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Name: Gaylord M. Creedon
Born: April 11, 1934
Died: September 9, 2021 (87)
MC Member: March 10, 2009 (12)
Gaylord Miller Creedon died peacefully at home on the morning of September 9, 2021 from complications related to getting old and being awesome. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Betsy Reid Creedon, who had no idea what she was getting into almost 50 years ago when they met, but would not change a thing. Gaylord’s two children, Reid and Parry Creedon, will maintain his legacy of fixing things and loving eccentric animals respectively. His four grandchildren, Miller, Lulu, Zeke and Ronan will carry the memory of their indulgent Grandpa G who always had something sweet secreted on his person.
Gaylord was an army veteran and graduate of MSU who had a long career as a Producer featuring such pop culture highlights as The Rumble in the Jungle, Sesame Street, and The Electric Company. A man defined by his family and friendships, Gaylord loved easily, angered slowly and joked relentlessly. He spent hours at The Players Playhouse, on the board of The Children’s Center, serving with Rotary, and worshipping at Christ Church. Belying his suburban facade was an iconoclast who disdained and undermined all pretension and created safe space for those who felt different or excluded.
We say goodbye to a beautiful contradiction. Born on April 11, 1934, he was older than his peers but ahead of his time. Gaylord expressed his strength through his kindness and his resolve through compassion. He will be grieved by all that knew him while making us all smile when we remember him. To donate to an organization Gaylord cherished, please consider Christ Church Grosse Pointe, The Players Club, Children’s Center or Grosse Pointe Rotary.
Name: Anthony C. Noto M.D.
Born: February 21, 1933
Died: August 23, 2021 (88)
MC Member: March 13, 2007 (14)
Tony was a long time member of the Choral Group. Dr. Anthony Carmen Noto of Grosse Pointe Park died at home Monday, August 23, 2021 peacefully and unexpectedly following a productive day of caring for his home and his family. “Tony” was born February 21, 1933 in New Haven, the oldest of four children born to Frank A. and Mary Ceravalo Noto. A first generation Italian, Tony departed a cold water flat for the Ivy League of Yale University where he was a pre-med major and member of the Yale Glee Club. It was during medical school at the University of Buffalo that he met and married Jeanne nee Simonsen. Together, the pair started their family while also starting Tony’s medical career as a clinical pathologist, criss-crossing the country for residency trainings in public health, veteran, and large hospital networks. Following medical residency, Tony was drafted into the U.S. Army where he served from 1967-69 as a pathologist assigned to Walter Reed and Dewitt Hospitals while deployed to Saigon, Vietnam. He would later recount the medical humanitarian and morale work of those deployments. Tony returned home to Connecticut where his talents led Norwalk Hospital’s Medical Technology Training School and pathology residency and internship programs, while also teaching at the Yale School of Medicine and surrounding medical schools. Tony and Jeanne documented dinner parties, a parade of pets, vacations, and extended family suppers during the Connecticut years on miles of 35mm film, often developed in a home photography lab. Tony relocated his career and family to Grosse Pointe, Michigan in 1983, selected as the Chief of Pathology at Bon Secours / Beaumont Hospital. In addition to these accomplishments, he was a professor emeritus at the Wayne State Medical School. His contributions to medical teaching and learning played a role in generations of residents and physicians.
From his chateau on Three Mile Drive in the Park, Tony cultivated the apex of his pathology career as well as his abundance of hobbies. In between the hospital and chorus rehearsals at the Michigan Opera Theatre, Tony gardened and tended yard, collected, repaired and tinkered with electronics of all kinds, operated amateur (ham) radio, and peered into a telescope when he had a moment to slip away from his microscope. These hobbies flourished in his retirement. Tony’s generosity of time and affection afforded a revolving door of children and grandchildren gathering to spend time together. He sang at the weddings of his children, and traveled to attend the multiple graduation ceremonies for his grandchildren. A profound bibliophile, anyone that was lucky enough to find themselves in conversation with him at a Grosse Pointe Men’s Club event, VFW Post 1146 or American Legion Post 303 meeting, or the circulation desk at any of the Grosse Pointe libraries knew that Tony knew a little bit about a lot of topics. The choral and operatic performances of his past formed the soundtrack to his chores, always accompanied by his humming or whistling the coloratura of a talented and accomplished tenor.
