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Nancy Kohlberg

Died: Saturday, February 08, 2014
Age: 85
Grosse Pointe Farms resident Nancy Kohlberg, 85, passed away Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, at Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe.

She was born June 21, 1928, in Rockford, Ill., to Florence and Horace Wheeler and graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in architecture and design. She lived in Chicago at the Three Arts Club while working for an advertising agency. It was in Chicago, she met John Kohlberg. They married Oct. 16, 1954, in Omena. The couple eventually settled in Grosse Pointe Farms, where Mrs. Kohlberg was employed as an art director with the J.L. Hudson Company.

Mrs. Kohlberg pursued her love of the arts by creating oil paintings of the Leelanau Peninsula area. Later, she painted scenes of the Grosse Pointe area she loved so much. Her family and friends looked forward to the annual Christmas cards she created each year and treated them as collectors items.

Mrs. Kohlberg is survived by her husband, John, and sister-in-law, Susan Lavan of Harpswell, Maine.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, 375 Lothrop, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Nikoletta Kefallinos

Died: Friday, February 07, 2014
Age: 87
Grosse Pointe Farms resident Nikoletta Kefallinos, 87, died Friday, Feb. 7, 2014.

She was born on the island of Zakynthos, Greece, in 1926, and grew up in the village of Skoulikado. At a young age, She married Ioulios Kefallinos, with whom she had four children.

Mrs. Kefallinos overcame many obstacles. She survived World War II and an earthquake that leveled her town and left her homeless. Shortly after, her husband died, leaving her to raise their children alone at the age of 30.

Her daughter moved to the United States. Shortly after, two of her sons moved to Detroit. Another son moved to Athens, while Mrs. Kefallinos remained on the island to care for her mother, until her death in 1969.

Mrs. Kefallinos moved to Athens and lived with her son for many years. In 1981, on one of her visits to the United States, her youngest son was preparing to open his first restaurant, Niki’s Pizza, lovingly named for her. From that time on, Mrs. Kefallinos remained in Detroit, helping her son in the restaurant, where she worked for many years.

After retiring, she enjoyed traveling back to Greece, taking trips with her church and spending time with her family and friends. A favorite hobby was playing slot machines at Greektown Casino, where she was a familiar fixture.

Mrs. Kefallinos will be remembered for her commitment and devotion to her family.

She is survived by her children, Helen, John, George and Dennis.

A funeral service was held Feb. 10 at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, St. Clair Shores.

Donations may be made to the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 21800 Marter, St. Clair Shores, MI 48080.

Odette F. Sfire

Died: Friday, February 07, 2014
Age: 89
Odette F. Sfire, 89, passed away Friday, Feb. 7, 2014.

She was the beloved wife of Farris, who predeceased her.

She was the loving mother of Yvette, Claude, Denise, Zeina, Mona Simoncini (Matthew) and the late Roukoz and dear grandmother of Sydney and Alec.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home, 16300 Mack, Grosse Pointe Park.

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Paula Preuthun

Died: Friday, February 07, 2014
Age: 96
Grosse Pointe Park resident Paula Preuthun, 96, passed away peacefully Friday, Feb. 7, 2014.

Born Jan. 22, 1918, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Ms. Preuthun loved books and knowledge and was employed as a librarian in Grosse Pointe for many years.

She is survived by her sister, Joan Heaton (John) and seven nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Fleura and Paul Preuthun, and sisters, Sonja Preuthun and Carla Page (Edward).

A funeral service was held Feb. 11 at Cana Lutheran Church in Berkley, followed by interment in the family plot at Woodlawn Cemetery, Detroit.

Donations may be made to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 2265 Livernois, Troy, MI 48083 or Cana Lutheran Church, 2119 Catalpa, Berkley, MI 48072.

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Michael F. Shaw

Died: Thursday, February 06, 2014
Age: 81
Michael F. Shaw, 81, died Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014.

He was born April 27, 1932, in Detroit to Alison “Al” and Sarah Shaw. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

Mr. Shaw was an investment broker. He volunteered at Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe; with the Capuchins and served as a crossing guard for the Grosse Pointe Public School System.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

His family said he was a loving father and grandfather who will be deeply missed.

Mr. Shaw is survived by his children, Maureen (Denny) St. Clair, Elisabeth Marentic (Mark), Charles (Andrea), Alyson Halvarson (Dave) and Brendan (Christie) and grandchildren, Brittany, Christian, Olivia, Connor, Mia, Haley, Garner and Aidan. He also is survived by his brother, Donald.

