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John J. Zainea

John J. Zainea

Died: Saturday, April 12, 2008
Age: 74
Grosse Pointe Woods resident John J. Zainea, 74, died Saturday, April 12, 2008, at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit.

He was born Jan. 4, 1934 in Detroit to Albert and Sarah Zainea. He graduated from Servite Catholic High School in 1954.

Mr. Zainea owned Zainea Enterprises, and was a real estate broker and Realtor.

He enjoyed playing pinochle, watching movies with his grandchildren and playing with his dog, Tweety. He especially enjoyed summers at his cottage in Lexington.

Mr. Zainea is survived by his wife, Marie; daughters, Michelle Richards and Margaret (Rich) Laney; grandchildren, Alicia (Aaron) Bates, Brian and Cory Richards; and great-grandchildren, Joshua and Rebecca Bates. He also is survived by his sisters, Yvonne Sadowski and Lorraine Walers-Kidner; and brothers, George (Theresa) and Joseph (Mary).

He was predeceased by his sister, Marie Simon.

A funeral Mass was celebrated at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, Grosse Pointe Woods, with burial in Resurrection Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 30200 Telegraph Rd., Suite 105, Bingham Farms, MI 48025. 

Carolyn M. Nill

Carolyn M. Nill

Died: Friday, April 11, 2008
Age: 67
Longtime Grosse Pointe Park resident Carolyn M. Nill, 67, died Friday, April 11, 2008.

She was a graduate of Grosse Pointe High School and received her Bachelor of Arts degree and master’s degree in education from Wayne State University. She taught at South Lake High School in St. Clair Shores for 28 years.

Miss Nill enjoyed boating on Lake St. Clair and was a member of the Grosse Pointe Club. She also was a member of the Grosse Pointe Classical Music League and Alpha Delta Pi.

She is survived by sisters, Mildred (Daniel) Chisholm and Christine; niece, Laura (Miguel) Chisholm-Ponce; nephew, John (Jodeen) Chisholm; great-nephew, Charlie; and aunt, Dorothy Mann. She also is survived by many loving cousins and friends.

She was predeceased by her parents, Dr. John and Mildred Nill.

Funeral services were held at Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home, Grosse Pointe Park.

Memorial donations may be made to The VanElslander Cancer Center, 19229 Mack Ave., Suite 31, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236 and Evangelical Homes of Michigan.

Dorothy McMillin Johnson

Dorothy McMillin Johnson

Died: Friday, April 11, 2008
Age: 96
City of Grosse Pointe and Sarasota, Fla. resident Dorothy McMillin Johnson, 96, died peacefully in her sleep Friday, April 11, 2008, at Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe.

Mrs. Johnson was born in the family home near Shelbyville, Ind. Her parents, Claude and Ines, were farmers and Mrs. Johnson, the first of five children, carried farm life with her throughout her life. She often told family how she remembered the wonderful smells of the kitchen and the incredible hard work of everyone in the family. She remembered new technologies including when indoor plumbing arrived, the miracle of radio, and the proliferation of automobiles.

Mrs. Johnson nearly died when she was 14 years old and her appendix burst. That near-death experience encouraged her to become a nurse. Her dreams were realized after she graduated from Indiana University Nursing School in 1934.

In 1935, she moved to Detroit and began working at Henry Ford Hospital. While there, she met Henry Ford and Detroit Tiger player-manager Mickey Cochrane.

In 1936, Mrs. Johnson met attorney Kenneth McMillin. Their first date was a trip to Pointe Pelee, Ontario, Canada with three other attorneys and three other nurses. Four of the eight people on that trip married, including Kenneth and Dorothy. They married in 1937 and moved to Milwaukee.

Between 1937 and 1954, the couple lived in 11 different apartments or homes in eight different cities and had four sons.

The family moved to Grosse Pointe in 1954. In 1958, Mr. McMillin died and Mrs. Johnson was left to raise her boys, ages 8 to 17. She made some good economic decisions with the help of caring and thoughtful friends and the cooperation and help of her boys. All four boys attended and graduated from Michigan State University.

In the early 1960s Mrs. Johnson traveled with her boys, driving a station wagon pulling a camper to Acapulco, Mexico, and California. She also took her first trip to Europe.

In 1969, after all of her boys were either graduated from MSU or students at MSU, Dorothy moved to a home she designed in Sarasota, Fla. At 59, she played golf for the first time.

In 1972 she married Murvin French. He died in 1981.

In 1983, she golfed St. Andrew’s Golf Course in Scotland.

