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Mary Isabelle Gilbert

Died: Thursday, August 25, 2005
Mary Isabelle Gilbert of Harper Woods died on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2005, at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak.

She taught at Monteith Elementary School in Grosse Pointe Woods for 25 years.

She graduated from the University of Miami in Florida and earned a master’s degree in education from Wayne State University. She was a member of the Dearborn and Detroit Historical societies. She enjoyed traveling and being a docent at Greenfield Village and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

She is survived by numerous cousins including Elizabeth Lawson and William F. (Virginia) Lambert.

A memorial service was held on Tuesday, Aug. 30, at A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home in Royal Oak. Interment is at Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, 17117 W. Nine Mile Rd,.Suite 950, Southfield, MI 48075.

Bernice "Jan" Gruca

Died: Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Age: 85
Bernice “Jan” Gruca, 85, of Grosse Pointe Park, died on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2005, at Bon Secours Hospital.

She was born on Jan. 30, 1920, in Chicago, Ill., to Barbara and John Jankus. She was a resident of Grosse Pointe Park for 41 years.

In 1939, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from St. Bernard/Loyola University in Chicago. She was ranked first statewide for the 1939 Illinois State board exam for registered nurses. She was an O.R. nurse at Holy Cross Hospital in Chicago and in the surgical unit at Bon Secours Hospital. She gave up her nursing career to raise her family.

Her family and friends benefited from her lifelong interest in vitamins, nutrition and all things healthy.

She was a 41-year member of St. Ambrose Church where she served as a Eucharistic minister for six years, a member and past president (1988-1989) of the Ribbon Farms Chapter of Questers, and a 12-year volunteer at Bon Secours Hospital where she also served as a Eucharistic minister.

She was an avid bridge player and a member of the Grosse Pointe Senior Women’s Bridge Club. She had a grand slam playing bridge, just three weeks before her death.

She is survived by her husband, Edward Gruca; daughters, Susan (Al) Mazur and Leslie (Vincent) Chiarello; son, Edward (Lourdes) Gruca; grandchildren, Lisa (Mitchell) Armentrout and John Mazur; great-grandchildren, Mark and David Armentrout; and sister, Josephine Benas.

She was predeceased by her brother, Dr. John Jankus.

A funeral Mass was celebrated on Saturday, Aug. 27, at St. Ambrose Church in Grosse Pointe Park.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Ambrose Church, 15020 Hampton, Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230.

Bernice "Jan" Gruca

Bernice "Jan" Gruca

Died: Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Age: 85
Bernice “Jan” Gruca, 85, of Grosse Pointe Park, died on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2005, at Bon Secours Hospital.

She was born on Jan. 30, 1920, in Chicago, Ill., to Barbara and John Jankus. She was a resident of Grosse Pointe Park for 41 years.

In 1939, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from St. Bernard/Loyola University in Chicago. She was ranked first statewide for the 1939 Illinois State board exam for registered nurses. She was an O.R. nurse at Holy Cross Hospital in Chicago and in the surgical unit at Bon Secours Hospital. She gave up her nursing career to raise her family.

Her family and friends benefited from her lifelong interest in vitamins, nutrition and all things healthy.

She was a 41-year member of St. Ambrose Church where she served as a Eucharistic minister for six years, a member and past president (1988-1989) of the Ribbon Farms Chapter of Questers, and a 12-year volunteer at Bon Secours Hospital where she also served as a Eucharistic minister.

She was an avid bridge player and a member of the Grosse Pointe Senior Women’s Bridge Club. She had a grand slam playing bridge, just three weeks before her death.

She is survived by her husband, Edward Gruca; daughters, Susan (Al) Mazur and Leslie (Vincent) Chiarello; son, Edward (Lourdes) Gruca; grandchildren, Lisa (Mitchell) Armentrout and John Mazur; great-grandchildren, Mark and Charlie Armentrout; and sister, Josephine Benas.

She was predeceased by her brother, Dr. John Jankus.

A funeral Mass was celebrated on Saturday, Aug. 27, at St. Ambrose Church in Grosse Pointe Park.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Ambrose Church, 15020 Hampton, Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230.

Robert Charles Walter

Died: Tuesday, August 23, 2005
Age: 88
Robert Charles Walter, 88, of Grosse Pointe Farms, died on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2005.

He was born in Detroit on Aug. 19, 1917, to Robert C. Walter and Hazel Hester Walter.

He was a graduate of Denby High School and Union College. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy as a lieutenant on the tanker ‘Naches’. In 1948, he married Louise Vigmostad at the First Unitarian-Universalist Church in Detroit.

