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Lenora Bogardus Stoetzer

Lenora Bogardus Stoetzer

Died: Thursday, December 11, 2008
Age: 98
Grosse Pointe Woods resident Lenora Edith Lois Bogardus Stoetzer, 98, died Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008, at Shore Pointe Nursing Center in St. Clair Shores. She previously had lived in Grosse Pointe Farms for more than 60 years.

Mrs. Stoetzer was born Dec. 23, 1909, in Detroit to Leonard R. and Edith B. Klein Bogardus and attended Grosse Pointe High School. She married Erwin F. Stoetzer at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church in 1938.

She was a homemaker who was active in various organizations including the Detroit Historical Society and the Grosse Pointe Garden Club. She was a dedicated and founding member of St. James Lutheran Church of Grosse Pointe Farms.

Mrs. Stoetzer was an avid gardener. She enjoyed reading, traveling, music and dancing, crafts, playing cards and Bible studies. She also enjoyed singing in the church choir and participating in the bell choir at St. James. She was a historian of Detroit and Michigan.

Her interest in history stemmed partly from her ancestral background. She was the granddaughter of Detroit City Alderman Charles W. Klein who served the city in the 1890s.

Mrs. Stoetzer is survived by her daughters, Shirley (John) Hartert and Dorothy (James) Scannell; grandchildren, John R. Fortune IV, Jason Scannell and Sandra Currie; great-grandchildren, John Fortune V, Zachary Fortune and Andrew and Bradyn Currie.

She was predeceased by her husband, Erwin; sister, Elaine Bogardus Saladini; and brother, Russell L. Bogardus.

A funeral service was held Monday, Dec. 15, 2008, at Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home in Grosse Pointe Park with interment in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Detroit.

Memorial donations may be made to St. James Lutheran Church, 170 McMillan, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.

Frederick Kipp Cody Jr.

Frederick Kipp Cody Jr.

Died: Thursday, December 11, 2008
Age: 60
Mr. Frederick Kipp Cody Jr., 60, died Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008, at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Pontiac after a brief illness. He was born Oct. 5, 1948, in Detroit.

He was a longtime resident of Birmingham with strong childhood ties to the Grosse Pointe area. Mr. Cody graduated in 1966 from Austin High School in Detroit and attended Michigan State University, where he received a degree in business and marketing in 1970.

Mr. Cody traveled the world in his role as director of marketing for Chrysler International and was instrumental in launching the Jeep brand in China, Egypt and throughout all of Europe. After leaving Chrysler, Mr. Cody joined Jucy, Inc. as a partner. Jucy, headquartered in Palm Springs, Calif., is a pioneer in “green” advertising for major corporations. 

Mr. Cody was a member of Holy Name Church in Birmingham and was an avid art collector who loved gardening. As a loyal friend of Bill W., he reached out to numerous people.

Mr. Cody is survived by his siblings, Mary Lou and Daniel A. Miller of Olympia, Wash., Fredericka Cody of Atlanta, and Angela and Thomas Gonzales of Albuquerque, N. M.

He also is survived by his nieces and nephews, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel A. Miller, Mr. and Mrs. Timothy R. Miller, Mr. and Mrs. Gerard F. Miller and Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Sokolik; five great-nephews; two great-nieces; and cherished cousins, friends and business associates too numerous to list.

Mr. Cody was predeceased by his parents, Frederick K. Cody, Sr., Nancy Ryan Cody and Rosemary Brennan Cody.

A memorial Mass was held Dec. 13, 2008, at Holy Name Church, Birmingham, with interment in St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Memorial donations may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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Frank Pennucci

Frank Pennucci

Died: Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Age: 85
Frank Pennucci died peacefully Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008, at his home in Clinton Township surrounded by family.

He was born March 12, 1923, to Dominic and Carmella Pennucci. Born at the family home in the Italian section of Detroit’s eastside, Mr. Pennucci learned early in life that to succeed you need to work hard and he did. For most of his adult life, he worked two jobs. In 1939 he started working at the Ford Motor Car Company, as he often referred to it. He was always proud of the 46 years he gave to Ford.

With war looming, Mr. Pennucci received a medical waiver from the armed forces. Instead, he drove from Detroit’s eastside to Willow Run Airport in Willow Run, at a time when expressways had not yet been developed, to build bombers in support of the allies.

Mr. Pennucci also worked at the Country Club of Detroit in Grosse Pointe Farms and received honorable mention in their centennial book. One of his greatest memories occurred in August 1956 when he witnessed a young Arnold Palmer win his first amateur championship at the country club while he caddied for Mr. Palmer’s opponent, Jim Sweeney.

Mr. Pennucci had the great pleasure of reliving that moment while attending the 50th anniversary of Mr. Palmer’s win in 2006. He and Mr. Palmer were able to recall the moment together, where on the turn of the 15th hole Palmer overtook Sweeney. Mr. Pennucci retired without fanfare from the country club in 2005 after 60 years of service.

