Died: Friday, October 19, 2007 Peter Sawchuk
Peter Sawchuk, 81, of Grosse Pointe Shores, died Friday, Oct. 19, 2007, in St. John Hospital, Detroit.
He was born Sept. 28, 1926 in Detroit to Peter and Ann Sawchuk.
Mr. Sawchuk worked for the Chrysler Corp. for 47 years retiring in 1991 as manager of the design and drafting department.
He is survived by his children, David (Teresa) of Grosse Pointe Shores, Donna Owens of St. Clair Shores and Linda (Bob) Smith of Canton; grandchildren James, Jacqueline, Michael, Matthew and David; great-grandchildren Jolie, Kendra, Chloe and Robin.
He also is survived by siblings Joe (Betty) Bonner of Texas, Ted Sawchuck of Sterling Heights, and Rose Garland-Thornton of Grosse Pointe Shores; sister-in-law Alma Bonner of Beausejour, Manitoba, Canada; and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral service was held Oct. 24 with entombment at Roseland Park Cemetery, Berkley.
Memorial contributions may be made to the St. John Health Foundation/Van Elslander Cancer Center, P.O. Box 673271, Detroit, MI 48267-3271.
Died: Thursday, October 18, 2007 Hazel Stier Allard
Longtime Grosse Pointe Woods resident Hazel Stier Allard, 90, died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2007, at her daughter’s home in Auburn Hills surrounded by her devoted and loving family.
Mrs. Allard was born in Wyandotte to Albert and Anna Stier.
She met her husband, William, in 1936 at Eastwood Gardens on the east side of Detroit at a dime-a-dance party, when he upped the ante to 15 cents to dance with her. The couple married in 1938.
Mrs. Allard was known for her sense of style whether she was sewing matching outfits for her daughters or upholstering furniture. She was an enthusiastic knitter known for pulling apart an afghan if she found she missed a stitch several rows back.
She was a sports fan out of necessity because her husband controlled the television remote.
Mrs. Allard and her husband shared a strong faith and were often heard saying nightly prayers together.
She will be remembered by her husband as the love of his life and faithful companion; by her children as the heart and soul of the family; by her loving grandchildren as the foundation of all that is good in a family; and by her great-grandchildren for her playfulness and loving smile.
She is survived by William, her husband of 69 years; daughters Joan (Lloyd) Bayer and Judith (Pete) Genord; son William (Cindy); grandchildren Michele, Michael, Dana, Cindi, Matt and Eric; and great-grandchildren James, Ryan, Riese, Zachary, Michael, Brianne, Serena, Lauren, Christian, Elise, Garrett and Devin.
She was predeceased by her daughter, Martha, her parents, and great grandchildren Tyler and Austin.
A funeral Mass was celebrated Saturday, Oct. 20 at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, St. Clair Shores.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Michigan, 400 Mack Ave., Detroit, MI 48201.
Died: Friday, October 12, 2007 John Douglas Chicoine
John Douglas Chicoine, 42, of Greenville died unexpectedly, Friday, Oct. 12, 2007.
Mr. Chicoine was born Dec. 2, 1964 to Lionel M. and Marian B. Chicoine Jr. and was raised in Grosse Pointe Shores.
He attended University of Liggett through high school and then went on to further his education at various colleges including Northwood Institute in Midland. He married Jeanne Postle Dec. 31, 1999.
In his younger years, John was an avid tennis player and liked to build model cars.
He enjoyed working outdoors and with his hands leading to has involvement in landscape maintenance.
Mr. Chicoine had many passions in life including nature and traveling.
He was a member of the Belding VFW Post No. 4406.
Mr. Chicoine is survived by his wife, Jeanne, of Greenville; his sister, Carolyn E. Chicoine of Grosse Pointe Farms; and his niece, Kristin.
He was predeceased by his parents and his brother, David.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to United Way for Southeastern Michigan, 1212 Griswold, Detroit, MI 48226.
Condolences also may be given to the Chicoine family through Johnson-Feuerstein Funeral Home at www.jffh.com.
