Died: Sunday, August 31, 2008 Adriani Thomas
Surrounded by her family in prayer, Adriani Thomas, 65, died August 31, 2008, after a brave battle with breast cancer. She was a longtime Grosse Pointe Woods resident.
Born in Thessaloniki, Greece, Mrs. Thomas came to the United States at the age of 24. She was extremely proud of her Greek heritage, but also of her new citizenship. One of her favorite sayings was, “God bless America, but don’t forget Greece!”
Together with her husband, James, she raised five beautiful daughters: Maria, Stella, Joanna, Christina, and Elena. She was also the loving mother-in-law of Larry Tattoli, Jason Chesley and Terry Carmichael; and proud grandmother of seven.
Her girls were raised with all of the Greek traditions, performed Greek dancing at festivals, and made their mother proud in keeping the Greek culture alive.
Mrs. Thomas served as president of the Pan-Macedonian-Aristotelis Chapter of Detroit for many years. She was always active in the Greek community and in keeping the traditions strong for the Greek diaspora in the metro Detroit area.
Every year, she would march in the Greek Independence Day parade through Greektown in Detroit carrying the Greek flag, while her husband carried the American flag. She always wore her favorite blue suit with a white blouse and gloves that made her look like a living Greek flag.
In addition to the pride she felt for her Greek heritage and her active role in the community, Mrs. Thomas was loved and admired by her countless friends for her extraordinary love and compassion for others. She always lit up a room with her smile. She had an amazingly positive attitude that inspired those who knew her.
Her family and friends remember her infectious laugh, her kind heart that embraced all of those who encountered her, and her warmth that extended to all of those around her.
Despite her struggles with breast cancer, Mrs. Thomas’ strength and positive attitude never ceased to amaze her family and friends. She never lost her sense of humor, and filled her days with songs, laughter and joy.
A funeral service was held Sept. 6 at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church.
Died: Sunday, August 31, 2008
Natalie Bering Gamble of Boulder, Colo. died Sunday, Aug. 31, 2008 at The Academy at Bella Vista in Boulder. She was 81.
Ms. Gamble was born Sept. 9, 1926 in Decatur, Ill. to Wilson Bering, Jr. and Jane Conklin. She grew up in Decatur and helped in the family foundry business in later stages, eventually executing the sale of the company.
In the past number of years she has shared time between her homes in Vail, Colo., Tucson, Ariz., and Grosse Pointe.
Until recently, she was still an active skier on expert slopes and a competitive golfer. Her greatest joy was watching her grandchildren participate in sports activities.
She was predeceased by her sister, Elizabeth Brown.
She is survived by her son, Bruce Gamble and his wife, Becky, of Boulder; and two grandchildren, Beau and Berkley Gamble.
Services were held Sept. 9, 2008.
Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Colorado Chapter, 455 Sherman Street, Suite 500, Denver, CO 80203.
Died: Saturday, August 30, 2008
Lyle T. Giles, 73, died peacefully Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008.
He was a lifelong Mason, Acanthus Lodge F&AM #477, P.H.P of Composite RAM #69 and member of all York Rite Bodies.
He was the loving husband of Millicent "Mitzi"; dearest father of Cynthia (Brian) Russette, Sandra (Kevin) Gordley, and Nancy (David Borsa) Giles; cherished grandfather of Andrew (Maria), Amy (Daniel), David Lyle (Monica), Diana (Rob), Brian, Bridget, and Colin; beloved great-grandfather of Brett, Lauren, Aubrey, Aidan, Ariel, Cas, and Lyricjean; and the brother of Irene Quiasano and Duane Rosenberger.
Memorial donations may be made to Services for Older Citizens, 17150 Waterloo St., Grosse Pointe, MI 48230 or the Michigan Cancer Society, 18223 10 Mile, Suite 100, Roseville, MI 48066.
Arrangements were handled by Faulmann & Walsh Golden Rule Funeral Home.
Died: Saturday, August 30, 2008
John Dalton Peacock, 87, died Saturday Aug. 30, 2008, in Sault Ste. Marie. He was a resident of Petoskey and Balboa, Calif. and formerly lived in Sault Ste. Marie.
Mr. Peacock was born Nov. 25, 1920 in Detroit.
