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L. James Manor Jr.

L. James Manor Jr.

Died: Thursday, July 15, 2010
Age: 84
Grosse Pointe Woods resident L. James Manor Jr., 84, died Thursday, July 15, 2010, at ShorePointe Nursing Center in St. Clair Shores.

He was born Aug. 26, 1925, in Detroit to Mary and Lawrence James Manor Sr., the sixth of 10 children, and graduated from St. Rose High School in Detroit.

Mr. Manor was a seaman 1st class in the United States Navy during World War II. He served on the USS Kiersage and USS Mission Bay. He was an aviation machinist 1st class and served as a gunner and mechanic on a Grumman torpedo bomber aircraft. He had a land and sea, multi-engine Airline Transport Rating.

Mr. Manor was a commercial pilot for Richwing Corp., Bower Roller Bearing Co., now Federal Mogul, Long Transportation and the E.F. MacDonald Co. He started his own company, Enterprise Equipment Co., in 1966 dealing in heat treating equipment.

He was a Third and Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, a member of American Legion Post 0086 and a member of the Elks Detroit Lodge. He also belonged to two pilot organizations, the Quiet Birdmen and OX5 Aviation Pioneers.

Mr. Manor is survived by his wife, Kathleen; daughters, Mary Ellen (Fred) Haas and Margaret Manor; son, Timothy (Kim) Manor; grandchildren, Lauren, Bridgette, Jennifer, Lawrence James and Raymond and sister, Mary Grobbel.

A funeral Mass was celebrated July 19 at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Woods.

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

Pfc. Derek Ryan Capulong

Pfc. Derek Ryan Capulong

Died: Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Age: 18
Private First Class Derek Ryan Capulong, United States Marine Corps, 18, died Tuesday, July 13, 2010. He was born July 20, 1991, in Detroit and was a resident of Grosse Pointe Woods.

He enjoyed fishing and sports, especially BMX biking and loved spending time with his family and friends.

Pfc. Capulong is survived by his loving mother, Tammy Coccia; grandparents, Zenaida and Wilfredo Capulong; sisters, Jessica Marie Capulong and Rosa Coccia and many loving aunts, uncles, relatives and friends.

He was predeceased by his father, Winston Capulong.

Visitation will be held 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 22, and 1 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 23, at Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home, 16300 Mack, Grosse Pointe Park. Prayers will be at 6 p.m. Friday.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 24, at St. Clare of Montefalco Catholic Church, 1401 Whittier Road, Grosse Pointe Park. The body will lie in state at the church beginning at 9:30 a.m.

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Justina Springer Theokas

Justina Springer Theokas

Died: Sunday, July 11, 2010
Age: 64
Grosse Pointe Park resident Justina Springer Theokas, 64, died Sunday, July 11, 2010.

She was raised in Traverse City and graduated from Traverse City Central High School in 1964. She attended Sorbonne University in Paris, France and earned a degree in French from Michigan State University in 1968.

Mrs. Theokas held a second level certification from the Iyengar Yoga Institute. She was a yoga instructor at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial, St. John Healing Arts Center and various yoga studios in Grosse Pointe.

She deeply enjoyed yoga, reiki, reading and spending time with close friends and family. She was fond of taking daily walks with her husband, Gregory, and passionately lived her life until the very end.

Mrs. Theokas is survived by her husband, Gregory; daughters, Athanasia Theokas and Patricia Theokas and sisters, Mary Springer and Victoria Springer.

She was predeceased by her parents, Gertrude and Morgan Springer.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 15, at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 15020 Hampton St., Grosse Pointe Park.

Donations may be made to Valade Healing Arts Center c/o St. John Health Foundation, P.O. Box 673271, Detroit MI 48267-3271 or St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 15020 Hampton St., Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230.

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Ellie M. Meek

Ellie M. Meek

Died: Sunday, July 11, 2010
Age: 94
Ellie M. Meek, 94, died Sunday, July 11, 2010.

She was the loving wife of the late Kenneth N. Meek Sr. and dear mother of Kenneth N. Jr. (Kathy), Thomas (Loretta) and the late Nancy. She was the proud grandmother of Kevin (Laura), Tim (Kathy), Andy, Rob and Jenny; great-grandmother of Joshua, Jacob, John and Rachel and the dearest sister of Joseph Ducastel, Robert Ducastel, Maurice Ducastel and Bernice Wenzel.

