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October 16, 2014 Issue
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Lillian J. Bryk

Died: Saturday, October 11, 2014
Age: 90
Lillian J. Bryk, 90, died Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014.

She was the beloved wife of Michael, who predeceased her, and dear mother of Michael (Tammy). She is survived by her sisters, Nell, Vera, and was predeceased by her siblings, Frank, Lloyd, Berti, Joe and Helen.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms. Visitation begins at 9:15 a.m. at the church

Donations may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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Michael Timothy Crowley

Died: Sunday, September 28, 2014
Age: 27
Michael Timothy Crowley, 27, a resident of both Harper Woods and Grosse Pointe Park, died suddenly at home Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014.

Mr. Crowley attended Colorado Mesa State and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in finance from Western Michigan University in 2009. He worked with his father at Member Mortgage Services, Farmington Hills, in all aspects of the business.

He was an avid outdoorsman and especially enjoyed snowboarding. He also loved music.

Mr. Crowley is survived by his parents, Tim Crowley (Missy); mother, Kristin Scott (Mike); sisters, Jennifer Coxon (Ryan), Amy Richards (Daniel), Ali Crowley, Paige Crowley and Ava Crowley; brother, Russ Scott, and grandparents, Joan and Angelo Pugliesi.

He was predeceased by his grandparents, Frances and Gerry Crowley and Richard Peters.

A celebration of his life was held Oct. 4 at Christ Church Grosse Pointe, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Donations may be made to Detroit Recovery Project, 1121 E. McNichols Road, Detroit, MI 48203.

Robert Ducastel

Died: Sunday, October 12, 2014
Age: 96
Robert Ducastel, 96, died Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014.

He was the beloved husband of Beatrice (nee Calcaterra), who predeceased him; dear father of Karen Loosvelt (Ron) and Gaile Priest; loving papa of Marc Loosvelt (Georgia), Adam Loosvelt (Stacy), Anne Loosvelt, Erik Priest, Zachary Priest (Jamie) and Stacey Priest and cherished great-papa of Teddy, Will, Sara, Josh, Copper and Miles.

He also is survived by his siblings, Joseph Ducastel and Bernice Wenzel and was predeceased by his siblings, Maurice Ducastel and Elle Meek.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, at Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home, 16300 Mack, Grosse Pointe Park. Prayers and military honors will be at 7 p.m.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at the funeral home.

The family extends a special thank you and asks that memorial contributions be made to Season’s Hospice, 27355 John R Road, Madison Heights, MI 48071 or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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Margaret E. Evans

Died: Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Age: 98
Grosse Pointe Woods resident Margaret E. Evans, 98, died Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit.

She was born July 23, 1916, in Detroit to Clara and Robert Webster Sr. and owned Evans Flying Service and Rental Car business which operated out of Detroit City Airport.

Mrs. Evans enjoyed helping and taking care of seniors and she loved cats.

She was a member of the Grosse Pointe Woods senior club and Soroptimist International Club.

Mrs. Evans was predeceased by her husband, John E. Evans and sister, Phyllis F. Walker. She is survived by her brother Robert R. Webster Jr.

A funeral service was held Oct. 9 at A.H. Peters Funeral Home, Grosse Pointe Woods.

Donations may be made to the Grosse Pointe Woods Senior Club.

Roberta Fay Fuller

Died: Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Age: 96
Roberta Faye Fuller, 96, died Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, at Shore Pointe Nursing Center in St. Clair Shores.

She was born Aug. 5, 1918, in Detroit to Bessie Van Wormer Fuller and Jesse Wilder Fuller and was employed by Arvon- Meritor as a draftsman from 1941 to 1982.

An active member of Grosse Pointe United Methodist Church, she volunteered 30 years in the Cottage Hospital Gift Shop.

Miss Fuller was an avid reader, traveler and longtime supporter of the Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, The Henry Ford, the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle. Her family and friends said they admired her for her love of life, dry wit and independent spirit.

Miss Fuller is survived by her cousin, Jane Rominski of Tecumseh and many friends.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at Grosse Pointe United Methodist Church, 211 Moross, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Donations may be made to Leader Dogs for the Blind, P.O. Box 5000, Rochester, MI 48307; Methodist Children’s Home Society, 26645 West Six Mile Road, Detroit, MI 48240 or Salvation Army, 1627 West Fort Street, Detroit, MI 48216.

Henry Malcolm Kuhlman

Died: Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Age: 87
St. Clair Shores resident Henry Malcolm Kuhlman, 87, died Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014.

He was born in Detroit to Henry Augustus and Helen McColl Kuhlman and graduated in 1949 from the University of Michigan. He was the president of A. Kuhlman & Co. in Detroit.

A veteran of the U.S. Army, Mr. Kuhlman enjoyed tennis, golf and skiing. He was active in numerous professional and community organizations throughout the years, including regional director and president of the American Surgical Trade Association, past president of the University of Michigan Club of Greater Detroit and member of the Senior Men’s Club of Grosse Pointe, Woodworkers of Grosse Pointe, Country Club of Detroit and Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, where he had served as trustee, deacon, Stephen Minister and teller. He also was a Master Gardener.

