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Sarah Luedders Dawson

Died: Thursday, December 08, 2005
Age: 71
Former Grosse Pointe resident Sarah Luedders Dawson, 71, of Frankfort, died on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2005.

She was born on Dec. 11, 1933, in Detroit to the late William Luedders and the late Mary Lou Luedders. She married J. Robert Dawson in 1968.

Mrs. Dawson graduated from Highland Park High School (Wejei Club) and the University of Michigan (Alpha Phi), and attended Hollins College.

She taught school for several years in Grosse Pointe and at the National Cathedral Elementary School in Washington, D.C.

She was a public relations aide to a Republican state representative and other successful candidates, research assistant for the Michigan Constitutional Convention, and public relations projects manager for the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village.She spent one year as editor of the St. Lawrence Plaindealer, a weekly newspaper in Canton, N.Y.

While in Benzie County, Mrs. Dawson was president of the Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and a member of the Periwinkle Garden Club, Benzie Historical Society, Friends of the Benzie Shores District Library, Crystal Lake Art Center and the Benzie Women’s Republican Club.

A member of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, she belonged for several years to the Frankfort Congregational Church. She went to Blaine Township after working at the Dearborn Public Library and continued her interest as a Frankfort librarian and later at The Bookstore in Frankfort.

Mrs. Dawson is survived by her husband, J. Robert Dawson; daughter, Elizabeth (Jon) Jacobs; grandchildren, Peter Olson Jacobs and William Dawson Jacobs; stepchildren, John R. (Judy) Dawson Jr., Laura (Bob) McDonough and David Dawson; step grandchildren, Scott (Becky) Dawson, Kelley (Miguel) Salas, Jacobs and Patrick McDonough, and Leah and Spencer Dawson; her siblings, Joan (Willard) Wolfe and Dean (Pat) Luedders; and her niece and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 31. at 11 a.m. at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Beulah, with ashes to be interred at Blaine Township Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to either St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 785 Beulah Highway, Beulah, MI 49617, or First Congregational Church of Frankfort, 431 Forest Ave., Frankfort, MI 49635, or to the Animal Welfare League.

Mirna S. Graham

Died: Wednesday, December 07, 2005
Mirna S. Graham died on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2005, at Bon Secours Hospital.

She was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and lived for many years in Grosse Pointe Woods. At the time of her death she was a resident of Grosse Pointe Farms.

She was the eldest child of the late Tom L. Graham and the late Sarah Mullen Graham of Grosse Pointe Woods.

Ms. Graham attended the Detroit Conservatory of Music and Wayne State University. She was a longtime employee of J. Walter Thompson Co. in Detroit.

She was a member of the Grosse Pointe Ski Club and skied all over the world.

She is survived by her sister, Kathleen J. Graham, and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brothers, Tom L. and Bertram W. Graham.

A private remembrance gathering was held at her sister's home on Sunday, Dec. 11.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Marie Luber

Marie Luber

Died: Wednesday, December 07, 2005
Age: 94
Grosse Pointe Woods resident since 1945, Marie Luber, 94, died on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2005, in California.

The city of Grosse Pointe Woods presented Mrs. Luber with a plaque honoring her for 45 years of distinguished and meritorious service as an election inspector.

Mrs. Luber’s passion was golf. She was a member of the Women’s Metropolitan Golf Association for more than 25 years. She won the “Beat the Champ” trophy in 1955, 1959, 1969 and 1977.

As a member of Black River Country Club, she was club champion in 1972, 1973, 1975 and runner-up in 1977.

Mrs. Luber and her husband, Clarence, enjoyed ballroom and square dancing. They never missed an opportunity to attend dances at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial.

In 1973, they joined the War Memorial’s travel group for a fabulous around- the-world trip. Mr. John Lake escorted the group to China, Japan, Africa, India, Europe and Brazil.

Besides golf, Mrs. Luber enjoyed bowling, ice skating, singing, musicals, traveling and entertaining.

