Died: Monday, March 02, 2009 Ellen L. Roche
Ellen L. Roche died Monday, March 2, 2009. She was the beloved wife of Maurice P. and dear mother of Michael, Curtis (Ursula), Kevin (Mary Jo Wolff), Maryellen (Alan) Kunst, David, Patricia, Daniel (Gretchen), William (Kristin) of Grosse Pointe Park, Maureen (Richard) Trombley, Ann (Paul) DeMeulemeester, and Martin, all of whom survive her.
She also is survived by 25 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and her sisters, Nancy Ziegenbein and Martin (Judy) Boss.
Died: Saturday, February 28, 2009 Lewis Arthur Rockwell
Former Grosse Pointe Shores resident Lewis Arthur Rockwell, 90, died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009, in St. Louis, Mo.
Mr. Rockwell was born July 17, 1918, in Detroit to Julia Lewis Rockwell and George Arthur Rockwell. He graduated from Cooley High School in 1936 and earned his undergraduate degree in 1941 from Wayne State University.
Upon graduation he enlisted in the United States Navy and worked in naval intelligence. When World War II began in December 1941, he requested to be trained to command a ship.
He entered officers’ training school in 1942 and was commissioned as the commanding officer and lieutenant of a Landing Craft Tank.
He saw action during the invasions of North Africa and Sicily, and was in the third wave to hit the beaches in Normandy. In 1944, he was commissioned to command the LST 1069 and was sent to the Sea of Japan to await the invasion of Japan.
He married his wife, Jean, on Oct. 7, 1944, at the Highland Park Presbyterian Church. They had one daughter, Louise Margaret.
After the war ended, Mr. Rockwell returned to Detroit but remained in the naval reserve for another 20 years, retiring with the rank of commodore.
He then earned his law degree from Wayne State University and was admitted to the Michigan Bar in 1947. He went on to receive his Master of Laws degree in 1958. He joined the Kenny law firm, later the Kenny, Radom and Rockwell firm, and practiced business law with this firm until 1978.
In 1978 he opened his own law firm, Rockwell and Kotz, in the Penobscot Building, and in 1991 he joined Bodman LLP as counsel until his retirement in 2006. At that time, he moved to St. Louis to be closer to his daughter.
Throughout his career, Mr. Rockwell was active in many charitable organizations, including The Salvation Army. In 1981, the Salvation Army presented him with the William Booth award for his distinguished service. He was a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the State Bar of Florida, The Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He was a founding member of the NAIC, now Better Investing, and served on its board for many years. He was also on the board of Sunshine-Fifty.
Mr. Rockwell loved to golf. He served on the board and was a past president of the Golf Association of Michigan. He belonged to the Country Club of Detroit, Plum Hollow Country Club, and the Arnold Palmer Bayhill Country Club in Orlando, Fla. He was also a member of the Grosse Pointe Hunt Club and the Detroit Athletic Club.
He was a member of the Fort Street Presbyterian Church.
Mr. Rockwell is survived by his daughter, Louise R. (Richard C.) Jensen; grandsons, Richard J. “Arjay” (Alicia) Jensen of New York, and Morgan L. Jensen of St. Louis and four great-grandsons, Andrew, Alex, William and Miles Jensen.
He was predeceased by his parents and wife, Jean.
A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday, March 7 at A.H. Peters Funeral Home, 20705 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Woods. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, March 6.
Memorial donations may be made to Wayne State University Law School, 471 West Palmer St., Detroit, MI 48202 or The Salvation Army, Southeast Michigan Division, 16130 Northland Drive, Southfield, MI 48075.
Died: Friday, February 27, 2009 Kenneth E. Urtel
Kenneth E. Urtel, 52, of Hickory, N.C. passed away unexpectedly Friday, Feb. 27, 2009 at his home.
He was born Sept. 2, 1956, in Detroit to Melvin Urtel and Virginia Clifford Urtel and graduated from Grosse Pointe South High School in 1974. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering.
He also earned a bachelor’s degree from Appalachian State University in mathematics. He worked for Enron Corporation in Houston and since retiring worked with his sisters at Shear Magic Hair Care in Viewmont, N.C.
Mr. Urtel volunteered at many community organizations, including the Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity and Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministry in Newton, N.C.
He also had his own ministry working with activity directors at nursing homes teaching Bible study to the elderly. He regularly attended the Jesus Life Center in Longview, N.C.
Mr. Urtel is survived by his stepmother, Phyllis Urtel of Lexington, Ky. and siblings, Karen (Mark) Belrose of Whitehall, Robert (Jill) Urtel of Traverse City, Marilyn (John) Blake of Bethlehem, N.C., Diane (Rick) Setzer of Hickory, N.C., Paul (Diane) Urtel of Conover, N.C., Brian (Jenny) Monteith of Chaska, Minn. and Cathy (Jeff) Ruehl of Edina, Minn.
