Died: Thursday, February 21, 2008 Mary Jacqueline Scobie
Mary Jacqueline Scobie (nee Petersen), 83, passed away Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008. She was a 42-year resident of Grosse Pointe Park.
She was the beloved mother of Stephanie (Gerald) Reese, Deborah Gwyn, Bruce (Carmen), and Brian (Lisa) and the treasured Nana to Jennifer (Ken) Keith, Jessica Reese, Robert (Jessica) Reese, Anthony and Garrett Gwyn and Dane and Madeline Scobie. She also is survived by great-grandchildren, Robert and Richard Cialone, Makayla Gwyn, and Makya and Ryder Reese; and sister-in-law, Ada M. Freese.
She was lovingly known as “Aunt Babe” to many nieces and nephews.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 1 at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 21620 Greater Mack, St. Clair Shores.
Interment will be at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Battle Creek beside her husband, David E. Scobie Jr.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. John Hospice of Michigan, St. John Foundation, 1471 12 Mile Rd., Madison Heights, MI 48071.
Died: Tuesday, February 19, 2008 R. Rickerd Thompson
R. Rickerd Thompson of Grosse Ile, died Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2008, of an aortic aneurysm. He was 57.
Mr. Thompson grew up in Grosse Pointe Farms and attended Richard Elementary and Pierce Middle schools. He graduated from Grosse Pointe High School in 1969. He was an Eagle Scout in Richard Troop 74 and a leader in his high school’s American Youth Hostel, where he made many lifelong friends. He was a graduate of the school of business administration at Eastern Michigan University.
Mr. Thompson owned Thompson Leasing Co. and was a realtor at MBA Group, both on Grosse Ile. He also was executive vice president of Metro Jobbers, serving auto dealers in the greater Detroit area. Previously, he owned Thompson Chrysler Plymouth in Southgate and Cascade Motors in Jackson.
He was an avid sailor out of the Bayview Yacht Club and participated in several Port Huron to Mackinac races as captain of his boat, On the Edge. He was a member of the bowling group at the Detroit Athletic Club. Hunting, fishing, squash, history and family lore were among his interests, and he owned an ancestral farm near Somerset in Hillsdale County.
Formerly the chairman of the Grosse Ile planning commission, more recently he was involved in the island’s historical society.
He is survived by his loving daughters, Kelly of Amsterdam, Netherlands and Kerry (Daniel) Golden of New York City; parents, Joseph P. and Barbara Rickerd Thompson of Grosse Pointe Park; brother, Joseph P. Jr. “Skip” (Kathleen Barton) Thompson of Lake Forest, Ill., and sister, Kathleen G. Thompson (Jon Strempek) of Ann Arbor; nephews, Lt. Comm. J. Patrick Thompson, USN (Hilliary Krug), and Jonathon (Kelly) Opdyke; and nieces, Margaret (Carl) Anderson, Elizabeth (Timothy) Lucier and Rebecca Opdyke.
A funeral service was held earlier this month at Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home, Grosse Pointe Park, with interment in Somerset.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 24445 Northwestern Hwy., Suite 100, Southfield, MI 48075, The Nature Conservancy, P.O. Box 97157, Washington, D.C. 20077-7345 or a similar charity of the donor’s choice.
Died: Monday, February 18, 2008 Genevieve B. Mortka
Grosse Pointe Park resident Genevieve B. Mortka, 78, died Monday, Feb. 18, 2008, at Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe.
Mrs. Mortka was born Aug. 4, 1929 in Detroit to Walter and Bernice Grabowski. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Detroit Mercy College in 1952 and her Master of Social Work degree from Wayne State University in 1963. She was a casework supervisor for 34 years for the Wayne County Juvenile Court, retiring in 1997.
She married her husband, Casimir, on May 12, 1956. The couple enjoyed traveling across the globe including Australia, New Zealand, and several trips to Europe.
Mrs. Mortka enjoyed visiting relatives in Poland with whom she still kept in contact. The couple traveled to nearly every state in the United States. Hawaii was one of Mrs. Mortka’s favorite travel destinations.
She belonged to the Polish Falcons of America; American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees; and the Wayne County Employees Retirees Club.
Mrs. Mortka is survived by Casimir, her husband of more than 50 years; son, Michael (Elizabeth); and grandchildren, Jackson, Douglas and Conor. She also is survived by her sister, Clemintine “Tina” Gutowski.
A funeral Mass was celebrated Feb. 21 at St. Clare of Montefalco Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Park.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 20450 Civic Center Dr., Southfield, MI 48076 or the American Heart Association, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674.
Died: Saturday, February 16, 2008
Longtime Grosse Pointe resident Lucille Bay, 94, died Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008.
She is survived by her loving children, Hal (Sue) Bay and Beverly (Philip) Hutchins; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband, Harold Bay.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 2 at the Grosse Pointe Congregational Church, 240 Chalfonte, Grosse Pointe Farms.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Michigan Humane Society, 26711 Northwestern Hwy., Suite 175, Southfield, MI 48034.
