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Ralph E. Kelchner

Ralph E. Kelchner

Died: Sunday, March 26, 2006
Age: 66
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.

Barbara Watts Boyce

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.

Melbourne Bob Stuck

Died: Friday, March 24, 2006
Age: 92
Melbourne Bob Stuck, 92, of Traverse City, died on Friday, March 24, 2006, at St. John Hospital.

He was born on Dec. 25, 1913, in Otsego Village to Melbourne Henry and Ivah (nee McNutt) Stuck. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a bachelor’s degree in electrical transmission. He worked as a construction engineer for Consumer’s Power Co. from 1947 to 1981.

Mr. Stuck was active in the community as a member of Masonic Lodge No. 222, the Shriners and Elks. His interests included hunting, fishing and skiing, a sport he learned at the age of 45. He also enjoyed doing projects which required his handyman skills.

He is survived by his sons, Terry (Jill) and Randy (Colleen Flaherty) Stuck; his seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; his brother, D.O. (Alice) Stuck; and dear friend, Pauline Brink.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Margaret Ione and his second wife, Loretta.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 1, at 2 p.m., preceded by visitation at noon, at A.H. Peters Funeral Home, 20705 Mack, Grosse Pointe Woods. A second memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 29, at the Presbyterian Church, 701 Westminster Rd., Traverse City. Inurnment will be at Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Traverse City.

Memorial contributions may be made to Shriner’s Hospital for Children, 211 N. Oak Park Ave., Chicago, IL 60707.

Thomas J. Tracy Sr.

Thomas J. Tracy Sr.

Died: Wednesday, March 22, 2006
Age: 67
Grosse Pointe native Thomas J. Tracy Sr., 67, died of prostate cancer on Wednesday, March 22, 2006, at his home in Santa Ana, Calif.

He was chief executive and principal owner of Tracy Industries Inc., the nation’s largest remanufacturer and distributor of Ford Motor Company parts.

Mr. Tracy was born on Dec. 19, 1938, in Detroit and spent the first 30 years of his life in Grosse Pointe. He was devoted to his family, faith and country.

He was a 1957 graduate of Portsmouth Abbey School. In 1961, he received a Bachelor of Science degree from Regis University in Denver, Colo. The university awarded him a degree of Doctor of Public Service honoris causa in 2001.

He served his country in the Wyoming and Michigan Air National Guard.

After several successful years in Ford’s marketing and sales departments, Mr. Tracy left the automaker to join the family business, Alma Piston Co., which also does business as Genuine Parts Distributors/ Tomadur Engine Co., and in 2000 became Tracy Industries Inc.

Highly respected in his industry, Mr. Tracy served as president of the Production Remanufacturers Association and was awarded that organization’s highest honor for outstanding contribution to the industry.

Mr. Tracy was a man of extraordinarily strong and devoted faith. His deep involvement in the Catholic Church included being a Knight in the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem. He served on several key committees in the Diocese of Orange, Calif., and acted as a financial adviser and friend to a number of religious orders. The Diocese of Orange presented him with the 2004 Bishop Tod D. Brown Award for Exemplary Business Integrity.

Mr. Tracy was very active in politics and a lifelong member of the Republican Party.

As a third-generation Irish American, he was actively involved in many Irish organizations. He received in 1996 the American Ireland Fund Distinguished Leadership Award which recognizes “An American of Irish heritage whose accomplishments exemplify the spirit of Irish immigrants, who contributed so vitally to the development of the United States as a great nation.”

For many years, Mr. Tracy devoted countless hours toward his commitment to seeking peace in Ireland. In 1999, University College Cork, Ireland, awarded him an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws honoris causa for his selfless personal dedication and philanthropic generosity in supporting Ireland and its heritage, as well as for his continued championship of studies in conflict resolution.

Mr. Tracy is survived by his wife, Erma Jean; children, Cynthia, Christina, Katherine, Kilian and Thomas Jr.; sons-in-law, Brian Rofer and Greg McCanna; grandchildren, Gregory Jr., Remington and Shane; brother, Emmet Tracy Jr.; and sisters, Mary Kay Farley and Denice Summers.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, March 31, at 11 a.m. at Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano, 31522 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675; phone number (949) 234-1360.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Josephs Hospital Cancer Center, attn: Julie Holt, 1100 West Stewart Dr., Orange, CA 92868.

Mary Georgeades

Died: Monday, March 20, 2006
Age: 87
Mary Georgeades

Mary Georgeades, 87, of St. Clair Shores, died on Monday, March 20, 2006, at Bon Secours Hospital.

She was born on March 3, 1919, in Detroit to John and Sylvia Voulgaris. She was a high school graduate and a homemaker.

Mrs. Georgeades is survived by her daughters, Joann Tsangalias and Sylvia Stuart; and her sister, Lucille Asters.

