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Mary Decker Flintermann

Died: Monday, February 04, 2008
Age: 92
Mary Decker Flintermann, a lifelong resident of Detroit and Grosse Pointe, died peacefully in the early morning hours of Monday, Feb. 4, 2008. She was 92.

Mrs. Flintermann was born Mary Ann Decker in Bay City on Aug. 26, 1915. She was married to Donald Flintermann for 45 years until his death in Oct. 1988.

Mrs. Flintermann is survived by children Charlotte Fink of Santa Barbara, Calif., Barbara Alter of Phoenix, Ariz., Mary Smart of Bloomfield Hills and Rockey Flintermann of Winnetka, Ill.; and seven grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Donald; and her oldest son, Andrew, who passed away in 1989.

Mrs. Flintermann was a member of many local community organizations and charities.

A private family ceremony will be held at the Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church in the City of Grosse Pointe.

Arrangements were handled by Hamilton Funeral and Cremation Society of Grosse Pointe.

William B. Fitzgerald Jr.

William B. Fitzgerald Jr.

Died: Sunday, February 03, 2008
Age: 65
Grosse Pointe Farms resident William B. Fitzgerald Jr., 65, died Sunday, Feb. 3, 2008, from colon cancer.

Throughout the 1970s, Mr. Fitzgerald was one of the most visible figures in Michigan politics. He was the Democratic Party candidate for the office of governor in 1978.

Born June 12, 1942 on Detroit’s east side, Fitzgerald attended Austin Catholic High School in Detroit and Western Michigan University, where he played on the basketball team.

Upon graduation, he became a teacher and basketball coach at Detroit’s St. Martin High School while also attending Detroit College of Law at night.

As head coach at St. Martin’s, Mr. Fitzgerald transformed a team with a no-win season into runner-up in the state division championship game.

After graduating from Detroit College of Law, he practiced law until his father, State Representative William B. Fitzgerald Sr., suffered a fatal heart attack in 1970.

Mr. Fitzgerald was elected to his father’s vacant house seat in November, 1970. He was elected to the State Senate four years later and immediately selected as Senate leader.

He was, and remains, both the youngest Senate majority leader in state history, and the only Senate majority leader to have been selected for this top Senate post while still a member of the State House of Representatives — before he was officially sworn in as a senator.

His two-year term as Senate majority leader was exciting by any standard, as “Billy Fitz” persuaded members of the Senate Democratic caucus to advance controversial “post-Watergate” legislative reforms.

This legislation imposed new standards that included disclosure of outside income by public officials, the state’s first statutory code of ethics and public disclosure of campaign expenses.

He also helped engineer the creation of the state’s first “rainy day fund,” developed to allow the state to save money in good years and avoid tax increases during downturns in the economy.

Another achievement of this session was the legislation creating the state’s model land trust fund. Under the Kammer Fund, private land has been purchased by the state and transformed into public land for recreational use.

As early as mid-1975, Democratic committees began forming across Michigan to make Mr. Fitzgerald his party’s nominee to unseat two-term incumbent Gov. William Milliken. The 33-year-old Detroiter began to build his campaign.

His message emphasized proactive economic development, increased status for Michigan workers, strengthened political reforms, and tough environmental standards in light of the chemical contamination of the state’s beef supply.

In the weeks before the November 1977 election, the popular Milliken pulled out of a statistical dead-heat with Mr. Fitzgerald to win a third term.

In 1982, after his second bid for a statewide office fell short, Mr. Fitzgerald focused his efforts on his law practice.

In the past two decades, he had built a substantial health care benefit consulting and health care administration business with clients located across the state.

In 1986, Mr. Fitzgerald married Margaret O’Neill in a ceremony at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, Grosse Pointe Farms, where he was a longtime member. Their sons, William and John, are on the dean’s lists at Western Michigan University and Michigan State University respectively, and daughter Meghan is a freshman honor student at Grosse Pointe South High School.

