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Jennifer Schmidt

Jennifer Schmidt

Died: Monday, April 13, 2009
Age: 30
Jennifer Schmidt, 30, of Portage died Monday, April 13, 2009, after a difficult year battling lymphoma. Mrs. Schmidt was a wonderful wife and mother. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Western Michigan University and was continuing to work toward earning her master’s degree.

Originally from Eaton Rapids, Mrs. Schmidt was a human resources professional for Eaton Corporation. Her memberships in Alpha Omicron Pi and Zion Lutheran Church were extremely special to her.

Mrs. Schmidt is survived by her husband, Josh; daughter, Abigail; parents, Wayne (Marla) Thuma and Marilyn Thuma; brother, Joshua Thuma; parents-in-law, Henry (Laurie) Schmidt of Grosse Pointe Park; sister-in-law, Meggie Schmidt and brother-in-law, Max Schmidt. She also will be missed by her grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and coworkers.

Services were held April 17 in Portage.

Memorial donations may be made to the Jennifer Schmidt Benefit Fund, 1222 Kensington, Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230.

Margaret Baker Leyman

Margaret Baker Leyman

Died: Sunday, April 12, 2009
Margaret Baker Leyman died Sunday, April 12, 2009, at home in Cincinnati.

Born in Grosse Pointe, she was an ardent athlete and seeded in local tennis. She was a member of Tau Beta, a service organization, and remained so throughout her life.

After her marriage to Harry Stoll Leyman Jr., Mrs. Leyman moved to Cincinnati where she was a member of the Junior League of Cincinnati and involved with children’s theater.

During World War II, she joined the Red Cross, lending her hand whereever needed. She was also on the board of the Woman’s Exchange of Cincinnati and a member of the Cincinnati Town and Country Garden Club, Camargo Club, Cincinnati Country Club, Queen City Club and the Little Harbor Club in Harbor Springs.

Mrs. Leyman also was instrumental in creating the Leyman Balcony at the Cincinnati Art Museum.

Mrs. Leyman loved her summers in Harbor Springs. The Leymans were residents of Harbor Point from the early 1920s when Mr. Leyman’s father and mother discovered the beautiful area.

During the 1950s and 1960s, Mrs. Leyman was busy encouraging everyone to join the Little Traverse Yacht Club, before there was a building housing it. She planned parties and activities to keep the young and older sailors busy. Mrs. Leyman was a proponent of Northern Michigan Hospital, of which her husband and his father were directors.

“She was never afraid to try new things, or join in any activities when we were kids,” said her son, Ray B. Leyman. “She was the first one to volunteer at our schools or to throw a party to keep the kids busy and out of trouble. She had an undying sense of humor, which served her well, right up to the last minute. Mom had a passion for gardening. Her gardens were spectacular and her love of flowers carried over to her creative and lovely arrangements for which she won many artistic and horticultural awards.”  

Mrs. Leyman is survived by her children, Margaret L. (John) McHenry, Katharine L. Ross, and Ray B. (Sarah) Leyman, and grandchildren, John E. McHenry Jr. and Margaret C. McHenry, Harry S. Leyman IV, Llewellyn G. Ross III, Christopher L. Ross, Sarah S. Leyman and Baker D. Leyman.

She was predeceased by her husband and son, Harry S. Leyman III. 

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, April 17, at the Norman Chapel, Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati. 

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Cincinnati, 4310 Cooper Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45242 or St. John’s Episcopal Church, 278 W. Third Street, Harbor Springs, MI 49740.

Helen M. Kaled

Helen M. Kaled

Died: Saturday, April 11, 2009
Age: 88
Grosse Pointe Park resident Helen M. Kaled, 88, died Saturday, April 11, 2009.

The longtime Detroit Tigers fan was a dedicated wife, mother and grandmother.

She is survived by her children, John, Joseph (Casey), Anne Marie (Willard) Reynolds, Anthony (Carolina) and Robert (Karen); 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Anthony.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 16, at St. Clare of Montefalco Catholic Church, 1401 Whittier, Grosse Pointe Park. Visitation begins at 9:30 a.m.

