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Susan J. Zerweck

Susan J. Zerweck

Died: Monday, May 12, 2008
Age: 75
Former Grosse Pointe resident Susan J. (nee Mercier) Zerweck, 75, died Monday, May 12, 2008.

She was born and raised in Grosse Pointe and graduated from Sacred Heart Academy. She married Herman F. Zerweck on June 18, 1953. They lived briefly at Dugway Proving Grounds, Utah, then moved back to Grosse Pointe. Later they moved to Ann Arbor.

Mrs. Zerweck came from a family of nine and always wanted a large family for herself. She and her husband raised nine children: Jim, Steve, Ed, Beth, Marie, Jean, Dave, Sara and John.

She loved her family and friends, and her home was often a gathering place, full of warm hospitality and friendship.

Her family said that over the years, Mrs. Zerweck impacted many lives on many levels. She was a loving mother, a true friend, a kind neighbor and a giving member of her community. Behind all this, she was guided by her deep faith in God and lived her life accordingly. 

Mrs. Zerweck is survived by eight children, James F., Edward H. (Janice), Elizabeth A. (Mwizenge “Jack”) Zerweck-Tembo, Marie S. (Robert) Humphries, Jean L. (Douglas) Hirt, David P. (Catherine Juon), Sara S. (Gregory) Shorin, John W. (Jaime); siblings, Thomas, Anne, Christopher, Peter, Margaret (Peggy) McDonald, Craig and Michael, and 25 beloved grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Herman; and son, Stephen P.  

Services were held from Muehlig Funeral Chapel in Ann Arbor.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Catholic Social Services 2020 E. Grand River, Suite 104, Howell, MI 48843; St. Mary Student Parish, 331 Thompson St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104; or Arbor Hospice, 2366 Oak Valley Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48103-8944.

Thomas P. Sullivan

Thomas P. Sullivan

Died: Sunday, May 11, 2008
Age: 75
Grosse Pointe Park resident Thomas P. Sullivan, 75, died Sunday, May 11, 2008, at Sunrise on Vernier in Grosse Pointe Woods.

He was born in Cleveland, Ohio where he attended Gilmour Academy and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from John Carroll University.

Immediately after college, Mr. Sullivan served on active duty from 1954 to 1956 in the Transportation Corps of the U.S. Army. He was stationed in Bad Hersfeld, Germany and patrolled the Russian border in an armored cavalry regiment.

Upon returning home, he married Ann Labadie in 1960. They lived in Toledo, Ohio and Darien and New Canaan, Conn., New Orleans, La., and Columbus, Ohio while he worked for Crown Zellerbach Corp.

In 1973, Mr. Sullivan moved to Detroit, where he eventually owned and operated Chem-Met Services and Quanta Corp. of Wyandotte, Chemical Conservation Corp., Valdasta, Ga. and Chemical Conservation Corp. of Orlando, Fla. He retired in 1999.

He was a board member of Charter National Bank in Wyandotte and Holy Cross Children’s Services in Clinton.

Mr. Sullivan led an active life playing tennis and golf. He was a member of the Country Club of Detroit, the Detroit Athletic Club, John’s Island Club in Vero Beach, Fla. and The Bay Hill Golf Club of Orlando, Fla.

He is survived by his wife, Ann Labadie Sullivan; two daughters, Bridget (Michael) Paull of Grosse Pointe and Annie Estes of Grosse Pointe Park; and six sons, Kevin of Grosse Pointe, Patrick (Jackie) of Gadsdon, Ala., Michael (Tami) of Fox Point, Wisc., Sean (Phyllis) of Grosse Pointe Park, Thomas Jr. (Theresa) of Grosse Pointe and Brian of Grosse Pointe Park.

He also is survived by 17 grandchildren.

Funeral services were held May 15 at St. Clare of Montefalco Church, Grosse Pointe Park.

Elton A. Eckstrand

Elton A. Eckstrand

Died: Saturday, May 10, 2008
Age: 80
Former Grosse Pointe Woods resident Elton A. Eckstrand, 80, passed away Saturday, May 10, 2008, while in hospice care in Naples, Fla.

He graduated from Denby High School in Detroit and went to Wayne State University to earn his Juris Doctorate.

