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Edward A. Krull M.D.

Edward A. Krull M.D.

Died: Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Age: 78
Edward A. Krull M.D., a pioneer in the field of dermatologic surgery and a renowned international lecturer, died Tuesday, April 22, 2008, after a long illness. He was 78.

He began his education with a full scholarship to the Taft School in Watertown, Conn. Upon graduation, he attended Yale University and then Yale University Medical School. Upon completion of his studies at Yale, Dr. Krull traveled west to fulfill a rotating internship at San Francisco City and County Hospital in 1956.

In 1976, Dr. Krull became chairman of dermatology at Henry Ford Hospital. Under his leadership, the department continued to be one of the largest and most respected in the country, focusing on academics, clinical care and the humanitarian aspects of dermatologic practice and the care of patients.

His family said he was a cherished teacher and mentor to more that 250 residents over the past 41 years. Colleagues described him as one of the most innovative leaders, a pioneer in his field and a man whose guidance and wisdom at the national level were recognized and lauded. He will be remembered for his kindness and generosity of spirit.

Dr. Krull served on the board of governors and the board of trustees of the Henry Ford Health Systems. He was a member of the American Board of Dermatology for 10 years and also served as its president. He was a member of the ACGME residency review committee for dermatology and its chair for seven years. During this time dermatology was officially recognized as both a medical and surgical specialty.

Dr. Krull also served as a member of the board of directors of the American Academy of Dermatology, as vice-president and president of the American Society of Dermatology and president of the American Dermatological Association and the Michigan Dermatological Society. He co-founded and served as the first president of the Association of Academic Dermatological Surgeons.

He was awarded the 2005 Fred W. Whitehouse Distinguished Service Award for the Henry Ford Medical Group, and the Gold Medal and honorary membership from the American Academy of Dermatology. He was the first dermatologist to receive the Leon Goldman Award from the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery.

In 2006 Dr. Krull was awarded the Dermatology Foundation Lifetime Career Educator Award and will be posthumously awarded the American Academy of Dermatology Master Dermatologist Award at the 2009 American Academy of Dermatology National Meeting.

His family said Dr. Krull was deeply touched and humbled when patients, former residents, staff, foundation and individual donors established the Edward A. Krull, M.D. Chair in Dermatologic Surgery in his honor.

Dr. Krull is survived by his wife, Joan; daughters, Lisa (Phillip) King, and Lael (Benjamin) Caldwell; son, Edward A. (Theresa) Krull Jr.; and six grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at Christ Church Grosse Pointe, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Memorial donations may be made to the Edward A. Krull Education Fund, Henry Ford Medical Center, 3031 W. Grand Blvd., Suite 800, Detroit, MI 48202; The Taft School, 110 Woodbury Road, Watertown, CT 06795; or The Yale University, Yale Alumni Fund, Attn: Dianne Nelson, Assistant Director, 157 Church St., New Haven, CT 06510.

Mary L. Hamby

Mary L. Hamby

Died: Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Age: 88
Former Grosse Pointe Farms resident Mary L. Hamby, 88, died peacefully Tuesday, April 22, 2008, at her home in Coconut Creek, Fla.

She was born in Detroit to Harry and Laura Allen.

Mrs. Hamby is survived by daughters Kathleen (Robert) Tar and Laura (Russel) Krausmann; and grandchildren, Kristin, Allison, Emily and Megan Tar, and Kelly, James and Robbert Krausmann. She also is survived by her sister, Anne Lemhagen; two nieces; and many dear friends.

She was predeceased by her husband, Winston C. Hamby; her parents; and her brothers, Harold and John.

A funeral Mass will be held May 12 at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Coral Springs, Fla.

Walter J. Tyrrell

Walter J. Tyrrell

Died: Thursday, April 17, 2008
Age: 74
Former Grosse Pointe Shores resident Walter J. Tyrrell, 74, was called home Thursday, April 17, 2008, in Keego Harbor.

He was born in Detroit to Walter and Alice Dueweke Tyrrell and lived for many years as a child and again as an adult on Vernier Road. He graduated from Grosse Pointe High School in 1955. He worked for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 58 for 52 years, retiring in 1996.

Friends and family knew Mr. Tyrrell by a myriad of nicknames: Mickey, Wally, Ty-Rap and the Old Codge.

He enjoyed fishing and hunting with his beloved dog, Dewers.

