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August 28, 2014 Issue
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Robert E. Beck D.D.S.

Died: Tuesday, June 03, 2014
Age: 91
Grosse Pointe Farms resident Robert E. Beck D.D.S., 91, died Tuesday, June 3, 2014.

He was born Oct. 24, 1922, in Grosse Pointe, to George William Beck III and Mary Beck (nee Labdez). He graduated from Grosse Pointe High School in 1940, attended Marquette University and Northwestern University and graduated from Northwestern University School of Dentistry in 1963. Prior to his attending post-graduate schools, Dr. Beck served in the U.S. Navy.

Dr. Beck was a businessman with considerable knowledge of the stock market. He was an avid dog lover and, during his lifetime, owned many dogs. His distinct passion in life was sailing. He built a sailboat and owned several others. Many of his friends knew him as “Mr. Bayview” since he spent considerable time at Bayview Yacht Club enjoying the camaraderie of fellow sailors and members.

Dr. Beck was a member of the Bayview Yacht Club and Grosse Pointe Club, and a former member of the Grosse Pointe Hunt Club.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Charles Beck and sisters, Dorothy Beck Newberg and Hilda Beck.

Dr. Beck is survived by his nephews and niece, Bob Newberg (Lisa), Jim Newberg (Cynthia), Bill Newberg (Cari), Gregory Beck, Roger Beck, Charles Beck (Lillian) and Judy Bracken (Tom).

A memorial service celebrating Dr. Beck’s life will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 at the Bayview Yacht Club, 100 Clairpointe, Detroit.

A second celebration of life memorial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 24, at the Mountainview Cemetery, 435 Stoker Ave., Reno, Nev.

Donations may be made to the Bayview Yacht Club Junior Sailors, The Bayview Yacht Club, 100 Clairpointe, Detroit, MI 48215.

Robert Dupuis

Died: Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Age: 87
Educator, author and jazz scholar Robert Dupuis, 87, of the City of Grosse Pointe, died peacefully at home Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014.

Born Sept. 25, 1926, in Detroit, to Luther Henri and Mabel Agnes (nee Desmond) Dupuis, he graduated from Western High School in 1944, whereupon he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Mr. Dupuis was honorably discharged in June 1946, as an aviation radioman with a World War II Victory Medal.

Mr. Dupuis earned a Bachelor of Science in Education degree in 1950 from Wayne State University. It was on the steps of Wayne’s Old Main where he met fellow student Loretta Jean Gardner, whom he married Aug. 20, 1949, at Grace United Church of Christ in Grosse Pointe.

Mr. Dupuis also earned a Master of Education degree in 1955 and an Educational Specialist degree in 1964, both from WSU.

Mr. Dupuis began his career with Detroit Public Schools in 1950 and held positions as instructor, guidance counselor, assistant principal, and principal at various schools, including Northeastern High and Wayne, Pulaski and Fleming elementary schools.

In the mid-1980s, he embarked on a second career as a writer. His book, “Bunny Berigan: Elusive Legend of Jazz,” was published by Louisiana State University Press in 1993.

Mr. Dupuis indulged his lifelong passion for music, especially classical and jazz, by attending performances at various venues and events including Detroit Orchestra Hall, Interlochen Center for the Arts, the Detroit Jazz Festival, Wisconsin’s Fox Lake Bunny Berigan Festival and Indiana’s Elkhart Jazz Festival.

His commitment to social justice causes was evidenced by his support of such organizations as the Grosse Pointe Human Relations Council.

Mr. Dupuis was a member of the Grosse Pointe Senior Men’s Club, where he enjoyed many organizational golf outings, the International Association of Jazz Record Collectors and the Michigan Jazz Record Collectors.

As a member of the Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church for more than five decades, he served the congregation at various times as president, trustee, newsletter editor and as a member of the choir’s tenor section. He was active as a member and officer in the Organization of School Administrators and Supervisors as well as the organization’s chapter for retirees; in the latter capacity, he administered scholarship programs to assist Detroit-area students pursuing post-secondary studies in education.

He was predeceased by his parents; sister, Norma Dupuis; sister-in-law, Harriet “Judy” Welch and her husband, Frank Edward Welch; nephew, Brian David Welch and daughter, Denise Dupuis Morey.

Mr. Dupuis’ wit, winning cribbage prowess, and wealth of anecdotes will be remembered by those who survive him, including his wife, Jean; daughter, Diane Dupuis (Steven Carey); son-in-law, Thomas Morey; grandchildren, Erin Kathleen Morey, Fiona Dupuis Carey and Miles Dupuis Carey; nephews, Mark Welch and Theodore Moniak; niece Lynne Welch Lowrance and many beloved cousins and friends.

A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church, 17150 Maumee, City of Grosse Pointe.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jazz Foundation of America at jazzfoundation.org/memory_honor; The Pathfinder School of Traverse City at thepathfinderschool.org/support-pathfinder/, or to the Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church endowment fund at gpuc.us/.