Mr. Fitzgerald was a distinguished alumni award recipient from WMU and a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon WMU chapter. He was a member of the American Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan, and Delta Theta Phi co-educational law fraternity.

He also was a member of the Detroit Athletic Club and the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club.

Mr. Fitzgerald is survived by his wife, Margaret; children William, John and Meghan; mother Eleanor J. Fitzgerald; brother Timothy (Karen); nephews Timothy and Michael; parents-in-law Edward and Rita O’Neill; sisters-in-law Kathleen O’Neill, Mary Ellen (James) Cassady, Barbara (Clair) Hoehn, and Maureen (Timothy) Kapala; and brother-in-law Timothy (Diane) O’Neill.

He was predeceased by his father, William B. Fitzgerald.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Feb. 7 at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Memorial donations may be made to the Lance Armstrong Foundation, P.O. Box 161150, Austin, TX 788716-1150 or at livestrong.org.

Brandon E. J. Hacias

Brandon E. J. Hacias

Died: Saturday, February 02, 2008
Age: 30
Former City of Grosse Pointe resident Brandon E. J. Hacias, 30, died suddenly Saturday, Feb. 2, 2008, at his home in Acworth, Georgia.

He was born March 21, 1977 in Pontiac. He lived and was raised in St. Clair Shores and Grosse Pointe.

Mr. Hacias attended St. Joan of Arc Catholic School in St. Clair Shores and Notre Dame High School in Harper Woods, where he was an avid athlete. He graduated from Grosse Pointe North High School in 1995.

He received a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Northwood University in Midland, where he was a member of Alpha Chi Rho fraternity.

Mr. Hacias was a finance and sales manager at automobile dealerships in Georgia over the past six years, where he lived with his former wife, Missi L. Landers. His career goal was to be the owner of his own automotive dealership. 

He had many passions, family being the most important, with friends just a step behind.

His family remembers him as a caring, loving, respectful and compassionate son who brought joy and laughter no matter where he was or whom he was with. He could light any room and turn it into laughter. That was his legacy.

His other passion was sports, mainly football. He enjoyed music, travel, and his fitness regimen.

Mr. Hacias is survived by his mother, Mickey Dinverno of St Clair Shores; father Greg Hacias of Grosse Pointe; brothers Mark M. DiMaso, and Kyle, Zachary and Derrick Hacias; grandmothers Stella M. Dinverno and Jean B Hacias; and many loving cousins, aunts and uncles.

He was predeceased by his grandfathers Guido J. Dinverno and Edmund J. Hacias.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Feb. 9 at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church with entombment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Dertroit.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Joan of Arc Youth Substance Abuse Program, 22412 Overlake, St. Clair Shores, MI 48080.

Mildred Elizabeth Davis

Mildred Elizabeth Davis

Died: Friday, February 01, 2008
Age: 91
Former Grosse Pointe Shores resident Mildred Elizabeth Davis, 91, died at her home in Petoskey Feb. 1, 2008.

Mrs. Davis was born Dec. 7, 1916 in Chicago, Ill., to Edward and Emma Wilke Schiele and was raised in that city.

In 1941 she married Kenneth Edward Davis in Chicago.

Mrs. Davis was an avid bridge player and also delighted at winning change from friends and family at poker.

Golf was also a favorite pastime and she enjoyed playing at the St. Clair Golf and Country Club where she was a member.

She volunteered at the Colony Town Club/Cancer Loan Closet Foundation of Greater Detroit since 1987, and was its past president until her health started to fail.

She also volunteered at the Bon Secours Nursing Care Center in St. Clair Shores.

Mrs. Davis’ greatest achievement however, was her family.

She is survived by two sons Kenneth (Gail) Davis of Wheaton, Ill., and Jeff (Irene) Davis of Petoskey; and daughter-in-law, Laney Davis Curll of Lancaster, Mass.

