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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,

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,; 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,; the Chippewa County Historical Society ; or the Dossin Great Lakes Museum through the Detroit Historical Society website, 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,

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,; or Oakland University,

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: 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 under St. Joan Live. Online condolences may be shared with the family at

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,; 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)

MC Member: November 10, 2009 (10)

Source: Grosse Pointe News, reported on April 30, 2020

Rollin was a former president and officer of Grosse Pointe Hunt Club for 11 years. Rollin earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois and Juris Doctorate and Master of Laws in Taxation and Labor degrees from Wayne State University. A lawyer for 65 years, he was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan in 1952, and to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court. He was a partner at Keifer, Allen, Cavanaugh and Toohey. Rollin authored articles for the Michigan School Board Journal and served as school board attorney for East Detroit and Melvindale school districts. Member and former chairman of the Detroit Bar Association and chairman of National Association of School Board Attorneys, Rollin also served on State Bar of Michigan committees for Probate, Trust Law, Taxation, Character and Fitness, and Unauthorized Practice of Law. He was a member of Macomb County Bar Association, Board of Arbitrators, National Association of Security Dealers and Engineering Society of Detroit. He also was a member and dean of Delta Theta Phi legal fraternity. Rollin was the 1986 recipient of the Roberts P. Hudson Award for his unselfish rendering of outstanding and unique service to and on behalf of the State Bar of Michigan, the legal profession and public. Rollin was invited by the Chinese government, in 1984, to lecture in Beijing on legal actions and rights of youth in the United States. Rollin was a member of Circumnavigators. He circled the globe for 83 days aboard the Queen Mary II, which was the first cruise ship to do so in one trip. Rollin was owner/builder and first president of Burning Tree Golf Club, owner/builder of Sunny Acres Golf Course and owner/developer and president of Rattle Run Golf Club. A renowned sportsman, Rollin won many awards in golf, tennis, scuba diving, skiing, marathon running, judo, sailing and table tennis. He also was a master bridge player.

Rollin was loved and respected by many friends, fellow lawyers and sports enthusiasts. Rollin is survived by his wife of 35 years, Claire A. Allen; daughter, Tracy Thorpe; stepdaughters, Judy, Michele and Renee Orians; and granddaughters, Jenny and Michaela. Rollin was predeceased by his parents and first wife, Mildred Vidakovic. The prearranged donation of his body to the University of Michigan for medical research could not be carried out due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A memorial service will be held later this year.

Rollin’s memory may be made to Operation Smile at ( or St Jude Children Research Hospital (; 1-800-822-6349).

Name: Foster K. Redding M.D.

Born: July 22 , 1929

Died: April 17, 2020 (90)

MC Member: October 23, 2001 (18)

Foster K. Redding M.D. was born on July 22 , 1929 and passed on April 17, 2020 (90). He became a member of the SMCGP on October 23, 2001 (18).

Former Grosse Pointe Park resident Foster K. Redding was born to proud parents James and Dorothy Redding. His medical practice was in Grosse Pointe Farms. Foster is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Carol Redding. He was a loving father to Susan Decker (Matthew), Stephen Redding, Karen Tarr and Jane Garland (Scott); and cherished grandfather of Jessica Redding, Danielle Redding, Aloysius Redding, Hannah Decker, Stephen Redding, Steven Garland, Harrison Tarr, Evelyn Decker, Claire Decker, Ethan Garland and Barrett Tarr. Foster will be missed by many family members and friends. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Interment will take place at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Memorial donations are appreciated to Perelman School of Medicine at University of Pennsylvania, Penn Medicine,

Foster was a long time active member of the Senior Men’s Club Choral Group

Name: Ron Pikielek

Born:  October 10, 1932

Died: March 31,  2020 (87)

MC Member: January 27, 2015 (5)

Ron was born, in Detroit, to Antoinette and Joseph Pikielek, who predeceased him along with his dear brother, Frederick Pikielek.  He will be sadly missed by his wife, Marcia Pikielek (nee Thurber); son, Brian Pikielek (Cherie); daughters, Leslie Skinsacos (Stevan) and Laura Webber (Lee); and grandchildren.  Ron belonged to the Northeastern and St. Clair Shores chapters of Toastmasters Club, as well as The Villagers dance club, Grosse Pointe Men’s Club, Chrysler 300 Club and Packard Car Club.  Ron was the founder of the Michigan Jazz Record Collectors Club and a past president of the International Association of Jazz Record Collectors Club.   He served the country in Washington, D.C., in the U.S. Army Counterintelligence Corps. He was a longtime supporter of the American Red Cross blood donation program, attended Our Lady Star of the Sea parish and helped his son, Brian, establish Bike Tech Bike Shop. 

