Died: Monday, July 25, 2011
Evelyn M. Wildi, 99, died Monday, July 25, 2011, at Faith Care Center in Highland, Ill.
She was born in Highland, Ill., the niece of John Wildi, one of the founders of PET Milk Inc. and the daughter of Emil Wildi, a designer for Pet Milk. She graduated from Highland High School in 1929, then earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois in 1933 and a Master of Science Education degree in 1942. She did post-graduate work at the University of Colorado, University of Michigan, Wayne State University, the University of Detroit and Duke University.
During World War II, Ms. Wildi did chemical analysis at a war plant in Indianapolis. She taught in Davenport, Iowa, and Arthur, Ill., before teaching mathematics and chemistry at Grosse Pointe South High School for 25 years. She retired in 1969.
She traveled extensively throughout the continental United States, as well as Europe, Japan, India, Thailand and the Philippines. She also enjoyed classical music, reading and gardening.
Ms. Wildi is survived by her nephews, John Robert (Christina) Habeeb of Dumont, N.J. and Emil Wildi (Shamsay) Habeeb of North Plainfield, N.J. and many great nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents, four sisters and seven brothers.
Ms. Wildi’s body was donated to science at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Mo.
Memorial contributions may be made to Highland Home, 1600 Walnut St., Highland, IL 62249 or Louis Latzer Memorial Public Library, 1001 9th St., Highland, IL 62249.
Arrangements are being handled by Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, Ill.
Died: Monday, July 25, 2011 Thomas David Lester
Grosse Pointe Woods resident Thomas David Lester, 71, died Monday, July 25, 2011, at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit.
He was born July 2, 1940, in Detroit and graduated from Duke University in 1962 and Washington and Lee Law School in 1965.
Mr. Lester loved to golf and Duke basketball. He was a longtime member of Gowanie Golf Club and Bayview Yacht Club.
Mr. Lester is survived by his wife, Linda; sons, David William and Thomas Dean (Angi) and grandson, David.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 26, at Heritage Presbyterian Church, 23415 Jefferson Ave., St. Clair Shores.
Donations may be made to American Cancer Society, 20450 Civic Center Drive, Southfield, MI 48076.
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Died: Monday, July 25, 2011 James B. Eathorne Jr.
James B. Eathorne Jr., 61, died Monday, July 25, 2011, in Hudson, Fla.
Born in Detroit to James B. and Jane S. Eathorne, he graduated from Finney High School in 1968 and attended Wayne State University.
Mr. Eathorne worked more than 20 years in sales and as head of operations for Whiting Distribution Services. He then moved to Florida in 2004 and owned two restaurants. He sold the restaurants and enjoyed retirement in Florida.
Mr. Eathorne loved life and especially enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He also enjoyed sailing on the Detroit River and Lake St. Clair.
During his time in Grosse Pointe, he was active in Christ Church Grosse Pointe and the Detroit Yacht Club.
Mr. Eathorne is survived by his wife, Kathleen; daughters, Sheri (Anthony) Orlando and Britony Eathorne; grandson, James Orlando and sisters, Gail Tolles and Elizabeth (Gerald) Nobert.
A memorial service will be held in the spring to honor and celebrate his life.
Donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 24445 Northwestern Highway, Suite 100, Southfield, MI 48075.
Died: Sunday, July 24, 2011 Angelo J. Colombo
St. Clair Shores resident Angelo J. Colombo, 76, died peacefully at his home, Sunday, July 24, 2011, after a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born Dec. 18, 1934, in Detroit to Camillo and Angelica (nee Cardani) Colombo.
Mr. Colombo graduated from Southeastern High School in 1953. He served in the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1959, attaining the rank of corporal. He was employed 38 years with Chrysler Corp. in management.
Mr. Colombo leaves behind his loving wife, Michelle Skuba. He is survived by his nieces and nephews, Kevin and Todd Colombo, Brandon and Christopher Chrzanowski, Michael, Patrick, Caitlin and Colleen Moran; and great-niece, Gabriella Colombo.
He was predeceased by his brother, Leo.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at noon at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms. Visitation begins at 11:30 a.m. The service will conclude with military honors at the church.
