Died: Friday, April 07, 2006
Geraldine J. Paterson, 86, formerly of Grosse Pointe and Peoria, Ariz., died Friday, April 7, 2006, at Boswell Hospital in Sun City, Ariz.
She was born on Sept. 21, 1918, in Detroit to Charles and Freda Graff.
She attended Wayne State University for three years and lived in Grosse Pointe until 1994. She worked as a legal secretary and tax counselor at the law office of Douglas Leo Paterson.
Mrs. Paterson was the past president of the Sun Health Auxiliary, Michigan Club of the Sun Cities, Lawyers Wives of Michigan and Grosse Pointe Lawyers Wives.
She enjoyed playing cards, traveling and volunteering at a local hospital making jewelry. She was very fond of her dogs, Precious and Patty.
She is survived by step-daughter, Rosemary (Anthony) Dehn; three step-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband, Judge Douglas Leo Paterson; step-daughter, Phyllis Paterson; and step-son, Bernard Paterson.
A memorial service was held on April 13, in Peoria, Ariz. Interment is at Sunland Memorial Cemetery in Sun City, Ariz.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity or animal shelter of one’s choice.
Died: Thursday, April 06, 2006
John Eugene Fox, 80, formerly of Grosse Pointe Park, died on Thursday, April 6, 2006, in Bellaire.
He was born on June 1, 1925, in Janesville, Wis., to John A. and Sarah (nee Clapp) Fox.
During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army as a tech 4 radio operator in India and China. When he enlisted in 1943, the Army dropped his nickname “Gene,” which was chosen by his mother to differentiate him from his father who was also named John. As a radio operator, he answered to his code name, and to the name “John,” thereafter, he continued to go by that name except when he went to his birthplace to visit family and friends.
After the war, he earned his bachelor’s degree at Milton College in Milton, Wis. He taught in Lake Geneva, Wis., while simultaneously working on an advance degree from University of Wisconsin. After he earned his master’s, he began teaching English in Grosse Pointe High School in 1952.
He started teaching at North High School when it opened and remained until retirement in 1986. During his career, he served as president of the Michigan Council of Teachers of English and held committee chairmanships with the National Council.
Mr. Fox’s three children inherited three siblings when he married fellow North English teacher Patricia Lipski in 1969.
His interests were varied. As a young man, he had been a boxer and a classical pianist. Later, he became an enthusiast of opera, tennis, an investment club, computers and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. The Shaw Festival and sailing were his passions, both of which were lost to encroaching Alzheimer’s disease.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia W. Fox; daughters, Judith (Marvin) Cischke, Alicia (Kenneth) Baiel and Kyle (Mark) Peterson; sons, Brion (Stephanie) Fox, Harry (Laurel-Le) and James (Caren) Lipski; 13 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
A funeral Mass was celebrated on Tuesday, April 11, at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Park.
Interment is at White Chapel Cemetery in Troy.
Memorial contributions may be made with a notation, “in memory of John E. Fox,” to The Shaw Festival Foundation, P.O. Box 628, Lewiston, N.Y. 14092-0628, Att: Norm Bradshaw.
Died: Thursday, April 06, 2006 Nicholas Peter Moustardas
Grosse Pointe Park resident Nicholas Peter Moustardas, 55, died on Thursday, April 6, 2006.
He was born on June 18, 1950, in Serres, Greece, to Petros and Evangelia Moustardas. He graduated from high school at Alpha Gymnasium in Serres.
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Wayne State University. He served in the U.S. Army as a specialist 4 in Germany during the late 1970s. Mr. Moustardas worked as a medical technologist at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.
He had a variety of interests, including cars, music, politics, traveling and reading.
He is survived by his wife, Gabriela Moustardas; daughters, Christina, Anastasia and Eleni Moustardas; his mother, Evangelia Moustardas; and brother, Marios Moustardas.
He was predeceased by his father, Petros Moustardas, and daughter, Angelica.
A memorial service was held on Saturday, April 15, at Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, N.Y. Interment is at the monastery’s cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Monastery, 125 Sturdevant Rd., Smiths Creek, MI 48074.
Died: Tuesday, April 04, 2006
Boyce McBrier Tope died on Tuesday, April 4, 2006.
Mr. Tope served in the U.S. Air Force from 1941 to 1945. He retired from the Air Force Reserve in the grade of lieutenant colonel in 1969.
Mr. Tope was staff executive of the Detroit Auto Dealers Association for 23 years and general manager of the Detroit Auto Show, the second largest auto show in the country.
