Died: Thursday, December 06, 2007
Grosse Pointe Woods resident Vivian Colpaert, 85, died Saturday, Dec. 8, 2007.
She was born March 22, 1922 to Victor and Susan Graham in Owen Sound, Ontario, and moved to the Detroit area as a young child.
Mrs. Colpaert enjoyed painting.
She is survived by her grandchildren, Kent (Debbie), Todd, Carise (John), Brad (Katie); and great-grandchildren Spencer, Austin, Molly, Johnny, Collette, Kyle, and Gracie.
She was predeceased by her husband, Roger; sons Larry and Don; and sister Doris.
A funeral service will be handled by the Verheyden Funeral Home, 16300 Mack, Grosse Pointe Park.
Died: Thursday, December 06, 2007 Lucilla F. Conlan
Former Grosse Pointe Park resident Lucille F. Conlan, 95, died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007, at Clinton-aire Healthcare Center in Clinton Township.
Mrs. Conlan was born Oct. 24, 1912 in Detroit to George and Martha Humelsheim.
She lived 90 years in Grosse Pointe Park and was devoted to St. Ambrose Catholic Church. She attended school there from elementary through high school. She and her husband, Arthur, were married there in 1937, and she volunteered in various capacities including counting money at the church and serving as a Eucharistic minister. She never wanted to leave St. Ambrose.
Mrs. Conlan was a loving homemaker and worked part time at a local drug store. She also served as an election chairperson for many years.
She loved playing bridge, working on elections and spending time with family and friends.
Mrs. Conlan is survived by her daughter, Mary Frances (James) Leamon; sons Arthur J. (Joann) Conlan Jr. and Michael George Conlan; grandchildren James (Christine) Leamon Jr., Mary Beth (Patrick) Bennett, Thomas Leamon, Jeffrey (Linda) Conlan, Rebecca Conlan, Brandon Conlan and Amanda Conlan; and great-grandchildren Tayler and Madeline Leamon, Nolan and Hannah Bennett, and Spencer, Connor and Olivia Ray; and many loving nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, Arthur, and her parents.
A funeral Mass was celebrated Dec. 10 at St. Ambrose with interment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Henry Ford, c/o Henry Ford Hospital Office of Philanthropy, 1 Ford Place, Suite 5A, Detroit, MI 48202.
Died: Tuesday, December 04, 2007 William K. Miller
Grosse Pointe Woods resident William K. Miller, 64, died Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2007.
Mr. Miller was born Jan. 26, 1943 in Passaic, N.J. to Doris and George Miller. He was a 1961 graduate of Grosse Pointe High School and a 1966 graduate of Ferris State College in Big Rapids.
He served in the U.S. Army Reserves.
Mr. Miller was a safety director for Great Lakes Gas Transmission Company in Detroit.
He was a member of the Young Republicans, First Society, Delta Tau Epsilon Fraternity, Boulder Lakes Golf Club and the Detroit Boat Club.
Mr. Miller had a variety of interests and hobbies. He was an avid golfer, voracious reader and had a keen interest in airplanes and trains.
He also was a creative cook and enjoyed sharing good food with family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Sharon; step-daughter Leigh Leonard; stepson Rick (Linda) Leonard; and grandchildren Emma and Alec Leonard.
A funeral service was held Saturday, Dec. 8 at Grosse Pointe Woods Presbyterian Church, Grosse Pointe Woods, with interment in the church’s Memorial Garden.
Memorial donations may be made to The Salvation Army Eastern Michigan Division, 16130 Northland Dr., Southfield, MI 48075 or Grosse Pointe Woods Presbyterian Church, 19950 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236.
Died: Monday, December 03, 2007 Myron Barlow, M.D.
Myron Barlow, M.D., 74, of Grosse Pointe Farms, died Monday, Dec. 3, 2007, under hospice care at Sunrise Assisted Living in Grosse Pointe Woods.
Dr. Barlow was born in Hamtramck on April 22, 1933. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University, the University of Michigan Medical School and Wayne State University College of Medicine Department of Dermatology.
Dr. Barlow was a well-respected Grosse Pointe dermatologist for 36 years and was on staff at St. John, Cottage, Bon Secours and Detroit Receiving hospitals. He also was a clinical assistant professor of dermatology at Wayne State University.
He belonged to the American Academy of Dermatology, Michigan Dermatological Society, Dermatological Therapy Society, American Medical Association, Michigan State Medical Society, Wayne County Medical Society and the Detroit Academy of Medicine.
As much as he loved his chosen profession, he loved his family even more. Except for professional meetings, he planned all his vacations to be with his family.
Many happy times were spent up north at his home at Lost Lake Woods Club. Dr. Barlow loved golf, which he played at The Country Club of Detroit. He also played and enjoyed tennis with his friends and family.
