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Gloria Florence Hart

Gloria Florence Hart

Died: Thursday, January 05, 2006
Age: 83
Gloria Florence Hart, 83, of Grosse Pointe Woods, died on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2006, at Bon Secours Hospital.

She was born in Calumet to George and Florence Daigle. Mrs. Hart left the “Copper Country” and moved to Detroit to attend college. She later met and married E. Warren Hart.

The couple started a family and moved to Toledo, Ohio, where Mrs. Hart was socially active in the community, serving as president of “The Towne Club,” as well as being a Cub Scout den mother for her sons.

In 1959, the family moved to Grosse Pointe Park and in 1971 to the Woods.

Mrs. Hart was well known throughout the Detroit advertising community, working many years for the Adcraft Club of Detroit before moving in 1973 to the Detroit Free Press where she stayed until her retirement.

Other than her family, her passions included solving the New York Times crossword puzzles, which she did in ink and frequently completed in as little as 15 minutes, and playing bridge. She played both social and sanguine, and lived by the rules, stating “a peek is always better than a finesse.”

She enjoyed her family and friends, and lived life fully. Her philosophy on life can be best summed up with a quote from John Irving: “It is very hard work — and a fine art — to not take yourself seriously.”

Another quote, one from George Eliot, sums up her zest for helping others: “What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?” After retiring, Mrs. Hart did so, in many ways, including volunteering with Services for Older Citizens.

Her presence will be sorely missed. When her spark went out, the world became a little dimmer.

Mrs. Hart is survived by her sister, Valerie Anderson; her children, Jon (Kim), Jim (Kris), Mary and Bob (Melissa); her grandchildren, Nina, Tristan, Ian, Matthew, Brian, Logan, Ryan, Steven and Kevin; and her great-granddaughters, Vanessa Kruiss and Hadley Hart.

She was predeceased by her husband, E. Warren Hart; her brother, Paul Daigle; and her granddaughter, Tiffany Hart.

A memorial service will be held at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 22412 Overlake, St. Clair Shores ,on Thursday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m.

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

John "Jack" Corbin Patrick Jr.

John "Jack" Corbin Patrick Jr.

Died: Thursday, January 05, 2006
Age: 68
John “Jack” Corbin Patrick Jr., 68, died after a long illness on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2006, at his home with his wife and daughter by his side.

He was born in Indianapolis, Ind., on April 27, 1937, to John Corbin and Miriam Patrick. He graduated from Hanover College in Indiana in 1959, and served in the U.S. Navy for two years.

Mr. Patrick moved to Detroit in 1962 and attended night courses at Wayne State University Law School while also working as an insurance adjuster. He received his law degree in 1970, and was a practicing trial attorney for more than three decades, specializing in insurance law.

He co-founded and led the law firm of Patrick, Johnson and Mott for 20 years.

An avid athlete, Mr. Patrick played in several Grosse Pointe area tennis leagues, and continued to play even after surgery for a brain tumor. He also enjoyed basketball, especially watching Indiana University and the Pistons, and swimming.

He was passionate about jazz, classical music and the theater. He and his family had the pleasure of taking several long trips to Europe together over the years.

Mr. Patrick is survived by his wife of 33 years, Rosemarie Morisette Patrick; sister, Nancy Patrick; daughters, Erin Patrick, formerly of Grosse Pointe Park, currently of Washington, D.C., and Kathleen (Dennis) Sparks of Indianapolis, Ind.; three grandchildren, Britney, Aaron and Zachary Sparks; five nieces; and one nephew.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Jan. 9, at Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hermelin Brain Tumor Center at Henry Ford Hospital, 1 Ford Place, Philanthropy 5th Floor, Detroit, MI 48202.

Ruth Fox Wrock

Ruth Fox Wrock

Died: Wednesday, January 04, 2006
Age: 93
Ruth Fox Wrock, 93, of Grosse Pointe Park died on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2006.

Mrs. Wrock was born on June 23, 1912, in Beaver Falls, Pa. Her family, including her siblings, Esther and Paul, moved to Detroit when she was a child.

She graduated from Highland Park Junior College and attended Wayne State University.

Following the death of her first husband, Charles R. Fox, she worked in interior design.

In 1961, she married Arthur H. Wrock and following his death in 1962, she started her own interior design firm, Pointe Interiors, in which she was active until recently.

Her interests were many and varied including the Grosse Pointe Symphony, Theatre Arts Club, Boys and Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan, the Garden Club of Windmill Pointe, Detroit Athletic Club and Grosse Pointe Yacht Club. Gardening was her passion.

Mrs. Wrock is survived by sons, Charles Campbell Fox of San Francisco, Calif., and Douglass Rexford Fox of Grosse Pointe Farms; and granddaughter, Catherine “Kiki” Rives Fox of Grosse Pointe Farms.

