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Kenneth Laird Gould

Kenneth Laird Gould

Died: Monday, June 29, 2009
Age: 82
Kenneth Laird Gould, 82, died Monday, June 29, 2009, at Glenbrook Hospital in Illinois.

He was born in Columbus, Ohio, and grew up in Detroit. He graduated from the Detroit University School in Grosse Pointe, served in the United States Navy during World War II, and earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan, where he was a member of the Zeta Psi fraternity.  

Mr. Gould moved to the Chicago area in 1963 to work for Montgomery Ward. He and his wife, Kiki, raised their children in Winnetka.

Mr. Gould continued on as president of Lacolite Corporation and general manager of Pan Angling. He was a consultant project manager with Executive Service Corp, on the board of Winnetka/Northfield Family Service, and an active vestry member of Christ Church, Winnetka. 

When he was two, his father, Kenneth Laird Gould, died. His parents, Maxine and Len Heath, also predeceased him. 

Mr. Gould was a member of Skokie Country Club and enjoyed golfing, tennis, reading, bridge, sailing and fishing. But his family was the joy of his life. He is survived by his wife, Kiki; children, Ken (Christin), Margaret (Bill Riley), Christopher (Jeanne) and Elizabeth (Sean Davis); grandchildren,  Grace and Kenneth Gould IV, Colin, Christopher, and Katie Riley, James, Kevin, Allison and Christopher Gould Jr. and Michael, Margaret and Mary Kathryn Davis and great-granddaughter, Arianna Riley.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 2, at Christ Church, Winnetka.

Memorial donations may be made to Winnetka Family Service, 992 1/2 Green Bay Road, Winnetka, IL 60093, or Christ Church, Winnetka, 784 Sheridan Road, Winnetka, IL 60093.

Dorothy E. Clute

Died: Monday, June 29, 2009
Age: 95
Former Grosse Pointe Farms resident Dorothy E. Clute, nee Doll, died Monday, June 29, 2009, after a brief illness. She was 95.

Mrs. Clute was born Feb. 28, 1914, in Detroit to Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Doll. She graduated from Highland Park High School in 1932, remaining lifelong friends with her sorority sisters and many classmates. In 1937 she married her high school sweetheart, Minton Clute.

Mrs. Clute was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

After her husband returned from World War II, they settled in Grosse Pointe. She proudly helped design their dream home, where they raised their family and enjoyed many wonderful years together.

Mrs. Clute was a talented and gracious hostess. She was also a gifted gardener who always had something blooming.

She was an avid Detroit Tigers fan and enjoyed playing cards, bowling and golf. She also shared her husband’s passion for boating and loved spending a day on the water.

Mrs. Clute was among the founding members of Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish and a former member of Gowanie Golf Club and the Detroit Yacht Club.

Her family said she will be remembered for her kindness, sense of humor and beauty, both inside and out. She was much loved and will be greatly missed.

Mrs. Clute is survived by her son, Charles (Lynda) of Grosse Pointe Farms; grandchildren, Kimberly (Ed) Kelly of Rochester Hills, Christopher (Arian) of Orlando, Fla. and Brian (Heather) of Grosse Pointe Woods and great-grandchildren, Katherine, Carter, Cassidy and Shylah.

She was predeceased by her husband of 72 years, Minton; her son, Richard and her brothers, Edward and Stanley Doll.

Per Mrs. Clute’s request, a private family memorial will be held at a later date. Interment will be at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Memorial donations may be made to the Solanus Casey Center, 1780 Mt. Elliott Ave., Detroit, MI 48207-3485.

Martin Carl Oetting

Martin Carl Oetting

Died: Monday, June 29, 2009
Age: 82
City of Grosse Pointe resident Martin Carl Oetting, 82, died Monday, June 29, 2009, at Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe.

He was born May 5, 1917, in Fort Wayne, Ind. to Martin W. and Valetta H. Oetting. He graduated from Southeastern High School in Detroit and received his bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Michigan.