He also enjoyed golfing, playing pool and spending time with his brother, Bob. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

His family said some of his fondest memories of his youth were spending time with his mother at the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club where she worked.

Mr. Tyrell is survived by his wife, Ruby Tyrrell; former wife, Jan Tyrrell; son, Terry “TJ” (Shawn) Tyrrell; daughters, Holly (Derek) Langton, Cheri “Chea” (Joe) Radzwion, and Shellie (Christopher) Tyrrell-Herman; stepsons, Daniel “Danny” (Melissa) Blaszkiewicz and Clayton “Clay” (Kelly) Siple Jr.; and stepdaughter, Wendy (Tom) Steiger.

He also is survived by his grandchildren, Katie, Chea, and Brooke Tyrrell, Morgan and Taylor “T.J.” Couvreur, Alec Langton, Joe and James Radzwion and Adelaide “Addie” Herman; stepgranchildren, David, Taryn, Christian and Kennedy Blaszkiewicz, Cody and Logan Steiger, and Damon, Jessica and Connor Siple.

He also is survived by his sister, Helen (Bob) Ross; and brothers, Virgil “Bud” (the late Fran) Tyrrell, Patrick (Patricia “Pete”) Tyrrell, and Robert (Sharon) Tyrrell.

He was predeceased by his parents; son-in-law, Daniel Couvreur; sister, Virginia Hentges; and brothers, Donald and William.

Services were arranged by S.K. Schultz Funeral Home of Clinton Township.

Memorial donations may be made to Cranbrook Hospice, 281 Enterprise Court, Suite 200, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302 or the American Cancer Society, 20450 Civic Center Dr., Southfield, MI 48076.

Janice Lee Wedge

Died: Thursday, April 17, 2008
Age: 58
Former Grosse Pointe Woods resident Janice Lee Wedge, 58, died Thursday, April 17, 2008. She had been living in St. Clair Shores.

She was born March 26, 1950 in the City of Grosse Pointe to Dr. George and Mary Catherine Wedge.

Miss Wedge suffered from cerebral palsy most of her life and was a member of The Michigan League of Crippled Children in her youth. She attended Liberty University and earned an associate degree in divinity. She was a few credits short of her Bachelor of Arts degree in business at the time of her death. She achieved her degree even with the use of only one finger to type her many papers and correspondence.

In spite of her challenges, Miss Wedge was active in Grosse Pointe Baptist Church and its Adventure Club, a youth program for children in grades 3 through 5.

She also enjoyed making greeting cards.

Miss Wedge is survived by her mother; and brother, Jack Wedge.

She was predeceased by her father.

A funeral service was held at Grosse Pointe Baptist Church in Grosse Pointe Woods.

Memorial donations may be made to In-House Hospice Solutions, 24293 Telegraph Rd., Suite 102, Southfield, MI 48034.

John J. Zainea

John J. Zainea

Died: Saturday, April 12, 2008
Age: 74
Grosse Pointe Woods resident John J. Zainea, 74, died Saturday, April 12, 2008, at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit.

He was born Jan. 4, 1934 in Detroit to Albert and Sarah Zainea. He graduated from Servite Catholic High School in 1954.

Mr. Zainea owned Zainea Enterprises, and was a real estate broker and Realtor.

He enjoyed playing pinochle, watching movies with his grandchildren and playing with his dog, Tweety. He especially enjoyed summers at his cottage in Lexington.

Mr. Zainea is survived by his wife, Marie; daughters, Michelle Richards and Margaret (Rich) Laney; grandchildren, Alicia (Aaron) Bates, Brian and Cory Richards; and great-grandchildren, Joshua and Rebecca Bates. He also is survived by his sisters, Yvonne Sadowski and Lorraine Walers-Kidner; and brothers, George (Theresa) and Joseph (Mary).

He was predeceased by his sister, Marie Simon.

A funeral Mass was celebrated at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, Grosse Pointe Woods, with burial in Resurrection Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 30200 Telegraph Rd., Suite 105, Bingham Farms, MI 48025. 

Carolyn M. Nill

Carolyn M. Nill

Died: Friday, April 11, 2008
Age: 67
Longtime Grosse Pointe Park resident Carolyn M. Nill, 67, died Friday, April 11, 2008.

She was a graduate of Grosse Pointe High School and received her Bachelor of Arts degree and master’s degree in education from Wayne State University. She taught at South Lake High School in St. Clair Shores for 28 years.

