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December 25, 2014 Issue
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Marvin Louis Asmus

Died: Friday, December 19, 2014
Age: 89
Marvin Louis Asmus, 89, died Friday, Dec. 19, 2014.

He was the loving husband of Barbara; dear father of Nancy Kaegi (Don), Janet Fritz (Tom), Marvin “Skip” Asmus, and Daniel Asmus; stepfather of William Watts (Kathleen), Jon Watts (Susan) and Wendy Morris (James).

He also is survived by 20 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Mr. Asmus was predeceased by his first wife, Harriet.

A funeral service was held Dec. 23 at Historic Trinity Lutheran Church, Detroit.

Donations may be made to Rotary of Grosse Pointe, c/o Grosse Pointe War Memorial Community Center, 32 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236 or Historic Trinity Lutheran Church, 1345 Gratiot, Detroit, MI 48207.

Marie Caldwell

Died: Sunday, December 14, 2014
Age: 96
Marie Caldwell, 96, passed away Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, at Huron Valley Hospital in Commerce Township.

She was born March 3, 1918, in Detroit, the third eldest of 13 children of Samuel and Angela (nee Figari) Ardito.

Mrs. Caldwell was a bowling enthusiast. She liked to make crafts, play cards and board games, write poetry and played the piano a bit. She liked to have her family over for Sunday dinners and holidays. She enjoyed music and dancing, but, most of all, she loved taking pictures. She never went anywhere without her camera.

Her family said Mrs. Caldwell had a great sense of humor and liked to make people smile. Her thoughtfulness was never ending. She sent cards to family and friends for every occasion, signing them “God bless you always,” because she had strong faith and wanted to share it with people she loved. She was an officer in the St. Matthew Ladies Guild and belonged to The Legion of Mary.

Mrs. Caldwell is survived by her loving children Bob, Dick, Janet, Nancy and Carol and 10 grandchildren.

A funeral Mass was held Dec. 20 at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, Grosse Pointe Woods.

Donations may be made to Lewy Body Dementia at lbda.org/go/donate.

Richard Webster Kay

Died: Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Age: 90
Grosse Pointe Farms resident Richard Webster Kay, 90, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, with his wife, Janice, by his side.

Born Dec. 19, 1923, in Detroit, to Harold and Elizabeth Richardson Kay, he attended Detroit schools and was an all-city halfback from MacKenzie High School. Attending Michigan State University on a football scholarship for one semester, he joined in the U.S. Navy serving as an aircraft carrier pilot during World War II and played football for the Iowa Seahawks.

After graduating from Wayne State University, he taught in Northville, becoming principal of Amerman school, then principal of Richard and Kerby elementary schools in Grosse Pointe. Later, he served as head of community services and director of personnel relations for the Grosse Pointe Public School System, retiring and becoming a wedding photographer.

At Grosse Pointe Memorial Church he served as elder, deacon, a Stephen minister, on ministerial searches and the personnel committee.

Mr. Kay served as president of the Grosse Pointe Ecumenical Memorial Association, the Grosse Pointe War Memorial, the Grosse Pointe Senior Men’s Club, the Sex Education Council of the U.S., and a member of the Grosse Pointe Symphony, Grosse Pointe Farms Beautification Committee, Grosse Pointe Historical Society, Elementary Principal’s Association, Council of Girl Scouts, Northville Rotary and auction chair of Services for Older Citizens. His favorite service was being Santa Claus at the War Memorial.

Mr. Kay enjoyed photography, sailing, cooking and golf. At 70, he attended the Detroit Tigers Fantasy Camp in Florida.

His family said he was always full of hope, love and trust in people. Whenever asked his favorite day, he would respond, “Today.”

Along with his wife, Janice, Mr. Kay is survived by his daughters, Leigh McKay (Khoren) and Cindy Kay; stepson, Daniel Smale (Janice); grandchildren, Nick Berry, Megan Elliott (Eddie) and Amy McDaid (Ritchie); step-grandchildren, Lindsay Pohl (Nick), Thomas Smale, Alexandra McNulty, Gavin McNulty, Leslie Black and Michelle Black and great-grandchildren, Levi Elliott and Finn McDaid.