Mr. Walter had a long career working for the city of Detroit. At the time of his retirement, he was the deputy personnel director.

He is survived by his daughter, Margaret Walter of Grosse Pointe Farms; son, Robert C. Walter Jr. of St. Clair Shores; sister, Doris Walter of Roseville; and cousin, Ruth Dittman of St. Clair Shores.

His beloved wife, Louise, preceded him in death by four days.

A joint memorial service will be held at First Unitarian-Universalist Church of Detroit, 4605 Cass Avenue at Forest, on Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 2 p.m.

Debra Kay McGarvah

Debra Kay McGarvah

Died: Monday, August 22, 2005
Age: 54
St. Clair Shores resident Debra Kay McGarvah, 54, died on Monday, Aug. 22, 2005, at St. John Macomb Hospital.

She was born on May 9, 1951, to Ray and Dana Jean Marshall in Detroit and graduated from Grosse Pointe South High School in 1969.

She was employed in box office sales for several Detroit theatrical venues, including the Olympia Stadium, Masonic Temple Theatre and, most recently, the Fisher Theatre.

Mrs. McGarvah was actively involved in helping others by lending her time to Boy Scouts Troop 390, the Foundation for Exceptional Children and the Special Olympics.

Her interests included reading, history, travel and museums. She had a lifelong quest for learning.

She is survived by her husband, Donald McGarvah; sons, Scott and Michael; mother, Dana Jean Marshall; sisters, Dana Downs and Donna (Paul) Wenzel; and brother, Dan (Randy) Marshall.

She was predeceased by her father, Ray Marshall.

A memorial service was held on Thursday, Aug. 25, at Grosse Pointe United Church in Grosse Pointe Farms.

Interment is at White Chapel Cemetery in Southfield.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Michigan, Madison Heights Chapter, 1421 E. Twelve Mile Rd., Building A, Madison Heights, MI 48071.

Eleonor Lasher

Died: Sunday, August 21, 2005
Age: 82
Eleonor Lasher, 82, of Harper Woods, died on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2005, at St. John Hospital in Detroit.

She was born on Jan. 18, 1923, in Lapptrask, Sweden to Johan A. and Karolina Bergman and was educated in Sweden. She was a housewife and known to her grandchildren as “Mormor.”

Mrs. Lahser was a member of the Michigan League for Crippled Children, Cottage Hospital Auxiliary and Fisher Body Technical Center Retirees Club. She enjoyed dancing, playing cards, cooking, sewing, crafting and gardening.

She is survived by her daughters, Lynn Lasher and Mary Ann (Michael) Dodge; sons, Jan-Ingvar (Angela) and B. Thomas Lasher; grandchildren, Katie and Diana Dodge, Gina Lynn (Shawn), Anthony Orlando and Megan Lasher; great-grandchildren, Tommy, Tia, Michael and Matthew; and her brother, Jonas Bergman, of Sweden.

She was predeceased by her husband, George F. Lasher Jr.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 27, at 1 p.m. at A.H. Peters Funeral Home, 20705 Mack, Grosse Pointe Woods.

Interment will be at White Chapel Cemetery in Southfield.

Memorial contributions may be made to Michigan League for Crippled Children or to a charity of one’s choice.

Marilyn Ventimiglia Walilko

Marilyn Ventimiglia Walilko

Died: Sunday, August 21, 2005
Age: 54
Grosse Pointe Farms resident Marilyn Ventimiglia Walilko, 54, died at her home on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2005.

She was born on Nov. 4, 1950, in Detroit to Michael and Stella R. (nee Trons) Ventimiglia.

She graduated in 1972 from Wayne State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in music education.She was the director of music for 26 years at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Harper Woods.

Mrs. Walilko was a member of the American Guild of Organists (past secretary), Grosse Pointe Theatre for 29 years, Archdiocesan Chorus of Detroit, Detroit Symphony Chorus, Wayne State University and Michigan State University alumni associations. She enjoyed music, travel and the theater.

She is survived by her husband, Peter Michael Walilko; children, Victorianna Marie and Andrej Roman Walilko; mother, Stella Trons Ventimiglia; sister, Roseanne (Brian) Mark; and brother, Michael Ventimiglia.

She was predeceased by her father, Michael Ventimiglia.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, Aug. 25, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 20955 Bournemouth Rd., Harper Woods.

