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Hermine Morath

Hermine Morath

Died: Friday, February 12, 2010
Age: 91
Grosse Pointe Woods resident Hermine Morath, 91, died Friday, Feb. 12, 2010, at Sunrise Senior Community in Grosse Pointe Woods.

She was born June 17, 1918, in Austria and attended a four-year college in Germany.

Mrs. Morath was a homemaker and member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Mrs. Morath is survived by her daughter, Kris (Jan) Linthorst; grandchildren, Michael, Monique and Karin and great-grandchildren, Kate and Jack.

A funeral service will be held at noon Saturday, Feb. 20, at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, 375 Lothrop, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Memorial donations may be made to In-House Hospice, 24293 Telegraph Road, Suite 102, Southfield, MI 48033.

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Leonard Oscar Roellig

Leonard Oscar Roellig

Died: Friday, February 12, 2010
Age: 82
Former Grosse Pointe resident Leonard Oscar Roellig died Friday, Feb. 12, 2010, in Colorado.

He was born May 17, 1927, in Detroit to Oscar and Laura Roellig. He graduated from Denby High School and the University of Michigan, where he received bachelor, master’s and doctorate degrees in physics. 

Mr. Roellig served at Wayne State University as a physics professor, dean of the school of arts and sciences, and university associate provost. From there he moved to the City University of New York, where he served as vice chancellor for more than a decade before moving back to his first love, physics research. He finished his professional career as professor of physics at City College, N.Y.

Throughout his career Mr. Roellig was a research scientist, affectionately known by his colleagues worldwide as “Dr. Positron.” While at Wayne State, he founded the university’s positron annihilation group. As a visiting faculty member, he founded a similar program at the University College, London. While in New York, he conducted his research at Brookhaven National Laboratory, and in Switzerland he worked at the Paul Scherer Institute for Natural and Engineering Sciences.

Mr. Roellig also served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was active in the Lutheran church throughout his life. Although he lived in many cities and countries, most of his life was spent in Detroit, Ann Arbor, Grosse Pointe, New York and Boulder, Colo., where he retired as a professor emeritus at the University of Colorado.

Mr. Roellig’s family said he loved watching waves breaking on the beach, or flames jumping from the log, because they were always changing and never the same. Driven by curiosity, he believed each day was an opportunity to investigate the unknown, to learn something new and to finish in a new place.

While his work was his accomplishment and defined his days, his family was his contribution and defined his life. Mr. Roellig is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Pauline; his brother, David; sons, Tom, Mark and Paul and grandchildren, David, Brittany, Andrew and Corrie. 

A funeral service was held Feb. 17 at Atonement Lutheran Church in Boulder. Arrangements were handled by Howe and Yockey Funeral Home in Strasburg. 

Donations may be made to the place where Dr. Roellig and his family enjoyed their time:  YMCA of the Rockies, 2515 Tunnel Rd., Estes Park, CO 80511 or at YMCADonations.org.

Gertrude “Trude” Schmidt

Died: Thursday, February 11, 2010
Age: 82
Gertrude Elgear “Trude” Schmidt, 82, formerly of Grosse Pointe, died Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010, at her home in Port Huron.

She was born April 25, 1927, in Dearborn to Nathaniel Fredrick and Ila Elgear.

Mrs. Schmidt graduated from Albion College as a member of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority and taught high school for a time in Belleville. She married Jarvis Schmidt Sept. 4, 1948, in Detroit.

She was a member of Grosse Pointe Memorial Church and First Presbyterian Church of Port Huron, Questers and garden clubs in both Grosse Pointe and Port Huron, and Port Huron Golf Club. She was a former member of Gowanie Golf Club, Grosse Pointe Hunt Club and Grosse Pointe Yacht Club. She volunteered with Bon Secours Assistance League, tutored young people in English and history and performed in amateur theater. She loved riding horses, swimming, golf, sailing and playing bridge.

Mrs. Schmidt is survived by her sons, Jay (Kathy) Schmidt, Craig (Peggy) Schmidt and Kirk (Karen) Schmidt and grandchildren, Jennifer (Michael) Haskell and Erin Schmidt.

She was predeceased by her husband and her parents.

A celebration of her life will be held in the spring.