Ron and Marcia started several duplicate bridge clubs that continued more than 40 years.  He loved playing bridge with friends and loved and enjoyed his family, spending holidays and countless special occasions together.  An accountant by profession, he was well known for his ability as a tax accountant and admired by many. A graduate of Wayne State University, he attended University of Detroit Jesuit High School.  Ron enjoyed his extensive jazz record collection, which he started acquiring at age 17. Music was his passion, as was his 60-year marriage to his best friend.  The family said they will miss his loving heart and beautiful wavy hair, of which he was very proud.  Memorial services will be announced at a later date. Information may be obtained from A.H. Peters Funeral Home, Grosse Pointe Woods .

Name: Robert Hodges

Born:  January 26, 1935

Died: April 1, 2020 (85)

MC Member: November 25, 2015 (4)

Longtime Grosse Pointe Park resident Robert Gerrie Hodges, 85, died Wednesday, April 1, 2020, in Merida, Mexico. Bob was born to Milton and Viola Hodges and married his high school sweetheart, Joyce Chappell, June 28, 1958. He served in the U.S. Naval Reserve for 10 years, beginning in 1953. Bob practiced law his entire adult life and served from 1961-62 as one of the youngest delegates to the Michigan Constitutional Convention. He also was active in the Michigan Democratic Party and served the people of Michigan as a workers compensation administrative law judge. He was a partner for many years with the Sachs Waldman law firm in Detroit. As a workers compensation attorney, he loved helping working people.

Bob loved his family and being around people. He was a great conversationalist and always ready to discuss history, politics and other topics of interest. Bob was an aficionado of Corvettes. Having purchased his first Corvette in 1959, Bob always owned a Corvette until his passing. Bob was passionate about travel; he flew on the Concorde and cruised the Atlantic on the Queen Mary. In addition, Bob and Joyce once traveled around the world. He loved learning about different cultures and meeting people. Bob made friends easily and often. Many friends described Bob as their best friend. Bob was predeceased by his parents and his wife, Joyce. He is survived by his two children, Avis and Heather; longtime significant other, Mary Lou Martin; and innumerable friends and colleagues. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a memorial celebration and reception will be held at a later date.

Name: John R. Cobau

Born:  August 28, 1934

Died: April 1, 2020 (85)

MC Member: November 12, 2002 (17)

Jack grew up in New Castle, Pa., attended Kenyon College and graduated from Princeton University and Harvard Law School.  Jack met his wife of more than 60 years, Arlene Louise, while studying at Harvard. The couple’s partnership grew stronger throughout their marriage and innumerable contested bridge matches. They moved to Grosse Pointe after residing in Cincinnati. Jack practiced law in Detroit and at his office on Mack in Grosse Pointe Woods.  Jack died from COVID-19.

Jack was an avid tennis player and never failed to miss a Rotary Club meeting.  He and Arlene shared a passion for art; they visited museums across the country and around the world.  A true intellectual, Jack lived for ideas, reading voraciously and engaging in book clubs and discussion groups.  He attended Grosse Pointe Memorial Church.  Jack is survived by his wife, Arlene; sons, William (Marcia Torres), Jay (Ellen), Tom and John (Ellen Grant); 10 grandchildren; and brother, Bill Cobau, of Charleston, S.C. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, Jack’s family would appreciate contributions in his memory to Rotary Club of Grosse Pointe,

Name: Stanley F. Kramer

Born:  April 3, 1920

Died: March 28, 2020 (99)

MC Member: January 8, 1985 (35)

Stanley Frederick Kramer Jr. passed away peacefully on March 28, 2020.
Stan was born April 3, 1920, to Stanley and Crystal (Coady) Kramer in Detroit, Michigan. He attended Eastern High in Detroit and received his mechanical engineering degree from Michigan Technological University. He served as a U.S. Navy officer during World War II.