A family memorial service was held at Woodlawn Mausoleum Chapel on Jan. 6.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Boys and Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan or the Knox Presbyterian Church, 25700 Crocker Blvd., Harrison Township, MI 48045.

Thomas Peter Melican

Died: Tuesday, January 03, 2006
Age: 81
Longtime Grosse Pointe Woods resident Thomas Peter Melican, 81, died on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2006, at his winter residence in Long Boat Key, Fla.

Born in New York, New York, Dr. Melican was graduated from Fordham University and received his doctorate from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.

For many years, he was a professor at the Wayne State University School of Social Work. Upon his retirement, the school honored him with the position of professor emeritus.

Dr. Melican was a member of the Senior Men’s Club of Grosse Pointe, the Sarasota Coast Guard Auxiliary, The National Association of Social Workers and the American Association of University Professors.

He is survived by his wife, MaryAnn; his sons, Peter, Daniel (Annie), and Matthew (Cynthia); his grandchildren, Kate, Sean, Matthew and Maisie; brother, Mort; and sister, Francis.

He was predeceased by his sister, Betty.

A memorial service will be held in the spring of 2006 in Grosse Pointe.

Albert Daas

Albert Daas

Died: Tuesday, January 03, 2006
Age: 76
Former City of Grosse Pointe resident, Albert Daas, died on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2006, at St. John Hospital.

He was born to Charles and Martha Daas on Aug. 30, 1929, in Detroit. He was the third child in a family of four children.

Mr. Daas earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Detroit and a master’s degree from Wayne State University where he completed course work of a doctoral degree.

He enjoyed a long and successful career in education, both as a legendary English teacher and as a college administrator. His experience included the years spent at Roseville High School, Highland Park High School and Highland Park Community College.

After his retirement from Michigan public schools, Mr. Daas developed a second career as an interior designer with clients in Michigan, Illinois, Florida and New York.

He leaves a host of friends who will cherish his memory as a truly unique and special person, and as an authentic connoisseur with a fine appreciation of literature, art, theater and food.

Mr. Daas is survived by his brother, James Daas of Rochester Hills; his nieces, Martha and Kathy Daas; and his nephews, Charles and Gregory Daas, and Kevin Zigarac.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen/Jefferson House, 1820 Mt. Elliott, Detroit, MI 48207.

William Edmund Morrison

Died: Tuesday, January 03, 2006
Age: 58
Former Grosse Pointe resident William Edmund Morrison, 58, died on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2006, at his residence in Reseda, Calif.

He was born on Feb. 14, 1947, and was the son of the late H.L. and the late Eugenia Morrison of Grosse Pointe Woods.

A 1965 graduate of Grosse Pointe South High School, he served in the U.S. Army at Cam Ranh Bay Vietnam, and Fort Benning, Ga. He later moved to California where he worked in facilities management, most recently at Cal State Northridge.

He is survived by his brother, James (Molly) Morrison of Rochester Hills; and his stepmother, Geraldine R. Morrison of St. Clair Shores.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Joan of Arc Church, St. Clair Shores, at 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 17. Interment will be at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Michigan Humane Society, 3600 Auburn Rd., Rochester Hills, MI 48306, or Lighthouse of Oakland County Hospice, 46156 Woodward Ave., Pontiac, MI 48342.

Ann M. Phillip

Died: Saturday, December 31, 2005
Age: 87
Ann M. Phillip, 87, of Grosse Pointe Farms died on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2005, at Bon Secours Hospital.

She was born on April 23, 1918, in Detroit to Michael and Mary Prendeville. She graduated in 1940 from the University of Detroit.

Mrs. Phillip was actively involved as a member of St. Paul Altar Society and the Council of Catholic Women.

She is survived by her daughters, Barbara S. (James) Varley, Mary L. (William) Alvin, Kathleen A. (William) Burgess and Jane E. (David) Godwin; and grandchildren, Patrick and Colleen Varley, Mike, Julie and Kathleen Alvin, Matthew Burgess, and Nathan, Philip, Michael and Stephen Godwin.

She was predeceased by her husband, Philip J. Phillip Jr., who died in April 2004.

A funeral Mass was celebrated on Wednesday, Jan. 4, at St. Paul Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Farms. Interment is at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Detroit.

Memorial contributions may be made to Capuchin Monastery, 1820 Mt. Elliott, Detroit, MI 48207.

Edward Anthony Torlone

Edward Anthony Torlone

Died: Saturday, December 31, 2005
Age: 82
Former Grosse Pointe Park resident Edward Anthony Torlone, 82, of Naples, Fla., died on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2005, in Naples Community Hospital.

He was born in Boston, Mass., on Nov. 1, 1923, to Alex and Mary Torlone.

