Died: Saturday, September 17, 2011 Carl Joseph Fischer Jr.
Carl Joseph Fischer Jr., 89, passed away peacefully Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011. He was born June 23, 1922, in Toldeo, Ohio, to Carl Joseph and Rebekah Fischer and lived in Toledo until 1942, when he joined the Army Air Corps at age 19.
He proudly served his country as a flight engineer for more than three years during World War II. Throughout his career in the armed forces, he traveled the world and fondly reminisced on his wartime experiences his entire life. Following the war, he attended the University of Toledo and earned a bachelor’s degree in business.
Mr. Fischer married Marjorie Lorraine Francis April 19, 1952, in Toledo, after a decade-long courtship. In 1957, upon the suggestion of friends, they moved to Grosse Pointe, where Mr. Fischer pursued a career as a manufacturer’s representative in the automotive field and worked in that capacity more than 50 years.
In addition to his life-long love of gardening, Mr. Fischer was an avid collector of antique trains, cameras, coins and stamps. He also loved civil war history, genealogy, photography, art and all things World War II. Always handy, he often assisted his wife in her decorating business.
Above all, he had a remarkable, unconditional love for his family and friends. His steadfastness, kindness, humor, dependability, meticulousness, and thriftiness were admired and he will be dearly missed by those whose lives he touched.
Mr. Fischer is survived by his loving wife, Marjorie; daughters, Leslie (Keith) Snead, Sara Fischer (Jeff) Hodges; sister, Elizabeth (Earl) Samuels; loving grandsons, Matthew and Nicholas Snead and Jack Hodges; dear niece and nephew, Emily and Jonathan Samuels; and many others who fondly referred to him as Uncle Carl.
Memorial donations may be made to Disabled American Veterans at dav.org or the Veterans of Foreign Wars at vfw.org.
Died: Thursday, September 15, 2011 Judith Daley Bigelow
Grosse Pointe Farms resident Judith Daley Bigelow passed away Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011, in the company of loving friends after a short illness.
She was born May 18, 1931, in Fargo, N.D., on the Minnesota state line. She attended local schools in North Dakota and Minnesota. She then matriculated to Oberlin College in Ohio where an outstanding scholastic record led to her recruitment by the Central Intelligence Agency as an operative.
She served the agency at several different locations before being transferred to the Detroit office. It was there she resigned from the agency and entered private life.
Mrs. Bigelow met Madeline Coe, the head of the fashion department at the J. L. Hudson Co., who offered her a position in the department.
She had a great intuitive eye for clothing design. It was said by her friends, only part in jest, that she was selling many Emilio Pucci dresses at Hudson’s years before anyone else in the state knew who he was.
Mrs. Bigelow served in a number of capacities at Hudson’s before leaving when her husband’s job was relocated.
She met and married Charles Andrew Bigelow II in 1963. Mr. Bigelow was active in the auto parts business and for many years worked in international sales, mainly in Europe, where the Bigelows resided for extended periods.
From her extensive travel to several continents, Mrs. Bigelow utilized her spectacular flair for décor in turning her residences on Nicolet Place, Bedford Road, Touraine Road and Lakeview Place into memorable showplaces, both inside and out.
Mrs. Bigelow was active in the Archives of American Art, Detroit Artist Market, Michigan Humane Society, Grosse Pointe Farm and Garden Club and the Grosse Pointe Memorial Garden Club. She also was a member of the Country Club of Detroit.
But with her, it was all about constantly doing things unselfishly to help other people, regardless of station. That will be her eternal legacy.
Mrs. Bigelow is survived by her stepson, Charles Andrew Bigelow III of Rochester, N.Y. and her sister, Sandra Renee Daley, of New York City.
She was predeceased by her parents and her husband.
At her request, private services have been conducted.
Donations may be made to Services for Older Citizens, 159 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.
Died: Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Caroline Ann Laufenberg, four months, died Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011.
She was born April 25, 2011, in Chicago to Courtney Benz Laufenberg and Matthew Laufenberg.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by her grandparents, Richard and Patricia Benz of the City of Grosse Pointe and Robert and Cherie Laufenberg of Wheaton, Ill.
A funeral service was held Sept. 21 in Wheaton.
Donations may be made to Ronald McDonald House-CNI, 1900 Spring Road, Suite 310, Oakbrook, IL 60523 for a memorial brick for Caroline Laufenberg.
