Died: Monday, May 13, 2013
Patricia Flattery Hurley passed away Monday, May 13, 2013, at Hillcrest Memorial Hospital in Gates Mills, Ohio. She was 86.
A resident of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, she was born Jan. 28, 1927, in Detroit, and for many years lived in Grosse Pointe, where she married Robert P. Hurley and raised their four children.
The family moved to Gates Mills in the early 1970s, where she quickly became involved in a number of community activities, including leadership roles in the Christ Child Society and the Chagrin Valley Hunt Pony Club.
Brimming with energy and enthusiasm, she loved gardening, birding, and traveling. A member of the American Kennel Club, she had a special affection for field retrievers.
Creative and innovative when it came to cooking, in 2008, she and her daughter, Sally, co-founded Mom’s Gourmet, a national brand of artisan seasoning and spice blends. Her culinary skills helped build the business whose products can now be found in national and regional grocery chains and gourmet food stores throughout the country.
A loving and caring mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, she is survived by her children, Kathleen Wierdsma (George) of Chagrin Falls, Robert Hurley (Heather Wicke) of Arlington, Va., Patrick Hurley, and Sally Koepke (Steve), of Newbury, Ohio; grandchildren, Katie, Elizabeth and Sarah Fortner and Hope and Eryn Hurley; great-grandson, Austin Connor; brother Thomas L. Flattery of Pacific Palisades, Calif., sister, Sally O’Malley of Santa Barbara, Calif., and numerous nieces and nephews.
She will be deeply missed by her family, and those who loved her.
Private burial services will be held at Mt. Elliott Cemetery in Detroit.
Died: Monday, May 13, 2013
Grosse Pointe native Mary Ann Merikoski, née Drummy, passed away with family surrounding her Monday, May 13, 2013. She was 68.
She was born Aug. 12, 1944, in Albuquerque, N.M., where her parents, John L. Drummy Sr. and Sarah (nee Fisher) Drummy, were posted on military service during World War II. She was raised in Grosse Pointe, where she attended and graduated from the Academy of the Sacred Heart.
After the academy, Mrs. Merikoski worked as a radiology technician at Harper Hospital in Detroit, where she met Juha O. Merikoski. They married in 1964 at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Farms. Shortly afterward, the couple moved to Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and Madison, Wis., where Mr. Merikoski pursued graduate studies and joined the U.S. Foreign Service.
Their many postings included working at embassies from Scandinavia and Western Europe to South America. Their longest posting was in Finland during the height of the Cold War, where Mrs. Merikoski supported intelligence and diplomatic work directed against the former Soviet Union. The couple retired in 2002 and returned to Grosse Pointe.
Mrs. Merikoski was an avid reader. She enjoyed music — from Elvis to Shostakovich — and art, especially the paintings of the French impressionists. She also loved international travel and life, learning much about the local cultures and history of each place where she lived or visited. She was as at home glacier walking in Reykjavik, Iceland, as she was trekking through the jungles of Guyana in South America.
Mrs. Merikoski is survived by her husband; loving children, Ingrid Gregg (Samuel), John Merikoski (Kimberly) and Mary Ann Merikoski (John Cashman); cherished grandchildren, John Edward Jr., Kathryn, Peter, William, Thomas and Madeleine; siblings, Thomas Drummy (Mary), Lawrence Drummy (Joan), Sarah Ann Verlinden (Michael), Mary Virginia Coply (Charles) and Brian Drummy (Linda); sister-in-law, Christine Drummy, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was predeceased by her parents and siblings, John and Gloria.
A funeral Mass was held May 17 at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, Grosse Pointe Farms.
Donations may be made to Next Generation Choices Foundation/The Less Cancer Campaign, 1247 Washington Road, Rye, NH 03870 or at lesscancer.org/.
Died: Sunday, May 12, 2013
David Michael Sachs, 67, died peacefully in St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital Sunday, May 12, 2013.
Born and raised in Grosse Pointe, Mr. Sachs graduated from Michigan State University. After working with IBM and Itel Corporation, he co-founded and then ran as CEO the lease financing company, Capricorn Capital Group. His family said he was considered among the best in the business.
Mr. Sachs especially loved making music with others and was particularly taken with the music and lyrics of singer/songwriter Jackson Browne. When in college, he briefly played guitar professionally with a quartet that performed the pop songs of the time.
His family said Mr. Sachs enjoyed clever repartee. He was open to astrology, liked crossword puzzles, and had an amazing memory for dates, events and places. He never missed recognizing a birthday with a card, an e-mail or a telephone call.
Mr. Sachs is survived by his children, David (Kelly), Michael (Sarah), Abby and Remy; sister, Barbara Tyler of Santa Cruz, Calif.; brothers, Gordon (Sue) of Tampa, Fla., and Stephen of Marshall; and five grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his parents, Leonard and Nell Sachs, and his brother, Leonard, all of Grosse Pointe.
A memorial gathering was held for Mr. Sachs June 1 at Oakland Hills Country Club.
Died: Friday, May 10, 2013
Emile “Norm” Giard, 81, of Sun City Center, Fla., passed away Friday, May 10, 2013. He was a former longtime resident of Grosse Pointe Shores.
