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Name: Howard M. “Joe” Trowern
Born: August 20, 1925
Died: May 12, 2022 (96)
MC Member: February 11, 1992 (30)
Former Grosse Pointe Park resident Howard Trowern, 96, died peacefully Thursday, May 12, 2022, at his home in Silver Spring, Md. Known to his many friends as “Joe,” he was predeceased in 2015, by his wife of 64 years, Nancy.
Joe was born Aug. 20, 1925, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Mr. Howard and Mrs. Emma Trowern. He attended Mount Hermon School (now the Northfield Mount Hermon School) in Northfield, Mass., before enlisting in 1943, at age 17, in the U.S. Army. Mr. Trowern served as a platoon leader in the infantry under Gen. Patton in the European theater. Joe saw combat action in France, the Battle of the Bulge and the Central Europe campaign, participating in the liberation of Buchenwald and Ohrdruf subcamp complexes, before connecting with the Russian army near Czechoslovakia. For his service, Joe received the Bronze Star, two Purple Hearts, the Combat Infantry Badge and a Presidential Unit Citation for leading the assault on Olzheim, a communications hub on the Siegfried Line. Mr. Trowern was given a battlefield commission and was discharged in 1946, as a second lieutenant. In 2012, he was awarded the French Legion of Honor.
On his 20th birthday in August 1945, Joe returned to his parents’ home in East Williston, N.Y., where he was greeted by a beautiful young woman who was just a shy backyard neighbor when Joe left to join the Army. In exchange for helping him wash his car, he offered her a ride to the beach. That was the last car Joe Trowern ever washed. Nancy and Joe were married June 23, 1951. After the war, Joe attended Hamilton College, Rutgers University and Harvard Business School, earning a master’s degree in business administration.
He, Nancy and their four children moved to Grosse Pointe in 1973, where he lived until moving to the Washington, D.C., area in 2007. They were active members of Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, the Grosse Pointe War Memorial, Grosse Pointe Sail Club, Grosse Pointe Newcomers Association and Mariners Church in Detroit.
Joe and Nancy were avid sailors and hosted countless happy hours at their home on Berkshire Road and on their sailboat at Windmill Pointe Park. He was known by friends and family for a gregarious spirit, storytelling skills and a sense of humor that often relied on his wife as his “straight man.” Joe spent the last 20 years of his life largely confined to a wheelchair, the result of being struck by a car as a pedestrian years before. However, he never complained and never lost his ability to laugh or tell jokes and stories. Joe was a chair of a committee during his tenure with the MCGP.
Joe also was predeceased by his sister, Jane Piatt. He is survived by his children, Michael Trowern, Cynthia Smith (Dan), Peter Trowern (Colleen) and Steven Trowern (Marcella); and seven grandchildren.
A service will be held at a date to be determined at Arlington National Cemetery with military honors, followed by a celebration of his life in the Washington, D.C., area.
Name: Leon (Lee) J. Kosek
Born: June 22, 1924
Died: May 12, 2022 (97)
MC Member: June 9, 1987 (34)
Lee Kosek was born in Detroit, the son of John and Sophia Kosek, who immigrated from Poland. He graduated with honors from Cass Tech High School and the University of Detroit and received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Detroit Dental School.
Lee was a veteran and served in Patton’s Third Army throughout Europe during World War II. While socializing with the U of D Polish student club, Lee met Delphine Makowski and realized he had met his match. They married in 1952, and shared 65 joyful years of marriage before Del passed in 2017.
Dr. Leon J. Kosek, “Dr. K” to many, built his dental practice from the ground up, starting with a small office on Van Dyke in Detroit and later expanding to a larger space in Warren. He was an active member in the Detroit District Dental Society and American Dental Association, serving on a committee that facilitated the introduction of fluoride to drinking water to improve the dental health of children. His patients appreciated his kind and gentle touch and Dr. K especially enjoyed talking with them and learning about their lives. When he retired at age 60, he missed most conversing with his patients.
