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Name: John E. Williams Jr.
Born: March 24, 1922
Died: Feb. 7, 2023 (100)
MC Member: January 27, 1987 (36)
John E. Williams Jr., 100, passed away peacefully of natural causes Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2023, at Hospice of Cincinnati. He lived a full, exemplary and meaningful life. Jack was President of the MCGP in 2001.
Jack was born March 24, 1922, in New Rochelle, N.Y., to John Edgar Williams Sr. and Geneve Wales Williams. He was their first son, arriving after four lovely and spirited daughters; appropriately, he was born on his father’s birthday.
Jack graduated from Shaker Heights High School in Ohio in 1940, and enrolled at Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., where he was a three-sport athlete, lettering in football, hockey and track. Before graduating, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and fought with the 75th Infantry in the Battle of the Bulge, halting the German Panzer attack in Grandmenil, Belgium on Christmas Eve, 1944. His unit subsequently advanced to the German front and during that time he received several battlefield promotions, rising from buck private to first lieutenant. Near the end of the war, he was assigned to command a German prisoner of war encampment.
Jack returned to Hamilton and after graduation he enrolled in Harvard Business School, where he met his future wife, Elizabeth Buchanan, of Westfield, N.J., who was attending Wellesley College. They were married June 25, 1949, in Westfield. They moved to Detroit, where he joined the J.L. Hudson department store and started his family. He left Hudson’s in 1975, and launched several businesses in the Detroit area.
Jack was involved in many civic organizations, principally including Habitat for Humanity, which awarded him its Lifetime Achievement Award. He led construction crews on many of Habitat’s “blitz builds” and founded Habitat’s Detroit Restore. Jack was an elder at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church and served as president of the Grosse Pointe Men’s Club.
In retirement, he designed and built — by hand — a beautiful home on Lac Courte-Oreilles in Northern Wisconsin, where he and his extended family vacationed for generations and where many of his sisters had adjacent homes. He was able to see his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and innumerable other relatives, play on the same fields and tennis courts where he played as a child.
Jack loved his faith, his family and his power tools. He lived by two tenets: “This is the Day the Lord hath Made” and “You’ll never regret buying a new tool.” He had an innate curiosity and was a voracious reader of history. Above all, Jack was blessed with a singular goodness of heart.
Although he enjoyed golf (particularly in the rough to the right), he had better success on the tennis courts, where he and Elizabeth won several tournaments together. He was a ranked squash player, an avid sailor, a skilled skier and loved games and pranks. In 2011, Jack and Elizabeth moved from Grosse Pointe to the Deupree House in Cincinnati to be closer to their daughter, Anne, and quickly found themselves at home and happy in their new surroundings.
Jack is survived by his wife of 73 years, Elizabeth; four children, John B. Williams of Washington, D.C. (Gail), Anne W. Badanes of Cincinnati, Ohio (Harry), Kathryn W. Piper of Carlsbad, Calif. (Lou) and Frederick T. Williams of Canton, Ga. (Lisa); 14 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren (with three on the way); and countless nieces, nephews and other family members who will miss him dearly and remember him fondly.
Jack’s life will be celebrated Saturday, March 11, at Knox Presbyterian Church, 3400 Michigan Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Habitat for Humanity Detroit, 14325 Jane Ave, Detroit, MI 48205, habitatdetroit.org/donation.
Name: Kenneth J. Steketee
Born: February 14, 1924
Died: December 26, 2022 (98)
MC Member: January 12, 1993 (30)
Robert P. Dr. Kenneth J. Steketee, 98, of Grosse Pointe Farms, died Monday, Dec. 26, 2022.
Ken was born Feb. 14, 1924, in Holland, Mich., to C. Neal and Cornelia (nee Van Tongeren) Steketee. Ken married his beloved Carolyn Jean Jeffrey on June 11, 1949; she predeceased him Feb. 9, 2022.
He attended Hope College and Denison University, and received a dental degree from the University of Michigan. Ken served in the U.S. Navy Dental Corps during World War II and the Korean War at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., and Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia.
Together, Ken and Carolyn devoted their lives to each other and to creating and maintaining a loving home where they raised their four children. Ken and Carolyn were faithful members of Historic Trinity Lutheran Church. Ken will be remembered by his loved ones as a loving and devoted husband, father, grandpa and uncle, who dedicated his life to caring for his family. He brought his artistry to the dental practice he established in St. Clair Shores and was loved by his patients and staff. His warm humor and quick wit put nervous patients at ease; he could fill a room with laughter. He was adored for his humor and unselfishness toward others. His love and devotion for his family was everlasting.
