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John Tallerico Sr.

John Tallerico Sr.

Died: Thursday, January 20, 2011
Age: 89
Longtime Grosse Pointe and Boca Raton, Fla., resident John Tallerico Sr., 89, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011.

He was born Sept. 22, 1921, in Wyatt, W. Va. and attended Henry Ford Trade College. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Wayne State University in 1947.

A veteran who served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, Mr. Tallerico was the vice president and part owner of R&R Tool and Die company in Detroit.

He enjoyed golf and playing gin and was a past gin champion at Lochmoor Club. He was a former longtime member of Lochmoor Club and a former member of both St. Clair Shores and Boca Raton country clubs, St. John Hospital Guild and American Tool & Die Association.

Mr. Tallerico is survived by Gloria, his beloved wife of 67 years; sons, John Jr. (Jan) and Randall (Siglinde); grandchildren, Nicholas, Tessa, Christoph and Claire and his brother, Joe.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Jan. 21 at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in St. Clair Shores.

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Patrick Joseph Keating

Patrick Joseph Keating

Died: Thursday, January 20, 2011
Age: 83
Longtime Grosse Pointe resident Patrick Joseph Keating, 83, died peacefully Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011, with his family by his side. He was born Sept. 23, 1927, in Petoskey, to Francis Louis and Bertha (nee McGarey) Keating.

Mr. Keating graduated in 1945 from Petoskey High School where he was president of his senior class. After high school, he served as a pilot in the U.S. Navy. After completing active duty, he used the G.I. bill to pursue an undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia and a law degree at the University of Detroit School of Law, graduating in 1953.

Mr. Keating spent his legal career in private practice until his retirement as a senior partner with Clark Hill PLC. In addition, he was the 47th president of the State Bar of Michigan and served 10 years on the State Bar of Michigan Board of Commissioners in numerous leadership positions of various other state bar committees. He also was a member of the Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society, the State Bar Foundation and the American and Detroit bar associations.

He was one of the two founders of the real property law section of the Michigan State Bar.

Mr. Keating, known as Pat to family and friends, had an innate ability to command a room when he spoke. Whether it was discussing the law with colleagues or simply passing the time with friends and family, everyone was listening. He will best be remembered by his sense of humor, his quick wit and a kind word for everyone,

Mr. Keating was a faithful follower of the Catholic Church and volunteered as a Eucharistic minister, Catechist, RCIA sponsor, altar server and lector at several local parishes. He was a 25-year retreat participant at Manresa Jesuit Retreat House with the Detroit Area Catholic Lawyers and served on Manresa’s board of directors.

Mr. Keating enjoyed many outdoor activities including cross country skiing, sailing and golf. He was a devoted fan of the Detroit Tigers and enjoyed taking trips to Napa Valley and an annual hiking trip with friends to southern California.

Mr. Keating was proud of his Irish heritage and was a loyal Notre Dame Fighting Irish fan, a member of the Irish American Lawyers Association and the Gaelic League. He enjoyed spending time with his family, including coaching many sports teams for his children and taking yearly family trips to Northern Michigan and Cedar Point. He also loved spending time with his grandchildren.

After retirement, he volunteered his time and legal services to Focus: Hope.

Mr. Keating is survived by his children, Patrick (Roxann) Keating, Connie (David) Leannais, Victoria (Chris Brady) Keating, Krystn McIntyre, Brendan (Christine) Keating, Sheridan Keating and Alison (Sharon Spooner) Keating; grandchildren, Kaileigh, Kerry, Katie, J.P. and R.J.; his sister, Mary Wright and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brothers, Harlow, Ed, Robert and Waldo.

A funeral service was held Jan. 24 at A.H. Peters Funeral Home, Grosse Pointe Woods.

Donations may be made to Focus: Hope, 1300 Oakman Blvd., Detroit, MI 48238.

Robert A. Howes

Robert A. Howes

Died: Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Age: 59
Former Grosse Pointe Park resident Robert A. Howes, 59, passed away, Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011, from cancer.

Mr. Howes was the beloved son of the late Dr. Homer and late Josephine Howes, caring brother of John (Isabelle) Howes, adored uncle to John Jr. and Deanna Howes and dear friend of Kathy Grote and Marna Street.

A 1969 graduate of Grosse Pointe South High School, he was a violist in the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for 38 years and served as an officer for the Society for Preservation of Music Hall.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Donations may be made to the CSO or SPMH, 1241 Elm St., Cincinnati, OH 45202.

