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Irene Kinsey Stare

Died: Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Age: 100
Irene Kinsey Stare passed away Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at her home in Wellesley, Mass. In January, she celebrated her 100th birthday surrounded by friends and family.

Mrs. Stare was the widow of Dr. Fredrick Stare, founder of the department of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health. She was also widow of research ophthalmologist Dr. V. Everett Kinsey of Troy.

She was born Jan. 24, 1913, in Pittsburgh, Pa., to Thomas Mackey and Nellie Grieb. Before moving to Wellesley in 1984, she lived many years in Troy and Grosse Pointe.

During the 1940s, she worked in Boston as an editor at Nutrition Reviews.

An accomplished violinist, Mrs. Stare was an enthusiastic supporter of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Meadowbrook Music Festival, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the New England Conservatory of Music. She took pleasure supporting the careers of young musicians and delighted in organizing performances in her home.

Mrs. Stare married professor Stare in 1984. During their many years together, they traveled regularly and enjoyed gardening at their home.

She was a loving stepmother and doting grandmother to her seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews.

In her final years, Mrs. Stare drew strength from the friendship of her neighbors. Her family is grateful for the attentive care she received from Dr. Richard Curtis, Gladys Scott, Dirk van Harrewijien, the Natick Visiting Nurse Association, and her dedicated home health aides.

A memorial service will be held in the spring.

Donations may be sent to the Natick Visiting Nurse Association, 209 West Central Street, Suite 313 Natick, MA 01760 or to The Tuesday Musicale of Detroit, 81 South Edgewood Drive, Grosse Pointe Shores, MI 48236. On the memo line, write: Irene Stare Violin Award Fund.

John Garrett Kerwin

Died: Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Age: 68
John Garrett Kerwin, 68, passed away Tuesday, March 12, 2013, surrounded by his loving family.

Born Sept. 28, 1944, in Detroit, to Leo and Katherine Kerwin, he graduated from Grosse Pointe High School in 1962. While he lived with dyslexia all of his life, it never stood in his way. He was an avid and astute entrepreneur and businessman. His passions were race cars, race boats and real estate.

Mr. Kerwin was the consummate deal maker. He opened his first car wash in his early 20s and that led him to buying and selling used cars, which blossomed into used car lots, an automotive finance company and more recently into real estate financing.

Along with once owning a hydroplane, Mr. Kerwin was a life-long supporter and fan of the Detroit Gold Cup Races. He and his wife traveled all over the country following the hydroplane circuit and Indy Car race circuit for many years.

He loved the water and owned many power boats over the years. He was happiest when he was out on Lake St. Clair.

Also an animal lover, Mr. Kerwin has had many faithful furry friends throughout his years that brightened his life with their companionship.

But most of all, John was a loving and devoted husband, son, uncle, brother-in-law, son-in-law and friend to many. His family said he had a heart as big as the Grand Canyon and as soft as a marshmallow, and spread love and kindness wherever he went. Barbara, his wife, was the love of his life. Although they had no children, their nieces and nephews were like children to them.

Mr. Kerwin is survived by his wife, Barbara; his brother, Michael (Wendy); nephews, Patrick Kerwin (Katherine), David Kerwin (Marlena), John Kerwin James Kerwin (Sarah), Evan Scott (Elizabeth) and Sean Scott (Elaine); nieces, Elizabeth Peebles (Mark), Julia Brooks (Brandon) and Diana Scott; great-nephews and nieces Tommy, Olivia, Elisia, Payton, Hudson, William, Reece, Levi and Wesley; mother-in-law, Nina DeLand, sisters-in-law, Michelle DeLand, Beverly Kerwin and Laurie Kerwin and brother-in-law, Brent Kelso.

He was predeceased by his parents and brothers, Thomas and James.

A memorial service was held at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, Grosse Pointe Farms.

