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Kathryn Baker Kennedy

Kathryn Baker Kennedy

Died: Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Age: 90
Kathryn Baker Kennedy, 90, a longtime Detroit and Grosse Pointe resident, died Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2007, in Detroit.

Mrs. Kennedy, known as “Annie Kay” to family and friends, was born March 18, 1917 in Saginaw. She graduated from St. Anthony High School in Detroit in 1935.

Mrs. Kennedy was a pioneer for women in the banking industry. She worked as a manager for Standard Federal Bank for 25 years while raising two sons as a single mother.

A devout Catholic and devoted Notre Dame fan, she loved spending time with her grandchildren who were an important part of her life. Her extended family also was important to her.

Mrs. Kennedy is survived by sons, James G. (Sandy) and John M. (Kathy); grandchildren, John A., Sally Ann, Allison K. and Michael J.; stepgrandchildren, Jessica and Andrew Beaudoin; and step great-grandchildren, Morgan, Dante and Marina Pannunzio.

She also is survived by sisters Frances (Joseph) Vaughn and Barbara (Bob) and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, James G., and her sister, Mary Ruth Hopp.

Mrs. Kennedy’s son, John, is the owner of the Irish Coffee Bar & Grille in Grosse Pointe Farms.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Tuesday, Oct. 9 at St. Edmund Church in Warren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Brother Patrick McNally Scholarship, c/o De LaSalle High School, 14600 Common Rd., Warren, MI 48093.

Evelyn R. McCort

Died: Sunday, September 30, 2007
Age: 85
Evelyn R. (Dent) McCort, 85, died Sunday Sept. 30, 2007.

She is survived by daughter Nancy, and many family members and dear friends.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Robert.

A memorial Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 6, at St. Margaret of Scotland Roman Catholic Church, 21201 Thirteen Mile Road, St. Clair Shores.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to St. Margaret of Scotland Building Fund, 21201 Thirteen Mile Road, St. Clair Shores,

MI 48082.

Margaret Peters

Margaret Peters

Died: Sunday, September 30, 2007
Age: 86
Margaret Peters, 86, formerly of Grosse Pointe Farms, died Sunday, Sept. 30, 2007.

Mrs. Peters served two years in the Women’s Army Corps as a sergeant in England and France during World War II. She returned home and married “the boy next door,” Vincent Peters, a former Grosse Pointe Farms police officer, to whom she was wed 57 years.

Mrs. Peters is survived by children Theresa (Larry) Switzer of Eastpointe, Joanne (Gordon) Waterworth of Madison Heights, Thomas (Ricki) of Roseville and James of Harrison Township; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She also is survived by her brother, Raymond Meesseman.

She was predeceased by her husband, Vincent.

A funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 22412 Overlake Dr., St. Clair Shores. Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery, Clinton Township.

Memorial contributions can be made to Capuchin Monastery, 1740 Mt. Elliott, Detroit, MI 48207.

Hazel G. Metry

Died: Saturday, September 29, 2007
Age: 99
Hazel G. (Lambert) Metry, 99, of Eastpointe, died Saturday, Sept. 29, 2007, at the Bon Secours Nursing Home in St. Clair Shores.

She was born June 22, 1908, in Detroit to Eli and Genevieve Lambert. She was a long time resident of the east side of Detroit and spent the last 10 years living with her daughter in Eastpointe.

Mrs. Metry worked 10 years with her husband at their radio and television store, Metry Sound Company. She was a volunteer with both religious and community organizations including St. Clair of Montefalco Roman Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Park, Austin Catholic Preperatory School in Detroit and served as a den mother and assistant scout leader for both the Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts.

She loved to crochet and knit and won six awards for her creations at the Michigan State Fair.

She was an animal lover, especially dogs, and decorated a bird-themed Christmas tree every year.

She is survived by her daughters Jeanne Marie (William) Williams, Shirley May (John) Franchi, Marilynn (Wilson) Blair; 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Edward Sr., and son Eddie, Jr.