Died: Thursday, October 11, 2007 Dr. Marion U. Scott
Dr. Marrion U. Scott, 86, of the City of Grosse Pointe, prominent area pediatrician prior to retiring in 1999, died in St. John Hospital, Detroit, on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2007. He was a long-term member of the medical staffs of Bon Secours Hospital, Cottage Hospital, St. John Hospital, and Children’s Hospital of Michigan.
Born in Baltimore, Md., Dr. Scott graduated from Washington and Lee University in 1943 where he was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. He graduated from The Johns Hopkins University Medical School in 1946. He served as captain in the Medical Corps and was stationed in Europe during the Berlin Airlift. He then completed his residency in pediatrics at The Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Scott practiced pediatric medicine in the Grosse Pointe area for more than 50 years. He was instrumental in starting the Cardiac Clinic at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan. In addition, he served as pediatrician for the Children’s Home of Detroit.
He was tremendously interested in young patients suffering from Attention Deficit Disorder and devoted a considerable portion of his practice to these children.
An avid gardener, he belonged to the National Rhododendron Society and the Daffodil Society. The yard of his Grosse Pointe home provided enjoyment to residents and friends alike.
Dr. Scott was a member of the Grosse Pointe Memorial Church where he was an active usher for 35 years. A faithful servant, he served on the church’s Session.
He was an Eagle Scout of Troop 96 and continued to be an active scout participant, planning troop activities for many years.
Dr. Scott is survived by Ann, his wife of 55 years; sons Dr. James U. (Susan) Scott of Calhoun, Ga., Robert E. Scott of Grosse Pointe, and John W. Scott of New York City; grandchildren Rebecca (Christo- pher) Dean, and Jonathan Scott and Katherine Scott.
He also is survived by his brother, William J. (Ruth) Scott; sisters-in-law Jane (John) Vorhes, Phyllis Kerrigan and Jan Kerrigan.
He also is survived by many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, Dr. and Mrs. William John Scott of Grosse Pointe Farms.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 22 at the Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore Drive, Grosse Pointe Farms.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Children’s Home of Detroit, 900 Cook Road, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236 or Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore Drive, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.
Died: Wednesday, October 10, 2007 Kirk Gerard Barker
Kirk Gerard Barker, died suddenly on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2007, at his home in Grosse Pointe Shores.
Mr. Barker was an Executive at Technical Rotary Services, a family business he worked for most of his life. He held a juris doctor degree from the University of Detroit School of Law and was a graduate of Western Michigan University, where he was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. He graduated from Austin Catholic Preparatory school on Detroit’s east side.
Mr. Barker was involved in a number of charitable, community and social organizations. He was active in the Phi Gamma Delta alumni organization and served as past president of the fraternity’s Detroit alumni chapter. He also was a past president and active member of the Unlimiteds Detroit racing organization, as well as a member of the Tip Toppers Club.
Mr. Barker was a warm and caring son and brother, and was a loyal friend to many. He had a special place in his heart for his two godsons. He was a quiet man with a sharp sense of humor and enjoyed traveling, boat racing and attending Tigers and Lions games with family and friends.
Mr. Barker is survived by his mother, Gloria; his sister, Claudia (Mark Valente III); and his brother, Craig.
He was predeceased by his father, James V. Barker.
A memorial Mass was celebrated on Saturday, Oct. 13 at St. Philomena Catholic Church. Donations may be made in Mr. Barker’s memory to the Capuchin Franciscan Province of St. Joseph, 1820 Mt. Elliott, Detroit, MI 48207.
Died: Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Former Grosse Pointe Park resident Mary M. Ernsberger, 85, of Little Lake, died Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2007, at the Norlite Nursing Center in Marquette.
Mrs. Ernsberger was born December 9, 1921 at Hibbing, Minn. to Louis Conway and Anna (Burke) Moore. She married Wallace P. Ernsberger in 1945 in Negaunee.
The couple lived in Grosse Pointe Park from 1964 through 1986.
