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Frank Hamilton Davis Jr.

Died: Friday, June 15, 2012
Age: 76
Frank Hamilton Davis Jr., 76, of Grosse Pointe, died Friday, June 15, 2012, after a brief illness.

He was born in 1935 in Bronxville, N.Y., to Katharine Simmons Davis and Frank Hamilton Davis. He graduated from Milton Academy, where he was captain of hockey and track teams and Princeton University where he played hockey. He also served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1952 to 1954. He married Mary Helen Hesse in 1961.

Mr. Davis’ life-long career in advertising included working at J. Walter Thompson and Young & Rubicam in New York, Denver and Detroit, where he was primarily responsible for Ford Motor Company advertising. In 1969, he married Deborah Larabee Bottome.

Mr. Davis enjoyed his community of friends, neighbors and merchants in the Grosse Pointe area. There he met his beloved partner and friend, Katherine Tarrant, of Grosse Pointe Park.

An avid sailor, skier, ice skater and lover of the natural world, Mr. Davis spent summers on Lake Champlain, the coast of Downeast Maine and more recently, Grand Traverse County.

Mr. Davis will be missed by his daughter, Margo Davis-Hollander and her sons, Forest and Gabriel of the Berkshires, Mass.; daughter, Andrea Davis Murray, her husband, Keith Murray and their children, Charley, Craig and Fiona of Christ Church, New Zealand; daughter, Ashley Davis Delong, her husband, Darryl Delong and their children, Aidan and Sebastian of Beaverton, Ore. He also is survived by his siblings, Elizabeth Crossman, Timothy Davis, Derrick Davis, Leslie Williams and Marjorie Mangham and 14 nieces and nephews.

Contact Mr. Davis’ family at margobdh@aol.com.

William Taylor Flaska II

Died: Friday, June 15, 2012
Age: 23
Former Grosse Pointe resident William Taylor Flaska II, 23, died Friday, June 15, 2012, in Santa Monica, Calif., where he was attending college.

Born Sept. 14, 1988, in Grosse Pointe to Roxanne L. and Kenneth Flaska, Taylor — as he was known to family and friends — graduated from Grosse Pointe South High School. While at South, he was captain of the varsity golf team and was a member of the school’s 2007 state championship winning varsity hockey team.

Mr. Flaska attended Lehigh University and was a member of the school’s hockey team until a shoulder injury ended his competitive playing. He transferred to the Midwest and later California to continue his education.

He loved to golf and snowboard and play baseball and hockey. He was an avid Detroit Red Wings fan and enjoyed strength training and working out. He traveled extensively with his family and relished discovering new places. His family said Mr. Flaska loved people of all ages and they loved him. He was outgoing, compassionate and had a wonderful sense of humor.

He will be greatly missed.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Flaska is survived by his brother, Connor.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, June 25, at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Genevieve W. Bordato

Died: Friday, June 15, 2012
Age: 93
Grosse Pointe Woods resident Genevieve W. Bordato, 93, passed away Friday, June 15, 2012.

She was the loving wife of James C. Bordato, who predeceased her.

Mrs. Bordato is survived by her children, James M. (Denise) and Samuel E. (Kellie); 13 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. She also is survived by her sister, Jesse Kamp.

She was predeceased by her daughter, Laura Malinda Reed.

A funeral service was held June 20 at Resurrection Funeral Home in Clinton Township.

Donations may be made to Christ the King Lutheran Church, 20338 Mack, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236.

Rozanne Leon Egnatios

Died: Thursday, June 14, 2012
Age: 89
Grosse Pointe Woods resident Rozanne Leon Egnatios, 89, died Thursday, June 14, 2012.

She was born May 24, 1923, in Welland, Ontario, Canada, to Ablan Leon and Lena George and graduated from Welland High School. She was skilled in sales and management. She was a life-long homemaker and worked at Dobbs Furniture and Leon’s Furniture.

Mrs. Egnatios had a strong religious faith and was active in the Roman Catholic faith all her life. She and her husband were parishioners at St. Philomena Roman Catholic Church in Detroit. She was a perpetual member of the League of Catholic Women and St. Elias.

She was devoted to her husband and her children. She enjoyed horseback riding, travel, home furnishing and decorating. She especially loved to watch Detroit Tigers baseball.

