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Name:  John N. (Jack) Wooton

Born: December 27, 1927

Died: April 3, 2021 (93)

MC Member: April 26, 94 (36)

John N. (Jack) Wooton, D.D.S., 93, passed away peacefully on April 3, 2021 at his home in St. Clair Shores, surrounded by his family. Jack was born in Detroit on December 27, 1927 to Irma and Noel Wooton. He grew up in St. Clair Shores and was an outstanding scholar and athlete at Lakeview High School graduating as valedictorian in 1945. Jack earned a B.S. from Michigan State University and then his D.D.S. from University of Detroit. Following graduation he went on to serve in the U.S. Army for two years before he began his dental practice in St. Clair Shores where he worked for 40 years. Jack served as a former president of the Macomb County Dental Society and was a volunteer on several committees of the Michigan Dental Association. John is survived by his wife of 67 years, Sara, and children Linda Valencia (B.J.), Michael (Barbara), John (Carol) and Sandy Hurst (Rick). He was the proud grandfather of Michelle, Jill, Haley and Jack Wooton and Kriss Valencia. Jack was also survived by his sister, Joanne Van Ramshorst. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made in Jack’s honor to a charity of your choice. Please visit the online guestbook at www.cremationmichigan.com


Name:  Robert G. (Bob) Nesom 

Born: April 30, 1934

Died: April 8, 2021 (86)

MC Member: July 27, 2004 (16)

Grosse Pointe Woods resident Robert George Nesom, 86, died peacefully Thursday, April 8, 2021, at home, with family present. Bob passed away due to long-term effects of prostate cancer. His family said he fought an incredibly determined and courageous battle with tremendous dignity for several years, aided and supported by the unwavering love and care of his wife, Victoria Nesom.

He was born April 30, 1934, in Detroit, to Emma Lucinda and Fredrick Nesom, both now deceased. Bob grew up alongside his older brother, the late William Nesom, and enjoyed spending time with his extended family in Canada. Bob graduated high school in 1952, and enlisted in the U.S. Army. Stationed in Germany, he served as a medic during the Korean War. Bob married his high school sweetheart, Victoria, in 1957.

He attended Wayne State University and the Illinois College of Optometry, where he earned his Doctor of Optometry degree. Dr. Nesom practiced optometry more than 40 years at his private practice in Grosse Pointe Woods. He was an active member of the Michigan Optometric Association, Lions Club and Grosse Pointe Senior Men’s Club. Dr. Nesom served as a volunteer for many years by providing free optometric care at the Special Olympics in Mount Pleasant and each Wednesday at the Optometric Institute & Clinic of Detroit. Dr. Nesom lived a full and rewarding life doing things he loved, including traveling, playing tennis with Victoria, golfing, attending his children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events, volunteering medical services and doing odd projects around the house.

Family was his pride and joy and he leaves a growing legacy. He was the proud grandfather of seven and great-grandfather of one. Bob is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Victoria Nesom (nee Yaquinta); children, William Nesom (Mary), Carol Cummins (Mike), Dawn DeYonker (Greg) and Scott Nesom (Meredith); grandchildren, Alyssa Kelly (Patrick), Catherine Guzman (Mario), Jake DeYonker, Robert Nesom, Elaine Nesom, Joseph Nesom and Anthony Nesom; and great-granddaughter, June Kelly.


Name: James L. Schroth

Born: July 2, 1933

Died: March 25 , 2021 (87)

MC Member: December 13, 2005 (15)

An obituary notice is not available. Services are being provided through the Cremation Society of Michigan. The obituary will be posted online when released by the family.


Name: James E. Barker

Born: November 14, 1931

Died: March 2 , 2021 (89)

MC Member: November 25, 2003 (13)

Loyal and faithful husband to Donna Klotz for 20 years. Loving Father to Jim (Pat) Barker. Dear brother to Sr. Bernadette Barker CSJ  and the late John Barker. Loving husband to the late Pat Barker for 42 years.  Step father to Cynthia (Don) Reusche, Judy Klotz-Green & Jerome (Joanne) Klotz. A proud and adored grandfather to Phil (Holly) Reese, Christina (Mike) Poljanac, Robert Reese and great grandfather of Makya, Dakota, Ryder, Charlee, Maxwell & Zachary. Loving step grandfather to Deann (Ralph) Sitler, Jeffrey Reusch, Jillian Green, Hannah Green, Justin Klotz & Ryan Klotz & step great grandfather to Georgina Marie.

He was a loyal and faithful husband, father, brother and friend. Since he retired from the business he built and managed for over 50 years, he enjoyed spending time in Florida, playing cards, and visiting with others. A Memorial Mass will be offered, for immediate family only, on Thursday, March 11th, at 9:30 AM at St. Therese of Lisieux 48115 Schoenherr Rd. (between 21 & 22 Mile Rds.) Shelby Twp. A link to a live stream of the Memorial Mass will be posted before the service. In lieu of any flowers please send all memorial contributions to the Capuchin’s 1820 Mt. Elliott St. Detroit, MI. 48207 or the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph Order 2929 Nazareth Rd. Kalamazoo, MI. 49048.


Name: Harold A. Ruemenapp

Born: February 26, 1929

Died: February 20, 2021 (91)

MC Member: December 13 , 2010 (10)

Harold Ruemenapp, 91, died after a lengthy illness. Harry leaves his daughter Barbara, and her husband Mike and their children Meghann and Kathryn; his son John and his wife Sylise; his son David and his wife Linda and their children Adam and Karen; his son Stephen and his wife Heather and their children Sarah, Benjamin, Joey and Bereket; and his sister Lois.

Harry was born and raised in Detroit, served in the army through the Judge Advocate General’s Office at the Pentagon and then returned to Detroit to live in St. Clair Shores and Grosse Pointe. While he never told anyone, he graduated at the top of his class from the University of Michigan Law School and went on to have a lengthy and respected career as an attorney at Butzel Long in Detroit. He served as a managing partner at Butzel Long for many years and also served on the Board of Directors for a number of companies including the Detroit News, Stroh’s, Coca-Cola and Besser. His colleagues in the legal and business world admired him for his quick and insightful mind, his capacity for understanding complex legal concepts, but more so for his honesty, generosity, integrity and overall decency. Those same qualities that served Harry so well in his professional life were also abundantly present in his family life.

Harry was devoted to his wife Mary Ann throughout their marriage, but this was probably no more evident than when he helped guide her through her cancer treatment seven years ago. Though he worked long hours, especially in his early career, Harry was present in his children’s lives when they were young and into their adulthood. He attended dance recitals, baseball, basketball and football games, took his children fishing and golfing, and, as they grew older was always available when they needed some sage advice from someone they knew only had their best interest at heart. He took a sincere interest in his children’s families, their careers and in the lives of his grandchildren. Harry understood perhaps better than anyone that a brilliant mind such as his was a wonderful asset; but only in how it helped serve your family and others. Harry was fair and honest to a fault. “Always tell people the truth; that way you don’t have to remember your lies,” was an example of his non-dramatic fairness and commitment to his principles.

His Catholic faith was an essential part of his life, and it was at the core of his vocations as husband, father, attorney, friend, businessman. His generosity and his commitment to treating people fairly was legendary, and that sprung from his faith life. As we say goodbye to Harry, we would be remiss if we did not specifically thank the staff at Cedarbrook of Bloomfield Hills and his caregivers at Home Instead. For the last 18 months, they have provided him with extraordinary care and love for which all of Harry’s family is forever thankful. While all of us who loved Harry will miss him, we know that he and his beloved Mary Ann are enjoying a good laugh, having a Manhattan and looking over their family with joy and pride.

Donations appreciated to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, 1820 Mt. Elliott, Detroit, Michigan 4820


Name: Gerald H. “Jerry” Pochert

Born: May 6 , 1926

Died: February 16 , 2021 (94)

MC Member: November 26 , 2002 (18).

St. Clair Shores – Gerald “Jerry” Pochert, 94, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, at his home at the Lakeshore Senior Living community in St. Clair Shores, after a short hospitalization.

Born May 6, 1926, in Detroit, to Hugo and Mildred (nee Finkel) Pochert, he graduated from Denby High School in June 1944. Jerry enlisted in the U.S. Navy June 19, 1944, and served as a radar technician in the Pacific on Eniwetok Atoll in the Marshall Islands, until his honorable discharge July 2, 1946.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business from Lawrence Institute of Technology June 12, 1951. As a student at Lawrence Tech, he worked part-time selling new Dodge cars. After graduation, he was district manager for the Mid-Atlantic states at Chrysler Co.’s Dodge Division.

Jerry met Joan Gerondale at a VFW dance in 1951; the couple married Jan. 24, 1952, and soon transferred to North Carolina. In 1958, he and Joan started a new business in Charlotte as national distributors of instrument-grade valves, tube fittings, gauges and related hardware, which became very successful. When they returned to Michigan in 1963, the business continued to thrive and they supplied their products to additional states; eventually, they branched out into instrument-grade filters. The company continues operation under the management of their son.

