Died: Wednesday, March 12, 2008 Patricia J. Raveschot
Harper Woods resident Patricia J. Raveschot, 72, died Wednesday, March 12, 2008, at her home.
She was born April 3, 1935 in Detroit to William and Ida Gibson. She graduated from Redford High School in 1953.
Mrs. Raveschot worked in sales at Jacobson’s in the City of Grosse Pointe for many years.
She was a member of Services for Older Citizens, the Grosse Pointe Womens Club, the Belgian American Womens Club, and was a former member of the Grosse Pointe Farms Boat Club.
She loved to shop and travel.
Mrs. Raveschot’s family said she lived her life to the fullest, while bringing love and joy to those around her. She will be deeply missed.
She is survived by her daughter, Lori A. (David) Miner; sons, Mark Naidow, Matt (Becky) Naidow and Ross (Dawn) Naidow; grandchildren Patrick, Rachael, David, Jackie, James, Dana, Kristian, Danielle, Devin and Luke; seven great-grandchildren; her sister, Mary Ann Motley and her brother, Jerry (Dee Dee) Gibson.
She also is survived by her beloved dog, Sophie.
She was predeceased by her first husband, Ross C. Naidow; her second husband, George F. Raveschot; her parents; and her sister, Sue Gibson.
Funeral services were held at Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home, Grosse Pointe Park.
Died: Tuesday, March 11, 2008 Beverly Smith Pack
Former Grosse Pointe Woods resident Beverly Smith Pack passed away Monday, March 11, 2008, in her home in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Mrs. Pack was raised in Detroit and attended St. Catherine High School. She graduated from the University of Michigan College of Architecture and Design in 1954.
In 1958 she married Neville Pack of Grosse Pointe. She owned and operated a Grosse Pointe interior design company, Beverly Pack Interior Design, for more than 30 years. She also was a real estate agent with Higbie Maxon Real Estate and owned the Optical Library, an upscale eyeglass store, formerly on the Hill in Grosse Pointe Farms.
Mrs. Pack is survived by her husband, Neville, of Palm Beach Gardens; her son, Michael Pack and his wife, Stacy and their son, Michael Maximillian of Seattle, Wash., Stuart William Pack and his wife, Carla and their children, Aidan, Kailey and Victoria of Palm Beach Gardens, and Stephen Ross Pack of New York City. She also is survived by her sister, Brenda MacDougal.
A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Palm Beach Gardens.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore Road, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236 or the Grosse Pointe War Memorial, 32 Lakeshore Dr., Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.
Died: Monday, March 10, 2008 Shirley M. Doetsch
Clinton Township resident Shirley M. Doetsch, 85, died Monday, March 10, 2008, at Mt. Clemens Regional Medical Center.
She was born May 12, 1922 in Detroit to Albert and Delia Lassen and graduated from St. Catherine High School.
Mrs. Doetsch was a volunteer at Henry Ford Cottage Hospital and St. Joseph Hospital in Mt. Clemens. She was a member of Gowanie Golf Club and the Merry Go Rounds Dance Group.
She was very artistic and created oil paintings and clay sculptures. She was an avid bridge player and loved to travel.
Mrs. Doetsch is survived by her daughters, Julie (Paul) Gastelum and Lori Kosmas; sons, Thomas and Timothy; grandchildren, James (Gina) Cardasis, Daniel Cardasis, Karl Kosmas, Donald Kosmas, Zachary Kosmas and James Gastelum; and her sister-in-law, Florence Lassen.
She was predeceased by her husband Donald, in Sept. 2007; and her brother, William Lassen.
Visitation will be held from 2 to 9 p.m. Sunday, March 16 at A.H. Peters Funeral Home, 32000 Schoenherr, Warren. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, March 17, at St. Michael Catholic Community, 40501 Hayes Rd., Sterling Heights. Interment will take place at Resurrection Cemetery, Clinton Township.
Died: Saturday, March 08, 2008 Charles F. Gutwald Sr.
Charles F. Gutwald Sr. died Saturday, March 8, 2008 at his home in Grosse Pointe Farms. He was 81.
Mr. Gutwald was born Sept. 26, 1926 in Pittsburgh, Penn. to Clement and Elizabeth Gutwald.
