Died: Sunday, January 11, 2009 Timothy J. Blake
Former Grosse Pointe Woods resident Timothy J. Blake, 53, died Sunday, Jan. 11, 2009.
Mr. Blake graduated from Austin High School and in 1977 earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Western Michigan University.
He owned a heating and cooling business in Jackson, as well as several self-storage facilities.
Mr. Blake was a talented craftsman who used his artistic passion and style to design, invent and create sculpture, cabinetry, furniture and many fanciful works of art. He had a particular gift for metalworking.
In addition to his artistic hobbies, Mr. Blake developed deep interests in a wide variety of subjects and was a lifelong tinkerer. He loved to share his knowledge with others and his enthusiasm for life was contagious.
Mr. Blake’s family described him as unfailingly kind and gentle. He was a loving and faithful husband, an engaged and generous father, grandfather, son and brother. He was a loyal friend to all who knew him.
Mr. Blake is survived by his wife, Donna; sons, Tim and Bill; daughters, Christine and Mary and grandchildren, Connor, Emily, Zoe, Joel and Lilly.
He also is survived by his mother, Anne; sister, Liz (Jack) Opie and brothers, John (Jan), William (Ann), Patrick (Laura), Francis (Joan) and Christopher (Anne).
A funeral Mass was celebrated Jan. 16 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Jackson.
Memorial donations may be sent to the Timothy Blake Grandchildren Trust, 180 West Michigan Ave., Jackson, MI 49201.
Died: Sunday, January 11, 2009 Richard G. Reed
Grosse Pointe Farms resident Richard G. Reed, 71, died Sunday, Jan. 11, 2009, at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.
Mr. Reed was born Feb. 14, 1937, in Detroit to Howard and Archie Reed. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Olivet College in 1959 and his Master of Fine Arts from Cranbrook Academy of Art. He also studied at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles.
Mr. Reed was an automotive stylist at Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn for 31 years. He worked on the original Taurus team and 13 auto show concept vehicles.
He belonged to the Senior Men’s Club of Grosse Pointe and was a member of its reader’s group. He enjoyed water color painting, model building and making ballpoint pens. His hobbies also included designing and building land speed record cars for Bonneville.
Mr. Reed is survived by Carol, his wife of 49 years; daughter, Robin (Robert) Staples; son, Richard (Crystal) Reed Jr.; grandchildren, Emily, Elizabeth and Samantha and his sister, Carol LaBo.
He was predeceased by his parents and sister, Barbara Burke.
A memorial service was held Jan. 17 at Grosse Pointe United Methodist Church in Grosse Pointe Farms.
Memorial donations may be made to Patient Medical Needs Fund, Henry Ford Health System, 1 Ford Place 5A, Detroit, MI 48202-9941.
Died: Sunday, January 11, 2009
City of Grosse Pointe resident Ralph Joseph Seiloff Jr., 84, died Sunday, Jan. 11, 2009, at Mount Clemens Regional Medical Center in Mount Clemens.
Mr. Seiloff, a lifelong Grosse Pointer, was born in Grosse Pointe to Ralph Sr. and Margaret (nee Schmidt) Seiloff. He served in the Merchant Marines during World War II.
Mr. Seiloff was a retired general contractor.
He is survived by his sons, Jay (Marsha) Seiloff and Tom Seiloff; daughters, Janet (Brian) Carson; grandchildren, Stephen Carson, Karen Keenan, Kimberly Johnson, Kristen Seiloff and Madison Seiloff and one great-grandson.
A memorial service will be held in the spring in the Memorial Gardens at Grosse Pointe Woods Presbyterian Church, 19950 Mack, Grosse Pointe Woods.
Arrangements were handled by Buehler Funeral Home in Mount Clemens.
Died: Saturday, January 10, 2009 Clarence F. Wascher
Saline resident Clarence F. Washer, 86, died Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2009.
He was born April 12, 1922 in Lyons, Ill. to William and Alma Wascher. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Mr. Wascher was general manager of Jacobson’s in Grosse Pointe. He retired in 1988. He is a former president of the Grosse Pointe Rotary Club.
He enjoyed painting, dancing and golf.
Mr. Washer is survived by his daughters, Carol Wascher, Janet (Douglas) Manley, Barbara (Jean) Runel, Mary (Michael) Straus, Della Frieman; son, James Wascher; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and sisters, Elinor Grimm and Grace Kokuska.
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at A.H. Peters Funeral Home, 20705 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Woods. Interment will be in the Columbarium at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Chu
Died: Tuesday, January 06, 2009 Robert R. Garey
Grosse Pointe Woods resident Robert R. Garey, 82, died Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009 at Beaumont Hospital Grosse Pointe.
Mr. Garey was born Aug. 9, 1926 in Williamsburg to Garfield W. and Mable A. Garey. He attended Central Michigan University, Iowa State University and University of Michigan. He earned his law degree in 1951 from Wayne State Law School.
He worked as a systems analyst for a number of companies including U.S. Army Tank-automotive & Armaments Command, Ford Motor Co., and Chrysler Corp. He was a corporate trust office for Detroit Bank & Trust and was a private practice attorney at Qually, Larson, Jones & Garey.
Mr. Garey was a U.S. Navy seaman 2nd class and served in the Pacific Theater during World War II.
He was a member of Habitat for Humanity in Savannah, Ga. and volunteer at Candler Hospital in the same city. He enjoyed golfing and following his investments and the stock market.
Mr. Garey is survived by his wife, Elizabeth A. Garey; daughter, Susan E. (Paul) Koch; son, Kirkland W. (Rebecca Sue) Garey; grandchildren, Jacob J. Koch, Kellie A. Koch, Hannah E. Garey and Jackson K. Garey; and his sister, Gladys Aprill.