Tony is survived by his wife of 60 years, Jeanne Noto of Grosse Pointe, MI, his children Anthony (Heidi) Noto, Robert Noto, Anna (Brian) Billings, and John (Kara) Noto; his brother Frank A. (Nancy) Noto; his grandchildren Megan, Anthony, Liam, Colin, Jeanne, and Eleonora and great granddaughter Mia. He is predeceased by his brother Edmund S. Noto, his sister Rosemarie Filomena “Sina” Noto, and his nieces Leah Noto and Mary Jo Dalton.
A memorial service will be held in Grosse Pointe at a later date, to be determined.
In lieu of flowers, a charitable donation of any amount can be directed to American Legion 303 in St. Clair Shores, Grosse Pointe Library Foundation, or the National Audubon Society.
Name: Milton J. Kodidek
Born: December 6 , 1928
Died: August 2, 2021 (92)
MC Member: May 9, 1995 (26)
Milton James Kodidek, age 92, of Grosse Pointe Shores passed away on August 2nd, 2021, at home surrounded by family. He was born in Detroit on December 6, 1928 to the late Charles Kodidek and Leona Kodidek (nee Emery).
Milt was a Navy veteran who served his country with strength and honor. He was a proud member of the Grosse Pointe Senior Men’s Club, the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, as well the Troy Elks Club. Milt graduated from the Detroit Institute of Technology with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Milt was the beloved husband of the late Debby Kodidek for 62 years. Milt is survived by two daughters, Sue Carol Bell-Hamrick (Chris) and Karen Lynn Pfeiffer; four grandchildren, Megan Elizabeth Hughes (nee Bell) (John), Stephen Eric Pfeiffer (Sarah), Christopher James Pfeiffer (Nicolette), and Matthew Kurt Pfeiffer; three great-grandchildren, Caiden Kodidek Pfeiffer, Charlotte Marie Pfeiffer, and Bodhi Thomas Pfeiffer. Also survived by numerous extended family and close friends.
The family wishes to thank Hospice of Michigan and the Grosse Pointe Shores Police Officers for their compassion.
Visitation will be held, Friday, August 13, 2021 from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm at A.H. Peters Funeral Home (20705 Mack Avenue at Vernier Rd., Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236). Funeral service Saturday, 10:00 am at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Utica Cemetery.
Name: Myron E. Ranney
Born: December 11 , 1933
Died: July 6, 2021 (87)
MC Member: April 28, 2009 (12)
Myron Everett Ranney, 87, a resident of Grosse Pointe Woods, died Tuesday, July 6, 2021, at Ascension St. John Hospital.
He was born in Harvey, Ill., to Col. and Mrs. Ralph Ranney, both now deceased. He moved to Grosse Pointe with his parents in 1947, and graduated in 1952 from Grosse Pointe High School. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history in 1956, and a Master of Arts degree in social studies in 1959, from Michigan State University.
A retired public school teacher, Myron taught fourth grade and substituted in local school districts for 39 years. He taught children of U.S. service personnel at U.S. military bases in the Philippines and West Germany for four years. He also served as a technical sergeant in the U.S. Air Force and the Michigan Air National Guard for 22 years.
He was a member of several Masonic Fraternal Lodges, Lakeshore Presbyterian Church, Eastside Republican Club, MSU Alumni Club of Eastern Wayne County, Men’s Club of Grosse Pointe and Delta Chi.
Myron will be remembered for his kindheartedness, integrity, genuine interest in others and ardent patriotism. He was an avid skier, birder, photographer, traveler and war historian.
