Died: Saturday, February 16, 2008 James Frederick Coulter
Former Grosse Pointe Park resident James F. Coulter, 55, died Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008.
He was born Nov. 12, 1952 in Grosse Pointe to Thomas Edward and Janet Parker Coulter and graduated from Grosse Pointe South High School in 1970.
Mr. Coulter earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1974 from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He also attended Michigan State University, working toward postgraduate degrees in economics and taught economics at Central Michigan University.
Despite his lifelong health difficulties, Mr. Coulter worked at a variety of jobs and provided care and compassion to his parents in their later years.
His lifelong passions included photography, coin collecting, researching the history of U.S. paper money and Z-gauge model trains.
He was a member of the University of Michigan Alumni Association and more recently was active in a Parkinson’s Disease Support Group in Macomb County.
Mr. Coulter is survived by his twin brother, Douglas Glenn Coulter of Warrenville, Ill.; sisters, Kathryn (James) Ault of Okemos and Karen (Gerry) Phillips of Grosse Pointe Park; nieces, Jenny and Julie Ault of Okemos and Lindsey and Meg Phillips of Grosse Pointe Park; and nephew, Andrew T. Ault of Chicago.
He was predeceased by his parents.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore Drive, Grosse Pointe Farms. Interment will be at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Lansing, 6035 Executive Drive, Suite 103, Lansing, MI 48911 or the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, 301 E. Liberty, Suite 130, Ann Arbor, MI 48104.
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Died: Saturday, February 16, 2008 William Allard
Longtime Grosse Pointe Woods resident William Allard, 88, died peacefully Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008, surrounded by his family. He has been reunited with his wife of 69 years, Hazel, who predeceased him almost four months to the day. The last six months he struggled to survive. His heart wasn’t in it after losing his Hazel. He no longer had a purpose.
Mr. Allard was a devout Catholic and attended Mass at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in St. Clair Shores every Sunday. He was proud the Allard family donated part of the property where the parish community now exists.
His family said he was a wonderful example of his commitment to his faith. He was an advocate of participation at Mass. He was always two words in front of everyone else and two decibels louder.
He lived his faith by being honest, trustworthy and dedicated to his family and country. He was a proud U.S. Marine Corps veteran of World War II.
Mr. Allard was the consummate sports fan, whether it was baseball, football, or basketball. His family knows he’s in heaven with his beloved Hazel waiting, remote in hand, for March Madness to start.
He retired from the Detroit Edison Co. in 1984 after 46 years of dedicated service. He worked at the Connors Creek, Marysville and St. Clair power plants and the general offices in Detroit.
Mr. Allard will be remembered as the backbone of his family. They said he was someone to look up to and respect and that he was the best dad, grandpa and great-grandpa. He loved holding his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, kissing and babbling to them. He really wanted to meet the twins due in May. He will see them from a different vantage point now.
He will remain in the hearts of his family members forever and will be deeply missed.
Mr. Allard is survived by daughters, Joan (Lloyd) Bayer and Judith (Pete) Genord; son, William (Cindy); grandchildren, Michele, Michael, Dana, Cindi, Matt and Eric; and great–grandchildren, James, Ryan, Riese, Zachary, Michael, Brianne, Serena, Lauren, Christian, Elise, Garrett and Devin.
He was predeceased by wife, Hazel; daughter, Martha; his parents; and great-grandchildren Tyler and Austin.
A funeral Mass was celebrated Feb. 19 at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, St. Clair Shores.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Beaumont Foundation, Beaumont Hospitals, P. O. Box 5802, Troy, MI 48007-9620.
Died: Friday, February 15, 2008
Ralph McBrien, 84, of Naples, Fla. and Grosse Pointe Woods, passed away Friday, Feb. 15, 2008.
Mr. McBrien served his country as a U.S. Navy pilot during World War II and the Korean War. He retired from the Navy as a lieutenant commander and later retired from the Detroit Police Department as a detective sergeant.
Mr. McBrien also served in many leadership positions at Peace Lutheran Church in Detroit. His family said he was a kind and gentle soul who would do anything for anyone.
He is survived by Lillion, his wife of 57 years; daughters, Leslie (Gary) Miller, Erin (Chris) Beresford and Colleen (Jeff) Freeburg; and grandchildren, Christopher, Alexis, Garrett, Taylor, Colin, Claire, Evan and Marina.
He also is survived by his sister, Eleanor (Ken) MacNicol.
Mr. McBrien was predeceased by his brothers, Russ and Bill.
A memorial service was held in Florida.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Lely Presbyterian Church, 110 St. Andrews Blvd., Naples, FL 34113; or Peace Lutheran Church, 15760 E. Warren Ave., Detroit, MI 48224.
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Died: Friday, February 15, 2008 John T. “Jack” Humphreys Jr.