Mr. Giard retired as a lieutenant commander after serving 23 years in the U.S. Navy and again retired after 23 years of service as an administrator and vice president at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit.
He was a former president of the Grosse Pointe Rotary and former member of the Grosse Pointe Hunt Club. In Sun City, he was a member of the Sun City Center Bridge Club (Life Master), Knights of Columbus and Prince of Peace Catholic Church.
Mr. Giard is survived by his wife of 55 years, Joyce; children, Diane Barnes (Patrick), David Giard, Daniel Giard (Rowena), Debbie McNerlin (Britt) and Doug Giard (Sherree) and 11 grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his daughter, Denise Giard.
A funeral Mass with military honors was held May 15 at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Sun City Center.
Donations may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Died: Thursday, May 09, 2013
Former longtime Grosse Pointe Farms resident Helene Harrow Keppelman, 94, died Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Plymouth.
She was born Jan. 20, 1919, in Detroit to Herbert S. and Jennie M. Harrow and graduated from Michigan State University in 1940 with a Bachelor of Science degree.
She worked at Merrill Palmer Institute for Child Development, and was a school lunch dietician for Detroit Public Schools.
She was a member of Kappa Delta Sorority and the American Association of University Women.
Mrs. Keppelman is survived by her daughters, Linda Rundles (Sherm) and Nancy Keppelman (Michael Smerza).
She was predeceased by her husband, H. Thomas Keppelman.
Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 16, at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan 48236.
Donations may be made to the church at the above address.
Died: Tuesday, May 07, 2013
Guy William Sewell Jr., 61, died Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit.
Born June 1, 1951, in Detroit, to Guy William Sewell M.D. and Jeanne Marie McLaughlin, he graduated from the University of Michigan in 1974 and worked at Avis Ford in Southfield.
Mr. Sewell’s interests included sports and cars. He loved spending time with family on Harsen’s Island.
In addition to his father, Mr. Sewell is survived by his sisters, Anne Mertz (Thomas) and Kathy Sells (Bud); niece, Dana DeGemmis (Bob); and nephews, Peter Mertz (Lori) and Jamie Mertz (Heather).
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 18, at Grosse Pointe Congregational Church, 240 Chalfonte, Grosse Pointe Farms.
Donations may be made to the American Lung Association, Memorial & Tribute Processing Center, 226 State Route 61, Norwalk, OH 44857-9705.
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Died: Monday, May 06, 2013
Rankin Phillip Peck Jr., 91, died peacefully Monday, May 6, 2013, at his home with his family.
Born May 8, 1921, in Detroit, to Mildred O’Reilly and Rankin Phillip Peck Sr., he moved with his family to Grosse Pointe Shores in 1940. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Detroit Institute of Technology and attended Detroit College of Law, after serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1945. Upon his honorary discharge, Mr. Peck had a rewarding career in the insurance industry as president of his agency, which eventually extended into 22 states.
Mr. Peck’s passions, however, were sailing and golf. He started sailing at a young age in a boat with sails his sister sewed. A familiar figure in DRYA races, he introduced catamarans and trimarans to the local races, as well as the Bayview to Mackinac races. He loved to challenge Mother Nature and live life to the fullest.
His family said Mr. Peck was the eternal optimist. His favorite quote was “You must endure the bad to truly enjoy the good, which would certainly follow.”
In later life, Mr. Peck enjoyed golf and the camaraderie it provided. He registered five holes in one at St. Andrews Club of Delray Beach, Fla., where he golfed daily until age 90.
In addition to St. Andrews Club, he was a member of The Grosse Pointe Club and the Country Club of Detroit.
Mr. Peck is survived by his loving wife, Elaine; sister, Florence “Peggy” Fisher; daughters, Sheila (Timothy Pettee), Lisa (Douglas Cruikshank) and Jennifer (Richard Russell); son, George Rankin Peck (Vickie Phipps) and grandchildren, George, Alexander, Katherine and Elizabeth Pettee, Peter Rankin and Caroline Eckrich and Lindsey and Robbie Cruikshank. He will be dearly missed by all.
He was predeceased by his brothers, Frank and Eliot; brother-in-law, Edwin Fisher and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 10, at Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home, 16300 Mack, Grosse Pointe Park. A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at noon Saturday, May 11, at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms. Visitation begins at 11:30 a.m. at the church.
Donations may be made to St. Paul Education Fund, 157 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236 or Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe Development Fund, 468 Cadieux, Grosse Pointe, MI 48230.
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Died: Saturday, May 04, 2013
Grosse Pointe Park resident John Henry Verlinden Jr., 68, died Saturday, May 4, 2013, at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit.
He was born June 16, 1944, in Detroit to Helen and John Verlinden. A veteran of the U.S. Army, he owned Taylor Door in Garden City.
Mr. Verlinden loved walking his dog, “Mickey,” boating and fishing. He especially enjoyed time spent at his cottage on the Au Sable River in Grayling.