Mr. Kuhlman is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Sites Kuhlman; son, Henry Nelson Kuhlman (Laura Hunter); daughter, Sarah Kuhlman Gray; grandchildren, Jane McColl Erickson, Anne Elizabeth Gray, Henry Kuhlman Gray, Caroline Elizabeth Kuhlman and Margaret Anne Kuhlman.

He was predeceased by his sister, Jane Kuhlman Truettner.

A memorial service was held Oct. 13 at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Donations may be made to Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.

E. Frederick Lang M.D.

Died: Friday, September 26, 2014
Age: 97
E. Frederick Lang M.D., 97, died Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, in Ann Arbor.

Born Dec. 16, 1916, in Detroit, Dr. Lang and his wife, Virginia (nee Davis), lived in Grosse Pointe Farms more than 40 years before moving to Ann Arbor to be with family.

Dr. Lang was predeceased by his wife, Virginia. He is survived by his children, William (Janet), Carolyn Jayne, Elizabeth Lang and Barbara DeLancey (John); eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and two sisters.

Dr. Lang earned a medical degree in 1941 from the University of Michigan and trained in radiology at Harper Hospital. He received many professional honors and served as editor of the American Journal of Radiology. His family said his remarkable intelligence, kind generosity and entertaining wit made him a popular and respected physician.

A celebration of Dr. Lang’s life will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28, in the Hanson Room at Glacier Hills Retirement Community in Ann Arbor, 3909 Research Park Drive, No. 600, Ann Arbor, MI 48105.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the University of Michigan’s Medical School at leadersandbest.umich.edu/find/#/scu/med or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Jeanne Mackenzie

Died: Saturday, September 20, 2014
Age: 65
Former City of Grosse Pointe resident Jeanne Mackenzie, 65, died Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in Mesa, Ariz.

She was born in Pensacola, Fla., and graduated from Grand Valley State University. Prior to moving to Arizona, She worked as a medical manager in Grand Rapids. She enjoyed volunteering with the Humane Society of West Michigan in Grand Rapids.

As a child, Mrs. Mackenzie lived various places throughout the country. Her family moved often while her father served in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Mrs. Mackenzie is survived by her husband, Scott; son, Ryan (Stephanie); daughter, Megan and five grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at a future date.

Donations may be made to Services for Older Citizens, 158 Ridge Road, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236 or at socservices.org.

Thomas James Maurer

Died: Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Age: 20
Grosse Pointe Farms resident Thomas James “TJ” Maurer, 20, died Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014.

A 2012 graduate of Grosse Pointe South High School, he attended Macomb Community College and worked part-time at Chinese Delight and Cottage Inn, both in Howell.

TJ enjoyed learning from elders, rugby, officiating basketball and soccer games, music, video and board games, bonfires and conversation. He also loved animals, especially the family dog, “Benny.”

TJ is survived by his parents, Kelly Maurer and Peter Maurer; sister, Gretchen Maurer (Mike); brother, Erich Maurer (Rose) and grandmothers, Marion Maurer and Delores Vandenbussche.

He was predeceased by his grandfathers, Thomas James Maurer and Robert Vandenbussche.

A funeral service was held Oct. 14 at Christ Church, Grosse Pointe Farms. His body was bequeathed to Wayne State University School of Medicine.

Donations may be made to Michigan Humane Society, 30300 Telegraph, Suite 220, Bingham Farms, MI 48025-4509.

John Mazer Jr.

Died: Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Age: 70
John Mazer Jr., died Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, after a three-month battle with a series of medical issues.

He was born March 25, 1944, in Detroit’s Hutzel Hospital, the first child of Stelene and John Mazer Sr. He spent his early years living with three generations of his mother’s family while his father served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Soon after his dad returned, the family moved to Grosse Pointe, where Mr. Mazer attended Maire Elementary, Pierce Middle and Grosse Pointe High schools.

He began a lengthy career in radio at Detroit stations WEXL and WQRS where he learned broadcasting from the ground up. Broadcasting introduced him to Detroit’s active jazz community and opportunities to meet and interview jazz greats, including Duke Ellington.

Mr. Mazer’s career took him to Rochester, N.Y., Philadelphia, and Buffalo, N.Y., before returning to Detroit to launch country-music station, WDEE. His success in Detroit led Storer Broadcasting Company, then owner of WDEE and other radio stations, to ask him to introduce the modern country format into The Big Apple.

He and his wife returned to Detroit several years later and Mr. Mazer earned a law degree, fulfilling a lifelong dream to work with his father, a criminal defense attorney.

Mr. Mazer’s life revolved around his family: wife, Marianne; sister, Juliet and brother-in-law, Ken, of Grosse Pointe Farms; godchildren, Kenny and Juliet Jr.(Dan); brother, Bill; nephew, Zachary, and niece, Malia.