A funeral service was held at Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home in Grosse Pointe Park. Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 20450 Civic Center Drive, Southfield, MI 48076 or the American Heart Association, 24445 Northwestern Highway, Suite 100, Southfield, MI 48075.
Died: Tuesday, January 06, 2009
Former Grosse Pointe resident Louis R. Dimitry, 103, died Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009, at his residence in Northville.
Mr. Dimitry owned the Dimitry & Moody Custom Tailor and Design Shop in Detroit for 65 years before retiring. Prior to moving to Northville, he was a 75-year resident of Grosse Pointe.
Mr. Dimitry was a 50-year member of Rotary International and belonged to the Grosse Pointe Rotary Club and the Detroit Rotary Club.
Mr. Dimitry is survived by Dorothy, his wife of 75 years; children, Carol Pappas, Gary (Carole) Dimitry and Christopher (Cheryl) Dimitry; eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at St. Thomas Orthodox Church, Farmington Hills, with interment in Rural Hill Cemetery in Northville.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Thomas Orthodox Church, 29150 10 Mile Road, Farmington Hills, MI 48336.
Arrangements were handled by Northrop-Sassaman Funeral Home in Northville.
Died: Monday, January 05, 2009
Former Grosse Pointe Park resident George P. Squiers, 93, died Monday, Jan. 5, 2009.
Mr. Squiers is survived by Dorothea, his devoted wife of 57 years. He was a loving father and is survived by his son, Gary, of Kalamazoo, and daughters, Gail (Edward) Waltermeyer of Columbus, Ohio and Mary Squiers of Needham, Mass. He loved children and was the proud grandfather of six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Mr. Squiers donated his body to Wayne State University for research purposes.
Died: Saturday, January 03, 2009 John M. Schmidt
Grosse Pointe Woods resident John M. Schmidt, 55, died Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009, at his home.
Mr. Schmidt was born May 4, 1953, in Grosse Pointe to William M. and Mary E. (nee Coles) Schmidt. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in industrial design from Michigan State University in 1976. He was self-employed at William M. Schmidt Assoc. in Harper Woods.
Mr. Schmidt was a successful Grosse Pointe area businessman and industrial design consultant for 30 years. He was a friend and mentor to students of industrial design. He established a world class design team responsible for design of automobiles, agricultural equipment, boats, exhibits, graphics and more.
Mr. Schmidt was an avid sportsman and accomplished deer hunter, fisherman and boater. He appreciated daily drives along Lake St. Clair.
Mr. Schmidt also enjoyed reading, writing, the arts and history, especially relating to World War II.
He was a member of the industrial Design Society of America, the National Rifle Association, Reel Recovery, Trout Unlimited and the North American Archery Association.
Mr. Schmidt’s family was very important to him. He is survived by his wife Jane A. (nee Veryser) Schmidt; sons, Michael W. (Elizabeth), Charles F. (Megan), and John Maertens; and brother, William F. Schmidt.
He was predeceased by his parents; and his sister, Judith Ann Schmidt.
Visitation will take place from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 9, 2009, at Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home, 16300 Mack, Grosse Pointe Park.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, at St. Philomena, 4281 Marseilles, Detroit.
Memorial donations may be made to Holding Your Hand, 5560 Little Falls Drive, Dublin, OH 43016 or Reel Recovery, 106 Brookside Road, Needham, MA 02492.
Died: Friday, January 02, 2009 Robert J. Williamson
City of Grosse Pointe resident Robert J. Williamson, 84, died Friday, Jan. 2, 2009.
Mr. Williamson was born July 25, 1924, in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., to Leo and Rose (nee Helfrich) Williamson. He attended St. Nicholas elementary school and high school in Wilkes-Barre, where he was honored as class valedictorian. He graduated from King’s College also in Wilkes-Barre.
Mr. Williamson served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II and was honorably discharged in 1946. He was an executive for the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes, the international railroad labor union, in Highland Park for 25 years, retiring in 1986. His work involved frequent trips to Washington, D.C. to cover legislative issues for the Brotherhood and on one matter met with President Lyndon Johnson.
Mr. Williamson was a devoted and adored husband, father and grandfather. He was a devout Catholic and regularly attended St. Philomena’s Church with his loving wife of 46 years, Helen. He was a skilled figure skater, a pursuit he consistently enjoyed into his late 70s. He also enjoyed playing tennis. He was an avid gardener and loved opera.
Mr. Williamson is survived by his wife, Helen; sons, Michael (Renata) of Chicago and John (Elizabeth) of Grosse Pointe Farms; and grandchildren Kathryn, Alice, Rose, Adam, Kristin, Ivona and Johnny.
He was predeceased by his parents; sisters, Elizabeth Hendrickson and Agnes Beaney; and brother, Leo.
A funeral Mass was celebrated Jan. 5 at St. Philomena’s. Burial is planned at St. Nicholas Cemetery in Shavertown, Pa.
The Williamson family wishes to thank all of the dedicated and caring medical professionals who kindly and gently cared for Mr. Williamson while he was ill.
Memorial donations may be made to the Capuchin Mission Association, 1820 Mt. Elliott, Detroit, MI 48207.
Died: Thursday, January 01, 2009
Former Grosse Pointe Park resident Mary Louise Lutfy, 79, died Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009, in Scottsdale, Ariz.
She was born June 29, 1929, in Grosse Pointe Park to George and Nina Lutfy. She was predeceased by her parents; and her brothers, George, Albert and Walter.
Miss Lutfy is survived by her sister, Virginia; brother, Milton of Mount Clemens; niece, Sandy; and nephew, George of Grosse Pointe.
The family would like to thank Hospice of the Valley in Phoenix, Ariz. for its care.