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Ruth M. Lucas

Died: Thursday, January 24, 2008
Age: 78
Ruth M. Lucas, 78, a resident of St. Clair Shores, died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2008, in Hillsboro Beach, Fla.

Mrs. Lucas was born June 5, 1929 to Genevive and Roland Minogue in Manitowoc, Wis. She attended Michigan State University and graduated in 1951 from Baldwin-Wallace College in Ohio. She worked as a substitute teacher.

She is survived by her daughter, Kathy; sons Dan and Mike; and brother Roland Minogue II.

She was predeceased by her husband, Robert; and sister Judy Wilcox.

Memorial donations may be made to Henry Ford Hospice, 1 Ford Place 5A, Detroit, MI 48202 or American Cancer Society, 18505 W. 12 Mile Rd., Southfield, MI 48076.

Mildred E. Willison

Mildred E. Willison

Died: Thursday, January 24, 2008
Age: 80
Mildred E. Willison, 80, of Bloomfield Hills died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2008 at her home.

Mrs. Willison was born in Detroit. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1949 and a Master in Fine Arts in 1953, both from Wayne State University. She taught fine arts from 1949 to 1956 at Asbury College in Kentucky.

She served as a docent for the Detroit Institute of Arts for five years and was a member of the Sculptor’s Guild of Michigan. Her sculptures have received awards at the Birmingham-Bloomfield Art Association show and the Nativity Episcopal Festival of the Arts. Most recently her work was exhibited at the Ave Maria Gallery in Ann Arbor.

She is survived by her husband, David Willison; sons John (Carol) and Stephen (Amy); daughters Ann (Reinhard) Lemke, Roberta (Scott) Kisker and Theresa (Dennis) Kerley III; 21 great-grandchildren; her sisters, Frances Ewbank and Nancy McConnell; and brother Frederick White.

She was predeceased by her brother, Robert White.

A funeral service was held Jan. 28 at First United Methodist Church of Birmingham. Interment is in White Chapel Memorial Cemetery in Troy.

Memorial donations may be made to Heifer International, P.O. Box 1692, Merrifield, VA 22116

Lance Cpl. Scott Winter Ulrich

Lance Cpl. Scott Winter Ulrich

Died: Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Age: 21
Lance Cpl. Scott Winter Ulrich, 21, died suddenly Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2008.

He was on active duty with the U.S. Marine Corps and based at Camp Lejeune, N.C. with the 11 Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, 2nd Radio Battalion. He was born Nov. 19, 1986 in Detroit and was a lifelong Grosse Pointe Woods resident.

Lance Cpl. Ulrich was a June 2005 graduate of Grosse Pointe North High School. He joined the Marines in December, 2005 and graduated from Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C. as part of the 3rd Battalion on March 3, 2006.

Lance Cpl. Ulrich developed an interest in sports motorcycles the summer after graduation from high school and rode his Kawasaki sports bike to Grosse Pointe Woods Lakefront Park where he worked as a lifeguard.

He later acquired a 600cc Yamaha to explore the mountains and back roads in North Carolina and the Blue Ridge Mountains, often going on road trips with the riding club at the military base.

Lance Cpl. Ulrich’s ability to fix or assemble things was the delight of his family, often helping out by assembling the new baby swing or fixing something around the house.

During high school, he was involved in track and field, cross country, swimming and diving.

He became interested in skull racing and trained on the Detroit River at the Detroit Boat Club while in middle school. His lifelong love of hockey started with street hockey and continued into the Grosse Pointe Hockey Association, where he played through middle school, along with his brother, Todd. His enthusiasm for the sport inspired his sister, Tessa, to take it up.

Lance Cpl. Ulrich’s love of the outdoors began with a trip to Yellowstone National Park, where he explored the natural wonders of the park and won his ranger badge. He also enjoyed fly-fishing and fly tying.

His family described him as personable, with an engaging smile. He offered help to anyone who needed or asked, often befriending other people having difficult times.

He was part of the Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church Teen Life group at its beginning.

