Died: Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Former Grosse Pointe resident Grace Helen Oliver, 56, died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, from respiratory failure following spine surgery at University of Irvin Hospital in Orange, Calif., surrounded by her loved ones. An individual with dwarfism, her family said she filled a tall order and anyone whoever met her felt uplifted and inspired to be positive and do the best with the life they were given. At 34-inches tall, she inspired people to accentuate the positive.
She graduated from Grosse Pointe South High School 1974. She road a bike on training wheels, rather than using a wheelchair, in the school hallways to get to classes on time and “ran” the Turkey Trot on her bike. She earned an associate’s degree from Macomb Community College.
Ms. Oliver loved singing and making people happy. In 1982, she moved to California to pursue her love of music and performed as an entertainer and singer creating many characters along the way. Her most loved persona was Pinky the Elf.
Ms. Oliver was a passionate advocate for individuals with physical disabilities. She regularly spoke at schools to talk to children about physical disabilities so they would not be afraid of people in wheelchairs and would learn that people with physical challenges were not so different.
She was the founder of The Short Stature Foundation, which she formed to help provide people of short stature access to needed resources. She was honored to act as a liaison for multiple adoptions of children born with dwarfism into loving homes.
Ms. Oliver was an active member of Little People of America chapters in Detroit and Los Angeles and served as the first international delegate of Little People of America to the International Little People Convention.
She loved traveling, animals and fine art.
Ms. Oliver was predeceased by her husband, Richard Crandell; her father, Vincent Oliver and her brothers, Craig Oliver and Eric Oliver.
She is survived by her mother, Nell Oliver; sisters, Bridget Oliver and Karen Oliver-Grobbel; brother Irwin Oliver and her loving companion, Art Atilano.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 4, at St. Lucy Catholic Church, 23401 E. Jefferson, St. Clair Shores.
Donations may be made to the Mission Viejo Animal Services Center, 28095 Hillcrest, Mission Viejo, CA 92692 or at cityofmissionviejo.org/animalservices/.
Died: Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Longtime Grosse Pointe Shores resident Dolores “Debby” Herschleb Kodidek, 84, died Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, after suffering a severe stroke.
She is survived by her loving husband of 61 years, Milton Kodidek; daughters, Susan Bell Hamrick of West Bloomfield and Karen Pfeiffer and grandchildren, Megan Bell and Stephen, Christopher and Matthew Pfeiffer.
She was predeceased by her brother, Kenneth Rippey.
Born Jan. 15, 1928, Mrs. Kodidek moved to Grosse Pointe in 1944 and graduated from Grosse Pointe High School in 1946. She was active with the Williams House for Girls in Detroit for many years and volunteered four years at the front desk at Bon Secours Hospital. She then began delivering meals to homebound residents for Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe for the last nine years. She enjoyed the weekly visits to her “customers,” as she began to know them.
Mrs. Kodidek loved dogs and after raising two St. Bernards and one sheep dog, she became a supporter of the Leader dogs for the Blind in Rochester Hills.
Her family extends its thanks to the staff of Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe intensive care unit and hospice for the compassion and care shown to them and especially, Mrs. Kodidek.
Died: Sunday, November 25, 2012
Joseph Carlton Bromley, 84, passed away Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, at Karmanos Medical Center in Detroit.
He was born Aug. 21, 1928, in Detroit to Joseph and Rene Bromley.
Mr. Bromley was an owner and executive in the trucking industry for more than 62 years. At 23, he began managing and operating his first trucking firm. His professionalism in both dress and demeanor led to his success at an early age and throughout his career.
Until his death, he was the co-owner/manager of Churchill Transportation Inc. where he worked more than 20 years. His family said he was known for putting his employees before himself and had a kind and loyal management style.
Before Churchill Trans-portation, Mr. Bromley owned a variety of freight and delivery companies, including Gateway Trans-portation/Steel Division, Randall Trucking and Leasing, which merged into Darling Freight Lines and Regency Freight Lines.
Mr. Bromley was on the board of directors for First Farmington Savings & Loan, D&N Savings Bank and Republic Bank. He was a commissioner of the Dearborn civil service for 18 years, as well as an active member of The Old Club on Harsens Island for 38 years and Grosse Pointe United Methodist Church, where he was the chairman of the endowment fund.
He was an avid boater and smallmouth bass fisherman. Boating and fishing were his passions. He also enjoyed tennis.
