Died: Tuesday, May 15, 2007 Helen Elizabeth Buckler
Helen Elizabeth Buckler, 87, formerly of Grosse Pointe Woods, died Tuesday, May, 15, 2007, at Masonic Pathways in Alma.
She was born in Pittsburgh to Dennis and Theresa (nee Kapp) Imber. She was a graduate of Oliver High School in Pittsburgh and upon graduation she entered nursing school. After she received her RN degree, she worked at Montefiore Hospital in Pittsburgh.
While visiting relatives in Detroit, she met and married her husband, Harold Buckler, who had recently returned from World War II military service. After marrying at Peace Lutheran Church, the Bucklers built a home and moved to Grosse Pointe Woods where they raised their family.
Mr. and Mrs. Buckler were among the earliest members of Christ the King Lutheran Church. Mrs. Buckler returned to work and joined St. John Hospital as a nurse in the newborn nursery department where she worked until her retirement. She was a member of the St. John Hospital Auxiliary.
She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Harold Buckler; sons, Norman (Linda) Buckler of Scottsdale and Dennis (Brenda) Buckler of Midland; daughter, Janet (Michael) Moore of Grosse Pointe Woods; grandchildren, Kristin (Dr. Gilbert) Padula, Stacie Buckler, Dr. Brian (Rachel) Buckler, and Meredith, Megan and Jeffrey Moore; and great-grandchildren, Isabella, Nino and Gabriella Padula, and Emma and Anna Buckler.
A memorial service was held Saturday, May 19, at Christ the King Lutheran Church. Interment is at Woodlawn Cemetery in Marine City.
Memorial donations may be made to The Alzheimer’s Association, Great Lakes Chapter107 April Dr., Suite 1, Ann Arbor, MI 48103-1903.
Died: Monday, May 14, 2007 Paul Curtis Mumma
Former Grosse Pointe Woods resident Paul Curtis Mumma, 65, passed away at his home surrounded by family on Monday, May 14, 2007.
He married Frances Alder in 1963. They lived in Detroit until he was drafted in 1966. After returning from Fort Hood, he began his career with Allstate Insurance Co. from which he retired as a senior account agent in June of 2000.
When his daughter, Erica, and her husband, John Griffiths, moved their young family to Traverse City, Mr. and Mrs. Mumma moved up north in 2003 with his mother, Grethe, followed soon afterward by daughter, Kirsten, reuniting the family once again.
During the 35 years in Grosse Pointe Woods, Mr. Mumma was active in the community, serving on the Woods Parks and Recreation Commission for 25 years, and as a longtime member of Grosse Pointe Congregational Church.
He was also a member and officer of civic organizations such as the Lakeshore Optimist and the Exchange clubs.
His family wrote, “No one could spin a yarn like Paul, and his great sense of humor and hearty laugh paved the way to many close friendships. Paul loved boating and spoiling his three grandchildren, Meghan, Caroline and Jack.”
Memorial services were held Friday, May 18, in the chapel at Central United Methodist Church in Traverse City and will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, May 25, at Grosse Pointe Congregational Church, 240 Chalfonte, Grosse Pointe Farms.
Memorial contributions may be made to either church or Munson Hospice, 1105 6th St. Traverse City, MI 49684.
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Died: Friday, May 11, 2007 Robert G. Edgar
Robert G. Edgar passed away at home on Friday, May 11, 2007, from pulmonary fibrosis.
Popularly known as “Butch,” he was born in Scranton, Pa., in 1931 to Robert B. Edgar and Geraldine L. Grinnell.
A graduate of Grosse Pointe High School and Dartmouth College, he served in the U.S. Army, stationed at West Point.
Returning to Grosse Pointe, he formed the R.G. Edgar & Associates real estate firm. Years later, his firm joined Johnstone & Johnstone, where he was associate broker.
As publisher of the Grosse Pointe News, Mr. Edgar made truth his hallmark and led a staff that worked diligently to report the truth no matter the topic or individuals concerned. He felt an informed public was his obligation to the community. Columnists were given free rein, reporting a variety of views on items of interest.
An excellent athlete, his love of sailing, tennis, golf and skiing enabled him to form firm friendships and to keep active year round.
A comfortable and approachable man, he made friendships easily and worked impressively to maintain them. Age was no barrier to him as his friends ranged from the young to those senior to him.
