flag image

Obituaries


Search the Obituaries:

Lewis Henry Echlin III

Died: Sunday, August 24, 2014
Age: 76
Longtime Grosse Pointe Farms resident Lewis Henry Echlin III, 76, died Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014.

Born Aug. 24, 1938, in Detroit, to Lewis Henry Echlin Jr. and Josephine Tucker Echlin, he attended Austin Preparatory High School, where he was captain of the football team. After graduation from Austin, he accepted a football and basketball scholarship to Villanova University.

In 1961, he married Elizabeth “Happy” Roney at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Farms. Together they raised four daughters and cherished 11 grandchildren.

Mr. Echlin considered his family his greatest joy. Besides his wife, he is survived by his daughters, Elizabeth O’Day (Scott), Tracy Thomas (Kevin), Josephine Fox (Brad) and Catherine Morse (Tony) and grandchildren, Ryan and Matt O’Day; Abigail, Regan and Anna Thomas; Connor, Andrew, Ben and Emily Fox; Ian and Charlie Morse. He also is survived by his brother, Harry Tucker Echlin.

He was predeceased by his sisters, George Anne Bidigare and Mary Nash.

Mr. Echlin enjoyed a long career. His first position was with Ford Motor Co. in labor relations. Two years later, he joined the National Bank of Detroit trust department as a trust officer and attended Detroit College of Law at night. In 1968, he joined Roney & Co. of Detroit as a stockbroker, where he soon progressed and became partner and head compliance officer. He subsequently retired from Stifel Nicolaus in 2009.

An avid golf lover, he loved recounting the story of how he caddied for Arnold Palmer.

Mr. Echlin was on the arbitration board of the National Association of Securities Dealers. He was a member of the Country Club of Detroit, the Woodworker’s Club and the Grosse Pointe Senior Men’s Club.

Known for his wry sense of humor and integrity, and how much he loved spending time with his family, Mr. Echlin will be deeply missed. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms. Family will receive friends at the church prior to the service.

Donations may be made to the St. Paul Education Trust, 157 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236 or the St. John Providence Health System Foundations at stjohnprovidence.org/foundation/.

Grace Linzell

Died: Friday, August 22, 2014
Age: 86
Grosse Pointe Woods resident Grace Linzell, 86, passed away peacefully on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, at Sunrise of Grosse Pointe Woods, where she lived since February after suffering a stroke.

She was born and raised in Detroit and worked for Ingersoll Rand as an executive secretary where she met and later married Arthur Linzell. The couple moved to Grosse Pointe Woods shortly after their marriage and recently celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary.

Mrs. Linzell loved Grosse Pointe where she enjoyed a career as a Realtor with Johnstone & Johnstone. She was an avid bridge player and also enjoyed playing golf and tennis. She was involved with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Detroit Institute of Arts, and was an active member of the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club.

Her family said Mrs. Linzell was known as a loyal friend and mother always available to lend a sympathetic ear. She will be remembered for her sense of fairness and dedication to doing the right thing. She will be greatly missed.

Mrs. Linzell is survived by her husband, Arthur; brother, Henry Vincent; son, Ron Linzell, his wife, Robin Wright Linzell, and their children, Sheri and Leanna; son, Richard Linzell; and daughter, Lori Stewart, her husband, Ken, and their children, Lindsey, Hailey and Carly.

Mrs. Linzell’s family would like to extend special thanks to the staff at Sunrise of Grosse Pointe Woods and Hospice of Great Lakes Caring for their care during her last few months.

A memorial service will be held at noon, Thursday, Sept. 4, at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial, 32 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at stjude.org or the Michigan Humane Society at michiganhumane.org.

Robert Dupuis

Died: Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Age: 87
Educator, author and jazz scholar Robert Dupuis, 87, of the City of Grosse Pointe, died peacefully at home Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014.

Born Sept. 25, 1926, in Detroit, to Luther Henri and Mabel Agnes (nee Desmond) Dupuis, he graduated from Western High School in 1944, whereupon he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Mr. Dupuis was honorably discharged in June 1946, as an aviation radioman with a World War II Victory Medal.

Mr. Dupuis earned a Bachelor of Science in Education degree in 1950 from Wayne State University. It was on the steps of Wayne’s Old Main where he met fellow student Loretta Jean Gardner, whom he married Aug. 20, 1949, at Grace United Church of Christ in Grosse Pointe.