He served in the U.S. Navy in World War II and moved to the Detroit area after his discharge. He graduated from the University of Detroit in 1953 and became a certified public accountant. He worked for public accounting firms for many years and then moved to the corporate side. He retired in 1998 as the assistant treasurer of CenTra Inc., in Warren.
He was a member of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants.
Mr. Gutwald was devoted to his children and grandchildren, supporting their sports, hobbies, and business ventures. He was a loyal and avid Notre Dame football fan.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Mary Ann; daughter, Barbara (Mike) Kostiuk; sons, Charles Jr. (Janice), Thomas, and Paul (Melissa); daughter-in-law, Lynn; grandchildren, Jennifer and Justin Gutwald, Kate (Richard) Babcock, Timothy, Christopher and Stephen Gutwald, Peter and Stephanie Kostiuk, Taylor, Kate, Anne and Matthew Gutwald; and great-grandchild, Connor Babcock. He also is survived by his sister, Mary Margaret Klesius; and brother, Johnny Gutwald.
He was predeceased by his parents; and his son, Mark.
Visitation will be held from 2 to 9 p.m., with a rosary at 7 p.m., Friday, March 11 at Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home, 16300 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Park.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at noon Saturday, March 15 at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore Rd., Grosse Pointe Farms. Interment will follow at the church.
Memorial donations may be made to the Carmelite Nuns, 7201 West 32nd Street, Little Rock, AR 72204-4716.
Died: Saturday, March 08, 2008
Jane Walerych, 90, died Saturday, March 8, 2008. She was a longtime resident of the City of Grosse Pointe.
Mrs. Walerych is survived by her children, Wayne (Roberta) and Cordell; and grandchildren, Jon and Jill. She was predeceased by her husband, Harry.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
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Died: Friday, March 07, 2008 George Demitrios Hanzakos
Grosse Pointe Woods resident George Demitrios Hanzakos, 89, died Friday, March 7, 2008.
Mr. Hanzakos was the owner of Ham Heaven Sandwich Shop in downtown Detroit. The 80-seat eatery was one of Detroit’s lunch hot spots.
Serving hundreds of celebrities, judges, law students, city workers and business people from throughout the downtown area, Ham Heaven treated customers as family and hosts George and Athena Hanzakos greeted patrons at the door with a slice of ham “to spark the appetite” and a menu laden with ham specialties including stacked ham on a Kaiser roll with a slice on top, mouth watering omelets, ham salad, piggy hot cakes, and a crowd favorite, heavenly hash. Bean and pea soup with a dollop of ham were regular fare.
Mr. Hanzakos reigned over the confusion with his unique brand of wisdom and wit. His engaging half grin greeted his customers as guests. He always counseled, “Never skimp on portions, people are willing to pay for quality, use the best ingredients and you can’t go wrong.”
His roots were from Sparta, Greece and after a 37-year absence, Ham Heaven made it possible for him to visit his beloved village, Paleopanagia. With some trepidation for a loss of business, he closed the restaurant for a month and thanked customers for buying his ham bones throughout the years since these sales had financed the trip. His fears were assuaged upon his return, when lines formed to get a seat or carry out.
Mr. Hanzakos was a gentle man, who loved his church and family. He could always be found in the kitchen preparing dinners for Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church fundraisers.
The Hanzakos home also became the headquarters for the Greek American youth who visited the family’s Rosedale Park home monthly to share in Ham Heaven’s abundance.
At a recent reunion, they were overwhelmed by the stories shared by each guest offering their own unique perspective on the family’s generous nature.
Mr. Hanzakos retired from Ham Heaven in 1986.
The years were generous to Mr. Hanzakos and his wife whose 62-year marriage saw trips to Greece, London, Costa Del Sol, and several cruises and trips to Martha’s Vineyard, New York City, and Key West, Fla.
The highlight of his dreams, however, was when he visited his beloved sovereign, King Constantine of Greece, in London during a trip in 1983. Leaving London he toured France, Italy, Romania and Greece.
Mr. Hanzakos was active in the Assumption Greek Orthodox Senior Citizens Organization and exercise classes, as well as greeting those visiting the sanctuary on Friday afternoons, when his wife could be found polishing every pew and handle.
