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Linda S. O’Leary

Died: Thursday, November 26, 2009
Linda S. O’Leary passed away suddenly Thursday, Nov. 26, 2009 in Hinsdale, Ill. from complications arising from her long struggle with diabetes.

She was a 1964 graduate of St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. and received her Master of Business Administration from DePaul University in Chicago. She taught in the Detroit, Grosse Pointe, Mount Clemens and Chicago public school systems during her 40-year career in education.

Ms. O’Leary is survived by her children, Christine Lindemann of New York, N.Y., Todd Lindemann of Chelsea; Jaclyn Lindemann of Royal Oak and Kyle Lindemann of Grosse Pointe Park; siblings, Daniel (Kathy O’Leary of Utica, N.Y., Elaine E. (Frederic) Kotcher of St. Louis, Mo., Robert S. (Jacqueline) of Tallahassee, Fla and John M. “(Jack” (Adreinne) O’Leary of Cape Canaveral, Fla., as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents, Edwin D. and Mary H. O’Leary, formerly of Grosse Pointe Shores.

Funeral services were held Dec. 2 in Illinois.

Memorial donations may be made to the St. Louis Center (for children and adults with special needs), 16195 W. Old U.S. 12, Chelsea, MI 48118 or online at adolfservices.com.

Laura DeWees Wallace

Died: Thursday, November 26, 2009
Age: 99
Laura DeWees Wallace, 99, died Thursday, Nov. 26, 2009, at the Woodridge Nursing Home in Berlin, Vt. She had been living in Stowe, Vt.

Mrs. Wallace was born May 20, 1910, in Philadelphia to William and Laura (nee Barrett) DeWees. She received an associate degree from Palmer Business School and worked as a secretary for Budd Co. in Philadelphia. Later she worked for Grosse Pointe Florist.

Mrs. Wallace is survived by her sister-in-law, Marilyn DeWees of Stowe, Vt. and nephew, Rusty DeWees of Elmore, Vt.

She was predeceased by her husband Carson Wallace; sisters, Violet Mulligan and Ethel Meyer and her brothers, William and George DeWees.

Interment was at West Laurel Hills Cemetery in Philadelphia.

Arrangements were handled by White-Fiess Funeral Home in Morrisville, Vt.

Martin J. Carnaghi

Martin J. Carnaghi

Died: Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Age: 64
Former Grosse Pointe Park resident Martin J. Carnaghi, 64, died Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009, at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. He had lived in St. Clair Shores for the last year.

Mr. Carnaghi was born Aug. 5, 1945, in Detroit to Joseph and Ernestine Carnaghi. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Wayne State University in 1968. He also earned his Master of Education degree in 1986 and an Education Specialist degree in 1990, both from Wayne State.

Mr. Carnaghi was a mathematics teacher for 39 years. He taught 24 years at Martin Luther King Jr. Senior High School in Detroit. Prior to that, he taught at Central High School, Immaculata High School and Nativity Diocesan High School in Detroit, as well as Marian High School in Birmingham. He retired from the Detroit Public Schools and spent the last two years in the CORE program at Wayne State teaching mathematics to teachers.

Mr. Carnaghi received several honors during his teaching career including the Detroit Public Schools Outstanding Educator Award from 2001 through 2006. In 2003 he was one of six Sieman’s Award winners nationally in recognition of successfully teaching Advanced Placement calculus to underrepresented minority students. In 2001 he received the Coca Cola Scholars Foundation Joseph Whitehead Educator of Distinction Award.

Mr. Carnaghi was a Detroit Tigers fan and enjoyed painting, making jewelry and working in stained glass. He collected art glass and was an avid reader.

He was a member of Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church in Detroit for 64 years. He served as parish council president, as a member of the peace and justice committee and, for more than 30 years, as a minister of service.

Mr. Carnaghi is survived by his wife, Frances Pelham Carnaghi; children, Laura Frances Carnaghi and Justin Pelham Carnaghi; sisters, Frances (Joseph) Busacca, Annaliese (the late Louis) Lamberti, Marie (the late Charles) Spezia and Andrea (Mark) Liss; brothers, Ralph (Mary) Carnaghi and Jerome (Mary) Carnaghi.

