Died: Tuesday, April 08, 2008 Sally J. Sutton
Grosse Pointe Park resident Sally J. Sutton, 76, died Tuesday, April 8, 2008, in Tequesta, Fla.
Mrs. Sutton was born Sept. 5, 1931 in Detroit to Margaret and Cyril Jason. Her family moved to Grosse Pointe Park during her junior year at Dominican High School.
After graduating from high school, she attended the University of Detroit and received her teaching degree in 1953. She was a teacher with the Detroit Public Schools.
Mrs. Sutton was a member of the Bon Secours Assistance League, the Arch Con Fraternity at St. Clare of Montefalco, and A.R.T., a charitable women’s organization in Florida.
Additionally she developed and organized the post-funeral lunch program at St. Clare for families following funeral services for their loved ones.
Mrs. Sutton led an active life, playing tennis, golf, bocce and bridge. She belonged to the Tequesta golf league and was responsible for starting the bridge club at St. Clare.
She also enjoyed spending time with her great-great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Sutton is survived by her husband, Bryson C. Sutton; daughters Marcy (William) Thaens, Lisa (Eric) Becker, and Meighan (Tom) Linebaugh; sons, Mark and Tim; grandchildren, Lucie, Charlotte, Clare and Mikaela Linebaugh, Liam and Clare Sutton, Christopher, Nathan, and Daniel Thaens, and Peter, Jake, and Beau Becker; great-grandchildren, Pierce, Preston, and Pascal Thaens, and Bryson Thaens.
She also is survived by her sister, Susan Lovely; and her brother, Peter Jason.
Mrs. Sutton was predeceased by her parents, and her brother, Bob Jason.
Funeral services were held in Florida. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 27, at St. Clare, 1401 Whittier Rd., Grosse Pointe Park.
Memorial donations may be made to the Hemophilia Foundation of Michigan, 1921 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti, MI 48197.
Died: Monday, April 07, 2008 Daniel John "Jack" Scully
Daniel John “Jack” Scully, 90, died peacefully surrounded by his family on Monday, April 7, 2008.
Mr. Scully was born Nov. 15, 1917 in Watertown, S.D. to the late Daniel T. and Sarah (nee Jordan) Scully. He served with distinction in the U.S. Marine Corps. in the Pacific theater during World War II, achieving the rank of major.
Mr. Scully met Kathryn Ruth “Kaye” Schlukbier, at the University of North Dakota where he earned his law degree. They were married in 1943.
He was a retired member of the State Bar of California and was involved in a variety of civic, church, charitable and professional organizations, but was most proud of being a founding member of the American Board of Trial Advocates in 1958.
Mr. Scully moved to Michigan in 1993 and resided at Henry Ford Village.
He enjoyed golfing with his son and grandson at the Country Club of Detroit and Crystal Downs Country Club.
His family said Mr. Scully will be remembered for his dedication to the law, his love of family, God and country, as well as for a quick wit and gentle nature.
He is survived by his children, Kathryn Ann Clark of Coto de Caza, Calif. and Daniel J. Jr. (Peggy King) of Grosse Pointe Farms; grandchildren, Kevin, Megan (Thom) Dickson, Tim, Sarah, Erin and Mike; great-grandchildren, Jack and Kate; siblings, Tom (Mary), Helen (Lee) Meyer; brother-in-law, Frank (Virginia) Schlukbier; and many nieces, nephews, friends and colleagues.
He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Kaye; son-in-law, Brian Clark; grandchild, Mary Kate; his twin brother, Bill (Kay); his other siblings, Frank (Ginger), Margaret (John) Hanten and Dorothy (Burt) Burton; and his brother-in-law, Bud (Echo) Schlukbier.
He also was predeceased by his trusty beagle, “Corky.”
A funeral Mass was celebrated at San Francisco Solano, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. with interment at All Soul’s Catholic Cemetery in Long Beach, Calif.
