Died: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 John “Jack” William Coe
Former longtime Grosse Pointe resident John “Jack” William Coe, 87, died of natural causes Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011, at St. Francis Hospital in Greenville, S.C.
He was born Oct. 2, 1924, in Highland Park, to C. Leroy and Grace Gertrude Lamont Coe. His family moved to Grosse Pointe in 1930, where he spent most of his adult life.
Mr. Coe graduated from Grosse Pointe High School in 1942 and the University of Michigan in 1949, majoring in mechanical engineering. He interrupted his college years in 1942, joining the U.S. Navy V-12 program to become a naval officer and train in motor torpedo boat school. He served during World War II until 1946, before returning to finish his degree at U of M.
After a brief stint in public accounting, Mr. Coe joined the J.L. Hudson Co. in 1950 where he worked for 32 years as a buyer, merchandise manager and general manager of the downtown Detroit and Northland and Eastland mall stores. He was the last general manager of the flagship downtown Hudson’s store. Subsequently, he joined Champion Home Builders of Dryden as vice president and served on its board until 1985.
In addition to his passion for retail, Mr. Coe was an avid fisherman who fished for trout at the Pere Marquette Rod & Gun Club in Baldwin, where he was a member for 43 years, and for bonefish in the Bahamas. He was a proud member of MENSA and an active writer of letters, poetry, speeches and essays, including many letters to the editors of the Grosse Pointe News.
He belonged to both the Country Club of Detroit and the Detroit Athletic Club. He was a member of the Psi Upsilon Fraternity. He was a member of Christ Church Grosse Pointe since 1933, when he was a young chorister.
Mr. Coe is survived by his wife, Sally Childs Coe of Greenville, S.C.; sons, John Childs (Jana) Coe of Kensington, Md., and Daniel William (June) Coe of Greenville, S.C., and grandsons, Andrew, Robert and David.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 23, at Haywood Estates, 1180 Haywood Road, Greenville. A burial service will be held at Christ Church Grosse Pointe in 2012.
Donations may be made to Christ Church, 61 Grosse Pointe Blvd., Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.
Died: Tuesday, November 29, 2011 Corine V. McDonald
Grosse Pointe Woods resident Corine V. McDonald, 78, died Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011, at Beaumont Hospital Grosse Pointe.
Born April 24, 1933, in Detroit to Morris and Katherine LaDuke Thompson, she attended Wayne State University, earned a Bachelor of Afts degree from Eastern Michigan University in 1955 and a master’s degree from Oakland University. She taught 33 years in Detroit Public Schools, retiring in 1997. Since then, she was regularly substitute teaching in the Grosse Pointe Public School System.
Mrs. McDonald was an avid reader, gardener and traveler. She loved to cook, spend time with her four grandchildren and entertain friends. She was a member of the Detroit Garden Club, Grosse Pointe American Association of University Women, Grosse Pointe Woman’s Club, Beaumont Hospital Grosse Pointe Assistance League and a 30-year member of Christ the King Lutheran Church. In 2010, Mrs. McDonald was honored as Lutheran Woman of the Year by the Council of Lutheran Women.
Her family said she will be remembered as a loving mother and grandmother, loyal friend and dedicated teacher who enjoyed life and took every opportunity to be with the people she loved. She will be deeply missed.
Mrs. McDonald is survived by her daughters, Karen (Tim) Haney of Kalamazoo and Lisa McDonald (Gary) Hudson of Scottsdale, Ariz.; grandchildren, Kirby, Lindsay and Scott Bailey of Rockford and Katherine “Katie” Hudson of Scottsdale.
She was predeceased by her husband, James D. McDonald.
A funeral service was held Dec. 5 at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Grosse Pointe Woods.
Donations may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202.
Died: Sunday, November 27, 2011 Fred A. Prince Jr.
Fred A. Prince Jr., 86, passed away peacefully Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011.
He was the beloved son of Frederick and Ruth Prince, who predeceased him, and dearest companion and friend of Melita and Delphine.
After graduating from Grosse Pointe High School, Mr. Prince spent a year in the military, then attended the University of Michigan where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in psychology. He also earned a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School at Harvard University.
Mr. Prince’s life-long passion was reforestation and he planted many trees in Michigan’s upper peninsula and northern lower peninsula.
Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at the D.S. Temrowski and Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road, Warren.
