Died: Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Martha “Dolly ” Fischer Reinowski, 84, passed away in St. Clair Shores.
She was born in 1929 to beloved Detroit restaurateurs Herman and Margit Fischer and grew up in Grosse Pointe. Known as Dolly, she graduated from Grosse Pointe High School in 1947 and earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Detroit.
After a short time as a freelance artist, she became a homemaker. She was married to Charles Reinowski for more than 40 years until his death in 1997. Together they raised three children in Grosse Pointe Farms. She is survived by her son Charles (Deanna) Reiner and daughter Robin (Fred) Reiner. She was predeceased by her daughter Karen Reiner in 2009.
Her family said Mrs. Reinowski was a wonderful stitchery woman and long-ago member of St. Paul on the Lake Altar Society. She was fiercely articulate and passionate about her favorite causes. She and Charles Sr. did much to help Polish immigrants from the Solidarity movement resettle in the Detroit area. She founded the Grosse Pointe Council on Better Literature for Youth, a church-based group. P.I.M.E. Missionaries remained a favorite charity.
Funeral services were held on Dec. 24, at St. Paul on the Lake. Burial took place at White Chapel Cemetery in Troy. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mrs. Reinowski’s memory may be made to P.I.M.E. or the Altar Society at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church.
Died: Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Virginia Petrouleas Lounsberry Tomasevic, 88, died Dec. 24, 2013.
She was the youngest child of Christ and Radojka Petrouleas and was a 1946 graduate of the University of Michigan, where she met her first husband, Frederick Lounsberry.
Mrs. Tomasevic was proud of her Greek and Serbian heritage and was a founding member of St. Stevan Decanski Serbian Orthodox Church in Warren. In 1973, she married Nikola Tomasevic, a Canadian, and enjoyed many years living in Ontario, Canada.
Her family said she was a woman of many talents, including mosaic arts, sculpture and opera singing. In Canada, Mrs. Tomasevic hosted an international music radio program, directed church choirs and managed investment properties. She loved entertaining and she taught her family to appreciate home cooking.
After some years in San Diego, Mrs. Tomasevic returned to her beloved Michigan, settling in St. Clair Shores. An avid reader, she believed in the importance of continued learning throughout one’s life and she loved sharing her knowledge with others.
She is survived by her daughters, Marina L. Sterling (Peter) of San Diego, Calif., and Barbara L. Richnow of Stafford, Texas. She was loving grandmother to Jason and Russell Reid of Stafford, Texas, and Adam and Michael Sterling of New York City. She also is survived by her stepson Peter Tomasevic, cousins George and Christ Petrouleas and their families and dear friend Ivanka Beginin.
She was predeceased by her husband, Nikola and son, Christopher Lounsberry.
Arrangements and visitation were at A.H. Peters Funeral Home, Grosse Pointe Woods. Services were held Friday, Dec. 27, at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, St. Clair Shores. Special thanks to the caregivers at Shorepointe Village for their care. Memorial contributions may be made to Assumption Church, 21800 Marter Road, St. Clair Shores, MI 48080 or to the Serbian Singing Federation, P.O. Box 71007, Madison Heights, MI 48071. Private interment will be at a later date.
Died: Monday, December 23, 2013
Catherine B. Christensen, a longtime resident of the Grosse Pointe area, died Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, in her home, surrounded by family.
Mrs. Christensen was born Dec. 29, 1930, in Esterville, Iowa, daughter of Harold and Lucile (Heflin) Spurling. She married Raymond Christensen on Feb. 1, 1952, in Iowa City.
She received her Bachelor of Science in nursing education from the University of Iowa in 1951. She was selfl ess in her giving and volunteered her time and resources to many organizations and causes.
She is survived by Raymond, her husband of 61 years; her six children, Catherine A. Christensen of Grosse Pointe Woods, Mary Beth Christensen of Grosse Pointe Woods, Susan Christensen of Littleton, Colo., Nancy (John) Christensen Schlie of Littleton, Colo., Chris Christensen of Grosse Pointe Woods and Kim (Kelley) McCormick of Arlington, Mass.; six grandchildren; and her sister, Betty Jean Whittinger of Redding, Calif. She was predeceased by her parents and two brothers, William Spurling and Joseph Spurling; and a sister-in-law.
Services were held Saturday, Dec. 28, at Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home Inc., Grosse Pointe Park. Memorial gifts may be made to Fontbonne Auxiliary of St. John Hospital and Medical Center, 19251 Mack Ave., Suite 102, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236. Share a memory at verheyden.org.
