Died: Thursday, June 17, 2010 Meredith Haddad Wells
Former Grosse Pointe Farms resident Meredith Haddad Wells, 41, died Thursday, June 17, 2010, after a hard- fought battle with cancer. She died at her home in Stafford, Va., surrounded by family and close friends.
Born June 16, 1969, she graduated from Grosse Pointe South High School in 1989 and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Charleston. She then received a teaching certificate from Madonna College and a master’s degree from George Mason University.
Mrs. Wells’ passion was education and molding the minds of young children. Prior to moving to Virginia, she was a paraprofessional for the Livonia Public Schools
Mrs. Wells taught elementary school in Stafford where her family said she was loved and respected by students, parents and teachers alike for her dedication and lively spirit.
The light of her life was her 3-year-old daughter, Charlotte, who every day gave her strength and hope.
Besides her daughter Charlotte Isabelle Wells, Mrs. Wells is survived by her husband, Samuel D. Wells Jr.; mother, Ellen (C. Samuel) Stryker; sister, Lindsey (Paul) Dvorak; nephews, Ryan, George and Henry Dvorak; uncle, John (Christine) Gillespie and cousins, Molly, Rebecca and Claire Gillespie.
She was predeceased by her father, Dr. Benjamin F. Haddad; grandparents, George and Betty Gillespie and uncle, George Gillespie.
Donations may be made to the Meredith Haddad Wells Teacher Scholarship Fund, 4600 Newcomb Place, Alexandria, VA 22304 or Relay for Life at relayforlife.org.
Died: Thursday, June 17, 2010 Daniel H. Basinski
Daniel H. Basinski, 98, died Thursday, June 17, 2010.
He was born in Buffalo, N.Y. to Thomas and Sophia Basinski and graduated from Buffalo Technical High School. He earned Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees from Emory University in Atlanta and his Ph.D. from the University of Rochester, N.Y. He continued post-doctoral studies at Iowa State University.
Dr. Basinski’s professional life involved teaching and research in rheumatoid arthritis and metabolic studies in cortisone for the Children’s Fund in Detroit. In 1953, he began working as a clinical chemist in the pathology department of Henry Ford Hospital. His research involved micro methods for determination of lead in blood, and sterilizing blood with new methods and instrumentation. He retired in 1977.
Dr. Basinski served as a captain in the United States Army from 1943 to 1945 after training as a nutrition officer at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C.
His zest for learning extended to explorations in photography, nature studies, gardening, clock-making, sailing, woodworking, reading, travel, theater and history. In the latter field he was a serious student in all aspects of the American Civil War, resulting in an extensive library on the subject and attendance at various Civil War round tables.
Dr. Basinski is survived by his sister, Iris Thor of Vestal, N.Y.; three nieces; two nephews and cousin, Margaret Siracuse of Florida.
His wife of 58 years, the former Cornelia Johnson of Knoxville, Tenn., predeceased him.
He supported numerous organizations. Closest to his heart were his friends and colleagues of his church, community and universities.
Donations may be made to Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church, 17150 Maumee, Grosse Pointe, MI 48230; Office of Gift Records, Emory University, 1762 Clifton Road, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30322-1710; or Henry Ford Hospice Residence, Bortz Health Care of Warren, 11700 East 10 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48089.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, at Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church, 17150 Maumee, City of Grosse Pointe.
Died: Sunday, June 13, 2010 Urban William Boresch
Career military officer, fisherman, gardener and community member Urban William Boresch, 98, died Sunday, June 13, 2010.
He was born Dec. 7, 1911, in Kenosha, Wisc., to John Boresch and Elizabeth Heyden. Known as Bo to family and friends, he graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Science degree in mining engineering in 1940.
In June 1940, he was inducted into the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. On Dec. 7, 1941, his birthday, he was stationed at Schofield Barracks at the time of the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor.
Mr. Boresch continued to serve in the Army during World War II, and was transferred to numerous locations, including Germany and Korea.
On June 5, 1948, he married Mary Louise Norris.
In May 1959, he was promoted to the rank of colonel with the Detroit District and in July 1960, he retired from the Army. He continued in the Detroit District as a civilian, retiring there as chief of the constructions-operations division in January 1980.
As a veteran, details of Mr. Boresch’s service record are displayed inside the Grosse Pointe War Memorial.
One of his cherished pastimes with his wife Mary Lou, was duplicate bridge. They hosted many bridge parties and thoroughly enjoyed entertaining friends. They also participated on a bowling team and were involved in The Villagers dance group.
Mr. Boresch and his wife founded the Michigan Michisteiner Stein Club and acted as both president and secretary. They also organized the convention for the International Stein Club in Dearborn in 1989. Over the years, they traveled to Europe, Germany and Hawaii. Additionally, they went on yearly fishing trips to Canada and throughout Michigan.
He and his wife were avid gardeners and their yard was frequently included in the Grosse Pointe garden tours.
Mr. Boresch is survived by his daughter, Linda; son-in-law, Richard; granddaughter, Kathryn; grandson, Bob, and his wife, Leticia and great- grandson, Bobby.