She also is survived by 11 grandchildren who were her greatest joy in life: Laurie Leskovitz, Brian Jr., Scot, Elizabeth, Brittany, Kenny, Lauren Barbin, Stephanie, Elise, Christine and Michelle.

She also is survived by her beloved great grandchildren, Forrest, Millie, Brooke and Haven.

Mrs. Davis was predeceased by her husband, Kenneth; her son, Brian; her parents; brother Alvin; and sister Dorothea.

A memorial service will be held in Chicago in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Colony Town Club/Cancer Loan Closet Foundation, 23326 Edsel Ford Ct., St. Clair Shores, MI 48080.

Walter Wesson Hassig M.D.

Walter Wesson Hassig M.D.

Died: Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Age: 90
Walter “Doc” Wesson Hassig, M.D., 90, died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2008, at the ShorePointe Nursing Center in St. Clair Shores.

Dr. Hassig was born Jan. 9, 1918 in Detroit to Walter Arnold and Selma Wilhelmina Zehnder Hassig.

He received his bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees from Wayne State University. He served in the U.S. Army as captain of the 610th Medical Clearance Company and was recognized with the American Campaign Service Medal, the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal, and the Victory Medal.

Dr. Hassig served as medical director for Burroughs Corp., a staff physician for Kerns Department Store, and the head of staff for family physicians at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit. He also had a private practice.

His interests included Michigan history, geography and points of interest, especially Copper Harbor and its surrounding woods and copper mines, and Fort Wilkins.

He enjoyed the Great Lakes by boat. He also enjoyed collecting Michigan books and memorabilia.

He was a member of the Michigan Historical Society, Wayne County Medical Society, American Medical Association, Fort Wilkins Historical Society, Grosse Pointe Veterans Association, and the Norland Association.

Dr. Hassig is survived by his daughters, Diane Moskaluk, Cynthia (David) Burt, Pam (Gene) Baerwolf, Dawn (Roger) Panczner and Marcia Eubanks; sons William (Sharon) Hassig, M.D. and Walter M. (Jennifer Irwin, M.D.) Hassig, M.D.; 19 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

He also is survived by his sisters-in-law, Shirley Wendt and Doris Hassig; and three nieces.

He was predeceased by his wife, Elaine Marguerite Wendt; brothers Gordon Hassig and Bud Phillips; and his sister-in-law Norma Wendt Phillips.

A memorial service was held Feb. 4 at First English Evangelical Lutheran Church, Grosse Pointe Woods.

Inurnment will take place in Copper Harbor Cemetery, Copper Harbor, this summer.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Church Building Fund, First English Evangelical Lutheran Church, 800 Vernier Rd, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236.

Marie Louise McMillan Bodman

Marie Louise McMillan Bodman

Died: Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Age: 98
Longtime Grosse Pointe resident Marie Louise McMillan Bodman, 98, passed away peacefully at her home on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2008, in the company of family and caregivers.

She was born in Grosse Pointe on Christmas Day, 1909 to James Thayer and Anne Russel McMillan.

Mrs. Bodman, known as “Weezie” to friends and family, led a life of impressive activity, from early childhood with her five siblings, well into her later years.

She volunteered and served on the board of the Children’s Hospital of Michigan and the Neighborhood Club. She was a member of the Junior League of Detroit, and an active member of the Garden Club of Michigan. She made and sold an infinite number of teddy bears for the Garden Club, each with a unique costume and personality.

She also was a longtime member of the Tau Beta Association.

Mrs. Bodman was an energetic volunteer, a keen traveler, an original seamstress, a lifelong golfer, and an avid in-line skater. She put away her in-line skates at age 83 and her golf clubs many years later.

During her long life, Mrs. Bodman experienced childhood rides in some of the first automobiles, witnessed the devastating effects of losing an uncle during World War I, lived through a wartime posting to Washington in the 1940s, and saw the many technological advances which marked recent times.

