Died: Saturday, June 15, 2013
Leonard William Schim, a resident of Grosse Pointe Woods for 60 years, passed away peacefully Saturday, June 15, 2013. He would have celebrated his 95th birthday on June 28.
Known as ‘Len’ to family and friends, he was the younger of two children born to Martha and William Schim, both of German heritage.
He was married 67 years to Anna Margaret Schim, who predeceased him in 2009.
Mr. and Mrs. Schim are survived by their daughters, Judith Gantner (Stephen), Diane Walsh (Joseph), Nancy McKinley (William) and Susan Lorenger (Mark); grandchildren, Kathy, Ken, Julia, Joe, Laura, Brian, Missy, Scott, Stephanie, Patti and Ryan and 31 great-grandchildren.
Mr. Schim was predeceased by his sister, Dorothy Scholz, and sons-in-law, Donald Drouillard and Michael Kramer.
Born in Cheboygan, he later moved with his family to the Detroit area. He graduated from Cass Technical High School and took several college courses at the University of Detroit. Beginning his career as a draftsman, he was senior engineer-in-charge at Fisher Body when he retired from General Motors with nearly 40 years of service.
An active member of his church, Mr. Schim served as president of the church council. He and his wife were president couple of the Couples Club. He loved to sing in the choir and was a frequent soloist. He used his carpentry skills helping with repairs at the church, as well as building a replica of the original structure.
Mr. Schim was an avid golfer and bridge player and a member of the Senior Men’s Club of Grosse Pointe for many years. In his later years, he enjoyed tutoring students in math at St. Paul Catholic School and Dominican High School.
A World War II veteran, Mr. Schim worked on the B-25 bomber at North American Aviation in Englewood, Calif. He fought in the Rhineland and Central Europe campaigns, attained the rank of sergeant and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in 1945. In 2009, he took part in an Honor Flight to the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Above all Mr. Schim loved his family who said they will miss his gentle spirit, wisdom, sense of humor and the way he enjoyed life and embraced people.
A funeral service with military honors was held June 20 at St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church, Grosse Pointe Farms.
The family would like to thank the many professionals at Sunrise of Grosse Pointe Woods for the comfort and care they provided Mr. Schim.
Donations may be made to the Pastors’ Discretionary Fund at St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church, 375 Lothrop, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.
Died: Friday, June 14, 2013
Robert E. Blaser, 92, of Sun City Center, Fla., passed away Friday, June 14, 2013, at Henry Ford Hospital following a short illness. He was surrounded by his family.
He and his wife of 55 years, Sylvia, who predeceased him, were long-time residents of Grosse Pointe Woods. They were members of the Grosse Pointe Memorial Church and married there June 20, 1942. In 1982, they moved to Florida after his retirement from General Motors.
Born Aug. 24, 1920, in Royal Oak, to Edward and Ella Blaser, he attended Lawrence Technological University and began his working career with the Allison Division of General Motors designing aircraft engines. When World War II broke out, he received a military deferment resulting from his work in a critical industry, but believed it was more important to serve his country in the military and enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps.
He completed his training at San Angelo Army Air Field in San Angelo, Texas. He served in the 860th Bomber Squadron and later with the 21st Weather Squadron as a support unit to Gen. George S. Patton’s 3rd Army. He was in attendance along with several thousand U.S. troops when Patton delivered his “Somewhere in England” speech prior to the Allied D-Day Invasion. He saw action throughout the European Theatre in Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes and Germany.
Upon returning from the war, Mr. Blaser resumed his career at GM joining the Cadillac Motor Car Division, where he worked as a senior project engineer for 37 years. His family said he loved his work and was amazed he actually got paid for doing something he loved so much.
A golfer for 75 years, Mr. Blaser was a founding member of Rattle Run Golf Club in St. Clair, where he maintained a 3 handicap for many years. He was also a member at Kings Point Golf Club in Florida. He recorded 17 holes-in-one with the last one carded at age 88. A humble man, he preferred to not discuss his accomplishments or war experiences. He took far more interest in his family and friends.