He is survived by his parents, Linda Winter and Gregory L. Ulrich; his older brother, Todd G. Ulrich; and his younger sister, Tessa Winter Ulrich; and his aunts, uncles and cousins. He is the grandson of Howard Winter and the late Lillian Winter.

A funeral Mass was celebrated at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Woods, followed by full military honors.

Memorials may be made to the Lance Cpl. Scott Winter Ulrich Fund for the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, Veterans Law Clinic, 651 East Jefferson, Room 251, Detroit, MI 48226 or to the State Bar of Michigan Access to Justice Campaign, 306 Townsend Street, Lansing, MI 48933.

Clara Bettina Buesser

Died: Monday, January 21, 2008
Age: 89
Clara Bettina Buesser, 89, died Monday, Jan. 21, 2008, in Ann Arbor while lovingly attended by the combined Buesser-Rieveschl family that she created, nurtured and cherished.

Born Clara Bettina Smith on Aug. 17, 1918 in Louisville, Ky., the daughter of Thomas Gardener and Helen Peake Smith, she was raised and educated in the greater Cincinnati area. Asked once how she developed her wide ranging interest in and knowledge of art, music, and gardening, she replied, “I had a library card.”

With her first husband George Rieveschl, inventor of the antihistamine Benadryl, she raised their two boys in a modern home she helped design and landscape in Grosse Pointe Farms.

Married in 1973 to Detroit attorney Anthony C. Buesser, she set about building a new close-knit family consisting of her two boys and his three children and their families.

Listing her occupation, with a straight face, as “ homemaker,” she designed, built or renovated 10 personal residences and two cottages. Her family said that she bound them together with laughter, trust and love, and presided with quiet tact and grace, and expects that when she meets God, He will say to her, “Welcome, I have a design project for you.”

She is survived by her husband, Anthony C. Buesser of Ann Arbor; two sons Gary T. Rieveschl of West Harrison, Ind., Jan L. (April) Rieveschl, of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.; three step-children Kent Buesser Baumkel of Ypsilanti, Anthony C. (Iris) Buesser Jr. of Dexter and Andrew C. (Ojen) Buesser of Ann Arbor; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Burial will be private. A memorial service celebrating her life will be held in late spring, her season of the year.

Memorial donations may be made to Arbor Hospice, 2366 Oak Valley Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Share a memory with the family at vermeulenfuneralhome.com

Joseph Marshall

Joseph Marshall

Died: Sunday, January 20, 2008
Age: 84
Longtime Grosse Pointe Farms resident Joseph Marshall, 84, died Sunday, Jan. 20, 2008, at Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe.

He was born Aug. 19, 1923 in Detroit to Joseph F. and Veronica Marshall.

Mr. Marshall worked many years for the Wayne County Friend of the Court.

He enjoyed volunteering at Bon Secours Hospital and tending to the garden in his yard. He also loved to read books, especially mysteries.

Mr. Marshall is survived by his wife, Theresa; sons Joseph, Thomas (Dawn) and Robert (Sandi); and grandchildren Andrew, Brian, Cameron, Megan, Joel, Haley and Hannah.

Privates services will be held at a later date. Interment is in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Detroit.

Share thoughts and remembrances with the family at rggrharris.com.

Robert J. Marshall

Robert J. Marshall

Died: Saturday, January 19, 2008
Age: 83
City of Grosse Pointe resident Robert J. Marshall, 83, died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2008, at Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe. He was the former Fire Chief of the City of Grosse Pointe.

Mr. Marshall was born Nov. 26, 1924 in Detroit to Rene and Celia Beckaert Marshall. The family moved to Grosse Pointe when Mr. Marshall was one year old. He graduated from Grosse Pointe High School in Jan. 1943 and joined the U.S. Navy immediately upon graduation.

He received his first fire control training in the Navy, serving as a Fire Controlman 3rd class during World War II. He proudly served on the destroyer USS Parker DD604 in the North Atlantic on convoy escort duty, participating in the Mediterranean in Operation Torch, and was in the Pacific en route to Okinawa when the war ended.

Mr. Marshall joined the City of Grosse Pointe Fire Department May 1, 1956. He was promoted to lieutenant in 1967 and captain in 1968. He became fire chief in 1973 and finished his career as deputy director of public safety, retiring in 1986.

