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Winifred B. Van Dike

Died: Sunday, August 19, 2012
Age: 94
Winifred B. Van Dike, 94, died Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012.

Born in Trenton, N.J., to Ada Adelia (nee Phillips) and Edmund Burroughs, she attended Rider College, now Rider University, near Trenton and began her secretarial career at the New Jersey Bell Telephone Company.

She married Louis Hancock Van Dike Jr. in 1944. Her husband’s job brought them to Detroit and they moved to Grosse Pointe in 1957. Mrs. Van Dike worked for the Grosse Pointe Public School System for 17 years, retiring in 1983 as secretary to the superintendent.

Mrs. Van Dike and her husband had season tickets to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for many years. They also enjoyed their friends at the Detroit Yacht Club, traveling and playing bridge. Mrs. Van Dike displayed her prowess at bridge well into her 80s.

Her spare time was usually devoted to reading, everything from mysteries to the New York Times, and once retired, she liked to work on the Times’ crossword puzzle.

When her daughter was young, vacations were often a return to New Jersey to visit family and would include trips to New York City at Christmas and the Jersey Shore in the summer. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with good friends and family.

Mrs. Van Dike is survived by her daughter, Mary Winifred (Harry R. Kurrie); granddaughters, Kimberly Kurrie-Louis and Jennifer Kurrie; great-grandsons, Matthew and Benjamin Louis; sister-in-law, Louise Burroughs and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Louis, and her brothers, Edmund Walter Burroughs M.D., Paul Denman Burroughs, Reginald Case Burroughs and Charles Wesley Burroughs M.D.

Mrs. Van Dike’s family would like to thank the entire staff at Sunrise on Vernier for the kindness and devoted care they provided.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at Grosse Pointe Congregational Church, 240 Chalfonte, Grosse Pointe Farms. Visitation begins at 10 a.m. at the church.

Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org or Grosse Pointe Congregational Church, 240 Chalfonte, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.

Dolores Jordan

Died: Thursday, August 16, 2012
Age: 84
Dolores Jordan passed away Monday, July 16, 2012, after a long battle with vascular dementia, 13 days shy of her 85th birthday.

She was the only child of Anthony “Tony” and Antoinette “Annie” Vent and was called Dolly by her parents and extended relatives. She was raised in Southwest Detroit and later moved to Gallagher Street in Northeast Detroit, where her father built a house she loved. Her father owned a bank, a café in Windsor and a gas station near Six Mile and Woodward. Eventually, her father built an additional home on Forrer Street in Northwest Detroit where she moved with her husband and children after her father’s death.

As a teenager, Mrs. Jordan rode two buses and a street car to attend high school at Girls’ Catholic Central, from which she graduated in 1945. After graduation, she worked at General Motors Corp. in the secretarial pool. She used her first paycheck to buy an electric sewing machine for her mother.

It was also at GM where she met her dear friend, Helene Brang, who introduced her to Thomas Jordan, whom she married in 1948.

Mrs. Jordan was deeply devoted to her Aunt Celia Stawecki and Mrs. Stawecki’s husband, Leo, and had many beloved friends and cousins. She was known for her hospitality and wonderful cooking. She gathered with the same group of friends once a month for more than 40 years to play cards, which she greatly enjoyed.

Mrs. Jordan is survived by her daughter, Karen Jordan, and her grandson, Kyle Moore, both of Grosse Pointe Woods.

A Mass in repose will be celebrated at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 15020 Hampton, Grosse Pointe Park.

Donations may be made to the Cloistered Nuns, Monastery of the Blessed Sacrament, 29575 Middlebelt Road, Farmington Hills, MI 48334.

Cynthia A. Jarvis

Died: Thursday, August 16, 2012
Age: 59
Cynthia Ann Jarvis, 59, died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012.