Died: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 Barbara Fahey O’Donoghue
Longtime Grosse Pointe resident Barbara Fahey O’Donoghue, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011. She and her husband, Bill, recently celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary and lived more than 50 years in the Grosse Pointes. They raised their five children in the Park and most recently lived in Grosse Pointe Shores.
Mrs. O’Donoghue graduated from St. Augustine High School and Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. Among her local activities, she taught at St. Clare of Montefalco school for 23 years and was a guest teacher in the Grosse Pointe Public School System for seven years. She looked forward to meeting her former students at local events.
She was also a member of the Bon Secours Assistance League for 11 years and participated in volunteer activities at St. Clare parish.
Mrs. O’Donoghue also enjoyed traveling the world with her husband, gardening and needle crafts. She was most thankful for time spent with her family and the enjoyment of many friendships.
In addition to her husband, Bill, she is survived by her children, Deidre (Greg) Proteau, Bill, Dennis (Jacqueline), Mavourneen Mary (Dan) Currie and Patrick (Lindsay) and her grandchildren, Owen, Conor, Colleen, Erin, Michelle, Christine, David, Ryleigh, Liam and Teagan.
A funeral Mass was celebrated Sept. 17 at St. Clare of Montefalco Catholic Church.
Died: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 George Strachan
Grosse Pointe Farms resident George Strachan, 91, died Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011, at ShorePointe Nursing Center in St. Clair Shores.
He was born Aug. 12, 1920, in Aberdeen, Scotland, to Charles and Elizabeth Strachan. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Wayne State University and a graduate degree from Indiana University’s graduate school of savings and loan.
Mr. Strachan served as a sergeant in the U.S. Air Force during World War II.
He began his banking career at the National Bank of Detroit. He joined Standard Federal Savings and Loan in 1953 and became its senior vice president and comptroller.
He was a past president of the National Controller’s Society; a board member of Michigan Automated Clearing House Association, member of the U.S. League of Savings Association and a board member of Mutual Savings Bank of Bay City.
Mr. Strachan loved his family and his Lord. He was a member of Knox Presbyterian Church for 75 years. His great love was the Sunday school where he served as a teacher and assistant superintendent and chaired many Sunday school attendance campaigns and church picnics to Bob-Lo Island. He also served as an elder of the church.
He was on the board of the Michigan Sunday School Association, Boys and Girls Bible Clubs and William Tyndale College.
Mr. Strachan enjoyed art and was a water colorist. He was a member of the Grosse Pointe Artists, Anton Art Club, Lakeshore Art Society and Toronto Art Gallery.
He also was a member of the Grosse Pointe Rose Society, Grosse Pointe Camera Club and the American Legion.
Mr. Strachan is survived by Jean Patterson, his wife of 63 years; daughter, Deborah (Ian) Leslie; son, David (Laurie) Miller; grandchildren, Matthew and Elizabeth; sister, Betty (the late Don) Glover; brother-in-law, Matthew C. (Shirley) Patterson; niece, Martha Torsch and nephews, Matthew Patterson, Malcolm Patterson and Maurice Patterson.
He was predeceased by his parents.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday,
Sept. 24, at Knox Presbyterian Church, 25700 Crocker Blvd., Harrison Township. Interment will be in Great Lakes National Cemetery.
Donations may be made to Knox Presbyterian Church, 25700 Crocker Blvd., Harrison Township, MI 48045 or Macomb Christian Schools, 28501 Lorraine, Warren, MI 48093.
Died: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 Ruth H. Russell
Longtime Grosse Pointe Farms resident Ruth Russell, 87, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011, at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit.
She was born Dec. 7, 1923, in Detroit to Leo and Irene (nee Klaus) Costello and graduated from Denby High School.
Mrs. Russell was active throughout most of her life. She enjoyed playing tennis, golf and bowling. She loved to travel and enjoyed spending winters at the family’s winter home in Boynton Beach, Fla. She belonged to the Lochmoor Club, Country Club of Detroit and the Del Ray Dunes Golf and Country Club. She was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother and will be missed by all who knew her.
Mrs. Russell is survived by Thomas, her husband of 62 years; sons, Brandon (Nancy) and Scott (Elena); grandchildren, Blake, Kelli, Tommy and Lauren and her sister, Bernice Meller.
She was predeceased by her parents and her brothers, James, Leo and John Costello.
