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H. Edward Brooks

Died: Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Age: 81
Grosse Pointe Woods resident H. Edward Brooks, 81, died Tuesday, July 29, 2014.

He attended Alma College and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He began working at Huck Manufacturing Co. in Detroit, while attending Wayne State University. He worked more than 20 years at Huck in sales and supervision, then worked for the Shatterproof Glass Corp. as a marketing manager and then as a self-employed custom autobody and engine rebuilder at Brooks Custom Shop in Grosse Pointe Woods.

Mr. Brooks enjoyed camping, outdoor sports, woodworking and antique automobiles. He was a member of the Model A Restorers Club and Model A Ford Club of America.

Mr. Brooks is survived by his son, Steven Brooks (Vera); grandson, Steven Brooks (Maricris) and dear friend, Josephine Durham. He also is survived by his sister, Juanita “Lou” Hanrahan and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his son, Timothy J. Brooks and brother, George Brooks.

A funeral service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at the chapel at Cadillac Memorial Gardens East Cemetery, 38425 Garfield Road, Clinton Township 48038.

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Lawrence Delong Buhl Jr.

Died: Monday, July 21, 2014
Age: 80
Lawrence Delong Buhl Jr., 80, of Harbor Springs, died peacefully Monday, July 21, 2014, in his sleep.

He was born July 17, 1934, at his home in Grosse Pointe Farms, to Lawrence D. Buhl and Cora Peck Buhl.

Mr. Buhl was the last of his generation from a family with historical ties to Detroit dating back to the early 1800s. He worked for the Buhl Land Com-pany and carried on his family tradition of dedication to Detroit. He was past president of the Detroit Zoological Society for close to 25 years, and a board member for the College of Creative Studies, Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan and Leader Dogs for the Blind.

In the early 1980s, Mr. Buhl shifted his focus to northern Michigan. He served as chairman for McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital for more than 25 years. Additionally, he was president of Harbor Hall and served on many local boards and associations that shaped the resort community. In 2012, he was honored with the Harbor Springs “Citizen of the Year” award.

His family said Mr. Buhl will be remembered as a respected person of the community. His passions, which have been passed on to so many, include land preservation, hunting, fishing and motor sports.

Mr. Buhl is survived by his wife of 58 years, Fay FitzSimons Buhl; children, Larry and Amy Buhl, David and Mia Buhl, Robbie and Becky Buhl, Tom and Lindsey Buhl, and grandchildren, Amanda, Maddie, Lawson, Teddy, Tessa, Carly, Quinn, Jeffrey, William, Elise and Christian Buhl.

He was predeceased by his siblings, Cora Barbour, Anne Mitchell and Mary Surdam.

A funeral service was held at Holy Childhood of Jesus Church in Harbor Springs.

Donations may be made to the Detroit Zoological Society, 8450 W. 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak, MI 48067 or McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital, 416 Connable, Petoskey, MI 49770.

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Allen Freiwald

Died: Saturday, August 09, 2014
Age: 88
Grosse Pointe Park resident Allen Freiwald, 88, died peacefully Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014.

He was born Nov. 5, 1925, in Detroit, to Elmer and Ida (nee Weil) Freiwald. While growing up on the east side of Detroit, he competed in Soap Box Derby races, one year competing at the national finals in Akron, Ohio.

As a teenager, he became a Boy Scout troop leader and a mentor for the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization. He also played saxophone and clarinet and had his own dance band that played in the Grosse Pointe area.

After graduating from Cass Technical High School in 1944, trained as a pilot in the U.S. Navy and attended the University of Michigan, from which he earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering and a Master of Business Administation degree.

He worked as an engineer, then became a residential contractor, Allen Freiwald Inc., building more than 400 houses in the Grosse Pointe area. He transitioned from building homes to home renovations.

He was active in the Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church, a member since 1951, and served as its president in 1989. More recently, he was a member of the Grosse Pointe Senior Men’s Club and joined his wife as a member of the Grosse Pointe Newcomers Alumni.

