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William H. Jevons M.D.

Died: Thursday, March 28, 2013
Age: 87
William H. Jevons M.D. passed away Thursday, March 28, 2013 at ShorePointe Nursing Care Center in St. Clair Shores with family by his side. He was 87.

Born July 26, 1925, in Detroit, to William H. and Evelyn (nee MacDonald) Jevons, Dr. Jevons served in the U.S. Army in the 86th Infantry Division “Black Hawks” during World War II. He was selected to carry the Browning Automatic Rifle in his unit. He was a combat veteran in Central Europe and later served in the Philippines.

After an honorable discharge from the Army, he enrolled at Wayne State University. In English class, he met the love of his life, Janis Ellinghausen. They married Nov. 25, 1950, at Faith Lutheran Church in Detroit. They moved to Grosse Pointe Woods in 1961.

Dr. Jevons earned a pharmacy degree from Wayne State University, but decided to go back to Wayne to study medicine. He graduated medical school in June 1956. He served his medical residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Detroit Receiving Hospital and Herman Kiefer Hospital in Detroit. He had a private practice with offices in Grosse Pointe Farms and Warren. He delivered babies at St. John, Cottage, Bon Secours and Women’s (now Hutzel) hospitals. He belonged to the Wayne County Medical Society, Michigan State Medical Society and the American Medical Association.

Dr. Jevons was an avid outdoorsman. He loved to travel, especially in his motor home. He was an accomplished pianist and organist. His family said he was jovial and humorous and always had a story — usually a war story — to share with family and friends.

Dr. Jevons is survived by his loving wife, Janis; daughters, Kathleen, Deborah, Cynthia and Kimberly; grandchildren, Dr. Andrea and Heather O’Boyle and Thomas and Emily Waldner; great-grandson, Anthony and his sister, Geraldine Offner (James).

A funeral service was held April 1 at First English Lutheran Church, Grosse Pointe Woods, with interment at Forestlawn Cemetery in Detroit.

Donations may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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Gloria Marie Barker

Died: Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Age: 85
Gloria Marie Barker, beloved mother and lifetime resident of Grosse Pointe, passed away peacefully Tuesday, March 26, 2013.

She was born March 31, 1927, to John and Hazel (nee DeBolt) Laughna, the youngest of six children, and graduated from St. Clare of Montefalco grade school and Dominican High School. She attended the University of Detroit, where she met the love of her life, James V. Barker, whom she married in 1953.

Mrs. Barker owned her own tool shop at a time when few women were in business, let alone manufacturing. She ultimately made her way into real estate, first with Palm Queen Realty in 1981, and then moving to Johnston and Johnston Real Estate in 1986.

Mrs. Barker was active in various organizations including. She served as president of the Our Lady Star of the Sea Altar Society and was a member of the Christ Child society, the Fontbonne Auxiliary of St. John Hospital and the Assistance League of Beaumont Hospital. She was a past member of the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club and the Otsego Ski Club/Hidden Valley.

Her family said she was a loving and supportive mother who provided a warm and welcoming home, always filled with pets, both cats and dogs. She enjoyed music, traveling, gardening, golf, and, consistent with her strong Irish heritage, anything having to do with the University of Notre Dame. But mostly she enjoyed the relationships she had built with her many lifelong friends. She will be remembered as a vivacious person who loved to socialize with others.

Mrs. Barker is survived by her children, Craig and Claudia (Mark Valente III). She was predeceased by her husband, James and son, Kirk, as well as her sister and four brothers.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 13, at St. Philomena Catholic Church, 4281 Marseilles, Detroit. Visitation begins at 10 a.m. at the church.

Donations may be made to St. Philomena – Changing Lives Together, 4281 Marseilles St., Detroit, MI 48224-1446 or to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, 1820 Mt. Elliott, Detroit, MI 48207.

Bernard Anthony Makos

Died: Monday, February 18, 2013
Age: 85
Bernard “Bernie” Anthony Makos, 85, died Monday, Feb. 18, 2013.

Born in Hamtramck June 11, 1927, Mr. Makos was a Korean War veteran, who served in the U.S. Army, beginning in 1950. He was deployed to Germany in 1951, just a few weeks after marrying the woman of his dreams, Florence.

Mr. Makos was an automotive mechanic for Lochmoor Chrysler in Detroit, where he spent the next 25 years earning his livelihood. Retiring at 65, Mr. Makos invested in some of his most beloved hobbies — wood-working and toy-making. Many of his projects were donated to the children at Cottage and Beaumont hospitals.

In the late ’90s, Mr. Makos became a believer in Jesus Christ and spent the remainder of his life dedicated to prayer and helping others come to know the Lord.

While he will be deeply missed by his beloved wife of 61 years, Florence; children, Deby Andvik (Alf), Catherine Hoernschemeyer (Rob) and Steven Makos (Gail)and his seven grandchildren, Mr. Makos lived to see three of his grandchildren marry and celebrated in the birth of his great-granddaughter.

His family said Mr. Makos will forever live in many treasured family memories and the profound love he expressed and exemplified will never be forgotten.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 13, at Crosspointe Christian Church, 21336 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Woods. A family gathering begins at 10 a.m. at the church.

Donations may be made to Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care, 27355 John R., Madison Heights, MI 48071.

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Wilma R. Dykstra

Died: Friday, March 22, 2013
Age: 86
Grosse Pointe Park resident Wilma R. Dykstra, 86, died Friday, March 22, 2013.