A funeral Mass will be held 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, at Our Lady Star of the Sea, 467 Fairford, Grosse Pointe Woods. Interment will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Detroit.

Memorials may be sent to the Macomb Humane Society, 11350 22 Mile Road, Shelby Twp., MI 48317 or St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Gwendolyn H. Stahl

Gwendolyn H. Stahl

Died: Saturday, September 29, 2007
Age: 96
Gwendolyn H. Stahl, 96, of Grosse Pointe, died Saturday, Sept. 29, 2007, of heart failure.

Born in Chicago, Ill., she and her husband moved to Grosse Pointe in 1992 to be near their family.

Mrs. Stahl was an honors graduate from the University of Chicago with a degree in mathematics.

Employed by Sears, Roebuck and Company after college, she was responsible for creating its new mail order business and traveled throughout the country. She soon became the company’s first female executive.

Later she taught high school mathematics, was a popular book reviewer, and had many leadership positions in church and community organizations. She enjoyed traveling, golf, duplicate bridge and spending time with her family.

She is survived by her daughter Mary Kay (Keith E.) Crain of Grosse Pointe; grandchildren, Alexandra (James Armstrong), Christopher (Carina) and K.C. Crain; and great-grandchildren Crew and Thomas Armstrong, and Connor and Carolina Crain.

She was predeceased by her husband, Frederick E. Stahl, to whom she was married for 55 years.

A memorial service was held Tuesday, Oct. 2 at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of Michigan, 400 Mack Ave., Detroit, MI 48201.

Kittie Macauley Tomson

Died: Friday, September 28, 2007
Age: 75
Kittie Macauley Tomson, 75, died Friday, Sept. 28, 2007, in Toronto, Canada. An American by birth and education, raised in the City of Grosse Pointe, Ms. Tomson lived in Canada for the past 33 years, where she pursued a modest egocentric lifestyle.

She is survived by two loving daughters, Estelle Tomson Wilson (Robert IV) and Alexandra Tomson (Dr. Lider Koc).

She also is survived by grandchildren Robert Wilson V, Hunter Tomson-Koc and Alistair Tomson-Koc.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, at the Chapel of St. James-the-Less, 635 Parliament Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

A service and interment will be held in Detroit at a future date.

Kittie Macauley Tomson

Died: Friday, September 28, 2007
Age: 75
Kittie Macauley Tomson, 75, died Friday, Sept. 28, 2007, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

An American by birth and education, raised in the city of Grosse Pointe, Miss Tomson lived in Canada for the last 33 years.

She heard the beat of a different drummer so she pursued a modest egocentric lifestyle.

She is survived by two loving daughters, Estelle Tomson Wilson (Robert IV) and Alexandra Tomson (Dr. Lider Koc).

She also is survived by three grandchildren Robert Wilson V, Hunter Tomson-Koc and Alistair Tomson-Koc.

A memorial service was held Thursday, Oct. 4, at the Chapel of St. James-the-Less, 635 Parliament Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

An additional memorial service and interment will be held in Detroit at a future date.

Mary Giannosa

Mary Giannosa

Died: Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Age: 84
Mary Diane Giannosa, 84, of Harper Woods, died Wednesday Sept. 26, 2007, at Henry Ford Belmont Nursing Center in Harper Woods. Mrs. Giannosa was born March 3, 1923 in Palermo, Sicily, the only child of Joseph and Anna Salvato.

She immigrated with her parents to the Detroit area in the early 1930s and met her husband, Angelo Giannosa, a few years later while she was still in high school. They married in 1941.

Mrs. Giannosa thoroughly enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She lovingly cultivated her garden, especially the roses. She enjoyed meeting people and ballroom dancing with her husband. She never hesitated to lend a helping hand: baking for the homebound, making a special meal for someone in need, or presenting a bouquet of flowers often from her garden to make it a special day for someone.

Mrs. Giannosa was a member of the Grosse Pointe Woods Presbyterian Church and the Rose Society of Detroit.