Justine Olson Kulka

Justine Olson Kulka

Died: Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Age: 84
Justine Olson Kulka, 84, of Ann Arbor, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011. A beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Mrs. Kulka was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Leo, and her daughter, Justine Clarkin. She is survived by five sons, Terry (Patricia), Bob (Susan), Ed (Sally), Harvey (Julie) and John (Christine); eight grandchildren, Michael (Kristina) Kulka, Matthew (Jessica) Kulka, Emily (Rob) Hann, Mark (Tammy) Kulka, Phoebe Kulka, Kelly (Kyle) Kidder, Emmet Kulka and Helen Kulka; six great-grandchildren, Natalie Kulka, Isaac Hann, Anthony Kulka, Caleb Hann, Brandon Kulka and Nolan Kidder; her sister-in-law, Jean Posselius and cousin, Margaret Eitel.

Born, June 17, 1926, in Detroit, Mrs. Kulka was a graduate of Dominican High School and the University of Michigan. She contributed to the management of the successful kitchen specialty store, Pointe Peddler. After raising their family in Grosse Pointe, Mrs. Kulka and her husband retired to Ann Arbor. There, Mrs. Kulka was involved in the P.E.O. Sisterhood and the Women’s Farm and Garden Association. She served 40 years as president of the Olson Kulka Foundation which supports charities in Southeastern Michigan.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 28, at St. Mary’s Student Parish, 331 Thompson Street, Ann Arbor.

Memorial gifts may be made to Arbor Hospice, 2366 Oak Valley Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48103.

Jennifer Clayton Stenger

Jennifer Clayton Stenger

Died: Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Age: 50
Jennifer Clayton Stenger, 50, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011, at home with her family at her side.

Known as Jenny to family and friends, she graduated from Grosse Pointe South High School and Ferris State University.

Mrs. Stenger was a gifted artist, devoted mother and loving wife who enjoyed helping others. Her genuine thoughtfulness endeared many close friends during her life.

She took great care of and pride in her husband and daughters. She encouraged and supported each in developing their own unique gifts and talents. Her family said her beautiful smile and sense of humor brightened the day of anyone who crossed her path and she lived a spiritually rich life with actions that naturally followed the teachings of Jesus.

Mrs. Stenger spent many years in north San Diego county and thoroughly enjoyed the last 11 years on the central California coast. She loved spending time on outdoor adventures, and her daily ritual was to hike the local peaks, forests and dunes with friends and family.

She spent her last two years knowing her time was limited. She continued to live her life to the fullest while preparing her family and friends for her peaceful transition.

Mrs. Stenger is survived by her husband, Joe Stenger; daughters, Emily, Annalena and Claire; her dog, Stella; parents, Freda and Joe Rager; sisters, Carol and Susie; brothers, Michael, Steven, Jeffrey and Christopher and numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services were held Jan. 24, 2011, in San Luis Obispo, Calif.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Salvation Army at salvationarmy.org, a favorite children’s charity or local food bank.

Mary Lou Fetterman

Mary Lou Fetterman

Died: Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Age: 74
Mary Lou Fetterman, 74, of St. Clair Shores, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011.

She was born July 19, 1936, in Akron, Ohio, to Rhea and James Fetterman. A beloved aunt, sister and teacher, Ms. Fetterman was predeceased by her brother, James Fetterman, and her sister, Norma Jean Craddock.

She is survived by her devoted sister-in-law, Joan Fetterman, 20 loving nieces and nephews and countless grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

Ms. Fetterman retired from the Grosse Pointe Academy in 1997 after drilling more than 30 years of students in the proper use of the English language and its grammatical rules. She is remembered fondly — and with slight fear and respect — by her many, many students.

Ms. Fetterman especially enjoyed golf, reading and mastering the computer she received as a gift from her nieces and nephews for her 70th birthday.

A devout Catholic, Ms. Fetterman was a fixture at St. Lucy’s Church in St. Clair Shores. A service commemorating her life and her dedication to service was held there Saturday, Jan. 22.

Donations may be made to Hospices of Henry Ford, One Ford Place-5A, Detroit, MI 48202.

Richard C. McBrien

Richard C. McBrien

Died: Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Age: 84
Richard C. McBrien, 84, died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011.

He was the beloved husband of Florence M. and loving father of Marcia McBrien, Dr. Melissa McBrien (Dr. Raymond Landes), Victoria McBrien, Dr. Dianne McBrien (Robert Bacon), and the late Richard C. McBrien Jr. He was the cherished grandfather of Victoria and Caroline Landes and Catherine McBrien, as well as the dear brother of Marilyn Dame.

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

Donations may be made to the Mayo Clinic: Music at the Bedside Program, 200 1st Street S.W., Rochester, MN 55905.

