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Irene Dzul

Died: Friday, March 29, 2013
Age: 88
Longtime Grosse Pointe resident Irene Dzul, 88, passed away Friday, March 29, 2013, at home with family members by her side.

She was born April 16, 1924, to Joseph and Julia Blichar in Ternopil, Poland, now part of Ukraine. She completed high school in Ternopil and started working at a pharmacy.

In 1944, she, her brother and parents joined the thousands of refugees fleeing west from the advancing Red Army. She spent the postwar years with her family and other refugees at a camp in Salzburg, Austria, and, at the same time, studied pharmacy at the University of Graz.

In 1949, she traveled by ship across the Atlantic to New York City and then came by train to Detroit. She was reacquainted with a young doctor, Paul Dzul, a classmate from Ternopil high school. They were married in 1951. Their first child, Andrew, was born in 1953 and their second, George, was born in 1955. The family moved to Grosse Pointe in 1956.

Mrs. Dzul was active in many Ukrainian social and cultural organizations, especially the Ukrainian Women’s League.

She is survived by her husband, Paul; son, Andrew; daughters-in-law, Christina and Lena and grandchildren, Maria, Stephen, Elizabeth, Max and Paul.

Mrs. Dzul was predeceased by her son, George, in 2010.

William H. Jevons M.D.

Died: Thursday, March 28, 2013
Age: 87
William H. Jevons M.D. passed away Thursday, March 28, 2013 at ShorePointe Nursing Care Center in St. Clair Shores with family by his side. He was 87.

Born July 26, 1925, in Detroit, to William H. and Evelyn (nee MacDonald) Jevons, Dr. Jevons served in the U.S. Army in the 86th Infantry Division “Black Hawks” during World War II. He was selected to carry the Browning Automatic Rifle in his unit. He was a combat veteran in Central Europe and later served in the Philippines.

After an honorable discharge from the Army, he enrolled at Wayne State University. In English class, he met the love of his life, Janis Ellinghausen. They married Nov. 25, 1950, at Faith Lutheran Church in Detroit. They moved to Grosse Pointe Woods in 1961.

Dr. Jevons earned a pharmacy degree from Wayne State University, but decided to go back to Wayne to study medicine. He graduated medical school in June 1956. He served his medical residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Detroit Receiving Hospital and Herman Kiefer Hospital in Detroit. He had a private practice with offices in Grosse Pointe Farms and Warren. He delivered babies at St. John, Cottage, Bon Secours and Women’s (now Hutzel) hospitals. He belonged to the Wayne County Medical Society, Michigan State Medical Society and the American Medical Association.

Dr. Jevons was an avid outdoorsman. He loved to travel, especially in his motor home. He was an accomplished pianist and organist. His family said he was jovial and humorous and always had a story — usually a war story — to share with family and friends.

Dr. Jevons is survived by his loving wife, Janis; daughters, Kathleen, Deborah, Cynthia and Kimberly; grandchildren, Dr. Andrea and Heather O’Boyle and Thomas and Emily Waldner; great-grandson, Anthony and his sister, Geraldine Offner (James).

A funeral service was held April 1 at First English Lutheran Church, Grosse Pointe Woods, with interment at Forestlawn Cemetery in Detroit.

Donations may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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Gladys “Pinky” McNelis

Died: Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Age: 86
Grosse Pointe resident Gladys “Pinky” McNelis, 86, formerly of Trenton, passed away Wednesday March 27, 2013.

She was born Oct. 2, 1926, in Bakerton, Pa., to William and Bertha (nee Selby) Wiseman. She graduated from Pennsylvania State University, which is where she met her husband, James. The couple married June 27, 1949, in Hastings, Pa.

Mrs. McNelis was formerly with Coldwell Banker Realty of Trenton. She enjoyed spending time with the Grand Marais Garden Club, the Presbyterian Women’s Mission Sewing Group, the Grosse Pointe Garden Club, and was a dedicated Detroit Tigers fan.

Mrs. McNelis is survived by her beloved husband of 63 years, James; sons, James, Christopher, Scott (Kathy), Philip (Julia) and Michael; grandchildren, Michael, Staci, Kyle, James and William and brother, William Wiseman of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

A memorial service is planned for a later date.

Michael E. Crane

Died: Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Age: 79
City of Grosse Pointe resident Michael E. Crane, died Wednesday, March 27, 2013, two days before his 80th birthday.

He earned a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University, served in the U.S. Army in France and then received a juris doctor degree from Wayne State University. He was a respected real estate attorney and appraiser. He also served on the Board of Review for the City of Grosse Pointe for more than 30 years.

