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Joyce Langone

Died: Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Grosse Pointe Woods resident Joyce Langone, nee Pusey, died Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit.

She was born in Detroit to John and Martha Pusey.

She was a devoted and loving mother and wife.

Mrs. Langone is survived by John, her beloved husband of 63 years; children, Robyn Shea (Peter), Brian Langone and Gregg Langone; grandchildren, Krista, Katie and Danny Langone and Andrew and Victoria Shea. She also is survived by her sister, Jacklyn Eby (Bill) and nephews, Todd and Brad Eby.

A funeral Mass was celebrated March 10 at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Donations may be made to the American Heart Association at heart.org, The Capuchins at thecapchins.org or The Salvation Army at salvationarmyusa.org.

Patricia Ann Liddell Costaglio

Died: Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Patricia Ann Liddell Costaglio, of Santa Rosa, Calif., passed away peacefully Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at home surrounded by family.

She was born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, and raised in Grosse Pointe Park. She graduated from St. Ambrose High School in 1951 and received a bachelor’s degree from Marygrove College in 1956. She moved to San Francisco in 1958 where she met and married Frank, her husband of 51 years. They moved to Sonoma County in 1962 and have resided in Santa Rosa since 1973.

Mrs. Costaglio was a registered dietician in San Francisco and did consultant work throughout Sonoma County until she started at Healdsburg Hospital as the dietician and food service manager. She worked at Healdsburg General Hospital until her retirement in 1990.

A devoted wife, mother and grandmother, she was an avid reader with an inquisitive mind. She enjoyed playing bridge, gardening and spending time with family and friends. She and her husband also enjoyed traveling with friends and family both at home and abroad.

Her family said she embraced every day with a passion and lived life to the fullest. She fought a courageous battle with grace and dignity and a smile on her face.

Mrs. Costaglio is survived by her husband, Frank; son, Steve; daughter, Cathy; stepchildren, Frank, Geraldine and Dave, and her grandchildren. Her last 2 years were blessed with the addition of her grandson Lucas, who was the light of her life and best medicine, as well as his mom, Maggie.

She also is survived by her sister, Mary Louise Clarke of Grosse Pointe Woods and brother, Richard David Liddell of Sterling Heights.

A funeral Mass was held March 12 in Santa Rosa.

Donations may be made to Catholic Charities of Santa Rosa, P.O. Box 4900, Santa Rosa, CA 95402 or Cutaneous Lymphoma Research Group, Att: Youn Kim M.D., 900 Blake Wilbur Drive, Stanford, CA 94305.

Milton Blanchard Osgood Sr.

Died: Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Age: 98
Milton Blanchard Osgood Sr., formerly of Detroit, Grosse Pointe and Harsens Island, passed away Tuesday, March 4, 2014, in Chicago, Ill., his home of the last five years. He was 98.

He was born Feb. 7, 1916, in Detroit to David J. and Lucy (nee Dickinson) Osgood. In his youth, he joined the Detroit Boat Club rowing team and remained an active member of the club for 61 years. He was an enthusiastic sailor at the Detroit Boat Club and sailed several Mackinac races.

He met Evelyn Denne at the Olympia Skating Club in the late 1930s. They married Feb. 13, 1941. Mr. Osgood and his wife were accomplished ice dancers and Mr. Osgood was a founding member of the Detroit Skating Club. He also enjoyed ballroom dancing, tennis, horseback riding and playing bridge.

A World War II U.S. Navy veteran, Mr. Osgood was a Cub Scout master, past president of the Turners Athletic Club in Detroit and a director of the Harsens Island St. Clair Flats Association, where he was an honorary life member. He and his family spent their summers on Harsens Island, where six generations of Osgoods have summered since the mid-1800s. His favorite pastime was cutting grass at his home on the island and propagating blue spruce trees.

Mr. Osgood was predeceased by Evelyn, his wife of 67 years.

He is survived by his children, Denne (Peggy) of Harsens Island, Cynthia O’Hare (Nicholas) of Westlake Village, Calif., Milton Jr. (Sandra) of Traverse City, and Paul (Bill) of Chicago; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 28, on Harsens Island.

Donations may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 144, Harsens Island, MI 48028; the Harsens Island St. Clair Flats Historical Society, P.O. Box 44, Harsens Island, MI 48028; or Friends of Detroit Rowing, 27551 Rackham, Lathrup Village, MI 48076.

Frederick J. Zelewski

Died: Monday, March 03, 2014
Age: 85
Frederick J. Zelewski, 76, of Washington Township, passed away Monday, March 3, 2014. He was an insurance agent employed by State Farm Insurance for more than 30 years.

Mr. Zelewski is survived by his children, Martin (Donna), Peter (Teresa) and Irene Blalock (Darrell); grandchildren, Joseph, Andrew and Jamie Zelewski and Neil, Nathan and Nicholas Blalock; sisters, Diane Vozza, Grace Camus (Miles), Christine Nelem (Gerry) and Judy Cossette (Sam) and many extended loved ones and friends.