Ken and Carolyn enjoyed their time together on the water with their boat, traveling internationally, volunteering for local charities and extensive gardening, both at their home and as Master Gardeners for the beautification of Grosse Pointe Farms. Ken enjoyed woodworking, refinishing furniture, making jewelry, collecting old books and watching and feeding the birds. He was proud of the extensive wildflower garden he designed and maintained. Ken attended Interlochen Music Camp during the summers of his high school years and took pleasure in creating and listening to music throughout his life.
Ken is survived by his children, Kenneth Steketee (Bonnie), Carol Pittsley, Susan Otis and Jerry Steketee (Ann). He also is survived by 12 grandchildren, Mark (Stacy), David, Ben (Kristen), Alex (Adriann), Stefan (Leslie), Jessica (Christopher), Katie (Jason), Sarah (Colin), David (Maribeth), James (Raquel), Hannah (Ben) and Jack; 11 great-grandchildren; his dear sister-in-law, Ruby Steketee; and many nieces and nephews who remember him lovingly.
In addition to his parents and wife, Ken was predeceased by one brother, Cornelius J. Steketee (Ruby); two sisters, Marjorie Van Egmond (Elmer) and Vivian Goodman (Sam); and one great-grandson, Anderson George Pittsley.
The family of Dr. Ken Steketee thanks the staff and special caregivers who loved him at Independence Village of Midland and American House of Grosse Pointe, and for the care provided by CorsoCare Hospice.
A memorial service for Ken and Carolyn will take place at a future date at Historic Trinity Lutheran Church in Detroit. Those desiring an expression of sympathy are asked to consider their favorite charity. Arrangements were made by A.H. Peters Funeral Home.
Name: Robert P. Werenski
Born: March 4, 1940
Died: January 19, 2023 (82)
MC Member: October 9, 2001 (22)
Robert P. Werenski, 82, passed away Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, in Grosse Pointe Farms. Bob was a resident for 51 years.
Bob was born March 4, 1940, in Hamtramck, to Helen and Tony Werenski. After graduating from Denby High School in 1957, Bob graduated from General Motors Institute (now Kettering University) with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Bob furthered his education at Wayne State University, earning an MBA and a degree in Industrial Engineering. Bob met Sally Sample during a ski trip to Boyne Mountain in 1965 and fell in love. They were married March 4, 1967.
Bob began his automotive career with General Motors, Ford Motor and Chrysler Corporation. He went on to work for several automotive suppliers before starting Werenski & Co. Bob and Sally were manufacturers’ reps until their retirement in 1995. Since retirement, Bob and Sally have traveled the world. Some of Bob’s favorite destinations included Italy, Paris and cruising every major river in Europe. As faithful Christians, they traveled to Israel, which was a life-changing experience for both of them.
Bob loved sailing, skiing, bike riding, exercising at the Detroit Athletic Club, working in his basement workshop and reading. Bob was a member of the Detroit Athletic Club, Bayview Yacht Club, Crescent Sail Yacht Club, St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, St. Paul Men’s Fellowship, Engineering Society of Detroit and The Alpha Gam Fraternity.
Bob is survived by his wife, Sally. Funeral services will be held Friday, Feb. 10, at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms. He will lie in state at 9:30 a.m., followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The St. Paul Educational Trust, 157 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236; or Hillsdale College, 33 E. College Street, Hillsdale, MI 49242 or bit.ly/3Y44cjS.
Name: Anthony A. Foust
Born: April 19, 1938
Died: January 20, 2023 (84)
MC Member: May 10, 2016 (26)
Anthony A. Foust, 84, passed peacefully on January 20, 2023, in St. Clair Shores, from heart disease and Parkinsons. Father, Friend and Architect, Tony lived life with a creative spirit and devotion to his family and his profession. Born in Washington, Indiana, in 1938, his youthful passions included baseball and theater. After high school he enrolled in University of Michigan School of Architecture and Design, class of 1956. He worked with a number of design focused firms including CRS, Gunnar Birkirts Associates, John Hilberry, Gino Rosetti Associates, and Harling Ellington Pierce Yee.
