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Ernie A. Ferris

Died: Sunday, November 06, 2011
Age: 86
Ernie A. Ferris, 86, died Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011, at Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe.

Born Jan. 18, 1925, in Brazil to George and Foutine Ferris, he was self-employed in the automotive industry.

Mr. Ferris is survived by his beloved wife, Venus; children George (Mary), Geralyn and Joseph (Kimberly); grandchildren, Corey and Katy and Shanna and Layla and many loving nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held from 3 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, at Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home, 16300 Mack, Grosse Pointe Park.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at Saint Sharbel Maronite Catholic Church, 31601 Schoenherr Road, Warren.

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Joseph J. Allemon

Joseph J. Allemon

Died: Sunday, November 06, 2011
Age: 87
St. Clair Shores resident Joseph J. Allemon, 87, died Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011. He was part owner of William J. Allemon Garden Supply in Detroit.

He was born in Detroit to William and Emma Allemon and attended St. Paul Catholic School. He was raised by his father after his mother passed away at an early age. It was from his dad Mr. Allemon learned the importance of family. At age 16, he went to work for his father at the garden supply store, known now as Allemonís Landscape Center, still at the same location since 1929 and where he was born.

Mr. Allemon was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served on a tank destroyer during World War II. After returning home from the war in 1946, he continued to work at the garden supply store while courting Rachel Tavery for eight years. The couple married June 23, 1954, and in the following 11 years, had eight children.

Although Mr. Allemon lived in St. Clair Shores, he knew every street in the Grosse Pointe area where he made countless customer deliveries. Outgoing and inquisitive, he always enjoyed learning about other people, their backgrounds and interests.

He and his wife enjoyed traveling with several other friends on bus tours across the United States.

Mr. Allemon was a member of the Menís Garden Club of Grosse Pointe, the Senior Menís Club of Grosse Pointe, the Belgian-American Century Club and the Belgian-American Association.

Mr. Allemon is survived by his wife, Rachel Tavery Allemon; sons, James, Joseph (Denise) and Edward (Patricia); daughters, Suzanne (Stephen) Clarke, Marie (Victor) Hunyadi, Margaret (Sean) Digan, Linda (Robert) Graham and Theresa (Raphael) Samonie.

He also is survived by numerous grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and his sister, Florence.

He was predeceased by his brother, Henry.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Nov. 9 at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in St. Clair Shores.

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

Virginia M. Bavol

Virginia M. Bavol

Died: Saturday, November 05, 2011
Age: 88
Virginia M. Bavol, 88, died Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011.

She was the beloved wife of Walter J. Bavol, who predeceased her, and loving mother of Wendy R. (Michael) Kerwin and the late Brian F. (Barbara) VanHollenbeck. She was the dear grandmother of Jonathan VanHollenbeck, Diana, Evan (Elizabeth) and Sean (Elaine) Scott and great-grandmother of Jenny and Ethan Scott.

In addition to her husband and son, she was predeceased by her brother, Andrew W. Michalak.

Mrs. Bavolís favorite pastime was playing bridge with her girlfriends and was a member of many bridge clubs.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Donations may be made to Services for Older Citizens, 159 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236 or the Alzheimers Association, 20300 Civic Center Drive, Suite 100, Southfield, MI 48076.

Merle D. Southall

Merle D. Southall

Died: Friday, November 04, 2011
Age: 73
Merle D. Southall, 73, died peacefully Friday, Nov. 4, 2011, at her home after an extended illness.

She was born July 11, 1938, in Sydney, Australia, the daughter of George and Ruby Kendall and educated in Australia, graduating from a Dominican Convent School. After graduation, she moved to London, England, and in 1962, began working as a stewardess for British Overseas Airways Corp.

She traveled the world with the airline and experienced many different cultures in her travels. Her ability to speak both German and Spanish was useful in her profession. In 1969, she married Anthony C. Southall in London. At the time, stewardesses were not allowed to be married, so her career ended soon after the wedding.

The young couple moved to Western Canada and in 1974, they moved again, this time to Grosse Pointe Woods, where Dr. Southall began working at St. John Hospital in Detroit.

Mrs. Southall loved to play tennis, a trait she inherited from her father who was a renowned tennis champion in Australia. She belonged to Lochmoor Club, where she was an avid tennis player. She was an accomplished classical pianist and loved her dogs, both black and yellow Labrador retrievers. She was a proficient gardener and tended her rose beds at home in Grosse Pointe Farms and at their home in Shanty Creek.

Mrs. Southall was involved in the theater in London and also the Grosse Pointe Theatre. She volunteered at Grosse Pointe University Liggett School in their Great Books reading program. She was raised around horses as a child and enjoyed their company still.

Her family said Mrs. Southall was known as a gregarious hostess and enjoyed entertaining at their home. Most notably, she was a generous, sensitive, elegant lady who made lasting friendships across the world.

