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Thomas E. Baulch

Died: Saturday, June 29, 2013
Age: 61
Longtime Grosse Pointe Park resident Thomas E. Baulch, 61, passed away Saturday, June 29, 2013, at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit.

He was born July 5, 1951, the oldest son of Earl T. Baulch and Edith M. Lowry. He is survived by his brother, Terry of Ann Arbor.

Mr. Baulch graduated in 1969 from St. Ambrose High School and worked as a printer at The Detroit News and was a member of the Teamsters union. He most recently worked at the Fieger, Fieger, Kenney, Giroux, Danzig and Harrington law firm in Southfield.

Mr. Baulch loved baseball, both as a player and Detroit Tigers fan.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Donations may be made to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, 1820 Mt. Elliot, Detroit, MI 48207.

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Kurt P. Haller

Died: Saturday, June 29, 2013
Age: 83
Longtime Grosse Pointe Woods resident Kurt P. Haller, 83, passed away Saturday, June 29, 2013, at Penrose Main Hospital in Colorado Springs, Colo.

He was born Dec. 19, 1929, in the farming community of Swedesboro, N.J., to Marie and Paul Haller. He graduated in 1951 from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business with a degree in economics, after which he served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

He worked for The Budd Company in its stamping and frame division in Philadelphia, where he met Rita, his wife of almost 53 years They married in Philadelphia Nov. 26, 1960, and moved to Grosse Pointe Woods in 1961.

Mr. Haller worked for The Budd Co. in Detroit, Troy and Rochester until his retirement in 1989. He and his wife lived in Grosse Pointe Woods until 2012.

Mr. Haller is survived by his wife, Rita; daughter, Marie of Colorado Springs; son, Karl (Sarah) of Land O’ Lakes, Fla. and grandchildren, Elinor and Edward.

John Rockne Guinn

Died: Friday, June 28, 2013
Age: 77
Longtime Grosse Pointe resident John Rockne Guinn, 77, died Friday, June 28, 2013. He was the music minister at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Park.

He was born March 25, 1936, in Charleston, W.Va., to Loyal and Helen Guinn. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music, he began teaching at St. Clement School in Center Line. He later moved to the University of Detroit, where for 14 years he taught music, serving as chairman of the music department for two of those years.

Mr. Guinn wrote music criticism for the Detroit Free Press for 20 years, during which he won the Detroit Press Club Foundation’s “Award for Distinguished Coverage of the Fine Arts” three times. His “Confessions of a Music Critic” program was broadcast three times weekly over WQRS-FM, Detroit’s former classical music radio station.

He also was awarded first place in criticism by the Detroit Metropolitan Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for a series of articles on sacred music for The Michigan Catholic. He was co-editor of the second edition of the St. James Opera Encyclopedia (1997) and wrote articles and reviews for various national and international publications, including Opera News.

Mr. Guinn was an adjunct assistant professor of music at Wayne State University from 1995 to the present. He taught classes in music theory, music history and criticism and classic piano. He became music minister at St. Ambrose Church in 2003.

In December 2000, he staged a production of Gian-Carlo Menotti’s children’s opera “Amahl and the Night Visitors” at Detroit’s Music Hall Center. He served as a judge for major music competitions and was a member of the Individual Artists Advisory Panel of the Michigan Council for the Arts and the Artist Selection Committee for the Governor’s Arts Awards. He is listed in “Who’s Who in Entertainment.”

Mr. Guinn is survived by his wife, Catherine, a retired art instructor; sister, Joyce Guinn of Germantown, Wis., and cat, Blanche.

Francis Muir Huxley

Died: Friday, June 28, 2013
Age: 87
Grosse Pointe Park resident Francis Muir Huxley, 87, died Friday, June 28, 2013, at Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe.

He was born July 8, 1925, in Grosse Pointe to Francis and Margaret Huxley. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wayne State Univer-sity in 1953 and a Bachelor of Law degree in 1959, also from Wayne State. He re-tired as the manager of the corporate real estate at the Automobile Club of Mich-igan. After retirement, he remained active in the Grosse Pointe real estate market.

Mr. Huxley trained at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at the beginning of World War II. He served in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans on escort and provisions duty. He traveled the world while in the service and achieved the rank of second engineering officer.

He enjoyed boating, especially on Lake St. Clair and the Great Lakes and was a past commander of the Grosse Pointe Boat Club. He also enjoyed golfing and belonged to a local golf group through AAA.

He enjoyed American history and traveling to significant sites, combining these travels with golf trips. His parents immigrated from the United Kingdom and Mr. Huxley was an Anglophile with many cousins still in the U. K. He was a member of the York Rite Fraternal Order of Masons, Detroit Commandery No. 1.

His family said he was a loving and generous husband, father and friend.