Mr. Pennucci is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Josephine (nee Misuraca); their four daughters, Diane (Richard) Fabbiano, Mary Margaret (Dr. Kim) Kezlarian, Geraldine and Katherine; and brother, Louis, of Arizona. He also is survived by granddaughters, Mary Jo (Mark) Calcaterra, Gina Fabbiano, Dr. Joelle (Ryan McKenna) Kezlarian of Chicago, and Lindsay Kezlarian and two great-grandchildren, Mark Anthony Calcaterra II, and Isabella Mary Calcaterra.

He was predeceased by his parents; brother, Lucianno; and sisters, Stella, Margaret and Joanne.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Monday, Dec. 15, 2008, at St. Isidore Catholic Church in Macomb Township, followed by interment at White Chapel Cemetery in Troy.

Memorial donations may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd St., New York, NY 10016.

Marian Callouette

Marian Callouette

Died: Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Age: 89
Marian Callouette, formerly Marian Gulevich, 89, died Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008, in Memphis, Tenn. She was a former resident of Grosse Pointe Woods.

She was born March 8, 1919, to Walter and Catherine Dippold. She received her master’s degree from Wayne State University and taught at Fraser High School, from which she retired.

In addition to being a devoted teacher and mother, Mrs. Callouette was an avid reader and seamstress. She devoted many volunteer hours to the resale shop at the Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church. She loved spending time outdoors and in particular at her cottage in Canada. Her wry sense of humor was appreciated by everyone she met.

Mrs. Callouette is survived by her daughters, Tina Varner and Catherine Gulevich; sons, Gregory Gulevich and Victor Gulevich; stepdaughter, Michelle Callouette; and grandchildren Ferrell E. Varner, Zoe Varner, Alex Gulevich, Jason Gulevich and Aaron Gulevich.

She was predeceased by her husband, Joseph Callouette.

A memorial service is planned for August in Canada where she and her family enjoyed many happy summers.

Memorial donations may be made to Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church, 17150 Maumee, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48230.

William E. Anderman

Died: Sunday, December 07, 2008
Age: 90
Grosse Pointe resident William E. Anderman, 90, died Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008.

He was the beloved husband of June Marks Anderman and loving father of Milton (Diann), Marie (Andrew) Arlo, Richard (Denise) and the late William E. III (Judy). He was the dear grandfather and great grandfather of many.

Please sign Mr. Anderman’s online guestbook at cremationmichigan.com

John Robert “Bob” Colson

John Robert “Bob” Colson

Died: Saturday, December 06, 2008
Age: 83
Bob Colson, 83, died Saturday, Dec, 6, 2008, in St. Clair Shores. A longtime Grosse Pointe Woods resident, he was born Sept. 30, 1925 in Sharon, Pa., the son of Fred and Hulda Colson.

Mr. Colson served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After service to his country, he graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1950.

He moved his family to Grosse Pointe Woods in 1967 when he joined Bundy Tubing in Warren as manager of cost accounting. He retired from Bundy in 1987 and enjoyed an active retirement.

Mr. Colson enjoyed golf, music, travel and was an avid sportsman. He was the No. 1 cheerleader for his grandchildren’s sporting events at Grosse Pointe North High School.

He was a member of the Grosse Pointe Woods Presbyterian Church since 1973 and served on its finance committee, a volunteer at Bon Secours Hospital, and was formerly involved in Junior Achievement.

Mr. Colson is survived by Shirley, his wife of 58 years; his son, James, and his wife, Lynne; and three grandchildren, Christopher, Leigh-Ann and Blair.

Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, 2008, at the A. H. Peters Funeral Home, 20705 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Woods.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008, at the Grosse Pointe Woods Presbyterian Church, 19950 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Woods. His remains will be inurned at Oakwood Cemetery in Sharon, Pa. on Dec. 19, 2008.

Memorials may be made to the Grosse Pointe Woods Presbyterian Church, 19950 Mack, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236 or the American Macular Degeneration Foundation, P.O. Box 515, Northampton, MA 01061-0515.

Condolences may be shared with the family at ahpeters.com.

Gail Henney Fairbrother

Gail Henney Fairbrother

Died: Friday, December 05, 2008
Age: 59
Grosse Pointe Farms resident Gail Henney Fairbrother, 59, died Friday, Dec. 5, 2008.

She was born in Middletown, Conn. to Thomas Gonder and Louise Handloser Henney. She graduated from The Meeting School in Rindge, N.H. in 1967 and attended Waterloo College.

Ms. Fairbrother was employed as an information operator for AT&T for 23 years and later as a saleswoman at Wal-Mart.

She was devoted to her family and loved animals. She enjoyed beading jewelry and playing cards and Scrabble.

Ms. Fairbrother is survived by her son, Joshua Fairbrother; and her sister, Hope Henney Hoffman.

She was predeceased by her parents.

A funeral service was held Wednesday, Dec. 10 at Christ Church Grosse Pointe in Grosse Pointe Farms. Interment was in the church’s columbarium.

Memorial donations may be made to Christ Church Grosse Pointe, 61 Grosse Pointe Blvd., Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236 or Services for Older Citizens, 17150 Waterloo, Grosse Pointe, MI 48230.

Dorothy Jones Newhouse

Dorothy Jones Newhouse

Died: Friday, December 05, 2008
Age: 92
Former longtime Grosse Pointe Farms resident Dorothy Jones Newhouse, 92, died Friday, Dec. 5, 2008.

