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Edward G. Astfalk

Died: Saturday, October 27, 2012
Age: 86
Longtime Grosse Pointe Park resident Edward G. Astfalk, 86, passed away Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, at home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on July 11, 1926, in Fort Pitt, Pa. to Edward Earl and Ann G. (nee French) Astfalk.

Mr. Astfalk was proud of his service to his country in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and as a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was while working for the FBI in California he met his wife, Margaret. They married in Ada and moved to Grosse Pointe in 1963 and became active members of St. Clare of Montefalco Catholic Church.

Mr. Astfalk loved traveling with friends and family. His family said his real passion, however, was tennis. Many happy hours were spent and friendships made on the tennis courts from Pittsburgh to Grosse Pointe.

Mr. Astfalk is survived by Margaret (nee Simpson), his wife of 58 years and his children, Cathy Simon, Anne Carpenter, Ed, Dan, Tim, Martin, John, Chris and Peter. He also is survived by his sister, Doris Wilcox of Bridgeville, Pa.; 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Oct. 30 at St. Clare of Montefalco Catholic Church, Grosse Pointe Park, with interment in Saranac Cemetery in Saranac.

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Theresa Burdick

Died: Saturday, October 27, 2012
Age: 75
Grosse Pointe Woods resident Theresa Burdick, 75, passed away peacefully Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit with family by her side.

She was born Feb. 26, 1937, in Detroit to Joaquin and Albertha (nee Clarke) Gaya.

She married Dale Burdick July 30, 1966, and they lived in Eastpointe for 30 years. She lived in Grosse Pointe Woods the last 13 years. She was a waitress at Lochmoor Club for many years.

The biggest love in Mrs. Burdick’s life was her family. She helped her daughter raise her girls when they were young. She was proud of her grandchildren and attended every school function.

Mrs. Burdick is survived by her loving daughter, Dawn Murray (Ron); grandchildren, Bryan, Katie and Emily and step-daughter, Kathy Burdick.

She was predeceased by her husband.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at A.H. Peters Funeral Home, 20705 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Woods.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 2, at the funeral home with Rev. Colleen Kamke officiating.

Mrs. Burdick will be laid to rest next to her beloved Dale at Cadillac Memorial Gardens East in Clinton Township.

Donations may be made to the American Lung Association, 25900 Greenfield Road, Oak Park, MI 48237 or the Rheumatoid Arthritis Foundation at arthritis.org.

Marjorie Jeanne Mueller

Died: Thursday, October 25, 2012

Former Grosse Pointe Park resident Marjorie Jeanne Mueller, 95, of Lapeer, died Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012.

She was born April 11, 1917, to Charles and Helen (nee Manning) Lorenzo and graduated from Grosse Pointe High School in 1934. She attended Michigan State College of Agriculture and Applied Science, now Michigan State University.

Her family said she was a loving mother and housewife who loved playing cards, particularly bridge, at the Davison and Lapeer senior centers. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church in Lapeer.

Mrs. Mueller is survived by her children, Charles Mueller of Eugene, Ore., Carla Mueller of Port Ludlow, Wash., Jeanne Spencer (Carl) of Port Townsend, Wash., Mary Frances “Muffy” Mueller of St. Clair Shores, Donna Mueller (Cole Thompson) of Seaside, Calif., and her daughter-in-law, Jill Mueller of Metamora; 20 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Carl Mueller; son, Carl “Fred” Mueller; granddaughter, Holly Spencer; sisters, Heloise Gold and Frances Bunting and her parents.

A memorial Mass was held Oct. 19, at Immaculate Conception Church in Lapeer.

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Marta Kipfmueller Theisen

Died: Thursday, October 25, 2012
With hearts overcome with sadness but our thoughts filled with only the fondest of memories, we announce the death of our wife, mother, sister, aunt, best friend and travel companion Marta Kipfmueller Theisen on October 17, 2012, in her home in Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan. She was born in Pigeon, Michigan, on July 2, 1959, to Leo and Patricia Kipfmueller, the second of eight children. Raised in Ann Arbor and Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, she was a graduate of Central Michigan University in 1982. While Marta loved to travel the world, she particularly enjoyed time in Florence, Italy. But even Florence took a second spot to time spent at Ham’s Hallow, the family compound in Fife Lake, Michigan. Marta spent her raucous life tending to her immediate and extended family, pursuing her love of food and drink, visiting theatres, museums, gardening and spending as much time on her porch where she was equally comfortable reading trashy mysteries and the New York Times, while catching up with friends and neighbors. Through her thirty-one year marriage to her high school sweetheart and best friend, they raised their daughters (Caitlin, Amelia and Hayley) in a way that reflected her deep commitment to women’s social and political issues, as reflected through her work with the Legal Aid and Defenders Association. For those wishing to make a donation in Marta’s honor, three organizations were dear to her heart: Planned Parenthood, The Detroit Institute of Arts and Motor City Grounds Crew. A wake is planned for Saturday, November 3, 2012 at The Rattlesnake in Detroit from 2 to 5 p.m.

Edward Henkel, Jr.