Former Grosse Pointe Park resident John Thomas “Jack” Humphreys Jr., 83, died Friday, Feb. 15, 2008, at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak.
Mr. Humphreys was born in Detroit and moved to Grosse Pointe as a toddler with his family in 1927. He attended Richard and Cadieux elementary schools, was in the first graduating class of Pierce Junior High School and graduated from Grosse Pointe High School in Jan., 1943.
He attended the U.S. Navy’s V-12 program at Cornell University and following graduation served as a Naval officer in the South Pacific.
After World War II, he returned to the University of Michigan and graduated in 1948. Later, he moved to Rochester, where he had spent many summers and Christmases at his family’s summer home. In Rochester, he was owner of Oakland Publications for many years.
Mr. Humphreys was known for his love of music, serving as one of the founding members on the Oakland Youth Symphony Board, and also on the Rochester Symphony Board. He was a past president of both symphony boards. He also held various positions at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Rochester.
He enjoyed bridge, golf, hockey, and skiing and was a great advocate of long walks in the countryside.
Mr. Humphreys is survived by his daughters, Amy and Sarah; his sister, Jane McGraw of Grosse Pointe Farms and nephews, David and Thomas (Moira) McGraw.
A memorial service was held at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Rochester.
Died: Wednesday, February 13, 2008 Anna Eileen Paglia
Grosse Pointe Shores resident Anna Eileen (nee Edgeworth) Paglia, beloved wife, mother and grandmother died in her sleep at home on Wednesday, Feb.13, 2008. She was 79.
Mrs. Paglia was born on June 18, 1928 in Detroit to Frank and Delia Howley Edgeworth. She graduated from St. David High School in Detroit in 1945, and married Albert Paglia in 1954.
She was a lifelong resident of southeastern Michigan, with family homes first in Warren and then in Grosse Pointe Shores.
She was a tireless volunteer during her life, including 15 years at the Bon Secours Nursing Home.
She was devoted to the Blessed Mother and the rosary.
Friends and relatives will remember Mrs. Paglia’s passion for card games, fun conversation, and the everlasting love for her family.
Mrs. Paglia is survived by her loving husband of 53 years, Albert T. Paglia; and her six children, Kathleen (Stephen) Pawlowski, Albert T. “Tom,” Anthony (Carol Ann), Francine (Bob) Maxey, Roseanne (Brian Kruger), and Connie (Shawn) Duffy; 22 grandchildren, Stephen Jr., Tim, Joe, Patrick, and Rose Pawlowski, Tommy, Andy and Lisa Paglia, Robby, John, Scott, Tommy and Sydney Maxey, Anthony Jr., Christina, Jeffery, Matthew and Elizabeth Paglia, Danny Paglia, and Joshua, Ryan and Colin Duffy.
She was one of six children, and her surviving siblings are Frank and John Edgeworth, and Rita Edgeworth Haisenleader.
She was predeceased by her parents; and brothers, William and Thomas Edgeworth.
A funeral Mass was celebrated Feb. 16 at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, Grosse Pointe Woods.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Mrs. Paglia’s name to the Solanus Casey Center at St. Bonaventure, 1740 Mt. Elliott, Detroit, MI 48219.
Died: Tuesday, February 12, 2008 Brian Joseph Forster
Brian Joseph Forster, 63, a longtime Grosse Pointe and Petoskey resident, died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008, after a valiant four-year battle with Multiple Systems Atrophy. He passed away at his home in Petoskey under the care of hospice.
Mr. Forster was born March 7, 1944 in Pontiac to Andrew and Ellen (nee Lagraff) Forster.
He enjoyed several careers during his lifetime including teaching in the Grosse Pointe Public School System, as a C.P.A. in public accounting, and as a founding partner in Olympic Corp., a general contracting firm, and Delta Contracting Group, a real estate development company.
Mr. Forster was an avid downhill skier and loyal enthusiast of Nubs Nob. He was also a longtime member of the Detroit Athletic Club where he played squash and was a loyal patron of The Tap Bar.
He played many a frustrating round of golf at Gowanie Golf Club, loving every minute of it, and also belonged to Petoskey Bay View Golf Club.
He enjoyed many laughs and good times playing co-ed volleyball and closing The Club 500. His family said that no one was ever more blessed with an amazing group of lifelong friends.
Mr. Forster and his wife, Patty, moved to Petoskey in 2002, fulfilling a lifelong dream of retiring in Northern Michigan.
He is survived by his loving wife Patty (nee Moran); and his loving children Julie (Tom) Goodrich, Brian (Claire) Forster and Andrew (Heather) Forster. He taught them many life lessons, most importantly the importance of the two words “listen” and “believe.”
