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December 18, 2014 Issue
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Bonnie Jo Ault

Died: Sunday, November 23, 2014
Age: 70
Grosse Pointe Park resident Bonnie Jo Ault, 70, passed away peacefully Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in her home.

She was born to Crayton and Rita Rabideau and was raised in St. Clair Shores. She graduated in 1962 from Lakeview High School and completed radiology training at Cottage Hospital in 1965. She worked 45 years as a radiology technologist at several hospitals including Henry Ford, Cottage and Bon Secours, as well as private doctors’ offices in the metro Detroit area. She was a member of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists.

Ms. Ault was a craftswoman with a passion for creating artwork and handmade gifts using textiles, fiber and found materials. Her many talents included sewing, knitting, quilting, weaving, painting and jewelry making. In the 1970s, she helped organize events at Pewabic Pottery.

An outdoor enthusiast who loved spending time along the waterfront, she learned to sail and scuba dive after retiring and was an active member of the Sailing Singles Club. She was an avid collector who enjoyed garage sales, thrift stores, estate sales and antique shops.

Most of all, Ms. Ault was devoted to her daughters and family.

She is survived by her daughters, Heather Ault and Amanda Ault (Hawkeye Parker); brother, Roger Rabideau (Dottie) and ex-husband, Roger Ault.

A memorial service will be held in the spring.

Donations may be made to The Alliance for the Great Lakes at


Condolences and memories may be e-mailed to bonnieaultfamily@gmail.com.

Russell A. Bradley Jr.

Died: Sunday, December 07, 2014
Age: 67
Russell A. Bradley Jr. 67, of Grosse Pointe Woods and Algonac, died Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, at Autumn Woods in Warren.

Known as Joe to family and friends, he was born Dec. 7, 1947, in Detroit, to Russell and Charlotte Bradley. He worked at the North Bay Marine Ltd., New Baltimore. He enjoyed boating, music, especially Elvis Presley, and visits to the family cottage. He loved to walk daily.

Mr. Bradley is survived and will be missed by his sister, Barbara Sullivan (Charles) and nieces and nephews, Katlyn, Courtney, Justin and Steven.

He was predeceased by his parents and brother, David.

A service was held Dec. 12 at White Chapel Cemetery in Troy.

Donations may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, 1120 G Street Northwest, No. 700, Washington, D.C. 20005.

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Bernard A. Clark

Died: Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Age: 94
Bernard A. Clark, 94, of Harbor Springs, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, in the home he built 40 years ago.

“Bernie” was born March 25, 1920, in Detroit, to Bernard and Helen, nee Petzold, Clark, and attended St. Michael’s High School in Santa Fe, N.M. Following graduation, he served in the U.S. Navy aboard a landing craft infantry during World War II.

On May 8, 1948, Mr. Clark married Mary Patricia Seymour in Detroit, where they made their home until 1960, when they moved to Harbor Springs. For 25 years, he managed Indian River Marina.

Mr. Clark was active with the Harbor Springs Library, spending 15 years both as a trustee and as president of the board of trustees. In April, he was honored for 67 years of service to the Knights of Columbus. In 1997, in an investiture ceremony in Indianapolis, Ind., he was made a Knight in the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre.

Mr. Clark is survived by his daughter, Patti Clark-Mullins and her husband, Dan; son, Bernard Clark Jr.; grandchildren, Kristin, Katie, Connor and Quinn, and sister, Gertrude LaFerte.

He was predeceased by his wife in December 2002.

A funeral Mass was held Dec. 17, in Harbor Springs. Interment will take place in Holy Childhood Cemetery at a later date.

Donations may be made to Hospice of Little Traverse Bay at mclaren.org/nmf/MakeaDonationnmf.aspx.

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Hazel Doris Dallaire

Died: Sunday, December 14, 2014
Age: 91
Former Grosse Pointe Park resident Hazel Doris Dallaire, 91, died Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014.

Born April 23, 1923, in Detroit, she married Dewey E. Dallaire Oct. 4, 1943.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children Judith Christian (Edward) of Grosse Pointe Farms, Robert (Anne) of Grosse Pointe Woods and Janice of Harper Woods; grandchildren, Eric Christian (Laura), Dana Raymant (Peter), Robert Jr. (Laci), Rebecca Marchetti and Michael and great-grandchildren, Sara and Amanda Christian, Nathan and Lucas Raymant, Cameron and Brooklyn Marchetti and Harper and Emmerson Dallaire.

Mrs. Dallaire will be interred in the columbarium at Historic Trinity Lutheran Church in Detroit where she was a longtime member.

Donations may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, 1120 G Street Northwest, No. 700, Washington D.C. 20005 or Alzheimer’s Association, 25200 Telegraph, Southfield, MI 48033.

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Raymond Michael Dresden

Died: Saturday, December 13, 2014
Age: 94
Raymond Michael Dresden, 94, died Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014.

He was born Aug. 21, 1920, to Clara and Michael Dresden. A veteran of the U.S. Army, he earned a Purple Heart for service during World War II.

Mr. Dresden pursued his interest in real estate after schooling and was active in several real estate organizations. He held the distinction of serving in every office of the Eastern Detroit Real Estate Association, including being the youngest person ever elected president at age 33 in 1954. He was a member of the Society of Real Estate Appraisers for many years and served as president in 1969.

He later became in-volved in mortgage banking and established his own company for several years, but re-turned to real estate appraising until retiring in 1996.

