Died: Thursday, November 25, 2010 Leona A. Bryce
Former longtime Grosse Pointe Woods resident Leona A. Bryce, nee Macey, 75, died Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010.
She was born Sept. 19, 1935, in Buffalo, N.Y., but lived most of her life in Grosse Pointe. She graduated from Grosse Pointe High School in 1953 and attended the University of Michigan and Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis.
She married Richard H. Bryce May 30, 1955, at Transfiguration Church in Detroit and made their home in Grosse Pointe Woods. Mrs. Bryce managed her husband’s orthodontic practice for more than 25 years. After retirement in 1993, the couple moved to Sarasota, Fla.
Mrs. Bryce was a member of the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, Gowanie Golf Club and Misty Creek Golf Club. She was a past president of the Grosse Pointe Woods Beautification Committee, a member of the board of directors at Our Lady Star of the Sea High School and a member of the board of directors of Sunrise Cove Condominium Association on Siesta Key, Fla.
Mrs. Bryce is survived by her loving husband, Richard; children, Richard (Debbie) Bryce, Pattie (Robert) Scarfone, Cyndi (Gregory) Gregg, David (Julie) Bryce and Mary E. Bryce and 15 grandchildren. She also is survived by her loving brother, the Rev. Richard C. Macey.
Visitation will be held 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 17, at Our Lady of the Woods Church, 21892 Gudith, Woodhaven, immediately followed by a funeral Mass celebrated by Mrs. Bryce’s brother, Rev. Macey.
Died: Tuesday, November 23, 2010 Anne Theresa Ditmars
Anne Theresa Ditmars, 75, died Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010. She faced her recent battle with ovarian cancer as she lived her life — with strength, optimism and dignity.
The daughter of Anne Marie and James Pratt Marr M.D., she grew up in Manhattan and enjoyed spending summers with her family in rural Sheffield, Pa. She graduated from The Spence School in Manhattan and Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts. She returned to New York City where she earned a registered nursing degree from Cornell University. It was there she met her husband, Don, who was attending medical school.
Mrs. Ditmars was a caring and thoughtful person, and enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, and taking long walks and hikes with her husband and their dog, Max.
She liked to learn and travel and was an active participant at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, where she enjoyed attending worship and classes, and volunteering in almost every aspect of church life. She loved tennis for friendly competition, but also to connect with friends before and after the games.
Mrs. Ditmars devoted her life to her children and was an unwavering source of encouragement, support and love in their lives. Her family said she touched the lives of many people and is missed.
Mrs. Ditmars is survived by her husband, Donald M. Ditmars Jr., M.D.; children, Don Ditmars, Kristin Ditmars and Ryndy Ditmars; grandchildren, Michelle, Kelly and Lindsay Ditmars, Courtney, Danielle and Christina Nestor and Ana and Nicholas Pranger and her brother, John S. Marr of Virginia.
A funeral service was held Nov. 27 at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church.
Donations may be made to Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.
Died: Tuesday, November 23, 2010 Leo Kulka Jr.
Former Grosse Pointe resident Leo “Bud” Kulka Jr., 84, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010 in Ann Arbor.
Born April 1, 1926, he graduated from De La Salle Collegiate High School in 1944 and immediately joined the Merchant Marines. At the conclusion of his duty, he attended the University of Michigan graduating in 1949.
His family said Mr. Kulka’s professional career mirrored the evolution of the computer industry. He began with IBM in the early years of computer development and spent the majority of his career with Chrysler Corp. as a computer executive. His final working years were spent working side-by-side with his son, Harv, and daughter, Justine, at Computer Methods Corp.
After raising his family in Grosse Pointe, Mr. Kulka and his wife retired to Ann Arbor. On Saturday afternoons in the fall, Mr. Kulka could often be found wearing his “M” hat singing “Hail to the Victors.”
Mr. Kulka is survived by Justine Olson Kulka, his wife of 60 years; sons, Terry (Patricia), Bob (Susan), Ed (Sally), Harvey (Julie) and John (Christine); grandchildren, Michael (Kristina) Kulka, Matthew (Jessica) Kulka, Emily (Rob) Hann, Mark (Tammy) Kulka, Phoebe Kulka, Kelly (Kyle) Kidder, Emmet Kulka and Helen Kulka and great-grandchildren, Natalie Kulka, Isaac Hann, Anthony Kulka, Caleb Hann, Brandon Kulka and Nolan Kidder.