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Elizabeth Ann Hollerbach

Died: Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Age: 90
Former Grosse Pointe Farms resident Elizabeth Ann Hollerbach, nee O’Brien, died peacefully Tuesday, March 12, 2013, in St. Clair Shores. She was 90.

She was born Aug. 3, 1922, in Detroit, the third child of Evelyn (nee Youngblood) and Thomas O’Brien. She graduated from St. Martin’s High School, in 1940, and went to work for the Murray Corporation in downtown Detroit, where she met Norbert “Holly” Hollerbach. They were married Feb. 23, 1946, and began a long and adventurous life together, canoeing, camping, sailing, skiing, traveling and raising their six children in Grosse Pointe before “retiring” in 1983 to the mountains of Colorado. They danced together for 54 years.

Mrs. Hollerbach served as a volunteer for St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, the Detroit Institute of Arts and Planned Parenthood. She was involved in the parish at St. Paul on the Lake and later St. Stephen’s in Glenwood Springs, Colo., where she lived until returning to Michigan in 2012. Her family said her smile and ready laughter would light up the room. She was an excellent navigator and loved to sing. She will be missed.

Mrs. Hollerbach is survived by her children, Beth Nix of Carbondale, Colo., Marc Hollerbach (Karen) of Grosse Pointe Park, Joan Hollerbach of Silt, Colo., Eric Hollerbach (Andrea) of Grosse Pointe Park, Barbara Somes (Jon) of Grosse Pointe Park and Cate Love (Jim) of Glenwood Springs, Colo.; 16 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and many nephews and nieces.

She also is survived by her sister, Frances Davis of Grosse Pointe Shores.

She was predeceased by her loving husband; brother, Thomas M. O’Brien and sister, Mary Cay Ferris.

The family will gather with friends to celebrate her life this summer in a memorial service at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church.

Donations may be made to St. Stephen’s School, 414 S. Hyland Park Drive, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601.

Mary Elizabeth Bartemeier Hurley

Died: Monday, March 11, 2013
Age: 89
Mary Elizabeth Bartemeier Hurley, passed away Monday, March 11, 2013, in Seattle, with family by her side. She was 89.

She was born Nov. 19, 1923, in Baltimore, to Dr. Leo H. Bartemeier and Elizabeth Haltigan Bartemeier. After graduating from the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Grosse Pointe Farms in 1941, she attended the Duchesne Residence School in New York City.

She married William L. Hurley May 3, 1947, at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church. After 62 years of marriage, her beloved husband passed away Aug. 14, 2009.

Over a span of approximately 26 years, Mary volunteered in her children’s schools: Academy of the Sacred Heart, St. Paul School and University of Detroit Jesuit High School. She was a member of the Children of Mary Sodality and the Junior League of Detroit. Especially meaningful to her was her many years of work supporting the Bon Secours Assistance League.

A parishioner of St. Paul’s for 76 years, she was a member of the Altar Society and participated in many parish programs and ministries.

Mrs. Hurley is survived by her five children and their spouses, Ann (Tim Johnson), Bill (Jill Rullkoetter), Leo, Tim (Kim) and John (Melissa) and grandchildren, Will (Joanne Zerdy), Nick, Abbey, Leo, Johnny, Maddie and Alexander.

She also is survived by Marie Louise Hurley Moser, Suzanne Hurley Kane, Edward G. Kane, Thomas J. Roney, and many nieces, nephews, and their families.

She was predeceased by her sister, Katharine Bartemeier Roney; brother, John Bartemeier and brother-in-law Robert P. Hurley.

Visitation will take place from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, March 22, at Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home, 16300 Mack, Grosse Pointe Park. Rosary recitation will begin at 7 p.m.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at noon Saturday, March 23, at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms. Visitation begins at 11:30 a.m. at the church. Burial at Mt. Olivet Cemetery will immediately follow the Mass.

Donations may be made to Bon Secours Chapel Fund, “No One Dies Alone” program, c/o Fr. Rich Bartoszek, 468 Cadieux, Grosse Pointe, MI 48230, or St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, “Eucharistic Ministers to the Sick and Homebound,” 157 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.