He served in the United States Coast Guard.

Mr. Oetting was a partner at the law firm of Clark Hill PLC in Detroit.

He was past president of the Grosse Pointe War Memorial and served on the boards of Robison Foundation, Hodges and Irvine, Respiratory Foundation, Lutheran Social Services and the Detroit Executive Services Committee.

Mr. Oetting received the Schulman Award from the business law section of the American Bar Association.

Mr. Oetting enjoyed golfing, tennis, fishing, card games, reading and wine. He was a member of the Country Club of Detroit, Yondotega Club and the Witenagemote literary society.

Mr. Oetting is survived by his wife of 55 years, Dorothy “Dee” Oetting; sons, Mark J. (Sara) Oetting, Jeffrey D. (Kelly) Oetting, David B. Oetting, Gregg C. (Stacy) Oetting; grandchildren, Tori Oetting, Brandon Farine Oetting, Zachary Oetting, Mitchell Oetting, Jeff Sawyer Oetting, Will Sawyer Oetting and Lisle Oetting and his brother, Roger H. Oetting.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 19, at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms. Interment is in the church’s columbarium.

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

Arrangements were handled by Wm. R. Hamilton Co. of Mount Clemens.

Gerald Robert Pearsall

Gerald Robert Pearsall

Died: Monday, June 29, 2009
Age: 83
Longtime Grosse Pointe Woods resident Gerald Robert Pearsall, 83, died Monday, June 29, 2009, at Cleveland Clinic.

Mr. Pearsall was born March 19, 1926 and was raised in Detroit. He was a veteran of the United States Army, First Cavalry. During World War II, Staff Sgt. Pearsall’s unit was among the first to land in Japan as the Army of Occupation. His experience in the Army contributed to his life-long love of travel and desire to experience other cultures.

Mr. Pearsall was a University of Michigan graduate. He was a mechanical engineer by profession, working in the automotive industry for 15 years before retiring in his late 30s. He was employed by Packard Motor Co., The Budd Co., Ford Motor Co. and various other automotive companies. He received patents for several of his creative endeavors.

His passion for the automotive industry then found other outlets including as an active member and manager of the Lincoln Continental Owner’s Club and as a member of the Cadillac and LaSalle Club.

Mr. Pearsall made the most of more than four decades of retirement, visiting more than 100 countries. He was active in square dancing groups in Southeast Michigan for more than 50 years.

He enjoyed camping, biking, hiking, and boating — even though he could not swim. He made his first of five trips to Alaska by car in the early 1950s and in the 1960s explored much of Africa by car.

Mr. Pearsall was active in and supported many area organizations including the Veterans Club of Grosse Pointe, the Grosse Pointe Historical Society, American Youth Hostels, Rails to Trails, the Henry Ford Heritage Association, the Early Ford V8 Foundation and the Senior Men’s Club.

Mr. Pearsall’s mother directed neighborhood children in their yard in informal plays, fostering a life-long love of community and school theater.

His family said Mr. Pearsall’s financial acumen and conservatism combined to make him a generous philanthropist.

Mr. Pearsall was predeceased by the first love of his life, Beverly Demers. He is survived by his beloved wife, Linda Byrne Pearsall; his step-children, Sean and Shannon and his six grandchildren, Sebastian, Bridget, Nina, Haley, Elena and Charlotte, who miss their grandpa Jerry dearly.

He also is survived by his sister, Shirlee Brownell; several nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews, his brother-in-law, Richard Demers and his two cats, Timmy and Ebony.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 10, at Historic Trinity Lutheran Church, 1345 Gratiot, Detroit.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Association of Kidney Patients, 3505 East Frontage Road, Suite 315, Tampa, FL 33607 or online at aakp.org.

Joyce Oetjens Wambold

Died: Monday, June 29, 2009
Age: 70
Former longtime Grosse Pointe Farms resident Joyce Oetjens Wambold, 70, died Monday, June 29, 2009, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was a resident of Charleston, S.C. and Key Colony Beach, Fla.