Jerry was very fond of boats, going back to his days at Lawrence Tech when he and his friend built a 16-foot Chris-Craft kit boat. This boat went with him to North Carolina, where he made many fishing trips safely to the 12-mile marker in the Atlantic Ocean with only an auto compass as a guide. He always was calm and in control at the helm in the roughest of weather, including during a sudden gale-force storm that struck as he captained his 39-foot cruiser with 18 guests aboard. When Jerry returned to Michigan, his passion for boating culminated with a 47-foot Chris-Craft Commander tri-cabin. In his adopted city, he docked his boats at the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, and was also a member of the Grosse Pointe Woods Boat Club and Clinton River Boat Club.

Jerry also camped with his young family, starting out with a tent set up in Wilderness State Park and quickly graduating to a shiny new Airstream trailer. A member of the Pointe Campers, he enjoyed camping with the group and relaxing around campfires. Soon the family became “motorhomers.” Jerry took great pride in his 40-foot Monaco diesel pusher coach. He always had a full-sized compact car in tow; people said he must have been a truck driver in another lifetime because he handled it all like a pro. Jerry also was a member of the Family Motor Coach Association, a national motorhome club. He enjoyed meeting people from across the U.S. and international locales. He also was a fan of classic cars, World War II history and Glenn Miller.

Jerry was a devoted family man who worked tirelessly to provide a good life for his loved ones and ensure their safety and happiness. He also was devoted to his church, Christ the King Lutheran Church in Grosse Pointe Woods.

He is survived by his wife, Joan; children, Thomas and Susan; and several cousins.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a memorial service will be scheduled for a later date. Cremation will be performed. Arrangements were entrusted to Kaul Funeral Home in St. Clair Shores


Name: Richard R. Levitan

Born: September 16 , 1938

Died: February 6, 2021 (82)

MC Member: July 11 , 2006 (14)

Longtime Grosse Pointe resident Richard Roy Levitan, 82, recently of Mt. Pleasant, passed away peacefully and surrounded by his loving family Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, at the Stone Lodge Memory Care facility in Shepherd, after a long illness.
Dick was born in Detroit, to Arthur and Theresa (nee Sadowski) Levitan.
A graduate of Denby High School, he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration at Western Michigan University. Dick was elected president of Delta Upsilon fraternity; as a WMU alumnus, he served as a trustee. He and his wife, Bonnie, were active WMU alumni. They returned to Kalamazoo every year for homecoming, where they celebrated and reminisced with Dick’s beloved Delta Upsilon brothers and their wives. He maintained many lifelong friendships with high school and college friends.
After college, Dick enlisted in the Michigan Air National Guard and served as an aerial photography specialist. He was activated into the U.S. Air Force during the 1967 Detroit riots.
In his early civilian career, Dick worked at the Chrysler Co. Missile Division, where he assisted in development of the Redstone and Mercury missiles. He went on to spend many years at Chrysler Realty in commercial dealership development and property management throughout the western U.S. and Alaska. His later career was spent in industrial steel sales.
First and foremost, Dick was a devoted husband and family man. He loved a rousing game of euchre, a day on the golf course and a good Manhattan — even more so if he was enjoying it while vacationing Up North on Torch Lake. Dick’s love of family, friends and country was unmatched; if love could have saved him, he would have lived forever.
Dick is survived by his wife of 59 years, Bonnie; children, Susan Lobsinger (Doug) of Mt. Pleasant and Bradley Levitan (Lisa) of St Clair Shores; grandchildren, Ashley, Ashley, Randy and David; three great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Jeannie Shaffer (Ron) and Susan Taylor (Steve); and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; brothers, Archie, Ronald, Harry and Gerald; nephew, Kevin; and great-niece, Elaine.
The family thanks Lois Montgomery and the staff at Stone Lodge Memory Care for their tender and compassionate care.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to Stone Lodge Memory Care, 415 N. Chippewa St., Shepherd, MI 48883.
Due to the COVD-19 pandemic, a celebration of life gathering will be held at a later date.


Name: Joseph “Joe” L. Arpin

Born: December 17 , 1926

Died: January 29, 2021 (94)

MC Member: December 14 , 1993 (27)

Former Grosse Pointe resident Joseph “Joe” L. Arpin, 94, died peacefully Friday, Jan. 29, 2021, at his home in Naples, Fla., surrounded by his loving wife and children.

Joe was predeceased by his parents, Louis and Mary, and brothers, Donald and Gerald. He was the loving husband of Marge Arpin; loving father of Jim Arpin (Lori), MaryJo Racy (John), Paul Arpin (Katherine) and Molly Ferrante (Domenic); and loving grandfather to Jeffrey, Patrick and Margot Racy, Philip, John Paul and Katie Mee Arpin, and Julia, Matt, Nicole and Luke Ferrante. Joe will be fondly remembered by his brother and sister-in-law, Dr. Ken and Joan Wysocki of Beverly Hills, Mich.; cherished family of nieces and nephews; and older sister, Kay Arpin of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Joe was born Dec. 17, 1926, in Toronto, and raised in Windsor. He graduated from the University of Western Ontario, Assumption College and the University of Detroit Law School.

Joe married Marge (nee Morianti) of Windsor and together they raised four children in Grosse Pointe. Joe’s family brought him his greatest joys in life. He cherished his beloved wife of 62 years, Marge, and was forever grateful for her dedication to family rituals. He worked tirelessly to provide for his family while instilling in them the values of faith, hard work and compassion for others. Joe’s 10 grandchildren were a constant source of pride and joy for him; he surrounded them with love and affection at every opportunity. 

Joe will be especially remembered for his charisma, wit and tremendous sense of humor, his family said.

He spent 28 years as a dedicated finance executive at Chrysler Co., and retired in 1990. Joe was thrilled to be involved in Chrysler’s great corporate turnaround and most importantly, the many lasting friendships he made.

Joe’s favorite hobby was boating. He enjoyed time spent with friends and family at the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club and Club Island.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice Inc., catholiccharitiesdov.weshareonline.org.


Name: Ned I. Chalat

Born: April 3 , 1925

Died: February 5, 2021 (95)

MC Member: June 12, 1990 (30)

Dr. Chalat served as Chairman of a Committee. Dr. Ned Chalat of Grosse Pointe, Michigan, died Feb. 5, 2021 at the venerable age of 95. As a lifelong resident of the Detroit area, a practicing physician and active leader in many civic organizations, Dr. Chalat had a profound impact on the community and his family.

His legacy includes more than 50 years as a practicing Ear, Nose and Throat Physician in downtown Detroit, where much of his time was devoted to inner city residents. He was also a revered Clinical Professor of Otolaryngology at Wayne State University School of Medicine and was credited for his pioneering research on transplanting eardrums.

Dr. Chalat believed that a physician’s role extended beyond treating individual patients. He wrote “It has long been my feeling that we as physicians have never sufficiently exercised our potential in facing society’s real difficulties.”

In that regard, Dr. Chalat’s commitment was unwavering. During the Detroit riots in 1968, he refused to abandon his patients and drove through police barriers to make rounds at Harper Hospital. During the AIDs crisis, he trained as a Red Cross instructor and berated doctors who refused to treat those patients. And, as a member of the editorial board for the Detroit Medical News, he wrote a series of essays promoting awareness about domestic violence, poverty and civil rights. He took every opportunity, in writing and in lectures, to prod members of his profession to help address those issues.

Dr. Chalat inherited his empathy for the underserved from his father who exemplified the grit and idealism of the immigrants who arrived in America at the turn of the century. Jacob Chalat, a young Jewish refugee, arrived in Detroit in 1910 after escaping from a Russian prison camp. Barely out of his teens, Jacob graduated from Central High School and then enrolled at the University of Michigan Medical School. He served as a physician in the United States Army, 1917-1918. Upon his return, Jacob turned down more lucrative job offers to work for the Detroit City Physicians Office making house calls and tending to the poor.

Eventually, as Jacob’s own health deteriorated, his young son, Ned, accompanied him on house calls. As recently as this year, Ned Chalat claimed that his exposure to a variety of epidemics during those house calls made him immune from the Corona virus pandemic. “I’m a doctor, I should be out there helping,” he told his daughter in a recent phone call.

Dr. Chalat followed his father into medicine, attending the University of Michigan for his B.S., Zoology, in 1945, and to the University of Michigan Medical School for his M.D., 1948. He did his internship and residency in otolaryngology at Harper Hospital. In 1952 he took a fellowship at the esteemed Lempert Institute in New York City. In 1953, he served in the United States Air Force as an Air Force surgeon with the rank of Captain (1953 -1955) at Parks AFB in Livermore, California.