In 1984, Mrs. Johnson married Rear Admiral Harlan Johnson, who was one of the first prisoners of war taken during the Pacific Theater in World War II.

In 1995, after her husband died, Mrs. Johnson moved to Freedom Village Assisted Living in Bradenton, Fla and Beaumont Assisted Living in St. Clair Shores.

Her family said Mrs. Johnson loved life. Her interested included reading, dancing, bridge, golf, baseball, basketball, gardening — especially roses and lilacs — dogs, babies, being around young people, sewing, playing the piano, cooking, traveling, museums and singing.

She was a woman of uncommon grace. She was energetic, friendly, kind, able to speak her mind in a gentle and charming way. Her easygoing style made her pleasant to be around. She was quick to smile, laugh and enjoy the moment.

Mrs. Johnson is survived by her sons, Stewart of Detroit, Kenneth of Grosse Pointe Farms, John of Merritt Island, Fla., and Michael of Grosse Pointe Shores and Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; daughters-in-law Earlene of Grosse Pointe Farms, Linda of Merritt Island, Fla. and Mary Anne of Grosse Pointe Shores; grandchildren, Heather, Brad, Bill, Lindsay and Clare; and great-grandchildren, Paul, Ryan, Hope and Stephen; and her only sister, Joanne Lines of Rushville, Ind. and her brother, Norman Shepple of Indianapolis, Ind.

She was predeceased by her husbands, Kenneth McMillin, Murvin French and Harlan Johnson and her brothers, Edmund and Byron.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 15, 2008, at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia where she will be interred next to her husband, Rear Admiral Harlan Johnson.

Memorial donations may be made to Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lake Shore Rd., Grosse Pointe Farms MI, 48236 or sponsorachild.ca.

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Glennis St. John Deisinger

Glennis St. John Deisinger

Died: Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Age: 65
Grosse Pointe Park resident Glennis St. John Deisinger, 65, died Wednesday, April 9, 2008, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

Mrs. Deisinger was born April 20, 1942 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada to Dan and Velma MacLean. She earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from McGill University in Montreal in 1965.

Mrs. Deisinger moved to Detroit and worked for the city as a public health nurse. A friend arranged a blind date with John M. Deisinger, who became her best friend, the love of her life, and on April 12, 1969, her husband. They settled in Detroit.

Mrs. Deisinger joined Detroit’s Kirwood General Hospital in Detroit in 1968, and also began teaching at Highland Park Community College School of Nursing. She taught there until 1971 when her first son was born. She returned to work in the medical-surgical unit at St. John Hospital in 1980. 

In 1981, Mrs. Deisinger and a partner opened “Impressions” art gallery in the Renaissance Center, which they operated until closing the gallery in 1991. That year Mrs. Deisinger became a research nurse with the HIV/Aids program at Detroit Medical Center.

In 1997, Mrs. Deisinger became the education coordinator for the human investigations committee at Wayne State University. She created the standards and protocols for the program that would guide medical doctors. She retired from Wayne State in 2003.

Even after Mrs. Deisinger became ill with ovarian cancer, she used her teaching skills to help others by speaking about the disease.

She belonged to numerous professional organizations during her career and was interested in stocks and investments. She founded the Grosse Pointe Great Expectations Stock Club. 

Mrs. Deisinger and her husband enjoyed time at their property on Starvation Lake in northern Michigan and traveling, especially trips to New Zeeland, Greece and Italy.

Other special vacations included traveling the western United States and Alberta, Canada, and traveling with her husband and cousins in a houseboat on the Trent-Severn Canal System in Ontario.

Mrs. Deisinger’s family said she created a home full of life and love. When her sister-in-law died, Mrs. Deisinger welcomed her niece into the household as a daughter. Her children’s spouses and subsequent grandchildren were welcomed with open arms.

Mrs. Deisinger is survived by her husband, John; sons, Mark (Michelle) and Paul (Jenn); daughter, Karen (Matt) Maul of Grosse Pointe Woods; grandchildren, Janice, Jaclyn, Elizabeth and Emily Maul, Ella Deisinger and Isabel Deisinger; her sister, Lois (Billy) Earl; nephews, Jeff (Colleen) Spies and Dave (Connie) Spies; and many other special family and friends.

A celebration of her life was held April 14.

Memorial donations may be made to the Blooms For Tomorrow at Karmanos Cancer Institute, 4100 John R, Detroit, MI 48201.

