Died: Friday, July 01, 2005 Olga Catherine Eckel
Former Grosse Pointe Woods resident Olga Catherine Eckel, 98, of Lexington, died on Friday, July 1, 2005.
She was born on Feb. 8, 1907, in Hamtramck to John and Catherine Olechowski.
She worked as an executive secretary at Dodge Main headquarters in Detroit.
Mrs. Eckel was a founding member and leader of the Altar Society at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church and was a past president of the Senior Club of Grosse Pointe Woods.
She enjoyed traveling, cooking, playing cards and doing a variety of crafts.
She is survived by her sons, J. William (Carol) and James (Susan); her grandchildren, Susan, Elizabeth, Kathryn, Margaret, Ann, Thomas, Steven, Julie, Linda, and Lorrie; and her great-grandchildren, Trent, Nicole, Tyler, Matthew, Mary Kate, Halley, Christopher, Aidan, Annie, Millie, Henry, Connor and Claire.
She was predeceased by her husband, Dr. Albert J. Eckel; her son, Richard Paul (Mary Margaret); her sister, Pauline Daniel; and her brothers, Dr. Leo and Charles Olechowski.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 25, at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, 467 Fairford, Grosse Pointe Woods. Interment is in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Detroit.
Memorial contributions may be made to Meisterheims Adult Care, 5558 Union St., Lexington, MI 48450.
Died: Tuesday, June 28, 2005 Jane Arbury MacFarlane Guenther
Jane Arbury MacFarlane Guenther, 88, of Grosse Pointe and Delray Beach, Fla., died on Tuesday, June 28, 2005.
She was born to Albert Francis Arbury and Ruth Nebe Arbury in Detroit, where she was raised and educated. She moved to Grosse Pointe Farms with her family in 1953.
An accomplished golfer, she amassed 18 Club Championships at several clubs in Michigan and Florida, including six at the Country Club of Detroit, where she was a lifetime member.
A member of the Women's District Golf Association for 50 years, she had also served as an official for the USGA Women’s Seniors tournaments.
Since 1951, Mrs. Guenther had also kept a home in Delray Beach, Fla. She was a founding member of the Little Club of Gulfstream, Fla., where she served as a board member for several years, and the St. Andrew’s Club, also in Gulfstream.
She traveled extensively with her first husband, Donald D. MacFarlane, the founder and president of Harness Tracks of America. Together they ran Hazel Park Harness Raceway Inc., where she served as a board member, officer, and eventually as president of the company following her husband’s death.
Active in the horse racing community, she toured North America and Europe with her family and their horses, including Vicar Hanover, who won the Little Brown Jug in 1964; Cold Comfort, a Roosevelt International winner, and Keystone Smartie, who won the Cane Pace at Yonkers Raceway.
She continued to own horses throughout her life, and in recent months, enjoyed watching some of her thoroughbreds become stakes contenders.
She was married to Donald D. MacFarlane, and had three children. Following his death, she married Valentine Guenther, of Peoria, Ill.
She is survived by her daughter, Marilynn MacFarlane (Gregory G.) Magreta; and her grandchildren, Cliff Magreta of Los Angeles, Calif., and Anne Elizabeth Magreta of Grosse Pointe Park, as well as many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husbands; and her sons, Donald D. MacFarlane Jr., and Bruce Frazer MacFarlane.
Services were held at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church in Grosse Pointe Farms, on Wednesday, July 6.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Children’s Center, 79 West Alexandrine, Detroit, MI 48201.
Died: Monday, June 27, 2005
Annabel Atwood, 80, died on Monday, June 27, 2005, after a long illness.
She was born on July 18, 1924, to Otto and Elsa Atwood in Detroit.
She left home in 1955 to serve in the work of the gospel in Michigan and in 1960 she went to Uruguay and Brazil where she served until 2000 when she returned due to ill health.
She spoke three languages fluently. Her visits to family and friends were always cherished as was her great spirit and fun loving personality.
