Died: Monday, June 11, 2007
Harper Woods resident, Tricia H. Myers, 19, died Monday, June 11, 2007.
She was born on April 30, 1988 in Warren. She is the daughter of Timothy and Marianne Myers.
Ms. Myers was scheduled to graduate from Grosse Pointe North High School on Thursday, June 14, 2007.
Her favorite class was choir. She won the Biggest Heart Award for choir. She attended Blue Lake.
She was a dancer and assistant at Harper Woods Recreation Center. She danced modern, jazz, ballet, Hawaiian, and Tahitian. A Hawaiian dance scholarship will be awarded in her memory at the center.
At Grosse Pointe North High School she was a member of Willow, Safe Rides, and the National Honor Society.
Her family will always remember her wonderful smile.
Ms. Myers is survived by her parents, Timothy and Marianne Myers; brother, Tim; grandparents, Grandma Hayes, and Barbara and Richard Simonds, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
A funeral Mass was celebrated on Thursday, June 14, 2007, at Our Lady Queen of Peace. The Grosse Pointe North High School choir sang at the service.
Interment is at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Development Office, 3901 Beaubien, Detroit, MI 48201.
Died: Saturday, June 09, 2007
Longtime Grosse Pointe resident, John H. Sarvis,78, died Saturday, June 9, 2007.
He was born on March 27, 1929, to Conover and Lillian Sarvis.
He graduated from Grosse Pointe High School and served in the United States Air Force for four years. Later in life, Mr. Sarvis would entertain friends and family with stories from his many adventures.
He received his business degree from Wayne State University.
While in school, he began his 43-year career in the automotive after-market. Early in his career, he became involved in corporate credit. He was well-respected by his colleagues and business associates.
Mr. Sarvis was skilled in the art of negotiation and enjoyed his work.
He was active in the community.
He was a long-time member of the Grosse Pointe Hunt Club and Indian Village Tennis Club. He started the annual Jingle Bell Fun Run for the Grosse Pointe Lions Club. He was also known for his recruitment of new members for the Senior Men’s Club.
He was an energetic, positive man who was devoted to his family. His loved ones describe him as a gentleman and a prankster.
Mr. Sarvis is survived by his wife and companion of 23 years, Judy; children, Judy Still and Steven Sarvis, and their mother, Carolyn House; Bill Tyree, Kathy (Michael) Adamski, and Paula Susan Rausch, and their mother, Paula Sarvis; and his nine grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his five siblings Conover Jr., Virginia, Ruth, June, and Donald.
Friends of Mr. Sarvis will gather at 10 a.m. with a memorial service following at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 16, at Chas Verheyden Funeral Home, 16300 Mack, Grosse Pointe Park.
Memorial contributions can be sent to the Mother’s Club of Grosse Pointe South High School, c/o GPHS, 11 Grosse Pointe Blvd., Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.
Died: Saturday, June 09, 2007
Former Grosse Pointe resident for 30 years, Kathryne Dougherty Sowinski, 84, died Saturday, June 9, 2007, in Ann Arbor.
She was born on Feb. 6, 1923, in St. Louis, Mo. to William and Agnes Russell.
She attended Harris State in St. Louis and received her master’s degree in education from Wayne College.
For 26 years, she was the principal of Elizabeth Little School and later she was an administrator in the Van Dyke School System. She worked until she was age 79.
While working for the United States Army as an instructor, she lived all around the world including Hawaii, Tokyo, and Paris.
In 2005 she moved to Ann Arbor to be closer to her daughter.
She is survived by her daughter, Lisa (Robert) Kennedy, and grandson Walker Kennedy.
A funeral Mass was celebrated on Wednesday, June 13 at St. Clare of Montefalco Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Park.
Interment is at Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton Township.
Died: Saturday, June 09, 2007
Harper Woods resident, C.M. Dominick, 74, died Saturday, June 9, 2007 in Harper Woods.
He was born in Hamtramck to John and Josephine Dominick.
Mr. Dominick attended Hamtramck High School and received a degree from Detroit Engineering Institute. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a Liberal Arts degree and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wayne State University.
He worked as an engineering technician in the automotive industry.
He served in Korea as a sergeant in the 1st Cavalry for the United States Army.
Mr. Dominick was a member of Unity Church and enjoyed the Eagles’ monthly spaghetti dinner dance. He was a longtime Bally Health Club member and considered the group as his extended family.
An active dancer, he enjoyed ballroom, square, and rounds with many groups including the Tomcats.
He enjoyed traveling. Some of his favorite places to visit were Europe, the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada, Puerto Rico, and within the United States.
