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Albert J. Fetters Sr.

Died: Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Age: 79
Albert J. Fetters Sr., 79, of Chesterfield died Wednesday, April 30, 2008 at the Mt. Clemens Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Fetters was born May 12, 1928 in the City of Grosse Pointe and married Margaret Lawlor on Aug. 19 1961.

He was a U.S. Army veteran and retired from the City of Grosse Pointe.

Mr. Fetters is survived by his wife, Margaret; children, Albert (Mariann) and Dena (Joe) Zdunski; brother, William (Shirley) Fetters; sister, Agnes Gill; sisters-in-law, Christine Fetter and Laura Lawlor; grandchildren, Joey Zdunski, Mark Fetters and Brett Fetters.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 10, 2008 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 424 Smith St., Algonac, with Pastor Dennis Irish officiating. Arrangements were handled through the Gilbert Funeral Home in Algonac.

Elaine Hartmann

Elaine Hartmann

Died: Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Age: 78
Longtime Grosse Pointe Farms resident Elaine Hartmann, 78, died Wednesday, April 30, 2008.

Mrs. Hartmann was born in Detroit and lived in Grosse Pointe Farms for the last 48 years. She was a Detroit school teacher for 34 years and active in state and local politics.

Her family said she made a nearly successful bid for state representative in 1996. She championed many causes for the benefit of her community and was a tireless advocate of historical preservation.

She was an active member of the Grosse Pointe Historical Society. Securing several investors, she rescued and beautifully restored one of the oldest homes in Grosse Pointe, the Cadieux Farmhouse.

She also was a member of the Grosse Pointe Farms Planning Commission.

As a labor of love, Mrs. Hartmann also dedicated her talents to renovating and decorating the rectory at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Detroit. In recognition of her contributions, she received the Holy Trinity Good Samaritan Award.

She was an avid collector of art and antiques and owned and operated a local shop, Birds of a Feather Antiques.

She will be missed by her loving family including her daughter, Amy; son-in-law, Chick Taylor; grandson, Charlie; and her brothers and sister. She also will be missed by her faithful dog, Hershey; and her beloved garden.

Mrs. Hartmann was predeceased by her husband, Joseph N. Hartmann.

A private memorial service will be held May 17 at 10 a.m. Arrangements are being handled by A.H. Peters Funeral Home.

Memorial donations may be made to the Joseph Hartmann Scholarship, Trinity Educational Fund, Holy Trinity School, 1050 Porter, Detroit, MI 48226.

James Gallagher McMahon

James Gallagher McMahon

Died: Monday, April 28, 2008
Age: 82
Longtime City of Grosse Pointe resident James Gallagher McMahon, 82, died Monday, April 28, 2008, after a short illness.

He was born April 23, 1926 in Detroit to Isabella and Gerald McMahon.

Mr. McMahon graduated from Wayne State University in 1950 and Detroit College of Law in 1969. He practiced law as a Wayne County prosecutor and then established his own law firm in St. Clair Shores in 1975, where his daughter, Laura, joined him in his practice.

When he was not working, he enjoyed reading, fine dining and following local sports with his bride, Cindy.

Mr. McMahon is survived by his wife, Lucinda “Cindy”; daughters, Martha (Robert Farr) McMahon and Laura McMahon (Terrance) Lynch; stepchildren, Sally (Jeffery) Stallings, George Reindel IV and Susan (David ) Tobbe; and three grandchildren, Elizabeth and Kevin Lynch, and Elizabeth Stallings.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, May 2 at Christ Church Grosse Pointe, 61 Grosse Pointe Boulevard, Grosse Pointe Farms.

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

Anita S. Leslie

Died: Monday, April 28, 2008
Age: 93
Anita S. Leslie died Monday, April 28, 2008.

She was born March 19, 1915 in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Ms. Leslie was a graduate of Grosse Pointe High School, Michigan State University and Wayne State University. She was a counselor at Grosse Pointe North, as well as Grosse Pointe South until her retirement in 1985.

Ms. Leslie is survived by her son, Stuart (Diane) Leslie of Okemos; daughter, Sherry (Tom) Eastwood of West Palm Beach, Fla.; grandchildren, Heather Langley, Donna Leslie, Bill Eastwood, Leslie Eastwood-Bray; and seven great-grandchildren.

Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 3100 West Rd., Building B, Suite 110, East Lansing, MI, 48823.