They were members of American Hellenic Education-al Progressive Association and attended the organization’s yearly conventions.
Mr. Hanzakos is survived by his beloved wife, Athena; daughters Elena (Apostolos) Kersasiotis and Kathy (Paul) Domitrovich; and grandchildren Yorg (Jennifer), Michael and Demitri. He also is survived by his sister-in-law, Harriet Hanzakos.
A memorial service was held March 11 with burial in Evergreen Memorial Park, Leamington, Ontario, surrounded by those who predeceased him: his beloved sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Bill Konduros, brother, Leo Hanzakos, Tom Konduros, Pearl and George Christopher and cousin, Emily McIntyre.
Memorial donations may be made to the Assumption Senior Citizens Organization, 21800 Marter Rd., St. Clair Shores, MI 48080 or District #10 AHEPA Educational Foundation, c/o Mr. Milton Gust, 1628 Crimson Dr., Troy, MI 48083-5535.
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Died: Friday, March 07, 2008 Gunter Kaiser
Former Grosse Pointe Woods resident Gunter Kaiser, 83, died Friday, March 7, 2008, in Gaylord.
Mr. Kaiser was born in Breslau, Germany. He attended college and trade school in Germany, but his education was interrupted by the onset of World War II. He served in the German air force.
Mr. Kaiser immigrated to the United States in 1956 with his wife and oldest son. He worked in numerous small businesses and then accepted a position with Budd Wheel in Detroit. He then worked as a licensed electrician with General Electric Carboloy division in Warren. He retired from Carboloy in 1991.
A member of the United Auto Workers, he enjoyed electronics, history, and numismatics. He also was a train buff.
He is survived by his wife, Kasimira Kaiser; sons, Alfred (Gloria) and Raymond (Dolores); grandchildren, Kristine (Christopher) Welch, Meredith (Anthony) Atrasz, Kathryn, Tiffany and Stephanie; and great-grandchildren, Ava Kaiser Welch and Rorey Newell Welch.
A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 26 at VanLerberghe Funeral Home, 30600 Harper, St. Clair Shores. Visitation begins at 10 a.m.
Memorial donations may be made to The Salvation Army, 16130 Northland Dr., Southfield, MI 48075 or the American Red Cross, 100 Mack Ave., P.O. Box 44110, Detroit, MI 482440-0110.
Died: Thursday, March 06, 2008 Anita Spina
Grosse Pointe Shores resident Anita Spina passed away gracefully in her 92nd year on Thursday, March 6, 2008, after a wonderful life. Her family referred to her as the world’s best wife, precious mother and fabulous nonna.
She was born July 10, 1915 in Coszenza, Italy to Alfonso and Adelina Ammerata. At 13 she joined her family in Canada. She graduated from high school in North Bay, Ontario. She married, Guiseppe, the man of her dreams, and they moved to Detroit to start a family.
Active and driving into her 90s, Mrs. Spina never missed volunteering at the St. Clair Shores Senior Center, where she taught knitting classes and greeted everyone she met with her warm, gracious smiles.
Her beautiful needlework was appreciated by many charitable groups. She made baptismal bibs for Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, lap blankets for hospices, clothes for Goodwill Christmas dolls, and many other beautiful projects too numerous to name.
She enjoyed knitting, cooking, sewing, gardening, and bicycle riding. She never missed her great-grandchildren’s games, concerts, plays and practices. She also was a member of the Red Hat Society and Buxom Belles.
Mrs. Spina’s family and friends will remember her for her faith, kindness, determination and hard work.
She is survived by her daughter, Joan Retford; grandchildren, Anita Retford Barger, Pamela Retford Faber, Mary Anita, Patti Ann, Ann Marie and Gabriella; great-grandchildren Michael Barger Jr., Christopher Barger, Amy Barger, Andrew and Skippy Faber and eight others.
She was predeceased by her husband, Guiseppe; son, Gabriel; and grandson, Joseph.
A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Farms, followed by interment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield.