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Betty J. Hay

Died: Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Age: 81
Former Grosse Pointe Farms resident Betty J. Hay, 81, died Wednesday, April 9, 2008, at her home in St. Clair Shores.

She was born Feb. 24, 1927 in Detroit to Carolyn and Ivan Hay and graduated from St. Paul High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Marygrove College in 1949.

Ms. Hay worked as a legal secretary and later as an administrative assistant.

She enjoyed bridge, golf, and volunteering at Bon Secours Nursing Home.

Ms. Hay is survived by her sister, Carol Griffen; niece, Wendy Reynolds; great-nieces Melissa White and Miranda Reynolds; and great-nephew, Adam Reynolds.

She was predeceased by her parents; and her sister, Shirley Hafke.

Interment will be at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church.

Memorial donations may be made to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, 4390 Connor St., Detroit, MI 48207. 

Marjorie C. Meldrum

Died: Tuesday, April 08, 2008
Age: 75
Marjorie C. (nee Blue) Meldrum, 75, died Tuesday, April 8, 2008, after a series of illnesses.

She and her husband, Jimmy, were the longtime proprietors of Meldrum Trucking and Garden Supply, formerly located on Mack Avenue in Grosse Pointe Farms.

Mrs. Meldrum also worked for many years in the admissions department at Cottage Hospital, where she was a member of the auxiliary.

Beloved aunt, grandmother, cousin and friend, Mrs. Meldrum’s legacy lives on in the many people she raised, befriended and loved throughout her lifetime.

She was predeceased by her husband.

Private burial was arranged through Kaul Funeral Home.

Sally J. Sutton

Sally J. Sutton

Died: Tuesday, April 08, 2008
Age: 76
Grosse Pointe Park resident Sally J. Sutton, 76, died Tuesday, April 8, 2008, in Tequesta, Fla.

Mrs. Sutton was born Sept. 5, 1931 in Detroit to Margaret and Cyril Jason. Her family moved to Grosse Pointe Park during her junior year at Dominican High School.

After graduating from high school, she attended the University of Detroit and received her teaching degree in 1953. She was a teacher with the Detroit Public Schools.

Mrs. Sutton was a member of the Bon Secours Assistance League, the Arch Con Fraternity at St. Clare of Montefalco, and A.R.T., a charitable women’s organization in Florida.

Additionally she developed and organized the post-funeral lunch program at St. Clare for families following funeral services for their loved ones.

Mrs. Sutton led an active life, playing tennis, golf, bocce and bridge. She belonged to the Tequesta golf league and was responsible for starting the bridge club at St. Clare.

She also enjoyed spending time with her great-great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Sutton is survived by her husband, Bryson C. Sutton; daughters Marcy (William) Thaens, Lisa (Eric) Becker, and Meighan (Tom) Linebaugh; sons, Mark and Tim; grandchildren, Lucie, Charlotte, Clare and Mikaela Linebaugh, Liam and Clare Sutton, Christopher, Nathan, and Daniel Thaens, and Peter, Jake, and Beau Becker; great-grandchildren, Pierce, Preston, and Pascal Thaens, and Bryson Thaens.

She also is survived by her sister, Susan Lovely; and her brother, Peter Jason.

Mrs. Sutton was predeceased by her parents, and her brother, Bob Jason.

Funeral services were held in Florida. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 27, at St. Clare, 1401 Whittier Rd., Grosse Pointe Park.

Memorial donations may be made to the Hemophilia Foundation of Michigan, 1921 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti, MI 48197.

Daniel John "Jack" Scully

Daniel John "Jack" Scully

Died: Monday, April 07, 2008
Age: 90
Daniel John “Jack” Scully, 90, died peacefully surrounded by his family on Monday, April 7, 2008.

Mr. Scully was born Nov. 15, 1917 in Watertown, S.D. to the late Daniel T. and Sarah (nee Jordan) Scully. He served with distinction in the U.S. Marine Corps. in the Pacific theater during World War II, achieving the rank of major.

Mr. Scully met Kathryn Ruth “Kaye” Schlukbier, at the University of North Dakota where he earned his law degree. They were married in 1943.

He was a retired member of the State Bar of California and was involved in a variety of civic, church, charitable and professional organizations, but was most proud of being a founding member of the American Board of Trial Advocates in 1958.

Mr. Scully moved to Michigan in 1993 and resided at Henry Ford Village.

He enjoyed golfing with his son and grandson at the Country Club of Detroit and Crystal Downs Country Club.