He loved spending time with his grandchildren and getting together for family dinners. He was an avid reader.
Friends will remember him as a positive, inspirational, and encouraging influence.
He is survived by his daughter, Leslie (Michael) Kishler; and grandchildren, Jessica and Matthew Kishler.
He was predeceased by his wife of almost 50 years, Mitzi Overland Dominick; son, John “J.D.” Dominick; sister, Genevieve Graybill; and brother, Stanley Dominick.
A memorial service will be announced to friends and family at a later date.
Died: Saturday, June 09, 2007
Janet Nelson Steiner, 97, of Grosse Pointe Park, died peacefully on Saturday, June 9, 2007, just hours before her 98th birthday.
She was born in Detroit to Harry and Margaret Nelson on June 10, 1909.
She graduated from Northern High School in 1928 and from the first 4-year class at Marygrove College in 1933 with a Bachelor of Science degree.
In 1938, she married Wilfred A. Steiner and lived in a home he built on Chandler Park Drive in Detroit.
They moved to Westchester Road in Grosse Pointe Park in 1951 and raised three sons.
Mrs. Steiner was a life member of the Detroit Yacht Club and was an active leader of the ladies group, the Pelicans, and club bowling leagues.
She was instrumental in the founding and leadership of the Cottage Hospital Auxiliary which transformed from a book and gift cart service to the gift shop which is still operating.
After her children were raised, she worked for many years as a regular substitute in the Detroit public school system, and then as a part time sales associate at Jacobson’s in the Village.
She and her husband enjoyed traveling on the Grosse Pointe War Memorial trips, particularly the around-the-world tour.
Some of her interests were family, travel, bowling, bridge, and volunteering for the hospital.
Her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were a great source of pride and delight to her.
She is survived by her sons, Wilfred (Bill), Jr. (Mary), Nelson (Lynne), Alfred II (Ann); grandchildren, Sara Sieders (Ken), Ann Bethell (Charles), Wilfred Eric (Kate), Nelson, Jr., Steven (Nancy), Mathew, Allison (Edwin) and Alfred III (Elizabeth); great-grandchildren, Katherine, Madeline, Andrew, Grace, Morgan, Evan, Ben, Noah and Ella; and longtime dear friend Ferd Primozic from American House in Clinton Township, Ferd Primozic, where she lived for nine years.
Mrs. Steiner was predeceased by her husband of 59 years, Wilfred Steiner, and by her sister, Dorothy.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 9, 2007, at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church in Grosse Pointe Farms.
Interment will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Detroit.
Memorial contributions may be made to Marygrove College, 8425 W. McNichols, Detroit, MI 48221, Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lake Shore Drive, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236, or the charity of your choice.
Died: Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Grosse Pointe resident, Edith “Peppy” Mitchell, 74, died Tuesday, June 5, 2007.
Mrs. Mitchell was born on Dec. 15, 1932, and grew up in Durham, N.C.
She graduated from Duke University and was a member of Pi Beta Phi. While in school, she met her husband, David Mitchell, who was a Duke medical student. They married after graduation.
They spent two years in Ann Arbor before leaving for Germany where her husband served in the Army Medical Corps for three years.
Before moving to Grosse Pointe, they spent four years in Boston.
In Grosse Pointe, Mrs. Mitchell raised three children, was a member of the Junior League, the Grosse Pointe Garden Club, the Country Club of Detroit, and worked as a docent at the Detroit Institute of Arts.
She was an avid reader and worked at “Book Shelf” on Kercheval.
Mrs. Mitchell enjoyed traveling, volunteering, gardening, and sports. She was an active and competitive tennis player.
She is survived by her husband, David; children, Peyton, David, and Timothy; and grandchildren, Tristan and Garreth.
A private family service will be held in North Carolina.
Memorial donations may be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association at www.lewybodydementia.org
People may also sign the online guest book at www.cremationmichigan.com.
Died: Saturday, June 02, 2007
Former longtime Grosse Pointe Woods resident, Horst Rudolph Nardon, 86, of Sun City West, Ariz. died Saturday, June 2, 2007 after a long struggle with cancer.
He was born Jan. 10, 1921 and moved to Arizona in 1995.
Mr. Nardon is survived by his children, Ericka Beardsley, Heidi Pallardy, and Rudy Nardon; their spouses and seven grandchildren.
He will be sorrowfully missed and lovingly remembered.
Donations may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 9720 W. Peoria, Suite 128, Peoria, AZ 85345.
