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Mary Waterfall May

Died: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Age: 84
Mary Waterfall May, 84, died Tuesday, April 1, 2014.

She was born Feb. 24, 1930, to Thornton Edward Waterfall and Mary Bradley Quarton Waterfall. She was the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur T. Waterfall and Mr. and Mrs. Albert E. Quarton, who were leaders in the development of the automobile industry, the Detroit Athletic Club, and the growth of southeastern Michigan. Mrs. May was a spouse, scholar, socialite, spy and mother.

She was the loving wife of Edward “Ned” Lindsay May, whom she married Oct. 8, 1955, and survives her. Mrs. May is also survived by her sons, Thorn-ton Albert May (Janet) and Edward “Rusty” Lindsay May Jr. (Genet) and her granddaughter, Jennie Waterfall May.

Mrs. May graduated with numerous honors from Grosse Pointe High School, Smith College and the University of Michigan. She supported Smith College in a variety of ways throughout her life and was active with Greenhills School. Her interests extended to being a founding member of the Historical Society of Lakewood, Ohio, and of the National Society of Arts and Letters of Ann Arbor/Mid-Michigan Chapter. Her love of learning and the arts continued through her extensive travels and support for the Detroit Institute of Arts and the University of Michigan Museum of Art.

After college and before settling down, Mrs. May was an National Security Agency agent. Once she started her family life in northeastern Ohio, she was active in The Junior League, Jones Home, Children’s Services, and child welfare. She continued these interests when she moved back to Ann Arbor in the late 1960s.

She also was a member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Ann Arbor; Ann Arbor City Club and Barton Hills Country Club in Ann Arbor.

Donations may be made to an organization of the donor’s choice.

Garland Marion Knight Jr.

Died: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Age: 91
Grosse Pointe Farms resident Garland Marion Knight Jr., 91, passed away peacefully Wednesday, April 9, 2014, with family by his side.

He was born in Torance, Miss., to Garland M. Knight Sr. and Ruby Ivy Knight, attended the University of Alaska and served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He founded Commercial Wire Rope & Supply in 1953 and remained as chairman until his death. He was well regarded in the industry and was a founding member of Associated Wire Rope Fabricators.

An avid coin collector, Mr. Knight enjoyed golf and spending time at his home on Windermere Island, Eleuthera, Bahamas.

He was a Rotarian, Mason and member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He was a former member of the Grosse Pointe Hunt Club, Country Club of Detroit and Wyndemere Country Club in Naples, Fla., where he wintered for many years.

Mr. Knight is survived by his son, Garland Marion Knight III (Scottie); grandchildren, Courtney Knight, Cindy Ogden (Kelly) and Chrissy Brown (Justin) and great-granddaughter, Tiffany Ogden.

He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 55 years, Elaine Knight; son, William Knight; daughters, Tena Goodwin and Debi Knight; sisters, Frances Gandy and Louise Grubbs and brother, John Knight.

A funeral service was held April 14 at Christ Church Grosse Pointe.

Donations may be made to Christ Church, 61 Grosse Pointe Blvd., Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.

Mary Palmer

Died: Monday, April 14, 2014
Age: 86
Mary Palmer, 86, died Monday, April 14, 2014, after a courageous battle with Parkinson’s Disease.

She was born Oct. 7, 1927, in Grosse Pointe Farms, to Guy and Catherine (nee Manning) Lyford.

Mrs. Palmer loved being a registered nurse. Her career began during World War II with training and education from St. Joseph Mercy Hospital. Her career included caring for patients at Bon Secours Hospital, St. Mary Nursing Home and Fr. Murray Nursing Home. She retired at 80.

Mrs. Palmer was an avid bridge player and loved to travel. She was a past president of the Colony Club. She was fond of animals, especially dogs.

Her family said, Mrs. Palmer was patient, kind, social, upbeat and positive. She loved her family and nieces and nephews were treated like her own children. Widowed at a young age, she remained devoted to her husband, Bill, the rest of her life.

Mrs. Palmer fought Parkinson’s Disease with dignity and openness. She remained positive despite knowing, as a nurse, what was occurring inside her as her body succumbed to the illness. Her family thanks everyone who helped care for her and her family during her illness.

Mrs. Palmer was predeceased by her husband, William.

She is survived by her daughters, Susan Contreras (Salvador), Cindy Palmer-Hughes (Michael) and Janet Bone (Steve); grandchildren, Jonathan, Jeffrey, Kelly, Kyle and Kirsten and sister, Theresa Bertolini.

A funeral Mass was celebrated April 16 at St. Lucy Catholic Church, St. Clair Shores.

Donations may be made to the Parkinson Foundation, 30400 Telegraph, Bingham Farms, MI 48205 or the Grosse Pointe Animal Adoption Society at

gpaas.org/donate.

Ruth Marie Day

Died: Thursday, April 10, 2014
Age: 86
Ruth Marie Day, nee Saylor, died Thursday, April 10, 2014. She was 86.

