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Virginia A. Sweeny

Died: Friday, February 08, 2013
Age: 90
Former Grosse Pointe Farms resident Virginia “Ginny” A. Sweeny, nee Bennett, of Osterville, Mass., passed away peacefully Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, at Cape Cod Hospital after a short illness. She was 90.

Mrs. Sweeny was a summer resident of Osterville since 1965 and, with her husband, retired there year-round in 1984 from Grosse Pointe Farms, where she lived 36 years.

Born in Portland, Ore., and raised in New Kensington, Pa., she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Allegheny College, Meadville, Pa. She also earned a Master of Library Science degree from Wayne State University in Detroit.

In Michigan, Mrs. Sweeny served on the board of several non-profit organizations in Detroit. She also served on the Altar Guild of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church of Osterville and was a long-standing member of the board of her beloved American Youth Foundation of St. Louis, Mo.

She loved to travel and was an avid genealogist.

Mrs. Sweeny is survived by her son, Neil, and his wife, Barbara, of Boston; grandsons, Nicholas of Boston and Matthew of Prague, Czech Republic; and several nieces and nephews and their children.

She was predeceased by her husband, Allen N. Sweeny, who died in 1987.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 421 Wianno Ave., Osterville, Mass.

Donations may be made in her name to the Endowment Fund, American Youth Foundation, 6357 Clayton Road, St. Louis, MO 63117; St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 421 Wianno Ave., Osterville, MA 02655; or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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Gayle Rae Boutrous

Died: Thursday, February 07, 2013
Grosse Pointe Woods resident Gayle Rae Boutrous passed away peacefully Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, after a courageous battle with lung cancer.

She was the beloved wife of Dr. James J. Boutrous for 45 years and dearest mother of James J. (Nicole) Boutrous II, Anne M. Snyder (Justin) and David M. Boutrous. She also is survived by her grandchildren, Ava G. Boutrous, Makalya M. Snyder, Abigail G. Boutrous, Mary Catherine Snyder, Genevieve S. Boutrous and Shannon M. Snyder and sister, Janet L. Page.

She was predeceased by her loving parents, Rosemary Elias and Ray Taylor, and stepfather, John Elias.

Mrs. Boutrous was philanthropic and spent numerous years fund raising for St. John Hospital and Medical Center through her contributions to the St. John Fontbonne Auxiliary. Most notably, as chairwoman of the annual Fontbonne White Christmas Ball, she was instrumental in raising the necessary funds for St. John’s first MRI unit.

Mrs. Boutrous was a devout Catholic and had a real love for the University of Notre Dame, where her husband and two sons attended. She and her husband were longtime members of and contributors to the University’s Sorin Society.

Mrs. Boutrous also had a real passion for life, was an avid golfer and loved interior design. She was a member of the Lochmoor Club for more than 35 years and served as chairwoman of the Ladies’ Invitational. She also was a swim team committee member, where her children participated on swim team for many years.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Feb. 11 at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Donations may be made to the American Lung Association, 1301 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Suite 800, Washington, DC 20004 or to the St. John Fontbonne Auxiliary, c/o St. John Hospital and Medical Center, Mack Office Building, Suite 102; 22101 Moross Road; Detroit, MI 48236.

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Peter Paul Anter

Died: Wednesday, February 06, 2013
Age: 89
Longtime Grosse Pointe Farms resident Peter Paul Anter, 89, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit.

He was born in 1923 in Lebanon to Louis and Mintaha Anter. He was raised on Detroit’s east side and graduated from Pershing High School in 1942, before joining the U.S. Army during World War II where he served in the Pacific Theatre during the United States’ liberation of the Solomon Islands and the Philippines.

Upon returning home, he worked in a family grocery store before joining Chrysler Corp. in the 1950s, while taking courses at Radio Electronics Television School in Detroit. As an electronics technician, he was best known as “Mr. Pete,” owner of Pete’s Electronics, a business he owned on East Jefferson until he retired in 1999.

