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Corajane Bennett

Corajane Bennett

Died: Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Age: 82
Corajane Bennett, 82, passed away peacefully Tuesday Aug. 11, 2009, at St. John Senior Community in Detroit.

Mrs. Bennett was formally from South Bend, Ind. where she graduated from John Adams High School in 1945.

She worked for the Simplicity Pattern Company in Niles for 25 years as a pattern production scheduler. Prior to that she worked as a secretary for a ladies ready-to-wear store in South Bend. Mrs. Bennett was a member of the Rainbow Girls, a female organization of the Masons, and a 4-H leader for Berrien County.

She was married to Delbert M. Bennett of Lakeville, Ind. in 1946 for 34 years until his death in 1980.

Mrs. Bennett enjoyed sewing, cooking, baking, playing bridge and traveling. She treasured her time as a grandmother and will be greatly missed by her family.

She is survived by her son, Gregory D. (Janine) Bennett of Granger, Ind.; former daughter-in-law, Victoria L. (Robert) Liggett and granddaughters, Emily, Marjorie and Roberta Liggett, all of Grosse Pointe Shores.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to The Liggett Breast Center at the Van Elslander Cancer Center, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, 19229 Mack Ave. Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236-2857.

Catherine McKinley Carey

Catherine McKinley Carey

Died: Monday, August 10, 2009
Age: 81
Catherine McKinley Carey, 81, passed away peacefully after a brief illness Monday, Aug. 10, 2009, in the home she so loved. Known as Kitty to family and friends, she was a longtime Grosse Pointe Farms resident.

Born in Brunswick, Ga. in 1927, she moved to Grosse Pointe at age three. After attending Country Day, she graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts degree in education. While at U of M, she met her husband, Bruce Carey. They were married June 23, 1951.

Mrs. Carey taught first grade in St. Clair Shores for several years before starting her family. She was active in many volunteer organizations, most notably the Foundation for Exceptional Children.

She also was an avid collector of English and Continental decorative arts. For more than 20 years, she was co-proprietor of CM Antiques in Grosse Pointe and participated in antique shows across the East and Midwest. Her passion for antiques led to many buying trips to England and sparked her love of world travel.

However, her family said her greatest love was for family and friends. Mrs. Carey delighted in providing family expeditions to Castle Park, Florida, Calgary and Europe. She especially loved cooking and entertaining, and almost every week had dinner parties or other get-togethers with her many friends.

She was active in the Junior League of Detroit, IBEX and the Colonial Dames and was a member of Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, the Country Club of Detroit and Kappa Delta sorority.

Mrs. Carey is survived by her children, William McKinley Carey of St. Louis, Mo., Ann Dunwody Carey of Winnetka, Ill. and Elizabeth Carey Goodell of Winchester, Mass. and her beloved grandchildren, Kitty, Paige and Jennifer Carey and Sarah, Brian and David Goodell.

She was predeceased by her husband, Bruce, who passed away in April.

A memorial service was held Aug. 14 at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church.

Memorial donations may be made to the Foundation for Exceptional Children or Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, both at 16 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.

Carolyn Jean Roberts

Died: Sunday, August 09, 2009
Carolyn Jean “Burtie” Roberts, nee Burtless, passed away Sunday, Aug. 9, 2009, after a courageous year-long battle with brain cancer.

She was a native of Seneca Falls, N.Y., graduated from Mynderse Academy and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in home economics from Cornell University. She later earned a master’s degree in education from Eastern Michigan University.

Mrs. Roberts taught junior and senior high school for more than 30 years, retiring from the Grosse Pointe Public School System in 1997.

She was an active member of the Jefferson Presbyterian Church in Detroit and spent many hours devoting her time to others through “Crafters,” a church based community service group.

She returned home to Seneca Falls in September 2008. She was a gracious and loving person who was loyal and devoted to her family and friends. She also had a great love for cats.

