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Dorothy Hughes Young Schmelz

Died: Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Age: 92
Former longtime Grosse Pointe Woods resident Dorothy Hughes Young Schmelz, died Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013.

She was born May 29, 1921, in Detroit.

Mrs. Schmelz is survived by her daughter, Martha McGee (Richard); son, Robert Schmelz (Sandy); grandchildren, Patrick, Shannon, Daniel (Kate) and Alan McGee and Peter (Julian) and Mark (Lori) Schmelz and four great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Jack, in 1997.

A memorial service was Sept. 23 at First Presbyterian Church of Birmingham.

Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org or Leader Dogs for the Blind at leaderdog.org.

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Charles Ebner M.D.

Died: Saturday, September 14, 2013
Age: 86
Charles Ebner M.D., passed away peacefully Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, a day after his 86th birthday.

His family said that for more than 50 years as a practicing internal medicine physician in Warren, Dr. Ebner cherished his role as a caregiver. For him, answering a patient’s call at 2 a.m., visiting a patient in the hospital or even making house-calls long after it was commonplace, was just part of being a doctor. He was well-liked and respected by both his patients and the medical community. Through his work as chief of staff and attending physician at Holy Cross and South Macomb hospitals, he was known by both staff and colleagues for his integrity, grounded personality and distinctive chuckle that brought smiles to the faces of those around him. He retired in 2007 at age 80.

Born and raised in Grosse Pointe Park, Dr. Ebner loved walks on the boardwalk at Patterson Park, watching freighters pass Windmill Pointe Park, strolling through the Village and playing tennis at the Neighborhood Club.

He attended St. Ambrose School before earning his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame in three years. He earned his doctorate at Wayne State University School of Medicine. He joined the U.S. Army, where he served in a M.A.S.H. unit in Korea and Letterman Army Hospital in San Francisco. It was in the “city by the bay” he met and fell in love with Irene Hayes, an occupational therapist in the Army. The two married in 1954, moved to Michigan, and began their adventure raising seven children in Grosse Pointe.

Dr. Ebner was a sports enthusiast cheering for the Tigers, Lions, Red Wings and Fighting Irish. He enjoyed playing tennis, skiing, camping, hiking, gardening, reading, photography, fishing, and outdoor concerts. Family vacations, visiting friends and exploring faraway places, inspired him. A few of his favorite trips included Yellowstone and Yosemite national parks, Walt Disney World, Italy, China, Israel, Greece, Kenya, Alaska, Egypt and northern Michigan.

Dr. Ebner is survived by his sister, Toni King; children, Thomas Ebner (Christine), Terese Anthous (Robert), Anne Ebner, Mary Ebner (Reggie Eberly), Trish Pickett, Julie Matthews (James) and Steve Ebner (Andrea); grandchildren, Paul, Jeff, Tiffany, Elizabeth, Rebekah, Ruth, James, Josh, Rachel, Sara, Jessica, Charlie, Connor, Alison, Ben, Katie, Janie and Natalie and great-grandchild, Matthew.

He was predeceased by his wife, Irene.

Visitation will be held from 1 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, with a rosary at 7 p.m., at Verheyden Funeral Home, 16300 Mack, Grosse Pointe Park. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at noon Saturday, Sept. 21, at St. Clare of Montefalco Catholic Church, 1401 Whittier, Grosse Pointe Park.

Gerald Freeman Webster

Died: Saturday, September 14, 2013
Age: 78
Grosse Pointe Farms resident Gerald Freeman Webster, 78, passed away peacefully Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, at Sunrise of Farmington Hills, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Dec. 24, 1934, in Royal Oak, to Winfield L. Webster and Beatrice (nee Freeman) Webster. Growing up in Grosse Pointe, he attended Richard Elementary, Pierce Junior High and Grosse Pointe High schools, before graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Kalamazoo College. He also served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps, stationed on Okinawa Island, Japan.

After serving in several positions of increasing responsibility, Mr. Webster became president and board chairman of W.L. Webster Manufacturing, Ltd. of Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

Mr. Webster was a man of many interests. Chief among these was spending time with his family at their cottage on Fife Lake. For many years, he volunteered and supported the Boy Scouts of America. He was recognized as a sustaining member after serving in numerous positions, including scoutmaster and Webelos leader. He was formerly a member of the Detroit Boat Club, Beachgrove Country Club and a past treasurer of the Grosse Pointe Farms Boat Club. Mr. Webster was honored as a life member of the Windsor Club, and by Bayview Yacht Club for his years of volunteer service in the annual Port Huron to Mackinac Boat Race. He was an active member of the Grosse Pointe Senior Men’s Club and a member of the Old Main and Anthony Wayne societies for his support of the college of nursing at Wayne State University. His professional affiliations included the Economic Club of Detroit, the Engineering Society of Detroit and the Society of Automotive Engineers.