Mrs. Egnatios is survived by her husband, Eddie J. Egnatios; daughters, Nadine Egnatios (Horace), Lori E. Campise (Raymond) and Robyn Egnatios (David); sons, Edward (Kathleen), Gerard (Donna) and Rockne (Wendy); grandchildren, Kate Moloney-Egnatios (Andy), Carrie Moloney-Egnatios (Tim), Shaelyn McCarthy (David), Lauren Moloney-Egnatios, Jodi Maccarone (Marc), Jamie Egnatios Beene, John Egnatios Beene (Katie), Kareen Dolce (Mark), Alicia Campise, Raymond Campise Jr., Noel Peace (Bret), Jacqulyn Egnatios, Tara Egnatios, Jeremy Egnatios, Tina Egnatios, Gabrielle Eginatios-Schultz, Crosby Egnatios-Schultz, Evan Egnatios and Isabella Egnatios and great-grandchildren, Frank Dolce, Vincent Dolce, Keegan Kirby, Ella Kirby, Henry W. Beene, Elena Peace and Brennan McCarthy. She also is survived by her sister, Catherine Repar; brother Dr. Joseph Leon and daughter-in-law, Patti Mathews.

Mrs. Egnatios was predeceased by her son, Scott; parents; sisters, Sadie Zewin, Mary Dileo and Marjorie Leon and brothers, Roger Leon, George Leon, Lewis Leon, Tom Leon and Eddie Leon.

A funeral Mass was celebrated June 18 at St. Philomena. Another Mass, along with interment, will be held in Welland, Ontario.

Donations may be made to The Province of St. Joseph of the Capuchin Order, Development Office, 1820 Mt. Elliott, Detroit, MI 48207 or at thecapuchins.org.

Toni Luanne Kruse

Died: Thursday, June 14, 2012
Age: 48
Grosse Pointe Park resident Toni Luanne Kruse, 48, passed away Thursday, June 14, 2012, after a three-year battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis disease.

Mrs. Kruse earned as associate’s degree in occupational safety, but most recently spent her days as a homemaker, still directing her household until her last days.

Her family said she was outgoing and befriended many people throughout her brief life.

She is survived by her loving husband, Steve and children, Sydney and Spencer. She also is survived by her parents, Luther and Susan Jones and her sisters, Terry Bennett and Tracy Montoya.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 23, 2012, at St. Thomas Lutheran Church, 23801 Kelly Road, Eastpointe. A memorial gathering begins at 1 p.m. at the church.

Toni Luanne Kruse

Died: Thursday, June 14, 2012
Age: 48
Grosse Pointe Park resident Toni Luanne Kruse, 48, passed away Thursday, June 14, 2012, after a three-year battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis disease.

Mrs. Kruse earned as associate’s degree in occupational safety, but most recently spent her days as a homemaker, still directing her household until her last days.

Her family said she was outgoing and befriended many people throughout her brief life.

She is survived by her loving husband, Steve, and children, Sydney and Spencer. She also is survived by her parents, Luther and Susan Jones and her sisters, Terry Bennett and Tracy Montoya.

A funeral service was held Saturday, June 23, at St. Thomas Lutheran Church, Eastpointe.

Donations may be made to ALS of Michigan, 24359 Northwestern Highway, Suite 100, Southfield, MI 48075.

Russell Arthur Bradley

Died: Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Age: 96
Russell Arthur Bradley, 96, died Wednesday, June 13, 2012, at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit.

Mr. Bradley was a retired automotive engineer who worked for both Chrysler Corp. and Ford Motor Co. He also was the former owner of North Bay Marina.

Born in Detroit, he grew up on the Edsel & Eleanor Ford estate in Grosse Pointe Shores, where his father was the caretaker. He attended the Vernier School and graduated from Grosse Pointe High School.

He loved to sail and spend time by the water.

Mr. Bradley is survived by his loving children, Barbara Sullivan (Charles) and Russell Jr.; grandchildren, Justin Bradley, Katlyn Sullivan, Steven Bradley and Courtney Bradley.

He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Charlotte; son, David and brothers, Dr. Delbert Bradley and Robert Bradley.

A funeral service will be held at noon Saturday, June 23, at White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery, Chapel of Flowers, 621 W. Long Lake Road, Troy. Visitation begins at 11:30 a.m.

Donations may be made to Leader Dogs for the Blind, 1039 S. Rochester Road, Rochester Hills, MI 48307.

Doris V. Thomas

Died: Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Age: 91
Doris V. Thomas, 91, died peacefully Wednesday, June 13, 2012, at Clare Bridge, Farmington Hills.

She was predeceased by her husbands, Julian B. Thomas and Jack B. Evans; son, Jack B. Thomas; an infant son, and her sister, Ruth T. Hamilton.