He was a former Chippewa County Commissioner and a member of the Central Savings Bank Board of Directors, Chippewa County Health Department Board, Elks Lodge, Chippewa County Economic Development Corp. and the International Bridge Authority.
He was a municipal and visiting judge and a member of the Michigan State Bar, International Trial Counsel, Michigan Defense Trial Counsel and on the Lake Superior State University Foundation Board.
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth (nee Murphy-Goodwin) whom he married in 1999 in Newport Beach, Calif.; children, John D. (Sharon) Peacock, Jr. of Fort Pierce, Fla., Peter W. Peacock of Grosse Pointe, David Peacock of Southgate, Margaret “Peggy” Connolly of Petoskey, Cindy (Tony) Fredo of Jacksonville, Fla. and Stephen M. (Lisa) Peacock of Traverse City; brother, Henry Peacock of Fort Myers, Fla.; 22 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
He also is survived by his stepchildren, Mary (Richard) Vanis, Anne (Aidan) Raney, Bridget (Pat) Desmond, Dr. T. Murphy (Joanne) Goodwin, Joan (Fletcher) Hull, Margaret (Mark) Jacobie and Moira (Thomas) Duffy, all of Southern California.
He was predeceased by his parents, Henry and Sarah Peacock; his first wife, the former Mary Louise Murphy, who died in 1989; and sisters, Elizabeth O’Brien and Alice Duane.
A funeral Mass was celebrated Sept. 2 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Sault Ste. Marie.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 1101 Minneapolis St., Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783 or Lake Superior State University, 650 W. Easterday Ave., Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783.
Died: Friday, August 29, 2008 Joanne Wilson Horner
Former Grosse Pointe Farms resident Joanne Wilson Horner, 78, of Winter Park, Fla., died Friday, Aug. 29, 2008.
Originally from Ridgewood, N.J., she moved to Coral Gables, Fla. in her early teens. She graduated from the University of Miami, married and had three children in south Florida before moving north to New Jersey, then Michigan.
Ms. Horner enjoyed a successful career in retail advertising and real estate. She was a real estate professional for many years in the Grosse Pointe community.
She was a celebrated artist and recently was able to devote herself full time to her art, which is included in public and private collections throughout the United States and abroad.
Ms. Horner was a member of the Fine Arts Society of Detroit and the Grosse Pointe Artists Association and enjoyed her affiliation and interaction with the organizations and members.
She was also a member of the Grosse Pointe Hunt Club
Next to art and her family, Ms. Horner was devoted to her dachshund pets and her granddaughter, Olivia.
She is survived by her daughter, Jennifer (Tom) Buda; son, Charles; and granddaughter, Olivia Grace Buda.
She was predeceased by her son, Joseph Wilson Horner.
Memorial donations may be made in her memory to the Florida Dachshund Rescue Inc. 1638 Balihai Court, Gulf Breeze, FL, 32583.
Died: Thursday, August 28, 2008 Donna Gagnier McGlinnen
St. Clair Shores resident Donna Gagnier McGlinnen died suddenly Thursday, Aug. 28, 2008, from a brain hemorrhage. Her family and parish priest were at her bedside when she passed.
She was born Feb. 8, 1932 in Detroit to Virginia and Joseph Gagnier and attended St. Matthew Grade School and Dominican High School.
She married Charles McGlinnen on June 30, 1951. They were high school sweethearts and had been devoted to one another for 57 years. They had four children together, Cathy (LaMont), Susan (Hughes), Julie (Gust) and Michael.
A member of St. Paul on the Lake, Mrs. McGlinnen was active with the Altar Society, was a Eucharistic minister and distributed communion weekly to homebound parishioners.
She also was active with the St. John Fontbonne Auxiliary, and a patron of the Grosse Pointe Theatre and Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
Mrs. McGlinnen’s greatest joy was her family. She had 10 grandchildren: T.G., Megan and Charlie LaMont, Julie and Kelly Hughes, Rocky, Tyler and Mack Gust and Patrick and Michael McGlinnen. They will always have the fondest memories of their Grams.
She cherished her friendships; many go back to her childhood: St. Matthew, Dominican High School, neighbors, both old and new, pinochle card clubs, her Mermaid water aerobics class and St. Paul friends.