Mr. Webster had a lifelong interest in politics. He served as chairman of the 14th District Young Republican Club (where he was first introduced to his future wife) as well as treasurer of the Michigan Federation of Young Republicans. He was a precinct delegate and a longstanding member of the 14th District Republican Committee. In 1980, he served as a presidential elector in the Electoral College, constitutionally electing Ronald Reagan to his first term as president of the United States. In 1984, he served as a Michigan delegate to the Republican National Convention.

Mr. Webster loved a good book, music, singing, bridge, dancing with his wife and daughter, researching family genealogy, crossword puzzles, convertibles, James Bond movies and University of Michigan football. For nearly 30 years he faithfully traveled to Ann Arbor on football Saturdays to cheer on the maize and blue. His family said all who knew him will remember him as a kind and generous man; a true gentleman who loved his family and whose spirit drew others to him.

Mr. Webster is survived by his loving wife, Lynda, with whom he celebrated 50 years of marriage June 8, 2013. He also is survived by his children, Victoria Heger (Martin) and Winfield L. Webster II (Renee); grandchildren, Martin Heger III, Zachary Freeman Heger, Camden Webster, Morgan Webster and Caitlyn Webster; sister, Dorothy Kratz; brother-in-law, John Colquhoun and niece and nephews, Alan Kratz, Phil Kratz, Gerald Kratz, Connie Ewalt, Roland Fancher, and Bruce Manther.

He was predeceased by his sisters, Winifred Webster and Barbara Manther.

A funeral service was held Sept. 18 at Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home, Grosse Pointe Park.

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Diana P. Corio

Died: Thursday, September 12, 2013
Age: 72
Diana P. Corio, of Clinton Township and formerly of Grosse Pointe Woods, passed away peacefully Thusday, Sept. 12, 2013, surrounded by her loving family. She was 72.

She was the beloved and devoted wife of Peter J. for 54 years; cherished mother of Ross A. Corio (Mary Ellen) and Mary Hoenscheid (Jeffrey); precious grandmother of Ashley (fiance Cullen Hall), Katrina and Anthony Corio and Joshua and Noah Hoenscheid and dearest daughter of Mary Laudazio. She also is survived by her brother, Anthony Laudazio (Charleen); sisters-in-law, Theresa Balboa (Dr. Ronaldo) and Concetta Weigand (William) and many loving nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her father, Antonio Laudazio and brother, Peter Laudazio.

Mrs. Corio and her husband, Peter, were former owners of Wimpy’s Bar and Grill in Detroit and Trolley’s Lounge in Detroit.

Mrs. Corio enjoyed ballroom dancing and attending local dinner dances. She had a talent for floral arranging and took pride in her arrangements and helping decorate her family’s houses. She enjoyed knitting, watching old movies and listening to traditional Italian music. Her greatest enjoyment in life was her family. She enjoyed their family Sunday dinners, annual family summer vacations and she especially looked forward to the holidays so everyone would be together. The time spent with her grandchildren was precious and she loved to enlighten them with her old stories.

Her family said she was loved by all who knew her and will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

Donations may be made to The Capuchins, 1851 Mt. Elliott, Detroit, MI 48207.

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George A. DuFour

Died: Monday, September 09, 2013
Age: 95
Longtime Grosse Pointe resident George A. DuFour, 95, died peacefully Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, in St. Clair Shores.

Mr. DuFour served his country during World War II as a member of the U.S. Army Air Corps in the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater. Prior to his retirement, he was an executive with Metropolitan Life Insurance Company for more than 30 years. In his leisure time, he enjoyed golf, tennis and travel.

Mr. DuFour is survived by his children, Penny Bergeson; Richard (Vicki); Randy; Patrick; Mary Margaret Morrow (Brian); James (Ruba); George and Renee Greening (Robert); grandchildren, Lisa, Laurie, Daniel, Lynn, Lee, Laura, Joanna, Jack, Paul, Anna, Renee, Nicholas, Chelsea, Jacqueline, Mark, Charlotte, David, Alexander, Connor, Erin, Madeline, Alexandra, Rory and Claire; great-grandchildren, Ana, Angela, Amy, Andrea, Victor, Anthony, Thomas, Lindsay, Kienan and Theodore and great-great-grandchildren, Isabella and Silvio. He also is survived by his brother, Roy.