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Died: Sunday, November 27, 2011 Helen Florence Williamson
City of Grosse Pointe resident Helen Florence Williamson, 83, died peacefully Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011.
She was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., to Stanislaw Klimuszka and Michaelena Poliwoda and graduated in 1945 from Hanover Township High School in Hanover, Pa.
In addition to being a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, she worked as a hostess at Jacobson’s and as a saleswoman at Judith Ann and Jane Woodbury clothing stores.
She was an active member of St. Philomena Catholic Church in Detroit.
Mrs. Williamson is survived by her brother, John Klimuszka; sons, Michael (Renata) and John (Biz) and grandchildren, Kathryn, Alice, Rose, Kristin, Johnny, Adam and Ivona.
She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Robert; parents and siblings, Stella Bujnowski, Jenny Klimuszka, Regina Klimuszka, Florence Wisniewski, Tony Klimuszka, Edward Klimuska and Stanley Klimuszka.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at St. Philomena Catholic Church, 4281 Marseilles, Detroit.
Donations may be made to The Province of St. Joseph of the Capuchin Order, Development Office, 1820 Mt. Elliott, Detroit, MI 48207.
Died: Saturday, November 26, 2011 Lucille Martilotta
Lucille Martilotta, nee LaHood, passed away Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011. She was 81.
Born in Bridgeport, Ohio, she moved with her family to Detroit in 1939 where she attended and graduated from St. Charles High School. On June 14, 1952, she married Louis Martilotta at St. Louis the King Catholic Church.
Mrs. Martilotta was a secretary at Gray Wilson Co. and Wayne State University. She was also a past president of the Altar Society at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Harper Woods, and was a Cub Scout den mother for four years.
She loved to golf, bowl, dance and go out to dinner and a movie.
Mrs. Martilotta is survived by her loving husband, Louis; sons, Louis P. “Chip” (Debbie) and Robert (Suzy); grandchildren, Kathryn, Freddy and twins Elisabeth and Emily. She also is survived by her sisters, Alice (Carl) Lundgren, Lillian Ayotte and Louise (Charles) Saad.
She was predeceased by her sister, Florence LaHood.
A funeral Mass was celebrated Nov. 30 at Our Lady Queen of Peace.
Donations may be made to the hospice program at Church of Christ Care Center, 23575 Fifteen Mile Road, Clinton Township, MI 48035.
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Died: Saturday, November 26, 2011 Denis E. Lenahan
Longtime Grosse Pointe Woods resident Denis E. Lenahan, 86, passed away Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011, at his residence in St. Marys, Ga. He was the former president of Lenahan Insurance Agency in Grosse Pointe Woods.
Born May 6, 1925, in Detroit, he was the son of Joseph D. and Elinore H. Lenahan and served honorably in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
Mr. Lenahan was a governor of the Golf Association of Michigan and a member of the Michigan PGA Advisory Council. He was a longtime member of the Detroit Golf Club and the Country Club of Detroit.
He was also a member of Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Woods. For the last 30 years, he lived in the north Florida, southern Georgia area.
Mr. Lenahan is survived by his wife of 61 years, Helen Lenahan of St. Marys, Ga.; children, Lynda (Tom) Clement of Holland, Daniel (Lauren) Lenahan of Grosse Pointe Shores and Eleanor Trambley of Cookville, Tenn., and grandchildren, Henley and Greer Clement, Erin and Ryan Lenahan and Alex, Evan, Blaire and Colin Trambley.
He was predeceased by his parents and sister, Sally Lenahan.
Donations may be made to Heartland Hospice, 112 Scranton Connector, Brunswick, GA 31520.
Died: Thursday, November 24, 2011 S. Sidney Newhouse
Longtime Grosse Pointe resident S. Sidney Newhouse, 96, died Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011.
He was born Sept. 14, 1915, in Clyde, Ohio, to Edgar Eddie Newhouse and Hazel Belle Russell Newhouse and grew up on the family farm near there. He graduated valedictorian of Ostrander High School in 1933.
He received a bachelor’s degree in 1938 and a master’s degree in 1939 both in social administration from The Ohio State University, where he lived in the scholarship stadium dorms.
