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James S. Fazio

James S. Fazio

Died: Thursday, March 26, 2009
Age: 81
James S. Fazio, 81, died Thursday, March 26, 2009.

Mr. Fazio was born in Detroit to Joseph and Sarah (nee Iaquinta) Fazio. He graduated from Northeastern High School and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Wayne State University. He began his teaching career with Detroit Public Schools as a physical education instructor at Campau Elementary. He retired after more than 30 years with Detroit Public Schools, his last job as a counselor at Finney High School.

Mr. Fazio served in the U.S. Navy in Japan. He was a member of the Gas House Gang barbershop singing group in college and refereed high school basketball games throughout the Detroit area.

His family said Mr. Fazio was always happy to see and hear from former students and give them support and encouragement using the “jive” talk for which he was known.

His passing is mourned by his family, friends, and many former students.

Mr. Fazio is survived by his brother, Ross J. Fazio; sister-in-law, Virginia Fazio; sisters, Rosalie Fazio, Katherine (Royce) Richards, Janet (the late John) Henning; nieces, Ann Marie (Jerome) Aliotta, Mary (George) Lutfy, Sarah (Brendan) Walsh; nephews, Ross J. “Chip” Fazio Jr., John F. (Dawn) Henning Jr. David J. Henning (fiancée Amy Komitzky); his many grandnieces and grandnephews and the families of Joe and Rhonda Council and Margaret “Maggie” Cooper Borg.

Inurnment was at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Detroit.

Arrangements were handled by Price Funeral Home in Troy.

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Sydney Lee Terry

Sydney Lee Terry

Died: Thursday, March 26, 2009
Age: 88
Grosse Pointe Farms resident Sydney Lee Terry, 88, died Thursday, March 26, 2009, at his winter home in Naples, Fla.

He was born April 5, 1920, in Huntsville, Ala. to Sydney A. and Elizabeth S. Terry. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from Stanford University in 1941 and in 1943 a Master of Science degree in automotive engineering from the Chrysler Institute.

Mr. Terry worked at Chrysler Corporation for 38 years where he rose to vice president of engineering and later became vice president of public responsibility and consumer affairs.

For several years preceding his retirement in 1980, he served as Chrysler’s chief spokesman regarding public regulation of automotive safety and environmental emissions. In this capacity, he testified frequently before various Congressional committees.

From 1981 to 2006, Mr. Terry served as a consultant to business and industry. He held several U.S. patents, including threaded fasteners and an inflatable seat belt. He served on the board of directors of several institutions, including Lawrence Technological University.

He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Delta Tau Delta, the Engineering Society of Detroit, the Society of Automotive Engineers, and the Grosse Pointe Senior Men’s Club. He sang with the St. Paul Men’s Choir and the Grunyons.

An avid golfer and tennis player, he was a longtime member of the Country Club of Detroit.

Mr. Terry is survived by his wife of 62 years, Barbara Reynolds Terry; sons, Christopher L. (Mary) Terry, Mark R. (Kathi) Terry and S. Lee (Kathy) Terry Jr.; daughters, Sheila T. Tomkinson; Kathleen S. Terry and Martha T. (Joe) Dempsey; grandchildren Christopher Terry Jr., Patrick Terry, Sheila Terry, Matthew Terry, Luke Terry, Peter Terry, J.R. (Jeannie) Tomkinson, Amy (Hayden) Graham, Lindsay (Will) Bloom, Katie Tomkinson, Sydney L. Terry III, Elizabeth Terry and Sarah Anne Terry; and great-grandchildren, Jessica, Georgia, Olivia, Annabelle, Adeline, Noah and Tommy.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Friday, April 24, at St. Paul on the Lake, 157 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Cyril Howard “Bud” Draper Jr.

Cyril Howard “Bud” Draper Jr.

Died: Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Grosse Pointe Shores resident Bud Draper passed away at his home Wednesday, March 25, 2009, surrounded by his family.

The day after graduating from Eastern High School in Detroit, Mr. Draper enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Europe during World War II under Gen. George Patton. Memories of the war and liberating concentration camps stayed with him, and his family said he never complained about anything throughout the rest of his life.

After the war he went to business school where he found the two great loves in his life: the art of selling and Marie, his beloved wife of more than 58 years.

Mr. Draper spent more than 50 years in the furniture business. After working for several furniture manufacturers and an upholstery company, he opened Draper’s Fine Furniture in St. Clair Shores in 1965. He also owned and operated the Scott Schuptrine store in Grosse Pointe Farms until he sold that business. Marie Howard Interiors in Michigan Design Center in Troy was his final business venture which he operated with his wife until they both retired in 1999.