His major community work was with The Children’s Center of Detroit, serving for 20 years on the Board and Executive Committee. The family thrived on spending time on Lake Charlevoix, they sailed in the summer and skied in the winter. He never lost his love of the Great Lakes. In retirement, he pursued his interests in classical guitar and theater despite his increasing challenges with Parkinsons. He became a tutor at the Monteith Library in Detroit, working with a dedicated team of volunteers for a number of years.
He is survived by his wife, Julie; daughter Danielle Derethik (Dustin) of St. Paul, MN, son Blair Foust (Judy Tincher) of Flagstaff, AZ and brother Stephen Foust (Karen Krieger) of Nashville, Tenn. A memorial service will be held on Feb 3 at 1:30pm at Jefferson Ave. Presbyterian Church, 8625 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit. A gathering of friends and family will take place following the service from 3:00-6:00 pm at the Shore Club Community Center, 200 Shore Club Drive, St. Clair Shores. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Children’s Center of Detroit, 79 Alexandrine West, Detroit, MI 48201; or thechildrenscenter.com/donate/donate-online/.
Name: George Earl Huckins
Born: May 22, 1927
Died: January 14, 2023 (95)
MC Member: May 28, 1996 (26)
Born in Cedar Rapids to George Earl Huckins and Vida Mae Pullen Huckins in 1927, Jack – as he was known – later moved with his family to Grosse Pointe. There he attended Grosse Pointe High School, lettering in swimming, and worked as a lifeguard at the city’s lakefront park. Upon graduation in 1945, he enlisted in the Army Air Corp and served in the Philippines during World War II as a meteorologist, achieving the rank of sergeant. Once back home, he enrolled at the University of Michigan where he studied engineering and business, became president of ATO fraternity and, most importantly, met the love of his life, Nancy Lou Eggleston. The couple married in 1951 and celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary last July. Jack became a businessman and was active in his community. He was a member of St. Clair Shores’ Junior Chamber of Commerce, the Detroit Yacht Club Aquatic Committee, the Rotary Club of Grosse Pointe, the Grosse Pointe Senior Men’s Club, and the vestry of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church.
Jack Huckins enjoyed life and always had a smile on his face. He was incredibly proud of his friends and family and couldn’t wait to share their latest accomplishments. But his greatest joys in life were his wife, children, and the Michigan Wolverines. His loyalty and love for them never wavered.
John is survived by his wife, Nancy; daughters Cheryl, of Plymouth, Holly, of Los Angeles, and Jacqueline (Jackie) of St. Clair Shores; four grandchildren (Kyle, Erica, Kelsey, Hilary) and six great-grandchildren, as well as DuWayne Peterson of Ft. Collins, with whom he was raised. The family plans to hold a celebration of Jack’s life later this summer, including a memorial observance at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Grosse Pointe on a date to be determined. Donations in his memory can be made to St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, the Nature Conservancy, the Alzheimer’s Association, or the University of Michigan Scholarship Fund.
Name: George P. Shammas,
Born: January 31, 1931
Died: October 24, 2022 (91)
MC Member: December 6, 2006 (21)
George P. Shammas, age 91, died peacefully at home on Monday, October 24, 2022. George was born in Detroit on January 6, 1931, the son of Philip and Adele Shammas. He grew up in Detroit, and graduated from Denby High School. George attended Michigan State University before enlisting in the Air Force and serving in the Korean War. In 1957 George Shammas married the love of his life, Mary Mahfood, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Kingston, Jamaica. The young couple settled in Grosse Pointe Woods and George became a senior executive of his family’s business S & G Food Brokerage. After S & G was sold George started Shammas Brokerage which he ran until he retired at 81.
George was an active member of his community, belonging to both Kiwanis and Rotary. George was also a member of the Grosse Pointe Senior men’s club and a volunteer at Beaumont hospital. George loved to play golf, go boating on Lake St. Clair, follow politics and spend time with his family. George is survived by his two sons, Gary Shammas (Mary) and Roger Shammas (Kim); his three grandchildren, Brittany (Fiancé Collin Bowling), Madelayne and Nikkolas and his four siblings, Violet Mahfood, Robert Shammas (Elizabeth), Florence Mourad and Richard Shammas (Kathy), and many other members of a loving family. He was preceded in death by his wife Mary, his parents, and his sister Janet.
