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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.

Edward J. Singelyn

Edward J. Singelyn

Died: Friday, June 29, 2007
Age: 101
St. Clair Shores resident, Edward J. Singelyn, died Friday, June 29, 2007 at Bon Secours Place in St Clair. He was 101 years and 7 months old.

He was born in Detroit on Jan. 3, 1906 to Charles A. and Rose Singelyn.

He studied pre-law at the University of Detroit and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Detroit College of Law in 1931.

Mr. Singelyn was employed by Wayne County Friend of the Court in Detroit for 44 years.

During World War II he was a seaman in the Coast Guard Reserve. From 1942-1945 he was a member of Civilian Defense.

He was also a member of the Grosse Pointe Lions Club, Detroit Federation of Musicians, and the Wayne County Federal Credit Union where he served as president for 27 years. He was an AFL-CIO member and a member of the 1st Rate Music and Graffic.

Mr. Singelyn was an artist of all media.

He is survived by his daughter, Dorothy Nelson; son, Thomas E. Singelyn, D.D.S.; grandchildren, Scott, Randal, and Cynthia Singelyn, Kathleen O’Conell, and Tim and Brian Woodhouse; great-grandchildren, Elizabeth, Jane, Peter, Connor, and Bennet Singelyn; and brother Charles T. Singelyn.

He was predeceased by his wife, Kathleen in 1990.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, August 7, 2007, at A.H. Peters Funeral Home in Grosse Pointe Woods.

Interment will be in Vassar.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 18505 W. 12 Mile, Southfield, MI 48076.

Frederick B. Dewey

Frederick B. Dewey

Died: Friday, June 29, 2007
Age: 86
Frederick B. Dewey, 86, died peacefully in his home in Vero Beach, Fla. on June 29, 2007, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Jan. 26, 1921, in Milwaukee and grew up as one of five children in Grosse Pointe.

Mr. Dewey graduated from Grosse Pointe High School and attended the University of Arizona.

He enlisted in the United States Army and served in both the Corps of Engineers and Ordnance Department, where he rose to the rank of captain. Mr. Dewey spent two years in the European theater of World War II, participating in Air-Ground Combat #4 in Great Britain, Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe battle campaigns.

Upon his return, he married his Harrisburg sweetheart, Doris Wolfe, to whom he remained married until her passing in 2000. They had two sons, Frederick B. Dewey Jr. of Harrisburg, Pa. and Kenneth W. Dewey of Sausalito, Calif.

Mr. Dewey began his career with National Dairy in Detroit in milk procurement and ice cream sales. He then moved to Harrisburg in 1948 to begin work for Harrisburg Dairies, where he ultimately became president and chairman of the board in 1971.

He served as a board member of the Pennsylvania Milk Dealers Association, Fulton Bank, Polyclinic Hospital and Allied Purchasing Cooperative. He also donated his time to the Rotary Club of Harrisburg, the Boys’ Club, U.S. Power Squadrons, ACES, YMCA and the Capital Area United Fund, where he was the director of the successful 1963 campaign.

He was a member of West Shore and Vero Beach Country clubs, as well as the Vero Beach Yacht Club. Mr. Dewey split his time between his homes in Camp Hill, Pa. and Vero Beach, Fla.

He was an avid golfer, boater, fisherman and car enthusiast. He also had an especially keen appreciation for fireworks.

Mr. Dewey was a devoted and adoring husband, father, grandfather and friend.

He is survived by his sons, Frederick B. (Marcia) Dewey Jr of Harrisburg, Pa. and Kenneth W. (Debbie) Dewey of Sausalito, Calif.; five grandchildren, Chrissie, Rick, Diane, Trish, and AJ; two step-grandchildren, Jason and Torri; four great- grandchildren; brother, Henry of Lexington; and his loving and devoted companion, Mary Engle.

He will be remembered for his strength of character, resilience in the face of adversity, irreverent sense of humor, enduring loyalty and his one-time perfect driving record.

He will be greatly missed by all those whose lives he touched.

A small family memorial service was held in Vero Beach on Wednesday, July 4.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorial donations to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 733 Third Ave. New York, NY 10017.

Andrew (Andy) Ferguson

Andrew (Andy) Ferguson

Died: Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Age: 75
Andrew (Andy) Ferguson, 75, died Wednesday, June 27, 2007 at Bon Secours Hospital in Grosse Pointe.

He was born in Glasgow, Scotland on Sept. 6,1931, to Henry and Mary Ferguson. He spent much of his childhood in County Donegal, Ireland.

In 1974, he moved his family to Grosse Pointe Farms to work for Josephine Ford. Mr. Ferguson was the head groundskeeper for Mrs. Ford’s Provencal Road estate.

He earned the distinction of Advanced Master Gardener from Michigan State University School of Agriculture. He was a member of the Grosse Pointe Men’s Gardening Club.

Among his many talents was his skill in breeding canaries. His canaries were champion singers and highly sought after in the Grosse Pointe area and throughout southeastern Michigan.

In addition to his canaries, he loved fishing and was an active member of the Glasgow Celtic Football Club Supporters of Windsor.

He loved his family and spent many hours watching his granddaughters, Meghan in Irish Dance competitions and granddaughter Maura play tennis.

He is survived by his his wife of over 47 years, May Ferguson; son, Gerard Ferguson; daughters, Anne Marie (Jerry) Bresser, and Angela Ferguson; and granddaughters Meghan and Maura Bresser.

A funeral service was held at St. Bonaventure Monastery. Interment is at Ressurrection Cemetery in Clinton Township.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, 1820 Mt. Elliot Ave., Detroit, MI 48207.

Augustine R. Leto

Augustine R. Leto

Died: Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Age: 93
Grosse Pointe City resident, Augustine R. Leto, 93, died on Wednesday, June 27, 2007 at Bon Secours Hospital.

She was born on April 10, 1914 to John and Rose Parisi in Detroit. In 1935, she graduated from Providence Hospital School of Nursing.

She was a private duty nurse for many Grosse Pointe families and she opened the coronary care unit at Cottage Hospital in 1969. She started her career at Wayne County General in Eloise.

Mrs. Leto was a member of the St. Paul Catholic Church Altar Society and the American Nurses Association. She was an avid reader who enjoyed sailing, traveling, and animals.

She is survived by her daughters, Sara (Lawrence) Rybicki and Roz (Michael) Gietzen; grandchildren, Julie, Steven, and Alison Rybicki and Betsy, Thomas III, and Timothy Leto; and her sisters Pearl Vitale and Lena Ciarmitaro.

She was predeceased by her husband, Lawrence T. Leto; son, Thomas L. (Barbara Korleski) Leto II; sisters, Frances Briguglio, Josephine Giorlando, Grace Capizzo, Rose Cilluffo, and Sara Leto.

A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Paul Catholic Church on Monday, July 2, 2007.

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