Died: Sunday, October 09, 2011 Eileen Hickey King
A life-long resident of Grosse Pointe, Eileen Hickey King, 84, died peacefully at home Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011.
She was born Aug. 30, 1927, and graduated from the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Grosse Pointe. She attended Georgetown Visitation for her freshman year of college, where she was class president, before transferring to and graduating from the University of Michigan. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi.
She taught first grade for one year in the Detroit Public Schools system before marrying John L. “Jack” King in 1950.
An avid golfer, tennis, player, skier and bridge player, Mrs. King also loved to travel. She was a long-standing member of the Junior League of Detroit, St. Paul on the Lake Altar Society, Sacred Heart Children of Mary and Bon Secours Assistance League. She also was a volunteer tutor for many years.
Mrs. King will be remembered as a loving wife and mother committed to community service. Her family said she was a woman of strong faith, a good friend and a lot of fun.
Mrs. King is survived by her husband of 60 years, Jack; children, Sara DeCarlo, John L. (Julie) King Jr., Molly (Aaron) Garland and Anne King; grandchildren, Nicholas P. (Sonja) DeCarlo, Mark (Amy) DeCarlo, Lisa (George) Apollonio, Katherine (Winai) Khanijoun, Peter Olenick, Michael Olenick, Megan Olenick, John L. King III and Lauren King and great-grandchildren, Nicholas DeCarlo, Stephen DeCarlo, Elizabeth Apollonio, Andrew Apollonio, Isabella DeCarlo, Olivia DeCarlo and Anastasia DeCarlo.
She also is survived by her brother, Joseph L. (Peggy) Hickey Jr. of Harbor Springs.
She was predeceased by her parents, Joseph L. and Sara Murphy Hickey; sister, Sara “Sally” Hickey O’Donnell and brother, Edward J. Hickey.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, at Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home, 16300 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Park.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore Road, Grosse Pointe Farms, with inurnment following in the St. Paul Columbarium.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Paul Church Educational Trust, 157 Lakeshore Road, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.
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Died: Sunday, October 09, 2011 Helen Mary Swenson
Grosse Pointe Woods resident Helen Mary Swenson passed away Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011, surrounded by friends and her daughter, Pamela.
She was born Nov. 7, 1917, in Terre Haute, Ind., to Stella (nee Biggs) and Timothy McKillop and graduated from Otter Creek High School in 1936. When World War II broke out, she took the Civil Service exam and took a job in Dayton, Ohio, to be close to Terre Haute. In July 1942, she met Willard Eugene Swenson, an Army Air Corps officer stationed at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, at the Christian Science Church in Dayton. They married Aug. 28, 1942, after a brief courtship.
In 1953, the family moved to Grosse Pointe Woods. When her children were older, Mrs. Swenson began work at University Liggett School, eventually becoming secretary to the head master of the upper school. She enjoyed her 19 years of service, making many new friends and acquaintances and the student interaction each day. Attending student theatrical productions was one of her favorite pleasures.
After her husband of 62 years passed away in 2004, Mrs. Swenson continued to live in Grosse Pointe Woods, attending the Grosse Pointe Farms Christian Science Church, playing cards with the Grosse Pointe Woods Seniors, reading avidly and enjoying time with her children and grandchildren. She loved cooking and sharing meals with family and friends. Over the years she helped many family members, opening her home to them and welcoming the opportunity to do so.
In April, she moved to Shore Pointe Village in St. Clair Shores and later to Sunrise on Vernier, where she received loving care from the caregivers and hospice workers.
Mrs. Swenson is survived by her children, Linda (William) Mitchell, Pamela Roberts and Willard Jr. (Jane); grandchildren, Michael (Krista) Hall, Brian (Michelle) Roberts, Sean Timothy (Jill) Roberts, Anne Elise Swenson, Ellen Elizabeth (Philip) O’Niel D.D.S. and David Swenson; and great-grandsons, Joseph Hall, Jackson Hall and Tyler Roberts. She also is survived by her sister, Ruth Lorene Church.
In addition to her husband, Willard Sr., she was predeceased by her brothers, Darrell and Charles and her sister, Rosealia.
A memorial service will be held at A. H. Peters Funeral Home in Grosse Pointe Woods. Burial will be at Rose Lawn Memorial Park in Terre Haute, Ind.
For service information, call A.H. Peters Funeral Home at (313) 884-5500.
Died: Sunday, October 09, 2011 Kathryn Norris Jackson Gould
Kathryn “Kiki” Norris Jackson Gould, 81, of Northbrook, Ill., died Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011.
