Died: Saturday, January 17, 2015
City of Grosse Pointe resident Joyce Alef, 84, died Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015.
She was born May 4, 1930, in Detroit, to Marvin Alef and Troth Olgesby, and graduated from St. Paul High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Notre Dame College in Ohio.
Ms. Alef was a talented seamstress who taught sewing classes. She enjoyed volunteering and serving her community. She was active at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church and was a past president for the Grosse Pointe Theatre, as well as made costumes for its productions.
She enjoyed socializing with family and friends and loved boating, gardening and listening to the Grosse Pointe Symphony. She was a huge fan of Notre Dame College.
Ms. Alef is survived by her loving children, Paul Carey Bauhof, Mark Bauhof (Joyce), Anne Fancovic (Gerard) and Lisa B. Pollard, and grandchildren, Eric, Peter “Max,” Michael, Daniel, Jonathan and Christopher.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, at St. Paul On the Lake Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms. Visitation begins at 9:30 a.m. at the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association at diabetes.org or Services for Older Citizens, 158 Ridge Road, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.
Died: Monday, January 12, 2015
Ethel Crooks, née Martin, a resident of St. Clair Shores and Marco Island, Fla., died unexpectedly Monday, Jan. 12, 2015. She was 70.
Mrs. Crooks is survived by her husband, Albert Crooks; children, Victoria Crooks, Elizabeth Zieleniewski, Albert Crooks III and Julie Allen-Rains and her beloved grandchildren, Olivia Allen, Albert Crooks IV, Genavieve Crooks and AJ and Ana Zieleniewski.
She was predeceased by her parents, Helen and Blair Martin.
She was born Feb. 24, 1944, in Seattle, to Helen and Blair Martin. On Jan. 18, 1962, she married her high school sweetheart, Albert Crooks and joined him in Italy for two years where he was stationed with the U.S. Army.
In 1978, Mrs. Crooks and her family moved to Venezuela — a bold move at that time — when her husband accepted a foreign assignment for his job. After three years, the family lived in Mexico City for three years and Brazil for two years on two separate occasions.
Mrs. Crooks had an adventurous soul and thrived living in other countries. In 2001, she and her husband retired and moved to Marco Island.
Mrs. Crooks was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Her grandchildren were her life and she loved having a houseful of them both in St. Clair Shores and in Marco Island.
She will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved her.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, at Bagnasco and Calcaterra Funeral Home, 25800 Harper, St. Clair Shores. Visitation begins at 1 p.m. and ends at 5 p.m.
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Died: Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Edmund Arnold Francone, 97, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center in Florida.
Born Nov. 23, 1917, in Chicago, to Cesare and Carolina Francione, he was the second youngest of nine children. As a young man, he worked his way through Armour Tech — now Illinois Institute of Technology — playing the piano and singing in Chicago’s southside bars for $2 a night with two other musicians. He always said he had a three-piece orchestra.
Mr. Francone earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. He later earned a master’s degree in metallurgy and a bachelor’s degree in education from Wayne State University. He worked at Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn as an engine engineer for most of his professional life and retired from Ford in 1982 with more than 40 years of service.
Aside from his work as an engineer, his principal passions were his wife, June, his family and friends, music, Italian food, the stock market, gardening and growing citrus fruit in Texas.
Mr. Francone and his wife traveled extensively in the United States, especially in the west, and annually to Florida. They loved to entertain, enjoying a great meal and conversation with good friends.
Mr. Francone was known for growing tomatoes, peppers, beans and onions, much of that bounty shared with friends. In his later years, he developed culinary interests, his specialty being spaghetti sauce.
Mr. Francone returned to music and singing and became the vocalist with The Silver Foxes, a group of 11 musicians who entertained residents of Shore-Pointe Nursing Center every Thursday.
Mr. Francone was predeceased by his wife, June Strickler Francone; two sisters and six brothers.
He is survived by his nieces and nephews, Jacquelyn Francone Paw, Vincent Gentile, JoAnn Russo Blackwell, David Francone, Karlene Gentile Wigston, Francine Francone, and Louis Francone.
Visitation will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, at Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home, 16300 Mack, Grosse Pointe Park. A prayer service will be at 7 p.m.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, Grosse Pointe Woods. Visitation begins at 9 a.m. at the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Food for the Poor at foodforthepoor.org or Feed the Children at feedthechildren.org.
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Died: Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Faith Halfyard, a former longtime, respected and well-loved English teacher at Parcells Junior High School, died Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014.
She was born in Quincy, Mass., in 1922, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and economics from Wellesley College. She earned a master’s degree in education from Harvard University.
Miss Halfyard taught 32 years, first in Troy, N.Y., then in the Grosse Pointe Public School System, and then in Plainview, N.Y., where she retired. She then moved to North Carolina and then South Yarmouth, Mass.
Miss Halfyard was especially fond of Cape Cod, which she visited almost every summer. Former students said they will remember her as an outstanding English teacher, as well as for her liberal views and as an ardent member of the Democratic Party.
Died: Saturday, January 10, 2015
Former City of Grosse Pointe resident Richard H. “Dick” Johnson, 98, died Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, in Dearborn.
