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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.

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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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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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.

Kathryn A. Smith

Died: Monday, December 08, 2014
Age: 89
Grosse Pointe Woods resident Kathryn A. Smith, 89, died Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit.

She was born Aug. 28, 1925, in Detroit to William F. and Eleanor Krause and graduated from Southeastern High school in Detroit.

Mrs. Smith was a homemaker who enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren and staying active in her church.

Mrs. Smith is survived by her daughters, Joyce Crandall (Steve), Barbara Taber (Scott) and Christine Coderre (Keith); sons, Paul (Stephanie); daughter-in-law, Barbara Smith; 15 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

She also is survived by her sister Grace Koeppe.

Mrs. Smith was predeceased by her husband, Richard E. Smith; son, Richard W. Smith; sisters, Margaret Knoer and Ruth Woods and brother, William Krause.

A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, at Bethel Lutheran Church, 26400 Little Mack, St. Clair Shores. Visitation will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at the church prior to the service.

Donations may be made to Cure SMA at curesma.org or Bethel Lutheran Church, 26400 Little Mack, St. Clair Shores, MI 48081.

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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Ralph E. Hinz D.O.

Died: Friday, December 05, 2014
Age: 90
Ralph E. Hinz D.O., 90, died Friday, Dec. 5, 2014.

He is survived by his wife of 12 years, Virginia (nee Hoffman); children, Brian (Jodi), Kevin (Iris), Jason (Gloria), David (Debbee) and Marie Elizabeth Dixon (Jeff); grandchildren, Kala, Ian, Ginny, Jonathon, Nicholas, Miranda, Alex, Zoey and Maggie and great-grandchildren. He also is survived by his brother, Ronald.

He was predeceased by Margaret Mary (nee Gardner) his wife of more than 40 years.

A proud and decorated veteran of World War II, Dr. Hinz served in the U.S. Army 79th Infantry Division medical corps during the invasion of Normandy and received multiple Purple Hearts. He recently was awarded the Chevalier of the Legion of Honor by the French government for his service.

After graduating from the Des Moines Still School of Osteopathic Medicine, he began his career as family physician and surgeon, and was most proud of the more than 4,400 babies he helped bring into the world. He taught at the University of Michigan and was an adjunct professor at Michigan State University.

His family said Dr. Hinz was a humble, devout and generous soul who loved parties with his extended family, Big Band music and playing drums with his combo in local senior homes. In 2002, he and his pre-war sweetheart, Virginia, were reunited and married. He was a longtime parishioner and usher at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Dec. 9 at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, Grosse Pointe Woods.

Donations may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project or the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, 1820 Mt. Elliott, MI 48207.

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Edward S. Watko D.D.S.

Died: Friday, December 05, 2014
Age: 94
Edward S. Watko D.D.S., 94, passed away Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, at his residence in St. Clair Shores with his wife and family by his side.

He graduated from De La Salle Collegiate High School in June 1938 and served four years in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was honorably discharged April 1946, as a first sergeant. He graduated from University of Detroit Dental School in June 1952 and married Joanne Sweeney in July of the same year.

According to his family, Dr. Watko had a servant’s heart. In addition to serving his country in the Army, he served many years on St. Lucy Catholic Church parish council, as well as being a eucharistic minister. For more than 40 years, he lovingly served his dental patients, even extending credit to those who had difficulty paying.

Dr. Watko’s real love, however, was for his family, including his extended family. He was known for his encouraging spirit and positive outlook. From his experience as the only boy in a family of four sisters, he often credited that experience for his excellent listening skills and empathy. He loved spending summers with his wife and children and his sisters and their families in St. Clair, watching freighters traveling up and down the St. Clair River.

Dr. Watko is survived by his wife of 62 years, Joanne; daughter, Trish; son, Edward (Cindy); granddaughter, Heather Allen (Jason); grandson, Paul Watko (Gretchen); great-grandchildren, Jack, Trent, Maddy, Mack, George and Kate, and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his eldest daughter, Jane Louise Watko, who followed in her father’s professional steps becoming a dentist and ultimately serving as a prison dentist in the Michigan Correctional System. He also was predeceased by his sisters, Margaret Watko, Kaye Staperfenne, Helen Swoboda and Leone Weeks.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Dec. 9 at St. Lucy Catholic Church, St. Clair Shores.

Donations may be made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure at komen.org.

Eleanor Mary Zatina

Died: Friday, December 05, 2014
Age: 92
City of Grosse Pointe resident Eleanor Mary Zatina, 92, died Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, at ShorePointe Village in St. Clair Shores.

She was born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, to Thomas and Bessie Zade. She attended Patterson Collegiate in Windsor and then Holy Names College, also in Windsor. In 1946, she completed a training program in medical technology at Providence Hospital in Detroit.

Mrs. Zatina was a clerk for Canadian Customs in Windsor prior to finishing her medical technology training. She then worked as a medical technologist at Providence Hospital and Holy Cross Hospital, before taking the same position in the medical department at Michigan Bell Telephone Co.

She was active in many parent and parishioner groups at Assumption Grotto Elementary School and Parish in Detroit. More recently, she was a member of St. Clare of Montefalco Catholic Church and sang in the St. Clare Resurrection Choir. Her family said she was an accomplished Lebanese cook whose greatest pleasure was opening her home to family and friends.

A member of the Michigan Bell Pioneers, Mrs. Zatina loved the Detroit Tigers, especially Charlie Gehringer, and could name the 1935 lineup. She could still call the balls and strikes correctly right through her final season of watching baseball this summer.

Mrs. Zatina is survived by her sons, Thomas A Zatina (Tracey Goetsch) and Michael A. Zatina M.D. (Katie); daughters, Patricia A. Zatina, Elizabeth A. Zatina (Michael McDevitt) and Mary A. Zatina (Kevin Prihod); grandchildren, Kristen Zatina, Jennifer Zatina, Dr. Dayna Egan (Scott), Clare McDevitt, Caroline Zatina, Shannon McDevitt and Bridget McDevitt and great-granddaughter, Hannah Mary Egan.

Mrs. Zatina was predeceased by her husband, Anthony; and brothers, Ralph Zade D.D.S., Theodore Zade and Kenneth Zade M.D.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Dec. 10 at St. Clare of Montefalco.

Donations may be made to the Dominican Literacy Center, 5555 Conner, Suite 1414, Detroit, MI 48213 or Capuchin Soup Kitchen, 1820 Mt. Elliott, Detroit, MI 48207.

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