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Walter Wesson Hassig M.D.

Walter Wesson Hassig M.D.

Died: Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Age: 90
Walter “Doc” Wesson Hassig, M.D., 90, died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2008, at the ShorePointe Nursing Center in St. Clair Shores.

Dr. Hassig was born Jan. 9, 1918 in Detroit to Walter Arnold and Selma Wilhelmina Zehnder Hassig.

He received his bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees from Wayne State University. He served in the U.S. Army as captain of the 610th Medical Clearance Company and was recognized with the American Campaign Service Medal, the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal, and the Victory Medal.

Dr. Hassig served as medical director for Burroughs Corp., a staff physician for Kerns Department Store, and the head of staff for family physicians at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit. He also had a private practice.

His interests included Michigan history, geography and points of interest, especially Copper Harbor and its surrounding woods and copper mines, and Fort Wilkins.

He enjoyed the Great Lakes by boat. He also enjoyed collecting Michigan books and memorabilia.

He was a member of the Michigan Historical Society, Wayne County Medical Society, American Medical Association, Fort Wilkins Historical Society, Grosse Pointe Veterans Association, and the Norland Association.

Dr. Hassig is survived by his daughters, Diane Moskaluk, Cynthia (David) Burt, Pam (Gene) Baerwolf, Dawn (Roger) Panczner and Marcia Eubanks; sons William (Sharon) Hassig, M.D. and Walter M. (Jennifer Irwin, M.D.) Hassig, M.D.; 19 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

He also is survived by his sisters-in-law, Shirley Wendt and Doris Hassig; and three nieces.

He was predeceased by his wife, Elaine Marguerite Wendt; brothers Gordon Hassig and Bud Phillips; and his sister-in-law Norma Wendt Phillips.

A memorial service was held Feb. 4 at First English Evangelical Lutheran Church, Grosse Pointe Woods.

Inurnment will take place in Copper Harbor Cemetery, Copper Harbor, this summer.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Church Building Fund, First English Evangelical Lutheran Church, 800 Vernier Rd, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236.

Marie Louise McMillan Bodman

Marie Louise McMillan Bodman

Died: Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Age: 98
Longtime Grosse Pointe resident Marie Louise McMillan Bodman, 98, passed away peacefully at her home on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2008, in the company of family and caregivers.

She was born in Grosse Pointe on Christmas Day, 1909 to James Thayer and Anne Russel McMillan.

Mrs. Bodman, known as “Weezie” to friends and family, led a life of impressive activity, from early childhood with her five siblings, well into her later years.

She volunteered and served on the board of the Children’s Hospital of Michigan and the Neighborhood Club. She was a member of the Junior League of Detroit, and an active member of the Garden Club of Michigan. She made and sold an infinite number of teddy bears for the Garden Club, each with a unique costume and personality.

She also was a longtime member of the Tau Beta Association.

Mrs. Bodman was an energetic volunteer, a keen traveler, an original seamstress, a lifelong golfer, and an avid in-line skater. She put away her in-line skates at age 83 and her golf clubs many years later.

During her long life, Mrs. Bodman experienced childhood rides in some of the first automobiles, witnessed the devastating effects of losing an uncle during World War I, lived through a wartime posting to Washington in the 1940s, and saw the many technological advances which marked recent times.

These advances were embraced with courage and interest with her husband, Harry. Televisions, computers, remote devices and answering machines were all introduced into the home, studied, and used with appreciation and care.

Mrs. Bodman had a gift for responding in times of crisis, first tested in her volunteer work with children in the surgical ward at the hospital. Her unflinching courage came to the fore when she and Harry lost their son, Harry, and daughter-in-law Dottie in 1973.

Her ability to be a source of strength in the face of life’s devastation was not wasted; in an increasingly mobile age, her steadiness served to ground and connect the many branches of the family over the past 35 years.

The gratitude and affection of Mrs. Bodman’s family are extended to all those who have made this recent period of her life as rich as it has been. Caregivers Barbara Lee, Patti Sherman, Freda Goolsbee, Suzy Lee, April Salk, Joyce Zube and Debbie Salk provided physical aid and love, humor and dedication during the last 10 years of Mrs. Bodman’s still active life. Niece Bliss Caulkins Clark provided steady support and was a true friend, often standing in for Mrs. Bodman’s far-flung family in recent years.

