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Michael O. Wheeler

Michael O. Wheeler

Died: Sunday, March 30, 2008
Age: 65
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.

Barbara D. Hyde

Barbara D. Hyde

Died: Friday, March 28, 2008
Age: 86
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.

Michael James Morgan

Michael James Morgan

Died: Friday, March 28, 2008
Age: 59
Michael Morgan, 59, passed away Friday, March 28, 2008, from lung cancer.

He was born Dec. 9, 1948 in Detroit.

His family said he was handsome, charismatic and engaging. He lived his life large with a cavalier approach and a devil-may-care attitude. He enjoyed every minute he could. He often said he didn’t think he would live a long life, but it would be filled with excitement and adventure.

Mr. Morgan also had the ability to make every person he met feel like a best friend. He had countless friends who will miss him dearly, especially his love, Anne. 

He had a great love for Florida and spent many months of the year there, sailing and cruising the crystal blue waters with the wind in his hair. In recent months he claimed how much he missed those days.

Mr. Morgan is survived by his mother, Veronica Morgan; and his brothers and sisters, Suzanne Mulholland, Gregory, Mary Louise, Mark, Vickie, Bernadette Zadworny, Dolores, Paul, and Rosemary. Additionally, he is survived by Peggy Morgan, the widow of his brother Peter, who passed away five years ago; and her sons, Peter and Phillip; and nieces and nephews, Sophie Ray, Maxwell, Leigh, Alex, and Frank; and Uncle Courtney Morgan and his family.  

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 18505 W. 12 Mile Rd., Southfield, MI 48076 or your favorite drug rehab center.

Geraldine Mary Dancy

Died: Friday, March 28, 2008
Age: 81
Geraldine Mary Dancy, 81, died Friday, March 28, 2008 in Dallas, Texas.   

The former Geraldine Mary Grenke was born March 25, 1927 in Detroit. She married Joseph Dancy and raised their family in Grosse Pointe and Kalamazoo. The couple retired to Stuart, Fla. and St. Clair.

Mrs. Dancy took great pleasure in Michigan summers and Florida winters, leaving behind many friends and family whose lives she touched along the way. She enjoyed family activities including boating, tennis, music, the arts and nature.

She was active in the Kalamazoo Elks, Detroit Yacht Club, the Saint Clair Country Club and Island Dunes community. 

Mrs. Dancy is survived by her sons, Joseph Dancy of Dallas and James Dancy of Kalamazoo; grandchildren, Anne, Joe, Kim and Kiley; brother, James Grenke; sister-in-law, Helen Grenke; and many nieces and nephews who brightened her world.

She was predeceased by her husband, Joseph.

Donations may be made to Cistercian Preparatory School, 3660 Cistercian Rd., Irving, TX 75039; Kalamazoo Girls on the Run, 125 W. Exchange Place, Kalamazoo, MI 49007; or Omaha Home for Boys, 4343 North 52nd Street, Omaha NE 68104.

Anne K. Carter

Anne K. Carter

Died: Thursday, March 27, 2008
Age: 79
Grosse Pointe Woods resident Anne K. Carter, 79, died Thursday, March 27, 2008, at Sunrise on Vernier in Grosse Pointe Woods.

She was born Nov. 9, 1928 to Margaret and James. Her parents immigrated to the U.S. from Scotland about 1910 and settled in the Grosse Pointe area. Her father was a tile setter who labored on many of the mansions and homes built in Grosse Pointe at that time.

Mrs. Carter attended Girls Catholic Central High School and Wayne State University, where she perfected her talent for art and interior design. She was known as “Creations by Anne.”

In her youth she was a fashion model for the J. L. Hudson Co. She also was athletic, an excellent bowler and an above average women’s golfer. She was a member of Gowanie and Boulder Lakes country clubs and the Bon Secours Assistance League.

She was a devoted mother and grandmother who was extremely proud of her five children and 16 grandchildren.

Mrs. Carter is survived by Donald A. Carter Sr., her husband of 59 years; children, Donald (Janet) Carter Jr., Sheilah (Dr. Brian) Kelly, Mark (Laura) Carter, and Christine (Brian) Sweeney; grandchildren, Robert, Matthew, Stephen, and Kevin Coleman, Peter, Joseph (Theresa), and Michael Carter, James, Eric, Caitlin and Margaret Kelly, Andrew and Jessica Carter, and Scott, Sean and Megan Sweeney.

She was predeceased by her daughter Kathleen Coleman; her parents; and her seven siblings.

Services will be held at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to Capuchin Missions, 1820 Mt. Elliott, Detroit, MI 48207 or In-House Hospice Care Solutions, 24293 Telegraph Rd., Ste. 102, Southfield, MI 48033.

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Peter F. Kennedy

Died: Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Age: 73
Peter F. Kennedy, 73, died Tuesday, March 25, 2008, in Port Huron Hospital.

He was born in Chicago to William J. and Madeline Kennedy and graduated from Georgetown University. He was an officer in the U.S. Navy and had a career as an insurance salesman.

Mr. Kennedy and his wife, Mary, moved to Grosse Pointe and raised their family there. The couple had a home in Traverse City and spent summers at their beloved cottage on the shores of Lake Huron.

Mr. Kennedy was a devout Catholic who valued his relationship with God and his family and friends. He worked steadily to help his fellow man in their time of greatest need.

Mr. Kennedy is survived by his wife, Mary; sons, Peter Jr. (Mary), Thomas (Lynette) and Joseph; daughters, Rosemary (Chris) and Katherine (Phelps); and 11 grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his parents.

