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Denise M. Martin

Denise M. Martin

Died: Sunday, June 12, 2011
Age: 82
Denise M., nee Williams, Martin, 82, a resident of the Southgate Community in Shrewsbury, Mass., died Sunday, June 12, 2011, at UMass Memorial Medical Center-Memorial Campus, after an extended illness.

She leaves behind her sons, Paul D. Lynch of Durham, N.H., and Michael K. Lynch and his wife, Suzanne, of Grosse Pointe; daughters, Katherine A. Lynch of Sonoma, Calif., and Deborah E. Finch and her husband, David, of Charlton, Mass. She also is survived by her grandchildren, Lauren, Kevin and Morgan Lynch, as well as many nieces, nephews, stepgrandchildren and great- grandchildren who each enriched her life in so many ways.

She was predeceased by her former husband, Fred Q. Martin and three brothers.

Mrs. Martin was born in Detroit to Herbert N. and Phyllis (nee Schultz) Williams. She graduated from Kingswood Cranbrook in Bloomfield Hills.

She was a devoted mother and worked with her former husband to build a successful manufacturing rep business when they lived in both Grosse Pointe and St. Clair. She was an active member of the Junior League and the St. Clair Country Club.

In 2004, Mrs. Martin moved to Massachusetts into the Southgate Community in Shrewsbury where she lived life to its fullest making many new friends and participating in golf, bowling, the flower committee and the Senior Olympics. She enjoyed the symphony, theater and the arts with her many friends. She enjoyed exploring the coast of Maine and planned a trip each year to discover a new region.

Mrs. Martin was a faithful member of All Saints Episcopal Church in Worcester, Mass.

A celebration of her life was held June 18 at All Saints Episcopal Church.

Donations may be made to All Saints Episcopal Church Memorial Fund, 10 Irving St., Worcester, MA 01609.

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George Panarites

George Panarites

Died: Saturday, June 11, 2011
George Panarites, educator, veteran, church leader and loving husband of Athie (nee Koulogeorge), passed away Saturday, June 11, 2011.

Born in Detroit, Mr. Panarites lived most of his life in Grosse Pointe Woods, prior to moving to Northbrook, Ill. with his wife in 1996. He grew up a son of Greek immigrants.

Soon after graduating from Northeastern High School where he played in the marching band, he was drafted into the U.S. Army. He served his country in post World War II Japan as an Army Air Force radar technician for more than three years.

Working his way through college at various companies such as Sam’s Clothing, Ex-Cello Container Company and La Touraine Coffee Company, Mr. Panarites realized his life–long ambition to become a teacher. He graduated with both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Wayne State University and began teaching in the Grosse Pointe Public School System in 1967. He taught at both Mason Elementary and Pierce Middle schools. Loved by generations of families and fellow educators, he retired in 1991.

Throughout his life, Mr. Panarites was devoted to his church, Assumption Greek Orthodox Church as a parish council member and officer, leading building, stewardship and education committees. He was instrumental in establishing Assumption Cultural Center and its programs.

He focused his efforts as chairperson of the Assumption Nursery School, as well until moving in 1996. As a lead choir member, his beautiful voice is still remembered by members of the Assumption parish.

Upon his move to Northbrook, Mr. Panarites served his new parish, Saints Peter and Paul Church in Glenview as a member of the parish council and choir.

Mr. Panarites is survived by his wife, Athie and many beloved cousins, nieces, nephews and godchildren.

A funeral service was held June 15 at Saints Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church in Glenview, Ill.

Gwendolyn M. Ohman

Gwendolyn M. Ohman

Died: Saturday, June 11, 2011
Age: 90
Longtime Grosse Pointe Woods resident Gwendolyn M. “Gwen” Ohman died at home Saturday, June 11, 2011, following a joyous 90th birthday celebration with extended family and friends at the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, Friday, June 10.

Born June 10, 1921, in Moline, Ill., to Swedish and Norwegian immigrants, Erik Henning Gustafson and Mildred Hansen Gustafson, Mrs. Ohman considered herself a native Detroiter, since she moved to Detroit before her first birthday.

She graduated from Southeastern High School in 1939, attended Wayne State University for two years before transferring to Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill., where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology in 1943. She returned home to teach kindergarten, then auditorium at Columbus school in Detroit. While at Columbus, she and her co-auditorium teacher wrote, choreographed, developed costumes and produced a play commemorating Detroit’s 250th birthday, including every child from kindergarten through eighth grade.

She married Carl Peter Ohman Oct. 21, 1950, in Joliet, Ill., moved into a new home in Grosse Pointe Woods in May 1951, designed and built by her architectural engineer husband, where she lived the remainder of her life. She left full-time teaching to raise her family, but continued to substitute teach throughout Detroit.