She was born May 16, 1916, to Dr. Clifford Buckman and Elizabeth Ferguson Jones in Philadelphia. She was raised a Quaker and attended Germantown Friends School. During her childhood, she loved going to her family summer cottage on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire and canoeing in the stillness of the early morning hours listening to the birds.

In 1938, she graduated from Wheaton College in Massachusetts with a major in art history and a minor in French. Upon graduation, she traveled to France by ship on her own, with the intent of leading American student tours throughout France. However, tensions increased in Europe prior to World War II and she returned to the United States. She began work as curator of the Philadelphia Museum of Fine Arts.

She met her husband, Sidney, at a Presbyterian young adult group in Philadelphia. They married Dec. 21, 1944 and moved with their three children to Grosse Pointe Farms in 1960.

As her children were preparing to head off to college, Mrs. Newhouse returned to school at Wayne State University and earned her teaching certificate. She taught French for 18 years at Brownell Middle School and Grosse Pointe North High School. Mrs. Newhouse’s students knew her as an exceptionally kind, caring teacher who sponsored the French Club and led numerous student trips to France.

After retiring in 1981, she taught adult continuing education classes in calligraphy and French for travelers.

She enjoyed traveling with her husband. Her favorite trips were Australia and New Zealand, India and Nepal, and Hawaii and Fiji.

Her family gave her immense joy. Her grandchildren spent many happy hours assisting her in baking cookies and pies for numerous charitable fundraisers.

At Grosse Pointe Memorial Presbyterian Church, Mrs. Newhouse was a deacon as well as a Sunday school teacher, the calligrapher for the church record books and an expert on the church iconography.

She was active in the Cottage Hospital Auxiliary, Meals on Wheels and Services for Older Citizens. She enjoyed membership in the Alliance Française.

Her interests included a love of art history, French, calligraphy, birds, reading, the Detroit Tigers, bridge and other card games, dancing and gardening in her younger years.

Mrs. Newhouse is survived by her husband, Sidney; her children and their spouses, Nancy (Tom) Trimmer, Phil (Cindy) and Dave (Denise); her grandchildren, Tom Jr., Michelle (Scott) Baby, Juliana (Shaun) Kerschen, Andrew, Meredith and Megan; and her great-granddaughters, Brooke and Courtney Baby.

She leaves a legacy of love, kindness and caring to all whose lives she touched.

Denny Callahan

Denny Callahan

Died: Thursday, December 04, 2008
Age: 65
Former City of Grosse Pointe resident Denny Callahan, 65, died Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008 in Darien, Conn.

Mr. Callahan was born in Milwaukee to Raymond and Marie Callahan. He graduated from Northern Michigan University in 1969 and served in military intelligence for the U.S. Air Force in Turkey.

Mr. Callahan was the chief executive officer of Crowley’s Department Store from 1992 until 1998. He also was a Realtor for Century 21.

Mr. Callahan enjoyed traveling, reading, skiing and playing cards.

He was a member of the City of Grosse Pointe Foundation and its board president from 2004 to 2007 and Spaulding for Children, where he also served as board president from 1996 to 1999.

He is survived by his wife, Diane; son, Todd; daughters, Jennifer Crewe, Amy Callahan Tannert and Lindsey Callahan; and grandchildren, Alexa and Alec Crewe.

He also is survived by his father; sisters, Marie Mullin and Susie Buffington; and his brothers, Tim Callahan and Mike Callahan.

He was predeceased by his mother.

A funeral service was held Dec. 10 in Rapid River.

Memorial donations may be made to Spaulding for Children, 16250 Northland Drive, Suite 120, Southfield, MI 48075 or The City of Grosse Pointe Foundation, 17147 Maumee, Grosse Pointe, MI 48230.

William “Bill” Leslie Seppala

William “Bill” Leslie Seppala

Died: Thursday, December 04, 2008
Age: 62
Grosse Pointe Woods resident William “Bill” Leslie Seppala, 62, died Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008.

Mr. Seppala was born March 5, 1946 in Detroit to Katherine Seaman and Leslie William Seppala. He graduated from Denby High School in Jan. 1964 and the University of Michigan in 1968.

He served as a sergeant for the U.S. Army in Vietnam.

Mr. Seppala was the owner and president of Harper Sport Shop in St. Clair Shores. Harper Sport was well-known among generations of Eastsiders as the place to purchase sports team apparel, hockey sticks and skates, bowling balls and bags, and a wide variety of other sports equipment.

Mr. Seppala was a sports enthusiast who enjoyed softball, bowling, hockey and racquetball. He also enjoyed gardening and building model boats.

He was a member of the Mack Avenue Merchants Association; Les Cheneaux Club and Sigma Chi fraternity.

Mr. Seppala is survived by his wife, Mary Beth; sons, Michael and Mark; and sister, Sandra K. Seppala.

He was predeceased by his parents.

A funeral service was held Monday, Dec. 8 at A.H. Peters Funeral Home in Grosse Pointe Woods.

Memorial donations may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.
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