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Stefano Guarini

Died: Friday, August 02, 2013
Age: 86
Grosse Pointe Farms resident Stefano “Steve” Guarini, 86, passed away Friday, Aug. 2, 2013.

Born Christmas Day, 1926, in Cisternino, in the province of Brindisi, Italy, he was the beloved husband of 56 years to Emily Ann, dearest father of John (Lisa) and Steven (Renee) and proud grandfather of Anthony, Alexandra, and the late Steven.

He also is survived by his dearest brother, Marco (Nina), other siblings residing in Europe and numerous loving nieces and nephews.

His family said Mr. Guarini was an angel to everyone who knew and loved him and he will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at noon Saturday, Aug. 10, at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms. His cremains will be inurned at the church columbarium. Visitation begins at 11:30 a.m. at the church.

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Candace Colett Lagerfeldt

Died: Friday, August 02, 2013
Former Grosse Pointe resident Candace Colett Lagerfeldt, died Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, in Waukesha, Wis., after a short illness.

Born in 1942 in Detroit to Anthony and Fern Colett, “Candy” graduated from Grosse Pointe High School. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Kentucky Wesleyan College and a Master of Science in Social Work degree from the University of Richmond.

She was married to Kurt Lagerfeldt until his death in 1976. She had a long career in social work and nursing home administration and compliance in Wisconsin and nationally.

Ms. Lagerfeldt is survived by her brother, Gary (Tish); two nieces and dear friends, Sandra Derer and Jeff Hauck and their extended family in Wisconsin.

Her family said the length and strength of her many friendships from every aspect of her life is a testament to her love for her friends and theirs for her.

Donations may be made to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718 or University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center, 600 Highland Ave., K4/658, Madison, WI 53792-6164.

F. Patricia Pokorny

Died: Thursday, August 01, 2013
Age: 85
Former longtime Grosse Pointe resident F. Patricia “Pat” Pokorny, 85, passed away peacefully Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013. She had been living in Naples, Fla.

She was born May 7, 1928, in Detroit, to Dr. Henry and Jean Naud and graduated from the University of Detroit in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science degree. It was there she met Donald Pokorny, whom she later married.

Mrs. Pokornoy taught biology at the Sacred Heart Convent of Grosse Pointe and later was the office manager of her husband’s dental practice.

She was a dedicated believer of family life and volunteerism. She served as president of the Women Dental Auxiliary and a docent for the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. She worked on numerous committees and projects benefiting American Association of University Women, Beaumont Hospital Assistance League, the Christ Child Society, University of Detroit Alumnae Association, Friends of Vision, St. Paul Altar Society and many other organizations.

Mrs. Pokorny, along with her husband, Don, “Skipper,” and family and friends enjoyed the Great Lakes on their sailboats, Scrimshaw I & II, both racing and cruising. She was a member of the Great Lakes Cruising Club and Bayview and Grosse Pointe yacht clubs.

Her family said she was known for her quick wit, generosity and eagerness to help those in need, both physically and through education. She was known as Mom, GMA, Gigi, Aunt Pitty Pat and the Navigator.

Mrs. Pokorny is survived by her daughters, Valerie Pokorny and Patrice DuFour; daughter-in-law, Rita Pokorny; grandchildren, Jason McHugh (Jennifer), Donald Pokorny (Marci), Dr. Aaron Pokorny (Monica), Nicholas DuFour and Chelsea DuFour; seven great-grandchildren; her sister, Madelyn Shinn-Norwood (Kiki) and many beloved nephews and nieces.

In addition to her husband, Dr. Donald K. Pokorny, and son, Dr. Paul H. Pokorny, she was predeceased by her sister, Dolores and brother, Dr. Joseph H. Naud (Merrill).

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms. Visitation begins at 9:30 a.m. at the church.

Donations may be made to the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, 1450 Merrihue Drive, Naples, FL 34102 or University of Detroit Mercy Dental Prosthodontics Department, 2700 Martin Luther King Blvd., Detroit, MI 48208.

