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Helen Lee Richey

Died: Tuesday, May 02, 2006
Age: 94
Helen Louise (nee Richey) Munson, 94, died from congestive heart failure on Tuesday, May 2, 2006, in Grosse Pointe.

She was born in Dayton, Iowa, on Nov. 27, 1911, to James and Mary Richey. She had twin brothers, Dale and Dwain, known as “the Boys.”

Mrs. Munson moved to Chicago in 1929, just before the stock market crashed. She worked for Montgomery Ward and for The Illinois Bell Telephone Co., and owned and operated Boulevard Bakery with her husband for some years. After time off to raise her daughter, she returned to Illinois Bell and retired in 1976 after 35 years. She was an active member of the Telephone Pioneers.

She moved to Pasadena, Calif., in 1990 and to Grosse Pointe Farms in 1999 — both times to be near her daughter and son-in-law.

She learned to play bridge in Pasadena and was a competitive player. She served as secretary of the Pasadena Women’s Club. She was an avid fan of her beloved Chicago Cubs and Bulls, a good card player, and was appreciative of every little kindness. She adored the spring flowers and is dearly loved by all who knew her.

She spent her last years as a resident of the St. John Senior Community, where she made many wonderful friends and was visited by her daughter every day. No mother was loved more. Her personal caregiver, Ruby Arnold, made her last years so much easier by giving loving care and peace of mind, and was in attendance with Mrs. Munson’s daughter in her final moment.

Mrs. Munson was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Grosse Pointe Famrs.

She is survived by her daughter, Elaine (Julius) Loeser.

She was predeceased by her husband, William Allen, and has rejoined him in peaceful rest at Evergreen Cemetery in Evergreen Park, Ill., after 35 years.

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

John H. Burrows, M.D.

John H. Burrows, M.D.

Died: Friday, April 28, 2006
Age: 73
John H. Burrows, M.D., 73, died on Friday, April 28, 2006, at his home in Seneca, S.C.

Until his retirement in 2000, he lived in Grosse Pointe.

Dr. Burrows is survived by his wife, Kathleen “Kitty” Kubalak; daughters, Elizabeth (Bill) Chapin and Abigail Burrows; son, Stephen Burrows; grandson, Spencer Chapin; brother, Robert Burrows; and sister, Beverly Burrows.

Memorial donations may be made to a nonprofit bioethics research center: The Hastings Center, 21 Malcolm Gordon Rd., Garrison, NY 10524-4125.

Florine Elizabeth Flynn

Died: Friday, April 28, 2006
Age: 81
Florine Elizabeth Flynn, 81, of Grosse Pointe Farms, died on Friday, April 28, 2006, at St. John Hospital.

Mrs. Flynn was born in Denver, Colo., where she lived until 1950 when she married Mr. Flynn and moved to New Orleans, La. They moved to Michigan in 1950.

Mrs. Flynn was a manager at Jacobson Stores Inc., from the early 1960s until 1975. She and Mr. Flynn retired to Cape Cod for 10 years before returning to Grosse Pointe Farms.

Mrs. Flynn was an active member of Grosse Pointe Congregational Church for more than 50 years, where she served on many committees. She was a volunteer for Cottage Hospital Auxiliary and the American Cancer Discovery Shop.

She is survived by her children, Sheila Flynn (Randy) Potter and Sheldon (JoAnn) Flynn II; and three grandchildren, Sheldon III, Katie and Ethan.

A private family service is planned.

She was predeceased by her husband, Sheldon Flynn.

Memorial contributions may be made to Grosse Pointe Congregational Church, 240 Chalfonte, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236 or Cottage Hospital Auxiliary, Tribute Fund, 159 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.

Patricia Mulligan Girardi

Patricia Mulligan Girardi

Died: Thursday, April 27, 2006
Age: 53
Patricia Mulligan Girardi, 53, died suddenly on Thursday, April 27, 2006.

She was a loving mother, daughter, sister and aunt.

She is survived by her sons, Joseph and Matthew; parents, Bill and Barbara Mulligan; and siblings, Colleen (Greg), Peggy (Rich), John (Marian), Carolyn (Michael), Dennis and Jim (Teri); and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial gathering was held on Friday, April 28, at St. Paul Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Farms.

Memorial contributions may be made to a trust fund for her sons at the following address: Carolyn (Mulligan) Withers, c/o Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home Inc., P.O. Box 36248, Grosse Pointe, MI 483236.

Constance Redmond

Died: Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Age: 73
Constance Redmond, 73, of Grosse Pointe Park, died Wednesday, April 26, 2006, in the Bon Secours Nursing Center.

