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Joyce Staats DeVries

Died: Sunday, October 06, 2013
Age: 79
Joyce Staats DeVries, 79, passed away Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, in Sugar Land, Texas.

She was predeceased in 2003 by her husband of 49 years, Tom. She is survived by her children, Heidi (David Shirk), Tom Jr. (Maria) and Andrea (Steve Archer); grandchildren, Travis, Clay, Michael, Andrew and Michelle; and four great-grandchildren.

Mrs. DeVries was born Jan. 5, 1934, in Owensboro, Ky., the only child of Mary and George Staats, and moved to Detroit at an early age. She spent most of her adult life in the Detroit area before moving to Texas in 1998. Throughout her life, she was a tireless worker and talented artist involved in numerous community endeavors, including Girl Scouts, Little League, Parent Teacher Association and countless church functions.

Mrs. DeVries was co-owner of The Merry Mouse Cheese Shop in Grosse Pointe for more than five years, following which she and her husband owned and managed Canterbury Farms in Marine City for nearly 10 years. Prior to moving to Texas, she worked for Snyder Veterinary Clinic in New Baltimore.

As per her request, no public service will be held.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Arthritis Foundation at arthritis.org.

Robert I Sattler

Died: Saturday, October 05, 2013
Robert I Sattler was taken from us on 5 Oct 2013. He passed away quickly and peacefully surrounded by family. He was married 58 years to Ilene and they had nine children: Johnny, Sheila, Gail, Rob, Diane, Suzy, Paul, David, and Mary Ellen. He leaves behind a large extended family, 16 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Bob was a remarkable man and had a very full life. He was raised in St. Clair Shores and attended Lakeview High School. In 1944, he entered the Navy V-12 program at DePauw University and became a pilot and commissioned ensign. He was discharged from the Navy in 1946 and finished his education at Purdue University earning degrees in Aeronautical Engineering and Naval Science and Tactics. In 1952 he became a Registered Professional Engineer.

During college years Bob played varsity baseball, football and basketball. After graduation he was recruited to pitch for the New York Yankees, however he broke his pitching arm (playing hockey) which ended his baseball career in 1950. He remained active in sports throughout his life, including hockey and later tennis and fishing.

Bob returned home in 1950 to help run the family business. He became the president of LaSalle Machine Tool in 1957. Over the next twenty-four years he turned a small machine tool shop into an international company. LaSalle had over a thousand employees with nine plants located in Michigan, Windsor, and Italy. The company had customers in the United States, Europe, Russia, Mexico, Asia and South America.

In the 1980’s Bob started various family businesses including a financial advisory firm, and a farming/dairy enterprise. Sattler Inc, established in 1995, is currently a successful machine tool business which Bob started with his three sons and a daughter.

The Association for Manufacturing Technology honored Bob as a “Living Legend” in 1997. In 2012 Purdue University recognized him with the “Outstanding Aerospace Engineer” award. Bob has always been an engineer. Until the day he died, he was continually coming up with ways to improve designs. There are over twenty patents in his name. We have no doubt that on arrival to Heaven, his first thought was how to improve the design of the Pearly Gates. He was a good and generous man who will be missed by all who knew him.

His preferred charities include: Capuchins 1820 Mt. Elliott, Detroit, MI 48207, or Holy Cross Children’s Services, 8759 Clinton-Macon Road, Clinton, MI 49236.

Mary Blain Mead

Died: Friday, October 04, 2013
Age: 76
Mary Blain Mead, 76, of Grosse Pointe, passed away peacefully Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, surrounded by her family.

She was born Mary Ella Mains on March 9, 1937, in Quincy, to Kathryn and Dewey Mains and graduated from the Columbia University Continuing Program in Hospital Administration. She worked at Blain Hospital from 1956 to 1971 where she served as hospital administrator from 1965 until her retirement.

Mrs. Mead was one of the five founding members of La Societe des Jardinieres, which at its inception in 1977, was one of the youngest garden clubs in Michigan. She was a longtime member and past president of the Grand Marais Questers No. 213. She also belonged to the Ibex Club, Grosse Pointe Club and the Country Club of Detroit.

Mrs. Mead enjoyed flowers of every sort, especially orchids and gardenias, which she always kept in her garden. She loved her friends and family dearly and throughout her life enjoyed all types of art, travel, fine dining, bridge, and an odd trip to the Florida flea markets.