She is survived by her sister, Helen H. Albertson of Grosse Pointe Woods; and her three nieces and four nephews.
She was predeceased by her brothers, John William Atwood and Lawrence Irvin Atwood.
A funeral service was held on Wednesday, June 29, in Troy.
Died: Monday, June 27, 2005
Ruth Ellen Fountain, 81, of Rochester Hills, died on Monday, June 27, 2005.
She is survived by her children, Yvonne (Kenneth) Eaton, Joyce (Thomas) Mannino, Bernard “Bud” (Ann), Willard (Michelle), Thomas (Rena), John (Barbara), James (Tracy), Mary (Casey) Benton and Jean (Michael) Kostrzewa; her 25 grandchildren; her nine great-grandchildren; and her brother, James Inman; her stepbrother, Ed Thomas; and her stepsister, Jean Falliere.
She was predeceased by her husband, Bernard; and her daughter, Dorothy (Jerome) Nantais.
A funeral Mass was celebrated on Friday, July 1, at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Park. Interment will be at St. Catherine Cemetery in Ossineke.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 20300 Civic Center, Suite 100, Southfield, MI 48076. An online guestbook is at www.modetzfuneralhomes.com.
Died: Monday, June 27, 2005 Clifton Paul Nelsen
City of Grosse Pointe resident Clifton Paul Nelsen, 87, died Monday, June 27, 2005.
He was born in Detroit on Aug. 9, 1916, to Andrew and Viola Nelsen.
He graduated from Denby High School in Detroit in 1934 and studied business and marketing at Walsh Institute. He was a sales manager at Cadillac Stamp Co.
Mr. Nelsen was active in the Senior Men’s Club of Grosse Pointe and a past president of the Gowanie Golf Club. He was also a member of the Grosse Pointe Power Squadron for more than 50 years.
He enjoyed golf, ice boating, sewing and jewelry making.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Thelma; his daughter, Judy (Jerry) Bell; his grandchildren, Deborah (Fred) Pearson, Susan Bell and Kelly Backer; five great-grandchildren; and his sister, Helen (Al) Kropp.
He was predeceased by his son, Thomas.
A funeral mass was celebrated Saturday, July 2, at St. Paul Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Farms.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Capuchins, 1820 Mt. Elliot St., Detroit, MI 48207-3485.
Died: Sunday, June 26, 2005
Longtime Harper Woods resident Helen E. Hartsig, 91, of Lake City, died at Cadillac Mercy Hospital in Cadillac on Sunday, June 26, 2005.
She was born on Jan. 2, 1914, in Detroit to John and Emma (Fiergolla) Richiert.
She worked as a sales clerk at S.S. Kresge Co. at Eastland Center.
Mrs. Hartsig was a member of the Democratic Club of Harper Woods. She enjoyed dancing, music, baking and her family.
She is survived by her daughter, Patricia Ritz; her son, David (Denise) Smith; her grandchildren, Debbie, Douglas, Diane (Matt), Kimberley (John), Jennifer (Dana), Donna, Susan (Mike), Paula (Shahar), Cathy (Steve), and Michele (Noel); 15 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
She is also survived by her sisters, Alma Sliney, Barbara (Frank) Gregory and Gerri (Herb) Haynie and her brother, Ronald Richiert.
She is predeceased by her husband, Arthur Hartsig and her first husband, Edward Smith, former Harper Woods police lieutenant.
A funeral service will be held at A.H. Peters Funeral Home in Grosse Pointe Woods on Thursday, June 30, at 10 a.m. Interment is in Gethsemane Cemetery in Detroit.
Died: Sunday, June 26, 2005
Nell Barbour, 77, died on Sunday, June 26, 2005.
She was born on April 6, 1928, to William and Goldie Tigay in Detroit.
She graduated from Detroit Central High School in 1946, and studied political science at Wayne State University.
She married Paul Barbour in 1948, and they lived happily together in Grosse Pointe Woods since 1959.
Mrs. Barbour was a tireless political activist, life-long student, and cherished wife and mother.