He was past president of both the Organization Executives of Michigan and the Association Executives of Metropolitan Detroit. He was also past national director of the American Society of Association Executives and past member of the Association Committee, U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Tope was also a member of Alpha Tau Omega, American Mensa, Engineering Society of Detroit, 32nd degree Mason, Knight Templar, Scottish Rite, Sojourner and York Rite.
He was a member of many hereditary organizations. These included Sons of the Revolution, Sons of the American Revolution, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Sons of Veteran Reserve, Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Michigan and the Society of the Cincinnati in the State of Delaware.
During his lifetime, Mr. Tope was also a member of the Army and Navy Club (Washington, D.C.), Capital Hill Club, Detroit Free Press Club, Lochmoor Club, Recess Club and the Grosse Pointe Hunt Club.
He was predeceased by his wife of 48 years, Lois.
A memorial service was held on Tuesday, April 11, at the Grosse Pointe Woods Presbyterian Church. Interment is at Acacia Park Cemetery in Franklin.
Memorial contributions may be made to Services for Older Citizens (SOC), 17150 Waterloo, Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230 or the Children’s Home of Detroit, 900 Cook, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236.
Died: Saturday, April 01, 2006 Mitchell Malicki
Longtime Grosse Pointe Woods resident Mitchell Malicki, 77, died on Saturday, April 1, 2006, of a heart attack at St. John Hospital.
He was born on Jan. 10, 1929, in Hamtramck to Frank and Maria Malicki. He was 2 years old when he and his family moved back to Warsaw, Poland, during the Great Depression.
He was raised in Warsaw and grew up very quickly as a young boy when World War II began. During the German occupation of Poland, he joined the Polish Underground and learned, at an early age, the merits of having survival skills, street smarts, courage and bravery. He was captured by the Germans and thrown in prison when they discovered he carried a gun. He was later rescued from prison by his Polish Underground friends and fled to the U.S. Embassy for protection. He was 17 years old at the time and lived at the embassy for weeks until papers were drawn up for him to return by boat to the United States. He joined his brother’s family in Detroit.
Mr. Malicki was privately tutored in Warsaw and graduated from Gorski School. While in Michigan, he sought more education working and attending the Ford Trade School in Highland Park, and studying engineering at the Detroit Institute of Technology. He was very hardworking and had two full-time jobs for many years to seek advancement and success in this vast “Land of Opportunity.”
He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War from 1951 to 1953. The Army sent him to do intelligence work in Germany because of his knowledge of German tactics and his fluency in Polish, German, Russian and English.
Shortly after he returned home, Mr. Malicki married Laura Kolasa, who he had previously met at a Polish Aviator’s Ball, on July 4, 1953.
He was a draftsman at Jatkoe Engineering and Huck Manufacturing before starting his career at F. Jos. Lamb Co. He began as a draftsman and later became a sales engineer. It was Mr. Malicki’s knowledge of the machine tool business, great personality, integrity with his customers and hard work to fix any problems that elevated his career. He was well respected and trusted by his peers and customers.
Mr. Malicki was promoted through the ranks and became vice president of sales for Lamb Technicon with General Motors Corp. being his largest customer. He expanded the company’s growth into new markets including Canada, Mexico, Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union.
He sought new business in 1986 with the Soviet Union, Poland and the former Czechoslovakia as Eastern Europe’s democracies bloomed. He worked with Lech Walesa, leader of the Polish Solidarity Movement, to bring free trade into Poland. He worked with Soviet Union companies Volga Auto Works (VAZ) and Azik for machine orders. Mr. Malicki retired in October 1996 after working 40 years at Lamb Technicon.
He was involved with the Detroit Sportsman Club and Junior Achievement. He was a member of American Legion, Pine Lake Country Club and the Lochmoor Club.
Mr. Malicki enjoyed hunting, fishing, snow skiing, water skiing and boating. He enjoyed World War II movies and built many military models of planes, tanks and ships. He was an avid Detroit Tiger baseball fan and cherished his time with family and friends at their second home on Walloon Lake in Petoskey.
