Died: Friday, October 11, 2013
Alfred S. Warren Jr., former vice president of industrial relations for General Motors Corporation, died Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, at his home in Grosse Pointe. He was 87.
He was born April 1, 1926, in Aliquippa, Pa., to Alfred S. Warren, Sr. and Martha Baker. He graduated in 1948 from Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio, and earned a master’s degree in education from the University of Pittsburgh. He married Jane Stepp, also a graduate of Muskingum College, July 1, 1950, in Indiana, Pa. He began his career as a secondary school teacher and was then called to active duty by the U.S. Army.
Mr. Warren joined General Motors in 1955 as a teacher and conference leader at the General Motors Institute in Flint. Through the 1960s and ’70s, he managed GM plants in Flint; Warren, Ohio; Buffalo, N.Y.; Cleveland and St. Louis, Mo.
Following a term in regional plant management with Chevrolet, he was named general director of personnel for the Fisher Body Division in 1977. In 1980, he became vice president for industrial relations and negotiated the labor contracts between GM and the United Auto Workers in 1982, 1984, 1987 and 1990. He promoted joint programs with the UAW, and dedicated the cornerstone of the first UAW-GM Center for Human Resources, which promoted a problem-solving approach to collective bargaining.
Mr. Warren also played a major role in negotiating a break-through in cooperation with the Japanese automakers, resulting in a joint operating agreement for a General Motors/Toyota automotive factory in California. He also was part of the leadership team that developed the Saturn concept for GM, a new model for management and labor collaboration.
Mr. Warren and his wife traveled extensively. They treasured their many sojourns to their estate in South Africa where Al stocked the land with several varieties of African wildlife.
They also often visited their farm in Sylvester, Ga. At one time, the Warrens enjoyed being the largest peanut farmers in Grosse Pointe.
Throughout his life, Mr. Warren was dedicated to his church and community. He served as a member and clerk of session of the Grosse Pointe Memorial Church and was a member of the general assembly council of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
He served as president of the board of trustees of Muskingum College and received its distinguished service award. He was a member of the board of the Boy Scouts of America and was honored with a Silver Buffalo Award in 2000 — Boy Scouts’ highest honor. He also served on the board of trustees of McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, and was a director emeritus of the Boys and Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan.
A Silver Birch Ring member of the Ruffed Grouse Society, Mr. Warren was a skilled marksman. He was a 32nd degree Mason of the Scottish Rite, Valley of Cleveland, maintaining a membership for 55 years.
Mr. Warren was generous philanthropist, particularly for the Presbyterian Church and organizations that served children.
His beloved wife of 62 years, Jane, predeceased him in December 2012. He also was predeceased by his parents and brothers, Jack and Richard.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.
Died: Friday, October 11, 2013
Marie Blessing Reifel, 88, died Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak.
She was born March 24, 1925, in Detroit to Richard McIntyre and Edna Mohn and graduated from Southeastern High School in Detroit. She worked at the Michigan Central Railroad Station in Detroit and at Standard Federal Bank in Troy where she was a bookkeeper and auditor.
Mrs. Reifel was a member of the P.E.O. of Michigan Chapter T and served as treasurer. She also was a longtime member of Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church.
She enjoyed traveling, music and the arts, spending time with friends and family, but mostly loved her dog, Clancey, and was a strong supporter of animal causes. She loved being around children and spoke fondly of her time volunteering at Children’s Hospital.
Mrs. Reifel was predeceased by her husband, Paul W. Reifel; parents and brothers, Richard and Joseph McIntyre.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 18, at Jefferson Ave. Presbyterian Church, 8265 E. Jefferson, Detroit. Interment was at Elmwood Cemetery in Detroit.
Donations may be made to Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, 3901 Beaubien, Detroit, MI 48201 or the Michigan Humane Society, 30300 Telegraph, Suite 220, Bingham Farms, MI 48025.