Lee and Del dearly loved each other, their family and their friends. Cherished memories included time spent boating, fishing, skiing and traveling. Lee was skilled at playing tennis and was disappointed when he had to give up playing singles in favor of doubles when he turned 75. Lee’s favorite trick was to play with two forehands as he was ambidextrous and could play with both hands. He was on the courts year-round until he turned 90.
His lifelong joys included world travel with Del, watching movies and football. Lee was ecstatic when he found the “Red Zone,” where he could watch every touchdown in every game as soon as it happened. Above all, Lee was a devoted family man and his seven children are still amazed at his immense patience and calm demeanor.
Leon is survived by his children, Leon Jr. (Cheryl), Jim, Ann Conklin (Matt), Cathy Hubbard (John), Lynn, John (Terri) and Steve (Jane); grandchildren, Joe, Andrew, Debra (Jeff), Matt (Christine), Eric, Tom (Christina), Jenny (Mike), Maia, Thalia, Kate and Krista; and great-grandchildren, Liam, Bethany, Declan, Eliana, Will, Owen, Brayden and two more on the way. Leon was predeceased by his beloved wife, Delphine; parents, John and Sophia Kosek; brothers, Joseph and Thomas Kosek; and sister, Estelle Pazgrat. In lieu of flowers, donations are appreciated to the Capuchin Province of St. Joseph, 1820 Mt. Elliott, Detroit, 48207.
Name: David Case
Born: January 18, 1942
Died: April 8, 2022 (80)
MC Member: July 27, 2013 (8)
David R. Case, 80, died peacefully at home on April 8th. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and family man to his extended family of seven brothers and sisters and multiple nieces and nephews. He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Joanne, and his adoring children, Amy, Jeff (Suzanne), and Mike, and three precious grandchildren, Elle, Clio, and Cael. His siblings, Joanne (David, deceased), Jane (Andy, deceased), John (Marilyn), Earl (Peggy), Joyce (Jon), and Marty (Lisa) will all miss him dearly. He is predeceased by his brother Edward (Janet) and his wonderful parents, Earl and Marcella Case. In his younger years, he enjoyed coaching his boys’ Little League teams and also attending his children’s multiple activities such
Name: Paul S. Teranes
Born: June 25, 1935
Died: May 9, 2022 (86)
MC Member: May 10, 2005 (16)
It is with great sadness we report the passing of Paul S. Teranes, age 86, on Mon., May 9, 2022, surrounded by his loving family. Paul was a devoted husband, a loving father and grandfather, and a cherished friend to many. He will be dearly missed.
Paul was born on June 25th, 1935 to Stephen Teranes and Anne (Goldgruber) Teranes in Two Rivers Wisconsin. Paul was born with congenital glaucoma, a relatively rare condition that caused him to gradually and completely lose his eyesight throughout his childhood. Determined to provide the best life for their son, Paul’s parents prioritized his education and encouraged his independence, advocating for Paul to attend the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and supporting Paul’s decision to go away to college. Paul graduated with honors from The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1958. After graduation, Paul took the advice and encouragement of his eye doctor and went on to law school, receiving his JD from the University of Michigan Law School in 1961.
Paul was well-suited to the practice of law, and he had a long and rewarding career. He served as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Wayne County from 1962 to 1982. He was appointed to the Wayne County Circuit Court by Governor Millikin in May 1982 and was elected to three six-year terms. He retired from the bench in 2001 and continued to work as a visiting judge, arbitrator, and facilitator. He was known for his knowledge of the law, respectful treatment of everyone in his courtroom, calculation of numbers in his head, and giving directions without a map.
Paul’s awards include the “Professional Man of the Year” award from University of Detroit High School in 1978. He was also selected by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as one of Michigan’s most respected judges while he served on the court.
For as sharp as he was intellectually, Paul’s personality was soft. He was, above all else, a kind man. He loved people and conversations. He told endless stories of friends and acquaintances and events, with an appreciation of the humanity that unites us. Paul was a dedicated citizen and an active member in the community. He served on the boards of the Leader Dogs for the Blind, SMART, and the Michigan Law Association committee on Americans with Disabilities Act. He was an active member of the Catholic Lawyers Society, the Witenagemot Society and the Easy Riders bike club. Paul was a devoted parishioner at St. Philomena Catholic Church for many decades, where he also served on the Administration and Finance Committee.