She is survived by her seven children: Mary Ann (Bill) Shanklin, Jack (Terrie), Kathleen (Cliff) Gina, Thomas (Sharon), Marjorie (Richard) Hill, Peter (Diann), and Joseph (Bethann); grandchildren, Paul (Amy), Dannielle, Joseph (Jeannine), Jeremy (Kristina), Sheri Ann, Thomas (Angel), Nicole, Claire, Simone, Richard (Memory) Hill, and Alyssa (Ken) Allport; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Giannosa was predeceased by her beloved husband, Angelo. Inurnment, with her husband’s ashes, will be held on the anniversary of their marriage, Thursday, Oct. 4 at Resurrection Cemetery, Clinton Township.

Family members request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 20300 Civic Center, Suite 100, Southfield, MI 48076 or American Lung Association, 25900 Greenfield, Suite 401, Oak Park, MI 48237.

Patricia A. Keegan

Patricia A. Keegan

Died: Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Patricia A. Keegan, 72, longtime resident of Grosse Pointe Shores, died peacefully at home, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2007, surrounded by friends and family.

Mrs. Keegan was born June 10, 1935 to Paul and Gladys Saylor of Detroit. She moved with her family to Grosse Pointe in 1967.

She acquired her nickname, “Patti Plus Plus,” from her husband, Lawrence, early in their 50-year marriage.

Mrs. Keegan was a loving wife, mother, friend and grandmother. She is survived by her children Michael, Susan (William) Buda, Robert and Lisa; grandchildren Kevin, Elizabeth, Melanie and Haley; and her, brother Robert (Shirley) Saylor of St. Clair Shores.

She was predeceased by her husband, Lawrence; and her brothers, Paul Saylor and James Saylor.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Wednesday, Sept. 29 at St. Paul Catholic Church, Grosse Pointe Farms. Arrangements were handled through Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home, Grosse Pointe Park.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Capuchin Ministries, 1820 Mt. Elliott, Detroit MI 48207.

Henrietta "Pete" Brown

Henrietta "Pete" Brown

Died: Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Age: 77
Henrietta “Pete” Brown, 77, longtime City of Grosse Pointe resident, died Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2007, at Bon Secours Hospital in the City of Grosse Pointe.

She was born Oct. 23, 1929 to Russell and Lorraine Sutton in Detroit. She moved with her family to Grosse Pointe in 1930 and graduated from St. Paul High School in 1947.

Mrs. Brown acquired her nickname when she was born weighing less than four pounds. Her French-Canadian grandmother nicknamed her “petite” which, over the years, evolved into Pete.

Mrs. Brown’s first job was cleaning pots and pans in the kitchen at Bon Secours Hospital. She later worked in the admitting and billing department of the hospital.

In the 1940s, she was employed as a dispatcher for the City of Grosse Pointe police. She was also employed more than 25 years at St. Clair Orthopedics from which she retired.

A raconteur and voracious reader, Mrs. Brown loved to travel to visit her daughters in Seattle and New York City.

While not an official member of any organizations, her devotion to her husband Richard’s many memberships was endless. Mrs. Brown made thousands of gallons of coffee and mountains of Dagwood sandwiches for various members of the Eagles, Optimist Club, the bowling leagues of Maple Lanes, the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club and the Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Over her lifetime, she graciously and generously turned over her basement and refrigerator to hundreds of club members.

She was especially gleeful when her husband always introduced her to various club members as his “Bride.”

She loved her family and friends ferociously and will be missed fiercely in return.

Mrs. Brown is survived by daughters, Lorie Melchiorre Morrison and Susan Brown; and grandchildren, Nino Melchiorre, Matthew Morrison and Monty Chein Brown; and a pending great-grandchild.

She also is survived by her sister, Barbara Dwyer; and brother, Michael (JoAnn) Sutton.

Mrs. Brown was predeceased by Richard, her husband of 40 years; and by her brother, Patrick Sutton.

Services were held with interment at Mt. Elliott Cemetery in Detroit.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Grosse Pointe Animal Clinic for Stray Animals, 15135 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230.
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