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Marilynn C. Hogan

Marilynn C. Hogan

Died: Saturday, April 16, 2011
Age: 88
Marilynn C. Hogan, a veteran of the Woman’s Army Corps and a founding member of the Women in Military Service for America Memorial in Washington, D.C., died Saturday, April 16, 2011, at her home in Grosse Pointe Woods. She was 88.

Born Aug. 25, 1922, in Detroit, the eldest of four children of William and Catherine Chevalier, Mrs. Hogan was a descendant of French immigrants who settled in the region and built ribbon farms for which many of the city’s major east-west roads are named.

She graduated from St. Philip Neri Catholic High School. She was a surgical nursing technician for the Woman’s Army Corps during World War II and was awarded the U.S. Army’s Victory Medal for meritorious service and valor.

She met Donald Hogan at a church dance at St. Philip Neri; they married in July 1945.

The couple settled in Detroit and later moved to St. Clair Shores, serving as founding members of St. Lucy Catholic Church.

As her husband built his dental practice, Mrs. Hogan stayed home and tended her young family of six sons and two daughters. She later worked as a dental assistant in her husband’s practice.

The couple moved to Grosse Pointe Farms, refurbishing a six-bedroom, “fixer-upper” on McKinley Place and Mrs. Hogan became an active member of St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, where her children attended school.

After retirement, she and her husband moved to a smaller home in Grosse Pointe Woods and, in 1987, she became active in helping establish a memorial for women who served their country during World War II. Her name is among those of the 250,000 women who served in the armed forces during World War II inscribed on the memorial.

Mrs. Hogan also was a president and co-founder of the Twins Club of Grosse Pointe and a member of the Altar Society at St. Paul.

She was a voracious reader who enjoyed gardening, spending summers at Hogan Manor in Gaylord, skiing, bowling, golfing and the companionship of her dog, Molly.

Mrs. Hogan is survived by her sons, Thomas, Brian, James, John and William; daughters, Margaret and Linda; grandchildren, Scott, Carrie, Daniel, Lauren, Kelsey, Hannah, Kaitlyn, Patrick, Kevin, Michael and Sean and great-grandchildren, MaKayla, Rylie, Shane, Casey, Ryan and Jackson.

She was predeceased by her husband, Donald J. Hogan, D.D.S.; her son, Michael; sisters, Katherine and Patricia and her brother, William.

A funeral Mass was celebrated April 19 at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Farms, followed by burial at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Detroit.

Donations may be made to Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation, Dept. 560, Washington, D.C., 20042-0560.

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Kathleen Flynn Withers

Kathleen Flynn Withers

Died: Saturday, April 16, 2011
Age: 82
Kathleen M. Withers, wife of John J. Withers, passed away peacefully, with dignity and grace, Saturday, April 16, 2011. She was 82.

She was born April 22, 1928 in Braddock, Penn., and was a longtime resident of Grosse Pointe Farms. In her early years, she volunteered at Detroit General Hospital and at the Neighborhood Club Thrift Shop. She enjoyed spending her winters in Longboat Key, Fla., and filled her spare time with volunteering at the Women’s Exchange in Sarasota.

Early on, Mrs. Withers’ beautiful smile took her into the world of modeling. She met and married the love of her life, Jack Withers, and had five beautiful children. She was known for her fierce and loyal devotion to friends and family.

A gracious hostess, Mrs. Withers’ life was filled with laughter and surrounded by flowers. She was known for her style, both personal and for the design of her many homes. At the end of her life, her passion for travel was only surpassed by her love of the Longboat Key sunset.

Mrs. Withers is survived by her children, Michael (Carolyn), Thomas (Marylyn), Julie (Kevin) and Brian (Nicole) and grandchildren, Jacqueline, Michael Jr., Kelly, Grant, Thomas Jr., Brett, Sean, Brandon, Sarah, Olivia and Ellie.

She was predeceased by her husband, Jack and son, John.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 11, at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Mary M. Segner

Mary M. Segner

Died: Saturday, April 16, 2011
Age: 96
Grosse Pointe Park resident Mary M. Segner, 96, died Saturday, April 16, 2011.

She was born May 1, 1914, in Bad Axe to Francis Minnick and Jennie O’Henly-Minnick. She was the daughter of a teacher and a farmer whose families settled Huron County and helped transform the Thumb area from forest to farmland. She attended a one-room school house and then graduated from Bad Axe High School.