Monsignor Patrick F. Halfpenny celebrated the funeral Mass at St. Paul on the Lake Sept. 2. Mass was co-celebrated by Bishop Francis Reiss, Father John Wynnycky, Father Bill Tindall and Deacon Richard Shubik.
Interment will be in the St. Paul on the Lake Columbarium.
Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Paul Capital Campaign, 157 Lakeshore Road, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.
Died: Thursday, August 28, 2008 Richard D. Rohr
Richard D. Rohr, a prominent member of Michigan’s legal community for more than 50 years, and chairman of Detroit-based law firm Bodman LLP for 25 years, died Wednesday, Aug. 28 at Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe, after a long illness. A longtime Grosse Pointe resident, he was 81.
Mr. Rohr was a nationally recognized expert in banking, corporate and securities law. He represented and served as a director of Kaufman & Broad, Inc. for more than 30 years and Manufacturers National Bank of Detroit for decades. He advised Manufacturers on its successful 1991 merger with Comerica Bank and continued to represent and serve as a director of Comerica for many more years.
“No person has contributed more to Bodman than Dick Rohr,” said Larry R. Shulman, Bodman’s current chairman. “He led by example and exemplified the work ethic that has been a hallmark of Bodman and a cornerstone of its success.”
“He was very proud of the role he played in sustaining and furthering the culture of ethics and high standards at Bodman and of the role he played in building the firm,” said his daughter, Lisa Wood.
“As proud as he was of Bodman, he was most proud of his family,” Wood said. “He absolutely loved kids and was a devoted father and grandfather. He also was committed to his extended family and to his Catholic faith.”
Born in Toledo, Ohio, Mr. Rohr’s mother, Marie Pilliod Rohr, was a homemaker and his father, Walter Rohr, worked in commercial real estate.
The family moved to Detroit when he was 6. He attended Boys’ Catholic Central High School and worked delivering mail after school during World War II.
After graduation from high school he attended Harvard University briefly, leaving to enlist in the U.S. Army. Trained as a military policeman, he was on a troop transport to Japan when the War ended and he served in occupied Japan after the signing of the armistice.
After leaving the military he returned to Harvard, where he studied American history and literature, graduating magna cum laude in 1950.
He entered the University of Michigan Law School, graduated at the top of his class and served as editor-in-chief of the Michigan Law Review. He joined Bodman immediately after graduation and spent his entire legal career with the firm.
Mr. Rohr served as an adjunct faculty member for the University of Michigan, Wayne State University and the University of Detroit-Mercy law schools. He supported dozens of local charities, including Cornerstone Schools, Loyola Academy High School, the University of Michigan, and numerous Catholic charities.
He served as city attorney for Grosse Pointe Park from 1962 to 1978 and as a Trustee and President of the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association Foundation.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Ann; six children, Martha R. Nachreiner, Lisa R. Wood, Matthew L. Rohr, Sarah J. Rohr, Margaret B. Rohr, and Thomas P. Rohr; nine grandchildren; and a brother, Donald G. Rohr of Providence, R.I.
A funeral Mass was celebrated Aug. 30 at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Farms.
Memorial donations be made to the St. Paul Educational Trust, c/o St. Paul Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore Rd., Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.
Died: Tuesday, August 26, 2008 Joseph A. Caramagno
Longtime Grosse Pointe resident Joseph A. Caramagno, 86, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2008, while peacefully asleep at his home.
Mr. Caramagno was born Aug. 1, 1922 in Detroit to Carmelo and Dominica Caramagno. He grew up in the Detroit area with his brothers, Dominic and Vincent, who predeceased him and his sisters, Frances Tringali, Grace Farnen and Helen Moehlig, who survive him.
Mr. Caramagno began his career in the food service industry at age 17 and completed his career as a well-respected owner and president of Caramagno Foods, founded by his father in 1910.
Throughout his life, Mr. Caramagno was an active member and Eucharistic minister at St. Lucy Catholic Church in St. Clair Shores and St. Clare of Montefalco in Grosse Pointe Park. He was a World War II veteran.
He enjoyed spending time with friends and family, watching John Wayne movies and cheering for the Detroit Tigers. He will be remembered always for his many stories.