Mr. Dresden enjoyed boating and served as commodore of the Grosse Pointe Farms Boat Club in 1985. He also enjoyed bowling, golfing occasionally and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He and his wife, Bettyanne, like traveling, especially throughout Michigan, on cruises, and touring with a group.

Mr. Dresden is survived by his wife, Bettyanne; children, William McTighe, Sharon McTighe-Fromm (Richard), Gerry McTighe and Brian McTighe (Sue); four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and many loving nieces and nephews.

A memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 2, 2015, at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Donations may be to Kids Without Cancer Children’s Hospital of Michigan at kidswithoutcancer.org or the American Heart Association at heart.org.

Juanita Denton Finerty

Died: Monday, November 10, 2014
Age: 90
Grosse Pointe Park resident Juanita Denton Finerty, 90, died Monday, Nov. 10, 2014.

She was born in Buffalo River, Tenn., to Leslie and Elsie Vaughn Denton and attended Lewis County High School. She married James W. Finerty in 1940 and took pride and pleasure in raising their children. She delighted in spending time with her grandchildren.

Mrs. Finerty enjoyed reading and traveling.

Mrs. Finerty is survived by her sons, Michael, Patrick and Timothy; daughters, Taryn Gibson and Lori Roney (George) and grandchildren, Jack, Regan and Tyler Gibson and Matthew, Kayla and Geoffrey Roney.

She was predeceased by her husband; sister, Edith Denton and brothers, Clovis, Curtis and Clarence Denton.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20 at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Donations may be made to American Heart Association, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674.

Helen Posselius Gilbride

Died: Tuesday, December 09, 2014
Age: 90
Helen Posselius Gilbride died peacefully at home Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, surrounded by her loving family. She was 90.

She was the last surviving child of Edward J. Posselius and Adeline Meier Posselius of Indian Village, Detroit. She was predeceased by her husband, Detroit attorney William D. Gilbride.

Mrs. Gilbride attended the Liggett School for Girls in Indian Village, Connecticut College, and the Garland School in Boston. She was a lifetime trustee and devoted member of Tau Beta Association and received its Eloise Jenks Webber award for her many years of meritorious service.

She was especially fond of the Tau Beta Camp and served for many years as the association’s treasurer, during which time she was instrumental in managing and overseeing improvements at the camp property. Mrs. Gilbride served in many roles with the Junior League of Detroit over the years and was an ardent supporter of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Detroit Zoological Society.

Mrs. Gilbride loved music and played classical piano. She gave her last recital on her 88th birthday.

She also enjoyed silver smithing, sailing and bicycling, spending summers with family and friends at Pointe Aux Barques and was a longtime member of the Grosse Pointe “Little” Club.

Mrs. Gilbride is survived by her son, William D. Gilbride Jr. Esq. and his wife, Susan Chapelle Gilbride, of Grosse Pointe Park and granddaughters, Emily Mucherie (Sebastien), Kathryne Gilbride and Sarah Gilbride.

She also is survived by her nieces, Francis Williams, Karen Hutchinson and Ellen Fitzgerald, for whom she played a special role after their mother, Mrs. Gilbride’s sister, died when they were young.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by her sisters, Patricia Fitzgerald and Jean Farley and brothers, Edward Posselius and John H. Posselius.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Dec. 13 at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, Grosse Pointe Farms. Interment will be at Pointe Aux Barques Township Cemetery at a private ceremony at a later date.

Donations may be made to Tau Beta Association at taubeta.org, Detroit Symphony Orchestra at dso.org or Detroit Zoological Society at detroitzoo.org.

Mary Lou Sloss

Died: Thursday, December 11, 2014
Age: 80
Mary Lou Sloss, nee Kierdorf, passed away Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, at home surrounded by family after a long and brave fight with cancer. She was 80.

She was born March 18, 1934, in Detroit, to Lorenz and Margaret Kierdorf. She lived in southeast Michigan her entire life, moving to Grosse Pointe Farms in 1974, where she lived until her death.

Mrs. Sloss was a proud alumnus of the University of Michigan, graduating with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education. It was at U of M, she met her husband, David. They celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary in June.

Mrs. Sloss was involved in several organizations that reflected her passion of crafts, education and strong Presbyterian faith. She was a life member of Alpha Omicron Pi sorority and served as historian of Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church, where she was active in the Presbyterian Women’s group. An avid basket maker, she would hone her skills by taking trips to Nantucket with her husband to attend basket making classes.

Mrs. Sloss was a teacher at Grosse Pointe Pre-Kindergarten, teaching generations of Grosse Pointers.

When her children were young, the family enjoyed traveling in a Volkswagen Microbus. They drove and camped across the United States and Europe, including Alaska, Yellowstone Park, Spain, Germany and France.

Mrs. Sloss loved her family. She reveled in the company of her grandchildren, David, Rebecca, Philip, Hannah and Cameron. She was proud of their accomplishments and loved hearing and being a part of their lives.

Mrs. Sloss is survived by her husband, David Arthur; sons Jeffrey (Deborah) and the Hon. Andrew (Linda); grandchildren; sister, Diane Hanselman and brother, Dr. Douglas Kierdorf.

A memorial gathering will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 26, at Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home, Inc., 16300 Mack, Grosse Pointe Park.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 27, at Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church, 8625 Jefferson, Detroit.

Donations may be made to the Michigan Humane Society, 30300 Telegraph Road, Suite 220, Bingham Farms, MI 48025.

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