Mrs. Segner earned a bachelor’s degree in teaching from Michigan State Normal College, now Eastern Michigan University. She served as both a teacher and guidance counselor. She obtained her master’s degree in education from the University of Michigan. She taught in the Detroit Public Schools and for several years directed the guidance program at River Rouge High School. She was a direct, firm, but fair person who helped to create opportunities and held all of her students to high standards. It was this work that earned her the Heart of Gold award from the City of Detroit.

In addition, she loved gardening. She enrolled in classes and became a master gardener. This passion sustained her and she continued to work on her roses well into her 90s. She enjoyed education, travel, shopping, tennis, golf, swimming, visiting her childhood farm and volunteering her time.

Mrs. Segner was a past president of the Catholic Women’s League, past president of the Women’s City Club and a past president of the Grosse Pointe Garden Club. She also was a member of the Friends of the DSO.

Mrs. Segner is survived by her sister, Eleanore Allen and many loving nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Bernard M. Segner; sister, Ann Toole and brothers, Edward Minnick, Francis P. Minnick and Angus Minnick.

She will be dearly missed by the O’Toole, Toole, Allen, Hutchens and Rossianoff families.

A funeral Mass was celebrated May 4 at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Park.

Donations may be made to The Bernard and Mary Segner Seminarian Aid Fund, Sacred Heart Seminary, 2701 Chicago Blvd., Detroit, MI 48206.

Kathleen M. Withers

Kathleen M. Withers

Died: Saturday, April 16, 2011
Age: 82
Kathleen M. Withers, wife of John J. Withers, passed away peacefully, with dignity and grace, Saturday, April 16, 2011. She was 82.

She was born April 22, 1928, in Braddock, Pa., and was a longtime resident of Grosse Pointe Farms. In her early years, she volunteered at Detroit General Hospital and at the Neighborhood Club Thrift Shop. She enjoyed spending her winters in Longboat Key, Fla., and filled her spare time with volunteering at the Women’s Exchange in Sarasota.

Early on, Mrs. Withers’ beautiful smile took her into the world of modeling. She met and married the love of her life, Jack Withers and had five beautiful children. She was known for her fierce and loyal devotion to friends and family.

A gracious hostess, Mrs. Withers’ life was filled with laughter and surrounded by flowers. She was known for her style, both personal and for the design of her many homes. At the end of her life, her passion for travel was only surpassed by her love of the Longboat Key sunset.

Mrs. Withers is survived by her children, Michael (Carolyn), Thomas (Marylyn), Julie (Kevin) and Brian (Nicole) and grandchildren, Jacqueline, Michael Jr., Kelly, Grant, Thomas Jr., Brett, Sean, Brandon, Sarah, Olivia and Ellie.

She was predeceased by her husband, Jack and son, John.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 11, at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore in Grosse Pointe Farms.

William Howard Griffth Jr.

William Howard Griffth Jr.

Died: Thursday, April 14, 2011
Age: 60
William Howard Griffith Jr. passed away Thursday, April 14, 2011, after bravely battling cancer.

Bill was born April 21, 1950, in Berea, Ohio, to Constance Nester and William H. Griffith Sr. At an early age, his family relocated to Grosse Pointe where he was raised, attending St. Paul Elementary School and graduating from Austin Preparatory High School. He was a third generation graduate of the University of Michigan, where he earned an engineering degree. While at U of M, he was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity and made many life-long friends. Bill also earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Wayne State University.

During his career, he worked in Detroit in the finance group of Ford Motor Co., in Boston for Digital Equipment and in Boston and Detroit for GE Capital, from which he retired.

Bill was the great-great-grandson of Thomas Nester, an Irish immigrant and one of the pioneer lumber barons in Michigan during the 1800s. Bill was very interested in his Irish heritage and traveled to Ireland with his parents and family, exploring the wonders of County Mayo.

Bill loved his family above all else: his darling wife, Debbie, and his sons, Patrick and Stephen, his pride and joy. Bill loved the outdoors and had many interests, including skiing, sailing, power boating, windsurfing and riding his motorcycle.

Bill is survived by Debbie, his beloved wife of 32 years; his loving sons, Patrick and Stephen; his dear parents and siblings, Joan (Lawrence) Drummy, Susan (Charles) Royer, Mary Fay (Michael) Kattman and Thomas (Elizabeth) Griffith. He also is survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his aunt, Joan Nester Leone.

He will be deeply missed by his family and many close friends.

A funeral Mass was celebrated April 19 at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Farms.

