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October 30, 2014 Issue
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Donald L. Burns

Died: Friday, October 24, 2014
Age: 83
Grosse Pointe Farms resident Donald L. Burns, 83, passed away Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, at home surrounded by his loving family all praying together.

Mr. Burns was the beloved husband of Ann (nee Reed); loving father of Beth O’Brien (Tim), Julie McKinley (Dan), Kathy, Maureen Bolus (Jeff) and Kevin, who predeceased him; proud “Pa” of Kerry, Thomas and Sean O’Brien and Teo McKinley. In addition, he loved his many nieces and nephews, as well as numerous supportive friends.

Born Sept. 5, 1931, to Robert and Alberta Burns, Mr. Burns was raised in Detroit, graduated from Denby High School and attended Lawrence Institute of Technology. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1955 to 1957. He began his career as a tool and die maker. He worked 41 years for General Motors Corp., retiring in 1999 as manufacturing systems manager for Chevrolet Engineering. Upon retirement, he and his wife enjoyed many winters in Florida together.

Mr. Burns and his wife celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in June, dancing to his favorite Big Band songs.

Mr. Burns was a longtime member of St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, the Grosse Pointe Senior Men’s Club and the Chevrolet Engineering Retirement Club. He and his wife volunteered at the Capuchin Soup Kitchen.

Previously, he was active in many organizations including Grosse Pointe Senior Men’s Golf League and St. Paul Dad’s Club. He was a past director of the Grosse Pointe Farms Little League and a past commodore of the Grosse Pointe Farms Boat Club. He volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters, the St. Paul Garden Maintenance and served as an extraordinary minister at St. Paul.

His family said they were blessed to have such a devoted, fun-loving husband, dad and grandfather.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Oct. 29 at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, Grosse Pointe Woods.

Donations may be made to Capuchin Soup Kitchen, 1820 Mt. Elliott, Detroit, MI 48207 or St. Paul Educational Trust, 175 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.

Calvin Campbell Gadzinski

Died: Monday, October 20, 2014
Age: 23
City of Grosse Pointe resident Calvin Campbell Gadzinski, 23, died Monday, Oct. 20, 2014.

He was born June 29, 1991, in Detroit, to Lynn Campbell Gadzinski and Cary Gadzinski and graduated from Grosse Pointe South High School in 2009, where he played freshman football and was a member of the track team. In 2008, he traveled to China with a school group.

He attended Michigan State University and worked as a construction laborer for Monahan Co. in Eastpointe.

Mr. Gadzinski is survived by his parents; brother, Robert; and grandparents, Susan and Alan Gadzinski and Mildred Campbell.

A funeral service was held Oct. 25.

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Sarah Shaw Galvin

Died: Friday, August 22, 2014
Age: 60
Former Grosse Pointe resident Sarah Shaw Galvin, 60, died Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, in New York City.

Born Feb. 15, 1954, to Don Thaddeus and Mary Frances Galvin she attended St. Paul School and Academy of the Sacred Heart before graduating from Grosse Pointe South High School in 1972. Following her graduation from Green Mountain College in Vermont, she worked in Chicago before settling in New York.

A consummate career woman, Ms. Galvin was dedicated to her 30-year profession in sports and entertainment marketing. As a forerunner in the industry, she blazed many trails to manage a multitude of sponsorships and become an award winning events producer. The positions she held during her career included promotion director for the National Hockey League, associate producer of the Drama Desk at Lincoln Center and director at Harrah’s Entertainment in Las Vegas. She also had a long-standing affiliation with the Miss America Organization and held multiple titles at Conde Nast Corporation. Known for bold imaginative ideas among her colleagues and associates, Ms. Galvin was praised for her marketing mind and creativity.

Ms. Galvin is survived by her mother, Mary P. Griffith; brother, Don Thaddeus III; sister, Anne, and four nephews.

She was predeceased by her father in 2003, and brother, Edward Mette “Ward” Galvin in 1995.

Ms. Galvin was interred at Mt. Elliott Cemetery at a private family burial.

Donations may be made to New York Central Park Conservancy at centralparknyc.org.

Sidney J. Hirschfield

Died: Friday, October 24, 2014
Age: 93
Sidney J. Hirschfield, 93, died Friday, Oct. 24, 2014.

He was born July 1, 1921, in Detroit to Sidney and Ann Hirschfield, graduated from De La Salle High School and earned a Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Detroit. He was invited as a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Fraternity, an honorary society recognizing business excellence. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as staff sergeant in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. He received the Victory Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Theater Medal with three battle stars, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with a battle star, two Overseas Service Bars, a Service Stripe, and a Good Conduct Ribbon.