A memorial mass will be celebrated at 11:00 AM Friday, November 18, 2022 at St George Orthodox, 2160 E Maple Rd. Troy MI. Archpriest Joseph Antypas will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Food for the Poor, 6401 Lyons Road; Coconut Creek, FL 33073 would be appreciated. In the Food for the Poor donation form, please enter the code SC82886 in the “NOTES box” along with his name.
Name: Robert A. Ternes
Born: August 30, 1934
Died: September 22, 2022 (88)
MC Member: October 16, 2022 (17)
Robert Anthony Ternes, age 88, passed away surrounded by his family October 16, 2022. Robert was born August 30, 1934, in Detroit, to the late Elenore and Clarence Ternes. Cherished husband of Sue Ternes. Beloved father of MaryAnn Kelly, John (Debora) Ternes, Jeanne McGregor, the late Elizabeth Dugan, Suzanne (Seamus) McKenna, Camille (Daniel) Sand, Mary (Michael) Bamford, Charles (Roxanne) Benoit, Jeffory (Cyndi) Benoit, John (Christine) Benoit, the late James Benoit, and Bruce Benoit. Loving grandfather of 25 and great-grandfather of 14.
Robert was preceded in death by his first wife, Barbara Ann Ternes. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Capuchins, capuchins.org or St. Matthew Catholic Church, stmatthewdetroit.com.
Name: James P. Williams
Born: July 30, 1931
Died: September 22, 2022 (91)
MC Member: September 24, 2022 (19)
James Park Williams, 91, of Surprise, Ariz., passed away Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022, at Hospice of the Valley, after a brief illness.
Born July 30, 1931, Jim grew up in Grosse Pointe and attended public school, eventually meeting his future wife at Grosse Pointe High School — “The High” — from which he graduated in 1949.
Childhood summers were always spent with family at Walloon Lake. In 1953, Jim graduated from Hillsdale College with a degree in economics and was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. Immediately following college, Jim and his brother, Jack, were caravan drivers for Chet Sampson’s “Western Tours,” which visited national parks, movie and television studios and Bing Crosby’s ranch.
Jim enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in the Signal Corps from 1953 to 1955. He continued to advance his love of photography as a member of the Camera Corps and received advanced training as a combat motion picture photographer.
In 1955, Jim went to work at the J.L. Hudson department store in downtown Detroit. He became a buyer in the men’s department across the company, which involved annual six-week trips to Europe and Asia with Ann. He retired from Hudson in 1982, and initiated his successful career at Bolton-Johnson Realtors until he retired in 2004.
He loved his extended family, the Grosse Pointes, weekends and picnics at the Farms Pier, and sailing or boating on Lake St. Clair. He was a 70-plus-year member of Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, serving on the Board of Trustees, Nominating Committee and as an usher. In 1997, he served as president of the Grosse Pointe Board of Realtors, was Michigan Association of Realtors Realtor of the Year and, in 2003, received the Grosse Pointe Board of Realtors Frederick G. Scully Memorial Award for career service.
Ann and Jim were actively involved in planning the Grosse Pointe High School Class of 1949 reunion every five years. They planned and attended their 70-year reunion in 2019. He was an active member of the Grosse Pointe Senior Men’s Club until relocating to Arizona in 2004.
Upon arrival in Surprise, Ariz., Jim traded his snow shovel for sunshine, grandkids, golf courses and bowling alleys with family, friends and visitors. He was an affiliate member of Desert Palms Presbyterian Church and volunteered at Banner Del Webb Medical Center.
“Papa” will be missed by his family and many friends, including those from grade school, high school, college and workplaces.
Jim was predeceased by his wife, Ann, to whom he was married for 63 years. Jim is survived by his children, James “Jay” (Kim) of Carefree, Ariz., and Catherine Deevy of Barrington, Ill.; and grandchildren, Cody (Kelsey), Jessen, Jorie, Saige and Tanner.
A memorial will be held at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church in Grosse Pointe Farms at a future date.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Jim’s memory may be made to Lymphangiomatosis and Gorham’s Disease Alliance — lgdalliance.org — to help fund research supporting his grandson, Tanner Williams.
