Died: Sunday, February 22, 2009 Robert Romaine Frahm
Robert Romaine Frahm, artist, poet, sailor, and friend, died Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009. He was 87.
Mr. Frahm was a native Michigander born Dec. 28, 1921, in Grosse Pointe Park. He graduated from St. Ambrose High School, where he was a longtime parishioner, Tufts College and Harvard Business School.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served in the South Pacific during World War II.
An avid reader, Mr. Frahm received his first Grosse Pointe public library card in the first grade and wore out many cards over the years.
He was an outdoorsman and an artist. He was a member of the Anchor Bay Rod and Gun Club and was auxiliary camp cook for the Fair Isle Gun Club.
He enjoyed skiing in Michigan and Europe, fishing the lakes and the rivers, and he hunted in the woods of northern Michigan with a wooden bow. His eye could always be turned by a freighter cruising in the channel, and he remembered the Whaleback freighter from his boyhood.
Mr. Frahm was a member of the Grosse Pointe Senior Men’s Club choral group and the St. Ambrose Community Players, where he was both an actor and set designer.
A member of the Grosse Pointe Artists Association, Mr. Frahm was a fixture at local art fairs where he celebrated his love of the farm and the freighter with his fine watercolors and ink drawings, and in later years his pottery, produced in his summer studio in the garage. Recently, he recorded a memoir with StoryCorps.
Mr. Frahm is survived by his wife, Jane (nee Drooker); sons, Eric, Andrew, (Jennifer Neumann) and Justin; grandson Eleot Dawson; sisters, Adele Steiger, Rosemary Nowak, Mary Jane Frahm and Joanne Schneider and more than 30 nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his brothers, William, Martin, Thomas, Edmund and John.
Visitation will be from 1 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, at Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home, 16300 Mack, Grosse Pointe. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 27, at St. Ambrose Church, 15020 Hampton Street, Grosse Pointe Park. Visitation begins at 9:30 a.m. at the church.
Memorial donations may be made to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, 1820 Mount Elliott Street, Detroit, MI 48207, or the Father Solanus Casey Center, 1780 Mount Elliott Street, Detroit, MI 48207.
Died: Saturday, February 21, 2009 Lorraine Anna Fraser
Lorraine Anna Fraser, 77, of Boynton Beach, Fla., died peacefully Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009. She had been a longtime resident of Grosse Pointe Woods.
She was born Oct. 19, 1931, to Andrew and Marie Konke and grew up on the east side of Detroit. She graduated from St. Philip Neri High School and while in high school became an accomplished athlete. She rode horses and participated in speed skating races on Belle Isle. In her mid-20s, she took up golf and spent many days throughout her life competing and socializing on the course.
She was a dedicated mother who raised four boys to whom she always showed her love and support. Her sons said she was a terrific mom whom they will miss very much and will love always.
After raising her sons, Mrs. Fraser worked at CBS Radio in Detroit where she met and became friends with some of the notable CBS celebrities. She finished her working career as a real estate agent for Coldwell Banker in Grosse Pointe Woods were she was a Million Dollar seller before retiring.
Besides golf, Mrs. Fraser was passionate about playing cards, especially bridge and gin rummy.
She was a longtime member of St. Clair Country Club and later Lochmoor Club.
She will be deeply missed by those who survive her including her loving sons, Thomas, James, Robert (Christine) and Mark; six grandchildren, Allison, Julia, Katelyn, Hunter, Steven, and Paige and siblings, Harold (Rosemary) Konke, Marion (Ray) Bruck, Virginia (Ted) Leslie and Rosalie (Richard) Glossa.
She was predeceased by her brother, Barney Konke.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at noon Friday, June 12, 2009, at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 467 Fairford, Grosse Pointe Woods. Visitation begins at 11 a.m.
A private burial will take place at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Detroit.
Memorial donations may be made to the Bethesda Hospital Foundation, 2815 South Seacrest Blvd., Boynton Beach, FL 33435, for the benefit of the Bethesda Heart Institute.
Died: Thursday, February 19, 2009 William Carl Buhler
Lifelong Grosse Pointe resident William Carl Buhler, 77, died Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009.
He was born Nov. 22, 1931 to Carl and Jeannette Buhler and graduated from Grosse Pointe High School where he met his wife, Jean Swan. The couple married Oct. 13, 1956, at the Grosse Pointe Woods Presbyterian Church.
Mr. Buhler sought a degree in chemical and metallurgical engineering while attending Michigan State University, The University of Detroit, Wayne State University and Lawrence Institute of Technology.