Miss Nill enjoyed boating on Lake St. Clair and was a member of the Grosse Pointe Club. She also was a member of the Grosse Pointe Classical Music League and Alpha Delta Pi.

She is survived by sisters, Mildred (Daniel) Chisholm and Christine; niece, Laura (Miguel) Chisholm-Ponce; nephew, John (Jodeen) Chisholm; great-nephew, Charlie; and aunt, Dorothy Mann. She also is survived by many loving cousins and friends.

She was predeceased by her parents, Dr. John and Mildred Nill.

Funeral services were held at Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home, Grosse Pointe Park.

Memorial donations may be made to The VanElslander Cancer Center, 19229 Mack Ave., Suite 31, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236 and Evangelical Homes of Michigan.

Dorothy McMillin Johnson

Dorothy McMillin Johnson

Died: Friday, April 11, 2008
Age: 96
City of Grosse Pointe and Sarasota, Fla. resident Dorothy McMillin Johnson, 96, died peacefully in her sleep Friday, April 11, 2008, at Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe.

Mrs. Johnson was born in the family home near Shelbyville, Ind. Her parents, Claude and Ines, were farmers and Mrs. Johnson, the first of five children, carried farm life with her throughout her life. She often told family how she remembered the wonderful smells of the kitchen and the incredible hard work of everyone in the family. She remembered new technologies including when indoor plumbing arrived, the miracle of radio, and the proliferation of automobiles.

Mrs. Johnson nearly died when she was 14 years old and her appendix burst. That near-death experience encouraged her to become a nurse. Her dreams were realized after she graduated from Indiana University Nursing School in 1934.

In 1935, she moved to Detroit and began working at Henry Ford Hospital. While there, she met Henry Ford and Detroit Tiger player-manager Mickey Cochrane.

In 1936, Mrs. Johnson met attorney Kenneth McMillin. Their first date was a trip to Pointe Pelee, Ontario, Canada with three other attorneys and three other nurses. Four of the eight people on that trip married, including Kenneth and Dorothy. They married in 1937 and moved to Milwaukee.

Between 1937 and 1954, the couple lived in 11 different apartments or homes in eight different cities and had four sons.

The family moved to Grosse Pointe in 1954. In 1958, Mr. McMillin died and Mrs. Johnson was left to raise her boys, ages 8 to 17. She made some good economic decisions with the help of caring and thoughtful friends and the cooperation and help of her boys. All four boys attended and graduated from Michigan State University.

In the early 1960s Mrs. Johnson traveled with her boys, driving a station wagon pulling a camper to Acapulco, Mexico, and California. She also took her first trip to Europe.

In 1969, after all of her boys were either graduated from MSU or students at MSU, Dorothy moved to a home she designed in Sarasota, Fla. At 59, she played golf for the first time.

In 1972 she married Murvin French. He died in 1981.

In 1983, she golfed St. Andrew’s Golf Course in Scotland.

In 1984, Mrs. Johnson married Rear Admiral Harlan Johnson, who was one of the first prisoners of war taken during the Pacific Theater in World War II.

In 1995, after her husband died, Mrs. Johnson moved to Freedom Village Assisted Living in Bradenton, Fla and Beaumont Assisted Living in St. Clair Shores.

Her family said Mrs. Johnson loved life. Her interested included reading, dancing, bridge, golf, baseball, basketball, gardening — especially roses and lilacs — dogs, babies, being around young people, sewing, playing the piano, cooking, traveling, museums and singing.

She was a woman of uncommon grace. She was energetic, friendly, kind, able to speak her mind in a gentle and charming way. Her easygoing style made her pleasant to be around. She was quick to smile, laugh and enjoy the moment.

Mrs. Johnson is survived by her sons, Stewart of Detroit, Kenneth of Grosse Pointe Farms, John of Merritt Island, Fla., and Michael of Grosse Pointe Shores and Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; daughters-in-law Earlene of Grosse Pointe Farms, Linda of Merritt Island, Fla. and Mary Anne of Grosse Pointe Shores; grandchildren, Heather, Brad, Bill, Lindsay and Clare; and great-grandchildren, Paul, Ryan, Hope and Stephen; and her only sister, Joanne Lines of Rushville, Ind. and her brother, Norman Shepple of Indianapolis, Ind.

She was predeceased by her husbands, Kenneth McMillin, Murvin French and Harlan Johnson and her brothers, Edmund and Byron.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 15, 2008, at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia where she will be interred next to her husband, Rear Admiral Harlan Johnson.