Family and friends in Michigan will gather to remember Mr. Scully at an open house Saturday, May 10 at Henry Ford Village.
Died: Saturday, April 05, 2008 Ruth A. Davis
Ruth A. Davis, 87, died peacefully in her home at St. John Senior Community on Saturday, April 5, 2008.
Mrs. Davis previously lived in Berkley and Sunsites, Ariz. She was the daughter of Albert and Nora Saye and graduated from Berkley High School in 1938.
Mrs. Davis retired from the Berkley Public Schools where she was the school’s attendance secretary and personal secretary to the assistant principal. She cherished working with the many wonderful students and staff members.
She learned the value of a college education after working in the guidance office for all those years and encouraged many students to continue on to a higher education, if at all possible.
Mrs. Davis and her husband, Jack, retired to Sunsites, Ariz. and lived there for 23 years until Mr. Davis’ death in 1992. Mrs. Davis then moved to Grosse Pointe Farms to be closer to her family.
She was a member of the Royal Oak Elks Club, The Secretaries Association of Michigan and The Gem and Mineral Club of Sunsites.
Mrs. Davis was well known in her later years as the butterfly lady. She collected all different types of butterflies not only in her artwork, but also in butterfly memorabilia. She also collected hand-painted china.
She enjoyed tournament bridge and entertaining friends and family.
She also enjoyed hunting for gems and minerals while living in Arizona. She donated a large collection of gems and minerals to the science department at The Grosse Pointe Academy.
Mrs. Davis is survived by her children, Diane (Victor) Kondratowicz, Cheryl (Jerry) Willis, Victoria (Robert) Liggett, and John D. (Martha) Davis; grandchildren, Danielle Weller, Heather Power, and Emily, Marjorie and Roberta “Birdy” Liggett; and great-grandchildren, Amber Weller and Landon Power.
She also is survived by her only sister, Millie (Lynn) Gardner; and nephews Grant (Lisa) Gardner and Kurt (Laura) Gardner.
Mrs. Davis was predeceased by Jack, her husband of 53 wonderful years.
A memorial service will be held at the Grosse Pointe United Methodist Church, Grosse Pointe Farms, in June.
Donations may be made to The Liggett Breast Center at the VanElslander Cancer Center, 19229 Mack Ave., Suite 31, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236.
Died: Saturday, April 05, 2008 Linda Rustem Sejfulla
Former Grosse Pointe Farms resident Linda Rustem Sejfulla, 58, died Saturday, April 5, 2008, in Portland, Ore.
Ms. Sejfulla attended the University of Michigan. She then attended San Francisco State University and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in film studies and graduated cum laude and with department honors.
She was a teaching fellow while enrolled in the master’s program as San Francisco State.
She enjoyed giving lectures in film history at various colleges and libraries throughout California and Oregon.
Ms. Sejfulla was a published author of poetry and essays.
She wrote many letters to government officials and organizations in support of social issues about which she cared deeply.
Ms. Sejfulla is survived by her sister, Laura (Alex) Veliko; brother, Bob (Linda) Sejfulla; nieces, Lydia, Cynthia, Amy and Emily; and nephew, Derek.
She was predeceased by her parents, Rustem and Vahide Sejfulla.
Services were private.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 20450 Civic Center Dr., Southfield, MI 48076 or the Grosse Pointe Library Foundation, 15450 E. Jefferson, Suite 150, Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230.
Died: Friday, April 04, 2008 Geraldine Merry Hassel
Geraldine Merry Hassel, 96, of Dearborn, formerly of Grosse Pointe Farms, died July 30, 2008 at Oakwood Hospital in Dearborn.
She was born April 4, 1912 in Kalamazoo to Edson Don Merry and Edna Lane Merry.
Mrs. Hassel graduated from Eastern High School in Detroit and Detroit Commercial College. She was a member of Colony Town Club and she was proud and interested in her English heritage. She also loved Sanders hot fudge, reading novels, playing a mean game of bridge, and watching freighters. She enjoyed knitting for cancer patients.