He also is survived by six terrific grandchildren; his siblings Dennis (Patty), Renee (Mike) Foley, Abbie (Scott) Thiss, and Mary Ellen (Warren) Vrooman; brothers-in-law Thomas (Patti) Moran, Mike (Patty) Moran, and Joe (Beth) Moran; and sisters-in-law Cathy (Al) Rutledge, Mary (Lon) Barr, and Lucy (Bob) Gorski.
He was pre-deceased by his parents; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Thomas Joseph and Philomene Moran.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 at St. Clare of Montefalco Catholic Church.
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Little Traverse Bay, 3434 M-119 Road, Suite F, Harbor Springs, MI 49740.
Died: Tuesday, February 12, 2008 Margaret Palazzolo
St. Clair Shores resident Margaret Palazzolo, 75, died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008, at Oakwood Hospital. She was formerly a resident of Grosse Pointe Park.
Mrs. Palazzolo was born Nov. 19, 1932 in Monroe to Phillipo and Angelina Badalamenti. She graduated from the Catholic Girls Academy in Monroe.
She married her husband, Joseph, in 1951.
Mrs. Palazzolo was a homemaker and helped her husband at his grocery business, Five Brothers Market.
She enjoyed playing cards with her friends and was famous among family and friends for her delicious Italian cooking.
Mrs. Palazzolo is survived by Joseph, her husband of 56 years; daughter Roselyn (Keith) Rhodes; and grandchildren Joseph, Natalie and Lauren.
She also is survived by her sister, Fara Palazzolo; and brothers Joseph Badalamenti and Emmanuel Badalamenti.
Visitation will be held 2 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15 at Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons Funeral Home, 36900 Schoenherr Rd., Sterling Heights.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 at St. Lucy Catholic Church, 23401 Jefferson Ave., St. Clair Shores. Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton Township.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 30200 Telegraph Rd., Suite 105, Bingham Farms, MI 48025.
Died: Tuesday, February 12, 2008 Beverly J. Wilson
Former Grosse Pointe Farms resident Beverly J. Wilson, 80, died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008, at Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe. She most recently lived at the American House East in Roseville.
She was born April 16, 1927 in Flint to William C. and Irene Walton Hummell. She married Robert M. Wilson and the couple moved to Grosse Pointe in 1963.
Mrs. Wilson was known for her love of her family, and the wonderful life and joy she shared with her late husband, Bob.
It seemed as if she was always cooking for an army. Her six children and their friends could always count on arriving home from school to the smell of fresh cookies and cupcakes.
Her family said she will be missed for her deep concern for her family and friends, and her sense of humor which she passed on to her grateful children.
She is survived by her sons, Robert M. (Donna) of Algonac, Christopher (Colleen) of Fort Myers, Fla., and Gary (Lauren) of the City of Grosse Pointe; daughter, Nancy M. Wilson of Fort Myers, Fla.; 12 grandchildren; and numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased in 1998 by Bob, her husband of 53 years; sons, James T. “Tim” and Jeffrey P.; her parents; and her siblings, Violet Roberts and James Hummell.
A service was held Feb. 15 at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church with interment at Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery in Point Edward, Ontario.
Memorial donations may be made to COTS Detroit, 26 Peterboro, Detroit, MI 48201 or The Salvation Army, 16130 Northland Dr., Southfield, MI 48075.
Died: Monday, February 11, 2008
Grosse Pointe Woods resident Angela Virginia Popovic, 78, died Monday, Feb. 11, 2008.
She was born April 18, 1929 in Detroit to Jack and Maria DiGaetano and attended Girls Catholic Central High School.
Mrs. Popovic was a wife, mother and homemaker.
She is survived by her husband, Milan; daughter Donna M. (Barry) Bussiere; sons Michael M. and Daniel J. (Roberta); grandchildren Lia, David, Matthew and Alex; and her sister, Catherine Palazzola.
She was predeceased by her parents.
Visitation will be held from 3 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14 and from 2 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15 at A. H. Peters Funeral Home, 20705 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Woods.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 21620 Greater Mack, St. Clair Shores, with interment following at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Detroit.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Died: Sunday, February 10, 2008
Grosse Pointe Woods resident James R. B. Smith, 87, died Sunday, Feb. 10, 2008.
Mr. Smith was born in Detroit to John and Margaret Smith. He graduated from Eastern High School in 1938 and worked as an engineer at Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a water tender 3rd Class.
Mr. Smith was a member of the American Society of Body Engineers.
He had a wide variety of interests including golf, fishing, boating, reading and music.
He is survived by his wife, Doris V. Smith; daughters Diane Gluszewski and Susan Lockhart; son Jim Smith; seven grandchildren and two great-granddaughters.
Mr. Smith was predeceased by his son, David, and his brother, Jack.
A funeral service was held Feb. 13 at First English Evangelical Lutheran Church, Grosse Pointe Woods.
Memorial donations may be made to the First English Building Fund, 800 Vernier, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236.