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.
Died: Wednesday, January 02, 2013
Former Grosse Pointe Woods resident Anthony T. Salvaggio M.D., 84, died Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013.
He was born May 17, 1928, in Monaca, Pa. He was an obstetrician and gynecologist on the staff at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit until moving to the Palm Springs, Calif., area in 1990.
Dr. Salvaggio loved golf and being with family and friends.
He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Patricia Price Salvaggio; five children, daughter Suzanne Rhodes and her husband, Mike; daughter Dr. Christine Griswold and her husband, Mick; son Anthony T. Salvaggio Jr. and his wife, Debbie; daughter Judi Thompson and daughter Melanie Carroll and her husband, Steve. He also is survived by his sister, Lois Watson and her husband, Dennis; 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his sister, Ilene Morfino and her husband, Vince.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Palm Desert, Calif.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 43-775 Deep Canyon Road, Palm Desert, CA 92260.
Died: Monday, December 31, 2012
John Battice Ford III, 88, of Grosse Pointe Farms, died Monday Dec. 31, 2012, at his home in Vero Beach, Fla.
Mr. Ford was a graduate of St. Paul’s School and Yale University. His professional interests were in the import/export trade. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II. Among his many volunteer contributions were chairman of the boards of the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology, the American Red Cross Southeastern Michigan Chapter, University Liggett School Alumni Association and Detroit Grand Opera Association and as a member of the boards of Northern Michigan Hospital Association, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Institute of Arts and Cottage Hospital.
Mr. Ford was a life-long member and past senior warden of Christ Church, Grosse Pointe and also served as senior warden of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Harbor Springs.
Mr. Ford was a member of the Country Club of Detroit, Grosse Pointe Club and Yondotega Club, as well as John’s Island Club in Vero Beach and Little Harbor Club in Harbor Springs.
Mr. Ford was predeceased by his first wife, Mary Lou McDonald and brother, Gordon Tanner Ford.
He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Peggy Powers Gotfredson Ford; son, John B. Ford IV (Sarah) of Norfolk, Va.; stepsons, Lawrence Gotfredson (Katherine) and Christian Gotfredson; grandchildren, Lisa Voeks, Kimberly Ford, John McDonald Ford, James Ford, Kelly Mathews, Lawrence Gotfredson III, Hannah Gotfredson and Trevor Gotfredson and seven great-grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held at a future date at Christ Church, Grosse Pointe.
Donations may be made to Christ Church, Grosse Pointe, 61 Grosse Pointe Blvd., Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236; the American Red Cross at redcross.org; or Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology, 15415 E. Jefferson, Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230.
Died: Sunday, December 30, 2012
Dr. Charles Eugene “Gene” Jackson 89, of Carmel, Ind., died peacefully Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012.
He was born Aug. 18, 1923, in Bluffton, Ind., to Charles S. and Lois Kyle Jackson. He was a 1946 graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine and served as staff internist and medical geneticist for 19 years at Caylor-Nickel Clinic in Bluffton and 31 years at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. He was awarded the Michigan Chapter American College of Physicians Laureate Award in 1996 and the Henry Ford Hospital Distinguished Career Award in 1997.
Dr. Jackson retired to Temple, Texas, in 2001, but continued his genetics research, publishing more than 16 additional medical articles (more than 216 during his career). His family said, as a native Hoosier, he was happy to move home to Indiana in February 2012.
His family said Dr. Jackson was a beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather (“Papa”) and great-grandfather and lived a life of service to his family and as primary physician for his many patients over the years. Professionally, he was a valued teacher and colleague. He had a great sense of humor, loved to laugh and make others laugh and enjoyed reading, tennis, sailing and traveling.
He was the first of three generations of Eagle Scouts, Philmont Scout Ranch Trekkers and physicians. He was a life-long member of the Methodist church and participated in the Yokefellow Movement in Indiana in the 1950s and ’60s and the Walk to Emmaus in central Texas in the 1990s. He supported medical missions work and served a month at Tenwek Hospital in northwest Kenya in 1981.