Donations may be made to the Capuchin Ministries, 1820 Mt. Elliott St., Detroit, MI 48207, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Michael E. Slomski

Michael E. Slomski

Died: Thursday, April 14, 2011
Age: 63
Grosse Pointe Woods resident Michael E. Slomski, 63, died Thursday, April 14, 2011, at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit.

Born Sept. 29, 1947 in Detroit to Edward and Rose Slomski, he graduated from St. Andrew High School in Detroit. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accountancy from Wayne State University in 1971 and a Master of Science degree in finance from Walsh College.

Mr. Slomski was a certified public accountant and the principal shareholder of Slomski & Raedel, CPA, P.C. located in Harper Woods and an adjunct professor of accounting at Macomb Community College.

He belonged to numerous professional organizations including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. He authored numerous ethics and taxation articles and co-authored a financial reference guide. He developed and presented ethics seminars to various professional groups and often participated in radio and television programs relative to economic and tax matters.

Mr. Slomski was known as “The Voice of the Norsemen,” having provided play-by-play commentary at Grosse Pointe North High School home football games. He was active in the community as a member of the Grosse Pointe Fireworks Committee and a registered official with the Michigan High School Athletic Association.

A cigar aficionado, he was an avid Detroit sports fan, supporter of youth athletics and a devoted husband, father and papa.

Mr. Slomski is survived by his wife, Enza; daughters, Carla (Chris) Smith and Stephanie (Ryan) Warren; son, Joe (Amanda); grandchildren, Colin, Abby and Sammy; his mother, Rose and his sister, Susan Trese.

He was predeceased by his father, Edward.

A funeral Mass was celebrated April 19 at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Woods.

Donations may be made in support of youth baseball to the Detroit Tigers Foundation, 2100 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201 or the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association Scholarship Foundation, 2157 S. Van Buren, Reese, MI 48757.

Walter Remter

Died: Thursday, April 14, 2011
Age: 59
Walter “Skip” Remter, 59, of Marietta, Ga., passed away Thursday, April 14, 2011. He was born in Detroit and graduated from Alma College. He was a certified public accountant and recently retired as the director of audits for Fulton County. He loved fishing, sailing and cooking.

Mr. Remter is survived by his wife, Laurie Remter; sons, Greg Remter and Clark Remter; mother, Beverly Remter and sister, Gretchen Near.

He was predeceased by his father, Walter H. Remter.

A memorial service was held April 19 at St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church in Marietta.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Boy Scouts of America Atlanta at atlantabsa.org.

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Laura Evans Ford

Laura Evans Ford

Died: Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Age: 65
Laura Evans Ford passed away peacefully Tuesday, April 12, 2011, at the Banner-Del Webb Medical Center outside of Phoenix, Ariz.

A life-long resident of Grosse Pointe, she also maintained a winter home in Wickenburg, Ariz., where she actively pursued her dream of living the Western lifestyle in the beautiful Sonoran Desert. For a number of years, she owned and actively participated in the operation of the Arrow Y Cattle Company.

An outstanding horsewoman, Laura was an active member of the regional ladies riding group, Las Damas, serving on its board of directors and also as trails chairwoman. She helped organize the annual Five Day Desert Ride in which she participated for 25 years.

An avid collector of Western art, Laura served on the board of governors of the Desert Caballeros Western Museum in Wickenburg, where she was also a longtime member of the Los Caballeros Golf Club and the Wickenburg Elks Club.

Laura was born Oct. 10, 1945, in Detroit to Emory Moran Ford and Laura Salisbury Evans. She is survived by her niece, Nina Ford (John) Richter of New York City. She was predeceased by her two brothers, Thomas Evans Ford and Emory Moran Ford Jr. and her daughter, Laura (Lollie) Salisbury Winans.

Laura attended University Liggett School, eventually serving on its board of directors, and graduated from Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, Conn. Upon learning of her passing, Laura was fondly recalled by one of her Farmington classmates as a “human firecracker.”

Her zest for life was exemplified by her endless hours at the helm of her yacht, Galatea, exploring the nooks and crannies of the North Channel and the Canadian shorelines and around the top of Michigan to Harbor Springs. In autumn she could be found in most any of the various duck marshes adjacent to Mitchell’s Bay, Ontario. Laura was a 25-year member of the Great Lakes Cruising Club and a gold sponsor of Ducks Unlimited.

