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Dorothy M. Spilos

Died: Sunday, February 04, 2007
Age: 72
Former Grosse Pointe Farms resident Dorothy M. Spilos, 72, of Melbourne, Fla., died Sunday, Feb. 4, 2007.

She was born March 10, 1934, in Grosse Pointe Woods, to Cecil and Margaret Patterson and graduated from Grosse Pointe High School.

Prior to becoming a mother and a homemaker, she worked in the claims department of the Automobile Association of America (AAA) and later in the accounting department at Jacobson’s Department Stores.

Mrs. Spilos’s interests included painting, gardening, needlework and other crafts. She enjoyed spending time with her friends.

While living in Grosse Pointe Farms, she was active in a local craft club and Grosse Pointe Woods Presbyterian Church restoration association. She was a member of the Emmanuel United Methodist Church Peace Circle group in Melbourne, Fla.

She is survived by her husband, Ernest Spilos Sr.; son, Ernest Spilos Jr.; daughters, Cheryl N. Steffen and Starlene C. Burns; and seven grandchildren living in Florida, California and Michigan

Mrs. Spilos was predeceased by her sister, Mary Duster; and brother, Pat Patterson.

A funeral service was held in Melbourne, Fla.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 2800 West Eau Galle Blvd., Melbourne, FL 32935.

Agnes Mae Loweke

Died: Saturday, February 03, 2007
Age: 85
Agnes Mae Loweke of Detroit, died Saturday, Feb. 3, 2007, at St. John Hospital, just three days past her 85th birthday.

A co-owner of Conner Park Florist in Detroit and St. Clair Shores for 55 years, she helped build the small store on Conner Avenue into one of the area’s largest and best-known floral enterprises.

Her contributions to the Detroit floral industry were recognized by the Michigan Floral Association which awarded Mrs. Loweke their Lifetime Achievement Award. Professional recognitions also included election to secretary/treasurer of both FTD and Teleflora business associations as well as the Detroit Women’s Florist Club. She was a member of Executive Women’s International.

In addition to her professional contributions, Mrs. Loweke was a longtime supporter of Capuchins, St. Jude Hospital and other charitable organizations.

She is survived by her brother, Joseph Jr.; three children, Carol, David and Joyce; grandsons, Michael, Gregory and Douglas Semack, and Matthew and William Stentz; and six great-grandchildren, Ansley, Lauren, Sydney, Morgan, Catherine and Nicholas.

She was predeceased by her husband, Roland Loweke, who died in 1971.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Wednesday, Feb. 7, at St. Clare of Montefalco Catholic Church, where she had been a lifelong member. The Mass was celebrated by Father Rich Bartoszek, pastor of Bon Secours Nursing Care Center where she resided. Interment is at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Detroit.

Heinz Hintzen

Died: Friday, February 02, 2007
Age: 86
Heinz Hintzen, 86, died Friday, Feb. 2, 2007, while residing at Belmont Nursing Home in Harper Woods.

Mr. Hintzen was born in Germany to George and Erna Hintzen. Mr. Hintzen graduated from GMI at Wayne State University and also attended universities in Innsbruck, Austria, and Zurich, Switzerland. His interests included history, traveling, skiing and having coffee with friends.

He is survived by his wife, Hanna; son, Erich; daughter, Barbara; and grandchildren, Andrew and Emma. He was predeceased by a daughter, Connie, and a brother, Walter.

A memorial service was held Feb. 5. Interment was at Cadillac East Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to: Messiah Church, 3816 Toledo Ave., Detroit, MI 48216 or Henry Ford Hospice, 1 Ford Place, Detroit, MI 48202.

Robert A. Howe

Died: Friday, February 02, 2007
Age: 81
Robert A. Howe, 81, died Monday, Jan. 29, 2007, after a battle with cancer at his home in Grosse Pointe Woods.

He was born in Detroit and raised in Grosse Pointe Woods. Mr. Howe served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II in the Pacific theater.

Mr. Howe was president of Howe Martz Glass Co., in Detroit until his retirement in 1986 when he sold the business.

He was an active member of the Detroit Athletic Club and past director of the Detroit Golf and the Beach Grove Golf clubs.

He was involved in numerous professional organizations, including the Greater Detroit Chamber of Commerce, Construction Association of Michigan, and Greater Detroit Architectural Glazing Contractors, Detroit Building and Owners, and Detroit Building Superintendents associations. He served as a director and treasurer of Flat Glass Marketing Association, trustee of Providence Hospital Foundation, president of the Detroit Executive Association and president and director of Detroit Builders Exchange.

He is survived by his wife, Gladys Howe; daughter, Mary-Elaine Hart; sons, Robert A., Richard A., Thomas P., Dennis E., Andrew J. and David B. Howe; stepchildren, Sandy Moore and George Lutfy; 30 grandchildren; and two sisters.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Elaine Howe.