Mr. Blaser is survived by his son, Roger W.; daughters, Shirley E. Wilkins and Patricia Lynn Blaser and grandsons, Bradley, Brian and Chase. He will be missed dearly.
Donations may be made to the Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236 or Seasons Hospice Foundation, 6400 Shafer Court, Suite 700, Rosemont, IL 60018.
Died: Friday, June 14, 2013
Alger Shelden Jr., 88, of St. Clair Shores, passed away unexpectedly Friday, June 14, 2013, in South Carolina.
He was a longtime resident of St. Clair Shores and a member of the Renaissance Unity Church in Warren. For health reasons, he moved in with his daughter, Jennifer, a few years ago to St. George, S.C.
Born Oct. 6, 1924, in Detroit, to Alger and Frances (nee Pitts Duffield) Shelden, he attended the Arizona Desert School for Boys, and lived in Palm Springs, Calif., and Grosse Pointe until World War II broke out.
He left high school to enlist with the U.S. Navy and was assigned to the 117th Naval Construction Battalion and then split off to the 39th Naval Construction Regiment, better known as the “Seabees.” Mr. Shelden was sent to Pearl Harbor and then to the central Pacific Theatre for the battles of Saipan and Okinawa, where he served as an expert rifleman and electricians mate. He made the landings with the Marines and was part of the Seabee team that constructed the facilities and airfields for the B-29s on those Pacific islands.
After the war, Mr. Shelden completed high school and took classes for writing and directing radio productions at Columbia University and NBC, and then hired on at the then-new WWJ channel 4, now WDIV, in Detroit. He worked his way up to be the station’s first film director.
He left broadcasting to marry, begin a family and serve the community as part of the U.S. Power Squadron. For a brief time, he co-owned a retail sporting goods store, Grays, on the Hill in Grosse Pointe Farms. Throughout most of his life, he was involved in acting, lights and sound, and stage management at the Fine Arts Society of Detroit and the Players Club of Detroit theater group.
In the early 1970s, he became a member of and found his center in the Unity Church of Today, now Renaissance Unity, and played an important role in the spirit and growth of the church. Over decades of services, he was a regular figure, often helping with whatever jobs were needed on Sundays.
An avid boater, Mr. Shelden spent much of his summers on the waters locally and cruising in the Great Lakes. He loved being out on the water and often would swim in the waters off Strawberry Island in Lake St. Clair, or snorkel in the blue waters of the Caribbean.
He enjoyed the role of father and grandfather, and would often spend holidays with his family. He loved photography and creating and editing numerous home movies in 8 mm silent and sound film. He read countless novels and was hungry for more knowledge of where we came from and where we are headed on ‘trip Earth.’
He was a lifetime member of the Grosse Pointe Club, Country Club of Detroit and an avid supporter of the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. He supported many activities at the War Memorial and made several contributions, one being the bronze fountain located at the entrance of the Alger Home.
Mr. Shelden is survived by his son, John Alger; daughter, Jennifer Elizabeth and grandchildren, Mackenzie Anne and Reid Alexander. He will be greatly missed.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 28, and 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 29, at Chas. Verheyden Funeral Homes, 16300 Mack, Grosse Pointe Park. A funeral service will follow the visitation Saturday at the funeral home.
Donations may be made to the Grosse Pointe War Memorial, 32 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236 and Renaissance Unity, 11200 E. 11 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48089.
Died: Friday, June 14, 2013
Former longtime Grosse Pointe resident Edward Emerson Schuler, 95, passed away Friday, June 14, 2013, at Wesley Glen retirement home in Columbus, Ohio.
He was born March 26, 1918, in Detroit to William and Edna Schuler, and graduated from Eastern High School. He earned a master’s degree in pharmacology from Wayne State University in 1940. In 1967, he married Dorothea Sabelus.
Mr. Schuler worked 43 years for Parke-Davis, now part of the pharmaceutical company, Pfizer.