He is survived by his sister, Beatrice Wuerfel, and niece, Anna Wuerfel. Viewing is at A.H. Peters Funeral Home, 20705 Mack, Grosse Pointe Woods. Interment is at Acacia Park Cemetery, 31300 Southfield, Beverly Hills.
Memorial donations may be sent to the Michigan Humane Society at michiganhumane.org.
Name: Irving P. ‘Pete’ Winkler
Born: January 10, 1928
Died: July 4, 2021 (93)
MC Member: July 28, 1981 (39)
Irving Theodore “Pete” Winkler Jr. passed away Sunday, July 4, 2021
He was born Jan. 10, 1928, to Irving Winkler Sr. and Freda Mitchell Winkler, both now deceased. His early years were spent in various locations, including Louisiana, Virginia and California, before his family landed in Grosse Pointe for the rest of his growing up years.
He married his high school sweetheart, Lois Ann Neumeyer, in 1949; they were married 56 years before her death in 2005. They began their life together in St. Clair Shores, in a house they built themselves, until they moved back to Grosse Pointe to raise their family.
Pete started as a finish carpenter and eventually owned his own successful industrial building company, including building his own subdivision of light industrial buildings.
He retired at 55 and was able to pursue the things he loved best, which included biking, boating, traveling and building boats — many of which he donated to organizations.
He became a Christian as an adult and loved going on mission trips and helping at Vacation Bible School. Although he was self-educated, he had a great love of learning and encouraged education, including quietly paying for college for several people in need. He had a great zest for life and his humble beginnings made him extremely generous to those for which he cared.
Pete was predeceased by his beloved wife, Lois; dear son-in-law, Steven Tucker; dear cousin, Mary Printz; his parents, Irving and Freda Winkler Sr.; brother, Richard; and sisters, Janice Graham and Jean Allor. He leaves behind his beloved daughters, Sharon Moren (Anthony), Constance Tucker (the late Steven) and Nancy Spalding (Albert); grandchildren, Peter Brown (Annette), Richard Spalding (Ju hyung Kim), Pamela Moren (Craig Pratt), Patrick Brown (Megan), Philip Moren, Lea Ann Martinico (Michael) and Abigail Burkum (Brian); 12 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and dear friend, Sharon Packus.
A memorial service took place Saturday, July 17, at the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to a ministry to rural teens that was close to Pete’s heart, Crossroads Farm, 5520 W. Card Road, Reading, MI 49274, or crossroadsfarm.org
Arrangements were handled by Kaul Funeral Home, St Clair Shores.
Name: Michael Bellovich
Born: May 17, 1931
Died: July 10, 2021 (90)
MC Member: December 12, 1995 (25)
Michael Bellovich, 90, passed away Saturday, July 10, 2021.
He was born in Detroit and eventually became a proud resident of Grosse Pointe Woods.
Michael was an educator and later an administrator for the Detroit Public Schools.
Michael was passionate about all sports, especially golf and baseball. He was a booster for Grosse Pointe North Athletics and Grosse Pointe Farms Little League. Michael also was a part-time musician and loved to play at schools and care facilities.
He was predeceased by his wife, Mary Alexander Bellovich. He is survived by his children, Michael (Kathy Sargent), Julie McGarvey (Tim) and Keith (Debbie); grandchildren, Michael (Jenna), Rachel, Noah, Jeremiah, Samantha, Nathaniel, Mac, Sarah and Elizabeth; great-grandchildren, Whitleigh and Pierce; sister, Elizabeth Bellovich; and daughter-in-law, Julie Huellmantel.
A memorial service takes place at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 2, at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms.
