Died: Sunday, September 11, 2011
William B. Ferry, 98, formerly of Grosse Pointe Woods, Suttons Bay, and Bella Vista, Ark., died Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, at New Hope Health and Rehabilitation Center in Rogers, Ark.
He was born April 26, 1913, in Benton Township, Ill., the son of Charles Dexter Ferry and Katherine White Forman.
A graduate of Northern Illinois University with a Master of Arts degree from Northwestern University, he taught music in the Grosse Pointe Public School System, retiring in 1975.
When he and his wife, Helen, moved to Gravette, Ark., they were active in the square dance and round dance community. A member of the Bella Vista Recorder Consort, he also volunteered as stage manager of the Northwest Arkansas Symphony. An avid and talented carpenter, he built fine furniture, as well as the family cabin on Lee Point Road in Suttons Bay where the family summered.
Mr. Ferry is survived by his wife, Helen Louise (nee Bauman); daughters, Dawneane K. Munn of Lincoln, Neb., and Deborah Robbins of Princeton, N.J.; grandsons, Andrew Suddith, Matthew Robbins, William Brian Ferry Jr., R. Todd Ferry and Scott Ferry and two great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his parents, five siblings and his son, William Brian Ferry.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, at the Presbyterian Church of Bella Vista in Arkansas
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the choir of the Presbyterian Church of Bella Vista, 1880 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista, AR 72715.
Died: Saturday, September 10, 2011 Pamela Jane Buhler
Pamela Jane Buhler, 54, passed away Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011.
She was the daughter of Maureen “Mickey” Schaefer Wilberding and the late Herbert I. Buhler Jr. She was the sister of H. Michael Buhler, Kurt (Stacy) Buhler and Ed Wilberding. She also is survived by three nephews.
She was predeceased by her stepfather, G. Fred Schaefer Jr. A funeral Mass was celebrated Sept. 14 at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Farms.
Donations may be made to Coleman Foundation, 313 S. Church St., Hudson MI 49247 or to Goodwill Industries at goodwill.org.
Arrangements were handled by the Wm. R. Hamilton Co. Mount Clemens.
Died: Saturday, September 10, 2011 Phyllis Ann Bolus
Former Grosse Pointe resident Phyllis Ann Bolus, nee Higgins, died Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011. A current resident of Romulus, she was 55.
Born May 26, 1956, to James and Phyllis Higgins, she attended St. Ambrose Elementary School and graduated from Grosse Pointe South High School in 1975.
She was an active volunteer for the city of Romulus and Old St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Detroit’s Greektown district.
Mrs. Bolus is survived by her husband, Tom; daughters, Kim (Stephen) Sharbatz and Katie Bolus; son, Thomas Bolus; grandchildren, Stephen and Sloane Sharbatz and her sister, Mary Kay Kozma.
She was predeceased by her parents and her brother, Jimmy Higgins.
A funeral Mass was celebrated Sept. 16 at Old St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
Died: Friday, September 09, 2011
Dorothy Webb Davis, 102, passed away Friday, Sept. 9, 2011, in Clarkston.
She was born July 19, 1909, in Detroit and was a longtime resident of Grosse Pointe, where she was a volunteer at Bon Secours Hospital and a member of the Questers group.
She had lived in the Washington, D.C. area, Denver, San Francisco and Los Angeles and traveled widely throughout the United States. Her summers were spent in Pentwater, where her ancestors had settled 150 years ago.
Mrs. Davis taught in the Detroit Public Schools. Her friends, children and grandchildren will remember her always with fondness. They will remember her strong family values, her sharp wit and positive outlook on life. Her intelligence and conversational skills made her an interesting and amusing companion no matter the age of her audience. She was an avid reader throughout her long life, believing in the value of education for herself and others. She will be keenly missed.
She was predeceased by her husband of 75 years, Philip Davis, and is survived by her children, Mary (Harold) Bannasch and Robert (Mona) Davis; grandchildren, Harold (Desiree) Bannasch, John (Christy) Bannasch, Robert (Winnie) Davis Jr., Stephen Bannasch and Elizabeth (Martin) Davis-Pennington and great-grandchildren, Collin Davis, Davis Pennington, Elliott Pennington and Neve Davis.
