Died: Wednesday, August 08, 2007 Katharine ‘Kay’ Bartemeier Roney
Former Grosse Pointe resident Katharine “Kay” Bartemeier Roney, 77, of Grand Rapids, died Aug. 8, 2007, from cancer.
She was born Sept. 7 1929, to Dr. and Mrs. Leo H. Bartemeier of Birmingham. Her family moved to Grosse Pointe in 1936, and she graduated from Sacred Heart Academy in 1947.
Following her graduation from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., she joined the N.W. Ayer Co. in Detroit.
During vacations, she traveled extensively in Europe with her family.
In 1955, she married Thomas J. Roney.
Mrs. Roney joined the Junior League of Detroit and was influential in developing the senior center and poison control organizations as well as participating in many charitable volunteer projects for 30 years.
In 1963, she joined her husband in establishing the Tom Roney Lincoln Mercury dealership in Mount Clemens. After selling the dealership, she helped her husband found the T.J. Roney Co. of Grosse Pointe Shores, creating major corporation merchandise and world travel incentive programs for automobile companies involving large and small groups.
Mrs. Roney was a devoted wife and mother during her 52 years of marriage and had a reputation for hosting elegant parties, extensive generosity and extraordinary thoughtfulness to everyone.
In 1984, the couple retired and built a home on the AuSable River where they lived, wintering in Titusville, Fla. They moved to Grand Rapids in 2003, where they lived until her untimely death.
She is survived by her husband; four married children, Katharine Morin, Thomas J. Roney Jr., Sharon Otto and Janet Gardella; 11 grandchildren and a sister, Mary. She was predeceased by her brother, John.
In accordance with her wishes, cremation has taken place and a memorial Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8 at St. Paul Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Farms. The family will visit with friends at 9 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution is strongly suggested to Faith Hospice, 2100 Raybrook SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.
Arrangements were handled by Memorial Alternatives Funeral Home in Grand Rapids.
Died: Tuesday, August 07, 2007 Richard J. Graff
Richard J. Graff, 76, of Grosse Pointe Park, died Aug. 7, 2007.
He was born on March 29, 1931, in Detroit to Aquinas and Florence Graff.
He served during the Korean War and played trumpet with the U.S. Army band.
He attended the University of Detroit, Wayne State University and Detroit College of Law. He earned an accounting degree from the Detroit Institute of Technology in 1957.
He was a corporate accounting manager for Chrysler Corp. for 30 years.
His interests included boating.
He is survived by his wife, Aileen; daughters, Karen Lizza, Diane McCarthy and Julie Breen; sons, Mark, David and Dr. John Graff; and 14 grandchildren. He was predeceased by a brother, Donald Graff.
A memorial Mass was celebrated Aug. 11 at St. Clare of Montefalco Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Park.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, 1820 Mount Elliott, Detroit, MI 48207; IHM Retirement Fund, 610 W. Elm Ave., Monroe, MI 48162; and Special Kids Inc., 1241 Blairmoor Court, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236.
Died: Monday, August 06, 2007 Ollie Elizabeth Burns
Ollie Elizabeth Burns, 96, of Grosse Pointe Woods, died Aug. 6, 2007.
She was born in Detroit, the second of seven children of Ole and Grace Simonsen, and was very proud of her Norwegian heritage. After her marriage to her husband, Joe, they moved to Grosse Pointe Woods, where she was active in community and school activities. She enjoyed traveling, P.E.O. and playing bridge with her friends.
She is survived by her daughter, Gail (Rob); grandsons, Scott (Katherine) and Matthew (Christina); great-grandsons, Michael, Allan, Parker and Pierce; her brother, Bruce; and sisters, Esther and Betty.
Burial services will be private, and the family asks that any donations in her name be made to the Michigan P.E.O. Fund Inc., 2730 North Hickory Ridge Road, Highland, MI, 48357. P.E.O. is an organization which provides financial assistance to women.
Died: Sunday, August 05, 2007
Ronald Charles Morketter, 74, of Grosse Pointe Park, died Aug. 5, 2007, in Bon Secours Hospital.
He was born June 17, 1933, to Richard Henery and Clara May (Renaud) Morketter in Detroit.
After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical and industrial engineering in 1960 at Wayne State University, Mr. Morketter worked as a teaching assistant in the university’s graduate school. His first full-time position was in General Motors’ Chevrolet Detroit Gear and Axle Division. In 1962, he joined Detroit-based George Wagschal Associates, an architectural/engineering consulting firm in Southfield, which later became Harley Ellington Pierce Yee Associates, of which he was a partner.