Donations in Michael’s honor would be appreciated to give.classy.org/Michael-Bellovich
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Name: Eugene Thomas Ignasiak
Died: July 2nd, 2021 (97)
Born: December 22, 1923
MC Member: November 24, 1987 (33)
Eugene (“Gene”) Thomas Ignasiak passed away on Friday, July 2nd, 2021, at the age of 97. He leaves behind his loving wife of more than seventy years, Dorothy Ann (Reckio) Ignasiak. Gene is survived by his four children, Susan, Michael, Gregory, and Robert Ignasiak (Francine) as well as his grandson James Ignasiak. He also leaves behind several cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Gene was born in Detroit, Michigan, on December 22, 1923, to father John Ignasiak and mother Anne (Mentlikowski) Ignasiak. He was preceded in death by his siblings Florence, Bernard, and Norbert. Gene served as class president of 525 students in the graduating class of Northeastern High School in June, 1941.
After attending the University of Detroit, Gene enlisted in the United States Navy and served from September 21, 1942 to December 24, 1945. He was aboard the PC 1260 and YAG 18, vessels deployed for convoy and other duties in the Caribbean and South Atlantic Seas. Gene had an Honorable Discharge as Electrician’s Mate First Class and received the Victory Medal and Good Conduct Medal. When telling about his Naval service, Gene always ended by saying, “It was an honor to serve.”
Gene began studies at the University of Michigan, College of Engineering in February 1946. He graduated in February, 1950, with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He then worked in the automotive industry from 1950 to 1987. His employers were Packard Motor Car Company, the Budd Company, Fisher Body, and the Ford Motor Company. During his twenty-five year tenure at Ford as a principal design engineer, Gene was presented with four major awards (i.e., a new car or the equivalent in U.S. savings bonds) for adopted cost-savings ideas not related to his area of responsibility. He was a member of the American Society of Body Engineers and the Edgard DeSmet Alumni Association.
A long-term resident of Grosse Pointe Woods, Gene was actively involved in several community organizations. He served as President for The Association for Retarded Citizens Grosse Pointe/Harper Woods. He was also a lifetime member of the Scarab Club in Detroit for his photographic skills. He was a member of American Legion Post 303. Gene also was a member of the Patrol Craft Sailors Association. For over fifteen years, he and his wife Dorothy enjoyed world travel as Nomad travel club members.
Gene is remembered as a devoted husband, father, and grandfather who was committed to faith, family, and his country. He will be dearly missed.
Funeral visitation will be held at A.H. Peters Funeral Home in Grosse Pointe Woods on Wednesday, July 7th, from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with a special veteran’s service conducted by American Legion Post 303 at 7:00 p.m. A funeral mass is scheduled for Thursday, July 8th, at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady Star of the Sea in Grosse Pointe Woods. The mass will be preceded at 9:30 a.m. with a final visitation service. A burial service will follow at Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton Township.
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Name: John Nelson
Born: July 28, 1927
Died: June 28, 2021 (93)
MC Member: August 9, 2011 (9)
John Nelson 93, of Grosse Pointe, Michigan, passed away peacefully on June 28, 2021. Shortly after his birth in Motherwell, Scotland on July 28, 1927, John was brought by his mother to the USA and joined his father in Detroit. He attended Grosse Pointe High School, class of 1945. John entered the United States Army and served from 1946-1948. After his military service he attended Hillsdale College. John married Barbara Woodard in 1949. They had two children: Scott Nelson(Nancy), and Lindsay (Guy) Pravettone. Following his first wife’s passing in 1955, he later married Barbara Moran in 1956. They had two children: Henry Nelson (Karen) and Elizabeth (William) Breslin. After Barbara’s passing in 1978, John married Dorothy Singelyn Woodhouse on June 28, 1980. They enjoyed forty one years of loving marriage. He was a dedicated husband and a committed father to his children. John became a partner at Bartlett Manufacturing Company beginning in 1972, and in 1981 became sole owner and President until his retirement in 2010 at the age of 83.
John was a lifelong lover of athletics and excelled in speed skating, tennis, basketball and golf. He was a member of Indian Village Tennis Club, Gowaney Golf Club, the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club and the Bayview Yacht Club.