During her last days, Mrs. Bodman retained her sense of humor and her interest in the people and objects around her. She maintained her unfailing ability to keep her surroundings in order.

Thanks are extended to Don Sweeney for his uplifting presence, particularly during Mrs. Bodman’s final days, and to Beaumont Hospice for their help.

Mrs. Bodman will be deeply missed by her survivors: daughter Thayer B. (Robert) Cluett; son Richard S. (Karna) Bodman; grandchildren Dorothy Anne (Harvey) Nosowitz, Marie Louise (John) Petrie, Amy Bodman (John) Sanders, Helen (Francis Cadeau) Cluett, Marjorie (Marc) Seguin, Holly (Gordon) Gwynne-Timothy, Taylor (Willa) Bodman, and James Bodman; 17 great-grandchildren; and her sister, Anne Manierre.

Mrs. Bodman was predeceased by her husband, Henry T. Bodman; son Henry E. Bodman; and daughter-in-law Dorothy P. Bodman.

A memorial service was held Feb. 4 at the Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Neighborhood Club, 17150 Waterloo, Grosse Pointe, MI 48230 or to The Children’s Hospital of Michigan, c/o Mrs. Henry T. Bodman Endowment Fund, 3901 Beaubien Street, Detroit, MI 48201.

John Imesch

John Imesch

Died: Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Age: 80
John Imesch, 80, of Grosse Pointe Farms, died on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2008, at his place of work, Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe. He was legal counsel for the hospital system for 22 years.

Prior to his work at the hospital, Mr. Imesch was counsel for American Natural Resources and Michigan Mutual Liability Company.

He was very proud of his Swiss heritage. His parents were immigrants from Switzerland.

As a boy he attended St. Ambrose Catholic School, then St. Paul on the Lake Catholic School. It was there where he met, fell in love and married Donna Marie Cadieux.

In addition to high grades in academics, Mr. Imesch was quite the athlete, his nickname being “Red Letterman.”

He graduated from Detroit College of Law and passed his bar exams with ease.

He is survived by Donna Marie, his wife of 57 years.

He was very devoted to his family and is remembered lovingly by his children, Robert (Mary), David (Beverly), Jay, Maryann (Gordon), Dona Marie (Shawn), John Joseph, and Patrick (Kristyn). He spent many hours of enjoyment with his grandchildren, Ross, Erin, Alison, Josef, Anna, Jack, Jaymie and Sabel.

Mr. Imesch was also very close to his twin sister, Janet Wendling, and his brother, Bishop Joseph of Joliet, Ill., the former auxiliary Bishop of Detroit, both of whom survive him.

Mr. Imesch dedicated his life to his family, his church, his community, his work and, most of all, to the many friends he made throughout his life.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Feb. 2 at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, Grosse Pointe Farms.

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

Alfred Joseph Jehle

Died: Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Age: 82
Former Grosse Pointe resident Alfred Joseph Jehle, 82, died Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2008, at his residence in Tequesta, Fla.

Mr. Jehle was born in Detroit and lived in Grosse Pointe before moving to Tequesta 18 years ago. Prior to his retirement, he was a real estate investor.

Mr. Jehle was a member of St. Jude Catholic Church in Tequesta, the Tequesta Country Club and the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club. He was a former member of the Grosse Pointe Lions Club.

He is survived by his wife, Suzanne Sutherland Jehle of Tequesta; two sons Alfred Jr. (Cynthia) of Lakeville, Minn. and Michael (Holly) of Glenview, Ill.; three daughters Kathryn (Paul Campbell) Jehle of Tequesta, Suzanne (Edward) Wolf of Rice Lake, Wis. and Lisa (James) Rice of Bellevue, Wash.; and 14 grandchildren.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Feb. 1 in Tequesta. A service will be held in Grosse Pointe at a future date.

Alfred Joseph Jehle

Died: Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Age: 82
Former Grosse Pointe resident Alfred Joseph Jehle, 82, of Tequesta, Fla. passed away Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2008, at his residence. Born in Detroit, he had been a resident of Tequesta for 18 years, after moving from Grosse Pointe.