He was an excellent fisherman, and was known throughout the City of Grosse Pointe for his garden. He took special pride in his tomatoes, which he shared with neighbors.

He was a member of the Tin Can Sailors, a national association of destroyer veterans; the Belgian American Association, and the Metropolitan Club.

Mr. Marshall was a devoted and beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He will be dearly missed by family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Emilie; daughters, Pamela (Gregory) Wheeler of Asheboro, N.C. and Janice (Michael) Sollenbarger of Tucson, Ariz.; grandchildren, Amy (Maj. Boyd) Hodges of Fayetteville, N.C. and John “Jack” Wheeler of Grosse Pointe Farms; and great-grandchildren, Paige, Meghan and Gregory Hodges.

He was predeceased by his brother, George Marshall; and sister, Florence Teetaert.

A service was held Jan. 22 at St. Philomena Catholic Church in Detroit with interment at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly.

Memorial donations may be made to The Salvation Army, 16130 Northland Dr., Southfield, MI 48075 or The Capuchins, 1820 Mt. Elliott, Detroit, MI 48207

Gale Worrell

Gale Worrell

Died: Friday, January 18, 2008
Age: 58
Gale Worrell, age 58, of Madison, Wisc. passed away unexpectedly from a brain aneurysm on Friday, Jan. 18, 2008. Mrs. Worrell was raised on the family farm in Bad Axe, surrounded by a lively and loving family.

She met her husband, Cal, while in college and they married soon after. Cal’s career as a hotelier took them away from Michigan and all over the United States.

Despite leaving the farm and becoming a city girl, the work ethic Mrs. Worrell learned on the farm never left her. Even days before her death, she could be found on a ladder shoveling snow off her roof or with a sledgehammer in hand knocking down a basement wall.

Mrs. Worrell wore many hats throughout her life as a preschool teacher, hotel manager, accountant, and design consultant. No task ever seemed too tall to fill and she never stopped impressing those around her with her ability to conquer just about anything.

Mrs. Worrell and her husband raised three successful and charismatic children: CK, age 31, Erica, age 28, and Jon, age 22. She cared for her husband with every inch of her being while he battled melanoma.

Besides giving her time and energy for her family and friends, Mrs. Worrell loved Madison and contributed to her community by helping with various organizations such as Restoring Hope, Ann’s Hope Foundation, and the Boys and Girls Club, and serving on the Juvenile Justice Board and the Madison Innkeepers Association. According to her wishes her children have chosen to donate her organs.

Mrs. Worrell is survived by her three children; mother, Martha Krug; and her siblings, Joan, Gary, Cathy, Ken, Raymond, Kevin and Howard.

A memorial service was be held in Madison on Jan. 21.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Restoring Hope Transplant House, 7457

Betty D. Breidenbach

Died: Friday, January 18, 2008
Age: 87
Former Grosse Pointe resident Betty Dick Breidenbach, 87, of Port Charlotte and Marco Island, Fla., died Friday, Jan. 18, 2008.

She was born April 26, 1920 in Chicago, and grew up in Birmingham.

Mrs. Breidenbach studied art at the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit. Her watercolors toured the United States and one of her paintings was purchased by Ford Motor Co. She belonged to the Circle Dramatique and the Christ Child Society.

She and her late husband, Vic, were avid travelers, golfers, and curlers and belonged to the Circumnavigators Club, the Detroit Yacht Club, Gowanie Golf Club, and the Detroit Curling Club. They moved to Florida in 2000, spending time on Marco Island and living at South Port Square in Port Charlotte.

 She is survived by her brother, Richard (Sarah) Dick of Port Charlotte; son Hal (Cathie) of West Bloomfield; daughter Bonnie (Kass) Breidenbach of St. Clair Shores; granddaughters Anne (James) Buehler of Waterford, Sarah Breidenbach, and Becky (Amy) Breidenbach of Austin, Texas; and two great-grandchildren.

 A funeral Mass was celebrated Feb. 1 at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Port Charlotte.