Dr. Chalat’s staunch ideals were recognized in every organization he joined, as evidenced by a raft of leadership positions over his lifetime. Dr. Chalat served as president of the Wayne County Medical Society, Chief of the Ear, Nose and Throat Departments at Harper and Sinai Hospitals, and held leadership positions at the Michigan Otolaryngological Society, the Michigan Chapter of American Medical Writers Association, the Detroit Academy of Medicine, The Southeast Michigan Red Cross AIDS Education Committee and the Children’s Center in Detroit.

Dr. Chalat retired from his medical practice in 1990 which gave him more time to devote to a variety intellectual pursuits. He began writing poetry and, together, he and his wife, Joann, expanded their travels to include Vietnam, Russia and Africa. He also enjoyed many adventures with his children- a fishing trip in Alaska with his son and grandson, camping in the Utah desert with his daughter and numerous family ski trips to the Rocky Mountains.

His favorite camping partner was his younger son, Andrew. The two loved to camp out in Northern Michigan, to fish, hike, and view the Northern Lights. Andrew and his father shared an interest in the Boy Scouts. Dr. Chalat had made Eagle Scout in 1941. Andrew was pushing toward that goal in 1977 when at the age of 15 he died from an undiagnosed congenital heart defect. This was a crushing blow to Ned and Joann, but they turned their sorrow into a renewed commitment to the community.

Throughout his life, social activism kept Dr. Chalat engaged. His energy and leadership abilities propelled him to the head of several organizations including the Prismatic Club of Detroit, Friends of the Grosse Pointe Library, the Ann Arbor Culinary History Society and the Grosse Pointe Men’s and Women’s Garden Club.

One of the high points of Dr. Chalat’s retirement came in September, 2000 when he and Joann donated a rare collection of illustrated children’s books to the University of Michigan library where they were honored with a special event. On the same weekend, they celebrated the publication of Ned’s collection of poetry, “Love, ‘N’.”

Dr. Chalat was a regular attendee at the Grosse Pointe Men’s Ecumenical Breakfast for which, on Oct. 18, 2012 he wrote and delivered a prayer that said, in part: “Lord God, we thank you for our ancestors who had the foresight to establish a government that glorifies equality among races, color, religions and sexuality. Perhaps, most of all, we thank you for the gift of love with family, children and friends. Amen.”

Dr. Chalat’s life, both personal and professional, was guided by the principles of compassion and equality, values that are underscored in Jewish teachings. Jewish tradition also suggests the best way to remember a loved one is to carry on their legacy. Those whose lives were touched by Dr. Chalat in some way are asked to honor him by continuing his efforts.

Dr. Chalat is survived by his son, Jim (Linda Chalat), and daughter, Nancy (Tom Noaker) His grandchildren: Alexandra Chalat Pearson (Jonny Pearson), Rachel Chalat Steudle (Brett Steudle), Grace Chalat, Harris Chalat (Sofia Panero), Dylan Noaker and his great-grandson Finnigan Steudle. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 65 years, Joann Steinberg Chalat, who he referred to as his “muse,” his sister Ruth and son Andrew.

Dr. Chalat will be interred during a private ceremony at Beth El Memorial Park, Livonia, Michigan. Due to the pandemic, his family will host a virtual shiva at a time to be announced, and a memorial event later in the year.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution in Dr. Chalat’s memory to the charity of your choice. Some of the organizations which Dr. and Mrs. Chalat supported include: the University of Michigan Medical School, Michigan Humane, Doctors without Borders, the Wayne State University School of Medicine, the NAACP, Heifer International and the American Red Cross.

Remembrances can be sent to: Jim Chalat 33212 Meadow Mtn. Rd., Evergreen CO 80439 jchalat@chalatlaw.com or Nan Chalat Noaker P.O. Box 98 Oakley, Utah 84055 nanchalatnoaker@me.com


Name: Raymond C. DeRyck, Jr.

Born: February 3 , 1938

Died: January 18, 2021 (82)

MC Member: January 12, 1998 (23)

Raymond DeRyck Jr. was born in Detroit on February 3rd, 1938 to Raymond Sr. and Dorothy DeRyck.

In Ray’s youth, his family moved to Grosse Pointe Park where he later graduated from Grosse Pointe South High school. He attended University of Detroit Law School and worked as a probation officer for many years and later as a bailiff for the 36th District court in Detroit.

Ray had a knack for buying and selling real estate in the metro Detroit area and later had opportunities to invest in real estate in the Portland, Maine area where he was able to combine his love for nature and real estate, his interest in real estate never wavered.

Raymond was an avid tennis player and golfer for many years. He enjoyed being active in sports and spent a lot time outdoors. Most important to Ray was spending time with his family in Michigan and Maine. He was fun to be with, loved talking to people, he was humorous and a kind soul. He was happiest with a house full of family and friends.

Raymond is predeceased by his parents, his beloved wife Barbara and brother, Richard. He is survived by his daughters, Deborah May (Vince), Kristen DeRyck and Jennifer DeRyck. Grandchildren, Carmen, Alexander, Kurt, Amelia and Arieh and many loving nieces and nephews.

Memories can be shared at the Verheyden.org website. A special thanks to Hospice of Michigan, Home Care of St Clair Shores and the friends and family who have supported us in Ray’s final days.


Name: Jerome M. Seaton

Born: June 10 , 1926

Died: December 30, 2020 (94)

MC Member: October 14, 1986 (34)

Jerome was a longtime Grosse Pointe Woods resident and recently had relocated to Shore Pointe Village in St. Clair Shores. He was born in Detroit, to Jerome and Knoldean (nee McDonald) Seaton. Jerome was a graduate of Denby High School and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. A retired U.S. Navy and Navy Reserve officer, he was a 38-year employee at General Motors Co. Jerome is survived by his brother, Robert Seaton (Pat), and son, Jay Seaton (Sharon). He adored his grandchildren, Jay C. Seaton, Kate Reno (Nate) and Beth Ansaldi; and great-grandchild, Markell Reno. He also is survived by numerous nieces, nephews, a daughter and friends. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Sally. Jerome was a longtime lay leader and Sunday school teacher at Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church, where the Sunday school classroom is named for him. Jerome was a lifelong recreational boater on Lake St. Clair and enjoyed many trips to Scottsdale, Ariz. He also enjoyed jewelry making and gave away hundreds of his well-loved caricature napkin drawings. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are entrusted to A.H. Peters Funeral Home.


Name: Alfred P. Wittwer

Born: March 22, 1925

Died: January 2. 2021 (95)

MC Member: December 14, 2004 (16)

Alfred “Fred” Paul Wittwer of St. Clair Shores, Michigan departed this life on Saturday, January 2nd, 2021.

He was born in Gelsenkirchen, Germany on March 22, 1925 and came to the United States with his mother, Henrietta and father, Alfred in 1930. They settled in Detroit, Michigan where Fred graduated from Eastern High School and Wayne State University, ’51.

After graduation from Eastern High School, Fred enlisted in the Army on June 21st, 1943 and served as a Flight Maintenance Gunner in New Guinea, Southern Philippines and Borneo. He was honorably discharged with honors on January 24th, 1946.

While attending Wayne State University, Fred and Margaret Elizabeth Hock married on August 20,1949. After graduation, Fred started his career with Shell Oil and Northern Engineering before partnering in the founding of Medallion Crane Builders. He later formed his own business, the A.P. Wittwer Company in 1969; specializing in overhead cranes and brake units for Industrial distribution. He remained active in the Company as President and CEO until retiring in 1999. He remained active as Chairman of the Board until his passing.

Retirement allowed Fred to follow many interests. He and Margaret traveled the world with the Nomad travel group of Grosse Pointe, and spent many winter months in Scottsdale, Arizona entertaining friends, family and most importantly, their 8 grandchildren. He loved to play golf, was an avid photographer and attended many youth baseball, basketball, soccer and tennis events- all to cheer on his family. Margaret and Fred were regulars in the stands! Margaret also convinced Fred to learn bridge, which gave them time to spend with their Bridge group of over 70 years, all of whom they met as young members of Peace Lutheran Church on Detroit’s east side.

Fred is pre-deceased by his loving wife of 70 years (1949-2019), Margaret Elizabeth Wittwer (nee Hock).He is survived by his four children, Ellen Rohde (Al Daniel) of Columbia, SC; Tom (Val) Wittwer of Olalla, WA; Nancy Fitzpatrick of Stamford, CT; David (Sally) Wittwer of Grosse Pointe Park, MI; and 8 grandchildren- Andrew Wittwer, Emmaline Wittwer, Kevin (Kerri) Fitzpatrick, Lauren Amaral, Emily Fitzpatrick, Dr. Julie Wittwer, David Wittwer Jr., and Jack Wittwer.

His children would like to thank all of the medical and nursing staff in the Covid and Hospice units at Ascension St. John Hospital; and all of the staff of Lakeshore Senior Living who made our parents feel welcomed and at home.

A Memorial Service will be held sometime in the post-Covid months of 2021.