Mr. Anter enjoyed bowling and golfing. He was active in the St. Maron Church bowling league for more than 20 years.

He and his family moved to Grosse Pointe Farms more than 50 years ago and contributed to various charities in the community including Mother Waddles Perpetual Mission and Services for Older Citizens.

Mr. Anter is survived by his beloved wife, Margaret, and loving children, Sharon Ford, of Grosse Pointe Farms, Mark (Nancy) of Grosse Pointe Woods, Allan of Ft. Pierce, Fla., Julie Ann Wood (Ronald) of Apex, N.C. and Paul (Rita) of Grosse Ile; grandchildren, Eric, Ryan, Lisa, Cory, Anna, Thomas and Julia and many nieces and nephews.

He also is survived by his sister, Sadie Salloum of St. Clair Shores.

He was predeceased by his eldest son, Lawrence; sister, Julia Housey, and brothers, George and Michael.

A funeral Mass with military honors was celebrated Feb. 9 at St. Maron Catholic Church in Detroit.

Donations may be made to Services for Older Citizens, 159 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236 or the Capuchin Monks at the capuchins.org.

Mary Maas Harwood

Died: Tuesday, February 05, 2013
Age: 95
Longtime Grosse Pointe resident Mary Maas Harwood, 95, died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, at Oakwood Retirement Community in Dearborn.

Born July 25, 1917, in Lansing, to John and Marjorie Maas, Mrs. Harwood originally moved to Grosse Pointe in 1926. She graduated in 1935 from Grosse Pointe High School and attended Connecticut College for Women and Michigan State University.

Mrs. Harwood worked at the J. L. Hudson Co. in the broadcasting department as disc jockey, “Jean Randolph,” hosting the show, “Minute Parade Radio.”

She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma and longtime member of the Bon Secours Assistance League.

She was predeceased by her husband, Laurance J. Harwood; siblings, John (Natalie) and William Maas and JoAnne Maas Dirkes (James).

Mrs. Harwood was a caring wife, mother and aunt and is survived by her sons, Laurance Jr., John (Tudi), Thomas (Bonnie) and Robert (Nancy); grandsons, Benjamin (Sarah), Christopher (Julie) and Kyle; granddaughter, Madeline; stepgrandson, Jake Epps (Nicole) and great-grandchildren, Lillie and Charles. She also is survived by her sister-in-law, Joan Roney Maas, and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated 10 a.m. Thursday, July 25, at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms. Interment will follow at the Christ Church Grosse Pointe Columbarium, 61 Grosse Pointe Blvd., Grosse Pointe Farms.

Donations may be made in honor of Mary Harwood to DESAA of Kappa Kappa Gamma, c/o Ruth Ann Mumaw, 54 Radnor Circle, Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan 48236; St. Paul Altar Society, 157 Lakeshore Road, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236; or Grosse Pointe Public Library, 10 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.

Barbara Tamblyn

Died: Tuesday, February 05, 2013
Age: 94
Barbara Tamblyn, 94, died peacefully Tuesday Feb. 5, 2013, at St. John Hospital & Medical Center in Detroit.

She was born May 25, 1918, in Detroit, to Nicholas and Susanna Wissinger. She graduated from Southeastern High School in 1936 and began working at Bank of the Commonwealth in Detroit.

On Nov. 29, 1941, she married E. John “Jack” Tamblyn at Iroquois Avenue Lutheran Church in Indian Village. They made their home in Chicago for a few years while Mr. Tamblyn served in the military and then returned to Michigan.

Mrs. Tamblyn was known for her cooking and baking that resulted in her family affectionately calling her “Barbara Crocker.” Her pies, biscuits, entertaining and formal Sunday dinners were legendary among family and friends. She also enjoyed reading and caring for her grandchildren.

Her daughters described her as the quintessential homemaker. She was an honest, trustworthy woman of high integrity. Through the years, she was a volunteer at Bon Secours Hospital in Grosse Pointe and a former Girl Scout leader. She was also actively involved with the P.E.O. Sisterhood for more 50 years, having served as president, recording secretary and treasurer, a group that funded private scholarships to advance education opportunities for students pursuing higher education.