He also is survived by his special friend and sister-in-Christ, Shirley Brinkley of Granite Falls, N.C. and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins all over the country.
A celebration of life service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 14, 2009, at First United Methodist Church in Hickory. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.
Funeral arrangements were handled by Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services, in Hickory, NC. Condolences may be sent to the Urtel family at drumfuneralhome.com.
Memorial donations may be made to the Food Bank @ ECCCM, the charitable organization dearest and nearest to his heart, ECCCM, 245 East N. St. Newton, NC 28658.
Died: Wednesday, February 25, 2009 Mary Louise Boresch
Grosse Pointe resident Mary Louise Boresch, 87, died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009. Born Feb. 4, 1922, in West Virginia to Dr. Lester and Adelaide Norris, she graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1944. She began work for the National Security Agency, where she met her future husband, “Bo.” The couple married in 1948.
As the wife of a military officer, she lived in many places including Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, California, Washington state, Germany and finally, Grosse Pointe. She learned to fish and make “pasties” while living in Houghton. She organized a theater group and staged productions in the Carriage Theater in Hancock.
Mrs. Boresch founded the Grosse Pointe Memorial Nursery School in the early 1960s and volunteered in the Detroit Public Schools. She loved to sing and sang 2nd soprano at the Grosse Pointe Memorial Church where she was an active member.
Mrs. Boresch and her husband founded the Michigan Michisteiner Stein Club and organized the 1989 International Stein Club convention in Dearborn. Over the years, they traveled to Europe, Germany and Hawaii. They also went on yearly fishing trips to Canada and throughout Michigan.
She was an honorary life member of the Grosse Pointe American Association of University Women and served as its president from 1966 to1968. She was a founding member of the Grand Marais chapter of Questers and served as its first president in 1965 and again from 1987 to 1988. She was also a member of the Grosse Pointe Herb Society of America and served as its treasurer in 1994.
Mrs. Boresch was a longtime board member of the Grosse Pointe Garden Center and was actively involved in the Grosse Pointe War Memorial’s trial gardens.
She and her husband were avid gardeners and their yard was frequently included in the Grosse Pointe garden tours. She was also a member of the Deeplands Garden Club, having served as president from 1971 to 1973 and again from 1989 to 1991. Many local media outlets acknowledged her gardening expertise and accomplishments.
She was also known for her dried floral arrangements and wreaths she created from dried flowers and herbs that she grew and dried herself. She gave presentations on gardening and taught classes on arranging and drying flowers and creating wreaths.
One of Mrs. Boresch’s cherished pastimes with her husband was duplicate bridge. They were also involved in a dance group and bowling club. She also loved to cook and entertain friends. She was known for her homemade pies.
Mrs. Boresch is survived by her husband, Urban “Bo”; daughter, Linda (Richard); grandchildren, Kathryn and Bob (Leticia) and great-grandson, Bobby.
She was predeceased by her son, Rodney Boresch.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 12, at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.
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Died: Wednesday, February 25, 2009 Judith Knaggs Standish
Lifelong Grosse Pointe resident Judy Standish, 68, died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009.
She was born Nov. 19, 1940, in Detroit and graduated from Grosse Pointe High School and Webber College in Winter Park, Fla.
Mrs. Standish was an avid gardener, bridge player and golfer. She also loved cooking, entertaining, reading, traveling, needlepointing and decorating her home.
She combined her love for needlepointing with her dedication to serving others through her fundraising initiative, called “Needlepoint by Nanny,” where she completed others’ unfinished needlepoint projects and donated proceeds to the American Diabetes Association Research Foundation.
One of her favorite pastimes was traveling with her husband and friends. Favorite destinations included Alaska, Africa, the Greek Islands and Egypt. From riding a disagreeable camel to flying in a plane whose wing was held together with duct tape, Mrs. Standish’s enthusiasm for travel was unquenchable.
She was dedicated to her volunteer work at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church and Barat Human Services. She was a member of the Junior League of Detroit, Sigma Gamma Association, the Grosse Pointe Garden Club and the Junior League Garden Club.
Her biggest passion, however, was for her family and her many friends.
She is survived by: John D. Standish, her husband of 47 years; children, Virginia Standish (John) Moran and Jay (Suzie) Standish; beloved grandchildren, Meghan, JD and Stuart and countless friends.
She cherished every opportunity to be with her family. She especially enjoyed teaching her granddaughter how to needlepoint and attending her grandsons’ sporting events.
