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Elizabeth E. Pinkston-Colton

Elizabeth E. Pinkston-Colton

Died: Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Age: 85
Elizabeth E. Pinkston-Colton, 85, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011.

She was born in Los Angeles to Elizabeth and Clarence Pinkston, two-time Olympic gold medal winners, and lived in Grosse Pointe for more than 40 years before moving to Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Her family said Mrs. Colton adored her friends and family and gave endlessly of her time and talents to others. She made countless sacrifices over the years to raise her sons to be loving, caring gentlemen.

She was an active member of the Grosse Pointe Garden Club for many years. An accomplished dancer in her younger years, she loved to play cards and shared her parents’ passion for swimming.

Mrs. Colton is survived by her sons, Arthur II (Barbara), David (Kimbriel Towar) and Jeffrey; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and three granddogs.

She was predeceased by her husband, Arthur; son, Douglas MacLean and her twin brother, Clarence.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Palm Beach County, 5300 East Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33407 or Rotary International, care of Grosse Pointe Rotary, 32 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.

Elizabeth E. Pinkston-Colton

Elizabeth E. Pinkston-Colton

Died: Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Age: 85
Elizabeth E. Pinkston-Colton, 85, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011.

She was born in Los Angeles to Elizabeth and Clarence Pinkston, two-time Olympic gold medal winners, and lived in Grosse Pointe for more than 40 years before moving to Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Her family said Mrs. Colton adored her friends and family and gave endlessly of her time and talents to others. She made countless sacrifices over the years to raise her sons to be loving, caring gentlemen.

She was an active member of the Grosse Pointe Garden Club for many years. An accomplished dancer in her younger years, she loved to play cards and shared her parents’ passion for swimming.

Mrs. Colton is survived by her sons, Arthur II (Barbara), David (Kimbriel Towar) and Jeffrey; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and three granddogs.

She was predeceased by her husband, Arthur; son, Douglas MacLean and her twin brother, Clarence.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Palm Beach County, 5300 East Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33407 or Rotary International, care of Grosse Pointe Rotary, 32 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.

Beverly Brown Kerr

Beverly Brown Kerr

Died: Sunday, October 23, 2011
Age: 83
Beverly Brown Kerr, 83, died peacefully Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011, at home following a prolonged illness.

She was born May 1, 1928, in Drexel Hills, Pa., to Kendrick B. and Madeline C. Brown and later moved with her family to Grosse Pointe.

She attended The Liggett School, where she graduated Cum Laude in 1946. She continued her education at Bradford Junior College in Haverhill, Mass., where she was president of the student council. She graduated in 1950 from Northwestern University, where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta.

She taught first grade at The Detroit Country Day School in Grosse Pointe and married Willard Pope Kerr July 14, 1952, at Christ Church Grosse Pointe.

Over the years, Mrs. Kerr was active golfing, playing tennis and bridge and volunteering. One of her favorite volunteer venues was the Children’s Orthopedic Center, associated with the Sigma Gamma Association. She also loved her membership in the Grosse Pointe Garden Club, Ibex, and the Grosse Pointe Junior League.

Additionally, Mrs. Kerr was a member or past member of the Junior League of Vero Beach, Christ Child Society of Harbor Springs, Country Club of Detroit, Grosse Pointe Club, Riomar Country Club of Vero Beach, Walloon Lake Country Club, Christ Church Grosse Pointe, St. John’s Episcopal Church in Harbor Springs and the Community Church in Vero Beach, Fla.

Beverly loved their home on Walloon Lake and spent over 46 summers there with her family as well as her beloved golden retrievers. When her husband, Willard, retired, they spent winters in Vero Beach, Fla. and summers at Walloon Lake.

Her family said Mrs. Kerr’s beauty, smile and easy laugh will be remembered fondly by her family and many friends. She was the epitome of a classy lady.

Mrs. Kerr is survived by Willard, her husband of 59 years; sons, James (Linda Baird) of Petoskey and David (Lisa Martin) of Glenview, Ill.; daughter, Martha (Gary Ritzke) of Clearwater, Fla.; granddaughters, Kristen Kerr and Laura Kerr (Ryan) Reed; grandsons, Wiley and Stephen Kerr and Maxwell Crowe and her great-grandson, Benjamin Reed.

She was predeceased by her parents and her sister, Jacqueline Brown Caskey.

A celebration of her life will be held at a future date.