 Memorial donations may be made to St. Charles Borromeo Church, 21505 Augusta Ave., Port Charlotte, FL 33952; the Christ Child Society of Detroit, 15751 Joy Road, Detroit, MI 48228; Tidewell Hospice and Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Boulevard, Sarasota, FL 34238; or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Genevieve Margaret Daudlin

Genevieve Margaret Daudlin

Died: Thursday, January 17, 2008
Age: 96
Former Grosse Pointe Woods resident Genevieve Margaret “Jean” Daudlin, 96, died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2008, at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit. She had been living at the Shore Pointe Nursing Center in St. Clair Shores.

Mrs. Daudlin was born April 9, 1911 in St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada, to Thomas and Margaret Peacock. She attended St. Mary’s Academy and received her degree in piano from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada in 1930.

She was the first staff pianist for Canadian radio station CKOK from 1931 to 1935. In 1933 CKOK changed its call letters to CKLW. She had her own program and was guest pianist at many social events.

Mrs. Daudlin enjoyed knitting, gardening, drawing, and baking. Her greatest joy came from her family and seeing her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren reach their goals in business, academics, sports, and especially, love and faith.

She is survived by her daughter, Mary Ann (the late Gerald) Bodendistel; son Paul Thomas (Mary Jane) Daudlin; grandchildren Monica (James) Taubitz, Tim (Jennifer) Bodendistel, and Katie, Molly and Meg Daudlin; and great-grandchildren Lauren, Melissa and Stephanie Taubitz and Kirk and Sean Bodendistel.

She was predeceased by her husband, Paul Leo Daudlin and siblings Leslie, Elmore, Seaman and Bert.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Jan. 21 at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, St. Clair Shores, with interment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Detroit.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joan of Arc School, 22415 Overlake, St. Clair Shores, MI 48080 or the Fr. Solanus Guild-Capuchin Monastery, 1740 Mt. Elliott, Detroit, MI 48207.

Richard Durant

Richard Durant

Died: Thursday, January 17, 2008
Age: 89
Grosse Pointe Farms resident Richard Durant, a captain in the U.S. Army during World War II, an investment advisor, a leader in local, state, and national Republican Party activities for more than 20 years, a lawyer late in life, an avid reader, a father of four, grandfather of seven, and great-grandfather of two, died Thursday Jan. 17, 2008. He was 89, six weeks short of his 90th birthday.

Mr. Durant was born in Quincy, Mass. on March 5, 1918, the only child of William Clark and Heloise Durant. He attended the Berkshire School in western Massachusetts for high school, but left in 1933 in his sophomore year to find work because of the Depression. He was first hired as a water boy for a New York construction crew and then was an office boy for the president of National City Bank, now Citibank. He attended night classes at Columbia University, but never graduated.

However, in May of 1936 while at Columbia, he received the Charles F. Minor first prize for general academic excellence from the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Banking.

In July of that year, when Mr. Durant was only 18 years old, The New York Times published a letter from him taking The Times to task for crediting Roosevelt and the Federal Reserve for taking anti-inflationary actions (raising reserve requirements) when, young Durant pointed out, other Roosevelt policies were devaluing the dollar and causing inflation.

To enlist in the Army, Mr. Durant memorized the eye chart while standing in line so he could read it with his glasses off when his turn came. He graduated from Officers Candidate School in North Carolina and served in Mexico, the Philippines, and Japan, where he was one of the first U.S. Army officers to land in 1945. He was sent alone from Yokohama to secure and reopen the port city of Nagoya. Years later he invited the son of the then mayor of Nagoya to visit Grosse Pointe, and they attended a Detroit Tigers game at Briggs Stadium.

He married Rosemary Heenan, a resident of the City of Grosse Pointe, in 1945. Their marriage lasted 62 years. Their first home was the garage apartment on the Webber estate. In 1949 they moved to their Lincoln Road home, where Mrs. Durant still resides.

Mr. and Mrs. Durant joined the Grosse Pointe Congregational Church where he ushered and taught Sunday School using the King James version of the Bible as his main text. Every June he would take those who did well on their final exam to Briggs Stadium for a ballgame. Everyone passed.

