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Christine Ann Duffy

Christine Ann Duffy

Died: Monday, May 23, 2011
Age: 58
Former Grosse Pointe resident Christine Ann Duffy, 58, died Monday, May 23, 2011, surrounded by her loving children and family at her home in Chestertown, Md.

She was born in Detroit and raised in Grosse Pointe, where she graduated from St. Paul on the Lake Catholic School as a member of the National Honor Society.

She then attended Barry College in Miami Shores, Fla. She married George M. Walish Jr. and the couple moved throughout the United States with long stays in California, New Jersey and Maryland.

Miss Duffy was a member of the Tau Beta Association and Junior League of Detroit. In Chestertown, she was actively involved at Sacred Heart Catholic Church and also was a proud member of the gardening crew, Cultivation.

In 2007, she attended the United Airlines Flight Attendant School in Chicago, where she graduated at the top of her class.

Miss Duffy loved life on the eastern shore. She enjoyed entertaining friends and family in her home. Always the life of the party, she never turned down champagne or hummers.

During her long illness, many of her friends and family traveled from across the country to help care for her. She was extremely thankful to them and all of her supportive friends in Chestertown, including Thomas A. Herz Jr., who was by her side throughout her illness.

Miss Duffy is survived by her sons, George M. Walish III of Chestertown and Bradford M. Walish of New York City; sisters, Patty (Joe) Cappy of Tulsa, Okla. and M. Kathy (Tim) Doherty of Mystic, Conn. and Paris, France, and brother Tim (Judy) Duffy of Grosse Pointe Farms.

She was predeceased by her parents, Gertrude and Melvin E. Duffy and her brother, Mike Duffy.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Donations may be made to Grosse Pointe Animal Adoption, 296 Chalfonte Ave., Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236 or Tau Beta Association, care of treasurer, 229 Merriweather Road, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.

Jack L. Patterson

Jack L. Patterson

Died: Saturday, May 21, 2011
Age: 80
Grosse Pointe Woods resident Jack L. Patterson, 80, died Saturday, May 21, 2011.

He served as a police officer in Grosse Pointe Woods for 43 years and worked his way up through the ranks to Director of Public Safety in 1982, a position he held until retiring in December, 1998.

He was an active member of the Wayne and Macomb County Police Chiefs Association and International Association of Chiefs of Police.

Mr. Patterson was an avid history buff and enjoyed visiting Civil War battlefields and other historic sites. He was handy around the house and built multiple additions to his and other family members’ houses.

He especially enjoyed being with his family, including his dogs.

Mr. Patterson is survived by his wife, Shirley; children, Jack (Laura) Glenn and Jennifer (Dan) DiFranco; grandchildren, Amanda and Alexander and his brother, James (Carol) Patterson.

A funeral service was held May 25.

Donations may be made to Grosse Pointe Woods Presbyterian Church, 19950 Mack, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236.

Express condolences or share a memory at ahpeters.com.

Jan McMillan Montgomery

Died: Friday, May 20, 2011
Age: 81
Jan McMillan Montgomery died peacefully in her sleep Friday, May 20, 2011.

She was born Jan. 21, 1930, in Detroit to Kathryn Uihlein Rohnert McMillan and Hugh McMillan.

After graduating from Smith College with a degree in history, she worked in advertising, then publishing, as an editor for Simon and Schuster in Manhattan.

She lived with her family in “the Valley” in Katonah, N.Y. for 20 years. There she taught natural history in several elementary schools, served on the conservation advisory council, helped establish a recycling center and an area bikeway, and worked to preserve local wetlands.

Years after leaving the East Coast Ms. Montgomery donated her land to the Beaver Dam Sanctuary and remained a member of the sanctuary’s board until her death.

She moved with her family to Santa Barbara in 1975 and joined the first docent class at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, specializing in Chumash Culture. She was an enthusiastic equestrienne, member of the Santa Ynez Valley Hunt and the Sage Hens.

In 1984, Ms. Montgomery suffered a spinal cord injury from a fall while horseback riding in a steeplechase. According to her family, she said, “When a door closes, you open a window,” and faced her challenges with grace, great courage and a marvelous sense of humor.