She was born March 15, 1939, in Monroe to Emma Louise Oetjens and Carl Oetjens. She was a 1957 graduate of Edsel Ford High School in Dearborn and a 1961 graduate of the University of Michigan where she majored in interior design.

Mrs. Wambold was a member of the American Society of Interior Designers, The Huguenot Society of South Carolina, Daughters of the American Revolution, the Garden Club of Charleston, the Harbour Club of Charleston, the Country Club of Detroit and the Marathon Yacht Club of Marathon, Fla.

She attended St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Key West, Fla. She enjoyed interior decorating, traveling and antiques.

Mrs. Wambold is survived by her husband, Eugene F. Wambold Jr.; daughter Krysten (Stephen Jr.) Swan of Charleston, S.C. and grandson, Aubrey Alexander Swan.

A funeral service was held July 1 at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Charleston with entombment in Magnolia Cemetery also in Charleston.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 5900 Core Road, Suite 504, North Charleston, S.C. 29406.

William R. Urbancic M.D.

William R. Urbancic M.D.

Died: Sunday, June 28, 2009
William R. Urbancic M.D., 79, died Sunday, June 28, 2009.

He was born July 25, 1929, in Detroit to Mary and Frank Urbancic and graduated from Wayne State University Medical School in 1957.

After medical school, he served his country honorably as a captain in the U.S. Army.

He ran his private practice in Eastpointe. Dr. Urbancic was a dedicated family physician who was loved and revered by generations of patients.

Dr. Urbancic was a devoted father who was actively involved in his children’s lives, from coaching Little League to building the annual backyard ice rink.

He enjoyed tennis, sailing, skiing, nature, reading Louis L’Amour novels and doing crossword puzzles. He never lost his sense of humor, which was appreciated by all ages.

Dr. Urbancic was on the staff at St. John Hospital for nearly 40 years and served as treasurer of the executive board. He was a diplomate of the American Board of Family Practice and a member of American Medical Association and Michigan Academy of Family Physicians.

Dr. Urbancic is survived by his loving wife, Joan; children, Frank, Joan (Andor) Reiber, Brian and Rick; grandchildren Michael, Marylise and Will and his brother, Frank (Helen).

He was predeceased by his son, William Jr. (Barbara).

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday July 2, 2009, at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Memorial donations may be made to Cabrini Clinic, a free health clinic for the uninsured, at 1234 Porter St., Detroit, MI 48226 or CabriniClinic.org. 

The Rev. Stephen Kyne Fraser-Soots

The Rev. Stephen Kyne Fraser-Soots

Died: Saturday, June 27, 2009
Age: 61
Former Grosse Pointe Park resident The Rev. Stephen Kyne Fraser-Soots, 61, died Saturday, June 27, 2009, at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Oakland of complications from multiple myeloma. He was a resident of Waterford.

Rev. Fraser-Soots was a staff sergeant in the United States Air Force, serving in Vietnam and Europe.

After completing his military duty, he earned a bachelor’s degree at California State University at Fullerton, and two master’s degrees in business and finance at West Coast University.

In 2005 he retired from Ford Motor Co. where he worked as a systems analyst. In retirement, he completed work on a Master of Divinity, and at the time of his death, was serving as pastor at Paint Creek and Howarth United Methodist churches.

Rev. Fraser-Soots loved any kind of time with his family, working with his boys, going to school, visiting his sister and learning to dance with his wife. He was an ardent fan of the Harry Potter books and movies.

Rev. Fraser-Soots is survived by his wife, The Rev. Bea Barbara; sons, Aaron Soots Fraser, DO, and his wife, Erin Nancy Fry, DO, and Shawn Stephen Fraser, and his wife, Alicia Sue Fraser and sisters, Karen Jean (John Resing) Schoeni and Susan Isler. He also was proud to be Grandpa ‘Teve to Alexander Fry Fraser and Lorelei Louise Fraser.

He was predeceased by his parents.

