Died: Thursday, May 10, 2007
Stanley James Schumacher, 47, of Grosse Pointe and Port Huron, passed away Thursday, May 10, 2007.
He is survived by his mother, Marie; siblings, E. David (Jill), Paul, Robert (Charlotte), Jane (Larry), Carole, Ellen and Hazen; three nephews; and three nieces.
He was predeceased by his father, Edward Schumacher.
A memorial service was held Wednesday, May 16, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in St. Clair.
Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Martin’s Lutheran Church Soup Kitchen, 805 Chestnut St., Port Huron, MI 48060.
Died: Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Former Grosse Pointe resident, Jeffrey Alexander Blevins, 51, of Naperville, Ill., passed away Wednesday, May 9, 2007, from complications of a long illness.
He was born June 18, 1955, in Forrest Hills, N.Y. He grew up in Grosse Pointe and graduated from Grosse Pointe South High School. He was an active young man who was an Eagle Scout, president of the Grosse Pointe Congregational Church youth group and a crisis counselor in Grosse Pointe.
Mr. Blevins graduated in 1977 from Denison University in Granville, Ohio, with a Bachelor of Arts in economics and in 1981 from DePaul University’s law school in Chicago where he was elected editor-in-chief of the Law Review. Upon graduation, he joined the law firm of Bell, Boyd and Lloyd in Chicago, where he was a partner in the labor/employment and general litigation practice group. He was also associated with the Prairie State Legal Services, in Kankakee, Ill., and later was in private practice.
Mr. Blevins served as a member of the Mayor’s Commission on Disabilities in Naperville.
His family wrote, “He was a loving husband and proud father of his daughter, Maya. Jeff will be remembered as a kind, fair and honorable man, who with his quick wit and determination, had incredible perseverance to face the difficult obstacles of life and to accomplish whatever he sought to achieve. He will be greatly missed by all those who loved him.”
He is survived by his wife, Diane Blevins; and her children, Meagan, Laura and Jeff; his daughter, Maya Blevins of Rochester, Minn.; mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. William E. Blevins of Lancaster, Pa.; sister, Jennifer of Glen Ridge, N.J.; brother, Bradley of Glen Ellyn, Ill.; his nieces and nephews; and lifelong friend, Robert Betten of John Day, Ore.
A funeral service was held Tuesday, May 15, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Naperville. Interment is at Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery, Naperville.
Memorial contributions may be made to HHT Foundation International Inc., P.O. Box 329, Monkton, MD 21111, or the charity of one’s choice.
Died: Monday, May 07, 2007 Margaret Wood Driscoll
Margaret Wood Driscoll, 85, of Grosse Pointe Farms, died Monday, May 7, 2007, at Bon Secours Hospital.
She was born Dec. 24, 1921, in Detroit, to Louis Sidney and Rachel June (nee Hoymann) Wood and lived in Grosse Pointe as a young child. She graduated from Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, Iowa. In 1960, she returned to Grosse Pointe Park with her husband to raise their three children.
Mrs. Driscoll worked for General Motors Corp., and Manufacturer’s Export Service, in Detroit.
Among her many interests, Mrs. Driscoll particularly enjoyed cooking, gardening, reading and traveling. She was a member of the Country Club of Detroit and the Michigan League for Crippled Children for which she helped get Camp Grace Bentley ready every summer.
She is survived by her sons, Mark Wood (Christine) Driscoll, Frederick Donahue (Sue) Driscoll and Daniel Jerome (Karen) Driscoll; grandchildren, Thaddeus Henderson, Ann Wood, Kelly Diane, Shannon Margaret, Bridget Ann and Natalie Elizabeth Driscoll; and sisters; Elizabeth Burr Wood, Nancy Lou Wood Murphy, Carolyn House, Lou Ann Wood and Kay Groth.
She was predeceased by her husband of 42 years, Jerome Frederick Driscoll, who died in 1994.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 20, at Grosse Pointe United Methodist Church, 211 Moross, Grosse Pointe Farms. Interment is in the church’s memorial garden.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Michigan League for Crippled Children, Camp Grace Bentley, c/o Nancy Perri, 1369 Stanley Blvd., Birmingham, MI 48009.
Died: Friday, May 04, 2007 Amy Fraser Bragg
Amy Fraser Bragg, 52, died at her Grosse Pointe home Friday, May 4, 2007, following a valiant four-year battle with lung cancer.
She was born May 16, 1954, in Easton, Pa., as the first child of John Harper Bragg and Irma von Goehde. The family moved to rural Virginia a year later and in 1963 to the Hudson Valley in Saugerties, N.Y.