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Alice Clarissa Irvine

Alice Clarissa Irvine

Died: Friday, April 10, 2009
Age: 95
Alice Clarissa (nee Rushton) Irvine, 95, died Friday, April 10, 2009, at St. John Hospital and Medical Center.

Mrs. Irvine was born Aug. 4, 1913, in Central Lake to Jenny (nee Flickinger) and Milo Rushton. She was one of 11 children.

She was fascinated by the multitude of social, cultural and industrial advancements she lived through. She was fond of telling her family she lived from the horse-and-buggy era to the space-travel era. Woodrow Wilson was president when she was born and her great-grandfather trained hunting dogs for President Theodore Roosevelt.

Mrs. Irvine’s family members were longtime residents of Central Lake. Her grandfather was the first mayor of the community and the family lived in a logging camp. Her father took the children to school by horse and sleigh. Later, her family built a school in the logging camp for all of the children living there and hired a teacher.

In 1931, she met and married the love of her life, Bertie Irvine, and had four children.

Mrs. Irvine was a Girl Scout leader and a leader of the Future Homemakers of America, Pi Omicron Sorority, Tau Alpha Gamma Chapter, PTA president for the Beecher School district in Genesee County, and president of the Eastern Baptist Convention.

Her family said that whatever position or task Mrs. Irvine was given, she always did her best. She lived by the Golden Rule and instilled the same ethics in her children. She always told them to never put off until tomorrow what can be done today.

Mrs. Irvine loved to read, play Scrabble and solve crossword puzzles. She played the organ and was an avid Detroit Tigers fan. She adored her children and grandchildren.

She was a member of Grosse Pointe Memorial Church in Grosse Pointe Farms.

Mrs. Irvine is survived by her daughters, Phyllis May; Alice (John) Maletic and Berta (Greg) Wilson; son, Jason (Nicole) Irvine; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She also is survived by siblings, Hertha Seniura and Norman (Marvel), Ernest (Tillie), Ralph and Jackson Rushton.

She was predeceased by her husband of 64 years, Bertie; sister, Betty Daly and brothers, Milo, Andrew, Wesley and Angus.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 16, at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Memorial donations may be made to the sewing group or O.W.L.S. at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.

Deano Day

Died: Friday, April 10, 2009
Age: 70
Deano Day, 70, died Friday, April 10, 2009, surrounded by his wife and children.

Born April 8, 1939, in Fertile, Minn., he was a Detroit country music disc jockey legend. Listeners tuned in to “Uncle Deano” each morning as he answered the phone and talked to people about their lives. Jokes and stories mixed with the music, but the main attraction was the everyman host with the everyday callers. He was a four-time winner of Billboard magazine’s Best Country Disc Jockey award and Country Music Association’s DJ of the year.

Mr. Day enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and was sure to be found boating in Lake St. Clair or the Gulf of Mexico. He is remembered as a loving man and a friend to all.

Mr. Day is survived by his wife, Martha; children, Michelle (Peter) Gorton, Mitchell (Chantelle) Moen, Dean II (Lisa) Moen, Darcy Cypert, Michael, Kathryn, and Rachel Day and Max and grandchildren, Mitchell II, Nicole, Alexandra, Miles, Dean III, Tyler, Samantha, Malorie and Dakota.

A funeral service was held April 15 at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church in Grosse Pointe Farms.

Memorial donations may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301.

Millard Stevens

Millard Stevens

Died: Friday, April 10, 2009
Age: 82
Grosse Pointe Woods resident Millard Stevens, 82, died Friday, April 10, 2009, at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit.

Mr. Stevens was born Nov. 10, 1926, in Detroit to Steve and Helen. He graduated from Wayne University, now Wayne State University, in 1955. He served as a sergeant first class in the U.S. Army during World War II. He also served in the Army Reserves.