Name: Roland L. Olzark

Born: July 30, 1927

Died: December 28, 2020 (93)

MC Member: June 12, 2001 (19)

Family and Friends during this Christmas season, the Christ Child saw fit that the Honorable Roland Lawrence should take his place with the Shepherds and Wise Men at the Manger in the Stable. Roland passed away December 28th, 2020 at the young age of 93 and now is at Peace with the Baby Jesus. Roland (aka “ollie olzark”) will join his eight siblings, their spouses, and his parents (Michael and Anna) in heaven. Born in 1927 (same year as the Ford Model A), Roland was the baby brother of an amazing polish Detroit area family “The Owczarczaks”. Two of the Owczarczaks sisters married two Fekin brothers which created an incredible bond between the two families which will last for generations to come.

The description in Roland’s senior yearbook (1945) from Catholic Central read: dramatics, athletics, and studies all came under the title of “A Day’s work” to “Ollie”. He played the lead role in plays, was an honor student all four years, played on the varsity football team, and was a member of Fr. Martin’s All-Star CC Baseball Team. His love of baseball began the day he took his first steps. Roland spent time playing time in the minor leagues. He was inducted into the Catholic Central Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015. Roland continued his education at the University of Western Ontario, graduating in 1951 with a BA degree. He received his law degree from University of Detroit Law school Mercy in 1954. He passed the Michigan State bar exam that same year and began his practice of law. He also served as law clerk for Michigan Supreme Court Justice Harry F. Kelly (former governor of the State of Michigan). In 1970 he was appointed by Governor Milliken to become a Wayne County Circuit Court Judge. He retired from the bench in 1996 but remained active as a visiting Judge and conducted settlement conferences. Fun Fact – we had a parakeet that said “here come da judge” every time he came home from work.

Judge Olzark belonged to numerous organizations which included the Old Newsboys Goodfellows of Detroit – an organization whose sole mission is to ensure that there is No Kiddie without Christmas. He served as a member for 55 years and President in 1977. He also was President of the University of Detroit Mercy Law Alumni in 1977. President of both the Michigan Trail Judges and the Michigan Retired Judges Association. He was a member of the Polish Advocates Association; The Old Time Baseball Players; Knights of Columbus, DeLaSalle Council; Catholic Lawyers Association. He was a member of the Senior Men’s Club of Grosse Pointe. Judge Olzark had lifelong love of both boating and skiing. Winters were spent on the slopes of Boyne Mountain and summers on his Chris Craft cabin cruisers on Lake St Clair. During his retirement years, Judge Olzark enjoyed singing in the Choir and accompanying his wife, Halina, wherever she was cantoring. He often times said, “If you want her, you gotta take me too!”.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Halina Olzark, and four children, Steven, Alexa, Maureen, and Elena. He is also survived by his seven grandchildren, Kirin, Sophia, Natalie, Brinn, Jackson, Claire, and Spencer. Life is not about the number of years we spend on this earth; it is about the dash in between those years. Judge Olzark’s dash was fulfilled with kindness, generosity, and accomplishments. His was a life well lived.


Name: George R. McMullan

Born: May 7, 1957

Died: December 29, 2020 (63)

MC Member: January 28, 2019 (1)

George was a Director of the Senior Men’s Club in 2019 – 2020. George Robert McMullen, Jr. died peacefully Tuesday, December 29 at his home in Grosse Pointe Woods, he was 63 years old. Despite being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last February, he continued to live his life with characteristic grace, gratitude, courage, joy and humor.

George grew up in Grosse Pointe, attended Grosse Pointe South High School then Regis University in Denver, CO, graduating in 1979. George had a lifelong career in sales, the majority of which was with Avis Car Rental. After living briefly in the Boston and Washington D.C. areas he returned to Grosse Pointe where he developed a passion for the local community that became his life’s work. One of his greatest joys was serving as a Councilman for Grosse Pointe Woods. He was a familiar face at Council meetings in all five of the Grosse Pointes and Harper Woods and he attended almost all the Grosse Pointe Public School System Board meetings. He was a very proud member of the Grosse Pointe Rotary Club. He served on the boards of the Grosse Pointe Library Foundation, the Grosse Pointe Chamber of Commerce, Grosse Pointe Woods Board of Review, he was an Ambassador for the Family Center and was so pleased to be an usher at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church. He was actively involved with Grosse Pointe Theater, the League of Women Voters, The Helm, the Grosse Pointe Foundation for Public Education and the Grosse Pointe Historical Society among others. He reached across every aisle he encountered and was a member of the East Side Republicans, the Grosse Pointe Democratic Club and the Grosse Pointes & Harper Woods NAACP. The nonprofits with which he was involved are too numerous to mention. An acquaintance said of George’s community involvement “everywhere I looked in our community, there was George”.

George’s commitment to community continued when at his cottage in Pointe aux Barques, MI (PAB). He was a past Board member and ran the Gymkhana and annual softball game for more than 15 years. PAB was a part of him and when he was there, he never missed heading out to view the sunset.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Grosse Pointe Rotary Foundation – P.O. Box 36366 – Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230, Full Circle Foundation – 17006 Mack Avenue, Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230 or Grosse Pointe Theater – 315 Fisher Road – Grosse Pointe, MI 48230

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic there will be no service at this time. A celebration of George’s life will be arranged when it is safe to gather together again.


Name: Hubert J. Montpetit

Born: June 4, 1930

Died: December 23, 2020 (90)

MC Member: January 10, 2012 (8)

Hubert (Hugh) Montpetit, age 90, entered eternal life on December 23, 2020 at home surrounded by family, after a long illness (unrelated to COVID-19). A graduate of Assumption College Catholic High School in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. He worked at the Detroit Free Press as a stereotyper and then as an advertising sales representative. He owned and actively managed several apartment buildings for over 50 years.

He met his wife of 65 years when they were both members of the Third Order of St. Francis. His faith was essential in his life, as well as being a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He had a special devotion to Blessed Solanus Casey and St. Faustina (Divine Mercy).

He is survived by his four children: Dr. Gregory (Lisa), Michael (Susan), Anne Fulbright (Dr. Martin Sullivan), and John. Grandchildren Andrew, Megan, Maxwell, Renée, Michelle, Katie, James, Elizabeth, Vic, Evan, Joseph, and Jason, and three great-grandchildren. Also survived by his sister Carmen and many nieces and nephews. His wife Mary Ann died in November 2020. He will be missed by many.


Name: Hugh Allen “Butch” Davis

Born: May 3, 1940

Died: November 12, 2020 (80)

MC Member: August 4,  2014 (6)

Hugh Allen “Butch” Davis, age 80 of Rochester Hills, passed away November 12, 2020. Loving husband of the late Jeannette Davis, dear father of Deborah (Joseph) Fettue, the late Scott Davis, the late Michelle Davis, Linda (Robert) Viazanko, Hugh, Jr. (Michelle) Davis, the late Steven Davis and the late Gordon Davis. Cherished grandfather of Joseph (Rebecca), Melissa (Angelo), Amy (Salvatore), Amanda (Scott), Shannon (Rusty), Kourtney, Jeannette, Crystal, and John, great grandfather of Gianna, Cole, Helena, Angelina, Tenley, Brody, Salvatore, Delilah, Owen and Santino. Brother of John (Joan) Davis and Gail (Robert) Davidson. Hugh was an avid hunter and fisherman, loved his family, he was charming, kind, honorable, had integrity, loved his country, never met stranger.


Name: Frank A. Cairns

Born: November 11, 1927

Died: November 4, 2020 (92)

MC Member: May 16, 2003 (17)

Frank was born in Sandwich, Ontario, Canada, the son of John and Sarah (nee O’Connor) Cairns.  He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II from 1944 to 1945, and as a 1st Lt. during the Korean War from 1951 to 1953.  He began his studies toward a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing at the University of Illinois in 1945, and completed his degree at the University of Detroit in 1950.  Frank also earned an MBA from U of D in 1960.  He was personnel director at Chrysler Corp. from 1964 to 1988.  Frank and Therese Jaglois were married May 9, 1953, and together raised five children, Robert, Terry (Anne), Mary Pat, Michael (Rosemary) and Catherine (Aaron).  Widowed in 2002, Frank thereafter met Geraldine Coughlin. Frank and Geri were married in 2005, in Florida.  

