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Gloria Gelders

Died: Tuesday, January 05, 2010
Age: 88
Grosse Pointe Farms resident Gloria Gelders, 88, died Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010, at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit.

She was born Aug. 4, 1921, in Detroit to Carl and Mae Catlin. She was a homemaker who was predeceased by her husband, Henri.

Mrs. Gelders is survived by her daughter, Pat Gelders and sons, Dwight (Sue) and Douglas (Patricia).

A private service was held and interment is in White Chapel Cemetery in Troy.

Memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society, 20450 Civic Center Drive, Southfield, MI 48076.

Arrangements were handled by A.H. Peters Funeral Home, Grosse Pointe Woods.

Joan Barbara Hicks

Joan Barbara Hicks

Died: Monday, January 04, 2010
Age: 81
Joan Barbara Hicks, 81, of Otisville, passed away Monday, Jan. 4, 2010, at her residence.

Joan Barbara Walsh was born Feb. 2, 1928, in New Rochelle, N.Y. the daughter of Edward Gregory and Catherine Mary (nee Twombly) Walsh. She lived in Manhattan while working as a photography assistant for Vogue Magazine, then Eileen Ford Modeling Agency.

She married Charles Vincent Hicks Feb. 2, 1957, in New York City. They were married for 32 years until his death in December 1989. After raising her children, she worked as assistant to the president of Stroh Brewery for some years. 

Joan is survived by her daughters, Catherine Hicks Offerman (Dale), Sara Hamilton Hicks (Joseph Staperfenne); son, Charles Vincent “Pat” Hicks Jr.; granddaughter, Sydney Catherine Hicks and her niece, Elizabeth Mikos Canzano.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her parents and siblings. 

Cremation has taken place. No services will be held.

In lieu of flowers, Mrs. Hicks’ family asks to consider those in need, contribute a day of service or a good deed and “pay it forward” in her memory. 

Share a memory with the family at allenfuneralhomeinc.com.

Maryanne Worden Harvey

Died: Sunday, January 03, 2010
Age: 86
Maryanne Worden Harvey, 86, died Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010, at Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo. She had been living in Kalamazoo with her two dogs, pursuing her art at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts and volunteering with the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission.

Born in South Bend, Ind., to John and Sadie Worden, she was an accomplished sculptor. Her art education included attending Indiana University, The Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C. and the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit. She was a graduate of George Washington University.

Ms. Harvey was an elementary school teacher in Ann Arbor, San Francisco and South Bend early in her adult life.

She subsequently founded and was proprietor for 30 years of Harvey’s Compleat Traveler, a Grosse Pointe-based purveyor of fine luggage and leather goods.

Throughout her life she was a regular contributor to the editorial pages of the Grosse Pointe News, The Detroit News and The Kalamazoo Gazette, writing frequently concerning animal rights and other issues pertaining to the humane treatment of both people and animals.

Ms. Harvey was co-founder and served 11 years as president of the Michigan Bouvier Rescue. During her tenure, the organization rescued more than 750 dogs from mistreatment or abandonment.

She is survived by her sons, Matthew Farner and Peter (Betsy) Farner and grandchildren, Peter Farner Jr., James Farner, Annie Farner and Mary Farner.

She was predeceased by her parents and her brothers, James and Jack.

Arrangements were handled by The Cremation Society of Michigan.

Ms. Harvey requested that there be no memorial service. Instead, she preferred that those interested in remembering her make a donation to Food Animal Concerns Trust at foodanimalconcerns.org or to the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission at kzoogospel.org.

Andrea F. Becker

Died: Thursday, December 31, 2009
Andrea F. Becker, a longtime Grosse Pointe resident, died peacefully in her sleep Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009. 

Mrs. Becker taught in the business program at Grosse Pointe South High School and was also co-op coordinator for many years. She was dedicated to her students and took special individual interest in them, teaching the skills needed to be successful in the business world.

She retired from South in 1996 and was gratified to see so many of her students become accomplished in their chosen professions. She kept in touch with many of her students until her death. 

Mrs. Becker had a great zeal for life and loved preparing and eating good food, the theatre, “Mama Mia!” was her favorite, the company of friends, animals and music.    

Mrs. Becker was predeceased by her beloved husband, Hans.

She is survived by Dusty, her cherished airedale, “the girls” who were like daughters to her, and the many dear and treasured friends who returned to her the joy and happiness she gave so easily to others. 

Memorial donations may be made to Christ Church Grosse Pointe, 61 Grosse Pointe Blvd., Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236; Mariners Inn, 445 Ledyard, Detroit, MI 48201 or the Michigan Airedale Terrier Rescue Society, 1123 Vesper, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. 