Died: Thursday, October 25, 2012
Age: 87
Grosse Pointe Farms resident Edward Henkel Jr., 87, passed away Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, surrounded by his family.

Born in Detroit, Mr. Henkel lived in Grosse Pointe since 1925. He graduated from the Detroit University School (now University Liggett School) and earned his bachelor’s degree from Kenyon College, where he was a member of Tau Kappa Alpha (forensic) Honors Society and Psi Upsilon Fraternity.

In 1949, Mr. Henkel, along with his brother, Milton, joined the family firm of Edward Henkel Realty Company, which was founded in 1916. Mr. Henkel and his brother continued to grow the company until retirement in 1999. He was President of the Detroit Real Estate Board during its 75th Anniversary year in 1965 and was awarded Realtor of the Year by his Board of Realtors and honored by the National Association of Real Estate Boards.

Mr. Henkel was an avid horseman riding since childhood in Grosse Pointe, Metamora and during World War II in the U.S. Coast Guard Mounted Beach Patrol. In his latter years, he enjoyed golf, paddle tennis and tennis at the Country Club of Detroit.

Mr. Henkel is survived by his wife of 61 years, Geraldyne Rounds Henkel; his daughters, Geraldyne “Nene” Brennan (Lawrence), Eloise “Weezie” Gates (John Jr.), and Heidi McGarry (John); his grandchildren Geraldyne “Tracy” and Lindsey Johnson; John “Fordy” III, Edward “Teddy” and Thomas “Tommy” Gates; Eloise “Ellie” and Thomas “Tom” McGarry.

He was predeceased by his son, Edward “Trey” Henkel III.

A private family memorial service will be held with burial in Elmwood Cemetery, Detroit.

Richard Louis Weinberg

Died: Thursday, October 25, 2012
Age: 76
Grosse Pointe Farms resident Richard “Dick” Louis Weinberg, 76, died peacefully at home Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012.

He was born Jan. 12, 1936, in Saginaw, to Irma and Louis Weinberg and was predeceased by his parents and sister, Louanne Weinberg Hoff.

Mr. Weinberg is survived by his wife of 47 years, Phoebe; his children, Phoebe Christine Bedsworth (Andy), Julia Rowe Wheeler (Steve) and Richard L. Weinberg Jr. (Jennifer); his sister, Carole Drewyer, and his beloved grandchildren, Phoebe, Charlotte, Constance and Charles Richard Bedsworth and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mr. Weinberg loved his family above all and took great pride in their accomplishments — be it many swim meets enthusiastically cheering for Christy; innumerable soccer matches cheering for Rick or providing unending guidance and support to Phoebe and Julie in their professional life at Greatways Travel. His family said the most important memory they have of him is the infinite personal love, loyalty, wisdom and constant nurturing for them and his wide circle of friends, both personal and professional.

Mr. Weinberg loved life and lived it every day to its fullest. He loved nothing better than a good, fun time with those he cared for and his family is grateful for the memories shared over these last few days by his close friends in both Grosse Pointe and Saginaw. He was the consummate sports fan and relished and thrived on Michigan football, as well as the Detroit Tigers, Red Wings, Lions and Pistons. His family and friends were in awe of the sports minutia he could recall of various games over the last seven decades.

He loved fishing, which his dad taught him at a young age, and was proud to pass this skill on to his children. Additionally, Mr. Weinberg enjoyed music, especially jazz, as well as cooking, reading, his fav-orite travel destinations, London and Southern Africa, World War II history, and watching every major sports event on television. He adored his grandchildren, who called him “Bop,” took joy in their scholastic and sports endeavors and had a secret place for the jar of Jelly Bellies he kept for them whenever they visited.

He was a member of Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, Country Club of Detroit and several professional organizations.

A memorial service was celebrated Oct. 30 at the Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Donations may be made to the Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236 or the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, 1500 East Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109.

Robert C. Ireson Sr.

Died: Thursday, October 25, 2012
Age: 83
Grosse Pointe Woods resident Robert C. Ireson Sr., 83, passed away Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit, after a long battle with heart disease and kidney failure. His beloved wife and son were at his side.

He was born in Detroit to Mrs. J. Ireson and Ernest D. Ireson Sr. He attended Wayne State University and was an electrical engineer.

Mr. Ireson served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1952 during the Korean War. He was a member of the 1901 Engineer Aviator Battalion.

He enjoyed music, classical opera and big band. He was an avid trumpet player. He also loved boating, flying and swimming. He loved swimming laps and racing with his wife, Linda, at the Grosse Pointe Woods pool every day. He enjoyed winters in Florida, spending time at Palmetto Dunes at Hilton Head, S.C. and walking the beach of Lake Huron in Port Sanilac.

Mr. Ireson is survived by his wife of 35 years, Linda Wittenberg Ireson, and their son, Robert C. Ireson II. He also is survived by two brothers, Lavern Ireson and Gerald Ireson, of Las Vegas, and many nieces and nephews

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers, Delbert, Paul, Julian and Jack.