She was predeceased by her husband, George Georgeades; her sisters, Christine Costas and Martha Voulgaris; and her brother, Michael Voulgaris.

A funeral service was held on Thursday, March 23, at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in St. Clair Shores. Interment is at Cadillac Memorial East Cemetery in Clinton Township.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mental Illness Research Association, 43494 Woodward Ave., Suite 201, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302, or to Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 21800 Marter, St. Clair Shores, MI 48080.

David Grover Wormer

David Grover Wormer

Died: Monday, March 20, 2006
Age: 81
Former Grosse Pointe Farms resident David Grover Wormer, 81, died on Monday, March 20, 2006, at his Indian Village home in Detroit.

He was president of the Wright Austin Co. of Detroit from 1950 to 1995.

Mr. Wormer was born on Oct. 25, 1924, in Grosse Pointe Farms and was a graduate of Grosse Pointe High School. He was a resident of Grosse Pointe Farms for most of his adult life before moving to Indian Village.

In 1943, he entered the U.S. Army Air Corps and contributed to the war effort though flying instruction, aircraft maintenance, and ferrying cargo. He served both in the United States and the Pacific theater until the end of World War II. He then spent several years in the U.S. Air Force Reserves.

He was known widely for his love of flying and his skill as a pilot. Mr. Wormer was instrumental in arranging the 40th anniversary commemoration of the April 1942 Doolittle bomber raid on Japan. The 1982 commemoration was held in Washington, D.C., and observed by Gen. Jimmy Doolittle, along with members of the media. During the ceremony, Mr. Wormer and four other aficionados of antique warbirds, flew B-26 bombers in formation.

Mr. Wormer was widely respected in the manufacturing world. He improved the Wright Austin gas/liquid separators and traps which he worked on during a period of 50 years and through the application of hundreds of business and manufacturing solutions. Although he left the business in 1995, his products continue to be widely used in a variety of industries throughout the world.

Always an active member of the community, Mr. Wormer maintained memberships in the Belle Isle Medical Society, the Grosse Pointe Hunt Club and the Detroit Yacht Club.

He attended Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church, where he was a member of the congregation for many years. He maintained memberships in the University Club and the Detroit Boat Club during their years of operation, and the Country Club of Detroit while living in Grosse Pointe.

He is survived by his children, Christiansen (Rebecca) von Wormer, Sigrid (Richard Levey) Wormer Christiansen and Anne Marie (James) Wormer Palozzolo; and his grandchildren, Eben and Tristan Levey, and Kelsey von Wormer.

He was predeceased by his daughter, Sarah Dudley Wormer, and his former wife Anne Getz Wormer.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m on Friday, March 31, at the Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church, 8625 East Jefferson Ave., Detroit. Interment will at the Wormer family plot in Elmwood Cemetery in Detroit.

Lucille M. Knop

Died: Sunday, March 19, 2006
Age: 80
Harper Woods resident, Lucille M. Knop, 80, died on Sunday, March 19, 2006, at St. John Hospital.

She was born on April 14, 1925, in Detroit.

Mrs. Knop was a life member and past president of the Fontbonne Auxiliary for St. John Hospital and Medical Center. She served as its historian for many years.

She is survived by her children, James Knop, Charlotte (Herb) Carrington, Colleen (Ken) LaDuke, Dennis Knop, Eileen Knop and Kevin Knop; her grandchildren, Angie, Alysia, Dawn, Kelly, Nacole, Kenny, Danni, Mason, Meredith and Keenan; her great-grandchildren, Bethany, Conner and Chance; and her siblings, Elmer Jacques, Carol (Jim) Reeder and Mary (Al) Kettlewell.

She was predeceased by her husband, Robert A. Knop; children, Patrick and Kathleen Knop; and grandchild, Jessica.

Visitation will be held from 2:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, March 23, at Kaul Funeral Home, 27830 Gratiot, Roseville. A funeral Mass, with the Rev. Tony Sulkowski officiating, will be celebrated on Friday, March 24, at 10 a.m., visitation at 9:30 a.m., at St. Louis Catholic Church, 24415 Crocker, Clinton Township. Interment is at Hart Cemetery, Chesterfield Township.

Memories may be shared with the family online at www.kaulfuneralhome.com.

Hashem Shaalan

Hashem Shaalan

Died: Saturday, March 18, 2006
Age: 45
Hashem Shaalan, 45, died suddenly on Saturday, March 18, 2006, at his home in Valencia, Calif.

Mr. Shaalan was born on July 20, 1960, to Leila Safwat and Karim Shaalan. He grew up in Grosse Pointe Park and was a 1978 graduate of Grosse Pointe South High School.

His dynamic career took him all over the world, though he always called Grosse Pointe home. He talked about moving back to Grosse Pointe during a recent visit with friends.

