Died: Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Former longtime Grosse Pointe Woods resident Doris Kelly, 95, died Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009. She had been living in the Petoskey area.
She was born June 27, 1914, in Marine City, the daughter of James and Matilda Young. Her father served as the chief engineer on the Great Lakes freighter ‘The International Harvester.’ She was a graduate of Eastern Michigan University, earning a degree in education.
Mrs. Kelly served as a substitute teacher in the Grosse Pointe Public School System and later became head of the co-op nursery school at Grosse Pointe Congregational Church. She also taught kindergarten for several years in Bad Axe. She and her husband, Bob, lived in Grosse Pointe Woods for more than 50 years, where they raised their three children, James, Patricia and Robert Jr.
Mrs. Kelly’s family said she was loved by everyone who met her. Her warm smile and intense interest in what was going on in the lives of those around her was her trademark. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
Mrs. Kelly is survived by her children, Robert Kelly Jr. and Patricia (Dan) Steffes; grandchildren, Kim (Joe) Casares, Brian Kelly, Tammy (Rich) LaForest, Wendy (Sean) Sachen, Jessica “Casey” (Rick) Maicki, Steve (Lindsay) Steffes, Rebecca Steffes and Matthew Kelly; and great-grandchildren, Scott (Jamie) Conway and their children, Ryan, Justin and Jason LaForest, Drew and Jessie Sachen and Jack, Grace and Lydia Maicki. She also is survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, Bob and her son, James.
A memorial mass is planned for 11 a.m. Jan. 9, at St. Christopher Catholic Church, 1000 Michigan, Marysville, with interment in Mount Hope Cemetery in Port Huron.
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Died: Tuesday, December 15, 2009 Douglas C. Beaupre
Grosse Pointe Park resident Douglas C. Beaupre, 82, died Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009, at Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe.
He was born in Detroit and attended St. Philip Neri High School in Detroit.
Mr. Beaupre was a past partner in Beaupre Studio, a furniture repair, refinishing and upholstery business in Grosse Pointe Park.
He enjoyed woodworking and was a carpenter and master cabinetmaker, as well as an upholsterer and electrician. He enjoyed working with his hands and used his mastery of many trades to restore a house built in 1889 in the Woodbridge area of Detroit.
Mr. Beaupre had many interests including golfing and flying. He earned his pilot’s license and owned his own airplane. He was also a cigar connoisseur. His friend’s referred to him as a “diamond in the rough.”
Mr. Beaupre is survived by his wife, Gerry Beaupre; daughter, Lori (Rick) DuBro; sons, Christopher (Connie) Beaupre and Randall (Frances) Beaupre; stepsons, Kenneth Peterson and Michael Peterson and five grandchildren.
He also is survived by his sister, Shirley Beaupre and brother, Kenneth Beaupre.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 20, at Nativity of Our Lord Church, 5900 McClellan, Detroit.
Memorial donations may be made to Nativity of Our Lord Church, 5900 McClellan, Detroit, MI 48213 or Hospice Compassus, 24445 Northwestern Highway, Suite 105, Southfield, MI 48075.
Died: Saturday, December 12, 2009
City of Grosse Pointe resident Robert J. Rumpf, 93, died Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009, at his home.
He was born July 31, 1916, in Auburn, N.Y., and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering and aeronautics from the University of Notre Dame.
Mr. Rumpf was an engineer for Ford Motor Co. where he designed a car that was operational with only hand controls. Along with 10 other men, he worked for the U.S. government researching how to protect the U.S. from nuclear attack.
He was involved in aerospace engineering and awarded 22 patents. He also appeared on the news with Walter Cronkite.
He was a master cook and enjoyed making jewelry.
Mr. Rumpf is survived by his wife, Jean H. Rumpf and brother, David Rumpf.
Interment will be in Skaneateles, N.Y.
Arrangements were handled by The Wm. R. Hamilton Co., Mount Clemens.
Died: Thursday, December 10, 2009 Grace A. Crone
Grosse Pointe Park resident Grace A. Crone, 71, died Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009.
Born in Lake Forest, Ill., she received her Associate of Arts degree from Lake County College. Following several years of work in the alumni office at Lake Forest College and the Lake Forest First Presbyterian Church, she moved to Michigan in 1982.
She faithfully worked as parish life coordinator for 27 years at Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church in Detroit. This position brought her joy and purpose as she developed or assisted with many church activities and community programs. She began the Tea and Chatter Club and arranged many special day trip events.
She was a 40-year member of P.E.O. She enjoyed traveling, doll and carousel horse collecting and her cats.
She also enjoyed baseball and was a life-long Chicago Cubs fan.
Grace is survived by her brother, Larry Crone of Illinois; sister, Mary (Frank) Onorato of New Jersey; several cousins; many devoted friends and her beloved cats.
Services were held Dec. 16 at Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church. Interment will follow in Lake Forest.
Memorial donations may be made to the Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund, 8625 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit, MI 48214 or to a cat welfare organization of the donor’s choice.
Died: Thursday, December 10, 2009 Julius Otto Ortwein
Life-long Grosse Pointe resident Julius Otto Ortwein, 97, died Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009.