A private memorial service will be held.

Francine Harriet Dossin

Francine Harriet Dossin

Died: Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Age: 77
Former Grosse Pointe resident Francine Harriet Dossin, 77, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009, in South Pasadena, Fla.

Born in Detroit, Mrs. Dossin moved to Florida in 1979 from Grosse Pointe. She worked as a secretary for the Chrysler Corp., was past president of the Detroit Northeast Lions Club women’s division and was a former member of the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club.

Mrs. Dossin is survived by her beloved husband, Robert “Bob”; loving daughters, Denise Dossin and Diane (Delbert) Ruth and cherished grandchildren, Brady, Ryan, Philip (Becky) and Nicole.

Services and burial were in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Funeral arrangements were handled by David C. Gross Funeral Homes in St. Petersburg. Share a memory with the family at davidcgross.com.

Arthur A. Cerre

Arthur A. Cerre

Died: Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Age: 87
Arthur A. Cerre, 87, of Highlands Ranch, Colo., died Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009. He was a former longtime City of Grosse Pointe resident.

He was born in Detroit to Albert A. and Amy Cerre and graduated from St. Thomas College in St. Paul, Minn. He was a captain in the U.S. Army and served in the South Pacific during World War II.

Mr. Cerre was an advertising executive and worked at a variety of companies including the Detroit Free Press, GM Photographic, The Cerre Company, Naegele Outdoor Advertising, Visual Services and J. Walter Thompson.

He enjoyed skiing and Sander’s chocolate fudge. He was a member of the Detroit Athletic Club, Country Club of Detroit, Grosse Pointe Hunt Club and the Snowmass Club.

Mr. Cerre is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Nolan Cerre; son, Mike Cerre; daughters, Susie Godin Livengood and Julie Cerre Kennedy and grandchildren, Jaime Godin Touchstone, Lauren Ferris Cerre, Lee Egan Cerre and Hayden Kennedy.

He was predeceased by his daughter, Betsy Cerre Cross and sister, Dorothy Cerre Hubbard.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Jan. 16 in Carbondale, Colo.

Daniel William McKinley D.O.

Daniel William McKinley D.O.

Died: Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Age: 93
Daniel William McKinley D.O., 93, of Grosse Pointe Woods, died peacefully Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009. He had celebrated Christmas surrounded by his family.

Born Dec. 19, 1916, Dr. McKinley married the love of his life, Helen Kern, June 1, 1940. In 1941, he graduated from the Des Moines Still College of Osteopathy in Des Moines, Iowa, with a Degree of Doctor of Osteopathy. He completed his internship at both Cadieux General Hospital and Detroit Osteopathic Hospital and served his residency at Detroit Osteopathic Hospital.

Dr. McKinley maintained a private practice from 1943 to 1987 while raising his five children with his wife, Helen. During this time, he also served the medical community in various capacities. He was a member of the board of directors of the Michigan Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons and was its president in 1953. He also served on the association’s development committee, which established The Osteopathic College of Medicine in Michigan, and was chairman of the association’s legislative committee.

Additionally, he was secretary of the Wayne County Osteopathic Association from 1946 to 1947; health officer for the City of East Detroit from 1947 to 1951; president of the Macomb County Osteopathic Association from 1951 to 1952; member of the board of directors at Bi-County Community Hospital from 1966 to 1970 and member of the board of directors of Detroit Osteopathic Hospital Corporation/Horizon Health Systems.

On Oct. 27, 2007, Dr. McKinley was honored at the Detroit Medical Center for his lifetime of dedicated patient care and osteopathic leadership.

His family said while he enjoyed his professional successes, nothing brought him more joy than being with his family. Until the end, his humor helped define him. Perhaps it was his humor that helped him enjoy “hunting” and “fishing.”

He was a former member of the Detroit Yacht Club and a member of the Grayling Game Club in Grayling.

Dr. McKinley is survived by his children, Patricia (the late Douglas) Gmeiner, Peggy (Marty) Gulewicz, Polly (Michael) Abandond, Dan Jr. (Julie) and Pamela Bylen; grandchildren, Marty (Jeanne) Gulewicz, Kim (Jim) Ryszewski, Amy (Mike) Cowan, Sara Bylen, Johnny Bylen and Daniel “Teo” McKinley; seven great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Dr. McKinley was predeceased by his wife, Helen; brother, H. John McKinley, and sister, Veronica Werner.  

Interment is in Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton Township.

A scholarship in Dr. McKinley’s name is being established at the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Donations in his memory may be made to Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Development Office, A-310 East Free Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824-1316.

