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Raymond W. Gault

Raymond W. Gault

Died: Saturday, April 23, 2011
Age: 90
Raymond William “Bill” Gault, 90, passed away peacefully Saturday, April 23, 2011.

Mr. Gault is survived by his loving wife, Nancy; children, Henry, Kathleen, Cynthia and Barbara; daughter-in-law, Susan Gault-Brown; granddaughter, Sophia Gault-Brown and brothers, Donald and Robert.

He was predeceased by his brother, Harry.

Mr. Gault was born Aug. 14, 1920, and lived most of his life in Michigan. In the summers, he loved to work on the family farm in Cheboygan with his brothers and his aunt and uncle. As an adult, he visited the farm whenever he could.

As a teenager and young adult, he held many odd jobs including test driver at an auto company, cherry picker, archivist at the Detroit Institute of Arts, carriage driver on Mackinac Island, tour guide at Greenfield Village and a laborer at the Goodyear Tire Co.

Mr. Gault served as an Air Force pilot in the 94th bomb group in Europe during World War II. He was stationed in England and flew a B17 bomber over Germany.

When he returned home from the war, Mr. Gault attended college and started a career as a social studies teacher. He came to Grosse Pointe South High School in 1960. He moved to Grosse Pointe North when it opened, and retired from teaching in 1984. He missed the school and returned to work as an audio-visual specialist in North’s library, working until his death.

Mr. Gault was a lover of learning and books and was a frequent visitor at many area libraries. He enjoyed helping others awaken their curiosity about the world.

A funeral was held April 29 at the St. Clair Shores Public Library.

Donations may be made to the Sierra Club at tinyurl.com/sierraclubdonations.

Louise Langdon Brown

Louise Langdon Brown

Died: Friday, April 22, 2011
Age: 94
Louise May Langdon “Sally” Brown, 94, passed away Friday, April 22, 2011, in Sarasota, Fla.

She grew up on a farm in central Michigan. The rural sense of community and religious values learned there fostered in her a passion for social service, for assisting in the continuing development of a healthy and diverse society for everyone, regardless of race, creed, sexual orientation or economic class.

She found in her husband of 47 years, the late Andrew W. L. Brown, an ideal soul mate in her ongoing commitment to social justice and equal opportunity. She worked intermittently throughout their marriage, making sure to devote some years to the early lives of each of her four children.

Mrs. Brown was employed by the Merrill-Palmer Institute for 17 years and then the Neighborhood Services Organization in the Brewster Douglass Comprehensive Services Project. In 1972, she became the first director of the Detroit/Wayne County Child Care Coordinating Council. She lectured on child care at the University of Michigan with a joint appointment in the School of Social Work and the College of Education. She served as the director of the Council on Early Childhood at Wayne State University for 10 years. It was during those years she founded the Neighborhood Family Resource Centers. She retired from this position, but was asked to return to WSU to become the first director of the Skillman Center for Children.

Mrs. Brown was also a founder of the Grosse Pointe Human Relations Council and first president of the Committee for Open Housing, working to end housing discrimination in Detroit.

Mrs. Brown served as president of the Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church. She sponsored an early effort to dramatize the needs of single parents and their children at a national conference. She won a contract and administered a two-year Michigan Department of Social Services statewide daycare training project, training 40 percent of the state’s daycare providers. With American cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead, she organized a symposium for city of Detroit department heads.

In 1968, along with others including Coretta Scott King, Mrs. Brown received the Women of Conscience Award from the National Council of Women. The Detroit City Council offered a testimonial resolution in 1976 for her service on behalf of children and families. In 1979, she received the Child Advocate Award of the International Year of the Child. In 1988, she was inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame.

In addition to her four children, Cameron, Heather, Douglas and Grant, Mrs. Brown is survived by her sister, Dorothy Langdon Yates; 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, July 28, at the Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church, 17150 Maumee Ave., Grosse Pointe. Burial will follow in Hubbardston at 2 p.m. July 29. Contact Douglas Brown at (989) 981-6879 for more information.

Donations may be made to Wayne State University with the statement Early Childhood Centers on the memo line of the check and sent to Anna Miller, 243 Education, Wayne State University, Detroit MI 48202.

Edward Eames Donaldson

Edward Eames Donaldson

Died: Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Edward “Ted” Eames Donaldson passed away peacefully Tuesday, April 19, 2011, in the comfort of his home with his loving family.

Mr. Donaldson is survived by his wife, Stephanie; sons, John (Karen), Stephen (Sarah), Geoffrey (Mollie) and Peter (Laurie); seven grandchildren and his brother, William (Jane) of New York City. He also is survived by his cousins, Georgia Cummings, Suzanne Rice, Sandy Marx and Molly Marx Besanceney.

Born in 1927 in Buffalo, N.Y., Mr. Donaldson graduated from The Nichols Preparatory School first in his class. Following graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. After World War II, he enrolled at Yale University, earning two undergraduate degrees.