Known as Jay to family and friends, Mr. Ortwein was born Nov. 16, 1912, in Detroit. He was a member of the Michigan Bar Association for more than 60 years, and co-owner of Ortwein Coal and Supply Co.
Mr. Ortwein graduated from Detroit College of Law in 1936, became a member of the bar that same year and served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
He was a member of the Detroit Exchange Club, a life member of Lochmoor Club, Grosse Pointe War Memorial Senior Men’s Club, AmVets and St. James Lutheran Church.
Mr. Ortwein practiced law while also building the family business, Ortwein Coal and Supply Co. After returning from the war, he was offered the position of assistant prosecuting attorney for Wayne County, but declined knowing his priority was family. He remained with Ortwein Coal and Supply from 1939 until it was sold to Michigan Foundation.
Once sold, Mr. Ortwein continued with the company in sales and public relations until age 90. His love of the law never waned and he practiced until age 94.
His first wife, Edith Peck, died in 1947, leaving him with two young daughters, Julie Katherine and Carolyn Edith. As a single father, he became the first PTA president of Monteith Elementary School where his daughters attended.
In 1953, he married Loraine Florence Deinzer and they lived happily until her death in 1994. He enjoyed close relationships with life-long friends, Jane Ogden and Mary Belanger.
Mr. Ortwein was a self-made man, resilient, determined, loyal and strong in character.
He cherished his family and friends, and was a gracious, old-fashioned gentleman with a quick wit who demonstrated a keen interest in others. Friends described him as remarkable for his intelligence, and achievements.
Mr. Ortwein is survived by his daughters, Julie K. Smith (Gary), Carolyn E. Ortwein (Ann); three grandchildren, Lauri, Allison and Lt. Col. Mark Smith (USMC) (Nicole) and great-grandchildren, Elijah, Clayton, Alexander, Sophie, and Lucas Smith.
He also is survived by his nieces, Joanne Grierson and Peggy Woodhouse and nephew, Richard Ortwein.
He was predeceased by his cherished siblings, Marvin Ortwein and Charlotte Moreland.
A funeral service was held Dec. 15 at St. James Lutheran Church in Grosse Pointe Farm
Died: Wednesday, December 09, 2009 Robert J. Peterson
Robert J. Peterson, a resident of Colonial Acres in South Lyon, died peacefully Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009, after a short illness.
Previously he had been a resident of the City of Grosse Pointe and a member of St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church for 50 years.
Until his retirement in 1987, Mr. Peterson headed his own company marketing his patented item to specialty and department stores throughout the United States and abroad.
A graduate of University of Detroit High School and the University of Detroit, he was drafted into military service prior to Pearl Harbor.
He retired from the U.S. Air Force as a major after serving in Panama Canal Zone and as a squadron executive officer with the 20th Air Force on Saipan, Marianas Islands.
He was a member of the 73rd Bomb Wing Association, Senior Men’s Club of Grosse Pointe, Grosse Pointe Boat Club and life member of V.F.W. Bruce Post.
He is survived by his sons, Robert Jr., Norman (Sherry) and David; daughter, Lois A. (Jeffrey) Konz; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and stepdaughter, Mrs. Deborah Redd of Marietta, Ga.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Evelyn Zimmer Peterson; his second wife, Rose Ellen Roth Peterson; his brother, Edwin J. and sister, Margaret Lois Peterson.
A memorial gathering will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23, at Phillips Funeral Home, 122 West Lake Street (10 Mile), South Lyon. The memorial funeral service begins at 7 p.m.
Memorial donations may be made to Arbor Hospice, 2366 Oak Valley Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48103 or The Salvation Army Eastern Michigan Division, 16130 Northland Drive, Southfield, MI 48075.
Died: Tuesday, December 08, 2009 Richard R. Finch
Former Grosse Pointe Farms resident Richard R. Finch, 81, died Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009, at Holly Convalescent Center in Holly.
He was born April 20, 1928, in Detroit to Winifred and John Finch and graduated from Grosse Pointe High School. He then earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan. He served his country in the Army Medical Corps at bases in Fort Riley, Kan. and Japan during the Korean conflict.
Mr. Finch was employed for many years by Connecticut General Life Insurance Co., serving as a manager in the group department and as an agent in the estate planning department.
He was an avid U of M fan and the maize and blue song was the first song his children learned.
Mr. Finch is survived by his former wife, Barbara Fitzgerald Finch; children, Elise Finch (William) Sophiea, Mark Finch, Michael (Mariela) Finch and grandchildren, William Sophiea, Jeffrey Sophiea and Zachary Finch.
He also is survived by his two brothers, John Finch and Tom (Sue) Finch.
A memorial gathering begins at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22, at Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home, 16300 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Park, followed by the memorial service at 11 a.m.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312, Phi Delta Theta, University of Michigan, 1437 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48104.
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Died: Sunday, December 06, 2009 Gloria Janis Ruppe
Grosse Pointe Woods resident Gloria Janis Ruppe, 87, died peacefully Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009.
She was born Feb. 10, 1922, in Grand Rapids to Marvin and Blanche (nee Fischer) Jones and graduated from Detroit Southeastern High School in 1940. She attended Michigan State College where she studied dietetics.