Mrs. Ernsberger was active in the Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, the Grosse Pointe Newcomers Club and her children’s schools. She enjoyed playing bridge.
She taught school in the Detroit Public School System. After her retirement, she moved to Little Lake in 1988.
Mrs. Ernsberger is survived by children Mary Frances Ernsberger of Greenbelt, Md., Dean (Barbara) Ernsberger of Marine City, and Anabeth Rivest of Colchester, Vt.; 16 grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Wallace P. Ernsberger, in 1985; two sons, Scott Ernsberger and Leslie Ernsberger; and her brother, George Moore.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 13 at Holy Innocents Episcopal Church in Little Lake with burial following in the Gwinn Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Holy Innocents Episcopal Church, 1347 East M-35, Little Lake, MI 49833.
Leo M. Halfpenny
Leo M. Halfpenny, 95, of Canton, died Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2007.
He is survived by sons Michael (Janie) and Monsignor Patrick Halfpenny, the pastor of St. Paul Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Farms; daughters Maureen (James) Quinn and Kathleen (Kenneth) Svoboda; grandchildren Patrick, Leo, Martin, and Nathaniel; and great grandchildren Camryn and Killian.
He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Phyllis (nee Kaufman).
A funeral Mass was celebrated Monday, Oct. 15 at St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Canton. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Sacred Heart Major Seminary, 2701 Chicago Boulevard, Detroit, MI 48206; Angela Hospice, 14100 Newburgh Road, Livonia, MI 48154; Catholic Relief Services, P.O. Box 17090, Baltimore, MD 21203; or Capuchin Soup Kitchen, 1780
Died: Monday, October 08, 2007 James Russell Matzke
Former City of Grosse Pointe resident James Russell Matzke, 64, died suddenly Monday, Oct. 8, 2007, surrounded by family in Naples, Fla.
Mr. Matzke received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from The University of Michigan and started a career with J. Walter Thompson Advertising in Detroit and Germany, a time he fondly remembered.
Upon returning to the United States, he continued in advertising handling the Champion Spark Plug business. In 1992, he changed careers and became a property manager, managing the Detroit Towers. In 2006, he moved to Florida to manage a large residential community in Estero.
Mr. Matzke was a kind man well-respected by all he met, loved by the many who called him friend and cherished by his immediate and extended family. His zest for life was infectious.
He is survived by his son, James Russell Jr., (Jennifer); brother Bruce; uncle Jack Markoff; cousins Linda and Brian Cardinale; several nieces and nephews; and his former wife, Linda.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Grosse Pointe Methodist Church, 211 Moross Rd., Grosse Pointe Farms.
Died: Saturday, October 06, 2007 Ruth Stubenbordt Rodger
Grosse Pointe Woods resident Ruth Stubenbordt Rodger, 81, died Saturday, Oct. 6, 2007, at Sunrise Assisted Living in Grosse Pointe Woods.
Mrs. Rodger was born
Sept. 28, 1926 in Detroit to Elisabetha Burckhardt and Friedrich Stubenbordt. She graduated from Denby High School in Detroit in 1944.
She worked for the United States government in Washington, D.C. during and immediately following World War II.
She returned to Detroit to work in advertising, initially with Grey Advertising, then Batten, Barton, Durstine & Osborn where she was traffic manager.
She met her husband, John E. Rodger, at Boyne Mountain and honeymooned at the recently opened Squaw Valley ski resort.
Mrs. Rodger was active in many clubs and organizations including the Snow Princesses, Kenneth Jewell Chorale, Junior Women’s Symphony and the Women’s Ad Club.
She was a former chair of Call for Action and Ask a Lawyer which aired on WJR radio. She was an active member of the Detroit Yacht Club where she had been chairwoman of the Sailorettes.
Mrs. Rodger enjoyed annual ski trips to Colorado and summer vacations on the west coast of Michigan with family and friends.
The highlight of her travels were trips to Germany to visit her daughter and her family.
She also enjoyed watching college and professional football games, old movies, reading, needlework and crossword puzzles.