Donations may be made to Hospice of Little Traverse Bay, One Hiland Drive, Petoskey, MI 49770.

Penny D. Gallant

Penny D. Gallant

Died: Saturday, October 22, 2011
Age: 70
Penny D. Gallant, 70, of Kewadin, died Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011.

She was born Dec. 23, 1940, in Traverse City, the daughter of Brenton A. and Doris (Moore) Carroll.

She was married to Vincent Gallant M.D. They lived in Grosse Pointe Woods before moving to their home on East Bay in Kewadin. She was an active member of the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church community in Elk Rapids.

Mrs. Gallant was a medical transcriptionist for more than 30 years, and with Great Lakes Orthopedics for the last 14 years.

She was an outdoors person who loved to kayak, visit yard sales and read. She was a family-oriented person who especially enjoyed taking care of her great-grandchildren on the weekends.

Mrs. Gallant is survived by Vincent, her husband of 31 years; daughter, Robin Mick of Williamsburg; son, Christopher Herbert and his wife, Jodi, of Kalkaska; grandchildren, Courtney, Rebecca, Jessica and Daniel and great-grandchildren, Shylow, September and Reagan.

She was predeceased by her parents and sons, David and Daniel Herbert.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Oct. 29 at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Elk Rapids.

Donations may be made to the Women’s Resource Center at womensresourcecenter.org or Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, 143 Charles St., Elk Rapids, MI 49629.

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W. Curtis Keegin

Died: Saturday, October 22, 2011
Former Grosse Pointe resident W. Curtis Keegin, passed away Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, in Boca Raton, Fla.

He was the oldest son of Curtis W. and Florence D. Keegin and attended schools in Grosse Pointe and the Culver Military Academy in Virginia.

He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps and flew combat missions as a member of the Flying Tigers in China during World War II. After the war, he attended Northwestern University.

Mr. Keegin worked for several companies including Hiram Walker and Sons Inc. and Michigan Consolidated Gas Co. in marketing and public relations. He retired more than 25 years ago to enjoy living in Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton, Fla.

Mr. Keegin is survived by his brother, Stafford W. (Peggy) Keegin of Holland and his sister, Beth (Charles T. III) Fisher of Grosse Pointe.

He was predeceased by his parents.

A memorial service will be held at noon Friday, Nov. 4, at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore Road, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Donations may be made to St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore Road, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.

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Michael John Prigorac

Michael John Prigorac

Died: Thursday, October 20, 2011
Age: 52
Michael John Prigorac, 52, died Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011.

Born in Aliquippa, Pa., he graduated from Trenton High School in 1977 and attended Western Michigan University. He lived in Candler, N.C. and worked as a general contractor.

He was active with his church. His family said he had a heart of gold, loved life, stimulating conversations, sports and beautiful scenery. He was happiest spending time with his family and friends.

Mr. Prigorac is survived by his sons, Matthew Prigorac, of Grosse Pointe, and Brandon Palmer and sisters, Kimberly Dunn and Kellee Feifer.

A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at Woodhaven Freewill Baptist Church, 26191 Allen Road, Woodhaven.

Donations may be made to the American Heart Association at heart.org or to Piney Mountain United Methodist Church, 36 Piney Mountain Church Road, Candler, N.C. 28715.

Cyril A. Grobbel Jr.

Cyril A. Grobbel Jr.

Died: Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Age: 85
Cyril A. Grobbel Jr., 85, died Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011.

He was the loving father of eight children, Cyril III (the late Mary Ann Mac), Melea, Marita (Dennis Andrus), Christopher (Karen Oliver), Regan (Joseph) Stolarski, Jason (Renee Brown), Cassandra (Bob) Budzik, Anastasia (Scott) Minor); beloved brother of Patricia (Bill) Kemp; and devoted grandfather of 22.

Mr. Grobbel grew up in Grosse Pointe where he attended Grosse Pointe High School. As a teenager, he played saxophone in his band called the Sultans of Syncopation. In high school, he took a class in avionics and later enjoyed piloting small planes. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in economics and business administration from the University of Detroit in 1948. As a child, he had a love of the water and boating and later taught his family about enjoying and navigating the water ways of the Great Lakes.