Many organizations, including the Senior Men’s Club of Grosse Pointe, the Men’s Garden Club of Grosse Pointe and the Woodworkers, were beneficiaries of his interest, energy and leadership.
The Edgars traveled widely and enjoyed stimulating experiences on many continents.
He is survived by his wife, Michele Rambour; sisters, Lauren E. Chapman and Alden E. Gordon; brother-in-law, Benjamin Chapman; and his nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his sister, Gay E. Algrin.
Services conducted by the Rev. Robert D. Wright were held Wednesday, May 16, at Grosse Pointe United Methodist Church.
Memorial contributions can be made to the University of Michigan Hospital, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109, or to the Services for Older Citizens, 17150 Waterloo, Grosse Pointe, MI 48230.
Died: Thursday, May 10, 2007
ormer Grosse Pointe resident Susan French Samples, 74, died Thursday, May 10, 2007, at her home in Hendersonville, N.C.
She was born in Grosse Pointe to George Russell French and Francis D. Moran French. She was a graduate of Grosse Pointe Academy and studied art in New York City. Later in life, she obtained a nursing degree.
Mrs. Samples had many passions and hobbies, the foremost being her grandchildren, and the mountains, streams and people of Western North Carolina. She was actively involved in the community by volunteering at hospitals and hospice care centers.
Mrs. Samples is survived by her son, Conrad S.P. Williams III; daughters, Sally F. Williams and Julie M. Williams; and grandchildren, Emilie F., Conrad S.P. IV, Courtney F. and David D. Williams.
A funeral Mass was celebrated Monday, May 14, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Hendersonville.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mainstay, 125 S. Main St., Hendersonville, NC 28792.
Died: Thursday, May 10, 2007
Stanley James Schumacher, 47, of Grosse Pointe and Port Huron, passed away Thursday, May 10, 2007.
He is survived by his mother, Marie; siblings, E. David (Jill), Paul, Robert (Charlotte), Jane (Larry), Carole, Ellen and Hazen; three nephews; and three nieces.
He was predeceased by his father, Edward Schumacher.
A memorial service was held Wednesday, May 16, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in St. Clair.
Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Martin’s Lutheran Church Soup Kitchen, 805 Chestnut St., Port Huron, MI 48060.
Died: Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Former Grosse Pointe resident, Jeffrey Alexander Blevins, 51, of Naperville, Ill., passed away Wednesday, May 9, 2007, from complications of a long illness.
He was born June 18, 1955, in Forrest Hills, N.Y. He grew up in Grosse Pointe and graduated from Grosse Pointe South High School. He was an active young man who was an Eagle Scout, president of the Grosse Pointe Congregational Church youth group and a crisis counselor in Grosse Pointe.
Mr. Blevins graduated in 1977 from Denison University in Granville, Ohio, with a Bachelor of Arts in economics and in 1981 from DePaul University’s law school in Chicago where he was elected editor-in-chief of the Law Review. Upon graduation, he joined the law firm of Bell, Boyd and Lloyd in Chicago, where he was a partner in the labor/employment and general litigation practice group. He was also associated with the Prairie State Legal Services, in Kankakee, Ill., and later was in private practice.
Mr. Blevins served as a member of the Mayor’s Commission on Disabilities in Naperville.
His family wrote, “He was a loving husband and proud father of his daughter, Maya. Jeff will be remembered as a kind, fair and honorable man, who with his quick wit and determination, had incredible perseverance to face the difficult obstacles of life and to accomplish whatever he sought to achieve. He will be greatly missed by all those who loved him.”
He is survived by his wife, Diane Blevins; and her children, Meagan, Laura and Jeff; his daughter, Maya Blevins of Rochester, Minn.; mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. William E. Blevins of Lancaster, Pa.; sister, Jennifer of Glen Ridge, N.J.; brother, Bradley of Glen Ellyn, Ill.; his nieces and nephews; and lifelong friend, Robert Betten of John Day, Ore.
A funeral service was held Tuesday, May 15, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Naperville. Interment is at Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery, Naperville.
Memorial contributions may be made to HHT Foundation International Inc., P.O. Box 329, Monkton, MD 21111, or the charity of one’s choice.
Died: Monday, May 07, 2007 Margaret Wood Driscoll
Margaret Wood Driscoll, 85, of Grosse Pointe Farms, died Monday, May 7, 2007, at Bon Secours Hospital.
