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Lawrence Fabian Smith

Lawrence Fabian Smith

Died: Thursday, December 13, 2007
Age: 97
Lawrence Fabian Smith, 97, of Grosse Pointe Woods, died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2007, after a brief hospitalization. He was born Nov. 12, 1910 in Wilkes Barre, Pa. to Harry Smith and Mary Fitzpatrick.

After high school, he moved to New Jersey and worked in the plastics industry. He pursued his lifelong interest in theater as an actor and a sound technician with various New York City theater groups.

He served as a captain in the U.S. Army in the Chemical Corps. While serving during the European Occupation, he met his future wife, Patricia Riley, who was then working for the American Red Cross in Paris. They married shortly thereafter in her hometown of Chelmsford, England and moved to Staten Island, N.Y. They then moved to Chicago, where Mr. Smith began his career in the plastics industry. They had two children, Justine and Larry Jr.

In 1952, the family moved to the City of Grosse Pointe. Mr. Smith worked more than 35 years as a manufacturer’s representative for PISA Plastics. He was active in the Society of Plastics Engineers and served as its president for several years. He also served as past president of the Grosse Pointe Little League. He continued to pursue his interest in theater, remaining active in the Grosse Pointe Little Theater as a sound technician.

After retirement, he became an active supporter of the arts, serving as a board member and active volunteer for the Scarab Club, a local artist organization. He was a devoted volunteer for the Meals on Wheels program, delivering meals to homebound seniors in Grosse Pointe every week for eight years.

He is survived by his son, Larry Jr., (Fran); daughter Justine (Brian Taylor); and granddaughter Angelina.

He was predeceased by his wife, Patricia; sister Alice; and his parents.

Services were held Saturday, Dec. 15 at A. J. Desmond Funeral Home in Royal Oak. Share a memory with the family at desmondfuneralhome.com.

Memorial contributions may be made to Meals on Wheels, 21885 Dunham, Clinton Twp., MI 48036

William N. Fritz

William N. Fritz

Died: Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Age: 89
City of Grosse Pointe resident William N. Fritz, 89, died Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007, at his home. He formerly had lived in Grosse Pointe Park.

Mr. Fritz was born June 20, 1918 in Detroit to William and Wilhelmina Fritz. He was a 1936 graduate of Grosse Pointe High School and received his Bachelor of Laws degree from Wayne University Law College in 1947.

Mr. Fritz started his career as a Wayne County Deputy sheriff. He retired as a Wayne County assistant prosecutor and was still active working in his private practice.

Mr. Fritz served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve retiring in 1978.

He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends at his cottage in Ontario, Canada.

He was a former board member of Sixth Church Christ Scientist in Detroit.

Mr. Fritz is survived by his wife, Muriel S.; daughter Nancy B. (Robert) Denner; daughter-in-law Vivian; grandchildren Katherine A. (Tim) Jenny, William F. Denner and James R. Denner; and great-grandchildren Rachael and Sarah Jenny. He also is survived by his brothers, Carl and Harvey.

He was predeceased by his son, William J.; brother Edward; and his parents.

Funeral services were held Dec. 15 at A.H. Peters Funeral Home.

Memorial donations may be made to the giver’s charity of choice or the Sixth Church Christ Scientist Detroit, 14710 Kercheval Ave., Detroit, MI 48215.

David Sherwood Jr.

David Sherwood Jr.

Died: Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Age: 85
David Sherwood Jr., 85, died Wednesday Dec. 12, 2007, at his ancestral Grosse Pointe Park home with his family present.

Mr. Sherwood was born in Detroit Sept. 23, 1922 and his family moved to Grosse Pointe in 1927. He attended elementary and high school in Grosse Pointe and graduated from the University of Detroit with a bachelor’s degree in engineering.

During World War II, Mr. Sherwood enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard and served in the Pacific campaign aboard an LST, where he had received a commendation for heroism during battle.

After the war, he returned home to work in the family business, Sherwood Brass Works, started by his grandfather in 1903. In 1970 the business was sold and he officially retired to pursue other interests.

Mr. Sherwood loved boating and was a life member of the Detroit Yacht Club. He also was a member of the Shriners and The Players Club.

He always will be remembered as a devoted father and for the compassion, keen intelligence, warmth and great sense of humor that touched the hearts of family and friends alike.

Mr. Sherwood is survived by his sons, David (Sharon) and Michael (Bernadine); daughter Darlene; grandchildren Nathan Sherwood, Amanda (Andrew) Backman, Devin (Onalee) Kliebert, and Trevor (Jamie) Kliebert; and six great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his daughter, Diana.

At his reqest, a memorial service will not be held. A memorial stone and ashes are being placed at his family plot at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Detroit.