Paul approached life with a positive attitude, and he overcame the many challenges in his life with consistent good humor and dignity. He was an inspiration to many. Much should also be remembered about the people that helped him along the way, including his parents, who took great effort to expose Paul to sights of the world before he completely lost his vision; Leader Dogs for the Blind, who raised, trained and provided the many service dogs that gave Paul his independence; and his wife Barbara, his beloved companion for 56 years, who ensured their lives were full with friendship, family, service, love, and many many wonderful adventures traveling the world together.
Paul S. Teranes is survived by his wife, Barbara; his children, Richard (Cindy) Teranes of Grosse Pointe, Jane (David Holway) Teranes of San Diego, CA, Daniel (Kayla) Teranes of Grosse Pointe, and Amy (Corey) Snow of Pacifica, CA; his grandchildren Ethan, Carter, Cole, Camryn, Lorenzo, Eva, Marcella, Anderson, Alpheus and Greta; and his trusted Leader Dog, Morgan. He was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings, Dorthey Drahos and Richard Teranes.
Name: Carl E. Berger
Born: March 10, 1929
Died: April 28, 2022 (93)
MC Member: November 25, 2012 (9)
Born in Detroit on March 10, 1929, Carl was a graduate of the Saint John Berchman School and De La Salle High School, and went on to earn a Master’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Detroit Mercy.
Carl was employed for over 40 years by the Detroit Edison Company (now DTE), where he was an accomplished industrial water treatment expert and forged many cherished life-long friendships. Carl was a gentle soul who enjoyed many things, including fishing, golf, softball, pool, and family summer vacations on Manitoulin Island. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Dolores, in 2009, and is survived by his sons Eric (Melanie) and Tom (Jennifer), his daughter, Karen, six grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. The family would like to give special thanks to all of the caregivers who provided invaluable love and support to Carl over the years.
Name: A. Michael Prus
Born: September 14, 1932
Died: March 18, 2022 (89)
MC Member: November 14, 2006 (15)
A. Michael Prus of Grosse Pointe Farms, MI and Ocean Ridge, FL passed away surrounded by family on March 18, 2022 following complications from a stroke. He was 89 years old. For forty-five years, Michael was the devoted husband of Judith Goodnow Prus, who preceded him in death. He is survived by his son Michael Prus and his wife Diane Prus, his daughter Elizabeth Prus Myers and her husband Gregory Myers, his son Jeffrey Prus and his wife Hilary Prus, and his companion of many years Mary Ann Dinan. He was beloved by his six grandchildren: Lindsey, Charlie, Brooks, Charlotte, Emily, and Jeffrey. Michael was predeceased by his sister Doris Prus Sullivan and is survived by his brother Thomas Prus and sister Kathryn Prus Richardson.
Michael was born in Detroit, Michigan, a son of the late Michael A. Prus and Sophia Cichon Prus. He graduated from St. Andrew High School in 1950, Wayne State University in 1954, and Wayne State Medical School in 1958. He completed his internship at Grace Hospital followed by his medical residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he earned the post of Chief Resident.
After returning to Detroit following his residency, Michael joined the anesthesiology practice at Grace Hospital. He was named Chief of Anesthesia of Grace Hospital in 1974 and Harper Hospital in 1977. Michael was always open to new, innovative ideas and respected for his mentoring and problem-solving skills. Under his leadership, he and his partners expanded their practice to over 80 anesthesiologists, serving many hospitals across the Detroit area, and creating residency programs to groom the best anesthesia talent. Michael served as Medical Director of the Grace Hospital School of Nurse Anesthesia and was a driving force behind the inception of the Harper Hospital Same Day Surgery Center, the first outpatient surgery center in Michigan. He served as its Medical Director from 1983 to 2002. Michael earned the respect of all his colleagues, including surgeons and staff. After his retirement, he assisted a hand surgery practice in establishing their stand-alone surgery center. Michael was honored to be invited to join the Academy of Anesthesiology where he played an active role throughout his later career and into retirement.