She was born Dec. 24, 1921, in Detroit, to Louis Sidney and Rachel June (nee Hoymann) Wood and lived in Grosse Pointe as a young child. She graduated from Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, Iowa. In 1960, she returned to Grosse Pointe Park with her husband to raise their three children.
Mrs. Driscoll worked for General Motors Corp., and Manufacturer’s Export Service, in Detroit.
Among her many interests, Mrs. Driscoll particularly enjoyed cooking, gardening, reading and traveling. She was a member of the Country Club of Detroit and the Michigan League for Crippled Children for which she helped get Camp Grace Bentley ready every summer.
She is survived by her sons, Mark Wood (Christine) Driscoll, Frederick Donahue (Sue) Driscoll and Daniel Jerome (Karen) Driscoll; grandchildren, Thaddeus Henderson, Ann Wood, Kelly Diane, Shannon Margaret, Bridget Ann and Natalie Elizabeth Driscoll; and sisters; Elizabeth Burr Wood, Nancy Lou Wood Murphy, Carolyn House, Lou Ann Wood and Kay Groth.
She was predeceased by her husband of 42 years, Jerome Frederick Driscoll, who died in 1994.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 20, at Grosse Pointe United Methodist Church, 211 Moross, Grosse Pointe Farms. Interment is in the church’s memorial garden.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Michigan League for Crippled Children, Camp Grace Bentley, c/o Nancy Perri, 1369 Stanley Blvd., Birmingham, MI 48009.
Died: Friday, May 04, 2007 Amy Fraser Bragg
Amy Fraser Bragg, 52, died at her Grosse Pointe home Friday, May 4, 2007, following a valiant four-year battle with lung cancer.
She was born May 16, 1954, in Easton, Pa., as the first child of John Harper Bragg and Irma von Goehde. The family moved to rural Virginia a year later and in 1963 to the Hudson Valley in Saugerties, N.Y.
She graduated from Ulster Academy in Kingston, N.Y. and from Smith College in Northampton, Mass., in 1978 with an Artium Baccalaureus degree in art history.
Ms. Bragg moved to New York City in 1980 and began a career in the executive search industry, initially as a research associate with Spencer Stuart and Associates. She later was the director of research for Heidrick and Struggles, and a partner with Canny Bowen and Associates.
She married Scott Flood in July of 1988 during a wedding ceremony held in the garden of her family home. She left the corporate world in 1992 to devote full time to raising two daughters in New York City.
After leaving the work force, Ms. Bragg was an active volunteer for numerous organizations in New York, such as The Riverside Church Weekday School where she served as co-chairperson of the parent committee, and at The Convent of the Sacred Heart as a parent committee volunteer and an admissions office volunteer guide.
She served on the board of the West 104th Street block association. One of her favorite activities was acting as the unofficial gardener at her Upper West Side co-op building for which she oversaw the planting of several trees and maintained the gardens which were admired by many.
Since moving to Grosse Pointe in 1999, Ms. Bragg has played an active role at the University Liggett School, where she co-chaired the school’s 2001 Antique Show and the 2002 125th Anniversary celebration. At the Grosse Pointe Academy, she contributed annually to the school’s major fundraiser, the Action Auction. She was a member of the Tau Beta Association, The Garden Society and contributed to Memorial Presbyterian Church.
Ms. Bragg became an enthusiastic ltalophile during her first trip in 1977 to Italy to which she returned many times with her husband and, eventually, her daughters. She has had a lifelong love of all animals, particularly horses and horseback riding which was a passion she shared with her daughters.
Her family writes, “Amy’s greatest love of all is her family, her beloved daughters, Claire and Alice; her wonderful and devoted husband, Scott, who has been such an inspiration to her; her compassionate and accomplished mother; amazing father; her brothers, Stuart and Peter, who she loves more than anything; and her ‘nice niece,’ Emily Bragg; and ‘nice nephs,’ Oliver and John Bragg, who will always have a special place in her heart.”
She is survived by her husband, Scott Flood; her daughters, Claire and Alice; her mother, Vonnie Bragg; her two brothers, Stuart and Peter Bragg; and her niece and nephews, Emily, Oliver and John Bragg.
Died: Friday, May 04, 2007 Mary Anne Danaher
Mary Anne Danaher, 83, died Friday, May 4, 2007, of cancer at St. John Hospital.