Mr. Hirschfield played the piano from a young age and was an accomplished pianist. He played piano on the South American, a cruise ship making trips through the Great Lakes, after his military service. He continued to play piano, recently with the Grosse Pointe Senior Men’s Orchestra, The Music Makers, in numerous musical events at various senior citizens homes, and with his family during the holidays.

He married Virginia (nee Stadelman) in 1950 at St. Catherine Catholic Church in Detroit. His wife predeceased him. He is survived by his children, Charles (Susan deceased), Thomas (Kathleen), Patricia D’Angelo (Paul), James, Ann Dion (Mark) and John (Stephanie); grandchildren, Ann Wenzel, Matthew Hirschfield (Karen), David Wenzel, Jaclyn Hirschfield, Andrew Dion (Christy), Laura Dion, T.J. Hirschfield, Teddy Hirschfield, Christopher D’Angelo (Elisa) and Corie Werich (Michael); great-grandchildren, Gabi, Felix and Winn; loving companion, Doris Trupiano and her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He also is survived by his siblings, Alan (Nicole) and Lawrence (Reba). He was predeceased by his sister, Virginia Naour.

After working at the U.S. Department of Labor and serving as assistant director of placement at University of Detroit, Mr. Hirschfield began working for Chrysler Corporation in 1957 as a management recruiter. He also served as manager of personnel, director of the Chrysler Institute and director, organizational development.

Mr. Hirschfield was a lecturer for the MBA program at U of D. He was a president of the university’s alumni association and received the Tower Award for outstanding service. He was a member of the Midwest College Placement Association, Industrial Relations Research Association, Detroit Personnel Management Association and served on the board of trustees at the Detroit Institute of Commerce, and the board of directors at Gilreath Manufacturing. Mayor Roman Gribbs declared July 1, 1970, Sidney J. Hirschfield Day in Detroit.

Mr. Hirschfield was a member of the Chrysler Management Club, St. Clair Country Club and a lifelong member of Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish in Grosse Pointe Woods, where he served as chairman of lectors, parish council and lay minister.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 467 Fairford, Grosse Pointe Woods. A celebration of life begins at 9:30 a.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Capuchins, 1820 Mt. Elliott, Detroit, MI 48207.

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Marvin Knoth

Died: Saturday, October 25, 2014
Age: 86
Grosse Pointe Farms resident Marvin Knoth, 86, died Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit. He previously lived in Grosse Pointe Woods and St. Clair Shores.

Mr. Knoth was born April 20, 1928, in Detroit, to Joseph and Johanna Knoth and graduated from Lawrence Institute of Technology. He was the owner of Alliance Tool & Machine Company in Warren.

Mr. Knoth served in the National Guard and was a member of the Lochmoor Club.

He enjoyed golf, travel, euchre, poker, fishing, history and Big Band music.

Mr. Knoth is survived by his wife Sally; daughters, Judi Gazecki (Jochen), Mary Jones, Laura Lybek (Jeff), Linda Costopulos; sons, Joe Knoth and Robert Knoth; stepdaughters, Julie Peck (Tom), Mary Dakin (Chuck) and Elizabeth Giroux; stepson, John Meier (Tamara); grandchildren, Mark, Lynn, Arnd, Kristen (Lyon), Elizabeth (Ben), Jennifer (Carl), Jason (Tracy), Alexandra, Joseph, Christopher, Ann, Paul and Robert Jr.; nine step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Jil, Joelle, David, Lilliana, Eric, Allison, William, Katherine, Ayslyn and Noelle.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Elaine; granddaughter, Colleen; sisters, Lois Butler and Arlene Purrenhage and brother, Hilary Knoth.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Oct. 28 at St. Clare of Montefalco Catholic Church, Grosse Pointe Park.

Donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 300 Galleria Officentre, Southfield, MI 48034; Capuchin Soup Kitchen, 1820 Mt. Elliott, Detroit, MI 48207; or the Disabled American Veterans, 17779 E. 14 Mile Road, Fraser, MI 48026.

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Allen Ledyard

Died: Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Age: 80
Allen Ledyard, died Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, in Grosse Pointe.

Born July 7, 1934, to Henry and Elizabeth Edwards Ledyard, he was a lifelong Michigan resident. He attended Grosse Pointe Country Day School, Detroit University School and the Taft School. He graduated from Middlebury College and earned a juris doctor degree from Wayne State University.