Mrs. Meek’s family and friends were her hobby.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 15, at Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home, 16300 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Park. Funeral services will be private.

Memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army chapter of the donor’s choice or to St. Michael Episcopal Church, 20475 Sunningdale Park, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236.

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Adell Andry Stover

Adell Andry Stover

Died: Sunday, July 11, 2010
Age: 89
Grosse Pointe Farms resident Adell Andry Stover, 89, died Sunday, July 11, 2010, at St. John Macomb Hospital in Warren.

A first generation American of Lebanese descent, she was born April 19, 1921, in San Antonio, Texas, to Neimann and Afifie Andry. After receiving an associate’s degree in business, she joined the Women’s Motor Corps of Texas and the Office of Postal Censorship.

In her early 30s, Mrs. Stover left Texas and came north to “visit” Lebanese relatives in Detroit. She was immediately welcomed and became part of the Leesha Andary family and acquired eight more “brothers and sisters.” She also acquired the nickname, “Tex.”

She began working at Parisian Bridal Salon and soon became manager. She met Gene Stover who worked in the building next door. They married January 1953 and had two children shortly thereafter.

In 1960, the couple opened Gene’s Club Party Store, moved to Grosse Pointe Farms and became active members of St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church.

Mrs. Stover also began a career in real estate. After working with several smaller companies, she joined Coldwell Banker/Schweitzer Realty and was a multi-million dollar producer for more than 20 years.

According to her family, Mrs. Stover was known for having a great sense of humor and being a loyal friend to many. She enjoyed hosting parties at the historic cabin next to her home in Grosse Pointe Farms. Her family is grateful for her cherished, longtime friendship with Gerald Smale.

Mrs. Stover was a loving wife, devoted mother and cherished grandmother. She loved to play, laugh and shop with her two granddaughters. She was devoted to the Blessed Virgin and her Catholic faith.

Mrs. Stover is survived by Linville “Gene” Stover, her husband of 57 years; daughter, Lindell (Robert) Stover Blaich; granddaughters, Megan and Bonnie Blaich, and her sister, Margaret Karam of San Antonio.

She was predeceased by her son, William Stover; parents; brothers, Peter, Paul, Albert, Joseph and John; and sisters, Mary and Anna.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 31, at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms. Visitation begins at 9:30 a.m. at the church.

John Joseph Sullivan

John Joseph Sullivan

Died: Saturday, July 10, 2010
Age: 96
John Joseph “Jack” Sullivan passed away on Saturday, July 10, 2010, at his home in Grosse Pointe Shores surrounded by his loving family.

He was born June 20, 1914, in Detroit to Daniel and Rose Sullivan. After receiving his education at Walsh College, he was as accountant for Uniroyal Inc. for 35 years.

He and his wife, Kathryn Marie, were married in 1938 and had four children.

He was inventive, dedicated and entrepreneurial — having co-owned an independent plumbing supply company for more than 10 years. He was blessed with a long life and a keen and inquisitive mind. Right up until his death, he actively followed politics, sports, the stock market and current world events. He was an avid card player, enjoyed world travel and could fix or build almost anything. He was a devoted friend and family man who his family says will be truly missed, but never forgotten. 

Mr. Sullivan is survived by his children, Kathryn Simonelli, Thomas (Judi) Sullivan, Michael (Diane) Sullivan, daughter-in-law Jill Sullivan, and his beloved sister, Rosemary Czubinski.

In addition, he is survived by grandchildren, Ann Marie, Kathleen, and Matthew Simonelli, John, Mark, Peter, Jennifer, Michael, Thomas and Shannon Sullivan and Steven, Jason, and Brian Cieslinski.

He also is survived by his dear nephew, John Bishoping; 12 great-grandchildren and many special nieces and nephews, as well as longtime friend, Caroline Fisher.

Mr. Sullivan was predeceased by his son, John Joseph II, just two weeks before his own passing; his wife, Kathryn, in 2004 after 65 years of marriage; his brothers, Daniel and Robert Sullivan and companion, Monica Evanoff.

A funeral Mass was celebrated July 14 at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Woods. 

Memorial donations may be made to Beaumont Foundation, P.O. Box 5802, Troy, MI 48007 to the attention of the Nephrology Department in honor of John J. Sullivan II.