A gathering of family and friends to honor Mr. Sherwood’s life and the lives of everyone with whom he came in contact will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions in his honor may be made to The Players Endowment Fund, 3321 East Jefferson Ave., Detroit, MI 48207. The money will be used to benefit The Players, which Mr. Sherwood enjoyed so much.

Paul Michael Zavell, M.D.

Paul Michael Zavell, M.D.

Died: Sunday, December 09, 2007
Age: 80
Paul Michael Zavell, M.D.,80, of Grosse Pointe Farms, died Sunday, Dec. 9, 2007, at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit.

Dr. Zavell was born in Indiana Harbor, Ind. on Aug. 25, 1927. The family later moved to Flint.

After one year at The Johns Hopkins University, he was called for service in the U.S. Army.

Upon his discharge, he returned to college, graduating from Johns Hopkins in 1951. He was a member of Beta Theta Pi and Phi Beta Kappa. He loved golf and organized the university’s first golf team.

In 1951 he began his medical studies at The Johns Hopkins Medical School, receiving his medical degree in 1955. He was a member of Phi Chi.

After graduation, Dr. Zavell returned to Michigan and started his residency training in pediatrics at Henry Ford Hospital. There he met and married his wife, Patricia Lynch, who was a social worker.

He began in private pediatric practice in 1957 treating and nurturing thousands of area children until his retirement in 1997.

Dr. Zavell loved his patients and derived great pleasure when even after retirement, former patients would recognize and greet him on the street or in a restaurant.

Dr. Zavell served as president of the Detroit Pediatric Society. He also was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Knights of Malta.

He was a devoted father, encouraging his children in all of their endeavors.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia; children Mary Anne (Mark) Glowacki, Jeanne (Jack) Archibald, John (Beth) Zavell, M.D., Peter (Susan) Zavell, M.D. and James Zavell; grandchildren Ellen and Anne Glowacki, Sarah and John Archibald, Amy, Mary and Paul Zavell, and Joseph and Jackson Zavell.

He also is survived by his sisters, Dorothy Stanley of Taylor and Irene Brock of Ann Arbor, and his brother, Rev. Edward Zavell of Taylor.

Visitation will be held Thursday, Dec. 13 from 3 to 8 p.m. at Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home, 16300 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Park.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Friday, Dec. 14 at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore Rd., Grosse Pointe Farms, followed by interment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Detroit.

Andrew W. Michalak III

Died: Sunday, December 09, 2007
Age: 52
Former Grosse Pointe Park resident Andrew W. Michalak III, 52, passed away Sunday, Dec. 9, 2007, at his home in Plantation, Fla., surrounded by loved ones after a long battle with esophageal cancer.

Mr. Michalak was born Oct. 12, 1955 in Detroit to Andrew W. II and Joann Michalak. He attended St. Clare de Montefalco Catholic School and Pierce Middle School. He graduated from Grosse Pointe South High School in 1973 and moved to Florida shortly thereafter to pursue his passion for golf.

Mr. Michalak was the director of golf at Emerald Hills in Hollywood, Fla. for the last 15 years of his life. Members and employees of the golf club described him as the “true hidden gem of Emerald Hills.” He truly enjoyed his work and was highly respected in his profession as well as in his personal life.

He enjoyed watching all sports and playing cards, especially gin and Texas hold ’em.

Mr. Michalak will be missed greatly by all who knew him. The Michalak family strongly encourages everyone to be screened for cancer by having an endoscopy and a colonoscopy.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Cynthia; mother Joann Freydberg; siblings Mark, Denise Gianino, Suzanne, James (Jane) and William; eight nephews; and two nieces.

He was predeceased by his father, Andrew W. II.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Dec. 15 at St. Gregory’s Catholic Church in Plantation.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 250 Williams Street, Atlanta, GA 30303 or Vitas Hospice Charity Fund, 5420 NW 33rd Ave., Suite 100, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309.

Bernadette A. Palombit

Bernadette A. Palombit

Died: Sunday, December 09, 2007
Age: 87
Grosse Pointe Farms resident Bernadette A. Palombit, 87, died peacefully Sunday, Dec. 9, 2007.

She was born Feb. 19, 1920 in Detroit to Albert and Rebecca Bare´. She married Rudolph Palombit in 1939. She was a loving wife and mother to four children. She was a gifted pianist and her love of music lasted her entire life.

Fr. Segio Fossati of the PIME Missionaries celebrated a funeral Mass at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church in Detroit where Mrs. Palombit was baptized, celebrated her first communion and confirmation, and married. She graduated from the church’s high school. Attending her class reunions, which she did for 65 years, was one of her greatest joys.

Mrs. Palombit is survived by her daughter, Christine Gallagher; son Rudolph J. Palombit; daughters-in-law Sandra McCoy and Elizabeth Palombit; grandchildren Bernadette Platt, Brian Gallagher, Penny Bare´, and Richard, Ross, James and Jeffrey Palombit; and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Rudolph; and sons Richard and Marc.