Joseph L. Fromm

Died: Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Age: 83
Former Grosse Pointe Farms Mayor Joseph L. Fromm, 83, died Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at St. John Hospital and Medical Center. He was a member of the Farms city council from 1973 to 1986, and served as mayor form 1986 to 1991.

See the Aug. 8, 2013, issue of the Grosse Pointe News for Mr. Fromm's full obituary.

Marguerite Joseph

Died: Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Age: 105
Grosse Pointe Woods resident Marguerite Joseph, 105, passed away Tuesday, July 30, 2013.

She was born April 19, 1908, in Coniston, Ontario, Canada, to Francis and Gertrude (nee Modeste) Robichaud. She became a teacher at the age of 17 and taught in Windsor for two years and then in Coniston for four.

She married John Joseph Aug. 24, 1930, at St. Maron Church. Mrs. Joseph worked alongside her husband at their grocery store he owned while raising their children. The couple eventually began an electrical contracting business, Grosse Pointe Electric Co., then established Exway Electric and Supply Co. and moved into their current location on Harper Avenue in Harper Woods. As the business developed, Mrs. Joseph took time off now and then to explore her passion for art. She was a member of the Grosse Pointe Artist’s Association where she served as an officer, the Women’s Artists Association and the Scarab Club. She won many awards throughout the years for her work.

As their children moved into the family business, Mrs. Joseph and her husband were able to take time to travel. They made trips to Alaska, and many countries in Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Their travels took them to Las Vegas, where they became frequent patrons of the MGM and Bally’s resorts. Mrs. Joseph loved the casinos and continued to visit them well into her second century of life.

Her family said Mrs. Joseph was a devout Catholic and sweet lady who was always “dressed up” from the time she woke until she went to bed. She was known for the kindness and love she gave her family and friends. She will be deeply missed.

Mrs. Joseph is survived by her children, Shirley Marlow, Francis L. (the late Kathleen), John Jr., Roger; daughter-in-law, Christine; grandchildren, Michael, John, Cynthia, Patrick, Gail, Lisa, Christopher, Julie, Steven, Laura, Jeffrey and Jennifer and 28 great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, John, in 2000, and her son, Peter.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Aug. 2 at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, St. Clair Shores. Her cremated remains will be inurned next to her beloved John at Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton Township.

Donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942.

Mary Stack-Hastings

Died: Saturday, July 27, 2013
Age: 58
Former Grosse Pointe resident Mary Stack- Hastings, 58, lost her lifetime battle with muscular dystrophy and peacefully passed away Saturday, July 27, 2013, at Fr. Murray’s Nursing Center in Center Line.

She was born June 8, 1955, in Grosse Pointe to Mary and Thomas Stack and attended Grosse Pointe South High School.

Ms. Hasting is survived by her siblings, Michael Stack, Thomas Stack and Patsy MacConnachie; beloved nieces and nephews, Sara, Thomas, Lauren, Sophie, Will and Aiden and devoted and loving lifetime friends, Beverly, Cindy, Robyn and Margaret.

She was predeceased by her loving parents, Mary and Thomas Stack.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Donations may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association at mda.org; Hospice of Michigan at hom.org or Michigan Humane Society at michiganhumane.org.

William Cartwright

Died: Thursday, July 25, 2013
Age: 77
Grosse Pointe Woods resident William Cartwright, 73, died Thursday, July 25, 2013, at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit.

He was born Oct. 7, 1939, in Detroit to Ninus Lee and Virginia Boehle Cartwright and graduated from Southeastern High School in 1957.

A veteran of the U.S. Army, he worked at Seaman Patrick Paper Co. in Detroit for 27 years where he was vice president of purchasing and sales.

Mr. Cartwright was a sports enthusiast who loved to play and coach his children’s basketball, softball and volleyball teams.

He especially enjoyed golf and shot four holes-in-one. He was a member of the Scalawags Golf Club, formerly Boulder Lakes Golf Club, in Chesterfield Township and Wyndemere Country Club in Naples, Fla.

Recently, his main hobby was attending his beloved grandchildren’s performances and sporting events as their No. 1 fan. His family said he will be remembered for his sense of humor and one liners that brought a smile to nearly every face.