In addition to his parents, Dr. Jackson was predeceased by his wife of 59 years, Norma Lea Wampler Jackson in 2006, and daughters, Penny L. Stover (Charles) of Georgetown, Texas, and Janice A. Byrd (Tim) of Townsend, Tenn.
He is survived by his son, Dr. Jeffrey A. Jackson (Laurie) of Fishers, Ind.; brother, Richard H. Jackson of Palm Harbor, Fla., sister, Dorothy Lubbes of Ft. Wayne, Ind.; grandchildren, Meghann Byrd Erhart (Michael), Dr. Ian A. Jackson (Laura) and Dr. Kyle J. Jackson (Carolyn) and great-granddaughters, Annalise and Alison Erhart.
A memorial service will be scheduled in the spring at Grosse Pointe United Methodist Church Memorial Garden, Grosse Pointe Farms.
Donations may be made to World Gospel Mission at wgm.org.
Died: Saturday, December 29, 2012
Former Grosse Pointe resident Kenneth Brummel, 77, died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, in Palm Springs, Calif. He was former superintendent of the Grosse Pointe Public School System.
He was born in Holland to Herman and Christine Brummel and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University; a Master of Arts degree from Harvard University and his Ph.D. from Columbia University. He began his teaching career as an English teacher in the Detroit Public Schools in 1958. In addition to Grosse Pointe, he served as superintendent of schools in Westport, Conn., Orange County, Calif., and Lancaster, Calif.
Mr. Brummel enjoyed gardening and reading. He was a member of the Kiwanis and National School Boards Association.
Mr. Brummel is survived by his wife, Josephine; son, Peter; daughters, Beth and Lisa and grandchildren, Jennifer, Amelia, Owen and Jack.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Myrtle, and brothers, Alvin and Leon.
He will be interred at Restlawn Memorial Gardens in Holland.
Died: Saturday, December 29, 2012
Marie Summers Harlan, 96, died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012.
She was born in Kentucky in 1916. She attended Steele High School in Dayton, Ohio, took art classes at the Dayton Art Institute and attended Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio.
In 1941, she married Samuel Clay Harlan and they later moved to Mt. Gilead, Ohio. In 1954, they moved to Grosse Pointe with their three children, in whom Mrs. Harlan instilled a love of reading, music and art.
Mrs. Harlan was predeceased by her husband, Samuel. She is survived by her children, Bonnie Turner (Scott), Dana Summers (Roger Smith) and William Harlan.
A funeral service was held Jan. 5 at the Potere-Modetz Funeral Home, Rochester.
Donation may be made to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra at dso.org.
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Died: Friday, December 28, 2012
Kathleen Ann Jaskolski, beloved wife of Edmund (deceased), of Grosse Pointe Farms passed away peacefully surrounded by her family Dec. 28, 2012.
Kathleen was born in Detroit on May 16, 1934 to Ronald and Alice Edgar. Affectionately known as Kae, she grew up with her sisters Mary and Susan. Kae graduated with honors from the Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing with a BSRN. She was a nurturing, compassionate caregiver with a career that spanned most of her life and included positions at Deaconess, Bon Secours, Henry Ford and St. John hospitals.
Kae married Edmund Jaskolski in 1959 and moved to Grosse Pointe shortly thereafter. They traveled the world and raised three beautiful children. They were long time, active members of the Lochmoor Club, where they made many lifelong friends. Kae and Ed shared a love of golf, adventures, animals and each other.
Kae was known for her generosity, passion for life, family and her many friends. She is survived by her children Jeffrey (Beth), Elizabeth Cole (Jon), Laura Dawson (Scott); grandchildren Jake Jaskolski and Camille Cole; and step-grandchildren Ryan and Aaron Dawson.
A memorial service was held Thursday, Jan. 3, at Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church. Memorial contributions may be sent to the church, japc.org, the Crohns Foundation, ccfa.org, or the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Knab, Utah, bestfriends.org.