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Evangeline Christensen

Evangeline Christensen

Died: Friday, August 31, 2007
Age: 88
Evangeline Christensen, 88, of Grosse Pointe Park, died Aug. 31, 2007.

She was born Dec. 27, 1918, to Arthur and Emma Pitsch, in North Dorr, Mich.

Mrs. Christensen attended Michigan Normal School (Eastern Michigan University) where she met her future husband, Jack, who was attending the University of Michigan. She went on to become a homemaker and mother of two and a cherished volunteer at Bon Secours Hospital for more than 30 years.

She is survived by daughters, Karen (Ken Kay) Christensen of Tuscan, Ariz., and Mary Jo Spinney of Grosse Pointe Park; grandchildren, Jeff (Sarah) Smithson, Stephanie (Jon) Burak, Jackie Spinney, Jen Spinney, Braden Kay, Andy Spinney, Bergen Kay, Cathy (John) Smedley-Redig; and great-grandchildren, Justin and Anna Burak.

She was predeceased by her devoted and loving husband of more than 50 years, Jack Edward Christensen; her brother, Jack Pitsch; and sister, Dolores (Edward) Palowski.

Visitation was held Sept. 3 at A.H. Peters Funeral Home in Grosse Pointe Woods and a funeral service was held at St. Clare of Montefalco Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Park.

Interment is at Woodlawn Cemetery in Grand Rapids, alongside her family and husband.

Edward Michael Mack

Edward Michael Mack

Died: Friday, August 31, 2007
Age: 84
Edward Michael Mack, 84, died in his Grosse Pointe Woods home on Aug. 31, 2007.

He was born on July 13, 1923, in Detroit to Lillian and Michael Mack.

Mr. Mack was co-owner, with his brother LeRoy, of Mack Brothers Industries. He was a member of the Grosse Pointe Woods Police Auxiliary for 23 years, driver for Friends of Vision of Detroit Ophthalmology, Deacon for Our Savior Lutheran Church and member for more than 40 years, and a member of the Henry Ford Trade School Alumni Association.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 63 years, Elaine (Geltz) Mack; daughter, Judith (Thomas) Phipps; son, James Mack; grandchildren, Amy (Robert) McIntyre; great-grandchildren, Alexandra and Morgan McIntyre; and brother, LeRoy (Bernice) Mack.

A funeral service was held Sept. 4, 2007, at A.H. Peters Funeral Home in Grosse Pointe Woods.

Interment is at White Chapel Memorial Cemetery in Troy.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Historic Trinity Lutheran Church, 1345 Gratiot Ave., Detroit, MI 48207.

Fred Q. Martin

Died: Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Age: 82
Fred Q. Martin, 82, former resident of Grosse Pointe and recent resident of St. Clair, died of lung cancer on Aug. 29, 2007, at Bon Secours Nursing Home in St. Clair Shores.

Mr. Martin was born to Oscar and Mary Martin on Oct. 4, 1924, in Detroit.

He graduated from Southeastern High School in 1942, and was a manufacturer’s representative for special coated papers.

Mr. Martin served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a sergeant rifle sharpshooter and aviation machinist in the Asiatic Pacific during World War II.

He was a longtime member of the St. Clair River Country Club, and an avid golfer and football fan.

Mr. Martin is survived by his daughter, Cheryl (Dr. Richard) Swarthout; sons, Paul (Corrinne) Martin, and Jay Martin; grandchildren, Sarah Wagner, Ted Swarthout, and Christopher Formeister; great-grandchildren, Ellie and Tripp; and sister, Margaret Cremers.

He was predeceased by his daughter, Jacqueline Formeister; and son, Gregg Martin.

Arrangements were handled by A.H. Peters Funeral Home in Grosse Pointe Woods. Interment is in Lebanon, Tenn.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of choice or to the Grosse Pointe Animal Adoption Society, 296 Chalfonte, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.

Jeanne Jacques Ford

Jeanne Jacques Ford

Died: Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Age: 79
Jeanne Jacques Ford

Jeanne Jacques Ford, 79, of Palm Beach, Fla., formerly of Grosse Pointe and Brighton, died unexpectedly Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2007.

