Died: Monday, July 23, 2012
Cyrilla Louise Orth Wallace, 101, died Monday, July 23, 2012.
She was born July 10, 1911, in Detroit to Collette Jarrait and Elmer Orth and was a descendent of early French settlers who owned ribbon farms along the Detroit River. Current street signs still bear their names, among them, Dequindre, St. Antoine, Jos. Campau and St. Aubin. In an article in the November 2000 edition of “Michigan History Magazine,” Mrs. Wallace recounted some of her earliest memories of the family’s French lore. The author described her as “blunt, fashionable, risqué and funny.”
In addition to her wit and sense of humor, Mrs. Wallace loved music, travel, literature and poetry. A lifelong learner, she enrolled in a creative writing class at age 85. She enjoyed the exploits and adventures of her children and grandchildren and was endlessly loving and supportive of them. For many years, she enjoyed her career as the credit manager at Jacobson’s in Grosse Pointe.
Mrs. Wallace was predeceased by her husband, Robert Wallace.
She is survived by her daughters, Collette P. Reid, Roberta W. Coffey and Pamela W. Hammel; Godfrey J. Hammel; grandchildren, Kevin Reid, Julie Reddick, Lynn Bracken, Denis Bracken, Pamela Devlin; Holly and David FitzSimons, Sandra J. Hammel and Mary Amanda Hammel, and great-grandchildren, Emma and Brian Reid, Rachel, George and Ian Reddick, Anneka Wehnes, Katherine and Patrick FitzSimons and Adelaide Peabody.
A memorial Mass was celebrated July 31 at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Farms.
Donations may be made to the Capuchin Monastery, 1750 Mt. Elliott, Detroit, MI 48207.
Died: Saturday, July 21, 2012
John G. “Jerry” Crowley, 90, died Saturday, July 21, 2012.
He was born Sept. 3, 1921, to Edward and Mabel (nee Ready) Crowley and raised in Detroit. Following his graduation from Catholic Central High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served with the 879th Airborne Engineers in the Burma campaign during World War II.
Returning from the war, Mr. Crowley married his sweetheart, Dorothy Martin, and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Lawrence Technological University. He retired after 32 years with Chrysler Corporation and then was called back to work an additional two years as a consultant.
Raising his family in Grosse Pointe, Mr. Crowley took pride in his children’s and grandchildren’s accomplishments, and was often found lending a hand, or in the cheering section, at area schools, gyms, ice rinks and swimming pools. Family was at the heart of his activities and, coupled with his love of history, guided his genealogy research. Each of his children has a book of family history, a result of his countless hours spent in Detroit’s Burton Historical collection and travels to Ireland and Scotland.
Mr. Crowley loved to travel and was an avid boater. Whether it was his first boat, a Chris-Craft Sea Skiff 12-footer he built himself, or the cabin cruiser still moored at the time of his death, he considered a day spent on the water with his family a great day.
During those travels and boat trips, Mr. Crowley, an artist with work displayed in 39 states, had a sketchbook close at hand. Much of his art centered around a maritime theme, with historically accurate details. Often, awakening with an inspiration, a new painting would begin with a bedside table sketch. Many of his paintings were displayed in a one-man art show at the Dossin Great Lakes Museum on Belle Isle. He also was commissioned to do local paintings throughout the metro area.
Mr. Crowley was a member of the American Society of Marine Artists, Scarab Club, Grosse Pointe Artists Association, Grosse Pointe Veterans Club, Grosse Pointe Farms Boat Club, and the International Shipmasters’ Association. He was the past president of Detroit Lodge No. 7 of the International Shipmasters Association and a director of the marine advisory group for the Detroit Historical Society.
Mr. Crowley is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, Dotty; children, Kathy Steele (Joe), Tom Crowley (Bernadette), Patty Marantette (Tom) and John Crowley (Kathy); grandchildren, Megan and Brian Steele, Rachel, John and Robert Crowley, Danielle, Debra, Kelly and Thomas Marantette and Michael, Anne and Jennifer Crowley.
A funeral Mass was celebrated July 25 at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Farms.
Donations may be made to Capuchin Soup Kitchen, 1820 Mt. Elliott St., Detroit, MI 48207 or St. Paul Catholic School Scholarship Fund, 170 Grosse Pointe Blvd., Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236 or the charity of the donor’s choice.
Died: Saturday, July 21, 2012
Lifelong Grosse Pointe resident Mary Carleton Dickinson Herbert, 89, died Saturday, July 21, 2012, at St. John Hospital and Medical Center following a brief illness.