She was the loving wife of John; beloved mother of Jesse and dearest grandmother of Brooks and Johnny. She also is survived by her siblings, Nino, Danato and Catherine Smith (John); nieces, Ann and Nina Smith and parents-in-law, Robert and Brooks Jarvis. She was the sister-in-law of Paul, Jim (Beverly), Patty Dodge (Peter), Mary Dessler (Willie), Margie McCroey (Ray), Daniel (Linda), Donna and Chrissy Tate (Rob) and the late David. She is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Aug. 20 at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, Grosse Pointe Park.

Donations may be made in honor of Cynthia Jarvis to St. Ambrose Catholic Church Memorial Walkway, 15020 Hampton St., Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230.

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Milly S. Neuder

Died: Thursday, August 16, 2012
Age: 80
Grosse Pointe Shores resident Milly S. Neuder, 80, passed away Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012.

She was the beloved wife of Louis E. Neuder, and together, they were to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary Aug. 23, 2012. She was the loving mother of Sherry Bradow (Jim), Louis (Sue) and Carolyn Kurtz (Keith); dear grandmother of Kristen Linley (Tim), Mike Bradow (Katie), Susan Holsapple (Tyler), Laura Ott (Chad), Brad Neuder (Allison), Julie Neuder, Lisa, Jeff and C.J. Kurtz and proud great-grandmother of Emily Kate Holsapple. She also is survived by her beloved sister, Irene Hathaway (Chuck), as well as many nieces and nephews.

For many years, Mrs. Neuder was an active volunteer in Grosse Pointe and the greater Detroit community. Her involvement began when she was a student at Michigan State University where she was in the Sisterhood of Alpha Omicron Pi, leading to her membership on the council of the Detroit Panhellenic Association, of which she twice served as president. More recently, she was also a member of the P.E.O. Philanthropic organization, where she served in various leadership roles and made many dear friends.

Mrs. Neuder was active as a volunteer in the Grosse Pointe Public School System, St. James Lutheran Church and Campfire Inc., where she also was appointed president of the board of directors of the Detroit chapter. In later years, she worked part-time as a bookkeeper in the family business, Arrow Trucks and Parts Company.

Her hobbies included sewing, often making clothing from her own patterns, as well as knitting, needlepoint and playing bridge.

Her family said Mrs. Neuder’s greatest skill was her selfless gift of being a kind and patient listener to her family and many friends, and sharing her love and grace with all. She built lifelong friendships on Hutchinson Island, Fla., where she and her husband, Louie, spent the winter months. Most importantly, she cherished summers with her family at The Farm in Richmond.

A funeral service was held Aug. 20 at St. James Lutheran Church in Grosse Pointe Farms.

Donations may be made to St. James Lutheran Church, 170 McMillan, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236 or to Beaumont Hospice, care of Beaumont Foundation, P.O. Box 5802, Troy, MI 48007.

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Florence Miller Lightfoot

Died: Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Age: 86
Grosse Pointe Woods resident Florence Miller Lightfoot, 86, died Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012. She was a native Detroiter and lived in Grosse Pointe Woods most of her life.

She was predeceased by her husband, Charles Lightfoot and her parents, Raymond and Julia Miller.

Mrs. Lightfoot was employed for many years as a speech pathologist for the Grosse Pointe Public School System. She was a graduate of Albion College, held a master’s degree from Wayne State University and did graduate work in speech pathology at Northwestern University.

She was a member of Grosse Pointe Congregational Church and a member of the Beta Xi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma teaching sorority.

She loved to travel, having taken many European trips, as well as trips to China and crossing the Panama Canal. She was a docent for the Detroit Historical Society and a classroom volunteer for Grosse Pointe schools. She was an avid reader and knitter. She was a devoted fan of the Detroit Tigers and the Northwestern University Wildcats.

Mrs. Lightfoot is survived by her daughter, Jane Lightfoot; son-in-law, Ed Gaffney and grandson, Jack Watson. Her family said she was a kind and generous person and will be missed greatly by her family and many friends.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, at the Grosse Pointe Congregational Church, 240 Chalfonte, Grosse Pointe Farms. Visitation begins at 10:30 a.m. at the church.

