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July 31, 2014 Issue
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W. Victor Benjamin

Died: Friday, July 25, 2014
Age: 96
Grosse Pointe Farms resident W. Victor Benjamin, 96, died Friday, July 25, 2014.

He was born Dec. 28, 1917, in Swansea, Wales, to Iver and Alice Benjamin and graduated from Cass Technical High School in Detroit. He was the owner of Vic Benjamin Advertising in Birmingham.

Mr. Benjamin served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a prisoner of war. In 2010, he was named a Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor for his role in helping liberate France during WWII.

Mr. Benjamin is survived by his son, Mark Benjamin; stepdaughter, Kimberly Fleming; stepsons, David Gamble and Chris Gamble and granddaughter, Lauren Benjamin.

He was predeceased by his wife, Noel Benjamin.

A funeral service will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10, at Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home, 16300 Mack, Grosse Pointe Park.

Interment in Christ Church Grosse Pointe.

Harold Raymond Boyer Jr.

Died: Friday, July 18, 2014
Age: 83
Grosse Pointe Park resident Harold Raymond Boyer Jr., 83, died Friday, July 18, 2014.

He was born in Grosse Pointe to Harold Raymond Boyer and Frances Alger Boyer and graduated from Union College and the University of Michigan. He worked as a stockbroker at Smith, Hague & Co., then at First of Michigan Corp.

Mr. Boyer enjoyed hunting, fishing, military history, reading and exploring his family history. He was a former member of the University Club and the Grosse Pointe Club.

Mr. Boyer is survived by his son, Harold Raymond Boyer III; daughter, Catherine Candler Bresser (Bill); grandchildren, Catherine Frances Bresser and William Henry Bresser and sister, Mary Boyer Taylor (Bud).

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Frances Boyer Mead (the late Hudson) and brother, Frederick Alger Boyer (Ann).

A private family service will be held at a future date at historic Elmwood Cemetery in Detroit.

Marilyn Flynn Gushée

Died: Friday, July 25, 2014
Age: 86
Marilyn Flynn Gushée, 86, of Grosse Pointe Farms, died peacefully Friday, July 25, 2014, in her home after a brave battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Born in Oakland, Calif., to Virginia and Richard Flynn, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan in 1950 and became a teacher. She married Richard B. Gushée and had two children. After working in both public and private schools, Mrs. Gushée left teaching to raise her family.

Besides her husband and children, she had a passion for flowers. She was an enthusiastic member of several garden clubs, including The Garden Club of Michigan, the Grosse Pointe Garden Club and the Junior League gardeners, as well as an appointed delegate of the Grosse Pointe Garden Club Council.

Mrs. Gushée was actively involved in the Detroit Institute of Arts, where she served as a chairwoman of the volunteer committee and was a founding member of Friends of Art and Flowers, as well as a trustee. She also served as chairwoman of the Gift of Life of Michigan.

Mrs. Gushée was a member of the Delta Gamma Alumni Association, the Tau Beta Association, the Junior League of Detroit and the Friends of the Grosse Pointe Public Library.

Mrs. Gushée also enjoyed tennis, paddle tennis, golf and swimming. In winters past, she could be found on the ski hill with her family.

Mrs. Gushée was predeceased by her husband, Richard B. Gushée; daughter, Jacqueline Lowe Gushée and son, Peter Hale Gushée.

She is survived by her sister, Carol Kreuger of California; daughter-in-law, Mary Belfus Gushée and grandchildren, Patrick Gushée, David Gushée, Matthew Gushée and Virginia Gushée.

Her boundless energy and determined spirit will be missed by those who knew and loved her.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 31, at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms. Visitation begins at 9:30 a.m at the church.

Donations may be made to the Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202, or at dia.org, or University Liggett School to the Jaqueline and Peter Hale Gushée Scholarship Fund, 1045 Cook Road, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236, or at uls.org.

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Marion Louise Huegli

Died: Saturday, July 26, 2014
Age: 95
Former longtime Grosse Pointe resident Marion Louise Huegli died Saturday, July 26, 2014.

Mrs. Huegli was born March 15, 1919, on the east side of Detroit to Otto and Elsi Baetz. She was a resident of Grosse Pointe Farms since 1948, until she moved to Port Huron in 2013. She was a member of Historic Trinity Lutheran Church in Detroit.

Mrs. Huegli was a graduate of Eastern High School and Detroit Commercial College. Concerts, theatre, reading, bridge, gardening, volunteering and traveling characterized her life. A few of the countries she traveled to were Russia, China, Switzerland, a barge trip to the Netherlands, New Zealand and Australia.

She was a volunteer for more than 43 years and honorary member of Cottage Hospital Gift Shop and volunteered more than 12 years for Meals on Wheels, the Grosse Pointe War Memorial and the Grosse Pointe Public Library. She was a member of the Grosse Pointe Women’s Association, Grosse Pointe Shores Garden Club, Colony Town Club, Founders Society of Detroit, the Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Zoological Society, Detroit Public Library, Children’s Hospital Auxiliary, Valparaiso University Guild, Rehabilitation Institute Auxiliary, Grosse Pointe Historical Society, United Community Services membership program and the Grosse Pointe Hunt Club.

Mrs. Huegli is survived by her sons, Richard F. Huegli Jr., and Bruce A. Huegli (Annette); grandchildren, Stephanie, Erich, Kym, Steven and Sarah; great-grandchildren, Gracie and Cooper and Andrew, Adam and Addison and sister, Kathleen Lewis of Florida.