Mr. Stevens worked 37 years for General Motors, first in the main offices on Grand Boulevard in Detroit and later at the Tech Center in Warren. He began his employment with GM when it was setting up its computer department. He worked with magnetic tapes, punchcards and when computers filled entire rooms. He was still in contact with many of his friends from the automotive industry.

Mr. Stevens was fascinated with all things mechanical. He was interested in finance, current events, city council and the school board. He was an advocate for student computers in schools.

He also was interested in law enforcement. His late brother was in law enforcement and his nieces and nephews are all in law enforcement as public safety officers or attorneys. He was a strong supporter of the local police.

Mr. Stevens was a member of Alpha Kappa Psi professional business fraternity, Beta Omicron Chapter at Wayne State University.

Mr. Stevens is survived by his sister, Carol Oleksinski; sister-in-law, Lucy Stevens; nieces and nephews, Jane Stevens, Jill (Phillip) Bush, Robert (Jackie) Stevens and James Oleksinski and great-niece and nephew, Samantha and Blake Stevens.

He was predeceased by his parents and his brother, Robert

Funeral services were held April 14 at A.H. Peters Funeral Home in Grosse Pointe Woods with interment at Cadillac Memorial Cemetery in Clinton Township.

Memorial donations may be made to the Michigan Humane Society, 30300 Telegraph, Suite 220, Bingham Farms, MI 48025 or the Fraternal Order of Police, Grosse Pointe Woods Chapter, P.O. Box 36307, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.

Dora Mary Vernier

Dora Mary Vernier

Died: Friday, April 10, 2009
Age: 79
Grosse Pointe Woods resident Dora Mary Vernier, 79, died peacefully during holy hours on Good Friday, April 10, 2009, at Mount Clemens Regional Medical Center.

Born June 8, 1929, into one of Grosse Pointe’s founding families, Ms. Vernier never strayed far from her Grosse Pointe roots and the Vernier homestead which still stands at 665 Vernier Road.

Family was most important to Ms. Vernier. She married and then divorced. At that point, she reclaimed and retained her Vernier name. As the family expanded over the generations, so too, did Ms. Vernier’s family books and photographs.

She is survived by her loving sister, Marjorie Miller; brother, Herby Vernier and 28 nieces and nephews as well as their children.

Ms. Vernier was predeceased by her parents, Alice M. (nee Maison) and Robert L. Vernier; brothers, John, Stanley, Robert, Norman, Donald and Earl and sisters, Marie, Grace Dow, Helen LaBeau, Arvena Frasard, Hilda, Rosemary Lang and Ruthanne Mailloux.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, June 8, 2009, at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 21620 Greater Mack in St. Clair Shores.

Inurnment will be at Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton Township.

James F. Brownell

James F. Brownell

Died: Thursday, April 09, 2009
Age: 80
James F. Brownell, 80, a resident of Longwood, Fla., died Thursday, April 9, 2009, from complications of pancreatic cancer.

He was born Feb. 10, 1929, in Chillicothe, Ohio, to D. Sherman and Janet Fulton Brownell and graduated from Chillicothe High School in 1947 as class valedictorian. He attended the University of Cincinnati through June 1950 where he was a member of Delta Tau Delta. He then transferred to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, joined the ROTC and received a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1952.

Mr. Brownell was called to active duty in the Army Ordinance Corps and assigned to the Detroit Army Arsenal. First lieutenant Brownell subsequently was deployed to Korea, arriving a few days after the armistice was reached. He left active duty in 1954 and remained an Army reserve officer until 1960. On Nov. 19, 1955, he married Sally Jane Cummings of Watertown, Conn.

Mr. Brownell began his heating, ventilation and air conditioning industry career in Boston. His career took the family to Chicago, southern Michigan, Orlando, Fla., Dallas, Raleigh, N.C. and back to Orlando, where he retired as president of Addison Products Co. in 1998.