Along with his wife, children and their spouses, John is survived by his sister, Bette (Nelson) May, many nieces and nephews, seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren. He also has three stepchildren: Kathy (Terry) O’Connell, John T. Woodhouse IV (deceased), and Brian Woodhouse (Marie) and their two children.
A memorial service will take place at Christ Church Grosse Pointe, 61 Grosse Pointe Blvd., Grosse Pointe Farms. The day and time of service are still pending.
Name: Richard H. Burt
Born: January 14, 1934
Died: May 17, 2021 (87)
MC Member: July 22, 2003 (17)
Longtime Grosse Pointe Woods resident Richard “Dick” Herbert Burt, 87, passed away peacefully Monday, May 17, 2021, at home, surrounded by family, after a short courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.
Dick was born Jan. 14, 1934, in Detroit, to Richard and Elinore Losh (nee Wurst). In 1948, his mother remarried Edward Burt, by whom Dick was adopted.
Dick graduated from Trenton High School in 1952. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1956, from the University of Michigan School of Business, where he was a member of the Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity. In 1957, Dick enlisted in the U.S. Army; he was stationed 18 months near Frankfurt, Germany. He returned to Ann Arbor in 1959, and earned an MBA the following year.
In 1960, Dick joined Ford Motor Co., where he spent the next 41 years of a fulfilling career in sales, marketing and allocations.
Shortly after Dick moved to Detroit’s east side in the mid-1960s, he met Karen Zita Giessler; the couple married in 1964. Together they started a family and moved from Harper Woods to Grosse Pointe Woods in 1970. That same year, the family joined Christ the King Lutheran Church, at which Dick was a member 50 years, served on the vestry and as trustee, and later, chairman of the trustees.
Dick enjoyed countless summer outings in Caseville and at his parents’ home on Commerce Lake, where he and Karen entertained family and friends with boating trips — first with outboards and later, sailing.
At home, when he was not working on the house, trimming innumerable shrubs or building his brick patio, Dick and his wife relaxed by entertaining friends and playing card games into the wee hours of the morning. His children and the neighborhood kids always looked forward to him building an ice rink in the backyard each winter, which he did more than 20 years.
An avid golfer, he was a 25-year member of the Ford Ren-Cen golf league; recently, he played weekly as a member of the Grosse Pointe Senior Men’s Club. He also enjoyed regularly meeting for breakfast in Livonia with his fellow Ford retiree friends, followed by a round of golf. In the same year Dick made his second hole-in-one, he met a hero of his on the golf course, Bo Schembechler.
Soon after he retired, Dick began traveling the world. He documented his excursions with the help of a digital video camera that he later used to convert into elaborate HD Blu-ray movies and photo albums. He took more than 20 land and sea cruises and tours, spanning five continents and visiting dozens of countries.
In addition to watching golf, Dick enjoyed following the Detroit Red Wings, Tigers, Pistons and his beloved Michigan Wolverines. He was particularly proud of his three granddaughters, each of whom graduated from his alma mater, U of M.
Dick is survived by his children, Thayer Cueter, Richard Burt (Julie), Jenna Carroll (Matthew), Charles Burt and Darren Burt; and grandchildren, Courtney, Katelyn and Ashley Carroll. He was predeceased by his former wife, Karen Burt.
A funeral service will be held Monday, May 24, at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 20338 Mack, Grosse Pointe Woods. Visitation begins at 10 a.m., followed by a service at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Dick Burt may be made to Christ the King Lutheran Church, christthekinggp.org.
Name: Arthur H. Molitor D.D.S.