Lewis Henry Echlin III

Died: Sunday, August 24, 2014
Age: 76
Longtime Grosse Pointe Farms resident Lewis Henry Echlin III, 76, died Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014.

Born Aug. 24, 1938, in Detroit, to Lewis Henry Echlin Jr. and Josephine Tucker Echlin, he attended Austin Preparatory High School, where he was captain of the football team. After graduation from Austin, he accepted a football and basketball scholarship to Villanova University.

In 1961, he married Elizabeth “Happy” Roney at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Farms. Together they raised four daughters and cherished 11 grandchildren.

Mr. Echlin considered his family his greatest joy. Besides his wife, he is survived by his daughters, Elizabeth O’Day (Scott), Tracy Thomas (Kevin), Josephine Fox (Brad) and Catherine Morse (Tony) and grandchildren, Ryan and Matt O’Day; Abigail, Regan and Anna Thomas; Connor, Andrew, Ben and Emily Fox; Ian and Charlie Morse. He also is survived by his brother, Harry Tucker Echlin.

He was predeceased by his sisters, George Anne Bidigare and Mary Nash.

Mr. Echlin enjoyed a long career. His first position was with Ford Motor Co. in labor relations. Two years later, he joined the National Bank of Detroit trust department as a trust officer and attended Detroit College of Law at night. In 1968, he joined Roney & Co. of Detroit as a stockbroker, where he soon progressed and became partner and head compliance officer. He subsequently retired from Stifel Nicolaus in 2009.

An avid golf lover, he loved recounting the story of how he caddied for Arnold Palmer.

Mr. Echlin was on the arbitration board of the National Association of Securities Dealers. He was a member of the Country Club of Detroit, the Woodworker’s Club and the Grosse Pointe Senior Men’s Club.

Known for his wry sense of humor and integrity, and how much he loved spending time with his family, Mr. Echlin will be deeply missed. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms. Family will receive friends at the church prior to the service.

Donations may be made to the St. Paul Education Trust, 157 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236 or the St. John Providence Health System Foundations at stjohnprovidence.org/foundation/.

George A. Gardella

Died: Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Age: 84
Former Grosse Pointe Farms resident George A. Gardella, 84, died Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit.

He was born in Grosse Pointe Park to George A. Sr. and Rose Gardella and earned Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Notre Dame. He started his career at The Gardella Company, a food distribution company founded by his father. After the company was sold to Beatrice Foods, Mr. Gardella founded Continental Foods and later owned Empire Tool Company in Memphis.

Mr. Gardella enjoyed reading, especially American history, and cooking. He was a Notre Dame football fan and loved spending time with his family.

He was a member of Bayview Yacht Club, Country Club of Detroit, Detroit Athletic Club, P.I.M.E., and the alumni associations of University of Detroit and University of Notre Dame.

Mr. Gardella is survived by his wife of 60 years, Patricia; son, Pete; daughters, Julie and Katie; and grandchildren, George and Tom.

He was predeceased by his sisters, Beatrice, Geraldine and Barbara and brother, Charles.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Aug. 18 at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Donations may be made to Caring Voice Coalition Inc., 8249 Meadowbridge Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23116 or Capuchin Soup Kitchen, 1820 Mt. Elliott, Detroit, MI 48207.

Grace Linzell

Died: Friday, August 22, 2014
Age: 86
Grosse Pointe Woods resident Grace Linzell, 86, passed away peacefully on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, at Sunrise of Grosse Pointe Woods, where she lived since February after suffering a stroke.

She was born and raised in Detroit and worked for Ingersoll Rand as an executive secretary where she met and later married Arthur Linzell. The couple moved to Grosse Pointe Woods shortly after their marriage and recently celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary.

Mrs. Linzell loved Grosse Pointe where she enjoyed a career as a Realtor with Johnstone & Johnstone. She was an avid bridge player and also enjoyed playing golf and tennis. She was involved with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Detroit Institute of Arts, and was an active member of the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club.

Her family said Mrs. Linzell was known as a loyal friend and mother always available to lend a sympathetic ear. She will be remembered for her sense of fairness and dedication to doing the right thing. She will be greatly missed.

Mrs. Linzell is survived by her husband, Arthur; brother, Henry Vincent; son, Ron Linzell, his wife, Robin Wright Linzell, and their children, Sheri and Leanna; son, Richard Linzell; and daughter, Lori Stewart, her husband, Ken, and their children, Lindsey, Hailey and Carly.

Mrs. Linzell’s family would like to extend special thanks to the staff at Sunrise of Grosse Pointe Woods and Hospice of Great Lakes Caring for their care during her last few months.

A memorial service will be held at noon, Thursday, Sept. 4, at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial, 32 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at stjude.org or the Michigan Humane Society at michiganhumane.org.
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