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Garnet Mae Nelson

Died: Saturday, December 03, 2011
Age: 81
Former Grosse Pointe Park resident Garnet Mae Nelson, 81, died Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, in Jacksonville, Fla.

She was born Aug. 30, 1930, in Waukesha, Wis., to James and Margaret Tolbert and graduated from Carroll College in Waukesha.

Mrs. Nelson was passionate about her children and grandchildren, loved her pet dogs and cherished her church. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, served as a chapter regent and was honored with several awards. She was a skillful golfer, accomplished bridge player and active in theater arts and garden club.

Over the years, Mrs. Nelson was actively involved in many clubs and civic organizations including the Hidden Hills Country Club in Jacksonville, Country Club of Detroit, Otsego Ski Club, Lochmoor Club, Detroit Athletic Club, Stuart Yacht and Country Club, Detroit Review Club and the Jenny Lind Club.

Her family said her smile, sense of humor, laughter and generosity are among the greatly cherished memories of those who knew and loved her.

Mrs. Nelson is survived by her son, Gregory (Deborah) Nelson; daughter, Deborah (Thomas) Stenger, son Dwight M. Nelson III; son, Geoffrey Nelson and grandchildren, Christine, Kathleen and Gregory Jr. Nelson, Madeleine, Andrew, Christopher and William Stenger and Geoffrey Jr. and Adam Nelson.

She was predeceased by her husband, Dwight M. Nelson Jr. and her brother, James W. Tolbert.

A memorial service was held in Waukesha with interment at Prairie Home Cemetery in Waukesha.

Mary E. “Mimi” Jacobson

Mary E. “Mimi” Jacobson

Died: Friday, December 02, 2011
Age: 81
Former Grosse Pointe Park resident Mary E. “Mimi” Jacobson, 81, died Friday, Dec. 2, 2011, at Henry Ford Hospice in Warren.

She was born in Detroit to Kathryne Cardinal and Hillis Hendricks. She graduated in nursing from Miami University-Middletown and completed post-graduate studies at New York University, earning her registered nursing degree.

She was a surgical nurse and retired from Cottage Hospital. She previously worked at Jennings, Deaconess and Henry Ford hospitals.

Ms. Jacobson was a member and former chapter president of the Metropolitan Detroit Association of Operating Room Nurses and a former troop leader for Girl Scouts. She was an avid bridge player and enjoyed attending the theater. Her family said she was a fun-loving and caring person and will be missed greatly.

Ms. Jacobson is survived by her daughters, Mary (Rob) Cole and Marjorie (Brian) Collins; sons, Charles Jacobson and Russel Jacobson; grandchildren Mary (Jason) Bernard, Elizabeth Cole, Daniel Cole, Amanda Collins, Meagan Collins, Abigail Collins, Michael Collins and Mia Collins; her sister, Lucinda (John) Prost and her half-brother, David Hendricks.

She was predeceased by her parents.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 15020 Hampton, Grosse Pointe Park.

Donations may be made to Henry Ford Health System, Henry Ford Hospice, 1 Ford Place, Detroit, MI 48202-3450 or at henryfordgiving.com.

John “Jack” William Coe

John “Jack” William Coe

Died: Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Age: 87
Former longtime Grosse Pointe resident John “Jack” William Coe, 87, died of natural causes Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011, at St. Francis Hospital in Greenville, S.C.

He was born Oct. 2, 1924, in Highland Park, to C. Leroy and Grace Gertrude Lamont Coe. His family moved to Grosse Pointe in 1930, where he spent most of his adult life.

Mr. Coe graduated from Grosse Pointe High School in 1942 and the University of Michigan in 1949, majoring in mechanical engineering. He interrupted his college years in 1942, joining the U.S. Navy V-12 program to become a naval officer and train in motor torpedo boat school. He served during World War II until 1946, before returning to finish his degree at U of M.

After a brief stint in public accounting, Mr. Coe joined the J.L. Hudson Co. in 1950 where he worked for 32 years as a buyer, merchandise manager and general manager of the downtown Detroit and Northland and Eastland mall stores. He was the last general manager of the flagship downtown Hudson’s store. Subsequently, he joined Champion Home Builders of Dryden as vice president and served on its board until 1985.

In addition to his passion for retail, Mr. Coe was an avid fisherman who fished for trout at the Pere Marquette Rod & Gun Club in Baldwin, where he was a member for 43 years, and for bonefish in the Bahamas. He was a proud member of MENSA and an active writer of letters, poetry, speeches and essays, including many letters to the editors of the Grosse Pointe News.

He belonged to both the Country Club of Detroit and the Detroit Athletic Club. He was a member of the Psi Upsilon Fraternity. He was a member of Christ Church Grosse Pointe since 1933, when he was a young chorister.

Mr. Coe is survived by his wife, Sally Childs Coe of Greenville, S.C.; sons, John Childs (Jana) Coe of Kensington, Md., and Daniel William (June) Coe of Greenville, S.C., and grandsons, Andrew, Robert and David.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 23, at Haywood Estates, 1180 Haywood Road, Greenville. A burial service will be held at Christ Church Grosse Pointe in 2012.