Died: Friday, June 01, 2007
Brighton resident, Dolores Dossin Lambert, 80, died Friday, June 1, 2007.
She was born in Detroit on Oct. 26, 1926 to Roy Lambert and Mary Dossin.
In 1944, she graduated from the University Liggett School. She is also a graduate of Ogontz school in Pennsylvania.
Her father, along with his brothers Walter and Russell, owned Dossin Food Products. They donated the Dossin’s Great Lakes Museum on Belle Isle where their boat, Miss Pepsi, is on display.
She was active member of Oak Pointe Country Club, a past member of Bloomfield Open Hunt Club and a volunteer for St. Joseph Mercy Livingston American Red Cross. A loving lady, she gave her heart to many.
She is survived by her son, Robert (Sonja) Schultz of Clarkston, daughter, Mary (David) Hall of Grosse Ile; step-daughter, Lynda (Steven) Loupe of San Jose, Calif., brothers, Robert (Francine) Dossin of St. Clair Shores and Richard (Elaine) Dossin of Grosse Pointe; friends Jean Urquhart of Brighton, Eileen Prisbe of Tiburon, Calif., and Pat Rugan of Gulf Shores, Ala. She is also survived by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her step-son, Robert Lambert Jr.
Services were held on Tuesday, June 5 at Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church in Brighton. Interment is at Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Mercy Livingston Hospice, 620 Byron Road, Howell, 48843.
Visit the online guest book at www.macdonaldsfuneralhome.com
Died: Thursday, May 31, 2007
Grosse Pointe resident, Janet Ganem, 78, died Thursday, May 31, 2007.
Mrs. Ganem was the daughter of Fadel Ganem who opened Detroit’s first Lebanese restaurant in 1940. She prided herself as having spoken with hundreds of local, national, and international officials who visited the restaurant.
Following her father’s death, Mrs. Ganem and her sister, Esther Michael, ran the family business under a partnership.
She was an active member of St. Maron’s Roman Catholic Church, St. Anthony’s Society, and Danny Thomas’ ALSAC, the financially supportive organization that works with the children’s hospital in Memphis provides free medical care to children struggling with cancer.
Mrs. Ganem is survived by her husband Fuad Ganem; sisters Esther Michael, Isabel (Paul) Saigh, and Leila Ganem (Richard) Fuher; brother, Philip (Charlotte) Ganem; 10 nieces and nephews, and 15 great-nieces and nephews.
A funeral service was held on Monday, June 4, at St. Maron Church in Detroit.
Died: Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Mary Jane McClure Combrinck-Graham
Former longtime Grosse Pointe resident, Mary Jane McClure Combrinck-Graham, 86, died on Wednesday, May 30, 2007 in Gwynedd, Pa.
Jane, as she preferred to be called, led a life of performance. She began her theatrical career as a frequent voice on The Green Hornet and The Lone Ranger radio dramas.
After spending several years in New York pursuing acting and modeling, she returned to Grosse Pointe to co-found the Grosse Pointe Community Theatre. At the theater she performed in many plays and musicals.
Later, she worked in fine arts and theatre arts for more than 40 years.
Her daughter, Jane Combrinck-Graham, recalls her lead in “Eleanor of Aquitaine” among her most memorable roles, where Mrs. McClure Combrinck-Graham was on stage continuously for each of the three acts, never missing a word of dialogue.
She attended Georgetown Visitation, a junior college in Washington D.C. where she wrote and performed.
In addition, she also pursued drawing and painting. her children recall that when their mother was not rehearsing for a play, she was bringing home hand made crafts or dragging them off to the latest exhibitions at the Detroit Institute of Arts.
She married Arnold Mills Combrinck-Graham, Jr. (Jack) in 1952.
Before leaving Grosse Pointe in 2001 for Foulkeways, Pa., she celebrated 60 years as a member of Ibex, a women’s organization devoted to fine arts, dance, drama, literature, and music through lectures, field trips and workshops.
Following her husband’s death, she traveled extensively. She particularly enjoyed the lecture-based trips arranged by the Grosse Pointe War Memorial Association.
She pursued her life-long passion for bridge until only a year before her death. Her only regret was that she failed to see any of her children or grandchildren embrace her love for the game.
She is survived by her children, Jane and John; and grandchildren Krisztine, Ian, Tyler, and Hailey.
She was predeceased by her husband, Arnold Mills Combrinck-Graham, Jr.
Donations may be made in Mrs. McClure Combrinck-Graham name to Ibex, or Georgetown Visitation, 1524 Thirty-Fifth Street, NW Washington, D.C. 20007-2785.