She was born March 24, 1923, in Detroit to Selden S. and Marian D. Dickinson, attended Grosse Pointe Country Day School and graduated from Emma Willard School in 1940. She graduated from Wellesley College in 1944 and received a master’s degree in social work from the University of Michigan in 1948.
Choosing to retire from the workforce to raise her family, Mrs. Herbert was an active member of the community, serving on committees and boards and volunteering through her association with Sigma Gamma, the Junior League of Detroit, the Wellesley Club of Detroit, the Great Lakes Lace Group, Crescent Sail Yacht Club, Services for Older Citizens, the Association of Michigan Basketmakers and many others organizations.
She was an avid reader and conversationalist. Music also played a large part in her life. Mrs. Herbert sang in numerous choirs, the most recent being the Christ Church Chorale. She played the piano as well as folk and classical guitar and was part of Christ Church’s English handbell choir.
She taught and demonstrated knitting, lace making, tatting, basket weaving, chair seat weaving and many other handicrafts for the Grosse Pointe War Memorial, The Henry Ford, the Michigan Renaissance Festival, Mount Clemens Bath Days and the Michigan State Fair. Drawing on her degree in botany from Wellesley, she also enjoyed gardening. As an equally accomplished figure skater and ice dancer, she taught beginning skating to children for many years at both University Liggett School and Grosse Pointe Community rinks.
Mrs. Herbert especially enjoyed the more than 80 summers she spent in Siasconset, Mass. As her family was extremely important to her, she delighted in the company of her sister and brother and their spouses, as well as that of her many nieces and nephews and their children who summered there. She was active in the community there as well.
Mrs. Herbert is survived by her husband of 63 years, William P. Herbert; daughter, Miranda Herbert Ferrara of Grosse Pointe and her family, Peter, Margaret and William; son, William D. Herbert of Plantation, Fla., and his family Joan, Lauren and Allison; Lauren’s fiancé, Sergey Krupsky; sister-in-law, Jeanne R. Dickinson of New York City; 12 nieces and nephews and their families; and numerous friends.
She was predeceased by her daughter, Deborah Farrand Herbert; parents Selden and Marian Dickinson; sister, Elizabeth Dickinson Benchley and brother, Selden Jerome Dickinson.
A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sat-urday, Sept. 15, at Christ Church Grosse Pointe, 61 Grosse Pointe Blvd., Grosse Pointe Farms.
Donations may be made in her name to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Died: Friday, July 20, 2012
Lifelong Grosse Pointe resident Edgar F. Trombly, 86, passed away Friday, July 20, 2012. He is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Mary Lou Trombly (nee Gouin); sons, Mark Trombly (Barbara), William Trombly (Galina) and Robert Trombly (Colleen); daughter, Julie Trombly (David Fischer) and 10 grandchildren.
Mr. Trombly was a pioneer in the field of industrial design and business owner of E.F. Trombly Design Associates of Huntington Woods and Grosse Pointe. He owned more than 60 patents and created hundreds of patented designs for major corporations including Dow Chemical Company, Mobil Chemical, Sears, J.C. Penney, McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Sweetheart Plastics and Thermo-Serv.
As recently as 2012, Mr. Trombly’s designs for VisionUSA won awards including an international trade association award for Most Creative New Product. His ongoing work included mobile chairs and mobile shopper carts for Amigo Mobility.
In 1943, Mr. Trombly graduated from Grosse Pointe High School, where he received the inaugural award for excellence in art. Upon graduation, he joined the U.S. Navy Air Corps.
Following World War II, Mr. Trombly began his career at the General Motors Design Center in the styling department run by Harley Earl. At GM, Mr. Trombly designed products for Frigidaire and Delco, along with displays for the Transportation Unlimited Autorama held at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.
In the early 1950s, he joined W.B. Ford Design Corp., founded by fellow GM designer Walter Buhl Ford. Mr. Trombly served as lead designer for the redesign of the Ford Rotunda honoring the company’s 50th Anniversary. He developed the concept and design for the Rotunda’s interior spaces and exterior facade.
In 1971, Mr. Trombly partnered with Bertrand Trombley and George Pisani to create Trombley, Pisani & Trombly Design Corp., which specialized in industrial, product, package and graphic arts design. Then, in 1974, Mr. Trombly achieved a lifelong goal by founding his own design firm, E.F. Trombly Design Associates.