One of her proudest accomplishments was her 62-year marriage to her college sweetheart, Peter Ruppe Sr. Their romance began Dec. 19, 1942, after meeting at Michigan State College, now Michigan State University. They married in a military-style ceremony just prior to Mr. Ruppe’s departure to serve in Work War II.
In her youth, Mrs. Ruppe worked as a soda fountain attendant at Sanders on Kercheval and later at Swanson Foods.
After years as a mother and homemaker, she went to work as the bookkeeper for Ruppe Industries and Peter P. Ruppe Inc.
Mrs. Ruppe was a member of the Grosse Pointe Woods Presbyterian Church since the early 1950s. She was a founder of a local mother’s club which met monthly at each others’ homes. She was involved in a local investment club as well as the Inventor’s Association of Metropolitan Detroit.
Mrs. Ruppe had many interests, including baking, swimming, sewing, gardening and reading.
Family and friends enjoyed her homemade jams, pickles and doughnuts. A whiz in the kitchen, she could whip up a healthy four-course dinner in 30 minutes. Her dietetic background inspired her to continually perfect her recipes to the latest nutritional standards.
Mrs. Ruppe swam 30 laps daily in her backyard pools in Michigan or Florida.
Her gardening included roses, flowers and vegetables. She and her husband would pick strawberries every year for her famous jam. Her primary Florida home had a wide selection of fruit trees in her backyard, including grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange, tangerine and even banana. Everywhere she was present, the home was neat and dinner was at 6 p.m.
Mrs. Ruppe is survived by her daughters, Dianne and Deborah; son Peter Jr. (Lynn); grandchildren, David (Amy) Myers II, Peter, Steven and Julie; great-grandchildren, David III and Emmett and her brother, Gordon Jones.
She was predeceased by her husband, Peter Sr. in 2005; son, Paul and brother, Jarvis Jones.
Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, at A.H. Peters Funeral Home, 20705 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Woods.
The funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at Grosse Pointe Woods Presbyterian Church, 19950 Mack Ave. Grosse Pointe Woods. Visitation begins at 10 a.m. at the church.
Interment will be at Cadillac Memorial Gardens East in Clinton Township.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Grosse Pointe Woods Presbyterian Church, 19950 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236.
Died: Saturday, December 05, 2009 Maud E. Lewis
Former longtime Grosse Pointe resident Maud E. Lewis, 84, died Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009, at her residence in Harrison Township.
She was born Jan. 14, 1925, and was the beloved wife of the late Bob. She was the dear mother of Craig (Tina), Sally (Bob) Mauro, John (Donna), Minette Lewis and the late Thomas (Michele) and loving grandmother of Peter and Allison.
She was predeceased by her brother, Bert Miller.
Funeral services were held Dec. 9 at Kaul Funeral Home in St. Clair Shores with interment at Mount Olivet Cemetery.
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Died: Friday, December 04, 2009 Patricia Barnard Muliett
Grosse Pointe Woods resident Patricia “Tricia” Barnard Muliett, 67, died Friday, Dec. 4, 2009, at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak.
She was one of 11 children born to George and Rita McDermott Barnard and graduated from St. John College of Cleveland in 1965. She began to pursue her passion for teaching as an elementary teacher in the Solon Public School System in Ohio. She received a fellowship to Ohio University where she received her master’s degree in education. In 1973 she earned her Ph.D. from Ohio University on full academic scholarship.
In 1973, while teaching at Merrill Palmer Institute in Detroit, she met John Gregory Muliett. They married in 1977.
Tricia worked at Wayne County Intermediate School District developing a program for handicapped infants and toddlers and their families. This program was then implemented in the Woodhaven School District and Tricia served as its program director.
She later became principle and Title I coordinator in the Mount Clemens Community School District and then director of special education within the same school district.
In 1989 Tricia became director of a program providing services to newborn to 3-year-old handicapped children and their families in the Macomb Intermediate School District from which she retired in 1999.
Shortly thereafter, another opportunity presented itself as Head Start director of Macomb County.
She and her husband both retired in 2007 and enjoyed this time together with their family and friends.
Tricia enjoyed sailing and dancing. She was a member of the Metro Detroit Quilters Guild, American Association of University Women and the sewing and quilting group of St. Paul Altar Society.
She is survived by her husband, John Gregory Muliett; daughter, Mary Catherine Muliett; parents, George and Rita Barnard of Chagrin Falls, Ohio; siblings, Margaret (Lyle) Saraney, Robert (Gayle) Barnard, Nancy Hastings, Kathleen (Norman) Skala, Elizabeth Redder, Donald (Linda) Barnard, Thomas (Barbara) Barnard and David Barnard and 61 nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her brother; James Barnard (Mary Cay); sister, Rita Lesesky (Alan) and niece, Deana Saraney.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at noon Saturday, Dec. 12, at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Farms.
Memorial donations may be made to Autism Society at autism-society.org; American Cancer Society at cancer.org; Little Sisters of The Poor at littlesistersofthepoor.org or the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary at ihmsisters.org.