During his career, he became a member of the Michigan and National Society of Professional Engineers; the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers; the American Consulting Engineers Council and the Michigan Society of Hospital Engineers. He served on several committees for the Engineering Society of Detroit, including the prestigious Foundation Advisory Committee. A registered engineer in Michigan and 15 other states, he was honored by the Michigan Society of Professional Engineers as Outstanding Engineer of 1994.
Mr. Morketter was very involved in the community. He served for six years on the board of the Grosse Pointe War Memorial executive committee and as chairman of the building and grounds committee, where he also designed the Fries Auditorium and the local origination television studio.
He was past board member, past secretary and membership chairman of the Grosse Pointe Sail Club.
His love of sailing dated back to 1947 when as a boy he crewed on a sloop rigged boat that became the prototype for the Crescent Class, which shares the name of the Crescent Sail Club in Grosse Pointe Farms. Since then, he sailed, raced or owned Rebels, Ravens, Cal 20s, Cal 25s and Catalina 25s and 27s. He last boat was an Alberg 37 yawl, named Euphoria.
His other interests included skiing, bridge, tennis and restoring antiques.
In retirement, he served as treasurer of the Senior Men’s Club of Grosse Pointe. He and his wife were the president couple of the Grosse Pointe Newcomers Alumni Club.
He was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Farms, where he served on the high school alumni club, and St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Grosse Pointe Woods.
He is survived by his wife, Ginger; daughter, Jill Ann Morketter; son, Scott Thomas Morketter; stepsons Karl and Colin Barr; and sister, Mary Ann (Norm) Setter. He was predeceased by a brother, Richard Henery Morketter.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, Aug. 9, from 1 to 3 p.m. followed by a memorial service at Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home. A reception will follow.
Died: Sunday, August 05, 2007 Mary E. Schmidt
Mary Elizabeth Schmidt, 86, died Sunday morning, Aug. 5, with family at her side. She lived at Sunrise Assisted Living in Grosse Pointe Woods.
She was born in Divernon, Ill., on May 5, 1921. One of 11 brothers and sisters, she was the last survivor of the generation. She was loving, caring and strongly supportive to her family.
In the late ’20s, her family moved to Detroit, and it was there that she met and married William M. Schmidt, who passed away in February 1990 after 47 years of a wonderful life together.
Mrs. Schmidt was an avid reader and loved to pass the time with one or more books per day. Her poetry was very special to all. Some of her works were published in Tubac, Ariz., where she spent many fond times with close friends. She enjoyed travel, boating and once held fishing world records.
She was a longtime member of the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, the Old Club and the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Fla.
She is survived by her sons, William F. Schmidt and John M. (Jane) Schmidt; grandsons Michael William Schmidt, Charles Frederick (Megan) Schmidt and John Maertens Schmidt.
She was predeceased by her husband, William M. Schmidt; and daughter, Judith Ann Schmidt.
Cremation was handled by A.H. Peters Funeral Home in Grosse Pointe Woods.
A memorial service for family and friends will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at St. Philomena Catholic Church, 4281 Marseilles, Detroit.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the family, the American Diabetes Association, 30200 Telegraph, Suite 105, Bingham Farms, MI 48025 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 20300 Civic Center Drive, Suite 100, Southfield, MI 48075.
Died: Saturday, August 04, 2007 Mary Jane Hayes
Mary Jane Hayes, 83, of Grosse Pointe Woods died Aug. 4, 2007, in St. John Hospital, Detroit.
She was born in Herington, Kan., to Paul and Maxine Jones. She graduated in 1945 from Kansas State University, where she became the first female editor of the student newspaper, The Collegian. She retired in 1986 after teaching for 22 years at Robinson Elementary School in the Detroit Public Schools.
Mrs. Hayes was a 50-year member of the Louisa St. Clair Chapter of Grosse Pointe of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She served as a deacon at Grosse Pointe Woods Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed tennis, bridge, swimming and entertaining guests by playing the base violin while being accompanied by her husband on piano.
She is survived by her husband, John Hayes; daughters Holly Jo (Stephen) Anderson and Catherine L. (David) Tyler; son, John P. (Kathleen) Hayes and grandchildren Mary Cunningham, Stephanie Anderson, David R. Tyler II and John P. Hayes II.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, at Grosse Pointe Woods Presbyterian Church, 19950 Mack, following in-state viewing at 9:30 a.m.
