Died: Thursday, January 10, 2013
Winifred Louise Riddle, nee Frey, passed away Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013. She was 87.
She was born Oct. 15, 1925, in Panama, Ill., to Henry and Ethel Frey. Five children continue her legacy: Carol Peters of Ann Arbor; David of Lansing; Janis Denman of Falmouth; Nancy Slach (Ray) of West Branch, Iowa and Dan (Jane) of Ann Arbor. She also is survived by her sisters, Charlotte Schultz of Commerce Township, Ella Meeriman (Floyd) of Grand Ledge and brother, Dale Frey (Ann) of Lathrup Village; 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her siblings, Henry and Elizabeth, and in 1990, by her husband, Dean Riddle.
She and her husband moved to Grosse Pointe Farms in 1949, and lived there until they relocated to Ann Arbor in 1976. Mrs. Riddle was steadfast in her faith in Christ, caring and compassionate, and always put others first. After a successful career in accounting, she retired from Herman Miller Research Corporation as its manager of finance and personnel.
A devoted mother, grandma and supergrandma, her family was her greatest joy. She was a wonderful storyteller who loved sharing memories of her life with three generations. She had no regrets, explaining even the bad times in her life allowed her to enjoy the best parts. She will be greatly missed.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at Christ Our King Lutheran Church, 3255 Waterworks, Saline. Cremation has taken place, and interment will be in the Memorial Garden at the Grosse Pointe United Methodist Church, Grosse Pointe Farms.
Donations may be made to Arbor Hospice, in appreciation for the compassionate care given to her and the family, 2366 Oak Valley Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48103 or the American Cancer Society, Breast Cancer Research, at cancer.org.
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Died: Tuesday, January 08, 2013
Henrietta Rowady, 97, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, with family at her side.
She was born Dec. 20, 1915, in Zahle, Lebanon, the oldest daughter of Nicholas and Hussen Abood. In 1924, her family immigrated to the United States, initially living in Cambridge, Ohio. The family lived in several locations in both Canada and the United States, eventually settling in Wichita, Kan.
She married Dr. Arthur Gannan in 1936 and they had a son, Dennis Michael Gannan. Dr. Gannan died in 1954. In 1959, she married Lewis Rowady and moved to Grosse Pointe where they lived until his death in 2010.
Mrs Rowady is survived by her son, Dennis and his caring wife, Laura, and the loves of her life, her grandchildren, Michael and Andrea (fiancé, Darren Dickow). She also is survived by her sister, Alice (Gurche) and countless family members and friends to whom she was known as “Aunt Henri.” Her kindness, love and compassion were known to all who knew her. To many family and friends she was a second mom. She had tremendous strength of character and a zest for life. Her family said Mrs. Rowady defined all that is good about people and motherhood and will be deeply missed.
She was predeceased by her brothers, Edward and Alfred, and sister, Alexandra.
Memorials may be made to St. George Orthodox Church, 2160 E. Maple, Troy, MI 48083 or ARC of Oakland County, 1641 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy, MI 48084.
Died: Monday, January 07, 2013
Paul Naz, 87, died Monday, Jan. 7, 2013.
He was the beloved husband of Mary Jane; dear father of Paul Andrew Naz (Janice Lynn), Mary Deborah Naz, Gary Timothy Naz (Judi), Jennifer Lynn Naz and the late Wendy Ann Ward and loving grandfather of 11 and great-grandfather of two.
A funeral service was held Jan. 12 at A.H. Peters Funeral Home, Grosse Pointe Woods.
Donations may be made to Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe, c/o Beaumont Foundation, P.O. Box 5802, Troy, MI 48007-9620 or St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 22412 Overlake Street, St. Clair Shores, MI 48080.
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Died: Sunday, January 06, 2013
Lois Harrigan, nee Hammond, died Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013. She was 86.
She was born Feb. 26, 1926, in Detroit and graduated from St. Paul High School. She received a full scholarship to Siena Heights College and graduated in 1947. She pursued graduate studies in history at the University of Detroit. After marrying William Harrigan, the couple moved to Buffalo, N.Y., where Mr. Harrigan accepted a faculty position in the history department at Canisius College. Following his death in 1968, Mrs. Harrigan taught in the Buffalo Public Schools and raised their five children. She was an active member of Kappa Gamma Pi, volunteered at local theaters and genealogy organizations, and at the Newman Center.