Mr. Verlinden is survived by his daughter, Kristen Nevin; sons, John (Julie) and Michael; grandchildren, Jay Jay, Benjamin, Marabel, Amber, Michael, Sumner, Michael and Ruby Rose; sisters, Joanne and Karen and brothers, Loren and Michael (Sarah).
He was predeceased by his wife, Judy and his parents.
A funeral Mass was celebrated May 8 at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Park.
Donations may be made to the American Lung Association, 1301 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Suite 800, Washington, D.C. 20004.
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Died: Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Sylvia Sadie Adams, nee Hanna, 68, of Bloomfield Hills, died unexpectedly Tuesday, April 30, 2013.
She was born Sept. 1, 1944, at Cottage Hospital in Grosse Pointe Farms and attended St. Edward Elementary School. She practiced the piano and played the church organ during Mass.
She graduated from Regina High School in 1962, where she was a member of the National Honor Society, the Sodality Club, Notre Dame High School’s homecoming court, and Austin Preparatory High School’s theater group. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Michigan University and earned a master’s degree in education from the University of Michigan.
After college, Mrs. Adams began teaching at Center Line Public Schools and then transferred to Warren Consolidated Schools, where she had a long career as both a high school and a junior high teacher. Then known as Mrs. Sanderson, she was the business English teacher at Warren Mott High School. Mrs. Adams also taught at Butcher Junior High, Carleton Middle School and Sterling Heights High School, from which she retired in 2008.
For many years, Mrs. Adams worked at charitable events, such as Arts, Beats & Eats and the Birmingham Education Foundation’s Garage Sale. She was also a supporter of the Rose Hill Foundation.
Her family said she was a selfless person, always sacrificing and serving family and friends with her time, money, and expertise. She never missed sending birthday and holiday cards with crisp cash taped inside and heartfelt notes written in her unmistakable calligraphic handwriting.
She enjoyed cooking. For holiday parties, she baked decadent pumpkin and pecan pies.
Her favorite pastime was antiquing and collecting and she loved negotiating the best deal.
She will be dearly missed.
Mrs. Adams is survived by her son, Wayne Adams; sisters, Diane, Shirley, Joy and Patricia; brothers, Fred (Louise), Peter, Cameell Jr. (Laurie), Donald, William and Mark (Hildur); and 14 nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her sister, Grace Arnold, and parents, Cameell and Florence Hanna.
A funeral Mass was celebrated May 4 at St. Hugo of the Hills, Bloomfield Hills.
Donations may be made to Rose Hill Center, 5130 Rose Hill Blvd., Holly, MI 48442.
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Died: Monday, April 29, 2013
Former Grosse Pointe Woods resident Donald Rufus Johnston, 78, died peacefully Monday, April 29, 2013, at his home in Clinton Township.
Born Jan. 7, 1935, he was the youngest child of Dean Benedict and May Laura Johnston and married his teenage sweetheart, Linda Kay Hensel July 13, 1957. They met at Christ Methodist Church in Detroit.
Mr. Johnston graduated from Cass Technical High School in Detroit and attended college at General Motors Institute, graduating as a mechanical engineer. He worked 39 years at General Motors Corp.
After retirement, he worked as a consultant for Chem Met, an environmental waste management company. He served as a member of the building authority board in Clinton Township.
His family said the workshop in Mr. Johnston’s basement always housed an ongoing project, from rocking horses for each middle grandchild so they would feel “special,” to the Howard’s Point signage he made for the residents of Howard’s Point on Thornapple Lake.
He was an active member of Boy Scout Troop 250 and achieved his Eagle Scout rank. He eagerly lent a hand with his grandson’s Eagle Scout projects and served as the keynote speaker at his grandson, Brett’s, Eagle Scout ceremony.
Mr. Johnston’s love of the water and boating were combined with love of family through his cottage on Harsens Island, the North Channel in Algonac and most recently, Thornapple Lake.
He was happiest at the helm of his pontoon boat and his family had to pass his driving and knot-tying test before being allowed to pilot the boats. They learned to take their fish off the hook and filet the catch under his watchful eye. While family swam at the swimming hole, “Papa” would happily lean back in his captain’s chair and watch. He was even persuaded to demonstrate his life guard jump.
Mr. Johnston served as chairman of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, but was known more for his tea making abilities. He happily wore a kilt on Christmas to family celebrations and Scottish dances.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and was active in the Men’s Koffee Klotch. He could be found helping with the Maurice salad lunch doing dishes, making pasties, performing as one of the 12 lords a leaping in the Christmas play and other church activities.
Mr. Johnston is survived by his wife, Linda; children, Deb Hamel (Ken), Jeff (Kathy), Greg (Andrea) and David (Amy); grandchildren, Michael, Brett, Griffin, Chelsea, Haley, Connor, Casey, Kyle, Madison, Brandon, Alyssa and Jacob, and great-granddaughters, Dilynn and Addlie.
Visitation will be held 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 10, at Harold W. Vick Funeral Home, 140 South Main St., Mount Clemens.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 11, at First United Methodist Church, 57 Southbound Gratiot Ave., Mount Clemens.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Residential Hospice, 30755 Barrington, Madison Heights, MI 48071 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.