Ann Puthuff

Died: Saturday, July 10, 2010
Age: 73
Former Grosse Pointe Woods resident Ann Puthuff, 73, of Fort Myers, Fla. passed away Saturday, July 10, 2010.

She was born Dec. 4, 1936, in Brantford, Ontario, Canada, and moved to Fort Myers from Grosse Pointe in 1988. She was a member of Parkway Baptist Church in Fort Myers and Fiddlesticks Country Club.

She was a former member of the Country Club of Detroit.

Mrs. Puthuff is survived by her husband of 45 years, Edgar R. Puthuff; her children, Peggy Benstine of Lehigh Acres, Fla. and Jennifer Scholten of Davenport, Fla.; her sister, Lynn Blackmore of Markham, Ontario and grandchildren, Rebecca VanDenstorm, Robert Benstine and Jack Scholten.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 15, at Highlands Funeral Home in Louisville, Ky. with burial following the service in Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville.

Margaret J. Sexton

Margaret J. Sexton

Died: Thursday, July 08, 2010
Age: 70
Margaret J. “Peggy” Sexton, 70, of Greeneville, Tenn., died Thursday, July 8, 2010, at her home.

Mrs. Sexton taught at Greystone Elementary School in Greene County and worked at Holmes Shoes in Greeneville for many years.

She is survived by her husband, Don Sexton; son and daughter-in-law, Andrew and Joye Sexton of Knoxville, Tenn.; daughter and son-in-law, Allison and Cory Snyder, also of Knoxville; grandchildren, Emily Sexton, Zelan Sexton, Maya Sexton and Tatum Snyder; step-sister, Jayne Haynes and special friends, Norma Mitchell and Laura Suddath.

She was predeceased by her parents, Maurice and Majel Roberts.

A funeral service was held July 11 in Tennessee.

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Eddye Vinelle Rice

Eddye Vinelle Rice

Died: Wednesday, July 07, 2010
Age: 90
Grosse Pointe Woods resident Eddye Vinelle Rice, 90, died Wednesday, July 7, 2010 at Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe.

She was born Dec. 27, 1919, in Paducah, Ky., to Walter and Mary Williams Clark. She graduated in 1946 from Wayne State University and belonged to Alpha Sigma Tau sorority. She was a director at Cannon Recreation Center in Detroit then taught at Pleasantview Elementary School in the East Detroit Public Schools.

Known as Vinelle to family and friends, Mrs. Rice enjoyed playing tennis, traveling, playing cards and being with family. During her golden years, she wintered in Florida and liked spending time with her friends at Services for Older Citizens.

Mrs. Rice is survived by her son, Jon C. (Denyse) Rice; grandchildren, Russell (Christine) Rice and Jane R. (Todd) Hook; great-grandchildren Jack, Kyle and Luke Hook and Keeley Rice.

She also is survived by her sister, Margaret Wise.

She was predeceased by her husband, John R. Rice and sister, Sue Veach.

Funeral services were held July 11.

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

Robert C. Gall Jr.

Died: Wednesday, July 07, 2010
Age: 81
Grosse Pointe Farms resident Robert C. Gall Jr., 81, died Wednesday, July 7, 2010.

He was born Jan. 9, 1929, in St. Paul, Minn. His family soon moved to the Detroit area where he graduated from Grosse Pointe High School in 1947. He graduated from Michigan State University in 1952 with a degree in communications.

Mr. Gall served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was deployed to Germany and worked in the Counter Intelligence Corps processing passports. He was later in the Army Reserves until his commitment ended in 1957. 

In 1961, he married Judith Harger at Christ Church, Grosse Pointe. They were married for 48 years.

Mr. Gall had been employed at Parke-Davis in traffic management supervising the import and export of pharmaceuticals. Later he worked for Standard Products as a project manager for the production of plastic automotive parts and injection moldings.

He retired in 1991, but couldn’t give up his vocation. He was actively involved in a start-up venture, Landex Trading Company.

Mr. Gall is survived by his wife, Judy; two sons, Robert C. Gall III and Mark H. (Gina) Gall, both of California, and five grandchildren, Robert C. IV, Ashley, Elizabeth, Kathryn and Andrew. 

A memorial service was held Sunday, July 11, at Christ Church Grosse Pointe, 61 Grosse Pointe Blvd., Grosse Pointe Farms. 

Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart/Stroke Association, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674.
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