Died: Wednesday, October 09, 2013
W. Lorne Sherry, 83, died Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit after a short illness.
Lorne was born on Oct. 18, 1929, in Detroit, to John LeRoy and Caroline Sherry. When he was two, his family moved to Prince Edward Island, Canada, then Montreal where he graduated high school, and back to Detroit. In 1952, he married Joan, and began their family.
Mr. Sherry served as a 2nd lieutenant in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. After the war, he attended the Detroit Technical School, and received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. He began his career at General Motors, primarily at the Tech Center in Warren, where he developed the equalizing trailer hitch. He retired in 1992 after 37 years of service.
Mr. Sherry was a avid ice boater and sailor and was a past commodore of the Crescent Sail Yacht Club and a founding member of the Detroit Ice Yacht Club. He was a three-time winner of the World Championship Renegade Ice Boat competition. He tried out for the Olympics as a sailor and sailed in more than 25 Port Huron to Mackinac races. He also enjoyed golf, crossword puzzles and traveling back to Prince Edward Island every summer. He was a member of the Senior Men’s Club of Grosse Pointe.
In 1984, he married Mary Helen Roche. His family said he was a loving husband, father and grandfather who was most comfortable on the water racing or cruising on his Cal 20 sailboat.
Mr. Sherry is survived by his wife, Helen; children, Loretta Rehe (Jim), Kevin Sherry (Allison), Ron Sherry (Reneé), Jane Sherry, Joe Roche (Laura) and Mary Kaye Justis (Jay); grandchildren, Mike, Dan, Caroline, Trevor, Griffin, Brian, Matthew, Katie and Christie; great-grandchildren, Theresa, Emmett, Cynthia, Jessica and Joseph; brother, Arnold (Rosalee); sister, Margaret Juanita MacDonald and sisters-in-law, Jackie Sherry and Helen Sherry.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Joan Elizabeth Sherry, in 1982; children, Debbie and Steve; brothers, John Sherry and Wendell Sherry; sister, Noreen LaMarsh (the late Dick) and brother-in-law, John MacDonald.
A funeral Mass was celebrated Oct. 14 at St. Margaret of Scotland Church, St. Clair Shores.
Donations may be made to The Capuchin Monastery, 1820 Mt. Elliott, Detroit, MI 48207 or Crescent Sailing Association, 276 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.
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Died: Tuesday, October 08, 2013
Margaret Williamson Rogers of Grosse Pointe Farms, passed away peacefully at home Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013.
She was born Dec. 16, 1930, in Glasgow, Scotland. Her parents were Jesse and William McIntosh, and her surviving brother, Bill McIntosh, currently resides in the Isle of Man, Great Britain. She married Brandon Miles Rogers on Oct. 11, 1958.
Mrs. Rogers came to the United States as a young adult and worked at the British Consul Generals Office in Detroit. She became a U.S. citizen Aug. 5,1991. She was a homemaker, and an active member of The Daughters of the British Empire Windsor Castle Chapter for more than 45 years.
Mrs. Rogers is survived by her children, David Rogers of Harper Woods, Heather Hogan (David) of Nashville, Tenn., and Andrew Rogers (Amy) of Grosse Pointe and grandchildren, Sasha Gnyp, Steven Gnyp, Matthew Gnyp, Noah Hogan, Lindsay Rogers and Bridget Rogers.
She was predeceased by her husband, Brandon, Sept. 1.
A joint memorial service will be held at the Grosse Pointe Memorial Church at a future date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Services for Older Citizens, 159 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236 or Reverence Home Health & Hospice of Michigan, 716 German St., Tawas City, MI 48763.
Died: Tuesday, October 08, 2013
Grosse Pointe Farms resident William W. Penoyar Jr., 84, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, in the loving arms of his children.
He was the cherished father of Lex Penoyar and Michael Penoyar (Amy) and doting grandfather to Matthew and Nathan Penoyar.
Mr. Penoyar was a third generation Farms resident. He was predeceased by his wife of 54 years, Patricia. They were members of the Grosse Pointe Congregational Church.