A funeral Mass was celebrated on Feb. 1 at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church in Grosse Pointe Woods. Interment is at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Detroit.

Memorial contributions may be made to Henry Ford Hospice, 1 Ford Place 5A, Detroit, MI 48202 or to Karmanos Cancer Institute in memory of Robert A Howe, 026079 Renal Cancer Research Fund, 4108 John R, Detroit, MI 48201.

Mary Jeanne Kahlich

Mary Jeanne Kahlich

Died: Friday, February 02, 2007
Age: 82
Mary Jeanne Kahlich, 82, former longtime resident of Grosse Pointe, died Friday, Feb. 2, 2007, in Jacksonville, Fla.

Mrs. Kahlich was born July 2, 1924, in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. During the Great Depression, her father sold their family home on Riverside Drive in Windsor and bought a schooner for the family to live on until the depression ended. She became a student of home schooling before it became popular.

She later enrolled in boarding school in Chatham, Ontario, Canada.

At age 18, she married William Kahlich and lived in Ottawa, Canada before moving to Grosse Pointe where they raised their five children.

Mrs. Kahlich worked part-time for Johnstone & Johnstone Real Estate in Grosse Pointe Park and was a volunteer catechist at St. Paul Catholic School.

Her volunteer efforts in Florida included a 10-year leadership role in the “Recovery” program as well as working at a local food bank and service to her local Catholic church parish as a Eucharistic minister to the homebound.

Her hobbies were many and varied but her longtime favorite was watercolor painting.

She is survived by her five children, Katherine (Gerald) Garvan, Frank Kahlich, Candice (Thomas) Sylvester, Francine (John) Halvorsen and Sandra (Robert) Biluk; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Kahlich was predeceased by her husband of 62 years, William Kahlich.

Barbara Ann Brundle

Died: Thursday, February 01, 2007
Age: 70
Grosse Pointe Woods resident Barbara Ann Brundle, 70, died Thursday, Feb. 1, 2007, at St. John Hospital.

She was born on Oct. 31, 1936, in Flint, to Charles and Ruth Brundle. She was a registered nurse who was active in the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Society, ETA RHO chapter. She was a member of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution and St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church.

She is survived by her son, Stephen Charles (Kerri) Ross; and grandchildren, Jordan Elizabeth and Jacob William Ross.

A funeral service was held Tuesday, Feb. 6, at St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church in Grosse Pointe Farms. Interment is at White Chapel Cemetery in Troy.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, 16130 Northland Dr., Southfield, MI 48075-5218 or St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church, 375 Lothrop, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.

Barbara B. Guyton

Died: Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Age: 79
Barbara B. Guyton, 79, of Lake Wales, Fla., died Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2007, from complications of a stroke in Good Shepherd Hospice. Born in Detroit April 12, 1927, she moved to Grosse Pointe in 1977; was a graduate of Grosse Pointe Country Day School and Wheaton College and became a homemaker. She was a member of the Country Club of Detroit, the Junior League of Detroit and Sigma Gamma Association.

Mrs. Guyton was predeceased by her husband, Jack S. Guyton.

Funeral services were held Monday, Feb. 5, at First Presbyterian Church, where she was a member. Interment was at Lake Wales Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice, 105 Arneson Ave., Auburndale, FL 33823 or to University Liggett School, 1045 Cook Road, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236.

Condolences may be expressed at marionnelsonfuneralhome.com.

Chester E. Kasiborski

Died: Monday, January 29, 2007
Age: 89
Grosse Pointe Woods resident Chester E. Kasiborski, 89, died Monday, Jan. 29, 2007, at St. John Hospital.

He was born Sept. 6, 1917, in Detroit, to Walter and Anna Kasiborski. He graduated from Wayne State University in 1938 and from the University of Michigan Law School in 1941. Mr. Kasiborski was a probate attorney in private practice.

He was an avid golfer who was a longtime member of the Gowanie Golf Club.

Mr. Kasiborski is survived by his wife, Mildred “Mae” Kasiborski; daughters, Jo Anne Thompson of Mount Pleasant, and Linda S. (Paul) Rinke of Sterling Heights; son, Terry (Kathy) Kasiborski; and grandchildren, Katherine (Jeff) Donahue, Margaret Thompson, Kevin (Kate), Brian and Michael Kasiborski, and Daniel and Dayna Rinke; and Matthew, Claire and Joseph Donahue.

He is predeceased by his sister, Mary Wegrzynowicz; brothers, Anthony and Stanley; and son-in-law, William R. Thompson.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 1, at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, 467 Fairford, Grosse Pointe Woods.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the charity of one’s choice.

Dwight Wilson Leonard

Dwight Wilson Leonard

Died: Monday, January 29, 2007
Age: 64
Former Grosse Pointe resident Dwight Wilson Leonard, 64, of Troy, died Monday, Jan. 29, 2007.