She was born Sept. 24, 1927, in Detroit, to George V. Saylor and Lenore Mertens and graduated from the University of Detroit in 1949.

Family, friends and faith were of the utmost importance to her. She attended Mass daily most of her adult life, and along with her husband, was an example of sharing her faith by living it.

In her younger years, she was a Girl Scout leader and Great Books leader. For many friends and extended family members, she was a second mother, and was described as being the glue which held her huge extended family together. Her family said “Ruthie,” “Mom,” “Aunt Ruth,” “Mimi,” “Mrs. Day” was the go-to person for all things — names, dates, even directions to get anywhere in the city of Detroit.

In recent years, she filled her days with friends, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She led an active life, and until a few years ago, frequently played tennis with friends and skied with her family. More recently, she enjoyed spending time with her large extended family at the family condo on Torch Lake.

She was predeceased by her husband, Francis T. Day M.D. in February. The couple would have celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary this Saturday, April 19.

Mrs. Day is survived by her children, Barbara Day M.D., Debora Marino (Gregory), Michael Day (Bethe), Teresa Day and Anne Falvey (Joe); daughter-in-law, Nancy Day; grandchildren, Tom Day, Kelly Day, Beth Leonard (Sean), Caroline Kuhn (Tim), Michael Marino (Verena), Kate, Colin, Dylan and Aidan Day, Joe Falvey (Catherine), Katie Fenton (Charlie) and Michael, Sarah, Elijah, Charlie, Caebrean, Bella and Jordane Falvey and great-grandchildren, Rachel, Charlotte and Genevieve Leonard, Leah, Evelyn, and Benjamin Kuhn, Joey Falvey and John Fenton.

She also is survived by her sister, Marilee “Chee-Chee” Williams (the late Jim) and brother, George V. Saylor (Irene).

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her son, F. Thomas Day M.D.; sister, Teresa Clogg and brother, Jack Saylor (Annette).

A funeral Mass was celebrated April 15 at St. Clare of Montefalco Catholic Church, Grosse Pointe Park.

Donations may be made to St. Clare of Montefalco School, 16231 Charlevoix, Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230.

Amy Richards

Died: Tuesday, April 08, 2014
Age: 94
Amy Richards, 94, died Tuesday, April 8, 2014.

She was the beloved wife of Philip Richards, who predeceased her, and loving mother of Ann DiFiore (Mario), Martha Barnes (Robert) and Jane Gilbert (the late Thomas). She also was the proud grandmother of Maria (Scott), David, Thomas Jr. (Lisa) and Daniel (Krista) and great-grandmother of Jacob, Austin, Alexander and Valerie.

Mrs. Richards was an avid world traveler and retired professor from Wayne State University.

Memorial donations may be made to Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church, 17150 Maumee, Grosse Pointe, MI 48230.

Peggy Powers Ford

Died: Monday, April 07, 2014
Age: 94
Peggy Powers Ford died peacefully Monday, April 7, 2014, at her home in Vero Beach, Fla.

She was born Aug. 16, 1919, at Harper Hospital in Detroit, to Ernest L. Powers and Harriet Ekren Powers. They lived in Port Huron and moved to Grosse Pointe in 1929.

She attended Grosse Pointe Country Day School, Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., and Sarah Lawrence College.

She married Lawrence Gotfredson Jr. in 1942 and John B. Ford III in 1980.

Mrs. Ford is survived by her children, Lawrence Gotfredson III (Kathie) and Christian Gotfredson; grandchildren, Kelly Gotfredson Mathews (Mark), Lawrence Gotfredson IV (Jody), Hannah Gotfredson and Trevor Gotfredson and four great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Ford was a member of Sigma Gamma Asso-ciation since 1932. She also was a member of The Garden Club of Michigan since 1970, serving as president from 1978 to 1980 and also zone chairman. She received numerous awards from the club as well, including the medal of merit, the Helen Stark Smith Memorial Award, the Edith Stanton Newberry Award and the 50th Anniversary Bowl.

She also was a member of Johns Island Garden Club and a supporter of McKee Botanical Garden, Vero Beach.

Mrs. Ford was a member of Johns Island Club, where she spent her winters, Country Club of Detroit, Grosse Pointe Club, the Little Harbor Club, and the Harbor Pointe Association in Harbor Springs, where she spent her summers.

A memorial service will be held at Christ Church Grosse Pointe.

Donations be made to The Sigma Gamma Association or The Garden Club of Michigan.

Margaret McNamara Novak

Died: Monday, April 07, 2014
Age: 42
Grosse Pointe Park resident Margaret “Meg” McNamara Novak, 42, died Monday, April 7, 2014, at University Hospital in Ann Arbor.

She was born in Worcester, Mass., and graduated from Emma Willard School in Troy, N.Y. and the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, N.Y. She was a user interface designer at United Healthcare and previously was senior art director at Campbell Ewald advertising agency.

Mrs. Novak enjoyed supporting her children’s activities and was interested in urban gardening and art.