She was born in Detroit to Thomas and Katherine Baker, now deceased.

Mrs. Redmond was a member of the Jefferson Yacht Club.

She was predeceased by her husband, Richard Redmond. She is survived by her daughters, Kim Davis Johnson, Patty Redmond Cornell, Lisa Davis Lettang and Suzi Redmond Smith; sons, Richard Redmond Jr. and Bill Redmond; and 16 grandchildren.

Visitation will be held Friday, May 5, 2 to 4 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m.; funeral is Saturday, May 6, at the A.H. Peters Funeral Home in Grosse Pointe Woods.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospices of Henry Ford, P.O. Box 02220, Detroit, MI 48202-0220.

Dorothy Duggan Mengden

Dorothy Duggan Mengden

Died: Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Age: 82
Dorothy Duggan Mengden, 82, died Tuesday, April 25, 2006, at her home in Grosse Pointe, from complications associated with cancer.

Mrs. Mengden was born on Oct. 28, 1923, to Louis Earl and Ethel Burridge of South Bend, Ind. She was an only child who was always known by her nickname, “Dottie.”

She graduated from Central High School in South Bend, Class of 1941. She attended Hanover College in Madison, Ind., on the Ohio River, where she was a member of Phi Mu Sorority (Rho Chapter).

In 1944, she was married in South Bend to James Jackson “Jack” Duggan, who died in 1985.

She was always a "hands-on" person, playing bridge whenever possible and forever digging in the garden. She was winner of the 2005 Beautification Award in the City of Grosse Pointe for the courtyard on Rivard Boulevard. Mrs. Mengden was also a master gardener, National Flower Show judge, past president of the Greater Detroit Flower Arrangers Guild, past president of the Grosse Pointe Shores Garden Club and recipient of the Life Membership Certificate of The Federated Garden Clubs of Michigan.

As a member of Nomads, she and her husband, Joe Mengden, participated in its 1996 Round-the-World Trip, with stopovers in Hong Kong, Macao, Bangkok, Katmandu, New Delhi, the Taj Mahal, Bombay and London.

She is survived by her husband of 14 years, Joseph M. Mengden of Grosse Pointe; her son, Michael (JoAnn) Duggan of Kalamazoo; her daughter-in-law, Nancy of Howell; and grandchildren, Seann Duggan of Novi, and Matthew and Adam Duggan of Howell.

She was predeceased by her younger son, Richard (Nancy) Duggan, who died on Wednesday, April 19; and her first husband, James Duggan.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 4, and 5 from 2 to 8 p.m. at Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home, 16300 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Park. A memorial service will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, May 5, at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. John Health Foundation (Hospice), P.O. Box 673271, Detroit, MI 48267, or the charity of one’s choice.

The Rt. Rev. Richard W. Ingalls

The Rt. Rev. Richard W. Ingalls

Died: Monday, April 24, 2006
Age: 79
The Rt. Rev. Richard W. Ingalls, 79, of Grosse Pointe Park, died Monday, April 24, 2006, at Bon Secours Hospital.

Bishop Ingalls served in the ministry for nearly 60 years, the last 41 were as rector of Mariners’ Church of Detroit, the independent Anglican church founded in 1842.

“The Maritime Sailors’ Cathedral” of Gordon Lightfoot’s ballad, “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” referred to Bishop Ingalls ringing the church’s bell “29 times, for each man on the Edmund Fitzgerald,” early the morning after the ore carrier sank with all hands during a fierce storm on Lake Superior on Nov. 10, 1975.

Bishop Ingalls became rector of Mariners’ Church in 1965, and began building an active, worshiping parish, from a faithful few in 1965, to more than 400 families today. He became well known in Detroit’s maritime and civic communities for creating annual public services, such as the Blessing of the Fleet, Navy League Sunday and the Edmund Fitzgerald Memorial Service. These services bring congregants and the community together in remembrance of God’s love and care. The Blessing of the Fleet, which Bishop Ingalls celebrated for his 41st consecutive year this past March 12, is the prototype for similar services around the Great Lakes.

The 31st annual Navy League Sunday was celebrated Sunday, April 30, six days after his death, by his son, the Rev. Richard W. Ingalls Jr., who was elected rector of Mariners’ Church on Jan. 15, 2006.

Bishop Ingalls was born in Ft. Dodge, Iowa, and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Olivet College in Kankakee, Ill., in 1950. His seminary training was at Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Ill., and at St. Luke’s Seminary, University of the South, in Sewanee, Tenn.