Mr. Caramagno was predeceased by his wife of 57 years, Dorothy R. Caramagno. Throughout their marriage, they enjoyed going to the symphony, traveling to Italy, dining out and caring for their children, Joseph (Cher), Claudia (Dennis) David, Dan (Lisa) Ken (Anne), Laura (Gary) Clark, Martin (Teresa) and Dorothy (Craig) Shetler, all of whom survive him.
He was the loving grandfather of 24 and great-grandfather of nine.
Died: Tuesday, August 26, 2008 Gary Thomas Driscoll
After a valiant four-year battle with cancer, Gary Thomas Driscoll, 53, died Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2008, at St. John Hospital and Medical Center with his family and friends at his bedside.
A lifelong Grosse Pointe Woods resident, he was known as everyone’s friend and helper in the community and as a member of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church and The Lochmoor Club. He married his high school sweetheart, Krista, shortly after graduating from Grosse Pointe North High School in 1973.
Directly after high school, Mr. Driscoll started his professional career at Northwestern Printing in Detroit and moved the business to St. Clair Shores. As an owner and CEO, Mr. Driscoll was a leader incorporating new technologies into the printing business, especially as one of the first users of the high-speed, six-color Heidelberg Speedmaster with waterless printing.
He was named entrepreneur of the year and his corporation became so well known that it expanded beyond Michigan to the global marketplace.
He was an avid golfer, playing at Lochmoor and with playing partners on trips to Traverse City, Myrtle Beach and Hilton Head. He spent many vacations with his family in their condominium near Traverse City.
Mr. Driscoll’s family was everything to him. He especially enjoyed the companionship of his two daughters, playing with them and teaching them how to do everything he could.
He was determined to survive long enough to see his daughters graduate from Grosse Pointe North High School and be accepted to the University of Michigan.
Mr. Driscoll is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Krista; his two daughters, Alix and Anie; his mother, Bette Driscoll, brother David (Kathleen); his mother and father-in-law, May and Frank Krager; his brother-in-law, Franz (Deborah) Krager; and his sister-in-law, Karla (Jim) Derkacz.
He was predeceased by his father, Thomas Driscoll.
A memorial service was held Aug. 31 at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, Grosse Pointe Woods.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 20450 Civic Center Drive, Southfield, MI 48076.
Died: Monday, August 25, 2008 Ross C. “Chris” Stone
Harper Woods resident Ross C. “Chris” Stone, 46, died Monday, Aug. 25, 2008, at St. John Hospital and Medical Center from complications of a lifelong struggle with Type I diabetes.
Mr. Stone was born in Harvey, Ill., the fourth child of Ross and Beverly Stone. He moved with his family to Grosse Pointe Woods in early 1962 and attended Barnes Elementary School.
His teen years were spent in Naperville, Ill. and Dayton, Ohio where he attended Bishop Alter Preparatory High School for three years. He then relocated back to Grosse Pointe, graduating from Grosse Pointe North High School with the class of 1979.
Mr. Stone attended Northwestern Michigan College and Macomb Community College and spent his entire working career with Klockner Namasco Inc. and Edgecomb Metals Companies as a machine repair technician. He also was a co-owner of the Active Sweeper Company.
Friends and family always will remember him as a most loving, caring, loyal and resolute husband, father, son and brother as well as the affectionate master of his dogs, Lucy and Morgan.
Mr. Stone was an outdoorsman. He was an active camper, loved to fish and above all enjoyed a lifetime of boating, sailing, and restoring classic cars and wood boats. He was a skilled craftsman with the ability to fix, repair, or refurbish almost anything.
Mr. Stone is survived by his loving wife, Joanell (nee Parmentier); devoted children, Matthew, Michael and Melissa; sisters, Debbie Hammel (Bob Svaboda) of Grosse Pointe Farms and Karen (Kevin) Oliver of Ada; brother, James (Marla) of Perrysburg, Ohio; and parents, Ross and Beverly Stone of Grosse Pointe Farms, whose prayers will follow him for the rest of their lives.
A memorial service for family and friends will be held at noon, Saturday, Sept. 6, 2008 at A.H. Peters Funeral Home, 20705 Mack Ave. Grosse Pointe Woods.
Memorial donations may be made to an education fund for Mr. Stone’s children. Checks should be made payable to The Stone Family and mailed c/o A. H. Peters Funeral Home, 20705 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236.