Mr. Newhouse met his future wife, Dorothy Anne Jones, at a Presbyterian young adult group in Philadelphia. They had a two-year engagement while he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He enlisted in the Navy after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and was stationed in Washington, D.C., where he was in communications coding and decoding highly sensitive material. He also served in Melbourne, Australia, before being transferred to Gen. MacArthur’s headquarters in Brisbane, Australia.
On Dec. 21, 1944, a month after his return from the war, he married Dot and completed his naval career at the Naval Mine Depot in Yorktown, Va.
Mr. Newhouse’s career was in social work administration, specifically in the United Way movement with positions in Philadelphia, Fort Wayne and South Bend, Ind. and, in 1959, Detroit. He retired Dec. 31, 1980, after 21 years with United Community Services of Metropolitan Detroit.
After retirement he enjoyed worldwide travel with his wife. His favorite trips were to Australia and New Zealand, India and Nepal, and Hawaii and Fiji.
Mr. Newhouse’s family said his commitment to volunteerism and giving back to his community were a core part of his being. He leaves a legacy of strong Christian values, patriotism, commitment and integrity.
He belonged to Detroit Rotary Club for more than 50 years, where he developed a monthly scholarship program for Detroit high school students who balanced high grades with volunteerism. He was on the board of the Detroit Area Camp Fire organization, was president of the Men’s Association of the Grosse Pointe Memorial Church and was a member of the Detroit Executive Service Corps, the Local Church Development Department of the Detroit Presbytery, Senior Men’s Club of Grosse Pointe and the Detroit Economic Club.
Mr. Newhouse was a deacon, elder and clerk of session at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church. He learned to play the carillon in retirement and was a carilloneur until age 93 when climbing the stairs to the carillon became difficult for him.
His interests included music and the arts, playing the piano and carillon, reading, playing bridge and euchre, ballroom dancing and crossword puzzles.
Mr. Newhouse is survived by his children, Nancy (Tom) Trimmer, Phil (Cindy) and David (Denise); grandchildren, Tom (Lisa) Trimmer Jr., Michelle (Scott) Baby, Juliana (Shaun) Kerschen, Andrew, Meredith (Terry) Griffin and Megan (George) Kounnas; great-grandchildren, Brooke, Courtney and William Baby and Hazel Kerschen and his sister, Frances King.
He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Dorothy.
A funeral service was held Nov. 27 at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church. Interment will be in the Newhouse Cemetery in Ostrander, Ohio.
Donations may be made to Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236 or United Way for Southeastern Michigan, 660 Woodward, Suite 300, Detroit, MI 48226.
Died: Thursday, November 24, 2011 Greg Sanders
Former Grosse Pointe resident Greg Sanders, 65, died Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011.
He was the loving husband of Dot, his wife and best friend of 40 years and caring son of Doc and Marge and Will and Sidge. A favorite brother to Phil (Mary), Russ (Avril), Don (Dee) and Jeff Sanders, George Brewer and sisters Meg Belcher, Susan (Larry) Larrabee, Nancy (Tom) Vischer and Debbie (Clark) Norwood and adoring uncle of many nieces and nephews.
He was a dear friend to those who knew him and will be greatly missed.
Died: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 John S. Barbour
John S. Barbour, a Grosse Pointe attorney who was known for his enthusiasm and competitiveness as a sailboat racer as well as his passion for musical and theatrical performances, died Wednesday, November 23, 2011, of pancreatic cancer at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. He was 64.
Mr. Barbour was a member of Bayview Yacht Club in Detroit since 1969, serving on numerous committees and chairing many regattas and other activities. He was the club’s commodore in 1989 and handled its legal affairs for the last 25 years, taking great pride of the club’s rich sailing heritage and traditions. He was also named Bayview’s member of the year in 2000 and 2004. On November 20, 2011, Bayview named its small-boat sailing center in Mr. Barbour’s honor.
His sailing pedigree began at the age of six after his family purchased a 22-foot catboat. His mother, Marion, a former ladies’ champion on Lake Erie, taught Mr. Barbour and his older brother, Sloane, how to sail and instilled a life-long dedication to the sport.
In 1965, Mr. Barbour sailed in his first Port Huron-to-Mackinac race at the age of 17. Since then, he participated in every Port Huron-to-Mackinac race over the last 46 years, first as a crew member and later as skipper of his own boat, except during the one year he was Bayview’s commodore.