He was predeceased by his wife of 53 years, Celesta, “Tina.”

Visitation will be held from 2 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 6, at Lee-Ellena Funeral Home, 46530 Romeo Plank, Macomb Township. A scripture service will be held at 7 p.m., followed by a time to share memories.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, March 7, at St. Clement of Romeo Catholic Church, 343 South Main St., Romeo. Visitation begins at 9:30 a.m. at the church.

Donations may be made to Detroit Goodfellows, P.O. Box 44444, Detroit, MI 48244.

Thomas Darwin Neil

Died: Sunday, March 02, 2014
Age: 72
Thomas Darwin Neil, 72, of Clinton Township, passed away Sunday, March 2, 2014.

He was born March 4, 1941, in Detroit, to Clarence and Dorothy (née Gothro) Neil.

Mr. Neil took great pride in being a guidance director at Grosse Pointe North High School, enriching students’ lives for 37 years. He also enjoyed his orange Corvette and taking it for joy rides. But his biggest love was being “Papa” to Liam and Reilly.

Mr. Neil is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Joanne (née Jamroz) Neil; beloved children, Jennifer Munroe (Robert) of Sterling Heights and Thomas Ryan Neil of Clinton Township; and his cherished grandchildren, Liam O’Donovan and Reilly Munroe.

Visitation will be held 2:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 7, at Kaul Funeral Home, 40800 Hayes, Clinton Township.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 8, at the funeral home. Visitation begins at 10:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children at shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/donate or The Miracle League of Michigan at michiganmiracle.org/donate/.

Janet Lakis

Died: Sunday, March 02, 2014
Age: 85
Janet Lakis, nee Shammas, 85, died peacefully in her sleep Sunday, March 2, 2014, at her residence in Grand Blanc.

She was born Dec. 9, 1928, in Detroit to Philip and Adele (nee Haddad) Shammas and graduated from Denby High School. She married George Lakis Aug. 18, 1946.

Mrs. Lakis was actively involved in the communities in which she lived: in Grosse Pointe, where she was a principal shareholder in S & G Grocer Co., in Tampa, Fla., where she and her husband co-founded Central Florida Food Service and in Grand Blanc, where she resided following the death of her husband.

She stayed active by volunteering at Genesys Hospital and by becoming a member of P.E.O sisterhood and the Garden Club. Most of all, she was a loving and caring woman to her children, grandchildren and her many friends.

Mrs. Lakis is survived by her son, Marshal Lakis (Martha); daughter, Susan Shaheen (William); grandchildren, Sarah Melroy (Michael), Andrea Gazis (Drossos), Sara Keller (Andrew) and Katie Shaheen and great-grandchildren, Lily, Anna Claire and Charlotte Melroy.

She was predeceased by her parents; husband, George; brother, Philip; niece, Nicole Shammas, and best friend, Robert Crum.

A celebration of Mrs. Lakis’ life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 26, at Faith Lutheran Church, 12354 Holly Road, Grand Blanc Township, and a memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday, April 27, 2014, at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 5191 W. Lennon Road, Flint Township.

Donations may be made to Faith Lutheran Church, 12354 Holly Road, Grand Blanc Township, MI 48439 or St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 5191 West Lennon Road, Flint Township, MI 48507.

Janet Lakis

Died: Sunday, March 02, 2014
Age: 85
Janet Lakis, nee Shammas, 85, died peacefully in her sleep Sunday, March 2, 2014, at her residence in Grand Blanc.

She was born Dec. 9, 1928, in Detroit to Philip and Adele (nee Haddad) Shammas and graduated from Denby High School. She married George Lakis Aug. 18, 1946.

Mrs. Lakis was actively involved in the communities in which she lived: in Grosse Pointe, where she was a principal shareholder in S & G Grocer Co., in Tampa, Fla., where she and her husband co-founded Central Florida Food Service and in Grand Blanc, where she resided following the death of her husband.

She stayed active by volunteering at Genesys Hospital and by becoming a member of P.E.O sisterhood and the Garden Club. Most of all, she was a loving and caring woman to her children, grandchildren and her many friends.

Mrs. Lakis is survived by her son, Marshal Lakis (Martha); daughter, Susan Shaheen (William); grandchildren, Sarah Melroy (Michael), Andrea Gazis (Drossos), Sara Keller (Andrew) and Katie Shaheen and great-grandchildren, Lily, Anna Claire and Charlotte Melroy.

She was predeceased by her parents; husband, George; brother, Philip; niece, Nicole Shammas, and best friend, Robert Crum.

A celebration of Mrs. Lakis’ life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 26, at Faith Lutheran Church, 12354 Holly Road, Grand Blanc Township, and a memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday, April 27, 2014, at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 5191 W. Lennon Road, Flint Township.