He began his career at the Chrysler Tank Plant in the materials handling laboratories. He went on to serve as supervisor of heat treating at Burroughs Corp., plant metallurgist for the bearing division of Federal Mogul Corp. and chief metallurgist at the American Chain and Cable Co.
He also functioned in various managerial positions including president of Midwest Steel Processing and chief executive officer of Ferrous Environmental Corp.
In retirement, Mr. Buhler was a forensic metallurgical expert witness for several law firms, as well as a metallurgical instructor at the Chrysler Institute of Technology.
Mr. Buhler loved sports. He ran track and played varsity football in high school and was on the Michigan State boxing team. He drove his Austin Healey at the Oakland County Road Racing Club and brought home several trophies.
He was an avid boater, both sail and power. He also loved photography, fishing, cooking, reading and, in his younger years, participated in running events.
Mr. Buhler was a past member of the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, the Detroit Yacht Club and the Grosse Pointe Farms Boat Club.
He was also a member of the American Society for Metals International and the Society of Automotive Engineers.
He is survived by Jean, his wife of 53 years; his brother, Thomas; sister-in-law, Celeste, niece and godchild, Laura and his nephew and namesake, William.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 1, at Grosse Pointe United Methodist Church, 211 Moross, Grosse Pointe Farms.
Memorial donations may be made to the Grosse Pointe United Methodist Church Memorial Garden and Music Department, 211 Moross Road, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236 or to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Died: Sunday, February 15, 2009 Martin Kenneth Schnurr Jr.
Longtime Grosse Pointe resident Martin Kenneth Schnurr Jr. died Sunday, Feb. 15, with his wife, Virginia and children, Russell (Sydney), Martin (Sue) and Peggy (Paul Muelle) by his side. He was 83.
Mr. Schnurr was born Nov. 19, 1925 to Ruth and Martin in Bayonne, New Jersey. He graduated from the University of Maryland. He was a former FBI agent and steel and automotive industry executive. He was a member of the Lochmoor Country Club.
In addition to his wife and children, Mr. Schnurr is survived by eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
A memorial service was held Feb. 17 at A.H. Peters Funeral Home in Grosse Pointe Woods.
Memorial donations may be sent to the Martin Schnurr Memorial Fund at Comerica Bank, 20200 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Woods, MI. 48236. Proceeds will go to the many individuals who helped him through a long and difficult illness.
Died: Sunday, February 15, 2009 Robert Leo Rousseau
Life-long Grosse Pointe resident Robert Leo Rousseau, 87, passed on to eternal life Sunday, Feb. 15, 2009.
Born in 1921, Mr. Rousseau is survived by his daughters, Nancy (Mark) Lindsay and Susan (Patrick) Schulte; granddaughters, Frances and Sydney Schulte; brother, Charles Rousseau and many loving nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his loving wife of 52 years, Mary Jane (nee Barrows); brother, Jacques and sister, Peg Alison.
Mr. Rousseau graduated from Grosse Pointe High School in 1940. Although he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Tri-State College in Angola, Ind., his education was put on hold from 1943 to 1946, while he was deployed to serve his country during World War II as a combat engineer in the Asian Pacific Theater.
Upon his return, Mr. Rousseau graduated and soon after joined the family business at Minut-Man Car Wash, where he helped produce the United States’ first set of automated car washes, family members said.
Later he joined General Motors Corp. as an engineer for 20 years.
He was an active member of St. Clare of Montefalco Catholic Church, serving as an usher. He had a love and appreciation of northern Michigan, which was demonstrated by his voluntary service as president of the Menonaqua Corporation.
In his retirement, he was active with the SMOG (Society of Old Geezers) men’s group and the Grosse Pointe Senior Men’s Club, and became known for his “significant smile.”
A celebration of Mr. Rousseau’s life will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 21, at St. Clare of Montefalco Church, 1401 Whittier, Grosse Pointe Park. Visitation begins at 10 a.m.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Clare Montefalco or the Little Traverse Conservancy, Harbor Springs, MI 49740.
Died: Thursday, February 12, 2009 Mary Louise Keane Forcade
Native Grosse Pointe Farms resident Mary Louise Keane Forcade, 86, died Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009.
A graduate of the Convent of the Sacred Heart, Grosse Pointe, Mrs. Forcade received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Manhattanville College, N.Y.
For more than 20 years she was national supervisor of Kelly Services, Inc. and traveled across the country overseeing the procedural processes of the company's many branches.
Mrs. Forcade enjoyed traveling, playing bridge, attending symphony performances, painting, golfing and sewing.
She was a past president of the Children of Mary Sodality and the St. Paul Altar Society. She was an emeritus member of the Bon Secours Assistance League.