A proud veteran of World War II, Mr. Torlone enlisted in the Marine Corps on Dec. 8, 1942. He valiantly served throughout several campaigns in the South Pacific, receiving an honorable discharge on Dec. 8, 1945.

He began his career with a passion at the United Auto Worker’s International Union during the infancy of the organized labor movement to better the working conditions of men and women.

He served as personal security for Walter Reuther, accompanying him on trips to the White House and shopping excursions with Eleanor Roosevelt, while also protecting Reuther from several assassination attempts.

Mr. Torlone eventually trained his personal replacement just months before the plane crash that ended Reuther’s life and those of his security detail.

Mr. Torlone later served as assistant director of the auditing department prior to his retirement in 1988.

His life was deeply enriched by the lasting relationships he developed during his decades of tenure with the UAW. Mr. Torlone’s humor, generosity and gentlemanly way of considering others before himself was his gift in return to all who knew him.

One could recognize his walk from a mile away and those miles were many for he was dedicated to a physical regimen few could claim.

Mr. Torlone is survived by his wife who he married in June 2003, Gretna Morgan Torlone; son, Michael (Debbie) of Grosse Pointe Park, and Mark Edward of Roseville; grandsons, Christopher and Matthew; sisters, Ann (Vincent) Bellomo and Dorothy Russo, both of West Melbourne, Fla.; and stepchildren, Gary (Marty) Morgan, Vonna (Denny) O’Neill, Dick (Julie) Morgan, Darla (Ed) Steeh, and Jan (Charles) Ison.

He was predeceased by his wife of 48 years, Bette J. Torlone, his second wife, Helen V. Torlone; sister Flora Kaelin; and son, David Anthony, who died at age 54 in 2003.

A celebration of Mr. Torlone’s life was held in Naples on Tuesday, Jan. 3.

Memorial contribuitions may be made to St. John Lutheran Church Building Fund, 62657 North Ave., Ray Township, MI 48096; First Baptist Church Naples, 3000 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples, FL 34109; or Humane Society of Collier County Inc., 370 Airport Pulling Rd., North Naples, FL 34104

Diane M. Crippin

Diane M. Crippin

Died: Friday, December 30, 2005
Age: 77
Grosse Pointe Farms resident Diane M. Crippin, 77, died on Friday, Dec. 30, 2005, at Bon Secours Hospital.

She was born on Oct. 6, 1928, in Grosse Pointe to Jack and Anna Burgess. She graduated in 1946 from Grosse Pointe High School.

For 42 years, she proudly worked as transportation director and a bus driver for the University Liggett School.

Mrs. Crippin thoroughly enjoyed being around children, family and animals.

She is survived by her daughters, Judy (Kevin) Sullivan and Cheryl (Bill) Lasure; her son, Don (Denise) Brideau; grandchildren, Ryan Sullivan, Michael and Michelle Lasure, and Monique and Alex Brideau; and great-grandson, Nathan Lasure.

She was predeceased by her first husband, Donald Brideau; her second husband, Ronald Crippin; and sister, Jane Skiffington.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, Jan. 5, at A.H. Peters Funeral Home, 20705 Mack, Grosse Pointe Woods, at 10 a.m., preceded by a visitation at 9:30 a.m.

Interment will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Detroit.

Sophie M. Ryberg

Sophie M. Ryberg

Died: Friday, December 30, 2005
Age: 89
Former Grosse Pointe Farms resident Sophie M. Ryberg, 89, died suddenly on Friday, Dec. 30, 2005, in Prescot, England.

A longtime resident of Grosse Pointe Farms, Mrs. Ryberg resided the last 10 years with her daughters in England.

She was an inspiration to her family for her attitude about life and about her advancing age. She voiced no fear of death, delighting rather in the opportunities of each day and the companionship of her daughters, grandson and son-in-law, Jim Lancaster.

Her son, Erick Ryberg, wrote: “Not appreciating how much she gave of herself and how much love she emanated, mother puzzled as to what she did to deserve the love and care of her family. But it was her generous heart, delight in her children and grandchildren, and her embrace of those who joined her family by marriage that endeared us all to her. Memories of her life and love will comfort us in her passing but she will be sorely missed.”

She is survived by her children, Patricia Munday of Bury St. Edmunds, England, Erick (Amy) Ryberg of Farmington Hills, and Frances (James) Lancaster of Prescot; her grandchildren, Joshua Munday and Benjamin Ryberg; and her sister Irene (Richard) Frank of Grosse Pointe Farms.

She was predeceased by her husband, Leonard Ryberg; her sister, Martha (Marcel) Baldinger; and her brother, Anthony Slowik.

Memorial services were held in Prescot on Monday, Jan. 9, 2006. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21, at St. Paul Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore in Grosse Pointe Farms. Interment will be at the St. Paul Columbarium.

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