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Fr. Richard Maloney

Fr. Richard Maloney

Died: Thursday, June 05, 2008
Age: 84
The Rev. Richard Maloney, retired pastor of Guardian Angel Catholic Church in Detroit, died Thursday, June 5, 2008.

He was born July 15, 1924 in Cincinnati to Edmund B. and Mary J. Maloney. He attended Detroit’s Sacred Heart Seminary and Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Norwood, Ohio.

He was ordained May 20, 1950 in Detroit and said his first Mass at St. Cecilia Parish in Detroit.

Fr. Maloney served as temporary assistant pastor at Most Holy Trinity Parish in Detroit from 1950 to 1952. He was transferred to St. Philomena Parish and served as assistant pastor there from 1952 to 1957. He then served as assistant pastor at St. Cecilia Parish from 1957 to 1962 and at St. Michael Parish in Monroe from 1962 to 1966. He was the assistant pastor from 1966 to 1970 at St. Rose of Lima Parish in Detroit.

On July 1, 1970 Fr. Maloney was appointed pastor at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Allenton. He served as vicar of the Old Thumb Vicariate from 1983 to 1985 and then was named associate pastor at Guardian Angels Parish in Detroit in 1985.

In 1986, he was named pastor of Guardian Angels, where he served until his retirement in 1995.

He was predeceased by his parents; and his sister, Eileen Maloney.

A funeral Mass was celebrated June 9 at St. Philomena Catholic Church in Detroit.

Memorial donations may be made to Sacred Heart Major Seminary, 2701 Chicago Blvd., Detroit, MI 48206; St. Bonaventure Monastery, 1740 Mt. Elliot, Detroit, MI 48207; or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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William Alexander Harrity, M.D.

William Alexander Harrity, M.D.

Died: Wednesday, June 04, 2008
Age: 76
Grosse Pointe Farms resident William Alexander Harrity, M.D., 76, died Wednesday, June 4, 2008.

Dr. Harrity was born March 29, 1932 in Detroit to Geraldine and John Harrity. He graduated from Catholic Central High School, Wayne State University and Wayne State University School of Medicine.

He performed his residencies at Denver General Hospital and Detroit Receiving Hospital. He received his medical degree in 1958 and his general surgery degree in 1964.

Dr. Harrity had a general surgery practice and was on the staff of Bon Secours Hospital, Holy Cross Hospital and South Macomb Hospital.

He served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force.

Dr. Harrity was a member of many social and professional organizations including AOA, phi beta kappa, Diplomat of American College of Surgery, American Medical Association, Wayne County Medical Society, Michigan Medical Society and FACS.

He also was a member of the Detroit Surgical Association, Detroit Academy of Surgery, and the Midwest Surgical Association.

He was a clinical assistant and professor of surgery at the Wayne State School of Medicine. Dr. Harrity was also a member of the Grosse Pointe Senior Men’s Club.

Dr. Harrity is survived by his wife, Cecile; daughter, Mary Harrity (Charles) Chase; sons, William Vincent (Nicole); Patrick John, Andrew S. (Lorraine) and Michael J.; grandchildren, Tracy, Jean, Wyatt, C. Timothy, Claire, Monica, Gabrielle, Christine and Susanna Chase, and Will, Alec and Elizabeth Harrity; sister Joan (Jack) Smith, and his brother, Msgr. E. Dennis Harrity.

He was predeceased by his parents.

Visitation will be held 2 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 13 at Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home, 16300 Mack Avenue, Grosse Pointe Park.

The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 14 at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore Road, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Interment will be at Assumption Grotto Cemetery in Detroit.

Memorial donations may be made the Michigan Parkinson Foundation, 30161 Southfield Rd., Suite 119, Southfield, MI 48076.

Bernie A. Van Antwerp

Bernie A. Van Antwerp

Died: Wednesday, June 04, 2008
Age: 43
Former Grosse Pointe Park resident Bernie A. Van Antwerp, 43, died suddenly of heart attack Wednesday, June 4, 2008. He was living in Lake Forest, Ill.

Mr. Van Antwerp was raised in Grosse Pointe Park and attended St. Clare of Montefalco grade school. A job transfer took the family to Ohio and Mr. Van Antwerp graduated from Walsh Jesuit High School in Stow, Ohio.

He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from The Ohio State University and his Master of Business Administration from Wayne State University.

He was employed in sales and marketing with Oracle.