She was predeceased by her husbands, Dr. Alexander Blain III and Hudson Mead; father, Dewey Mains; mother, Kathryn “Kay” Mains; brother, Philip Mains and sister, Sue Mains Wyman.

Mrs. Mead is survived by her sister-in-law, Arlene Mains; niece, Kim Nyeste; nephews, Sean Meredith, Mark Mains, and Eric Mains; great-niece, Christen Nyeste and great-nephew, Nicolai Mains. She also is survived by many grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Planned Parenthood Mid and South Michigan at plannedparenthood.org/midsouthmi/; Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236; or the Ibex Club (Scholarship Fund) 577 Washington, Grosse Pointe, MI 48230.

Delphine M. Pericin

Died: Thursday, October 03, 2013
Age: 92
Delphine M. Pericin, 92, passed away peacefully Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, surrounded by family.

A longtime resident of Grosse Pointe Shores, the last two years she enjoyed living at Sunrise Assisted Living in West Bloomfield.

She was born April 21, 1921, in Detroit. She was predeceased by her loving parents, Helen and Peter Bryk, brother Peter Bryk and husband, Dr. John Pericin.

Mrs. Pericin and her husband were married during World War II when he was a U.S. Navy pilot stationed in Jacksonville, Fla. Her family said Mrs. Pericin recounted those years were some of the happiest times of their lives.

Her family said sweet and kind best described Mrs. Pericin and she never said a negative word about anyone. She enjoyed being a homemaker and babysitting the Kutscher children, cooking Polish meals and gardening in her beloved rock garden. Her husband was the first musical director of the Grosse Pointe Theatre and Mrs. Pericin loved singing to the songs of his latest musical.

Mrs. Pericin is survived by her sister Evelyn Bogan, whom she adored; children, Peggy Kutscher (Bob), John Pericin Jr. (Sandy) and Mary Ann Janis (Christopher); grandchildren, Chris Gross (Rob), James Kutscher, Katie Fouts (Terry), Noel, Jon and Alex Janis, Shannon Cuneo (Adam) and Johnny Pericin III (Michelle); great-grandchildren, Jessica, Jake, Lily and Lexi Gross, Ella and Giana Cuneo, Cameron Pericin and Jack and Graceann Delphine Fouts.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at noon Saturday, Oct. 26, at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 467 Fairford, Grosse Pointe Woods.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to greatlakescaring.com or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Calvin W. Wilkerson

Died: Thursday, October 03, 2013
Age: 78
Calvin W. Wilkerson, 78, passed away Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, in Orlando, Fla., after a brief illness. A former resident of Detroit and Aurora, Ohio, until the late 1990s, Mr. Wilkerson and his wife, Mavis, resided in Orlando.

Mr. Wilkerson was born in Oak Hill, W.Va., to Robert and Sarah (nee Wilshire) Wilkerson. He moved to Detroit as a child and attended Cass Technical High School. After graduation, he served in the U.S. Army as a cryptographer and often sang in the men’s choral group. After discharge, he returned to Detroit to attend Wayne State University, performing worldwide with its theater group. He married Mavis Jagger Wilkerson in 1962. Together they had one daughter.

Mr. Wilkerson spent more than 30 years in the cremation services industry. At the time of his death, he was a partner-owner of U.S. Cremation Equipment Corporation in Orlando, Fla., which he helped found in 2004.

He enjoyed traveling throughout the world, something he did for work as well as pleasure. He exercised regularly, participating in spinning and power pump classes. He played baseball, mostly pitching, into his senior years. He also enjoyed listening to jazz and detailing automobiles. He also was a wine enthusiast, enjoying wines from around the world.

Mr. Wilkerson is survived by his wife of 51 years, Mavis; daughter, Amy Wilkerson Disher (Ryan) of Centerville, Ohio; granddaughters, Sarah and Marilyn Disher; sister, Lois Wooten of Albuquerque, N.M., and brother, Robert Wilkerson of Front Royal, Va.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home, 16300 Mack, Grosse Pointe Park. Visitation begins at 1 p.m.

Donations may be made to Hospice of the Comforter, 480 W. Central Parkway, Altamote Springs, FL 32714 or the American Cancer Society at cancer.org.

