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Donald J. Martin Sr.

Donald J. Martin Sr.

Died: Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Donald J. Martin Sr., 89, died Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008 at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit surrounded by his loving family. He was a 42-year Grosse Pointe Woods resident.

Mr. Martin was born March 21, 1919 in Akron, Ohio, to John and Florence Martin. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering, he proudly served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a lieutenant stationed in the Pacific Theater.

Mr. Martin worked as an engineer for Uniroyal Tire Inc. for 33 years prior to his retirement.

Mr. Martin was a pioneer in the establishment of St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church in St. Clair Shores. He also was a faithful parishioner of Our Lady Star of the Sea in Grosse Pointe Woods for 42 years. 

His multitude of accomplishments included being involved in the Soap Box Derby, judging Detroit Public Schools science fairs, and being an amazing husband, father and grandfather. 

His hobbies included photography, boating, amateur radio, and following myriad local sports. He traveled extensively in his retirement. 

Mr. Martin is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Barbara H. Martin; and his sons, Donald Jr., David (Donna), Christopher Sr. (Linda), Charles (Mary), and Matthew (Heather). He also had the blessing of 12 grandchildren; Thomas, Julie, Michael, Lisa, Jennifer, Lindsay, Christopher Jr., Katie, Sam, Charlie, Jimmy and Jack.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Nov. 29 at Our Lady Star of the Sea, followed by a luncheon at the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club.

Memorial donations may be made to The Capuchins, 1820 Mt. Elliott, Detroit MI 48207.

Margaret Mildred McIntosh

Died: Saturday, November 22, 2008
Age: 96
Former Grosse Pointe Shores resident Margaret Mildred McIntosh, 96, of Boca Raton, Fla., passed away peacefully at her home Saturday, Nov. 22, 2008.

She was born June 22, 1912 in Detroit to Charles W. and Florence Edith Knaggs and earned a Bachelor of Arts in music and art from Eastern Michigan University. She was a talented soprano, who also enjoyed playing the piano and ballroom dancing.

Throughout her life, Mrs. McIntosh supported the performing arts, created scholarships and was an active member of the National Society of Arts and Letters. She also was a member of the Detroit Yacht Club, Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, the Country Club of Detroit and the Delray Beach Club.

She is survived by her devoted son, Thomas (Caroll) McIntosh of Long Grove, Ill.; loving daughter, Maggie McIntosh (John) Fieldsteel of Needham, Mass.; and grandchildren, Jessica, Vanessa and Brett.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Lester A.; brothers, Warren and Charles; and daughter-in-law, Vicki.

Funeral services were held Dec. 13, 2008, in Boca Raton.

Interment and committal services will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, Dec. 19, 2008, at Acacia Park Cemetery, 31300 Southfield Road, Beverly Hills.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Palm Beach County at hpbc.com or Ovarian Cancer Research Fund at ocrf.org.

Denise Swanson Kennedy

Denise Swanson Kennedy

Died: Friday, November 21, 2008
Age: 50
Denise Swanson Kennedy, 50, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2008, at her home surrounded by her family and friends.

Born Nov. 27, 1957 to Pauline and Fred Swanson of Grosse Pointe, she was one of five children. She graduated from L’Anse Creuse High School in Harrison Township.

On Aug. 24, 1984 she married Bruce Kennedy. He passed away in 2005.

Mrs. Kennedy is survived by her four children, Aaron Franz and Megan, Sarah and Alyssa Kennedy, of Fort Wayne, Ind.

She also is survived by her mother; brother, Wayne of Troy; sisters, Annetta Saroli of Boynton Beach, Fla., Kathy Trupe of Bloomfield, and Michelle Soderquist of Caloma; along with many nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations may be made to Lungs for Life Inc.,11029 Windermere Blvd., Fishers, IN 46037.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

James H. Graves, M.D.

James H. Graves, M.D.

Died: Friday, November 21, 2008
Age: 84
Dr. James Henry Graves, 84, of Shelter Bay, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2008 in Marquette.

He was born Sept. 29, 1924, in Herrin, Ill., to James H. and Anna Joyce, nee Keaster, Graves Sr. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean conflict.

Dr. Graves earned his bachelor’s, master’s and medical degrees from Northwestern University. He was a psychiatrist for more than 50 years, both in private practice and in various public health positions.