Mr. Van Antwerp was an avid skier, sailboat racer, triathlete, runner and tailgater. He was an active volunteer in his community and church as a youth sports coach and member of the Knights of Columbus.

He is survived by his wife, Patti Domzalski; children, Nicholas, Michael and Eleanor; parents, Deanna and Bernard Van Antwerp of Grosse Pointe Park; parents-in-law, Bruno and Katie Domzalski of Grosse Pointe Park; sisters, Julie (Johanne) Odermann and Lynn (Karl) Ness; brothers, Christopher (Loretta) and Michael. He also is survived by his brother-in-law, Michael (Paige) Domzalski; sister-in-law, Ellen (Chris) Clark; 16 nieces and nephews; and many friends.

Funeral services were held in Illinois. A memorial Mass will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 17, 2008 at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 15020 Hampton, Grosse Pointe Park.

Memorial donations may be made to the Van Antwerp Children Education Fund, 26333 Jefferson, St. Clair Shores, MI 48081.

John L. Francis

John L. Francis

Died: Wednesday, June 04, 2008
Age: 82
John L. Francis, a 35-year resident of Grosse Pointe Woods, died Wednesday, June 4, 2008. He was 82.

Mr. Francis was born March 2, 1926 in Detroit to Louis and Mary Francis. He graduated from St. Charles High School in 1943 and was the class president. He then attended the Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit. Upon graduating from the seminary, Mr. Francis decided to not take the vows of priesthood, but instead chose to pursue a career in law.

In 1951 he graduated from the University of Detroit School of Law and was on the law journal. After his law school graduation, Mr. Francis served his country in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954 during the Korean conflict.

In 1957 he married Cleamance (Muncie) Francis and together they began raising a family.

Mr. Francis practiced law for more than 40 years with the Detroit law firm of Berry, Hopson, Francis, Mack and Siefman. He specialized in workers compensation law, but practiced in many other areas. He was an assistant attorney general for the State of Michigan and served as a mediator for the Wayne County Mediation Tribunal.

His family said Mr. Francis was a tremendous source of general counsel to many clients, friends, family and other attorneys throughout his career. His academic training in philosophy, law and “real life” experiences growing up in Detroit as a child of Syrian and Lebanese immigrants during the Great Depression, helped shape his unique and practical outlook.

Mr. Francis was an active parishioner at Our Lady Star of the Sea in Grosse Pointe Woods for more than 35 years and a member of the Grosse Pointe Senior Men’s Club. He enjoyed several hobbies including woodworking, especially his bird houses, golf and electric trains. He also enjoyed taking long walks. One of his great interests was watching his children and grandchildren participate in Little League and school athletic events.

Mr. Francis is survived by his children, John M. (Robin), Therese (Paul) Lisowski, Catherine (Glenn) Lunde, James, Raymond (Gina) and Stephen (Stacey); and grandchildren Audrey, Michael, Matthew, Paige and John Richard. He also is survived by his sisters, Lila (Charles) Abud and Jeanette (Albert) Shalhoub.

Mr. Francis was predeceased by Cleamance, his wife of more than 50 years; and his sisters, Adele Ammar, Clara Joseph and Ida Joseph.

A funeral Mass was celebrated June 10 at Our Lady Star of the Sea.

Irvin Daniel “Ike” Gay

Irvin Daniel “Ike” Gay

Died: Tuesday, June 03, 2008
Age: 87
Longtime Grosse Pointe Park resident Irvin Daniel “Ike” Gay, 87, died peacefully Tuesday, June 3, 2008, at his place of work in Southfield.

Born July 20, 1920 in Ashland, Wisc. to Catherine and Ephraim Gay, he graduated from Ashland High School in 1938 and was awarded the “Ben Metternich” trophy for academic achievement and outstanding athletic ability. He played end on the football team and his school paper referred to him as “one of the fastest thinking cagers developed at Ashland High.”

He was a class officer accomplished musician, playing the clarinet four years in the high school band and earning a music scholarship to The Univeristy of Wisconsin. He was in the Badger marching band for four years.

Mr. Gay graduated in 1942 with honors and a bachelor’s degree in accounting and philosophy. His first job after graduation was with Ernst & Ernst accounting firm in Detroit.

In 1943, Mr. Gay attended Officer Candidate School and was commissioned a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. He participated in the Pacific Theater during World War II as an aviation supply officer. He received an honorable discharge in 1946.