Born: February 11, 1930
Died: June 5, 2021 (91)
MC Member: May 28, 1997 (24)
Grosse Pointe Woods resident Arthur Horton Molitor passed away peacefully with his devoted wife, Ginny, at his side. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. Art will be missed dearly by his wife of 60 years, Virginia (nee Belanger), and the family that grew from their union, including three children, Karen LaBarge (Paul), Connie Lucchese (Matt) and Chip Molitor (Joey), and eight grandchildren, Matthew Lucchese (Trinity Smith), John Paul Lucchese, Kathryn Lucchese, Stephen LaBarge, Kelly Fleming (Ian), Michael Molitor, Robert Molitor and Daniel Molitor. Art also is survived by his dear sister, Connie Cadarette of Bloomfield Hills; nieces, Laura Ragold (Jim), Beth Jaskolski (Jeff) and Nancy Kennedy (Kevin); and nephew, John Cadarette (Deidre). Unwavering in his faith, Art considered himself blessed. Kind, humble and generous, he had a twinkle in his eye that forewarned a quick wit and smile soon to follow.
A graduate of De La Salle Collegiate High School, he diligently pursued his education and graduated from the University of Detroit College of Dentistry in 1955. Art enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he served and cared for servicemen aboard the USS Siboney. After Art completed his Naval service, he started his private dental practice. He was very active in professional organizations by donating his time and talents to the profession and improving the lives of his patients. Through the years, he repeatedly was recognized as an outstanding practitioner by the Dental Society of Macomb County, Michigan Dental Society, American Dental Society, MDA Peer Review Committee and Detroit Dental Clinic Club; he also served as chairman (1977-79) and president (1982-83) of the Crown and Bridge Section. A speaker at national and international conferences, he also was a clinical instructor and lecturer in the crown and bridge department at the University of Detroit Dental School. In 1980, Art was inducted as a Fellow into the International College of Dentistry, an honorary organization recognizing outstanding and meritorious service to the profession.
He retired in 2001, after 45 years of patient care. Despite his many professional commitments and accomplishments, Art made his family, church and community top priorities. He was fortunate to meet the love of his life, Virginia, after he returned from Naval service; the couple married in 1961. He and his wife were lifelong active parishioners at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church. Art served many years as an usher, lay minister and Parish Council member. He and his bride were volunteers at the Capuchin Soup Kitchen. Art also served on the Eastside Advisory Council to Wayne Community College and enjoyed camaraderie with friends as a member of the Grosse Pointe Senior Men’s Club. His interests included playing tennis, investing and following the stock market and watching sports — especially his grandchildren’s numerous hockey games and dance recitals. Art and Ginny also enjoyed traveling the world together, hand in hand, on another adventure. A funeral Mass for Art took place June 8, at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church. Memorial donations may be made to the DLS Brother George Synan Scholarship Fund, 14600 Common Rd., Warren, MI 48088; or Capuchin Soup Kitchen, 1264 Meldrum St., Detroit, MI 48207. For obituary information see Dignity Memorial.
Name: James S. Sanford
Born: May 27, 1929
Died: May 19, 2021 (91)
MC Member: October 17, 1992 (28)
James Sterling Sanford, 91, beloved husband of Marian Lee Doepken Sanford, passed away on May 19 at his home. He was born on May 27, 1929, in Detroit Michigan to Sterling Skillman Sanford and Marcelline Hemingway Sanford. He is preceded in death by his siblings, Carol Hemingway Coolidge and John Edmonds Sanford. He is survived by his wife and his children, Katherine Sanford, Mark (Amy) Sanford and Jeffrey (Margitta) Sanford and his grandchildren, Justin Koenigsknecht, Sean McCormick, Madison McCormick, Blake Sanford, Bradley (Bethany) Sanford, Bridget Sanford, Christopher Sanford and Caroline Sanford. Jim graduated from Grosse Pointe High School and attended Alma College for 3 years and joined the Navy in 1951.
He served on the USS Essex aircraft carrier as an avionics electrician during the Korean War. After his tour of duty, he returned to Alma College for his fourth year. He returned to the Detroit area and worked for Chrysler Missile and General Motors – Chevrolet Division, retiring from GM in 1992 as a Quality Control Engineer after 30 years of service.