Mr. Freiwald enjoyed photography and created a collection of striking and memorable black and white images. He also photographed many weddings in the area. Additionally, he and his wife traveled the world with the former Nomads travel club.

His family said he had an inquisitive mind and a keen interest in politics and science. He loved Big Band music and was also an avid sports fan, cheering on all of Detroit’s major teams, as well as University of Michigan sports teams.

Mr. Freiwald is survived by his wife, Patricia Freiwald; daughter, Lynne Walker (“Happy”); son, Dean Freiwald; grandchildren, Edward and Blake Freiwald and Steven and James Walker and step-daughters, Kathryn Hillman (Edward McKenna) and Sherri Hillman (Dave Bernath).

He was predeceased by his sister, Ann Richter and brother, Don Freiwald.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church, 17150 Maumee Avenue, Grosse Pointe.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church, 17150 Maumee, Grosse Pointe, MI 48230.

Michael Thomas Hatty

Died: Friday, August 08, 2014
Age: 90
Grosse Pointe Woods resident Michael Thomas Hatty, 90, died Friday, Aug. 8, 2014

Born Jan. 20, 1924, in Wheeling, W.Va., he was a veteran of World War II, who served in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific. He was a commercial artist with Chevrolet engineering for 36 years.

Mr. Hatty’s family said he was a gifted artist and wonderful husband, parent, grandparent, friend, mentor and advisor to many. He was a kind and generous soul who lived a good, full life

Mr. Hatty is survived by Eileen, his beloved wife of 64 years; children Louis J. Hatty (Kathy Leavey), Hon. Michael P. Hatty (Vivian), Janice H. Capaldi (Tom), Cynthia H. Plourde (Mark) and Michele H. Fritz (Todd); honorary son, John Verpoort; grandchildren, Veronica (Steven), Caroline (Joel), Michael A., Eileen, Janine and Christopher and great-grandchildren, Ava, Leah and Louis. He also is survived by his brother, Joseph P. Hatty (Mary Jo) and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his siblings, Martha, Rosemary Seta, Thomas and Earl.

A funeral Mass was held Aug. 12 at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, Grosse Pointe Woods.

Donations may be made to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, 1820 Mt. Elliott, Detroit, MI 48207.

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Wilfred “Wilf” J. McConkey

Died: Saturday, August 02, 2014
Grosse Pointe Park resident Wilfred “Wilf” J. McConkey died Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, at St. John Hospital and Medical Center, surrounded by his family.

He was the beloved husband of Janet Serwick McConkey for 53 years, and cherished uncle of Terris Gasparovich, Jill O’Neal, Michelle Boettger, Jennifer Faes, Shantel Foley, Julie Martin, Beth Bauer, Mary Heymoss, Kelly Van Skiver, Mary Ann McConkey, Susan Roncadin, Libby Strand, Tammy LaPrad, Erick Masley, Daniel Serwick, Robert McConkey, Harry Gemuend and Daniel Gemuend.

Mr. McConkey was born in Kearney, Ontario, Canada, to Teresa and Chester McConkey, and graduated from the University of Toronto. He was the author of two pronunciation books, “Klee as in Clay” and “Haute as in Oat.” He worked more than 30 years for Michigan Bell Telephone Co. as district manager of employee information.

He enjoyed tennis, reading, music, opera, art, and traveled extensively throughout Europe, the Caribbean, Mexico and Cuba.

Mr. McConkey was predeceased by his brother, Maxwell McConkey, and sister, Marion Main.

The funeral Mass was celebrated Aug. 11, at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, Grosse Pointe Park followed by interment at St. Hedwig Cemetery in Dearborn Heights.

Donations may be made to St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 15020 Hampton St., Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230 or the American Cancer Society of Michigan at cancer.org.

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Bernard F. “Moon” Mullins

Died: Friday, August 01, 2014
Age: 85
Former Grosse Pointe Shores resident Bernard F. “Moon” Mullins passed away Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, in Stuart, Fla.

