Died: Sunday, May 18, 2014
Albert Pingree McKay, 89, of Clearwater, Fla., died Sunday, May 18, 2014, with his loving wife, Betty, at his side.
He was born in Bay City to Pingree Hazen and Anna Dorothea (nee Boehringer) McKay and graduated from the Illinois College of Optometry. He was an optometrist with offices in the Village district of Grosse Pointe and downtown Detroit.
In September 1950, he married Evelyn Ann Schmidt. They moved to Grosse Pointe where they raised their three children. His wife died in 1982. In 1986, he married Betty Beebe of Grosse Pointe. The couple enjoyed their retirement with residences in Grosse Pointe and Clearwater.
Dr. McKay served in the U.S. Navy and was stationed in Honolulu during World War II. He was a lifetime member of the Grosse Pointe Sail Club, a member of American Legion Post 0238 Safety Harbor, Fla., and a life member of Grand Lodge of Masons of Michigan. He sailed in 12 Port Huron to Mackinac races. He loved to fish and also enjoyed curling.
Dr. McKay is survived by his wife, Betty (nee Berg) Beebe McKay; sons, Pingree McKay (Kathi) and Scott McKay (Brenda); daughter, Jill Dixon (Paul); stepsons, Jerry Beebe and John Beebe; stepdaughters, Jane Shook and Ann Jentz; 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
He also is survived by his sisters, Nat Ortiz and Jane Kahler.
A celebration of Dr. McKay’s life will be held later this summer.
Died: Sunday, May 18, 2014
A funeral Mass for Mark Verbiest will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, July 21, at St. Clare of Montefalco Church, 1401 Whittier, Grosse Pointe Park.
Mr. Verbiest died Sunday, May 18, 2014, at Keck Medical Center at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He was 55.
He was born in Grosse Pointe to Thomas and Suzanne Verbiest and attended St. Clare of Montefalco grade school. He graduated from Grosse Pointe South High School in 1976 and earned a bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University in 1980.
Mr. Verbiest was senior vice president with National Alliance Securities and resided in Woodland Hills, Calif. He enjoyed basketball, tennis and skiing. He was a loyal fan of the Detroit Tigers and University of Notre Dame athletics.
His family said Mr. Verbiest led a fun-loving life, but the fun ended when he suffered a paralyzing stroke in 2012 and another one May 11.
Mr. Verbiest is survived by his mother, Suzanne; brothers, Chris Verbiest (Betheen) and Jon Verbiest (Stacy); sister, Bethann Kirk (Jeff) and sister-in-law, Mary Anne. He also is survived by 12 loving nieces and nephews and countless friends from all over the country.
He was predeceased by his father, Thomas Verbiest Sr., and his brother, Thomas Verbiest Jr.
Donations may be made to the Capuchins, 1820 Mt. Elliott, Detroit, MI 48207.
Died: Friday, May 16, 2014
The Rev. E. Dennis Harrity passed away Friday, May 16, 2014, in Boca Raton, Fla. He was born July 17, 1934, in Detroit, to John J. and Geraldine Harrity.
Monsignor Harrity is survived by his sister, Joan Smith (John), seven nieces and nephews and 14 great-nieces and great-nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and his brother, William (Cecelia).
He was ordained June 4, 1960, and retired in 2004. Monsignor Harrity was the pastor at numerous churches including Our Lady of Good Counsel in Detroit, St. Dennis in Royal Oak and Our Lady Star of the Sea in Grosse Pointe Woods. He also was the assistant superintendant for the Catholic school system and former principal at Shrine of the Little Flower School in Royal Oak.
Visitation will be held from 2 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 22, and Friday, May 23, at A.H. Peters Funeral Home, 20705 Mack, Grosse Pointe Woods. A wake service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday.
A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 24, at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 467 Fairford, Grosse Pointe Woods. Archbishop Alan Vigneron will officiate. Visitation begins at 9 a.m. at the church.