Mr. Bromley is survived by his wife of 15 years, Karen LeBeau Bromley; children, Nancy Goyert (James) and Randall Bromley; daughter-in-law, Molly Bromley; stepchildren, Alicia Cubitt Kubacki (Craig), Kevin Cubitt, Michelle Cubitt, Tamala Cubitt Hubbard and Geoffrey Cubitt (Kate); grandchildren, Jesse Bromley (Shari), Joe Bromley (Siry), Michelle Goyert Johnson (Ryan), Suzanne Bromley Anderson, Michael Goyert (Devon), Candy Bromley Senchuk (Patric) and Tyler Bromley; stepgrandchildren, Macy Hubbard Crizer (Steve), Courtny Sarka, Drake Sarka, Connor Hubbard, Owen Cubitt, Chloe Kubacki, Drew Cubitt and Claire Kubacki.
He also is survived by his great-grandchildren, Ethan, Ryan and Brett Bromley, Everett and Barrett Goyert, Evan Johnson and Benjamin and Lenora Senchuk and step great-granddaughter, Lucille Crizer.
He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 49 years, Shirley Peters Bromley and grandson, Marty Bromley.
Visitation will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, and 1 to 4 p.m. and 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at A.H. Peters Funeral Home, 20705 Mack, Grosse Pointe Woods.
A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Grosse Pointe United Methodist Church, 211 Moross, Grosse Pointe Farms. Visitation begins at the church at 10 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Karmanos Cancer Institute Hospice Program, 4100 John R St., Detroit, MI 48201; Cass Community Social Services, 11850 Woodrow Wilson, Detroit, MI 48206 and Grosse Pointe United Methodist Endowment Fund, 211 Moross, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.
Died: Saturday, November 24, 2012
Former Grosse Pointe Park resident John J. Fannon III, 69, died peacefully Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at his home on Harsens Island, in his chair watching television while waiting for the next football game to come on.
He was born Dec. 12, 1942, in Detroit to John J. and Mary (nee Kemp) Fannon Jr. and graduated from St. Joseph Military Academy in Hayes, Kan. He owned Fannon Products in Algonac.
Known for his keen ability to make people laugh, Mr. Fannon loved music, especially singing and playing piano. He enjoyed target shooting, boating and hunting with his “boys.” He especially enjoyed watching his grandchildren play sports.
Mr. Fannon was a member of the Harsens Island St. Clair Flats Association, president of the Harsens Island Transportation Authority and was active in the island choir, The Marshmellows, that gave him an outlet for his entertaining spirit.
Mr. Fannon is survived by his beloved wife, Midgie; children, John J. IV (Judy), Keith (Kelly), David (Marianne) and Daniel (Rebecca); grandchildren, Connor, Sean, Joseph, Lillian, Mary, Nicholas, William and Gregory and his brother, Mark G. Fannon (Kathy).
He was predeceased by his parents.
A funeral Mass was celebrated Nov. 28 at St. Clare of Montefalco Catholic Church, Grosse Pointe Park.
Donations may be made to the St. Clare of Monte-falco Athletic Program, 1401 Whittier, Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230.
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Died: Thursday, November 22, 2012
City of Grosse Pointe resident Michael Allan Blaess, 63, died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012.
He was born Aug. 18, 1949, in Grosse Pointe Farms to Lester and Ruth Blaess and graduated from Bishop Gallagher High School in 1967. He worked at Syndevco, Inc. in Southfield.
Mr. Blaess is survived by his wife, Andrea (nee Kelly); children, Lesley and William; grandson, Joseph and many loving family and friends.
He was predeceased by his parents, Lester and Ruth (nee Umlauf) Blaess and brother, Robert.
A funeral Mass was celebrated Nov. 26 at St. Philomena Catholic Church in Detroit.
Donations may be made to “On the Rise Bakery,” 6110 McClellan, Detroit, MI, 48213.
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Died: Thursday, November 22, 2012
John Daniel “J.D.” Edwards, 88, passed away Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012, at Haven Hospice in Gainesville, Fla.
He was born Oct. 25, 1924, in Detroit. He was a World War II Naval Seabee veteran and served 30 months in the South Pacific.
Mr. Edwards earned degrees from Eastern Michigan University, the University of Michigan and Central Michigan University and was a member of Phi Gamma Mu. He taught many years in the Detroit Public Schools and finished his last 12 years at Grosse Pointe North High School teaching biology and advanced biology, and coaching track and cross country. In 1979, he was elected to the Michigan Cross Country Coaches Hall of Fame. (Michigan Interscholastic Track Coaches Association)
He and his wife, Betty, retired in 1980 to Gainesville, where he taught biology at the community college for several years. He also learned to fly and they enjoyed traveling in their Cessna 172 for more than 10 years.