Active in church and community, Mrs. Ohman served as president of Priscilla Circle, chair of numerous Swedish Lucia pageants and mother-daughter banquets and treasurer of the Women’s Guild for more than 30 years at Immanuel Lutheran Church on Detroit’s east side.

In her later years, she was a member of Amity and Hope Circle and served on the Evangelism committee at First English Lutheran Church in Grosse Pointe Woods. Mrs. Ohman also served on the PTA, volunteered for Meals on Wheels and at Grosse Pointe North High School’s Learning Resource Center.

She enjoyed 70-plus year friendships with women she met in intermediate, high school and college, forming Pi Delta Chi Sorority. Her sorority traveled together throughout their 20s, later enjoying dinner and cards with husbands at each other’s homes every month.

A member of Crescent Sail Yacht Club since 1975, she also loved her “Crescent Girls,” serving as co-chairwoman of the Regatta Cocktail Party, then co-chairwoman of the Regatta Luncheon for more than 30 years.

She was the loving and devoted mother of Diann Gwen Ohman of Grosse Pointe Woods. She was predeceased by her infant son, David Carl (Diann’s twin), who died a day after birth in October 1955; and husband, Carl Peter, who died in December 2003.

Memorial services were held June 16 at First English Lutheran Church in Grosse Pointe Woods.

Donations may be made to First English Lutheran Church Building Fund, 800 Vernier, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236; Lutheran Social Services of Michigan at lssm.org or Michigan Humane Society, 30300 Telegraph Road, Suite 220, Bingham Farms, MI 48025.

Gwen M. Ohman

Gwen M. Ohman

Died: Saturday, June 11, 2011
Age: 90
Longtime Grosse Pointe Woods resident Gwedolyn M. “Gwen” Ohman died at home Saturday, June 11, 2011, following a joyous 90th birthday celebration with extended family and friends at the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, Friday, June 10.

Born June 10, 1921, in Moline, Ill., to Swedish and Norwegian immigrants, Erik Henning Gustafson and Mildred Hansen Gustafson, Mrs. Ohman considered herself a native Detroiter, since she moved to Detroit before her first birthday.

She graduated from Southeastern High School in 1939, attended Wayne State University for two years before transferring to Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill., where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology in 1943. She returned home to teach kindergarten, then auditorium at Columbus school in Detroit. While at Columbus, she and her co-auditorium teacher wrote, choreographed, developed costumes and produced a play commemorating Detroit’s 250th birthday, including every child from kindergarten through eighth grade.

She married Carl Peter Ohman Oct. 21, 1950, in Joliet, Ill., and moved into a new home in Grosse Pointe Woods in May 1951, designed and built by her architectural engineer husband, where she lived the remainder of her life. She left full-time teaching to raise her family, but continued to substitute teach throughout Detroit.

Active in church and community, Mrs. Ohman served as president of Priscilla Circle, chair of numerous Swedish Lucia pageants and mother-daughter banquets and treasurer of the Women’s Guild for more than 30 years at Immanuel Lutheran Church on Detroit’s east side.

In her later years, she was a member of Amity and Hope Circle and served on the Evangelism committee at First English Lutheran Church in Grosse Pointe Woods. Mrs. Ohman also served on the PTA, volunteered for Meals on Wheels and at Grosse Pointe North High School’s Learning Resource Center.

She enjoyed 70-plus year friendships with women she met in intermediate, high school and college, forming Pi Delta Chi Sorority. Her sorority traveled together throughout their 20s, later enjoying dinner and cards with husbands at each other’s homes every month.

A member of Crescent Sail Yacht Club since 1975, she also loved her “Crescent Girls,” serving as co-chairwoman of the Regatta Cocktail Party, then co-chairwoman of the Regatta Luncheon for more than 30 years.

She was the loving and devoted mother of Diann Gwen Ohman of Grosse Pointe Woods. She was predeceased by her infant son, David Carl (Diann’s twin), who died a day after birth in October 1955; and husband, Carl Peter, who died in December 2003.

A memorial service was held June 16 at First English Lutheran Church in Grosse Pointe Woods.

Donations may be made to First English Lutheran Church Building Fund, 800 Vernier, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236; Lutheran Social Services of Michigan at lssm.org or Michigan Humane Society at michiganhumane.org.

Nicholas P. Thomas D.D.S.

Nicholas P. Thomas D.D.S.

Died: Thursday, June 09, 2011
Age: 78
Grosse Pointe Woods resident Nicholas P. Thomas D.D.S., 78, died Thursday, June 9, 2011, at Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe.

He was born April 29, 1933, in Detroit to Paul and Penelope Thomas and graduated from Northeastern High School and the University of Detroit. He graduated from Marquette University Dental School in Milwaukee, Wis., in 1957.

Dr. Thomas practiced dentistry in Macomb County for 40 years. He was the president and co-founder of Preferred Dental Practice in Eastpointe.