A funeral service was held Oct. 30 at Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home in Grosse Pointe Park. Burial, with full military honors, was in White Chapel Cemetery in Troy.

Donations may be made to the American Kidney Fund, 11921 Rockville Pike, Suite 300, Rockville, MD 20852 or at kidneyfund.org.

Telesforo Anthony Mascarin M.D.

Died: Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Age: 79
Telesforo Anthony Mascarin M.D., 79, passed away at home Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, with his family at his bedside.

“Telly” was born Dec. 9, 1932, in Montreal, Canada, to Frank and Maria Mascarin. He attended the University of Michigan on a full athletic scholarship and played right wing on U-M hockey teams that won three consecutive NCAA National Championships between 1951 and 1953.

In 1959, he graduated from the University of Ottawa Medical School and pursued further training in the U.S., specializing in obstetrics and gynecology. He became a U.S. citizen during that time.

While still in high school, Dr. Mascarin met Yolanda Sisak. They married in 1955 and raised four children. His family was the joy of his life and his proudest achievement.

Dr. Mascarin held staff positions at St. John, Bon Secours and Cottage hospitals and was instrumental in the adoption of various cutting edge medical technologies at St. John. He also developed a private practice, still staffed by his former partners, some of whom he trained.

His family said he also was an inspiration to innumerable residents teaching them not only medicine, but care, compassion and a strong work ethic. He considered it an honor to practice medicine and to take care of families. He never missed a day of work, even when he broke his leg, or complained when called in late at night.

He delivered babies right up until he retired in 2008 at the age of 75 because it was the joy of his professional life.

Dr. Mascarin also served as coach of the Grosse Pointe Bruins travel hockey team from 1968 to 1976. His 1972 team won a national title. In response to needs in the community, he organized and built the Grosse Pointe Community Rink and Wimbledon Racquet Club. Thirty years later, these businesses continue to serve Grosse Pointe and surrounding areas.

In 1991, he was recognized by the state of Michigan as the Italian American of the Year, for his achievements and contributions to medicine and the public. He and his wife fund a scholarship, in honor of Dr. Mascarin’s father, at Assumption High School in Windsor.

His family said Dr. Mascarin led and inspired others by the way he led his life. He set high standards in everything he did.

In addition to Yolanda, his wife of 57 years, Dr. Mascarin is survived by his children, Catherine Keilly (John), Debbie Musselman, Drew Mascarin (Tracy) and Susie Keane (Peter); 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He also is survived by his brother, Avenicio “Nish” Mascarin (Jo-An).

A funeral Mass was celebrated Oct. 27 at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Woods.

Donations may be made to St. John Hospital and Medical Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Renovation and Expansion project, in care of the St. John Health Foundation, P.O. Box 673271, Detroit, MI 48267-3271 or to The Capuchins, 1820 Mt. Elliott, Detroit, MI 48207.

Robert Louis Melick

Died: Monday, October 22, 2012
Longtime Grosse Pointe Farms resident Robert Louis Melick died Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit.

He was born in Toledo, Ohio, Dec. 8, 1931, to Louis Lanning and Mary Alice Melick and served in the U.S. Army, achieving the rank of lieutenant. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with high honors from Princeton University in 1953 and a Master of Business Administration degree with high distinction from Harvard University in 1957 as a Baker Scholar.

Mr. Melick worked in the accounting/finance industry for more than 40 years, first with Price Waterhouse in Detroit for 25 years and then with the Detroit Medical Center or related entities as Chief Financial Officer of Harper-Grace Hospitals and Director, Finance of the Detroit Medical Center, among other positions.

His family said he will be remembered for his gentle kindness, humility, and love for his family.

He was a member of St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, the Country Club of Detroit, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

Mr. Melick is survived by his wife of 48 years, Katherine Melick; son, Jordan Melick; daughter, Ariste Egan (John); grandchildren, Patrick and Christian Egan and brother-in-law, Thomas Jordan.

Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home, 16300 Mack Avenue, Grosse Pointe Park. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202 or St. Paul Educational Trust, 157 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.

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John J. Hinsberg

Died: Monday, October 22, 2012
Age: 87
John J. Hinsberg, 87, of Marysville, formerly of Grosse Pointe, died Monday, Oct. 22, 2012.

He was born Nov. 29, 1925, in Detroit to John and Norma Hinsberg. He married Nancy J. Irwin Nov. 11, 1950, and she died Aug. 28, 2012.

Mr. Hinsberg was employed with the Auto Club of Michigan, AAA, for 30 years. He enjoyed spending time with his family, caring for animals and golfing.

He is survived by his daughters, Mary Susan Slaine (Richard) of Clinton Township, Nancy Jane Eilert (Hendrik “Henk”) of Uitgeest, Netherlands and Catherine Dinan Hinsberg of Detroit; grandchildren, Ryan Slaine, Erik, Hanneke and John Eilert and Marissa Hinsberg; sister, Sandra Krell (Thomas) of Royal Oak; and several nieces and nephews

In addition to his parents and wife, he was predeceased by two sons, Robert Irwin Hinsberg and John Joseph Hinsberg (Brandy).

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