Died: Sunday, January 27, 2008
Beatrice “Betty” Auch Parr, 79, passed away Sunday, Jan. 27, 2008. She lived in Greenwich, Conn. for the last 20 years, having moved from Grosse Pointe, where she lived most of her life.
Mrs. Parr was an outgoing, intelligent woman, who made friends wherever she lived. Her family remembers that people loved to be around her and converse with her because she was always current and up-to-date with any topic.
She was an avid reader of the New York Times, and many different intellectual and entertaining books and articles. When she walked into a room, she lit up the room like a twinkling star.
Mrs. Parr cared deeply for her children, grandchildren, brothers and sisters-in-law. She was the matriarch and loved being surrounded by her relatives and friends.
She is survived by her daughter, Lisa (Richard) Ro- senbaum; her two sons, David (Cynthia) and Edward (Adair); and seven grandchildren.
She also is survived by four brothers, Walter (Patricia), George “Bill” (Sue), Fred (Jean) and Thomas.
She was predeceased by her mother, Beatrice, and her father, Fred.
A memorial service was held Feb. 2 at the First United Methodist Church of Greenwich. A second service will be held in Northern Michigan in the near future.
Memorial donations may be made to Columbia University, Department of Ophthalmology, Macular Research Fund, 635 W. 165th St. New York, NY 10032.
Died: Saturday, January 26, 2008 Eleanor Bismack Eldridge
Longtime Grosse Pointe Park resident Eleanor Bismack Eldridge, 96, died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2008, at ShorePointe Nursing Center in St. Clair Shores.
Mrs. Eldridge was born Oct. 23, 1911 to Albert and Anne Kulish Bismack of Minden City. She was part of a Sanilac County farming family composed of seven brothers and four sisters.
After graduating from Ubly High School, she attended Ypsilanti State College, now Eastern Michigan University, in the early 1930s. She was an executive secretary at the McCord Corp. in the mid 1930s and the Reconstruction Finance Corp. during the early 1940s.
On Feb. 20, 1937 she married Detroit cemeterian Charles David Eldridge Jr. In the 1940s, she spent summers at Pine Lodge, Pointe Aux Barques. In 1944 the Mrs. Eldridge, her husband and sons moved to Grosse Pointe Park.
Her family said she was known for her holiday entertaining, love of gardening and her dogs. She spent many hours volunteering for the American Red Cross, American Cancer Society, and the Trombley School PTA.
Mrs. Eldridge spent her 41 years in Grosse Pointe Park enjoying swimming, fishing and boating on Lake St. Clair.
She loved dinners and dancing at the Detroit Boat Club where she was active on the social committee for many years.
As a member of the Chippawa Flying Club, she enjoyed flying with her husband in his airplane to many midwest destinations. She also enjoyed travel and had a great love of Florida, Mexico, and Hawaii.
In 1985, Mrs. Eldridge and her husband moved to Grosse Pointe Shores, where they enjoyed spending time with their grandchildren.
The love of her life, her husband Charles, predeceased her on May 11,1988.
She is survived by her sons, Charles III (Sandra) of Santa Cruz, Calif., Loyal Arthur (Barbara) of Hickory Corners, and William Robert of Lake Angelus; and her beloved 10 grandchildren , Sandra Fairon, Laura Furmanski, Trey (Becky) Eldridge, Peter (Michelle) Eldridge, Sara Eldridge, William Eldridge II, Richard Eldridge, Dr. Charles Eldridge IV, Christopher (Francis) Eldridge, and Elizabeth (David) Weber. She also is survived by her 12 great-grandchidren, Max Fairon, Scarlett Furmanski, Catherine, Allison and Madeline Eldridge, Alex and Mitchell Eldridge, Garrett and Brayden Eldridge, and Lilly, Claire and Anabel Weber.
Services were held at Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home, Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan with interment at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Detroit, Michigan
Died: Saturday, January 26, 2008 Edward P. Rem
City of Grosse Pointe resident Edward P. Rem, 98, died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2008. He was born Jan. 18, 1910 in Wayne County.
He served during World War II in the 121st Infantry Regiment. He was a decorated veteran having been part of the Normandy Campaign, the Battle for Brittany and fighting on the Crozon Peninsula.
Mr. Rem was a real estate broker and insurance agent. He enjoyed reading historical books and ballroom dancing.
He is survived by his sister, Virginia Wrosch; nephew Donald (Cynthia) Rem; and several other nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife, Rosalyn.
A funeral Mass was celebrated Jan. 30 at St. Philomena Catholic Church in Detroit.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Philomena Catholic Church, 4282 Marseilles, Detroit, MI 48224-1446.
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Died: Friday, January 25, 2008 The Rev. Donald Francis Leininger
The Rev. Donald Francis Leininger, 76, died Friday, Jan. 25, 2008. He was the beloved son of the late Harold L. and the late Coletta M. (nee Verbiest) Leininger, longtime Grosse Pointe Park residents.