Name: Philip D’Agostino
Born: April 17, 1922
Died: Friday, Sept. 9, 2022 (100)
MC Member: October 14, 1980 (41)
Born April 17, 1922, in Detroit, to Luigi and Maria (nee D’Annunzio), Philip attended San Francisco grade school and graduated from Northeastern High School.
During World War II, Philip served in the Philippines and later, in China as a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps. After the war, he attended Lawrence Institute of Technology and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree in 1949. He later earned his PE (professional engineering) degree and worked at Ford Motor Co. In 1970, he met his future wife, Colleen Tunney. They were married at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church in 1971.
In 1977, Phil took early retirement. He could be found on the golf course, bowling with the senior league or at the bridge table, becoming a bronze life master. He also spent time showcasing his musical abilities, playing the piano or accordion. He and Colleen traveled during this time, including a visit to the family home in Villa Latina, Italy. A devout Catholic, Phil also was a member of the Knights of Columbus for many years.
Phil is survived by his wife, Colleen; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; brothers, Dominic (Rose) and Tony (Anna), and sisters, Bertha (John), Jennie (Sam) and Theresa (Frank). While at Ascension St. John Hospital, Phil received great care. He wanted to thank the hospice teams, as well as the kind nurses in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit and those on 6-North. He also wanted to thank his home helpers, Marsha and Laura.
Phil will lie in state at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 19. A Mass of Christian burial will follow at 10 a.m. at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 22415 Overlake, St. Clair Shores.
Donations in Phil’s memory may be made to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, cskdetroit.org; or St. Joan of Arc Scholarship Fund, theacademysja.org.
Name: Ivor W. Carter
Born: February 7, 1926
Died: May 23, 2022 (96)
MC Member: June 10, 1992 (30).
Ivor passed away on May 23, 2022 in Naperville, IL where he has lived for the last 12 years. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Joan, of Naperville, IL; his daughter Sue (Joe) of Cincinnati, OH; and son Steve (Devyn) of Glen Ellyn, IL; his 4 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
Ivor was born just outside Cambridge, England in 1926. As a boy during WWII he joined the auxiliary Fire Brigade delivering messages all over the countryside and when he was old enough he joined the Royal Air Force. Once the war had ended, he went to school in London and received degrees in both mechanical and electrical engineering. It was while working that he met Joan, they eventually got married and spent their honeymoon motorcycling through Austria. After a few years they decided to move to Canada and from there they moved to Detroit where he accepted an engineering position with Chrysler. Ivor developed seven patents for electrical and electronic emission control equipment over his 30 year career at Chrysler.
Ivor loved to camp and travel so he spent many summer holidays packing up the family and a small pop-up trailer and traveling all over the United States. He eventually made it to all 50 states! He also spent his free time gardening, doing NY Times crosswords, more traveling, and always doing home projects of some sort for his house or his children’s. When they moved into an independent community in IL to be closer to family, he became known as the person who could fix something for you or he’d build it. He was a great husband, father, grandfather, and friend to many, whose smile, laugh, and kind words will be missed. Tea time won’t be the same.
Name: William S. Quinlan
Born: May 14, 1932
Died: August 24, 2022 (90)
MC Member: February 13, 2001 (21)
William S. Quinlan of Grosse Pointe Woods, graduate of the engineering master’s program at University of Detroit, died peacefully on August 24, 2022 at the young age of 90. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 51 years, Margaret A. (Zorn) Quinlan. Bill was the father of two sons and two daughters: William P. Quinlan (Barb); John K. Quinlan (Christine); Catherine Q. Polhemus (Mark); and Susan M. Temple (Blake). Bill was the proud grandfather of 10 grandchildren: Robert Quinlan, Jeremy Quinlan, Emily Quinlan, Erik Nowak, Matthew Polhemus (Leah), Nicholas Polhemus (Halle), Katelyn Polhemus, Michael Temple, Charles Temple, and Robert Temple. Bill would have been a great-grandfather this December.
Bill’s greatest pleasures in life was being an architect and owning his own firm, Quinlan Associates AIA. He had a passion for flying airplanes (including his own) and hunting with his friends up in Gaylord. He also enjoyed spending time with his family and friends at the cottage he built.