Dr. Graves served as commissioner of the Michigan Department of Mental Health, chief of psychiatry at Detroit Receiving Hospital, medical director at Detroit-Wayne County Community Mental Health Services board, executive director at Oakland County Community Mental Health Services board, and assistant medical director of psychiatric review with the Michigan Peer Review Organization.

He also held various teaching appointments at Wayne State University, the University of Detroit and Michigan State University.

Dr. Graves was elected president of the Michigan Psychiatric Society and vice president, counselor and representative to National Assembly for the Michigan Psychiatric Society. He was also appointed to President John F. Kennedy’s Physicians Committee for Medicare, chairman for Public Policy Task Force and Emergency Psychiatry Committee for M.P.S., and consultant to the National Institute of Mental Health for the Veterans Administration and U.S. Army.

Dr. Graves was a scholar, physician, veteran and musician. He was proficient in several languages. He played euchre, was well read and traveled the world. He was a founding member of the Shelter Bay Book Club, sang in the Marquette Choral Society, and volunteered with Lake Superior Hospice Association.

Most of all, he was a devoted family man, husband and friend.

Dr. Graves is survived by his wife, K. Sue Graves of Shelter Bay; children, Adrienne Southgate of Barrington, R.I., James Willis (Phyllis) Graves of Chicago, John David Nicholas Graves of New York, Ericka Frederick of Chicago and Alexandra (Brian) Frederick-Folz of Seattle; grandchildren, Jay and Scott Southgate, Hannah and Gus Graves, Emma Rye, Anna Graves, Mac Campbell, and Sophia and Emma Folz; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents and four siblings.

A memorial gathering will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, at the Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church, 17150 Maumee Ave., Grosse Pointe.

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Barbara Anne Jackson

Barbara Anne Jackson

Died: Friday, November 21, 2008
Age: 88
Surrounded by family, Barbara Anne Jackson, 88, died peacefully at her St. Clair Shores home, Friday morning, Nov. 21, 2008. A former Grosse Pointe Woods resident, she was born and raised in Detroit and graduated from Northwestern High School in 1938. In 1941 she married Donald Jackson, her loving husband of nearly 64 years.

A devoted mother of three, Mrs. Jackson was proud of being a homemaker and an excellent cook. She enjoyed painting, sculpting, reading and playing tennis and golf. She also loved family vacations to northern Michigan and Florida.

Mrs. Jackson was active in her church. While living in Detroit, she served as program director at Resurrection Lutheran Church. Upon moving to the east side, she joined Salem Memorial Lutheran Church, playing a key role in church fundraising, beautification and member outreach. For her many years of service, she was named Woman of the Year by the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America in 2004.

Mrs. Jackson also was committed to her community. She was a volunteer at Luther Haven Nursing Home in Detroit for 10 years. While there, she started and supplied a sundries cart visiting all the residents several times each week, worked as a hairdresser and served as a personal secretary to Pastor Barb Andrews. Through her sorority, Alpha Tau Beta, Mrs. Jackson was involved with fundraising for the Michigan League for Crippled Children and The March of Dimes for more than 50 years.

She is survived by her children and their spouses, Donald (Sylvia) Jackson of Tempe, Ariz., Tracy (Doug) Blatt of Grosse Pointe Farms and William (Debra) Jackson of Okemos; grandchildren Brian, Lauren, Callie, Will, Jeff and Scott; and great-grandchildren, Jackson, Campbell, Coco and Griffin.

She was predeceased by her husband, Donald W. Jackson, who died in 2005.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7 at Salem Memorial Lutheran Church, 21230 Moross, Detroit.

Helen Cassidy Stevens

Helen Cassidy Stevens

Died: Thursday, November 20, 2008
Age: 92
Former Grosse Pointe resident Helen Marie Ervin Cassidy Stevens died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008 in Florida. She was 92.

Mrs. Stevens was born Oct. 13, 1916 in Detroit to Herschel Charles and Mabel Helen Guina Ervin. She attended Thircle School and St. Agnes School. In June 1934 she graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in Monroe, then attended Sienna Heights College in Adrian and Wayne State University.

She married George Leo Cassidy in 1937 and in 1943 received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wayne State. She taught third grade for the Grosse Pointe Schools at Lochmoor School and also worked in the Grosse Pointe Public Library system.

She and her husband had three children. While raising her children, Mrs. Stevens earned her master’s degree in education from Wayne State in 1964.

