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Jack C. Younke

Died: Sunday, April 01, 2012
Age: 84
Grosse Pointe Woods resident Jack C. Younke, 84, died Sunday, April 1, 2012, at Sunrise on Vernier.

He was born May 12, 1927, in Detroit, to Charles and Amanda (nee Schroeder) Younke and graduated from Eastern High School and the University of Detroit School of Business. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, attaining the rank of sergeant.

Mr. Younke was a supervisor in the accounting department at Aetna, Penn Mutual and Marsh & McLennan Insurance Co., where he advanced to assistant vice president of office management and human resources.

“Uncle Jack” was a counselor and mentor to many young people and was a volunteer at Monteith Elementary School. He served on several committees for the Grosse Pointe Public School System.

Mr. Younke was a life-long member of the Lutheran church, first at Holy Trinity in Detroit, and for the last 40 years, at Peace Lutheran in Detroit. He was chairman of the board of deacons and served on the Peace board of directors. He was a collector, gardener, flower arranger and did beautiful stitchery.

His family said he shared his love for people and God with the patients and caregivers at Sunrise during his illness.

Mr. Younke is survived by his wife of 51 years, Mary Reinhard Younke.

A funeral service was held Wednesday, April 4, at Peace Lutheran Church. Interment is in Elmwood Cemetery.

Donations may be made to Peace Lutheran Church, 15700 E. Warren, Detroit, MI 48224 or to Peace Food Bank, 15770 E. Warren, Detroit, MI 48224.

Stephanie Petri Lord

Died: Saturday, March 31, 2012
Age: 65
Stephanie Petri Lord, 65, passed away peacefully Saturday, March 31, 2012, at her home in Ann Arbor.

She was born Jan. 4, 1947, in Detroit to Henry and Avalo Petri. She grew up in Grosse Pointe Farms where she met and married her husband of 42 years, Richard Stanton Lord. They moved to Ann Arbor in 1973 where they raised three children and where Mrs. Lord became well known as the creative force behind many charity events and local theatrical productions.

Her family said Mrs. Lord will be remembered for her laughter, sense of humor, immense love for people and animals, deep faith in God, and her yodel, often performed while driving away from a friend’s house or from the top of a ski hill. Many will miss her frequent deliveries of delicious confections, but her memory lives on through recipes shared far and wide.

Mrs. Lord is survived by her husband, Richard S. Lord; children, Hadley, Heather, Henry and daughter-in-law, Rachel; sister, Pamela P. Humphrey and brother-in-law, John W. Humphrey and her nieces, Victoria, Joanna and Caroline.

A celebration of her life will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, at First Presbyterian Church, 1432 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor. Brightly colored attire is encouraged.

Donations may be made to First Church of Christ Scientist, 1833 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48104, or the Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105.

Paula Weldon

Died: Friday, March 30, 2012
Paula Weldon, died Friday, March 30, 2012, at Angela Hospice in Livonia.

She was born in Chattanooga, Tenn., and was the vice president and relocation director for CENTURY 21 Curran & Christie real estate company in Dearborn.

Previously, she worked as a flight attendant for Eastern Airlines, was a professional model with Jacobsons & Muirhead, for the Dearborn Press & Guide and as a private adoption specialist with the Keane Law Firm.

Mrs. Weldon was appointed to the City of Dearborn’s City Beautiful Commission in 2000 and 2003; was a major fund raiser and supporter of Child’s Hope Hopes and Dreams “Girls Night Out” and the Silver Liner which provided a trip to the North Pole for terminally ill children; the Dearborn Symphony, Dearborn Friends of the Shelter, and closest to her heart, Oakwood Hospital’s Center for Exceptional Families.

She also was a longtime member of the Dearborn Country Club.

Mrs. Weldon is survived by her loving husband, Winfred; children, Michael (Kate) Rogula and Michelle (Mark) Waranoski; stepchildren, Stephen Weldon, Gregory (Anita) Weldon, Thomas J. Weldon, Mark (Jill) Weldon, Victoria Weldon and Lisa (Dave) Mobus; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Monday, April 2, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Dearborn.

Donations may be made to the Oakwood Center for Exceptional Families, Oakwood Healthcare Foundation, 15500 Lundy Parkway, Dearborn, MI 48126 or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Ray J. Lynch

Died: Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Ray J. Lynch, of Grosse Pointe Farms and Naples, Fla., passed away in late March in Naples. He was the retired vice chairman of American Natural Resources Company and president of Michigan Wisconsin Pipe Line Co.

A memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 16, at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church, 5900 McClellan St., Detroit. The family will receive visitors beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the church.