She was the beloved wife of Kenneth Laird Gould, who predeceased her, and loving mother of Kenneth L. III (Christin) Gould, Margaret Nairn (Bill) Riley, Christopher Powell (Jeanne) Gould and Elizabeth Jackson (Sean) Davis. She was Gram Kiki to Grace, Kenny, Colin, Christopher, Kathryn, James, Kevin, Allison, Christopher, Michael, Margaret and Mary Kathryn and Great Gramma to Arianna.
She was predeceased by her parents, Margaret Marie Nairn Jackson and Arthur Franklin Jackson and sisters, Mary Ellen Garan and Margaret Murphy.
Born in Detroit’s Harper Hospital, she grew up in Indian Village. She attended University Liggett School in Grosse Pointe, Bradford Junior College, Mass., and the University of Michigan. She received her master’s degree in special education from Wayne State University in Detroit, and taught at the Detroit Day School for the Deaf.
Mrs. Gould and her husband moved to Winnetka, Ill., in 1961 where she raised four children while enjoying 42 years as a teacher with the Winnetka Public Schools. She loved spending time with her family and friends. She was active at Skokie Country Club on the golf course and bridge table and the Chicago Curling Club. She was a member of the Altar Guild at Christ Church and was the leading lady at “Maxwell Street” in its annual rummage sale.
For the last two years, Mrs. Gould was a resident of Covenant Village in Northbrook. Her family said her warm, sparkling personality will be missed by all there, as well as the Friday night crowd at Seul’s.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, at Christ Church, Winnetka.
Donations may be made to Christ Church, 784 Sheridan Road, Winnetka, IL 60093 or the charity of the donor’s choice.
Died: Friday, October 07, 2011
Grosse Pointe Park resident Betty Jayne Skowron, nee Miller, passed away Friday, Oct. 7, 2011. She was 89.
She was born in Washington, D.C. May 29, 1922, and grew up in Rohrsville, Md. She returned to Washington, D.C. to attend the Lucy Webb Hayes School of Nursing. During nursing training at Children’s Hospital in Washington, D.C., she met the love of her life, Charles A. R. Skowron. The romance endured World War II while Charles served in the Medical Corps stationed in Europe and Betty in the Naval Nurse Corps stationed at the Philadelphia Navy Hospital.
After the war, she and Charles married and had five children, settling the family down in Grosse Pointe Park. Mrs. Skowron was a head nurse for St. John Hospital in Detroit for nearly 15 years.
Her family said Mrs. Skowron was a loving and caring woman, whose family and nursing were her greatest joys. She had many interests. She loved new inventions and gadgets. As a young woman, she and her sister traveled to the World’s Fair in New York with fond memories commenting on the innovations of the day. She kept up-to-date on new inventions and purchased a few to test them out.
Throughout her life Mrs. Skowron stressed education to her children, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in 1976 from the University of Detroit Mercy at age 54. Recently, she participated in the Veteran History Project for the Library of Congress, American Folklife Project, preserving and sharing her World War II veteran’s story for history.
She enjoyed researching family ancestry, traveling around the country gathering information in the genealogy research centers and family birthplaces. She was proud to be a member of the Louisa St. Clair Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, enjoying the friendship and patriotic philanthropic activities. She served as the Senior Society President of the John Paul Jones Society, Children of the American Revolution. She enjoyed the gatherings and friendship of the members of the Knights of Columbus at St. Clare of Montefalco Church.
Her family said she will be remembered as a warm, loving and intelligent woman by those who knew her.
Mrs. Skowron is survived by her husband of 64 years, Charles A. R. Skowron; children, Elizabeth (Dean) Blair (Dean), CharylAnn (William) Maas, Sharon (Christopher) Goldsby, Charles (Kevin Sterns) Skowron and Mary Elizabeth (Mark) Savage; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She also is survived by her sister Leona Hart Miller in Washington, D.C.
Interment will be at The Grand Rapids Home for Veterans’ cemetery, Grand Rapids.
Died: Thursday, October 06, 2011 Antone Joseph Gallaher
Grosse Pointe Farms resident Antone Joseph Gallaher, 64, died Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011, at Harper Hospital in Detroit.
He was born July 16, 1947, in Bethesda, Md., to Antone R. and Mary C. Gallaher and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1969 and Master of Arts degree from San Diego State University. He served as an officer in the U.S. Navy.
He was employed at University Liggett School from 1980 to 2011. During his 31 years with the school, he taught U.S. history and math, served as a college advisor, director of summer school and coached the school’s boys varsity basketball team during the 1980s.
Mr. Gallaher was an avid reader and sports enthusiast who loved nature and the outdoors. He was a loving dog owner, enjoyed playing cards with friends on a regular basis, and enjoyed live theater and listening to music.
