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Anne Blake

Anne Blake

Died: Saturday, April 10, 2010
Age: 94
Grosse Pointe Park resident Anne Blake, 94, died Saturday, April 10, 2010.

She was born in Port Huron to Gertrude and Francis Brogan and graduated from Marygrove College in 1937.

Mrs. Blake’s greatest love was her husband, John. They were blessed with almost 60 years of marriage and seven children.

Mrs. Blake enjoyed classical music, opera and summers with her family at a lake cottage in Canada. She and her husband traveled extensively through Europe and North America. Another great interest was reading, particularly books that supported her deep faith in God.

Mrs. Blake is survived by her children, John (Jan), Bill (Ann), Pat (Laura), Francis (Joan), Christopher (Anne) and Elizabeth (Jack Opie); daughter-in-law, Donna; grandchildren, John, Brian, Geoff, Joshua, Fran, Patrick, Andrew, Tim, Bill, Peter, Sarah, Maggie and Lilly Blake, Beth Taylor, Patty Ilitch, Annie Peoples, Renee Howell, Julia Opie, Kate Messacar, Christine Zientek and Mary Donoghue and 22 great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by John, and her son, Tim.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 15, at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 15020 Hampton, Grosse Pointe Park.

Memorial donations may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 E. Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, MI 49221 or St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 15020 Hampton St., Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230.

Barbara Near

Barbara Near

Died: Monday, April 05, 2010
Age: 79
Barbara Near passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness Monday, April 5, 2010, at Sunrise on Vernier.

She was born Sept. 4, 1930, to William Roy and Mary Ida Lydia Cecile Stafford. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Wayne State University, a master’s degree in education from the University of Detroit and a master’s degree in psychology from WSU.

Mrs. Near began her teaching career in 1964 in the East Detroit Public Schools, continued on in the Grosse Pointe Public School System at Brownell Middle School and concluded her career at Parcells Middle School, retiring in 1993.

She was a member of the Center for Jung Studies of Detroit, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Southern Poverty Law Center. Mrs. Near volunteered for Crossroads at the St. Paul Cathedral’s Social Service Unit in Detroit.

Mrs. Near was widowed at an early age when her husband, Donald, died unexpectedly in his late 40s. She was proud of her children, Kenneth (Karen L.) Near, Karen A. Near and Gregory (Helen) Near. She adored her grandson, Martin and granddaughter, Lydia. She loved her great-grandchildren, Emma and Ruth. She also is survived by her brother, Douglas Stafford and many loving nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by her brother, Thomas Stafford.

A funeral service was held April 9 at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Grosse Pointe Woods. Mrs. Near will be interred next to her husband at Cadillac Memorial Gardens East Cemetery in Clinton Township.

Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 20300 Civic Center Drive, Suite 100, Southfield, MI 48076.

Sally Zimmer

Sally Zimmer

Died: Monday, April 05, 2010
Age: 68
Sarah Kay Olert “Sally” Zimmer, 68, died Monday, April 5, 2010.

She was born May 25, 1939, in Cincinnati, Ohio to Frederick Olert, a prominent Presbyterian minister and his wife, Sarah.

She attended Wooster College in Wooster, Ohio, and during a summer vacation at beautiful Walloon Lake, met her husband-to-be, John Wenzel Zimmer. The couple’s first date was by boat, a vintage Chris-Craft.

After marrying in 1960, the couple spent summers together at Walloon, a tradition their children and grandchildren are continuing.

Mrs. Zimmer and her husband raised two children, first in Lake Bluff and Lake Forest, Ill., then in Grosse Pointe and Albuquerque, N. M.

Over the years, Mrs. Zimmer put her heart into an array of causes, including the Presbyterian church. She was active in Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, serving in a number of capacities including deacon, elder and usher. She also was involved with the League of Women Voters and a variety of community and civic jobs.

She worked at the Ferry Hall School and Lake Forest Academy in Lake Forest, and was an active member of First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest. She also was an administrator at Clark Retirement Community in Grand Rapids, a position she held 15 years before retiring in 2007 and moving back to Lake Forest, a place where she had close friends and a long history.

As well as being hard-working, family-focused, and devoted to her faith, she modeled professionally, was an excellent golfer and bridge player, and was a gracious and fun-loving hostess and friend.