Together they enjoyed traveling and spending time with friends.  Frank is survived by his wife, Geraldine; four children; 12 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.  He was predeceased by his son, Michael, in September; and siblings, John, Thomas, Patricia and JoAnne.  A celebration of life gathering takes place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, followed by the funeral Mass at noon at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 467 Fairford, Grosse Pointe Woods.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, cskdetroit.org


Name: Milton Henkel

Born: January 3, 1927

Died: November 1, 2020 (93)

MC Member: March 22, 1999 (21)

Milt was a lifelong resident of the Grosse Pointes.  He was the son of Edward and Ruth Henkel and died at home with his devoted wife, Martha, at his side.  Milt and his brother, Eddie, followed in their father’s footsteps and made their careers in commercial real estate at the firm their father founded. The brothers remained close, shared a partners’ desk and enjoyed their daily ritual lunch for decades at the Sign of the Beefcarver restaurant.  Milt graduated high school from the Detroit University School in 1945. He attended Kenyon College and graduated from Michigan State University.  He also served in the U.S. Navy.  Milt was president of the American Institute of Real Estate Appraisers.  He was a Lifetime member of the Country Club of Detroit, where he played paddle tennis and golf; he also rode horses at the Grosse Pointe Hunt Club around the corner.  Milt married Julienne Chapman in 1955.  They enjoyed 39 years together and raised three children. During annual vacations to Amelia Island, Milt and Julie pursued their shared passion for golf. They also traveled with their children to Hilton Head Island each year.

After Julie’s death, Milt was blessed to find love and companionship in his remaining years with his marriage to Martha Sattley, also an avid golfer.  He and Martha were fortunate to spend 26 years together.  Milt and Martha loved their annual vacations at Vero Beach, Fla. They often stopped in Charlottesville, Va., for more rounds of golf at the Farmington Country Club on their way back to Grosse Pointe.  One of Milt’s favorite traditions was an annual trip to Pointe Aux Barques with a group of golfing buddies.  The group formed a tournament, The Thumb Cup, that was a fun-filled competitive romp of 16 “boys.”  Martha was totally committed to Milt throughout their marriage. They shared a delightful balance of humor and kindness.  When Milt experienced health issues in his 90s, Martha organized and accompanied him on daily walks, pushing the small cart one lap around the Kroger store on Marter Road.  As Milt’s health declined, he and Martha took daily drives past the horses at the Hunt Club, where they counted the horses, and to Windmill Pointe, where they counted the freighters.  Milt’s family and many friends will miss this gentle man and are comforted by shared memories.  Milt was predeceased by his parents and siblings, Edward Henkel, Jeanette DeHayes and Ruth Sherman. He is survived by his wife, Martha; children, Taylor Henkel (Terry), Kathleen Tweed (Scott) and Steven Henkel (Joan); six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; several nieces and nephews; and an abundance of friends.  A private family service will take place at Elmwood Cemetery in Detroit.  Memorial contributions may be made to The Cradle, 2049 Ridge Ave., Evanston, IL 60201; or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 7312.


Name: Sterling E. Berry

Born: April 29, 1925

Died: October 13, 2020 (95)

MC Member: February 7, 1989 (31)

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

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

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

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


Name: David A. Beatty

Born: August 9, 1936

Died: October 24, 2020 (84)

MC Member: May 26, 1987 (33)

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

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

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


Name: William “Bill” Rice

Born: July 15, 1929

Died: October 12, 2020 (91)

MC Member: June 12, 2018 (2)

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

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

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

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


Name: Christopher “Kit” Tennyson

Born: August 29,1947

Died: October 15, 2020 (73)

MC Member: November 14, 2018 (2)

Kit was born to Patsy and Harry Tennyson. A 1965 graduate of Grosse Pointe High School, Kit studied economics at Oakland University. Upon graduation from OU in 1969, he began his career at Tennyson Chevrolet, where he succeeded his father as president in 1983. Kit’s distinguished career in the automotive business spanned nearly 50 years, until he retired in 2017.

During this time, Kit was a respected leader in the Livonia business community, where he served on numerous charitable boards and spearheaded local economic initiatives. In Kit’s brief retirement years, he continued his passions — sailing on Lake St. Clair, bowling at the Detroit Athletic Club, jazz music education and leadership in many civic organizations, including the Detroit Rotary Club.

He also loved travel and particularly cherished his time in Muskoka, Ontario and France. An active member of Christ Church Grosse Pointe to the end, Kit twice served on the Vestry, including as senior warden. A devoted husband and father, his greatest love remained his family. He is survived by his wife, Emily Barrett Tennyson; daughters, Sara Orr (Topher), Chloe Houston (Peter) and Cecily Tennyson; and grandson, Barrett Orr.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Kit’s memory may be made to Christ Church Grosse Pointe, christchurchgp.org; or Oakland University, oakland.edu


Name: Wilson E. Holsinger

Born: November 5, 1923

Died: October 20, 2020 (96)

MC Member: October 6, 1992 (28)

Wilson was the beloved husband to the late Betty Holsinger from 1948 to 1991. Together they raised a wonderful son, Jay Holsinger. Wilson leaves behind 3 loving sisters and 2 brothers. A funeral service was held on Friday, October 23, 2020 at 10 AM at A.H. Peters Funeral.


Name: George E. Moulton

Born: June 4, 1926

Died: September 13, 2020 (94)

MC Member: July 9, 1996 (24)

George served the Men’s Club of Grosse Pointe as President (2003 – 2004), Officer, Director and Chairman  of a Committee

George E. Moulton died on 13 September, 2020 of a stroke. George was a proud veteran of the Navy who fought in the Pacific on an aircraft carrier in World War II, a husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.

George is survived by his daughter Kathryn Wildermuth, son Bruce Moulton, and grandsons David Moulton, Lee Moulton and Kyle Moulton.
George also had two stepdaughters, Pam Montgomery and Karen Schmidt, and four step granddaughters, Kimberly Westlund, Leigh Montgomery, Jennifer Haskell and Erin Moretz.

George chose to be cremated and his remains have been laid to rest on his son’s property in Mecosta, Michigan. A private service was held at the burial site.


Name: Manny Moroun

Died: July 12, 2020

There was no obituary published.


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

Name: Harold R. Knoll

Born: April 15, 1925

Died: December 15, 2017 (91)

MC Member: October 27, 1987 (28)

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

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

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


Name: Albert T. Paglia

Born: June 17, 1925

Died: January 1, 2014 (88)

MC Member: July 12, 2005 (8)

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

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

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Mr. Paglia’s name to the Fr. Solanus Casey Center, c/o The Province of St. Joseph of the Capuchin Order, Attn: Development Office, 1820 Mt. Elliott Street; Detroit, MI 48207


Name: Joseph N. Impastato

Born: November 1, 1930

Died: September 22, 2020 (89)

MC Member: May 17, 1997 (12)

The Honorable Joseph N. Impastato of Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan born November 1, 1930 passed away peacefully on September 22, 2020 at the age of 89.

He is survived by his Loving wife of 56 years, Marian Alena and daughter-in-law, Kristin Marie and grandsons Joseph III and Jonathon Charles. Joseph was predeceased by his loving son, Joseph N. Impastato, II and his parents Kathryn and Vincenzo “Mr. Jim” Impastato and his brother, Savio Farrell Impastato.

He will be so missed by his Aunt Rose DiGaetano and cherished cousins Virginia Bauman (the late Daniel), Rosary and Larry Saynay and Rosary Iulianelli (the late Pete) and their Families.

Joseph leaves behind sisters and brothers-in-law: Dianna Santavicca (the late Joseph), Ronald and Judy Santavicca, Anna and Richard Warren and Gloria and Jason Hinz as well as many nieces and nephews from the Impastato and Santavicca Families.

A private service was held for The Judge on Monday, September 28, 2020 at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Farms


Name: Lionel H. Hayes

Born: October 7, 1921

Died: July 2, 2018 (96)

MC Member: May 17, 1997 (12)

Lionel “John” Hayes died peacefully in his home in Grosse Pointe Woods on July 2. He was born on October 7, 1921 in Preston, England. At the age of 2 his family moved to Detroit, Michigan. He was a graduate of Cooley High School in Detroit and Ohio State University. He obtained his citizenship in order to enlist in the Army at the start of World War II. He served as a cartographer in France. When WW II ended he came home to marry his fiancé, Mary Jane Jones. They had met at Fort Riley, Kansas, at the USO club where he played the piano and she sang. They were blessed with two daughters, Holly and Cathy, graduates of Grosse Pointe South High School, and a son, John, graduate of Grosse Pointe North High School. John began his business career as a salesman for Montgomery Ward in Kansas. Moving back to Detroit he became a manager for Cunningham Drugs. Then later he became a manager for Serling Drug Company. He was the founder and CEO of Hayes Retail Services until he retired at the age of 80.

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

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


Name: John J. Hill

Born: March 16, 1920

Died: April 8, 2013 (93)

MC Member: July 8, 1980 (32)

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

In his early years, he played the trumpet in a jazz band. John also enjoyed building model trains, boating with friends and cooking southern barbeque. John will be remembered as the consummate southern gentleman, a very sweet man. John adored his family and was a devoted caregiver to his wife, Maxine, before her passing on Wednesday, May 2, 2007. Beloved husband of the late Maxine for 62 years. They were married on Sunday, June 24, 1945.

Loving father of Gary Hill and Catherine (Tony) Allison. Proud grandfather of Lauren (Vaios) Theodorakos, Shannon Hill, Jacquelyn Hill, Christina Allison and Andrew Allison. Great grandfather of Vaios III, Thomas Elias and Thomasina Theodorakos. Faithful owner of Copper, his Red Boned Coon Hound.