The Kennedy family will receive friends from 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday, April 6 at the Karrer-Simpson Funeral Home, 1720 Elk Street, Port Huron.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Monday, April 7 at St. Joseph Church, 1331 7th Street, Port Huron.

In lieu of flowers, donations to provide food for starving children can be given to “Nourish the Children” through the Peter F. Kennedy Memorial by calling (801) 345-5000 during business hours.

Janet Wilson

Died: Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Age: 86
Former Grosse Pointe Woods resident Janet Wilson, 86, died Tuesday, March 25, 2008, in Bal Harbour, Fla.

She was born in St. Clair Shores and lived in Grosse Pointe Woods until moving to Bal Harbour in 1976.

She is survived by her daughters, Christy Hofman, Edith Wilson, and Linda Bogdan.

Graveside services were held at Southern Memorial Park under the direction of the Cofer-Kolsky-Combs Funeral Home of Miami.

Lillian B. Mitchell

Lillian B. Mitchell

Died: Monday, March 24, 2008
Age: 62
Lillian B. Mitchell

Former longtime Grosse Pointe Farms resident Lillian B. Mitchell, 62, passed away Monday, March 24, 2008, at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor following a long illness and pneumonia.

Mrs. Mitchell was born and raised in Grosse Pointe. She was a teacher in the Grosse Pointe Public School System at various elementary schools and at University Liggett School for more than 25 years. She was recognized as a leader in special education/speech & language at Wayne State University, then completed her graduate work as an academic scholar in learning disabilities at Northwestern University.

Mrs. Mitchell was most recently teaching in the Plymouth Canton School System, following the family’s move to Ann Arbor. She contributed to new approaches in early childhood development for the district.

Mrs. Mitchell was talented in the arts and an advocate for children with special needs.

She is survived by her husband, Bob; daughters, Jennifer and Emily; son, Nelson; and grandson, Adam; and their respective families.

Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 29 at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore Road, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Memorial donations may be made to the Foundation for Exceptional Children, 16 Lakeshore Rd., Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.

Michael B. Schott

Michael B. Schott

Died: Monday, March 24, 2008
Age: 59
Michael Bennett Schott, 59, died after a valiant battle with brain cancer on March 24, 2008. He was born in 1948 in Cincinnati to Jacob and Dollie Schott.

Mr. Schott graduated from Western Hills High School where he was named a football All-American. He attended Ohio University on a full football scholarship and excelled both on the field and in the classroom. After leading his team to an undefeated season and the 1968 Tangerine Bowl, he was inducted into the Ohio University Hall of Fame. Mr. Schott chose to pursue a master’s degree in business administration at Harvard University rather than a professional football tryout with the Denver Broncos.

Upon graduating from Harvard in 1972, Mr. Schott returned to Cincinnati for work. He met and married Roberta Louise Condon and the couple moved to the New York area where Mr. Schott entered the beverage industry with Pepsi Bottling Co. He became president of Poland Spring Water until its purchase by Perrier. After the sale, Mr. Schott moved back to Cincinnati to be a partner in the Hudepohl Schoenling Brewing Co.

While in Cincinnati, the family grew to five children. The family moved to the Detroit area where Mr. Schott turned his efforts to Don Lee Distributor. He then launched AriZona Iced Tea and was tapped for senior management by Nantucket Nectars, Snapple, SoBe, and Everfresh.

Most recently, he helped build Monster Energy of Hansen Beverage Company. During his five years with Hansen, the company was twice named by Forbes Magazine as the No. 1 small company in the U.S.

In 2005, Mr. Schott married Evonne Stevenson. In Oct. 2006, Mr. Schott was stricken with a stage four brain tumor. He is survived by his wife, Evonne Stevenson Schott; his children, Kyle Louise of Chicago, John Chapin of Boston, Margaret Condon of San Francisco, Leslie Kathleen of Los Angeles and Mark Edmund of Santa Cruz, Calif.; siblings, Barbara (the late Jack) Boyd of Jacksonville, Fla., and Jacob (Donna) Schott of Cleveland. He also is survived by his step-children, Samuel Joseph and Thomas Scott Stevenson of Grosse Pointe Woods.

Visitation will be Thursday, March 27 from 1 to 9 p.m. at Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home, 16300 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Park, with the service at 11 a.m. Friday, March 28.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Michael B. Schott Fund at the Hermelin Brain Tumor Center, Henry Ford Health System, Office of Philanthropy, 1 Ford Place 5A, Detroit, MI 48202.

Joan Behm Krantz

Joan Behm Krantz

Died: Monday, March 24, 2008
Age: 76
Grosse Pointe Woods resident Joan Behm Krantz, 76, died Monday, March 24, 2008, at Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe of lung cancer.

She was born in Boston, Mass. She was a homemaker and mother of seven children.

Mrs. Krantz is survived by her husband, William A.; daughters, Theresa (Ron) Mack, MaryAnne (David) McCoy, Aurelie (Sam) Saigh, and Jeannette Behm; sons, Arthur (Alyson) Behm, Stephen Behm and Michael (Tricia) Behm; and 18 grandchildren. She also is survived by her siblings, Peggy Dever, Eileen Barrs and Jack Tangney.

Mrs. Krantz was predeceased by her first husband, Arthur G. Behm.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 12 at St. Philomena Catholic Church, 4281 Marseilles, Detroit, followed by interment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Detroit.

Memorial donations may be made to Beaumont Hospice, 1200 Stephenson Hwy., Troy, MI 48083.
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