He was predeceased by his parents.

Visitation will be held from 1 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, at Chas Verheyden Funeral Home, 16300 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Park. A prayer service will be at 7 p.m.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 6 p.m., Friday, Dec. 4, at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church, 5900 McClellan, Detroit. Visitation begins at 5 p.m. Interment will be in Elmwood Cemetery in Detroit.

Memorial donations may be made to the church at 5900 McClellan, Detroit, MI 48213 or the Martin Carnaghi Mathematics Scholarship at Martin Luther King Jr. Senior High School, 3200 E. Lafayette, Detroit, MI 48207.

Thomas C. DuFour

Thomas C. DuFour

Died: Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Age: 56
Grosse Pointe resident Thomas C. DuFour, 56, died Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009, in Detroit.

He was born Jan. 5, 1953, in Bay City to George A. and C. Maureen DuFour and graduated from Grosse Pointe South High School in 1971.

Mr. DuFour worked in management for Total Armored Car in Detroit for more than 20 years.

He was an avid sports fan and frequently attended Detroit Tigers, Lions and Red Wings games. He also played baseball, hockey, and football in his younger years and, more recently, golfed and bowled weekly.

At his funeral service, Mr. DuFour’s golfing friends gave him a “21-ball Salute” by simultaneously hitting golf balls into Lake St. Clair.

Mr. DuFour is survived by his wife, Terry Navarro; daughter, Jacqueline Rose DuFour; father, George A. and siblings, Penny (Martin) Bergeson, Mary (Brian) Morrow, Renee (Robert) Greening, Richard, Randy, Patrick, James and George. He also is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his mother, C. Maureen DuFour and brothers, Mark DuFour and Michael DuFour.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Nov. 28 at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Farms.

Joanna Garrett

Joanna Garrett

Died: Monday, November 23, 2009
Age: 69
Longtime Grosse Pointe Park resident Joanna Garrett, nee Jury, died Monday, Nov. 23, 2009.

She was born Aug. 4, 1940, in Jackson to Helen and Henry Jury and began her lifelong love of education at the University of Michigan where she earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English. She was president of her sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma, and was involved in many academic and social activities during her time in Ann Arbor. Following her graduation, she taught high school English in the Birmingham School district.

Joanna loved, supported and participated in the creative arts. She was a passionate reader and was co-founder of a book club which continues to meet. She was a painter and weaver, a superb cook and gracious hostess and, above all, a teacher and mentor to children, friends and family. She was an accomplished gardener who reveled in the first blossoms of spring, the last displays of fall color and even the raking of the leaves. She loved making clothes for her grandchildren on her ancient sewing machine. She enjoyed all the performing arts, especially live theatre and movies.

An avid traveler along with her husband and greatest admirer, Roger, Joanna enjoyed numerous hiking, biking and kayaking trips in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Africa. In 2002 she completed the famous and challenging “Coast to Coast” walk across England in 15 days. She traveled to every continent except Antarctica, and always looked forward to the exciting new experiences her travels would bring.

Joanna served on the boards of the Friends of the Grosse Pointe Public Library, the Friends of the Detroit Public Library, Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church, Family Life Education Council and the Parents League of Independent Schools. She volunteered for many organizations including Habitat for Humanity, Guyton School in Detroit, the Grosse Pointe Public Library, Greening of Detroit, Services for Older Citizens, Pewabic Pottery and the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Joanna will be remembered as a devoted and loving wife, mother and grandmother by her family. All who knew her will remember her enthusiasm, kindness, generosity, compassion, joyfulness, beauty and keen mind.

She is survived by her husband, Roger; children, Jeffrey (Maria) Johnston, Hillary (Dave) Grogan and Bevan (Steve) Gottlieb; grandchildren, Katherine, Michael, Benjamin, and Madeleine Johnston and Garrett, Sterling and Eleanor Gottlieb and her brother, William.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church, 17150 Maumee Ave., Grosse Pointe, MI 48230.

Memorial donations may be made to the University of Michigan Depression Center, Rachel Upjohn Building, 250 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48109.

Gerald C. Schroeder Jr.

Gerald C. Schroeder Jr.