He is survived by a son, Scott Antone Gallaher; daughter, Kelly Ann (Mike) Payne; their mother, Ann Tyler Lewis; a stepdaughter, Jennifer Cassie (Jason Kanov); her mother, Martha Cassie; granddaughter, Riley Ann Payne and stepgrandchild, Lucy Marcella Kanov.
He also is survived by six sisters, Mary Ellen Gallaher, Maureen Gallaher, Patricia Darwin, Christine Fargo, Debra Anderson and Laurie Tobar.
A memorial service will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Oct. 13, at Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home, 16300 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Park.
Donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 30200 Telegraph Road, Suite 105, Bingham Farms, MI 48025; American Heart Association, 24445 Northwestern Highway, Suite 100, Southfield, MI 48075; or The Sierra Club at sierraclub.org.
Died: Thursday, October 06, 2011 Bess Bonnier
Grosse Pointe resident Bess Bonnier, 83, died Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011.
She was predeceased by her sisters, Toula Dirksen, Loretta Anawalt and Paula Anawalt and by her daughter-in-law, Lynette (Tosetti) Makres.
She is survived by her sister, Lita McKeehan; brother, John Bonnier; children, Dorian, Stanley and William Makres; daughter-in-law, Karen (Podsiadly) Makres and granddaughter, Marissa Makres.
Ms. Bonnier began playing piano at an early age, taking her first professional job with a big band at 13. She joined the Detroit Federation of Musicians in 1946. Her career spanned more than six decades and included regular appearances with Jack Brokensha at his club in Detroit’s New Center area, and at countless other clubs and hotels, concert and festival venues, private parties, events and local resorts. Highlights of her stage career include a performance in 1981 at the Detroit Jazz Summit in New York City. In 1994, she played in Brussels, Belgium, at the Very Special Arts Festival. In 2004, she appeared with the a cappella vocal group, “Coda,” at the Jazz Cava in Terrassa, Spain and in 2006 was invited to perform a solo concert at the Library of Congress in Washington, D. C.
Ms. Bonnier was a regular guest of the Montreux/Detroit Jazz festival and the Michigan Jazz Festival at Schoolcraft College and the first artistic coordinator of the Detroit Institute of Arts Jazz at the Institute series. She taught many students as artist-in-residence at Cass Tech High School in the 1970s and for the Grosse Pointe public schools in the 1990s, privately in her home and at her own music school.
She appeared on many recordings beginning in 1958 with, “Theme for the Tall One,” on Argo Records. Her last recording, a jazz opera based on the works of William Shakespeare titled, “Suite William,” was released on her own label, Noteworks, in 1999 and performed at the University of Colorado. In 1986, she received the Michigan Award for Jazz; in 1990, the State of Michigan Governor’s Award and in 1994 was named musician of the year by the Southeastern Michigan Jazz Association.
Over her lifetime, Ms. Bonnier served on many boards and advisory committees related to the arts, art education and to improving accessibility for people with disabilities.
A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, at Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church, 17150 Maumee, City of Grosse Pointe, followed by a reception at the church and a 9 p.m. gathering of friends at Blue Pointe Restaurant, 17131 East Warren, Detroit.
Donations may be made to Upshaw Institute for the Blind, 16625 Grand River, Detroit, MI 48227; the Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church, 17150 Maumee, Grosse Pointe, MI 48230 or to a local national public radio affiliate.
Died: Wednesday, October 05, 2011 Veronica Oberline Morgan
Veronica Oberline Morgan, nee Viau, of Heritage Park Place in Warren, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, of a massive stroke. She was 90.
She was born in 1921 in Detroit and graduated from Marygrove College and raised 11 children in Grosse Pointe. She lived in Minneapolis, Minn., for the past 18 years until moving to the Detroit area in April.
Her family described Mrs. Morgan as a quiet woman full of humble grace. Though small in stature and rather shy, she was magnanimous and nurtured each of her children with equal doses of stern morality and generous understanding. Perhaps her most unique trait was her incredible wit, which was both quick and subtle. She could always be counted on to deliver a charming quip with a wry smile. She considered her family her greatest accomplishment and was fond of saying, “My children are the feathers I wear in my cap.”
She was a devout Catholic and, even in her advanced years, would not miss an opportunity to attend Sunday Mass.
Mrs. Morgan is survived by her children, Suzanne (Dan) Mulholland, Gregory Morgan, Morgan L. Morgan (Philip Lamoreaux), Mark Morgan (Beverlee Crigger), Vickie (Ted Cothran) Morgan, Bernadette (Steve) Zadworny, Dolores Morgan, Paul (Tiffany) Morgan and Rosemary Morgan; daughter-in-law, Peggy Morgan and six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
She was predeceased by her former husband, Jim Morgan; sons, Michael and Peter Morgan; daughter-in-law, Christine Morgan and brother, Jerry Viau.