Eleonor Lasher

Eleonor Lasher

Died: Sunday, August 21, 2005
Age: 82
Eleonor Lasher, 82, of Harper Woods, died on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2005, at St. John Hospital in Detroit.

She was born on Jan. 18, 1923, in Lapptrask, Sweden to Johan A. and Karolina Bergman and was educated in Sweden. She was a housewife and known to her grandchildren as “Mormor.”

Mrs. Lasher was a member of the Michigan League for Crippled Children, Cottage Hospital Auxiliary and Fisher Body Technical Center Retirees Club. She enjoyed dancing, playing cards, cooking, sewing, crafting and gardening.

She is survived by her daughters, Lynn Lasher and Mary Ann (Michael) Dodge; sons, Jan-Ingvar (Angela) and G. Thomas Lasher; grandchildren, Katie and Diana Dodge, Gina Lynn (Shawn), Anthony Orlando and Megan Lasher; great-grandchildren, Tommy, Tia, Michael and Matthew; and her brother, Jonas Bergman, of Sweden.

She was predeceased by her husband, George F. Lasher Jr.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, Aug. 27, at A.H. Peters Funeral Home, Grosse Pointe Woods.

Interment is at White Chapel Cemetery in Southfield.

Memorial contributions may be made to Michigan League for Crippled Children or to a charity of one’s choice.

Kathleen Carter Coleman

Kathleen Carter Coleman

Died: Saturday, August 20, 2005
Age: 55
Grosse Pointe Shores resident Kathleen Carter Coleman, died on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2005, the day of her 55th birthday, at St. John Hospital in Detroit.

She was born on Aug. 20, 1950, to Donald and Anne Carter in Detroit. She graduated from St. Ambrose High School in 1968 and from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of English degree in 1972 and Master of Education degree in 1973.

She achieved success in her business world prior to beginning her most cherished role in life — being a wife of Michael Coleman and a mother to her four sons. She enjoyed spending time reading and gardening in her leisure time.

She will long be remembered for her passion and enthusiasm for life, her love for family and friends. She always managed to find those extra special moments to lend a helping hand whenever there was a need to give the gift of time to another. She never had to be asked to do a favor. She intuitively knew when and where her family or friends needed assistance, a kind word and a smile. She was always there in her genuine, caring and loving way.

She is survived by her husband, Michael Coleman; her sons, Robert, Matthew, Stephen, and Kevin; her parents, Donald and Anne Carter; her sisters, Sheilah (Brian) Kelly and Christine (Brian) Sweeney; her brothers, Donald Jr. (Janet) and Mark (Laurie); and many nieces, nephews and friends.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, Aug. 25, at 10 a.m., instate 9 a.m., at St. Paul Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Horace Allan "Hap" Prindle

Died: Saturday, August 20, 2005
Age: 74
Former Grosse Pointe resident Horace Allan “Hap” Prindle, 74, of Acton, Mass., died on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2005, at his home after a valiant battle with cancer.

He was born on Jan. 3, 1931, in Grosse Pointe to Allan and Cecelia Prindle. He served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1954 during the Korean conflict.

He graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in engineering. He earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Babson College and a Master of Education degree from Harvard University.

He was employed by Nortronics, Raytheon, Honeywell and, finally, Digital Equipment Corp., from which he retired in 1990 to enter the “Engineers into Education” program to pursue his love of teaching through adjunct professorships at Bentley College and Salem State College.

An avid skier, sailor, golfer and runner, he coached youth hockey, was an active town meeting member, served with his wife in the Norwood PTA, and as president of the Lovell Lake Association in Sanbornville, N.H. Mr. Prindle was active in Acton by volunteering to deliver meals-on-wheels, teach senior citizens how to use a computer and work for SHINE.

During the past 10 years, he continued his mission to travel the world, cruising to Russia, Greece, Italy, Germany, Poland and Alaska with his beloved wife, Pat.

His tremendous sense of humor prevailed throughout his battle with cancer, and he took great comfort in his final days in the extraordinary love and support of his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia (nee O'Connor); children, Allan (Mary) of Miami, Fla., Michael (Rachel) of Arlington, Mass., and Thomas of North Conway, N.H; grandchildren, Michael Finbar, John, Brianna, Haleigh and Hunter; and sister, Arline (Owen).

He was predeceased by his brother, Alfred Allard.

A memorial service celebrating his life will be held on Thursday, Aug. 25, in Acton, Mass. Interment will be in the family plot of the historic Redford Cemetery in Michigan.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Bethke Cancer Center at Emerson Hospital, 133 Ornac, Concord, MA 01742.
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