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William J. Fritz Jr.

Died: Saturday, November 10, 2007
Age: 62
St. Clair Shores resident William J. Fritz Jr., 62, died Saturday, Nov. 10, 2007, at St. John Hospital, Detroit.

Mr. Fritz was born Aug. 20, 1945 in Detroit to William N. and Muriel Fritz. He graduated from Grosse Pointe High School in 1963.

He served in the U.S. Army and spent 33 years with the Detroit Police Department.

He is survived by his wife, Vivian; daughter Katherine (Tim) Jenny; and grandchildren Rachael and Sarah.

He also is survived by his sister, Nancy (Robert) Denner; and nephews William and James Denner.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 at A.H. Peters Funeral Home, 20705 Mack Avenue, Grosse Pointe Woods.

Memorial contributions may by made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Mary Elizabeth O'Mara Hayes

Mary Elizabeth O'Mara Hayes

Died: Saturday, November 10, 2007
Age: 95
Mary Elizabeth O’Mara Hayes, 95, died in her sleep Saturday, Nov. 10, 2007, in her home of 60 years in Grosse Pointe Farms.

Mrs. Hayes, “Buff” to her close friends, was born in Robinson, Ill. on Sept. 16, 1912 to William E. O’Mara, an oil contractor and homemaker Lucy Galligher O’Mara.

She attended public schools in Robinson and received her faith formation at St. Elizabeth’s Church. At Robinson Township High School, she was editor her high school newspaper, sang in the Glee Club, performed in the Players and starred as Cinderella in the senior play.

She attended St. Mary of the Woods College in Terre Haute, Ind. and graduated in 1934 with degrees in journalism and French. She served as editor of her college newspaper and was president of Sodality, the highest honor given to a senior.

After graduation she returned to Robinson to help care for her ailing father and worked as a reporter for the Robinson Daily News. From 1936 until 1938 she served as an admissions recruiter for her alma mater, St. Mary of the Woods. She traveled to cities in the Midwest to encourage young women to apply to the college, the oldest Catholic women’s college in the country.

She moved to Dayton, Ohio and worked at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base as an administrative assistant and receptionist. She held similar positions in Cincinnati and at an electrical engineering firm in Dayton.

Mutual friends introduced her to Capt. Neil B. Hayes, who served in the Judge Advocate General Office at Wright-Patterson and later overseas in Italy. The couple married April 24,1945 at St. Albert the Great Catholic Church in Dayton when Capt. Hayes returned from his overseas tour of duty. Following their honeymoon they moved to Detroit, where Capt. Hayes resumed his legal practice, which he had set aside in 1941 to enter the army. They lived and raised their family in their home on Kerby Road.

Mrs. Hayes was a loving wife and devoted mother to her five sons. She was active in her alumnae association, the Questers, and the St. Paul Altar Society. She was generous to many charities and practiced her faith with humility and gratitude.

She is survived by her sons Rev. James M. Hayes, S.J., of Worcester, Mass., Dennis (Rosita Jumbo) Hayes of Allen Park, John O. Hayes (Leslie Harris), of Chicago, and Mark D. (Ann Marie Baer) Hayes of Minneapolis; daughter-in-law Paula Fisher Paterson: grandchildren Neil B. Hayes III, James D. Hayes, Michael G. Hayes, Meggie R. Hayes, Matthew H. Hayes, Colin O. Hayes, Ryan C. Hayes and Kelsy B. Hayes; great-grandchildren, William N.B. Hayes and Sarah F. Hayes. She also is survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Neil B. Hayes and son Lt. Neil B. Hayes, Jr. who was killed in Vietnam. She also was predeceased by her brothers, William E. O’Mara Jr. and James J. O’Mara.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms. Burial will be in the St. Paul columbarium next to her husband.

James Thomas Whitehead

Died: Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Age: 77
Former City of Grosse Pointe resident James Thomas “Tucker” Whitehead, 77, died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007, at St. John Hospital in Detroit.

Mr. Whitehead was born Dec. 25, 1929 in Detroit to Thomas C. & Elizabeth Austin Whitehead. He was raised in Grosse Pointe Farms and graduated from Detroit University School in 1948.

He graduated from Kettering University in 1954 and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 1958 and from which he was ordained a Presbyterian minister. Following pastorates in Export, Pa. and White Lake, he received his degree in education in 1970 from Wayne State University.

Mr. Whitehead taught math and industrial arts at University Liggett School and the Michigan Career Institute before retiring in 1992.

Mr. Whitehead is survived by his wife of 52 years, Margaret Rappley Whitehead; daughter Elizabeth (Mark) Battjes; sons David (Mary Ann) Whitehead and Philip (Gail) Whitehead; grandchildren Kelly Smutek, and Michael, Kathryn and Jane Hoffman, Thomas Whitehead, and Elizabeth and Anna Whitehead.

He was predeceased by his sister, Mary Whitehead Warren.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 17567 Hubbell St., Detroit.

Memorial donations may be made to Westminster Church of Detroit, 17567 Hubbell St., Detroit, MI 48235 or Harbor Beach Light House Preservation Association, 128 State St., Harbor Beach, MI 48441.