She graduated from Ulster Academy in Kingston, N.Y. and from Smith College in Northampton, Mass., in 1978 with an Artium Baccalaureus degree in art history.
Ms. Bragg moved to New York City in 1980 and began a career in the executive search industry, initially as a research associate with Spencer Stuart and Associates. She later was the director of research for Heidrick and Struggles, and a partner with Canny Bowen and Associates.
She married Scott Flood in July of 1988 during a wedding ceremony held in the garden of her family home. She left the corporate world in 1992 to devote full time to raising two daughters in New York City.
After leaving the work force, Ms. Bragg was an active volunteer for numerous organizations in New York, such as The Riverside Church Weekday School where she served as co-chairperson of the parent committee, and at The Convent of the Sacred Heart as a parent committee volunteer and an admissions office volunteer guide.
She served on the board of the West 104th Street block association. One of her favorite activities was acting as the unofficial gardener at her Upper West Side co-op building for which she oversaw the planting of several trees and maintained the gardens which were admired by many.
Since moving to Grosse Pointe in 1999, Ms. Bragg has played an active role at the University Liggett School, where she co-chaired the school’s 2001 Antique Show and the 2002 125th Anniversary celebration. At the Grosse Pointe Academy, she contributed annually to the school’s major fundraiser, the Action Auction. She was a member of the Tau Beta Association, The Garden Society and contributed to Memorial Presbyterian Church.
Ms. Bragg became an enthusiastic ltalophile during her first trip in 1977 to Italy to which she returned many times with her husband and, eventually, her daughters. She has had a lifelong love of all animals, particularly horses and horseback riding which was a passion she shared with her daughters.
Her family writes, “Amy’s greatest love of all is her family, her beloved daughters, Claire and Alice; her wonderful and devoted husband, Scott, who has been such an inspiration to her; her compassionate and accomplished mother; amazing father; her brothers, Stuart and Peter, who she loves more than anything; and her ‘nice niece,’ Emily Bragg; and ‘nice nephs,’ Oliver and John Bragg, who will always have a special place in her heart.”
She is survived by her husband, Scott Flood; her daughters, Claire and Alice; her mother, Vonnie Bragg; her two brothers, Stuart and Peter Bragg; and her niece and nephews, Emily, Oliver and John Bragg.
Died: Friday, May 04, 2007 Mary Anne Danaher
Mary Anne Danaher, 83, died Friday, May 4, 2007, of cancer at St. John Hospital.
She was born Feb. 5, 1924, in Grosse Pointe, the only child of Marie O’Connor Dodge and John Duval Dodge. She was a granddaughter of Detroit automaker pioneer, John Dodge.
Mrs. Danaher graduated from the Liggett School in 1940 and from Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, N.Y., in 1943 with a liberal arts degree.
Jim Danaher, her husband of more than 35 years, said, “Mary Anne was a cheerful, elegant and loyal woman. Everyone loved her, especially those who worked for her. She made friends so easily, from her hairdresser and the woman who did her nails to the people she met on our numerous trips abroad.”
Her first marriage to Frank Neville Moran of Rotonda West, Fla. and Point Lookout, ended in divorce.
She met Mr. Danaher in 1938. She enjoyed a loving relationship with her stepchildren and their families.
While she loved fashionable clothes, Faberge eggs, fine food and drink, she was also “the salt of the earth, a woman who preferred the Russell Stover chocolate assortment she bought at Notre Dame Pharmacy to Godiva or Ghirardelli,” said stepson, Jim Danaher Jr.
“My mother was generous to a fault, especially to those less fortunate. For someone who was a homemaker most of her life, she was liberated before her time,” said her son, John Francis Moran.
“She always treated me like I was her daughter,” said daughter-in-law, Kate Moran. “She was so kind. What I remember most about Mary Anne is that she was a lady — never a hair out of place.”
An avid sports fan, Mrs. Danaher’s favorite player was New England Patriots and former University of Michigan quarterback, Tom Brady.
She was a member of the Bayview Yacht Club, Country Club of Detroit, Nomads, Vero Beach Country Club and the Vero Beach Yacht Club, where she and her husband had a winter home.
She is survived by her husband, Jim Danaher; two sons; John Francis Moran, of Ann Arbor, and Mark (Kate) Dodge Moran, of the Bahamas and Pointe Lookout; two grandchildren, Christine Ann and Kevin Francis Moran; stepchildren, Jim Danaher Jr. of Boston, Eileen “Lee” (Frank) Traum of Grosse Pointe, Thomas (Mallory) Danaher of New York, Steven Danaher of Longwood, Fla., and Kathleen “Kath” (Dave) Rybicki of Vacaville, Calif.; and three step-grandchildren, Christopher, Kelly and Brooke Danaher.