Mrs. Roberts is survived by her daughters, Caron (Dave) Meendering of Coldwater and Wendy (Tom) Shannon of Sherman Oaks, Calif.; brother, Richard Burtless of Seneca Falls and her loving companion, Santo Calcagno of Seneca Falls.

A memorial service was held Aug. 14 in Seneca Falls.

Memorial donations may be made to the donor’s local Humane Society in Mrs. Roberts’ name.

Hervey Cushman Parke

Hervey Cushman Parke

Died: Saturday, August 08, 2009
Age: 95
Hervey Cushman Parke, 95, former resident of the City of Grosse Pointe and Grosse Pointe Park for more than 30 years, died Saturday, Aug. 8, 2009, in Springfield, Mass.

Mr. Parke, a direct descendant of Robert Cushman who financed the Mayflower voyage, was born Feb. 5, 1914, in New York City to Ethel and Hervey Parke.

He grew up in Amherst, Mass., graduated from Kent School and received his Bachelor of Science degree from Yale University in 1936. After completing his PhD from the University of Michigan in 1939, he began his career at Parke Davis as a senior research chemist and retired in 1977 as manager of international market research after the company was acquired by Warner-Lambert.

Mr. Parke’s interests included bridge, traveling and music. He sang with the Yale University chorus and the choir at Christ Church Grosse Pointe for many years.

Mr. Parke also enjoyed theater, both as a spectator and participant. His last leading role was as Elwood P. Dowd in “Harvey” at a theater in Sutton’s Bay.

He liked golf, tennis, sailing and cross-country skiing when he retired to Leland in 1978.

His greatest joy was his family.

Mr. Parke is survived by his wife of 66 years, Mary Gage Parke; sons, Hervey III (Stephanie), James (Lana) and John (Sandra); daughters, Constance Waterman and Polly (Steven) Parke; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandsons. He also is survived by his brothers, John and David Parke and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at a future date at Christ Church Cathedral in Springfield, Mass., with interment in Detroit.

Memorial donations may be made to the Leelanau Conservancy, P.O. Box 1007, Leland, MI 49654.

John W. Carroll Jr.

John W. Carroll Jr.

Died: Wednesday, August 05, 2009
Age: 63
Grosse Pointe Farms resident John W. Carroll Jr., 63, died Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009.

He was the senior vice president of business development for the Detroit Regional Chamber and executive director of the Detroit Regional Economic Partnership. For the past 13 years in this position, he led an effort to promote the 10-county Detroit area globally as a premier business location. He also promoted Detroit businesses in overseas markets.

A lifelong Detroiter, Mr. Carroll attended Notre Dame High School in Harper Woods and received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from Wayne State University.

Prior to joining the Detroit Regional Chamber, Mr. Carroll worked for the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development, and Macomb Community College.

Mr. Carroll was a leader in the economic development community and respected and admired by his partners and peers. He had the trust of government officials and economic development professionals.

In addition to being highly regarded in the Detroit region, Mr. Carroll was respected worldwide. His connections to business and consultants in more than 40 countries were a strong force in establishing international business development relationships with the Detroit Regional Economic Partnership and Detroit Regional Chamber.

Mr. Carroll served on the board of the French American Automotive Business Association and was a member of the French American Chamber of Commerce, the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce of Detroit, and the United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce.

He received the Chevalier of the National Order of Merit in recognition of his many years of building business connections between the U.S. and France. He was extremely proud of this award and wore the blue pin on his lapel whenever he was in a business suit.

Mr. Carroll relished spending time boating on Lake St. Clair and Lake Huron with his wife and their dog, Rocky, who loved the seagulls. 

He enjoyed traveling, especially to Honduras for snorkeling earlier this year, and spending weekends in Bayfield, Ontario, where he distinguished himself in a croquet league. He was particularly proud to be the only American on the team when they won the Bill Tillman Cup. 