Donations may be made to Christ Church, 61 Grosse Pointe Blvd., Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.

Corine V. McDonald

Corine V. McDonald

Died: Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Age: 78
Grosse Pointe Woods resident Corine V. McDonald, 78, died Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011, at Beaumont Hospital Grosse Pointe.

Born April 24, 1933, in Detroit to Morris and Katherine LaDuke Thompson, she attended Wayne State University, earned a Bachelor of Afts degree from Eastern Michigan University in 1955 and a master’s degree from Oakland University. She taught 33 years in Detroit Public Schools, retiring in 1997. Since then, she was regularly substitute teaching in the Grosse Pointe Public School System.

Mrs. McDonald was an avid reader, gardener and traveler. She loved to cook, spend time with her four grandchildren and entertain friends. She was a member of the Detroit Garden Club, Grosse Pointe American Association of University Women, Grosse Pointe Woman’s Club, Beaumont Hospital Grosse Pointe Assistance League and a 30-year member of Christ the King Lutheran Church. In 2010, Mrs. McDonald was honored as Lutheran Woman of the Year by the Council of Lutheran Women.

Her family said she will be remembered as a loving mother and grandmother, loyal friend and dedicated teacher who enjoyed life and took every opportunity to be with the people she loved. She will be deeply missed.

Mrs. McDonald is survived by her daughters, Karen (Tim) Haney of Kalamazoo and Lisa McDonald (Gary) Hudson of Scottsdale, Ariz.; grandchildren, Kirby, Lindsay and Scott Bailey of Rockford and Katherine “Katie” Hudson of Scottsdale.

She was predeceased by her husband, James D. McDonald.

A funeral service was held Dec. 5 at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Grosse Pointe Woods.

Donations may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202.

Fred A. Prince Jr.

Fred A. Prince Jr.

Died: Sunday, November 27, 2011
Age: 86
Fred A. Prince Jr., 86, passed away peacefully Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011.

He was the beloved son of Frederick and Ruth Prince, who predeceased him, and dearest companion and friend of Melita and Delphine.

After graduating from Grosse Pointe High School, Mr. Prince spent a year in the military, then attended the University of Michigan where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in psychology. He also earned a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School at Harvard University.

Mr. Prince’s life-long passion was reforestation and he planted many trees in Michigan’s upper peninsula and northern lower peninsula.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at the D.S. Temrowski and Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road, Warren.

Express condolences or share a memory at temrowski.com.

Helen Florence Williamson

Helen Florence Williamson

Died: Sunday, November 27, 2011
Age: 83
City of Grosse Pointe resident Helen Florence Williamson, 83, died peacefully Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011.

She was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., to Stanislaw Klimuszka and Michaelena Poliwoda and graduated in 1945 from Hanover Township High School in Hanover, Pa.

In addition to being a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, she worked as a hostess at Jacobson’s and as a saleswoman at Judith Ann and Jane Woodbury clothing stores.

She was an active member of St. Philomena Catholic Church in Detroit.

Mrs. Williamson is survived by her brother, John Klimuszka; sons, Michael (Renata) and John (Biz) and grandchildren, Kathryn, Alice, Rose, Kristin, Johnny, Adam and Ivona.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Robert; parents and siblings, Stella Bujnowski, Jenny Klimuszka, Regina Klimuszka, Florence Wisniewski, Tony Klimuszka, Edward Klimuska and Stanley Klimuszka.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at St. Philomena Catholic Church, 4281 Marseilles, Detroit.

Donations may be made to The Province of St. Joseph of the Capuchin Order, Development Office, 1820 Mt. Elliott, Detroit, MI 48207.

Lucille Martilotta

Lucille Martilotta

Died: Saturday, November 26, 2011
Age: 81
Lucille Martilotta, nee LaHood, passed away Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011. She was 81.

Born in Bridgeport, Ohio, she moved with her family to Detroit in 1939 where she attended and graduated from St. Charles High School. On June 14, 1952, she married Louis Martilotta at St. Louis the King Catholic Church.

Mrs. Martilotta was a secretary at Gray Wilson Co. and Wayne State University. She was also a past president of the Altar Society at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Harper Woods, and was a Cub Scout den mother for four years.

She loved to golf, bowl, dance and go out to dinner and a movie.

Mrs. Martilotta is survived by her loving husband, Louis; sons, Louis P. “Chip” (Debbie) and Robert (Suzy); grandchildren, Kathryn, Freddy and twins Elisabeth and Emily. She also is survived by her sisters, Alice (Carl) Lundgren, Lillian Ayotte and Louise (Charles) Saad.

She was predeceased by her sister, Florence LaHood.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Nov. 30 at Our Lady Queen of Peace.

Donations may be made to the hospice program at Church of Christ Care Center, 23575 Fifteen Mile Road, Clinton Township, MI 48035.

Express condolences or share a memory at verheyden.org.