Donations may be made to Faith Lutheran Church, 12354 Holly Road, Grand Blanc Township, MI 48439 or St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 5191 West Lennon Road, Flint Township, MI 48507.

Edward Leonard Boss

Died: Saturday, March 01, 2014
Age: 95
Edward Leonard Boss, 95, passed away at home Saturday, March 1, 2014.

He was born in 1918 in Detroit to Edson and Cecelia Boss and graduated from Eastern High School where was an all-star in basketball, tennis, and swimming. He attended Valparaiso University before entering the U.S. Army to serve in World War II. He was stationed in Petersburg, Va.

Mr. Boss took great pleasure in riding his Schwinn bicycle while his daughter, Patti, and her dog jogged alongside. He enjoyed his four grandchildren, two great-grandsons. Swimming, jet skiing and building sand castles on the beach in Holland were also favorite pastimes.

He took great pride in baking bread to give to family and friends and enjoyed golfing and playing bridge.

Mr. Boss was an accountant for Sun Oil Co. for 35 years retiring in 1976, then continuing as a consultant to the company for another 10 years.

Mr. Boss is survived by his daughters, Sandra Brown (Charles) and Patti Champane (George) and grandchildren, Heather Wagner (Shane), Tricia Brown, James Champane and Edward Champane.

He was predeceased by his loving wife of 57 years, Marjorie Provo Boss.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 15, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 375 Lothrop, Grosse Pointe Farms. Visitation will follow the service.

Donations may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association, 25200 Telegraph Road, Suite 100, Southfield, MI 48033; the air conditioning fund at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 375 Lothrop, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236; or The Army Emergency Relief Fund, 200 Stovall St., Alexandria, VA 22332.

Betty J. Cook

Died: Saturday, March 01, 2014
Age: 93
Betty J. Cook, 93, passed away peacefully Saturday, March 1, 2014, at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, with loving family at her bedside.

She was born at home during a blizzard March 18, 1920, in Putman County, Ohio, to Amanda Sroufe and Clarence Samsal. The doctor arrived by horse and buggy.

She attended Bluffton College, Ohio, where she met and married Fred S. Cook. The couple were married 60 years.

Mrs. Cook’s life took her from a one-room country school house to college in the 1930s to marriage and various cities for her husband’s teaching career at colleges throughout the country from Ann Arbor to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Palo Alto, Calif., and Detroit. She was a homemaker in the 1940s and ’50s and a longtime member of Grosse Pointe Congregational Church and Wayne State University Faculty Wives.

She was especially proud to become a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution as a result of decades devoted to genealogical research, long before Internet searches; all of her research notes hand written.

Travel was a significant part of Mrs. Cook’s life. For her genealogical research, she and her husband visited primary resources throughout the United States, England and Germany. For decades the couple traveled frequently to Europe, the Mediterranean and the Caribbean.

Most important, was her focus on family and friends, reinforced through her prolific card and letter writing. Her family said she faithfully sent birthday, Christmas, wedding, anniversary, and graduation cards to family, extended family and lifelong friends. She sent her last letter to one of her great-granddaughters in London, England. It contained genealogical information for a school assignment and reached her March 1, the day Mrs. Cook died.

Mrs. Cook is survived by her daughters, Linda J. Hickman of Esher, England, and Marcia Cook-Fine (Ron) of Traverse City; grandchildren, Jeffrey Hickman (Stephanie), Sasha Beoshanz (Marc) and Michelle Gray (Ed); great-grandchildren, Ethan and Chloe Hickman, Garret and Josie Beoshanz and Anna and Juliet Gray.

She was predeceased by her husband.

Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Michigan at alz.org.

Francis Thomas Day

Died: Friday, February 28, 2014
Age: 86
Francis Thomas Day M.D., 86, died Friday, Feb. 28, 2014.

He was born Aug. 18, 1927, in Detroit to Richard W. and Anita S. (nee Shannon) Day. Known as Frank to family and friends, he graduated from the University of Detroit in 1948 and Wayne State University Medical School in 1952. He served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy at the end of the Korean War.

Dr. Day was a general surgeon from 1952 to 2000 with privileges at Detroit Memorial, Holy Cross and Bon Secours hospitals. He completed his career working exclusively at Bon Secours.

He enjoyed skiing with his children and grandchildren. He was a member of the Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, American Medical Society and the Detroit Medical Society.

Dr. Day is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Ruth Marie (nee Saylor); children, Barbara Day M.D., Debora Marino (Gregory), Michael Day (Bethe), Teresa Day and Anne Falvey (Joe); daughter-in-law, Nancy Day, 18 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his son, F. Thomas Day M.D.; brother, Dick Day and sister, Anita LaValley.

A funeral Mass was celebrated March 3 at St. Clare of Montefalco Catholic Church, Grosse Pointe Park.

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