She is survived by her husband, Paul; her children, William (Nancy), Peter (Maureen), Elizabeth, and Matthew; and her sister, Esther Blustein.
She was predeceased by her brother, Harvey Tigay.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 9, at 11 a.m. at the Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church, 17150 Maumee, City of Grosse Pointe.
Died: Saturday, June 25, 2005
Grosse Pointe Woods resident John J. Grant died on Saturday, June 25, 2005.
He was born in Detroit to John and Stella Grant.
During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy as a petty officer second class.
He was a sales representative for Seagram Distillers. His interests included gardening and travel.
Mr. Grant is survived by his wife, Mary L. Grant; his daughter, Janet Szewczyk; his sons, John C., James M., and Robert J. Grant; and his grandchildren, David, Amy, Daniel, Kimberly, Kristin, Kathleen and Robert.
A funeral Mass was celebrated on Wednesday, June 29, at St. Joan of Arc Church in St. Clair Shores.
Memorial contributions may be made to the St. John Hospice, or Evergreen Children’s Services.
Died: Saturday, June 25, 2005
Eugene Harold Culp, 86, of Durham, N.C., formerly of Harper Woods, died at home on Saturday, June 25, 2005.
The son of Clyde and Clara Culp, Mr. Culp was born in Elgin, Ill. He graduated from Manchester College in 1940 and earned a master’s degree in science from the University of Iowa in 1942. He worked in Detroit as a research physicist for the U.S. Rubber Co. (later Uniroyal) for 42 years.
He sang in the Grosse Pointe United Church choir for many years, played the cello with the Grosse Pointe Symphony Orchestra and lived for several years in Harper Woods. After his wife, Rosanna, died, he relocated to North Carolina, in 1998.
Mr. Culp is survived by his brother, John Warren Culp of New Hyde Park, N.Y.; three children, Lynn C. (Thomas) Evans of Durham, N.C., Christopher G. (Nancy) Culp of Wheaton, Ill., and Charles T. Culp of Grand Rapids, and four grandchildren, Robert Evans of Durham, N.C., Ryan and Shawna Culp of Wheaton, Ill., and John Kirkwood Culp of Grand Rapids.
A memorial service will be conducted by the Rev. Eddie A. Bray Jr., at the Grosse Pointe United Church, 240 Chalfonte, Grosse Pointe Farms, on Saturday, Aug. 6, at 2 p.m., followed by interment in the church columbarium.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Grosse Pointe United Church or other worthy charity.
Died: Friday, June 24, 2005
Grosse Pointe Farms resident Lillian Taylor Phillips, 95, died on Friday, June 24, 2005.
She was born in Chicago on Dec. 7, 1909, to Robert and Maude Taylor.
She received her bachelor’s degree in 1931 and her master’s degree in classical languages in 1936, both from Northwestern University.
In 1936, she did an archeological dig in Greece. In 1939, Ms. Phillips bicycled 1,600 miles across Great Britain by herself and in 1940, she cycled to Alaska with her cousin. When she was 69, she circled the world by freighter and the trans-Siberian Railroad.
She was a teacher in Stillman Valley and Elgin, Ill., before becoming a real estate broker. She also owned and operated a bed and breakfast.
She was a member of the American Association of University Women, American/International Youth Hostel Association, and Christ Church. She was a leader for Lakeview High School Girls Scout troop No. 19.
She enjoyed needlework, travel, nature and reading.
Ms. Phillips summered on the lake in northern Wisconsin in her own rustic cottage and log cabin.
She is survived by her daughter, Roberta L. Hill; her grandchildren, Ted (Sara Kate) Hill, the Rev. Heather L. Hill, Erica L. Hill and Emily Hill; her sister, Molly R. Brady; and her stepchildren; Ronald and Eloise.
She was predeceased by her stepson, Leslie.
A memorial service will be held in July. Interment is in Rosehill Cemetery in Chicago.
Memorial contributions may be made to Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.