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H. Scott Mullinger

Died: Thursday, January 03, 2008
Age: 61
Grosse Pointe Farms resident H. Scott Mullinger, 61, died Thursday, Jan. 3, 2008.

He was born May 16, 1946 in Toronto to H. Hugh and Vera Mullinger. He graduated from Grosse Pointe High School and Western Michigan University. Most recently, he was a salesman for Sprint Corp.

His family wrote of him: “Uncle Scott as he was known, was a wonderful friend, brother and uncle. Although his time here was much too short, he will be remembered for the generous gift of time and unabashed support of his family.”

“Never married, Uncle Scott frequently attended the sporting activities of his six nieces and nephews, and was a singularly spectacular cheering section unto himself. As a salesman for Sprint and mentor to many new salespeople, Scott showed that it was possible to learn, perform at the highest levels and have fun doing it. He will be deeply missed.”

Mr. Mullinger is survived by his sisters, Susan, and Robyn (Dave Dyle), brother Mike (Amy); nieces Megan and Jenna Mullinger, and Taryn Dyle; nephews Mike and Robby Mullinger, and Scott Dyle.

Funeral services were held Jan. 9, 2008 at Verheyden Funeral Home, Grosse Pointe Park.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Capuchins, 1820 Mt. Elliott, Detroit, MI 48207-3485.

Paul Raymond Murphy

Paul Raymond Murphy

Died: Wednesday, January 02, 2008
Age: 74
Former City of Grosse Pointe resident Paul Raymond Murphy, 74, died Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2008, in Savannah, Ga. He was born Oct. 1, 1933 in Lockport, N.Y. to the late James Raymond and Margaret Mahar Murphy.

Mr. Murphy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in commerce from the University of Notre Dame in 1955. He was commissioned a lieutenant in the U.S. Army Chemical Corps, serving from 1956 to 1959. He then joined General Motors Corp. in the financial department. His career with General Motors spanned more than 30 years and included such assignments as comptroller of GM of Canada, AC Delco, GM Parts Division, and GM Saginaw Steering Gear.

Upon retirement in 1992, he and his wife relocated to The Landings, a residential community in Savannah. He was an avid yachtsman and world traveler and he enjoyed golfing and gardening. Most importantly, he was a loving husband and father and will be sorely missed by family and friends.

Mr. Murphy is survived by his wife of 48 years, Sandra Webber Murphy; and two daughters, Kimball B. Murphy of Bluffton, S.C. and Erin E. Murphy of Chicago, Ill.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2008, at The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Savannah.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Skidaway Island First Responders, 602 Landings Way South, Savannah, GA 31411; Class of 55/Paul Fullmer Scholarship Fund, University of Notre Dame Alumni Affairs, Notre Dame, IN 46556; or the charity of the donor’s choice.

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William Wiess Cunningham

William Wiess Cunningham

Died: Tuesday, January 01, 2008
Age: 77
William Wiess Cunningham, 77, died of natural causes on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2008, at his home in Grosse Pointe Farms.

He was born Feb. 7, 1930 in Scranton, Pa. A resident of Grosse Pointe for more than half a century, Mr. Cunningham attended Trombley Elementary School and Pierce Junior High in Grosse Pointe Park, before attending Culver Military Academy in Culver, Ind.

Mr. Cunningham received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University in 1952, and upon graduating, he served as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He received his Master of Business Administration Degree from Harvard University in 1956 and pursued a career in finance and asset management, first at The Continental Bank in Chicago, and then at Morgan Guarantee Trust in New York City. 

While living in Chicago, Mr. Cunningham met his wife, Mary Ellen “Mel” Lavin, of Marion, Mass. They were married 44 years until her death in 2000. The Cunningham’s raised their four children in Grosse Pointe Farms.

While in Grosse Pointe, Mr. Cunningham worked at the National Bank of Detroit, before starting his own business, Bond Net, in 1972. Mr. Cunningham was a pioneer in the integration of finance and technology. His company was one of the first in the country to distribute financial pricing data online packaged with analytical software tools. 

His family indicated that Mr. Cunningham was a lifelong Republican and actively promoted free market and libertarian ideas. Above all, he cherished the concept of individual freedom, and was fond of quoting Patrick Henry, “Give me liberty or give me death.” 

Mr. Cunningham was a member of the Grosse Pointe Club, the University Club, the Yale Club of New York City, and a lifetime member of the Country Club of Detroit.

Mr. Cunningham was the son of Kenneth Wallace and Pauline Priddie Cunningham of Beaumont, Texas and subsequently of Grosse Pointe, where Kenneth served as mayor of Grosse Pointe Park. 

Mr. Cunningham is survived by his children, Amy Andres Cunningham Atkinson of San Francisco, William Wallace Cunningham II of Louisville, Ky, Courtland Baxter Cunningham of New York City and Caroline McFaddin Cunningham of Grosse Pointe; his sister, Nena Elizabeth (William) Dahling of Grosse Pointe; and six grandchildren: William and Nena Atkinson of San Francisco, William and Polly Cunningham of Louisville, Ky., and Frederick and Charley Cunningham of New York City.