Mr. Lynch is survived by Leila, his wife of 63 years; nine of the couple’s 12 children, Dawn Rassel (Richard), Mary Joy Lynch, Cheryl Nilsson (Mark), Tim Lynch (Claudia), Jane Lynch, Martha Lynch-Biasi (Gerry), Christopher Lynch (Elizabeth), John Lynch (Kathleen) and Robert Lynch (Terry); 29 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Mr. Lynch was predeceased by his sons, Joseph, Thomas and Daniel.

Donations may be made to Holy Cross Children’s Services Foundation, 8759 Clinton-Macon Road, Clinton, MI 49236.

Express condolences at desmondfuneralhome.com.

Ray Joseph Lynch

Died: Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Grosse Pointe resident Ray Joseph Lynch passed away peacefully Tuesday, March 27, 2012, in Naples, Fla., surrounded by his family.

He was born in 1922 and grew up in Oak Lawn, Ill. His family said he often reflected on his good fortune to land a job as a caddy at age 11, where “he could make an honest buck, learn a little golf and meet interesting people.” He spoke of many blessings in his life, not the least of which was passing the Army Air Corps Officer Candidate exam by a mere one point, giving him the chance to serve as a P-38 fighter pilot in World War II.

Mr. Lynch met Leila, his wife of 63 years, on his return from Italy in 1945, after spotting her at Sunday Mass. In his daily letters to Leila from the University of Illinois, he shared what became their dream: “…The perfect family set-up of no less than 12 kids, plus a dog ...,” which became reality.

A certified public accountant, Mr. Lynch began his career with Arthur Andersen in Chicago, then worked 30 years at American Natural Resources Co. in Detroit. He retired in 1985 as vice chairman of ANR after serving in numerous executive positions including President, CEO and Chairman of Michigan Wisconsin Pipeline Co.

Mr. Lynch supported many charities and boards including American Natural Resources Co., American Gas Association, Michigan National Bank, Bon Secours Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Detroit. His passion was for the disadvantaged youth served by Boysville of Michigan (now Holy Cross Children’s Services) where he served on the board and as a volunteer for more than 20 years.

Family and friends will remember his energy, humor, gift for storytelling, listening and caring. He was devoted to his family and taught his children and grandchildren to believe they could accomplish whatever they set their heart to achieving.

Mr. Lynch is survived by his wife, Leila; children, Dawn (Richard) Rassel, Mary Joy Lynch, Cheryl (Mark) Nilsson, Tim (Claudia) Lynch, Jane Lynch, Martha (Gerry) Lynch-Biasi, Christopher (Elizabeth) Lynch, John (Kathleen) Lynch and Robert (Terry) Lynch; 29 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his sons, Joseph, Thomas and Daniel and his brother, Patrick.

A memorial service will be held at a later date at The Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church in Detroit.

Donations may be made to Holy Cross Children’s Services Foundation, 8759 Clinton-Macon Road, Clinton Michigan 49236.

Ronald Argenzio

Died: Monday, March 26, 2012
Age: 56
Ronald Argenzio, 56, passed away suddenly Monday, March 26, 2012. He was born Dec. 20, 1955, in Malden, Mass., to Betty and Vincent Argenzio.

Mr. Argenzio and his wife, Kathleen, have been residents of Grosse Pointe for 20 years. He has worked in various capacities within the insurance industry.

He had a passion for gardening and yard work and took pride in the care of his home and yard.

Mr. Argenzio is survived by his beloved wife, Kathleen; his mother, Betty; brothers, Mark and Paul Argenzio; stepdaughters; granddaughter, Cailin and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his father, Vincent.

Visitation was held March 31 at A.H. Peters Funeral Home, Grosse Pointe Woods.

Richard P. Kost

Died: Sunday, March 25, 2012
Age: 71
Former Grosse Pointe Farms resident Richard P. Kost, 71, of Siesta Key, Fla., passed away at home Sunday, March 25, 2012, with his family at his side, after a long battle with cancer. He was the loving husband of Stephanie Sumner Kost; proud father of Robert (Lori) Kost and Stephen (Beth) Kost and adoring grandfather of Samantha, Zoe and Charles Kost. He also is survived by his brother, Norman Kost and his sister-in-law, Mary McKay Sumner (Barry Thorpe).

Born July 26, 1940, in Detroit, he moved to Grosse Pointe Farms at an early age and attended school there. He attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, earning a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and a Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in investment management.

Upon graduation, Mr. Kost joined NBD Bank in the investment division and worked there 35 years directing investment strategy and economic research. He was instrumental in creating and managing the bank’s international equity fund. He retired in 1999. He was a Chartered Financial Analyst and a past president of the Investment Analyst Society of Detroit.

