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Barbara Rumney Hoag

Died: Sunday, October 22, 2006
Age: 89
Barbara Rumney Hoag, 89, formerly of Grosse Pointe Woods, died Sunday, Oct. 22, 2006, at Lee Memorial Hospital in Ft. Myers, Fla., after a short illness.

She was born Feb.15, 1917, to Miriam and Mason P. Rumney, longtime Grosse Pointe residents. She attended the University Liggett School and Sarah Lawrence College.

Mrs. Hoag was a member of Sigma Gamma Society, the Grosse Pointe Artists Association and the Scarab Club. During World War II, she ran the Red Cross Motor Corps in Detroit.

While she was best known for her expressive water colors, Mrs. Hoag was also an avid sailor.

She had a passion and zest for life that will be remembered by all who knew her.

Mrs. Hoag is survived by her daughter, Barbara Rumney (Edward J. Hayes) Callahan of Fairfield, Conn.; three grandchildren, Andrew, Cory and Thomas; and one great-grandchild, Sofia.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Hoag’s name to the Grosse Pointe Artists Association, 1005 Maryland St., Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230, or the Scarab Club, 217 Farnsworth St., Detroit, MI 48202.

Wilbur "Bill" Elston

Died: Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Age: 93
Wilbur “Bill” Elston, 93, died Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2006, at his home in Grosse Pointe Farms.

He was born July 14, 1913, in Spring Valley, Minn., to Harry and Caroline Elston. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota School of Journalism.

Mr. Elston started his long and illustrious career in journalism in 1931 as a reporter for The Minnesota Daily which later promoted him to the position of assistant city editor. He worked for the Minneapolis Star for 20 years as an editorial political writer and news editor. He came to Detroit in 1963 as the editorial page editor for The Detroit News. After retiring from the paper in 1978, he taught at Wayne State University School of Journalism full time for five years and then part time for an additional five years. Mr. Elston’s lifelong passion for journalism drove him not only to teach, but to return to writing editorials for the Grosse Pointe News in 1980.

He served as president of the National Conference of Editorial Writers and as a Pulitzer award juror. In 1993, Mr. Elston was inducted into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame at Michigan State University and received the University of Michigan Journalism School Award of Excellance. He was inducted into The Minnesota Daily Hall of Distinction in 2001.

He is survived by his wife, Gretchen Elston; daughters, Cynthia Murray, Elizabeth (James) Dealing and Sarah Elston; grandchildren, Celia and Geoffrey Murray, and Elizabeth Dealing; and great-grandchildren, Isabelle and Levi Richards.

He was predeceased by his sisters, Eunice Nelson and Bernita Anderson.

A memorial service was held on Sunday, Oct. 22, at A.H. Peters Funeral Home in Grosse Pointe Woods.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Minnesota Historical Society, (651) 296-6126; Wayne State Journalism Program, 199 Manoogian Hall, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI 48023; and the University of Minnesota Journalism Scholarship, (612) 624-3333.

Janet Lenhard

Janet Lenhard

Died: Sunday, October 15, 2006
Age: 74
Janet Lenhard, 74, died Sunday, Oct. 15, 2006.

She was born on April 3, 1932, in Detroit to Otto and Corrine Lenhard. She graduated from Dominican High School and the University of Detroit. She was a teacher in Detroit and Grosse Pointe for 40 years.

Ms. Lenhard was a member of Bon Secours Assistance League, Group VII.

She was a loving sister and aunt.

She is survived by her brother, Dr. Robert (Terry) Lenhard; nephews, Craig (Monique) Lenhard and Timothy (Renee) Lenhard; niece, Kristen (Brent) DeVooght; and great-nephews and nieces, Luke, Ben, Lily, Timo, Max, Sam and Charlie.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 9 p.m., with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m., on Thursday, Oct. 19, at Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home, Inc., 16300 Mack, Grosse Pointe. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m., instate at 10:30 a.m., on Friday, Oct. 20, at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 467 Fairford, Grosse Pointe Woods.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of Michigan or the University of Detroit Jesuit High School.

Light a candle and share a memory at www.verheyden.org.

Kathleen Edith Mary Lipski

Kathleen Edith Mary Lipski

Died: Sunday, October 15, 2006
Age: 88
Kathleen Edith Mary Lipski, 88, formerly of Grosse Pointe Woods, died Sunday, Oct. 15, 2006, in Frankfort.

She was born June 3, 1918, in Mandalay, Burma, to Dennis and Hosanna (Minus) Wilkinson and had two sisters, Honor and Mignon. During World War II, her family lived in Burma and India. She met her husband, Maj. Robert F. Lipski, while working for the U.S. Army Air Corps. They married in India on April 25, 1945, and had a daughter, Cheryl Lynn, on July 9, 1947, in Detroit. Mr. Lipski died in 1950.