Died: Saturday, November 21, 2009
Age: 66
Gerald C. Schroeder Jr., 66, died Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009, in Ann Arbor. He lived in Highland Village, Texas.

He was born July 25, 1943, in Detroit to Eleanor V. and Gerald C. Schroeder. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in applied physics from Michigan Technological University in 1970 and worked for Electronic Data Systems in Plano, Texas.

He enjoyed sailing and aerospace and was a licensed pilot. He was a member of the Society of Mackinac Island Old Goats out of Bayview Yacht Club.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Schroeder; daughter Christy Ann Schroeder and Kathryn Marie Schroeder; son, Gerald John Schroeder; mother, Eleanor Schroeder and brother, Robert R. Schroeder.

A visitation and service were held Nov. 24 at A.H. Peters Funeral Home in Grosse Pointe Woods. An additional service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009, at Trietsch Memorial United Methodist Church, 6101 Morriss Road, Flower Mound, Texas.

Memorial donations may be made to University of Michigan Kalemkerian Lung Cancer Research Fund, 3003 S. State Street, Suite 9000, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1288.

Helen David

Helen David

Died: Thursday, November 19, 2009
Age: 83
Grosse Pointe Woods resident Helen David, 83, passed away Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009, in Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe from complications related to cancer.

She was born in Detroit to Peter and Libby Guttas, raised in Chicago and graduated from Harrison High School in 1944. In 1946 she married Joseph P. David and moved to Detroit to begin her 63-year career as a wife, mother and grandmother.

Until recently, Mrs. David worked part time at the Grosse Pointe Public Library Woods branch and, before that, served many years as a greeter for Wood Motors in Detroit. But, her life’s “work” revolved around her family and friends.

Mrs. David was nimble of feet and mind. A lifelong dancer and voracious reader who excelled at crossword puzzles, she also loved to travel with her family and had a heart that couldn’t say no to any charitable cause. But, her most passionate pastime, involved caring about and loving her children and grandchildren. Her home and kitchen were always open to many generations of her extended family and her children’s friends.

She is survived by her children, Joe (Linda) David of Cincinnati, Ohio, George (Gail) David of Grosse Pointe and Karen (Ned) Batchelor of Grosse Pointe; grandchildren, Michelle David, Kristen David, Joseph David, Gary David, John David and Kimberly Batchelor; brother, Fred (Sara) Guttas of Aurora, Ill.; sister, Sandra (Paul) Aubin of Orland Park, Ill.; and hundreds of loving friends and relatives. 

Mrs. David was predeceased by her husband, Joseph and their infant son, Michael P. David.  

Funeral services were held Nov. 21 at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church in Grosse Pointe Woods with interment in Resurrection Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to one of Mrs. David’s favorite charities, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or at tg.stjude.org.

Edith Drysdale Starnes

Edith Drysdale Starnes

Died: Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Age: 98
Former City of Grosse Pointe resident Edith Drysdale Starnes, affectionately called “Namie” by her family, died peacefully, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009, at her son’s Grosse Pointe home. She was 98.

She was born Jan. 10, 1911, in Aspin, Ontario, and lived 40 years in Florida before returning to live in Grosse Pointe. She was a member of King of Kings Lutheran Church in Port Richey, Fla.

Mrs. Starnes worked for the J.L. Hudson Company in its downtown Detroit department store.

She worked in various departments, but especially enjoyed being a bridal consultant and, at Christmas time, helping children find presents for their family at The Christmas Children’s Only Shop.

Mrs. Starnes was an avid reader and reviewed books with the Lincoln Study Club where she was past president.

She enjoyed spending summers in Grosse Pointe with family, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends.

She will be remembered with love and affection not only by her family, but also by the many friends whose lives were touched by her hospitality and smiling face.

Mrs. Starnes is survived by her sons, Douglas (the late Patricia) and Robert (Mary Jane); nine grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Telfair.

A private family viewing was held Nov. 21 at Resurrection Funeral Home in Clinton Township, with burial at Grace Memorial Garden in Hudson, Fla.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 5, at Lake Shore Presbyterian Church, 27801 Jefferson Ave., St. Clair Shores.