After the war, Stan and his wife, Mary Kathleen, nee Hogan, moved back to Michigan and he began his career at General Motors, eventually rising to the position of Director of Production Engineering for Fisher Body. A hallmark of his leadership was the dedication he showed on the job and particularly to the well-being of his employees.

He was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Farms, Gowanie Golf Club, Grosse Pointe Senior Men’s Club and GM Retirees Association. In addition to work and his family, Stan enjoyed bridge, golf, sailing, traveling and reading.

Stanley Jr. is survived by his loving wife of 15 years, Sue Grambo Kramer.
He was preceded in death by his first wife of 55 years, Mary Hogan Kramer and his daughter Nancy (Henry Jackson Jr.) Stanley Jr. is survived by six of his children: Mary Pat (Robert Freund), Kappy (Russ Mann), Stanley Frederick (Fritz) Kramer III (Rhonda Paul), David Kramer (Kate Sands), Mark Kramer (Jeff Weese) and Paul Kramer. He is also survived by his three stepsons Bob, Pete and Bill Grambo.

Stanley Jr. is survived by eight grandchildren: Montana Mitchell, Amy McCrea, Mary Ellen Ellis, Andy Freund, Corrie Kramer, C.J. Jackson, Kerry Kramer and David Kramer, Jr. and 4 Great-grandchildren. A grandson, Stanley Frederick Kramer IV, preceded him in death. Stanley will be interred at St. Paul on the Lake Columbarium and a Memorial Service and Funeral Mass will be announced at a later date.

Name: Donald L. DeWulf

Born:  March 2, 1932

Died: March 17,  2020 (88)

Born:  May 31, 1936

MC Member: July 13, 1997 (22)

Don attended St. Martin High School in Detroit, where he was a proud state football champ in 1950. He met the love of his life, Marlene Lochbiler, at St. Martin, and they married in 1953.  Don owned Champs restaurant in Detroit and later moved to New Baltimore, where he was a partner at Blue Water Medical Supply.  Don’s greatest love was time spent with Marlene, his children and grandchildren. 

He also loved the water and fishing.  At Don’s summer cottage on Harsens Island, he enjoyed countless family gatherings that included boating, fishing and barbecuing; an occasional cocktail added to the fun. Don also enjoyed many years wintering at his condominium, the Coronado, in Highland Beach, Fla.  Don’s family noted he often was called the life of any party and a friend people loved to be around.  

Don will be missed by all who knew him and thought of fondly.  His faith intact, Don lived life to the fullest.  Don is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Marlene; children, Michael Dewulf (Pamela) of Chesterfield, Thomas DeWulf (Sally Semaan) of New Baltimore, Peter DeWulf (Athena) of St. Clair Shores and Stephen DeWulf (Elizabeth DeWulf Laney) of the City of Grosse Pointe; and many loving grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.  Don was predeceased by his parents; his beloved son, Donald DeWulf Jr; and adored sister, Patti Quarters Gitre.  Interment is planned in May at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Name: Robert W. Lenhard D.D.S.

Born: May 31, 1936 

Died:  March 17,  2020 (84)

MC Member: April 28, 1998 (21)

Grosse Pointe Park resident Dr. Robert W. Lenhard peacefully passed away Thursday, March 19, 2020, with his family by his side, due to complications from dementia. He was 83.

Robert is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Terry; children, Craig (Sarah), Tim (Renee) and Kristen (Brent DeVooght); and grandchildren, Max, Sam, Charlie, Timo, Joe, Luke, Ben, Lily, Ruby, Allie, Gabby, Jacob, Ethan and Bella.

Robert was a U.S. Army veteran who served as a captain in Korea. He was a respected dentist, skilled sailor, master woodworker and an amazing storyteller. A graduate of University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy, with an undergraduate degree from the College and School of Dentistry, Robert completed his graduate studies at the University of Michigan. He practiced dentistry 40 years in the Fisher Building.

Robert was a life member of Detroit Yacht Club, 25-year member of Mackinac Island Yacht Club and past commodore of Grosse Pointe Sail Club. He was a member of the Pankey Institute for advanced dental studies in Key Biscayne, Fla., and past president of the Francis Veddar Society of Crown and Bridge.

Robert spent summers on his farm in Harbor Springs. He and his wife, Terry, enjoyed many trips to Mackinac Island where they served on the race committee for the Port Huron-to-Mackinac race. He wintered in Florida and also served 25 years as patroller with Boyne Highlands Ski Patrol. His passion for life was contagious and he will be greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to Robert’s beloved alma mater, University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy, 8400 Cambridge, Detroit, MI 48221.