A memorial service celebrating Mr. Cunningham’s life will be held at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 13 at Christ Church Grosse Pointe, 61 Grosse Pointe Boulevard, Grosse Pointe Farms.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Heritage Foundation, 214 Massa-chusetts Avenue. NE, Washington, DC 20002.

Robert H. Ebersole

Died: Tuesday, January 01, 2008
Age: 91
Longtime Grosse Pointe Woods resident Robert H. Ebersole, 91, died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2008 at his daughter’s home in Ellsworth, Maine.

Born Nov. 1, 1916 in Muskogee, Okla., Mr. Ebersole was raised in Fulton, Mo., where he attended West- minster College until World War II began. He then entered the U.S. Army Air Corp and served as a B-17 bomber pilot.

After his discharge, he began working for American Smelting and Refining Co. in St. Louis, eventually transferring to Detroit in 1955 to become the district manager of the company’s federated metals division.

Mr. Ebersole had been a long time active member of Grosse Pointe Woods Presbyterian Church and will be remembered for his tireless and cheerful service to the church.  

He is survived by his daughter, Karen Terzano, of Ellsworth, Maine; his granddaughter, Lydia Dene, of Atlanta, Ga.; and a brother, Richard Ebersole of St. Charles, Mo.

He was predeceased by his wife, Norma Maxine Ebersole; and siblings, Felicia Gentman, Henry Ebersole, and Hallie Danuser.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 29, at Grosse Pointe Woods Presbyterian Church, 19950 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Woods, followed by interment in the church’s Memorial Garden, weather permitting.

Memorial donations may be made to the donor’s charity of choice.

Edythe H. Burkman

Edythe H. Burkman

Died: Saturday, December 29, 2007
Age: 77
Edythe H. Burkman, 77, of Vero Beach, Fla., died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007, at Indian River Medical Center in Vero Beach.

She was born Aug. 13, 1930 in Lansing and had been a resident of Vero Beach since 1988, having moved there from Malibu, Calif.

Mrs. Burkman was a graduate of Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and an accounting degree.

She was a retired executive accountant for Fruehauf Trucking.

She is survived by three daughters, Linda Cecilia (Douglas) Robinson, Bree Edith Burkman and Alisa Ann (Dr. Harrison) Todd, all of Vero Beach; sister, Susan H. White of Grosse Pointe and Marco Island, Fla.; and grandchildren Laurel S. Robinson, Don W. Robinson, Nicole Wayne, Christopher Wayne, Zachary Todd, Ariana Todd and Alexa Todd.

A memorial service will be held at a later date in Grosse Pointe.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society, 6230 77th St., Vero Beach, FL 32967.

Memories may be shared with the family at lowtherfuneralhome.com.

Michael Joseph Frear

Michael Joseph Frear

Died: Friday, December 28, 2007
Age: 52
Michael Joseph Frear, 52, formerly of the City of Grosse Pointe and Grosse Pointe Farms, died Friday, Dec. 28, 2007, at his home in Salt Lake City, Utah, following a six-month battle with cancer.

Mr. Frear attended St. Paul Grade School and graduated from Austin High School in 1973. He graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a master’s in environmental science. He was employed by LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City for 17 years.

Mr. Frear was an avid outdoorsman. He began skiing at age 7 at Otsego Ski Club in Gaylord. He taught skiing at Park City, Utah resorts and was a passionate bicyclist, backcountry skier, golfer and sailor. He sailed mostly in the Caribbean Sea from Grenada West to Aruba. He qualified for Skippers papers out of St. John in the West Indies.

Mr. Frear is survived by his wife, Suzanne (Kearney); step-daughters Shannon and Sara Hatch; his parents, Bob and Joan (Thibodeau) Frear of Grosse Pointe Farms; siblings Robert Jr. (Karen) of Shanghai, China, David (Leslie) of Wilton, Conn., Joan (John) Capuano of Grosse Pointe Farms, and Julie (Stephen) Schappe of Camp Hill, Pa.; sister-in-law Diane (Wurst) of High Point, N. C.; and 40 loving nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother, Peter.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Sandy, Utah.

His family wrote: “Michael, you will be dearly missed by all you touched. You will live in our hearts forever.”

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mr. Frear’s memory to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, 5001 Angel Canyon Rd., Kanab, UT 84741; Kindred Spirits, 974 East 2100 South, Studio 5, Salt Lake City, UT 84106; or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Louis George Jensen

Louis George Jensen

Died: Friday, December 28, 2007
Age: 82
Louis George Jensen, 82, died Friday, Dec. 28, 2007, in Boca Raton, Fla.

Mr. Jensen was born July 12, 1925 in Detroit. He attended St. Matthew Grade School, Catholic Central High School and the University of Detroit.