Mrs. Ford was born Oct. 25, 1927, in Detroit to Leo and Dorothy Jacques. She was valedictorian of her class at Grosse Pointe High School and received her bachelor’s degree in journalism with honors from Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism. Her journalistic career spanned both newspaper and radio.

Her greatest joy was in helping others in the Grosse Pointe area, and was active with Williams House, a facility for adolescent girls; Girl Scouts of America; and Episcopal Churchwomen at St. Michael’s Church.

Mrs. Ford loved reading, investing, collecting books, antiques and her family. While living in Brighton, she worked side by side with her husband, Donald R. Ford, in Lancer Arabians Inc., which at that time, was the largest importer of Egyptian Arabian horses.

She is survived by children Jacques (Dana) Ford of Ocala, Fla., Rex J. Ford of Palm Beach, Fla., and Laura (David) Petrash of Sherman, Texas; grandchildren Rob Ford, Jennifer (Andrew) Knopf, Blake Ford, Emily Ford, and Donald and Henry Petrash.

She was predeceased by her husband; parents; and a son, Robert John Ford.

Funeral services were held in Palm Beach, Fla. and Troy.

Memorials may be sent to the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, 7101 Fairway Drive, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. 33418.

Charlotte Florence ‘Shirley’ Bradley

Charlotte Florence ‘Shirley’ Bradley

Died: Monday, August 27, 2007
Age: 85
Charlotte Florence “Shirley” Bradley 85, of Grosse Pointe Woods, died Monday, Aug. 27, at Angela’s Hospice in Livonia.

Mrs. Bradley was born Jan. 27, 1922, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

She attended South Lake High School in St. Clair Shores and was a secretary at the U.S. Rubber Co. and owner and secretary of North Bay Marine Ltd. in New Baltimore.

Mrs. Bradley was secretary for the Michigan Mental Health Foundation; sold Beauty Counselor Cosmetics; and was a member of T.O.P.S. St. Clair Shores. She was an active member of the Grosse Pointe Woods Presbyterian Church. She played piano and was a Sunday school and piano teacher.

Mrs. Bradley enjoyed her summer cottage in Point Clark, Ontario, Canada, boating, sewing, cooking and was an avid reader.

She is survived by her husband Russell A. Bradley Sr.; daughter, Barbara (Charles) Sullivan; son, Russell Bradley Jr.; and four grandchildren, Justin, Katlyn, Steven and Courtney. She was predeceased by her son, David; and brother, Roy Clark.

Services will be held at noon Saturday, Sept. 1, at Bagnasco and Calcaterra Funeral Home, 25800 Harper, St. Clair Shores. Visitation is from 10 a.m. to noon.

Interment will be at White Chapel Memorial Cemetery in Troy.

Memorial contributions may be made to Angela’s Hospice, 14100 Newburgh Road, Livonia, MI 48154.

Evelyn DePaepe Schrage

Evelyn DePaepe Schrage

Died: Saturday, August 25, 2007
Age: 93
Evelyn DePaepe Schrage, 93, of Grosse Pointe Woods died Aug. 25, 2007.

She was born Aug. 30, 1913 in Detroit to Alphonse and Martha DePaepe.

Mrs. Schrage was raised in Grosse Pointe where her father was an architect and homebuilder. Her early summers were spent traveling with her mother. Evelyn met her husband while in high school and they were married at St. Paul Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Farms in 1934.

Of all of her interests, her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren brought the most happiness to her. She also loved her time on the water entertaining with her husband, Joseph A. Schrage, on their powerboat. They were wonderful hosts, always making everyone feel special and loved. Mrs. Schrage loved to travel and rarely missed a Notre Dame home football game where she enjoyed sharing the experience with family and friends.

She was a member of the Country Club of Detroit and the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club. Much of her time was spent as a volunteer of the Bon Secours Assistance League where she was one of the earliest members. It was through her hard work and dedication with other early members that the Bon Secours Hospital Gift Shop was opened.