Donations may be made to Services for Older Citizens, 17150 Waterloo, Grosse Pointe, MI 48236.
Died: Saturday, July 23, 2011 Francis J. Weskel
Longtime Grosse Pointe Farms resident Francis J. Weskel, 86, passed away peacefully in Atlanta, Ga., Saturday, July 23, 2011. He had lived in the Farms 47 years.
Born April 4, 1925, he was the beloved husband of Mary Ann Purgaric, who predeceased him, and loving father of Clarice Dowdle-Fredrickson, Francis John Weskel Jr., Jackie Mielnicki and Geri Williams-Fitts. He is survived by his loving grandchildren, Francis, Christina, Jeffrey, Alec, Brady, Bo and Wesley. He also is survived by the spouses of his children, Dr. Edward Fredrickson, Annette Weskel, Jeff Mielnicki and Walter Fitts II, along with many other family and friends.
He was predeceased by his parents, Frank and Clara.
A veteran of the U.S. Army, Mr. Weskel was committed to serve his country. Mr. Weskel earned a graduate degree in English from Wayne State University and was an educator of English, teaching at Grosse Pointe South High School and at Wayne State University. He spent the majority of his working career in the education field until retirement.
Music was a major part of Mr. Weskel’s life. He was a member of many musical organizations and performed throughout the Detroit area for countless events. Later in life, he enjoyed playing the keyboard at retirement communities and senior living centers.
Mr. Weskel was fond of gardening, reading, solving Sudoku puzzles, cooking, collecting colorful shirts and following the Detroit Tigers.
His family said he was a man of great wit, as well as a master at joke telling. He embraced each day to the fullest and vowed to leave the world a better place upon his passing.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at noon Monday, Aug. 1, at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms.
Mr. Weskel’s family wishes to thank his dedicated and loving caregivers.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mr. Francis Weskel Gift Program, l069 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30307. The program provides recreational activities for senior residents at nursing homes.
Died: Saturday, July 23, 2011 Mary Gray Zedan
Mary Gray Zedan, 82, passed away Saturday, July 23, 2011, surrounded by her children, grandchildren, sisters, nieces and nephews after a valiant battle with cancer.
She was born in Syria and at 6 months old, moved to the United States with her mother to join her father who was already working in this country.
She married George Zedan and had three children, all of whom were raised in Grosse Pointe.
Mrs. Zedan was a banker with National Bank of Detroit for more than 30 years while she raised her family and volunteered in the community. She enjoyed cooking “from scratch,” and passing on the secret of Syrian foods to the next generation. Her children and grandchildren fondly remember picking tomatoes and grape leaves in Mrs. Zedan’s backyard and her teaching them to create delicious meals. There was always something cooking at her house.
Mrs. Zedan loved celebrations, big or small. Any occasion — birthdays, First Communions, christenings, anniversaries — was reason to celebrate.
In retirement, she continued to cook and bake, enjoy trips to the casino with her sisters and a variety of community activities.
Mrs. Zedan was known to many people by the volunteer activities in which she participated. To some she was the “popcorn lady” at Bon Secours Hospital and to others as a member of the Grosse Pointe Woods Senior Commission.
A devout Catholic and member of Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, she served the church in many ways, including on the church’s Rosary Altar Society.
Mrs. Zedan is survived by her children, Louis (Judy), Diane (Dave Frisby) and Anne (Ken) Miller; grandchildren, George and Lauren Zedan, Jeanne Frisby-Zedan and Claire and Charlie Miller; her sisters, Ruth Hatcher, Anne Grayr, Sarah Ludlow and Helen Askar and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, George and sister, Rose Albrecht.
A funeral Mass was celebrated July 25 at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Woods.
Donations may be made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Attn: Donor Services, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265-0309 or at ww5.komen.org.
Died: Thursday, July 21, 2011 Deborah Ann Dubay
Longtime Grosse Pointe resident Deborah Ann Dubay, 55, died Thursday, July 21, 2011.