After the war, he began work with Burroughs Corporation in Milwaukee as a sales trainer. There he met and married Jane Delphine Booth in 1949. They were married 56 years.

He worked 35 years in management positions for Burroughs from Milwaukee and Green Bay to Los Angeles and Detroit.

In 1972, he formed a consulting group for Burroughs. He retired from Burroughs in 1981.

Not one for retirement, Mr. Gay founded XBS, Inc., a marketing and support organization specializing in computer software related services. His consulting company landed him at Young and Rubicam advertising in 1982, where he stayed for nine years.

In 1991 he joined Artisan Associates/NLM, a specialized transportation management company, and helped design the company’s first computer system. The principals at the company told him, you have a “job for life.” He was leading a team on a data base integration project, when he died at the Southfield office.

Neighbors and friends said Mr. Gay was passionate about work, play, relationships, and animals. The children in his neighborhood would drop by for pancakes and to pet and play with the dogs. The dogs in the neighborhood would stop by for treats, scraping the front door screen to gain entrance.

He was known to save many a cat from a tree, getting assistance with the extension ladder.

Mr. Gay enjoyed golf, including trips to the Masters with friends. As a season ticket holder for more than 50 years, he made many trips to Green Bay to cheer on the Packers.

He also enjoyed his visits to a local pub, sports, conversations and camaraderie with those of all ages. His infectious sense of humor, jokes, sayings and knowledge of so many topics, endeared him to all.

He is survived by many loving nieces and nephews, friends and neighbors. In addition, he is mourned by his devoted “city shepherd,” Jake.

He was predeceased by his wife, Jane; his parents; his sister Elvina Paulsen; and brothers, Ephraim Jr. and Freeman.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 21 at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial, 32 Lakeshore Dr., Grosse Pointe Farms.

Memorial donations may be made to the Grosse Pointe Animal Adoption Society, 296 Chalfonte, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.

Barbara L. Held

Died: Friday, May 30, 2008
Age: 79
Former Grosse Pointe Woods and Shores resident Barbara L. Held, 79, died Friday, May, 30, 2008, at Hope Hospice in Fort Myers, Fla.

Mrs. Held was born in Fort Wayne, Ind. to Alfred and Elizabeth Baldwin. She attended Indiana University and was a member of Delta Gamma sorority.

She met Ted Held while at the university and the two were married and moved to Grosse Pointe upon Mr. Held’s graduation.

Mrs. Held was a wife, mother and homemaker who enjoyed gardening, art and reading. She was a longtime member of the Ferry Elementary School PTO from 1954 when her first child entered school there, until 1976 when her youngest finished.

She and her husband enjoyed summers at their cottage on Lake Charlevoix.

Mrs. Held was a longtime member of Grosse Pointe Woods Presbyterian Church and a former member of Lochmoor Country Club.

She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Theodore D. Held Jr.; sons, Theodore D. Held III and Thomas D. Held; daughters, Elizabeth Singer and Martee S. Held; grandchildren, Wendy Singer, Amy Singer and Carrie Wicker; step-grandchildren, Daren and Misty Helfer; great-grandchild, Owen Wicker; and step great-grandchild, Justin Helfer.

She also is survived by her sister, Patricia Moir.

She was predeceased by her parents.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 8th Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001 or Hope Hospice, 9470 HealthPark Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33908.

Mary Shimon

Died: Thursday, May 29, 2008
Age: 60
Former Grosse Pointe Woods resident Mary Lee (nee Scott) Shimon, 60, died Thursday, May 29, 2008 at the Hospice and Palliative Care of Northern Colorado inpatient unit in Greeley.

Born Nov. 12, 1947 in Grosse Pointe to Mackinnon and Patricia Scott, she graduated from Grosse Pointe High School. She then worked 11 years as a field representative for the American Automobile Association.

Mrs. Shimon moved to Colorado in 1976 and on April 2, 1977, married the love of her life, Jake Shimon, in Loveland, Colo. In 1978 and 1979, two more loves were added to her life, sons Geoff and Nick. Her family said her three loves brought her joy every day of her life.

Family meant the world to Mrs. Shimon. She made time to stay in touch with her brother, Bill; sister, Jane, and her many nieces and nephews. She also became a member of a much larger clan known as the Shimon, whose love for life, music and family made her heart sing.

Mrs. Shimon’s family said she made friends wherever she went and touched countless lives. She gave 21 years of service to the Greeley Stampede, which was not a job to her but another one of her families.