Michael was an avid golfer, gardener, traveler, fisherman, and hunter. He prided himself on his vegetable garden and rose garden and enjoyed growing and experimenting with plants of any kind. He had the opportunity to travel the world with his wife Judy and many close friends over the years. He was a voracious reader and enjoyed word puzzles, especially crossword puzzles, and Jeopardy. His lifelong curiosity and appetite for knowledge included new pursuits as an octogenarian, such as yoga and guitar lessons. He loved spending time with his family in Florida and Northern Michigan, including annual family deer hunting trips with his brother, sons, and grandsons. Michael will be remembered for his warm smile, easy laugh, and kind spirit.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Detroit Cristo Rey High School, 5679 W. Vernor Highway, Detroit, MI 48209 https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/detcristorey
Name: Oscar Kanan
Born: November 14, 1925
Died: June 22, 2021 (95)
MC Member: November 18, 2000 (20)
Beloved husband of the late Pauline. Loving father of Janet (James) Sobodos and Joseph Kanan. Cherished grandfather of Michelle Gould and Mark (Lauren) Sobodos. Great grandfather of Grace Pauline and Brooke McKinley.
Dearest brother of Anna Mae Fowlkes, Peter (Mary) Kanan, Mary (Gary) Frame, Joseph (Heidi) Kanan. Also predeceased by his siblings: Raymond Kanan, Theresa (Al) Jacobs, Linda (Louis) Peeples, George (surviving wife, Marilyn) Kanan, Mabel (Norman) Felix and Yvonne Pryzhocki.
Oscar was the proudest and the oldest of his 11 siblings. He was a member of the Grosse Pointe Senior Men’s Club. He was an avid golfer, bowler and card player. Oscar enjoyed watching all sports especially when it came to his grandchildren. He was very active in his grandchildren lives and loved spending time with them. Oscar was a proud veteran, serving in the Navy In World War II. Also, Mr. Kanan was a 4rth Degree Knight of Columbus member. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Name: Harold E. Cruger
Born: March 2, 1933
Died: August 16, 2021 (88)
MC Member: April 28, 1998 (23)
Beloved husband of the late Sheila. Proud and loving father of Martha Cruger (Tom Sasena). Also survived by several loving cousins, extended family members and friends. Hal was a graduate of the University of Michigan and retired as the director of financial aid at Wayne State University. He worked for many years as a docent at the Detroit Institute of Arts after his retirement.
A Private Memorial Service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Detroit Institute of Arts are appreciated. Please share memories with the family at their online guestbook at WujekCalcaterra.com
Name: Joseph H. Walker
Born: March 18, 1933
Died: January 21 , 2013 (79)
MC Member: March 22, 1994 (18)
Joseph J. Walker, age 79, born March 18, 1933 in Detroit, MI, passed away Monday, January 21, 2013 in Grand Rapids. Joe was a veteran of the Korean War era and a 35 year employee of General Motors. After a well-deserved retirement, he was inspired to fight for social justice. He used his abundant intellect, curiosity, writing ability, and sense of humor to advocate tirelessly for peace, justice, and to make the world a better place for everyone.
He was very active in national and local charities and advocacy organizations, including Alcoholics Anonymous, Pax Christi, and the OLLI program at Aquinas College. A long-time member of MENSA, Joe liked to read, write, tell jokes, and travel, but he loved time spent at the beach in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Joe had friends of all ages and walks of life. But he especially loved spending time with his grandchildren.
In his spare time, he loved to garden and his yard was the pride of the neighborhood. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Irene (McCormick); son Joseph III; daughter, Karen Beecher and her husband Alan; sister, Marilyn Foley and her husband, Robert; stepson, Steven de Polo and his partner, Caroline Clark; stepdaughter, Lucy Lafleur and husband, Robert and his grandchildren, Benjamin, Simon, and Mark Lafleur and Qiqi and Lourdie Clark; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jack and Janet McCormick, James and Marilyn McCormick, Connie McCormick, and Rev. Gerald McCormick.