He was born June 8, 1942, in Detroit and grew up in Grosse Pointe. After graduating Grosse Pointe High School in 1960, he joined Cutmore Tool Co. which founded by his father, the late Frederick Wilson Leonard. Mr. Leonard worked as owner of this company until his death.

A member of the Detroit Athletic Club since 1968, he enjoyed various activities includeing taking part in the Beavers, handball, Suite 500 and nearly 40 years as a Friday afternoon bowler. While he enjoyed boating and golf, his passion in life was his friends and family.

He was considered to be a very nice person who was an inspiration to all. He will be miss dearly.

He is survived by his wife, Linda (nee Matthews); mother, Florence Leonard; children, Rick (Linda) and Leigh Leonard (Bob) Boyd; sister, Colleen (Ted) VanGelderen; grandchildren, Emma, Alec, Jack, Henry, Samantha and Jonathan; and stepchildren, Marny (Tim) Costa-Mellinger, Lindsey Brodsky and Megan (Brian) Reedy.

Visitation will be held at noon until a memorial service at 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 2, at A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home, 32515 Woodward Ave., Royal Oak.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Detroit Zoological Society, 8450 W. 10 Mile Rd., Royal Oak, MI 48067.

Lisa Curl Waugaman

Lisa Curl Waugaman

Died: Sunday, January 28, 2007
Age: 53
Lisa Curl Waugaman, 53, died Sunday, Jan. 28, 2007, at her home in the City of Grosse Pointe.

She was born Sept. 29, 1953, in Detroit, to the late Louis J. Curl Jr. and the late Patricia B. Curl.

Mrs. Waugaman was a member of the first class to attend Grosse Pointe North High School where she was on the swim team. She was an accomplished competitor in hunter-jumper horse riding competition at the Grosse Pointe Hunt Club. She attended Sullins Academy in Bristol, Va., where she was elected to a leadership position in her freshman year and continued her equestrian pursuits. She attended Ferris State University for approximately a year and a half.

In September 1973, she was struck down with an often fatal disease, herpes simplex encephalitis. When brought back from Ferris to Detroit for hospitalization, she almost died and was initially rendered paralyzed, blind, deaf and dumb, and epileptic.

When hearing of her plight, the Buffalo Bills dedicated a game to her, which they won, and presented her with a team-autographed football. She had accompanied her father on many flights to Buffalo to see the Bills play. Her father was managing the Ralph Wilson Insurance Agency with Ralph Wilson Jr., who had purchased the Buffalo Bills and helped to organize the new AFL league.

After a long rehabilitation at home with her mother who was a registered nurse, she gradually regained sufficient command of her physical facilities to return to clerical work, first at Blue Cross and then at Chubb Insurance Agency, during the late ’70s and early ’80s. However, she was left with some residual functional impairment along with left ear hearing loss and only peripheral vision in both eyes, as well as sporadic petit mal seizures. Her sight had been restored miraculously in 1997 along with her left ear hearing, and an ulcer condition healed as well.

In late 1983, she met and married William J. Waugaman, a patent attorney in private practice in Detroit. They eloped and were married in Las Vegas on Dec. 29, 1983. In late 1984, they bought their present residence, which Mrs. Waugaman and her mother made into a beautiful little home.

Mr. and Mrs. Waugaman found renewal in a reawakening of their Christian faith and were water baptized in the mid-1990s.

In 1993, Mrs. Waugaman acquired a beautiful balance assistance dog named Chester from Paws With A Cause. A few years later, she started volunteering by taking Chester on visits to Georgian East retirement home. They were the first volunteer human and canine combination trained to call on patients at St. John Hospital and later at Detroit Rehabilitation Center and the Veteran’s Hospital.

Mrs. Waugaman’s work was recognized in late 1996 by a TV segment on Channel 7 with Eric Smith and by a more detailed segment on CNN in early 1997. More recently, Mrs. Waugaman was the subject of a full-page feature article in the Detroit Free Press. She and Chester were named Volunteers of the Month by St. John Hospital in July 1997. Chester passed away last September.

Her physical functional abilities starting showing some signs of decline around 2000. However, she was bound and determined to take her faith to China. Although against the wishes of both her husband and pastor, she flew to Shanghai, China, on her own for a two-week stay. She was ushered under cover into two house churches as well as attending the “official” Chinese Protestant church.

Mrs. Waugaman is survived by her husband, William J. Waugaman; stepdaughters, Carrie and Jenny Waugaman; stepsons, Douglas, William and Richard Waugaman; and brother, Louis “Chip” J. Curl III.

She was predeceased by her parents; and brother Peter M. Curl.

Funeral service was held Saturday, Feb. 3, at Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home in Grosse Pointe Park. Interment is at Acacia Cemetery in Beverly Hills.

Memorial contributions may be made to Jubilee City Church, Attn: Pastor Ellis L. Smith, 4733 Conner, Detroit, MI 48215.
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