Mr. Dupuis also earned a Master of Education degree in 1955 and an Educational Specialist degree in 1964, both from WSU.

Mr. Dupuis began his career with Detroit Public Schools in 1950 and held positions as instructor, guidance counselor, assistant principal, and principal at various schools, including Northeastern High and Wayne, Pulaski and Fleming elementary schools.

In the mid-1980s, he embarked on a second career as a writer. His book, “Bunny Berigan: Elusive Legend of Jazz,” was published by Louisiana State University Press in 1993.

Mr. Dupuis indulged his lifelong passion for music, especially classical and jazz, by attending performances at various venues and events including Detroit Orchestra Hall, Interlochen Center for the Arts, the Detroit Jazz Festival, Wisconsin’s Fox Lake Bunny Berigan Festival and Indiana’s Elkhart Jazz Festival.

His commitment to social justice causes was evidenced by his support of such organizations as the Grosse Pointe Human Relations Council.

Mr. Dupuis was a member of the Grosse Pointe Senior Men’s Club, where he enjoyed many organizational golf outings, the International Association of Jazz Record Collectors and the Michigan Jazz Record Collectors.

As a member of the Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church for more than five decades, he served the congregation at various times as president, trustee, newsletter editor and as a member of the choir’s tenor section. He was active as a member and officer in the Organization of School Administrators and Supervisors as well as the organization’s chapter for retirees; in the latter capacity, he administered scholarship programs to assist Detroit-area students pursuing post-secondary studies in education.

He was predeceased by his parents; sister, Norma Dupuis; sister-in-law, Harriet “Judy” Welch and her husband, Frank Edward Welch; nephew, Brian David Welch and daughter, Denise Dupuis Morey.

Mr. Dupuis’ wit, winning cribbage prowess, and wealth of anecdotes will be remembered by those who survive him, including his wife, Jean; daughter, Diane Dupuis (Steven Carey); son-in-law, Thomas Morey; grandchildren, Erin Kathleen Morey, Fiona Dupuis Carey and Miles Dupuis Carey; nephews, Mark Welch and Theodore Moniak; niece Lynne Welch Lowrance and many beloved cousins and friends.

A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church, 17150 Maumee, City of Grosse Pointe.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jazz Foundation of America at jazzfoundation.org/memory_honor; The Pathfinder School of Traverse City at thepathfinderschool.org/support-pathfinder/, or to the Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church endowment fund at gpuc.us/.

Verne Churchill Hampton II

Died: Saturday, August 16, 2014
Age: 80
Verne Churchill Hampton II, Detroit attorney, died Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014.

Born Jan. 5, 1934, in Pontiac, to Verne C. and Mildred Peck Hampton, he attended Denison University and graduated from Michigan State University in 1955 and the University of Virginia Law School in 1958.

Mr. Hampton joined Dickinson Wright law firm in 1958 and served as a partner until 2004 when he became of counsel and served in that capacity until his death. He focused his practice on corporate law, corporate finance, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions and securities. He provided legal services and counsel to companies on going private transactions, dealing with mergers or acquisitions or registered public offerings and also served as general counsel to various corporations.

During his career, Mr. Hampton was active in bar and civic activities. He was past chairman of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, served as chairman of an attorney discipline panel and as an arbitrator for the National Association of Securities Dealers, was a member of the Michigan Republican Finance Committee, board member and officer of the Business/Education Alliance of the Greater Detroit Chamber of Commerce, a corporate board member of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan and a trustee of the Grosse Pointe Farms Foundation.

In 2007, Mr. Hampton received the Schulman Outstanding Business Lawyer Award from the State Bar of Michigan Business Law Section.

He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Phi Alpha Delta fraternities, Country Club of Detroit, Yondotega Club and Moorings Club of Vero Beach, Fla., and a former member of the Detroit Club and Detroit Athletic Club.

Mr. Hampton is survived by his wife of 41 years, Stephanie Hall Hampton; children, Howard (Karen), Timothy H. (Soozi) and Julia H. Thibodeau (Woody) and grandchildren; Cassidy and Stephanie Hampton, Carly, Lilly and Abigail Hampton and Andrew and Jack Thibodeau.

He also is survived by his brother, William P. Hampton (Lanie) and sister, Mary Kuehn (George).