Inurnment will be in the Grosse Pointe Memorial Church columbarium.

Memorials may be made to the Community Foundation of St. Clair County, 516 McMorran Blvd., Port Huron, MI 48060 or Blue Water Area Humane Society, 6266 Lapeer Road, Clyde, MI 48049.

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Janet D. Birk

Janet D. Birk

Died: Tuesday, February 09, 2010
Age: 82
Former City of Grosse Pointe resident Janet D. Birk, 82, died Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010, in Hilton Head Island, S.C. where she had been living.

She was born in Albany, N.Y. and graduated from the University of Rochester School of Nursing. After several years in nursing, she chose to devote her life to being a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

She enjoyed bridge, tennis, golf and cooking. She also was an active volunteer, particularly with St. John Hospital.

Mrs. Birk is survived by her sons, David E. (Fumi) Birk, James M. (Taiko) Birk and Thomas S. Birk; daughters, Patricia J. Birk and Susan M. (Daniel) Schaafsma; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She also is survived by her sister, Helen DeVere and brother, Robert Davidson.

She was predeceased by her husband, Robert E. Birk M.D.

A funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, at Providence Presbyterian Church, 171 Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head Island.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice Care of the Lowcountry, 119 Palmetto Way, Blufton, SC 29910; Providence Presbyterian Church, 171 Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928 or the American Cancer Society, 59 Pope Ave. No. 101, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928.

Bette D. Matthews

Bette D. Matthews

Died: Tuesday, February 09, 2010
Age: 79
Longtime Grosse Pointe resident Bette D. Matthews, 79, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010.

She was born Sept. 20, 1930, in Detroit and attended Southeastern High School. She was predeceased by her parents, Thomas and Anne Cunningham and her husband, Jim Matthews.

Survivors include her only son, Tom Matthews. She was a kind and caring person and a loving mother.

Mrs. Matthews was a gourmet cook and a voracious reader. She had a great sense of humor, an infectious smile and loved to talk politics.

A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Friday, March 5, at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore Drive, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Bette D. Matthews

Bette D. Matthews

Died: Tuesday, February 09, 2010
Age: 79
Longtime Grosse Pointe resident Bette D. Matthews, 79, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010.

She was born Sept. 20, 1930, in Detroit and attended Southeastern High School. She was predeceased by her parents, Thomas and Anne Cunningham and her husband, Jim Matthews.

Survivors include her only son, Tom Matthews. She was a kind and caring person and a loving mother.

Mrs. Matthews was a gourmet cook and a voracious reader. She had a great sense of humor, an infectious smile and loved to talk politics.

A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Friday, March 5, at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore Drive, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Memorial donations may

be made to the American Lung Association at lungusa.org/donate.

Roger K. Tapp

Roger K. Tapp

Died: Monday, February 08, 2010
Age: 58
Roger Tapp, 58, died peacefully surrounded by family and friends, at his home Monday, Feb. 8, 2010, after a courageous battle with choroidal melanoma.

A native of Detroit and longtime Grosse Pointe Shores resident, Mr. Tapp was born May 24, 1951, the only child of Kenneth and Pauline (nee Walesky) Tapp. He was an alumnus of Bishop Gallagher High School in Harper Woods and a graduate of Mercy College of Detroit, where he received a degree in nurse anesthesia. For 30 years he was a certified registered nurse anesthetist in the Oakwood Health System. His family said his co-workers will miss his calm demeanor, lighthearted humor, expertise and caring attitude with patients.

Mr. Tapp was a talented self-taught musician and most recently was the vocalist and harmonica man with the Delta Five Blues Band. He performed in past years with Clarence and Curtis Butler in the Butler Twins Blues Band, The Soulshakers, Odell Blues Boy D, Square Business Blues Band, White Lightning and other groups. His many friends and fans will remember his days playing at Robustos, The Detroit Yacht Club, the Music Menu Cafe and numerous venues and festivals around the Detroit area. His knowledge and appreciation for music was impressive.  

Mr. Tapp also enjoyed the outdoors, trips up north, hiking, mountain climbing, traveling, cycling, tennis, photography and riding his Harley. Mostly, he enjoyed spending any time with his loving wife and soulmate, Diane, and their great dane, Otis.