Leininger was born April 12, 1931 in Detroit and was ordained a Roman Catholic priest on June 21, 1958 in Garrison, N.Y.
His many assignments included 14 years as a missioner in Okinawa, Japan. He spent one year in Guam, was an associate pastor in Toronto and also in Middletown, Conn. At that time, he was a member of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchins and was assigned to Rome for three years.
In 1985 he became a member of the Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg, Fla. In 1989 he was appointed pastor of St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church in Palm Harbor, Fla., the position he held until retiring in 2000.
He is survived by his sisters, Mary Lou (Carl) Schulte and Rose Anne Leininger; niece Donna Marie Baciulis; and nephew Donald William Schulte.
A funeral Mass was celebrated Jan. 29 at St. Bonaventure Monastery, Detroit, with interment at Resurrection Cemetery, Clinton Township.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Lawrence Seminary, 301 Church St., Mt. Calvary, WI 53057 or the Capuchin Mission Association, 1820 Mt. Elliott, Detroit, MI 48207.
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Died: Friday, January 25, 2008 Everett Monroe Scranton
City of Grosse Pointe resident Everett Monroe Scranton, 84, died Friday, Jan. 25, 2008, from complications due to Parkinson’s disease.
He was born March 18, 1923 in New Haven, Conn. to Walter N. and Loretto Farrell Scranton.
Mr. Scranton served during World War II in the 70th Infantry Division in Europe. He was awarded the Purple Heart for battlefield injuries and the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious achievement in ground operations against the enemy.
He was a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a degree in business administration and received his Master of Business Administration and juris doctor degrees from the University of Michigan.
He worked 40 years for Chrysler Corp. in a variety of executive positions including vice president of Chrysler space division in New Orleans, executive director of Chrysler's international division in Geneva and London, director of administration systems and organization planning, assistant treasurer, associate director of legal affairs, and director of investor relations.
He was a member of the Business School Council, Tulane University, New Orleans, Business School Council of Eastern Michigan University, and a board member of Holy Cross Hospital, and Blue Cross of Michigan.
A longtime member of St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, Grosse Pointe Farms, he was past president of the Cardinal Club of Detroit and a member of the Knights of Malta.
Mr. Scranton is survived by his wife, Madeleine (nee Hurley); children John (Nancy), Mary (Donald Westrich) Scranton, Martha (Jonathon) Lewis, James, Elizabeth Hunter, Sarah (Andrew Haigney) Scranton and Anne; and grandchildren Matthew, Timothy, Sarah, William, Guy, Adam, Laura, Emma, Christopher and Elizabeth.
He was predeceased by his brothers Donald and Walter.
A funeral Mass was celebrated Jan. 29 at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, Grosse Pointe Farms. Interment was at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Detroit.
Memorial contributions may be made to Sacred Heart Major Seminary, 2701 Chicago Boulevard, Detroit, MI 48206; Pregnancy Aid, 17325 Mack Avenue, Detroit, MI 48224 or the charity of one’s choice.
Died: Thursday, January 24, 2008
Ruth M. Lucas, 78, a resident of St. Clair Shores, died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2008, in Hillsboro Beach, Fla.
Mrs. Lucas was born June 5, 1929 to Genevive and Roland Minogue in Manitowoc, Wis. She attended Michigan State University and graduated in 1951 from Baldwin-Wallace College in Ohio. She worked as a substitute teacher.
She is survived by her daughter, Kathy; sons Dan and Mike; and brother Roland Minogue II.
She was predeceased by her husband, Robert; and sister Judy Wilcox.
Memorial donations may be made to Henry Ford Hospice, 1 Ford Place 5A, Detroit, MI 48202 or American Cancer Society, 18505 W. 12 Mile Rd., Southfield, MI 48076.
Died: Thursday, January 24, 2008 Mildred E. Willison
Mildred E. Willison, 80, of Bloomfield Hills died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2008 at her home.
Mrs. Willison was born in Detroit. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1949 and a Master in Fine Arts in 1953, both from Wayne State University. She taught fine arts from 1949 to 1956 at Asbury College in Kentucky.
She served as a docent for the Detroit Institute of Arts for five years and was a member of the Sculptor’s Guild of Michigan. Her sculptures have received awards at the Birmingham-Bloomfield Art Association show and the Nativity Episcopal Festival of the Arts. Most recently her work was exhibited at the Ave Maria Gallery in Ann Arbor.
She is survived by her husband, David Willison; sons John (Carol) and Stephen (Amy); daughters Ann (Reinhard) Lemke, Roberta (Scott) Kisker and Theresa (Dennis) Kerley III; 21 great-grandchildren; her sisters, Frances Ewbank and Nancy McConnell; and brother Frederick White.
She was predeceased by her brother, Robert White.
A funeral service was held Jan. 28 at First United Methodist Church of Birmingham. Interment is in White Chapel Memorial Cemetery in Troy.
