Died: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 Dolores Proven
Dolores Proven, 80, passed away peacefully in her Grosse Pointe Woods home Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011, after a long fight with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and congestive heart failure.
She was born April 25, 1931, and was a life-long resident of Detroit and Grosse Pointe Woods. She was a special education teacher in the Grosse Pointe Public School System at Poupard Elementary School for many years. A graduate of Grosse Pointe High School, Mrs. Proven earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Michigan State University, and a master’s degree in special education from Wayne State University. While at Michigan State, she met her future husband, Gilbert Proven. After marrying, the couple lived briefly in East Lansing, before establishing households first in Detroit, and later in Grosse Pointe Woods.
Mrs. Proven took great pride and joy in her relations with her family. She was a member of the Red Hat Society and Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority.
Mrs. Proven was beloved wife of Gilbert Proven; cherished mother of Geoff (Marcia), Greg (Debbey), and Martha (Paul) Jatkowski; loving grandmother of Doris (Yossi) Ross, Bryan Proven, Kristin Jatkowski, Karen Jatkowski and Zak Jatkowski and proud great-grandmother of Avigayil, Moshe, Nechama, and Avraham Ross. She also is survived by her loving brothers, Eric (Sidsel) Ansohutz and Robert (Jan) Ansohuetz.
Died: Monday, December 12, 2011 Alexander Kelly M.D.
Alexander Kelly M.D., 89, died Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, after a brief illness, surrounded by his family.
Son of an army surgeon, Dr. Kelly was born in Fort Riley, Kan., spending parts of his childhood in Panama and Haiti. He served his country as a doctor in both World War II and the Korean War. He spent 18 months as a surgeon at a semi-mobile evacuation hospital near Pyongyang, Korea.
Dr. Kelly attended the University of Maryland Medical School. He practiced in Baltimore and Chicago before coming to the Detroit area. He spent the majority of his career at Henry Ford Hospital, where, in 1952, he formed the division of plastic surgery with another doctor. He became the head of the division in 1958.
Dr. Kelly ran the plastic surgery residency program at Henry Ford Hospital until 1981, mentoring many younger surgeons, including his longtime friend and colleague, Dr. Donald Ditmars Jr. In a note informing the Henry Ford Hospital staff of Dr. Kelly’s death, Dr. Ditmars characterized his friend this way, “He will be remembered for his laid back, pipe smoking, quick wit, immense medical knowledge, photographic memory and broad intellectual interests, including bridge.”
According to his family, Dr. Kelly met the love of his life, Betty Ann Nugent, at Baltimore General Hospital. “Bet and Kel” were married 35 years until her death in 1986. In addition to their five children, they also fed, nurtured and occasionally sheltered their children’s many friends. His grandchildren were a source of great joy to him.
Dr. Kelly traveled extensively including trips to Russia, China and Cuba. He attended the Bondurant School of High Performance Driving at 73, its oldest participant. He remained active and independent, enjoying pipe smoke, scotch and red meat.
Dr. Kelly is survived by his children, Pamela (Edward) Durrschmidt, Susan Kelly, Stephen (Tressa) Kelly and Alix (Polo) Hauser; grandchildren, Lauren and Alexandra Kelly and Lee and Max Hauser and sister, Sally Clancy.
In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by his son, Mark Kelly and sister, Mary Elizabeth Thornton.
Donations may be made to the Grosse Pointe Public Library at gp.lib.mi.us or the Beaumont Foundation at
Died: Sunday, December 11, 2011
Former Grosse Pointe resident Lenore A. Pasquinelli, 93, died Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011.
She was a longtime preschool teacher at The Neighborhood Club and a real estate agent with Higbie Maxon Agney Inc. Realtors.
Mrs. Pasquinelli is survived by her children, Cynthia, Jeff, Craig (Kathy) and Veronica (Randy); 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sister, Maureen and her sister-in-law, Jean Pasquinelli.
She was predeceased by her husband, William and sisters, Evelyn and Patricia.
A private family service was held at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church in Omaha, Neb.
Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org.
Died: Sunday, December 11, 2011 Gerald Duane Moore
Gerald “Jerry” Duane Moore, 54, of Harper Woods, passed away suddenly Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011, at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit.
He was born July 21, 1957, in Detroit and graduated from Grosse Pointe South High School in 1975. He recently celebrated 35 years of service with Kroger; 33 years at the Kercheval store in the Village and two-plus years at the Mack Avenue store in Grosse Pointe Woods.
Mr. Moore had numerous friends, among them fellow employees, loyal customers and church friends. He was an active member of St. Hilda’s Episcopal Church in River Rouge, serving as a vestry member and on the fellowship committee and altar guild. He also served as a representative from St. Hilda’s on the Dream Cluster Council.