Mrs. Southall is survived by her husband of 42 years, Anthony C. Southall M.D.; son, John C. Southall M.D. and his wife, Krista; grandson, Soren and her brother, Dr. John Kendall and his wife, Karin, and their sons, Jason and Justin.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Nov. 8 at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Donations be made to the St. John Hospice and mailed to St. John Health Foundation, P.O. Box 673271; Detroit, MI 48267-3271.

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Shirley Lillian Vining

Shirley Lillian Vining

Died: Friday, November 04, 2011
Age: 71
Shirley Lillian Vining, nee Totten, died suddenly Friday, Nov. 4, 2011, in Oviedo, Fla. She was 71.

She was born Dec. 18, 1939, in Detroit, to Harold and Lillian Totten. She was a former Grosse Pointe Woods and Grosse Pointe Farms resident and a 1958 graduate of Grosse Pointe High School. She was a registered nurse at Lucille Packard Childrenís Hospital at Stanford and a diabetic educator at Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto, Calif., before retiring to Oviedo.

Mrs. Vining loved reading, cooking and baking. She was a church volunteer and a member of Newcomers of Central Florida. She recently used her knitting and sewing skills to make dolls, hats and blankets for the children of Haiti.

Mrs. Vining is survived by Michael, her husband of 52 years; sons, Michael (Carole), Mark (Lori) and Brett; grandchildren, Leanne, Jeff, Craig, Tim, Scott, and Charlie and sisters, Betty (Michael) Martin and Patricia (Robert) Estabrook.

She was predeceased by her parents and son, Kurt.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at Grosse Pointe Woods Presbyterian Church, 19950 Mack, Grosse Pointe Woods.

Donations may be made to Grosse Pointe Woods Presbyterian Church, 19950 Mack, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236.

Judith Goodnow Prus

Judith Goodnow Prus

Died: Thursday, November 03, 2011
Age: 75
Grosse Pointe Farms resident Judith Goodnow Prus, 75, died at home Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011, in the presence of her husband and children.

She was born Jan. 28, 1936, in Detroit, to Nathan and Romalda Goodnow. Mrs. Prus graduated from Newton College of the Sacred Heart in 1958 after earning a Bachelor of Arts degree.

She married Dr. A. Michael Prus May 6, 1966, at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Farms.

Mrs. Prus was an interior designer and founder and president of JGP Design Associates in Grosse Pointe Farms. Her career as a designer spanned more than 35 years. Her creative talent and impeccable taste were pursued by numerous clients in the Grosse Pointe area, though her client base extended nationwide.

She was a board member of the Detroit Institute of Arts Associates of the American Wing. She was also a member of the Garden Club of Michigan, the Junior League of Detroit and Sigma Gamma.

Mrs. Prus had a passion for American art, business and finance, flower arranging and horticulture, gourmet cooking and American and English antiques. She enjoyed international and art-related travel, and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband of 45 years, A. Michael; children, Michael G. Prus, Elizabeth P. Myers and Jeffrey G. Prus and six grandchildren.

Mrs. Prus also is survived by her brother, Daniel T. Goodnow of Grosse Pointe Farms; many nieces and nephews and many dear friends.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Donations may be made to the Grosse Pointe Academy, 171 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236 or an educational institution of the donorís choice.

Ernest Spilos Sr.

Ernest Spilos Sr.

Died: Wednesday, November 02, 2011
Age: 88
Ernest Spilos Sr., 88, of Melbourne, Fla., died Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011, in Orlando, Fla.

He was born Feb. 8, 1923, to Gus and Nancy Spilos in Detroit and served his country honorably in the U.S Navy.

His family described him as a friendly and outgoing man who loved to tell stories, especially of his travels around the world. He was a kind-hearted and affable man who was proud of his family.

Mr. Spilos was a member of ďROMEOS,Ē Retired Old Men Eating Out, and the AHEPA organization through St. Katherineís Greek Orthodox Church, where he shared his love, laughter and gift of gab by touching the lives of many.

Mr. Spilos was predeceased by his wife, Dorothy Mae, in 2007.

He is is survived by his children, Ernest Spilos Jr., Cheryl N. Steffen and Starlene C. Burns and seven grandchildren. He will be missed deeply by his family and friends.

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Lawrence Burton Graves

Lawrence Burton Graves

Died: Monday, October 31, 2011
Age: 85
Lawrence Burton Graves, 85, of Bay City, passed away Monday, Oct. 31, 2011, at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit. He lived the last two years in Grosse Pointe.

Born Nov. 21, 1925, in Bay City, to James Randall and Dorothy Ross Graves, he was proud of his Scottish heritage and was a member of the Ross clan on his motherís side. Known by friends and family as Laurie, he was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Bay City, where he was a deacon, usher, taught Sunday school and served on many committees. His memberships included Rotary Club of Bay City, Bay City Elks Club and the Saginaw Bay Yacht Club.