Mrs. Rodger is survived by daughter Robin (Bill) Heller of Grosse Pointe Farms and grandchildren Bill and Lizzie Heller.
She is also survived by sisters Rita Hostetter and Barbara Marthen; brother Donald (Gail) Shovan; sister-in-law Janet Dalrymple; and cousin Inge Burckhardt.
She was predeceased by her husband, John E. Rodger; sisters Irmgard Stubenbordt, Esther Stubenbordt and Betty Burgess; and brothers Edward and William Schovan.
The family will greet friends from 4 p.m. until the Celebration of Life Service at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 at the Detroit Yacht Club, 1 Riverbank Road on Belle Isle in Detroit.
Died: Saturday, October 06, 2007 Winthrop Hilton Connor
Winthrop Hilton Connor, 102, a longtime Grosse Pointe Park resident, died Saturday, Oct. 6, 2007, at Shore Pointe Nursing Center.
Mr. Connor was born Aug. 20, 1905 in Detroit to Grace Gibson and Roland Manley Connor.
He attended the Detroit College of Law and was a claims manager for Ohio Casualty Insurance.
Mr. Connor was a member of the Grosse Pointe Senior Men’s Club and enjoyed walking.
He is survived by daughters Adah Mary (Michael) Damico, Gail (Raymond) Gieleghem; sons John Winthrop (Beverly) Connor, Peter Wilkie Connor; grandchildren Julie, Jennifer, Steve, and Matthew; and great grandchildren Allie, Griffin and Kyle.
He was predeceased by his wife, Virginia Marks Connor; parents; sister, Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Thorpe and brother, Addison Dudley Connor.
Services were handled by Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home, Grosse Pointe Park, with interment at Acacia Park Cemetery, Beverly Hills.
Died: Saturday, October 06, 2007 Maudeva Jean McDougall
Maudeva Jean McDougall, 82, a longtime resident of Grosse Pointe Woods, died Saturday, Oct. 6, 2007, in Beaumont Hospital in the City of Grosse Pointe.
Mrs. McDougall was born in Paducah, Kentucky to John and Agnes Montgomery. She graduated in 1942 from Southeastern High School in Detroit.
She owned and operated Arrow-Weldit Sales and Engineering in Detroit along with her late husband, Bruce. After retirement, she worked as a latchkey care giver at Ferry Elementary School in Grosse Pointe Woods.
Mrs. McDougall was a member and office holder of the Towne Club Bridge group, which meets at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. She is a past member of Lochmoor Club and was involved for many years in the St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church Women of the Church. She was a longtime active mother’s club member at both Grosse Pointe North and South High Schools. She also was a volunteer gardener at The Henry Ford.
Mrs. McDougall enjoyed a variety of activities including golf, cooking, reading, spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, herb gardening, wreath making, playing piano by ear, knitting, crocheting, painting and crafts.
She also enjoyed summer fun at the family cottage in Grand Bend, Canada and family vacations. She spent many hours attending all of her grandchildren’s activities in sports, plays, music and dance recitals.
She is survived by daughters Cindy (Jim) Pangborn, Nancy (Dave) Butcher, Leslie (Benny) Anthony, Tracey (Tom) Krusz; son Bruce (Cathie) McDougall, Jr.; grandchildren Jamie (Romey) Pangborn, Mandy (Ty) Telegadas, Cassie (Craig) Custance, Mitchell Pangborn, Emily (Tom) Scupholm, Hillary Butcher, Alexis (Lawrence) DeLuca, Sara (Roger) Schaaf, B.J. Anthony, Alex, Andrew, Elizabeth, Matthew, Mary Krusz, and Olivia and Margo McDougall; and great-grandchildren David and Christopher Scupholm, Emma Pangborn, Calvin Custance, Ella Telegadas, and Owen and Amelia Schaaf.
She is also survived by her sister, Gladys Young.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, Oct. 6 at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Grosse Pointe Farms.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund, St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, 375 Lothrop, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.