Mr. Draper’s happiest moments were sailing his 36-foot sailboat, Summer Sale, all around the Great Lakes and Georgian Bay. The family enjoyed many summer cruises on the lakes.

He was a 32-year member of the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club. He also was a 47-year member of Grosse Pointe United Methodist Church, where he served as head of the trustee and finance committees and administrative board. Most importantly to the kids at church though, he was the yo-yo champion for many years.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Marie; sons, Gordon, Ron and Glen; daughters-in-law, Michelle, and JeriLynn; grandchildren, Rachel, Rebecca, Troy, Selena, David (Julie) and Jeff (Lauren) and great-granddaughter, Adia.

Mr. Draper’s family said there was nothing he loved more than a good laugh with friends and family. He brought smiles and loud laughs everywhere he went for all of his 82 years. He will be missed.

A memorial service will be held 10 a.m., Saturday, April 4, at the Grosse Pointe United Methodist Church, 211 Moross, Grosse Pointe Farms. In honor of Mr. Draper’s favorite color, the family requests attendees wear something blue.

Memorial donations may be made to The Memorial Committee, Grosse Pointe United Methodist Church, 211 Moross Road, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236 or to Beaumont Hospice, 1200 Stephenson Highway, Troy, MI 48083.

Arrangements were handled by the Cremation Society of Michigan.

Maerose N. Walton

Died: Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Age: 80
Grosse Pointe Woods resident Maerose N. Walton, 80, died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009, at her home.

Mrs. Walton’s family said she enjoyed a long and eventful life. She will be deeply missed by her family.

At Mrs. Walton’s request, no service was held.

Helen Hysick

Helen Hysick

Died: Saturday, March 21, 2009
Age: 92
Grosse Pointe Woods resident Helen Hysick, 92, died Saturday, March 21, 2009.

She was born July 26, 1916 in Hazelton, Pa. to Filote and Mary Wafkosky. She graduated from high school and received additional schooling in business.

She worked as an administrative assistant for the city of Grosse Pointe Park and in administration for Comerica Bank. She retired from Comerica Bank.

Mrs. Hysick enjoyed sewing and travel. She was a member of the Grosse Pointe Seniors Club. Most of all, Mrs. Hysick had a great love of her family.

She is survived by her daughter, Mary Ellen (Michael) Kutschke; son, Stephen John (Peggy) Hysick and four grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Stephen.

A funeral Mass was celebrated March 24 at St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church in Detroit, followed by interment in Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton Township.

C. Wallace Toles

C. Wallace Toles

Died: Saturday, March 21, 2009
Age: 86
Grosse Pointe Farms resident C. Wallace Toles Jr. passed away Sunday, March 22, 2009. He was 86.

Mr. Toles, affectionately known as Wally to his family and friends, was a lifelong resident of Grosse Pointe. A 1941 graduate of Grosse Pointe High School, Mr. Toles attended Colgate University, served three years in the U. S. Army during World War II, and graduated from the University of Michigan.

In 1946, he joined his father in the family’s real estate business, Toles & Associates, where he remained until retiring in 1984. 

A long-standing member of the Grosse Pointe Board of Realtors and its predecessor organization, the Grosse Pointe Brokers Association, Mr. Toles served as both president and treasurer of the organization at various times during his career.

Mr. Toles was a lifelong summer resident of Pointe Aux Barques where he enjoyed playing tennis, golfing, hunting and boating. He was a past president of the Pointe Aux Barques Association and a member of the Pointe Aux Barques township board.

He was also a life member of the Country Club of Detroit.

Mr. Toles is survived by his stepdaughter, Lynn Carruthers (John) Park; his grandchildren, Charlotte and George and his cousin, Gretchen Carhartt Valade.

He was predeceased by his wife, Lois McKinley Toles and stepdaughter, Sue Allison Carruthers.  

A private family memorial service will be held. A reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 29, at the Country Club of Detroit.

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

Robert Boyd Hunter Jr.

Robert Boyd Hunter Jr.

Died: Saturday, March 21, 2009
Age: 66
Former Grosse Pointe resident Robert Boyd Hunter Jr., 66, died Saturday, March 21, 2009 in San Francisco.

He was born March 19, 1943, in Oakland, Calif., and attended Grosse Pointe High School. He graduated from Acalanes High School in Lafayette, Calif. in 1961 and attended Yale University, UCLA, and UC Berkeley. 

Known as Boyd to family and friends, Mr. Hunter spent many years as a writer, typesetter and layout artist for publications in New York City and Berkeley, Calif. and became accomplished in computer graphics and digital media. His talents and interests in theater, film, television, and music were the dominant forces in his life and inspired the activities he most loved to share with friends and family.