Born in July of 1929, Mr. Penoyar graduated from Grosse Pointe High School and Wayne State University before earning a Master of Business Administration degree in accounting from the University of Michigan. He served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, joking that he “flew a desk.” Returning to Grosse Pointe, he worked in accounting, eventually working for the Internal Revenue Service for 30 years as a field auditor.
For many years, Mr. Penoyar and his wife could be found dancing at various ballroom events. They were members of The Merry-Go-Rounders, of which he was president for several years, and The Villagers dance groups. Upon retiring, he joined the Lion’s Club, Senior Men’s Club of Grosse Pointe, the Rotary, Grosse Pointe Bicycling Club, taught adult literacy courses, and also served as commodore of the Grosse Pointe Farms Boat Club.
His family said Mr. Penoyar’s wry wit and enduring and irrepressible sense of humor made him well loved by those fortunate to know him.
Died: Tuesday, October 08, 2013
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church for Brandon and Margaret Rogers. See this week's paper for memorial notice.
Died: Sunday, October 06, 2013
Lifelong Grosse Pointer David Walter Allard Jr., passed away Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, while on vacation in Charleston, S.C., with his wife of 42 years, Jan, and sons, Ryan and Devon. He had recently been diagnosed with an advanced and aggressive cancer.
Mr. Allard was a shareholder, co-founder and president of Allard & Fish P.C. law firm. He was also a federally appointed bankruptcy trustee and administered thousands of bankruptcy cases, most notably, the DeLorean Motor Company bankruptcy.
Mr. Allard belonged to numerous national professional organizations, including the American Bankruptcy Institute, American Bar Association and National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees, for which he lectured and wrote articles. He was not only a member, but served as chairman of numerous committees within each organization. He was director, treasurer, vice president and ultimately president of the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees. In March, he was inducted into the American College of Bankruptcy as one of only 800 fellows nationwide.
Mr. Allard recently received the Grosse Pointe Rotary Club Rookie of the Year Award. He also was an active member of the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, served on the board of the Grosse Pointe Hockey Association and coached or managed a number of his sons’ hockey and Little League baseball teams.
Mr. Allard was a descendent of original French settlers of Grosse Pointe. He attended St. Paul Catholic School from grades 1 to 12, graduating in 1965, and helped his father run the Allard Hardware & Plywood Co. on Mack Avenue.
He graduated from Western Michigan University in 1969 and joined the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. He graduated from Wayne State University Law School in 1973 and began his legal career at the law firm of Spector and McCarron. He formed his firm in 1988.
Mr. Allard enjoyed boating with his family and friends and owned numerous boats throughout his life. He was a fixture at Grosse Pointe Farms Pier Park.
His family said Mr. Allard lived his life with the highest degree of integrity and humility. He was generous, kind, genuine, reliable, thankful and always put others first.
In addition to his wife and sons, Mr. Allard is survived by his brothers, Terry (Sophie Colleau) and Tim (Jeaune); sister, Lynn (Steve) and his wife’s parents, Richard and Bernice Pawlowski.
He was predeceased by his parents, David and Barbara.
Died: Sunday, October 06, 2013
Joyce Staats DeVries, 79, passed away Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, in Sugar Land, Texas.
She was predeceased in 2003 by her husband of 49 years, Tom. She is survived by her children, Heidi (David Shirk), Tom Jr. (Maria) and Andrea (Steve Archer); grandchildren, Travis, Clay, Michael, Andrew and Michelle; and four great-grandchildren.
Mrs. DeVries was born Jan. 5, 1934, in Owensboro, Ky., the only child of Mary and George Staats, and moved to Detroit at an early age. She spent most of her adult life in the Detroit area before moving to Texas in 1998. Throughout her life, she was a tireless worker and talented artist involved in numerous community endeavors, including Girl Scouts, Little League, Parent Teacher Association and countless church functions.
Mrs. DeVries was co-owner of The Merry Mouse Cheese Shop in Grosse Pointe for more than five years, following which she and her husband owned and managed Canterbury Farms in Marine City for nearly 10 years. Prior to moving to Texas, she worked for Snyder Veterinary Clinic in New Baltimore.