Mr. Edwards is survived by Betty, his wife of 61 years; daughter, Patricia Bauer of Scottsdale, Ariz.; son, John M. Edwards of Herndon, Va.; and grandsons, Gregory Bauer of Enfield, Conn. and Sean and Alex Edwards of Marietta, Ga. He also is survived by his sister, Marion Jones of Dowagiac.
Mr. Edwards will be buried at the National Military Cemetery at Bushnell, Fla.
Donations may be made to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018.
Arrangements handled by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home Downtown in Gainesville.
Died: Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Mary Louise Chorny, 87, died Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012.
She was the beloved wife of the late Stephen Chorny Sr. and dear mother of the late Stephen Chorny Jr.
Mrs. Chorny was a former teacher in the Grosse Pointe Public School System. She was active in Grosse Pointe Lawyers Wives and a devoted member of Grosse Pointe Memorial Church.
A memorial service has taken place.
Donations may be made to Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.
Arrangements by A.H. Peters Funeral Home, Grosse Pointe Woods.
Died: Monday, November 19, 2012
Edward S. Mouland of Grosse Pointe Park passed away at home Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, after a year and a half fight with colon cancer. He was 51.
Born in Detroit, Mr. Mouland was a manufacturing engineer, most recently for Faurecia, a global automotive supplier in Fraser. He thrived on the fast-paced grind of automotive manufacturing and spent his entire career in the industry.
He had a great love for sailboat racing and traveled extensively for regattas with close friends. Earlier in life, he was active in the Bent Wheels, a club for dirt-biking enthusiasts, and also enjoyed snowmobiling in northern Michigan.
Mr. Mouland achieved his final wishes by marrying his longtime partner and best friend, Rosemary Tokatlian, at the St. John Hospital Chapel a mere three days before his death. Hospice Chaplin Paul Alexander officiated at the wedding ceremony witnessed by approximately 50 family, close friends, and hospital and hospice staff. Mr. Mouland also was able to return home with the assistance of St. John Providence Hospice.
Mr. Mouland is survived by his wife, Rosemary; father, Paul; stepfather, Dick Burns; brother, David (Gretchen) and nephews, Ryan and Cameron. He was predeceased by his mother, Barbara Burns (nee Finch).
A memorial service was held Nov. 24 at the Detroit Yacht Club.
Donations may be made to St. John Providence Hospice, P.O. Box 673271, Detroit, Michigan 48267-3271 or at stjohnprovidence.org/foundation.
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Died: Sunday, November 18, 2012
Suzanne Masson Chesbrough, nee Bogle, 84, died Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012.
She is survived by her daughter, Laurie Westfall (John Jr.); grandchildren, Brittney and John III Westfall; brothers, David and Peter Bogle (Cheryl); niece and nephews, Mary Margaret, Tom, Henry and Thomas and many loving family and friends.
A funeral service was held Nov. 21 at Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home, Grosse Pointe Park.
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Died: Monday, November 12, 2012
Jean Allor, 90, passed away peacefully Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, at Sunrise on Vernier in Grosse Pointe Woods.
She was born July 9, 1922, in Detroit, to Irving and Freda (nee Mitchell) Winkler.
She was a graduate of Grosse Pointe High School in 1941. She met her future husband, Bernard, at the Farms Park when she was a senior in high school. Bernard was in the U.S. Navy stationed in Gulf Port, Miss., during World War II. They were married shortly after Jean graduated Aug. 9, 1941. They built their first home together in 1946 on Manor Street in Grosse Pointe Farms. The house is still in the family.
Mrs. Allor stayed home to raise her family and take care of the household. She was athletic. An accomplished swimmer, she swam across Lake Orion at age 9. She also was artistic and expressed her talents through arts and crafts, as well as sewing and knitting. She enjoyed playing the piano. Her home on Manor was beautifully landscaped because of her passion and talent for gardening.
Mrs. Allor is survived by her daughter, Linda Winter; son, Bernard Jr. (Phyllis); granddaughter, Kristy; grandsons, Steven and Anthony and her brother, Pete Winkler.
She was predeceased by her son, Michael in 1973 and her beloved Bernard in 1998 after 57 years of marriage.
A memorial service was held Nov. 17 at A.H. Peters Funeral Home, Grosse Pointe Woods.
Donations may be made to the Michigan Humane Society, 30300 Telegraph Road, Suite 220, Bingham Farms, MI 48025.