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Died: Saturday, February 16, 2008 James Frederick Coulter
Former Grosse Pointe Park resident James F. Coulter, 55, died Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008.
He was born Nov. 12, 1952 in Grosse Pointe to Thomas Edward and Janet Parker Coulter and graduated from Grosse Pointe South High School in 1970.
Mr. Coulter earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1974 from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He also attended Michigan State University, working toward postgraduate degrees in economics and taught economics at Central Michigan University.
Despite his lifelong health difficulties, Mr. Coulter worked at a variety of jobs and provided care and compassion to his parents in their later years.
His lifelong passions included photography, coin collecting, researching the history of U.S. paper money and Z-gauge model trains.
He was a member of the University of Michigan Alumni Association and more recently was active in a Parkinson’s Disease Support Group in Macomb County.
Mr. Coulter is survived by his twin brother, Douglas Glenn Coulter of Warrenville, Ill.; sisters, Kathryn (James) Ault of Okemos and Karen (Gerry) Phillips of Grosse Pointe Park; nieces, Jenny and Julie Ault of Okemos and Lindsey and Meg Phillips of Grosse Pointe Park; and nephew, Andrew T. Ault of Chicago.
He was predeceased by his parents.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore Drive, Grosse Pointe Farms. Interment will be at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Lansing, 6035 Executive Drive, Suite 103, Lansing, MI 48911 or the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, 301 E. Liberty, Suite 130, Ann Arbor, MI 48104.
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Died: Saturday, February 16, 2008 William Allard
Longtime Grosse Pointe Woods resident William Allard, 88, died peacefully Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008, surrounded by his family. He has been reunited with his wife of 69 years, Hazel, who predeceased him almost four months to the day. The last six months he struggled to survive. His heart wasn’t in it after losing his Hazel. He no longer had a purpose.
Mr. Allard was a devout Catholic and attended Mass at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in St. Clair Shores every Sunday. He was proud the Allard family donated part of the property where the parish community now exists.
His family said he was a wonderful example of his commitment to his faith. He was an advocate of participation at Mass. He was always two words in front of everyone else and two decibels louder.
He lived his faith by being honest, trustworthy and dedicated to his family and country. He was a proud U.S. Marine Corps veteran of World War II.
Mr. Allard was the consummate sports fan, whether it was baseball, football, or basketball. His family knows he’s in heaven with his beloved Hazel waiting, remote in hand, for March Madness to start.
He retired from the Detroit Edison Co. in 1984 after 46 years of dedicated service. He worked at the Connors Creek, Marysville and St. Clair power plants and the general offices in Detroit.
Mr. Allard will be remembered as the backbone of his family. They said he was someone to look up to and respect and that he was the best dad, grandpa and great-grandpa. He loved holding his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, kissing and babbling to them. He really wanted to meet the twins due in May. He will see them from a different vantage point now.
He will remain in the hearts of his family members forever and will be deeply missed.
Mr. Allard is survived by daughters, Joan (Lloyd) Bayer and Judith (Pete) Genord; son, William (Cindy); grandchildren, Michele, Michael, Dana, Cindi, Matt and Eric; and great–grandchildren, James, Ryan, Riese, Zachary, Michael, Brianne, Serena, Lauren, Christian, Elise, Garrett and Devin.
He was predeceased by wife, Hazel; daughter, Martha; his parents; and great-grandchildren Tyler and Austin.
A funeral Mass was celebrated Feb. 19 at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, St. Clair Shores.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Beaumont Foundation, Beaumont Hospitals, P. O. Box 5802, Troy, MI 48007-9620.
Died: Friday, February 15, 2008
Ralph McBrien, 84, of Naples, Fla. and Grosse Pointe Woods, passed away Friday, Feb. 15, 2008.
Mr. McBrien served his country as a U.S. Navy pilot during World War II and the Korean War. He retired from the Navy as a lieutenant commander and later retired from the Detroit Police Department as a detective sergeant.
Mr. McBrien also served in many leadership positions at Peace Lutheran Church in Detroit. His family said he was a kind and gentle soul who would do anything for anyone.
He is survived by Lillion, his wife of 57 years; daughters, Leslie (Gary) Miller, Erin (Chris) Beresford and Colleen (Jeff) Freeburg; and grandchildren, Christopher, Alexis, Garrett, Taylor, Colin, Claire, Evan and Marina.
He also is survived by his sister, Eleanor (Ken) MacNicol.
Mr. McBrien was predeceased by his brothers, Russ and Bill.
A memorial service was held in Florida.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Lely Presbyterian Church, 110 St. Andrews Blvd., Naples, FL 34113; or Peace Lutheran Church, 15760 E. Warren Ave., Detroit, MI 48224.
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Died: Friday, February 15, 2008 John T. “Jack” Humphreys Jr.
Former Grosse Pointe Park resident John Thomas “Jack” Humphreys Jr., 83, died Friday, Feb. 15, 2008, at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak.
Mr. Humphreys was born in Detroit and moved to Grosse Pointe as a toddler with his family in 1927. He attended Richard and Cadieux elementary schools, was in the first graduating class of Pierce Junior High School and graduated from Grosse Pointe High School in Jan., 1943.