His family described Mr. Tapp as an exceptionally nice, humble man and good friend. He connected with everyone he encountered and had friends from all walks of life. He always had a friendly word for those around him. He was notorious for his generosity, which was motivated by making people happy. His easy-going nature and joyful sense of humor will be deeply missed.

Mr. Tapp is survived by his beloved wife, Diane; his in-laws (the family of Frank and Lois Konjarevich); best friend, Gary Vanet of California; his aunt, Margaret Walesky of California; several cousins, nieces and nephews and many friends.

Funeral services were held Feb. 13 at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in St. Clair Shores.

Memorial donations may be made to The Beaumont Foundation — Integrative Medicine, 3711 W. 13 Mile Road, Royal Oak, MI 48073-9952 or in support of Occular Research, Wills Eye Institute Office of Development, Suite 1540, 840 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19107 or willseye.org.

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Susan D. Reames

Susan D. Reames

Died: Sunday, February 07, 2010
Age: 70
Grosse Pointe Park resident Susan D. Reames, 70, died Sunday, Feb. 7, 2010.

She was born April 1, 1939, in Chicago to Lawrence Donovan and Marion Beadle Dinnis.

Mrs. Reames was an English teacher at Grosse Pointe South High School and an active member of Grosse Pointe Memorial Church.

She enjoyed reading, classical music and shopping, as well as going to the theater and symphony.

Mrs. Reames is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth Ann Wood; son-in-law, Gary D. Wood; grandchildren, Evangeline Wood, Ashley Wood and Caitlin Wood and great-grandchild, Jayden Wood.

She was predeceased by her husband, Leslie “Buddy” Reames and sister, Deanna Graham.

A funeral service was held Feb. 10 at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church in Grosse Pointe Farms. Inurnment was in the church’s columbarium.

Memorial donations may be made to Grosse Pointe South High School Mothers Club, 11 Grosse Pointe Blvd., Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236. Include Susan Reames Scholarship on the check’s memo line.

Dorothy Ann Marcereau

Died: Sunday, February 07, 2010
Age: 100
Grosse Pointe resident Dorothy Ann Marcereau, 100, passed away Sunday, Feb. 7, 2010, in Applewood Nursing Home in Woodhaven.

She was born March 15, 1909, in Detroit to Phillip and Katherine (Schulte) Clemens. On Sept. 12, 1932, she was united in marriage with Henry Bernard Marcereau of Marine City.

Mrs. Marcereau was a member of the Assumption Grotto Catholic Church in Detroit. She enjoyed exercising, walking and the Neighborhood Club in Grosse Pointe.

She is survived by her children, Dorothy Ann Depriest of Dearborn, Dr. Robert (Linda) Marcereau of Grayling (formerly of Mount Clemens) and Alicia Kathryn (Daniel) Cooke of Leesburg, Fla.; eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

She was predeceased by her parents; husband, Henry and siblings, Phillip Clemens, Irene Andrews, Alvina Pesche and Eleanor Clemens.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, at St. Peter Catholic Church, 95 Market Street, Mount Clemens, with the Rev. Michael N. Cooney officiating. Visitation begins at 11 a.m. at the church.

Thomas U. Kimmel

Thomas U. Kimmel

Died: Sunday, February 07, 2010
Age: 56
City of Grosse Pointe resident Thomas U. Kimmel, 56, died suddenly Sunday, Feb. 7, 2010, of arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease.

Mr. Kimmel was born Jan. 22, 1954, in Grosse Pointe to Kenneth and Phyllis Kimmel and graduated in 1971 from Grosse Pointe South High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Michigan State University, where he was a member of Psi Upsilon fraternity. He then earned a master’s degree in psychology from Mercy College of Detroit.

Mr. Kimmel is survived by his sister, Constance; nephews, Bradford (Amber) Kimmel, Geoffrey (Mori Plackman) Kimmel and Timothy Kimmel; sister-in-law, Marcy Kimmel and former sister-in-law, Gail Kimmel.

He was predeceased by his brother, Andrew Kimmel.

In accordance with Mr. Kimmel’s wishes, a family remembrance gathering was held and his ashes will be inhumed in the memorial garden which contains those of his parents.

Memorial donations are not expected, but may be made to the donor’s favorite charity.
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