Mr. DuFour was predeceased by his beloved wife, Maureen; sons, Mark, Michael and Thomas; and son-in-law, Martin Bergeson.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Sept. 14 at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, Grosse Pointe Farms.

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Penny Voudoukis

Died: Monday, September 09, 2013
Age: 91
Grosse Pointe Farms resident Penny Voudoukis, 91, died Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, at home surrounded by her loved ones.

She was born July 8, 1922, in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, to Andonia and James Christakos.

She was the beloved wife of Dr. Ignatios Voudoukis for 51 years, mother of Chris Ann Roncone (Nick), and grandmother to Olivia and Willow. Of her seven sisters and brothers, she is survived by her sister, Gloria Bazos, and many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Voudoukis graduated from the Montreal Fashion Academy and developed her own clothing line, Don-a-Christy. This led to her dream job of lead bridal consultant for Eaton’s of Canada and Marshall Field’s of Chicago. She came to the aid of many society brides, until she met her husband and, after they married in 1962, she dedicated the next few years helping her husband open his private practice. In 1964, her husband’s work brought them to Detroit, where they welcomed their daughter. While enjoying motherhood, she also was an active member of the Hutzel Hospital Women’s Auxiliary and worked as the office manager supporting her husband’s practice.

Once settled in her new home, Mrs. Voudoukis began her involvement with the local Greek community. She helped establish the Greek Riverfront Festival in hopes of revitalizing the city after the Detroit riots of 1967. At the time also she formed an international dance group, “The Hellenic Society For The Performing Arts,” which brought artistic and cultural aspects of the various regions of Greece to life. More than 1,000 participants of Greek American heritage performed for more than 40 years. The group represented the Greek community in several midwest states, as well as Canada. A highlight was their performance for U.S. President Ronald Reagan.

In addition to volunteering her time to the dance group, Mrs. Voudoukis volunteered for many other local organizations, one of her favorites being the International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit, a group that aids local immigrants on their path to citizenship.

Mrs. Voudoukis received many honors and awards including the Hellenic Heritage Award for Dance in 2008. Her dance history and costume collection are on display at the Assumption Cultural Center in St. Clair Shores and the Hellenic Museum of Michigan in Detroit.

Arthur Joseph Hackman

Died: Sunday, September 08, 2013
Age: 77
Arthur Joseph Hackman

Arthur Joseph Hackman, 77, of Harbor Springs, died peacefully at home Sunday Sept. 8, 2013, with his family by his side.

He was born Oct. 24, 1935, in Detroit, to Arthur and Madeline (nee Mortier) Hackman. He lived in Grosse Pointe until 1987, when he moved to Harbor Springs.

Mr. Hackman graduated from Grosse Pointe High School, attended Wayne State University, then took over the family machine tool business, American Lap Company.

In 1957, he married Alice Buchanan and they spent the next 56 years together raising their four sons and daughter.

Mr. Hackman loved to travel with his children while they were young. His family said he taught them to ski, sail, and, most importantly, how to become the people they are today.

The love of his life were his grandchildren. He supported them in whatever endeavor they chose. Whether it was golf, hockey, volleyball, skiing, swimming, tennis, sailing or soccer, he was there cheering them on. They will remember him as being their number one fan.

Mr. Hackman was an avid tennis player, as well as a fan. He introduced and taught the game to his family. He was thankful for his wonderful friends in the tennis community.

He also loved boating, sports car racing and spending time enjoying his family and Northern Michigan.

Mr. Hackman is survived by his wife, Alice; children, Arthur (Debra) of Frankenmuth, Glen (Tracy) of Bloomfield, Alan (Amy) of Harbor Springs, Robert of Long Beach, Calif., and Laura Chamberlin (Gerry) of Harbor Springs; granddaughters, Maggie (Jake), Katie, Abby, Kelsey, Alix, Lilly, Lucy and grandson, Teddy.

He also is survived by his sisters, Madeline and Jeanette of Grosse Pointe.

The family is grateful to Hospice of Little Traverse Bay for their wonderful care.

In lieu of flowers please make a memorial donation to Hospice of Little Traverse.

A funeral service was held Sept. 11 at Schiller Funeral Home in Harbor Springs.

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Rollin Martin Duensing

Died: Sunday, September 08, 2013
Age: 79
Rollin Martin Duensing passed away Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013.