He married in 1950 and raised his eight children in Grosse Pointe. He was the third generation owner of E.W. Grobbel Sons, founded in 1883. Located in Detroit’s Eastern Market, the company is the oldest independently owned corned beef company in the United States. When he retired, he moved to Port Huron and became the proud owner of Blue Water Boarding Kennels for the next 20 years.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Oct. 22 at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Delima “Della” Peterson

Delima “Della” Peterson

Died: Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Age: 91
Delima Goulet Peterson, 91, died Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011, at Bickford Cottages in Kalamazoo.

Known as Della to family and friends, she was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, worked on the family farm and attended school there. At age 13, she left the farm to work in the Montreal area, living with friends of the family.

In 1942, she married Joseph Sproder. Mr. Sproder died in 1963, leaving her with three daughters.

In 1964, she married John Theuerkorn, to whom she was married only seven years due to his untimely death.

In 1974, she married Alfred “Bud” Peterson Jr., to whom she was married 37 years before his death in June.

For most of her life, Mrs. Peterson dedicated herself to raising her three daughters, whom she loved dearly. Her family said she will be remembered as a vivacious person with a movie-star quality who loved to socialize with others.

Mrs. Peterson is survived by her daughters, Sheila (Carmen Brancato) Schebil of Grosse Pointe, Lana (Tom DeGroot) Ashley of Kalamazoo and Debra (Tim) Hanna of Portage; stepchildren, Gail (Ricardo Wyatt) Lauzzana of Ann Arbor; Alfred H. Peterson III, of the Dominican Republic; Eric (Beth) Peterson of Northville and Kristen Peterson of Kalamazoo; nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at St. Monica Catholic Church, 4408 S. Westnedge, Kalamazoo.

Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation in honor of Della Peterson, 322 Eighth Ave., Seventh Floor, New York, NY 10001.

Helen Farnin-Clancy

Helen Farnin-Clancy

Died: Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Age: 82
Grosse Pointe Woods resident Helen Farnin-Clancy, 82, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011.

She is survived by her husband, Gerald Clancy; children, Joe (Donna) Farnin, Mary Farnin, Theresa (Scott) Wilderman and Paul (Lisa) Farnin and grandchildren, Megan, Maggie, Rachel, Christopher, Max and Joe.

Born in St. Louis, Mo., she graduated from Notre Dame High School and moved to Detroit with her first husband, Joe, who predeceased her. She attended Wayne State University and Macomb Community College.

In addition to being a homemaker, she enjoyed golf and tennis. She also loved spending her winters in Florida with her husband, Gerald.

A funeral Mass was held Oct. 22 at St. Lucy Catholic Church in St. Clair Shores.

Donations may be made in her memory to Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org.

Jeanne V. Suminski

Jeanne V. Suminski

Died: Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Age: 83
Longtime Grosse Pointe Park resident Jeanne V. Suminski, nee Vandenheede, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011, at Windemere Park Senior Community in Warren. She was 83.

Born July 4, 1928, in Belgium, her family said Mrs. Suminski was known for her dedication to and love of family. She spent holidays and many weekends enjoying or hosting family get-togethers to create and maintain family traditions that kept her large network of family and friends united.

With her husband, Harold, she created the Suminski-Vandenheede Family Bowling Tournament, which was held for the 49th year in April, hosted a Fourth of July party that generations of family attended for 30 years, as well as numerous golf outings and many impromptu pool parties.

A longtime employee of Wayne State University, she was proud of her role with the alumni association. She was a strong advocate of education and enjoyed extensive travel with the association and to visit her grandchildren across the United States.

Mrs. Suminski was an avid bridge and pinochle player, loved following politics and current events, served as secretary to the Lakeshore Teacher Bowling League and was a faithful parishioner of St. Ambrose Catholic Church for more than 50 years.

She cherished her neighbors and neighborhood and was an active member in her block club for many years. Known as “St. Jeanne” by her children, she will be greatly missed by all those whose lives she touched.

Mrs. Suminski is survived by her children, David (Deanna) Suminski, Jerry (Elizabeth) Suminski, Janet (Todd) Somers, Susan (George) Palms, Steven (Coleen) Suminski and Diane (Jeffrey) Renaud; 11 grandchildren; sisters, Sr. Mary Suzanne Vandenheede, OSM of Omaha, Neb., and Elaine Maes of St. Clair Shores, and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Harold; her parents, Remi and Emma Boone Vandenheede and her brothers, Richard, Arthur, Henry and Thomas Vandenheede.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Oct. 24 at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Park.

Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org or the Servants of Mary, 7400 Military Ave., Omaha, NE 68134.
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