She was always ready to say “Yes” to life. Her bright twinkling blue eyes, ready smile, attentive ear and zest for living will be missed by her family.

She is survived by her children, James (Kathey), Jeanne (Bert) and Kerry (Kathryn); grandchildren, Jeffery (Lisa), Jayson (Gina), Justin (Pascha), Shara, Tia and Adam; and great-granddaughter, Kylie.

She was predeceased by her husband, Clarence, and grandson, Jerrod.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, 467 Fairford, Grosse Pointe Woods on Saturday, Jan. 7, at 11 a.m.

Memorial donations may be made to the Capuchin Monastery, 1740 Mt. Elliott, Detroit, MI 48207.

David W. Stapleton

Died: Tuesday, December 06, 2005
Age: 94
David W. Stapleton, 94, died on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2005, after a brief illness.

He was born on Dec. 28, 1910, in Detroit to Dr. William J. and Mamie Ireland Stapleton.

Mr. Stapleton attended the University of Michigan and while in Detroit was in the automotive manufacturing industry with Ireland-Matthew Co., Eaton Manufacturing Corp., Standard Products Corp., and Ainsworth Manufacturing Corp.

He was a member of The Players Club of Detroit, and former member of the Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, the Grosse Pointe Hunt and Detroit Boat clubs. He was a lifelong member of Fort Street Presbyterian Church in Detroit.

Mr. Stapleton was a ham radio operator; enjoyed horseback riding and golf; as well as flying his own small plane.

He moved to the Boston area in 1955 where he became president of Stowe-Wooward Industries of Newton Upper Falls, Mass. In Boston, he was on the board of the Boston Association for the Hard of Hearing and a director of the Newton Waltham Bank and Trust. He was a former member of Norfolk Hunt Club, Dedham Country and Polo Club, Algonquin Club of Boston, Brae Burn Country Club and Dover Church.

In 1970, he became a winter resident of Venice, Fla., and moved to Florida permanently in 1991 making his home on Longboat Key.

He traveled extensively in Europe as a child with his parents and continued his travels throughout his business life and well into his 90s.

In Florida, he was a member of The Bird Key Yacht Club, Venice Presbyterian Church, and associate member of All Angels By the Sea of Longboat Key. He was a former member of Mission Valley Country, Bent Tree Golf, Sarasota University and the Venice Yacht clubs.

Mr. Stapleton is survived by his wife, Marjorie; daughter, Susan Stapleton; son, David (Joan) Stapleton Jr.; stepdaughter, Jane Fennessy; stepson, Clifford (Laure) Peabody; grandchildren, Jennifer Stapleton, David Stapleton III and Andrew Peabody.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Mary Phillips Stapleton, and sister, Sally Hasse.

A memorial service in celebration of his life was held on Thursday, Dec. 8, in Longboat Key, and at a later date in Massachusetts.

A private burial will be held in Detroit.

Memorial contributions may be made to All Angels By the Sea Legacy Fund, 563 Bay Isles Rd., Longboat Key, FL 34228.

John E. Danaher

John E. Danaher

Died: Tuesday, December 06, 2005
Age: 83
John E. Danaher, 83, a lifelong resident of Grosse Pointe, died on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2005, at Bon Secours Hospital.

He was born on Feb.7, 1922, in San Francisco, Calif.

A 1939 graduate of Detroit University School, he attended Princeton University, graduating in 1943 as a chemical engineer.

Having served in the U.S. Navy in the last years of World War II, he went on to attend the University of Michigan Law School attaining his Juris Doctor in 1952.

Mr. Danaher began his long banking career in the trust department of Detroit Bank and Trust Co., and worked for Manufacturers National Bank for over 25 years, retiring in 1967 to pursue his personal interests.

He was a life member of the Country Club of Detroit.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Elizabeth Powell Danaher; children, John Jr., Michael, Susan, Robert, Carolyn and Elizabeth; and 15 grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his son, David, in 1995.

A private family Mass was celebrated at the Bon Secours Hospital chapel. Interment is at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Detroit.