Visitation will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at Coats Funeral Home-Clarkston, 8909 Dixie Highway, Clarkston.
A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at Clarkston United Methodist Church, 6600 Waldon Road, Clarkston, followed by a luncheon.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Salvation Army at salvationarmyusa.org.
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Died: Wednesday, September 07, 2011 Thomas J. Moran III
Grosse Pointe Shores resident Thomas J. Moran III died Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011.
He was born March 26, 1940, in Detroit to Thomas and Philomene Moran and attended John Carroll University in Ohio. He was the owner of Saturn Industries in Warren.
Mr. Moran enjoyed spending time with his family, golfing and working. He was past president of Gowanie Golf Club, and a member of Boulder Lakes Golf Club.
Mr. Moran is survived by his wife, Patti Moran; daughters, Katie Moran and Debbie Capadagli; sons, Tommy (Margot) Moran and Peter (Andrea) Moran and grandchildren, Danny, Michael, Ryan, Molly, Quinn, Hannah and Mallory.
He also is survived by his siblings, Mike (Patty), Cathy (Al) Rutledge, Patty (the late Brian) Forster, Joe (Beth), Mary (Lon) Barr and Lucy (Bob) Gorski.
He was predeceased by his parents and his children, Betsy Garthwaite and Molly Moran.
A funeral Mass was held Sept. 10 at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, Grosse Pointe Farms.
Donations may be made to Make-A-Wish Foundation at wish.org; St. John Hospice, St. John Health Foundation, P.O. Box 673271, Detroit, MI 48267-3271 or The Capuchins, 1750 Mt. Elliott, Detroit, MI 48207.
Died: Monday, September 05, 2011 Anthony “Deno” Corrado
Former Harper Woods resident Anthony “Deno” Corrado, 54, died peacefully Monday, Sept. 5, 2011, at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor, from complications from vocal cord cancer.
Mr. Corrado spent the majority of his career in the marine and boating industry, in all areas from customer service to sales to department manager. He was a familiar face to many boaters in the area.
Excellent communication skills and a vibrant speaking voice defined Mr. Corrado, so the diagnosis of vocal cord cancer and ultimate removal of his voice box hit hard. He decided to meet the challenge, and looked to his passion, hockey.
He was a goalie for the Golden Eagles of the Glacier Pointe League in Marysville. It was this that helped keep him strong and focused as he went through the regimen of cancer treatments. He was awarded the Tough Man award earlier this year, as his team took the championship. He was the top league goalie. His family, teammates and wonderful friends at the Grosse Pointe Library rallied around him, lending love and support as his health failed.
Mr. Corrado’s family described him as a man full of compassion, with a generous heart and child-like spirit. It appeared he had every gift in life; everything but length of years.
Mr. Corrado’s journey picked up speed the last four months of his life. With the help of his friends, Jim Bloom, Fr. Greg Deters and Bill Stier, he turned fully toward the Lord, and those closest to him saw firsthand how to exit this world in a state of grace. He spoke tirelessly of his faith and the love he had for his friends and family.
Mr. Corrado leaves behind his beloved wife, Laney, to carry forth their shared dreams. They never forgot the magic of their first meeting at a roof-top club in Detroit.
In addition, he is survived by his close friend and brother, John (Stacy) Corrado; sister, Marie Loeffler; niece, Amanda Loeffler; nephew, Randy Tobbe; nephew, Kris (Courtney) Tobbe and daughters, Gabriella and Gwen.
A private service was held.
Donations may be made to the Grosse Pointe Animal Adoption Society, 296 Chalfonte Ave., Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.
Died: Sunday, September 04, 2011 Margaret Mary Grinvalsky
Former Grosse Pointe resident Margaret Mary (nee Palker) Grinvalsky, 88, died Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011.
She was was born Oct. 3, 1922, in Torrington, Conn., and was married 50 years to Henry T. Grinvalsky Sr. M.D., who predeceased her.
She was a beloved peacemaker, enforcer and mother of Hank (Pat), Peggy, Vincent, Phillip (Jane), Paul (Teri), Mark (Susan), Rose Anne, Clare and Susie (Becky); grandmother of 19 and great-grandmother of 17. She was the lifelong best friend of Lillian.
