was an avid member of the Officers Club at Luke Air Force Base and the Ben Avery Gun Club. As a Senior Olympic Medalist in Skeet and Trap Shooting, He met and competed with some of the finest shooters in the Country. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Open Arms For Children, PO box 2198, Litchfield Park, AZ 85340

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