Name: Luther ‘Ray” Hardin

Born: December 22, 1929

Died: May 21, 2016 (86)

MC Member: September 25, 1990 (25)

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

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

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


Name: Edward H. Binder

Born: July 10, 1926

Died: August 28 , 2019 (93)

MC Member: November 24, 1992 (26)

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


Name: Bert E. Baker

Born: July 20, 1932

MC member: December 12 , 1995 (26)

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


Name: Joseph B. Chrzanowski

Born: June 30, 1923

Died: August 10 , 2014 (91)

MC Member: February 14, 2012 (26)

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

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


Name: Dan Kachadourian

Born: July 3, 1934

Died: August 31, 2020 (86)

MC Member: October 13, 2009 (10)

Dan died from complications of pneumonia at Select Specialty Hospital in Ascension St. John in Detroit.  The son of Armenian immigrants who fled to the United States after the 1915 Armenian Genocide, Dan was born in Highland Park.  As a boy, he fought to recover from polio in his leg, relearned to walk and went on to play and coach baseball worked at his parents’ Satisfactory Lunch restaurant — renamed J&M Bar in 1952 — which was located on Second Avenue, north of what is now the Davison Expressway.  It was there he started his love for Detroiters and business, helping his family serve meals largely to factory workers from Ford Motor Co.’s Highland Park Assembly Plant.  In 1960, Kachadourian, with his brother John, opened the Parkmont Party Store in downtown Detroit.  He was proud to start his own Detroit business and purchase property in his beloved city.

Kachadourian studied at the Detroit College of Law, then turned his focus toward commercial real estate in 1972, when he opened Mr. Stadium Coin Laundry in Ann Arbor, near the University of Michigan’s “Big House.”  His ad campaigns for Mr. Stadium became leKachadouriangendary in Ann Arbor, as did the laundromat’s maize and blue logo T-shirts, which became iconic among University of Michigan students and gained national attention in 2005, when Kevin Costner wore one in “The Upside of Anger.”  The Detroit News voted Mr. Stadium Coin Laundry the Best Campus Laundromat – an honor of which Kachadourian was very proud, as he always strived to make his customers feel at home. He enjoyed getting to know them and was proud to see their loyalty. 

The last 20 years, Kachadourian continued to expand his idea of creating a U of M football tailgate park in Mr. Stadium’s lot. For each home game, 75 vehicles full of Wolverine football fans continue to gather there for the camaraderie, cooking and community he created.  Kachadourian, through his K&K Investment Co., later purchased and developed other pieces of commercial real estate in Washtenaw and Oakland counties and constructed one of the first homes built in Bloomfield Hills’ Wabeek neighborhood.  In the 1990s, Kachadourian teamed with St. Andrew’s Hall developer Blair McGowan to form the West of Woodward coalition to combat the demolition of the J.L. Hudson’s building.  A lover of Detroit architecture, he also was active in preserving Detroit’s Masonic Temple. Kachadourian was a past president of the Detroit Masonic Temple’s board of trustees, a 33rd degree Scottish Rite Mason and a Shriner.  He worked to raise funds for the Shriners Hospitals helping children get specialty orthopedic care just like he needed as a child with polio.  He also was active in promoting the Masonic program for dyslexic children.  Proud of his Armenian heritage, Kachadourian was a member of the 100 Hyes organization, which raises money for Armenians who are becoming new U.S. citizens.

He also was a member of the Men’s Club of Grosse Pointe, Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, Huron River Club and The Windsor Club. He had a passion for golf, especially with his grandsons and cherished friends.  Dan Kachadourian is survived by his wife of 55 years, Lillian; daughter, Gail Kachadourian Howe (Wes Howe); grandsons, Jack and Paul Howe; brothers, John Kachadourian (Pat) and Robert Kachadourian; nephews, Larry Kachadourian, David Kachadourian (Charise), Ara Kachadourian (Anahit) and Grant Gilezan (Krisztina); niece, Gay Tosch (Paul Tosch); and grandnieces, Charlotte Tosch, Holly Gilezan and Lauren Gilezan.  A private funeral service was held at St. John Armenian Church in Southfield. He was buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit.  A Celebration of Kachadourian’s life is planned for 2021.


Name: Thomas E. Lee M.D.

Born: October 18, 1931

Died: August 19, 2020 (88)

MC Member: March 2, 2005 (15).

Thomas Lee passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on August 19, 2020.

Beloved husband of Willie Copeland, and the late Mary Lou Lee. Precious father of Catherine Reardon {Timothy}, Colleen Lee, Michael Lee, and Sean Lee{Julie} Predeceased children are Brian Lee, Carrie Lee, and Thomas B.Lee.

Cherished grandchildren include Meaghan Allor{Joshua},Johnathan Lee, Brandon Lee, Sarah Lee, Patrick Reardon, and Nathan Lee. Great-grandson, Declan Allor. Pediatric medicine was his profession for over 40 years. He often said “…it was the best job in the world”.

His hobbies included wood working, stained glass, gardening, and music. His life’s’ passion were children, traveling, and sailing.

Tom was cremated, there will be a service in the future.


Name: Joseph H . Vaughn  

Born: December 1, 1920

Died: August 18, 2020

MC Member: February 13, 1996 (24)

Joseph John Vaughn, 99, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 18, 2020, at Cranberry Park Assisted Living in St. Clair Shores.

Mr. Vaughn was born on December 1, 1920 in Detroit, Michigan, the second child of three siblings, to parents Joseph and Dorothy Vigliotti.

He grew up in Detroit, attending grade school and high school at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School and graduated from the University of Detroit as an Electrical Engineer.

While in the eighth grade at St. Charles, he met the love of his life, Frances Edna Baker, who he married in 1944 after receiving a blessing from Blessed Fr. Solanus Casey. Mr. and Mrs. Vaughn celebrated their 70th Wedding Anniversary in 2014 shortly before Frances passed away.

Joseph proudly served our country during World War II as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. He was trained in the latest radar technology at Bowdoin College and MIT. He used his training to perform countermeasures on enemy radar.

Mr. Vaughn was an entrepreneur and innovator throughout his career. While working for Federal Industries he developed the radio-controlled garage door opener. He proceeded to buy the struggling business from Federal under the name Electronic Door, which later became Vemco Products with partners Charles Englehardt and Harold Miller. Together they developed and patented the first automatic parking lot, including ticket spitter technology coupled with an automatic gate operator. Vemco sold garage door and gate operators to service the post war housing boom until it was sold to Stanley Works in 1975. Joe went on to form Operator Specialty Company (OSCO) out of Casnovia, Michigan, serving the residential and commercial gate operator market across North America. Joe was instrumental in the development of numerous safety features for both door and gate operators. He received the DODA Distinguished Service Award in 1975 and was described as “the man who had the vision to adapt the technology that created the door and gate operator industry.”

Mr. Vaughn was a resident of the Grosse Pointes from 1957 until 2016. A devout Catholic, he was an early parishioner of Our Lady Star of the Sea and later of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church. He was an avid golfer and lifetime member of Lochmoor Club. He was also a proud member of Lost Lake Woods Club, Grosse Pointe Senior Men’s and the Cardinal Club.

Mr. and Mrs. Vaughn raised six children, all of whom attended Catholic grade school, high school and college. Joseph is preceded in death by his wife Frances and sister Jeanette Vettraino. He is survived by his brother Richard Vigliotti and his children, Kathleen Hickel (Gerard) and Jacqueline O’Boyle (Paul) of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Marybeth Grosfield (Richard) of Harrison Township, Jeffery Vaughn (Patty Quayle Vaughn) and Thomas S. Vaughn (Patti Krausmann-Vaughn) of Grosse Pointe Woods; and James Vaughn (Ellen Mayer Vaughn) of Oakwood, Ohio.

He was a beloved Pampa to 22 grandchildren: Robert Aumer (Meredith), Meridith Markovitz (Eric), Kathryn Bachey (Jeffrey), Gerard Hickel (Maureen), Lauren Ferguson (James), Jacqueline Mueller (Luke), Ashley Lee (Matthew), Deirdra Wisniewski (John), Logan Franko (Brad), Richard Grosfield (Mary Ann), Gregory Grosfield (Jaclyn), Merrill Grosfield, Joseph Vaughn II (Lauren), Anne Marie Miller (Christopher), Julia Evans (Trefor), Catherine Gillman (Eric), Cecelia (Brian) Forinash, Patrick Vaughn, Audrey Vaughn, Mary Kate Vaughn, Bridget Vaughn and Elizabeth Vaughn, as well as, 41 great-grandchildren.

A funeral mass was celebrated at 10 am on Friday August 28, at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 22412 Overlake Drive, St. Clair Shores, MI 48080-2498 and can be viewed virtually at www.sjascs.org under St. Joan Live. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.ahpeters.com.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church or the Capuchin Mission Center, 1820 Mount Elliott Street, Detroit, Michigan 48207.                  