Mr. Huxley is survived by his wife, Phyllis (nee Barnwell); daughter, Anne B.P. Huxley; sons, Francis Jr., Peter and Andrew; grandchildren, Carmen, Francisco, Simone and Annamaria Olivero and brother, William Huxley of Nottingham, England.

In addition to his parents, he was deceased by his grandson, James Francis Huxley.

A funeral service was held July 2.

Donations may be made to the Salvation Army, 16130 Northland Drive, Southfield, MI 48075 or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Samuel T. Sanom

Died: Friday, June 28, 2013
Age: 79
Samuel T. Sanom of Grosse Pointe Woods, died peacefully at his home Friday, June 28, 2013, surrounded by his loving family.

He was the cherished husband of Evelyn for 52 years and beloved father of Samuel Sanom (Nicole), Katherine Brandon (Tim), Carolyn Maher (Kevin), Beth Proenca (Americo), and Laura Sanom (Bill Fleming). He was the proud Gidu of 12 devoted grandchildren; dear son-in-law of Samuel (deceased) and Katherine Albert, and cherished brother of Shirley Meda. He also will be missed by many nieces and nephews.

Born Aug. 20, 1933, in Detroit, he was the son of Syrian immigrants, Anna and Samuel Sanom, and graduated in 1951 from Eastern High School as class president. Mr. Sanom attended Wayne State University School of Law and received his juris doctor degree with honors in 1957. He built the law firm of Metry, Metry and Sanom with his lifelong friends and partners, Fred and Gilbert Metry, which was located for more than 40 years in the Cadillac Tower building in Detroit. He served as a mediator for Wayne and Macomb counties and provided endless hours of pro bono legal services.

In 2007, the Michigan Supreme Court honored his 50 years of legal service to the community. He continued his commitment and dedication to the law even while battling his illness until 2012, when he officially retired.

Mr. Sanom was an avid golfer, taking great pride in his hole-in-one at Moravian Golf Club in 1988.

For the last 17 years, he took immense joy in taking his close-knit group of friends and family to his vacation home on Grand Traverse Bay in Northport. He enjoyed the occasional game of cards, all Detroit and University of Michigan sports and fervently followed the stock market hourly.

He will be missed dearly by his family and friends.

Donations may be made to Christ Church Detroit, 960 E. Jefferson, Detroit, MI 48207.

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Melissa Ann Haring

Died: Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Age: 77
Melissa Ann Haring, nee Garn, died at Montrose Manor, Woodruff, S.C., Tuesday, June 25, 2013, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

She is survived by her husband of 57 years William A. Haring; daughters, Sarah M. Babson of Fountain Inn, S.C. and Mary E. Springer of Fripp Island, S.C.; son, Charles W. Haring of Buffalo, N.Y.; grandchildren, Matthew K. Haringand Jenna N. Haring, both of Buffalo, N.Y. and brother, John C. Garn of Lancaster, Ky.

Mrs. Haring was born March 1, 1936, in Battle Creek to Charles M. and Virginia Russell Garn. She graduated from Battle Creek Central High School and Bronson Hospital School of Nursing, Kalamazoo.

She lived in Grosse Pointe Farms from the mid 1960s until the early 1980s. She worked as a registered nurse at Cottage Hospital, where she earned accreditation as an infection control coordinator, then supervisor. She also worked at St. John Hospital in Detroit and Saginaw General Hospital. She retired from Buffalo General Hospital, New York, in 1999 as an infection control supervisor. She served two terms on the CDC National Infection Control Board which met semi-annually in Atlanta, Ga.

Mrs. Haring was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Saginaw and was president of Saginaw Riverside Kiwanis Auxiliary. She also attended St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Grosse Pointe Woods and Church of the Cross in Bluffton, S.C..

She won several awards and ribbons for original needlepoint at the Michigan State Fair.

Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Western New York, 2805 Wehrle Drive, No. 6, Buffalo, NY 14221 or atalz.org.

A memorial service was held at Montrose Manor July 1.

Eileen M. Healy

Died: Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Age: 65
Grosse Pointe resident Eileen M. Healy, 65, died unexpectedly, Tuesday, June 25, 2013.

She was born in March 20, 1948, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Edward A. and Helen Boyle Healy Sr. She graduated from Mynderse Academy in Seneca Falls, N.Y. and Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pa., where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in history. She earned a master’s degree in education from Syracuse University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Central Michigan University.

Ms. Healy started her career in the auto industry as a parts manager at a Chevrolet dealership. She later went to work with General Motors Corp. as a regional general manager. She moved to Detroit and became the executive director of General Motors Parts Channel and later executive director of Product Development, until she retired.

She was a member of the Auto EMO Network, the automotive industry professionals worldwide, and the GM Dealer Pro-fessionals. In retirement, she taught in the Grosse Pointe Public School System and did special project work for GM. She had been listed in “Who’s Who” both in 2008 and 2010 and was bestowed the honor of “Woman of the Year” for the city of Detroit.