She loved to read and travel; her adventures ranged from taking flying lessons and piloting a small plane over Niagara Falls to riding a camel in Egypt.
Mrs. Harrigan is survived by her sister, Mary Lee Graham, of Grosse Pointe; son, Brian (Theresa); daughters, Ann, Margaret (Richard), Sheila (Andy) and Alice; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her brother, Harry Hammond.
A funeral was held in Buffalo Jan. 12.
Died: Sunday, January 06, 2013
Former longtime Grosse Pointe Woods resident Herbert Paul Taube Sr., 86, died Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, in Cincinnati.
He was born March 27, 1926, in Detroit, to Herbert Charles and Helene A. (nee Ostin) Taube and graduated from Grosse Pointe High School in 1944.
He entered the U.S. Navy in 1944, served in Great Lakes, Ill., U.S. Flight Hospital 116 and Norman, Okla. He received an honorable discharge in 1946. In June 1948, he married Marjorie V. Brevick at Salem Memorial Lutheran Church on Moross in Detroit.
Mr. Taube graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in accounting. He retired from Hanna Furnace, a subsidiary of Great Lakes Steel. While he worked in Detroit, he often traveled to Pittsburgh for business.
Mr Taube enjoyed playing bridge, bowling, golfing, gardening and fishing. He and his wife, Marjorie, traveled throughout the United States and Europe.
He was an active member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Grosse Pointe Farms.
Mr. Taube is survived by his children, Susan Carol Ethridge (the late Michael Howard), of Loveland, Ohio, and Herbert Paul Taube Jr. (Sandra M.) of Rochester and grandchildren, Stephanie Lynn Taube, Chelsea Elizabeth Taube, Nicholas Paul Taube, Michael Reed Ethridge and Katherine Anne Ethridge.
He was predeceased by his wife, Marjorie.
A funeral service, with military honors, was held Jan. 11 at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Grosse Pointe Farms. Interment was at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Detroit, next to his wife.
Died: Friday, January 04, 2013
City of Grosse Pointe resident Ralph Donald Cushing Jr. M.D. died Friday, Jan. 4, 2013.
He was born Dec. 28, 1943, in Quincy, Mass. to Ralph and Lenora, nee Mallory, Cushing. His childhood was spent in southern Ontario, Canada, Minnesota and finally in several towns in North Dakota, where his father was a pastor in the United Methodist Church.
Mr. Cushing and his wife, Barbara, married December 1964. Both received Bachelor of Science degrees in medicine from the University of North Dakota in 1965 and transferred to Wayne State University School of Medicine, from which they graduated in 1967. Dr. Cushing’s internship, residency in internal medicine, and sub-specialty training in infectious diseases were completed at Detroit Receiving and Hutzel hospitals. He remained on the faculty of internal medicine at Wayne State until coming to Bon Secours Hospital in 1982 to direct a newly created residency program in internal medicine. He continued to practice medicine at Bon Secours, now Beaumont Hospital Grosse Pointe, until July 2011, when his health began to decline.
In addition to the practice of medicine, Dr. Cushing had a special interest in medical ethics, which led him to pursue a Master of Arts degree in religious studies from the University of Detroit Mercy in 1999. He served on several ethics committees, including those of Bon Secours, St. John and Detroit Receiving hospitals and the Archdiocese of Detroit.
Dr. Cushing’s second home was a cottage on Indian Harbour Lake in Nova Scotia, Canada, where he farmed trees and took as many opportunities as possible to scuba dive.
Dr. Cushing is survived by his wife, Barbara; sons, Todd (Emilie) of Merrimac, Mass., Brian, of Grand Rapids and Ralph Richard (Daniela Velasco) of Quito, Ecuador; daughter, Laurel (Jeremiah Conlon) of Minneapolis; granddaughters, Ruthie and Holly Cushing; brothers, Dan (Puffi) of Fargo, N.D. and Stan (Regina) of Plymouth, Mass.; sisters, Anne Cushing of Fargo and Lenora (Craig Perry) of Quincy,Mass.; brother-in-law, Dick Unzelman of Florissant, Colo.; aunt, Jean Anderson of Vineland, Ontario, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his parents and sister-in-law, Beverly Bamford of Sioux Falls, S. D.