After his retirement, he spent six months each year in his condo in Naples, Fla. He participated in many wonderful activities at the Parkinson Foundation of Southwest Florida.
Dr. Barlow was much admired as to how he handled his illness. His family said he never complained, but accepted his illness and made the best of it. Friends and family often sought his advice on all kinds of matters and he was always able to give good sensible advice.
He is survived by Arlene, his beloved wife of 45 years; his children, Laura (Frank) Charbonneau and Myron Paul (Suzanna) Barlow; grandchildren Troy and Collette Barlow, and Sarah and Elise Charbonneau; and sisters-in-law Karen Sunnucks and Ann Marie Marsh.
He was predeceased by his parents, Sam and Pauline Barlow; his brother, Dr. Peter (Chris) Barlow; and his son, David Michael Barlow.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic, Church, 157 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms, at noon, Friday, Dec. 7. Interment will be in the St. Paul columbarium.
Memorial donations may be made to The Parkinson Foundation of Southwest Florida, 6226 Trail Blvd. Naples, FL 34108; Camp Discovery Endowment Fund, a special camp for children with severe skin conditions, at Camp Discovery, American Academy of Dermatology, 930 E. Woodfield Rd., Schaumburg, IL 60179; or St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.
Died: Saturday, December 01, 2007 William Edward Baubie III
Long-time Grosse Pointe Farms resident William E. Baubie II died Sunday, Dec.1, 2007. He was 88 years old.
He was born May 28, 1919 in Detroit to Raymond and Edith Riley Baubie. He was named after his grandfather, William E. Baubie, a French-Canadian poet and attorney, who instilled in him the charm of telling a good story.
Mr. Baubie was educated in Detroit and started college at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, but interrupted his education to join the U.S. Army Air Force.
During World War II, he was a navigator on Crew 38, 61st Squadron of the 39th B-29 Bomb Group based in Guam in the South Pacific. He flew 20 missions over Japan, and attributed his experience during the war with teaching him about dealing with hardship.
His family described Mr. Baubie as a man who loved life. He experienced great highs and lows in his life, but generally considered himself a survivor.
Mr. Baubie married Elisabeth Robb in 1951 and was blessed with three children: Bill, Robb and Gina. He worked in investment banking at Baker-Simonds, E. F. Hutton and First of Michigan. He served on numerous local corporation boards including Vernors Inc., Detroit Savings Bank, and Cottage Hospital.
He was president of the Country Club of Detroit, a place he loved for his opportunity to golf, play bridge and connect with friends and family.
Mr. Baubie also was a member of the Yondotega Club, The Grosse Pointe Club, and The St. Andrew’s Club in Gulfstream, Fla.
Mr. Baubie’s wife, Liz, died in1978 after a long battle with breast cancer. He married Mary DeLong Harris in June 1982. They shared a love of worldwide travel as well as returning to family-centered places such as Manitoulin Island and the Huron Mountain Club. They also enjoyed spending time together in Delray Beach, Fla. at their winter home as Mr. Baubie loved being by the ocean. He took special delight in his grandchildren.
Mr. Baubie is survived by Mary, his wife of 25 years; daughter Viginia Eaton Baubie Whitney (Mrs. Charles R. Whitney Jr.); daughters-in-law Kim Baubie and Cynthia Baubie Gullickson; grandchildren Kathleen Elisabeth Baubie, Marjorie Edith Baubie, J. Robb Baubie Jr., Whitney Elisabeth Baubie, Stephanie Fruehauf Baubie and Elisabeth Blossom Whitney.
He also is survived by his sister, Sally Eaton Baker (Mrs. Sheridan Baker Jr.); stepmother Estelle Baubie Johnson; stepchildren Margaret Harris and David M. Harris and their children: Jennifer Miller, John McNaughton, Elizabeth McNaughton, Emily Harris and Sam Harris.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Liz; and sons J. Robb Baubie and Dr. William E. Baubie III, both of whom died in 2000.
The Service of Celebration will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Christ Church, 61 Grosse Pointe Blvd., Grosse Pointe Farms.
Memorial donations may be made to Beaumont Foundation -Grosse Pointe, P.O. Box 3802, Troy, MI 48007-9620 or The Detroit Institute for Children, c/o The Development Department, 5447 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202.
Died: Saturday, December 01, 2007 Anthony T. Milana
Shelby Township resident Anthony T. Milana, 63, died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2007 in Detroit. He was the owner of Mama Rosa’s Pizzaria in Grosse Pointe Park since 1968, serving the neighborhood for more than 38 years.
Mr. Milana was a member of the Michigan Food and Beverage Association and the Italian American Cultural Society.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Germaine; children Anthony (Jessica), Angela (Charlie) Seip and Sam; and his grandchild, Charles Anthony Seip.