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James Stevenson

Died: Monday, September 30, 2013
Age: 51
James “Jimmy” Stevenson, 51, of Azusa, Calif., died Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.

He was born May 7, 1962, in New York City. Mr. Stevenson was a member of the Screen Actors Guild and an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous. He acted in several movies including, “Fun with Dick and Jane” and “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”

Mr. Stevenson was a 1981 graduate of Grosse Pointe South High School. He was a kind and gentle man who loved nature. Most of all, he was a loving husband, father, son and brother.

Mr. Stevenson is survived by his wife, Chitomi Stevenson; children, Jatomis, Joseph and Samuel Stevenson; mother, Sandra Krell (Thomas) and siblings, Elizabeth Buchanan, Zip Stevenson, Star Stevenson, Scott Stevenson and Jerry Roach.

Services were held at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Southfield.

Memorials may be made to the Hospices of Henry Ford at henryford.com.

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William Wallace Wotherspoon

Died: Saturday, September 28, 2013
Age: 94
William Wallace Wotherspoon, 94, of Santa Fe, N.M., died Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013.

A resident of Santa Fe since 1995, he was born Sept. 24, 1919, in Washington, D.C., to Margaret (nee Larner) and Alexander Somerville Wotherspoon. Through his mother’s paternal Larner family, Mr. Wotherspoon was a fifth-generation Washingtonian.

He attended Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D. C., and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Long Beach, Calif., in 1936, where his father was stationed with the U.S. Navy.

Mr. Wotherspoon graduated from Dartmouth College in 1940 and attended George Washington Law School in Washington, D. C. In August 1941, he began active duty in the U.S. Naval Reserve and served through September 1946, retiring as commander. He was a graduate of the U.S. Naval War College, and a member of the Allied Control Commission in Rome, Italy, from 1944 to 1945.

He married Mary Bulkley of Grosse Pointe Park in June 1946. From 1946 to 1966, he was an executive with Ford Motor Co. in St. Louis, Mo., Chicago, and Dearborn.

Mr. Wotherspoon served on the boards of many organizations, including the Lake Carriers Association, Uihlein Financial Inc., Henry Ford Hospital, Family Service of Metropolitan Detroit, University Liggett School and Chatham Hall Northport Point Cottage Owners’ Association. He also was a member of the Grosse Pointe Club and the Country Club of Detroit, Northport Point Club, The Reading Room, and Don Quixotes of Santa Fe.

Mr. Wotherspoon was predeceased by his first wife, Mary, in 1985; his second wife, Mary Ruth (nee Sanger) Wotherspoon in 2008, and sisters, Margaret Miller and Anne Ross.

He is survived by his daughters, Mary Adams “Polly” Wotherspoon and Eleonore “Ellie” Wotherspoon and his dedicated dog, Emma.

Donations may be made to Atwill Memorial Chapel Association, 105 N. Northcott Drive, Northport, MI 49670; the Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society, 100 Caja del Rio Road, Santa Fe, NM 87507, or a charity of one’s choice.

Interment and a private memorial service will be held at a later date in Michigan.

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Timothy Ronald Atkinson

Died: Saturday, September 28, 2013
Age: 60
Former Grosse Pointe Woods resident Timothy Ronald Atkinson, 60, died Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, after a courageous two-year battle with cancer. He was a resident of Cottonwood, Calif.

Mr. Atkinson was born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, to George and Jean Atkinson and moved with his family to Grosse Pointe Woods in 1957. He graduated from Grosse Pointe North High School in 1971. His family said he often reminisced about his years growing up in Grosse Pointe and considered them some of his happiest memories.

Mr. Atkinson earned a degree in civil engineering from Michigan State University in 1975 and began working for General Dynamics in Fort Worth, Texas. He then worked as a structural engineer for United Airlines in San Francisco until his retirement.

He loved to travel with family and friends and visited many countries throughout the world. He also enjoyed yearly visits to Hawaii and Utah where he completed the Olympic bobsled run in Park City. He was an avid skier.

After retirement, Mr. Atkinson discovered an interest in home improvement and his house in Cottonwood became a work in progress.

Mr. Atkinson is survived by his wife, Paula; daughter, Sarah Jean Todoroff (Morgan); stepdaughter, Corinne Fontes (David); stepson, Ryan Light (Anjanet); grandchildren, K.C., Tanner and David Fontes and Parker Light.