Monsignor Harrity will be interred next to his parents at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Detroit.
Donations may be made to Our Lady Star of the Sea, 467 Fairford, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236.
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Died: Thursday, May 15, 2014
Grosse Pointe Shores resident JoVona K. Cisco, nee Keathley, died Thursday, May 15,2014. She was 59.
She was the beloved wife of Brian; loving mother of James (Lauren), Patrick (Lane) and Aaron Cisco; beloved daughter of Betty Ross (Glen) and Elmer Keathley (Carol); sister of James Keathley, Donna McDougall, Harry Keathley (Kellie) and stepsister of Shannon Keathley. She also is survived by many loving nieces and nephews and countless friends.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 31, at First English Evangelical Lutheran Church, 800 Vernier, Grosse Pointe Woods. Visitation begins at 11 a.m. at the church.
Donations may be made to the church building or organ funds at First English Evangelical Lutheran Church, 800 Vernier, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236.
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Died: Monday, May 12, 2014
Frank Philip DiVozzo, 98, of Grosse Pointe Woods, died Monday, May 12, 2014, one month short of his 99th birthday. He passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family and beloved dog, Sammy.
He was born June 21, 1915, in Altoona, Pa., to Biagio Guiseppe and Luigia Maria DiVozzo. The family moved to Detroit in 1928, just prior to the Depression.
He met Jeanne E. Gushue, a model for John Robert Powers in 1953 while having lunch at J.L. Hudson. He worked for Fisher Body in Detroit at that time and they married that same year.
Mr. DiVozzo graduated from Eastern High School and later went to Lawrence Technological University. He was a pattern and model maker by trade and a lifelong employee of General Motors. He retired from the experimental engineering department at the GM Tech Center in Warren at age 78.
His family said Mr. DiVozzo enjoyed working with his hands, was always inventing and could fix anything. He was an avid tennis player who also enjoyed golf. He was an advocate of healthy diet and exercise which he continued his entire life.
Mr. DiVozzo was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather whose children were the light of his life.
Mr. DiVozzo is survived by his wife, Jeanne DiVozzo; children, Corinne Martin (Paul) and Frank DiVozzo (Sandy); grandchildren, Marcinia Harris (Dan), Lashawn DeVooght (Justin) and Philip LaBarge and great-grandchildren, Alexandra, Grant and George.
He was predeceased by his parents, Biagio and Luigia DiVozzo, and siblings, Joseph DiVozzo, Thomas DiVozzo, James DiVozzo, Jennie Reame and Philip DiVozzo.
A funeral service will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at A.H. Peters Funeral Home, 20705 Mack, Grosse Pointe Woods. Visitation begins at 2 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Grosse Pointe Animal Adoption Society, 296 Chalfonte, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.
Died: Monday, May 12, 2014
The Honorable Cornelia Groefsema Kennedy of Grosse Pointe Woods, 90, passed away peacefully Monday, May 12, 2014, at home surrounded by her family.
She was born Aug. 4, 1923, in Detroit and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan. Like her father, mother and older sister, she attended the University of Michigan Law School, graduating in 1947. She subsequently clerked for the Hon. Harold W. Stephens, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. She was the first woman to clerk for that court, which is considered second only to the Supreme Court of the United States.
After 20 years in private practice in Detroit, she was elected to the Wayne County Circuit Court.
In 1970, former Pres. Richard Nixon appointed her to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. She was the first woman to sit on that court, and in 1977, became the first female chief judge of a federal district court in the United States.
She was elevated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit in 1979 by then Pres. Jimmy Carter. She was the second woman to sit on that court and held the position until her retirement, June 30, 2012.
Judge Kennedy and her sister, the Honorable Margaret G. Schaeffer, were the first sister judges in the United States.
Judge Kennedy was an avid traveler, visiting all seven continents, more than 80 countries, and 49 states.