Name: Harry G. Constant, Sr.

Born:  April 15, 1927

Died:  January 21,  2020 (92)

MC Member: October 26, 1999 (20)

Harry G. Constant Sr., 92, peacefully passed away Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, with his wife by his side and surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Grosse Pointe Park to his wonderful parents, Gust and Rita Constant, and was a lifelong resident of the Park. He was married to the love of his life, Lois Ann for more than 62 years. He raised four sons, Barry (Kathy), Greg (Chris), Brad (Judy) and Harry Jr. (Chi). He is the grandfather of 10, Amanda, Read, Bradley Jr., Drew, Katy, Abby, Luke, Rebecca, Sheridan and Kate, and the great-grandfather of five, Emma, Autumn and newborn triplets, Savannah, Payton and Levi.

Harry joined the U.S. Army Air Corps while a senior at Grosse Pointe High School and was a World War II veteran with the rank of sergeant. Upon returning to Grosse Pointe he went to Hillsdale College, graduating in 1951 with a degree in business management. He was a member of Delta Sigma Phi fraternity and earned multiple varsity letters in tennis and swimming.

Harry was an avid sports car and racing car fan. He owned many different European race cars including an original Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo and MGs. He was a 65-year member of the Sports Car Club of America, where he began as a race car driver and then became a highly acclaimed race official. He was instrumental in the running of the Detroit Grand Prix, both Formula 1 and Indy Car, in downtown Detroit and on Belle Isle. He ran hundreds of races and drivers schools throughout his long tenure as an official.

Harry was a longtime member and past president of Indian Village Tennis Club. He and Lois also were longtime members and supporters of Grosse Pointe Theatre. He spent his career in sales and management in the music industry and was widely known for his boogie-woogie piano playing. He used to play at the Rustic Cabins for beers when he was a teenager.

Harry loved spending time with his family, especially the yearly vacations to Grand Bend, Ontario, Canada. He and Lois visited Grand Bend with family and friends for more than 50 years. Harry was a funny guy; his family loved his dry sense of humor, especially after happy hour started, and he will be missed by everyone who knew him. He was predeceased by his parents and daughter-in-law, Chi, and will be missed by his longtime friend, Dick Smith. A celebration of life “party” will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions in Harry’s name may be made to the Smile Train,; or the National WWII Museum, of which he was a founding member,

Name: Donald G. Dungan

Born:  October 21, 1926

Died:  February 20,  2020 (93)

MC Member:  November 11, 1997 (22)

Donald G. Dungan, age 93, February 20, 2020. Beloved husband of Sue. Loving father of Drew (Jen) and Jeff (Kathryn); and grandfather of Aidan, Mia, Keller and Fiona. Dear brother of Kay Curry and Dennis (Nancy). Don was a dedicated educator for 45 years in both the Detroit and Grosse Pointe Public school systems. Visitation Friday, March 6, 2-8 pm at the A. H. Peters Funeral Home, 20705 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236. Visitation will continue Saturday, March 7, from 12:30PM until time of funeral service, 1:00PM at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donation information available at

Name: William R. Listman

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.

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: Clyde G. Gross, Jr.

Born: June 25, 1922

Died: January 21, 2020 (97)

MC Member: July 11, 1978

Clyde Gilbert Gross Jr. was born June 25, 1922, in Detroit. He died peacefully at age 97 of congestive heart failure Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020.

Clyde is survived by his wife of 66 years, Bess (nee Fry); siblings, Dick and Helen; children, Rick, Clyde, Jeff and Catherine; and grandchildren, Melinda and Martha.

Clyde graduated from Southwestern High School in Detroit and attended Valparaiso University. His education was interrupted by serving in the U.S. Navy as a fighter pilot in World War II and part of the Korean War, rising to the rank of lieutenant commander. He graduated with a degree in architecture from Washington University in St. Louis and became a principal at George W. Auch General Contractors.

Clyde was an active member of Christ the King Lutheran Church in Grosse Pointe Woods, serving many terms as an elder or deacon before retiring to Fort Myers, Fla. He was a fair man, conscientious worker, a giving and compassionate father and loving husband. He will be missed by all those he touched during his life.

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