Born Oct. 9, 1928, to John and Mary Blake Mullins, he was predeceased by his siblings, Sister Patrick Jerome, Sister Virginia, Sister Miriam, Edward, Margarite, Marion and John.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mary Teresa, and their four children, Jana Mullins, Monica Arnone (Paul), Sheila Hills (Edward) and Matthew Mullins (Megan). He adored his eight grandchildren, Jessica, Andrew, Leslie, Paul, Lauren, Brian, Nola and Lena.

Educated at St. Clare of Montefalco Elementary School, St. Monica Seminary, University of Detroit Jesuit High School and the University of Detroit, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy at 18 and was stationed in Honolulu, serving on the destroyer escorts USS Marsh and USS Spangler in the Asiatic/Pacific Campaign.

After World War II, Mr. Mullins began his career with the Detroit Times newspaper as reporter and feature writer and received many awards and honors for his writing during his 12 years with the paper before it ceased publication in 1960.

Upon leaving The Times, he began a career in public relations with the Dodge Division of Chrysler Corp. and served them as an executive in a variety of public relations and sales and marketing posts in New York and Detroit.

After 30 years with Chrysler, he retired as the director of worldwide sales and marketing and public relations. He then became the primary public relations consultant for Toyota, for which he established and advised several bureaus around the country.

Mr. Mullins was a charter member of the Detroit Press Club, an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America, the International Motor Press Association, the National Motorsports Press Association and a member of the board of directors of the Automobile Information Council. He was also a member of the National Commander’s Advisory Council for American Veterans of World War II, Korea and Vietnam and established a national teenage safe driving program for that organization.

Retiring from consulting at 75, he spent the remainder of his years with his wife traveling and enjoying life and family as they spent time in their homes in Michigan and Florida.

His family said Mr. Mullins was a thoughtful, caring, patient and patriotic man who loved his family, his friends and his career. He was an inspiration to many and was respected and admired by those who knew him well. He will be remembered and deeply missed.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at noon Monday, Aug. 25, at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Donations may be made to Treasure Coast Hospice, 1201 S.E. Indian St., Stuart, FL 34997.

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Emanuel Tanay M.D.

Died: Tuesday, August 05, 2014
Age: 86
Emanuel Tanay M.D., 86, died Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014.

As a teenager during World War II, he survived the Holocaust in Poland and Hungary. His father was confined to and later killed at the Płaszów concentration camp depicted in Schindler’s List. Dr. Tanay and his family were liberated in Budapest in 1945. His book, “Passport To Life: Autobiographical Reflections on the Holocaust,” is a memoir and meditation on his survival.

Dr. Tanay was a forensic psychiatrist and clinical professor of psychiatry at Wayne State University, School of Medicine. He served as an expert witness in many cases, including those of Jack Ruby, Ted Bundy, Sam Sheppard, and Robert Garwood. He was the author of many publications, including a book on homicide and co-authored a psychiatric book on survivors of the Holocaust.

A practicing psychiatrist and psychotherapist for several decades, Dr. Tanay joined the psychiatric practice of James Graves M.D. in Grosse Pointe in 1958, and later practiced out of his office in Detroit’s Fisher Building.

Dr. Tanay was a distinguished fellow of both the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and American Psychiatric Association. He received the highest award from the American Academy for Psychiatry and the Law, and was a past president of the Michigan Psychiatric Society.

An avid sailor for most of his adult life, he was captain of the sailboat, Caprice.

Dr. Tanay is survived by his wife, Sandra; daughters, Elaine Tanay (Brian Meleski) and Anita Hersh (Stephen); son, David (Stacey) and grandchildren, Aaron, Sara and Jeremy Hersh and Rachel, James and Catherine Tanay.

A celebration of his life will be held at noon, Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Nie Family Funeral Home, 3767 W. Liberty, Ann Arbor. Visitation begins at 11 a.m.

Donations may be made to Arbor Hospice of Ann Arbor, 2366 Oak Valley Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48103 or the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum at ushmm.org.

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