Donations may be made in her name to the Detroit Historical Society, 5401 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202 or the Beta Xi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma.

Susanne E. Dotson

Died: Monday, August 13, 2012
Age: 80
Grosse Pointe Park resident Susanne E. Dotson, 80, died Monday, Aug. 13, 2012.

She was the beloved wife of John, who predeceased her, and loving mother of David (Laurie), Debbie York (Chandler), Susanne Gray and Michael (Susan). She was the proud grandmother of Heather (Mark), Christopher (Jaime), James, Kristin, Jonathan (Anita), Stephen, Jason, Elizabeth, Joseph, John Ryan and Katherine and great-grandmother of Erin, Andrew, Katelyn, Jacob, Lucas and Ian. She also is survived by her sister, Gail O’Dwyer (Don).

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her son, Jack.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 15020 Hampton, Grosse Pointe Park. Visitation begins at 10:30 at the church.

Donations may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at jdf.org or Beaumont Hospice, care of Beaumont Foundation, P.O. Box 5802, Troy, MI 48007-9620.

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Renee Bommarito Serventi

Died: Tuesday, August 07, 2012
Age: 38
Former longtime Grosse Pointe resident Renee Bommarito Serventi, 38, died Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012.

Born July 5, 1974, she was the first of four children born to Mary Margaret Felling and Vito Bommarito. At age 4, she was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes. She wrestled this disease until the end of her life.

She attended Grosse Pointe public schools and graduated from Grosse Pointe South High School in 1992. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in special education from Wayne State University.

She had a love of children. For many years, she was a nanny to local families while completing her education. She taught in the Grosse Pointe Public School System until moving to California last year with her husband, Tony. She then taught in the Palo Alto school system.

Mrs. Serventi was of Irish, German, Polish and Italian descent. Her family said she melded the best of all these cultures: her love of cooking from the Italian, her effervescence and humor from the Irish, her absolute determination from the German and her Catholic devotion from the Polish.

As a child, Mrs. Serventi enjoyed spending time on the ancestral family farm in Padua, Minn. She celebrated her 38th birthday July 5 with her husband, mother and dozens of aunt, uncles and cousins.

She enjoyed arts and crafts, traveling, cooking, entertaining, shopping and spending time with her family and friends.

Her family described Mrs. Serventi as loving, generous, brave, vivacious, dedicated, witty, creative and gregarious.

She will be deeply missed.

Mrs. Serventi is survived by her husband, Tony; mother, Mary; father, Vito; siblings, Helen, Frank and Edward; nieces and nephews; and many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, at Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home, 16300 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Park.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 10, at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 15020 Hampton, Grosse Pointe Park. Visitation begins at 10:30 a.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to ADA Southfield Office, 300 Galleria Office Center, Suite 111, Southfield, MI 48034. On the memo line indicate Camp Midicha, in memory of Renee Bommarito Serventi.

Clara Marie DeWeese Quinn

Died: Tuesday, August 07, 2012
Age: 94
Clara Marie DeWeese Quinn, 94, died Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012.

She was born in Macomb, Ill., to Myrle Root DeWeese and Arthur Perry DeWeese and grew up in Bloomington, Ill. She put herself through the University of Michigan, earning degrees in English literature and dental hygiene in 1943. She met her husband, William T. Quinn D.D.S., when she came to Detroit in 1944 to fill a dental hygienist position in his office then located on East Jefferson Ave. at Chalmers. They married in 1945.

Mrs. Quinn was a social and talented lady who had many interests including traveling the world, Girl Scout leadership, knitting, sports, jewelry making, photography, genealogy, politics, chair caning, reading and especially in her later years, following every televised Detroit Tigers game.

She played piano, guitar, violin, harmonica and trumpet. She also was a librarian for the Detroit Public Library for several years in the 1980s. On her last day of life, she was still making new friends at the residence she shared with her daughter, Monica.