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 29, at Christ Church Grosse Pointe, 61 Grosse Pointe Blvd., Grosse Pointe Farms.

Donations may be made to Christ Church Grosse Pointe, 61 Grosse Pointe Blvd., Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236 or The Grosse Pointe Farms Foundation, c/o Shane Reeside, 90 Kerby Road, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.

Frank Joseph Bakewicz

Died: Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Age: 91
Longtime Grosse Pointe resident Frank Joseph Bakewicz, 91, died Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014.

He is survived by three children, the Rev. William Bakewicz (Karen), Susan Ann Lemmons (Hodge) and Rhonda Lindell (Martin); grandchildren, Joseph (fianceé Elsy), Jonathan (Elizabeth), Rebekah, Martin and Eric and great-granddaughter, Lucia.

Mr. Bakewicz was predeceased by his beloved wife of 68 years, Edna, who was truly the love of his life, and a baby daughter, Christine Emily.

His family said Mr. Bakewicz was a gentle, humble, hardworking and faithful man. He will be missed by those who knew and loved him.

A funeral service was held Aug. 18 at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Grosse Pointe Farms.

Share a memory at gramerfuneralhome.com.

George A. Gardella

Died: Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Age: 84
Former Grosse Pointe Farms resident George A. Gardella, 84, died Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit.

He was born in Grosse Pointe Park to George A. Sr. and Rose Gardella and earned Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Notre Dame. He started his career at The Gardella Company, a food distribution company founded by his father. After the company was sold to Beatrice Foods, Mr. Gardella founded Continental Foods and later owned Empire Tool Company in Memphis.

Mr. Gardella enjoyed reading, especially American history, and cooking. He was a Notre Dame football fan and loved spending time with his family.

He was a member of Bayview Yacht Club, Country Club of Detroit, Detroit Athletic Club, P.I.M.E., and the alumni associations of University of Detroit and University of Notre Dame.

Mr. Gardella is survived by his wife of 60 years, Patricia; son, Pete; daughters, Julie and Katie; and grandchildren, George and Tom.

He was predeceased by his sisters, Beatrice, Geraldine and Barbara and brother, Charles.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Aug. 18 at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Donations may be made to Caring Voice Coalition Inc., 8249 Meadowbridge Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23116 or Capuchin Soup Kitchen, 1820 Mt. Elliott, Detroit, MI 48207.

Rosemary Seibert

Died: Monday, August 11, 2014
Age: 88
Grosse Pointe Park resident Rosemary Seibert, 88, passed away Monday, Aug. 11, 2014.

She was the loving aunt of Juliana Seibert Ipjian (Ronald) and Matthew Seibert (Sherrie) and dear great aunt of Laura Ipjian, Michael Ipjian and Matthew J. Seibert.

Donations may be made to St. Clare of Montefalco Parish, Attn: Janet, 1401 Whittier Road, Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230.

Share a memory at donnellanfuneral.com.

Roy T. Hawkinson D.D.S.

Died: Monday, August 11, 2014
Age: 82
Roy T. Hawkinson D.D.S., M.S., F.A.C.P, 82, died Monday, Aug. 11, 2014.

Known to family and friends as “Hawk,” he was a graduate of the University of Michigan Dental School and veteran of U.S. Air Force Dental Corps, who served during the Korean War. He was a longtime prosthodontist in private practice in the Detroit area.

Dr. Hawkinson was the beloved husband of Jane (nee Trupiano) for 21 years; dear father of Lysanne Anderson (Richard), Gretchen Murphy (Jim), Kim Roshek (Bob) and Michael Smith (Melissa); grandpa of Molly K., Connor, Matthew, Hayden, Bridget, Ingrid, Lauren, Kari, Davis, Molly H. and the late Meghan; brother of Gail Hawkinson; uncle of John Vance; cousin of Phyllis Daniels and former husband of Carla and Vivianne.

A celebration of Dr. Hawkinson’s life will be

3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at Bayview Yacht Club, 100 Clairpointe, Detroit.

Donations may be made to Bayview Junior Sailing, 100 Clairpointe, Detroit, MI 48215 or the Michigan Humane Society at michiganhumane.org.

Share a memory at desmondfuneralhome.com.

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.

Share a memory at verheyden.org.
spacer
inclusion image