Bishop Ingalls was a life member of the Navy League of the United States. He served as the chaplain of the International Shipmasters’ Association, Detroit Lodge No.7; the United States Propeller Club, Port of Detroit; the American Legion, Cadillac Post 333; and Fire Box 12.

He served in World War II as a sergeant first class in the U.S. Army Port and Service Command at Mid-Pac Headquarters at Ft. Shafter, Honolulu, Hawaii.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Wilma (nee Cross) Ingalls; sons, the Rev. Richard W. (Lynn) Ingalls Jr. and Dr. Brian K. Ingalls; daughters, Anne (Sean) Gillespie and Bette (Don) Wisniowiecki; grandchildren, Richard III, Brian J., Robert, Andrew and Rebecca; his siblings, John (Libby), Wayne (Joyce), Jim (Lois), Virginia, Carol, David, Sharon and Bonnie; and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son, Craig Ingalls.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 12, at Verheyden Funeral Home, 16300 Mack, Grosse Pointe. A Requiem Eucharist will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 13, at Mariners’ Church of Detroit, 170 E. Jefferson in Detroit. There will be free parking available in the Ford Auditorium Underground Garage. His ashes will be interred in the Upper Room Columbarium in Mariners’ Church.

Memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, may be made to Mariners’ Church of Detroit, 170 E. Jefferson, Detroit, MI 48226-4327.

Winnifred Prince

Died: Saturday, April 22, 2006
Age: 101
Grosse Pointe Woods resident Winnifred Prince, 101, died on Saturday, April 22, 2006, at St. Joseph Hospital in Clinton Township.

She was born more than a century ago on April 20, 1905, in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. She attended Toronto Normal School where she learned to be a teacher by age 20. She taught in an elementary school near Toronto for 10 years.

She met her future husband, Stanley Prince, at a Fireman’s ball in 1934 and they married in 1935. The couple built a house in Grosse Pointe Woods in 1950, where they lived for 46 years. During that time, Mrs. Prince taught school in the Grosse Pointe Public School System and worked in her husband’s construction company, doing the bookkeeping.

She recently resided in the American House Parkway Assisted Living Residence, where she made many friends. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by her daughter, Marilyn (Kenneth) Lister; her son, J. Robert (Judy) Prince; her grandchildren, Bill, Susan and Janet Prince, and Tom (Elizabeth) Dietz and Kristen Dietz-Kostera; and her great-grandchildren, Lily Christine Dietz and Maddison Anne Dietz-Kostera.

She was predeceased by her husband, Stanley Prince.

Interment will be in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada.

Alice A. Hodgson

Alice A. Hodgson

Died: Saturday, April 22, 2006
Age: 76
Grosse Pointe Woods resident Alice A. Hodgson, 76, died on Saturday, April 22, 2006.

She was born on Feb. 21, 1930, in Detroit. She graduated from Wayne State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1962 and with a master’s in social work in 1970.

Ms. Hodgson served her country from 1947 to 1951 in the U.S. Army during the Korean War as a medical technician stationed in Japan. She was a Detroit police officer from 1955 to 1963 and a Recorders Court probation officer from 1963 to 1991.

She was active in the community as a member of American Legion Post 303, Grosse Pointe Chapter, and a Heartline volunteer.

Her interests included making jewelry, reading, traveling and animals.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at the A.H. Peters Funeral Home, 20705 Mack, Grosse Pointe Woods. Interment is at Great Lakes National Cemetery.

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

Charles "Chuck" A. Holme

Charles "Chuck" A. Holme

Died: Saturday, April 22, 2006
Age: 76
Former Grosse Pointe resident Charles “Chuck” A. Holme, 76, of Tampa, Fla., died on Saturday, April 22, 2006.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict. He retired from Hearst Corp. in 1994 and moved from Grosse Pointe to Tampa in 1995.

He was passionate about golf, the Red Wings, art and, most of all, his family. After a stroke in 1995, he enjoyed watching golfers on the 11th green at Hunter’s Green Country Club in Tampa. He was a member of St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church in Tampa.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Dolores; sons, Gary of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and Jeffrey (Diane) of Grosse Pointe; daughters, Julie (Tom) Cornack of Tampa, Fla., and Kelly (Ray) Spitzley of Englewood, N.J.; and 12 grandchildren.

Visitation and memorial services will be conducted from 7 to 10 p.m. at A. H. Peters Funeral Home, 20705 Mack, Grosse Pointe Woods. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 19, at St. Lucy’s Catholic Church, 23401 Jefferson Ave., St. Clair Shores.
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