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October 23, 2014 Issue
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Patricia Anne DiSanto

Died: Monday, October 13, 2014
Age: 63
Patricia Anne DiSanto, 63, passed away Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, at her home in New York City, with her husband and son by her side, following a courageous battle with colon cancer.

She was born Aug. 27, 1951, to Paris and Marion Di Santo, the third of seven children. She graduated from Grosse Pointe High School, studied hotel and restaurant management in Miami, and enjoyed the vivacity and fervor of life in New York City many years. In 1992, she married Florencio Navarro and had a son, Gregory, who was the light of her life.

A lover of nature, animals and adventure, her family said Ms. DiSanto embraced life to the fullest. She maintained exuberance and a determination to live, aided by the unwavering support, love and tireless efforts of family and friends. She engaged tirelessly and with conviction throughout her journey, a beautiful, feisty, vivacious, loving force, undaunted by her many challenges.

Ms. DiSanto is survived by her husband, Florencio Navarro; son, Gregory Paris; father, Paris Di Santo, and siblings, Susan, Janet, Dody, Jim, Anne and Christine.

She was predeceased by her mother, Marion DiSanto.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at St. James Cathedral at The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Ave., New York, N.Y. A reception will follow from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Common Room at the Cathedral School.

A reception will be held in Grosse Pointe at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to The Patricia DiSanto Memorial Fund, care of Jan Di Santo, 10 Renz Road, Mill Valley, CA 94941.

Mary A. Helin

Died: Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Mary A. Helin, 95, died Monday, Oct. 13, 2014.

She was the wife of Charles P. Helin, who predeceased her; loving mother of Wallace Helin and Vanessa Ferriole (Jim); dear grandmother of Holly McNabb (Ed) and Christopher and Paul Ferriole.

A memorial Mass was held Oct. 22 at Old St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Detroit.

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Jeanne Mackenzie

Died: Saturday, September 20, 2014
Age: 65
Former City of Grosse Pointe resident Jeanne Mackenzie, 65, died Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in Mesa, Ariz.

She was born in Pensacola, Fla., and graduated from Grand Valley State University. Prior to moving to Arizona, She worked as a medical manager in Grand Rapids. She enjoyed volunteering with the Humane Society of West Michigan.

As a child, Mrs. Mac-kenzie lived various places throughout the country. Her family moved often while her father served in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Mrs. Mackenzie is survived by her husband, Scott; son, Ryan (Stephanie); daughter, Megan and five grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at a future date.

Donations may be made to Services for Older Citizens, 158 Ridge Road, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236 or at socservices.org.

Jack Petz

Died: Tuesday, October 07, 2014
Age: 86
Grosse Pointe Farms resident Sylvester John “Jack” Petz Jr., 86, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014.

Born June 8, 1928, to Sylvester John and Leona (nee Voss) Petz, he grew up an adventurous member of Detroit’s Indian Village neighborhood. He was sent to Assumption College Catholic High School in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, for taming and followed that with art studies at Cass Technical High School in Detroit.

An all-around athlete, he later joined the Detroit Boat Club rowing team, winning both the U.S. and Canadian National Championships. While serving the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War, he was sent to Detroit to train as an oarsman for the Olympics. He rowed morning and night while working at the Ross Roy Advertising agency. It was there he met a receptionist, Susan Wood, who became the love of his life and mother of his five sons.

Following his stint in the Marines, Mr. Petz built a career as an advertising art rep, representing top talent at several Detroit art studios including New Center, McNamara and Skidmore Studio.

Art was always a major part of Mr. Petz’ life and he painted almost daily becoming an award-winning artist while managing to get paint stains on many of his favorite clothes.

Theater was also a great source of joy. As a member of Grosse Pointe Theatre and The Fine Arts Society of Detroit, Mr. Petz brought gusto to the stage where he directed plays, designed sets, acted and sang in many productions and served as president of Grosse Pointe Theatre.

According to his family, Mr. Petz’ love of singing and music stayed with him to the end. While waiting to be admitted to St. John Hospital the morning of his death, he sang songs with his son, Tony. Later that evening, his son, Marty, played guitar and sang to him at his bedside. Mr. Petz gave a thumbs-up and passed away peacefully a short time later.

He was deeply loved and will be greatly missed.

Mr. Petz is survived by his wife of 62 years, Susan Petz; sons, John, Timothy, Patrick (Melissa), Marty (Joanne) and Tony (Amanda); 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his brother, Robert Petz and sister, Peggy Hume.

A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday, Nov. 22, at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms. Visitation begins at 11:30 a.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Capuchin Soup Kitchen at cskdetroit.org/help-us-serve.

Heinrich Christian Schaefer M.D.

Died: Monday, October 06, 2014
Age: 96
Heinrich Christian “Chris” Schaefer M.D. passed away peacefully Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, in Bloomfield Hills. He was 96.

Dr. Schaefer is survived by his beloved wife of 42 years, Vittoria; son, Christian Schaefer Jr. (Julie); stepdaughter, Maria Bardy, and grandchildren, Nicholas Schileru and Christina Cline. He also is survived by his sister, Traude, in Germany, and many nieces and friends.

He was predeceased by his parents; sister, Brigette, in Germany, and stepson, Gary Gregg.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Dr. Christian Schaefer to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142 or at stjude.org.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, 375 Lothrop, Grosse Pointe Farms.

A.H. Peters Funeral Home, Grosse Pointe Woods, is handling the arrangements.

Michael Watson

Died: Monday, October 13, 2014
Age: 63
Grosse Pointe Park resident Michael Watson, 63, died Monday, Oct. 13, 2014.

He was born Aug. 14, 1951, in Detroit, to Gerald and Lois Watson and graduated from Austin Catholic Preparatory School.

He retired after 15-plus years working in the deli department at the Kroger stores in the Village and in Grosse Pointe Woods.

His numerous friends included many of his fellow employees and customers.

Mr. Watson is survived by his mother, Lois; sisters, Patti Schollenberger (Ted); Janet Drekich (Dan) and Diane Smith (Eric); brothers, Dick Watson, (Irene) and David Watson (Nancy); brother-in-law, Tom Dunstan and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his father, Gerald Watson and sister, Kathy Dunstan.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Oct. 17 at St. Clare of Montefalco Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Park.
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