Mr. Donaldson earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan and a Master of Engineering degree from the Chrysler Institute of Engineering.

With the start of the Korean War, Mr. Donaldson joined the U.S. Air Force as a first lieutenant. He spent his entire professional career with Chrysler, including time in England in the 1960s and 70s.

Upon retirement, he perfected his golf game, traveled extensively and spent many happy hours with his family on the Canadian shore of Lake Huron.

A celebration of Mr. Donaldson’s life was held April 27 at Christ Church Grosse Pointe, followed by inurnment in the church’s columbarium. A second celebration of his life will take place this summer at St. John’s-By-The-Lake Anglican Church, Grand Bend, Ontario.

Donations may be made to the Grosse Pointe Academy, 171 Lakeshore Road, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236 or the Alzheimer Society of Huron County, 317 Huron Road, P.O. Box 639, Clinton, Ontario, Canada N0M 1L0.

Joan Harmon

Joan Harmon

Died: Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Joan Harmon passed away Tuesday, April 19, 2011.

She is survived by her daughter, Jennifer Meglic; son-in-law, William and grandchildren, Anthony and Cecilija of St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada.

Joan was a loving mother and grandmother who possessed a good deal of spunk. She belonged to the Red Hat Society and the Eastside Tennis Club. She enjoyed playing tennis, cards and going to plays and performances.

She retired in 2006 as a secretary at the United Auto Workers after more than 20 years of service. She obtained an associates degree.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 29, at White Chapel Cemetery, 901 Wilshire Drive, Troy.

Donations may be made to the Alzheimers Association at alz.org, Van Elslander Cancer Center, St. John Providence Health System Foundations, P.O. Box 673271, Detroit, MI 48267-3271 or the American Heart and Stroke Association at americanheart.org.

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Jakob Greuling

Jakob Greuling

Died: Monday, April 18, 2011
Age: 82
Jakob Greuling, 82, died Monday, April 18, 2011. He was the former owner of the Grosse Pointe Shoe Repair in the City of Grosse Pointe for more than 40 years.

Mr. Greuling was the beloved husband of Margarete; dearest father of Erika (Wayne) Hohfeldt and Monika (Allen) Meyer; loving grandpa of Roslyn (Kevin) Cockrell, Yvonne Hohfeldt, Jennifer Hohfeldt, Natalie (Stephen) Kontos and Allen Meyer Jr. and dear great-grandpa of Caleb and Eva.

A funeral service was held April 20 at Kaul Funeral Home in Clinton Township followed by entombment at Cadillac Memorial Gardens East Cemetery, Clinton Township.

Donations may be made to St. Mark Lutheran Church, 26830 W. Park St., Roseville, MI 48066 or Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 29675 Gratiot Ave., Roseville, MI 48066.

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Alphonse “Al” Susalla

Alphonse “Al” Susalla

Died: Monday, April 18, 2011
Age: 78
Grosse Pointe Shores resident Alphonse “Al” J. Susalla Jr, 78, died Monday, April 18, 2011. He was the beloved husband of Hanna; loving father to Mike (Lisa) and Linda (Hans) Brieden; dear Opa of Alex, Adam, Hans and Ashley; dear brother of Ardys (Nick) Petrovich; and uncle to many loving nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Alphonse and Lillian, and his brother, Paul.

Mr. Susalla was born in Detroit and moved to Grosse Pointe Woods with his family as a youth. He graduated in 1951 from St. Paul Catholic High School, attended Northwestern University for a year and graduated from the University of Detroit in 1957 where he was a member of the Delta Phi Epsilon Fraternity. From 1951 to 1957, he served in the U.S. Naval Reserve where he achieved the rank of lieutenant junior grade.

Mr. Susalla started as an assistant buyer with the J.L. Hudson Co. in 1958. While there, he was also an advisor with the Junior Achievement program. He then worked for the Shell Oil Co. from 1961 to 1968 as a district manager in the real estate division. He ended his career with General Electric Auto Lease in 1998 after 20 years with the company. He was a regional manager where he developed the dealer organization, implementing the leasing and rental programs.

Mr. Susalla was an avid boater and a member of the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club since 1973. He served on the board of directors and was thankful to have formed many close friendships as a member of the club. He was also a former member of the Detroit Yacht Club, Grosse Pointe Power Squadron, Grosse Pointe Woods Boat Club and the Clinton River Boat Club.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 30, at St. Paul Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms. Visitation begins at 9:30 a.m.

Donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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Lauren Ann Hayes

Lauren Ann Hayes

Died: Monday, April 18, 2011
Age: 45
Lauren Ann Hayes, 45, passed away Monday, April 18, 2011, after a long illness.

Born Nov. 11, 1965, she is survived by her loving parents, Marilyn and John Hayes; dear brother, Kevin Hayes and his wife, Christina Hayes; loving aunt, Sharon Knapp; uncle, James Hayes and cousins, Dr. Nicole Kennedy, Jason Knapp, Michael and John Hayes. She will be deeply missed by those who knew her.