Mrs. Tamblyn is survived by her three children, John G. (Heidi), Peggy Tamblyn Glick (Dennis) and Nancy Tamblyn Wayland (William); six grandchildren, Stephanie, John, Julie, Katie, Michael and Amy and two great-grandchildren, Madeline and Tyler.

She was predeceased by her husband, Jack, in 2003.

A memorial service was held at St. Luke Episcopal Church in Waterford. The Rev. James Rizer officiated. The church is part of the Canterbury-on-the-Lake Senior Living Retirement Community where Mrs. Tamblyn resided.

Donations may be made to Canterbury-on-the-Lake, 5601 Hatchery Road, Waterford, MI 48329 or Arthritis Foundation of Michigan, 1050 Wilshire Drive, Troy, MI 48084.

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Robert Raymond Graham

Died: Monday, February 04, 2013
Age: 89
Robert Raymond Graham, 89, of Grosse Pointe Woods passed away peacefully Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, surrounded by his family.

He was the devoted husband of Clara Graham, the love of his life for 62 years of marriage. Together they had two children, Diane Platt (Richard) of Grosse Pointe Farms, and Cheryl Higginbotham (Alan) of New Hampshire; four grandchildren, R. Booth Platt, Jr. (McKenzie) of Huntington Woods, Anne Platt Barrows (Ryan) of Pennsylvania, Matthew and Christina Higginbot-ham of New Hampshire; and four great-grandchildren, William and Olin Platt and Martha and Jane Barrows.

Mr. Graham served in the U.S. Army during World War II, fought in the Naples-Foggia (Anzio, Italy) and Rome-Arno campaigns, and was a POW for 14 months. He was awarded several decorations: Sharp Shooter Medal, two Bronze Service Stars (Dec. 23, 1943), Purple Heart ( Jan. 1944), World War II Victory Medal (Nov. 8, 1944), European-African-Middle Eastern Theatre Ribbon (Nov. 8, 1944), Good Conduct Medal (Aug. 22, 1945) and the Prisoner of War Medal. He received an honorable discharge Nov. 6, 1945.

He met Clara in 1947, married in 1950, and had a distinguished career in finance at General Motors Corp. for 40 years, retiring at age 62.

Mr. Graham loved playing baseball, golfing, and bowling. His lifelong hobby was investing. He did community service at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, which his family has attended for generations.

He and his wife were board members of The Villagers, a Grosse Pointe ballroom dance group, and he was a member of the Grosse Pointe Senior Men’s Club. He loved to travel with his wife, Clara, and spent recent summers in Charlevoix.

His great joys in life were his family and friends. His family said he led his life with integrity, was a gentleman to the very end, always had a positive attitude, and without exception, put others’ needs before his own. His strength, devotion, and faith were inspiring.

A memorial service will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, 375 Lothrop, Grosse Pointe Farms.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to one of the following organizations: St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Music Enrichment Fund, 375 Lothrop, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236; The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163-4777; Michigan Cancer Research Fund, 20450 Civic Center Drive, Southfield, MI 48076.

Elizabeth B. Haarz

Died: Monday, February 04, 2013
Age: 97
Former Grosse Pointe resident Elizabeth B. “Betty” Haarz, 97, of West Branch, passed away Monday, Feb. 4, 2013. She was born Nov. 5, 1915, and graduated from Grosse Pointe High School. She will be remembered for her wonderful sense of humor.

Mrs. Haarz is survived by her daughter, Liz Petersen, and her husband, Jack; son, Bill, and his wife, Patti, and their children, Sara, Kelli, Anne, Jon, Peter and Max, as well as 10 great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, William.

A private funeral service is planned.

Donations may be made to the American Red Cross at redcross.org.

Elias H. Kole

Died: Sunday, February 03, 2013
Age: 86
Former Grosse Pointe Woods resident Elias H. “Eli” Kole, of St. Clair Shores, died Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, at his home. He was 86.