She was born Feb. 5, 1924, in Grosse Pointe, the only child of Marie O’Connor Dodge and John Duval Dodge. She was a granddaughter of Detroit automaker pioneer, John Dodge.
Mrs. Danaher graduated from the Liggett School in 1940 and from Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, N.Y., in 1943 with a liberal arts degree.
Jim Danaher, her husband of more than 35 years, said, “Mary Anne was a cheerful, elegant and loyal woman. Everyone loved her, especially those who worked for her. She made friends so easily, from her hairdresser and the woman who did her nails to the people she met on our numerous trips abroad.”
Her first marriage to Frank Neville Moran of Rotonda West, Fla. and Point Lookout, ended in divorce.
She met Mr. Danaher in 1938. She enjoyed a loving relationship with her stepchildren and their families.
While she loved fashionable clothes, Faberge eggs, fine food and drink, she was also “the salt of the earth, a woman who preferred the Russell Stover chocolate assortment she bought at Notre Dame Pharmacy to Godiva or Ghirardelli,” said stepson, Jim Danaher Jr.
“My mother was generous to a fault, especially to those less fortunate. For someone who was a homemaker most of her life, she was liberated before her time,” said her son, John Francis Moran.
“She always treated me like I was her daughter,” said daughter-in-law, Kate Moran. “She was so kind. What I remember most about Mary Anne is that she was a lady — never a hair out of place.”
An avid sports fan, Mrs. Danaher’s favorite player was New England Patriots and former University of Michigan quarterback, Tom Brady.
She was a member of the Bayview Yacht Club, Country Club of Detroit, Nomads, Vero Beach Country Club and the Vero Beach Yacht Club, where she and her husband had a winter home.
She is survived by her husband, Jim Danaher; two sons; John Francis Moran, of Ann Arbor, and Mark (Kate) Dodge Moran, of the Bahamas and Pointe Lookout; two grandchildren, Christine Ann and Kevin Francis Moran; stepchildren, Jim Danaher Jr. of Boston, Eileen “Lee” (Frank) Traum of Grosse Pointe, Thomas (Mallory) Danaher of New York, Steven Danaher of Longwood, Fla., and Kathleen “Kath” (Dave) Rybicki of Vacaville, Calif.; and three step-grandchildren, Christopher, Kelly and Brooke Danaher.
She was predeceased by stepdaugher-in-law, Deborah Danaher,
A memorial service was held Sunday, May 6, at Verheyden Funeral Home, Grosse Pointe Park. Interment is at Sims-Whitney Cemetery in Au Gres, where she spent many happy summers with family and friends, overlooking Lake Huron and Point Lookout.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Detroit Chapter of the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 44110, Detroit MI 48244-0110 or the Salvation Army, P.O. Box 269, Alexandria, VA 22313.
Died: Thursday, May 03, 2007 Donn G. Kipka
St. Clair Shores resident Donn G. Kipka, 89, died Thursday, May 3, 2007, at Bon Secours Hospital.
He was born in Elkhart, Ind., to Gertrude M. Snyder and Van Rensselaer Kipka and was a graduate of the University of Michigan.
Mr. Kipka served during World War II in the South Pacific as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard.
He worked in the customer relations department with Detroit Edison for more than 40 years.
He was active in the community as a member of Grosse Pointe Memorial Church to which he belonged since October of 1941, the Grosse Pointe Men’s Club for which he served a term as president and New Detroit Committee.
His many interests included traveling, bowling and playing bridge. He enjoyed many outside activities such as golf, skiing, swimming, hiking and gardening.
He is survived by his son, Donn G. (Kristine) Kipka Jr.; daughter; Catherine H. (Charles) Krause; grandchildren, Ken (Kim) MacLean III, Kate (Jim) Maffei, Jennifer (Mike) DeWaele, Rob Kipka, Nancy Kipka, Rick Krause and Andrea Krause; great-grandchildren, Luca James Maffei and Clara Helen DeWaele; and sister, Catherine Ann (Al) Arko.
He was predeceased by his wife, Helen J. Kipka; daughter, Nancy J. (Ken) MacLean; and brothers, Van R. and William H. Kipka.
A memorial service was held Monday, May 7, at the Grosse Pointe Memorial Church in Grosse Pointe Farms.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236, or to the Salvation Army, National Headquarters, P.O. Box 269, Alexandria, VA 22313.