Mrs. Lipski was a manager at the J.L. Hudson’s Department Store at Eastland Mall. She resided with her daughter, Cheryl, son-in-law, Bob, and their three children in Grosse Pointe Woods and spent summers with them on Crystal Lake in Beulah.

The entire family moved to Northern Michigan in 2005. Mrs. Lipski enjoyed painting, drawing, cooking, participating in Bible study groups and especially helping raise and being a second mom and loving “Gran” to her three grandchildren.

With family and friends throughout the United States, Canada and England, her kind heart, loving spirit and fantastic sense of humor will always be remembered.

She is survived by her daughter, Cheryl (Bob); grandchildren, Robert Charles (Emily) Bigelow of Nashville, Tenn., Christopher Hugh Bigelow of Beulah, and Jessica Kathleen Luella Bigelow (fiancé Jeffrey Doerr) of Beulah; and great-granddaughter, Anna Wilkinson Bigelow of Nashville, Tenn.

A funeral service was held Wednesday, Oct. 18, in Beulah. Interment is at Benzonia Township Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Crystal Lake Art Center, P.O. Box 1513, Frankfort, MI 49635, or St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 785 Beulah Highway, Beulah, MI 49617.

Kathryn T. Dale

Kathryn T. Dale

Died: Saturday, October 14, 2006
Age: 83
Kathryn T. Dale, 83, of Grosse Pointe Woods, died suddenly Saturday, Oct. 14, 2006, at Bon Secours Hospital.

Mrs. Dale was born in Detroit to Kathryn and Bruno Kossel. She graduated from Southeastern High School and later went to Detroit Business Institute at night.

After working for the U.S. Army Ordinance in Detroit, she joined the U.S. Navy WAVES. She went to boot camp at Hunters College in New York and to Iowa State Teachers College for four months of training. She was assigned to Japanese intelligence in Washington, D.C.

A year later she was granted flight orderly training in Kansas and was stationed at the U.S. Naval Air Transport Command in California. She flew up and down the West Coast as a flight orderly. There was nothing she was more proud of than being in the Navy.

While she was stationed in California, Eric Dale, who she knew in high school, went to San Francisco to be discharged from the Army. The couple became engaged when Kathy was on leave and were married six months later in Detroit. They continuted to live in San Francisco for two to three more years.

They moved to Grosse Pointe to raise their three children. Mr. Dale worked with his dad at Lake Shore Coach Lines for several years and then traveled extensively for General Motors Corp. After their children were grown, she traveled to Russia, Greece, China and the Panama Canal by herself.

Mrs. Dale returned to work and was the first woman to be hired by the Grosse Pointe Farms Police Department working for police chiefs Roth and Ferber, and later as a court clerk for Judge Pytell.

After Mr. Dale’s retirement, they traveled the globe to places such as Egypt, Japan, Scandinavia and the rest of Europe, the United States and Canada.

Mrs. Dale enjoyed playing bridge and the stock market in which she was very successful. She volunteered at Cottage Hospital, the Neighborhood Club, the Grosse Pointe War Memorial and the Assistance League to the Northeast Guidance Center.

Her children said, “Our mother was our comforter, protector and friend. Her fortitude, perseverance and inner calm brought inspiration and strength to our family. She was deeply loved and will be forever remembered in our hearts.”

Mrs. Dale is survived by her children, Randy Dale of North Carolina, Kevin Dale of Grosse Pointe Woods, and Diane Stouffer of Colorado; grandchildren, Hannah, Luke, Leah and Colton; sister, Arlene Foote; brother, Robert Kossel; and many members of her extended family.

She was predeceased by her husband, Eric Dale.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, Nov. 18, at Grosse Pointe Woods Presbyterian Church. Interment will be in the church’s Memorial Garden.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Woman’s Memorial, Dept. 560, Washington, D.C. 20042-0560, or to the Grosse Pointe Woods Presbyterian Church, 19950 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236.

Betty Wilson McCampbell

Betty Wilson McCampbell

Died: Friday, October 13, 2006
Age: 90
Longtime Grosse Pointe resident Betty Wilson McCampbell, 90, died Friday, Oct.13, 2006, at Bon Secours Hospital.

She was born in Detroit in 1916 and moved to Grosse Pointe in 1928, the same year that Grosse Point High School opened. After graduating from the high school, in the first graduating class, she attended Rollins College and began a lifelong practice of living in Florida in the winter, returning to Michigan each summer.

In 1958, she married John A. McCampbell, an engineer from Philadelphia. The couple lived in St Louis, Mo., while Mr. McCampbell was the chief engineer for the St. Louis Arch. After St Louis, they moved to Athens, Greece, for five years. Upon Mr. McCampbell’s retirement, they divided their time between Fort Myers Beach, Fla. and Grosse Pointe.

Mrs. McCampbell regaled her friends with lively stories of prohibition in Grosse Pointe, the heyday of Detroit in the ‘20s and early ‘30s and the “blind pigs” that could be found even in Grosse Pointe by the cognoscenti. She also told stories about Jack Kerouac who dated and then married her good friend.