Mary Stack

Mary Stack

Died: Monday, April 28, 2008
Age: 84
Grosse Pointe Woods resident Mary Stack, 84, died Monday, April 28, 2008, at Sunrise Assisted Living in Grosse Pointe Woods.

She was born Mary Foley Aug. 11, 1923 in Lach Inch, County Kerry, Ireland.

She was a registered nurse graduate from Paddington General Hospital in England. She was a midwife who delivered more than 100 babies and also tended to many wounded World War II soldiers.

Mrs. Stack left England in 1947 and relocated to Toronto, where she continued her nursing career. In 1948, she moved to Detroit to live with her aunt. During this time she met another Irish immigrant, Thomas Stack, whom she married Nov. 11, 1950.

Mrs. Stack worked at Bon Secours hospital for more than 38 years. She was a member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church for more than 50 years.

Mrs. Stack’s family said her entire life was devoted to her family, faith and nursing career. She had tremendous energy and compassion. One of her favorite pastimes was having tea and cookies with her grandchildren, while sharing her childhood memories of Ireland.

She also was an avid knitter who made many sweaters for her children and grandchildren.

Mrs. Stack is survived by her children, Michael, Thomas, Mary Joanne and Patricia; and her grandchildren, Sara, Thomas, Lauren, Marissa Sophia, Will and Aidan.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Thomas.

A funeral Mass was celebrated May 7 at St. Ambrose in Grosse Pointe Park.

Mrs. Stack’s children thank their extended family and friends for their love and support through the years.

Memorial donations may be made to Muscular Dystrophy Association, 43329 Schoenherr Rd., Sterling Heights, MI 48313 or the Alzheimer Foundation of America, 322 8th Ave., 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001.

Daniel Chapin

Died: Sunday, April 27, 2008
Age: 82
Former Grosse Pointe Farms resident Daniel Chapin, 82, died in Pleasant Hill, Calif. Sunday, April 27, 2008 from natural causes.

He was born Nov. 14, 1926 in Grosse Pointe to Roy D. Chapin and Inez Tiedeman Chapin. His father was founder of the Hudson Motor Car Co. and also served as Secretary of Commerce under President Hoover.

Mr. Chapin grew up in Michigan and then attended Yale University, where he earned a degree in engineering.

After serving in the U.S. Navy in 1946, he received an honorable discharge. In 1950 he married Wanda Rose Church and began work for Dow Chemical Corporation. The couple and their children moved to the San Francisco Bay area in 1962.

Mr. Chapin spent the next 20 years running Bessler Corporation, while also actively pursuing his passion in life, protecting the environment. An avid duck hunter and fisherman, he saw firsthand the need to preserve the natural habitats of fish and waterfowl.

In the mid-1970s, he dedicated himself full time to conservation and became the president of the California Waterfowl Association.

A modest man, Mr. Chapin worked tirelessly throughout the western U.S. immersing himself in the Sacramento political machine to protect the environment.

He counted among his many accomplishments leading the charge to have lead removed from shotgun ammunition, helping pass legislation protecting the migratory paths of waterfowl, and bringing public attention to the damages selenium has on wetlands and waterways.

His family said his motto in life was to always try and leave things in a better condition than how you found them. His selfless commitment to the environment was his way of trying to make things better.

Mr. Chapin is survived by his sons, Spencer, Clifford and Thomas; and daughters, Wendy, Anne and Lisa.

He was predeceased by his wife, Wanda Rose.

Margaret E. Lannen

Died: Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Age: 82
Former Grosse Pointe Woods resident Margaret E. Lannen, 82, died Wednesday, April 23, 2008, at Beaumont Hospital, Troy. She had been living in St. Clair Shores.

Mrs. Lannen was born Jan. 10, 1926 in Utica, N.Y. She was a wife, mother and homemaker.

Mrs. Lannen is survived by her sons, William (Martha) and Gary (Rose); daughter-in-law Sheila Lannen; and grandchildren, Kelly, Rachel, Robert, Thomas, Sean and David.

She was predeceased by her husband, Robert T.; son, Robert; parents, Horace and Catherine Welch; and her sister, Marion Murray.

A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Margaret of Scotland Church in St. Clair Shores with the Rev. Ronald DeHondt officiating. Interment was at Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton Township.

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

Lois A. Priestman

Died: Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Age: 86
Former longtime Grosse Pointe resident Lois A. Priestman, 86, of Uniontown, Ohio, passed away Wednesday, April 23, 2008, at her residence.