Her family said Mrs. Standish will be remembered for being vivacious, caring and honest, with an optimistic outlook and a sparkling humor that touched all who knew her.
Mrs. Standish was predeceased by her parents, Virginia G. and Howard B. Knaggs and her brother, Howard B. Knaggs Jr.
A memorial service was held Monday, March 2 at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association Research Foundation, 1701 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria, VA 22311, Attn: Margaret Walker or The Beaumont Foundation, Beaumont Hospitals, P.O. Box 5802, Troy, MI 48007-9620.
Died: Monday, February 23, 2009 Frederick E. Mergos
Frederick E. Mergos, 67, of Suttons Bay, passed away Monday, Feb. 23, 2009, at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City.
Mr. Mergos was born Oct. 5, 1941, in Detroit to Marion and Helen (nee Kwiecien) Mergos. On Jan. 24, 1969 at St. Peter the Apostle Church in Harper Woods, he married his loving wife of 40 years, Constance Marie Olkowski who survives.
Mr. Mergos graduated from Ferris State University pharmacy school in 1965. He was a dedicated pharmacist who loved helping people. He would provide sound medical advice to help the less fortunate who couldn’t afford doctor visits.
Mr. Mergos had a love of the outdoors and would take his children and grandchildren skiing to Boyne Mountain and Boyne Highlands and on camping trips to Ontario. He also enjoyed boating outings with the guys.
He also loved gardening, especially tomatoes.
Mr. Mergos was proud of his Polish heritage. He loved polka dancing and was quite good at cooking traditional Polish dishes. Lately, he and his wife enjoyed their retirement in Suttons Bay.
Mr. Mergos is survived by his wife, Connie; son, Fred (Jennifer) Mergos of Venice, Fla.; daughters, Heather (Tom) Ames of Macomb and Dr. Lindsay (Dr. David) Best of Charlevoix; grandchildren, Molly, Gabriella, Isabella and Lily Ames, Frederick “Max” and Katarina Mergos, and David Jr. and Caroline Best; his sister, Ilene (Gerald) Garman of Suttons Bay, and his twin sister, Carol (Richard) Sella of Harrisville and many wonderful nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and stepfather, Zigmond Nowicki.
Services were held Feb. 27 at St. Michael’s Church of Suttons Bay. Burial will be in the spring in St. Michael’s Catholic Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Michael’s Church, P.O. Box 9, Suttons Bay, MI, 49682 or American Cancer Society, 525 West Fourteenth St., Ste. 5, Traverse City, MI, 49684.
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Arrangements are with the Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay.
Died: Sunday, February 22, 2009 Robert Romaine Frahm
Robert Romaine Frahm, artist, poet, sailor, and friend, died Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009. He was 87.
Mr. Frahm was a native Michigander born Dec. 28, 1921, in Grosse Pointe Park. He graduated from St. Ambrose High School, where he was a longtime parishioner, Tufts College and Harvard Business School.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served in the South Pacific during World War II.
An avid reader, Mr. Frahm received his first Grosse Pointe public library card in the first grade and wore out many cards over the years.
He was an outdoorsman and an artist. He was a member of the Anchor Bay Rod and Gun Club and was auxiliary camp cook for the Fair Isle Gun Club.
He enjoyed skiing in Michigan and Europe, fishing the lakes and the rivers, and he hunted in the woods of northern Michigan with a wooden bow. His eye could always be turned by a freighter cruising in the channel, and he remembered the Whaleback freighter from his boyhood.
Mr. Frahm was a member of the Grosse Pointe Senior Men’s Club choral group and the St. Ambrose Community Players, where he was both an actor and set designer.
A member of the Grosse Pointe Artists Association, Mr. Frahm was a fixture at local art fairs where he celebrated his love of the farm and the freighter with his fine watercolors and ink drawings, and in later years his pottery, produced in his summer studio in the garage. Recently, he recorded a memoir with StoryCorps.
Mr. Frahm is survived by his wife, Jane (nee Drooker); sons, Eric, Andrew, (Jennifer Neumann) and Justin; grandson Eleot Dawson; sisters, Adele Steiger, Rosemary Nowak, Mary Jane Frahm and Joanne Schneider and more than 30 nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his brothers, William, Martin, Thomas, Edmund and John.
Visitation will be from 1 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, at Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home, 16300 Mack, Grosse Pointe. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 27, at St. Ambrose Church, 15020 Hampton Street, Grosse Pointe Park. Visitation begins at 9:30 a.m. at the church.
Memorial donations may be made to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, 1820 Mount Elliott Street, Detroit, MI 48207, or the Father Solanus Casey Center, 1780 Mount Elliott Street, Detroit, MI 48207.