Interment will be at Roseland Park Cemetery in Berkley.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, 16130 Northland Dr., Southfield, MI 48075 or to the Detroit Rescue Mission, 150 Stimson, Box 312087, Detroit, MI 48231.
Arrangements were handled by the A.H. Peters Funeral Home in Grosse Pointe Woods.
Died: Friday, August 03, 2007 Margaret R. ‘Peggy’ Burke
Margaret R. “Peggy” Burke, 83, died peacefully in her Grosse Pointe Farms home on Aug. 3, 2007.
She was born in Holyoke, Mass., the daughter of Irish immigrants. In the late ’20s, her parents moved the family to Detroit. She married C. John Burke in 1948, and they raised their five children in Grosse Pointe Farms.
Mrs. Burke was an active volunteer in the Christ Child Society, Bon Secours Assistance League and Discalced Carmelite Auxiliary.
She was an avid golfer and bridge player. She enjoyed spending time in her northern Michigan and Florida homes. She was a member of the Country Club of Detroit, Tequesta Country Club and the Penny Pinchers Investment Club.
She is survived by her children, Mary Ellen Burke, Peggy (John) Varty, John (Anne) Burke, Colleen Burke and Bob (Maureen) Burke; grandchildren Marie Agocs, Michael and Meg Varty, Erin and Patrick Burke, Kylie, Bridget and Molly Burke.
She was predeceased by her husband, C. John Burke; a granddaughter, Shannon Burke; and siblings Mary Mrowczynski, John and Jim Horan and Helen McCanna.
Family will greet friends on Friday, Aug. 10, from 9 to 10 a.m. prior to a memorial Mass at St. Paul Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul School-Education Trust in memory of Margaret “Peggy” Burke, 170 Grosse Pointe Blvd., Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.
Arrangements were made by Hamilton Cremation Society of Grosse Pointe.
Died: Thursday, August 02, 2007 Jacquelin B. Winter
City of Grosse Pointe resident Jacquelin B. Winter, 90, died Aug. 2, 2007, in Bon Secours Hospital after a short illness.
Born Jacquelin Joan Buckley on Nov. 5, 1916, in New York City, she developed her cosmopolitan flair and independence during childhood living in such varied locales as Palm Beach and Hollywood, Calif.; Chicago and on a farmstead north of Detroit with her grandparents. It was here she met a future husband, Marshall Pease, close pals to her uncles Dick and Donald Laurence.
Remaining in Detroit after her high school graduation, she worked for General Motors as an executive secretary until her retirement in the 1960s.
Living at the Grosse Pointe Manor Condominiums, she was able to relax with her interests in interior and clothing design, theme parties and just having fun.
After her husband’s death she married Leonard Winter in 1974, becoming a “mother,” “grandmother” and “golf widow” while gracefully blending their long-standing friends and households.
She is survived by half-sister, Jean Perrin, of New Orleans; step-daughter Susan Winter (Arnold) Torma of San Diego; cousins Susan (Paul) Wehmeier of Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., and Richard (Sharon) Laurence of Wakeman, Ohio; and children of the above, including Anne Gravel of East Hampton, N.Y.; Ben Gravel of Grosse Pointe; Rob Laurence of Grafton, Ohio; Lindsay Laurence Brandenburg of Lodi, Ohio; Seth Torma of San Diego; and Sarah Torma Wilmarth of Graton, Calif.
She was predeceased by her mother, father, uncles and husbands Jack McGraw, Timothy Donovan, Marshall Pease and Leonard Winter.
Family said her spirit, humor, determination and love of life were admired and will be missed by all.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11, at Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home, 16300 Mack, Grosse Pointe Park.
Interment will be at White Chapel Cemetery in Troy.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the Michigan Humane Society online at michiganhumane.org, or by mail to Michigan Humane Society, 26711 Northwestern Hwy., Suite No. 175, Southfield, MI 48033.
Died: Wednesday, August 01, 2007
Former Grosse Pointe resident Charles Edward Swenson, 78, of Vero Beach, Fla., died Aug. 1, 2007.
He was born in Indianapolis to C.Q. and Bess Swenson. He attended Richard Elementary, Pierce Middle and Grosse Pointe High Schools. He is a Class of 1946 graduate. He graduated from Lehigh University in 1952.