He belonged to many clubs and organizations including: The American Institute of Architects, supporter of the Selfridge Base Community Council, the Optimist Club, Grosse Pointe Senior Men’s Club, Knights of Columbus, OLSOS Usher’s Club, and GPW Power Squadron. He was a past committee member for AIA Chapter of Michigan, member of Alpha Gamma Tau fraternity, past secretary for the K of C, past Commander for the Grosse Pointe Power Squadron, active with The Helm Life Center of Grosse Pointe Farms, member of the Rotary Club, and active member / resident at Oakmont Sterling this past year.
Visitation 4pm – 8pm, Sunday August 28, 2022 with a Rosary at 7pm at A.H. Peters Funeral Home, 20705 Mack Ave, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236.
Name: John P. Urquhart
Born: February 7, 1926
Died: July 25, 2022 (96)
MC Member: April 10, 1990 (32)
John “Jack” Urquhart, 96, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 25, 2022, in Howell, MI. Jack is survived by his wife, Theresa, of Brighton; his daughters Carol (Bud), of Dexter, and Marie of Howell; sons Greg of St. Clair Shores, John (Sandra) of Rochester, and Mark (Michele) of Sterling Heights. Jack was born on February 7, 1926 in Detroit to parents, Adam and Mary (Murphy) Urquhart.
While he was in high school, Jack joined the Navy to serve his country during World War II. He served in the Pacific Theater from 1944 to 1946. He was always proud of his status as a World War II Veteran. After he completed his service in the Navy, Jack returned home to receive vocational training at Lawrence Tech and Michigan State University. This training led him to accept a position as an Automotive Engineer for Chrysler, where he worked for more than 40 years.
Jack was truly a great family man and a loving father. He was happily married to Theresa for 72 years! Together, they had 5 children which led to 7 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren who all love him dearly. Jack was a social and active man in his community. He was deeply involved in many athletic and social activities for the majority of his life. His favorite pastime was spending time with his family. His family and friends will always remember how very generous he was with his time and wisdom. He was a wonderful man who impacted the lives of everyone he knew. He will be missed by many.
Name: George A. Schulte
Born: May 31, 1934
Died: July 11, 2022 (88)
MC Member: February 13, 1996 (26)
George Anthony Schulte of Grosse Pointe Farms passed away peacefully Monday, July 11, 2022, at the age of 88. He was born May 31, 1934 in Detroit to George and Mary Magdalen Schulte.
George served proudly in the United States Air Force. He attended St. Clare of Montefalco Elementary School in Grosse Pointe Park and St. Bernard High School in Detroit before receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of Detroit in electrical engineering.
George retired from Detroit Edison in 1995 after 37 years of faithful employment. He was a member of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers) and RETAP (Retired Engineer Technical Assistance Program).
He was a member of the Men’s Club of Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, Indian Guide and Club Scout Leader. He loved to golf, play tennis and play the piano. His biggest love in life was spending time with his family and watching his grandchildren play sports.
He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Carol; daughters, Ann Downey and Nancy Augustitus; sons, Brian Schulte (Nancy) and Mark Schulte (Lisa); grandchildren, Matt, Alex, Ben and Sara; sister, Mary Schulte and brother, Joe Schulte (Carol). George was predeceased by his parents; brothers, Thomas Schulte and Edward Schulte; and sons-in-law, Sean Downey and Tom Augustitus.
He will be dearly missed by his extended family and many friends.
A visitation was held Friday, July 15, with a Rosary at A.H. Peters Funeral Home, 20705 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Woods. A funeral Mass took place Saturday, July 16, at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 467 Fairford, Grosse Pointe Woods. Interment at Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton Twp.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Capuchin Monastery, 1740 Mt Elliott, Detroit, 48207.
Name: Arthur H Engstrom
Born: June 5, 1920
Died: July 4, 2022 (102)
MC Member: October 23, 1990 (31)
Grosse Pointe Park resident Arthur Hoover Engstrom, 102 years old, passed away peacefully Monday, July 4th 2022.
Born June 5, 1920, in Duluth, Minnesota, to Oscar Peter Engstrom and Ebba Svensen Engstrom. Arthur developed his work ethic as a young boy delivering newspapers in Duluth in addition to working for the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). Arthur attended the University of Southern California, studying Mechanical Engineering. He fondly remembered his summers as an undergraduate working as a lineman at the newly constructed Hoover Dam.
