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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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Joseph E. “Jef” Farley

Died: Friday, September 06, 2013
Age: 59
Joseph E. “Jef” Farley, 59, passed away suddenly Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, at his home in Maitland, Fla.

He was born March 31, 1954, in Grosse Pointe to Jean Posselius Farley and Joseph William Farley. He graduated from Tulane University in 1976 and was in the U.S. Navy R.O.T.C. He met his wife, Lena, while living in New Orleans and they moved to Maitland in 1984.

Mr. Farley volunteered for many local organizations, including National Vietnam War Museum in Orlando, Fla., the Maitland Public Library and Leu Gardens. He was a first responder with the Maitland Fire Department and also was active at the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey. He was the president of the Maitland Historical Society for many years and won several awards for his dedication, including the Northam Executive Director’s Award in 2003 from the Maitland Chamber of Commerce.

His family said he had a huge heart and would silently help many people and animals.

Mr. Farley is survived by his wife, Lena Agresta Farley; brother, Michael Farley (Mary) of Grosse Pointe; sister, Kitty Farley (Vic) of Fredericksburg, Va., nephew, Andrew Farley and niece, Carey Farley.

A memorial Mass to celebrate his life will be held at noon Saturday, Nov. 2, at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, 157 Lake Shore Drive, Grosse Pointe Farms.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cpl. Larry E. Smedley National Vietnam War Museum, P.O. Box 781805, Orlando, FL 32878.

Janet Elizabeth Kopka

Died: Wednesday, September 04, 2013
Age: 84
Janet Elizabeth Kopka passed peacefully in northern Michigan, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, with her husband of 65 years, Donald, at her side.

She was born Oct. 27, 1928, in Morrocco, Ind., to her beloved parents, Mary Jane and James Plummer Schooley. A woman of the Greatest Generation, she waited for her sailor to return from World War II to be married.

Her family said she was a devoted wife and mother who handled the challenges of a fledgling marriage while her husband embarked on a successful career in the auto industry, and provided love, praise and guidance for her children. She was a compassionate and caring woman with many friends, and an energetic and capable volunteer with Musicale, and St. Joseph of Pontiac drug rehabilitation program.

Known for her blue eyes and beautiful smile, her family said Mrs. Kopka was an alluring conversationalist, more than willing to hear anyone’s tale of triumph or tears. She and her husband lived a life full of travel, adventure and love, both of them avid skiers and golfers into their 80s.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Kopka is survived by her children, Susan Smiley (Steve) and Jim, and grandchildren, Pine, Lauren and Jackson.

Arrangements were made through Schiller Funeral Home of Harbor Springs. Share a memory at stonefuneralhomeinc.com.

Robert Kane Hydon

Died: Tuesday, September 03, 2013
Age: 86
Robert Kane Hydon of Hobe Sound, Fla., and Harbor Springs, died peacefully Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013. He was 86.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Frances Weir Bonbright; sons, Robert James Hydon II (Sarah) of Sudbury, Mass., and John Walton Winans Jr. of Carol Stream, Ill., and grandchildren, Mackenzie Rose Hydon, William Pierce Winans and Avery Margaret Hydon.

Mr. Hydon was born July 3, 1927, in Grosse Pointe, the only son of Frank McMurry Hydon and Mary Baldwin Hydon. He attended Grosse Pointe High School. After graduation he served years two years in the U.S. Army Signal Corps based at Ft. Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas. He then attended the University of Michigan graduating in 1952 with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering.

He was president of Hydon-Brand Company, electrical contractors in Detroit for more than 20 years. He was also involved in the insurance and banking industries. He served as chairman of the Republican Town Committee of Salisbury, Conn., for several years. He was a member of Trinity Church of Limerock, Conn., during his time in Connecticut serving in several volunteer positions.

Being an avid gardener and amateur architect, Mr. Hydon helped design his home and gardens in Lakeville, Conn., as well as home additions and gardens in Callawassie, S.C. and Hobe Sound, Fla.. He also had a keen interest in the American Civil War and held a strong passion for genealogy. He was a member of the Skaneateles Historical Society, the General Society of Mayflower Descendants, and The Pilgrim John Howland Society. He also belonged to the Country Club of Detroit, Grosse Pointe Club, Bayview Yacht Club, Yondotega Club, Jupiter Island Club and the Engineering Society of Detroit.

Interment will take place in Lakeview Cemetery in Skaneateles, N.Y. and a memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at a later date in Harbor Springs.

Donations may be made to the Skaneateles Historical Society, 28 Hannum St. Skaneateles, NY 13152.

Arrangements were made through Schiller Funeral Home of Harbor Springs.

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Robert Kane Hydon

Died: Tuesday, September 03, 2013
Age: 86
Robert Kane Hydon of Hobe Sound, Fla., and Harbor Springs, died peacefully Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013. He was 86.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Frances Weir Bonbright; sons, Robert James Hydon II (Sarah) of Sudbury, Mass., and John Walton Winans Jr. of Carol Stream, Ill., and grandchildren, Mackenzie Rose Hydon, William Pierce Winans and Avery Margaret Hydon.

Mr. Hydon was born July 3, 1927, in Grosse Pointe, the only son of Frank McMurry Hydon and Mary Baldwin Hydon. He attended Grosse Pointe High School. After graduation he served years two years in the U.S. Army Signal Corps based at Ft. Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas. He then attended the University of Michigan graduating in 1952 with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering.