He was born Oct. 31, 1933, in North Platte, Neb., to Ruth and Martin Duensing. His family settled in Chicago. He attended Valparaiso University, where he was a member of Theta Chi Fraternity.

In 1961, Mr. Duensing moved to the Grosse Pointe area, where he and his first wife, Sigrid raised five children. In 1998, he married Nancy and moved to St. Clair Shores.

Mr. Duensing worked as an account representative for a number of industries over his career. He was an avid golfer and double amputee. His family said throughout his life, his positive attitude and perseverance was an inspiration to many.

He was a counselor for the Amputee Coalition, on the Board of Elders and a Stephens Minister at Trinity Lutheran Church in Clinton Township.

Mr. Duensing is survived by his loving wife, Nancy; children, Lynette Duensing (Gregg), Britta Hurst (Jamie), Robert Duensing (Jennifer), Mark Duensing (Latiesha), Sonja Thayer and Eric Shellum; grandchildren, Sally, Charlie, Allison, Daniel, Alana, Ava, Mark Jr., Mariah, John (Meghann), Chelsea, Olivia, Justin, Emily Rose, Adam and Jacob and great-grandchild, John.

He also is survived by his son-in-law, John; brother, Hollis (Ann) Duensing and sister, Edith (the late Donald) Heideman.

He was predeceased by his former wife, Sigrid; son, Michael and daughter, Sharon.

Visitation will be held from 3:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at A.H. Peters Funeral Home, 20705 Mack, Grosse Pointe Woods.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 38900 Harper, Clinton Township. Visitation begins at 10 a.m. at the church.

Burial at Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton Township.

Donations may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, 38900 Harper, Clinton Township, MI 48036 or at trinityct.org.

Jeanne I. Kordas

Died: Sunday, September 08, 2013
Age: 92
Jeanne I. Kordas, 92, longtime Grosse Pointe Park resident, died Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013.

She was predeceased June 18, by her husband George, to whom she was married 71 years.

Mrs. Kordas was born Nov. 29, 1920, in Newark, N.J., and graduated from Denby High School in Detroit. She attended business college and was employed as a stenographer. She also worked at the Williamsburg Inn during World War II to be near her husband while he was in the U.S. Navy.

Mrs. Kordas was a devoted homemaker and mother, who loved to cook and share her recipes with her family teaching them Greek cuisine. She also enjoyed dancing and traveling, especially to Greece with friends.

She was a past president of the Greek Orthodox Women’s Club, GAPA, and an active member of St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church in Sarasota, Fla., where she and her husband spent winters at Siesta Key. They also spent summers in Harbor Springs at Birchwood Farms.

Mrs. Kordas is survived by her children, Joanne, James (Coleen) and Linda Lund (John); grandchildren, Patricia Zrimec (Mike), Lauren Moyer (Aaron), Missy Stines (Mike), George Kordas (Annie), John Lund and Jennifer Lund; great-grandchildren, Caroline, Matthew, Steven, Shaelyn, Reagan, Finley, William and Cecile; nephew, Nick Katranis and niece, Cindy Collias (Dino).

A funeral service was held Sept. 12, at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in St. Clair Shores, followed by interment at Evergreen Cemetery in Detroit.

Donations may be made to Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 21800 Marter, St. Clair Shores, MI 48080.

Dorothy Louise Tiedeck

Died: Friday, September 06, 2013
Age: 89
Dorothy Louise Tiedeck, nee Lamore, died Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. She was 89.

She was born Aug. 6, 1924, in Detroit to Roy and Gladys Lamore and attended Michigan State University for one year.

She married George Tiedeck in 1945 and together they raised their four children in Grosse Pointe.

Mrs. Tiedeck was a homemaker who enjoyed golf, playing bridge and entertaining family.

Mrs. Tiedeck is survived by her children, Nancy Sertich, Joseph Tiedeck, Michael Tiedeck (Betsy) and Mary Brehler (Richard); grandchildren, Mark, Anne and Stephanie Sertich, Elsa, Michael and Sarah Tiedeck, Erin and Lauren Gillis and Danielle Zimmerman-Tiedeck and three great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, George, in 1989 and her sister, Catherine.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Sept. 10 at St. Clare of Montefalco Catholic Church, Grosse Pointe Park.

Donations may be made to Right to Life of Michigan, P.O. Box 901, Grand Rapids, MI 49509 or The Capuchins, 1820 Mt. Elliott, Detroit, MI 48207.

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