Memorial contributions may be made to the ICU/Critical Care Unit at Bon Secours Hospital, c/o BSCHS Foundation, 159 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.

Aralie A. Chase

Died: Sunday, December 04, 2005
Age: 87
Grosse Pointe Woods resident Aralie A. Chase, 87, died Sunday, Dec. 4, 2005, at Bon Secours Nursing Care Center.

She was born in Detroit on July 20, 1918, to Jesse and Clara Antwright.

Mrs. Chase’s interests included cooking in addition to entertaining her family and friends.

She is survived by her daughters, Suzanne (Ernie) Werle and Nancy (Lowell) Davis and her grandchildren, Michael and Heather Werle and Laura Davis.

She was predeceased by her husband, William K. Chase, and her brother, Jesse Antwright.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 11 a.m., preceded by a visitation starting at 10 a.m., at St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church, 375 Lothrop, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church, 375 Lothrop, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.

Adele Bresin Theuerkorn

Adele Bresin Theuerkorn

Died: Sunday, December 04, 2005
Age: 85
Former Grosse Pointe Woods resident Adele Bresin Theuerkorn, 85, died of Alzheimer’s disease on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2005, at Presbyterian Village in Chesterfield Township.

She will be remembered as a gregarious spirit and devoted wife, mother and grandmother.

Born in Pordenone, Italy, she immigrated to the United States as a child. She was known for her fine Italian cooking and the lively feasts prepared for family gatherings.

Mrs. Theuerkorn and her late husband were avid boaters, enjoying their boat, “Hedy,” on all of the Michigan lakes. She was a member of the Grosse Pointe and the Detroit Yacht clubs.

She had been a member of Christ the King Lutheran Church, where she sang in the church choir. As a member of the Cottage Hospital Guild, she served as a buyer for the hospital gift shop for several years. Mrs. Theuerkorn also enjoyed spending time with her childhood girlfriends in the Lombardi Club.

She is survived by a son, Gary (Sandra) Theuerkorn; four daughters, Noreen Betteridge (Harold Brander, fiance), Susan (Stephen) Perrin, Linda (Christopher) Birg and Kathleen (Matthew) Rentenbach; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Theuerkorn was predeceased by her husband of 57 years, Gay Theuerkorn.

Visitation will be held at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 20338 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Woods on Saturday, Dec. 17, beginning at 10 a.m., followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Michigan Chapter, 20300 Civic Center, Suite 100, Southfield, MI 48076, or to Lighthouse Hospice, 24293 Telegraph Rd., Suite 102, Southfield, MI 48034.

Millicent Fay "Dolly" Fox

Millicent Fay "Dolly" Fox

Died: Thursday, December 01, 2005
Age: 64
Millicent Fay “Dolly” Fox, 64, of Overland Park, Kan., died on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2005, at the University of Kansas Medical Center following a courageous battle with cancer. She was surrounded by her loving family at the time of her death.

She was born in 1941 in Detroit to James and Helen, who preceded her in death.

Mrs. Fox was an outstanding homemaker and cook. She was full of life and giving to other people, and she will be dearly missed by her family and friends.

She is survived by her sweetheart, best friend and husband of 44 years, Robert; her son, Rob of Jacksonville, Fla.; her daughter, Heather (Rodney) Williams; grandchildren, Jacob, Annika and Elijah, all of Olathe, Kan.; mother-in-law, Mildred Fox of Grosse Pointe Woods; brother-in-law, Dean (Christel) Fox of Ann Arbor and nephews, Peter (Deena) Fox of Royal Oak and David Fox of Ann Arbor.

A funeral service was held on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home in Olathe. Interment is at Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Kansas.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Center at the University of Kansas Medical Center, 3901 Rainbow Blvd., Kansas City, KS 66160.

Vivian Beatrice Mack Spaulding

Vivian Beatrice Mack Spaulding

Died: Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Age: 96
Former Grosse Pointe Farms resident Vivian Beatrice Mack Spaulding, 96, died on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2005.