Mrs. Stevens was a member and active volunteer of many organizations including the American Association of University Women, Friends of the Library, the Founders Society Detroit Institute of Arts, League of Catholic Women, American Bar Association Wives, the Women’s District Golf Association, Grosse Pointe Hunt Club, Womens Altar Society of St. Paul on the Lake, Grosse Pointe War Memorial Association, Pointe Bridge Group, Grosse Pointe Women’s Symphony Association, the Grosse Pointe Women’s Club, Women’s City Club of Detroit, Christ Child Society, Womens’ Association for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Detroit Historical Society. She was one of the organizers of the Grosse Pointe Lawyers Wives as well as a book reviewer and program chair for the Pointe Book Club in Grosse Pointe.

Mrs. Stevens volunteered with the American Red Cross, the Bon Secours Hospital Assistance League and Fontbonne Auxiliary of St. John Hospital.

Mrs. Stevens loved bridge, golf, league bowling, piano, and needlepoint.

She liked to travel and was an amateur photographer, 8 mm cinematographer and editor.

In 1969, her husband, George, died. After his death, she became a circuit court librarian in Detroit and a court recorder and judge’s secretary in Dearborn.

She maintained a widow’s membership with Bayview Yacht Club, the Detroit Athletic Club, the Detroit Boat Club and the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club.

In 1982, Mrs. Stevens moved to North Palm Beach, Fla. to live with her daughter. She became active in her new community and while participating in social and religious activities, met Burrowes G. Stevens Jr. They wed in 1994.

She participated in the Elderhostel Conferences on a number of campuses throughout Florida and Georgia. She enjoyed spending time at the Stevens’ cottage on Great Diamond Island, Maine and listening to music through the concert series at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, Fla.

In 2006, Mrs. Stevens was placed in hospice care in Florida. In spite of her declining health, she displayed a graceful and dignified manner.

She is survived by her husband, Burrowes of Jupiter, Fla.; son, Kevin Clarke Cassidy of Houston; daughters Denise Anne Cassidy of Shorewood, Wis. and Mary Sheila Cassidy of North Palm Beach; three grandchildren and many loving nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her first husband, George Cassidy; and her sister, Elizabeth Anne Ervin Kelly.

Matthew Berrien Smith

Matthew Berrien Smith

Died: Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Age: 60
Grosse Pointe resident Matthew Berrien Smith, 60, died peacefully at his home Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008.

He was born Sept. 5, 1948 in Detroit to James M. and Elizabeth Smith. He joined a family of three wonderful older sisters: Sally, Nancy and Lucy.

Mr. Smith was the husband and dearest friend of Susan (nee Axsom) for 35 years. Always a proud father of his sons, Damon and Nathaniel, he felt blessed to welcome Damon’s wife, Gareth, and Nathaniel’s wife, Liesl, into his family. Most recently he became a loving and smitten grandfather to Evalyn and Olivia.

Mr. Smith graduated from Grosse Pointe High School and the University of Michigan, majoring in English. After graduation, he taught in Ann Arbor at Clague Middle School and Huron High School.

He then switched gears to focus on corporate training and video production at Magnetic Video in Farmington Hills where he managed the educational products division.

He later became self-employed designing and running creative problem solving seminars at Fortune 500 companies both in the Detroit area and nationally.

Returning to the classroom in the 1990s, Mr. Smith taught at Kennedy Middle School and Lake Shore High School in St. Clair Shores. He received an Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award in the 1995-96 school year and in 2003 was given the Peacemaker of the Year Award by the Macomb County Youth Violence Prevention Council.

After retiring in 2005, he continued to stay in touch with students, encouraging them in their post high school endeavors. 

Mr. Smith was best known to his close friends as a poet, storyteller and collage maker. He was an active participant in performance poetry during the 1990s. He both competed in and judged slam poetry events at the Heidelberg in Ann Arbor.

He was a member of the 1994 Ann Arbor Slam Team competing at the National Slam Poetry Competition in North Carolina. He was the host and “slam master” of the first Detroit-based slam poetry series at the Magic Bag Theater’s “Word Slam.”

Mr. Smith also edited several poetry anthologies, and performed his poetry on radio, television and at a variety of theatrical events. After retiring from teaching, he focused much of his writing effort on memoirs of growing up in the Detroit area. 

Mr. Smith and his wife shared a love of travel and interest in different cultures. They taught and studied in Taiwan for a year in the 1970s before returning home to start a family. In 2002 they were able to return to Asia and travel in China.

In 2007 they attended the Michigan Hemingway Society’s annual meeting in Petoskey, where Mr. Smith was recognized for an “a la Hemingway” vignette about their life in Taiwan.