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

Donations may be made to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, P.O. Box 640, Naperville, IL 60566 or at anad.org.

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George Frederic Hawkins

George Frederic Hawkins

Died: Monday, April 18, 2011
Age: 66
Former Grosse Pointe Park resident George Frederic Hawkins, 66, died Monday, April 18, 2011, following a prolonged illness.

He was born Sept. 7, 1944, in Rome, N.Y., to S. Bowen and Elizabeth Day Hawkins. He studied at New York University, State University of New York at Buffalo, in Siena, Italy, and graduated from Walsh College.

Mr. Hawkins was the former co-owner of Design Detroit Interiors Inc. in Grosse Pointe. He lived and worked in Grosse Pointe as an interior designer from 1978-1991. He was a designer for Junior League showhouses and an award winner for the Festival of Trees, benefiting Children’s Hospital.

Always inspired by an urban setting, Mr. Hawkins’ most recent residence was Chicago, where he spent the last five years working on art projects. He volunteered with Chicago House, took a class in subversive stitchery at Columbia College Chicago, contributed to The Cradle Project and was a member of Test Positive Aware Network.

Mr. Hawkins had a reverence for beauty, a particular regard for visual elegance. Flowers and fabric remained his passion to the end. His family suggests planting flowers or buying a bouquet of flowers in Mr. Hawkins’ honor.

Mr. Hawkins is survived by his children, Ames Hawkins (Corrine Calice) of Oak Park, Ill. and Charles B. (Jessie) Hawkins of Rochelle, Ill.; his brother, Stephen Hawkins of Maine; grandchildren, Charles V. Hawkins, Constance and Mikhaila Calice, Timothy Moreland and Natasha and Mandie Gosnell; great-grandchild, Mckenzey Rogde and two nieces and a nephew.

Funeral services were private.

Donations may be made to TPAN, 5537 N. Broadway St., Chicago, IL 60640.

Margaret Louise Couger

Margaret Louise Couger

Died: Sunday, April 17, 2011
Age: 84
Margaret Louise “Lou” Couger, wife of former Grosse Pointe Park councilman, Warren D. Couger, died peacefully at home Sunday, April 17, 2011. She was 84.

Born in Monteagle, Tenn., she was raised by two sets of grandparents in Tennessee and Alabama. She rode a horse to school in the first grade. Before starting school, she taught herself her ABCs in reverse because she started at the back of the ABC book.

Mrs. Couger was a U.S. Navy veteran who served as a court reporter at the Norfolk Naval Air Station where she met her husband, a member of the JAG Corps. They were married March 1, 1952, at the base chapel.

A 50-year member of the Grosse Pointe United Methodist Church, Mrs. Couger often staffed the nursery because, she would quip, she populated it with her children. She was also a member of the Grosse Pointe Questers and the American Cut Glass Association.

An avid cook, reader, crossword puzzler, gardener and antique collector, Mrs. Couger gave lectures on cut glass, kitchen collectibles and cookbooks.

Mrs. Couger is survived by her husband; her children, Patricia (John) Corey, William (Laura) Couger, John (Suzanne) Couger, David Couger, Stacia (Kerry) McConnell and James Couger and grandchildren, Margaret and Hannah McConnell, Charles, Kathryn and Jeffrey Couger and Jay and Timothy Couger.

She was predeceased by her children, Thomas and Marcia.

A private funeral service was held with interment in the Memorial Garden of Grosse Pointe United Methodist Church in Grosse Pointe Farms.

Lois Lorraine Schlachter Newell

Lois Lorraine Schlachter Newell

Died: Sunday, April 17, 2011
Age: 90
Lois Newell, 90, died peacefully Sunday, April 17, 2011, in Durham, N. C.

She was born June 26, 1920, in Omaha, Neb., to Dean and Florence Schlachter. She lived as a child in Omaha, Sioux Falls, S. D., and Prairie Village, Kan. She lived in Grosse Pointe from 1963 to 1982 before moving to Overland Park, Kan. where she lived until 2000.

Mrs. Newell was the church secretary at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Grosse Pointe Farms from 1967 until 1982. She then served as the church secretary at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in Prairie Village, Kan. until 2000.

Mrs. Newell was predeceased by her husband of 61 years, Durwood. She is survived by her daughter, Kathy and spouse, Rick Kirkpatrick of Cary, N.C.; daughter, Karen and spouse, Ronald Breier of Lexington, Ky. and son, Keith and spouse, Sara of Grosse Pointe and grandchildren, Nathan Kirkpatrick, Megan Craine, Rebecca Breier, Ronald Breier, Rhonda Breier, Alex Newell, Will Newell and Kaki Newell.

Funeral services were held April 21 in Iowa.

Donations may be made to St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, 375 Lothrop Road, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236; Christ United Methodist Church, 3300 Austin Parkway, Sugar Land, TX 77479 or Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 9100 Mission Road, Shawnee Mission, KS 66206-1714.
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