Died: Sunday, December 22, 2013
Arthur Walkowiak, 61, of Centerline, passed away suddenly Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013.
He was the son of Nina and Dr. Arthur Walkowiak and oldest brother of his eight siblings: Nanette Strobl, Heidi, Mark, James, Richard, Sally Blankenship, Amy Mastromatteo and Michael Walkowiak. He was also the uncle of seven nieces and six nephews. He will be missed by his family and lifelong friends, Brien and Lynn Fausone, Tom Clarke, Ron and Michelle Schwarz, Steve Kyle and Johnny and Nancy McKinley.
Mr. Walkowiak loved his family and close friends. He enjoyed music, anything outdoors, his gardens, classic movies, cooking, doing crossword puzzles, cigars and Miller beer.
His family said Mr. Walkowiak would lend a hand to whomever needed it, no questions asked. He will be deeply missed.
A memorial service will be held at a future date.
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Died: Thursday, December 19, 2013
Former Grosse Pointe resident Sarah Moore Marantette, 40, died Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, in San Francisco.
Known as Gucci to family and friends, Ms. Marantette was born in Detroit and graduated in 1996 from the University of Michigan. She was a property manager with Cushman Wakefield in San Francisco.
Ms. Marantette enjoyed hula hooping, reading, being outside, especially spending time in Golden Gate Park. She loved being with her friends and the company of her cat, Gus.
Ms. Marantette is survived by her father, David T. Marantette III; mother, Nancy Newell Baity (Michael); sisters, Katie Hall (Dan), Lauren Wasson (Paul) and Julie Kinnaird (Ed) and brother, David Marantette (Kaye). A funeral service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 29, at Academy of the Sacred Heart, 1250 Kensington Road, Bloomfield Hills.
Donations may be made to California Transplant Donor Network, 1000 Broadway, Suite 600, Oakland, CA 94607 or at ctdn.org or to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 201 Alabama St., San Francisco, CA 94103 or at sfspca.org.
Died: Thursday, December 19, 2013
Grosse Pointe Woods resident James Lewis Schueler, 92, died Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, at Sunrise of Grosse Pointe Woods, with his sons by his side.
He was born in Detroit to Arthur and Helen Smith Schueler and graduated from the University of Michigan. He attended Detroit College of Law, but left his studies in 1942 to serve in the U.S. Army as an anti-tank commander. He was a German Prisoner of War from October 1944 to April 1945.
In 1947, along with four other veterans, he was admitted to the Michigan Bar. He then joined Michigan Mutual Insurance Company, now Amerisure Mutual Insurance Company, where he served as an executive for nearly 50 years and continued consulting after retirement.
He enjoyed spending time at his summer home on Harsens Island and boating on the Great Lakes.
Mr. Schueler was a member of the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, Detroit Athletic Club and the Grosse Pointe Senior Men’s Club.
Mr. Schueler is survived by his sons, John, Steve, David, Peter and Michael; grandchildren, Tracie, Lindsey, Sara, James III, Michael, Terry and Christopher and great-grandchildren, Emma, Isabella, Kai, Rylan and Harsen. He also is survived by his brother, Harry.
He was predeceased by his son, James Jr.; sisters, Dorothy and Helen and brothers, Art and Bob.
A private memorial will be held at a future date.
Donations may be made to Great Lakes Hospice, 900 Cooper St., Jackson, MI 49202 or Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.
Died: Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Grosse Pointe Park resident Richard E. Moellering, 84, died Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013.
He was born in Fort Wayne, Ind., to Edwin and Irene Moellering and graduated from Miami University in 1951. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War as a corporal in the counter intelligence corps.
In 1954, he earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan and began a career at National Bank of Detroit. He retired in 1992 as a vice president from NBD after 38 years of service. Mr. Moellering was a longtime member of St. James Lutheran Church in Grosse Pointe Farms and a founding member and former president of the Munderloh Foundation, an organization providing financial assistance for Lutheran seminary students.
In his leisure, Mr. Moellering enjoyed annual summer family vacations in northern Michigan, playing the piano, walking Zoe, the family dog, golfi ng and playing platform tennis at the Lochmoor Club. He also enjoyed his postretirement years volunteering at Bon Secours Hospital.
Mr. Moellering is survived by his wife, Emily H. Moellering; sons, Richard W. Moellering and Thomas E. Moellering (Dolly); daughter, Anne E. MacKenzie (Dean); grandchildren, Zachary and Megan MacKenzie and Ruby and Jack Moellering; sister, Martha Howard and brother, Victor Moellering.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, at St. James Lutheran Church, 170 McMillan Road, Grosse Pointe Farms. Donations may be made to St. James Lutheran Church, 170 McMillan Road, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.