Anne R. Hudson

Anne R. Hudson

Died: Sunday, December 27, 2009
Age: 74
Longtime Grosse Pointe resident Anne R. Hudson, 74, passed away peacefully in her home with family by her side Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009.

Anne was the devoted wife of Gilbert Hudson, her life’s love of 52 years of marriage. She was the loving and caring mother of Jennifer (Joseph) Parke, Elizabeth (Thomas) Griffith and Susan (Bradley) Laffrey; the proud and delighted grandmother, “Gram,” of Joseph, Alison and Melanie Parke, Timothy and Libby Griffith and William and Anna Laffrey. 

Anne was a special friend to many who enjoyed her positive attitude, compassion, humor, courage and joyful spirit. She will be remembered for making the world a better place through the loving and caring way she touched the lives of those who knew her. Her strength, devotion and faith were inspiring.

Anne’s great joys in life were her family and friends, who will miss her dearly. 

A memorial service was held Dec. 30 at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Endowment Fund of the Grosse Pointe Foundation for Public Education, c/o Northern Trust Bank, 120 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236 or the East Grand Rapids Schools Foundation, 2915 Hall Street SE, East Grand Rapids, MI 49506.

Dorothy E. Sterner

Dorothy E. Sterner

Died: Sunday, December 27, 2009
Age: 90
Former Grosse Pointe resident Dorothy E. Sterner, 90, passed away Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009.

She was born June 9, 1919, in Aurora, Ill., to Anthony and Ella Shuster and graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1933. She then received a degree from the Business School of Writing.

On Aug. 2, 1946, she married Paul W. Sterner also of Aurora. They lived in Henderson, Nev. for 10 years, then moved to Marshall, Wis.

Mrs. Sterner worked for the University of Wisconsin as a supervisor. She enjoyed crocheting, reading and watching game shows as well as a glass of wine each night. In her later years she enjoyed traveling. 

Mrs. Sterner is survived by four daughters and a step-daughter: Kathy (Les) Paulson of McFarland Wis., Karen (Roger) Juve of Cottage Grove, Wis., Sandra (Ronald) Kuhl Eisenbeis of Grosse Pointe and Laurrie (Budd) Rudd of New London, Wis. and a sister-in-law, Barbara (Leo) Schuster. She also is survived by 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Paul; parents, Anthony and Ella; brothers, Ray and Leo Schuster; sisters, Irene Glover and Bernice Reir.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 2 at Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home, 16300 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Park. The funeral service will begin at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Marie Jones officiating. Interment will be in Marshall, Wis. beside her husband. 

Mrs. Sterner made many friends throughout her lifetime from her time spent in Henderson, Nev., Marshall, Wis., New London, Wis. and Grosse Pointe. She will be missed by all.

Lenore A. Marshall

Died: Sunday, December 27, 2009
Age: 95
Longtime Grosse Pointe Farms resident Lenore A. Marshall, 95, died Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009, at the Hiland Cottage of Hospice of Little Traverse Bay in Petoskey.

She was born May 21, 1914, in Harrow, Ontario, the daughter of James and Gertrude (nee Skellet) Collins and moved to Detroit at age 9. She graduated from Holy Redeemer High School in Detroit in 1930 then attended Marygrove College, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1934. 

On June 20, 1941, she married Joseph Marshall in Detroit, and he preceded her in death in 1975. 

Mrs. Marshall worked as a radio actress, appearing on the Lone Ranger and in advertising for Kern’s department store and the J.L. Hudson Co. 

She enjoyed reading, playing bridge, studying and speaking foreign languages and providing public relations services for groups with whom she volunteered: the League of Women Voters, the Detroit Symphony, and the Alliance Française. 

She is survived by a daughter, Kate Marshall and her husband, Justin Rashid of Petoskey and three grandchildren, Noah, Brendan, and Zoë Marshall – Rashid. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Joseph; brother, James; and sister, Jacqueline. 

A graveside service was held Dec. 30 at the White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery in Troy.

The family would like to thank the staff of the Sunnybank Retirement Community in Petoskey for their kindness and the quality of care they gave Mrs. Marshall in the few months prior to her passing. 

Memorial donations may be made to the Grosse Pointe War Memorial, 32 Lakeshore Drive, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236; Hospice of Little Traverse Bay, 1 Hiland Drive, Petoskey, MI 49770 or Marygrove College, Office of Funds Development, 8425 West. McNichols, Detroit, MI 48221-2599. 

Arrangements were handled by the Stone Funeral Home of Petoskey.
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