She was a member of Grosse Pointe Congregational Church, where she served as youth education co-steward.

Mrs. Novak is survived by her husband, Michael; 11-year-old son, Holden; 8-year-old daughter, Allison; sister, Beth McNamara and brother, Jim McNamara.

A memorial service was held April 12 at Grosse Pointe Congregational Church, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Donations may be made at giveforward.com; search Holden and Allison Novak.

Olivera “Vera” Mazza

Died: Saturday, April 05, 2014
Age: 82
Olivera “Vera” Mazza, 82, of Grosse Pointe, died Saturday, April 5, 2014.

She was born in Skopje, Macedonia. She married A.G. “Willy” Mazza in 1950, in Alexandria, Egypt. They lived together in seven countries before retiring to Palm Beach, Fla.

Mrs. Mazza was a loving, devoted wife and mother of four children. She was active in the parish of each of the communities she lived including St. Edward’s in Palm Beach, Fla., St. Michael’s in Greenwich, Conn., and St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Farms. She had been an active member of the Lioness Club in Milan, Italy. She loved to cook, dance, swim, read and travel throughout the world.

Mrs. Mazza is survived by her children, Teresa of Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Sergio of Grosse Pointe Farms, and Pierpaolo of Frankfurt, Germany and eight grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her son, Riccardo.

Memorial services will be held at St. Paul on the Lake in June.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Our Little Roses, Foreign Mission Society, Inc., P.O. Box 464, Somerset, VA 22972. Through this organization, Mrs. Mazza sponsored two orphaned girls for many years.

Eda Palazzolo

Died: Wednesday, April 02, 2014
Age: 92
Eda Palazzolo, nee Gardella, 92, died Wednesday, April 2, 2014.

She was born Dec. 30, 1921, in Detroit, to Louis and Ione Gardella, originally of Neirone, Italy, and graduated from St. Anthony’s High School. She worked in the family furniture business, Gardella Furniture, for many years.

Mrs. Palazzolo practiced interior design for many years at Jacobson’s Design Studio, enjoying the position of top sales person several years in a row. After her retirement, she operated an interior design consulting business. Her signature design ideas were seen in many homes throughout the Pointes.

She was active in many charitable organizations throughout the years, including the Esperia Club, American Italian Business Women’s club, and Friends of Vision of The Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology, and was president of St. Valerie’s Solidarity and past president of the St. Clare of Montefalco Archcon Fraternity.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Palazzolo was predeceased by her husband, Salvatore Palazzolo; daughter, Linda Duffey (the late Gordan) and brother, Louis Gardella.

She is survived by her daughter, Diana Palazzolo of California; grandson, Samuel Duffey of Culver City, Calif., and brother, Joseph Gardella, as well as many nieces and nephews.

A funeral Mass was celebrated April 7 at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Donations may be made to Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology, 15415 E. Jefferson Ave., Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230; Capuchin Monastery, 1740 Mt. Elliott, Detroit, MI 48207; or Services for Older Citizens, 159 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.

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James Joseph Fielding Jr.

Died: Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Age: 92
James Joseph “Jim” Fielding Jr., 92, died peacefully Tuesday, April 1, 2014, near his home in Bedminster, N.J. He is survived by his loving wife, Nancy; their nine children, Michele (Jim), James III, Phillip (Sharon), Brian (Lynne), Barry (Beverly), Sean, Christopher (Mary), John Patrick (Heidi) and Meghan (Gregory); 16 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; his brother John; two nieces, Kathleen and Barbara and devoted friends.

The most important event for Mr. Fielding was his marriage to the light of his life, Nancy Moss Fray, Jan. 14, 1950, in Connecticut. The substance of his life centered on his family.

Mr. Fielding was born and raised in Bridgeport, Conn., the second son of Irish immigrants James Joseph and Mary Shannon Fielding, and graduated in 1938 from Bassick High School. Upon graduation, he began a career in the pharmaceutical industry, first as a stock boy for McKesson & Robbins and rising to become vice president of marketing, before moving on to vice president of marketing for Cunningham Drug in Detroit, marketing director at Parke-Davis and concluding as a marketing director for Warner-Lambert in Morris Plains, N.J.

Mr. Fielding enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942, serving in the 13th Army Air Force’s 424th Bomb Squadron, where 1st Lt. Fielding became a decorated B-24 pilot, flying 51 combat missions in the South Pacific and was awarded the Silver Star. After military service, he returned to work at McKesson’s and earned a business degree with honors from Fordham University.

Mr. Fielding’s interests were many and varied, but none surpassed his competitive delight in playing tennis and his devotion to the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. During his time in Detroit, he was a member of the Grosse Pointe Theatre, earning coveted “Clarence” awards for acting, directing and stage managing. He also served a term as the group’s president.

He and his wife were honored for their many years’ of volunteer work for the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology.

Mr. Fielding will be deeply missed.

A funeral service was held April 7 in Connecticut.

Donations may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163 or at michaeljfox.org.

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