Memorial donations may be made to Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lake Shore Rd., Grosse Pointe Farms MI, 48236 or sponsorachild.ca.

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Glennis St. John Deisinger

Glennis St. John Deisinger

Died: Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Age: 65
Grosse Pointe Park resident Glennis St. John Deisinger, 65, died Wednesday, April 9, 2008, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

Mrs. Deisinger was born April 20, 1942 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada to Dan and Velma MacLean. She earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from McGill University in Montreal in 1965.

Mrs. Deisinger moved to Detroit and worked for the city as a public health nurse. A friend arranged a blind date with John M. Deisinger, who became her best friend, the love of her life, and on April 12, 1969, her husband. They settled in Detroit.

Mrs. Deisinger joined Detroit’s Kirwood General Hospital in Detroit in 1968, and also began teaching at Highland Park Community College School of Nursing. She taught there until 1971 when her first son was born. She returned to work in the medical-surgical unit at St. John Hospital in 1980. 

In 1981, Mrs. Deisinger and a partner opened “Impressions” art gallery in the Renaissance Center, which they operated until closing the gallery in 1991. That year Mrs. Deisinger became a research nurse with the HIV/Aids program at Detroit Medical Center.

In 1997, Mrs. Deisinger became the education coordinator for the human investigations committee at Wayne State University. She created the standards and protocols for the program that would guide medical doctors. She retired from Wayne State in 2003.

Even after Mrs. Deisinger became ill with ovarian cancer, she used her teaching skills to help others by speaking about the disease.

She belonged to numerous professional organizations during her career and was interested in stocks and investments. She founded the Grosse Pointe Great Expectations Stock Club. 

Mrs. Deisinger and her husband enjoyed time at their property on Starvation Lake in northern Michigan and traveling, especially trips to New Zeeland, Greece and Italy.

Other special vacations included traveling the western United States and Alberta, Canada, and traveling with her husband and cousins in a houseboat on the Trent-Severn Canal System in Ontario.

Mrs. Deisinger’s family said she created a home full of life and love. When her sister-in-law died, Mrs. Deisinger welcomed her niece into the household as a daughter. Her children’s spouses and subsequent grandchildren were welcomed with open arms.

Mrs. Deisinger is survived by her husband, John; sons, Mark (Michelle) and Paul (Jenn); daughter, Karen (Matt) Maul of Grosse Pointe Woods; grandchildren, Janice, Jaclyn, Elizabeth and Emily Maul, Ella Deisinger and Isabel Deisinger; her sister, Lois (Billy) Earl; nephews, Jeff (Colleen) Spies and Dave (Connie) Spies; and many other special family and friends.

A celebration of her life was held April 14.

Memorial donations may be made to the Blooms For Tomorrow at Karmanos Cancer Institute, 4100 John R, Detroit, MI 48201.

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Betty J. Hay

Died: Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Age: 81
Former Grosse Pointe Farms resident Betty J. Hay, 81, died Wednesday, April 9, 2008, at her home in St. Clair Shores.

She was born Feb. 24, 1927 in Detroit to Carolyn and Ivan Hay and graduated from St. Paul High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Marygrove College in 1949.

Ms. Hay worked as a legal secretary and later as an administrative assistant.

She enjoyed bridge, golf, and volunteering at Bon Secours Nursing Home.

Ms. Hay is survived by her sister, Carol Griffen; niece, Wendy Reynolds; great-nieces Melissa White and Miranda Reynolds; and great-nephew, Adam Reynolds.

She was predeceased by her parents; and her sister, Shirley Hafke.

Interment will be at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church.

Memorial donations may be made to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, 4390 Connor St., Detroit, MI 48207. 

Marjorie C. Meldrum

Died: Tuesday, April 08, 2008
Age: 75
Marjorie C. (nee Blue) Meldrum, 75, died Tuesday, April 8, 2008, after a series of illnesses.

She and her husband, Jimmy, were the longtime proprietors of Meldrum Trucking and Garden Supply, formerly located on Mack Avenue in Grosse Pointe Farms.

Mrs. Meldrum also worked for many years in the admissions department at Cottage Hospital, where she was a member of the auxiliary.

Beloved aunt, grandmother, cousin and friend, Mrs. Meldrum’s legacy lives on in the many people she raised, befriended and loved throughout her lifetime.

She was predeceased by her husband.

Private burial was arranged through Kaul Funeral Home.
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