Name: Leland Gates

Born: August 16, 1923

Died: August 13,  2020 (96)

MC Member: August 10, 2010 (10)

Leland was a loving husband, father of three children and four stepchildren, and blessed as a grandfather and great-grandfather many times over.   Born in Hartford, Conn., to Leland Clayton Gates and Beatrice Sherman Gates, Lee was raised on the family farm and educated in a one-room schoolhouse in Weatogue, Conn. He earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Connecticut-Storrs and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. During his college years, Lee met Jane Wilhelmine Muus. Lee and Jane were married Aug. 18, 1944. Together they raised three children, Leland Clayton “Clay” Gates III, Martha and Patti. 

Lee was a banker whose passion was leading, serving and growing the communities in which he worked and lived.  When Lee moved to Ocean City, N.J., he joined Boardwalk National Bank in Atlantic City in charge of real estate lending. With his return to Connecticut, he served as president and chairman of South Norwalk Savings Bank in Norwalk from 1966 to 1988.  Lee’s hobbies were investing, golf and travel; he was particularly interested in real estate. Together through their 58 years of marriage, Lee and Jane bought, built, often moved into and sold more than 25 properties in Connecticut, New Jersey, Florida, South Carolina and North Carolina.  
Lee’s real estate connections again proved fortuitous after Jane’s death in 2002, in Punta Gorda, Fla. A broker friend wanted to introduce him to someone special. Lee’s “second act” thus began when he met Audrey Leverenz, a longtime resident of Punta Gorda Isles and Grosse Pointe Park. Audrey’s husband had passed away years earlier, after they had raised four children, John, Sue, Sally and Amy, all who had married and lived in Grosse Pointe Park with their families. Lee and Audrey were married Nov. 29, 2003, in Grosse Pointe Park. Lee loved the welcoming and warm embrace given to him by Audrey’s family. He got right in the swing of attending grandchildren’s athletic events, graduations, marriages and births and always cheered them on with his easy smile. Together Audrey and Lee hosted several family gatherings and vacations. Lee thoroughly enjoyed his 17 years of marriage to Audrey and times together with her family. He lived a rich, full and long life. 

Lee was predeceased by his sisters, Barbara Shaw and Phyllis Backman. He is survived by his wife, Audrey, of Grosse Pointe Park; children, Leland Clayton Gates III of Punta Gorda, Fla., Martha Gates Lord of Fairfield, Conn., and Patricia Fabrizio of Deerfield Beach, Fla.; stepchildren, Dr. John Leverenz (Cathy), Susan Swegles (John), Sally Wittwer (David) and Amy Kish (Ken), all of Grosse Pointe Park; sister-in-law, Ann Ashworth (Norman) of Punta Gorda, Fla.; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Lee’s memory may be made to the Family and Consumer Sciences Education Fund #30860 of the University of Connecticut Foundation, payable to UCONN Foundation, Attn: Data Services, 2390 Alumni Dr., Unit 3206, Storrs, CT 06269; or Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore Rd., Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236. 


Name: John (Jack) H. Williams, M.D.

Born: June 20, 1927

Died: August 7, 2020 (93)

MC Member: January 25, 2000 (20)

Dr. John (Jack) Hyde Williams died on Friday, August 7, 2020, at the age of 93, following a brief illness. His family, friends and patients affectionately identified him as “Jack” or “Dr. Jack”. He will be remembered for his long years of service in both family and internal medicine to residents of Grosse Pointe and the greater east side of Detroit.


In both his professional and personal life, Jack Williams was known to be caring and attentive. Those who remembered Jack best regarded him as charming and thoughtful, with a healthy sense of humor.


The son of Clarence and Laura (nee Hyde) Williams, John was born in 1927 in Grosse Pointe. He was a graduate of Grosse Pointe High School and chose to follow the examples of his father, grandfather and great grandfather by pursuing a career in medicine.

In 1947, after two years of service in the U.S. Army Air Corps, Jack fully embarked on his studies at the University of Michigan, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Science in 1950. He went on to earn a medical degree at the U of M School of Medicine in 1954.

Later in 1954, he began his internship and residency in New Hampshire at the Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital, in association with Dartmouth Medical School. He completed his medical fellowship in Rhode Island at the Providence Lying-in Hospital.


Dr. Williams joined his father’s practice in 1957, providing care to patients in metropolitan Detroit. After the death of his father in 1964, Jack continued in private practice. In 1988, he joined the Henry Ford Medical Group and became one of the founding members of Pierson Clinic in Grosse Pointe Farms.


During his long and distinguished career in medicine, Dr. Williams served as President of Medical Staff at Cottage Hospital and Senior Physician at Henry Ford Hospital. He also served as a trustee on the boards of Cottage Hospital and the Eastern Region of Henry Ford Health System.

Jack Williams first met his future wife Elizabeth (Betty) Adams during a social function at the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club. They dated while attending the University of Michigan. Married in 1953, they raised daughters Susan, Martha and Elizabeth in their Grosse Pointe Woods home. The family became active members of Christ Church of Grosse Pointe, with Jack serving for a period on the board of the Vestry. Sadly, Betty Williams died in the winter of 1982.


Following a long period of mourning, Jack Williams found solace in the company of Norah Moncrieff Martin, a fellow parishioner at Christ Church, who had been previously married to Darwin D. Martin Jr. (deceased). In 1985, Jack and Norah married.

After more than four decades of service in the medical profession, Dr. Williams chose to retire in 1999. Jack was an avid reader with a deep enthusiasm for technology and photography. His cultural interests included the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Grosse Pointe Theater. He was a member in good standing at the Grosse Pointe Seniors Men Club and Grosse Pointe Yacht Club. As an alumni member, Jack took an active interest in the University of Michigan and its football team, often attending home games in Ann Arbor.

With various members of his expanded family, Jack traveled extensively in the United States, along with faraway destinations like Great Britain, Europe, and China. He and his second wife Norah were particularly fond of vacations in the Caribbean during Michigan winters.

Beloved husband of Elizabeth (nee Adams) (deceased). Beloved brother of James (Anne) Williams. Beloved father of Susan (David) Chaklos, Martha Williams, Elizabeth (Mark) Lewis. Beloved grandfather of Kenneth Chaklos, Elizabeth “Betsy” Chaklos, Christine (Nick) Penhale, Laura (Chris) Craft, Michelle (Brian) Craft, Sgt. Ian McConnell, USMC (deceased), Margaret “Meg” (T.C.) Schellinger. Beloved great grandfather of Elizabeth ‘Lily’ Penhale, Lucas Penhale, Joshua Craft, Kaitlyn Craft, Maya Schellinger.

Beloved husband of Norah (nee Moncrieff Martin). Beloved stepfather of Darwin (Lori) Martin III, Christopher Martin, Dr. Michael (Meipo) Martin. Beloved grandfather of Bryan Martin, Dr. Kyle (Dr. Chelsea) Martin. Beloved great grandfather of Brandon Martin, Jaden Martin, Jessa Martin, Blake Martin, Imogen Martin, Peter Martin, Charlotte Martin.


Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, memorial services for Jack Williams will be determined at a future date. The committal of his ashes will be conducted by immediate family members in a private ceremony.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Dr. Williams can be made to the following: University of Michigan, Office of University Development, 3003 S. State St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109 – Attn: Medical school class of 1954 scholarship fund.

All Saints Fund of Christ Church of Grosse Pointe, 61 Grosse Pointe Blvd., Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236. Jack was a Director and Chairman of a Committee of the Men’s Club of Grosse Pointe.


Name: Robert A. Jogan

Born: July 28, 1945

Died: June 30,  2020 (74)

MC Member: March 13, 2007 (13)

Robert Allen Jogan, of Grosse Pointe Woods, passed away on June 30, 2020. Bob is survived by his wife of 50 years, Judith; daughter, Karen (friend, Ann); sons, Jeffrey (Stephanie) and Timothy (Colleen); seven grandchildren, who were the loves of his life, Brigit, Thomas, Riley, Jackson, Jeffrey, Dailey and Charlie; brothers, Frank and Jimmy (Cindy); sister-in-law, Loretta; and three nieces, Maria, Bethany and Christin. Bob was predeceased by his brother, Ron.

Bob loved God and his family, and never shied away from an honest day’s work. He lived his life in the service of others and was never happier than when he was surrounded by his wife and family.

Services will be held at St. Ambrose in Grosse Pointe Park on Monday, July 6. A gathering of friends and family will begin at 10:00 a.m. in the church with a recognition of Bob’s life delivered by loved ones at 10:30 a.m. The funeral mass will begin at 11:00 a.m.

Donations may be made to St. Ambrose St. Vincent de Paul, c/o St. Ambrose Parish 15020 Hampton St, Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230.