He was president of Hydon-Brand Company, electrical contractors in Detroit for more than 20 years. He was also involved in the insurance and banking industries. He served as chairman of the Republican Town Committee of Salisbury, Conn., for several years. He was a member of Trinity Church of Limerock, Conn., during his time in Connecticut serving in several volunteer positions.

Being an avid gardener and amateur architect, Mr. Hydon helped design his home and gardens in Lakeville, Conn., as well as home additions and gardens in Callawassie, S.C. and Hobe Sound, Fla.. He also had a keen interest in the American Civil War and held a strong passion for genealogy. He was a member of the Skaneateles Historical Society, the General Society of Mayflower Descendants, and The Pilgrim John Howland Society. He also belonged to the Country Club of Detroit, Grosse Pointe Club, Bayview Yacht Club, Yondotega Club, Jupiter Island Club and the Engineering Society of Detroit.

Interment will take place in Lakeview Cemetery in Skaneateles, N.Y. and a memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at a later date in Harbor Springs.

Donations may be made to the Skaneateles Historical Society, 28 Hannum St. Skaneateles, NY 13152.

Arrangements were made through Schiller Funeral Home of Harbor Springs.

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Charles T. Lucier

Died: Sunday, September 01, 2013
Age: 88
Grosse Pointe Woods resident Charles T. Lucier, 88, passed away Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Aug. 7, 1925, in Detroit, to Alvin and Estelle Lucier. Known as Ted to family and friends, he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in mechanical engineering. He worked at Parke Davis until 1964, and then worked at Ford-Wayne Truck Plant until his retirement in 1990.

Mr. Lucier loved playing golf, reading, doing crossword puzzles and photography. He traveled the world with his loving wife, Kathleen. He even was able to go to Yosemite Park with his youngest daughter, Eileen. His family said he was a simple man who did not value materialistic things, but valued the presence and love of his family and had family gatherings almost every month.

Mr. Lucier is survived by his loving wife, Kathleen Lucier, with whom he enjoyed 58 years of marriage; brother, William Lucier; son, Michael Lucier (Nanette); daughters, Kathleen Fleming (the late Daniel), Sharon Lucier and Eileen Lucier; grandchildren, Roy Lucier (Elissa), Laura Lucier, Renee Lucier, Kathy Hytla (Patrick), Daniel Fleming 2nd Lt., Kristina Fleming, Kimberly Lams and Boomer Lams; great-grandchildren, Malachi Lucier and Ceara Fleming, niece, Barbara Klaus (Ron); and nephew, James Lucier (Ann).

He was predeceased by his brothers, Bro. John Lucier S.M. and James Lucier.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Sept. 6 at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, St. Clair Shores.

Donations may be made to The Marianists, Attn: Charles Lucier Memorial Province of the United States, 4425 West Pine Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108-2301 or at marianist.com/?page_id=10929; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at stjude.org or the Michigan Humane Society at michiganhumane.org.

Brandon Miles Rogers

Died: Sunday, September 01, 2013
Age: 85
Brandon Mile Rogers, 85, president of Brandon M. Rogers & Associates in Grosse Pointe Farms, died Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013.

Read Mr. Rogers full obituary in the Sept. 12, 2013, issue of the Grosse Pointe News or online with a subscription to the newspaper.

Josephine Joy MacLean

Died: Thursday, August 29, 2013
Age: 71
Josephine Joy MacLean of Harbor Springs, died peacefully at home Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born March 24, 1942, in New York City, to William Moore Joy, a nephew of Henry B. Joy of the Packard Motor Company, and Patricia Ford Schlotman, a great-granddaughter of Capt. John Baptiste Ford, considered the father of the plate glass industry in the United States.

Ms. MacLean spent her junior year of high school in Switzerland while her family lived abroad, graduating from Kingswood School, Cranbrook, in Bloomfield Hills, and Stephens College in Columbia, Mo. She later attended the University of Michigan.

Her first job after college was as a hostess at the General Motors pavilion at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. She moved to northern Michigan from Grosse Pointe in 1988 where she established a year-round home on Harbor Point, raised her boys, and started a clothing business.

Ms. MacLean was passionate about the many organizations and charities she worked with and the causes she supported in and around her community, especially Planned Parenthood and The First Church of Christ, Scientist, Petoskey, where she also served as a first reader. She was a Christian Science practitioner, a victims’ rights advocate, a mediator with Northern Community Mediation, and served as chairman of the Emmet County Democratic Committee.

A talented skier, at 18, she tamed the dangerous Mer de Glace on the Mont Blanc massif as she would later make short work of the slopes at Big Sky and Nub’s Nob. She was also a calm, graceful and competitive tennis player.

Her family said Ms. MacLean was caring, loving, filled with joy and willing to help others. Her actions were motivated by generosity and thoughtfulness. She doted on her boys, loved her large family, was generous with her many friends, and enjoyed travelling. She was as at home on the harbor, usually in her kayak, as she was in town.

She is survived by her sons, Bruce Hamilton MacLean, Jr., James Joy MacLean, and Christian Ford MacLean, from her 1966 marriage to Bruce H. MacLean, who predeceased her. She also had warm and loving relationships with her nine siblings.

The family is grateful to Hospice of Little Traverse Bay, Harbor Health Associates, and for the kind words, thoughts, and cards from dear friends.

A celebration of Ms. MacLean’s life will be held 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at Nub’s Nob ski resort, Harbor Springs.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan at wrcnm.org or The Little Traverse Bay Humane Society at ltbhs.com.

Arrangements handled by Schiller Funeral Home. Share a memory at stonefuneralhomeinc.com.
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