In lieu of flowers, please consider giving a memorial gift to the Kent County Central Office of Alcoholics Anonymous at 4920 Plainfield NE, Ste. 19, Grand Rapids, MI 49525 or Dégagé Ministries at 144 Division Avenue South, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.
Name: Carl W. Metzker
Born: February 14, 1927
Died: December 9, 2021 (94)
MC Member: December 12, 2006 (14)
We have been unable to locate an obituary of Carl’s passing. The death information is from a family member. Carl was Treasurer of the Men’s Club of Grosse Pointe foe several years as well as chair of a committee.
Name: J. Richard (Dick) Dunlap
Born: October 1, 1947
Died: January 14, 2022 (74)
MC Member: September 8, 2015 (6)
J. Richard (Dick) Dunlap, 74, of Grosse Pointe City, MI passed away January 13, 2022 after bravely fighting pancreatic cancer. He was born October 1, 1947 in Akron, Ohio to Joseph H. and Carol K. Dunlap. He is survived by his wife of almost 50 years, Connie Dunlap.
Also surviving are their three sons and daughters-in-law, Brad (Stephanie Davis) of Evanston, IL; Todd (Molly McKenzie) of Wilmette, IL; and Eric (Katie Cirre) of Raleigh, NC. He is also survived by his nine beloved grandchildren- Will, Abby, Ella, Ben, Jake, Cole, Anna, Nick, and Reagan. He is further survived by a brother, Thomas (Katherine) of Cincinnati, OH and numerous nieces and nephews. His parents and sister, Barbara Dunlap Kamm, predeceased him.
Dick grew up in Toledo, Ohio and graduated from Miami University in 1969 with a B.S. in Biology where he was active in the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from The Ohio State University in 1973. It was there that he met his wife Connie Zimmerman of Defiance, Ohio. They married in 1972 and upon graduation, moved to San Diego, CA where Dick served as a Lieutenant (dentist) in the U.S. Navy. After serving two years in the Navy, Dick moved back to the Midwest where he completed his Masters in Orthodontics from The University of Michigan. He established a solo orthodontic practice on Mack Avenue in Grosse Pointe where he set about working hard to improve the “smiles” of the community. He loved his work, his staff, and his patients and had a genuine interest in their young lives. Dick retired from his practice in 2015.
Dick was very involved in his boys’ sports and activities. Many will remember his love of photography, especially sports photography, as he was a fixture at Grosse Pointe South High School games for many years. He truly enjoyed sharing his photos with the players and their families.
Dick had many interests including gardening, golf, watching sports and most recently playing euchre at the Helm. After retiring, he became a Realtor to assist his wife with her real estate career. Above all, he loved and enjoyed his family. He especially loved watching his grandchildren grow and compete in their various sports and activities.
Dick had a caring and gentle spirit, a great sense of humor and was quick to laugh. As his grandchildren will attest, “He brought the fun!”
Dick belonged to Grosse Pointe Memorial Church where he served as a deacon and one of the church photographers. He was also a member of the Men’s Club of Grosse Pointe and the Rotary Club of Grosse Pointe.
A celebration of life will be held at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, on Saturday, April 23, 2022 at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mothers’ Club of Grosse Pointe South for an athletics or photography scholarship, 11 Grosse Pointe Blvd, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236; Hospice of Michigan (https://www.hom.org/donations/) or Grosse Pointe Memorial Church– Music Fund, 16 Lake Shore Dr. Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.
Name: Gregory F. Walton
Born: August 7, 1948
Died: December 10, 2021 (73)
MC Member: January 11, 2011 (10)
Gregory Francis Walton, age 73, was born August 7, 1948 and died on December 10, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. Beloved husband of Natalie. Father of Nicole and David Walton. Cousin to Steve (Kathy) Reid, Karen Reid, Carol Sterhan, and the late Marilyn Cataline. Greg enjoyed learning new things, sailing, cars, his friends, the Thunder over Michigan air shows, and spending time with his children.