The longtime Grosse Pointe Farms and Grosse Pointe Woods resident was born in Bridgeport, Conn., to William E. and Hilda Topping. She graduated from Southeastern High School and attended Detroit Business Institute.

Mrs. Thomas was a longtime volunteer for the American Red Cross, Meals for the Homebound and past president of the Women’s Guild at Bon Secours Hospital. She also was a member of the Southeastern High School Alumni Reunion Committee. She loved spending time with her family and friends and was a 52-year supporter of Grosse Pointe Farms City Little League, Grosse Pointe Babe Ruth, and Grosse Pointe South High School baseball, where she supported her two sons and a grandson.

She is survived by her children; Christine T. Butler (John), of Easton, Md. and Brookesville, Maine, Margaret T. Butterly (Vincent), of Grosse Pointe and Richard E. Thomas (Sara), of Brighton; stepdaughter, Patricia Mason, of Denver, and daughter-in-law, Diane Thomas. She also is survived by 13 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and her niece, Muriel Wagner.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 14, 2012, at White Chapel Cemetery, 621 W. Long Lake Road, Troy, MI 48098.

Donations may be made to Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care, 27355 John R, Madison Heights, MI 48071.

David Whitney

Died: Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Age: 77
David Whitney died peacefully Wednesday, June 13, 2012, in Doylestown, Pa., after a long siege with Lewy Body Dementia. He was 77.

Born in 1934 in Detroit, Mr. Whitney was the son of David Marshall Whitney Jr., of Grosse Pointe Farms and Eugenie Carhartt Davis of Damariscotta, Maine.

A man with eclectic interests, he enjoyed the Detroit Tigers, playing tennis, sailing in Muscongus Bay off Harbor Island, Maine, fishing and hunting on Lake St. Clair, Irish whiskey, Vivaldi, Zydeco, Broadway theater, and French cuisine.

Mr. Whitney attended Detroit University School and Phillips Exeter Academy. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard and a master’s degree in business administration from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He worked for pharmaceutical companies McKesson and Pfizer, and as director of new business in corporate business development of Union Carbide. He led his research and development team to create the first viable titanium hip replacement. He was later an adjunct professor at the Rutgers Business School and a business consultant.

Mr. Whitney is survived by his wife of 23 years, Penelope Kaiser Whitney; his stepfather, Leverett Brainard Davis; his four children, Neile L. Whitney (Davis Blum), Daren Whitney Stevenson (Richard W.), D. Alexander S. Whitney (Irina) and Robert T. Whitney; grandchildren, Bryn and Avery Whitney-Blum and Peter, James and Katie Stevenson; siblings, Judith Cooney Gardner, Suzanne Cooney Phillips, Bethine Standart Whitney and Leverett B. Davis Jr.; aunts, Gretchen Carhartt Valade and Patricia Carhartt Howard; and former wife, Jean Harris Whitney.

He was predeceased by his sister, Denise Morrison Whitney.

A service and interment will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 3, in the chapel at Woodmere Cemetery, 9400 Fort Street, Detroit.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mr. Whitney’s memory to Lewy Body Dementia Research, The Grossman Lab, Department of Neurology, University of Pennsylvania, 3400 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 or The Annual Fund in Memory of David Whitney, Class of 1952, Phillips Exeter Academy, Gift Recording, 20 Main Street, Exeter, NH 03833.

James H. Kurtz Jr.

Died: Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Life-long Grosse Pointe resident James H. Kurtz Jr. passed away peacefully Tuesday, June 12, 2012, after a courageous battle with multiple sclerosis.

Mr. Kurtz was the beloved husband of Rachel (nee Redlin); proud and loving father of Heidi and Jamie; dear son of Virginia Kurtz; nephew of Joyce Zeder; brother-in-law of Michael Redlin (Dawn) and son-in-law of Harriet Redlin (the late Robert).

He was predeceased by his father, James H. Kurtz and brother, John Kurtz.

Mr. Kurtz was an involved owner and president of Kurtz Steel from 1979 to 2000, and active in the steel industry. He graduated from Grosse Pointe High School in 1967 and the University of Miami in 1971.

He loved family vacations, duck hunting on Walpole Island and his weekly golf game at the Country Club of Detroit. His family said he was deeply loved and will be greatly missed.

A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.

Donations may be made to the National MS Society, Michigan Chapter, 21311 Civic Center Drive, Southfield, MI 48076 or Visiting Nurse Association of Southeast Michigan, 25900 Greenfield, Suite 600, Oak Park, MI 48237.
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