Dr. Thomas enjoyed golf and the friends that developed around the game. He was a member of Lochmoor Club since 1969.

He also adored spending time at his home in northern Michigan where he was an avid gardener and where his entire family gathered on a regular basis.

Dr. Thomas was a life member of the Michigan Dental Association and the Macomb Dental Society.

Dr. Thomas is survived by his wife, Audrey (nee Volis) and daughters, Pamela (Alan) Yahanda, Karen (George) Yoo, Lisa (Michael) Cullen and Barbara (Patrick) Ghilani. He was the proud papou of Alex, Christopher, Katie, Nicholas, Charles, Olivia, Andrew, Daniel, Kevin, Brian and Eric.

He also is survived by his sister, Aphie Nichols.

He was predeceased by his parents.

A funeral service was held June 11 at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in St. Clair Shores.

Donations may be made to Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 21800 Marter Road, St. Clair Shores, MI 48080-2484 or Smile Train, P.O. Box 96231, Washington, D.C. 20090-6231.

Betsy Bondurant Brown

Betsy Bondurant Brown

Died: Wednesday, June 08, 2011
Age: 93
Betsy Bondurant Brown, 93, of Shawnee, Kan., passed away Wednesday, June 8, 2011.

She was born Aug. 6, 1917, in Moberly, Mo. to Mary Oliver (nee Lea) and Leo L. Bondurant and graduated from Moberly Junior College. She married her high school sweetheart, Charles Carter Brown Jr.

Mrs. Brown became a homemaker and corporate wife. She was a loving mother and teacher to her daughter, Maribeth.

Throughout her husband’s working career, the family lived in many cities, including St. Louis, Mo., Memphis, Tenn., San Diego and Kansas City, Kan. Along with each new endeavor and home, Mrs. Brown had the opportunity to show her decorating and sewing talents, which included making her daughter’s wedding dress. She was always welcomed into local social activities and made new, lasting friendships.

She also dedicated her time to scouting activities, the symphony and church, serving as both a deacon and elder in the Presbyterian church.

Among the organizations with which she was involved were Phi Theta Kappa, Philanthropic Educational Organization, Daughters of the American Revolution, Kings Daughters, Friends of Vision and Presbyterian Women.

Mrs. Brown and her husband enjoyed traveling to many countries. They retired to the house they designed and built on Table Rock Lake and for 10 years enjoyed retirement and new friends. Couples bridge was an ongoing favorite activity. They were pleased to be able to share their lakefront home with their grandchildren, Julianne Clark and Charles Carter Clark.

Mrs. Brown’s beloved husband, Charles, passed away in 1988. Several years later, she moved to Grosse Pointe to be with her daughter and son-in-law. In 2007, all three of them moved back to Kansas.

Mrs. Brown is survived by her daughter, Maribeth and her husband, William S. Dear; grandchildren, Julianne and her husband, Richard McAllister and Charles Carter Clark and his wife, Alexander Brianna; and great-grandchildren, James Richard McAllister, Charles Carter Clark Jr. and Brian Alexander Clark.

She was predeceased by her husband.

Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, June 20, at the Village Presbyterian Church in Kansas.

Donations may be made to the College of the Ozarks, P.O. Box 17, Point Lookout, MO 65726.

John F. Weiksnar M.D.

John F. Weiksnar M.D.

Died: Tuesday, June 07, 2011
Age: 87
Grosse Pointe Park resident John F. Weiksnar M.D., 87, died Tuesday, June 7, 2011.

He was born Sept. 23, 1923, in Buffalo, N.Y. to Joseph and Charlotte Weiksnar. He attended Canisius High School and Canisius College. He earned a medical degree from the University of Buffalo.

After completing his medical training, he served in the Korean War for 18 months as a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Army in a M.A.S.H., Mobile Army Surgical Hospital unit.

When he returned from the war, he began work as the chief of surgery at the United Mine Workers Hospital in Whiteburg, Ky.

After five years, he became chief surgeon at the newly started Metropolitan Hospital in Detroit. This small hospital was later taken over by the Henry Ford Medical System, where he remained chief surgeon until his retirement in 1989.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Otillia; children, John (Ginger), Kathryn (Patrick), Elizabeth (Michael), Thomas (Jodi) and Christina (Gordon) and grandchildren, Matthew, Megan, Sam, Alex, Max, David, Natalie, Kate, Bryan LiAn, Sophia, Andrew, Heidi and Kyle. He also is survived by his brother, Ted and his sisters, Esther and Wanda.

He was predeceased by his daughter, Mary Margaret.

A funeral Mass was celebrated June 13 at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Park.

Donations may be made to Canisius College, 2011 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14208.

Mark G. Stieber

Mark G. Stieber

Died: Monday, June 06, 2011
Age: 52
Mark G. Stieber, 52, passed away Monday, June 6, 2011, after a 20-year battle with a brain tumor.