Prior to his retirement, Mr. Jehle was a real estate investor. He was a member of St. Jude Catholic Church, The Tequesta Country Club and the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club. He was a former member of the Grosse Pointe Lions Club.

He is survived by his wife, Suzanne, of Tequesta; two sons, Alfred (Cynthia) Jehle Jr. of Lakeville, Minn. and Michael (Holly) Jehle of Glenview, Ill.; three daughters, Kathryn (Paul Campbell) Jehle of Tequesta, Suzanne (Edward) Wolf of Rice Lake, Wisc., and Lisa (James) Rice of Bellevue, Wash.; and 14 grandchildren.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 27, 2008 at St. Philomena Catholic Church, 4281 Marseilles, Detroit, followed by interment at Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton Township.

Memorial donations may be made to Most Holy Trinity School, 1229 Labrosse, Detroit, MI 48226 or to St. Patrick Senior Center, 58 Parsons St., Detroit, MI 48201.

Ilene Gay Barron

Ilene Gay Barron

Died: Monday, January 28, 2008
Age: 72
Ilene Gay Barron, 72, a lifelong resident of the Grosse Pointes, died Monday, Jan. 28, 2008, after a three-year battle with breast cancer and neuropathy, which had left this vibrant, active woman bound to a wheelchair. She passed away while under hospice care at her home in Grosse Pointe Shores surrounded by her family.

Born Ilene Gay Bryant in the City of Grosse Pointe on April 20, 1935 to Dorothy and Clare P. Bryant, she was a graduate of Grosse Pointe High School and Michigan State University.

Mrs. Barron was a homemaker, an avid tennis player, a gifted artist, a talented photographer, and, most of all, a loving wife, mother, and grandmother.

When her children were older, she went back to school to pursue her love of art and studied at both the Center for Creative Studies and Macomb Community College.

Mrs. Barron was a longtime member of the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club and of the Grosse Pointe Unit of The Herb Society of America.

She attended the Church of Today until she became ill. She embraced Unity principles and was a fan of The Four Agreements. She was also a big fan of The Three Tenors. She had a great passion for life and loved to learn new things.

Her friends and family remember her as someone with a big, ready smile, twinkling eyes, and a happy, playful nature.

Mrs. Barron is survived by her daughters, Kathleen (Malcolm Fleck) Barron and Marjorie (Thomas) Schneider; son Richard Barron; grandchildren Annabelle Wasden and Thomas, Catherine, Pelton and Joseph Schneider; and her brother, Allan Bryant.

She was predeceased by her husband, Victor Barron.

Per her wishes, a service was not held.

Memorial donations may be made to St. John Hospice, c/o St. John Health Foundation, P.O. Box 673271, Detroit MI 48267-3271.

Daisy Turner Garlock

Died: Monday, January 28, 2008
Age: 103
Former Grosse Pointe resident Daisy Turner Garlock, 103, died Monday, Jan. 28, 2008, at Bay Village, a retirement complex in Sarasota, Fla. where she was living. 

Mrs. Garlock was born in Birmingham, Ala. and graduated from Howard College, now Samford University, in 1926. She was then hired by the YWCA.

After training in New York City, she worked first in Clearwater, Fla. and then Akron, Ohio where she met her first husband, Samuel C. Turner.

They were married in 1933 and moved to Grosse Pointe in 1940.

She was an active member of Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, where, among many activities, she served as a member of the Session and co-chaired the fair in 1958.

During her years in Grosse Pointe she held positions in many volunteer organizations including the American Red Cross and the Girl Scouts.

She was an avid golfer and duplicate bridge player at the Country Club of Detroit.

After her husband died in 1972, she moved to Sarasota, where she continued her volunteer activities and her enthusiasm for golf and bridge. She married Lyle Garlock in 1975. He died in 1981.

Mrs. Garlock is survived by her daughter, Janet Duke, of Washington, DC; granddaughter Amy Rider of Richmond, Va.; and one great-grandson.

She also is survived by a stepdaughter, Kay Croft of Dallas; three stepgrandchildren; and five step great-grandchildren.