Mr. Carroll lived and breathed Detroit in both his personal and professional lives. His colleagues and friends said they most remember his optimism and his broad and engaging smile.

Mr. Carroll is survived by his wife, Nancy Kelley; daughters, Pamela (William) Lucken, Amy (Christopher) Kay and Julie (G. Tyler) Gibbs and grandchildren, Emma, Katie, and Nathan Lucken, Matthew Kay and Natalie and Noah Gibbs.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Aug. 10 at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Farms.

Memorial donations may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 2141 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 7000, El Segundo, CA 90245 or at pancan.org.

Daniel J. Popovic

Daniel J. Popovic

Died: Wednesday, August 05, 2009
Age: 51
Grosse Pointe Woods resident Daniel J. Popovic, 51, died Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009, at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit.

He was born Oct. 13, 1957, in Detroit to Milan and Angela Popovic and graduated from Finney High School in 1975. He received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Wayne State University and continued his education at Walsh College.

He was an auditor with the U.S. Department of Defense.

Mr. Popovic was active in the community. He coached various Neighborhood Club basketball, soccer, and flag football teams.

An avid tennis player, Mr. Popovic coached boys tennis at Our Lady Star of the Sea. He also belonged to the Our Lady Star of the Sea Men’s Club.

He is survived by his wife, Roberta Simone-Popovic; children, Lia Popovic and Alex Popovic; father, Milan Popovic; sister, Donna Bussiere and brother, Michael Popovic.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Aug. 8 at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Woods with entombment in Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton Township.

James Michael Angelos

James Michael Angelos

Died: Tuesday, August 04, 2009
Age: 86
Former longtime Grosse Pointe Woods resident James Michael Angelos, 86, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2009.

Mr. Angelos grew up in Grosse Pointe Farms and graduated from Grosse Pointe High School in 1940. He attended Butler University where he played football, but after one year, enlisted in the United States Army. He was a member of the elite Merrill’s Marauders during World War II.

After completing military duty, he returned to college and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University in 1949.

Most of his career was spent in the road building industry. He worked as a sales representative for Allied Materials and then owned and operated J. Angelos Sales Co. Upon retiring, he moved to Atlantis, Fla.

Mr. Angelos was an avid golfer and a former member of Gowanie Golf Club and Lochmoor Club. While a member of Lochmoor, Mr. Angelos shot two holes in one and shot another two at Atlantis Golf Club in Florida. Besides golf, he enjoyed fishing and boating in Florida.

Mr. Angelos is survived by his wife of 58 years, Dorothy M. “Dottie” Angelos; daughters, Jodie (John) Zukowski, Dennie Angelos and Lorie (John) Kamm; grandchildren, Anna, Lisa and Amie Zukowski and Kristina and Steven Kamm.

A memorial service was held Aug. 11 at Lakeside Presbyterian Church in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 24445 Northwestern Highway, Suite 100, Southfield, MI 48075.

William T. Swartz

Died: Sunday, August 02, 2009
Age: 72
Grosse Pointe Farms resident William T. “Bill” Swartz passed away Sunday, Aug. 2, 2009, after a lengthy battle with pulmonary fibrosis and cancer. He was nearly 73 years old.

Before he retired, Mr. Swartz worked for Coldwell Banker as a real estate broker and spent many years working for Giffels as an instrument and controls engineer.

His family said fishing and boating enthusiast, “Buckeye,” reader, friend, practical joker, father, grandpa and husband are just a few words to describe him.

Mr. Swartz is survived by his wife of 30 years, Nancy Swartz, a Grosse Pointe Public School System teacher; daughter, Susan; son, William and his wife, Elizabeth and their children, Will and Owen and Jonathan Morgan-Swartz and his wife, Carla and their daughter, Emma.

A memorial service will be held at noon, Saturday, Aug. 8, at St. James Lutheran Church, 170 McMillan Road, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Memorial donations may be made to the St. James Church Building Fund, 170 McMillan Road, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236 or to Pulmonary Fibrosis Research at the University of Michigan Hospital, 301 E. Liberty Suite 400, Ann Arbor, MI 48104.