She used her vast knowledge of the natural world to advise people in a wide variety of environmental and conservation organizations. She was extremely generous, always sharing her time and resources with those in need.

Ms. Montgomery enjoyed birding, dogs, PBS, NPR, reading, chocolate, attending fundraising events for community nonprofit organizations and local politicians, book club, current events class, the Ensemble Theatre, the zoo and hanging out on the wharf.

During many hours of swim therapy in the pool, she swam the equivalent of many trips to and around the Channel Islands.

She traveled to all five continents and, in recent years, enjoyed western road trips to national parks, Alaska, Northern Europe and the Baltic, Hawaii, the Caribbean and this past May, a family vacation to Yosemite.

She is survived by her children, John B. (Linda Patten), William W. (Beki Reis) and Kathryn (Gary Allen) and grandchildren, Spencer and Paige Montgomery. She also leaves behind her beloved dog, Charley.

Mrs. Montgomery had a close circle of friends and a wide variety of admirers whom she inspired with her indomitable spirit, tremendous courage, community involvement, sense of adventure and endless sense of humor.

A celebration of her life will be celebrated at 5 p.m., Saturday, June 19, at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History 2559 Puesta Del Sol, Santa Barbara.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Santa Barbara Museum of National History, 2559 Puesa Del Sol, Santa Barbara, CA 93105; Planned Parenthood of Santa Barbara at planned parenthood.org or the Environmental Defense Center of Santa Barbara at edcnet.org.

Mary Janette Thomas

Died: Thursday, May 19, 2011
Age: 85
St. Clair Shores resident Mary Janette Thomas, former owner of Janet’s Lunch in Grosse Pointe Park, passed away, Thursday, May 19, 2011. She was 85.

Ms. Thomas is survived by her longtime partner and friend, Thomas Sny; niece, Linda Jacoby and nephew, David Jacoby.

She was predeceased by her mother, Janet Dohrman and sister, Florence Hazel Jacoby.

Donations may be made to Beaumont Hospice, care of Beaumont Foundation, P.O. Box 5802, Troy, MI 48007-9620.

Frederick H. LaFerté

Died: Thursday, May 19, 2011
Age: 82
Former Grosse Pointe Farms resident Frederick H. LaFerté, 82, died Thursday, May 19, 2011, at his home in Yountville, Calif.

Born April 18, 1929, in Detroit, he was the second son of Dr. Alfred D. and Katrina H. LaFerté. He was predeceased by his parents and his sister, Louise Hyde. He is survived by his brother, Dan; sister, Anne Flanagan and many nieces and nephews.

Mr. LaFerté graduated from Centre College in Danville, Ky. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard as a seaman 1st class. He was an avid sportsman, mainly participating in tennis, golf, sailing, ice boating and duck hunting. He sailed in the Bayview Yacht Club, Port Huron to Mackinac Island race several times — once on a winning boat. He also crewed on a 40-foot Owens cutter from the United States to Europe which he affectionately termed “wooden boats, iron men.”

Mr. LaFerté’s ashes were interred with full military honors at the veteran’s facility in Yountville.

Elizabeth Fuller Mandel Coddington

Died: Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Age: 90
Former longtime Grosse Pointe resident Elizabeth Fuller Mandel Coddington, 90, of Hendersonville, N.C., died Tuesday, May 17, 2011, at LifeCare Center of Hendersonville.

She was born in 1920 in Detroit to Elizabeth Fuller and Herbert W. Mandel and lived in Grosse Pointe until moving to Hendersonville in 1983. She attended the University of Michigan and in December 1941, married William H. Coddington.

Mrs. Coddington was active in the Grosse Pointe Memorial Church as a teacher, deacon, and with the women’s association. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma and held various offices in the alumnae association in both Detroit and Hendersonville. She was a life member of the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan.

She was a member of the Louisa St. Clair Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Grand Marais Branch, Michigan Division of Women’s National Farm and Garden Association and was executive secretary of the Detroit Garden Center from 1972-1981.

As a descendant of Edward Fuller and William Bradford, she belonged to the Society of Mayflower Descendants of Michigan.