During World War II, Mrs. McCampbell lived in California making the acquaintance of the Hollywood stars of the ‘40s. She had a zest for adventure and her lively stories attest to her ability to find it.

She was fiercely independent and maintained her own household after the death of her husband in 1995 until her last illness.

She is survived by a devoted group of friends

Audrey J. Hulme

Died: Thursday, October 12, 2006
Age: 88
Audrey J. Hulme, 88, formerly of Grosse Pointe and Sarasota, Fla., died Thursday, Oct. 12, 2006, at Sunrise Assisted Living in Oakwood, Ohio.

Mrs. Hulme was very active in her church communities which included Grosse Pointe Woods Presbyterian Church and Pine Shores Presbyterian Church in Sarasota.

Mrs. Hulme is survived by her son, David C. (Chris) Hulme of Oakwood, Ohio; daughter-in-law, Jan Hulme; and three grandchildren, Abby, Kacy and Kelly.

She was predeceased by her husband, Lloyd S. Hulme; and son, James K. Hulme.

No services will be held at the family’s request.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Ave., Dayton, OH 45420, St. Paul's Episcopal Church Book of Remembrances, 33 W. Dixon Ave., Oakwood, OH 45419 or the P.E.O. Sisterhood, General Foundation, 3700 Grand Ave., Des Moines, Iowa 50312.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.routsong.com.

James Edward O'Connor Jr.

Died: Thursday, October 12, 2006
Age: 73
James Edward O’Connor Jr., 73, of the City of Grosse Pointe, died Thursday, Oct. 12, 2006, at Bon Secours Hospital.

He was born Oct. 9, 1933, in Detroit to James Edward O’Connor Sr. and Dorothy O’Connor. He graduated from St. Paul Catholic High School in 1951 and Eastern Michigan University in 1961.

He served in the U.S. Air Force as an airman first class during the Korean War.

Mr. O’Connor was a longtime educator for the Grosse Pointe Public School System. He retired from Comerica Bank as an executive bodyguard and chauffeur.

He was active in the community as a member of the VFW, American Legion, AMVETs, Single Action Shooting Society and the B-47 Stratojet Association.

Among his interests, he enjoyed fishing, target shooting, vintage vehicles and spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Ellen (nee Beaupre) O’Connor; sons, James Edward III, Daniel Kelly Sr., and Hugh John; grandchildren, Allison, Keely, Daniel Jr., Callaghan, Quinn, Iyla and Finnian; sister, Linda Rathburn; and brother, Gary O’Connor.

A memorial service was held on Monday, Oct. 15, at Charles Verheyden Funeral Home Inc., Grosse Pointe.

Interment is at Great Lakes Memorial Cemetery.

Eugenie S. Peslar

Died: Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Age: 90
Former Grosse Pointe Farms resident Eugenie S. Peslar, 90, of Naples, Fla., died Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2006.

A resident of Grosse Pointe Farms for 42 years, Mrs. Peslar had been living in Naples for the past three years.

She will be dearly missed by her loving family.

Mrs. Peslar is survived by her son, Doran (Martha) Peslar of Naples; daughter, Judy (Burt) Taylor of Santa Cruz, Calif.; grandchildren, Melissa Koos, Kristin Cowper, Eugenie Taylor and Emory S. Taylor; and great-grandchildren, Isabelle, Louise, Maxine, Catherine, Graham and Caroline.

She was predeceased by her husband, Emil F. Peslar; her brother, Chester Stuart and her sister, Jennie Florides.

Funeral services will be private.

Catherine McGillen

Catherine McGillen

Died: Monday, October 09, 2006
Age: 82
City of Grosse Pointe resident Catherine McGillen, 82, died of congestive heart failure on Monday, Oct. 9, 2006, at Bon Secours Hospital.

She was born in Westfield, Iowa, and attended Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa.

Prior to starting her family, she worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. After her family was grown, she assisted her husband, Dr. Frank McGillen, at his dental office.

Mrs. McGillen was very active with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Families Experiencing Down Syndrome (FEDS).

She enjoyed spending time with her family and, especially, her grandchildren.

She is survived by her daughters, Patti (William) Sus, Colleen (Terry) Goodwin, and Peggy (Bob) Brennan; sons, Michael (Patti), Tom, Tim (Carole), and Sean (Dana); grandchildren, Ryan, Kevin, Rob, Tim, Sarah, Michael, Patrick, Daniel, Rory, Connor and Brennan; and step-grandchildren, Meredith and Melanie.

She was predeceased by her husband, Dr. Frank McGillen, who died in 1992.

A funeral Mass was celebrated on Saturday, Oct. 14, at St. Philomena Church in Detroit.

Interment is at Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton Township.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation or to Families Experiencing Down Syndrome (FEDS).
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