Died: Saturday, February 21, 2009 Lorraine Anna Fraser
Lorraine Anna Fraser, 77, of Boynton Beach, Fla., died peacefully Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009. She had been a longtime resident of Grosse Pointe Woods.
She was born Oct. 19, 1931, to Andrew and Marie Konke and grew up on the east side of Detroit. She graduated from St. Philip Neri High School and while in high school became an accomplished athlete. She rode horses and participated in speed skating races on Belle Isle. In her mid-20s, she took up golf and spent many days throughout her life competing and socializing on the course.
She was a dedicated mother who raised four boys to whom she always showed her love and support. Her sons said she was a terrific mom whom they will miss very much and will love always.
After raising her sons, Mrs. Fraser worked at CBS Radio in Detroit where she met and became friends with some of the notable CBS celebrities. She finished her working career as a real estate agent for Coldwell Banker in Grosse Pointe Woods were she was a Million Dollar seller before retiring.
Besides golf, Mrs. Fraser was passionate about playing cards, especially bridge and gin rummy.
She was a longtime member of St. Clair Country Club and later Lochmoor Club.
She will be deeply missed by those who survive her including her loving sons, Thomas, James, Robert (Christine) and Mark; six grandchildren, Allison, Julia, Katelyn, Hunter, Steven, and Paige and siblings, Harold (Rosemary) Konke, Marion (Ray) Bruck, Virginia (Ted) Leslie and Rosalie (Richard) Glossa.
She was predeceased by her brother, Barney Konke.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at noon Friday, June 12, 2009, at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 467 Fairford, Grosse Pointe Woods. Visitation begins at 11 a.m.
A private burial will take place at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Detroit.
Memorial donations may be made to the Bethesda Hospital Foundation, 2815 South Seacrest Blvd., Boynton Beach, FL 33435, for the benefit of the Bethesda Heart Institute.
Died: Thursday, February 19, 2009 William Carl Buhler
Lifelong Grosse Pointe resident William Carl Buhler, 77, died Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009.
He was born Nov. 22, 1931 to Carl and Jeannette Buhler and graduated from Grosse Pointe High School where he met his wife, Jean Swan. The couple married Oct. 13, 1956, at the Grosse Pointe Woods Presbyterian Church.
Mr. Buhler sought a degree in chemical and metallurgical engineering while attending Michigan State University, The University of Detroit, Wayne State University and Lawrence Institute of Technology.
He began his career at the Chrysler Tank Plant in the materials handling laboratories. He went on to serve as supervisor of heat treating at Burroughs Corp., plant metallurgist for the bearing division of Federal Mogul Corp. and chief metallurgist at the American Chain and Cable Co.
He also functioned in various managerial positions including president of Midwest Steel Processing and chief executive officer of Ferrous Environmental Corp.
In retirement, Mr. Buhler was a forensic metallurgical expert witness for several law firms, as well as a metallurgical instructor at the Chrysler Institute of Technology.
Mr. Buhler loved sports. He ran track and played varsity football in high school and was on the Michigan State boxing team. He drove his Austin Healey at the Oakland County Road Racing Club and brought home several trophies.
He was an avid boater, both sail and power. He also loved photography, fishing, cooking, reading and, in his younger years, participated in running events.
Mr. Buhler was a past member of the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, the Detroit Yacht Club and the Grosse Pointe Farms Boat Club.
He was also a member of the American Society for Metals International and the Society of Automotive Engineers.
He is survived by Jean, his wife of 53 years; his brother, Thomas; sister-in-law, Celeste, niece and godchild, Laura and his nephew and namesake, William.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 1, at Grosse Pointe United Methodist Church, 211 Moross, Grosse Pointe Farms.
Memorial donations may be made to the Grosse Pointe United Methodist Church Memorial Garden and Music Department, 211 Moross Road, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236 or to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Died: Sunday, February 15, 2009 Martin Kenneth Schnurr Jr.
Longtime Grosse Pointe resident Martin Kenneth Schnurr Jr. died Sunday, Feb. 15, with his wife, Virginia and children, Russell (Sydney), Martin (Sue) and Peggy (Paul Muelle) by his side. He was 83.
Mr. Schnurr was born Nov. 19, 1925 to Ruth and Martin in Bayonne, New Jersey. He graduated from the University of Maryland. He was a former FBI agent and steel and automotive industry executive. He was a member of the Lochmoor Country Club.
In addition to his wife and children, Mr. Schnurr is survived by eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
A memorial service was held Feb. 17 at A.H. Peters Funeral Home in Grosse Pointe Woods.
Memorial donations may be sent to the Martin Schnurr Memorial Fund at Comerica Bank, 20200 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Woods, MI. 48236. Proceeds will go to the many individuals who helped him through a long and difficult illness.