He was born Feb. 15, 1926, in Korca, Albania, to Huysen and Lytfie Kole. He attended the University of Michigan and served in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.

Mr. Kole began his professional career in the insurance business and then went into automotive sales. Over the years, he earned several sales awards at dealerships including Stark Hickey Ford, Mike Dorian Ford and Bob Maxey Ford Lincoln Mercury.

He enjoyed watching sporting events and movies and liked learning and reading about history.

He enjoyed dining out and could often be found at the Grecian Table in St. Clair Shores, where the staff greeted him by name, and at The Original Pancake House in Grosse Pointe Woods.

Mr. Kole is survived by his daughter, Debra Kirby of Danbury, Conn; son, David of Los Angeles; grandchildren, Jason and Allison; great-granddaughter, Julia Kirby; sister, Mary Kerim and loving niece, Melora Hamann. He also is survived by his former wife, Miriam “Mimi.”

He was predeceased by his son, Glenn, and sister, Dorothy.

Interment will be at Roseland Park Cemetery in Berkley.

Donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 24445 Northwestern Hwy., Suite 100, Southfield, MI 48075.

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Janet Welsh Barger

Died: Saturday, February 02, 2013
Age: 60
Janet Welsh Barger died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, after courageously battling ovarian cancer. She was 60.

She was born and raised in Philadelphia and became a registered nurse at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in 1973. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing at the University of Pennsylvania in 1980 and a Master of Science degree in nursing administration from the University of California San Francisco in 1984. She managed the emergency room at Jefferson University Hospital and later at San Francisco General Hospital until 1990 when she moved to Michigan. She worked in the Cottage Hospital emergency room for many years, and, most recently, worked with her husband taking care of patients with brain tumors.

Mrs. Barger served on the board of the ARC of Grosse Pointe/Harper Woods and was a member of the Grosse Pointe North Band Boosters for many years. She loved playing the piano, cooking, doing needlework, and vacationing with her family at the Jersey Shore.

Mrs. Barger is survived by her husband of 29 years, Geoffrey Barger M.D.; children, Jenny and Jason; brother, Philip Welsh (Amy); sister-in-law, Janet Barger; brother-in-law, John Colehower (Susan); nephews, Alexander and Gavin Welsh, and mother-in-law, Dorie Barger.

Viewed as “the best” by her family, Mrs. Barger will be greatly missed, especially as a wife, mother, nurse, and friend.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at First English Lutheran Church, 800 Vernier, Grosse Pointe Woods.

Memorial contributions may be made to Karmanos Cancer Institute Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, 4100 John R – VEO1FS, Detroit, MI 48201; Full Circle Foundation, 17006 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230; or Wayne State University Brain Tumor Research Fund, Attn: Theo Bolesta, Dept. of Neurology 8D-UHC, 4201 St. Antoine, Detroit, MI 48201.

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Anne Buttrick Smith

Died: Saturday, February 02, 2013
Age: 65
Grosse Pointe Park resident Anne Buttrick Smith, 65, died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013.

She was born March 9, 1947, in Detroit to Aggie and Ted Buttrick. She was an avid reader, loved animals and enjoyed the outdoors, sailing and swimming at the beach at the family cottage in Grand Haven. She also enjoyed cooking.

She was a member of Tau Beta, Planned Parenthood and the Power Squadron and volunteered with Services for Older Citizens.

Mrs. Smith is survived by her husband, Thomas W. Smith; children, Romey Pangborn, K.C. Geary and Sarah Schmidt; stepdaughter, Terry Smith and grandchildren, Emma Pangborn, Kellan Geary, and Jack and Katie Schmidt.

She also is survived by her sisters, Suzie McCready and Mary Johnson and brother, Ted Buttrick.

Donations may be made to the Michigan Humane Society, Development Department, 30300 Telegraph Road, Suite 220, Bingham Farms, MI 48025 or at michiganhumane.org.

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