After serving in the U.S. Army, Mr. Ledyard worked at the National Bank of Detroit in the tax and trust departments until his retirement.

Throughout his life, Mr. Ledyard was active in the community serving on many boards including those of Elmwood Cemetery, The Flinn Foundation, Mariners Inn and the YMCA Camping board. He also served on the vestry of Christ Church Grosse Pointe.

In his 20s and 30s, he rowed on a national medal-winning eight-oared shell for the Detroit Boat Club. Mr. Ledyard was an avid fly fisherman, skier and enjoyed hiking in the Upper Peninsula. Most of all, he enjoyed being outdoors with his family.

Mr. Ledyard is survived by his wife, Mary “Polly” Deming; sons, James and John (Tracy); grandsons, Henry and Christopher, and sister, Elizabeth Ledyard (Pam).

He was predeceased by his brother, Henry Ledyard (Kay).

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at Christ Church Grosse Pointe, 61 Grosse Pointe Blvd., Grosse Pointe Farms, followed by a reception in the Undercroft.

Donations may be made to Christ Church All Saints Fund, 61 Grosse Pointe Blvd., Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236; Alternatives for Girls, 903 West Grand Blvd., Detroit, MI 48208; or the charity of the donor’s choice.

John T. Miller

Died: Thursday, October 16, 2014
Age: 78
Grosse Pointe Park resident John T. Miller, 87, died Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014.

Born Sept. 29, 1927, to the Rev. Paul and Marie Dau Miller, he was a music teacher in the Detroit Public Schools from 1957 to 1987, where he taught thousands of students. He also taught hundreds more students through private lessons.

Mr. Miller was a devoted church organist and choir director or more than 70 years at various area Lutheran churches including St. Mark in Roseville, Our Savior in Detroit and Christ the King in Grosse Pointe Woods.

He also served as program chair and announcer for Grosse Pointe Chamber Music, was a musician in several community orchestras and conductor of the Utica Civic Orchestra for many years. He was a passionate patron of the arts and referred to himself as a long-suffering Chicago Cubs fan.

Mr. Miller is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Lila; loving children, Karen, Eric (Dana), Kevin (Marti) and LilaJan (Roger Hibbs); grandchildren, Danielle, Nicole, David, Michele, Katherine, Melanie, Laura, Eric, Rachael, Clark and Will and great-grandchildren, Parker, Ashton, Cullen, Chloe, Trenton and Will.

He was predeceased by his parents; sisters, Dorothy and Esther, and brother, Bill.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 26830 West Park St., Roseville.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to WRCJ 90.9 FM, Attn: Member Services, 1 Clover Court, Wixom, MI 48393-2247; Right to Life, of Michigan, P.O. Box 901, Grand Rapids, MI 49509 or Lutheran Hour Ministries, 660 Mason Ridge Center Drive, St. Louis, MO 63141.

Edward J. Wujek

Died: Friday, October 24, 2014
Age: 74
Edward J. Wujek, 74, passed away peacefully Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, at Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe with his wife and sons by his side.

He was born in 1940 in Detroit to Edward and Helen Wujek and graduated from University of Detroit Jesuit High School, Detroit Institute of Technology and the New England Institute of Mortuary Science in Boston.

Mr. Wujek is a third generation funeral director with funeral homes dating back to 1917 in Detroit. In 1984, he formed a partnership with his best friend and college roommate, Lawrence Calcaterra, and built a funeral home in Sterling Heights. In 1998, another funeral home was built in Shelby Township. These two funeral homes, Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons, Inc., are now operated by the founders’ sons.

Mr. Wujek had a passion for vintage handguns, which he collected, and an appreciation of western movies, especially those starring John Wayne. He enjoyed traveling Europe with his wife. While he recently booked a cruise taking the entire family around the Caribbean, he most appreciated being with his family at his lakefront home watching his grandchildren enjoy the lake and pool while he tended the grill.

His family said Mr. Wujek will be remembered as a dedicated, respected funeral director and kind, compassionate man.

Mr. Wujek is survived by his wife of 50 years, Carolyn; sons, Robert, John (Abigail), Michael (Christine) and Edward A. II (Carolyn); grandchildren, Edward J. II, Robert A. Jr., Chase, Theodore, Madeleine, Henry, Emma, Helen, Olivia, Harrison, Jackson, Miles, Lucy, Anna and Jane and sister-in-law, Mary Lou LeFevre.

He was predeceased by his parents and brother, Anthony.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Oct. 28 at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Woods.

The family offers heartfelt thanks to Dr. William Hanna and the doctors, nurses and aides at Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe for their compassion and kindness.

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