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Ruth Ann Shields

Died: Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Age: 101
Ruth Ann Shields, 101, died Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013.

She was the loving mother of JoAnne (Johannes) Buiteweg and June Gulich; proud grandmother of 13; great-grandmother of 24 and great-great-grandmother of one. A funeral service was held at the Wm. Sullivan & Son Funeral Home in Royal Oak with burial at Acacia Park Cemetery, Beverly Hills.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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Joye Marie Wilber

Died: Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Age: 67
Lifelong City of Grosse Pointe resident Joye Marie Wilber, 67, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013.

Born Aug. 22,1945, she was the loving daughter of Harold and Kaye Wilber, who predeceased.

Ms. Wilber was a 1963 graduate of Grosse Pointe High School. After high school she attended Ferris State College in Big Rapids, before completing secretarial school in Detroit. She was employed by the advertising firm of McCann-Erickson for many years.

The loves of her life were her collies, her home and many friends who will dearly miss her.

Ms. Wilber was interred in Burr Oak Cemetery in Athens.

A memorial service will be held at a later date at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, Grosse Pointe Farms

Donations may be made to the Leader Dogs for the Blind, 1039 S. Rochester Road, Rochester, MI 48307.

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John Geller

Died: Monday, February 25, 2013
Age: 84
John Geller passed away peacefully of natural causes Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, at St. Martin’s of the Pines, Birmingham, Ala. He was 84.

Born June 24, 1928, in Detroit to Norman and Rose (Burns) Geller. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1951 and from the University of Detroit Law School in 1953. He served in the U.S. Army in Japan from 1954 to 1956.

For many years Mr. Geller taught history and English at Austin Catholic Preparatory School in Detroit where he was the head of the social studies department and coach of the golf team. He retired from the legal department of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan in 1988.

He was a longtime parishioner of St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Farms.

Mr. Geller is survived by his sister, Mary (Geller) Donlevy of Birmingham, Ala., as well as several nephews and nieces.

He was predeceased by his parents.

A funeral Mass was celebrated March 3, in Birmingham, Ala.

Interment will be March 8 at St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Hubbardston.

Donations may be made to St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.

Hazel L. Keeler

Died: Saturday, February 23, 2013
Age: 93
Hazel L. Keeler, 93, a resident of Grosse Pointe Farms for 88 years, passed away Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013.

She lived in the same home purchased by her parents in 1924. She is survived by several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

A memorial Mass will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 2, at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Capuchins, 1820 Mt. Elliott, Detroit, MI 48207.

Arrangements were handled by A.H. Peters Funeral Home, Grosse Pointe Woods.

John B. Kretzschmar

Died: Saturday, February 23, 2013
Age: 82
Grosse Pointe Park resident John B. Kretzschmar, 82, died Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013.

He was born Aug. 18, 1930, in Detroit to Louis James and Adella Kretzschmar who owned L.J. Kretzschmar and Son’s Mercantile at Chene and Congress streets in Detroit. He had fond memories of delivering goods on his bicycle to the boats harbored on the he Detroit River and to the apartments lining East Jefferson Avenue.

He attended Guyton Elementary School, Jackson Middle School, where he learned to play harmonica and trumpet and Detroit Southeastern High School, where he played football, baseball and ran track. After graduating from Southeastern, he attended Michigan State University for a year, residing in one of the many Quonset huts set up for student housing on the growing campus. Missing his true love, Shirlie Patterson, who was back in Detroit, he transferred to Wayne State University to pursue a degree in accountancy.

Married in 1951, the couple settled on the eastside of Detroit, began raising their five children and eventually moved to Grosse Pointe Park.

Mr. Kretzschmar had a long career in accounting, starting as a certified public accountant with Miller, Baily, Smith and Dale and eventually retiring as senior partner with KMG Main Hurdman in 1986. He then became chief financial officer of Detroit Mortgage and Realty, working another decade before retiring his calculator in 1996 to enjoy full retirement with his family.

In retirement, Mr. Kretzschmar enjoyed boating and fishing, especially on the Great Lakes and northern Canadian waters, golfing and volunteering as treasurer of the Grosse Pointe Park Foundation.

He was a long standing member of “Club 48,” the Detroit Athletic Club, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Gowanie Golf Club.

Mr. Kretzschmar is survived by his daughters, Lynne Adamczyk (Gene), Nancy Brune (Steve) and Jeanne Burczycki (Paul); sons, John (Samantha) and Jim (Kerri); grandchildren, Andrea, Beth, Andrew, Max, Steven, Jack and Scott; great-grandchildren Ethan and Avery and sisters, Marion and Alice.

He was predeceased by his wife, Shirlie.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at St. Clare of Montefalco Catholic Church, 1401 Whittier, Grosse Pointe Park. Visitation begins at 10 a.m. at the church.

Donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 30200 Telegraph, Suite 105, Bingham Farms, MI 48025.

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Edward J. Nepi

Died: Friday, February 22, 2013
Age: 81
Edward J. Nepi, 81, died Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit.

Born in Grosse Pointe, Mr. Nepi was a resident of St. Clair Shores. He and his wife, Tessie, were the founding operators of the Edward Nepi Salon in Grosse Pointe Woods.

Mr. Nepi is survived by his wife, Tessie; daughters, Maria Caradona (Joseph) and Lisa (Tamara and Brie); son, Michael (Marina) and grandchildren, Alphonse, Edward and Isabella.