His family said Mr. Scully will be remembered for his dedication to the law, his love of family, God and country, as well as for a quick wit and gentle nature.

He is survived by his children, Kathryn Ann Clark of Coto de Caza, Calif. and Daniel J. Jr. (Peggy King) of Grosse Pointe Farms; grandchildren, Kevin, Megan (Thom) Dickson, Tim, Sarah, Erin and Mike; great-grandchildren, Jack and Kate; siblings, Tom (Mary), Helen (Lee) Meyer; brother-in-law, Frank (Virginia) Schlukbier; and many nieces, nephews, friends and colleagues.

He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Kaye; son-in-law, Brian Clark; grandchild, Mary Kate; his twin brother, Bill (Kay); his other siblings, Frank (Ginger), Margaret (John) Hanten and Dorothy (Burt) Burton; and his brother-in-law, Bud (Echo) Schlukbier.

He also was predeceased by his trusty beagle, “Corky.”

A funeral Mass was celebrated at San Francisco Solano, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. with interment at All Soul’s Catholic Cemetery in Long Beach, Calif.

Family and friends in Michigan will gather to remember Mr. Scully at an open house Saturday, May 10 at Henry Ford Village.

Ruth A. Davis

Ruth A. Davis

Died: Saturday, April 05, 2008
Age: 87
Ruth A. Davis, 87, died peacefully in her home at St. John Senior Community on Saturday, April 5, 2008.

Mrs. Davis previously lived in Berkley and Sunsites, Ariz. She was the daughter of Albert and Nora Saye and graduated from Berkley High School in 1938.

Mrs. Davis retired from the Berkley Public Schools where she was the school’s attendance secretary and personal secretary to the assistant principal. She cherished working with the many wonderful students and staff members.

She learned the value of a college education after working in the guidance office for all those years and encouraged many students to continue on to a higher education, if at all possible.

Mrs. Davis and her husband, Jack, retired to Sunsites, Ariz. and lived there for 23 years until Mr. Davis’ death in 1992. Mrs. Davis then moved to Grosse Pointe Farms to be closer to her family.

She was a member of the Royal Oak Elks Club, The Secretaries Association of Michigan and The Gem and Mineral Club of Sunsites.

Mrs. Davis was well known in her later years as the butterfly lady. She collected all different types of butterflies not only in her artwork, but also in butterfly memorabilia. She also collected hand-painted china.

She enjoyed tournament bridge and entertaining friends and family.

She also enjoyed hunting for gems and minerals while living in Arizona. She donated a large collection of gems and minerals to the science department at The Grosse Pointe Academy.

Mrs. Davis is survived by her children, Diane (Victor) Kondratowicz, Cheryl (Jerry) Willis, Victoria (Robert) Liggett, and John D. (Martha) Davis; grandchildren, Danielle Weller, Heather Power, and Emily, Marjorie and Roberta “Birdy” Liggett; and great-grandchildren, Amber Weller and Landon Power.

She also is survived by her only sister, Millie (Lynn) Gardner; and nephews Grant (Lisa) Gardner and Kurt (Laura) Gardner.

Mrs. Davis was predeceased by Jack, her husband of 53 wonderful years.

A memorial service will be held at the Grosse Pointe United Methodist Church, Grosse Pointe Farms, in June.

Donations may be made to The Liggett Breast Center at the VanElslander Cancer Center, 19229 Mack Ave., Suite 31, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236.

Linda Rustem Sejfulla

Linda Rustem Sejfulla

Died: Saturday, April 05, 2008
Age: 58
Former Grosse Pointe Farms resident Linda Rustem Sejfulla, 58, died Saturday, April 5, 2008, in Portland, Ore.

Ms. Sejfulla attended the University of Michigan. She then attended San Francisco State University and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in film studies and graduated cum laude and with department honors.

She was a teaching fellow while enrolled in the master’s program as San Francisco State.

She enjoyed giving lectures in film history at various colleges and libraries throughout California and Oregon.

Ms. Sejfulla was a published author of poetry and essays.

She wrote many letters to government officials and organizations in support of social issues about which she cared deeply.

Ms. Sejfulla is survived by her sister, Laura (Alex) Veliko; brother, Bob (Linda) Sejfulla; nieces, Lydia, Cynthia, Amy and Emily; and nephew, Derek.

She was predeceased by her parents, Rustem and Vahide Sejfulla.

Services were private.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 20450 Civic Center Dr., Southfield, MI 48076 or the Grosse Pointe Library Foundation, 15450 E. Jefferson, Suite 150, Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230.
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