His family said he was an accomplished chef and baker and enjoyed creating meals and desserts for others. He was a compassionate, caring and loving man who enjoyed doing thoughtful things for others — cooking a meal, giving the perfect Christmas ornament or sharing a meaningful poem or story.
Mr. Moore is survived by his life partner, Donald Douglas; brother, David (Gina) Moore and canine friends, Chase and Suzette.
He was predeceased by his parents, Leslie and June Moore and beloved grandmother, Sylvia Youngman.
A funeral service was held Dec. 16.
Interment was in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Detroit.
Donations may be made to Paws with a Cause, 4646 South Division, Wayland, MI 49438.
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Died: Sunday, December 11, 2011
Longtime Grosse Pointe Park resident Leonard J. Winzer, 76, died Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011.
Mr. Winzer is survived by his wife, Marcia; children, Len. Jr., Bill and Leslie; grandchildren, Courtney Simon de Montfort and Heather Simon de Montfort and great-granddaughters, Emma and Alyss.
A graduate of Hillsdale College, Mr. Winzer was a longtime member of the Detroit Golf Club and the United States Golf Association. He was a governor of the Golf Association of Michigan with special interest in the Evans Scholarship for caddies.
He was active in the Grosse Pointe Park Little League, including as a coach, and in the Grosse Pointe South Dad’s Club.
A memorial service was held Dec. 17.
Donations may be made to the Salvation Army at salvationarmyusa.org or Evans Scholarship, Golf Association of Michigan, 24116 Research Drive, Farmington Hills, MI 48335.
Died: Friday, December 09, 2011 Sharon J. Osip
Sharon J. Osip, 66, passed away suddenly Friday, Dec. 9, 2011, at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit.
She was born June 9, 1945, in Detroit and resided in Grosse Pointe. She was a retired employee of Tiffany and Co.
Ms. Osip was the loved and treasured sister of Sandra Osip of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Susan (Michael) Dempsey of Grosse Pointe Park. She was a devoted aunt to Megan (Jonathan) Wood, Courtney Jo (Adam) Burkett and Ryan Dempsey and the caring great aunt of Hudson Burkett.
She was predeceased by her parents, Mary and Joseph Osip.
Ms. Osip loved animals, flowers, baking and cooking. Her favorite moments were those spent with her family and dear friends.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, at the Grosse Pointe Farms Pier Park, 350 Lakeshore at Moross.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.
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Died: Friday, December 09, 2011 Howard Hall Robinson Jr.
Howard Hall Robinson Jr., 90, died Friday, Dec. 9, 2011, after a short illness, at Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe.
He was born May 13, 1921, in Cleveland, to Jean Kirk Robinson and Howard Hall Robinson Sr., both originally of Findlay, Ohio. His maternal grandparents were born and raised in Scotland, and he was proud of his Scottish heritage. He spent his childhood in Berkley and graduated from Cranbrook School and Princeton University. In 1948 ,Mr. Robinson married Ann Young, and for the 63 years of their marriage they lived in the City of Grosse Pointe.
Mr. Robinson is survived by his wife, Ann; children, Benjamin Young (Joanne) Robinson; Howard Hall (Kathleen) Robinson III; Jean Kirk (Dawn) Robinson and Thomas Randall (Laura) Robinson; grandchildren, Andrew A. (Laura) Robinson; Zachary Y. (Valerie) Robinson; Timothy C. Robinson; Michael Y. Robinson; Meghan A. Robinson; (William) Kirk Robinson; James A. Robinson and (Elliot) Reed Robinson; great-grandchild, Maya F. Robinson and his brother, David Kirk Robinson, of Pasadena, Calif.
Mr. Robinson was predeceased by his son, Steven Ward Robinson.
Mr. Robinson’s mother was one of 12 children born and raised at the ancestral home in Findlay, Ohio, and he therefore had a large and closely connected extended family of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He enjoyed keeping in touch with his relatives, numbering more than 100 at family reunions. He also was most proud of his five children, always encouraging them and taking pride in their many accomplishments.
Mr. Robinson worked for the Rinshed-Mason Paint Co. until 1969, and then the Flint Ink Co., where he was vice president of manufacturing until he retired in 1987. At the Flint Ink Co. he was responsible for the company’s nationwide operations, as well as labor relations.
As a volunteer, Mr. Robinson served as a Boy Scout master, was past president of the Princeton Club of Michigan, trustee of the Arnold Nursing Home on Detroit’s west side; past president of Environmental Action Now, a group involved in the preservation of the St. John Marsh in Algonac and responsible for introducing the “bottle return” bill to the Michigan State legislature.
Mr. Robinson also served as past chairman of his cherished Witenagemote Club, was a member of the Grosse Pointe Senior Men’s Club and a dedicated and faithful volunteer for more than 15 years at Beaumont Hospital Grosse Pointe.