Her family said Mrs. Quinn was lucky enough to pass away as she always wished: in her sleep in her own bed.

One interesting memory Mrs. Quinn shared with her family was, as a young child, seeing the U.S. Postal Service plane piloted by Charles Lindbergh fly over her parents’ central Illinois farm on its route between St. Louis and Chicago.

She also was proud to be the descendant of Revolutionary War and Civil War veterans, and she was able to trace one of her Dutch ancestors back to the mid-1500s.

She was a devoted mother and an enduring role model for her entire family to her last day.

Mrs. Quinn is survived by her daughters, Carol J. Quinn D.D.S. (Tom), Monica J. Quinn and Janet E. Quinn; grandchildren, Heath Richards, Ashley Menth (Jason), Christopher Kocsis, Ivan Richards (Kim), Ryan Locke (Alison), and Caitlin Harden (Wes) and great-grandchildren, Molly, Paul and Abby Menth, Felicity, Mason, and Lillian Harden, Tiffany Richards, Bethany Halsey (Gabe) and Kaitlyn and Tyler Richards.

She was predeceased by her husband; parents; twin brother, Dr. Harold Lee DeWeese (Jewel) and her sister, Madalon DeWeese Self.

A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, at the Grosse Pointe United Methodist Church, 211 Moross Road, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Donations may be made in Mrs. Quinn’s honor to the Paula L. Tutman Children’s Dental Fund at U of D Mercy School of Dentistry at https://community.udmercy.edu/sslpage.aspx?pid=612 or mailed to Kelly Brault, UDM School of Dentistry, 2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Detroit, MI 48208-2576.

Gerald F. Van Vliet

Died: Friday, August 03, 2012
Age: 64
Gerald F. Van Vliet, 64, collapsed and died Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, while jogging in his home town of Grosse Pointe Farms.

Born May 4, 1948, in Salamanca, N.Y., he was known by some of his friends as Van. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from West Virginia University and his Juris Doctorate degree from Michigan State University. In addition, he received a master’s degree in taxation from Walsh College.

Prior to his employment of 31 years as a partner with the law firm Bannon and Associates, Mr. Van Vliet was employed for 10 years with the Internal Revenue Service intelligence division.

An avid reader and runner, he also enjoyed music and other cultural interests. He was a member of the Porsche Club 356 Registry and Grosse Pointe United Methodist Church.

Mr. Van Vliet is survived by his loving and beloved wife of 39 years, Polly Ann Hardy; son, Clark Van Vliet of Boston; brother, Dean Van Vliet of Scranton, Pa., and sister, Marcia Johnson of Warren, Pa.

He was predeceased by his parents, Richard and Eleanor (nee McMillan) Van Vliet.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11 at Grosse Pointe United Methodist Church, 211 Moross Road, Grosse Pointe Farms. Visitation begins at noon at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Heart Association, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674.

Ethel Gaspar

Died: Friday, August 03, 2012
Age: 107
Ethel Gaspar, nee Seech, passed away peacefully Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, at the Farmington Hills Inn – Farmington Hills. She was 107 years old. She was a former resident of Maidstone, Ontario, Canada.

She was the beloved wife of John Gaspar, who predeceased her in 1989 and daughter of the late Joseph and Anna Seech.

She is survived by her son, Edward J. Gaspar, his wife, Roberta, and their children, Kyle, Carson and Alicia; sisters-in-law, Agnes Broderick (the late Frank), Annie Downey and her husband, Weldon, and Angela Gaspar (the late Ernie); nieces and nephews, Carson Krol (Judy), Karen Pelletier (Lionel), Barbara Seech, Virginia Schmidt and Ronald Seech of Windsor. She also is survived by many nieces and nephews of the Gaspar family.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by her sister, Margaret Krol and brother, Joseph Seech.

Mrs. Gaspar was a former member of St. Mary’s Parish in Maidstone. She was a devoted homemaker all her life who also had a green thumb, growing her own vegetables and flowers.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Aug. 7 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Maidstone.
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