Over the next several decades until his death, Mr. Trombly developed countless product, packaging and industrial designs for major corporations across the United States. For more than 50 years, he developed practical applications for myriad new materials created by scientists at Dow Chemical. His work involved everything from fast food containers to modular auto body components.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at noon, Saturday, July 28, at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore Road, Grosse Pointe Farms. Visitation begins at 11:30 a.m. at the church.
Donations may be made in Mr. Trombly’s name to the Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Wodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202 or the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, 1820 Mt. Elliott St., Detroit, MI 48207.
Died: Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Former Grosse Pointe resident Carolyn Ann Thomas, nee Ready, of Nashville, Tenn. died Wednesday, July 18, 2012, at Alive Hospice in Nashville, following an extended illness. She was 68.
She was born July 19, 1943, in Indianapolis, the daughter of William and Mary (nee McKeon) Ready and graduated from Ladywood High School in 1961. She continued her education at St. Mary of the Woods College and graduated in 1965 with a bachelor’s degree in home economics. She also received a master’s degree in public health from the University of Michigan in 1972.
Mrs. Thomas raised two children, Lesley Hermann and Brendan Thomas. She also spent much of her time volunteering with many civic organizations.
She was predeceased by her parents; her brother, William Ready Jr. and mother- and father-in-law, Gerald and Ellen Thomas of Lena, Ind.
She is survived by her former husband and close friend, Michael Thomas of Birmingham; daughter, Lesley Hermann and husband, Peter, of Nashville; son, Brendan Thomas and wife, Theresa, of Chicago; grandchildren, Hazel Hermann and Alice Hermann and several extended family members.
A funeral Mass was celebrated Saturday, July 21, at Annunciation Catholic Church in Indiana.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Mary of the Woods College, c/o Office of Advancement, P.O. Box 70, St. Mary of the Woods, IN 47876.
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Died: Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Henry “Hank” A. Peyser, D.D.S., a 25-year Grosse Pointe Shores resident, died Friday, July 13, 2012. He was 89.
He attended the University of Detroit Dental School and practiced dentistry for 35 years. He was retired for 25 years.
Dr. Peyser was a veteran of World War II, a baseball coach for Grosse Pointe Little League, a member of Lochmoor Golf Club, Grosse Pointe Yacht Club and its harbor committee chairman.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann; his children Pamela (Michael) Voss, Mark (Kady) Peyser, Richard Peyser and Cynthia (Rob) Squires; and grandchildren, Elyse, Christopher, Hank, Monique, Matt, Robbie and Tory.
Visitation is 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 19, and 10 a.m. Friday, July 20, at Bagnasco & Calcaterra Funeral Home, 25800 Harper, St. Clair Shores. Services follow at 11 a.m.
Donations may be made to Great Lakes Hospice Foundation, 900 Cooper St., Jackson, MI 49202.
Died: Monday, July 16, 2012
Former longtime Grosse Pointe resident Betty Catherine Grebe, 85, passed away Monday, July 16, 2012.
She was born June 29, 1927, in Detroit to Henry Carl Grebe and his wife, Bertha Amelia (nee Leininger), attended Gooddale Elementary School and graduated June 1, 1946, from Denby High School.
During her childhood, one of Betty’s greatest delights was traveling to Toledo, Ohio, to spend time with her grandmother and uncle at their home during the summer months. As a young woman, she moved with her family to Grosse Pointe Park. Following high school graduation, she attended the Business Institute in Columbus, Ohio, and the Detroit College of Business.
Miss Grebe used her organizational and writing skills as an executive secretary. She worked as secretary to the regional manager of the Birds Eye Frozen Foods Division of General Foods, secretary to the president of FTD Florists, secretary to the president of Charge Card Associates and secretary to the president of Michigan Consolidated Gas Company.
Along with her career, she devoted a major portion of her life to caring for her mother, Bertha, until her death in 1986.
Miss Grebe faithfully worshiped the Lord from the time of her youth at Our Saviour Lutheran Church, and transferred her membership to Christ the King Lutheran Church of Grosse Pointe Woods in1979. While at Christ the King, she served on the stewardship committee and managed the cradle roll program for Christ the King’s Sunday School ministry.
She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi International, Gamma Alpha Alumnae Chapter of the Alpha Iota Sorority of the Detroit Business College, and a member of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. She was also a member of XI Alpha Omega, a longtime volunteer at Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe and a member of the Grosse Pointe War Memorial.