A memorial Mass was celebrated Feb. 11 at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Donations may be made to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, 1820 Mt. Elliot, Detroit, MI 48207.

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Margaret A. Reno

Died: Thursday, February 06, 2014
Age: 90
Margaret Ann Reno, 90, passed away Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, with family by her side.

Born and raised on Detroit’s eastside, “Peggy” was the daughter of Raymond and Mae Wuellner. A longtime resident of the Grosse Pointes, the past few years she lived at the American House East in Roseville.

A graduate of Dominican High School, she also attended the University of Detroit. She was predeceased by her husband of 61 years, W. Quenby Reno Jr. Together they enjoyed raising and watching their children grow and establish families of their own.

Mrs. Reno is survived by her children, Margaretann Starling of Grosse Ile, William Q. Reno III (Ellen) of Jupiter, Fla., Michael Reno (Janet) of Grosse Pointe Farms, Peter Reno (Meg) of Wilmington, Del., James Reno (Elaine) of St. Clair Shores and Matthew Reno (Mary-Kay) of Grosse Pointe Park; 19 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She also is survived by her brother, George Bailey of Rochester Hills.

She was predeceased by her sisters, Mary Louise Wuellner and Ruth Dakin.

Upbeat and gregarious, Mrs. Reno was a longtime volunteer for the Christ Child Society and Bon Secours Assistance League. She was a longtime member of St. Clare of Montefalco Catholic Church. She joined the parish in 1941, was married there and proudly raised her children in the parish.

Naturally interested in others, she was masterful in the art of conversation. Her family said she found goodness in everyone and had a gift for bringing out the best in each person she met.

Mrs. Reno loved to cook for her family and to entertain. For many years, she and her husband were active in the Canon Little League, Grosse Pointe Park Little League, Detroit Athletic Club, Grosse Pointe Theatre and Detroit Symphony Pops series. They traveled extensively across North America and Europe.

Throughout her final years, Mrs. Reno built a new life and many friends at the American House East. She found a warm, caring and active environment where she thrived meeting new people, exercising, attending daily Mass and viewing varied entertainment groups.

In her last days, Mrs. Reno was surrounded by her children to comfort her and share their love for her.

Donations may be made to St. Clare of Montefalco School, 16231 Charlevoix, Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230.

Jeffrey Holbrook Wardwell

Died: Thursday, February 06, 2014
Age: 58
Jeffrey Holbrook Wardwell passed away peacefully Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, two days short of his 59th birthday, in Carlsbad, Calif., surrounded by his loved ones.

He was born Feb. 8, 1955, to Alice and Jake Wardwell at Bon Secours Hospital in Grosse Pointe. He graduated in 1973 from University Liggett School, where he met and made lifelong friendships with many of his classmates. He was a 1977 Albion College graduate, where he was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity and earned his degree in business.

Mr. Wardwell joined Ford Motor Co. in its Denver Sales Office in the 1970s. Subsequently, he moved to California and worked for a few Ford dealerships, becoming general manager at Kearny Mesa Ford in San Diego.

His family said Mr. Wardwell loved and lived a big life. His booming laugh and infectious, fun personality could light up any room. He had a passion for cars, his many friends and most of all his family. His proudest accomplishments were his sons, Jonathan Jack and Winston Wardwell.

Mr. Wardwell is survived by his wife of 17 years, Debby Wardwell; sons, Jonathan Jack and Winston; sisters, Thumper Haggarty (George) and Suzie Prescott (Bill); brothers, Butch Wardwell (Chris) and Jonathan Wardwell (Cyrenia).

He was predeceased by his parents, Alice and Jake Wardwell

A memorial service was held Feb. 8 at his home.

Donations in Mr. Wardwell’s name may be made to University Liggett School Hockey Program at ULS, 1045 Cook Road, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236 or at uls.org/jhw.

Cathryn E. “Kit” Steffen

Died: Sunday, February 02, 2014
Age: 85
Cathryn E. “Kit” Steffen, 85, of Hilton Head Island, S.C., passed away Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, after a short illness.

She was born Nov. 17, 1928, in Northville, to Thomas W. Moss and Isola (nee Haines) Moss. She married John F. Steffen Jr. May 9, 1953, in Plymouth. They spent 34 years raising a family in Grosse Pointe, before retiring to Hilton Head Island in 1987.