She was predeceased by her husband, Richard P. Huegli, former chief executive of United Community Services; daughter, Joyce, and daughter-in-law, Judith Huegli.

Mrs. Huegli was interred next to her husband at Trinity Cemetery in Detroit.

Donations may be made to Historic Trinity Lutheran Church, 1345 Gratiot, Detroit MI 48207 or the charity of the donor’s choice.

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Noramae S. Hunter

Died: Friday, July 04, 2014
Noramae S. Hunter died Friday, July 4, 2014.

Born and raised in Grosse Pointe, she was the daughter of Frank H. and Margaret V. Schaefer. She and her husband, Thomas W. Hunter Jr., who predeceased her, were Grosse Pointe Farms residents until moving to their home on Walloon Lake.

Mrs. Hunter graduated from St. Paul High School and Weylister Junior College and subsequently worked in the advertising industry where she met her husband. She was an enthusiastic and talented skier who, with her family, enjoyed the slopes of Northern Michigan. She was active in the sport into her 70s.

Mr. and Mrs. Hunter were lifetime members of the Country Club of Detroit and were also longtime members of the Walloon Lake Country Club and the Harbor Point Golf Club.

Mrs. Hunter pursued her interest in antiques and was a member of the Petoskey Antiques Club. She also was a member of the Christ Child Society, the Petoskey Garden Club and Sigma Gamma.

She was a loving and devoted mother who raised two sons who survive her; Thomas W. Hunter III of Eugene, Ore. and Jay F. Hunter of Grosse Pointe Farms.

There will be a private service and burial at Elmwood Cemetery in Detroit.

Donations may be made to the Michigan Humane Society at michiganhumane.org.

JoAnne Isbey

Died: Monday, July 21, 2014
Age: 82
Grosse Pointe Farms resident JoAnne Isbey, 82, died Monday, July 21, 2014.

She was the beloved wife of William F. Isbey Sr., who predeceased her and loving mother of William (Allison), Susan (Robert G. Brown) and son-in-law, Kevin W. Butterfield (Leslie). She was the cherished grandmother of Patrick O. Brown (Meagan H.), William B. Brown, Samuel G. Brown, Corrie C. Butterfield, William Jackson Butterfield, Rachel S. Isbey and Vivienne F. Isbey and great-grandmother of Jacob O. Brown.

Mrs. Isbey also is survived by her sisters, Tish O’Dowd and Marianne T. Crane; sister-in-law, Kathleen Martin O’Dowd and many loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her daughter, Mimi.

The children in her family were the joy of her sunset years.

For more than 40 years, Mrs. Isbey taught literature at the University of Detroit Mercy, influencing thousands of students to further pursue their educational goals. She retired last year at age 81.

A funeral service was held July 25 at Christ Church Grosse Pointe, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Donations may be made to Michigan Humane Society at michiganhumane.org or Breast Cancer Research Foundation at bcrfcure.org.

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Catherine Ann MacDonald

Died: Thursday, July 24, 2014
Age: 75
Grosse Pointe Woods resident Catherine Ann MacDonald, 75, passed away Thursday, July 24, 2014, after a long illness.

She was the devoted wife of R. Murray MacDonald; dear mother of Murray L. (Bori) MacDonald and Sarah L. (Bill) Heinemann; loving grandmother of Austin, Erich, John-Paul and Thomas Heinemann, Blake M. MacDonald and Amanda (Andrew) Hess, and great-grandmother of Connor James Hess. She also is survived by her sister, Elizabeth Scheifele and brother, Milton R. Schemm.

Mrs. MacDonald graduated from Grosse Pointe High School and worked as an executive secretary in the Chevrolet division of General Motors Corp. for 20 years. She loved to play golf and tennis and was a past member of the Petoskey Bayview Golf Club and the Mariner Sands Golf and Country Club in Stuart, Fla. She also was a member of Bayview Yacht Club in Detroit.

A service celebrating her life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church, 8625 E. Jefferson, Detroit.

Donations may be made to Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian, 8625 E. Jefferson, Detroit, MI 48214.

Ralph Richard Pressel

Died: Monday, July 21, 2014
Age: 68
Former Grosse Pointe Woods resident Ralph Richard Pressel, 68, of Cumming, Ga., passed away Monday, July 21, 2014.

Born in Mineola, N.Y., to Harvey and Mary Pressel, he grew up in Grosse Pointe Woods and graduated from Union College in New York where he met Jean Talbott at a college mixer. After they married, they moved to Bloom-ington, Ind., where Mr. Pressel earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Indiana University. He was chief financial officer of international banking at CitiCorp in New York City for several years before leaving the industry to pursue his passion of house flipping in Connecticut.

Mr. Pressel and his wife moved to the Atlanta area in 1990 and continued house rehabbing and their architectural drawing business until retirement.

Mr. Pressel will be remembered for his unwavering love of his family and one-of-a-kind sense of humor.

Mr. Pressel is survived by his loving wife, Jean Talbott Pressel; daughter and son-in-law, Wendy and Burrell Sullivan III of Cumming; daughter, Jennifer Pressel Goldman of Franklin, Tenn.; brother, Wayne Pressel of Carson City, Nev., and grandchildren, Elizabeth and Darby Sullivan of Cumming.

Donations may be made to Hillsdale College at hillsdale.edu.

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