Jim spent every summer of his life, except the one year he was in the South Pacific, at his family’s cottage, making a final move to the property in 1999 with his wife Marian. He had a love for sailing, choir, barber shop, acting, and loved telling stories and sharing his passions with his family. Wherever he went, he became a valued member of the community engaging with the Detroit Economic Club, Witenagemote Society, The Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park, Senior Men Club of Grosse Pointe, The Players, Crescent Sail Yacht Club, and the First Presbyterian Church of Harbor Springs. He also enjoyed volunteering at Manna, Women’s Resource Center, Brother Dan’s, and took on leadership roles as a board member to the Michigan Hemingway Society and the Friendship Centers of Emmet County.
With Jim’s love for his community, those wishing to make a charitable donation in his memory are asked to
consider the Friendship center of Emmet County or the First Presbyterian Church of Harbor Springs.
There will be a private family service for Jim.
Arrangements are in the care of Stone Funeral Home, Inc.
Name: Christopher M. Walsh
Born: April 23, 1937
Died: June 2, 2021 (84)
MC Member: November 23, 2013 (7)
Christopher Michael Walsh died peacefully on June 2, in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan. Chris was born April 23, 1937, to Dorothy (DeVoll) and John Burke Walsh, their fourth child (John, Judy, Michael), in Washington D.C. After attending St. Anselm’s Abbey and Priory, Chris entered his beloved University of Notre Dame, graduating in 1959. In 1960, Chris married the love of his life, Suzanne Elizabeth (O’Hearn), who predeceased him in 2016. Together, they raised 9 children: Brigid Lossing, Suzanne (m. Joe Montuori), Kate, Chris (m. Katy), Terry (m. Missy), Brendan (m. Lynn), Tim (m. Miky), Beth Walsh-Sahutske (m. Matt Sahutske), and Ann. They had 20 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Chris is survived by his sister Judy Quinn (m. Jim Quinn), of Silver Spring, Maryland.
Chris’s life was built around family and faith, which gave focus to his intense work ethic and constant service. His professional career spanned nearly 50 years as a technology sales leader with Kodak, Lexmark, and others. He and Sue brought their growing family from Washington D.C. to Jefferson City, Chicago, Rochester (NY), Cleveland, and finally Grosse Pointe in 1976. His relentless drive and Sue’s loving guidance kept them tightly knit and on track through this rapid succession of homes. The Walsh household was often the center of neighborhood play as ever-present friends added rambunctious joy to the biggest family on the block. Chris was well known for his warmth, humor, and competitive spirit. There was never an unkind word and always a ready ear for the stories and anecdotes that fueled his easy conversation. Decades of volunteer work with the Church, Notre Dame Alumni Club of Detroit, Senior Men’s Club of Grosse Pointe, and others were recognized with several accolades and awards. His passing leaves a large hole in a large family, as well as the surrounding community. He will be missed by so many whose lives he enriched.
Chris was President of the Men’s Club of Grosse Pointe 2018 – 2019 and served as a Director previously.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Capuchin Franciscan Province of St. Joseph, 1820 Mt. Elliott, Detroit, MI 48207 www.thecapuchins.org
Name: William P. Richards
Born: October 26, 1929
Died: May 3, 2021 (91)
MC Member: November 25, 1997 (23)
Bill was born just after the stock market crash in 1929, and the world was blessed! He was a proud graduate of De La Salle High School and continued many close friendships with his classmates until his death. He went on to MSU to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and was a proud Spartan and loyal fan.
The love story began in 1951 when he married the love of his life Mary Agnes Hughes. His deep love for her is evident in the love letters left behind while he served our country during the Korean War. He wrote for the Stars and Stripes newspaper and had many adventures and stories. Bill was a successful manufacturers representative for the automotive industry, but his biggest success was his role as a husband and father. He was deeply loved by his wife, children, and friends. He was always present to coach a team, take a sail, give advice, or lend a hand. Bill and Mary enjoyed many years of traveling with their family and friends.They had many adventures around the world, including their favorite place, Singapore! An avid sailor, Bill shared his love of sailing with friends and family. He participated in Port Huron to Mackinac, Southern Circuit, and ‘Tuesday Night’ races, however, his favorite sails were on Lake St. Clair with family, his dearest crew and always a Bommarito’s sub in hand!