He was predeceased by his twin siblings, James Kay and Janet MacKenzie, and stepdaughter, Susan McNulty (Dan).

A service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 26, at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Donations may be made to the Foundation for Fighting Blindness, P.O. Box 17279, Baltimore, MD 21297.

Stephanie Kingsley

Died: Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Age: 98
Stephanie Kingsley, 98, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014.

She was a loving, kind, caring and selfless mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She enjoyed bowling and golf as a longtime member of the Austin High School Mother’s Club and Gowanie Golf Club.

Mrs. Kingsley is survived by her children, Martha Lou Brda (Gregory), Paula Sinn (Bill), Michael (Diane), David (Marge), Brian (Sally) and Peter; 16 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Joe.

A funeral Mass was held Dec. 20 at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, St. Clair Shores.

Donations may be made to the Capuchin Monastery, 1820 Mt. Elliott, Detroit, MI 48207.

Ronald E. Milner

Died: Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Age: 85
Grosse Pointe Park resident Ronald E. Milner, 85, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014.

He was born May 13, 1929, in Michigan, to Earl R. and Mary Lyons Milner. He is survived by his beloved wife of 41 years, Lucy Carmichael Milner, and his sister Jeanne Pierrong of Bradenton, Fla.

For 50 years, Mr. Milner was president of Milner Hotels, Inc., founded in 1918. In the 1940s, it was the largest hotel chain in the world. He was a lifelong Detroit supporter remaining in downtown Detroit as other businesses left the city.

Mr. Milner was a Korean War veteran and graduate of the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration. He was a member of the World President’s Organization, Phi Beta Theta Fraternity, Detroit Athletic Club, Country Club of Detroit, Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, Grosse Point Hunt Club, the Scarab Club and was on the original ad hoc committee of the restoration of Orchestra Hall.

Mr. Milner was a lifelong boater. His main passion in life was the family hotel business.

A funeral service was held Dec. 20 at A.H. Peters Funeral Home, Grosse Pointe Woods.

Richard Frederic Morris

Died: Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Age: 81
Richard Frederic Morris, 81, of Elizabeth City, N.C., died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, at Sentara Albemarle Medical Center.

Born in Detroit, to Raymond Morris and Gladys Rule Kelly, he was the husband of Maggie Smith Morris. He was an active member of Christ Episcopal Church in Elizabeth City, where he had been an usher, lector, chalicer and greeter and had attended Bible study every Wednesday morning. Mr. Morris and his wife enjoyed dining out and were especially devoted to Erp’s Truck Stop. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Morris is survived by two daughters, Gretchen Morris-Archinal and husband, Thomas, and their children, Margaret, Sam-uel and Stephen, and Karyl Eckerle and husband, Kevin, and their children, Benjamin and Noah; two stepdaughters, Juliet Miklosi and her children, Jillian and Alex-ander, and Amanda Dumais and her son, Hunter; two stepsons, Robert Wonham and Peter Wonham and wife, Bobbi Jo, and their children, Grace and Kendal, and his first wife, Betty Morris.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Margaret Kelly Rollin.

A memorial service was held Dec. 22, at Christ Episcopal Church in Elizabeth City.

Donations may be made to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Northeastern North Carolina, P.O. Box 1772, Elizabeth City, NC 27906; or to Christ Epis-copal Church Music Fund, 200 S. McMorrine St., Elizabeth City, NC 27909.

Harriet Hall Redlin

Died: Saturday, December 20, 2014
Age: 92
Grosse Pointe Shores resident Harriet Hall Redlin died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014.

Born in 1922 in Convoy, Ohio, to Lelia and Glenn Hall, she attended Western College for Women Oxford, Ohio, and the Vogue School of Design and Styling in Chicago.

Mrs. Redlin enjoyed being a homemaker and volunteering at St. John Hospital, the American Red Cross and League for the Handicapped.