Correspondence to the family may be sent to the attention of Ann Hurley, 6211 39th Avenue NE, Seattle, WA 98115.

Eleanor Jeanne Somes

Died: Monday, March 11, 2013
Age: 87
Eleanor Jeanne Somes, nee McGrath, died Monday, March 11, 2013. She was 87.

Born Sept. 10, 1925, in Three Oaks to Beatrice Lee and Frederick M. McGrath, she was married 64 years to Frederick Joseph Somes Jr., who predeceased her.

She is survived by her loving children, Deborah Zahnow (John), Jennifer Chope (William) and Jon Somes (Barbara Hollerbach); 11 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Her family said Mrs. Somes was intuitive and had a gift with words, often evidenced in the warm and caring notes and letters she sent to friends and family. She was an avid reader who enjoyed playing the piano and writing, especially poetry. She was a founding member of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.

A memorial service and interment at St. Anne’s Cemetery will be held on Mackinac Island this summer.

Donations may be made to the Eleanor Wagner Brock Memorial Scholarship Fund, The Grosse Pointe Academy, 171 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236 or Mariners Church, 170 East Jefferson Ave., Detroit, MI 48226.

Virginia Ann Homeier Anderson

Died: Monday, March 11, 2013
Age: 74
Virginia Anne Homeier Anderson, 74, died Monday, March 11, 2013, in Portland, Ore.

She was born Dec. 4, 1938, in Grosse Pointe, to Custer and Myrtle Homeier and graduated from Grosse Pointe High School in 1956. She spent one year at the University of Michigan, where she met Robert Anderson whom she married in 1957. They were married 52 years.

The couple moved to Portland in 1957, where she and her husband began a family which grew to five children. In 1966, Mrs. Anderson returned to college at Portland State University where she earned a bachelor’s degree, graduating with honors, while raising her family. In 1969, she began a 30-year career in the Parkrose School District. During that time she was a teacher, building principal and special education director. She earned a master’s degree in special education and later a doctorate in educational administration, both from Portland State University. She retired in 1999.

She was long-time member of First United Methodist Church in Portland.

Dr. Anderson, or “VA” as she was known to many, was a tireless advocate of education. She wrote grants and started many programs that benefited youth in the Parkrose School District. Her passion was teaching and in a time when women were often discouraged from professional aspirations, Dr. Anderson was a trailblazer in education. As a mother, she instilled a love of learning in all of her children. Many a day she could be seen on her favorite corner of the couch absorbing a mystery novel, which she read by the dozens every year. Her love of reading rubbed off on all of her children. Her proudest accomplishment in her life was her own children. She was quick to brag to anyone who would listen about each of them.

Dr. Anderson is survived by her children, Kathy, Christy, Erika, David and Daniel; grandchildren, Jennifer, Jacquelyn, Kellie Anne, Sterling, Jon, Juliet and Jeffrey; brother, Ed Homeier and sister, Linda Cotter.

She was predeceased by her husband and brother, Custer.

A memorial service was held March 18 in Portland.

Marion C. Levette

Died: Sunday, March 10, 2013
Age: 95
Marion C. Levette, 95, died Sunday, March 10, 2013.

She was the beloved wife of George W. Levette, who predeceased her; dear mother of Karen M. Besimer, Richard G. (Sophia) and Elaine M. (David) Olson; loving grandmother of Donald Curtis (Paul Staples), Jeffrey Curtis (Elisa), Jennifer Sinacola (Jason), Frederick Besimer, Lisa Lancaster (Rob) and the late Matthew Levette and great-grandmother of Rachel, Allison, Dominic, Abby, Sophia and Gus.

A funeral Mass was celebrated March 13 at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in St. Clair Shores, with interment at White Chapel Cemetery in Troy.

