Died: Saturday, December 29, 2007 Edythe H. Burkman
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.
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Died: Friday, December 28, 2007 Michael Joseph Frear
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.
Died: Friday, December 28, 2007 Louis George Jensen
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.
Died: Friday, December 28, 2007
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.
Died: Wednesday, December 26, 2007 Patricia Anne DePalma
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.
Died: Tuesday, December 25, 2007 George David Henry
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.
Died: Tuesday, December 25, 2007
John Chandler Jr., 87, died Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2007, after many years with Alzheimer’s disease. Mr. Chandler was a former headmaster of Grosse Pointe University School.
Mr. Chandler was born Oct. 18, 1920 to John and Katherine Fassett Chandler in Sterling, Mass., where he grew up on the family farm, Meadowbrook Orchards. He graduated from Groton School in 1938 and Yale University in 1942.
John and Fay Cowgill of Fairfield, Conn., were engaged to be married Dec. 7, 1941 and learned of the attack on Pearl Harbor as they waited for a train to take them to their engagement party. They married Sept. 19, 1942.
Mr. Chandler joined the U.S. Navy to fight in World War II. As an officer, he served aboard the destroyer, U.S.S. Bell, in both the North Atlantic and South Pacific theaters.
Following World War II, he spent two years as an assistant dean of Yale University before coming to Grosse Pointe. He was headmaster at Grosse Pointe University School for 14 years. He closed his career in education as the vice president of the National Association of Independent Schools in Boston, Mass.
An avid athlete and boater, Mr. Chandler rowed crew at both Groton and Yale. He continued to row throughout his life as a member of the Union Boat Club in Boston and participated in many Head of the Charles Regattas, rowing an Alden shell. For several years, he also hosted the New Meadows River Cruise Regatta for Alden shells in Bath, Maine. He also was a longtime skier and sailor.
Mr. Chandler and his wife retired to their summer home on Small Pointe, Maine and wintered for many years on a small house boat of their own design in LaParguera, Puerto Rico.
He is survived by his five children, Darcy Marentette of Eugene, Ore., Abby Norling of Skowhegan, Maine, Becky Cuthbert of Brunswick, Maine, Jack Chandler of Sterling, Mass., and Bill Chandler of Stratham, N.H.; 12 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his wife, Fay.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Maine Alzheimer’s Association, 163 Lancaster Street, Portland, ME 04101 or Phippsburg Fire and Rescue, c/o James W. Totman, P.O. Box 83, Phippsburg, ME 04562.
Died: Tuesday, December 25, 2007 Helen I. Fisher
Grosse Pointe Farms resident Helen I. Fisher, 96, died Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2007, at St. John Hospital and Medical Center, Detroit. She was the beloved wife of Julius and loving and devoted mother of three daughters, five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Fisher was born Aug. 17, 1911 in Detroit to Paul and Agnes Mateuszek. She grew up in Detroit, where she graduated from high school. As a single woman, she had a sense of adventure learning to fly a bi-wing airplane and traveling aboard an ocean liner to Europe.
She married Julius “Ed” Fisher in 1937. In 1948, the family moved to Daytona Beach, Fla., where the Fishers remained for nearly 50 years. When empty nesters, their home was always open and sometimes the house was filled wall-to-wall with their daughters and their families.
Mrs. Fisher was a member of the Peninsula Club and served for 25 years as a member of the Peninsula Medical Center Auxiliary. Moving to California 10 years ago to live with her daughter, Linda, was a big change.
A year after the death of her husband in 2000, Mrs. Fisher returned to Michigan, again with her daughter, Linda. They have resided in the Farms for the last six years, which have been marked by terrific family birthday parties celebrating Mrs. Fisher’s 10th decade.
Her family will remember her as a spirited woman with a sense of fun and unconditional love, an outgoing nature and and ready smile. She was always a good sport, ready to listen, and game to be included in the latest family event. She never complained.
Her love of theater, especially musicals, never waned. Whether to London or San Francisco, she was always ready to hop on a plane to visit a daughter. She enjoyed playing the piano and taught her children the home arts — to sew, knit, crochet and, of course, cook!