Mrs. Zimmer is survived by her son, David Christian, his wife, Jane and their daughters, Lucile Jane and Gabrielle Christine of Wauconda, Ill.; daughter Sarah Lucile, her husband, Jim Sleeper of Solana Beach, Calif.; sisters, Mary (Joseph) Boyd of Nashville, Tenn., Grace Dailey of Marietta, Ga. and Susan Dowell of Pensacola, Fla.; brother, Frederick (Carol) Olert of Grand Rapids, and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents and her husband.

A memorial service was held April 10 in Lake Forest, Ill.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society at cancer.org or by calling (800) 227-2345.

Eleanor Hammond Hogan

Died: Saturday, April 03, 2010
Age: 81
Eleanor Hammond Hogan, 81, of Grosse Pointe Farms, died Saturday, April 3, 2010.

Ms. Hogan was born Oct. 13, 1928, in Detroit, the daughter of Francis Delmont and Ethyl Hammond Hogan.

She was a graduate of St. Charles Borromeo High School in Detroit and was employed by J. L. Hudson Co. and Macy’s as a buyer for jewelry/merchandising.

Ms. Hogan is survived by her sister, Nancy Ann Hogan; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents and sisters, Betty Seymour, Mary Kramer and Geraldine Gitzen.

Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 8, with prayers at 7 p.m. at Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home, 16300 Mack, Grosse Pointe Park. Visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. until the time of Mass at noon Friday, April 9, at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, N.Y. 10018. Light a candle and share a memory at verheyden.org.

Diane English

Died: Saturday, April 03, 2010
Age: 80
Grosse Pointe Park resident Diane English, 80, died Saturday, April 3, 2010, at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit.

She was born Feb. 16, 1930, in Fargo, N.D. to Vina Beals and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Vermont. She was an elementary school teacher in Berkeley, Calif. as well as a homemaker and mother.

Mrs. English enjoyed beautiful gardens, watching the birds in her backyard and the company of her cat, Bandit.

She was a member of the Girls Scouts of Metro Detroit.

Mrs. English is survived by her daughters, Lynda (Anthony) Altovilla and Cheryl; grandchildren, Anthony S. and Richard Altovilla and sisters, Barbara Beals and Nancy Wolfe.

She was predeceased by her husband, Edwin.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at Christ Church Grosse Pointe, 61 Grosse Pointe Blvd., Grosse Pointe Farms.

Memorial donations may be made to the DeHaven Endowment for Music Fund, Christ Church Grosse Pointe, 61 Grosse Pointe Blvd., Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.

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Arleen R. Gieseking

Arleen R. Gieseking

Died: Friday, April 02, 2010
Age: 83
Former Grosse Pointe Park resident Arleen R. Gieseking, 83, died Friday, April 2, 2010, at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit. She had been living in St. Clair Shores.

She was born in Detroit to Arthur and Hulda Staschke and graduated from Southeastern High School in 1943.

Mrs. Gieseking was a supportive and loving wife and mother who took great pride in caring for her family and volunteering in the community. She was an avid bowler and enjoyed singing in her church choir.

She was a member of the Detroit chapter of the Valparaiso University Guild and Historic Trinity Lutheran Church.

Mrs. Gieseking is survived by her sons, John (Cher) and Mark (Rebecca); daughters, Cynthia (Mark) Windecker, Judy (Joe) Wright and Patty (Peter) Groezinger and grandchildren, Jonathan Gieseking, Nick Galac, Colin Windecker, Harrison Galac, Alex Windecker, Brett Windecker, Madison Groezinger, Courtney Gieseking, Amber Gieseking, Jessica Gieseking and Markie Gieseking. She also is survived by her brothers, Marlyn (Jan) Staschke and Orville (Joyce) Staschke.

A funeral service was held April 6 at Historic Trinity Lutheran Church in Detroit. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit.

Donations may be made to Historic Trinity Lutheran Church, 1345 Gratiot, Detroit, MI 48207 or the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, D.C. 20090

Harriet Jane Krieger

Died: Friday, April 02, 2010
Age: 93
Harriet Jane Krieger, 93, died Friday, April 2, 2010 at Bortz Hospice.

Mrs. Krieger was born July 24, 1916 in Traverse City, the daughter of Maxamillian and Francis Kalenski.