In 1952, he and his father founded Swenson and Associates, a manufacturer’s representative company that is currently owned by his two sons. He was life member and past chapter president of the American Society for Metals.
Mr. Swenson was an ensign in the U.S. Navy and served during the Korean War.
He belonged to Bayview Yacht Club, Crescent Sail Club and was past commodore of the Grosse Pointe Club.
He was a former deacon and life member of Grosse Pointe Memorial Church and past president of the Lehigh University Alumni Association.
He was an avid sailor, having many times competed in the Port Huron-Mackinac race. He also enjoyed court and paddle tennis.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Dorothy Joan (Cuttle) Swenson; sons Gregory (Michele DeMontfort) Swenson and Peter (Karol Hopkes) Swenson; daughter, Judith Reese; and grandchildren Kendall, Kristen, Sara, Christopher and Katherine Swenson and Jeffrey, Jamie and Peter Reese. He was predeceased by a sister, Katherine Jean Swenson.
Memorial contributions may be made the C.Q. Swenson Memorial Scholarship Trust, c/o Lehigh University Development Office, 27 Memorial Drive West, Bethlehem, PA 18015.
Died: Monday, July 30, 2007 Marian L. Wardell
Marian Louise Wardell, one of the last of the living legends of Detroit’s grandest society era, passed away in Hobe Sound, Fla., on July 30, 2007, at the age of 101 years.
Born in Kalamazoo on Nov. 21, 1905, she came to Detroit at an early age and was brought up by her mother, Edith Victoria Bolin Dossin, and stepfather, Ernest J. Dossin, a widower with five children and president and founder of the Dossin Pepsi Cola Co. and largest of franchise bottlers.
She went to Wayne State University in Detroit and to graduate school at Columbia University in New York City. She was an art teacher at Pingree Elementary and Eastern High School in the Detroit Public Schools.
She was a member of the Scarab Club, Navy League Council of Detroit, English Speaking Union, Theatre Arts Club, Detroit Athletic Club, Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, Detroit Boat Club, Detroit Yacht Club, Mariner Sands Country Club (Hobe Sound), Fine Arts Society of Detroit, Alliance Française de Grosse Pointe and The Players Club.
Her interests included art, music, family, dance, theater and fashion.
She was loved and admired by everyone who knew her. Not only was she a stunning red-haired beauty, she was a gifted portrait and still-life artist. She was well-known in Hobe Sound, where she would live out her late years, as well as in Grosse Pointe Farms, where she was a long-time resident, and at her beloved Scarab Club in Detroit, having been awarded top prize for her painting, “The Red Bridge.” She painted many hours for many years on the top floor in Grosse Pointe Farms’ Sacred Heart Academy.
Macular degeneration and congestive heart disease did not stop her in later years from painting in acrylics and water colors. Her passionate love for her art and piano music, family, friends and life was inspirational to all who were close to her. Her trusted and long-time friend and care-giver, Lou Kohrs, and loving granddaughter were with her and by her bedside until the very end.
The Dossin family dynasty of Pepsi Cola fame, Miss Pepsi, the long time hydroplane winner of the Gold Cup Races on the Detroit River and in Seattle, the Dossin Museum on Detroit’s Belle Isle, to name a few, remain a big part of Detroit’s history.
She is survived by her granddaughter, Marian Victoria Wardell; daughter-in-law, Evelyn Wardell; and niece Beverly (Jack) Van Scoter of Fredonia, N.Y.; along with many grandnieces and nephews, including Bob (Francine) Dossin, Dick (Elaine) Dossin and Doug (Diane) Dossin.
She was predeceased by her husband, Elias Wilson Wardell; parents, Edith Victoria Dossin and Charles M. Bolin; her stepfather, Ernest J. Dossin; a son, James W. Wardell; brothers Otis Earl Bolin and Roy, Russell and Walter Dossin; and sisters Sydney and Lillian Dossin.
Services were held Aug. 5 at Verheyden Funeral Home in Grosse Pointe Park. Interment is in Elmwood Cemetery, Detroit.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Martin and St. Lucie, 2030 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart, Fla. 34996; Scarab Club, 217 Farnsworth, Detroit, MI 48202; Fine Arts Society/The Players Club, 3321 E. Jefferson, Detroit, MI 48207 or Alliance Française de Grosse Pointe, 32 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.