He went on to serve in the U.S. Army Air Corps before settling down with his wife, Rosemary, in 1950. In 1963, the family moved to Grosse Pointe Farms, where they could enjoy all the amenities the Pointes had to offer.

Mr. Jensen retired to Florida in 1977. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

He is survived by his sons, Christopher (Kathleen), David (Diane), Daniel (Laurie) and Frank; grandchildren Peter (Kelly) and John (Katie) Badalament, Danny Jensen, Matthew and Noel Jensen, Daniel, Joseph and Elizabeth Jensen and Lauren, Ethan and Abigail Jensen. He also is survived by his former wife, Rosemary.

He was predeceased by his parents, Ludwig and Mary; brother Dennis; sister Therese; son Michael; and his second wife, Irene.

Mr. Jensen was cremated and a memorial service was held Dec. 31 in Boca Raton.

Richard H. Voorhees

Died: Friday, December 28, 2007
Age: 57
Harper Woods resident Richard H. Voorhees, 57, died Friday, Dec. 28, 2007, at Mt. Clemens Regional Medical Center.

He was born April 10, 1950 in Detroit to Garrett and Jean Voorhees. He was a 1970 graduate of Grosse Pointe South High School and attended Ferris State University.

Mr. Voorhees was a salesman for Tri-Country International in Dearborn. He was a motorcycle enthusiast and a member of the Michigan Gold Wings Association motorcycle group.

He was a boating enthusiast and past member of the U. S. and Grosse Pointe Power Squadrons.

He is survived by his sister, Gail (Rick) Stevens; brother Steven (Deborah) Voorhees; and nieces and nephews Mark and Karen Voorhees and Tori Stevens.

He was predeceased by his parents.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 at Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church, 8625 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit, with inurnment at White Chapel Cemetery, Troy.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church, 8625 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit, MI 48214.

Patricia Anne DePalma

Patricia Anne DePalma

Died: Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Age: 72
Patricia Anne DePalma, 72, passed away peacefully at her daughter’s home in Auburn, Calif. on Dec. 26, 2007, after a long, valiant battle against ovarian and colon cancer.

Ms. DePalma was born Patricia Anne Ritter on Jan. 17, 1935 in Omaha, Neb. where she graduated from South High School and was a longtime employee of Woodman of the World.

She moved in the early 1960s to St. Clair Shores with her then husband, Ronald DePalma. She was a 40-year employee of St. John Hospital & Medical Center in Detroit.

Ms. DePalma was an avid golfer and bowler and a compassionate animal lover. She lived her life to the fullest and greatly enjoyed spending time vacationing with her daughter and grandchildren. She was an advocate for many charitable St. John hospital organizations including many cancer programs both as a supporter and a participant. She will be deeply missed by all whose lives were touched by her kindness and generosity.

Ms. DePalma is survived by her only child, Elizabeth DePalma Sands; son-in-law Dale Sands; grandsons Michael, James and Brenden; granddaughter Megan; sister-in-law Arlene Neville of Grosse Pointe Farms; three nieces and two nephews and their families; and a large group of dear friends in the metropolitan Detroit area.

A memorial service will be held at noon, Thursday, Feb. 14 at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore Rd., Grosse Pointe Farms.

A memorial service also was held in Auburn, California at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church on what would have been Ms. DePalma’s 73rd birthday, Jan. 17, 2008.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to help support the building of Gilda’s Club East in Grosse Pointe in care of Gilda’s Club East Cancer Support, 3517 Rochester Road, Royal Oak, MI 48073 or to the Retired Greyhounds as Pets Society, P.O. Box 806131, St. Clair Shores, MI 48081.

George David Henry

George David Henry

Died: Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Age: 80
Former City of Grosse Pointe Councilman George David Henry, 80, died Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2007 at the St. John Senior Community in Detroit. Mr. Henry served on the council for nearly 25 years.

He was born Nov. 12, 1927 to Maurice and Bertha Henry in Corning, Ohio. The family moved to Michigan in the 1930s.

Mr. Henry attended Michigan State University and Central Michigan University. He was a teacher and football coach in Battle Creek and at Parcells Middle School in Grosse Pointe Woods. In 1957 he began work as a salesman with New York Life Insurance Company.

He served in the U. S. Naval Reserve during the Korean War.

In addition to his tenure on the Grosse Pointe City Council, Mr. Henry was active in numerous boards including the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments.

He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Mr. Henry is survived by his daughters, Anne (Bruce) Maters and Linda (Ivan) Fiscus; grandchildren Sara Elizabeth and Benjamin Richard Maters, and Caitlin Lee and Meghan Rose Fiscus; and his brother, Richard A. Henry.

He was predeceased by his wife, Elizabeth and his parents.

Interment was at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4 at Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church, 8625 E. Jefferson, Detroit.

Memorial contributions may be made to Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church, 8625 E. Jefferson, Detroit, MI 48214.
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