For pleasure, Mr. Robinson played duplicate bridge both in Grosse Pointe and in Palm Springs, Calif., where he and the family enjoyed many winters at Smoke Tree Ranch. In the summer, he loved spending weekends at the family farm at St. Clair, tending his vegetable garden and orchard, planting a multitude of trees with the children, and carrying on his hobby as a naturalist.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, at A.H. Peters Funeral Home, 20705 Mack, Grosse Pointe Woods.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms.
Donations may be made to Beaumont Hospital Grosse Pointe, 468 Cadieux Road, Grosse Pointe, MI 48230, or to the Salvation Army, 16130 Northland Drive, Southfield, MI 48075-5218.
Died: Thursday, December 08, 2011 John Douglas McGrath
John Douglas McGrath, 79, of Ottawa, Ill., died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, at his home, surrounded by his family.
He was born Nov. 3, 1932, in Boston, Mass., to John Bernard and Madeline (nee Areson) McGrath. He graduated from Grosse Pointe High School in 1951 and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University in 1956. He served in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1959. He married Margaret “Peggy” Broughton May 14, 1960, at St. Elizabeth Church in Wyandotte.
Mr. McGrath is survived by his wife, Peggy; children, John (Christine) McGrath of Winnetka, Ill., Katherine “K.C.” (Dan) Wollenberg of Lemont, Ill., Peter (Mary) McGrath and Daniel (Tricia) McGrath, both of Ottawa, Ill.; 12 grandchildren; brother, Robert (Christine) McGrath of Inverness, Ill. and sister, Barbara Logan of Pompano Beach, Fla.
He was predeceased by his parents; sister, Jane Crossley; brother, Peter McGrath and nephew, Brian McGrath.
A funeral Mass was celebrated Dec. 14 in Ottawa, Ill.
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Died: Thursday, December 08, 2011 Jean Johnson Lackey
Former Grosse Pointe Farms resident Jean Johnson Lackey, 84, died peacefully Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, in her home in Scottsdale, Ariz.
She was born June 14, 1927, in Detroit to K.K. and Christina Johnson and graduated from the University of Michigan in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism. While attending U-M, she was the managing editor of the Michigan yearbook. She was also a member of the sorority Delta Gamma.
She worked several years as a journalist for Ford Motor Co. She also worked as a freelance photographer for the Associated Press.
Mrs. Lackey was a gifted artist who showed her paintings in galleries across the United States. She loved a competitive game of bridge and had life master bridge points. She had a strong passion for knitting and spent lots of time knitting caps for soldiers overseas and blankets for the homeless. In her younger years, she was named club champion at The Country Club of Detroit for both bowling and golf. She also enjoyed croquet.
She was a member at The Country Club of Detroit and The Daughters of the American Revolution. In her earlier days, she was a member of Ibex and the Detroit Press Club.
Mrs. Lackey is survived by her children, George (Jill) Lackey, Joe (Stacy) Lackey and Anne (John) Albright; grandchildren, Robbie Albright, Sarah Lackey, Helen Lackey and Ava Lackey.
A memorial service was held in Scottsdale.
Donations may be made to College for Creative Studies, in memory of Jean Johnson Lackey, 201 East Kerby, Detroit, MI 48202.
Died: Tuesday, December 06, 2011 Carol A. O’Brien
Carol A. O’Brien, 74, died Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011, at the Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, Fla.
She was born Jan. 11, 1937, in Boston. While a student at Marymount College, Arlington, Va., she met her future husband, Miles M. O’Brien Jr., a native of Grosse Pointe and a student at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. A year after their graduation, in September 1958, they were married and settled in Grosse Pointe.
Mrs. O’Brien was active in the Junior League of Detroit, running a boutique in the league’s Show House charity fundraiser that set a national record for a chapter’s first show house. She was the co-founder of Tennis & Crumpets, an annual fundraiser for the Children’s Hospital of Michigan. She also chaired the acquisitions committee for the Grosse Pointe Academy’s Action Auction.
Mrs. O’Brien owned and operated a party planning and stationery business, Parties and Papers, and was the manager of the women’s department at the Brooks Brothers store in Troy for two years before moving to Vero Beach, Fla., in fall 1986.
In addition to Miles, her husband of 53 years, Mrs. O’Brien is survived by two children, Miles O’Brien III of Chevy Chase, Md., and Aileen Graef of Vero Beach, and four grandchildren. She also is survived by her brothers, Philip Riley of Wellesley, Mass., and Kevin Riley of Brighton, Mass. She was predeceased by her brother, Russell Riley Jr.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Vero Beach.
Donations may be made to Moffitt Cancer Center, 12902 Magnolia Drive, UTC-FOUND, Tampa FL 33612-9416.