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September 25, 2014 Issue
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Nancy Tapert Barrett

Died: Friday, September 19, 2014
Age: 86
St. Clair Shores resident Nancy Tapert Barrett, 86, died Friday, Sept. 19, 2014.

She was born Oct. 15, 1927, in Detroit to Julius and Edna (nee McHugh) Tapert and attended Marygrove College.

Mrs. Barrett was a homemaker who took pride in providing a loving home for her family. She enjoyed spending time with her family. She liked to boat, bake, quilt and sew, read, play bridge and travel.

She was a member of Christ Child Society of Detroit and a gift shop volunteer at Bon Secours Hospital.

Mrs. Barrett is survived by her daughters, Mary Lou Dunipace (Mike), Maureen King, Anne Mangold and Nancy Willis (Jim); sons, Patrick (Barbara), Dan (Beth), Tom (Anne) and Peter (Carol); 23 grandchildren and nine great-granddaughters.

She was predeceased by her husband, F. Mullen Barrett D.D.S.; son, Brian; sister, Jean Dossin and brothers, Mike Tapert and Robert Tapert.

A funeral service was held Sept. 23 at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, Grosse Pointe Farms.

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

Helen H. Cartmill

Died: Friday, September 12, 2014
Age: 92
Former longtime Grosse Pointe Farms resident Helen H. Cartmill, 92, died Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, in Portage.

She was born in Hamburg, N.Y., to Charles Heimburg and Leona Johnson Heimburg and earned a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State College. She worked as a dietician at Harper Hospital in Detroit, where she met George E. Cartmill. They married and raised their family in Grosse Pointe until moving to Hilton Head, S.C., in 2004.

Mrs. Cartmill served on the Thompson Home for Women board of directors and as a deacon at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church. She was an avid golfer at the Country Club of Detroit, and enjoyed gardening, cooking and entertaining. She was a bird watcher and participated in the annual Audobon Society Christmas bird count.

Mrs. Cartmill is survived by her sons, G. Thomas Cartmill and William C. Cartmill (Maureen L.); daughter, Sara J. Cartmill (David G. Lott) and grandchildren, Bryn Cartmill, Mary Kate Cartmill, Izzy Lott and Charlie Lott.

She was predeceased by her husband of 57 years, George E.; parents, and brother, Chester Heimburg.

A memorial service will take place at a future date. Interment is in the Grosse Pointe Memorial Church columbarium.

Donations may be made to National Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count Fund, 225 Varick Street, 7th Floor, New York, N.Y. 10014 or to a local hospice.

Deborah Katherine Hammel

Died: Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Age: 63
Deborah Katherine Hammel passed away Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit. She was 63.

Born Dec. 15, 1950, at Holy Cross Hospital in Detroit she lived in Grosse Pointe Park as a young child. After graduating from Our Lady Star of the Sea High School, in Grosse Pointe Woods, she completed medical technician training at the Carnegie Institute.

Deb, as she preferred to be called, married David Hammel and raised two children, David and Daniel. She retired in 2011 after a career as a sales representative for Alro Steel. After retirement, she remained involved in serving others. She acted as a companion and personal assistant to several elderly women who became her close friends.

According to her family, Ms. Hammel had an exceptional sense of style, which she expressed in interior decorating, gardening and fashion.

She was an avid skier and enjoyed the outdoors and took several canoe trips through The Boundary Waters of Canada. CrossPointe Church in Grosse Pointe Woods became her sanctuary of faith, and she was active in the church’s children’s programs.

Her passing was the result of a life-long struggle with her childhood onset Type 1 diabetes.

A loving mother and daughter, Ms. Hammel is survived by her mother and father, Beverly and Ross Stone; sons, David and Daniel; sister, Karen Oliver (Kevin); brother, James Stone (Marla); her short-haired terrier, Sammy; and “Bobby.”

Ellen M. Johnston

Died: Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Ellen M. Johnston passed away peacefully Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, in Vero Beach, Fla., just a few days before her 59th wedding anniversary.

She was born in Grosse Pointe, graduated from The Convent of The Sacred Heart School in Grosse Point Farms and Saint Mary’s of The Springs College in Cincinnati. She lived in New York City for a number of years where she worked in the advertising business.

She later returned to Grosse Pointe where she raised her family and spent many happy years in the travel business which enabled her to see the world. She moved with her husband, Forman, to Vero Beach in 2007.

Mrs. Johnston was an enthusiastic and expert bridge player. She played nearly every day and won many tournaments. She was known for her quick wit, sense of humor and affinity for amusing stories. She made friends easily everywhere she lived.

Mrs. Johnston is survived by her husband, Forman, and daughters, Marguerite and Carolyn.

Funeral services were private.

Donations may be made to The Cradle Society, 2049 Ridge Ave., Evanston IL, 60201 or The Michigan Humane Society, 7401 Chrysler Drive, Detroit, MI, 48211.

Stephanie Sumner Kost

Died: Saturday, September 13, 2014
Age: 71
Former Grosse Pointe Farms resident Stephanie Sumner Kost, 71, of Sarasota, Fla., passed away Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014.

She was born Jan. 6, 1943, in Detroit, to Robert William Sumner and Isabelle Campbell Kanter and graduated from Grosse Pointe High School. She attended Michigan State University where she earned a degree in education and was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority.

On June 22, 1963, she married Richard Kost in Grosse Pointe Farms, where they lived more than 30 years before relocating to Sarasota in 1999.

Mrs. Kost began her career as an early childhood teacher. Later, she became an interior designer and received a master’s degree in design from Wayne State University. In 1986, she started an interior design firm. She was a member of the American Society of Interior Designers.