Mr. Eckstrand led a storybook life as an attorney, entrepreneur, race car driver, historian, nature photographer, and the laird of a Scottish castle.

He started his career at Chrysler Corp. as a corporate attorney while he pursued his love of car racing. He was instrumental in organizing several Chrysler factory racing teams including the “Ramchargers,” the “Golden Commandos,” and his own racing team known as the “Lawman.” He won a multitude of top ranked national drag racing championships.

During the Vietnam War, Mr. Eckstrand developed a program to take muscle cars to Southeast Asia for exhibition to all branches of the military service. The Lawman Military Tours were a resounding success and more than 250,000 military personnel attended exhibitions held on aircraft carriers and conflict zone runways.

During the 1970s, Mr. Eckstrand pursued his love of the United Kingdom. When he learned of the availability of the 15th century Penkill Castle in Scotland, he acquired it and officially became the 18th laird of Penkill.

He spent the next 20 years restoring the castle and received numerous awards from the British government for his efforts. He became famous as the American who saved Penkill Castle.

In the late 1990s, he opted for a more idyllic climate and moved to Naples, Fla., where he continued to enjoy his many friendships, his books, his photographic interests, and his involvement in racing events.

His original 1966 Dodge Hemi Charger was added to the collection of muscle vehicles at the Walter P. Chrysler Museum.

Recently, Ford Motor Company honored Mr. Eckstrand by presenting him with a custom built hi-performance “Lawman” Mustang to commemorate the 1970s Lawman Military Tours.

Mr. Eckstrand was inducted into the Drag Racing Hall of Fame in 2000.

He was predeceased by his parents, Earl B. Eckstrand and Marie Eileen Eckstrand.

James H. Scott

James H. Scott

Died: Wednesday, May 07, 2008
Age: 75
Former Grosse Pointe Shores resident James H. Scott, 75, died May 7, 2008, at his home in St. Clair Shores.

Born May 13, 1932, Mr. Scott was a builder and developer most of his life.

He was also the former owner of the Georgian Inn, Parkcrest Motel and the L-Bow Room restaurants.

He enjoyed golfing and hunting and was the co-founder of Burk’s Farm. Mr. Scott had been a member of Lochmoor Club since 1969 and the Boca Del Mar Country Club in Boca Raton, Fla. He was the past president of the St. John Hospital Men’s Guild.

Mr. Scott is survived by his beloved wife, Evelyn; children, Larry (Michele) Scott, Cindy (Paul) Simon, Chris (Caprice) Scott and Kim (Ron) Marsh; and grandchildren, Ally and James Michael Scott, Michael (Jessica), Paul, Kristen, Alyssa and Patrick Simon, Michael Jushak, and Amanda, Nicholas and Chelsea Marsh.

He also is survived by his sisters, Margaret Ann Miller and Carol Higley; and his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Rosemary and Richard Tanner.

Mr. Scott’s family greatly appreciated all of the devoted care he received from St. John Hospice.

A funeral Mass was celebrated May 12 at Our Lady Star of the Sea in Grosse Pointe Woods followed by entombment in Resurrection Cemetery, Clinton Township.

Memorial donations may be made to The Capuchins, 1820 Mt. Elliott St., Detroit, MI 48207 or to St. Jude Children Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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James Jay Horvath, M.D.

James Jay Horvath, M.D.

Died: Wednesday, May 07, 2008
Age: 92
James Jay Horvath, M.D., 92, of Marshfield, Vt. died Wednesday, May 7, 2008, at the Woodridge Nursing Home in Berlin, Vt. with his family at his bedside.

Born April 16, 1916 in Delray, he was the son of Julius and Maria (nee Ujfalusi) Horvath.

In 1944, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in zoology from Wayne State University and his medical degree from its medical school in 1945.

He became a board certified orthopedic surgeon in 1952 and practiced his specialty in Detroit from 1953 to 1983. From 1983 until his retirement in 1989, he was an orthopedic medicine consultant and supervisor of treatment at several Detroit area medical facilities.

From 1972 to 1982, Dr. Horvath was assistant dean of the Wayne State University School of Medicine and wrote numerous articles regarding his orthopedic specialty, especially the treatment of children.

He belonged to many professional associations and organizations in Michigan, the United States and internationally.

Dr. Horvath especially enjoyed model boat and steam engine building, big game hunting safaris in Africa, and traveling with his wife to medical meetings throughout the United States.