After 57 years of marriage filled with joy, laughs, and adventures, he lost the love of his life in 2008. He carried on Mary’s legacy of loving and caring for others through his continued volunteerism and being involved in the lives of his children and grandchildren. He was always the biggest fan and supporter of all of their activities! Bill had a servant’s heart and volunteered at Beaumont Hospital for 25 years. He joyfully served as a Eucharistic minister and he also delivered meals on wheels touching the hearts everywhere. He forged many loving relationships with the crew at Beaumont. He also was a faithful parishioner at St. Joan of Arc Church for many years. Throughout his life, Bill was known for his witty sense of humor, warm personality, and infectious smile. He made everyone he met feel special. His stories were always entertaining and sure to have the crowd laughing! Bill lived a very full life in his 91 years on Earth and his legacy is carried on by his loving family.
Bill is preceded in death by his beautiful wife Mary, his son Chris, daughter-in-law Barbara, grandson Michael Casey, and sister Patricia Giannico. This great man is survived by his children Robert, Linda, Pete (Melissa), Anne Marie (Matt) Costello, Mary (Jim) Neal, Cathy (Rick) Jones. Loved by 17 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends. The funeral Mass will be Friday May, 14 at 12:00 pm at St. Joan of Arc Church 22412 Overlake St., St. Clair Shores. Rosary prior to Mass at 11:30 am. For those who are unable to attend, the Mass can be found at livestream.stjoan.church. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Fr. Solanus Casey Center or Hospice of Michigan.
Name: William C. Mogk
Born: November 7, 1931
Died: April 17, 2021 (89)
MC Member: October 25, 1994 (26)
Grosse Pointe Shores resident William “Bill” Mogk passed away peacefully Saturday, April 17, 2021, at home, surrounded by family. Born Nov. 7, 1931, in Detroit, to Clifford and Evelyn Mogk, he was 89.
A graduate of Southeastern High School, Bill earned a degree in education from the University of Michigan. During his 40-year career in the Grosse Pointe Public School System, he was a social studies teacher and counselor at Pierce and Brownell middle schools, and principal at Grosse Pointe South High School.
While his career was in education, Bill’s true passion was baseball. Selected captain of the Detroit city championship baseball team his senior year of high school, he was one of two outstanding high school players in Michigan chosen to join the U.S. All-Star team that played against the New York City All-Stars at Yankee Stadium and the Polo Grounds, which was home to the New York Giants.
Bill attended the University of Michigan on a baseball scholarship. In his junior year, playing a position he had never played, he was the first Wolverine to play an entire season error-free. As a senior in 1953, he captained the Big Ten’s first College World Series championship team. For the next decade, Bill continued to play the game he loved as captain of the Detroit Pepsi-Cola team, a perennial champion of the Detroit Class A Federation League and national champions. He remained active with the Michigan baseball program throughout his life, served as president of the Letterwinners M Club and was inducted into Michigan’s Athletic Hall of Honor in 2002.
Bill paired his love of baseball with his dedication to educating and mentoring students and young players in Grosse Pointe. He placed strong emphasis on the importance of education for young athletes. A coach and volunteer to many Grosse Pointe baseball teams through the years, Bill shared technical advice, practical wisdom and life lessons he learned from the game. His family noted that Bill often said there was nothing in life that could not be explained with a good baseball analogy.
Bill enjoyed spending summers with family at his lake home in northern Michigan.
He was greatly loved and will be dearly missed, his family said.
Bill is survived by his wife, Lynne; brother, John (Lylas); children, David (Gwendy), Susan, Kristine Simon (Ron) and Peter (Betsy); stepdaughters, Suzy Murphy (Sean) and Sally Link (David); and 12 grandchildren and step-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Bill’s memory may be made to Hospice of Michigan at 1-800-669-9335; or hom.org.
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.
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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.