During her lifetime, Miss Grebe traveled extensively across the United States and throughout the world with many dear friends. She was a loving sister and aunt, and a generous and caring friend.
In retirement Miss Grebe moved to Grosse Pointe Woods. Always a friendly but private individual, she enjoyed life at home, often entertaining her family and close friends. She later moved to ShorePointe Assisted Living Center in St. Clair Shores.
Miss Grebe is survived by her brother, H. Carl Grebe (Arlys) of Warminster, Pa.; nephew, Carl George Grebe (Meg) of Charlottesville, Va.; niece, Amy Byman (David) of Norfolk, Va.; grandniece and grandnephew, Catie and John Grebe; her personal caregiver, Kim Moore of Roseville, and by many friends and former neighbors.
Died: Sunday, July 15, 2012
Pedro Silverio Franco died peacefully in his home, surrounded by his family, Sunday, July 15, 2012.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Felicia, and his children, Felicia Franco-Feinberg (David) and Peter Franco (Heather Olson). He also is survived by his grandchildren, Plato Franco, Minka Franco, Sofia Feinberg and Gabriela Feinberg.
Dr. Franco was a 38-year resident of Grosse Pointe Shores. He was an avid reader and particularly enjoyed reading about Paraguayan and military history. He also enjoyed listening to Paraguayan folkloric music and spending time outdoors and bird watching.
Dr. Franco was born June 29, 1939, in San Jose de los Arroyos, Paraguay. He graduated medical school in Asuncion, Paraguay, in 1962. He immigrated to the United States in 1966, where he completed his medical internship and residency at Grace Hospital in Detroit and his fellowship at the University of Alabama in internal medicine and endocrinology. Dr. Franco recently retired from medical practice after compassionately helping his patients in the Detroit area and Paraguay for the past 50 years.
A funeral Mass will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, July 21, at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, 467 Fairford, Grosse Pointe Woods.
Donations in Dr. Franco’s name may be made to “With All Its Lungs, Paraguay is Breathing” campaign (A todo pulmon, Paraguay respira) to aid with reforestation in Paraguay and sent to: “A Todo Pulmon, Paraguay respira” Calle America 200 casi tte. Coco Rivervos, Asuncion, Paraguay, or to World Wildlife Federation Global at panda.org.
Died: Saturday, July 14, 2012
Deno Pascucci of Horizon Bay, Clearwater, Fla., and formerly of Masontown, Pa., died Saturday, July 14, 2012, at the Manor Care Nursing Home in Dunedin, Fla. He was 95.
He was born Oct. 18, 1916, in Masontown to Frederick and Maria (nee Sagripanti) Pascucci. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his beloved wife, Georgina (nee Cytacki) Pascucci and his sister, Jean DeGusipe.
Mr. Pascucci was a union representative negotiator with Dana Corporation of Detroit for many years before retirement. He was a member and staunch supporter of the United Auto Workers of America. He was an avid golfer, playing at Wynmoor Golf Club and Palm Air Country Club where he served as a ranger for many years.
In his youth, he was a member of All Saints Roman Catholic Church in Masontown, where he was baptized.
He is survived by his brother, Vince Pace of Clearwater, Fla.; nephews, Rick Pace, Bryan Pace and Mark Pace, all of Maryland, Ronald DeGusipe of McClellandtown, Pa., and Robert DeGusipe of Pittsburgh; and many great nieces and great nephews.
A funeral Mass was celebrated July 20 at All Saints Roman Catholic Church.
Donations in Mr. Pascucci’s name may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.
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Died: Saturday, July 14, 2012
Former Grosse Pointe Farms resident Christine A. Swords, nee Bardy, died peacefully Saturday, July 14, 2012, in her home in Columbus, Ohio, after a lengthy illness. She was 76.
“Tina,” as she was known to family and friends, was born Aug. 14, 1935, in Detroit to Stephen and Anna Bardy. She was a graduate of Grosse Pointe High School and Wayne State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. She married Wendell S. Swords of Columbus, Ohio, in 1959 and had two children.
Mrs. Swords is survived by her husband; son, Randall, his wife, Marcia and their children, Nathaniel and Eva; daughter-in-law, Kathryn and children, Sara and John; and sisters, Deanna Bardy and Audrey Bardy, both of Grosse Pointe, and Audrey’s children, Anne Michelle Pettit and Christopher B. Pettit.
She was predeceased by her son, Bruce.