Died: Monday, December 16, 2013
Elizabeth Dwaihy-Barr passed away peacefully Monday, Dec. 16, 2013. She was born March 29, 1944, in Detroit, to Dr. Paul and Rachel Dwaihy. An accomplished dancer, writer and teacher, she began teaching ballet at 16, produced lavish yearly recitals in Detroit and Grosse Pointe, devel- oped a program of exercises designed to prepare women for childbirth, and performed with Dance Nonce.
Ms. Dwaihy-Barr earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Detroit and began a journalism career reporting on numerous topics from education to crime, for The Macomb Daily and Utica Daily Sentinel. Midlife, she dedicated herself to teaching English as a second language, often serving as an advocate for her students. She collaborated with her husband, David Barr, on art and book projects. Together, they traveled the world to install his sculptures, often blessed by a ceremony choreographed and danced by Ms. Dwaihy-Barr. Her love of Italian language and culture grew from their regular trips to Tuscany.
A master knitter, she designed and handcrafted garments for family and friends, including baptismal outfits, which became family heirlooms. Her family said her generous spirit will live on in all who knew and were inspired by her. Ms. Dwaihy-Barr is survived by her husband, David, his daughters, Heather Adamczyk (Mark) and Gillian Copeland (Charles) and five grandchildren; her mother, Rachel Dwaihy; her siblings, Paula Edgar (James), Anne Abowd (Dr. Thomas), Margaret Pryor, John (Karen), Norman (Madeleine), Rachelle (Steven Morris), Marian (Thomas Briske), Jane (Ronald Omilian), and George (Carolin); and 42 unique nieces and nephews. The family is forever grateful to niece, Dr. Renee Dwaihy-Logan, who oversaw Ms. Dwaihy-Barr’s care throughout her long illness.
A memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, at St. Maron Church, 11466 Kercheval Ave., Detroit. A condolence hour begins at 10 a.m. at the church. The family requests no floral arrangements be sent.
Died: Saturday, December 14, 2013
Janice E. Fassler, 75, of Grosse Pointe Park, died Dec. 14, 2013.
She was born in Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of Herbert Patton and Janet Scaggs. Mrs. Fassler owned Windrush Inc. in St. Louis, Mo. She was an antique collector and a compassionate owner of her pets.
She is survived by a son, James Fassler; grandchildren, Aaron (Sarah) Baker, Diana Baker, Katie (Josh) Collman and Lauren Fassler; great-grandchildren, Cora Baker, Ronald Baker, Makayla Collman, Chase Collman and Ava Fassler; and her brother, Herbert Patton. She was predeceased by her husband, Ronald; a daughter, Jane Baker; and sister, Patricia Reiff.
Arrangements were by Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home Inc., Grosse Pointe Park. A private family ceremony was held. Memorial contributions may be made to the Michigan Humane Society, 30300 Telegraph Road, Sui te 220, Bingham Farms, MI 48025.
Died: Thursday, December 12, 2013
William H. Krieg D.D.S., 84, died Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013.Born Oct. 14, 1929, in Detroit to Charles and Libia Krieg, he graduated from University of Detroit Jesuit High School, University of Detroit Dental School and St. Louis Orthodontic school. He maintained a private orthodontic practice in St. Clair Shores since 1957. Dr. Krieg retired in 2010; his son continues his practice.
Dr. Krieg was a captain in the U.S. Air Force dur-ing the Korean War. He served in Nancy, France, where he married his wife, Dorothea, nee Murray, in 1954.
He enjoyed sailing, skiing, golfing, travel and angling. He also was inter-ested in Civil War history.Dr. Krieg was a founding member of the Power Squadron, served on the board of directors of the Orthodontic Education and Research Foundation at St. Louis University and was a member of the Grosse Pointe Senior Men’s Club and the Grosse Pointe Newcomers Alumni. He was an orthodontic consultant to Children’s Hospital for 38 years. He had the distinction of being the first orthodontist in Macomb County.
Dr. Krieg is survived by his wife, Dorothea; daughter, Dorothea Kane (Gordon); sons, Charles (Debra), William (Shelley) and James (Susan); 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.He was predeceased by his son, John, and brother, Daniel Krieg.
A funeral Mass was celebrated Dec. 16 at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Farms.Donations may be made to the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy, 8400 S.Cambridge Ave., Detroit, MI 48221 or St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.