She was predeceased by stepdaugher-in-law, Deborah Danaher,
A memorial service was held Sunday, May 6, at Verheyden Funeral Home, Grosse Pointe Park. Interment is at Sims-Whitney Cemetery in Au Gres, where she spent many happy summers with family and friends, overlooking Lake Huron and Point Lookout.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Detroit Chapter of the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 44110, Detroit MI 48244-0110 or the Salvation Army, P.O. Box 269, Alexandria, VA 22313.
Died: Thursday, May 03, 2007 Donn G. Kipka
St. Clair Shores resident Donn G. Kipka, 89, died Thursday, May 3, 2007, at Bon Secours Hospital.
He was born in Elkhart, Ind., to Gertrude M. Snyder and Van Rensselaer Kipka and was a graduate of the University of Michigan.
Mr. Kipka served during World War II in the South Pacific as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard.
He worked in the customer relations department with Detroit Edison for more than 40 years.
He was active in the community as a member of Grosse Pointe Memorial Church to which he belonged since October of 1941, the Grosse Pointe Men’s Club for which he served a term as president and New Detroit Committee.
His many interests included traveling, bowling and playing bridge. He enjoyed many outside activities such as golf, skiing, swimming, hiking and gardening.
He is survived by his son, Donn G. (Kristine) Kipka Jr.; daughter; Catherine H. (Charles) Krause; grandchildren, Ken (Kim) MacLean III, Kate (Jim) Maffei, Jennifer (Mike) DeWaele, Rob Kipka, Nancy Kipka, Rick Krause and Andrea Krause; great-grandchildren, Luca James Maffei and Clara Helen DeWaele; and sister, Catherine Ann (Al) Arko.
He was predeceased by his wife, Helen J. Kipka; daughter, Nancy J. (Ken) MacLean; and brothers, Van R. and William H. Kipka.
A memorial service was held Monday, May 7, at the Grosse Pointe Memorial Church in Grosse Pointe Farms.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236, or to the Salvation Army, National Headquarters, P.O. Box 269, Alexandria, VA 22313.
Died: Wednesday, May 02, 2007
Juli Wilson Marshall, 48, of Lake Forest, Ill., died Wednesday, May 2, 2007.
She was born Jan. 18, 1959, in Nuremberg, Germany, to George and Alice Wilson. As a child of a U.S. Army family, she lived in Tehran, Iran, and Seoul, Korea, before coming to the United States to live.
She graduated in 1977 from Mercy High School in Farmington Hills and in 1981 from the James Madison Honors College of Michigan State University where she received an award as one of its top 25 graduates in a class of 8,000.
She earned a juris doctorate from the University of Michigan Law School where she was an honors graduate, an executive editor of the law review and a champion of the Henry M. Campbell Moot Court Competition.
After graduation, she joined the law firm of Latham and Watkins where she was one of the global chairs of the products liability and mass torts practice group, specializing in complex litigation and class actions in a variety of tort, intellectual property, insurance and commercial litigation matters.
She is survived by her husband, Robert J. Marshall; children, Melissa, Bobby, Haley and Michaela; parents, George and Alice Wilson; siblings, Thomas, George Jr., Patrick and Sean; and brother-in-law, Jim Marshall.
She was predeceased by her in-laws, Cyril and Diana Marshall.
A funeral Mass was celebrated Wednesday, May 9, at the Church of St. Mary, Lake Forest. Interment is at Ascension Cemetery, Libertyville, Ill.
Memorial contributions may be made to The REACH Institute, Attn: Peter S. Jensen, Suite 4F, 341 West 87th St., New York, NY 10024.
Died: Wednesday, May 02, 2007 Donald C. Wood
Donald C. Wood, longtime resident of both Grosse Pointe and Vero Beach, Fla. died on Wednesday, May 2, 2007, after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer.
He was born in 1925 in Detroit to Logan and Edith Wood. He attended Grosse Pointe High School and enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. After the war, Mr. Wood attended and graduated early from Michigan State University. While there he married the love-of-his-life, Margaret Robinson.
After college in the early 1950s, he joined his brothers, Bill and Jack, in the car business selling a variety of imported automobiles. Their service station was located at the corner of Mack and Cook in Grosse Pointe Woods. Test drives were given on the dirt roads surrounding the dealership.
In the late 1950s, while he and his family were vacationing in Florida, he found a curious little car for sale. He bought it and the family drove back to Michigan in this strange little car, the Volkswagen Beetle.