He attended the U.S. Navy’s V-12 program at Cornell University and following graduation served as a Naval officer in the South Pacific.
After World War II, he returned to the University of Michigan and graduated in 1948. Later, he moved to Rochester, where he had spent many summers and Christmases at his family’s summer home. In Rochester, he was owner of Oakland Publications for many years.
Mr. Humphreys was known for his love of music, serving as one of the founding members on the Oakland Youth Symphony Board, and also on the Rochester Symphony Board. He was a past president of both symphony boards. He also held various positions at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Rochester.
He enjoyed bridge, golf, hockey, and skiing and was a great advocate of long walks in the countryside.
Mr. Humphreys is survived by his daughters, Amy and Sarah; his sister, Jane McGraw of Grosse Pointe Farms and nephews, David and Thomas (Moira) McGraw.
A memorial service was held at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Rochester.
Died: Wednesday, February 13, 2008 Anna Eileen Paglia
Grosse Pointe Shores resident Anna Eileen (nee Edgeworth) Paglia, beloved wife, mother and grandmother died in her sleep at home on Wednesday, Feb.13, 2008. She was 79.
Mrs. Paglia was born on June 18, 1928 in Detroit to Frank and Delia Howley Edgeworth. She graduated from St. David High School in Detroit in 1945, and married Albert Paglia in 1954.
She was a lifelong resident of southeastern Michigan, with family homes first in Warren and then in Grosse Pointe Shores.
She was a tireless volunteer during her life, including 15 years at the Bon Secours Nursing Home.
She was devoted to the Blessed Mother and the rosary.
Friends and relatives will remember Mrs. Paglia’s passion for card games, fun conversation, and the everlasting love for her family.
Mrs. Paglia is survived by her loving husband of 53 years, Albert T. Paglia; and her six children, Kathleen (Stephen) Pawlowski, Albert T. “Tom,” Anthony (Carol Ann), Francine (Bob) Maxey, Roseanne (Brian Kruger), and Connie (Shawn) Duffy; 22 grandchildren, Stephen Jr., Tim, Joe, Patrick, and Rose Pawlowski, Tommy, Andy and Lisa Paglia, Robby, John, Scott, Tommy and Sydney Maxey, Anthony Jr., Christina, Jeffery, Matthew and Elizabeth Paglia, Danny Paglia, and Joshua, Ryan and Colin Duffy.
She was one of six children, and her surviving siblings are Frank and John Edgeworth, and Rita Edgeworth Haisenleader.
She was predeceased by her parents; and brothers, William and Thomas Edgeworth.
A funeral Mass was celebrated Feb. 16 at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, Grosse Pointe Woods.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Mrs. Paglia’s name to the Solanus Casey Center at St. Bonaventure, 1740 Mt. Elliott, Detroit, MI 48219.
Died: Tuesday, February 12, 2008 Brian Joseph Forster
Brian Joseph Forster, 63, a longtime Grosse Pointe and Petoskey resident, died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008, after a valiant four-year battle with Multiple Systems Atrophy. He passed away at his home in Petoskey under the care of hospice.
Mr. Forster was born March 7, 1944 in Pontiac to Andrew and Ellen (nee Lagraff) Forster.
He enjoyed several careers during his lifetime including teaching in the Grosse Pointe Public School System, as a C.P.A. in public accounting, and as a founding partner in Olympic Corp., a general contracting firm, and Delta Contracting Group, a real estate development company.
Mr. Forster was an avid downhill skier and loyal enthusiast of Nubs Nob. He was also a longtime member of the Detroit Athletic Club where he played squash and was a loyal patron of The Tap Bar.
He played many a frustrating round of golf at Gowanie Golf Club, loving every minute of it, and also belonged to Petoskey Bay View Golf Club.
He enjoyed many laughs and good times playing co-ed volleyball and closing The Club 500. His family said that no one was ever more blessed with an amazing group of lifelong friends.
Mr. Forster and his wife, Patty, moved to Petoskey in 2002, fulfilling a lifelong dream of retiring in Northern Michigan.
He is survived by his loving wife Patty (nee Moran); and his loving children Julie (Tom) Goodrich, Brian (Claire) Forster and Andrew (Heather) Forster. He taught them many life lessons, most importantly the importance of the two words “listen” and “believe.”
He also is survived by six terrific grandchildren; his siblings Dennis (Patty), Renee (Mike) Foley, Abbie (Scott) Thiss, and Mary Ellen (Warren) Vrooman; brothers-in-law Thomas (Patti) Moran, Mike (Patty) Moran, and Joe (Beth) Moran; and sisters-in-law Cathy (Al) Rutledge, Mary (Lon) Barr, and Lucy (Bob) Gorski.
He was pre-deceased by his parents; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Thomas Joseph and Philomene Moran.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 at St. Clare of Montefalco Catholic Church.
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Little Traverse Bay, 3434 M-119 Road, Suite F, Harbor Springs, MI 49740.