As per her request, no public service will be held.
Donations in her memory may be made to the Arthritis Foundation at arthritis.org.
Died: Saturday, October 05, 2013
Robert I Sattler was taken from us on 5 Oct 2013. He passed away quickly and peacefully surrounded by family. He was married 58 years to Ilene and they had nine children: Johnny, Sheila, Gail, Rob, Diane, Suzy, Paul, David, and Mary Ellen. He leaves behind a large extended family, 16 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Bob was a remarkable man and had a very full life. He was raised in St. Clair Shores and attended Lakeview High School. In 1944, he entered the Navy V-12 program at DePauw University and became a pilot and commissioned ensign. He was discharged from the Navy in 1946 and finished his education at Purdue University earning degrees in Aeronautical Engineering and Naval Science and Tactics. In 1952 he became a Registered Professional Engineer.
During college years Bob played varsity baseball, football and basketball. After graduation he was recruited to pitch for the New York Yankees, however he broke his pitching arm (playing hockey) which ended his baseball career in 1950. He remained active in sports throughout his life, including hockey and later tennis and fishing.
Bob returned home in 1950 to help run the family business. He became the president of LaSalle Machine Tool in 1957. Over the next twenty-four years he turned a small machine tool shop into an international company. LaSalle had over a thousand employees with nine plants located in Michigan, Windsor, and Italy. The company had customers in the United States, Europe, Russia, Mexico, Asia and South America.
In the 1980’s Bob started various family businesses including a financial advisory firm, and a farming/dairy enterprise. Sattler Inc, established in 1995, is currently a successful machine tool business which Bob started with his three sons and a daughter.
The Association for Manufacturing Technology honored Bob as a “Living Legend” in 1997. In 2012 Purdue University recognized him with the “Outstanding Aerospace Engineer” award. Bob has always been an engineer. Until the day he died, he was continually coming up with ways to improve designs. There are over twenty patents in his name. We have no doubt that on arrival to Heaven, his first thought was how to improve the design of the Pearly Gates. He was a good and generous man who will be missed by all who knew him.
His preferred charities include: Capuchins 1820 Mt. Elliott, Detroit, MI 48207, or Holy Cross Children’s Services, 8759 Clinton-Macon Road, Clinton, MI 49236.
Died: Friday, October 04, 2013
Mary Blain Mead, 76, of Grosse Pointe, passed away peacefully Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, surrounded by her family.
She was born Mary Ella Mains on March 9, 1937, in Quincy, to Kathryn and Dewey Mains and graduated from the Columbia University Continuing Program in Hospital Administration. She worked at Blain Hospital from 1956 to 1971 where she served as hospital administrator from 1965 until her retirement.
Mrs. Mead was one of the five founding members of La Societe des Jardinieres, which at its inception in 1977, was one of the youngest garden clubs in Michigan. She was a longtime member and past president of the Grand Marais Questers No. 213. She also belonged to the Ibex Club, Grosse Pointe Club and the Country Club of Detroit.
Mrs. Mead enjoyed flowers of every sort, especially orchids and gardenias, which she always kept in her garden. She loved her friends and family dearly and throughout her life enjoyed all types of art, travel, fine dining, bridge, and an odd trip to the Florida flea markets.
She was predeceased by her husbands, Dr. Alexander Blain III and Hudson Mead; father, Dewey Mains; mother, Kathryn “Kay” Mains; brother, Philip Mains and sister, Sue Mains Wyman.
Mrs. Mead is survived by her sister-in-law, Arlene Mains; niece, Kim Nyeste; nephews, Sean Meredith, Mark Mains, and Eric Mains; great-niece, Christen Nyeste and great-nephew, Nicolai Mains. She also is survived by many grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Planned Parenthood Mid and South Michigan at plannedparenthood.org/midsouthmi/; Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236; or the Ibex Club (Scholarship Fund) 577 Washington, Grosse Pointe, MI 48230.