Aside from being an active outdoorswoman, Laura enjoyed entertaining house guests at Wingford, a country estate built by her grandfather in the 1920s in Avoca, in Michigan’s thumb area. Owning one of the black Labrador retrievers from the Wingford Kennels was a great source of pride for serious sportsman in the area.

A lifetime member of the Grosse Pointe Club, Laura served on the board of governors and became the first female commodore of the club in 1982. She also was a member of Bayview Yacht Club, Little Traverse Yacht Club in Harbor Springs and Rolling Rock Club in Ligonier, Pa.

Laura was an active supporter of the Detroit Zoological Society, serving on its board of directors for many years. She was an advocate and supporter of the Michigan Humane Society and the Founders Society of the Detroit Institute of Arts. She was a member of the Junior League of Detroit, Sigma Gamma Association and served on the board of Michigan Planned Parenthood. She was a member of Christ Church Grosse Pointe.

Laura, as she preferred to be called by those in all walks of life, will be missed by those privileged to know her.

Per her wishes, there was no funeral service. Private interment will be in the family plot in Elmwood Cemetery in Detroit.

Donations may be made to the Detroit Zoological Society at detroitzoo.org, the Michigan Humane Society at michiganhumane.org, or a charity of choice.

Byron Mitchell Cheeseman

Byron Mitchell Cheeseman

Died: Monday, April 11, 2011
Age: 80
St. Clair Shores resident Byron Mitchell Cheeseman, 80, died Monday, April 11, 2011, at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit.

He was born Dec. 7, 1930, in Detroit to Gerald and Maude Cheeseman. He was a self-employed Grosse Pointe-area landscaper for many years.

Mr. Cheeseman played softball on senior teams in St. Clair Shores and Warren, bowled on teams in the Lutheran League, enjoyed volleyball, golf and tennis and was active in church life.

Mr. Cheeseman is survived by his sons, Bill and Larry. He was predeceased by his wife, Betty Louise and his parents.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 14, and Friday, April 15, at A.H. Peters Funeral Home, 20705 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Woods.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 16, at Iroquois Avenue Christ Lutheran Church, 2411 Iroquois Ave., Detroit.

Donations may be made to Iroquois Avenue Christ Lutheran Church, 2411 Iroquois Ave., Detroit MI 48214.

The Rev. Harold Wayne Tietjen

The Rev. Harold Wayne Tietjen

Died: Sunday, April 10, 2011
Age: 95
The Rev. Harold Wayne Tietjen, 95, a resident of Carol Stream, Ill., died Sunday, April 10, 2011, at Johnson Health Care Center in Carol Stream. He was born Sept. 6, 1915, in New York City and was a longtime resident of Grosse Pointe Farms.

Marked by a deep Christian faith and a quiet, gentle spirit, he was active as a minister, educator or chaplain for more than 50 years. He graduated from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary and held a master’s degree from Wayne State University in Detroit.

Following service in World War II in the Pacific Theatre on the administrative staff of Gen. Douglas MacArthur, the Rev. Tietjen moved back to New York City and married Margaret Q. Smith Aug. 3, 1946. They moved to Louisville, Ky. and then Chicago where the Rev. Tietjen attended seminary. He served churches in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin.

After completing courses at Marquette University, he began a career in education first with the Utica school system and then the Detroit Public Schools as a speech pathologist. He also served in the Monroe school system as director of special education, spent a year on the faculty of Geneva College in Pennsylvania and for many years taught speech at Wayne County Community College District. After retirement in 1983, he volunteered for nearly 20 years as a chaplain at Cottage Hospital in Grosse Pointe Farms.

The Rev. Tietjen is survived by his sons, David (Jennie) Tietjen of Carol Stream, Ill. and Peter (Doreen) of Grosse Pointe Park; grandchildren, Amy (Jeffrey) Langkamp of Brown Deer, Wis., Susan Tietjen of Minneapolis, Minn., Andrew (Kristina) Tietjen of Watertown, Wis., Jillian Tietjen of Ann Arbor, Kathryn (Chance) Sumner of West Palm Beach, Fla. and great-grandchildren, Madelyn, Isabelle and Logan Langkamp and Aiden Tietjen.

He was predeceased by his parents; infant twin brothers and his wife, Margaret.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 25, 2011, at Evangel Baptist Church, 1900 Manchester Road, Wheaton, Ill. Visitation begins at 10 a.m.

Donations may be made to Evangel Baptist Church, 1900 Manchester Road, Wheaton, IL 60187.

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