Memorial donations may be made to Heifer International, P.O. Box 1692, Merrifield, VA 22116
Died: Wednesday, January 23, 2008 Lance Cpl. Scott Winter Ulrich
Lance Cpl. Scott Winter Ulrich, 21, died suddenly Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2008.
He was on active duty with the U.S. Marine Corps and based at Camp Lejeune, N.C. with the 11 Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, 2nd Radio Battalion. He was born Nov. 19, 1986 in Detroit and was a lifelong Grosse Pointe Woods resident.
Lance Cpl. Ulrich was a June 2005 graduate of Grosse Pointe North High School. He joined the Marines in December, 2005 and graduated from Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C. as part of the 3rd Battalion on March 3, 2006.
Lance Cpl. Ulrich developed an interest in sports motorcycles the summer after graduation from high school and rode his Kawasaki sports bike to Grosse Pointe Woods Lakefront Park where he worked as a lifeguard.
He later acquired a 600cc Yamaha to explore the mountains and back roads in North Carolina and the Blue Ridge Mountains, often going on road trips with the riding club at the military base.
Lance Cpl. Ulrich’s ability to fix or assemble things was the delight of his family, often helping out by assembling the new baby swing or fixing something around the house.
During high school, he was involved in track and field, cross country, swimming and diving.
He became interested in skull racing and trained on the Detroit River at the Detroit Boat Club while in middle school. His lifelong love of hockey started with street hockey and continued into the Grosse Pointe Hockey Association, where he played through middle school, along with his brother, Todd. His enthusiasm for the sport inspired his sister, Tessa, to take it up.
Lance Cpl. Ulrich’s love of the outdoors began with a trip to Yellowstone National Park, where he explored the natural wonders of the park and won his ranger badge. He also enjoyed fly-fishing and fly tying.
His family described him as personable, with an engaging smile. He offered help to anyone who needed or asked, often befriending other people having difficult times.
He was part of the Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church Teen Life group at its beginning.
He is survived by his parents, Linda Winter and Gregory L. Ulrich; his older brother, Todd G. Ulrich; and his younger sister, Tessa Winter Ulrich; and his aunts, uncles and cousins. He is the grandson of Howard Winter and the late Lillian Winter.
A funeral Mass was celebrated at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Woods, followed by full military honors.
Memorials may be made to the Lance Cpl. Scott Winter Ulrich Fund for the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, Veterans Law Clinic, 651 East Jefferson, Room 251, Detroit, MI 48226 or to the State Bar of Michigan Access to Justice Campaign, 306 Townsend Street, Lansing, MI 48933.
Died: Monday, January 21, 2008
Clara Bettina Buesser, 89, died Monday, Jan. 21, 2008, in Ann Arbor while lovingly attended by the combined Buesser-Rieveschl family that she created, nurtured and cherished.
Born Clara Bettina Smith on Aug. 17, 1918 in Louisville, Ky., the daughter of Thomas Gardener and Helen Peake Smith, she was raised and educated in the greater Cincinnati area. Asked once how she developed her wide ranging interest in and knowledge of art, music, and gardening, she replied, “I had a library card.”
With her first husband George Rieveschl, inventor of the antihistamine Benadryl, she raised their two boys in a modern home she helped design and landscape in Grosse Pointe Farms.
Married in 1973 to Detroit attorney Anthony C. Buesser, she set about building a new close-knit family consisting of her two boys and his three children and their families.
Listing her occupation, with a straight face, as “ homemaker,” she designed, built or renovated 10 personal residences and two cottages. Her family said that she bound them together with laughter, trust and love, and presided with quiet tact and grace, and expects that when she meets God, He will say to her, “Welcome, I have a design project for you.”
She is survived by her husband, Anthony C. Buesser of Ann Arbor; two sons Gary T. Rieveschl of West Harrison, Ind., Jan L. (April) Rieveschl, of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.; three step-children Kent Buesser Baumkel of Ypsilanti, Anthony C. (Iris) Buesser Jr. of Dexter and Andrew C. (Ojen) Buesser of Ann Arbor; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Burial will be private. A memorial service celebrating her life will be held in late spring, her season of the year.
Memorial donations may be made to Arbor Hospice, 2366 Oak Valley Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Share a memory with the family at vermeulenfuneralhome.com
Died: Sunday, January 20, 2008 Joseph Marshall
Longtime Grosse Pointe Farms resident Joseph Marshall, 84, died Sunday, Jan. 20, 2008, at Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe.
He was born Aug. 19, 1923 in Detroit to Joseph F. and Veronica Marshall.
Mr. Marshall worked many years for the Wayne County Friend of the Court.
He enjoyed volunteering at Bon Secours Hospital and tending to the garden in his yard. He also loved to read books, especially mysteries.
Mr. Marshall is survived by his wife, Theresa; sons Joseph, Thomas (Dawn) and Robert (Sandi); and grandchildren Andrew, Brian, Cameron, Megan, Joel, Haley and Hannah.
Privates services will be held at a later date. Interment is in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Detroit.
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