A memorial service will be held at noon on his 62nd birthday, Thursday, July 2, at Grosse Pointe United Methodist Church, 211 Moross, Grosse Pointe Farms. The family will receive friends at 10 a.m. until time of service.

Memorial donations may be made to the Tribute Scholarship Fund in the name of Stephen K. Fraser-Soots at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, 2121 Sheridan, Evanston, IL 60201.

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Peggy Lutton Schmitz

Peggy Lutton Schmitz

Died: Thursday, June 25, 2009
Age: 74
Former Grosse Pointe Farms resident Margaret “Peggy” Lutton Schmitz died Thursday, June 25, 2009, in Santa Cruz, Calif. She was 74.

She was born in Detroit to Forbes and Helen Lutton and graduated from Grosse Pointe High School. She attended Michigan State University and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1957 from the University of Michigan.

She married Donald Schmitz of Grosse Pointe Farms in 1957 and they moved to California in 1967 to follow his career. She added a second bachelor’s and a master’s degree from San Jose State University in 1979.

Mrs. Schmitz was the NASA-Ames Internship Program Administrator at Foothill-De Anza Community College in Mountain View, Calif. After retirement, she volunteered as a docent for the Seymour Center at Long Marine Lab in Santa Cruz for 12 years.

She enjoyed reading, movies, theater, travel, playing Mah Jonng, being near the sea and living life to the fullest.

Mrs. Schmitz is survived by her husband, Donald; sons, John and Patrick; daughter, Gavin James; grandchildren, Alessandra, Linus, Caitlin and Liam; sister, Emily Lutton Tryforos and her brother, James Lutton.

She was predeceased by her parents.

A memorial celebration will be held Sunday, Aug. 16, at Long Marine Lab, 100 Shaffer Road in Santa Cruz.

Memorial donations may be made to the Peggy Schmitz Memorial Fund, Long Marine Lab Seymour Center at Long Marine Lab, 100 Shaffer Road, Santa Cruz, CA 95060.

Jo Dan Hartingh II

Died: Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Age: 67
Grosse Pointe Farms resident Jo Dan Hartingh II, 67, died Tuesday, June 23, 2009.

He was born Dec. 12, 1941, in Bay City to Jo Dan Hartingh and Iva Oviatt Hartingh and graduated from Handy High School. He received a degree in electrical engineering from Michigan Technological University.

He married Margaret “Vicky” Maki in August of 1968. Mr. Hartingh served in the United States Navy in Vietnam. His engineering career was spent with Westinghouse Corporation.

He was a member of Crescent Sail Yacht Club and the Austin Healey Club of America.

Mr. Hartingh is survived by his wife, Vicky; son, Jo Dan III and daughter, Anne, all of Grosse Pointe Farms.

Memorials may be made to the Mayo Foundation, Department of Development, 200 First Street, S.W. Rochester, MN 55905.

E. Guthrie “Gus” Davis

E. Guthrie “Gus” Davis

Died: Sunday, June 21, 2009
Age: 77
Former City of Grosse Pointe resident E. Guthrie “Gus” Davis, 77, died Thursday, May 21, 2009. He had been living in Boulder, Colo.

Mr. Davis was born in 1931 to Ernest G. Davis and Margaret Holmes Davis Wadleigh and raised in Indian Village in Detroit. His maternal grandfather, Arthur D. Holmes, was the founder of the Wayne County Medical Society.

Mr. Davis graduated from Detroit University School, Brown University, General Motors Tech Institute and the University of Chicago. He was president of Harley-Davidson and Logan Manufacturing.

He enjoyed racing sports cars and running marathons.

Mr. Davis is survived by his daughters, Kimberly Davis (Brad) Johnson and Lisa Davis Lettang; sons, E.G. Davis and Jed (Virginia) Davis; grandchildren, Sarah and Thom Johnson and Eric, Kurt and Greg Lettang; sister, Peggy Davis Stoepel of the City of Grosse Pointe and brother, Arthur H. Davis of Tucson, Ariz.
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