Denis E. Lenahan

Denis E. Lenahan

Died: Saturday, November 26, 2011
Age: 86
Longtime Grosse Pointe Woods resident Denis E. Lenahan, 86, passed away Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011, at his residence in St. Marys, Ga. He was the former president of Lenahan Insurance Agency in Grosse Pointe Woods.

Born May 6, 1925, in Detroit, he was the son of Joseph D. and Elinore H. Lenahan and served honorably in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Mr. Lenahan was a governor of the Golf Association of Michigan and a member of the Michigan PGA Advisory Council. He was a longtime member of the Detroit Golf Club and the Country Club of Detroit.

He was also a member of Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Woods. For the last 30 years, he lived in the north Florida, southern Georgia area.

Mr. Lenahan is survived by his wife of 61 years, Helen Lenahan of St. Marys, Ga.; children, Lynda (Tom) Clement of Holland, Daniel (Lauren) Lenahan of Grosse Pointe Shores and Eleanor Trambley of Cookville, Tenn., and grandchildren, Henley and Greer Clement, Erin and Ryan Lenahan and Alex, Evan, Blaire and Colin Trambley.

He was predeceased by his parents and sister, Sally Lenahan.

Donations may be made to Heartland Hospice, 112 Scranton Connector, Brunswick, GA 31520.

S. Sidney Newhouse

S. Sidney Newhouse

Died: Thursday, November 24, 2011
Age: 96
Longtime Grosse Pointe resident S. Sidney Newhouse, 96, died Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011.

He was born Sept. 14, 1915, in Clyde, Ohio, to Edgar Eddie Newhouse and Hazel Belle Russell Newhouse and grew up on the family farm near there. He graduated valedictorian of Ostrander High School in 1933.

He received a bachelor’s degree in 1938 and a master’s degree in 1939 both in social administration from The Ohio State University, where he lived in the scholarship stadium dorms.

Mr. Newhouse met his future wife, Dorothy Anne Jones, at a Presbyterian young adult group in Philadelphia. They had a two-year engagement while he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He enlisted in the Navy after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and was stationed in Washington, D.C., where he was in communications coding and decoding highly sensitive material. He also served in Melbourne, Australia, before being transferred to Gen. MacArthur’s headquarters in Brisbane, Australia.

On Dec. 21, 1944, a month after his return from the war, he married Dot and completed his naval career at the Naval Mine Depot in Yorktown, Va.

Mr. Newhouse’s career was in social work administration, specifically in the United Way movement with positions in Philadelphia, Fort Wayne and South Bend, Ind. and, in 1959, Detroit. He retired Dec. 31, 1980, after 21 years with United Community Services of Metropolitan Detroit.

After retirement he enjoyed worldwide travel with his wife. His favorite trips were to Australia and New Zealand, India and Nepal, and Hawaii and Fiji.

Mr. Newhouse’s family said his commitment to volunteerism and giving back to his community were a core part of his being. He leaves a legacy of strong Christian values, patriotism, commitment and integrity.

He belonged to Detroit Rotary Club for more than 50 years, where he developed a monthly scholarship program for Detroit high school students who balanced high grades with volunteerism. He was on the board of the Detroit Area Camp Fire organization, was president of the Men’s Association of the Grosse Pointe Memorial Church and was a member of the Detroit Executive Service Corps, the Local Church Development Department of the Detroit Presbytery, Senior Men’s Club of Grosse Pointe and the Detroit Economic Club.

Mr. Newhouse was a deacon, elder and clerk of session at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church. He learned to play the carillon in retirement and was a carilloneur until age 93 when climbing the stairs to the carillon became difficult for him.

His interests included music and the arts, playing the piano and carillon, reading, playing bridge and euchre, ballroom dancing and crossword puzzles.

Mr. Newhouse is survived by his children, Nancy (Tom) Trimmer, Phil (Cindy) and David (Denise); grandchildren, Tom (Lisa) Trimmer Jr., Michelle (Scott) Baby, Juliana (Shaun) Kerschen, Andrew, Meredith (Terry) Griffin and Megan (George) Kounnas; great-grandchildren, Brooke, Courtney and William Baby and Hazel Kerschen and his sister, Frances King.

He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Dorothy.

A funeral service was held Nov. 27 at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church. Interment will be in the Newhouse Cemetery in Ostrander, Ohio.

Donations may be made to Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236 or United Way for Southeastern Michigan, 660 Woodward, Suite 300, Detroit, MI 48226.

Greg Sanders

Greg Sanders

Died: Thursday, November 24, 2011
Age: 65
Former Grosse Pointe resident Greg Sanders, 65, died Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011.

He was the loving husband of Dot, his wife and best friend of 40 years and caring son of Doc and Marge and Will and Sidge. A favorite brother to Phil (Mary), Russ (Avril), Don (Dee) and Jeff Sanders, George Brewer and sisters Meg Belcher, Susan (Larry) Larrabee, Nancy (Tom) Vischer and Debbie (Clark) Norwood and adoring uncle of many nieces and nephews.

He was a dear friend to those who knew him and will be greatly missed.
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