These advances were embraced with courage and interest with her husband, Harry. Televisions, computers, remote devices and answering machines were all introduced into the home, studied, and used with appreciation and care.

Mrs. Bodman had a gift for responding in times of crisis, first tested in her volunteer work with children in the surgical ward at the hospital. Her unflinching courage came to the fore when she and Harry lost their son, Harry, and daughter-in-law Dottie in 1973.

Her ability to be a source of strength in the face of life’s devastation was not wasted; in an increasingly mobile age, her steadiness served to ground and connect the many branches of the family over the past 35 years.

The gratitude and affection of Mrs. Bodman’s family are extended to all those who have made this recent period of her life as rich as it has been. Caregivers Barbara Lee, Patti Sherman, Freda Goolsbee, Suzy Lee, April Salk, Joyce Zube and Debbie Salk provided physical aid and love, humor and dedication during the last 10 years of Mrs. Bodman’s still active life. Niece Bliss Caulkins Clark provided steady support and was a true friend, often standing in for Mrs. Bodman’s far-flung family in recent years.

During her last days, Mrs. Bodman retained her sense of humor and her interest in the people and objects around her. She maintained her unfailing ability to keep her surroundings in order.

Thanks are extended to Don Sweeney for his uplifting presence, particularly during Mrs. Bodman’s final days, and to Beaumont Hospice for their help.

Mrs. Bodman will be deeply missed by her survivors: daughter Thayer B. (Robert) Cluett; son Richard S. (Karna) Bodman; grandchildren Dorothy Anne (Harvey) Nosowitz, Marie Louise (John) Petrie, Amy Bodman (John) Sanders, Helen (Francis Cadeau) Cluett, Marjorie (Marc) Seguin, Holly (Gordon) Gwynne-Timothy, Taylor (Willa) Bodman, and James Bodman; 17 great-grandchildren; and her sister, Anne Manierre.

Mrs. Bodman was predeceased by her husband, Henry T. Bodman; son Henry E. Bodman; and daughter-in-law Dorothy P. Bodman.

A memorial service was held Feb. 4 at the Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Neighborhood Club, 17150 Waterloo, Grosse Pointe, MI 48230 or to The Children’s Hospital of Michigan, c/o Mrs. Henry T. Bodman Endowment Fund, 3901 Beaubien Street, Detroit, MI 48201.

John Imesch

John Imesch

Died: Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Age: 80
John Imesch, 80, of Grosse Pointe Farms, died on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2008, at his place of work, Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe. He was legal counsel for the hospital system for 22 years.

Prior to his work at the hospital, Mr. Imesch was counsel for American Natural Resources and Michigan Mutual Liability Company.

He was very proud of his Swiss heritage. His parents were immigrants from Switzerland.

As a boy he attended St. Ambrose Catholic School, then St. Paul on the Lake Catholic School. It was there where he met, fell in love and married Donna Marie Cadieux.

In addition to high grades in academics, Mr. Imesch was quite the athlete, his nickname being “Red Letterman.”

He graduated from Detroit College of Law and passed his bar exams with ease.

He is survived by Donna Marie, his wife of 57 years.

He was very devoted to his family and is remembered lovingly by his children, Robert (Mary), David (Beverly), Jay, Maryann (Gordon), Dona Marie (Shawn), John Joseph, and Patrick (Kristyn). He spent many hours of enjoyment with his grandchildren, Ross, Erin, Alison, Josef, Anna, Jack, Jaymie and Sabel.

Mr. Imesch was also very close to his twin sister, Janet Wendling, and his brother, Bishop Joseph of Joliet, Ill., the former auxiliary Bishop of Detroit, both of whom survive him.

Mr. Imesch dedicated his life to his family, his church, his community, his work and, most of all, to the many friends he made throughout his life.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Feb. 2 at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, Grosse Pointe Farms.

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

Alfred Joseph Jehle

Died: Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Age: 82
Former Grosse Pointe resident Alfred Joseph Jehle, 82, died Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2008, at his residence in Tequesta, Fla.