Richard Holliday Bridge

Richard Holliday Bridge

Died: Monday, November 05, 2007
Age: 62
Longtime Grosse Pointe Park resident Richard Holliday Bridge, 62, died in his Florida home Monday, Nov. 5, 2007.

Mr. Bridge was born Oct. 20, 1945 to William and Jean Bridge in Detroit. He grew up in Grosse Pointe and graduated from Grosse Pointe High School in 1963.

Upon graduating from Michigan State with an economics degree, he spent four years in the U.S. Army as a captain in Military Intelligence.

After completing his military service, Mr. Bridge spent 30 years in the property and casualty insurance industry.

Since 1966 he was a member of Bayview Yacht Club, where he pursued his passion for sailing. He was a member of the Old Goats for sailing over 25 Mackinac Races.

He also served on 30 Mackinac Race Committees and was a member of the Straits of Mackinac Society since 1988.

He was a great historian of Bayview, and co-wrote a tri-publication of yearbooks for the club.

He recently moved to Lady Lake, Florida to escape cold winters and enjoy golfing year round.

He is survived by his daughters, Allison Bridge of Grosse Pointe, Emily Bridge of Denver, Colo., and Stephanie (Jay) Mark of Richmond, Va.; grandchildren Benjamin and Lily Mark of Richmond, Va; sister Marcie Grabruck of Traverse City; and his mother, Jean Bridge of Bellaire.

Mr. Bridge was predeceased by his father, William Bridge; and his sister, Susan Trent of Saugatuck.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16 at Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church, 8625 E. Jefferson Avenue, Detroit.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the junior sailing program at Bayview Yacht Club, 100 Clairpointe, Detroit, MI 48215.

Lawrence F. Harding

Died: Monday, November 05, 2007
Age: 71
Former Grosse Pointe Park resident Lawrence F. “Larry” Harding Jr., 71, died Monday, Nov. 5, 2007.

Mr. Harding was born in Syracuse, N.Y., Jan. 20, 1936, the oldest of four boys. His family moved to Detroit in 1941 where he discovered his passion for sports.

He attended Denby High School where he was captain of both the football and basketball teams. He was offered several football scholarships, but chose to play at Michigan State University. He received a scholarship there after the first term by proving he could attend school and play football. He was a member of the 1955 Rose Bowl winning squad.

Upon graduation in 1958, Mr. Harding was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams professional football team, but decided to play for Montreal in the Canadian League.

He spent 1959 and 1960 in the U.S. Army, returning to Michigan State in 1961 as an assistant freshman coach. He met a student, Kendra Van Sciever, who became his wife in 1963.

Mr. Harding began coaching at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., in 1962. In the early 1970s he left coaching to buy a furniture store in Nashville.

He returned to the Detroit area in 1975 setting up residence in Grosse Pointe Park. He worked in advertising sales at WXYZ radio and television, eventually becoming the local sales manager. While there, he was asked to help get a new network, ESPN, off and running. He did this for many years and then did the same for Discovery Communi-cations. His work in the fledgling cable television business earned him the nickname of “King of Cable” from his associates.

He loved to golf and coached both baseball and basketball. He was a past president of the Grosse Pointe Park Little League.

Mr. Harding was a coach and teacher at heart and known for encouraging and mentoring neighborhood children. During his time in Tennessee and Grosse Pointe, he helped many children improve their social behavior and become responsible young adults.

He is survived by his wife, Kendra; sons J.T. and Lance; brothers Don (Clair) and Richard.

He was predeceased by his son, Lee, and his brother, Chuck.

A Celebration of Life memorial service was held Nov. 9 at Grosse Pointe Memorial Presbyterian Church, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Memorial contributions may be made to Seasons Hospice, 27355 John R Road, Suite 100, Madison Heights, MI 48071.

Emma Rose Siero

Died: Friday, November 02, 2007
Age: 79
Emma Rose Siero, 79, of Reno, Nev., died Nov. 2, 2007 in Reno, Nev.

She was born in Toledo, Ohio to Evelyn and Hobart Henry.

Ms. Siero graduated in nursing from Flower Hospital in Ohio and was a nurse at Cadillac Nursing Home, Whittier Towers. She loved spending time with her family.

Ms. Siero is survived by her sons Henry, Chris, Joseph and Michael; daughters Lorrie, Mary G. and Stephanie; sister, Evelyn; grandchildren Joe, Jenny, Amber, Matt and Sarah; and great-granddaughter Autumn.

She was predeceased by her parents; her former spouse, Dr. Jose Maria Siero; son, Gregory; and sister, Betty.

A memorial reception for family and friends will be held 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 10. For more information, call (702) 371-3122 or (775) 787-9330. Arrangements by Walton’s Funeral Home in Reno, Nev. Online condolences at erscondolences@sbcglobal.net

Memorial contributions may be made to the Salesian Missions, 2 Lefevre Lane, P.O. Box 30, Rochelle, N.Y. 10802-0030, or the Michigan Animal Rescue League, 790 Featherstone, Pontiac, MI 48342.

