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April 24, 2014 Issue
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Kendra V. Harding

Died: Friday, April 18, 2014
Age: 73
Former Grosse Pointe Park resident Kendra V. Harding died Friday, April 18, 2014. She was 73.

Harding served as a past president of the Grosse Pointe Little League Association and was a proud member of Pi Beta Phi sorority.

She was the beloved wife of the late Lawrence Harding and was a loving mother to J.T. Harding, Lance Harding (fiancée Lynel Leonard) and the late Lee Harding. She also is survived by her brother, Craig (Ginny) Van Sciever.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, April 26, at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore Drive, Grosse Pointe Farms. In lieu of flowers, donations are welcome to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute or the Michigan Association of Suicide Prevention. Share memories with the family at wujekcalcaterra.com.

Thomas James Maurer

Died: Sunday, April 06, 2014
Age: 92
Grosse Pointe Park resident Thomas James Maurer, 92, died Sunday, April 6, 2014, at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit.

He was born in Tremont, Pa., to Sallie and John Maurer and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from UCLA. A veteran of the U.S. Army, he retired as president of Parker Majestic Inc.

Mr. Maurer was a member and former president of Gowanie Golf Club. He enjoyed trout fishing and golfing.

Mr. Maurer is survived by his wife, Marion Maurer; sons, John (Mary) and Peter; daughters, Molly (Bill Foss), Marsha (Ruth Heiden) and Margaret Gentile (Mark) and grandchildren, Shawn Marie Wolfersdorff (Paul), Dean Maurer (Tamara), Nicholas Maurer, James Gentile, Michael Gentile, David Gentile, Kimberly Ellsworth (Seth), Joe Gentile (Kristi), Erich Maurer, Gretchen Maurer, T.J. Maurer, Anita Foss, Joanna Foss and Clara Heiden.

He was predeceased by his sisters, Helen, Mary, Mildred and Katherine and brothers, William, Lewis, John, Charles, Frederick, Harry, Andrew and Albert.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, May 5, at Christ Church Grosse Pointe, 61 Grosse Pointe Blvd., Grosse Pointe Farms.

Donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148.

Madeleine Quasarano

Died: Friday, April 18, 2014
Age: 82
Madeleine Quasarano, nee Cuomo, passed away Friday, April 18, 2014. She was 82.

She was the owner of Cuomo Hardware Store in Eastpointe for more than 50 years. A resident of Grosse Pointe Woods since 1968, she was a longtime member of Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church.

Mrs. Quasarano is survived by her beloved husband of 59 years, Clem; children, Ann Marie Vitale, May Lynn DiClemente (Michael) and Raymond, M.D. Quasarano (Tracy) and eight grandchildren.

A funeral mass was celebrated April 22 at Our Lady Star of the Sea.

Share a memory at wujekcalcaterra.com.

John Bagley Watkins

Died: Sunday, April 06, 2014
Age: 91
Former Grosse Pointe Farms resident John Bagley Watkins, of Leland, died Sunday, April 6, 2014, after a brief illness. He was 91.

He was born March 20, 1923, in Detroit. He graduated from Detroit University School, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan. He served in the U.S. Army in World War II and flew in Korea during the Korean conflict.

Mr. Watkins was among the first chartered financial analysts in the United States and worked for Detroit Bank and Trust Co. During his career in Detroit, he was actively involved in The Detroit Club, Witenagemote and Country Club of Detroit and he served on numerous boards and committees. In 1977, he moved to Leland and opened an investment counseling firm. He retired in 2003.

Mr. Watkins was an avid golfer and was a fixture at men’s day at the Leland Country Club until he was almost 90. He learned to downhill ski in the 1940s and enjoyed it for much of his life. He also played tennis regularly well into his 80s. He was an avid sports fan who followed Detroit sports, the Michigan Wolverines and his beloved Princeton Tigers.

For more than 30 years, he was a regular at the International Coffee Club of Leland enjoying discussions and camaraderie of friends. He enjoyed the Northwestern Michigan College International Affairs Forum and the Economic Club of Traverse City, as well as the Old Town Playhouse. He was a former president of the Leland Country Club, a founding member of ShareCare, a longtime treasurer of the Leland Community Improvement Association and an early supporter of the Leelanau Conservancy.

Later in life, he was fortunate to find a loving friend and companion in Ann Studer of Lake Leelanau, with whom he traveled and kept active and well fed.

Mr. Watkins was predeceased by his wife of 53 years, Jean H. Watkins. He is survived by his sons, Warren (Ann) of Leland, John Jr. (Shelley) of Leland and David (Maureen) of Brevard, N.C. and Leland; grandchildren, Megan Watkins Smith (James), Andrew Watkins (Molly), Jennifer Watkins, Caitlin Watkins, Sarah Watkins, Liz Watkins and William Watkins and great-grandchildren, Violette and Bridgette Smith and James Pierce Watkins.

He also was predeceased by his sister, Margaret and brothers, James and George.

A memorial service will be held in Leland this summer. Donations may be made to The Leelanau Conservancy, P.O. Box 1007, Leland, MI 49654 or ShareCare of Leelanau, 7401 E. Duck Lake Road, Lake Leelanau, MI 49653.
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