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Delphine Dodge Petz

Delphine Dodge Petz

Died: Monday, March 01, 2004
Grosse Pointe Farms native Delphine Dodge Petz passed away peacefully on Monday, March 1, 2004, at her home in Metamora.

Born Delphine Ione Dodge in 1922, she was the oldest child of Horace E. Dodge Jr. and Lois V. Knowlson. In her youth, she lived in a number of places including England, France, Hawaii, New York and Florida. Attending many different schools during this time, she completed her formal education at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania. During World War II, she met Robert J. Petz, another Detroiter. They were married in New York in 1944. Following the war, the couple returned to Grosse Pointe to raise their family.

Mrs. Petz led a very active life, including volunteer work during World War II with the Red Cross and volunteering with the Junior League of Detroit. In her 30s, she took up golf and became active in the Women’s District Golf Association, eventually serving as its president. She was also active in the Midwest Badminton Association and an avid bridge player and talented gardener. Additionally, she enjoyed the outdoors and spent many summers at the family retreat in northern Michigan.

In 1974, Mrs. Petz took up residence at West End Farm, her farm in Metamora. She raised and showed thoroughbred horses there. An accomplished rider, she enjoyed riding for pleasure and show well into her 60s.

While Mrs. Petz had many joys, her happiest moments were those shared with her nine children. She loved being a mother and valued family above all else.

Mrs. Petz is survived by her brother, David E. Dodge of Arizona; sister Diana Dodge of Virginia; children Robert J. Petz Jr., Virginia P. Soddy, Stephen E. Petz, Susan P. Nicholas, James T. Petz, Barbara P. Willinsky, Geoffrey L. Petz, Thomas D. Petz, Martha P. McCauley; 24 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her brother, Horace E. Dodge III and four grandchildren.

Following a private service on Thursday, March 4, Mrs. Petz was laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Barbara Anne Karmanos Cancer Institute, 18831 West 12 Mile, Lathrup Village, MI 48076.
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