Donations may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Died: Wednesday, March 05, 2008 Catherine E. Abeli
Longtime Grosse Pointe Woods resident Catherine E. Abeli, 80, died peacefully in her home Wednesday, March 5, 2008.
She was born March 14, 1927 in Detroit to Edna and Ernest Bondy. She graduated from St. Martin’s on the Lake and Wayne State University.
She was a member of the Grosse Pointe Rose Society, Grosse Pointe Women’s Club and Our Lady Star of the Sea Alter Society.
She enjoyed playing euchre, crafting stained glass and cooking. Her grandchildren brought her great joy and she was very devoted to them.
Mrs. Abeli is survived by her husband of 58 years, John F. Abeli; daughters, Nancy D’Amore-Chase and Kathleen Szachta; sons, John, Daniel and Michael; 15 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. She also is survived by her sister, Betty; and brother, Casper.
She was predeceased by her parents; sister, Marie; and brothers, Ernest and Joseph.
Funeral services were held at A.H. Peters Funeral Home, Grosse Pointe Woods followed by interment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Detroit.
Memorial donations may be made to Seasons Hospice, 27355 John R., Suite 100, Madison Heights, MI 48071 or The Capuchins, 1820 Mt. Elliott, Detroit, MI 48207.
Died: Wednesday, March 05, 2008 George Joseph Goodheart
Grosse Pointe Farms resident Dr. George Joseph Goodheart died peacefully at his home on Wednesday, March 5, 2008. He was 89.
Dr. Goodheart will be remembered for his many contributions to chiropractic medicine. His family said he had a holistic approach to health and medicine years ahead of his time.
After attending the University of Detroit and the National College of Chiropractic, he joined his father, Dr. George Goodheart Sr., practicing in downtown Detroit for more than 30 years before moving to an office in Grosse Pointe.
In 1964 he began a series of revolutionary observations about muscle function and health, which he introduced as Applied Kinesiology in a research manual. Progressive chiropractic physicians around the country recognized the groundbreaking nature of his work. They established the International College of Applied Kinesiology, which has grown to more than 600 members in the U.S. and 3,000 worldwide.
Dr. Goodheart and his wife, JoAnn, logged many miles traveling the world where he lectured to physicians, doctors of medicine, osteopaths, dentists and those committed to holistic healing.
He received many awards for contributions to his profession, but was most proud of his appointment to the U.S. Olympic Sports Medicine Committee as the first chiropractic physician. He served the U.S. Olympic team at the 1980 games in Lake Placid, N.Y.
Dr. Goodheart was featured in a 2001 TIME Magazine article, “Alternative Medicine Innovators, A New Breed of Healers.”
His family said Dr. Goodheart’s intuitive ability to “listen to the body” and problem-solve patient concerns with a kind, thoughtful demeanor contributed to the success of his practice. He was a consummate family doctor, who rarely tired of seeing patients.
Patients from far and wide sought his expertise including ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov, Broadway stars Carol Channing, Imogene Coco, Lorna Luft, Yul Brenner, former Vice President Hubert Humphrey and oil magnet Adnan Khashoggi.
He treated clergy at no charge, and he sometimes received payment in the form of vegetables or prayers from those who were unable to pay. Dr. Goodheart often remarked that he couldn’t believe he was paid for doing something he so loved.
Dr. Goodheart was a member of the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. He was stationed in France and England and never tired of telling stories about his day as a bomber pilot. He was awarded the Bronze Star for inventing a bombing release mechanism.
His family said Dr. Goodheart will be remembered as a gentleman with unflappable optimism. He had a lifelong passion for tennis, and would remind opponents of his Detroit City Parks and Recreation championships. He was still skiing in the Alps at the age of 83.
His trademark Corvette and khaki suits made him recognizable throughout Grosse Pointe. He was a life member of the Grosse Pointe Hunt Club, Detroit Athletic Club and the Detroit Rotary.
He is survived by his wife, JoAnn (nee Dutts); daughters, Carroll (Dennis) Velie of Grand Rapids and Elizabeth Goodheart of Bend, Ore.; grandchildren, Ted Velie, Brian Goodheart and Chase Coyle; and in-laws, Joseph and Eileen Dutts.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Catherine; son, Mark; and sister, Shirley Metras.
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