Mr. Kost was an avid golfer and happy in his retirement pursing investment management and a quest for life-long learning. He was active in The Longview Society, Prismatic Club of Detroit and Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, as well as a member of The Field Club.

A Mass celebrating his life will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 30, at St. Michael the Archangel on Siesta Key, 5394 Midnight Pass Road, Sarasota, Fla..

Donations may be made in Mr. Kost’s name to the Suncoast Communities Blood Bank, 1760 Mound Street, Sarasota, Florida 34236.

Roy F. Moore Jr.

Died: Sunday, March 25, 2012
Age: 88
Former Grosse Pointe Farms resident Roy F. Moore Jr., 88, died Sunday, March 25, 2012, in Harrison Township.

He was born in Detroit to Roy F. Moore Sr. and Anna Vogler and graduated from Grosse Pointe High School in 1942.

He served in the U.S. Army with the 10th Armored Division, 21st Tank Battalion during World War II. He saw action at the Battle of the Bulge, was awarded a Good Conduct Medal and two Theatre Ribbons with three Bronze Stars.

Mr. Moore was a sign painter and graphic artist for 60 years and co-owned Moore Signs Inc. He participated in various groups at Peace Lutheran Church in Detroit, and enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mr. Moore is survived by his wife, Doris; sons, Roy (Jill), Ken (Fran) and Doug (Deborah); daughter, Gayle (John Hall); grandchildren Jay (Laura) Moore, Melissa (Mike) Pierce, Krystin Saputo and Meghan MacConnachie and great-grandchildren, Katarina Moore and Aiden Pierce.

A memorial service was held March 31, at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Clinton Township. Interment will be in Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly.

Donations may be made to Karmanos Hospice, 24601 North-western Highway, South-field, MI 48075 or St. Luke Lutheran Church, 21400 S. Nunneley, Clinton Township, MI 48035.

Hester “Jerry” Sweeney Swan

Former Grosse Pointe Farms resident Hester “Jerry” Sweeney Swan died Monday, March 26, 2012, at Martin Memorial Medical Center in Stuart, Fla. She was 87.

She was born at home Aug. 5, 1924, in Detroit to Hester and John Scripps Sweeney Jr. She was educated in Grosse Pointe and Boston, and married William M. Swan Jr. Aug. 31, 1946.

She summered in Nantucket in her youth and enjoyed horseback riding, swimming, golfing and playing bridge and doing a variety of charity work. She was devoted to her children, people and her church.

Mrs. Swan is survived by her sons, Bill, David (Ann) and Jim (Christina); daughter, Susan (“Aunt” Dave); six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, William M. Swan Jr.; parents; sister, Betty, and brothers, John and Cullen.

A funeral service was held April 4 in Stuart.

Donations may be made to St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 623 E. Ocean Blvd., Stuart, FL 34994 or Treasure Coast Hospice Foundation, 1201 S.E. Indian St., Stuart, FL 34997.

John Cowles McIntosh

Died: Saturday, March 24, 2012
Age: 91
John Cowles McIntosh, 91, died peacefully, Saturday, March 24, 2012, in Belmont, Mass.

Born Sept. 7, 1920, he was the son of Donald and Marie McIntosh of Ohio. Mr. McIntosh earned a music degree from Mount Union College; he was an accomplished pianist and jazz musician and served as a pilot for the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.

He also earned an architectural degree from Case Western Reserve and designed commercial buildings and private residences. When he retired, he designed his own residence, as well as the residence of his brother and sister-in-law, in Conway, Mass. He also completed private projects such as the renovation of St. John’s church in Northampton, Mass., handicap- accessible homes, and volunteered with the Conway Historical Society.

Mr. McIntosh is survived by his children, Jon McIntosh of Key West, Fla., Meg Anderson of Belmont, Mass., and Donald McIntosh of Lexington, Mass., and five grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his wife, Lucille.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 12, at Christ Church Cam-bridge, Zero Garden St., Cambridge, Mass.

Donations may be made to Doctors Without Borders at doctorswithoutborders.org or the Conway Historical Society, 50 Main St., Conway, MA 01341.

Kiki Ann Herfert

Died: Friday, March 23, 2012
Age: 70
Kiki Ann Herfert, 70, died Friday, March 23, 2012.

She was the loving mother of Eric (Marie) Herfert and Laura (Michael) Spanski, beloved grandmother of Richard Reece and sister of C.J. (Jerry) Blevins.

Mrs. Herfert graduated from Denby High School and Wayne State University. She was a chiropractic advocate-speaker. She was also a patron of the Grosse Pointe Historical Society and belonged to the Garden Club of Michigan and the Grosse Pointe Classical Music League.

A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday, March 31 at A.H. Peters Funeral Home, 20705 Mack, Grosse Pointe Woods.
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