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Frederica S. Rentschler

Frederica S. Rentschler

Died: Monday, January 17, 2011
Age: 70
Frederica S. Rentschler, 70, of East Hampton, N.Y., passed away Monday, Jan. 17, 2011, after fighting a spirited and courageous 22-month battle against lung cancer.

“Freddie,” as she was known to her friends, was born Jan. 2, 1941, in Grosse Pointe Farms as Frederica Price Schlaff to Nelson W. and Mary F. Schlaff.

She attended The Academy of the Sacred Heart in Grosse Pointe Farms and graduated from Grosse Pointe High School in 1959. Trained as a medical assistant, she worked at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.

Mrs. Rentschler transferred her talents to New York City where she joined Goodson-Todman Productions as a production assistant, working on the network T.V. shows, “What’s My Line,” “Password” and “Snap Judgment.”

She was a keen bridge player, an avid golfer, an outstanding sportswoman, and she delighted in using her East Hampton shellfish permit for clamming and crabbing in Gardiners Bay and Georgica Pond.

Mrs. Rentschler hosted numerous parties and her East Hampton soirees were famous for the freshest of local seafood, and her renowned cheese soufflé, popovers and lemon cake. Her charm, sparkle and quick wit assured fun for all at every gathering.

Mrs. Rentschler was a member of the Maidstone Club in East Hampton, N.Y., The Colony Club in New York City, where she was a longtime member of the flower committee, and The City Gardens Club, where she was initiated as the youngest member in the club’s history.

Formerly married to George A. Rentschler, she is survived by her daughters, Farley Mitchell Rentschler of Delray Beach, Fla., and Mary Montgomery Rentschler of New York City.

In addition, she is survived by her brother, Nelson and his wife, Becky Schlaff of Grosse Pointe Farms; sisters; Mary and her husband, Peter Shepley of St. Johnsbury, Vt., and Suzy and her husband, Gordon Kerr of Fairlee, Vt., as well as her longtime friend, Jerry B. Campbell of East Hampton.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, May 21, 2011, at the Grosse Pointe Academy Chapel, 171 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms, followed by an inurnment service at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms.

A memorial Mass of Remembrance will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, at St. Ann Catholic Church in West Palm Beach. A memorial service will be held in New York City in the spring.

Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society at cancer.org.

Frederica S. Rentschler

Died: Monday, January 17, 2011
A funeral Mass for Frederica S. Rentschler will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 21, 2011, at the Grosse Pointe Academy Chapel, 171 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms. Monsignor Halfpenny of St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church will officiate.

Mrs. Rentschler, a former Grosse Pointe Farms resident, passed away Monday, Jan. 17, 2011, in Palm Beach, Fla., after a courageous battle with lung cancer.

Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society at cancer.org.

Anthony J. Skomski

Anthony J. Skomski

Died: Sunday, January 16, 2011
Age: 87
Former Grosse Pointe Farms resident Anthony J. Skomski, 87, passed away Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011, after suffering a stroke at Hearthstone in Marlborough, Mass. He was the beloved husband for 60 years of Betty R. (Lasher) Skomski.

Born June 6, 1923, in Hamtramck, he was the son of Joseph and Helen (Laboj) Skomski. He attended Hamtramck public schools and graduated from Hamtramck High School in 1941. He received a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University where he majored in forestry.

During World War II and the Korean Conflict, Mr. Skomski served as a second lieutenant in the U. S. Army and in the First Special Service Force, also known as the Devil’s Brigade. He was stationed in Tunisia, Italy, France and the Rhineland. During the Korean Conflict, he served as a tank officer at Camp Atterbury, Ind. He received the Purple Heart, European African Middle Eastern Service medal with six bronze stars, World War II Victory Medal and the Bronze Arrowhead.

For more than 40 years prior to his retirement in 2009, Mr. Skomski worked as an accountant and business consultant. He was the owner and operator of Anthony Business Service in Grosse Pointe Farms.

Active in local politics, he was a member of the Republican Club and served as a precinct delegate in Grosse Pointe Farms, where he was a resident for 25 years.

In addition to his wife, Betty, Mr. Skomski is survived by his daughter, Sara Elizabeth Honig and her husband, Peter, and grandchildren, Elizabeth Anne Honig and Andrew Scott Honig, all of Concord, Mass.

He also is survived by his sisters, Helen Kulas and Marie Duggar.

He was predeceased by his daughter, Cynthia Anne Skomski, and his parents.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28, at A.H. Peters Funeral Home, 20705 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Woods.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, at the funeral home, followed by burial with military honors at Glen Eden Lutheran Memorial Park in Livonia.

Donations may be made to the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center, 4646 John R, Detroit, MI 48201.
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