Mrs. Steffen and her husband enjoyed many years playing golf and tennis with many friends on the island. The couple was married 57 years at Mr. Steffen’s passing in 2010. Mrs. Steffen volunteered a lot of her time to numerous philanthropic endeavours and was involved in many clubs and groups.

Mrs. Steffen is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Jeff and Bonnie Steffen of Grand Rapids, Pete and Cheryl Steffen of Laguna Beach, Calif., and John and Amy Steffen of Santa Barbara, Calif.; stepsons, Mark Steffen of Bentonville, Ark., and Dave Steffen of Harrison Township; grandchildren, Tovah, Trevor, Sarah, Brad, Luca and Cate and great-granddaughter, Remi.

She also is survived by her sister, Virginia Walker of Dallas Township, sister-in-law, Patricia Lane of Hilton Head Island, and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held Feb. 4 at All Saints Episcopal Church on Hilton Head Island

The family would like to thank the staff at Fraser Medical Center and Hospice Care of the Lowcountry.

Donations may be made to Hospice Care of the Lowcountry, P.O. Box 3827, Bluffton, SC 29910; All Saints Episcopal Church, 3001 Meeting St., Hilton Head Island, SC 29926 or the American Cancer Society at cancer.org.

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Stephen M. Stackpole

Died: Friday, January 31, 2014
Age: 88
Stephen M. Stackpole, 88, a lifelong resident of Grosse Pointe, conservationist and philanthropist, died Friday, Jan. 31, 2014.

Mr. Stackpole found beauty in a leafless tree and enjoyed cloudy days as much as sunny ones. He dreamed of a world where energy came from the sun and everyone had enough of whatever it was they needed.

He donated generously to support many organizations with his favorite success story being the return of the osprey and bald eagle to Michigan. He loved dinosaurs and steam locomotives.

Mr. Stackpole was well versed in classic literature, grammar, ancient history and nature. He enjoyed discussing the history of aviation, Mickey Mouse, and Audrey Hepburn, sometimes all in a 10-minute conversation.

He was predeceased by his parents, Stephen T. and Annette (nee Shelden) Stackpole and is survived by his cousins, extended family members and caregivers.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, at Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home, 16300 Mack, Grosse Pointe Park.

A funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 17, at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Grosse Pointe War Memorial, 32 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236; Pro-Musica of Detroit, 3711 Woodward, Detroit 48201; Detroit Historical Society, 5401 Woodward, Detroit, MI 48202; or the Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary, 100 Bell Canyon Road, Trabuco Canyon, CA 92679.

Mildred Mae Kasiborski

Died: Thursday, January 30, 2014
Age: 95
Longtime Grosse Pointe Woods resident Mildred Mae Kasiborski, 95, died Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014.

She was married to Chester Kasiborski, a Detroit attorney, for 65 years until his death in 2007.

She was born April 24, 1918, in Arnold Pa., to Alex and Alexandra Blazowsky and moved to Detroit with her family as a young girl. She worked her way through Wayne State University as a sales clerk at J.L. Hudson Department Store and graduated with a degree in education. While at Wayne State, she was active in the Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority where she made dear friendships that lasted the rest of her life.

After graduation from college, her main occupation was homemaker, but she also worked as a substitute elementary school teacher for many years.

Mrs. Kasiborski enjoyed entertaining friends and family, gardening and baby sitting for her grandchildren and “grand dogs.” She spent many winters in Florida and was a member of Gowanie Golf Club for many years.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her brother, Walter Blazowsky and sisters, Olga Smith and Irene Petty.

Mrs. Kasiborski is survived by her children, JoAnne Vatter (Dick) of Cadillac and Bradenton, Fla., Terry Kasiborski (Kathy) of Grosse Pointe Woods and Linda Rinke (Paul) of Sterling Heights; grandchildren, Kay Donahue (Jeff), Margaret Thompson, Kevin Kasiborski (Kate), Brian Kasiborski (Natalie), Michael Kasiborski, Dan Rinke (Katie) and Dayna Novak (Tim) and seven great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at the Van Lerberghe Funeral Home, 30600 Harper, St. Clair Shores.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, 467 Fairford, Grosse Pointe Woods. Visitation begins at 11 a.m. at the church.

Donations may be made to Wayne State University at wayne.edu or the Michigan Humane Society at michiganhumane.org.

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