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Mary A. Helin

Died: Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Mary A. Helin, 95, died Monday, Oct. 13, 2014.

She was the wife of Charles P. Helin, who predeceased her; loving mother of Wallace Helin and Vanessa Ferriole (Jim); dear grandmother of Holly McNabb (Ed) and Christopher and Paul Ferriole.

A memorial Mass was held Oct. 22 at Old St. Maryís Catholic Church, Detroit.

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Margaret E. Evans

Died: Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Age: 98
Grosse Pointe Woods resident Margaret E. Evans, 98, died Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit.

She was born July 23, 1916, in Detroit to Clara and Robert Webster Sr. and owned Evans Flying Service and Rental Car business which operated out of Detroit City Airport.

Mrs. Evans enjoyed helping and taking care of seniors and she loved cats.

She was a member of the Grosse Pointe Woods senior club and Soroptimist International Club.

Mrs. Evans was predeceased by her husband, John E. Evans and sister, Phyllis F. Walker. She is survived by her brother Robert R. Webster Jr.

A funeral service was held Oct. 9 at A.H. Peters Funeral Home, Grosse Pointe Woods.

Donations may be made to the Grosse Pointe Woods Senior Club.

John Mazer Jr.

Died: Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Age: 70
John Mazer Jr., died Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, after a three-month battle with a series of medical issues.

He was born March 25, 1944, in Detroitís Hutzel Hospital, the first child of Stelene and John Mazer Sr. He spent his early years living with three generations of his motherís family while his father served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Soon after his dad returned, the family moved to Grosse Pointe, where Mr. Mazer attended Maire Elementary, Pierce Middle and Grosse Pointe High schools.

He began a lengthy career in radio at Detroit stations WEXL and WQRS where he learned broadcasting from the ground up. Broadcasting introduced him to Detroitís active jazz community and opportunities to meet and interview jazz greats, including Duke Ellington.

Mr. Mazerís career took him to Rochester, N.Y., Philadelphia, and Buffalo, N.Y., before returning to Detroit to launch country-music station, WDEE. His success in Detroit led Storer Broadcasting Company, then owner of WDEE and other radio stations, to ask him to introduce the modern country format into The Big Apple.

He and his wife returned to Detroit several years later and Mr. Mazer earned a law degree, fulfilling a lifelong dream to work with his father, a criminal defense attorney.

Mr. Mazerís life revolved around his family: wife, Marianne; sister, Juliet and brother-in-law, Ken, of Grosse Pointe Farms; godchildren, Kenny and Juliet Jr.(Dan); brother, Bill; nephew, Zachary, and niece, Malia.

His family said Mr. Mazer believed it was his obligation to pay forward all that he had been given to help others. He was a student, always thirsty to learn, and a teacher and mentor, happiest when he could share good conversation with others.

An elder and former confirmation teacher at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, Mr. Mazerís passions included studying and writing about the law, doing everything he could to further the cause of justice, equality and fairness, and spending time with family and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Detroit Bulldog Rescue at detroitbulldogrescue.org or Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, Attention Carol Marks, 16 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236 or a charity of the donors choice.

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Patricia Anne DiSanto

Died: Monday, October 13, 2014
Age: 63
Patricia Anne DiSanto, 63, passed away Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, at her home in New York City, with her husband and son by her side, following a courageous battle with colon cancer.

She was born Aug. 27, 1951, to Paris and Marion Di Santo, the third of seven children. She graduated from Grosse Pointe High School, studied hotel and restaurant management in Miami, and enjoyed the vivacity and fervor of life in New York City many years. In 1992, she married Florencio Navarro and had a son, Gregory, who was the light of her life.

A lover of nature, animals and adventure, her family said Ms. DiSanto embraced life to the fullest. She maintained exuberance and a determination to live, aided by the unwavering support, love and tireless efforts of family and friends. She engaged tirelessly and with conviction throughout her journey, a beautiful, feisty, vivacious, loving force, undaunted by her many challenges.

Ms. DiSanto is survived by her husband, Florencio Navarro; son, Gregory Paris; father, Paris Di Santo, and siblings, Susan, Janet, Dody, Jim, Anne and Christine.

She was predeceased by her mother, Marion DiSanto.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at St. James Cathedral at The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Ave., New York, N.Y. A reception will follow from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Common Room at the Cathedral School.

A reception will be held in Grosse Pointe at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to The Patricia DiSanto Memorial Fund, care of Jan Di Santo, 10 Renz Road, Mill Valley, CA 94941.

Michael Watson

Died: Monday, October 13, 2014
Age: 63
Grosse Pointe Park resident Michael Watson, 63, died Monday, Oct. 13, 2014.

He was born Aug. 14, 1951, in Detroit, to Gerald and Lois Watson and graduated from Austin Catholic Preparatory School.

He retired after 15-plus years working in the deli department at the Kroger stores in the Village and in Grosse Pointe Woods.

His numerous friends included many of his fellow employees and customers.

Mr. Watson is survived by his mother, Lois; sisters, Patti Schollenberger (Ted); Janet Drekich (Dan) and Diane Smith (Eric); brothers, Dick Watson, (Irene) and David Watson (Nancy); brother-in-law, Tom Dunstan and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his father, Gerald Watson and sister, Kathy Dunstan.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Oct. 17 at St. Clare of Montefalco Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Park.