After her husband died, she enjoyed traveling with her two sisters and their husbands on University of Michigan tours and weekend getaways with their adult daughters.
The granddaughter of Dutch immigrant farmers in Idaho, Judge Kennedy spent her weekends gardening. She also was a passionate reader, especially enjoying historical non-fiction and British mysteries.
Judge Kennedy was predeceased by her husband, Charles S. Kennedy Jr.; parents, Elmer H. and M. Blanche Gibbons Groefsema; and sisters, Ann Jean Groefsema and Margaret G. Schaeffer.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Charles S. and Angela Kennedy; grandchildren, Elizabeth and Matthew; sister, Dr. Christine G. Gram; and 28 nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 27, at Grosse Pointe Congregational Church, 240 Chalfonte, Grosse Pointe Farms.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Honorable Cornelia G. Kennedy Scholarship, c/o Alexandra Haddad, University of Michigan Law School, 701 S. State St., Suite 4000, Ann Arbor, MI 48109.
Died: Monday, May 12, 2014
Donald Joseph “Bones” Bohlinger, 87, of Grosse Pointe Woods, died Monday, May 12, 2014.
He is survived by Marlene Bohlinger, his wife of 58 years; daughters Kim Loughman (Peter), Lori Egan Clark, Jill Major (Harry Curtis) and 11 grandchildren.
Mr. Bohlinger served in the military and was an administrator in the Detroit Public Schools.
His summers were spent enjoying the Grand Traverse area for more than 50 years.
A memorial service will take place at a future date.
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Died: Sunday, May 11, 2014
William Harrison Kanzler, 87, died Sunday, May 11, 2014, at The Fountains at Bronson Place in Kalamazoo.
He was born in Baltimore to Raymond and Elizabeth (nee Harrison) Kanzler and earned a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1948. He also earned a master’s degree from Columbia University and a doctorate of education degree from Wayne State University.
Mr. Kanzler taught at Grosse Pointe High School in the 1950s. He then moved to Temple University in Phila-delphia and finished his career teaching graduate level courses at Western Michigan University, a position he held 26 years.
Mr. Kanzler was a midshipman during World War II and taught at both Newport War College and Bainbridge Naval Center during the Korean War. He also saw one tour of duty in Vietnam. He retired from the U.S. Navy with the rank of lieutenant.
Mr. Kanzler enjoyed bridge, crosswords, science, math and backgammon. He was a former member of the Kalamazoo Lions Club, Phi Beta Kappa and the WMU ROMEOs.
Mr. Kanzler was predeceased by his wife, Janet Kanzler (nee Doidge).
He is survived by his life partner, Marcia Adams; sons, Matthew and Christopher and grandchildren, Taylor Anne Kanzler and Harrison Baiden Kanzler.
A reception in his honor will be held on what would have been Mr. Kanzler’s 88th birthday. The reception begins at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 28, at The Fountains at Bronson Place, 1700 Bronson Way, Kalamazoo, MI 49009.
Died: Sunday, May 11, 2014
Grosse Pointe resident Tyson Raymond Baker, died Sunday, May 11, 2014. Tyson was just completing his bachelor’s degree at Wayne State University in Criminal Justice and was working for the Ferndale Police Auxiliary - Police Department.
Tyson was born January 15, 1989, in Putnam, Connecticut, to Rex (Angie) Baker and Cat (Rick) Ruffner. He moved to Hartland, Michigan, shortly after birth and was proud of his roots in the Mitten State. Moving to Grosse Pointe in 2000, he attended Defer Elementary, Pierce Middle School and was a 2007 graduate of Grosse Pointe South High School.
He was a Boy Scout for several years earning many badges and loved campouts, (igloo camping his favorite!) He enjoyed playing Little League & Babe Ruth baseball and attending Tigers and Red Wings games with his family. Tyson’s favorite season was winter and whenever possible, he could be found at his upper peninsula cabin riding his snowmobile - very fast, with friends and family.