Mr. Crane enjoyed interacting with friends at the health club, attending performances of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, viewing exhibits at the Detroit Institute of Arts and meeting friends at the Scarab Club. He could often be found at Neff Park watching passing freighters on Lake St. Clair. He also enjoyed visiting his family cottage in Goderich, Ontario, Canada.

Mr. Crane is survived by his wife, Marianne; children, Molly Crane-Beck (Bill) of Florida, Michael (Michelle Yovanovich-Crane) of California and Sara; brothers, George and James and sister, Barbara Brandy of California.

Donations may be made to the Hospice of Michigan at hom.org.

Gloria Marie Barker

Died: Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Age: 85
Gloria Marie Barker, beloved mother and lifetime resident of Grosse Pointe, passed away peacefully Tuesday, March 26, 2013.

She was born March 31, 1927, to John and Hazel (nee DeBolt) Laughna, the youngest of six children, and graduated from St. Clare of Montefalco grade school and Dominican High School. She attended the University of Detroit, where she met the love of her life, James V. Barker, whom she married in 1953.

Mrs. Barker owned her own tool shop at a time when few women were in business, let alone manufacturing. She ultimately made her way into real estate, first with Palm Queen Realty in 1981, and then moving to Johnston and Johnston Real Estate in 1986.

Mrs. Barker was active in various organizations including. She served as president of the Our Lady Star of the Sea Altar Society and was a member of the Christ Child society, the Fontbonne Auxiliary of St. John Hospital and the Assistance League of Beaumont Hospital. She was a past member of the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club and the Otsego Ski Club/Hidden Valley.

Her family said she was a loving and supportive mother who provided a warm and welcoming home, always filled with pets, both cats and dogs. She enjoyed music, traveling, gardening, golf, and, consistent with her strong Irish heritage, anything having to do with the University of Notre Dame. But mostly she enjoyed the relationships she had built with her many lifelong friends. She will be remembered as a vivacious person who loved to socialize with others.

Mrs. Barker is survived by her children, Craig and Claudia (Mark Valente III). She was predeceased by her husband, James and son, Kirk, as well as her sister and four brothers.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 13, at St. Philomena Catholic Church, 4281 Marseilles, Detroit. Visitation begins at 10 a.m. at the church.

Donations may be made to St. Philomena – Changing Lives Together, 4281 Marseilles St., Detroit, MI 48224-1446 or to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, 1820 Mt. Elliott, Detroit, MI 48207.

Kevin Francis Urso

Died: Saturday, March 23, 2013
Age: 41
Former Grosse Pointe Park resident Kevin Francis Urso, 41, died suddenly Saturday, March 23, 2013, at his home in Matlacha, Fla.

He was the son of Gail and John Urso of Grosse Pointe Park, brother of Brian and Justin, brother-in-law of Carolyn Judson Urso and life partner of Deanna Bugis Quinn. He also is survived by his grandmother, Rita Maitland; aunts, Dr. Annette Urso Rickel and Dr. Lynn Maitland; uncle, Andy Meltz, and cousins, Julie Harr, Katie Harr, Maureen Maitland and Jay Rickel.

He was predeceased by his aunt, Sally Maitland and grandparents, Ralph and Marguerite Urso and Kenneth and Irene Maitland.

Mr. Urso attended Grosse Pointe South High School and The DeSisto School in Stockbridge, Mass. He attended Oakland Community College and Madonna University where he pursued a degree in social work. He worked as a childcare worker at the Children’s Home of Detroit for 10 years, until its closing in 2008. He then created a successful dog-walking, pet-sitting service, “Call of the Walk,” enabling him to care for the animals about which he was so passionate. He moved to Florida in 2011.

In 2004, Mr. Urso was thrilled to connect with his birth parents, Joanne and Bill Wider, now of Atlanta, Ga., and learn he had a half-sister, Jane. They all developed a loving relationship over the years.

A “Celebration of Kevin’s Life” is being planned for Friday, July 12, at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church, 5900 McClellan, Detroit.

Donations may be made to the Grosse Pointe Animal Adoption Society, 296 Chalfonte, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48230.

Marion Mannino DiSanto

Died: Saturday, March 23, 2013
Age: 89
Longtime Grosse Pointe resident Marion Catherine Mannino DiSanto, 89, died Saturday, March 23, 2013.

She was born June 28, 1923, in Detroit, to Croce and Giovanna Mannino, the youngest of nine children in a family recently emigrated from Terrasini, Sicily. She attended Girls Catholic Central High School and graduated in 1946 from Wayne State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She was an enthusiastic member of Delta Gamma Chi sorority and enjoyed the vibrant life of an urban university. After graduating, she worked for the state of Michigan as a social worker; she later went on to become a licensed Realtor, assisting her husband with his real estate practice.