Donations may be made to the Michigan Humane Society at michiganhumane.org.

Gertrude Julia McSorley

Died: Saturday, March 09, 2013
Age: 93
Grosse Pointe Farms resident Gertrude Julia McSorley, 93, died Saturday, March 9, 2013, surrounded by her family.

On Aug. 22, 1942, she married Donald V. McSorley, who predeceased her in 2007 after 65 years of marriage. Their loving relationship, gracious hospitality and open door are memories many have of the McSorley household. Her family said Mrs. McSorley knew no stranger and always had an open door and a place at the table for all. Her devotion to her God, family and friends knew no bounds.

Paramount in her life was her relationship with God. Sharing her faith with family, friends and parishioners over the years was a central part of her life at St. Bridgid’s in northwest Detroit, St. Mary’s of Redford; and for last 40 years at St. Paul on the Lake Church in Grosse Pointe Farms. Mrs. McSorley and her husband were active volunteers with St. Vincent de Paul; Pregnancy Aid, Stapleton Center and Providence, Cottage and Bon Secours hospitals. She was a member of prayer groups and the Altar Society at St. Paul on the Lake.

Mrs. McSorley is survived by her children, Gertrude “Trudy,” John (Judy), Noreen Trewyn (Lee), Mary Catherine “Molly” Daly (Richard), Margaret “Peggy” Kopp (Allen), Elizabeth, Barbara Karle (Robert), Donald, and Patricia “Patty” Gehringer (Mark); grandchildren, Jennifer McSorley (Aaron Pruss) Tony, Kathleen and Angela Camilleri, Stuart Daly (Megan), Ryan Daly (Molly), Matthew Daly (Sabine), Jeramie Kopp (Jennifer), Christine Kopp and Jason Kopp (Sara Beth), Benjamin Karle (Nicole), Bobby Karle, S.J. and Gabrielle and Luke Gehringer, and great-grandchildren, Jacqueline and Alexandria Cloutier, Noah Pruss, Ella and Addison Daly, Genevieve and Juliette Kopp, Adrianna Kopp, Allison Whitt and Audrey and Jacob Kopp.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her grandchildren, Jack McSorley and Danielle Canelas; mother, Mary “May” Wilson and siblings, Raymond Wilson and Dorthy McLellan.

A funeral Mass was celebrated March 12 at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Donations may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Society at svdpusa.org; The Society of Jesus Christ in the United States for the Formation and Education of Jesuits at jesuit.org; or the St. Paul Catholic Church Educational Trust, Gertrude and Donald McSorley Scholarship Fund, 157 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.

Dena Scandalis

Died: Thursday, March 07, 2013
Dena Scandalis passed away Thursday, March 7, 2013.

She was the beloved sister of Ann S. Buysse and Carrie Maul and mentor and precious aunt to several nieces and nephews. She will be on the minds and in the hearts of those who loved her.

A private family service was held.

Rita May Castiglione

Died: Wednesday, March 06, 2013
Age: 90
Rita May Castiglione, 90, proud U.S. Navy veteran, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013.

She was the beloved wife of Carmen, who predeceased her and is survived by her loving children, Stanley Castiglione, Cassandra “Cazzie” Belenky, Francis Castiglione (Sue) and Michele Sweeney (Edward); grandchildren, Jeremy Belenky-Horn (Jennifer), Elizabeth Belenky-Housey (Andrew), Walter Belenky III (Rebecca), Brigitta Mohar, Natalie Henderson (Nathan), Michael Castiglione (Amy) and Edward and Joseph Sweeney and great-grandchildren, Sophie Anne, Claire, Jacob, Kindall, Parker and Conner. She was the dear sister of Eugene LaVoy.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Castiglione was predeceased by her brothers, Isadore, Llewellyn, Stanley and Fletcher LaVoy, all veterans of the U.S. military.

Donations may be made to Children’s Hospital of Michigan, 3901 Beaubien, Detroit, MI 48201.
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