Robert Ducastel

Died: Sunday, October 12, 2014
Age: 96
Robert Ducastel, 96, died Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014.

He was the beloved husband of Beatrice (nee Calcaterra), who predeceased him; dear father of Karen Loosvelt (Ron) and Gaile Priest; loving papa of Marc Loosvelt (Georgia), Adam Loosvelt (Stacy), Anne Loosvelt, Erik Priest, Zachary Priest (Jamie) and Stacey Priest and cherished great-papa of Teddy, Will, Sara, Josh, Copper and Miles.

He also is survived by his siblings, Joseph Ducastel and Bernice Wenzel and was predeceased by his siblings, Maurice Ducastel and Elle Meek.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, at Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home, 16300 Mack, Grosse Pointe Park. Prayers and military honors will be at 7 p.m.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at the funeral home.

The family extends a special thank you and asks that memorial contributions be made to Seasonís Hospice, 27355 John R Road, Madison Heights, MI 48071 or a charity of the donorís choice.

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Lillian J. Bryk

Died: Saturday, October 11, 2014
Age: 90
Lillian J. Bryk, 90, died Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014.

She was the beloved wife of Michael, who predeceased her, and dear mother of Michael (Tammy). She is survived by her sisters, Nell, Vera, and was predeceased by her siblings, Frank, Lloyd, Berti, Joe and Helen.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms. Visitation begins at 9:15 a.m. at the church

Donations may be made to the charity of the donorís choice.

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Thomas James Maurer

Died: Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Age: 20
Grosse Pointe Farms resident Thomas James ďTJĒ Maurer, 20, died Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014.

A 2012 graduate of Grosse Pointe South High School, he attended Macomb Community College and worked part-time at Chinese Delight and Cottage Inn, both in Howell.

TJ enjoyed learning from elders, rugby, officiating basketball and soccer games, music, video and board games, bonfires and conversation. He also loved animals, especially the family dog, ďBenny.Ē

TJ is survived by his parents, Kelly Maurer and Peter Maurer; sister, Gretchen Maurer (Mike); brother, Erich Maurer (Rose) and grandmothers, Marion Maurer and Delores Vandenbussche.

He was predeceased by his grandfathers, Thomas James Maurer and Robert Vandenbussche.

A funeral service was held Oct. 14 at Christ Church, Grosse Pointe Farms. His body was bequeathed to Wayne State University School of Medicine.

Donations may be made to Michigan Humane Society, 30300 Telegraph, Suite 220, Bingham Farms, MI 48025-4509.

Henry Malcolm Kuhlman

Died: Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Age: 87
St. Clair Shores resident Henry Malcolm Kuhlman, 87, died Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014.

He was born in Detroit to Henry Augustus and Helen McColl Kuhlman and graduated in 1949 from the University of Michigan. He was the president of A. Kuhlman & Co. in Detroit.

A veteran of the U.S. Army, Mr. Kuhlman enjoyed tennis, golf and skiing. He was active in numerous professional and community organizations throughout the years, including regional director and president of the American Surgical Trade Association, past president of the University of Michigan Club of Greater Detroit and member of the Senior Menís Club of Grosse Pointe, Woodworkers of Grosse Pointe, Country Club of Detroit and Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, where he had served as trustee, deacon, Stephen Minister and teller. He also was a Master Gardener.

Mr. Kuhlman is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Sites Kuhlman; son, Henry Nelson Kuhlman (Laura Hunter); daughter, Sarah Kuhlman Gray; grandchildren, Jane McColl Erickson, Anne Elizabeth Gray, Henry Kuhlman Gray, Caroline Elizabeth Kuhlman and Margaret Anne Kuhlman.

He was predeceased by his sister, Jane Kuhlman Truettner.

A memorial service was held Oct. 13 at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Donations may be made to Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.

Anne Schaklewski

Died: Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Age: 96
Grosse Pointe Farms resident Anne ďAuntieĒ Schaklewski, 96, died Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014.

Born Jan. 9, 1918, in Detroit to Carl and Pauline (nee Klatt) Schaklewski, she earned her high school diploma in 1968, at age 50, through adult education at Southwestern High School in Detroit.

Known affectionately as ďAuntie,Ē Miss Schaklewski belonged to various church groups and volunteered at Faith Lutheran Soup Kitchen in Detroit. Gardening, sewing and baking were favorite pastime activities. She was devoted to and cherished helping her family, friends and church.

Miss Schaklewski is survived by her nieces, Brenda Newsome and Barbara Whitney; grandnieces, Leanne Craig, Jessica Huebner and Samantha Schlag; grandnephews, James and Stephen Newsome and Alexander Whitney, and many great-grandnieces and great-grand-nephews.

She was predeceased by her nephew, David Vickerman and grandnephew, Daniel Whitney.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home, 16300 Mack, Grosse Pointe Park.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 17, at the funeral home.

Donations may be made to St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 1203 Lawndale, Detroit, MI 48209 or the Macomb Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped, 40900 Romeo Plank Road, Clinton Township, MI 48038.

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