Dr. Horvath served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was discharged as a captain in the medical corps.

He had been affiliated with the Christ Covenant Church in Marshfield, Vt. and was a life member of Brightmoor Masonic Lodge #540 in Detroit.

Dr. Horvath is survived by his wife, Pierrette Mercier-Horvath of Marshfield, Vt; his daughter, Vikki (Gary) Eller of Beverly Hills; and three sons, Thomas Horvath of Wilton Manors, Fla., William (Cheryl) Horvath of Tavares, Fla., and Dr. James J. (Anna) Kirk, DDS of Fayetteville, N.C.; two stepdaughters, Johanna Dery of Rutland, Vt. and Helen (Dennis) Ducharme of Marshfield, Vt.; two stepsons, Martin Dery and his companion, Shirley, of Barre, Vt. and Bruno Dery of Marshfield, Vt.; 11 grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his parents; and his first wife, Leola Horvath.

A service of remembrance and celebration of his life will be held a 10 a.m. Saturday, June 7, 2008 at the Christ Covenant Church in Marshfield, Vt.

Memorial donations may be made to the Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641.

Margaret Mary Angus

Margaret Mary Angus

Died: Monday, May 05, 2008
Age: 88
Longtime Grosse Pointe Park resident Margaret Mary Angus, 88, died peacefully Sunday, May 5, 2008, at St. John’s Senior Community in Detroit.

Ms. Angus was born April 19, 1920 in Glasgow, Scotland and immigrated to the United States in the 1930s with her parents, Robert and Dora Angus.

Ms. Angus had a long and fulfilling career with the Detroit Public Schools. After earning her bachelor’s degree from Hillsdale College, she received a master’s degree and Doctorate in Education from Wayne State University. She was the principal at Fitzgerald Elementary School and Wilkins Elementary School, among others.

She was one of the few female school principals in a field that at the time was dominated by men. She was an active member of Delta Kappa Gamma educational sorority.

Throughout her life, Ms. Angus, “Greta” to her friends, was an advocate for children, a supporter of the civil rights movement, and a strong believer in equal rights for women.

She gave to many charitable causes, especially those dedicated to the welfare of children and the environment. She loved nature and, in good weather, could usually be found working in her garden.

Ms. Angus loved movies, books, politics and music. She was a lifelong supporter of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the League of Women Voters. She also enjoyed playing cards and visiting with friends.

She was a trusted friend and mentor to her three goddaughters, Maria, Carolyn and Janet Miller, and is survived by them and many other friends and family.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 9 at Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church Chapel, 8625 East Jefferson Avenue, Detroit.

Mary Isabelle Savage

Mary Isabelle Savage

Died: Monday, May 05, 2008
Age: 85
Longtime Grosse Pointe Farms resident Mary Isabelle Savage (nee Mackenzie), 85, died Monday, May 5, 2008.

She was born Oct. 31, 1922 in Detroit to orthodontist Stanley and Isabelle Mackenzie and spent her early years living in Detroit in the shadow of Tiger Stadium.

Later, the family moved to Grosse Pointe, where she spent the remainder of her life. She attended Grosse Pointe High School and Smith College in Northampton, Mass.

She was married to her childhood sweetheart, William Savage, for 63 years. They met as children at their families’ respective cottages at Bruce Beach, Ontario.

They began dating in high school. She was living in Michigan; he in Ontario. They married after he was discharged from the Royal Canadian Air Force following World War II and settled in Grosse Pointe Farms.

Her lifelong companion and husband died last June.

Mrs. Savage always commented that life with her husband was never dull. She particularly enjoyed the overseas trips they took together, especially the Canadian Fighter Pilots D-Day cruise in Great Britain, and the English cathedral church tour they took with other members of their church.

Mrs. Savage particularly enjoyed summers at her Bruce Beach cottage with lifelong friends and family.

Her family said Mrs. Savage greatly enjoyed her life, her family, and her friends. She looked forward to Wednesday afternoons with her “Tea Ladies.”

She was an expert bridge player for most of her life and was known to rarely turn down a game. In her more agile years, she loved to play tennis and walk.

An avid reader, she frequently could be found with her nose in a book.