Mr. Milana also is survived by his mother, Angeline; sister Betty (Roy) Sera; mother-in-law, Grace Palazzolo; brothers-in-law Frank (Vicki) Palazzolo and Carl Palazzolo; and many caring nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.
He was predeceased by his father, Anthony.
A funeral Mass was celebrated Wednesday, Dec. 5, at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Rochester followed by entombment at Resurrection Cemetery, Clinton Township.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests blood donations to the American Red Cross or memorial contributions to the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, c/o Development Office, 4100 John R, Detroit, MI 48201.
Share memories with the family at their online guest book at www. WujekCalcaterra.com.
Died: Saturday, December 01, 2007 Glenys C. Weber
City of Grosse Pointe resident Glenys C. Weber, 67, died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2007, of complications from ovarian cancer. She died peacefully at home surrounded by family.
She was born Glenys Carmel LaCombe in Marquette on Feb. 3, 1940 to Sylvester J. and Hazel H. LaCombe, and grew up in the Upper Peninsula town of Munising.
Throughout her childhood, she was active in the Munising community, performing in local and school theatre, singing in her church choir, and was an accomplished pianist performing at school events, weddings and local church services.
She also modeled for local newspaper and magazine advertising throughout her young adult life.
Mrs. Weber graduated from William Mather High School in Munising in 1958.
Shortly after graduation she moved to Detroit, where she worked in the insurance and legal industries, and continued to model professionally for local newspaper and magazine ads.
In 1960 at a Notre Dame University football game, she met and fell in love with Walter “Dick” Weber, a local business owner from Detroit. The couple married on April 11, 1964 and together ran American Platen Company and Dulin Office Machine Company until their retirement in 2001.
Mrs. Weber continued to play the piano in the company of family and friends throughout her life.
She collected rare antiques for her home and enjoyed many creative hobbies, of which her most passionate was gardening. Every spring and summer, neighbors could find her tending to the vibrant, lush gardens surrounding her family’s home.
In recent months, Mrs. Weber enjoyed time with her closest friends, family, and her beloved "grand-dog,” Emerson, who, throughout her illness, brought an abundance of true joy and delight to her life.
She is survived by her son, John R. Weber, and daughter, Lynn C. Weber; sister Rochelle LaCombe-Hyland; brother Joseph (Christine) LaCombe; niece Lisa Hyland; and nephews Brian and Chris LaCombe.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at the A.H. Peters Funeral Home, 20705 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Woods.
Memorial contributions can be made directly to the Weber
Died: Saturday, December 01, 2007 Shirley Elizabeth Klauer
Shirley Elizabeth (Simon) Klauer, 82, unexpectedly passed away in her home on Crystal Lake Saturday, Dec. 1, 2007.
Mrs. Klauer was born in Detroit to Mary and Howard Simon. She developed a passion for music from her father, a composer and theater organist, and went on to a career as a piano and organ teacher.
Mrs. Klauer wed Leslie Hamilton Klauer on Aug. 18, 1945 at Christ Church, Grosse Pointe Farms. The couple lived in Grosse Pointe until 1991 when they moved to Crystal Lake.
Mrs. Klauer was a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood Chapter BJ, Periwinkle Garden Club of Frankfort, Altar Guild of St. Philips Episcopal Church, Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, Kappa Kappa Gamma and ASCAP.
She will be remembered always by her gift of humor and warmth of spirit. She loved to play practical jokes on her family and friends.
She adored nature and was a strong advocate for animal welfare. Her home was a testament to her skill and passion for gardening.
Mrs. Klauer was an avid golfer and tennis player. She played locally with her many friends in Orange Beach, Ala. over the past several years.
She is survived by her husband, Leslie Klauer; children Sue (Tom) Bohnhorst, Cynthia (Dan) Bertalan and Mark (Diane) Klauer; grandchildren Jaime and Lauryn Jelenchick, Brendan and Elizabeth Bohnhorst, and Daniel, Patrick and Samantha Klauer; her sister, Marjorie Loheit; and her sister-in-law Phyllis (Klauer) Klann.
She also is survived by her beloved cat, Lucky.
Mrs. Klauer was predeceased by her parents, Mary and Howard Simon; and her brothers-in-law, Orville Klann and David Loheit.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 28 at St. Philips Episcopal Church, 785 Beulah Hwy., Beulah.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to St. Philips Episcopal Church, 785 Beulah Hwy., Beulah, MI, 49617 and the Benzie County Animal Welfare League, P.O. Box 172, Frankfort, MI, 49635.
The Bennett-Barz Funeral Home in Beulah is in charge of arrangements.
