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Katharina Rosina Gassenfeit

Died: Monday, July 09, 2007
Age: 77
Grosse Pointe Park resident, Katharina Rosina Gassenfeit, 77, died Monday July 9, 2007, at St. John Hospital in Detroit.

She was born in Gross St. Nikolaus, Romania on March 4, 1930, to Johann and Elizabeth Gassenfeit. She and her family fled from the Russian army to Salzburg, Austria in the fall of 1944.

In 1955, the Gassenfeit family immigrated to Buffalo, N.Y.

She worked for the Roswell Park Cancer Research Institute in Buffalo as a laboratory technician until she retired in 1986.

With her twin sister Elizabeth, she moved to Grosse Pointe Park in 1992 to be closer to her nephew, Eric Gassenfeit.

She is survived by her nephew, Eric Gassenfeit; and his children, Alexander and Nicholas.

She was predeceased by her twin sister Elizabeth and brother Johann.

A funeral service was held on Friday, July 13, at Hamilton Funeral Home in Mount Clemens.

Harry Kourelis

Harry Kourelis

Died: Saturday, July 07, 2007
Age: 42
Grosse Pointe Shores resident, Harry Kourelis, 42, died at home Saturday, July 7, 2007.

He was born on April 15, 1965, in Detroit to Nitsa and Steve Kourelis. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Wayne State University in 1987.

Mr. Kourelis owned and operated Shores Inn and the Great Baraboo Brewing Company.

Fishing and hunting were among his hobbies.

He is survived by his mother, Nitsa Kourelis; sister, Mary (Louie) Bricolas; grandmother, Nickoleta KeFallinos; niece, Ellene Bricolas; and nephew, Stavros Bricolas.

A funeral service was held on Wednesday, July 11, at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in St. Clair Shores.

Interment is at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 21800 Marter Rd., St. Clair Shores, MI 42412.

Patricia Borgman Farkas

Died: Saturday, July 07, 2007
Age: 87
Former Grosse Pointe Park resident, Patricia Borgman Farkas, 87, died Saturday, July 7, 2007. She lived in Webster, N.Y.

Borgman was one of Detroit’s early pioneer families. Her father Harold Borgman, was founder of the Pontchartrain Wine Cellars and the originator of Cold Duck.

During World War II, she worked as a decoder for the United States government.

She married Major Don E. Farkas USMC, (retired colonel), in 1946.

Mrs. Farkas was active in the Republican party during Gov. George Romney’s term and she served as a state delegate to the national convention.

Her family lived in Grosse Pointe Park since approximately 1930.

She is survived by her sons, Jeffery, Peter, Craig; daughter, Stephanie; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Her ashes will be placed in the Farkas family plot at Forest Lawn cemetery in Detroit.

Charles Francis Trapp

Died: Wednesday, July 04, 2007
Age: 89
Charles Francis Trapp, 89, of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. died Wednesday, July 4, 2007, at Chatsworth Assisted Living in Palm Beach Gardens.

Born in Bayonne, N.J. on July 1, 1918, he has been a resident of Palm Beach Gardens for three years, coming from Grosse Pointe, and Jupiter and Stuart, Fla.

Mr. Trapp was a graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa. and later joined Westinghouse Electric Corp.

He enlisted in the United States Army and served as a major from 1941-1946.

He returned to Westinghouse as an engineer until 1955 when he joined Formsprag Co. in Toledo, Ohio as a sales manager, eventually becoming president and CEO.

In 1977, he became president of Dana Corporation Industrial. He was director of Daido Sprag LLD, in Tokyo, Japan as well as StieberFormsprag in Munich, Germany.

He served on the board of Boy Scouts of America as well as the Humane Society of Stuart, Fla.

Mr. Trapp was a member of the Stuart Yacht Country Club and the Jupiter Hills Country Club.

He is survived by his wife, Judith Howard Trapp of Palm Beach Gardens; stepson, Mark (Carla) Howard; stepdaughter, Karlene (Gary) Carnes; and four step-grandchildren.

A funeral service was held on Saturday, July 7, at the Taylor & Modeen Funeral Home in Jupiter.

The family suggests contributions to Hospice of Palm Beach County. Inc., 5300 East Ave., West Palm Beach, FL 33401 or Jupiter Medical Center, c/o Oncology Dept, 1210 S. Old Dixie Hwy., Jupiter, FL 33458.

Helen Mary Wernet Lindow

Helen Mary Wernet Lindow

Died: Monday, July 02, 2007
Age: 96
Grosse Pointe Woods resident, Helen Mary Wernet Lindow, 96, died Monday, July 2, 2007, at Bortz Health Care in Warren.

She was born in St. Paul, Minn. on Nov. 13, 1910, to Clarence and Lena Wernet. She graduated from Grosse Pointe High School in 1930.

She married her husband, Stanley E. Lindow, on Sept. 21, 1935.

Mrs. Lindow was a member of the Grosse Pointe Motion Picture Council, and American Red Cross Blood Drive. She was a deaconess at Grosse Pointe Congregational Church.

She is survived by her daughter, Patricia A. (Larry) Smith; son, Stanley E. (Doreen) Lindow Jr.; grandchildren, Gail (Ron) Siddle, Daniel Smith, Stacy (Tim) Cabala and Eric (Gabriel) Lindow; great-grandchildren, Brett Siddle, Nicole Siddle, Hanna Cabala and Alyssa Cabala; sister, Frances Atkins of Burbank, Calif.; and brother, William Wernet of Florida.