Name: Robert Paul Edwards
Born: January 2, 1943
Died: December 30, 2020 (77)
MC Member: April 13, 2016 (30)
Beloved husband of Mary(nee Burnett). Loving father of Dr. Robert(Sandra)Edwards and Tom Edwards. Dearest grandfather of Victoria. Dear brother of Bill (Fran) Edwards and Marie (the late Dan) Devlin. Bob was also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations to the American Heart Association. Visitation and services will be private with a public Celebration of Bob’s Life to take place when the COVID restrictions end. Share memories with the family at their “On-Line Guestbook” at WujekCalcaterra.com
Name: Glenn W. Peters
Born: August 11, 1930
Died: December 25, 2021 (91)
MC Member: November 26, 1991 (30)
lenn W. Peters passed away peacefully in his home in Grosse Pointe Shores on December 25, 2021 surrounded by his family. In both his professional and personal life, Glenn was known for his quiet dignity, grace and commitment, unique sense of humor and was always the perfect gentleman. He was a man of many roles including loving husband, caring father, adoring grandfather, and public servant. His most cherished role was family man.
Glenn was born on August 11, 1930 in Terra Haute, Indiana to Rev. Earnest J. Peters and Frances K. Peters (Kristufek). After completing high school he enlisted in the US Navy and proudly served for four years. Glenn then earned Bachelor degrees in Mathematics and Accounting from Indiana State University, and a Masters degree in Education from Wayne State University. He began his career as a teacher and then Assistant Principal in the Lakeview Public Schools system before serving as Director of Personnel at Macomb Community College for the remainder of his career.
Glenn was involved in many community service positions including the Board of Education in Warren Woods Public Schools, Grosse Pointe Shores City Council and multiple committees at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church. In retirement, he served as a volunteer for 20 years at Beaumont Grosse Pointe Hospital. Glenn’s cultural life included the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, usher at the Fisher Theatre and the Grosse Pointe Theatre. He was a member of the Grosse Pointe Senior Men’s Club, Sociable Scoundrels, and the Grosse Pointe Alumni Club. One of his favorite activities was watching his grandchildren play sports. Glenn loved to travel and enjoyed trips to many places in the US and abroad with the Nomads travel club. His recreational activities included golf and bowling but bridge was his passion. He treasured the friendships that were built through these activities.
Glenn was predeceased by his two brothers Wesley Peters and Robert Peters as well as his sister, Elaine Niven (Peters). He is survived by his devoted wife Elizabeth of 64 years and three loving daughters: Lori Yelverton (Whitney), Pamela Cornish (James), and Susan Bolton. He was a grandfather to Matthew Yelverton (Cameron), Phillip Yelverton (Lauren), Jesse Yelverton, Adam Bolton (Elizabeth), Elise Hauke (Peter), and Jacob Bolton.
Due to Covid-19, a memorial service will be planned for the spring/summer. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Glenn’s name may be made to the Grosse Pointe Memorial Church Music Fund, 16 Lake Shore Dr., Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236 or Disabled American Veterans, 807 Maine Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024 or www.dav.org
Name: Louis C. Asmus
Born: May 21, 1938
Died: December 5, 2021 (83)
MC Member: July 10, 2012 (9)
He was born May 21, 1938, in Detroit, to Louis J. and Kathryn V. Asmus, both now deceased. Louie graduated from Grosse Pointe High School in 1956, and attended Michigan State University. He proudly served in the U.S. Army.
Louie was an active member of Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church, through which he volunteered his time at the Nichols School in Detroit, delivering meals for children and helping with improvements at the school. He also was a 10-year member of the Elks Lodge and served two terms as the Exulted Ruler. He was a devoted MSU fan and also enjoyed spending time with family and friends. His charm and ability to tell a great story brought joy to those who knew him.
Louie is survived by his son, Louis “Chip” Asmus (Stephanie); son-in-law, Joe Sullivan; stepdaughter, Leslie Rentschler (the late Doug); stepson, Michael Mullen (Ann); grandchildren, Patrick Sullivan (Kristen Gratton), Molly, Katy and Ben Asmus, Eve Mosher (Koebe) and Alex Breitmeyer (Tessa); great-grandchildren, Harlan and Callum Mosher; and sister-in-law, Gail Asmus.