As a boy, Mr. Hunter was active in the Grosse Pointe Children’s Theatre and wrote, directed and filmed an amateur film at age 15, and another in Lafayette at age 17. Throughout his youth, he directed and performed in community theater productions in Grosse Pointe and in the Bay Area, and went on to study drama, film and music at the university level. 

During the last three years of his life, he read voraciously about such topics as the history of the Disney animation studios and the history of color film technology. Taking special excitement in the 2008 births of his nephew’s triplets, he compiled two CDs of favorite Disney songs dedicated to the babies.

Mr. Hunter is survived by his mother, Dorothea Hunter Fox; sisters, Molly Hunter Giles, Sarah Hunter Ferries (Jeff) and Patricia Hunter Fisher; niece, Kathryn Weis; nephew, Nathaniel Weis (Sally); grandniece, Olivia Weis and grandnephews, Cooper and Hunter Weis.

He was predeceased by his father, Robert Boyd Hunter.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice By the Bay, 17 East Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Larkspur, CA 94939 or hospicebythebay.org.

Keith Armiger Scripps

Keith Armiger Scripps

Died: Friday, March 20, 2009
Age: 76
Former Grosse Pointe resident Keith Armiger Scripps, 76, died Friday, March 20, 2009, in Staunton, Va. Mr. Scripps was the great-grandson of James Edmund Scripps, founder and publisher of the Evening News Association, later The Detroit News.

Mr. Scripps, who had been living in Washington, D.C., was born in Detroit and graduated from The Hill School in Pottstown, Pa. He was a member of the Naval ROTC while attending the University of Southern California.

He worked for Begg Inc., Kiplinger’s Magazine and Scripps International, Inc. He also held numerous patents, including innovative carbon monoxide and smoke detector designs produced and marketed by Generation 2.

Mr. Scripps is survived by his sisters, Diane Ashfield Scripps of Los Angeles and Virginia Scripps Semmes of Cismont, Va.; brother, William Edmund Scripps of San Diego; sons, Keith Armiger Scripps Jr. of Los Angeles and Prewitt Semmes Scripps of Staunton, Va. and grandchildren, Trevor York Scripps and Eliza Semmes Scripps of Los Angeles.

He was predeceased by his former wife, Mary Martin Semmes.

Robert C. Frenzel Sr.

Robert C. Frenzel Sr.

Died: Thursday, March 19, 2009
Age: 67
Former Grosse Pointe Farms resident Robert Charles Frenzel Sr., 67, passed away Thursday, March 19, 2009, at his home in Atlanta, Ga.

He graduated from Austin Catholic Prep High School in Detroit and Loyola University in Chicago. He was a partner with Touche Ross and president of Prudential Bank and Trust. He was also chief financial officer for Advanced Control Systems, from which he retired. 

Mr. Frenzel is survived by his wife, Connie Poole Frenzel; daughter, Dr. Kristen Frenzel-Craighead (Marc) of Atlanta; sons, Robert C. Frenzel Jr. of Dallas, Bryan T. Frenzel of Atlanta and Jeffery S. Frenzel of Atlanta; granddaughters, Alice and Audrey Craighead of Atlanta and his sister, Mary Anne (Eugene) Gargaro of Grosse Pointe Shores.

He was predeceased by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Leo Frenzel.  

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 27, at Holy Innocence Episcopal Church, 805 Mt. Vernon Highway in Atlanta.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1899 Central Ave., Augusta, GA 30904.

Francis Dennis McCarthy

Died: Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Age: 70
Longtime City of Grosse Pointe resident Francis Dennis McCarthy, 70, died Wednesday, March 18, 2009. He had recently moved to St. Clair Shores.

Mr. McCarthy was born and raised in Detroit. He graduated from University of Detroit Jesuit High School and the University of Notre Dame.

He worked in advertising sales for Advo.

He was a board member of Manresa Retreat House, Michigan Parkinson Foundation, University of Detroit High School, and the University of Notre Dame Detroit Club. He also enjoyed volunteering at his children’s schools.

Mr. McCarthy enjoyed sailing and sailed in numerous Mackinac races.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia; children, Anne (Marty) Montagne, Mary Katherine (Jacques) Baudeloque and Joseph; grandchildren, Maryl, Isabelle, Mac, Brennan and Jean-Luc and his sister, Mary Jo (Larry) DuMouchelle.

A funeral Mass was celebrated March 21 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Detroit.

Memorial donations may be made to University of Detroit High School, 8400 Cambridge, Detroit, MI 48221; Manresa Retreat House; or and Michigan Parkinson’s Foundation, 30400 Telegraph, Suite 150, Bingham Farms, MI 48025.
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