Mr. Malicki was hardworking, intelligent, generous, loving and kind. Most of all, he loved his family. He was a gen-
tleman who always gave to others and influenced the lives of all he met. He had a soft heart for animals and enjoyed having many pets. He will be dearly missed in the lives and hearts of his relatives, friends, and, especially, his wife, children and grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Laura (nee Kolasa) Malicki; his daughters, Christina (Edward) Vermet and Linda (Matt) Abar; his five grandchildren, Mitchell, Jennifer and Stephanie Vermet, and Matthew and Christa Abar; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, Frank and Maria Malicki; his brothers, William and Fabian Malicki; and brothers-in-law, Julius Lewandowki and Zenon Kolasa.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 6, from 2 to 9 p.m, rosary at 7:30 p.m, at A. H. Peters Funeral Home, 20705 Mack, Grosse Pointe Woods.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m., instate at 10:30 a.m., on Friday, April 7, at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, 467 Fairford Rd., Grosse Pointe Woods. Interment will be at Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton Township.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674, the National Kidney Foundation of MI Inc., 2350 S. Huron Parkway, Ann Arbor, MI 48104, or the Michigan Humane Society, Attn: Honorariums & Memorials, 26711 Northwestern Hwy., Suite 175, Southfield, MI 48034.
Died: Friday, March 31, 2006
Ralph Lambert Recor, 93, of Naples, Fla., died on Friday, March 31, 2006, after a brief illness.
He was born in Marine City on June 19, 1912. He graduated in 1934 from Michigan State University where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He remained an active member of the Michigan and Naples Alumni Associations of the fraternity until his death.
In his business career, he was an assistant to the vice president of sales for the Beach-Nut Packing Co. of Canajoharie, N.Y. Later he was vice president of sales for Farm Crest Bakeries Inc., a food company with bakeries in Detroit, Chicago, Ill., and Columbus, Ohio.
In his government career, he was a special agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Department of Justice, with assignments in San Francisco, Calif., Chicago, Ill., Washington, D.C., and Detroit. He was compliance officer with the Labor Management Services Administration, U.S. Department of Labor. At the time of his retirement in 1979, he was in charge of the Detroit area Office of the Inspector General, U.S. Department of Labor and was their representative on the U.S. Department of Justice Organized Crime Strike Force.
He was an enthusiastic fan of Michigan State football and held season tickets for more than 53 years.
He was a former member of the St. Clair River Country Club and the Dunes Country Club of Fort Myers, Fla., as well as being a member of its tennis team.
Mr. Recor was active in the Detroit area Grocery Manufacturers Representatives (DAGMR) and was chairman of their board in 1961.
He is survived by his three daughters, Karen (Roger) Britt of San Diego, Calif., Colleen (Louis) Dubrow of Nashville, Tenn., and Janet (Roger) Terwilliger of Bozeman, Mont.
He was predeceased by his wife of 63 years, Jo, who died in 2003.
A memorial service was held on Thursday, April 6, in Naples, Fla. Interment will be at the Rosehill Cemetery, East China.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
Died: Monday, March 27, 2006 Jane Taylor Holley
Jane Taylor Holley, 78, died Monday, March 27, 2006, at her home in Grosse Pointe.
Mrs. Holley was born on Jan. 26, 1928, to Florence and Harry W. Taylor of Bloomfield Hills and moved to Grosse Pointe with her family when she was a teenager.
She graduated from the Academy of the Sacred Heart Class of 1945 and continued her education at the Duchesne Residence School in New York. After graduation, she returned to Detroit to work at J. Walter Thompson. She later enjoyed working in broadcasting for WWJ-TV. She also held positions as assistant to the principal at Derby Junior High School and taught nursery school at the Grosse Pointe University School.
In 1958, she married Grosse Pointe Farms resident Danforth Holley in San Francisco, Calif. They made their home in Grosse Pointe.
Mrs. Holley was an active woman who enjoyed needlepoint, golf and being with her friends and family to the utmost.During her younger years, she was an avid tennis player. She enjoyed spending her days in the company of others whether socially or helping in the community.
She was a member of the Country Club of Detroit, Grosse Pointe Club, Otsego Ski Club, Junior League of Detroit, Junior League Gardeners, St. Paul Altar Society, Tau-Beta and Libri Club. She served on the board of the Holley Ear Institute and was a past president of Milk Fund Charities.
She is survived by her children, Deborah (Jeff) Palms, Danforth Holley, Janie (John) Fleckenstein, Scott Holley and Mark (Guadalupe) Holley; grandchildren, J.P., Katherine, Danforth, Drake, Ashley, Andrew, Christy, Ana Alicia, and Dylan; her brother, Bud Taylor; and her twin sister, Joan Morris.