During World War II, Arthur was selected by the Henry Ford Naval Training School in Dearborn, Michigan to be an Instructor of Diesel Engine Operation, Maintenance and Repair. After the war, he built his career around his love of diesel engines, working in several lead engineering positions at companies including Ready-Power (Generators), Packard Marine Division (Mine Sweepers) and Continental Motors (Marine & Tank Engines). Arthur and his family moved to New Jersey where he was Chief Engineer at Purolator Filters. Later he and his family happily returned to Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan when Arthur became a Chief Engineer, Teledyne-Continental Motors. Professionally he was active in the Engineering Society of Detroit and the Society of Automotive Engineers.
Arthur and his wife, Marilyn, met at the Detroit Boat Club while she was teaching children how to swim. As active members they enjoyed dancing, dining, swimming and raising their three daughters; Lynn, Margie and Wendy. He served on the board of directors for the club and they were swim team chairs. Arthur and Marilyn later became members at Lochmoor Club enjoying many social activities and dining. In 1996 Arthur joined the Grosse Pointe Senior Men’s Club and the Woodworkers group. He greatly enjoyed the friendship and camaraderie of the Woodworkers until his passing.
Arthur and Marilyn Smith married February 22, 1947. They enjoyed 64 years of marriage prior to Marilyn’s passing. He is survived by their three daughters: Lynn Engstrom-Heller, her sons Marc Heller and Derek (Michele) Heller, along with their daughter Valentina Harley Heller; Marjorie Engstrom, her husband Emilio DiPietro, their son Michael Arthur DiPietro and daughter Emily and husband Blake Williamson and their 3 children; Wendy Engstrom Gutermuth, her husband Terry Gutermuth, their sons Erik (Lisa) Gutermuth and Brian Gutermuth.
Arthur was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle, brother, and dear friend to so many. He loved sharing his many life stories and telling jokes. He enjoyed gardening, tinkering with his cars and home projects.
He is joyously reunited in Heaven with his wife Marilyn, his parents, brother Rinehart Engstrom and two sisters Bernice Branting and Violet Thibault and good friends that have gone before him.
A memorial service will be announced at a later date.
Donations in his memory may be made to the Saint James Lutheran Church, 170 McMillan, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236 or at stjamesgp.org
Name: Frederick Ollison III
Born: October 19, 1937
Died: June 9, 2022 (84)
MC Member: December 12, 2006 (15)
Frederick Ollison III, 84, of Grosse Pointe, passed away peacefully Thursday, June 9, 2022, after a brave battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife, Sarah Stroud Ollison; son, Frederick Ollison IV; daughter, Mary “Missy” Ollison Martinson (Patrick); granddaughters, Lucy and Mary Martinson; stepchildren, Michael Rainey (Sarah) and Emily Klinec; step-grandchildren, Tyler Rainey and Oliver Klinec; and brother, Robert Hague Ollison. He was predeceased by his parents, Frederick Ollison Jr. and Helen Hague Ollison; and sister, Judith Ollison McKean.
Fred grew up in Grosse Pointe Farms and attended Grosse Pointe University School. He graduated from Hotchkiss Academy in 1955 and spent a year at Asheville School in North Carolina before earning a Bachelor of Science degree in economics in 1961, from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. While there, he was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon, serving as social chairman and establishing lifelong friendships.
After serving in the U.S. Army, Fred became president/owner of the family business, Sanders Cleaning Co. He later received his real estate license and worked at Bolton-Johnston Associates until retiring in 2020. Fred joined Grosse Pointe Rotary in 1970, served as its president, was honored as a Paul Harris Fellow and received its Infinite Sky Award. He also served as president of the Grosse Pointe War Memorial Board of Directors and worshipped at Christ Church Grosse Pointe. Fred was a lifetime member of the Yondotega Club and Country Club of Detroit, the latter of which he served a term as president. As a member of The 78 rpm Club, Fred spent many happy hours sharing his love of music. Fred’s greatest joy was his family and friends; whether entertaining at home or traveling the world, Fred and Sarah’s life together was an adventure. His warmth, quick wit, intelligence and unwavering loyalty will be missed by all who knew him. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Fred’s honor to the Grosse Pointe Rotary Club, grossepointerotary.org; or The A. Paul and Carol C. Schaap Center for the Performing Arts, schaapcenter.com.
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.
Memorial contributions may be made in honor of Oscar Kanan to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen at www.cskdetroit.org. Share a memory at www.verheyden.org.
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