She was an active volunteer in the Junior League of Detroit and was a former member of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Michigan. In Sarasota, she was involved with the Junior League of Sarasota, Founders Garden Club of Sarasota, Ringling College Library Association, Pi Beta Phi alumni, and the Selby Gardens Orchid Ball.

Mrs. Kost’s many and varied activities were directed toward family and friends who were the center of her life. She was proud of and found joy in her three grandchildren. Her interests also included tennis and needlepoint.

Mrs. Kost was predeceased by her husband, Richard Paul Kost.

She is survived by her son, Robert S. Kost, his wife, Lori, and their daughters, Samantha and Zoe, of Rye, N.Y.; son, Stephen P. Kost, his wife, Beth, and their son, Charles, of Chicago; and sister, Mary McKay Sumner Thorpe (Barry) of Miami.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at St. Boniface Episcopal Church, 5615 Midnight Pass Road, Sarasota, Fla.

Donations may be made to the Junior League of Detroit, 32 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.

Patricia Weaver Miller

Died: Monday, September 15, 2014
Age: 84
Longtime Grosse Pointer and Boynton Beach, Fla., resident Patricia Weaver Miller, 84, passed away Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, at Bethesda Memorial Hospital in Boynton Beach surrounded by family.

She was born April 25, 1930, in Dayton, Ohio, to Bernadine and Quentin Weaver. She graduated magna cum laude from Ohio University in 1952, where she earned Phi Beta Kappa honors and was the president of her sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha.

Following graduation she was honored with the offer of a Rhodes Scholarship. She later taught high school English and history.

She and her husband, Donald, moved to Grosse Pointe in 1954, where they raised two daughters and a son.

Mrs. Miller was a world traveler and sports enthusiast who loved to play tennis, golf, paddle tennis and sail. A certified gemologist, she had her own jewelry business. She was an avid gardener and won many awards for flower arranging.

Later, as a member and resident of Del Ray Dunes Golf and Country Club in Boynton Beach, she was active on several club committees.

Mrs. Miller was a devoted wife, mother and beloved grandmother who according to her family was known to others for her beauty, grace and kindness.

Mrs. Miller is survived by her husband of 63 years, Donald; daughters, Stacy Buhler (Kurt) and Clari Nolet (Ken Siegel); son, Drew Miller M.D. (Nancy) and grandchildren, Christopher, Craig and Cameron Buhler, Sarah Nolet and Drew, Kelly, Lindsey and Ryan Miller

A private, family memorial is planned in Grosse Pointe.

Donations may be made to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, 1275 York Ave., New York, NY 10065.

Mira Sadowski

Died: Thursday, September 11, 2014
Age: 86
Longtime Grosse Pointe Woods resident Mira Sadowski, 86, died Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. She had lived in Grosse Pointe more than 50 years.

Ms. Sadowski was an avid walker and fond of animals. On several occasions, she participated in the Labor Day Mackinac Bridge Walk and rescued many dogs from local animal shelters.

Her family said she was a positive influence on them and deeply loved and valued. Before her passing, she spent a week with family in Montana, near Yellowstone National Park.

Ms. Sadowski was predeceased by her loving cousin, Edmund Fairchild Sr.

She is survived by her second cousins, Denise Gunderson (Mark); Edmund Fairchild Jr., Gayle Erickson (Steve), Randy and Ron Grescoviak and third cousins, Robert and Jeffrey Gunderson, Jackson and Zachary Fairchild and Emily Metters.

Donations may be made to the Michigan Humane Society, 30300 Telegraph, Suite 200, Bingham Farms, MI 48025 or at michiganhumane.org.

Joanne Waldo Stewart

Died: Sunday, September 14, 2014
Age: 90
Joanne Waldo Stewart, 90, longtime resident of Les Cheneaux Islands and Cedarville, died Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014.

She was born Feb. 4, 1924, in Detroit, to Charles Gilbert Waldo Jr. and Dorothy (nee Derby) Waldo. Her ancestors included the Ballard, Colburn, Derby, Standish, Waldo, Wood and Zoller families. Her parents met in Les Cheneaux Islands and she spent many happy summers there until she became a permanent resident in 1983.

Mrs. Stewart was involved in many social and civic organizations, volunteered at Detroit Orthopedic Clinic, and conducted tours of historic downtown Detroit churches. During World War II, she was a member of the WAVES. She was a pilot, traveler and philanthropist. She devoted many years of her life to the care of her son, Gil. She was an active, involved member of the community until her health began to decline.

Her family said she was known for her generosity and “infamous” casseroles — often being asked to bring paper products to the church events instead of something home cooked. She had other talents and her creativity and beautifully wrapped boxes put smiles on many people’s faces.

She often told her family she was blessed to have lived a full and interesting life.

Mrs. Stewart is survived by her daughter, Dorothy Derby Stewart-Amsden of Scotland; sons, H. Whitney Stewart (Carman Nemecek) of Capac, and John A.B. Stewart (Louise) of North Glenn, Colo., and granddaughters, Reyna Roll and Marquette Stewart. Her family thanks her caregivers, Cathy Hamel, Dusty Athey, Anna Fisher, the EUP Home Health and Hospice and Dr. Slater and his staff.

Mrs. Stewart was deceased by her son, Gilbert Waldo Stewart.

A funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, at R. Galer Funeral Home, 24549 South M-129 in Pickford. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. 

Burial will be in Cedar Cemetery in Cedarville.

Donations may be made to the Les Cheneaux Community Library at 75 E. Hodeck St., Cedarville, MI 49719; National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression at bbrfoundation.org, or a local humane society.

Condolences may be sent to the family at rgalerfuneralhome.com or P.O. Box 541, Cedarville, MI 49719.
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