He also is survived by his mother, Jean; sister, Jennifer Skrel-Grimes (Steven Grimes) and nieces, Lauren and Caitlin Skrel.

He was predeceased by his father, George.

A Celebration of Life service was held Oct. 12 in Cottonwood.

His family said with his laid-back personality and positive attitude over the past two years, Mr. Atkinson was an inspiration to his family and friends. He was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.

F. William Sporer

Died: Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Age: 82
Francis William “Bill” Sporer of Grosse Pointe Woods, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, at home surrounded by family and his loving wife of 56 years, Mary. He was 82.

He was born May 29, 1931, in Detroit to Anthony J. and Mary A. (nee Zemmin) Sporer. He graduated from De La Salle High School in 1949 and from the University of Detroit with honors in 1954 with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree. In 1955, he was called to serve his country in Korea. Upon his return two years later, he joined A.J. Sporer Plumbing and Heating Company which continues operation today.

Mr. Sporer was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He especially loved to sail and among his passions, after his family, were competitive sailboat racing and designing and building his own sailboats. While a college student, he became a top contender on the DN iceboat racing circuit, winning the DN National Championship in 1955. He was commodore of International DN Ice Yacht Racing Association in 1959, Commodore of North Star Sail Club in 1983 and was a member of Crescent Sail Yacht Club for almost 30 years.

Mr. Sporer enjoyed world travel, camping, projecting, photography and playing with his grandchildren. His family said he was humble, genuine and extended himself for the benefit and growth of others, especially those less fortunate.

Mr. Sporer is survived by his wife, Mary; children, Stephen Sporer, Theresa Pastoria (Jack), Mary Schwandt (Tom) and Michael Sporer (Lisa); grandchildren, Courtney, Benjamin, Jacob, Allison, Zoe, Noah, Emma and Naomi and siblings, Margaret Jurn (Bob), Tony Sporer (Arlene) and Jerry Burke.

He was predeceased by his parents and siblings, John Sporer (Mary), Anne Burke, Clare (Sr. Jean Anthony) and Damian, his beloved son.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at noon Saturday, Oct. 12, at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 467 Fairford, Grosse Pointe Woods

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Alzheimer’s Association - Greater Michigan Chapter, 20300 Civic Center Drive., Suite 100, Southfield, MI 48076-4166.

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F. William Sporer

Died: Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Age: 82
Francis William “Bill” Sporer of Grosse Pointe Woods, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, at home surrounded by family and his loving wife of 56 years, Mary. He was 82.

He was born May 29, 1931, in Detroit to Anthony J. and Mary A. (nee Zemmin) Sporer. He graduated from De La Salle High School in 1949 and from The University of Detroit with honors in 1954 with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree. In 1955, he was called to serve his country in Korea. Upon his return two years later, he joined A.J. Sporer Plumbing and Heating Company which continues in operation today.

Mr. Sporer was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He especially loved to sail and among his passions, after his family, were competitive sailboat racing and designing and building his own sailboats.

While a college student, he became a top contender on the DN iceboat racing circuit, winning the DN National Championship in 1955. He was commodore of IDNIYRA in 1959, Commodore of North Star Sail Club in 1983 and was a member of Crescent Sail Yacht Club for almost 30 years.

Mr. Sporer enjoyed world travel, camping, projecting, photography and playing with his grandchildren. His family said he was humble, genuine and extended himself for the benefit and growth of others, especially those less fortunate.

Mr. Sporer is survived by his wife, Mary; children, Stephen Sporer, Theresa Pastoria (Jack), Mary Schwandt (Tom) and Michael Sporer (Lisa); grandchildren, Courtney, Benjamin, Jacob, Allison, Zoe, Noah, Emma and Naomi and siblings, Margaret Jurn (Bob), Tony Sporer (Arlene) and Jerry Burke.

He was predeceased by his parents and siblings, John Sporer (Mary), Anne Burke, Clare (Sr. Jean Anthony) and Damian, his beloved son.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at noon Saturday, Oct. 12, at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 467 Fairford, Grosse Pointe Woods

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Alzheimer’s Association - Greater Michigan Chapter, 20300 Civic Center Drive., Suite 100, Southfield, MI 48076-4166.

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