A memorial service will be held at noon, Saturday, Jan. 12, at Bon Secours Chapel of Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe, 468 Cadieux, Grosse Pointe.
Donations may be made to Department of Religious Studies, University of Detroit Mercy, 4001 McNichols Road West, Detroit, MI 48221; Beaumont Hospital Grosse Pointe, c/o Beaumont Foundation, P.O. Box 5802, Troy, MI 48007-9620; Christ Church Detroit, 960 East Jefferson, Detroit, MI 48207 or Wayne State University School of Medicine, 540 East Canfield, Detroit, MI 48201.
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Died: Friday, January 04, 2013
Steven L. DiVirgil, 57, died peacefully at home, surrounded by his family, Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, after a short, but courageous battle with cancer.
He was born Feb. 17, 1955, in Highland Park, grew up in St. Clair Shores and graduated from Austin Catholic Preparatory High School in Detroit in 1973. On Sept. 30, 1978, he married Patricia Breen at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Woods.
He became an optician at Dolan Optical in St. Clair Shores and worked there 36 years until his health forced his retirement in August 2012.
Mr. DiVirgil loved cars and owned a classic, award winning 1968 Thunderbird that he showed at many car shows in the area. He enjoyed collecting watches, camping with family and bowling with buddies, with whom he was on a league for more than 20 years. He was also a member and trustee of the Loyal Wing Club, a social Italian club.
His family said Mr. DiVirgil will be remembered as a hard-working, selfless, devoted family man who would do anything for anyone, often with a life lesson attached. He was the life of the party, his jokes and anecdotes put smiles on the faces of those he came across every day.
Mr. DiVirgil is survived by his loving wife, Patty; daughter, Stephanie Balogh and her husband, Andy; son, Jeffrey DiVirgil; parents, Charles and Theresa DiVirgil; and siblings, Bill DiVirgil (Kathe) and Daria Cooper (Jim) and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held from 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, at A. H. Peters Funeral Home, 20705 Mack, Grosse Pointe Woods. There will be a scripture service at 7 p.m.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 14, at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 21620 Greater Mack, St. Clair Shores. Visitation begins at the church at 9:30 a.m. The Rev. Richard Bartoszek will officiate.
Donations may be made to the Grosse Pointe-Harper Woods affiliate of the Michigan Special Olympics. Checks should be made payable to Sport, Inc. and mailed to 377 Fisher Road, Suite F., Grosse Pointe, MI 48230.
Died: Friday, January 04, 2013
Charles R. Emery, 90, passed away peacefully Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, surrounded by his family.
He was the beloved husband of Kathleen; brother of Mildred and Kenneth; father of Charles Jr., (Margaret), Karen, Donna Rabaut (John), Elizabeth Ackley (Steven), Susan (Joshua Barr), and grandfather of Erin, Joseph, Lindsay, Nicholas, Madison and Sabrina.
Mr. Emery retired from Michigan Bell after 41 years of service, including rotations at Bell Labs and AT&T headquarters. He went on to co-found Wolverine Tech, TTI and C.E. Communications. After he graduated from Dearborn High School and attended Western Michigan University, he proudly served as a pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII and volunteered throughout his life in Telephone Pioneers, Boy Scouts of America, the Rotary Club and the Big Brothers program. A fierce competitor and natural athlete, Mr. Emery had achievements in baseball, hockey, bowling, tennis and golf, including a term as president of Lochmoor Club. Visitation will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at A.H. Peters Funeral Home, 20705 Mack, Grosse Pointe Woods.
A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at the funeral home.
Died: Thursday, January 03, 2013
Therese Dow, a much loved St. John Hospital nurse, mother, wife, sister, grandmother, aunt and friend to countless, passed away Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, after a long fight against brain cancer.
She was born Therese O’Sullivan May 26, 1940, in Port Huron, along with her twin sister, Mary. She graduated from St. Steven High School in Port Huron in 1958, where she was captain of the basketball team. She graduated from St. Joseph Mercy School of Nursing in Ann Arbor in 1961 and embarked on a 50-year career as a registered nurse at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor.
In 1966, she moved to Detroit to begin a career at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit. Her first job was head nurse for the first intensive care unit at St John.