He was born in Milwaukee and graduated from the University of Wisconsin. A World War II veteran, he worked for Westinghouse Corporation for more than 40 years.
Mr. Johnson was an active member of his church, serving on numerous committees and singing in the choir. He sang with the Grosse Pointe Senior Men’s Club choral group and played trumpet in the Music Makers band. An avid sailor who enjoyed both pleasure and competitive sailing on Lake St. Clair, he also built several small sailboats.
Mr. Johnson and his wife, Charlotte, moved to Oakwood Common Retirement Community, in Dearborn, 21 years ago. There he was instrumental in starting many activities including a choral group which performed for the residents.
Mr. Johnson was predeceased by his loving wife, Charlotte.
He is survived by his loving children, James Johnson (Louise), Patricia Nicholl, Betz Johnson; grandchildren, Kimberly Kusch (Christopher), Samuel Robert Nicholl (Sara), Brian Johnson (Leigh-Anne) and Natalie Johnson and great-grandchildren, Abigail, CJ, Brynn, Delilah and Calla.
He also is survived by his dear friend, Meagan Keane; sister, Mayetta Behringer; and sister-in-law, Lillian Johnson.
In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by his brother, Bill.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Donations may be made to the Grosse Pointe Congregational Church music program, 240 Chalfonte, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.
Died: Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Peter S. Logan, 89, died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015.
He was the beloved husband of Susan for 60 years; loving father of Peter S. Logan Jr. (Patricia) and Jeffrey S. Logan (Lynn); caring grandfather of Peter Spencer, David B., Samantha, Elliot, Max and Grace and dear brother of John Logan.
He was predeceased by his brother, Leon Logan.
Donations may be made to the Michigan Parkinson Foundation at parkinsonsmi.org.
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Died: Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Grosse Pointe Farms resident Albert Martin “Bill” Mackey Jr., 86, died Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, of acute myelogenous leukemia.
He was born Jan. 22, 1928, in Detroit, to Muriel Bauman Mackey and Albert Mackey Sr., graduated from Detroit Uni-versity School and, in 1949, from Dartmouth College.
Mr. Mackey is survived by his wife of 59 years, Alexandra; sons, Sumner and William; daughters, Jennifer Tyrrell and Leslie Potter, and 10 grandchildren. He also is survived by his brother, Tom Mackey, and sister, Roberta Rigger.
Mr. Mackey was known for his outgoing personality, positive outlook on life and a sense of humor. His family said he was a friend to everyone he encountered and, as a consequence, had friends from all walks of life.
An athlete, he loved skiing and golf and played in regular tennis foursomes for more than 50 years. In recent years he devoted time and energy to restoring the grounds and membership of the Tennis House, a private facility in which he was a longtime member.
Although he never skied before he attended Dartmouth, Mr. Mackey immediately undertook the most challenging runs in the New Hampshire mountains. Later, when skiing in the Rockies, he met his wife, Alexandra, in Aspen, Colo. In spite of three hip replacements, he traveled annually to the slopes of Colorado until 2013.
As a young man, he launched a career in advertising. He later switched to the development and management of commercial property. For many years he lent his skills and expertise to the maintenance of his church, Christ Church Grosse Pointe.
Mr. Mackey was a member of the Country Club of Detroit and the Yondotega Club.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, at Christ Church Grosse Pointe, 61 Grosse Pointe Blvd., Grosse Pointe Farms.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Grosse Pointe Animal Adoption Society, 296 Chalfonte, Ave., Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.
Died: Saturday, January 17, 2015
City of Grosse Pointe resident Gordon MacGregor Murray M.D., 95, passed away Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015. He was a loving husband, beloved father and dedicated physician.
He was born in Auckland, New Zealand, to the Rev. Dr. Alexander A. Murray and Bertha (nee Deans) Murray. His early education was in New Zealand, Pennsylvania, and Nova Scotia, Canada, where he earned an M.D.C.M. degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
During World War II, Dr. Murray served as a captain in the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps. Following the war, he completed his post graduate work in Halifax and Toronto and earned a Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. From 1954 to 1966, he was an assistant medical examiner for Wayne County, while establishing his internal medicine practice.
Dr. Murray was in private practice from 1954 to 1982 and medical director of the St. John Medical Center, St. Clair Shores, from 1981 to 1989. He retired in 1989.
Dr. Murray was a longtime member of Grosse Pointe Memorial Church. He was a member of several local, national and international medical associations, a lifetime member of the St. John Hospital Guild and the Senior Men’s Club of Grosse Pointe. He was active in many organizations with his children, including the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Little League.
Dr. Murray is survived by his wife, Mildred (nee Keeping) Murray; sons, G. Bradford Murray (Jeanette) and W. Ross Murray; daughters, Elisabeth A. Murray, Cheryl Robitaille (Charles) and Marilyn Penley (Gordon) and grandsons, Joshua Murray (Stephanie) and Adam Murray (Jessi).
He was predeceased by his brother, the Rev. Dr. A. Roy W. Murray and sisters, Bonnie and Elsie.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.