Archie Joseph McEachern

Archie Joseph McEachern

Died: Saturday, August 01, 2009
Age: 88
Grosse Pointe Farms resident Archie Joseph McEachern, 88, passed away peacefully of natural causes Saturday, Aug. 1, 2009.

Joe, as friends and family knew him, was born March 23, 1921, in Judeque, Inverness County, Nova Scotia to Donald and Anne (MacLellan) MacEachern. He left the family farm in Nova Scotia during World War II to join the army where he served as a part of a hospital supply unit in England. After the war he left Canada for opportunities in the United States, traveling to a community of fellow Scottish countrymen in Detroit and Grosse Pointe.

Mr. McEachern married Mary Agnes Campbell in 1948. A short time after his arrival in Grosse Pointe, he joined the City of Grosse Pointe Fire Department where he worked until his retirement in 1981. He then began a career in the restaurant business that would span 20 years as a partner in Perini’s Italian Restaurant, an eastside favorite for many years.  

Mr. McEachern always could be counted on to participate in the Old Newsboys’ Detroit Goodfellow annual fundraising events. Always the Detroit sports enthusiast, he was a fan of the Lions and Tigers. A favorite recreational activity was perch fishing on Lake St. Clair, winter or summer.

A devoted Catholic, he was a member of St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church and St. Philomena Parish later in life. 

Mr. McEachern was the loving father to five children, Thresa, Edward (Mary Jane), Donald (Lora), Gerald (Rita), and Veronica (Chris) Greiner. In addition to his children, he is survived by his brother, Duncan MacEachern, grandchildren, Ryan (Belle), Joseph, Alex, Katelyn and Jessica; great-granddaughter, Josephine and many loving nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Mary Agnes; second wife, Ione; his sisters, Mae, Mary, Margaret, Catherine and Cecilia and brothers, Alec, John Angus, and Hughie.  

Mr. McEachern’s family gives special thanks to all the wonderful caregivers, especially Joyce Atkinson, at Shore Point Place, where he lived his final days.

A memorial gathering to celebrate Mr. McEachern’s life will be scheduled later this fall. The family requests friends and family consider buying a flower for a friend, filling out an organ donation card, or doing a good deed in memory of him. 

His family said Mr. McEachern was a hard working, conscientious, and determined man. It could be said that he lived by the old Scottish saying ”Rarely argue — simply keep repeating your assertions.”

William E. Hawkins

William E. Hawkins

Died: Friday, July 31, 2009
Age: 87
Life-long Grosse Pointe resident William E. Hawkins, 87, passed away Friday, July 31, 2009, while residing at Glenmont Nursing Home in Hilliard, Ohio.

He was born Jan. 24, 1922, in Detroit to William E. and Grace Hawkins. He was a veteran of World War II and graduated from Grosse Pointe High School in 1940 and Alma College in 1947.

Mr. Hawkins owned his own firm, W.E. Hawkins Co., where he was a manufacturer’s representative for electrical supplies. He retired several years ago. 

He loved traveling with his wife when they belonged to The Nomads travel club and was often seen riding his motorcycle around Grosse Pointe with his little dog fastened on the front.

He was a lifetime member of the Grosse Pointe Senior Men’s Club and an active member of Sixth Church of Christ Scientist, Detroit. 

Mr. Hawkins is survived by his loving wife, Jean, to whom he was happily married 58 years; son, Gordon and daughter-in-law, Debbie; daughter, Susan Ellithorpe and son-in-law, Gerald; four grandchildren and his niece, Cathy Chappie. He also is survived by his loving dog, Buddy.

He was predeceased by his sister, Shirley Bolhuis. 

A private memorial service was held.

Memorial donations may be made to Glenmont Nursing Home, 4599 Avery Rd. Hilliard, OH 43026.
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