Mrs. Hassel is survived by her daughter, Judith (Charles) Mathews; four grandchildren, Julie (Matthew) Schuetze, Mark (Kelly) Mathews, Kristin Hassel and Erik (Rachel) Mathews; great-grandchildren, Abbey, Aubrey, Jake, Emery, Charlie and Sophie; and her special friend of two years, Harley Grigg.
She was predeceased by her husband, Carl E. Hassel; and a son, Larry Carl Hassel.
A service will be held at a later date. Interment is at White Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to the Michigan Humane Society, Development Department, 30300 Telegraph Road, Suite 200, Bingham Farms, MI 48025.
Died: Wednesday, April 02, 2008 Evelyn Frohman
Grosse Pointe Woods resident Evelyn Frohman, 84, died Wednesday, April 2, 2008, at Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe
She was born August 19, 1923, in Wilmington, N.C. Mrs. Frohman graduated from high school and entered Indiana University in Bloomington at age 16 in 1939. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 1943.
She did graduate work at Smith College before she dropped out to marry childhood friend, Charles Frohman, in 1946.
Mrs. Frohman was an elementary school science teacher in the Detroit Public Schools from 1966 until her retirement in 1984. She earned a master’s degree in education at Wayne State University in 1969.
After retirement, she volunteered for Reading for the Blind and Dyslexic, recording chemistry and physics textbooks for blind and dyslexic college students.
She enjoyed her cats and her children’s dogs — the “granddogs.” She also enjoyed playing the piano and reading.
Mrs. Frohman is survived by her daughter, Elsa Frohman of Eastpointe; sons, Charles (Nancy) of Iowa City, Iowa, and Tom (Ardath) Frohman of Troy; grandson, David Frohman of Iowa City, Iowa; sister, Janet Davis of Chapel Hill, N.C.; and her devoted caregiver, Linda Karczewski of Harrison Township.
She was predeceased by her husband, Charles; and daughter, Mary.
Memorial donations may be made to Reading for the Blind and Dyslexic, 5600 Rochester Road, Troy, MI 48098, or the Michigan Humane Society, 30300 Telegraph Road, Suite 220, Bingham Farms, MI 48025-4507.
Died: Tuesday, April 01, 2008 Dorothy R. Gitre
Dorothy Rose Gitre, age 91, of Spring Lake died Tuesday, April 1, 2008, in a local hospital.
She was born Sept. 18, 1916, in Gerard, Ohio, to William and Jessica (Zimmerman) Moriarty, and graduated from St. Ambrose High School in Detroit. She married Stanley Gitre Nov. 24, 1934, in Detroit.
Mrs. Gitre and her husband previously owned and operated an insurance agency in Grosse Pointe Farms.
She was a longtime volunteer at Cottage Hospital, an award-winning member of the Grosse Pointe Garden Club, and a member of the Altar Society at St. Paul’s Catholic Church.
She moved to Spring Lake 15 years ago and was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
She enjoyed gardening and traveling with her husband, and was proud that she had visited each of the 50 United States.
Above all, she loved spending time with her family, which included five generations.
Mrs. Gitre is lovingly remembered by her daughter, Gail (Mike) Riley of Spring Lake; grandchildren, Kathleen Robbe of Spring Lake, Stephen (Marian) Riley of Novi, Patrick (Laura) Riley of Fraser, and Timothy (Sheila) Riley of Grand Haven; 10 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.
She also is survived by her sisters, Mil (Art) Ternes of Dunedin, Fla., and Jean (Ron) Smith of Anchor Bay; a sister-in-law, Arlynn Moriarty; and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, Stanley, in 1976; daughter, Debra Gitre; brothers, William and Robert Moriarty; and sister-in-law, Illa Moriarty.
A funeral Mass was celebrated Saturday, April 5, 2008, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Spring Lake with Rev. Leonard Sudlik as celebrant.