She was born March 21, 1922 in Akron, Ohio to Edward and Oral Corbett.

Mrs. Priestman was an accomplished pianist and organist.

At one time, she had her own radio show in Akron.

She lived in Grosse Pointe from 1954 to 1980, during which time she was active in the Grosse Pointe Woman’s Club.

Mrs. Priestman is survived by her daughter, Deborah S. Lash of Richwood, Ohio; son and daughter-in-law, Barry and Karen Priestman of Port Huron; grandchildren, Gary and Rodney Lash, and Michelle and Heather Priestman; and great-grandchildren, Ashley Lash and Emily Priestman.

She was predeceased by her husband, Bewley D. Priestman; her parents; and her brother, Edward Corbett.

According to her wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no services.

The family wishes to extend a special thanks to Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service and caretaker, Cathy Starcher.

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Edward A. Krull M.D.

Edward A. Krull M.D.

Died: Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Age: 78
Edward A. Krull M.D., a pioneer in the field of dermatologic surgery and a renowned international lecturer, died Tuesday, April 22, 2008, after a long illness. He was 78.

He began his education with a full scholarship to the Taft School in Watertown, Conn. Upon graduation, he attended Yale University and then Yale University Medical School. Upon completion of his studies at Yale, Dr. Krull traveled west to fulfill a rotating internship at San Francisco City and County Hospital in 1956.

In 1976, Dr. Krull became chairman of dermatology at Henry Ford Hospital. Under his leadership, the department continued to be one of the largest and most respected in the country, focusing on academics, clinical care and the humanitarian aspects of dermatologic practice and the care of patients.

His family said he was a cherished teacher and mentor to more that 250 residents over the past 41 years. Colleagues described him as one of the most innovative leaders, a pioneer in his field and a man whose guidance and wisdom at the national level were recognized and lauded. He will be remembered for his kindness and generosity of spirit.

Dr. Krull served on the board of governors and the board of trustees of the Henry Ford Health Systems. He was a member of the American Board of Dermatology for 10 years and also served as its president. He was a member of the ACGME residency review committee for dermatology and its chair for seven years. During this time dermatology was officially recognized as both a medical and surgical specialty.

Dr. Krull also served as a member of the board of directors of the American Academy of Dermatology, as vice-president and president of the American Society of Dermatology and president of the American Dermatological Association and the Michigan Dermatological Society. He co-founded and served as the first president of the Association of Academic Dermatological Surgeons.

He was awarded the 2005 Fred W. Whitehouse Distinguished Service Award for the Henry Ford Medical Group, and the Gold Medal and honorary membership from the American Academy of Dermatology. He was the first dermatologist to receive the Leon Goldman Award from the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery.

In 2006 Dr. Krull was awarded the Dermatology Foundation Lifetime Career Educator Award and will be posthumously awarded the American Academy of Dermatology Master Dermatologist Award at the 2009 American Academy of Dermatology National Meeting.

His family said Dr. Krull was deeply touched and humbled when patients, former residents, staff, foundation and individual donors established the Edward A. Krull, M.D. Chair in Dermatologic Surgery in his honor.

Dr. Krull is survived by his wife, Joan; daughters, Lisa (Phillip) King, and Lael (Benjamin) Caldwell; son, Edward A. (Theresa) Krull Jr.; and six grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at Christ Church Grosse Pointe, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Memorial donations may be made to the Edward A. Krull Education Fund, Henry Ford Medical Center, 3031 W. Grand Blvd., Suite 800, Detroit, MI 48202; The Taft School, 110 Woodbury Road, Watertown, CT 06795; or The Yale University, Yale Alumni Fund, Attn: Dianne Nelson, Assistant Director, 157 Church St., New Haven, CT 06510.

Mary L. Hamby

Mary L. Hamby

Died: Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Age: 88
Former Grosse Pointe Farms resident Mary L. Hamby, 88, died peacefully Tuesday, April 22, 2008, at her home in Coconut Creek, Fla.

She was born in Detroit to Harry and Laura Allen.

Mrs. Hamby is survived by daughters Kathleen (Robert) Tar and Laura (Russel) Krausmann; and grandchildren, Kristin, Allison, Emily and Megan Tar, and Kelly, James and Robbert Krausmann. She also is survived by her sister, Anne Lemhagen; two nieces; and many dear friends.

She was predeceased by her husband, Winston C. Hamby; her parents; and her brothers, Harold and John.

A funeral Mass will be held May 12 at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Coral Springs, Fla.
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