She was a loving mother, grandmother and great- grandmother. For 25 years, she and her husband spent summers at Walloon Lake, entertaining their children and grandchildren.

Mrs. Redlin is survived by her son, Michael Hall Redlin (Dawn); daughter, Rachel Redlin Kurtz; grandchildren, James H. Kurtz III (Jennifer), Heidi Redlin Kurtz, David Redlin (Hillary) and Deborah Redlin Betz (Eric) and great-grandchildren, Hannah and Naomi Betz and Zachery J. Redlin and Ethan Redlin. She also is survived by her step-granddaughter, Kathleen Peterson (Rohan).

She was predeceased by her husband, Robert W. Redlin in 1996 and son- in-law, James Kurtz in 2012.

Visitation will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 26, at A.H. Peters Funeral Home, 20705 Mack, Grosse Pointe Woods.

Donations may be made to the St. John Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 673271, Detroit, MI 48267.

Harriet Hall Redlin

Died: Saturday, December 20, 2014
Age: 92
Grosse Pointe Shores resident Harriet Hall Redlin died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014.

Born in 1922 in Convoy, Ohio, to Lelia and Glenn Hall, she attended Western College for Women Oxford, Ohio, and the Vogue School of Design and Styling in Chicago.

Mrs. Redlin enjoyed being a homemaker and volunteering at St. John Hospital, the American Red Cross and League for the Handicapped.

She was a loving mother, grandmother and great- grandmother. For 25 years, she and her husband spent summers at Walloon Lake, entertaining their children and grandchildren.

Mrs. Redlin is survived by her son, Michael Hall Redlin (Dawn); daughter, Rachel Redlin Kurtz; grandchildren, James H. Kurtz III (Jennifer), Heidi Redlin Kurtz, David Redlin (Hillary) and Deborah Redlin Betz (Eric) and great-grandchildren, Hannah and Naomi Betz and Zachery J. Redlin and Ethan Redlin. She also is survived by her step-granddaughter, Kathleen Peterson (Rohan).

She was predeceased by her husband, Robert W. Redlin in 1996 and son- in-law, James Kurtz in 2012.

Visitation will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 26, at A.H. Peters Funeral Home, 20705 Mack, Grosse Pointe Woods.

Donations may be made to the St. John Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 673271, Detroit, MI 48267.

Donald L. Stehr

Died: Saturday, November 15, 2014
Age: 91
Former Grosse Pointe Farms resident Donald L. Stehr, of St. Clair Shores, died Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. He was 91.

Born Dec. 31, 1922, in Madison, Wis., to Lydia and Louis Stehr, he graduated from the University of Wisconsin and Cleveland Marshall Law School. A first lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II, he was the director of risk management for the Stroh companies.

Mr. Stehr appreciated good food and wine. He enjoyed bird and skeet shooting and discussing various topics involving ethical issues. He was a member of the Grosse Pointe Club.

Mr. Stehr is survived by his sons, Craig L. Stehr and Mark S. Stehr M.D.

He was predeceased by his wife, Margaret P. Stehr and brother, Wesley.

Emily Dixon Turner

Died: Monday, December 15, 2014
Age: 88
Grosse Pointe Farms resident Emily Dixon Turner, 88, died Monday, Dec. 15, 2014.

She was born Nov. 11, 1926, in Lake Forest, Ill., to Arthur and Anna Marquis Dixon, and attended the University of Michigan.

Mrs. Turner was a member of the Huron Mountain Club, Country Club of Detroit, Tau Beta Association and Colonial Dames. She was a past president of the Garden Club of Michigan and chairwoman of a national committee with Garden Club of America.

Mrs. Turner is survived by her sons, Richard (Mary), Arthur (Phoebe), Scott (Marin) and Edward; grandchildren, James, Christopher, Ashley, Alex, Whitney, Bailey and Anna and great-grandchildren, Emily and Millie.

She was predeceased by her husband, Richard H. Turner and sister, Elizabeth.

A private service will be held.

Donations may be made to Huron Mountain Wild Life Foundation, 5075 Warren Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105.
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