Lawrence Bauer

Lawrence Bauer

Died: Thursday, November 01, 2007
Age: 52
Former Grosse Pointe Woods resident Lawrence Bauer, 52, died unexpectedly Thursday, Nov. 1, 2007. He was living in Ann Arbor since graduating from the University of Michigan.

He was born in Detroit to Carolyn and Ernest Bauer and graduated from Grosse Pointe North High School in 1973. Mr. Bauer’s father was a teacher and baseball coach at Grosse Pointe High School.

Mr. Bauer’s college years were spent courting the mother of his two children, Elizabeth Bauer, as he received three degrees from the University of Michigan. He was a nuclear engineer for Bechtel Corporation and Consumers Power, Inc.

He was a great teacher, coach and friend. Always one to root for the underdog, he had an enormous love for sports. He had a great talent for writing, music and storytelling that will be sorely missed. He loved his family dearly and will be missed more than words can express.

Mr. Bauer is survived by his sons, Gregory and Jeffrey; mother Carolyn Scripps, sister Barb (Tom) Warschefsky; nieces Kristina and Jennifer Klco; and nephew Daniel Warschefsky.

He was predeceased by his father, Ernest; brother Michael; and nephew TJ Warschefsky.

A memorial service was held Nov. 4.

Memorial contributions may be made to NARSAD, 60 Cutter Mill Road, Suite 404, Great Neck, NY 10021-9866.

Rosemary Westbrook

Rosemary Westbrook

Died: Monday, October 29, 2007
Former City of Grosse Pointe resident Rosemary Westbrook died Monday, Oct. 29, 2007. In recent months she had resided in a skilled nursing facility in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Born and raised in Hamburg, N.Y., Mrs. Westbrook enjoyed a successful professional career as a cosmetic sales representative. She traveled extensively throughout the country in the course of her work, at a time when few women did.

It was while traveling on business in Virginia, that she met her future husband, Oscar Burke “Tommy” Westbrook. After her husband’s death, she relocated to Grosse Pointe.

Mrs. Westbrook was active in a number of charitable and social organizations during her years in Grosse Pointe.

She was a member of the Bon Secours Assistance League, the St. Paul Altar Society, Welcome Wagon, and Theatre Arts. She enjoyed playing bridge and golf, shopping and being in the company of her many wonderful friends.

She is survived by her daughter Susan Westbrook, son-in-law Doug Bowman; and grandson Dylan Burke Bowman, all of Oakland Calif.

Gordon Richard Taube

Died: Sunday, October 28, 2007
Age: 78
Gordon Richard Taube, 78, of St. Clair Shores, died Sunday, Oct. 28, 2007, at St. John North Shores Hospital, Harrison Twp.

Mr. Taube was born Aug. 10, 1929 in Detroit to Irene and Walter Taube.

He graduated in 1953 from the Detroit Institute of Technology, Detroit. He was a pharmacist and owner of Zimmerman’s Pharmacy on the east side of Detroit along with his identical twin brother, Gerald.

Mr. Taube was a corporal in the U.S. Army.

Mr. Taube was involved with the Men’s Club of Iroquois Christ Lutheran Church in Detroit and his interests included his grandchildren, golf, boating, baseball and tennis.

He is survived by his children, Diane (John) Marcus and Dawn (Paul) Morris; grandchildren John III, Dale, Reed and Drake; and brother Gerald.

He was predeceased by his wife, Donna; sister Lorraine; and brothers Walter, Paul and Alvin.

A memorial service was held Oct. 31 at Iroquois Christ Lutheran Church, Detroit with interment at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Detroit.

Memorial donations may be made to Iroquois Christ Lutheran Church, 2411 Iroquois Ave., Detroit, MI 48214 or the American Diabetes Association, 30200 Telegraph Rd., Suite 105, Bingham Farms, MI 48025.

Lillian Jackson

Died: Friday, October 26, 2007
Age: 73
Grosse Pointe Park resident Lillian Jackson, 73, died Friday, Oct. 26, 2007.

Mrs. Jackson was born Jan. 14, 1934 in Harlan, Ky., to Pearl and Jane Hoskins.

She was a waitress for 30 years at Big Ben’s restaurant on Woodward in downtown Detroit.

She is survived by daughters Joyce Gagnon of Minn., Carole (Sidney) Marmon of Grosse Pointe Park, and Patricia Richards-Browne of Ariz.; sons Lonnie Irvin of Ky., Gordon (Nancy) of St. Clair, Tony (Becky) Hall of Ky., and Glenn (Delena) of Grosse Ile; 10 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. She also is survived by siblings Wilk (Bonnie) Hoskins, Lois (Roscoe) Fee and Fern (Kenneth) Morgan, all of Ky.

She was predeceased by her husband, Widman A. Jackson, and her sister, Molly Duff.

A funeral service was held Oct. 29 at Verheyden Funeral Home, Grosse Pointe Park with burial in Resurrection Cemetery, Clinton Twp.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Foundation, 1471 Twelve Mile Rd., Madison Heights, MI 48071 or the American Cancer Society, 18505 W. Twelve Mile Rd., Southfield, MI 48076.
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