A memorial Mass was celebrated Oct. 8 at St. Philomena Church in Detroit.
Died: Sunday, October 02, 2011 Anne Fletcher Haughton
Anne Fletcher Haughton, 85, passed away Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011, in Palm Harbor, Fla.
Born May 18, 1926, in Detroit to Cara Van Campen and Charles Henry Fletcher, she was a great-granddaughter of Col. and Mrs. Henry Hecker whose grand homestead still sits on Woodward Avenue in Detroit. Known as “Beezie” by her childhood friends, she lived most of her life in Grosse Pointe Farms and graduated from Grosse Pointe Country Day School and Briarcliff Manor.
In 1952, she married Ronald W. Haughton, who predeceased her in 2005. She was an active volunteer and held offices and was a member of many organizations including Christ Church Grosse Pointe, Junior League of Detroit, Planned Parenthood, Country Club of Detroit and was a 72-year member of the Sigma Gamma Association of Detroit.
Mrs. Haughton worked beside her husband, typing most of his 4,000-plus arbitration cases and moved with him to Washington, D.C. when he was appointed by President Jimmy Carter to serve as one of the first board members, and later chairman, of the Federal Labor Relations Board.
Mrs. Haughton loved tennis and golf which she played into her 70s. A talented athlete, she was the 14 and under Michigan girls tennis champion and made two holes-in-one within a one-month period.
She lived her retirement years in Stuart and Palm Harbor, Fla., and treasured more than 40 summers at her home in Martha’s Vineyard.
Mrs. Haughton is survived by her daughters, Jan (Tom) Tracy, Patty Haughton and Leslie (Howard) Zemsky; son, John (Jennifer); 13 grandchildren and her sister, Louise Pierce.
Her brother, Charles “Chuck” Fletcher Jr., predeceased her by 46 hours.
A memorial service was held in Clearwater, Fla. A celebration of her life will be held next summer in Martha’s Vineyard.
Died: Saturday, October 01, 2011 Mary Ann Fannon
Grosse Pointe Woods resident Mary Ann Fannon, 91, died Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011.
She was born July 9, 1920, a loving daughter of William and Evangeline Gehring.
Her family said Mrs. Fannon was a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She enjoyed following the achievements of her grandchildren and watching them mature into accomplished young adults.
During her life, she volunteered at St. John Hospital for 25 years and was a member of the Fontbonne Auxiliary. She was a member of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church. Her family said she will be greatly missed for her faithfulness, sense of humor and tremendous love for family and friends.
Mrs. Fannon is survived by her children; Sharon (Larry) Seneski, Robert J. Fannon, Jr., Brian (Jan) Fannon, Ann (Mike) Braun and Colleen (Brian) Murray; daughter-in-law, Carmen Fannon; 20 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her parents; her loving husband, Robert J. Fannon Sr. and her daughters, Patricia Hirschberg and Pamela Michels.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011, at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 21620 Greater Mack, St. Clair Shores. Visitation begins 9 a.m. at the church. Internment will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Detroit.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Fontbonne Auxiliary, St. John Hospital, 22101 Moross, Detroit, MI 48236 or St. Joan of Arc Church, 22412 Overlake, St. Clair Shores, MI 48080.
Arrangements were handled by A.H. Peters Funeral Home, Grosse Pointe Woods.
Died: Thursday, September 29, 2011 Edmund T. Koski
Harper Woods resident Edmund T. Koski, 87, died Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011.
He was born Nov. 16, 1923, in Hamtramck to Walter and Felixa Korczakowski and attended Alliance College in Cambridge Springs, Pa. before being called into service for the U.S. Army during World War II.
Mr. Koski served with the 456th anti-aircraft artillery battalion, 3rd Army, under Gen. George Patton and saw active duty during the Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, The Rhineland and Central Europe campaigns as well as the Battle of the Bulge. He was seriously wounded in the back from shrapnel of dropped shells by an escaping German plane west of Paris along the Seine River during the liberation of Paris. He was an honorably discharged disabled American veteran with five Bronze stars, a Good Conduct Medal and a Purple Heart.
For 36 years he worked as a wood model-maker/checker for General Motors.
Mr. Koski enjoyed fishing and traveling. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans and a founding benefactor of the American Polish Cultural Center in Troy.
Mr. Koski is survived by his son, Robert.
He was predeceased by his wife, Marion; parents, and sisters, Wanda Shipan and Angeline Casby.
A funeral service was held at Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home in Grosse Pointe Park.