She married Stuart Dow in 1969 and, after her children were born, began working part time as a nurse in the St. John emergency room. After her first granddaughter was born in 2002 in California, she retired from St. John and started working contingent in the occupational health department there so she could be free to travel to California as often as she wanted or was needed.
Her family said she dedicated her life to helping others as a nurse, wife, mother, sister, grandmother, aunt and friend. They related how a doctor with whom she worked in the E.R. said Therese was amazing. No matter how dire the situation, she treated everyone the same — with dignity and compassion. Another doctor said Therese represented all that is good in the world. One of her many friends said “She was like a sister to so many of us.”
Mrs. Dow was a member of the Junior League of Detroit, Tau Beta Association and The Grosse Pointe Chapter of Questers. She was a woman of faith, a life-long Catholic and a member of St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church since 1977.
Mrs. Dow is survived by her husband of 43 years, Stuart Dow; daughters, Sarah Dow Reimers (John) of Venice, Calif. and Laura Dow Coon (Zachary) of Plymouth and grandchildren, Molly, Stuart, William and James Reimers and Nathan, Aaron, Elijah and Isaac Coon. She also is survived by her sister, Mary Selinger (Dr. Harold) of Charleston, W.Va.; brother, John O’Sullivan of Denver, Colo., and 23 nieces, nephews and their children.
She was predeceased by her father, Federal Judge Clifford O’Sullivan; mother, Theresa O’Sullivan; brothers, Patrick and Thomas O’Sullivan and sister, Sheila Keelan. She also was predeceased by her sisters-in-law, Maureen O’Sullivan and Caroline Dow-Covert; brother-in-law, Jack Keelan; niece, Mary Catherine Dykhouse Stuligross and nephew, David R. Selinger.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Young Life of Grosse Pointe, 475 Fisher, Grosse Pointe, MI 48230; St. Paul on the Lake Ministry to the Sick and the Home Bound, 157 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236; The American Cancer Society at cancer.org or the charity of the donor’s choice.
Funeral visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home, Inc., 16300 Mack, Grosse Pointe Park.
A funeral Mass. will be celebrated at noon Saturday, Jan. 12, at St Paul on The Lake Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms. Visitation begins at 11:30 a.m. at the church.
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Died: Thursday, January 03, 2013
Larry Wayne McDaniel, the host of the “Arkansas Traveler Show” on Detroit’s public radio station, WDET, died of multiple organ failure Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at his home in Grosse Pointe Park.
McDaniel, a native of El Dorado, Ark., began his radio career during his service in the U.S. Navy, entertaining the crew by playing 78 RPMs on a $24 turntable hanging from the pipes of the ship and broadcast through its intercom.
Determined to join the Navy, Mr. McDaniel lied about his age and altered the eye exam. He had poor vision and failed the exam, but the results were written in pencil, so he erased the score and changed his eyesight to 20/20. With virtually no night vision, Mr. McDaniel related to friends, he accidentally stabbed the admiral of the fleet in the neck with a freshly sharpened pencil while working night duty on the deck. When he visited the admiral in sick bay, the admiral liked him so much he was allowed to stay in the Navy where he was put on day duty.
After his honorable discharge from the Navy, Mr. McDaniel set out to travel the United States, ended up in Detroit in 1963, and began working in a Chrysler Corp. factory. A prolific and colorful storyteller, he earned a reputation among his friends and co-workers as a spinner of extraordinary yarns, and adopted the name “The Arkansas Traveler,” after a famous Arkansas storyteller from the 1800s.
In 1977, he was introduced to the program director at WDET who hired Mr. McDaniel as host of “The Arkansas Traveler” show, the only bluegrass show on Detroit airwaves. He quickly gained an audience of faithful listeners, introducing the genre to many Detroiters who had never heard this type of music. He was on the air for more than 30 years.
Mr. McDaniel was the inspiration and artistic director for the WDET Bluegrass Festival, held at Meadowbrook, which became the station’s largest fundraiser.
His friends said he was a charismatic, unique, friendly and funny individual who could make you laugh until you cried. He will be greatly missed by his friends and listeners.
Mr. McDaniel is survived by his wife, Jane Rayburn; sisters-in-law, Margaret and Rita Rayburn; brother-in-law, Bill Rayburn and niece, Sarah Jane Rayburn.
A memorial service will be held at a future date.