She was born on Nov. 20, 1909, in Adrian to Stella and Edward Mack. She and her brother, Eddie, were blessed to be born in a small town with an extended family of grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins around them.

She remembered her father taking the train to Detroit to take the master plumber's exam and she also remembered when his passing results came in the mail. She said that her father’s license enabled her family to have a lifetime of hard work, comfort and security.

Mrs. Spaulding loved to read and spent her childhood years riding her bike to the local library and checking out books. This relationship with books became a passion of a lifetime.

Her parents valued education and supported her going to Michigan State Normal College (Eastern Michigan University) where she joined a sorority, learned to smoke and became a teacher in 1932.

She taught in a one-room schoolhouse in Saline, driving a Model T car to the country school. After two years, she decided she wanted a master’s degree and moved to Ann Arbor to attend graduate school at the University of Michigan.

It was the middle of the Great Depression but she was able to find a job as a waitress at the Chubb House in downtown Ann Arbor. It was here that she met her future husband George Chubb Spaulding whom she married in 1934.

The Chubb House didn’t make it during the Depression but Mr. Spaulding’s experience in hospitality and finance helped him to get a job with the Milner Hotels, a national chain. The young couple was given a company car and they took off for the next five years, traveling all over the United States, auditing different Milner Hotels in various cities from Maine to Florida to Oklahoma. Mrs. Spaulding enjoyed having plenty of time to read and to study her favorite subjects which were Latin and the ancient histories of the Greeks and Romans.

When Mr. and Mrs. Spaulding came off the road, they settled in Detroit to raise their son, Allan. In 1950, they moved to their home on Touraine Road in Grosse Pointe Farms and provided what Allan described as a perfect childhood of the ’50s. Mrs. Spaulding’s love for reading and education were not often appreciated by Allan as he was growing up but, as an adult, he thanked his mother for her dedication and patient guidance.

Her trade-off to her son was their mutual love for baseball. Life on Touraine Road centered on Allan's neighborhood friends, sports, Little League and the Detroit Tigers. Mrs. Spaulding developed a lifelong enjoyment of listening to Ernie Harwell on the radio and following the Tigers’ games.

She returned to teaching in 1958 and her passion for educating and enriching the lives of first- and second-graders in the Detroit Public Schools lasted for 20 years. She made lifelong friendships with her fellow teachers and spent her lunch hours avidly playing bridge.

Her relationship with books and bridge were never far from her thoughts. Through her many years as a dedicated teacher, Mrs. Spaulding touched hundreds of young children’s lives with both her kind words and her insistence on teaching young children to read.

She retired in 1978 and spent her retirement years with her husband enjoying their grandchildren. She was able to pursue her interest in ancient history by traveling to Europe and Greece. Her thirst for knowledge never diminished and she instilled in those around her the delight of reading and learning.

She took up golf, and her membership in the Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church brought her and her husband friendships, activities, and bridge groups. Her teaching friendships continued and remained a close and dedicated group.

Mr. and Mrs. Spaulding sold their home on Touraine Road after 45 years and retired to Henry Ford Village in Dearborn in 1995. She joined the library guild and learned to operate the cameras for the community television station.

Although her husband died and she lost her eyesight in her final years, her wisdom, kindness and education were reflected in how she chose to live with the disabilities of age.

Her dignity, love and humor are what will be remembered most. These memories of her are cherished by her family and will live on in the lives of her son, his wife, Jane, and their daughters.

She is survived by her son, Allan Newton (Jane) Splaulding and grandchildren, Annemarie and Kristina Spaulding.

A memorial reception and buffet luncheon for family and friends will be held on Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial, 32 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

W. George Belanger

W. George Belanger

Died: Sunday, November 27, 2005
Age: 92
W. George Belanger, M.D., 92, died peacefully on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2005, at his home in Grosse Pointe Woods.

Dr. Belanger is survived by his wife of 65 years, Mary Belanger and his three daughters, Karen Quarnstrom, Joan Lehl and Elizabeth Belanger.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, Dec. 2, at 11 a.m. at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms.
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