Bernadine Kramer

Bernadine Kramer

Died: Monday, January 28, 2008
Age: 88
Longtime Grosse Pointe Park resident Bernadine Kramer (nee Carnaghi), 88, died Monday, Jan. 28, 2008.

She was a graduate of St. Paul Catholic High School and attended the University of Detroit.

A lifetime member of St. Clare of Montefalco Catholic Church, she was a noted vocal soloist and member of the St. Clare choir and the Palestrina Chorus. She enjoyed spending summers in Lexington.

She is survived by children Joseph (Gerry), Michael (Ellen), Nadine (John) Unkovich, Francine (Vincent) Quasarano and Timothy (Colleen); 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two brothers; and four sisters. She also is survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Kramer was predeceased by her husband, Joseph R. Kramer; parents Joseph and Margaret Oldani Carnaghi; two brothers; and four sisters.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Feb. 2 at St. Clare of Montefalco Catholic Church, Grosse Pointe Park, followed by interment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Detroit.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Capuchins, 1820 Mt. Elliott St., Detroit, MI 48207; St. Clare of Montefalco Catholic Church, 1401 Whittier, Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230; or the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America, 1821 University Ave. W., Suite S256, St. Paul, MN 55104.

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Arzie Orhan

Died: Monday, January 28, 2008
Age: 84
Grosse Pointe Park resident Arzie Orhan, 84, died at her home Monday, Jan. 28, 2008. She was the co-owner of Elmo’s Fine Food.

Mrs. Orhan was born Feb. 27, 1923 in Albania to Mehmet Nazarko and Nesibe Fama.

She was a member of the Albanian Islamic Center in Harper Woods.

She is survived by her daughter Shije (Hajdar) Shahin; son Xhafer “Jeff” (Judith) Orhan; grandchildren J. Scott (Michelle) Orhan, Jennifer (Timothy) Hudson, Issa (Diana) Shahin, Sharif Shahin, and Yusif Shahin; great-grandchildren Jacob and Carly Orhan, Gwendolyn and Julia Hudson, Shije and Yusif Shahin; sister Shefiko (Feret) Kadilli; brothers Rami (Garentina) Nazarko and Engell (Zenepe) Nazarko.

She was predeceased by her husband, Orhan Ali Orhan; and her brother, Zenel Nazarko.

Funeral services were held at A.H. Peters Funeral Home in Grosse Pointe Woods followed by interment at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Detroit.

Memorial donations may be sent to the Albanian Islamic Center, 19775 Harper, Harper Woods, MI 48225.

Carla Jane Smallwood

Carla Jane Smallwood

Died: Monday, January 28, 2008
Age: 59
Harper Woods resident and former Grosse Pointe Park resident Carla Jane Smallwood, 59, died Monday, Jan. 28, 2008, at the Shelby Nursing Center in Shelby Township.

Ms. Smallwood, known by all as Jane, was born March 8, 1948 in Eldorado, Ill., to Carl L. and Mayme L. Snyder. She grew up in Eldorado, Orlando, Fla., and St. Clair Shores.

After working for several years, she attended The Ohio State University, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

She established her own company, The Country Barnyard, which for the next 20 years manufactured and sold country goods throughout the United States.

Ms. Smallwood was an avid golfer who played at the Detroit Golf Club for many years. She enjoyed all sports, traveling and her book club.

Ms. Smallwood is survived by her brother, Stephan Snyder of Grosse Pointe Park; her sister, Judith Ann (Terry) Hill of Macomb; her stepson, John (Traci) Smallwood of Minnetonka, Minn.; stepdaughter, Sarah Cantrell of Chicago; sisters-in-law, Patricia (Frank) Bonta of Eaton Rapids and Rita Behnke of Costa Mesa, Calif.; and her companion, William Krebs of Grosse Pointe Park.

She was predeceased by her parents; her brother, David; and her former husband, Mark Smallwood.

Memorial donations may be made to the Michigan Humane Society, 26711 Northwestern Hwy., Suite 175, Southfield, MI 48034, the Van Elslander Cancer Center, 19229 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236, or the charity of the donor’s choice.
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