Mrs. Fisher is survived by her children, Christine (the late Sam) Minnella, Joyce (Don) Tubb, and Linda Fisher; grandchildren Catherine (Tom) Shortridge, Michael (Claire) Minnella, Elizabeth Minnella (Frank) Gonzalez, Cari (Mel) Fair, and Amelia Tubb; great-grandchildren Benton and Faith Shortridge; Adrianna, Matthew, and Marc Minnella; Samantha and Tyler Gonzalez; Taylor and Madison Fair; and many loving nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, Julius; sisters Genevieve and Henrietta, and her parents.
A service of the resurrection will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore Drive, Grosse Pointe Farms. Cremains will be placed at a later date in the family plot in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Detroit.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Grosse Pointe Memorial Church Presbyterian Women, 16 Lakeshore Drive, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.
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Died: Tuesday, December 25, 2007 Albert John Gonas
Grosse Pointe Shores resident Albert John Gonas, died peacefully Christmas morning 2007.
He was born April 11, 1913 in Burtler, Pa. and had a distinguished 49-year career as a senior design engineer for General Motors Corp. He continued to work for many years as a design consultant after his first retirement. He was also the model for the archer on the famous Pierce-Arrow hood ornament.
He was active in many clubs including the Bayview Yacht Club, Grosse Pointe Yacht Club and the Woodworkers.
Mr. Gonas will be remembered as an unparalleled innovator, a loving husband and father, a perfect gentleman and a generous friend to many.
He was predeceased by his wife, Ruth Mae (Schneider) Gonas in 1985, and leaves behind their loving son Robert Gonas and Robert’s partner, Kenneth Greer.
He also was predeceased by his second wife, Mary Kalman Gonas in 2004 and leaves behind their devoted niece Julie Kalman Fuller and her husband, Barry; and their son, Jason, and his wife, Nancy.
He also is survived by his sisters, Margaret Wooten and Elma Kloka; many loving nephews, nieces, great-nephews and great-nieces; and a multitude of friends.
He was predeceased by his sisters, Theresa Klang and Veronica Langmesser.
Arrangements were handled by A. H. Peters Funeral Home including cremation and a private interment. A memorial celebration of Mr. Gonas’ life will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Died: Sunday, December 23, 2007 Elizabeth Janet Lardner
Grosse Pointe Farms resident Elizabeth “Betty” Janet Lardner (Peppard), 84, died Sunday Dec. 23, 2007.
Mrs. Lardner was born Dec. 16, 1923 to Stella Miller and Augustine Peppard in Duluth, Minn. She graduated from Annunciation High School in Detroit and the University of Detroit Nursing School as well as the nursing program at Providence Hospital in Detroit.
She was a nurse at Marine Hospital, Detroit, from 1944 to 1953. From 1959 to 1999 she worked at Lardner Elevator Company, becoming its sole owner and president in 1988 upon the death of her husband, Bruce.
Her interests were many and varied. She was an avid reader and supporter of literacy and loved to travel the world. She appreciated and created fine needlepoint work. She was a member of the Grosse Pointe Farms Boat Club, Bayview Yacht Club, St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church Choir, and the Nomads travel club.
Mrs. Lardner is survived by her children, Bruce Vincent (Teresa) Lardner, Anne (Martin) Pogue, Michael Patrick Lardner, and Mary (David) Hume; grandchildren, Michael Eric, Emily, Nicole, Patrick, Madelyn, Alex, Carolyn, and Sarah; and her sister, Eileen Barnett of Okemos.
She was predeceased by her husband, Bruce Earl Lardner; daughter Susan Elizabeth Lardner; and her brother, William Peppard.
A funeral Mass was celebrated Dec. 29 at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, Grosse Pointe Farms, with interment in the church’s columbarium.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Michigan Chapter, 20300 Civic Center Dr., Suite 100, Southfield, MI 48076; American Cancer Society, 18505 W. 12 Mile Rd., Southfield, MI 48076; or the Grosse Pointe Public Library, 10 Kercheval Ave., Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48230.