His family said Mr. Mazer believed it was his obligation to pay forward all that he had been given to help others. He was a student, always thirsty to learn, and a teacher and mentor, happiest when he could share good conversation with others.

An elder and former confirmation teacher at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, Mr. Mazer’s passions included studying and writing about the law, doing everything he could to further the cause of justice, equality and fairness, and spending time with family and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Detroit Bulldog Rescue at detroitbulldogrescue.org or Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, Attention Carol Marks, 16 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236 or a charity of the donors choice.

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Joseph F. Page III

Died: Monday, October 06, 2014
Joseph F. Page III, passed away Monday, Oct. 6, 2014.

He was the loving husband of Wendy Page for 47 years; cherished father of Catherine “Carrie” Page Bach, Joseph F. “Jay” Page IV and Eric Page; father-in-law of William Bach, Janet Page and Meggan Page; Grandfather of Henry, Campbell, Jack, Allyson, Annie, Ava, Madelynn, Noelle and Lincoln.

Mr. Page served as president of the law firm of Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton P.C. since 2007, where he worked for 20 years. He was a member of the firm’s corporate division, serving as chairman of the health care law section.

Mr. Page earned a law degree from the University of Michigan Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University. He was recognized by Martindale Hubbell AV rating, the highest ranking by peers for ethical standards and legal ability, as well as a Best Lawyer in America, U.S. News & World Report Top Lawyer, Michigan Super Lawyers and D-Business Top Lawyer. He served on the American Health Lawyers Association Board and the Michigan State Medical Society task force on medical legal issues.

Mr. Page was a retired colonel in the U.S. Air Force. He joined the Air Force directly from ROTC at Princeton University and actively served as the Academy Liaison Officer until 2002.

He was an avid racquetball, tennis and golf enthusiast. He authored three novels under the pen name Jeffrey Baldwin.

His family said Mr. Page will be remembered as a gentleman among gentlemen, ethical, principled and an eternal optimist. He was generous of spirit, always willing to assist, and whether with his children, grandchildren, prospective recruits, colleagues, clients or church members, he gave of himself tirelessly.

Donations may be made to Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation at the mmrf.org, the Wounded Warrior Project at wounded

warriorproject.org or the University of Michigan Law School Scholarship Program at leadersandbest.umich.edu/find/#/scu/law/student.

A memorial service was held Oct. 11 at Christ Church Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills.

Matthew B. Savage

Died: Sunday, October 05, 2014
Age: 84
Matthew B. “Bud” Savage, 84, died peacefully at his home Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, surrounded by his family.

He was born July 2, 1930, in Detroit to Matthew and Viola Savage and grew up on Detroit’s eastside. He attended St. Juliana Grade School and graduated from DeLaSalle High School. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was sent on a tour of duty with the 2nd Armored Division. After discharge, he enrolled at the University of Detroit and earned a Bachelor of Science degree. In February of 1955, he married Diana Moro at St. Veronica Catholic Church in East Detroit.

Mr. Savage began working at his father’s company, the M.B. Savage Co. of St. Clair Shores, as a manufacturer’s representative. He retired in 1997 after 43 years. He was a former president of the Society of Manufacturer Representatives.

He enjoyed sailing, woodworking and travel. He sailed his own sailboat in six Port Huron to Mackinac races and crewed on many more.

Mr. Savage is survived by his wife of 59 years, Diana; children, Matthew Savage (Susan), Judith Nicholls (Steve) and Dennis Savage (Rhonda) and grandchildren, Nicholas, Angela, Paul, Erin Brandon and Olivia.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Oct. 11 at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, St. Clair Shores.

Donations may be made to Morris Animal Foundation, 10200 E. Girard Ave., Suite B430; Denver, CO 80231.

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Anne Schaklewski

Died: Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Age: 96
Grosse Pointe Farms resident Anne “Auntie” Schaklewski, 96, died Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014.

Born Jan. 9, 1918, in Detroit to Carl and Pauline (nee Klatt) Schaklewski, she earned her high school diploma in 1968, at age 50, through adult education at Southwestern High School in Detroit.

Known affectionately as “Auntie,” Miss Schaklewski belonged to various church groups and volunteered at Faith Lutheran Soup Kitchen in Detroit. Gardening, sewing and baking were favorite pastime activities. She was devoted to and cherished helping her family, friends and church.

Miss Schaklewski is survived by her nieces, Brenda Newsome and Barbara Whitney; grandnieces, Leanne Craig, Jessica Huebner and Samantha Schlag; grandnephews, James and Stephen Newsome and Alexander Whitney, and many great-grandnieces and great-grand-nephews.

She was predeceased by her nephew, David Vickerman and grandnephew, Daniel Whitney.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home, 16300 Mack, Grosse Pointe Park.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 17, at the funeral home.

Donations may be made to St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 1203 Lawndale, Detroit, MI 48209 or the Macomb Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped, 40900 Romeo Plank Road, Clinton Township, MI 48038.

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