In addition to his wife, children, grandchildren, mother and sisters, he is survived by his brothers-in-law, Michael (Lucy) Hofmann and Floyd (Sally) Bailey; and many dear nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his father, James Morgan Smith.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13 at Christ Church Grosse Pointe, 16 Grosse Pointe Blvd., Grosse Pointe Farms.

Memorial donations may be made to the All Saints fund at Christ Church Grosse Pointe, 16 Grosse Pointe Blvd., Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236 or Hospice of Michigan at hom.org.

Charles R. Wilson

Charles R. Wilson

Died: Monday, November 17, 2008
Age: 77
City of Grosse Pointe resident Charles R. Wilson, 77, died Monday, Nov. 17, 2008, at Henry Ford Nursing Home — Belmont in Harper Woods.

Mr. Wilson, known as “Bob” to his friends and family, was born in Niagara Falls, N.Y. to Charles and Lucy Wilson. He graduated from high school in Niagara Falls and then from Eastern Michigan University and the University of Detroit Law School.

He was a highly respected private practice attorney for 42 years who truly enjoyed his work.

Mr. Wilson was a great family man. He enjoyed spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren. He sang in the United Methodist Church choir for 40 years. He also played tennis.

Mr. Wilson is survived by Patricia, his wife of 56 years; son, David (Patti); daughter, Suzanne; and grandchildren, Alaina, David, Charlie, Matthew and Leah.

Memorial services were held Nov. 22 at Grosse Pointe United Methodist Church, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Memorial donations may bemade to the Grosse Pointe United Methodist Church choir, 211 Moross, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.

Henry O. Gesell D.D.S.

Henry O. Gesell D.D.S.

Died: Monday, November 17, 2008
Age: 77
Grosse Pointe Woods resident Henry O. Gesell D.D.S., 77, died Monday, Nov. 17, 2008.

He was born in Detroit to Henry O. and Delores Gesell and graduated from Detroit’s Southeastern High School. He received his Bachelor of Science from Michigan State University and his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Detroit School of Dentistry in 1960.

Dr. Gesell began practicing dentistry in 1960 in association with the late Dr. Paul Kowalchuk. Dr. Gesell later opened his own practice in St. Clair Shores where he worked as a sole practitioner until 2007.

He recently had joined the practice of Robert Masi D.D.S. in Harper Woods where Dr. Gesell continued to treat his patients.

He was an avid sailor, fisherman and alpine skier. He was a member of Bayview Yacht Club in Detroit since 1952 and was a former member of the Crescent Sail Yacht Club of Grosse Pointe Farms.

Dr. Gesell is survived by his daughters, Margy (Pat Bushey), June (Bill) Larkins and Laura; grandchildren, Riley and Carolyn Larkins; and sister, Barbara Vieira.

A memorial celebration will be held at noon, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008 at Lake Shore Presbyterian Church, 27801 Jefferson, St. Clair Shores.

Memorial donations may be sent to Give Kids a Smile, a University of Detroit program that serves children with unmet dental needs. Checks should be made payable and sent to The Macomb Dental Society (GKAS), c/o David Borlass D.D.S., 5412 Sherwood, Shelby Township, MI 48313.

Adele Barbara Moroun

Adele Barbara Moroun

Died: Friday, November 14, 2008
Age: 88
City of Grosse Pointe resident Adele Barbara Moroun, 88, died Friday, Nov. 14, 2008, at Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe.

Mrs. Moroun was born in Dubois, Pa., the youngest of 13 children, and attended the University of Pennsylvania. She was the financial officer for Moroun Nursing Home.

She enjoyed painting and traveling.

She was a member of the Detroit Athletic Club, Grosse Pointe Artists Association, Women’s City Club, Fontbonne Auxiliary, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Grosse Pointe Woman’s Club, and St. Paul’s Altar Society.

Mrs. Moroun is survived by her daughter, Barbara Cleek; son, John Moroun; grandchildren, Susan Azar and Sarah Gilmore; and great-grandchildren, Nicholas, Madeleine, Alexander, George and Graham.

She was predeceased by her husband, Dr. S.J. Moroun.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Nov. 18, followed by interment in Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton Township.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Bonaventure Monastery, 1740 Mt. Elliott, Detroit, MI 48207; or the Salvation Army, 615 Slaters Lane, P.O. Box 269, Alexandria, VA 22313.
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