Mrs. Shimon is survived by her husband, N. Jake Shimon of Greeley; sons, Geoff Shimon of Orlando, Fla. and Nick Shimon of Greeley; granddaughter, Malia; brother, William Scott and his wife, Ani, of Houston, Texas; sister, Jane Trembour and her husband, Max, of Clinton Township; and many brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents.

A celebration of her life was held June 4 in Greeley.

Memorial donations may be made to Mary Shimon, Greeley Independent Stampede Education Foundation, 600 N. 14th Avenue, Greeley, CO 80631.

Elaine Jean Anderson Dorn Suhr

Elaine Jean Anderson Dorn Suhr

Died: Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Age: 85
Former Grosse Pointe Woods resident Elaine Jean Anderson Dorn Suhr, 85, died Wednesday, May 28, 2008 in Florida.

She was born July 17, 1922 in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to William and Marie Anderson. She was a 1940 graduate of Escanaba High School, who became a big city Chicago nurse.

She was married, widowed, one child, remarried, put three more together before one more round of yours, mine and ours.

Mrs. Suhr was a painter, avid sportswoman, and, her family said, a hostess/entertainer supreme. She enjoyed cards, bowling, tennis, golf, swimming, water skiing and ice skating.

Her family said Mrs. Suhr was the neighborhood nurse tending to many neighbors before the run to the hospital for stitches.

While managing her career and all of her interests, she pursued an advanced education in nursing. She was a dedicated volunteer and working woman. And was smart in every way, including her attire.

She will be missed by her many groups of friends from church, school, and the neighborhood as well as her bridge, euchre, poker and pinochle groups.

Mrs. Suhr is survived by her loving husband, Raymond Suhr of Spring Hill (Timber Pines), Fla., children, Bill and Kathleen Suhr of Elm Grove, Wisc., Rick Suhr of Harper Woods, and Lee and Karen Suhr of Sterling Heights; grandchildren, Logan Suhr and his fiance Kelly Galstad of Crosse Plains, Wisc., Casey Suhr of Jacksonville, Fla. and Michael Suhr of Sterling Heights; sisters-in-law, Lois and Joyce; and former daughter-in-law, Lissa Martin of Middleton, Wisc.

A funeral service was held June 3 in Florida. Interment will follow at a later date in Escanaba.

Betty L. Karl

Betty L. Karl

Died: Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Age: 74
Former City of Grosse Pointe resident Betty L. Karl, 74, died Wednesday, May 28, 2008, at Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe. She had been living in St. Clair Shores.

Mrs. Karl was born April 30, 1934 in Center Line to Rudi and Olga Richter. She was a 1952 graduate of Grosse Pointe High School.

She worked at the General Motors Corp. Tech Center in Warren.

Mrs. Karl loved music and the outdoors.

She was predeceased by her husband, George; and her parents.

She is survived by her sister, Edith Elsesser.

A private memorial was held.

Memorial donations may be sent to the Michigan Humane Society, 30300 Telegraph Rd., Suite 220, Bingham Farms, 48025.

Ruth Ann Knapp

Ruth Ann Knapp

Died: Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Age: 83
Former Grosse Pointe Farms resident Ruth Ann Knapp, 83, died Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at her home in Ann Arbor.

Mrs. Knapp was born Oct. 21, 1924 in Detroit to Uriah Sampson and Margaret Kinnear James. She attended Stephens College in Mo.

Mrs. Knapp had been a surveyor with the Michigan Cancer Foundation and a buyer for the J.L. Hudson Co.

She was a member of the Womens City Club, Parents Without Partners, and the Audubon Society.

She enjoyed bike riding and bird watching.

Mrs. Knapp competed in the 1957 National Pillsbury Bake-Off in Los Angeles. While there, she met television personality Art Linkletter and Ronald Reagan, then governor of California. While Pillsbury renamed her winning entry, the Beat & Bake Cocoa Cake, the family always referred to it as The Pixie Cake.

Mrs. Knapp is survived by daughters, Margaret Louise Huffaker, Alice Heather Gaujanian and Carol Lynn (Thomas) Faner; sons, Robert H. Knapp, M.D. and James Knapp; grandchildren, Robert Russel, Aimee Faner, Megan Knapp, Todd Faner, Kyle Faner and Sarah Knapp; and great-grandchild, Jacob Russel.

She was predeceased by her husband, Robert Hayes Knapp; and her brother, Randolph James.

A funeral service was held May 30 with interment at Rose Land Cemetery.

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