Mrs. Coddington is survived by her daughters, Betsy (William) Chater of Asheville, N.C. and Lynn (Pat Hamilton) Coddington of Sharpsburg, Md.

She was predeceased by her husband, William, who died in March 2005 and her parents.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 25, at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 900 Blythe St., Hendersonville, NC.

Donations may be made to the Trinity Presbyterian Church Youth Fund, 900 Blythe St., Hendersonville, N.C. 28791; Four Seasons Compassion for Life, 571 South Allen Rd., Flat Rock, NC 28731; or MemoryCare, 100 Far Horizon Lane, Asheville, N.C. 28803.

Express condolences or share a memory at thosshepherd.com.

John Feikens

John Feikens

Died: Sunday, May 15, 2011
Age: 93
Former U.S. District Judge John Feikens, 93, died Sunday, May 15, 2011, at his home.

He was born Dec. 3, 1917, in Clifton, N.J. and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Calvin College, Grand Rapids in 1939, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan in 1941.

Judge Feikens practiced law in Detroit, where he headed the firm of Feikens, Dice, Sweeney and Sullivan before taking the bench. He received an honorary degree from the University of Detroit in 1979, and from the Detroit College of Law in 1981. He received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Calvin College in 1972.

Judge Feikens received his appointment from President Richard M. Nixon as a U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan on Dec. 1, 1970. He became chief judge Oct. 4, 1979, and served in that capacity until March 1, 1986, at which time he took senior status.

Among many other affiliations, Judge Feikens served as Michigan’s Republican state chairman from 1953-57; co-chairman of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission from 1964-68; member, board of trustees, New Detroit, Inc., from 1968-70; member, board of trustees of Calvin College, from 1968-74 and member, committee of visitors of the University of Michigan Law School.

Judge Feikens was predeceased in 2007 by his wife of 67 years, Henriette D. Schulthouse.

He is survived by his children, Jon (Beth), Susan (Norman) Sevensma, Barbara (Luke) Reinsma, Julie (Ric) Vanderhaagen and Robert (Beverly); grandchildren, Jeff Feikens, David (Eileen) Feikens, Kristin (Jason) Jorgensen, Karlin (Mike Tyson) Sevensma, AnnElise (Mike) Kastelin, Nathaniel Reinsma, Marika Reinsma, Sarah (Chris Verkaik) VanderHaagen, Laura (Sam) Gustafson, Kimberly (James) Stephens, Eric (Holly) Feikens and Julie Feikens and great-grandchildren, Emma Feikens, Julia Feikens, Jack Feikens, Nadia Tyson, Autumn Tyson, Paul Stephens and Charlotte Kastelin. He also is survived by his sister, Pearl VanderHart and sister-in-law, Dot Bel.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 19, at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Donations may be made to Calvin College, designating the John Feikens Pre-Law Scholarship, and sent to Calvin College Development, 3201 Burton SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.

Express condolences at verheyden.org.

Nancy Mitchell Shirar

Nancy Mitchell Shirar

Died: Saturday, May 14, 2011
Age: 82
Former longtime Grosse Pointe resident Nancy Mitchell Shirar, 82, passed away Saturday, May 14, 2011, surrounded by family at the Shell Point Hope Hospice in Fort Myers, Fla.

She was born June 11, 1928, in Pittsburgh to Ruth and Byron Mitchell and graduated from Lakewood High School in Cleveland, as well as Purdue University. In 1950, she married Paul Theodore Shirar of Boston in Lakewood, Ohio. After raising their four children, Mrs. Shirar opened two retail stores in Grosse Pointe, the Pointe Pedlar and the Persnickety Pedlar.

After her husband died in 1986, Mrs. Shirar traveled extensively. She traveled throughout the United States visiting family and friends until her motorhome, “Vanna,” finally broke down outside Phoenix after more than 100,000 miles. She saw much of the world including Japan, Europe, India, Africa and Brazil.

The last 10 years, she lived at Shell Point in Fort Myers.

Mrs. Shirar is survived by her children, William and Sabine Shirar of Sanibel, Fla., Paul and Jody Shirar of Sumter, S.C., Laura and Kevin O’Connor of Grosse Pointe Woods and Mitch and Ingrid Shirar of the City of Grosse Pointe. She also is survived by her grandchildren, Gail, Ellen, Julia, P.T., Linda, Christopher, Gretchen, Ingrid and Liam.