Mr. Cartwright is survived by his beloved wife of 49 years, Myra; loving children, Dawn Lubienski (Mark), Heidi George (John) and Laura Cartwright (Kiku Johnson); dearest grandchildren, Nicole, Erinne and Danielle Lubienski and John, Anthony and Alex George; siblings, Mary Hicks (Leonard), George (the late Catherine), Charles (Nancy) and David (Georganna) and many loving nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, John.

A funeral service was held July 30 at Grace Community Church, Detroit, with interment at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly.

Donations may be made to Eagle Children’s Charities, 21001 Moross, Detroit, MI 48236.

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Mary F. Leech

Died: Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Age: 71
Mary F. Leech, 71, died peacefully Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit.

Born March 29, 1942, in Sault Ste. Marie, to Frank and Elizabeth Firnschild, she graduated from Grosse Pointe High School in 1960.

She earned a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University and master’s degrees from the University of Michigan and Wayne State University. She taught English in the Van Dyke Public Schools and later at Macomb Community College.

Mrs. Leech was an avid reader and enjoyed her grandchildren and travel. She was a member of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, the Northeast Guidance Center, American Association of University Women, Grosse Pointe Woman’s Club and Women’s Connection.

Mrs. Leech is survived by her children, Scott Leech (Amy) and Dee Firnschild and grandchildren, Vivian and Keira.

She was predeceased by her husband, Robert and brother, George Firnschild.

A memorial service was held July 31 at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, Grosse Pointe Woods.

Donations may be made to St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 20475 Sunningdale Park Drive, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236 or to the American Heart Association, 3816 Paysphere Circle; Chicago, IL 60674.

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Paul H. Cron

Died: Monday, July 22, 2013
Age: 66
Paul H. Cron, 66, died Monday, July 22, 2013.

He was the beloved son of Marcellus and Julia, both of whom predeceased him. He was the loving brother of Marcia and William (Sharon), and the late Mark.

Donations may be made to Goodwill Industries, 1500 S. Lapeer Rd., Oxford, MI 48371.

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Carol Carleton

Died: Monday, July 22, 2013
Age: 91
Long time Grosse Pointe Farms resident Carol Carleton, 91, died Monday, July 22, 2013.

She was born March 20, 1922, in Milwaukee, Wis., to Alan McHenry and Esther Kellogg. Her family lived in Chicago for a time but moved to Grosse Pointe Farms in 1934. She graduated from Grosse Pointe High School in 1940, where she met Bill Carleton, whom she married in 1943.

She graduated from Stephens College in Columbia, Mo., and later attended Michigan State University, majoring in journalism. During World War II, the couple lived in Texas where Mr. Carleton was stationed with the U.S. Army Air Corps. They were married 63 years until his death in 2006.

Mrs. Carleton was active in her church and community. She and her husband were members of the Newcomers Alumni Club at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church and Mrs. Carleton served as a Stephen minister, church school teacher and deaconess there. She worked almost 20 years as the music teacher at Christ Church Nursery School in the 1960s and ’70s and loved her time around children.

She was devoted to fitness and started practicing yoga in 1958. She also was an aerobics instructor at Vital Options in the 1980s and used to run the track at Grosse Pointe High School in her early 60s.

In later years, she volunteered at St. John Hospital, was a teacher’s aide in Grosse Pointe elementary schools and was a member of the Grosse Pointe Sail Club.

She especially loved going with her family to Flag Point on Higgins Lake to the summer cottage that has been in her family since the 1920s.

Mrs. Carleton is survived by her loving children, Bonnie Carleton (David Law) and Bruce Carleton (Julie); grandchildren, Shadee Khalili (Cambyse), Kayvon Khalili (Michelle), Leila Kamel (Hany), Susanne Mirabedy (Kourosh) and Brian Carleton; great-grandchildren Cameron and Maya Khalili, Corrine, Tessa and Remie Mirabedy, Farres and Cyrus Kamel and Sophia Mirabedy.

She was much loved by her family and will be greatly missed.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms, with interment in the church’s columbarium at a later date.

Donations may be made to Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.

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