Memorial donations may be made to In House Hospice, 24293 Telegraph, Suite 102, Southfield, MI 48033 or Lake Shore Presbyterian Church, 27801 Jefferson Ave., St. Clair Shores, MI 48081.

Jeanne Evans Whittaker-Hines

Jeanne Evans Whittaker-Hines

Died: Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Age: 75
Former Grosse Pointe resident Jeanne Evans Whittaker-Hines, 75, succumbed to inoperable lung cancer in Mission Viejo, Calif., Thursday, Nov. 17, 2009.

She was born New Year’s Day, 1934, to Margaret Evans and Alfred Heacock Whittaker, M.D. of Detroit and Grosse Pointe. She graduated from Grosse Pointe Country Day School and the University of Michigan.

Following graduation she served in Korea and

France with the American

Red Cross–sponsored Supplemental Recreational Activities Overseas programs. After she returned from Europe, she was appointed youth director for Southeastern Texas American Red Cross in San Antonio where she met her husband, Charles Martin Hines. Later she returned to Michigan as assistant director of youth activities with the American Red Cross Southeastern Michigan Chapter.

Mrs. Whittaker-Hines subsequently turned to journalism, writing the “John Detroit” column for the Detroit Free Press in which she chronicled the activities of social, civic, local and national political and entertainment figures. She edited the Michigan Social Register for several years and then edited the Suburban Life section of the Birmingham Eccentric for which she won the University of Missouri Penney-Missouri Award and several Michigan Press Association awards. She concluded her writing career as a columnist and staff writer with the Detroit News.

Later she returned to the Red Cross and directed fundraising galas for the Detroit chapter of the American Red Cross.

Family and friends recall that when asked about her favorite experiences, Mrs. Whittaker-Hines often remarked that the American troops amazed her with lively antics during Korea’s freezing winters and blazing summers, or that many of the name figures she interviewed were interesting not only for their accomplishments, but, in most cases, their generosity and approachability. A poignant night she sometime described was helping opera star Maria Callas depart after her last appearance at Masonic Temple.

She was a member of the Sigma Gamma Association and served on area boards including the Southeastern Michigan Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Grosse Pointe Public Library, the Detroit Historical Society, the Wayne State University Press Advisory Board, the University Liggett Alumnae Association, Detroit Institute of Arts and Art Train. 

She attributed her civic interests to the example set by her father, a prominent orthopedic surgeon who co-founded the Detroit Historical Museum, and her mother, an accomplished pianist, who was active in Detroit area musical and civic affairs.

She is survived by her children, Charles Martin Hines III and Margaret Helen Whittaker (Tobias E. Zimmerman); grandsons, Samuel and Joseph Zimmerman; sisters, Hilary and Joyce; brothers, Alfred E. Whittaker and James Whittaker of Las Vegas and Grosse Pointe; nieces, Linda Bugaiski of St. Clair Shores and Victoria Valice and goddaughter, Dana Standish Seixas, formerly of Grosse Pointe.

Memorial donations may be made to Sigma Gamma Foundation, P.O. Box 36373, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236; Southeastern Michigan Chapter of the American Red Cross, 100 Mack Ave., Detroit MI 48201, or University Liggett School, 1045 Cook Road, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236.

Karl Cipoth

Karl Cipoth

Died: Monday, November 16, 2009
Age: 84
Grosse Pointe Park resident Karl Cipoth, 84, died Monday, Nov. 16, 2009, at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit.

Born May 30, 1925, in Austria to Joseph and Ana Cipoth, Mr. Cipoth designed and built bridges all over Europe.

He enjoyed gardening and sharing the peaches he grew with those in his neighborhood. He also enjoyed making wine.

He especially loved and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

Mr. Cipoth is survived by his wife, Margareta; daughter, Margarete Dawson; son, Karl Cipoth; grandchildren, Klaudia, Tara, Rian, Jesica and Cody; great-grandchildren, Maximillan, Mathias, Steven, Josef and Jack and his sisters, Ida, Paula and Louisa.

He was predeceased by his parents and his grandson, Brian.

Visitation will be held from 1 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, at Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home, 16300 Mack, Grosse Pointe Park. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 20, at the funeral home.

Interment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Detroit.
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