She was predeceased by her husband, Paul; parents; sister, Ruth E. Keel and her grandson, Mitchell Petersen Shirar.

Memorial services were held in Fort Myers and at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Grosse Pointe Woods.

Donations may be made to Hope Hospice, 15000 Shell Point Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33908 or Delta Gamma at Purdue University at purduegreeks.com.

Mardene Galanos Morykwas

Mardene Galanos Morykwas

Died: Saturday, May 14, 2011
Age: 55
Former Grosse Pointe Farms resident Mardene Galanos Morykwas, 55, died Saturday, May 14, 2011, at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C.

She was born Sept. 3, 1955, in Grosse Pointe Farms to Steven P. and Georgia Pappas Galanos and graduated from Grosse Pointe South High School. She earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Michigan.

Mrs. Morykwas taught in the communications department at Wake Forest University until retiring in 2001 to concentrate on her philanthropic pursuits. These included the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, for which she was inducted into the Circle of Distinction; children’s causes through the national Philoptochos Society of the Greek Orthodox Church, for which she received a woman of the year award; and adaptive sports programs for disabled children and veterans.

She expressed her love of animals by founding and chairing the annual Furr Ball for the Forsyth Humane Society and she was a major supporter of Canine Companions for Independence, which named a service dog in honor of her support.

Mrs. Morykwas is survived by her husband, Michael; her aunt, Angeline Pappas of Rye, N.Y. and her half-sisters, Patricia Kosmas of Grosse Pointe Park, Dorothy Sideropolis of Warren, Ohio and Constance Szymczak of Bloomfield Hills.

A funeral service was held May 19 at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation in Winston-Salem. A 40 days memorial was held at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Detroit.

Donations may be made to the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, 435 Keating Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27104 or the Forsyth Humane Society at forsythhumane.org.

Michael “Mickey” Burke

Michael “Mickey” Burke

Died: Friday, May 13, 2011
Age: 79
Grosse Pointe Farms resident Michael “Mickey” Burke, 79, died Friday, May 13, 2011.

Born May 25, 1931, in Detroit, he was the youngest son of Cyril J. and Estelle Burke of Grosse Pointe Park. He graduated from Malvern Preparatory School in Malvern, Pa. and the Villanova School of Business at Villanova University in Villanova, Pa. After college, Mr. Burke enlisted in the U.S. Marines Corps, where he was promoted to first lieutenant.

After leaving the Marines, he joined Cyril J. Burke Inc., a company his father founded in 1927. He eventually became president and chairman of the company that later became Burke Equipment Co. and Burke Rental Inc.

Mr. Burke was active in charitable and social organizations. He served as a board member emeritus for Lourdes Nursing Home, co-chair, along with his wife, of the Grosse Pointe Academy Action Auction, member of the Otsego Ski Club where he served as the first chairman of the club’s advisory board of directors, president of the St. John Hospital and Medical Center Men’s Guild, board member of Michigan National Bank, board member of Michigan National Bank Leasing Co., member of St. John Hospital and Medical Center board of trustees, president of Detroit Area Construction Equipment Dealers Association, member of the board of the Grosse Pointe Academy and member of The Hundred Club. In 2007, Mr. Burke and his wife, Sharon, were named distinguished volunteers of the year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Additionally, he was a life member of the Detroit Athletic Club and a member of the Country Club of Detroit and St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Farms.

Mr. Burke is survived by his wife of 53 years, Sharon Ann (nee Kelly); children, Kevin Michael (Amy Callaway), Kelly Oliver (Peter), Brian Patrick (Carol Hagermoser), Sean Timothy (Kerryann Wallace) and eight grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his parents and brother, John C. Burke.

A funeral service was held May 18 at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Farms.

Donations may be made to St. John Hospital Cardiology and St. John Hospice, c/o St. John Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 673271, Detroit, MI 48267-3271.

Arrangements were handled by Wm. R. Hamilton Funeral Home, Mount Clemens. Memorials can be left online at Michael-Burke.ForeverMissed.com.
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