Mr. Wood founded Wood Motors, which was the largest Volkswagen dealership in Michigan for many years. He also introduced many other vehicle lines, including Mercedes Benz and Honda, to the Detroit area. During his tenure as president of Wood Motors, he served as a board member and chairman of the American Imported Automobile Dealers Association.
An avid golfer, Mr. Wood served on the board for many years and was president in the 1970s of the Lochmoor Club. He was also a member of the Country Club of Detroit and a founding member of Bent Pine Country Club in Vero Beach where he served as a board member for many years and as president for two terms in the 1980s.
In the late 1960s, he reconnected with his training from the Army Air Corps. He became an expert pilot, earning his multi-engine, IFR rating. He was also a Bellanca Aircraft dealer, introducing the wooden-sparred Bellanca Viking airplane to Michigan.
Mr. Wood semi-retired from Wood Motors almost 20 years ago and spent many happy winters in Florida and summers in Michigan.
While so successful in business, his family and friends will most remember him for his charm, quick wit, sage advice and true and loyal friendship.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret; children, Virginia (Terry Anglin), Nancy (Drake Ambrosino), Thomas (Desi), Carolyn (Tom Brown), Donald, Jr. (Denise) and Charles (Sue); 17 grandchildren; two sisters, Catherine Champion and Barbara (Richard) Simonds; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
A memorial service was held Saturday, May 5, at the Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, Grosse Pointe Farms.
Memorial contributions may be made to WarmHeartsFoundation.org, or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718
Died: Tuesday, May 01, 2007 Sara "Sally" Scholl
Sara “Sally” Scholl, 70, of Petoskey and Tucson, Ariz., died at home surrounded by her family on Tuesday, May 1, 2007.
Her family wrote, “With her family surrounding and embracing her with a love that will never end, our beloved mother, sister, aunt and grandma peacefully slipped the surly bonds of earth to touch the face of God. She inspired us, fighting her courageous battle with cancer right to the end of her life. She died as she lived, with grace, dignity and peace.”
She was born Jan. 31, 1937, in Detroit to Drs. John and Elizabeth Ross, and attended grade and high school at the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Detroit. She graduated from Trinity College in Washington, D.C., in 1958, and later earned a master’s in clinical psychology at the Center for Humanistic Studies.
While working for Merrill Lynch in New York City, she met Richard Scholl, a German immigrant who swept her off her feet. They were married in July of 1959 and honeymooned at Coney Island, where they dined on hamburgers and shared a beer.
After their wedding, the couple moved to the Detroit area where Mr. Scholl earned his law degree, Mrs. Scholl taught school and their three children were born.
In 1972, the Scholls ventured north from Grosse Pointe Farms to Petoskey, where Mr. Scholl practiced law.
After her husband’s untimely death in a plane crash in 1981, Mrs. Scholl embarked upon a new career as a holistic health practitioner. She was a forerunner in the fields of massage therapy, alternative medicine and the practice of yoga. She touched countless lives by her generosity and by sharing the knowledge and wisdom she gained on her cancer journey.
Over the last 20 years, Mrs. Scholl wintered in Tucson. Not one to watch TV, she hiked daily in Sabino Canyon National Park, enjoyed the wonder of the outdoors in the Desert Mountains and Northern Michigan. She also prayed, meditated and taught and practiced yoga daily.
Mrs. Scholl was active in her communities. She supported the Crooked Tree Arts Center from its inception and inspired D’Art for Art, currently the arts center’s main fundraiser. She helped found the Petoskey Football Boosters and the German Conversation Club. She was an active supporter of the Sunstone Cancer Support Center in Tucson.
She was a woman of deep faith and an active member of both St. Francis Xavier Church in Petoskey and St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Tucson.
Nothing lit up her face like her grandchildren, Max, Mamie, Rikayla, Sabrina and Caity, who were the lights of her life.
Mrs. Scholl is survived by her three children, Richard (Altina), Lisa and Stefan (Kim); her grandchildren; sister, Elizabeth Berg Jachman; five nephews, Claus Scholl, Andreas Scholl, John (Patricia) Berg, Paul (Susan) Berg and James Berg; and three first cousins, Sally Branon, Paul McKenney and Norah Ross McCormack.
The funeral Mass was celebrated Saturday, May 5, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Petoskey.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation, 616 Petoskey St., Suite 100, Petoskey, MI 49770.
Died: Monday, April 30, 2007
Alice Martin, 96, died Monday, April 30, 2007.
She was a beloved wife, mother and grandmother.
Mrs. Martin is survived by her daughter, Jean Doelle; grandchildren, Susan, William, Martha and Sarah; and great-grandchildren, Audrey, Sarah, Haley, Evan and Lindsey.
She was predeceased by her husband, William H. Martin.
Private funeral services were held.