As a teenager, Mrs. Grinvalsky loved ice and roller skating, played basketball and won track meets all along the East Coast. An avid lover of the outdoors, she led the Girl Scouts on camping, hiking, and field trips for 35 years.
An accomplished violinist, she presented solo concerts, and performed with a chamber orchestra and symphony. She was trained in the Suzuki method of violin instruction.
While living in the Grosse Pointe area, Margaret was an active member in many organizations, including 17 years as an Eucharistic minister to the homebound, 24 years with the Bon Secours Hospital Assistance League, St. Paul Altar Society and the American Red Cross.
Her family said she was a kind and gentle spirit with a beautiful smile.
A funeral Mass was celebrated Sept. 9 at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, Grosse Pointe Farms.
Donations may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Died: Friday, September 02, 2011
JoAnne Nedoff, 64, of Linden, passed away unexpectedly Friday, Sept. 2, 2011.
She was born March 21, 1947, in Gary, Ind., to Joseph and Helen Repya, and attended Gary Emerson High School.
Mrs. Nedoff worked as an optician and in hospice care. She battled multiple sclerosis for more than 30 years, and helped educate others about the disease. She loved the outdoors and spent many hours near a lake fishing, catching and releasing, even though she was allergic to fish.
She was an avid supporter of police agencies, and was immensely proud of her husband and son for serving in law enforcement.
Mrs. Nedoff is survived by her husband of 43 years, Albert Nedoff Jr.; children, Lisa (Ken) LaPlante, Scott (Kim) Nedoff and Andrea Nedoff Rizzo and grandchildren, Skyler LaPlante, Scotty and Sophie Nedof, and Annabella Rizzo.
She also is survived by her brothers, Joseph (Deb) Repya and David (Anita) Repya; brother-in-law, Jerry Nedoff; sisters-in-law, Marsha (Milan) Andrejevich and Rosanne (Zach) Lent; nieces and nephews, Robyn (Repya) White and Molly Repya, Joseph and Christian Repya, Lydia and Alexandra Andrejevich, Zach Lent and David and Christopher Nedoff and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
She was predeceased by her parents, Joseph and Helen Repya.
Services were held Sept. 5 in Linden.
Donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or at stjude.org.
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Died: Thursday, September 01, 2011 Mary Duika
Grosse Pointe resident Mary Duika, 92, died Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011.
She was the beloved wife of Paul, who predeceased her, and loving mother of Dennis (Diane) Duika, Michael (Kaye) Duika and Mary Ann Miller. She was the proud grandmother of Jason Duika and Alexandra Miller and sister of Tatiana Shamie.
Mrs. Duika is also survived by many loving family and friends.
She was loved deeply and will be missed greatly.
A private memorial service will be held at a future date.
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Died: Thursday, September 01, 2011
Longtime Grosse Pointe Park resident Catherine J. Marshall, 79, passed away Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011, after a long and courageous struggle with illness.
She was born Jan. 18, 1932, in Coleman to Melvina and Theodore Marshall. She was the beloved mother of Theodore and Catherine, but was known by everyone as “Mom.” She was the cornerstone of the neighborhood, befriended anyone and always had an open door and open heart.
She enjoyed cooking and canning and shared the fruits of her labor with friends and especially her grandchildren. Her family said it was well- known that if you were hungry, “Mom” always had something for you.
Ms. Marshall loved her family and friends and was especially proud of her three grandchildren, Alison, Ashley and Michael. She loved passing on stories or funny jokes and was the life of a party. Her American Indian heritage was special to her and her family believes her strong beliefs will guide her in her afterlife. She will be missed greatly by family and friends.
Ms. Marshall is survived by her son, Theodore Marshall; daughter, Catherine (John) Pomaville; grandchildren, Alison and Ashley Pomaville and Michael Marshall; sisters, Barbara Muessig-Short, Mercedes Thomas and Mary Marshall and brother, Theodore Marshall Sr., as well as several generations of nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents, Theodore and Melvina and her brother, Wilmer.
Donations may be made to Liggett Breast Center, St. John Health Foundation, P.O. Box 673271, Detroit, MI 48267-3271.
Funeral services were held Sept. 3, at the Church of Daniel’s Band in Midland. Burial was in the Warren Township Cemetery in Coleman.