While in high school, he attended the People to People Ambassador Program traveling to Australia with other students throughout the state. He loved Australia and dreamed of returning to perfect his Aussie accent. He also attended the Hurricane Island, Outward Bound Program living on a sailboat off the coast of Maine. He became a leader within both of these programs and was often the “funny-man” of the group, developing lifelong friendships.
Tyson loved electronics and was formally an Apple Specialist at Best Buy. He was technologically savvy, often fixing the computers and phones of family and friends.
He took Halloween very seriously and spent many hours decorating and putting together the perfect costume. He loved silently waiting on the porch for that unsuspecting “older” trick-or-treater to scare, often sending them flying over bushes with laughter and fun.
Tyson’s love and passion for dogs was something to be admired. He had a remarkable ability to communicate with dogs and was intolerant of abuse and cruelty to animals. A favorite event of Tyson’s was the annual “Bow Wow Brunch” with the Michigan Humane Society.
He loved and was fiercely protective of his sisters. He could often be found picking up his youngest sister from elementary school or taking her to dinner in the Village.
Tyson is survived by his parents, Rex & Angie Baker and Rick & Cat Ruffner, his sisters, Jessa Baker and Zoe & Isabella Ruffner, his grandparents, Norma Jean Baker-Schreffler, Barbara & Gary Johnson, Julie Mattingly and Fred Ruffner.
Services for Tyson were held May 16 at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church. Donations remembering Tyson may be made to the Michigan Humane Society, “Animal Cruelty”, 30300 Telegraph Road, Suite 200, Bingham Farms, MI 48025 or at michiganhumane.org.
Died: Saturday, May 10, 2014
David Burry Wehmeyer died peacefully Saturday, May 10, 2014. He was 91.
He was born May 2, 1923, in Detroit, and was a loving and devoted husband, father and friend.
Mr. Wehmeyer was hardworking, excelled at math and had an early interest in physics. He also enjoyed history and astronomy. He skipped a grade in elementary school and was awarded a scholarship to study at the Cranbrook Upper School in Bloomfield Hills. He later attended the University of Michigan where he completed both undergraduate and master’s degrees in engineering and nuclear physics. He interned at Lawrence labs in Berkeley, Calif., and during World War II was recruited to Oakridge, Tenn., to work on the Manhattan Project.
Mr. Wehmeyer met his wife, Ruth, at U of M. The couple moved from Oakridge to Missouri to Virginia and then back to Grosse Pointe Park, where they lived for many years before retiring in South Carolina. The couple celebrated 50 years of marriage in 2001, at a large family gathering in Ann Arbor.
Mr. Wehmeyer worked for Detroit Edison and was instrumental in several long-term nuclear reactor design projects in Tennessee and Michigan. His family said he was known as an intelligent, kind and humble man, who always took a thoughtful perspective in any discussion.
He loved sailing, stamp collecting, family gatherings and family genealogy. In retirement, he documented an extensive family history.
Mr. Wehmeyer was predeceased by his beloved wife, Marjorie Ruth Stickel Wehmeyer, and is survived by his children, Jeff Wehmeyer (Susan) of Kettering, Ohio, Kristin Palmer (David), of Ann Arbor, Lisa Ryan (Michael) of Kingwood, Texas. He also is survived by his grandchildren, Ellen Laubie (Mark), Mary Case, Michaela and Tyler Palmer, and Kimberly and Kevin Ryan, and great-grandchild, Juliet Laubie. The family would also like to recognize the many dedicated and loving caregivers who made Mr. Wehmeyer’s later years comfortable and meaningful.
A private memorial was held at the Muehlig Funeral Chapel in Ann Arbor.
Donations may be made to Arbor Hospice at arborhospice.org or the Horizons-Upward Bound program at Cranbrook at http://schools.cranbrook.edu/page/Horizons-Upward-Bound/Welcome.
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