Mr. Graves is survived by his wife of 62 years, Minette Risser Graves; sons, James Randall, Lawrence Burton Jr. and Mark Stauffer Graves; daughters-in-law, Janet, Sue and Debra; grandchildren, James Randall II, Jason Trevor, Justin Christopher, Jonathan Blaine, Kaitlin Risser and Jeffrey George Graves and his sister, Marcia Hewett.

He was predeceased by his parents and brother, Ross.

Growing up in Bay City, he attended Bay City Central High School. Upon graduation in 1942, he joined the U.S. Navy. He was proud of his officer training which included attendance at the University of Michigan and Harvard University.

During his service, he was assigned to the USS Blue Ridge and the USS Wasach command ships. His tour of duty took him to Okinawa and the China Sea where he experienced typhoons, kamikaze bombers and the crossing of the international date line.

After his honorable discharge in 1947, Mr. Graves graduated from Central Michigan University. He continued his service in the naval reserve, earning the designation of lieutenant.

Although his service in the reserves made him eligible to serve in the Korean War, he was not called. He earned a pilotís license and purchased an Air Coupe, which he often referred to as his second love, which afforded him many hours of flight. He was an avid hunter and loved boating, archery, skiing and football.

After a career in banking, Mr. Graves purchased and managed Graves Magazine Inc., a magazine and book distributorship, until he retired in 1981.

Mr. Gravesí family said he was a man of honor, who built his life on family, hard work and love. He will be deeply missed.

Peggy Pease Hickey

Died: Sunday, October 30, 2011
Age: 83
Peggy Pease Hickey passed away Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011, at Bay Bluffs Medical Care Facility in Harbor Springs.

She was born Aug. 18, 1928, in Grand Rapids to Frederick W. and Marian (nee Fleischmann) Pease. She attended Grand Rapids Junior College and University of Michigan extension school. She had worked at Butterworth Hospital and Baker Furniture.

On Jan. 3, 1953, she married Joseph L. Hickey Jr. at St. Stephen Catholic Church in Grand Rapids.

Mrs. Hickey is survived by her husband, Joseph; daughter, Susan Campbell and her husband, Gregory, of Troy; son, Joseph L. Hickey III and his wife, Robin, of Vero Beach, Fla., and son, Frederick P. Hickey and his fianceť, Irma Caamal Tejero of Cancun, Mexico.

She also is survived by her grandchildren, Jeffrey, Patrick, Michael and Erica Klipstine, Sabrina Leccesse and Melissa Hickey and great-grandchildren, Joseph and Taylor Ann.

She was predeceased by her sisters, Barbara Smith and Marilyn DeHaan.

Her family said Mrs. Hickey will be remembered for her warm smile, love of family and church and her beloved pets.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Sat., Nov. 5, at Holy Childhood Church, 150 West Main Street, Harbor Springs.

Donations be made to Little Traverse Bay Humane Society, 1300 West Conway Road, Harbor Springs, MI 49740 or the Discalced Carmelite Friars, 1520 Carmel Road, Hubertus, WI 53033-9704.

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Joseph P. Zanglin

Joseph P. Zanglin

Died: Sunday, October 30, 2011
Age: 74
Grosse Pointe Farms resident Joseph Patrick Zanglin, 74, died Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011.

He was born in Wyandotte Aug. 14, 1937, to Joseph R. and Marie Zanglin. He served in the U.S. Marines and the Marine reserves as a lance corporal.

Mr. Zanglin earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting in 1961 and a Bachelor of Law degree in 1963, both from the University of Detroit. He worked as a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorneyís Office from 1967 to 1969 and then as a private practice attorney until retiring in 2005.

He was active in Right to Life and a member of St. Vincent de Paul Society. He enjoyed golfing and jogging.

Mr. Zanglin was the dearest father of Therese (Robert) Gorski and Amy Zanglin and loving grandfather of Mary Quinn Gorski, Charles Joseph Gorski and Thomas Patrick Gorski. He also is survived by his sisters, Ann Anderson and Kathleen Angell and brothers, John Zanglin, Jim Zanglin and Dick Zanglin.

He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Mary Ann. His family takes comfort in knowing their parents are reunited.

Visitation will be held from 3 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, at Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home, 16300 Mack, Grosse Pointe Park.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 4, at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Donations may be made to Society of St. Vincent de Paul, 3000 Gratiot, Detroit, MI 48207; Right to Life of Michigan, 2340 Porter St. S.W., P.O. Box 901, Grand Rapids, MI 49509 or Michigan Parkinson Foundation, 30400 Telegraph, Suite 150, Bingham Farms, MI 48025.
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