After graduating from South, Mr. Shaalan enlisted the U.S. Navy in 1981 to become a member of the SEAL (Sea, Air, Land) team. He graduated from the BUD (Basic Underwater Demolition) in a class 119 with many notable accomplishments, one of which was setting the 5.5 mile swim record. His first assignment after graduation was service to Underwater Demolition Team No. 12 as a member of the second platoon. He went on to serve with the SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team No. 1 as a plank owner where he completed a seven-month deployment to Asia. While on deployment, his platoon responded to international security missions and conducted cross-training exercises.

Upon his return from Asia, Mr. Shaalan was selected to serve for the Navy's elite counter-terrorism team, SEAL Team Six. While his duties with Team Six were highly classified, his operational tempo and training increased substantially. His team was deployed worldwide in response to numerous acts of terrorism. He served as a department head, assault team member and instructor at Team Six. His areas of expertise included Close Quarter Battle, dive supervisor, jump master, range safety officer, explosive breacher, Middle-East analyst and Arabic linguist. He was awarded a Presidential Citation and the Navy/Marine Corps Medal for Heroism before he completed his tour as an instructor in the Team Six training department.

Mr. Shaalan then embarked on a career as a military adviser in 1988 and worked around the globe with a focus on counter-terrorism and anti-terrorism. He provided protective security services for numerous dignitaries, Fortune 500 companies and private businesses throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, South America and the United States.

While continuing to provide military instruction and security services to the international community, Mr. Shaalan maintained membership with the U.S. Parachuting Association, Frogmen Unlimited and the Fraternal Order of UDT/SEALs.

He had a passion for the movie business and recently pursued a career as an actor, consultant, producer and stuntman. He made significant contribution in many films: “Behind Enemy Lines: Axis of Evil” (2006), “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” (2005), “S.W.A.T.” (2003), “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines” (2003), “Three Kings” (1999), “Out of Sight” (1998), “Surface to Air” (1997), “Rangers” (2000), “G.I. Jane” (1997) and various television reality shows.

He is survived by his parents, Leila Safwat and Karim Shaalan; his brothers, Shariff and Ash; his sister, Nadine (Bob Britt); and many good friends.

A memorial service was held in Los Angeles, Calif., on March 26. A second memorial service will be held at noon on Saturday, April 15, at Grosse Pointe United Methodist Church, 211 Moross, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Memorial contributions may be made to Grosse Pointe South Athletic Scholarship Fund, 11 Grosse Pointe Blvd., Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.

Mary "Bard" Miller Simon

Mary "Bard" Miller Simon

Died: Saturday, March 18, 2006
Age: 46
Mary “Bard” Miller Simon, 46, died on Saturday, March 18, 2006, after a long and determined fight against multiple sclerosis.

She was born on April 13, 1949, in Birmingham to Stephen C. and Dorothy C. Miller.

She was a student at Brookside Elementary School in Birmingham, The National Cathedral School for Girls in Washington, D.C., and a graduate of Seaholm High School in Birmingham.

She spent three years at Michigan State University, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in political science from the University of California at Los Angeles.

After college, she returned to Washington, D.C., to write for the Women’s National Health Review. She enjoyed journalism and the excitement of the capital.

Ms. Simon later moved to Los Angeles, Calif., where she met her future husband, Grosse Pointe native Mark Simon. She moved to Palm Desert, Calif., to be with him.

She became an advertising executive and, later, general manager of a printing company Communications Marketing Inc.

She was a volunteer for the Desert Aids Project, the Boys and Girls Club of Coachella Valley and the Temechulan Society.

Ms. Simon was a wonderful wife and mother who loved her family with all of her heart.

She is survived by her son, Mitchell Jack Francis Simon III; former husband, Mark D. Simon of Corona del Mar, Calif.; father, Stephen C. Miller of Harbor Springs; sister, Ann H. Farwell of Redondo Beach, Calif.; and brother, Steven A. Miller of Apple Valley, Calif.

She was predeceased by her mother, Dorothy C. Miller.

Memorial contributions to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society,700 Broadway, Suite 810, Denver, CO 80203.

Mary Virginia Anderson

Died: Friday, March 17, 2006
Age: 93
Mary Virginia Anderson, 93, longtime resident of Grosse Pointe, died on Friday, March 17, 2006.

She was a friend and mentor to the neighborhood children, in addition to being a Girl Scout leader.

She is survived by her sister, Patricia Carr of Palos, Ill., her nephew, Thomas Phillips of Lansing; her out-of-state nieces and nephews, Susan, Kathleen, Evelyn, Christopher, Steven and Robert; and many dear friends and caregivers.

She was predeceased by her parents, Verna and Jess Lobdell; her first husband in 1968, Edward Koester; and her second husband in 1990, Herbert Anderson.

A memorial service was held on Tuesday, March 21, at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, 1627 W. Fort St., Detroit, MI 48216 or the Michigan Humane Society, 26711 Northwestern Hwy., Southfield, MI 48034.
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