Her love of family and wonderful sense of humor earned her the greatest respect and adoration from her family that loved her deeply and will miss her greatly.

Mrs. Schrage is survived by her daughters, Evelyn Sylvain, Deanna (Bernard) Van Antwerp, and Catherine (Charles) Ruifrok; grandchildren, James (Amy) Sylvain, Joseph (Kim) Sylvain, Bernard (Patti) Van Antwerp, Julie (John) Oderman, Christopher (Loretta) Van Antwerp, Michael Van Antwerp, Lynn (Karl) Ness, Charles (Joanne) Ruifrok, and Christopher Ruifrok; and 19 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Schrage was predeceased by her husband Joseph A. Schrage, and son-in-law James Sylvain.

Arrangements were handled by Verheyden Funeral Home in Grosse Pointe Park. A funeral Mass was celebrated Aug. 30 at St. Paul Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Farms.

Interment is at Mount Olivet in Detroit.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Capuchin Monastery, 1740 Mount Olivet, Detroit, MI 48207; or to the charity of one’s choice.

Robert W. Curran

Robert W. Curran

Died: Friday, August 24, 2007
Age: 80
Robert W. Curran, 80, died Friday, Aug. 24, at his home in the City of Grosse Pointe.

Mr. Curran was born Jan. 12, 1927, in Detroit, to George F. and Catherine L. Curran.

He enjoyed being around the water all of his life. He sailed his first Port Huron to Mackinac race at the age of 10 with his father. He continued to sail the annual event into the 1970s. He was an active member of the Detroit Yacht Club and its swimming team, the Sea Serpents.

Mr. Curran graduated from the University of Detroit High School in 1944. With our country at war and his love of the water, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. After his discharge from the U.S. Navy, he completed his education at the University of Michigan with a degree in naval architecture.

He started in business selling Grosse Pointe residential properties for the firm of Houseman-Spitzley. It was during this time he met his beloved wife, Dolores. Shortly thereafter Mr. Curran started his own real estate brokerage, Curran Realty Co., which continued for more than 60 years developing into an industrial general contracting firm.

Mr. Curran had a compassionate interest in all types of nautical antiques. He collected, built and restored 18th and 19th century ship models. He additionally enjoyed his large scrimshaw collection, antique diving equipment and navigational instruments.

Of all his interests, Mr. Curran enjoyed most his children and grandchildren at his lakeside home where he could watch the ships pass every day.

He is survived by his wife, Dolores; daughters, Coleen Curran, Cindy (Sam) Gizzi; sons, Robert (Donna) Curran Jr., Thomas (Lori) Curran, Craig Curran, Brian (Kathy) Curran, and Richard Curran; grandchildren, Christina Curran, Shayla Curran, Keaton Curran, Shannon Garvin, Holly Garvin, Eric Turgeon, Shawn Curran, Meagan Curran, Rachel Curran, Alex Curran, Brandon Carroll, Amanda Carroll, and Nicole Formella; sisters, Sally Kasper, Beverly, Judy Keating, Candy Sandel; and brother, George Curran II.

He was predeceased by his sister, Connie, and brother, Richard.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Tuesday, Aug. 28, at St. Paul Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Farms.

Interment is at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Detroit.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, St. Bonaventure Monastery, 1820 Mount Elliott, Detroit, MI 48207.

Arrangements were handled by Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home in Grosse Pointe Park.

Richard Francis Hamilton

Died: Friday, August 24, 2007
Age: 63
Richard Francis

Hamilton

Richard Francis Hamilton, 63, died Friday, Aug. 24, 2007 in Sarasota, Fla.

Mr. Hamilton was born Sept. 8, 1943, in Kalamazoo to Francis and Wilda Hamilton. He lived in Michigan, Washington, Wisconsin and Florida during his lifetime.

Of all of his interests, his son Scott and his grandchildren brought the most happiness to him. He also loved reading and researching history and had a lifelong love for the University of Michigan and the Green Bay Packers organization of which he was a shareholder.