His two greatest sailing accomplishments were in 1993, when he skipped his North American 40 one-design sloop Velero VI and won an overall division title in a record-setting time in the 256-mile Port Huron-to-Mackinac race, and then in 2008, when his North American 40 Velero VII finished first overall in the cruising-division in the 100th anniversary of the 333-mile Chicago-to-Mackinac race.
Mr. Barbour also was instrumental in Bayview Yacht Club’s participation in the prestigious Canada’s Cup international match-race competition, pitting one sailboat representing the United States against one boat from Canada, which first began in 1896. He was a crewman aboard Bayview’s challenger or defender in the Canada’s Cup matches in 1972, 1975 and 1978, and eventually became chairman of Bayview’s Canada’s Cup activities for more than 10 years beginning in 1998.
Mr. Barbour received a bachelor’s degree in 1970 and a master’s degree in 1971, both in business administration, from Eastern Michigan University. He earned a juris doctor degree in 1977 from the University of Detroit. He was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan in 1978 and began a private-practice firm in Detroit. The following year, in 1979, he was licensed to practice law in the State of Florida. He specialized in taxation, estate planning and business law.
He also spent a decade as a faculty member and later chaired the Business Department at Marygrove College in Detroit while teaching business law and marketing.
It was at the University of Detroit Law School where he met his wife, Monica, in 1977 when they were fellow students. They were married in 1983 and had three children.
His appreciation of both classical and Broadway music was manifested in all three Barbour children, who each took private piano and violin lessons. To add further encouragement, Mr. Barbour installed a seven-foot German-made Bechstein grand piano in the family’s living room. He also encouraged his children to participate in their school choir and orchestra, and he eventually became active with the Grosse Pointe South High School Band and Orchestra Boosters organization as its vice president and treasurer since 2009.
In addition to his exuberance for sailing, Mr. Barbour enjoyed vacationing with his family, either on cruise ships or ski trips, and taking them to see various live theatrical and musical performances.
Mr. Barbour was born on September 7, 1947, in Toledo, Ohio, to Sloane R. Barbour Sr. and Marion Tallman Barbour, who preceded him in death in 1970 and 2003, respectively. He was also preceded in death by his stepfather, Walter S. Clark, in 2001. After his family moved to Grosse Pointe Shores in 1951, he attended Monteith Elementary School and Brownell Middle School before graduating from Grosse Pointe High School in 1965.
He is survived by his wife, Monica; three children, John Samuel “Sammy” Jr., Katie Leigh and Kimberly; brother, Sloane R. (Cheryl) Barbour Jr. of Grosse Pointe Woods; stepbrother, Walter S. “Skip” Clark Jr. of Naples, Fla.; nephew, Sloane R. Barbour III of New York, eight nieces and nine other nephews.
Visitation and a prayer service was held on November 30 at Verheyden Funeral Home in Grosse Pointe Park. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, December 1, at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Bayview Yacht Club Junior Sailors, Inc., 100 Clairpointe St., Detroit, MI 48215, or the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, Development Office, 651 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit, MI 48226.
Died: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 Daniel Francis Berdenski
Daniel Francis Berdenski, 58, died suddenly Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011. A former resident of Grosse Pointe Park, he was born in Detroit Dec. 22, 1952, to Patricia and Walter Berdenski. He graduated from Aquinas High School in Southgate in 1971. He studied under Russell Keeter at the Center for Creative Studies, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
A commercial as well as a fine artist, Mr. Berdenski did drawings, paintings, mixed media and collage; his art was often imbued with an edgy playfulness, sometimes incorporating whimsical words and phrases. His work was exhibited throughout Michigan and can be found in numerous public and private collections, including the Sunrise Sunset Saloon in Grosse Pointe Park.
A longtime member of the Grosse Pointe Artists Association, Mr. Berdenski often exhibited his work at GPAA’s Annual Exhibitions, winning numerous awards, including Best of Show in 1999. He was a member of several critique groups in Grosse Pointe, where his observations on composition were valued and his oft-stated advice was to not forget the importance of shadow. He will be greatly missed by his sister, Nancy and many friends.
He was predeceased by his parents and sister, Mary.
A memorial retrospective of Mr. Berdenski’s art work and sketchbooks will be held Jan. 20 through Feb. 25, at the Grosse Pointe Art Center, 16900 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe. Like most artists, Mr. Berdenski incorporated his heart and soul into his creative efforts; it will be a celebration of his life to view his work.