“Mr. Durant was a wonderful teacher. He introduced us to stories and lessons throughout the Old and New Testaments that I still treasure today,” said Harry Kurtz, a student of Mr. Durant’s almost 50 years ago.

Mr. Durant started a small investment company, authored a booklet entitled, “What Is The Dow Theory?”, and taught investment analysis and economics at Walsh Institute of Technology. Over time, and with others, he invested in and helped to manage seven small Michigan state banks.

In 1950 and 1952, Mr. Durant ran spirited but unsuccessful races for a seat in the U.S. Congress to represent the 14th Congressional District, a traditional Democratic seat. The 14th at that time included all of the Pointes and large sections of the eastside of Detroit stretching to Hamtramck. Mr. Durant popularized the case against inflation and for lower taxes with his famous “over the fence” talks using a bag of groceries to demonstrate the impact of the excessive spending, higher taxes, and inflation of the Truman years. He sought to lower taxes and increase freedom, at home and abroad.

Throughout the ‘50s and ‘60s, He remained active in politics, particularly working to broaden the base of the Republican Party and encouraging young people to understand and get involved in politics and the ideas underlying the workings of a free society.

For many years he was the chairman of the 14th District and a delegate to two national conventions. In 1964 he was one of the “rebellious 8” of Michigan’s 48 national delegates at the Cow Palace in San Francisco who voted to nominate Barry Goldwater. In 1968 he supported Ronald Reagan’s first try for the presidential nomination at the Republican National Convention in Miami.

“Richard Durant was the first real champion of the conservative movement in Michigan. Many entered and stayed in politics because of his work,” said his brother-in-law Palmer Heenan, mayor of Grosse Pointe Park and a delegate to the 1968 Republican National Convention.

In 1970, at the age of 52, Mr. Durant surprised his friends by enrolling in law school at the University of Detroit. Jon Gandelot, a young friend working for U.S. Senator Robert Griffin, said, “The story was that if Dick Durant was formidable before law school, think of what he can do with a law degree!” But Mr. Durant chose to use his law degree primarily to represent people who had little voice.

For many years his caseload included indigent criminal assignments from judges on the Recorder’s Court and Wayne Circuit Court. Michigan Court of Appeals Judge Michael Talbot was a classmate and partner with Mr. Durant in a firm they formed right after graduation. When asked about Mr. Durant as a lawyer, Talbot said “Dick was at the top of our class. He was a fighter. He always sought to do justice. He represented his clients well.”

Mr. Durant practiced law until he was 80. For years he and his son, Clark, had the firm Durant and Durant, P.C. “Dad taught me many things during our practice of law together. But, the two most important were to do what is right and to be prepared,” Clark Durant said.

Mr. Durant considered reading a wide range of books to be the foundation of a good education. Nearly 10,000 books were located throughout his house. Histories, biographies, essays, poetry, novels, drama, children’s stories, science fiction, and economic and political works — all were prized by him.

He regularly attended the Shaw and Stratford theater festivals with his family where he saw all of Shakespeare’s plays (more than once) and almost all of Shaw’s, his two favorite playwrights.

He enjoyed praising or criticizing the performances during the subsequent dinner conversations, and always found another volume or two for his library in a secondhand bookshop. He enjoyed sharing his love of books with the men of the Witenagemote where he had been a member since 1954.

Mr. Durant is survived by his wife Rosemary; four children Richard Jr., Peter H. (Suzanne), Clark (Susan) and Eugenie; seven grandchildren Hope, Maggie, T. Clark, Kate, Page, John and Anne; and his two great-grandchildren; Susan and Caroline Redmond.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday Jan. 26 at the Grosse Pointe Congregational Church, 240 Chalfonte, Grosse Pointe Farms.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to The Foundation for Economic Education, 30 S. Broadway, Irvington-on-Hudson, NY 10533; the Cornerstone Schools, 6861 E. Nevada, Detroit, MI 48234; or the Boy Scouts of America Detroit Area Council, 1776 W. Warren Ave., Detroit, MI 48208.
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