She married Paris DiSanto in 1947 and they moved to Grosse Pointe in 1950 with their first two children. A devoted mother, Mrs. DiSanto was also an active member of the Christ Child Society and supported the Protestant Children’s Home. She loved culture and exposed her children to music, theater and the arts. A natural athlete, she excelled at any sport — especially golf.

Her family said she was highly intelligent, well read and had a knack for stock picking. They will cherish and greatly miss her charm, wit and unending spirit.

Mrs. DiSanto is survived by her children, Susan, Janet, Patti, Joan (Dody), Jim, Anne and Christine; grandchildren, Adrian and Lani Klaphaak, Francesca Blume, Gregory Navarro, Jennifer and Jacqueline DiSanto and Dylan and Giovanna Greany; former husband, Paris, and sister, Serafina “Sally” Todaro.

She was predeceased by her brothers, Christopher, Charles and Anthony and sisters, Grace Whiting, Concetta Cusenza, Florence DiMaggio, and Pat Pawlak.

Her remains will be interred with her parents at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Detroit.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial Alger House Library, 32 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Wilma R. Dykstra

Died: Friday, March 22, 2013
Age: 86
Grosse Pointe Park resident Wilma R. Dykstra, 86, died Friday, March 22, 2013.

She was the beloved wife of Paul, who predeceased her, and is survived by her loving children, Pat Nienhuis (Tom), Paul (Karen), Jennifer and Joel (Laurie) and grandchildren, Jill Nienhuis, Audrey Jones (Mark), Jessi, Luke and Carly Dykstra.

She also is survived by her brother, Gordon Bordewyk (Sylvia).

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her brother, Arn “Paul” (Lois) Bordewyk, and sister, Orantha Bordewyk.

Visitation was held March 25 at Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home, Grosse Pointe Park.

A funeral service was held March 26 at First Christian Reformed Church, Grosse Pointe Park, with interment Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta.

Donations may be made to God’s Kids Early Learning Center, First Christian Reformed Church, 144 Maryland, Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230.

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Virginia Ann Sendelbach

Died: Friday, March 22, 2013
Age: 86
Grosse Pointe Farms resident Virginia Ann Sendelbach, 86, died Friday, March 22, 2013, at The Village of East Harbor in Chesterfield Township.

She was born Oct. 6, 1926, in Toledo, Ohio, to Charles and Gertrude Shinners and graduated in 1943 from Maumee High School in Maumee, Ohio. She married Louis Sendelbach and together they raised four children.

Mrs. Sendelbach has many interests and hobbies including sewing, painting, sculpting, singing, gardening and golfing. She also enjoyed volunteering.

She was a member of the Grosse Pointe Artists Association and St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church where she was a member of the Voices of Joy choir, the Quilting Society and The Altar Society. She volunteered at Bon Secours Hospital at the front desk for more than 25 years.

Mrs. Sendelbach is survived by her daughters, Tara Kathleen Shrodes, Susan Sendelbach and Maura Malloy; son, Louis E. Sendelbach Jr. Ph.D. and grandson, Dennis P. Malloy.

She was predeceased by her husband, Louis E. Sendelbach; parents and sister, Rosemary Semersky.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 20, at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms. Visitation begins at 9:30 a.m. at the church. Interment will be in the Columbarium at St. Paul’s.

Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Asso-ciation at alz.org or the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research at michaeljfox.org.

Nancy Neat

Died: Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Age: 82
Grosse Pointe Park resident Nancy Neat, 82, died Wednesday, March 20, 2013.

She was born Sept. 9, 1930, in Detroit, to Alois and Mary (nee Murphy) Bieke and graduated from Dominican High School in 1948. She attended Michigan State University.

She married William Neat in 1957 and worked at Interstate Security Inc., the company founded by her husband, until shortly before her death.

Mrs. Neat was active in the Grosse Pointe community where she served as a board member for the Women’s Connection of Grosse Pointe and was a long-time volunteer at Cottage Hospital. She was an avid supporter of Dominican High School until its closing in 2005.

She was an enthusiastic gardener, bridge player and golfer. She also bowled in several leagues and was a member of the Indian Village Tennis Club. Mrs. Neat loved entertaining in her home with friends and celebrating holidays with her family.

Her family said her energy, dedication, humor and unique sense of individualism will be truly missed.

Mrs. Neat was predeceased by her husband, William; brothers, Ronald and Thomas Bieke and her niece, Susan Neilson.

She is survived by her sister, Mary Lu Hirsch and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 2, at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 15020 Hampton, Grosse Pointe Park.

Donations may be made to the Adrian Dominican Sisters at adriandominicans.org or the American Institute for Cancer Research at aicr.org.
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