Mr. Jehle was born in Detroit and lived in Grosse Pointe before moving to Tequesta 18 years ago. Prior to his retirement, he was a real estate investor.

Mr. Jehle was a member of St. Jude Catholic Church in Tequesta, the Tequesta Country Club and the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club. He was a former member of the Grosse Pointe Lions Club.

He is survived by his wife, Suzanne Sutherland Jehle of Tequesta; two sons Alfred Jr. (Cynthia) of Lakeville, Minn. and Michael (Holly) of Glenview, Ill.; three daughters Kathryn (Paul Campbell) Jehle of Tequesta, Suzanne (Edward) Wolf of Rice Lake, Wis. and Lisa (James) Rice of Bellevue, Wash.; and 14 grandchildren.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Feb. 1 in Tequesta. A service will be held in Grosse Pointe at a future date.

Alfred Joseph Jehle

Died: Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Age: 82
Former Grosse Pointe resident Alfred Joseph Jehle, 82, of Tequesta, Fla. passed away Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2008, at his residence. Born in Detroit, he had been a resident of Tequesta for 18 years, after moving from Grosse Pointe.

Prior to his retirement, Mr. Jehle was a real estate investor. He was a member of St. Jude Catholic Church, The Tequesta Country Club and the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club. He was a former member of the Grosse Pointe Lions Club.

He is survived by his wife, Suzanne, of Tequesta; two sons, Alfred (Cynthia) Jehle Jr. of Lakeville, Minn. and Michael (Holly) Jehle of Glenview, Ill.; three daughters, Kathryn (Paul Campbell) Jehle of Tequesta, Suzanne (Edward) Wolf of Rice Lake, Wisc., and Lisa (James) Rice of Bellevue, Wash.; and 14 grandchildren.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 27, 2008 at St. Philomena Catholic Church, 4281 Marseilles, Detroit, followed by interment at Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton Township.

Memorial donations may be made to Most Holy Trinity School, 1229 Labrosse, Detroit, MI 48226 or to St. Patrick Senior Center, 58 Parsons St., Detroit, MI 48201.

Ilene Gay Barron

Ilene Gay Barron

Died: Monday, January 28, 2008
Age: 72
Ilene Gay Barron, 72, a lifelong resident of the Grosse Pointes, died Monday, Jan. 28, 2008, after a three-year battle with breast cancer and neuropathy, which had left this vibrant, active woman bound to a wheelchair. She passed away while under hospice care at her home in Grosse Pointe Shores surrounded by her family.

Born Ilene Gay Bryant in the City of Grosse Pointe on April 20, 1935 to Dorothy and Clare P. Bryant, she was a graduate of Grosse Pointe High School and Michigan State University.

Mrs. Barron was a homemaker, an avid tennis player, a gifted artist, a talented photographer, and, most of all, a loving wife, mother, and grandmother.

When her children were older, she went back to school to pursue her love of art and studied at both the Center for Creative Studies and Macomb Community College.

Mrs. Barron was a longtime member of the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club and of the Grosse Pointe Unit of The Herb Society of America.

She attended the Church of Today until she became ill. She embraced Unity principles and was a fan of The Four Agreements. She was also a big fan of The Three Tenors. She had a great passion for life and loved to learn new things.

Her friends and family remember her as someone with a big, ready smile, twinkling eyes, and a happy, playful nature.

Mrs. Barron is survived by her daughters, Kathleen (Malcolm Fleck) Barron and Marjorie (Thomas) Schneider; son Richard Barron; grandchildren Annabelle Wasden and Thomas, Catherine, Pelton and Joseph Schneider; and her brother, Allan Bryant.

She was predeceased by her husband, Victor Barron.

Per her wishes, a service was not held.

Memorial donations may be made to St. John Hospice, c/o St. John Health Foundation, P.O. Box 673271, Detroit MI 48267-3271.
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