He also is survived by his sister, Jean Posselius and cousin, Margaret Eitel.
Mr. Kulka was predeceased by his daughter, Justine Clarkin, who passed away in June.
He also leaves behind his springer spaniel, Toby, but is reunited with his previous dogs, Joe and Ginger.
A memorial service was held Dec. 1 at St. Mary’s Student Parish in Ann Arbor.
Donations may be made to Arbor Hospice, 2366 Oak Valley Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48103 or the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 100 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.
Died: Thursday, November 18, 2010 Hurst E. Wulf
Grosse Pointe Woods resident Hurst E. Wulf, 92, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010, at home under hospice care.
He was born April 18, 1918, in Detroit to William and Marguerite Wulf. In 1941 he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Lawrence Technological University, graduating summa cum laude. He also did graduate work in mathematics and industrial engineering at Wayne State University.
Mr. Wulf began his professional career as a plant engineer for Chrysler Corp., designing gears and fixtures. In 1946, he was named associate professor of mathematics and mechanical engineering at Lawrence Institute of Technology and taught in their evening program for more than 14 years. He was a much-appreciated volunteer at Lawrence Tech for more than 65 years.
Mr. Wulf remained active in engineering at a time when many of his generation had retired, working until age 90. He held six patents in hydraulic and pneumatic innovations. His hydraulic system was used to lift a major portion of the Zilwaukee Bridge after it collapsed during construction in 1982.
Mr. Wulf loved spending time in and on the water swimming, sailing and boating. He was a life-long member of the Detroit Yacht Club.
He enjoyed attending the weekly Ecumenical Men’s Breakfast meetings at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church and was an active member of the Grosse Pointe Senior Men’s Club.
He was a member of the Engineering Society of Detroit, the Michigan Society of Professional Engineers, the Fluid Power Society and Tau Beta Phi.
Mr. Wulf is survived by his wife, Lorraine; brothers-in-law, Richard (Marlene) Ashare and Raymond Ashare M.D.; sister-in-law, Eve (Al) Jamra and many nieces and nephews.
A funeral service was held Nov. 25.
Donations may be made to St. John Hospice Health Foundation, P.O. Box 673271, Detroit, MI 48267-3271.
Died: Monday, November 15, 2010 Margaret Mitchell Boyer
Former Grosse Pointe Farms resident Margaret “Peg” Mitchell Boyer, 90, passed away peacefully Monday, Nov. 15, 2010, at her home in St. Clair.
She was born Jan. 2, 1920, in Columbus, Ohio, to Randall and Dorothy (nee Scott) Mitchell. The second of three daughters, she graduated from Columbus School for Girls and her family then moved to Michigan.
In 1937 she graduated from Grosse Pointe High School and it was then she met Frank, the love of her life. They were married Nov. 23, 1940, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Detroit.
Mrs. Boyer was an active member, volunteer and past president of The Junior League and Sigma Gamma Association. Although her family came first, volunteer work was a large part of her life.
She was a published poet, supportive of many nonprofit organizations and an avid bridge player. Through her many activities, she formed life-long friendships.
For more than 55 years, her family has gathered for summers on Russell Island, a wonderful tradition initiated by both Mrs. Boyer and her husband and carried on by her children.
Her family said Mrs. Boyer was a dedicated wife and mother, always thoughtful and supportive of all of her family’s needs. They appreciate the many sacrifices she made for them.
Mrs. Boyer is survived by her devoted children, Frank (Sandy), David (Pat), Mimi Boyer Dossin, Doug (Kathy), Marty and Mike (Judy); 17 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; her sister, Elizabeth (Bixie) Mitchell Baker; three nephews and two nieces.
Mrs. Boyer was predeceased by her loving husband of 50 years, Francis “Frank” Palms Boyer; her mother, Dorothy Scott Mitchell and her sister, Jane Scott Mitchell.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, at St. Mary Catholic Church in St. Clair. Visitation begins at 9:30 a.m. at the church.
Donations may be made to Sigma Gamma, 28 Oldebrooke Lane, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236 or to Christ Church of Longboat Key, P.O. Box 10185, Longboat Key, FL 34228.
Died: Saturday, November 13, 2010 Robert Grosscup
Robert Grosscup, 90, died Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010.
He is survived by his loving wife, M. Armittie; children, Robert L. Grosscup II and Cynthia Hertel; grandchildren, Jeffrey, Heather, Heidi, Jason, Katie, Jillian and Mark and great-grandchildren, Dustin, Olivia, Jeremy, Kayla, Andrew and Amanda.