He was an active member of the Grosse Pointe Congregational Church, the Grosse Pointe Senior Men’s Club, garden and golf groups, and in later years, he bowled with the group.
His greatest joy was his son. He enjoyed 44 years of marriage, but suffered from dementia in the last year of his life.
Mr. Schuler is survived by his wife, Dorothea; son, William; daughter-in-law, Karin and granddaughters, Claire and Anna.
A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 13, at the Grosse Pointe Congregational Church, 240 Chalfonte, Grosse Pointe Farms. A reception will follow after the service.
Died: Thursday, June 13, 2013
Former Grosse Pointe resident Barbara J. Bruno, 85, died Thursday, June 13, 2013.
She was the beloved wife of Joseph C. Bruno, who predeceased her; loving mother of Mary Ehret (Jeffrey), Barbara Bruno (Steven Harris) and Donna Kase (the late David) and proud grandmother of Kimberly and Kevin Ehret, Nicole Bookstaver (Brandon), Courtney Kase and Jacob and Molly Harris.
A memorial service will be held at later date.
Donations may be made to Three Crowns Park Foundation Employee Scholarship Fund, 2323 McDaniel Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201 or to Midwest Palliative and Hospice CareCenter, 2050 Claire Court, Glenview, IL 60025.
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Died: Wednesday, June 12, 2013
George F. "Buzz" Cronin, 86 of Elk Rapids, passed away peacefully Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at his home.
Born Sept. 21, 1926, in Grosse Pointe to Daniel and Lucille (nee Loveridge) Cronin, he married Dixie Stevens Feb. 5, 1949, at First Presbyterian Church in Saginaw. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the Philippine Islands.
Mr. Cronin earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Central Michigan University in 1951, where he played both varsity baseball and basketball for four years captaining both teams during his senior year and was a member of Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity.
He initially worked as a sales representative with Shell Oil in Saginaw, before establishing a career with the General Motors Chevrolet Motor Division Saginaw Metal Castings plant serving as education and training coordinator and later as Equal Employment Opportunity coordinator from which he retired Oct. 1, 1988.
Mr. Cronin was proud of his Irish heritage and volunteered in the community. He was a member of St. Stephen Catholic Church in Saginaw before moving to Elk Rapids in 1991, where he has been a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Dixie; their children, Clay Cronin (Debbie), Kirk Cronin (Kathleen) and Carey Cronin; grandchildren, Tara Collins (Corey), Daniel Cronin, Colleen Cronin and Kevin Cronin; great-grandson Eli Collins and sister Joan Fox (Larry).
A funeral Mass was celebrated June 19 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Elk Rapids.
Died: Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Elizabeth Hickey Hubbard died peacefully surrounded by family at her Greenwich, Conn. home Tuesday, June 11, 2013, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was 58.
Known to her friends as Bess, she was born May 4, 1955, in Grosse Pointe. She graduated from Grosse Pointe South High School and Denison University. After living in Chicago and Winnetka, Ill., she made her home in Rye, N.Y. and later in Greenwich and Delray Beach, Fla.
Mrs. Hubbard raised three children and worked at The Stanwich School and Brunswick School in Greenwich. She spent many hours volunteering, notably as co-chairwoman of volunteers at the Buick Classic golf tournament and on the board of her local American Red Cross. Over the years, she also volunteered with the Rye Nature Center, the Rye Free Reading Room, and the Rye chapters of the TWIG and Garden Club of America.
Mrs. Hubbard is survived by her loving family: her husband of 34 years, George; children, George Jr., Ted and Libby; granddaughter, Thea; three siblings, and a large community of loving family and friends.
A funeral service was held June 15 in Rye, N.Y.
Donations may be made to the Bess Hubbard Memorial Scholarship Fund at Brunswick School, 100 Maher Ave., Greenwich, CT 06830 or the American Red Cross, 99 Indian Field Road, Greenwich, CT 06830.