Mrs. Holley was predeceased by her husband, Danforth Holley, who died in 1988 and her brothers, Bill and Bob Taylor.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 13, at St. Paul Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms. Interment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery.
Memorial contribution may be made to the American Cancer Society, 18505 W. Twelve Mile Rd., Southfield, MI 48076 or St. Paul Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.
Died: Monday, March 27, 2006
Jane La Chapelle Ogden, 92, of Grosse Pointe Shores, died on Monday, March 27, 2006, at Bon Secours Nursing Center.
She was born on Oct. 18, 1913, in Green Bay, Wis.
She was a wonderful family matriarch and friend who gave so much of her self to others. Her wisdom about the purpose of life inspired many people. She leaves behind a legacy of love, devotion and faith. She always had a yellow ribbon tied to a birch tree in her front yard to welcome visitors to her home.
Mrs. Ogden was a true member of the “Greatest Generation” as she enthusiastically went from the days of the horse and buggy straight into the 21st century. She was a champion skater, gardener, reader and avid bridge player who seldom lost.
She is survived by her children, D. James (Joann), John (Katherine) and Jill (Terry) Stuck; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and special friend, J. Ortwein.
She was predeceased by her husband, Chester Frank Ogden.
A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, April 7, at St. James Lutheran Church, 170 McMillan Rd., Grosse Pointe Farms.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Karmanos Cancer Institute, 110 E. Warren, Detroit, MI 48201, the American Heart Association, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674, or St. James Lutheran Church, 170 McMillan Rd., Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.
Died: Sunday, March 26, 2006 Ralph E. Kelchner
Ralph E. Kelchner, 66, of the City of Grosse Pointe, died on Saturday, March 25, 2006, at Bon Secours Hospital.
He was born on Jan.11, 1940, in Detroit and was a 1958 graduate of Cass Tech High School. While in high school, he was named to the All City Football squad and later played semi-professional with the Oakland Blue Jackets football team.
After graduation, he went into the Merchant Marine during which he sailed on the Wm. H. Donner hauling steel on the Great Lakes. He later worked as an engineer for General Motors styling, Ford Motor automotive tooling and Efficient Engineering automotive tooling.
He was active in the community as a member of Acanthus F. & A.M., Shriners, Elk’s Lodge No. 34, and the Moose and Eagles Lodges. He belonged to the Detroit Yacht Club.
Mr. Kelchner enjoyed cooking and working with his hands. He built his own home at Higgins Lake.
He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Sheri; his daughters, Stacy (Keith) Lanzon and Jody (Mickey) Ward; his six grandsons; his one great-grandson; and his sister, Jo Ann Crooks.
A memorial service was held on Tuesday, March 28, at A.H. Peters Funeral Home in Grosse Pointe Woods. Interment is at Acacia Park in Beverly Hills.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 30300 Telegraph, Suite 117, Bingham Farms, MI 48025 or to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society/Michigan Chapter, 1421 Twelve Mile, Bldg. A, Madison Heights, MI 48071.
Died: Friday, March 24, 2006
Barbara Watts Boyce of Naples, Fla., and Highgate Springs, Vt., died Friday, March 24, 2006.
Mrs. Boyce had lived in South Freeport, Maine, and Grosse Pointe before retiring to Naples in 1990. She was a graduate of the University of Vermont in Burlington.
She enjoyed collecting antiques, playing bridge, designing jewelry and spending time with her family.
Mrs. Boyce was past president of the Assistance League to the Northeast Child Guidance Center and the Eighteen Holers.
She was an active member at the Wyndemere Country Club and a past member of the Grosse Pointe Hunt Club.
Prior to her retirement, she owned and operated The Red Shed Antiques Shop in Yarmouth, Maine.
She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Charles R. Boyce; her four children, Deborah (Michael) Cave of Bloomfield Hills, Donna (Mell) Fuller of Exeter, N.H., Charles (Bonnie) Boyce of Tarrytown, N.Y., and Betsy (George) Zeino of The Woodlands, Texas; her brother, Loren (Margaret) Watts of Naples, Fla.; her sister, Julie (James) Skillings of Bonita Springs, Fla.; her eight grandchildren, Matthew and Alex Fuller, Christin and Hayley Cave, and Caitlin, Charles, Thomas and John; and her nieces and nephews.
A funeral service was held on Monday, March 27 in Naples, Fla.
A memorial contribution may be made to The Friends of Mississquoi Bay, P.O. Box 91, Highgate Springs, VT 05460.