She was a homemaker and businesswoman, operating rental properties in St. Clair Shores. Mrs. Krieger loved playing bridge and was a member of the Grosse Pointe Farms Book Club and St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church.

She is survived by her daughter, Jan (Bill) Stephenson and son, Jim Krieger. She was predeceased by her parents and her husband, Howard J. Krieger.

Private services were held. Interment is in the St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church columbarium.

Robert W. Olson

Robert W. Olson

Died: Thursday, April 01, 2010
Age: 69
Robert W. Olson, 69, passed away, Thursday, April 1, 2010, at Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe.

He was born Feb. 19, 1941 to Warren and Janet (nee King) Olson and attended Shattuck St. Mary’s Prep School in Faribault, Minn. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Bowdoin University in 1959.

During the 1960s, he served in the U.S. Army and Army Reserves. On Sept. 9, 1967, he married Marilyn Schwartz at Faith Lutheran Church in Detroit.

Mr. Olson owned Schwartz Boring Co., Schwartz Precision Gear and Conner Engineering.

He enjoyed skiing, playing tennis, golfing and traveling and was an active member and usher at St. James Lutheran Church in Grosse Pointe Farms. He was a member of the U of M Club of Greater Detroit and the Western Golf and Country Club. He enjoyed spending time with his family at their summer home in Canada.

Mr. Olson is survived by Marilyn, his wife of 42 years; daughters, Joan (Kim) Fisher and Katherine (Matthew) Czerkis; granddaughter, Emerson Fisher and his brother, Charles (Joan).

A memorial service will be held at a future date at St. James Lutheran Church, 170 McMillan, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Donations may be made to the church’s building fund at stjamesgpf.org, the American Cancer Society, 20450 Civic Center Drive, Southfield, MI 48076 or the charity of the donor’s choice.

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

Nancy Smith Tisdale

Died: Thursday, April 01, 2010
Age: 91
Nancy Smith Tisdale, 91, died Thursday, April 1, 2010, at Sunrise on Vernier in Grosse Pointe Woods. She resided in the City of Grosse Pointe before living at Sunrise.

She was born March 6,1919, in Roslin Farms, Pa. to Albert and Ella Weiss Smith and graduated Columbia High School in South Orange, N.J.

She was self-employed both as a seamstress and formed a business called Party Makers, was an excellent bridge player for recreation, loved her crossword puzzles and walked every day.

Mrs. Tisdale is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Greg and Kathy Tisdale; nieces Margaret C. Gesell and Diane Chappel; nephew, John Campbell and step-grandchildren, Dax and Brody Dawson. She was predeceased by her beloved son Frank Barret Tisdale and grandson Jay Forest Tisdale. She will be missed by her dog, Madison.

Arrangements were handled by Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home Inc., Grosse Pointe Park.

Michael M. Carey III

Died: Thursday, April 01, 2010
Age: 80
Michael M. Carey III, of Grosse Pointe and Harbor Springs, died Thursday, April 1, 2010. He was 80. 

Known as Mike to all who encountered him, he was a lifelong golfer, an avid bridge player and a seasoned amateur pilot. 

Mr. Carey was a 1948 graduate of Cranbrook School and a 1952 graduate of Princeton University. After college and a brief stint in the Army, he returned to the Detroit area where he spent most of his career at Time Magazine selling ads to the automotive industry. He worked at Time for more than 20 years, retiring in the mid-1980s. 

Mr. Carey was famous among his many friends, “pals,” as he called them, for his turkey hash, without which no Thanksgiving was complete, and his putting stroke. He was for a time one of the best putters in the world, or so he would claim and to which his many playing opponents could attest. Mr. Carey was always ready with a story and advice, whether requested or not. 

He was a member of Bloomfield Hills Country Club, The Little Club, Wequetonsing Golf Club in Harbor Springs and Little Traverse Yacht Club. 

Mr. Carey is survived by his wife, Cheryl; sons, Michael IV, Patrick, Timothy and Christopher Carey; stepsons, Howard and Jeffrey Buhl and 11 grandchildren. He was formerly married to Barbara DeClerk. 

At Mr. Carey’s request, there will be no funeral service. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 18, at St. Hugo of the Hills Church, 2215 Opdyke Road, Bloomfield Hills.
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