He was predeceased by his wife, Rose “Kirk” Asmus; daughter, Jennifer Sullivan; and brother, Tom Asmus.
Memorial contributions in Louie’s memory may be made to Detroit Public Schools Foundation, Portis Hicks Fund, 3011 W. Grant Blvd., Ste. 1004, Detroit, MI 48202
Name: Robert F. Roney
Born: May 31, 1933
Died: September 22, 2021 (83)
MC Member: June 10, 2008 (13)
Robert Francis Roney, 88, of Grosse Pointe Shores, passed away Monday, Sept. 27, 2021.He was inquisitive, thoughtful and always eager to engage in meaningful conversation and was a magnet for family and friends. A keen listener with a creative mind and adventurous spirit, Bob created community wherever he went. Bob was born May 31, 1933, in Detroit, to Edward Charles Roney and Rosemary Greiner Trombley, both now deceased. He was the youngest of eight children. He often told stories of their bustling home in the Indian Village neighborhood — where he learned the value of frugality, resilience, curiosity and productivity — and where he met the girl who would later become his wife, Sheila Galvin.
Industrious from an early age, Bob started a neighborhood Christmas wreath business that he continued throughout his college years. When looking back on these years, Bob spoke of the relationships, lessons and observations that informed his views about social justice in society and the church. Bob graduated from University of Detroit High School in 1951, and from the University of Notre Dame in 1957, with degrees in architecture and fine arts.
Deeply spiritual his entire life, Bob credited Father Ted Hesburgh, whom he met at Notre Dame, as a major influence on how he would serve the world In summer 1957, Bob joined the Paulist Fathers as a novitiate, but left after several months. He then completed service in the U.S. Army, continued developing his drawing and painting skills while working as a draftsman and studied for the state architectural board exam. This circuitous path led Bob and Sheila to a life together of intentional spirituality and building community. They married in spring 1960 at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church. Bob and Sheila raised five children at their home in Grosse Pointe Shores, where Bob cultivated a love for music, theater and art with his family.
During this time, the Roney household became a hub for social gatherings, from building homecoming floats to hosting rallies for social justice issues to holding religious ceremonies and celebrations. Following Sheila’s untimely death in 1987, Bob stayed in the family home and continued his work as an accomplished architect.
In 2004, he married Dorothy Tibbits and embraced her two adult children and extended family, including nine grandchildren, as his own. With Dorothy, Bob continued to have an open door to family and friends and they shared an active and ongoing dialogue around social issues, books and community. They took great joy in their grandchildren and loved celebrating and spending time together with them.
Bob’s happiest moments were spent in nature — tending to orchids, working in his yard, observing the migratory paths of birds across the continent and leading groups of birdwatchers on Anna Maria Island, Fla., where he spent many happy winters. For more than 20 years, he sailed his Cal 34 sloop with family and friends on Lake St. Clair and achieved his goal of circumnavigating all five Great Lakes.
Bob also was a talented artist using sketch, oils and watercolors. He had a passion for making pecan rolls, playing the ukulele, stargazing, sharing stories of his life or listening to others. Following Dorothy’s death in early 2020, Bob continued splitting his time between Grosse Pointe and Anna Maria — returning from Anna Maria for the last time in May 2021. Not long after, his health declined rapidly and Bob passed away peacefully at his home of 61 years.
His hunger for learning will live on as his legacy — as will his fierce independence to live life on his own terms. Bob was preceded in death by his wives, Sheila Galvin Roney and Dorothy Tibbits Roney; and siblings, Edward, David, Thomas, Marianne and Virginia. He is survived by his sisters, Peggy Byrne (Jim) and Rosemary “Oney” Roney; children, Deirdre Roney Cadarette (John), Robert Roney Jr. (Deb), Michelle Roney Janssens (Glen), Colleen Roney Apostolides (George) and Christopher Roney (Stacy); stepchildren, Libby Strand (Randy) and Harry Gemuend III, Dan Gemuend (Susan) and Tammy LaProd (Jim); and 18 grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sarasota Institute of Lifetime Learning, sillsarasota.org; or, the Phyllis Haehnle Memorial Sanctuary, michiganaudubon.org