Walter Appleton

Walter Appleton

Died: Saturday, December 08, 2007
Age: 85
Grosse Pointe Woods resident Walter Appleton, 85, died Saturday, Dec. 8, 2007, at Henry Ford Cottage Hospital, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Mr. Appleton was born Nov. 25, 1922 in Hamtramck to Edmunt and Anna Jablonowski. He was a graduate of the University of Michigan and a retired Detroit Public School System principal.

Mr. Appleton served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a vetran of the Normandy Invasion and the Battle of the Bulge. He earned three medals, five battle stars and the Purple Heart.

Mr. Appleton loved to travel. He was a member of the Grosse Pointe Senior Mens Club and the Hamtramck High School Alumni Breakfast Club.

He is survived by his wife, Dolores; sons Gregory and Douglas Appleton, daughter Carol Holloway; and grandchildren Christopher (fiancee Brittany McKinley) and Amy Holloway.

He was predeceased by his parents.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 22412 Overlake Street, St. Clair Shores, followed by burial at Resurrection Cemetery, Clinton Township.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 18505 W. 12 Mile Rd., Southfield, MI 48076.

Vivian Colpaert

Died: Thursday, December 06, 2007
Age: 85
Grosse Pointe Woods resident Vivian Colpaert, 85, died Saturday, Dec. 8, 2007.

She was born March 22, 1922 to Victor and Susan Graham in Owen Sound, Ontario, and moved to the Detroit area as a young child.

Mrs. Colpaert enjoyed painting.

She is survived by her grandchildren, Kent (Debbie), Todd, Carise (John), Brad (Katie); and great-grandchildren Spencer, Austin, Molly, Johnny, Collette, Kyle, and Gracie.

She was predeceased by her husband, Roger; sons Larry and Don; and sister Doris.

A funeral service will be handled by the Verheyden Funeral Home, 16300 Mack, Grosse Pointe Park.

Lucilla F. Conlan

Lucilla F. Conlan

Died: Thursday, December 06, 2007
Age: 95
Former Grosse Pointe Park resident Lucille F. Conlan, 95, died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007, at Clinton-aire Healthcare Center in Clinton Township.

Mrs. Conlan was born Oct. 24, 1912 in Detroit to George and Martha Humelsheim.

She lived 90 years in Grosse Pointe Park and was devoted to St. Ambrose Catholic Church. She attended school there from elementary through high school. She and her husband, Arthur, were married there in 1937, and she volunteered in various capacities including counting money at the church and serving as a Eucharistic minister. She never wanted to leave St. Ambrose.

Mrs. Conlan was a loving homemaker and worked part time at a local drug store. She also served as an election chairperson for many years.

She loved playing bridge, working on elections and spending time with family and friends.

Mrs. Conlan is survived by her daughter, Mary Frances (James) Leamon; sons Arthur J. (Joann) Conlan Jr. and Michael George Conlan; grandchildren James (Christine) Leamon Jr., Mary Beth (Patrick) Bennett, Thomas Leamon, Jeffrey (Linda) Conlan, Rebecca Conlan, Brandon Conlan and Amanda Conlan; and great-grandchildren Tayler and Madeline Leamon, Nolan and Hannah Bennett, and Spencer, Connor and Olivia Ray; and many loving nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Arthur, and her parents.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Dec. 10 at St. Ambrose with interment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Henry Ford, c/o Henry Ford Hospital Office of Philanthropy, 1 Ford Place, Suite 5A, Detroit, MI 48202.

William K. Miller

William K. Miller

Died: Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Age: 64
Grosse Pointe Woods resident William K. Miller, 64, died Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2007.

Mr. Miller was born Jan. 26, 1943 in Passaic, N.J. to Doris and George Miller. He was a 1961 graduate of Grosse Pointe High School and a 1966 graduate of Ferris State College in Big Rapids.

He served in the U.S. Army Reserves.

Mr. Miller was a safety director for Great Lakes Gas Transmission Company in Detroit.

He was a member of the Young Republicans, First Society, Delta Tau Epsilon Fraternity, Boulder Lakes Golf Club and the Detroit Boat Club.

Mr. Miller had a variety of interests and hobbies. He was an avid golfer, voracious reader and had a keen interest in airplanes and trains.

He also was a creative cook and enjoyed sharing good food with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon; step-daughter Leigh Leonard; stepson Rick (Linda) Leonard; and grandchildren Emma and Alec Leonard.

A funeral service was held Saturday, Dec. 8 at Grosse Pointe Woods Presbyterian Church, Grosse Pointe Woods, with interment in the church’s Memorial Garden.

Memorial donations may be made to The Salvation Army Eastern Michigan Division, 16130 Northland Dr., Southfield, MI 48075 or Grosse Pointe Woods Presbyterian Church, 19950 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236.
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