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Died: Saturday, November 13, 2010 Robert Paul Hurley
Former Grosse Pointe resident Robert Paul Hurley, 86, died Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010, in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. He was an advertising executive and horseman.
Born in Grosse Pointe, Mr. Hurley attended the University of Michigan and graduated from the University of Detroit. He served as a 1st lieutenant in the U.S. Army, serving in the European Theatre of Operations during World War II. Returning 40 years later, he produced a film “D-Day + 40, A Candid View,” retracing his steps from Normandy to Berlin.
He spent his advertising career in Detroit and Cleveland. Prior to founding his own agency, Creative Communications Ink, in Cleveland, he was advertising manager of Ford Motor International and an executive at Maxon Advertising Inc. in Detroit.
Mr. Hurley was instrumental in the reopening of Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. in 1968, 103 years after Abraham Lincoln’s assassination.
He was an avid horseman and was a member of the Chagrin Valley Hunt, the Chagrin Valley Trails and Riding Club and the Hillbrook Club.
Mr. Hurley is survived by his daughters, Kathleen (George) Wierdsma and Sally (Stephen) Koepke; sons, Robert (Heather Wicke) Hurley and Patrick Hurley; five grandchildren and sisters, Mary Lou Moser and Suzanne (Edward) Kane.
He was predeceased by his brother, William.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated Dec. 3 in Ohio. A Liturgy of the Word service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 6, at St. Paul on the Lake, 157 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms. Visitation begins at 9:15 a.m. in the church’s gathering space.
Interment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Detroit.
Died: Saturday, November 13, 2010
City of Grosse Pointe resident Margaret Louise Collins, 85, died Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010.
She was born Oct. 18, 1925, in Detroit to Charles and Elizabeth Truhn and graduated from Northeastern High School. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Wayne State University.
Mrs. Collins was an avid sailor and belonged to the Crescent Sail Yacht Club.
She enjoyed needlework, was an accomplished watercolorist, avid reader with extensive literary interests and a championship tennis player. She volunteered with the American Red Cross.
She also belonged to the Children of Mary.
Mrs. Collins is survived by her daughters, Jean C. Baumgarten and Mary J. Buchler and grandchildren, Kurt W. Baumgarten and Chelsea E. Baumgarten.
She was predeceased by her parents and her son, Peter J. Collins.
Donations may be made to the Michigan Humane Society, 30300 Telegraph Road, Suite 220, Bingham Farms, MI 48025 or St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.
Died: Friday, November 12, 2010 Marie L. Gould
Former Grosse Pointe Woods resident Marie L. Gould, 86, died Friday, Nov. 12, 2010.
She was the beloved wife of the late Robert D. Gould; dear mother of Cynthia (Patrick) Haley, Marcy (Bruce) Carlson and Loraine (Jon) Fishel and beloved grandmother of Marie (Timothy) Cox, Stephanie (Mark) Collins, Michele and Brian Carlson and Dana, Kevin and Erin Fishel. She was the dear great-grandmother, “GG,” of Olivia, Luke and Elise Collins and Jacob and Matthew Cox. She will be remembered fondly by many other family members and friends.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, at Hope Lutheran Church, 39200 West 12 Mile Road, Farmington Hills, MI 48331.
Donations may be made to a veteran’s organization of choice.
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Died: Friday, November 12, 2010 Janice Pinchak
Grosse Pointe Woods resident Janice Pinchak, 62, died Friday, Nov. 12, 2010 at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit.
She was born Oct. 3, 1948, in Detroit to Joseph and Olga Ryba and earned a Bachelor of Arts in pharmacy from Wayne State University and a Master of Business Administration from Central Michigan University.
Mrs. Pinchak worked at St. John Hospital for 33 years; 28 as a pharmacist and most recently as an investigative review board member.
She enjoyed sewing and gardening and belonged to numerous sewing clubs. She loved her cats.
Mrs. Pinchak is survived by her husband, Paul Pinchak; sister, Barbara (Chester) Wisniewski and brothers, Robert (Kristina) Ryba and James (Lynn) Ryba.
She was predeceased by her parents.
A funeral service will be held at noon, Thursday, Nov. 18, at A.H. Peters Funeral Home, 20705 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Woods.
Donations may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 1421 East 12 Mile Road, Madison Heights, MI 48071.