He was the beloved husband of Mary and devoted father of Matthew, Nicole, Julie, and Andrew. He was the loving son of Rosie and recently deceased Bill and the loving brother of Bob (Emilita), Bill (Tricia), Tom (Claudia), Pat (Cindy), Tim (Mary Grace) and Kim (Mike).

He was predeceased by his brothers, John and Dan.

Mr. Stieber was a Grosse Pointe Park resident the majority of his life. He attended St. Clare of Montefalco Elementary School and Austin Catholic Preparatory High School, graduating in 1977. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Wayne State University.

Mr. Stieber was an outgoing person blessed with the uncanny ability to talk with anyone at any time, always having a joke or story to share. He knew so many people; wherever he went he ran into someone he knew.

Mr. Stieber had a passion for reading, especially espionage and mystery novels. He could recall even the smallest details of the novels he read. He shared his love for books and sporting teams, especially the Tigers and Red Wings, with his family. He was rarely seen without his prized Red Wings hat.

Dessert was always the most important part of Mr. Stieber’s meals, especially cookies. When people came to visit him, they knew to bring sweets. He shared his love of desserts with his dog, Calie, who never left his side.

Mr. Stieber will be remembered for his optimistic attitude in dealing with his illness. He was able to use his unique sense of humor to make the best of any situation. He never allowed his illness to control his life.

A funeral mass was celebrated June 9 at St. Clare of Montefalco Catholic Church.

Donations may be made to the American Brain Tumor Association, 2720 River Road, Des Plaines, IL 60018 or online at abta.org/Donate/54.

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Michael R. Stevenson

Michael R. Stevenson

Died: Saturday, June 04, 2011
Age: 63
Grosse Pointe Farms resident Michael R. Stevenson, 63, died Saturday, June 4, 2011.

Born March 17, 1948, in Grosse Pointe to Richard and Marion Stevenson, he graduated in 1966 from Grosse Pointe High School. He worked in sales for Eurodrive Company, a German firm, retiring in 1996.

Mr. Stevenson enjoyed spending time with his sons, Sean and Ryan and grandchildren, Connor and Avery. He enjoyed boating and woodworking and more recently, playing the stock market and watching Fox News. His sons described him as always willing to share his conservative political views.

Mr. Stevenson is survived by his sons, Sean (Jennifer) and Ryan (Emily); grandchildren, Connor and Avery and brother, Mark (Harriet) Stevenson.

He was predeceased by his parents.

A funeral Mass was celebrated June 8 at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in St. Clair Shores.

Donations may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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Elwood Robert Rousseau

Elwood Robert Rousseau

Died: Saturday, June 04, 2011
Age: 85
Elwood Robert “Bob” Rousseau, 85, died Saturday, June 4, 2011.

Mr. Rousseau was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in February 2011 after returning from a 21-day cruise around Cape Horn. The legend of Cape Horn is whoever rounded the treacherous waters of the Cape was part of a superior class of men and, as such, was authorized to wear an earring. He proudly wore an earring in his left ear.

Mr. Rousseau graduated from Detroit Catholic Central in 1944 and entered the U.S. Navy at age 17. He found it ironic that on his 19th birthday he landed on the Island of Mindanao and he couldn’t even buy a beer back home. During his time in the navy, he became a shellback, someone who has crossed the equator on a ship. He proudly served his country for two and one-half years.

He returned to the United States and married his high school sweetheart, Margaret Krapp, who predeceased him in 1992.

At age 14, Mr. Rousseau’s uncle taught him to sail on the Detroit River. In 1968 he bought a Catalina 28 and four years later, Tout La Mer, a Yankee 30 that he raced for 37 years. He can count many Mackinac races among his accomplishments.

Mr. Rousseau was one of the founding members of Lake Shore Sail Club, twice its commodore, and he also served twice on the board of the Commodore’s Club.

Mr. Rousseau was a mechanical engineer and was in construction for many years, when in 1982, he was asked to join the team at St. John Hospital as director of engineering. He retired in 1994.

A skier for many years, he began downhill ski racing at age 70 when he joined the 70-plus Ski Club, accumulating many medals in National Standard Race ski racing.

Mr. Rousseau is survived by his loving wife of 12 years, Jane Klaft Roose; daughters, Janine (David) Zempel and Danielle Templeton; stepson, William (Lynn) Roose; stepdaughter, Michelle (William) Walter and grandchildren, Christian Zempel, Delaney and Carson Roose and Brady and Lola Walter.

He also will be missed by his cousins, Joan Dittmer and JoAnn Hellstrom, many brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews and a multitude of friends.

A funeral service was held June 10 at Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home.

Donations may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 1471 E. 12 Mile Road, Madison Heights, MI 48071 or at mi.regatta.llsevent.org/

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