Died: Monday, June 10, 2013
Grosse Pointe Farms resident Albert George Nault Jr. M.D., 77, passed away Monday, June 10, 2013.
He was born Feb. 21, 1936, in Worcester, Mass., to Lillian Brodeur and Albert George Nault. He attended high school at Assumption Preparatory School and went on to earn his college degree at Assumption College in 1958, where he established a scholarship fund later in his life. His Doctorate of Medicine degree was earned at The University of Montreal in 1962 and he performed his residency at St. John Hospital in Detroit. He then served in the U.S. Army from 1965 to 1967. He was an OB/GYN for more than 40 years in Detroit and the surrounding area.
Dr. Nault is survived by his wife of 47 years, Carol Nault; children, Michelle Nault, Christopher John Nault, Kathryn Nault Harrison and Elizabeth Rose Nault and grandchildren, Sage Elizabeth Nault Phillips and Morgan Emery Harrison.
Dr. Nault was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and loyal friend. Since childhood, he enjoyed spending summer months on Cape Cod, which nurtured his love of sailing and the sea. He had a passion for collecting and restoring antique cars. He was the president of the Ford V8 Club of America Dearborn chapter and was active in the Model T Club for many years.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 13, 2013, at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms. Interment at the columbarium will follow the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. John Hospital and Medical Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit renovation and expansion project in care of the St. John Health Foundation, 22101 Moross Road, Mack Building, Suite 102, Detroit, MI 48236.
Died: Thursday, June 06, 2013
Grosse Pointe Farms resident Joseph E. Schmitt Jr., 88, died Thursday, June 6, 2013, at ShorePointe Nursing Center.
He was born Jan. 7, 1925, in Detroit to Joseph E. and Odelia Schmitt and graduated from Grosse Pointe High School in 1943. He attended Wayne State and worked for Chrysler Corporation for many years.
Mr. Schmitt is survived by his wife, Mary Ann (nee Backman); daughter, Joanne Christian (Kenneth); sons, Joseph E. III (Susan) and Robert (Catherine); grandchildren Joseph Schmitt IV (Hillary), Katherine Horst (Geoffrey), Allison LaFranca (James); Elizabeth Rashid (Carl), Christopher Christian (Bridget), Justin Christian, Zachary Schmitt and Jacob Schmitt and seven great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his parents and sister, Geraldine.
A funeral service was held June 11 at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, Grosse Pointe Farms.
Donations may be made to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, 1820 Mt. Elliott, Detroit, MI 48207 or to Hospices of Henry Ford, P.O. Box 02220, Detroit, MI 48202.
Died: Tuesday, June 04, 2013
John Cardasis passed away Tuesday, June 4, 2013, following a short illness.
He was born in 1922 in Epirus near the border of Greece and Albania and came to the United States in 1935.
Mr. Cardasis co-owned and ran the Bluebird Baking Company for 53 years. He valued hard work and generosity. The latter was evident throughout his life with family, friends, relatives in Europe and the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church. He served in World War II in the Pacific Rim in the U.S. Army. Throughout his life, he was proud to be an American.
His family said he was an inspirational role model for many; a humble and generous person who always did the right thing and was a stalwart patriarch of his family. He will be deeply missed.
Mr. Cardasis is survived by his wife, Anna; daughter, Maria Cardasis-Malliaras (Stavros); son, Costa (Lucille); grandchildren, James (Gina), Daniel, Dana Staniec (Damian Suvaka), Jonathan, Nicolas and Evan, as well as great-grandchild, Drew Cardasis. He also is survived by his brothers-in-law, James Kiourtsis, Steve (Joyce); sister-in-law, Ethel Cardasis and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his sister, Pauline Litos; brother, Michael Cardasis and sister-in-law, Elaine Kiourtsis.
A funeral Mass was held June 8 at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, St. Clair Shores.
Donations may be made to AHEPA District 10 Educational Fund Cardasis Scholarship, 1628 Crimson Road, Troy, MI 48083 or to Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 21800 Marter Road, St. Clair Shores, MI 48080.
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