Mrs. Savage volunteered her time to various organizations and committees. She taught nursery school for many years at Memorial Nursery, Inc. in Grosse Pointe Farms.

She was an active member of Grosse Pointe Memorial Church for more than 70 years and served the church in several capacities over the years. Her family said she often spoke of the many wonderful people she knew or worked with there.

She is survived by daughters, Connie Ralston and Judy (Giulio) Martinelli; daughter-in-law Betsy; former daughter-in-law, Sue; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren; and her brother, Richard of Gainesville, Fla.

She was predeceased by her husband, William; children, Susie and Billy; brother, Douglas; and sister, Constance.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 14 at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Memorial donations may be made to Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236 or Services for Older Citizens, 17150 Waterloo, Grosse Pointe, MI 48230.

Helen Ruehle Taylor

Helen Ruehle Taylor

Died: Sunday, May 04, 2008
Age: 90
Helen Ruehle Taylor passed away Sunday, May 4, 2008, at her home in Grosse Pointe Woods after suffering for many years from Alzheimer’s Disease. She was 90.

Mrs. Taylor was born Oct. 16, 1917 in Detroit to Florence and Edward Ruehle. She was one of four children.

Mrs. Taylor and her husband, James, started the family business, Midwest Brake, in 1950.

She was active at the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club with her husband, who was a commodore. Together they enjoyed boating aboard their yacht, the Taylor Made.

Mrs. Taylor was an avid reader and loved traveling with her husband. Her family said she was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and homemaker, who will be missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by her three children, Joan (Thomas) Coyle, James (Brenda) Taylor Jr. and Joyce (Bill) Johnston; 12 grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, James L. Taylor Sr.

Mrs. Taylor’s family gives a special thanks to the many wonderful care givers who assisted Mrs. Taylor the past 11 years, including Irmgard, Sue, Theresa and Cathy, and also to Carol, her hospice nurse.

A funeral service was held at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, Grosse Pointe Farms, on Wednesday, May 7, 2008.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Avenue, Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601-7633 or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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Cecelia E. Kalkhoff

Cecelia E. Kalkhoff

Died: Thursday, May 01, 2008
Age: 89
Lifelong Grosse Pointe Farms resident Cecelia E. Kalkhoff, 89, died Thursday, May 1, 2008, at Medilodge of Sterling Heights.

Mrs. Kalkhoff was born Aug. 29, 1918 in Grosse Pointe Farms to Columbus and Cecelia Labadie and attended Grosse Pointe High School.

Other than for a short period after she was newly married, Mrs. Kalkhoff lived her entire life on Muir Road, having moved across the street from the home in which she grew up. She loved the Pier — what is now known as Pier Park. She was a lifetime member of St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church.

Mrs. Kalkhoff was a wife, mother and homemaker, who enjoyed reading and playing cards, and was a devoted fan of the Detroit Pistons and Detroit Tigers.

She is survived by her daughter, Ann Lynn (Ralph) Bushman; sons, William F. (Ginger), Ted (the late JoAnn) and Mike (Mary Ellen); son-in-law, Dennis Currier; grandchildren; Christine, Bill, Matthew, Kathleen, Kelly, Valerie and Jeff; and great-grandchildren, Michael, Amanda, Blake, Kyle, Hameeda and Andrew.

She was predeceased by her husband, William; and daughter, Patricia Currier.

A funeral Mass was celebrated at A.H. Peters Funeral Home in Grosse Pointe Woods.

Albert J. Fetters Sr.

Died: Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Age: 79
Albert J. Fetters Sr., 79, of Chesterfield died Wednesday, April 30, 2008 at the Mt. Clemens Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Fetters was born May 12, 1928 in the City of Grosse Pointe and married Margaret Lawlor on Aug. 19 1961.

He was a U.S. Army veteran and retired from the City of Grosse Pointe.

Mr. Fetters is survived by his wife, Margaret; children, Albert (Mariann) and Dena (Joe) Zdunski; brother, William (Shirley) Fetters; sister, Agnes Gill; sisters-in-law, Christine Fetter and Laura Lawlor; grandchildren, Joey Zdunski, Mark Fetters and Brett Fetters.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 10, 2008 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 424 Smith St., Algonac, with Pastor Dennis Irish officiating. Arrangements were handled through the Gilbert Funeral Home in Algonac.
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