Interment will be in Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton Township.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan, 29777 Telegraph Rd., Suite 1651, Southfield, MI 48034 or to Hospice of North Ottawa Community, 18525 Woodland Ridge Dr., Spring Lake, MI 49456.
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Died: Sunday, March 30, 2008 Lillian G. Batory
Lillian G. Batory (nee Ochylski), 85, died Sunday, March 30, 2008. She was a 58-year resident of Grosse Pointe Woods.
Born Aug. 25, 1922 in Detroit to Marshall and Helen, she attended St. Mary Academy in Monroe and graduated in 1940 from Girls Catholic Central High School in Detroit.
Her family described her as a gentle, caring and loving lady who will be remembered always as one of the best that ever was.
Active in many endeavors and an avid sports fan, she was proficient at golf and bowling. She was a Detroit Women’s Bowling Association and Women’s International Bowling Congress league champion several times and carried a 225 game average.
Mrs. Batory was the beloved wife for 68 wonderful years of Stephen F., who survives her. She was always a loving aunt and is survived by nephews Ronald L. Batory, and Charles, Marshall and Gregory Ochylski and their families.
She was predeceased by her adored daughter, Barbara Eileen; her parents; and her brother, Eugene.
A private memorial service was held at Kaul Funeral Home.
Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimers Association, 20300 Civic Center Dr., Suite 100, Southfield, MI 48076.
Died: Sunday, March 30, 2008 Michael O. Wheeler
Michael O. Wheeler
Former City of Grosse Pointe resident Michael O. Wheeler, 65, passed away suddenly March 30, 2008, in Bonita Springs, Fla.
Mr. Wheeler was the retired president of L.M. Gear Company.
He was a graduate of the Duke University School of Engineering and the University of Michigan School of Business. He served on the Board of Visitors of the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University for the past 10 years.
Mr. Wheeler was involved in the Grosse Pointe community as a president of the Grosse Pointe City Little League, past president of the Grosse Pointe South High School Dad’s Club and was a member of the Hundred Club of Detroit.
He enjoyed golf, tennis and platform tennis and many wonderful times with family and friends at the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club and the Country Club of Detroit.
He was tremendously proud of his Swedish heritage and the great camaraderie it provided over the years.
He is remembered by family and friends for his quick wit, enduring sense of humor and for the love and support he showed to all.
Mr. Wheeler is survived by his wife, Susan; daughters Julia (Keith) Shiner of Falls Church, Va. and Robin of Chicago, Ill.; and his sister, Cynthia Branson of Tacoma, Wash.
He was predeceased by his son, William.
A memorial service will be held at 4:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 12 at the Grosse Pointe Academy Chapel, 171 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms.
Memorial donations may be made in his name to the Pratt School of Engineering, 305 Teer Engineering Bldg., Box 90271, Duke University, Durham, N.C., 27708.
Died: Friday, March 28, 2008 Barbara D. Hyde
Former City of Grosse Pointe resident Barbara Hyde, 86, died peacefully Friday, March 28, 2008 at Shorepointe Nursing Center in St. Clair Shores.
Miss Hyde graduated from Albion College in 1943. She lived and worked in Washington D.C. for 12 years after college. Upon returning to Grosse Pointe, she worked as an accountant for a number of organizations including the Detroit College of Law.
Miss Hyde was an avid reader. She was always eager to discuss current events and was a great lover of history. She traveled extensively throughout the world, was an adept bridge player and closely followed her beloved Detroit Tigers. She was a member of the Junior League of Detroit and the Colonial Dames of America.
She is survived by her sister, Betty Swanson; and six nieces and nephews, Peter (Kathy) Swanson, Ann Swanson, Paul Swanson, Warren (Ann) Watkins, John (Shelley) Watkins Jr., and David (Maureen) Watkins.
She was predeceased by her sister, Jean Watkins.
Memorial donations may be made to Albion College, Office of Annual Giving, 611 E. Porter Street, Albion, MI 49224.