Died: Saturday, December 01, 2007 Richmond Watson Smith Jr., M.D.
Richmond Watson Smith Jr., M.D. died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2007, in Camden, Maine. He was 90 years old.
Dr. Smith was born June 17, 1917 in Walpole, Mass. His paternal ancestors were among the first settlers of that state and their descendants served in the Revolutionary War. One ancestor was a colonel, who served under George Washington.
Dr. Smith attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and graduated from Yale University School of Medicine in 1942.
He interned at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, where he met Margaret Trimble, whom he married in Grosse Pointe in 1943.
Dr. Smith served three years as a war-time medical officer in the U.S. Navy and was assigned to a destroyer in the Pacific. He served during the battle of Leyte Gulf and the early phases of the Okinawa assault.
After the war, Dr. Smith completed his residency and a research fellowship at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center.
Upon returning to Henry Ford Hospital in 1953, Dr. Smith established the Division of Endocrinology.
In 1966 he became chairman of the Department of Medicine. During this period, he and colleagues conducted significant research in osteoporosis. His findings pointed to a role for vitamin D in treatment and prevention of this bone disease.
Dr. Smith authored and co-authored more than 50 papers in a number of clinical journals and orchestrated one of the first studies on the effectiveness of the hormones ACTH and cortisone in inflammatory eye disease.
He was a member of the American College of Physicians, The Endocrine Society, The Central Society for Clinical Research, and The American Federation for Clinical Research. In 1969, the affiliation of Ford Hospital and the University of Michigan led to his appointment as a clinical professor of medicine.
In the 1930s, Dr. Smith sailed along the Maine coast and vowed to one day build a stone house near the water. That dream was realized when he retired in 1979 and with his wife, Margaret, he created drawings for and built a house in Port Clyde overlooking the ocean.
In the ensuing years, he served as facilitator of the integration of Penobscot Bay Medical Center and the Camden Community Hospital and was active in the development of Northeast Health. He served on the boards of Kno-Wal-Lin Home Health and the Penobscot Bay Medical Center.
His interest in the environment led to his work as a volunteer steward and preserve manager for the Coastal Mountain Land Trust.
Dr. Smith will always be remembered for the compassion, keen intelligence, warmth, and wry humor that touched the hearts of family, friends, and patients alike.
He is survived by his daughters, Cecily Johnson of Portland, Maine, and Stephanie Stein of Ross, Calif.; and four grandchildren, Trevor and Colin Johnson, and Meredith and Nathaniel Stein.
Margaret, Dr. Smith's wife of 63 years, predeceased him in May 2006.
At his wish, a memorial service will not be held. A memorial stone is being placed in his family’s plot at Woodlawn Cemetery in Princeton, Mass.
A gathering of family and friends to honor the lives of Richmond and Margaret Smith will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Coastal Mountains Land Trust, 101 Mt. Battie St., Camden, ME 04843.
Died: Friday, November 30, 2007 Lawrence Lamb
Lawrence Lamb, a well-known musician in the Detroit area for many years, died Friday, Nov. 30, 2007, following a long battle with cancer. He was 59.
Mr. Lamb was born in Grosse Pointe to Eleanor and Wallace Lamb, and graduated from Grosse Pointe South High School.
Whether he was playing piano, flute or clarinet, Mr. Lamb’s family and colleagues remember him as a consummate musician.
What set him apart among his peers as having few equals, however, was his talent playing the tenor saxophone.
Musicians have always marveled at his intonation and his seemingly endless capacity for phrasing classic horn lines. He was one of those talented few who could make it look easy.
Throughout a long career, he played with many of Detroit’s notable artists including Mel Ball & Colours, The Sun Messengers, The Bess Bonnior Quartet, Chet Bogan’s Wolverine Jazz Band, The Blues Disciples and The MillionAires.
Additionally, he played for many theatrical musicals at the Fisher, Masonic and Birmingham theaters, as well as backing up many Motown greats.
In addition to his professional music career, Mr. Lamb repaired musical instruments. ln 1972 he was hired by Weaver Music Co. in Allen Park as an apprentice to learn the trade of musical wind instrument repair. He worked there two years, followed by stints at Hewitts Music in Dearborn, and Royal Music in Royal Oak.
In 1983 he formed his own company, Windworks Inc., where he repaired wind instruments for many Detroit area school concert and marching bands.
Mr. Lamb is survived by his wife, Karen; and his two children from a previous marriage, Madeleine Ellen Lamb and Alexander Lawrence Lamb. He also is survived by his brothers, Charles and Albert, and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 7 at St. Alan Roman Catholic Church, 2345 Coolidge Road, Troy. A memorial tribute to Mr. Lamb will follow the Mass at the Club Venetian, 29310 John R, Madison Heights.