She was predeceased by her husband, Stanley E. Lindow; sister, Dorothy Hollyman; and brother, Vincent Wernet.

A funeral service was held Saturday, July 7, at A.H. Peters Funeral Home in Grosse Pointe Woods.

Interment is at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Detroit.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice.

The family would like to thank Sheila Tighe for her care and concern in Mrs. Lindow’s last days.

Frances T. Skuba

Frances T. Skuba

Died: Monday, July 02, 2007
Age: 87
Frances T. Skuba of Grosse Pointe Park died Monday, July 2, 2007, from cancer at Bon Secours Nursing Center in St. Clair Shores. She was 87 years old.

She was born in Detroit and graduated from Sweetest Heart of Mary in 1937. She attended Wayne State University and Oakland University.

Mrs. Skuba was employed in human resources at the Michigan Employment Security Commission.

She is survived by her husband, Thaddeus C. Skuba; daughters Michelle (Angelo) Colombo, Renee Woodford, and Brigette (Michael) Moran; and six grandchildren.

A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Paul Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Farms.

Nate Anthony Ficarra

Nate Anthony Ficarra

Died: Sunday, July 01, 2007
Age: 66
Grosse Pointe Woods resident, Nate Anthony Ficarra, 66, died Sunday, July 1, 2007 at St. John Hospital in Detroit.

He was born on Feb. 18, 1941 to Mary and Sam Ficarra in Detroit.

He retired after working over 30 years at AAA in Grosse Pointe Woods.

His interests included cooking, antiquing, traveling, going to casinos, fishing, collecting menus, and watching the ‘Sopranos’.

He is survived by his mother, Mary; daughter, Lisa Anne Ficarra; son, Scott Samuel (Kelly) Ficarra; and sister Virginia Ficarra.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., today, Thursday, July 5, 2007 at A.H. Peters Funeral Home in Grosse Pointe Woods.

Entombment will be at Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton Township.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 208 LaSalle Street, Suite 900, Chicago, IL 60604.

Lucy Day Bell Grace

Died: Sunday, July 01, 2007
Lucy Day Bell Grace died peacefully on Sunday, July 1, 2007 after a long illness.

She was born on June 2, 1919 in San Diego to Dwight D. and Lucy Clark Bell.

She attended the Francis Parker School and the Bishop School in La Jolla, Calif. She graduated from Stanford University.

Her family described her as a petite beauty with a gift for making others happy.

She was a member of the Junior League of Detroit, Sigma Gamma Association, and the Garden Club of Michigan.

She is survived by her husband of 63 years, James Willard Grace; daughter, Susan (Charles F.) Glass of Harbor Springs; grandsons, Charles F. Glass Jr. and his fiancee Meghann Donahue of New York, D. Carter (Dr. Lisa Ellis) Glass of Ann Arbor, and William J. (Dr. Cristina Brickman) Glass of New York; great-granddaughter Ella Grace Glass; daughter-in-law Mary V. Olszewski; and sister Jean Bell (H.B.) Lee.

She was predeceased by her son James Willard Grace Jr.

A private family service is planned.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Detroit Institute for Children, 5447 Woodward, Detroit 48202.

Margaret (Peggy) Staudt

Margaret (Peggy) Staudt

Died: Saturday, June 30, 2007
Age: 43
Grosse Pointe Woods resident, Margaret (Peggy) Staudt, 43, died suddenly Saturday, June 30, 2007.

She was born Sept. 30, 1963 to Joseph and Rosalie Higgins and graduated from Grosse Pointe South High School in 1981.

For more than 15 years, she worked at Jacobson’s in the Village. For the last nine years she worked at the Grosse Pointe Day School.

She is survived by her husband, Thomas; sons, Stephen and Christopher; brothers, John and Craig Higgins; and sister Molly (Mark) Brooks.

Mrs. Staudt was predeceased by her brother, Brian.

A memorial service was held at A.H. Peters Funeral Home in Grosse Pointe Woods.

Contributions may be made to the Educational Trust Fund for Stephen and Christopher Staudt, c/o Molly Brooks, 217 McMillan Rd., Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.

C. Arline Jeakle

Died: Saturday, June 30, 2007
Age: 79
Former Grosse Pointe resident and Grosse Pointe High School Class of 1944 alumna C. Arline Jeakle (nee Prindle), 79, of Punta Gorda, Fla., died in her sleep June 30, 2007.

She was known for her quick wit, smiles, sunny personality and love for God and her children.

She is survived by her four children, Aileen Tye (nee Phillips, Grosse Pointe Class of ’71) of Port Charlotte, Fla.; Marschall Fansler (nee Phillips, Grosse Pointe Class of ’72) of Stover, Mo.; William Phillips (Grosse Pointe Class of ’75) and Amy Jensen (nee Phillips, Grosse Pointe Class of ’79) of Matthews, N.C.; and three step-children, Mark, Kirk and Jerry Jeakle of Algonac.

She was predeceased by her husband, Owen M. Jeakle, and her brother, Horace A. Prindle, a Class of 1948 graduate from Grosse Pointe.

Arrangements were handled by Englewood Community Funeral Home in Englewood, Fla. A memorial service is planned for 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at Redford Cemetery, 15958 Telegraph Road, Redford Township.
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