Name: C. Frank Turpin

Born: December 26, 1927

Died: June 23,  2020 (92)

MC Member: March 14, 1989 (31)

Grosse Pointe resident Coryell Franklin “Frank” Turpin died Tuesday, June 23, 2020, at his home. A son of James Franklin Turpin and Alta Irene Turpin, Frank was born Dec. 26, 1927, in Detroit. 

Frank is survived by his beloved wife of nearly 62 years, Roberta; children, Kevin Turpin (Val), Terri Turpin-Amato (Tony) and Scott Turpin (Karen); grandchildren, Jacob Turpin, Andrew Turpin, Zachary Turpin, Daniel Amato, Christina Amato and Katie Turpin; step-grandchildren, Jorge, Shane, Cody and Zachary; and a nephew, nieces and cousins. He was predeceased by his brother, James Colin Turpin, and step-grandchild, Clelia.

Frank graduated from Lakeview High School in St. Clair Shores. His studies at Albion College were interrupted by his military service in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Frank also served in the medical corps during the Korean War. He saved countless lives entrenched with the U.S. Marine Corps on the front lines in the mountains of Korea. After his military service, Frank continued his education at Ferris State University and earned a pharmacy degree. 

Frank began his career working for drug stores. He later worked with physicians’ offices, hospitals and pharmacies throughout metropolitan Detroit as a representative for Eli Lilly and Co. A former Navy nurse, Frank proudly taught nurses proper protocol and techniques as part of his position.

Frank met his beloved wife, Roberta, on a blind date during his work as a pharmaceutical company representative. The couple had a loving marriage and raised a family. Frank’s family loved him and knew they could rely on him always, no matter the need — from moral support to wise advice to lending a helping hand in any situation.

In retirement, Frank and Roberta enjoyed traveling the world, camping and playing golf. They also actively volunteered in their community. His family recalls that Frank frequently said he had lived a beautiful life. Now, that life will be cherished, celebrated and missed.

Frank served a term as a Director of the Men’s Club.

Donations in Frank’s memory may be made to the Senior Men’s Club of Grosse Pointe, 32 Lakeshore Rd., Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236; The Helm, helmlife.org; or the Salvation Army.


Name: William H. Griffith, Sr

Born: February 6 , 1924

Died: June 16,  2020 (96)

MC Member: June 16,  2020 (96)

William Howard Griffith, Sr. of Grosse Pointe Farms, was born on February 5, 1924 in Saginaw, MI to Howard Dixon Griffith and Adelaide Griffith. He graduated from Grosse Pointe High School in 1942. He enlisted in the U. S. Navy and was accepted to the Naval V-12 Officers’ Training program at The University of Michigan, where he earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering. After his discharge from the Navy, he continued his education and graduated from The University of Michigan Law School. Bill met the love of his life, Connie Nester, in 1944 at the Ann Arbor train station and they were happily married for over 72 years.

He had a successful career as a Patent Attorney. Bill retired from Reising Ethington at the age of 83. He was a member of the Michigan Bar Association for 70 years and was a past President of the Michigan Patent Law Association. Bill enjoyed many close friendships throughout his life. He was a 50 year member of the Country Club of Detroit and a member of the Stuart Yacht and Country Club in Florida. He was athletic and a lifelong golf and tennis player.

Bill is survived by his beloved wife, Connie and his loving children Joan Drummy, Susan Royer (Chuck), Mary Fay Kattman (Michael), Tom Griffith (Liz) and daughter-in-law Debbie Griffith. He was a proud grandfather and leaves behind 10 grandchildren and several great grandchildren. He was pre-deceased by his son Bill Griffith, Jr. and son-in-law Larry Drummy. Bill was a kind and generous man who had a wonderful sense of humor. He treasured his many friends and loved his family above all else. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Red Cross or the charity of your choice. Arrangements entrusted to A.H. Peters Funeral Home, Grosse PointeWoods.


Name: Herbert D. Levitt

Born: August 1, 1928

Died: May 18, 2020 (91)

MC Member: January 1, 2005 (15)

Herb Levitt was a husband, father, grandfather, newspaper reporter, court administrator, attorney, and comedian.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, he moved to Detroit as a teen, and made the city his home. He served in the US Army during the Korean conflict and graduated from Wayne State University in 1950. He worked as a reporter and bureau chief for the Detroit Free Press and Detroit News from 1952 – 1962 before moving to Common Pleas Court as the Chief Administrative Officer. In 1971 he was appointed Region 1 State Supreme Court administrator and was also appointed as administrator of Detroit Traffic Court and Wayne County Circuit Court. Well-known in legal and governmental circles, he is credited with great improvements in the performance and accessibility of the Southeast Michigan courts.

In 1980 he used vacation time to work as the local liaison for the ABC News broadcast of the Republican Presidential Convention and had a similar role at the 1982 Inaugural Detroit Grand Prix.

After being told many times by judges that “you’re not a lawyer so you don’t understand” he started law school at age 53. Herb attended Detroit College of Law at night, and graduated and passed the bar in 1985, at which point he told the same judges “now I am a lawyer and I still don’t understand!”

Once at a meeting with Mayor Coleman Young, police and anti-crime officials making suggestions about fighting crime, Herb suggested that they could cut street crime in half by doubling the number of streets. The mayor was not amused.

Herb retired from the court system in 1992, going out at a bash attended by about 400 of his closest friends. He practiced law in “retirement” and specialized in criminal defense and juvenile law. He took great pride in mounting an actual defense of his clients instead of a quick plea bargain and in trying to do the most he could for the juveniles he represented.

Herb along with friends Ed Jacoby, Jim Ransom, and Joe Hartmann founded the Most Holy Trinity smelt fry in 1959, a charitable event benefitting the church school which still continues 60 years later.

He was a great and vocal supporter of civil rights and women’s rights and did his best to elevate everybody he knew, regardless of race or gender.

Herb was a loving grandfather and was a friend, supporter, and mentor to Samantha, Emma and James. He is survived by his wife Jacqueline, sons Michael and Daniel and their wives Colleen and Cristina, and his sister Rosalind Plantikow.

He will also be remembered with love by friends and family too numerous to mention. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.


Name: H. Rollin Allen

Born: June 15 , 1927

Died: April 20, 2020 (92)

Born: July 22 , 1929

Born: August 30, 1938

Died: February 12,  2020 (81).

MC Member: March 10, 2009 (10)

William Listman passed on February 12, 2020 at the age of 81. Loving husband of the late Arlene. Beloved father of William (Stephanie), Jennifer (David) Barthel and Robert (Maryann). Dear grandfather of Jacqueline, Katherine and Stephen Listman; Connor and Lauren Barthel; Alexandria and Colin Listman. He was predeceased by his siblings, Shirley McLellan, George Listman and Jackie Listman. Visitation Friday 3-8 PM at A.H. Peters Funeral Home, 20705 Mack, Grosse Pointe Woods. Funeral service Saturday 10:00 AM. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. ahpeters.com

James “Jim” R. Lemen Jr., 89, peacefully passed away Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, at Beechwood Manor in St. Clair Shores. Jim was born Jan. 11, 1931, in Detroit, to James and Cletis (nee Trost) Lemen.

Name: James R. Lemen, Jr.

Born: January 11 , 1931

Died: February 2,  2020 (89)

MC Member: August 26, 1999 (20)  

Jim grew up in Grosse Pointe and graduated from Grosse Pointe South High School. In the years following graduation, Jim met the love of his life, Genevieve (nee Sadowski). The couple married in 1975.

Jim founded Interlake Products and became a successful manufacturer’s representative in the automotive industry. Jim was a devoted member of the Lions Club and Elks and a senior member of the Detroit Athletic Club for more than 40 years. He was an avid sportsman and enjoyed spending the summers fishing, hunting and boating. Jim loved to be by the water and was a longtime member of the Jefferson Yacht Club.

Jim was the loving husband of the late Genevieve; beloved brother of the late Sally E. Whitman; and dear uncle of Michael Faber (Cynthia), Lynda Head (Nelson), Wendy Stockley (Stephen), Richard Sadowski (Amy) and Scott Sadowski.

Visitation for Jim is from 10 a.m. until the start of the funeral service at noon Saturday, Feb. 15, at Chas. Verheyden Inc., 16300 Mack, Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230.


Name: James R. Lemen, Jr.

Born: January 11 , 1931

Died: February 2,  2020 (89)

MC Member: August 26, 1999 (20)  

Jim grew up in Grosse Pointe and graduated from Grosse Pointe South High School. In the years following graduation, Jim met the love of his life, Genevieve (nee Sadowski). The couple married in 1975.


Jim founded Interlake Products and became a successful manufacturer’s representative in the automotive industry. Jim was a devoted member of the Lions Club and Elks and a senior member of the Detroit Athletic Club for more than 40 years. He was an avid sportsman and enjoyed spending the summers fishing, hunting and boating. Jim loved to be by the water and was a longtime member of the Jefferson Yacht Club.

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