She was the beloved mother of Dr. Christopher Dubay; loving daughter of Ken and Dorothy Koenig; dearest sister of Sharon (Gary) Davis; dear aunt of Kristen (Jeff) Hunter and Andrew Davis and the niece of Diane (Ben) Cannon.
Ms. Dubay was a graduate of the University of Michigan, where she majored in English. She earned a master’s degree from Saginaw Valley State University and was an educator for the Romeo Community Schools for more than 27 years.
She was a member of Assistance League to the Northeast Guidance Center.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 30, at First English Lutheran Church, 800 Vernier, Grosse Pointe Woods.
Donations may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Died: Thursday, July 21, 2011 Ryan “Crare” McCrary
Former Grosse Pointe Park resident Ryan “Crare” McCrary, 24, died Thursday, July 21, 2011, in Lake Park, Fla.
He was born in Grosse Pointe to Daniel and Margaret McCrary and graduated from Grosse Pointe South High School in 2004. He attended Palm Beach State College and Valencia College and was working at Publix Super Market training for a management position in Lake Park.
Ryan played drums and other musical instruments in bands and as a solo artist. He loved the outdoors, camping, computer technology, gaming and engineering. He had a passion for skiing, scuba diving, music and art. He participated in support groups and recovery programs.
Ryan’s friends considered him a person of eclectic interests and said he was loved by all who met him.
In addition to his parents, Ryan is survived by his sister, Anna McCrary; grandmothers, Jeane McCrary and Jozefa Malek and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Visitation will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 30, at A.H. Peters Funeral Home, 20705 Mack, Grosse Pointe Woods. The memorial service begins at 4 p.m.
Ryan’s ashes will be scattered at the places he loved.
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Died: Thursday, July 21, 2011 David Scott Kiley
Grosse Pointe Park resident David Scott Kiley, 62, passed away peacefully Thursday, July 21, 2011, at Beaumont Hospital Royal Oak.
He was born in New York City to Richard Paul Kiley and Mary Bell Wood-Kiley and graduated from George Baker High School and the American Musical and Drama Academy, both in New York.
Mr. Kiley was the owner and operator of CreditCard Services.com, Kiley and Kiley L.L.C. Finance and the owner and producer of Kiley Films.
His interests included finance, technology in communication, acting, guitar playing, composing and singing. He was an entrepreneur who used his interests in his career.
Mr. Kiley also enjoyed fishing and being outdoors with his grandchildren. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and big brother. His family said he was known by all as the quintessential nice guy and was never afraid to pursue his dreams.
Mr. Kiley is survived by his wife, Lynn Constance Lutomski-Kiley; son, Tavis Kiley; daughter, Colleen Kiley-Kelley; grandchildren, Knolan Knesel, Morgan Kelley and Kean Kiley; sisters, Kathleen Kiley, Doro Kiley, Erin Kiley and Deeda Kiley and his brother, Michael Kiley.
A funeral Mass will be held at noon Saturday, Aug. 13, at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore Road, Grosse Pointe Farms. A memorial luncheon will follow the service at 1:30 p.m. at Sinbad’s Restaurant, 100 St. Clair, Detroit.
Donations may be made to the Golden Retriever Rescue of Michigan, P.O. Box 214576, Auburn Hills, MI 48321 or The Capuchin Soup Kitchen, 1820 Mt. Elliott, Detroit, MI 48207.
Died: Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Former Grosse Pointe resident Malcolm McColl passed away Wednesday, July 20, 2011. He was a longtime resident of San Marino, Calif.
Mr. McColl earned his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology and worked more than three decades as a member of the technical staff and senior scientist at The Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, Calif. Among his significant contributions to United States national security, were his testing and mathematical analyses of the lifetimes of the electronics used in mission-critical National Reconnaissance Office satellites.
Mr. McColl is survived by his wife of 57 years, Sylvia; daughter, Merrie McColl Gottschalk; son, Malcolm McColl Jr.; granddaughters, Carrie McColl Gottschalk and Mindy Maris Gottschalk and grandsons, Kenneth Malcolm McColl and Trenton Blake McColl.
A memorial service was held July 28 in Pasadena.
Donations may be made to Caltech at caltech.edu or the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation at pdf.org.