A private family service will be held at a later date.

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Bruce Ziegler

Died: Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Age: 50
Grosse Pointe Woods resident Bruce Ziegler, 50, passed away suddenly Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013.

He was born Aug. 10, 1962, in Grosse Pointe. He attended The Foundation for Exceptional Children followed by 20 years in special education in the Grosse Pointe Public School System.

His family said Mr. Ziegler enjoyed life and being with family and friends. He always had a smile on his face. He enjoyed music, bowling, softball, Boy Scouts, and F.R.I.E.N.D.S. activities, especially the dances.

Mr. Ziegler’s passion was watching any type of sports in person or on television. His dream would have been to attend every Detroit Tigers home game with family and friends. It was not uncommon for him to have the radio on listening to Ernie Harwell broadcast the Tigers games while watching some other game on TV. He faithfully watched the Lions. University of Michigan basketball and football were favorites and he often bet family and friends when they played their rivals Michigan State University or The Ohio State University.

His never ending smile and personality will be missed.

Mr. Ziegler is survived by his mother, Sally; sister, Kathy Bronikowski and niece, Alyssa. He also loved his dogs, Sophie and Oliver.

Mr. Ziegler was predeceased by his father, Hazen.

Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 1, at A.H. Peters Funeral Home, 20705 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Woods.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 2, at First Christian Reformed Church, 1444 Maryland, Grosse Pointe Park. Visitation begins at the church at 9:30 a.m.

Burial will be at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly.

Donations may be made to First Christian Reformed Church, Building Fund, 1444 Maryland, Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230.

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Margaret Robinson Wood

Died: Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Age: 87
Grosse Pointe resident Margaret Robinson Wood, 87, died Wednes-day, Feb. 20, 2013.

Born Dec. 28, 1925, in Park Ridge, Ill, she moved as a child to Grosse Pointe, graduated from Grosse Pointe High school and attended the University of Michigan.

Shortly after World War II, she married the love of her life, Donald Chadwick Wood. Their marriage began humbly while Don attended Michigan State College and they lived in married housing with their only mode of transportation — a single speed woman’s bicycle.

Upon graduation from Michigan State, the couple moved to Grosse Pointe and raised their family of six children.

Mrs. Wood was an avid artist throughout her life and her homes in Grosse Pointe and Vero Beach, Fla., were filled with her paintings. She also enjoyed sports, including tennis and golf.

Her family said her unconditional love for each of her children was always evident and filled them with confidence. She set a constant example of a positive outlook on every situation. Her family as well as her multitude of friends will miss her dearly.

Mrs. Wood is survived by her children, Virginia Anglin (Terry), Nancy Ambrosino (Drake), Thomas (Desi), Carolyn Wood (Tom Brown), Donald (Denise) and Charles (Sue); 22 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She also is survived by her sister, Virginia Schaufelberger (Al).

She was predeceased by her husband, Don and her parents, Thomas Lloyd & Margaret White Robinson.

A memorial service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore Road, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Donations may be made to the American Heart Association at heart.org or Visionary School of Arts at visionaryschoolofarts.org.

Margareta S. Cipoth

Died: Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Age: 94
Margareta S. Cipoth, 94, died Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013.

She was born May 12, 1918, in Vienna, Austria, to Andreas and Josefa Berger and lived through World War II, circumstances she often told her family she hoped they never experience. Her life centered around her children and her family.

Mrs. Cipoth is survived by her children, Margaret Dawson (David) and Karl; grandchildren, Klaudia, Tara, Rian, Jesica and Cody; great-grandchildren, Maxmillian, Mathias, Stephen, Josef and Jack.

She was predeceased by her husband, Karl; son, Josef; daughter, Ingeborg; grandson, Brian and brothers, Georg, Johan and Stefan.

Funeral services were held at Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home, Grosse Pointe Park.

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Janet Rae Jackson

Died: Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Age: 79
Janet Rae Jackson, 79, died Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013.

A lifelong resident of Grosse Pointe, she was born in Detroit March 30, 1933, to Leon and Christina (nee Reed) Ratcliffe.

Mrs. Jackson was a 1951 graduate of Grosse Pointe High School, where she met her high school sweetheart, Bill Jackson. After attending Michigan State University, the couple wed in 1954. Before starting a family, Mrs. Jackson worked 10 years at the Detroit News.

After her sons were born, she returned to college and graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in library science.

Mrs. Jackson was an active volunteer for the Detroit Institute of Arts, the P.T.A. Mother’s Club at Grosse Pointe South High School, American Cancer Society, American Association of University Women, Grosse Pointe Memorial Church and the Grosse Pointe Artists Association. In her later years, she was able to return to her love of art, taking classes and exhibiting her colorful acrylic and oil paintings at shows in Detroit, Harbor Springs and Grosse Pointe. She loved her years playing tennis, golf, sailing and travels around the world. She was most proud of her two sons and their families. Her grandchildren were the light of her life.

Mrs. Jackson is survived by her sons, Will (Maria) and John (Kathleen); grandchildren, Emily, Abigail, Bennett and Andrew Jackson and Christopher, Jack and Michael Bartoluzzi and her sister, Carol (D.J. Ware).

She was predeceased by her husband, Bill, in 2006.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 9, at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore Drive, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Donations for the research and treatment of ovarian cancer may be made to St. John Providence Health Foundation, St. John Providence Cancer Center of Excellence, P.O. Box 673271, Detroit, MI 48267-3271.

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