A funeral Mass was celebrated Sept. 17 at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, Grosse Pointe Farms. Mrs. Russell’s remains will be interred in the church’s columbarium.
Donations may be made to the Van Elsander Cancer Center, St. John Health Foundation, P.O. Box 673271, Detroit, MI 48267-3271.
Died: Monday, September 12, 2011
Beverly Remter, 89, of Elkhart, Ind., passed away Monday, Sept. 12, 2011. She was born in Detroit and resided the majority of her life in Grosse Pointe.
She was a homemaker, involved in the Cottage Hospital Auxiliary and the Women’s Guild at Peace Lutheran Church in Detroit. She loved knitting, sewing and baking.
Mrs. Remter is survived by her daughter, Gretchen Near; grandsons, Michael (Jessica) Near, Greg Remter and Clark Remter and sisters, Shirley Lepori and Betty Lou Murray.
She was predeceased by her husband, Walter H. Remter and her son, Walter “Skip” Remter.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, at Peace Lutheran Church, 157 E. Warren, Detroit. Visitation begins at the church at 10:30 a.m.
Donations may be made to Peace Lutheran Church, 157 E. Warren, Detroit, MI 48224.
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Died: Sunday, September 11, 2011 William Dunlop
St. Clair Shores resident William “Bill” Dunlop, 79, died Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit.
He was a carpenter, former teacher at the Carpenter's Apprenticeship School and member of the Carpenters Local No. 26.
Mr. Dunlop enjoyed traveling, riding his motorcycle, camping and working on daily crossword puzzles. He loved his family and was proud of his Scottish heritage.
Mr. Dunlop is survived by his wife, Peggy and children, Stacey Dunlop, Janet (Eric) McAllister and Bill (Kirstin) Dunlop. He was the proud Poppa of Eddie, Adam, Paul, James, Caitlin, Liam, Jonathan and Quinn.
He also is survived by his siblings, Jean Corbett, Dorothy Kilgo and Donn Dunlop and many beloved nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his son, Steven.
A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday, Sept. 17, at Celtic Cross Presbyterian Church, 11451 E. 10 Mile Road, Warren. Visitation begins at 10 a.m.
Donations may be made to the church at celticcross.org or St. Andrew’s Society of Detroit, 2360 Rochester Court, Troy, MI 48038.
Died: Sunday, September 11, 2011 Charles Burton Squiers
Charles Burton Squiers, 93 of Lake Barrington, Ill., passed away Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011.
He was the beloved husband for 68 years of Jean (nee Bennett), loving father of Ken (Susan) Squiers and Christine (Russel Lubliner) Gillies, dear grandfather of Mark (Chizuki) Squiers, Lindsay (Lindell) Pearson, and Lisa (Andrew) Rector and great-grandfather of Mari, Risa, Jaxon, and Parker.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings.
Born April 28, 1918, in Detroit, Mr. Squires was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served during World War II as a captain during the battle of Normandy. He earned five battle stars and a Bronze Star.
Funeral services will be private.
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Died: Sunday, September 11, 2011
William B. Ferry, 98, formerly of Grosse Pointe Woods, Suttons Bay, and Bella Vista, Ark., died Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, at New Hope Health and Rehabilitation Center in Rogers, Ark.
He was born April 26, 1913, in Benton Township, Ill., the son of Charles Dexter Ferry and Katherine White Forman.
A graduate of Northern Illinois University with a Master of Arts degree from Northwestern University, he taught music in the Grosse Pointe Public School System, retiring in 1975.
When he and his wife, Helen, moved to Gravette, Ark., they were active in the square dance and round dance community. A member of the Bella Vista Recorder Consort, he also volunteered as stage manager of the Northwest Arkansas Symphony. An avid and talented carpenter, he built fine furniture, as well as the family cabin on Lee Point Road in Suttons Bay where the family summered.
Mr. Ferry is survived by his wife, Helen Louise (nee Bauman); daughters, Dawneane K. Munn of Lincoln, Neb., and Deborah Robbins of Princeton, N.J.; grandsons, Andrew Suddith, Matthew Robbins, William Brian Ferry Jr., R. Todd Ferry and Scott Ferry and two great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his parents, five siblings and his son, William Brian Ferry.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, at the Presbyterian Church of Bella Vista in Arkansas
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the choir of the Presbyterian Church of Bella Vista, 1880 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista, AR 72715.