He was predeceased by his wife and son, Rodney Boresch.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 30, at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms.
Died: Saturday, June 12, 2010 Albert Gustav Couvreur
Grosse Pointe Woods resident Albert Gustav Couvreur, 83, died Saturday, June 12, 2010.
He was born June 8, 1927, in Detroit to Hector and Jeanne Couvreur. He graduated from DeLaSalle High School and attended the University of Detroit.
He was a self-employed builder and real estate broker.
He married his love, Patricia Karschna, Nov. 17, 1962. The two met at a church social dance in Grosse Pointe, beginning a long-distance relationship from Detroit to New York City, where Pat lived with her parents. The couple were founding members of Our Lady Star of the Sea parish in Grosse Pointe Woods. From this, they forged life-long friendships.
Mr. Couvreur was an explorer and adventurer who lived life to its fullest. He enjoyed storytelling, traveling, karaoke, playing gin rummy and spending time at his cottage in Canada and condominium in Florida.
He liked to find the best of everything: whether it be an oyster or a cannoli, a musical or a beach, or the best joke; he shared it with everyone.
Over the years, he was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Detroit Athletic Club, Lochmoor Golf Club, Grosse Pointe Senior Men’s Club and Friends of Low Vision social club.
Mr. Couvreur is survived by his daughters, Jeanne (Steve) Andreoli and Noelle Couvreur; son, Timothy (Diane) and grandchildren, Abby, Joseph, Kara, Alex, Maria, Emma and Mary.
He was predeceased by his wife, Patricia.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at noon Thursday, June 17, at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 467 Fairford, Grosse Pointe Woods. Interment will be in Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton Township.
Memorial donations may be made to Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology Friends of Vision, 15415 E. Jefferson, Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230 or at eyeson.org or to The Capuchins, 1750 Mt. Elliott, Detroit, MI 48207 or at the capuchins.org.
Died: Saturday, June 12, 2010 A. Thomas Kydd
Grosse Pointe Farms resident A. Thomas Kydd, 79, died Saturday, June 12, 2010.
He was born in Cleveland to A. Rufus and Kathryn J. Kydd and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Baldwin Wallace College. He served in the United States Army from 1955 to 1956.
Mr. Kydd retired as manager of color services for Sherwin-Williams in Detroit.
Athletically inclined, he enjoyed sailing, boating, skiing, fishing, skating, hunting, woodworking and biking. He also enjoyed hockey, which he coached for many years, and served as a board member of the Grosse Pointe Hockey Association.
Mr. Kydd is survived by Katharine, his wife of 55 years; son, A. Jeffrey (Michelle) Kydd; daughter, Jennifer K. Kydd; grandchildren, Matthew Tierney and Erin Tierney and sister, Kathryn (Raymond) Fenwick.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Donations may be made to Henry Ford Hospice, 1 Ford Place, 5A, Detroit, MI 48202-9941 or Prostate Cancer Research Institute, 5777 W. Century Blvd., Suite 800, Los Angeles, CA 90045-9787.
Died: Saturday, June 12, 2010 David W. Pethick
Longtime Grosse Pointe Park resident David Ward Pethick, 77, died Saturday, June 12, 2010, at Beaumont Hospital Grosse Pointe.
Born Dec. 8, 1932, to Nell and Francis Pethick, he was raised in Grosse Pointe and graduated from Grosse Pointe High School in 1950. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering from the University of Michigan in 1954 and began work as a manufacturing supervisor for Bower Roller Bearing, now Federal Mogul Corporation.
In 1955, he married Jennifer Allen. The couple lived in Hawaii for two years while he served in the United States Navy. They were married until 1978. In 1983, he married Elizabeth Morrison.
Returning to Detroit, Mr. Pethick resumed work for Bower Roller Bearing and in 1963, earned a Master of Science degree, also in industrial engineering, from Wayne State University, where he taught night classes in the graduate engineering program for several years. The Engineering Society of Detroit named him “Outstanding Young Engineer of the Year” in 1963.
In 1966, Mr. Pethick became plant manager for the Formsprag Company (later part of Dana Corporation) in Warren. Four years later, he joined the Marmon Group, a Chicago-based company. Beginning as general manager of the Detroit steel products division, he became group manager-automotive in 1972.
He was named vice president of the Marmon Group in 1988 and remained with the company until his retirement in 2000.
Mr. Pethick no longer piloted planes or scuba dived in his later years, but he enjoyed sailing for many years after he retired. A longtime member of Bayview Yacht Club, he loved to take family and friends out on his boat, Voyageur, and he remained proud of the back-to-back victories he and his son, Bob, earned in the Chicago and Bayview Mackinac races in 1981.
He also continued to explore new computer technologies and to devour military history. He became passionate about genealogy as well, and traced his family roots back to the Norman conquest.