Mrs. Forcade is survived by her sister, Leontine Keane Cadieux of Grosse Pointe Farms; two sisters-in-law, Marilyn Kean of Grosse Pointe Woods and Anne Boyle of the City of Grosse Pointe; 12 nieces and nephews and 15 grandnieces and grandnephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, Reginald N. Forcade; her parents, Dr. and Mrs. WIlliam E. Keane and her three brothers, William, Henry and Joseph.
A funeral Mass was celebrated Feb. 17 at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Farms.
Memorial donations may be sent to St. Paul on the Lake, 157 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236 or the Associated Alumnae and Alumni of the Sacred Heart, 801 S. Spoede Road, St. Louis, MO 63131.
Died: Wednesday, February 11, 2009 C. Jay Deeds
Grosse Pointe Park resident C. Jay Deeds, 96, died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009, at Mediloge of Plymouth.
He was born Oct. 8, 1912, in Jumping Branch, W.Va. to Cecil Jason and Sadie Amanda Deeds. He was a U.S. Army Air Corps Veteran who served in Hawaii during World War II.
Mr. Deeds was a designer and a sales representative of business forms for Shelby Sales Company.
He is survived by his daughters, Linda (Gary) Hessmer, Nancy (Craig) Holden and Patsy (Tony) Pastoria; twin sons, Jonas and John (Lisa) Deeds; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his wife, Ruth E. (nee Fansler) Deeds, who died in 1967.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 20450 Civic Center Drive, Southfield, MI 48076.
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Died: Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Constance Nauman Hannon, loving mother and grandmother, good friend, bright light, world traveler, cat fancier, passed peacefully Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009.
Mrs. Hannon was born May 8, 1929, to Arthur P. Nauman and Lucie Todd Nauman of Grosse Pointe Farms, where she married and raised her children. She was a graduate of Smith College. More recently she was a longtime resident of Palm Beach and West Palm Beach, Fla.
Mrs. Hannon is survived by her sister, Lucie Torrance of Woodbury, Conn. and her son, Kevin, his wife, Annie and her two grandsons, Aedan and Brogan of Denver, Colo.
Her family deeply misses her joy, wit and wisdom.
Memorial donations may be made to Save the Children Federation, 54 Wilton Road, Westport, CT 06880 or World Wildlife Fund, 1250 Twenty-fourth Street, N.W., P.O. Box 97180, Washington, DC 20090-7180.
Died: Wednesday, February 11, 2009 Michael P. Looney
Former Grosse Pointe Park resident Michael P. Looney, 59, died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009 at St. John’s Senior Community.
He was born June 6, 1949 in Detroit to Christopher and Anne Looney.
Mr. Looney graduated from both the University of Michigan and Wayne State University. He was self-employed in the real estate business.
Mr. Looney was also an antiques collector.
He is survived by his sister, Alice M. Kenifeck; brother, Christopher Looney Jr. and many nieces and nephews.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at noon Thursday, Feb. 19, at St. Clare of Montefalco Catholic Church, 1401 Whittier, Grosse Pointe Park. Interment will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Chicago.
Memorial donations may be made to Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, Contributions — VE01FS, 4100 John R, Detroit, MI 48201.
Died: Tuesday, February 10, 2009 George B. Blair III
Grosse Pointe Park resident George B. Blair III, 62, died Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009, at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit.
Mr. Blair was born Feb. 2, 1947 in Grosse Pointe Farms to Sgt. George Blair and Margaret Palmer. He leaves behind a loving family and many friends.
Mr. Blair graduated from Grosse Pointe High School in 1965. He served in the U.S. Army from 1967 to 1969. After living in Hawaii for several years he returned to the Grosse Pointes and worked as director of purchasing for the John Johnson Co. in Detroit.
He became the assistant director of parks and recreation for Grosse Pointe Park and worked up until his recent illness.
He had a love of boating and the water and he was harbor master for the 268 boats in the Windmill Pointe Park marina. He was also the editor of the “Communicator,” Grosse Pointe Park’s community newsletter.
Mr. Blair loved sports and boat racing and was an avid movie fan and trivia buff. Known as “Mr. Book of Knowledge” to family and friends, he was called upon to solve many a questionable fact.
He was an Eagle Scout and a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Detroit.
Mr. Blair is survived by his loving brother, Frederick of Millersville, Md. and sister, Elizabeth formerly of Grosse Pointe Park, now living in Lenox Township.
He was predeceased by his parents.
A celebration of Mr. Blair’s life will be held noon Friday, Feb. 13, at the Tompkins Community Center in Windmill Pointe Park, 14920 Windmill Pointe Drive, Grosse Pointe Park.