Ms. Healy is survived by her father, Edward A. Healy Sr. of Seneca Falls; sisters, Mary Healy of Seneca Falls and Christine McGuane of Marcellus, N.Y.; brothers, Edward A. Healy Jr. and John W. Healy, both of Seneca Falls; niece, Molly McGuane and nephew, Patrick McGuane.

She was predeceased by her mother, Helen Boyle Healy; brother, Patrick, and sister, Maureen Healy.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 11, at St. Patrick’s Church, 97 West Bayard St., Seneca Falls, N.Y.

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

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Dwight P. Black

Died: Monday, June 24, 2013
Age: 82
Dwight P. Black, 82, of Vero Beach, Fla., died Monday, June 24, 2013, at his home.

He was born Dec. 25, 1930, in Bronxville, N.Y. He had been a resident of Vero Beach for 18 years and was previously a resident of Grosse Pointe and Opelika, Ala.

Mr. Black received his Bachelor of Science degree from Harvard University and later earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Security Agency, serving in Germany in the mid 1950s.

Mr. Black retired after 33 years of service for Uniroyal and Michelin tire companies. He held a variety of director-level positions during his tenure.

He was a member of Riomar Country Club and Bent Pine Golf Club, both in Vero Beach. He was also a member of The Yondotega Club in Detroit and Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club and Harbor Point Golf Club in Harbor Springs.

Mr. Black is survived by his wife of 59 years, Ann-Elisa W. Black of Vero Beach; son, Dr. Donald R. Black (Wanda) of Concord, N.C.; daughters, Elizabeth D. Black of Rye, N.Y. and Pamela P. Black of Cincinnati, Ohio, and five grandchildren.

Mr. Black was predeceased by his sister, Marcia B. Holder.

A memorial service was held June 29, at St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church, Vero Beach.

Donations may be made to the Cancer Care Center at Indian River Medical Center Foundation, 1000 35th Street, Vero Beach, FL 32960; Riverside Theatre, Attn: Kate Gill, 3250 Riverside Park Drive, Vero Beach, FL 32963; or to the Vero Beach Museum of Art, 3001 Riverside Park Drive, Vero Beach, FL 32963.

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Angela Bournias

Died: Sunday, June 23, 2013
Grosse Pointe Woods resident Angela Bournias passed away Sunday, June 23, 2013.

She was born in Detroit to Hercules and Mary Cholack and graduated from MacKenzie High School. She worked at General Motors as a key punch operator for a short time. Later, for five years she and her husband owned their own store, “Angie’s at the Atrium,” a sundries shop in Dearborn.

Mrs. Bournias was a member of the Daughters of Penelope and the Square Club. She was a patron of the Grosse Pointe Theatre and was a fan of the Detroit Tigers. She enjoyed music, theater, baking for her family, knitting, reading, playing the piano and travel.

Among many of the highlights in her life, she lived with her loving husband and children in Greece for two years, which included memorable trips throughout Greece and the Greek Islands. She hosted her mother and brother in Greece as well.

Along with her husband and children, Mrs. Bournias explored Rome, Italy, and Madrid, Spain. Mexico was also a favorite travel destination. Recently, she and her husband hosted a Caribbean cruise for their children and grandchildren to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. Additionally, she was technologically sophisticated and enjoyed using her iPad.

She was extremely proud and supportive of her family and grandchildren. She and her husband, Lou, were active and socially involved. She loved her Greek heritage and passed on the culture, traditions and language to her family. For many years she was the caregiver for her mother and brother.

Mrs. Bournias is survived by her husband of 51 years, Leo, “Lou”; children, Karen Panagos (Dr. Chris) and George Bournias (Laurie) and grandchildren, Angela, Chrissy and Dean.

A funeral service was held June 28 at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, in St. Clair Shores.

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Beverly Hope Hepler

Died: Thursday, June 20, 2013
Age: 86
Beverly Hope Hepler, 86, of Dearborn, passed away peacefully Thursday June, 20, 2013.

She was the loving wife of 63 years of Kenneth, who predeceased her; proud and loving mother of Bradford (Carol), adoring grandmother to Jason (Katie) and Erin Worrell (Patrick) and treasured great-grandmother to William and Owen Hepler and Caitlin Worrell. She also is survived by her brother, Dwain Best (Roseanne), nephews, Dennis Best (JoAnn) and Steven Best (Pam); niece, Leigh Anne Best, as well as several great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins.

Mrs. Hepler was born and raised in Canton, Ohio. Shortly after her marriage, she and her husband moved to Cleveland. Their spirit for adventure took them and their son to California. They also had homes in Florida, Pennsylvania and Arizona, and finally retired in Michigan.

Mrs. Hepler loved to spend time with her family, whether it was to take hikes or picnics or camp with her grandchildren. She also loved to garden and embroider. She will be dearly missed by those who had the pleasure of knowing her.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 29, at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to a favorite charity of the donor’s request.
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