Since 2000 the Brownells have maintained a summer residence in Dennisport, Mass., on Cape Cod. In 2005, the couple moved to Raleigh to be near their daughter, son-in-law and grandsons. Following the death of his wife in March 2007, Mr. Brownell met Gail Briggs Crayton and they married June 7, 2008. She cared cheerfully and selflessly for Mr. Brownell throughout his illness.  

Mr. Brownell is survived by his wife, Gail Crayton-Brownell; son, Steve (Jana) Brownell of Grosse Pointe Farms; daughter, Susan (Tom) Deatherage of Raleigh; sister, Alice (Charles) Ware of Chillicothe and grandchildren, Lindsay and Christopher Brownell and Cambron and Colton Deatherage. He is also survived by stepson, Gary (Mary) Crayton III of Tampa, Fla.; stepdaughter, Lori (Jay) Belanger of Orlando, Fla., and stepgrandchildren Gary, Ben and Peter Crayton and Kathleen Belanger. His family said Papa Jim is dearly missed and will remain in their hearts forever.

Additionally, at his first wife’s insistence, Mr. Brownell became a cat lover and cared for many felines throughout the years. He is survived by Abby, Tommy and Sammy, as well as stepkitties, Sugar and Sweetheart.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at Wekiva Presbyterian Church, 211 Wekiva Springs Lane, Longwood, Fla. A memorial service and inurnment will take place at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to Reach Unlimited, 12777 Jones Road, Suite 103, Houston, TX 77070 or The Mustard Seed of Florida, P.O. Box 915223, Longwood, FL 32791-5223.

Woodward Henry Warrick

Woodward Henry Warrick

Died: Tuesday, April 07, 2009
Age: 91
City of Grosse Pointe resident Woodward Henry Warrick, 91, died Tuesday, April 7, 2009.

He was born Jan. 28, 1918, in Cambridge, Mass. to Charles F. and Mabel B. Warrick. He graduated from Cornell University in 1939 with a master’s degree in electrical engineering. He was the president of Charles F. Warrick Co. and retired and sold the company when he was 65.

Mr. Warrick was a lieutenant colonel for the U.S. Army during World War II. He was the battalion commander, ordinance at Iwo Jima.

Mr. Warrick enjoyed sailing. For 28 years he sailed in the Port Huron to Mackinac Island races and was a member of the Old Goats. He also enjoyed bowling, sailboarding, celestial navigation and was a ham radio operator.

He was a member and past commodore of the Detroit Boat Club, a member and instructor of the United States Power Squadron and a member of the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club and Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity.

Mr. Warrick is survived by his daughter, Stephanie J. Mann; son, Woodward C. Warrick and grandchildren, John Smyly, Tom and Cyndi Smyly, Justin Smyly and Barclay Smyly.

He was predeceased by his wife, Jane A. Warrick and brother, Frederick Warrick.

Rosemary Czechowicz

Rosemary Czechowicz

Died: Monday, April 06, 2009
Age: 82
Grosse Pointe Park resident Rosemary Czechowicz, 82, passed away peacefully at her home Monday, April 6, 2009, after a courageous 22-year battle with breast cancer. Her family was by her side.

Mrs. Czechowicz was born Sept. 17, 1926, in Detroit to Stella and Kasmir Warakomski and graduated from St. Rose High School.

Her family said Mrs. Czechowicz was a true “people person.” There was nothing she loved more than a friendly conversation with family, friends, and brand-new acquaintances.

Mrs. Czechowicz is survived by her daughter, Karen of Grosse Pointe; son Bob; daughter-in-law, Debbie and grandchildren, Evan, Monica and Mitchell of Saline; brother, Joe and six nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Mitchell Czechowicz.

A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 17, at St. Ambrose Church, 15020 Hampton, Grosse Pointe Park; visitation with the family begins at 10 a.m.

Mrs. Czechowicz volunteered at the St. Aloysius Warming Center. Memorial donations may be made to the center at 1234 Washington, Detroit, MI 48226 or St. Ambrose Church, 15020 Hampton, Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230.
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