Mr. Hamilton is survived by his sister, Carol L. Hutchison of Wisconsin; his son, Scott (Margaret Flanagan); and two grandchildren, Michael and Katie Rose Hamilton of Grosse Pointe Woods.

Mr. Hamilton was predeceased by his parents, Francis and Wilda Hamilton.

Arrangements were handled by Toale Brothers Funeral Home, Colonial Chapel in Florida. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, Sept. 29, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms. Interment will follow at St. Paul Catholic Church Columbarium in Grosse Pointe Farms.

Family members request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Tidewell Hospice, 5955 Rand Boulevard, Sarasota, FL 34238.

Richard Francis Hamilton

Died: Friday, August 24, 2007
Age: 63
Richard Francis

Hamilton

Richard Francis Hamilton, 63, died Friday, Aug. 24, 2007 in Sarasota, Fla.

Mr. Hamilton was born Sept. 8, 1943, in Kalamazoo to Francis and Wilda Hamilton. He lived in Michigan, Washington, Wisconsin and Florida during his lifetime.

Of all of his interests, his son Scott and his grandchildren brought the most happiness to him. He also loved reading and researching history and had a lifelong love for the University of Michigan and the Green Bay Packers Organization of which he was a shareholder.

Mr. Hamilton is survived by his sister, Carol L. Hutchison of Wisconsin; his son, Scott (Margaret Flanagan); and two grandchildren, Michael and Katie Rose Hamilton of Grosse Pointe Woods.

Mr. Hamilton was predeceased by his parents, Francis and Wilda Hamilton.

Arrangements were handled by Toale Brothers Funeral Home, Colonial Chapel in Florida. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, Sept. 29, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms. Interment will follow at St. Paul Catholic Church Columbarium in Grosse Pointe Farms.

Family members request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Tidewell Hospice, 5955 Rand Boulevard, Sarasota, FL 34238.

Martha Cavanagh Cameron

Died: Sunday, August 19, 2007
Age: 68
Martha Cavanagh Cameron, 68, of Harbor Springs, formerly of Grosse Pointe Farms, died Aug. 19, 2007.

She was born June 4, 1939, to Herbert Alan and Mildred Patterson Cavanagh.

Her childhood years were spent in Huntington Woods. Summers and holidays were spent at the family farm in Yale.

Mrs. Cameron was a graduate of Royal Oak Dondero High School. She attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics in 1961 and a Master of Arts degree in secondary education administration in 1970. She was affiliated with the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.

As a National Science Foundation scholar, Mrs. Cameron also attended the University of Hawaii.

She began her career as a math teacher in Newton, Mass. Returning to the Detroit area, she accepted a teaching position at Covington Junior High School in Birmingham. She then spent 10 years at IBM as a systems engineer, manufacturing industry marketing representative and regional staff instructor.

On Sept. 28, 1974, she married Michael Thain Cameron of Grosse Pointe Farms, where they resided for more than 20 years before relocating to Harbor Springs.

Mrs. Cameron was active in the Junior League of Detroit, Franklin Wright Settlement and the Accounting Aid Society. After moving to Harbor Springs in 1994, she served on the Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council board until her death.

She was a member of garden clubs in Grosse Pointe and Harbor Springs.

She enjoyed traveling, skiing and most especially canoeing the rivers of her beloved Northern Michigan and was instrumental in drawing others into this pursuit. Love of the outdoors inspired her to work for the preservation of Michigan’s woodlands and waterways.

Mrs. Cameron’s many and varied activities were directed toward family and friends who were the center of her life. She was a magnet for children and young people, engaging them in conversation, games and often in pranks that they might play on adults.

She is survived by her husband, Michael Cameron, dear family, friends and many beloved godchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council, 426 Bay St., Petoskey, MI 49770, or the Little Traverse Conservancy, 3264 Powell Road, Bear Creek Township, MI 49740.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 24, at St. Paul Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms. A memorial service and tribute to her life is planned for next summer in Harbor Springs.

Arrangements were made by Chas. Verheyden Funeral Homes Inc.
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