Mr. Pethick is survived by his sister, Donna Germelman of Berryville, Va.; former wife, Jennifer Noyer of Albuquerque, N.M.; sons, Ted of Clinton Township and Bob (Lorrie) of Orchard Lake; daughter, Sarah (Ray) Martyniak of Naples, Fla. and granddaughters, Jacqueline, Meriol, and Paige of Orchard Lake.
He also is survived by his wife, Elizabeth of Grosse Pointe Park; stepdaughters, Elisabeth Morrison and Sarah (Bob) Wenning and step-granddaughter, Elizabeth, all of Chicago.
His family, friends and colleagues celebrated his life in a memorial service June 18 at Christ Church Grosse Pointe. Following the service he was inurned in the church’s rose garden.
Donations may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 24359 Northwestern Highway, Suite 225, Southfield, MI 48075.
Died: Thursday, June 10, 2010 Margaret Elizabeth Joerin
Former longtime Grosse Pointe Park resident Margaret Elizabeth Joerin, 100, died Thursday, June 10, 2010, in Northville.
She was the beloved wife of the late Dr. Harold W. Joerin and the loving mother of Hal Joerin and Kay (Butch) Raby. She also is survived by five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends Saturday, July 31, 2010, at the Northrop-Sassaman Funeral Home, 19091 Northville Road, Northville until time of memorial services at 11 a.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to Odyssey Hospice at odsyhealth.com; the American Cancer Society Great Lakes Division, Inc., 1755 Abbey Road, East Lansing, MI 48823 or the charity of the donor’s choice.
Died: Wednesday, June 09, 2010 Leona S. Spezia
Leona S. (nee Kowalski) Spezia, 90, died Wednesday, June 9, 2010.
She was the beloved wife of Angelo “Andy” for 49 years; loving mother of Theophil “Ted”(Linda) and the late Michael and Dwight and dear grandmother of Ken (Lori) VanHevel, Scott (Maryanne) VanHevel, Leighann (Kevin) Lawson and the late Richard VanHevel. Dear great-grandmother of Scott Jr., Sarah and Nonie. A memorial Mass was celebrated June 15 at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, Grosse Pointe Woods, with inurnment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.
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Died: Tuesday, June 08, 2010 Thelma Rose Grandia
Thelma Rose Grandia, beloved sister, aunt, friend and teacher, passed away peacefully Tuesday, June 8, 2010, after a brave struggle with a lengthy illness.
She was born March 9, 1930, in Pella, Iowa, to Leona and Murry Grandia.
Growing up in Iowa, she was known for her boundless energy and held many jobs in town. Under her senior picture in the school yearbook, it read, “She will be remembered for her perpetual hurry.”
In the summer of 1948, she attended Central College for six weeks to earn a certificate allowing her to teach in a one-room schoolhouse. She was charged with keeping the wood-burning stove going and hauling water, since there was no indoor plumbing.
Ms. Grandia taught grades K-8 starting when she was 18 years old. She was teacher, nurse, lunchroom supervisor, janitor and teammate to her students. At recess time, she played in their games, including baseball and football — and did this all when teachers still wore dresses. She was proud to be a country school teacher.
After six years, Ms. Grandia entered the University of Iowa to become a physical therapist, but the lure of the classroom was too strong and she changed her major to elementary education.
She graduated in 1957 and moved to Detroit. She accepted a job with the Grosse Pointe Public School System and taught at Poupard Elementary School for the next 34 years. She earned her Master of Arts degree in teaching from Oakland University in 1976.
Her family said Ms. Grandia was admired and loved by students, parents and colleagues.
Ms. Grandia was a member of the Alpha Mu chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, a sorority for teachers. She received the chapter’s Woman of Distinction Award in 1993.
Throughout her life, she enjoyed sharing time with family and friends, travel, bridge, golf, reading, dining out and much more. She had the remarkable ability of always seeing the glass half full.
Ms. Grandia is survived by her brother, Murl (the late Jane) Grandia and sister, Marilee (Doward) Sjaardema. She will be missed by numerous nieces and nephews and many friends who will remember her caring, generous spirit.
She was predeceased by her parents and her dearest friend of 50 years, Carolyn (Carnee) Nelson.
A funeral service was held June 10 at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church in Grosse Pointe Farms, where she served as both an elder and a deacon during the 43 years she was a member.
Donations may be made to the music ministry of Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236 or to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Died: Tuesday, June 08, 2010 Caroline Elaine Leto
Longtime Grosse Pointe Park resident Caroline Leto died Tuesday, June 8, 2010, at her home surrounded by family and close friends.
Mrs. Leto is survived by her children, Patricia Cote, Elizabeth (John) Harrington, Peter (Julie) and Joseph (Paula); grandchildren, Laura, Nichole, Jay, Peter, Lauren, Maresa, Nick and Henry and great-grandchildren, Makenzie, Kendall and Phoebe.
She was predeceased by her loving husband, Nicholas J. Leto.
A funeral Mass was celebrated June 10 at St. Clare of Montefalco Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Park.
Memorial donations may be made to Beaumont Hospice, 1200 Stephenson Highway, Troy, MI 48083.