She was the beloved wife of Paul, who predeceased her, and is survived by her loving children, Pat Nienhuis (Tom), Paul (Karen), Jennifer and Joel (Laurie) and grandchildren, Jill Nienhuis, Audrey Jones (Mark), Jessi, Luke and Carly Dykstra.

She also is survived by her brother, Gordon Bordewyk (Sylvia).

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her brother, Arn “Paul” (Lois) Bordewyk, and sister, Orantha Bordewyk.

Visitation was held March 25 at Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home, Grosse Pointe Park.

A funeral service was held March 26 at First Christian Reformed Church, Grosse Pointe Park, with interment Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta.

Donations may be made to God’s Kids Early Learning Center, First Christian Reformed Church, 144 Maryland, Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230.

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Nancy Neat

Died: Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Age: 82
Grosse Pointe Park resident Nancy Neat, 82, died Wednesday, March 20, 2013.

She was born Sept. 9, 1930, in Detroit, to Alois and Mary (nee Murphy) Bieke and graduated from Dominican High School in 1948. She attended Michigan State University.

She married William Neat in 1957 and worked at Interstate Security Inc., the company founded by her husband, until shortly before her death.

Mrs. Neat was active in the Grosse Pointe community where she served as a board member for the Women’s Connection of Grosse Pointe and was a long-time volunteer at Cottage Hospital. She was an avid supporter of Dominican High School until its closing in 2005.

She was an enthusiastic gardener, bridge player and golfer. She also bowled in several leagues and was a member of the Indian Village Tennis Club. Mrs. Neat loved entertaining in her home with friends and celebrating holidays with her family.

Her family said her energy, dedication, humor and unique sense of individualism will be truly missed.

Mrs. Neat was predeceased by her husband, William; brothers, Ronald and Thomas Bieke and her niece, Susan Neilson.

She is survived by her sister, Mary Lu Hirsch and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 2, at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 15020 Hampton, Grosse Pointe Park.

Donations may be made to the Adrian Dominican Sisters at adriandominicans.org or the American Institute for Cancer Research at aicr.org.

Jay E. Nicholas

Died: Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Age: 79
Jay E. Nicholas, 79, of Venice, Fla., formerly of Grosse Pointe, passed away Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at his home.

He was a member of the St. Clair Country Club and the Detroit Yacht Club. He was an outdoorsman who loved to boat, fish, and golf.

Mr. Nicholas is survived by his children, Rudi Nicholas of Clinton Township, and Edie Lomason of Venice, Fla.; four grandchildren, and long-time companion, Janet Gray.

A graveside inurnment service was held March 22 at Venice Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 1115 Center Road, Venice, FL 34292.

Nellie A. Rhoades

Died: Thursday, March 14, 2013
Age: 104
Nellie A. Rhoades, 104, of Detroit, passed away Thursday, March, 14, 2013, at her home at Harbortown.

She was born Oct. 6, 1908, in Ashgrove, Va., to Martin F. and Ermie Andes, and moved to Detroit with her parents, brother, Roy and sister, Elsie.

She married Francis P. “Dusty” Rhoades M.D., a friend of her brother’s, and traveled the world with him. The Rhoades’ never had children and devoted their lives to medical and charitable organizations.

During World War II, Mrs. Rhoades was head of an American Red Cross platoon and received a certificate of appreciation from Pres. Harry S. Truman for her volunteer efforts during the war.

She continued her work with the Red Cross and ran a canteen in Detroit’s inter-city during the Detroit riots. She also worked several years at the Detroit Times as assistant to the society editor.

Mrs. Rhoades was active in various organizations, both medical and political. She was a past president of both the Michigan State Medical Society Auxiliary and the Wayne County Medical Society Auxiliary and chaired the WCMSA bylaws committee for many years.

In 1964, when the WCMS Polio Immunization Committee was attempting to raise funds to immunize more one million Detroit citizens, mostly children, Dr. and Mrs. Rhoades signed a personal note for $1 million to obtain the vaccine. When the fundraising campaign was completed, the program had a balance of $600,000 which formed the basis for what is now the “Dr. Francis P. and Nell A. Rhoades Foundation.” Over the years the foundation has contributed funds for medical research and health education in Detroit.

After her husband’s death in 1992, Mrs. Rhoades continued support of the organizations they both loved.

In 1992, she established the annual Francis P. Rhoades Memorial Lecture for WCMS which addresses issues for the improvement of community health.

She contributed to the Michigan Academy of Family Physician’s Building Fund for its new headquarters office in Okemos and it became the Francis P. Rhoades Center. From additional contributions to its foundation, a library and museum was also established in the headquarters office and houses various artifacts, photographs, memorabilia and medical text books.

For nearly 20 years Mrs. Rhoades also funded the annual Francis P. “Dusty” Rhoades Memorial Lecture at the Academy’s Annual Scientific Assembly, which featured speakers on topics pertinent to practicing family physicians, residents and students.

One year Mrs. Rhoades provided special funding for Michigan medical students to attend an educational conference designed for students and residents in Kansas City, Mo., and accompanied the group along with a MAFP staff member.

Mrs. Rhoades made many contributions benefiting not only Michigan citizens, but also the organizations she loved and supported. In recognition of her work on behalf of such organizations, Mrs. Rhoades received the Archie Bedell M.D. Award of Excellence and President’s Award from the Michigan Academy. In 1998, Mrs. Rhoades traveled to San Francisco to be honored by the Foundation of the MAFP’s national organization, the American Academy of Family Physicians, with its Philanthropist of the Year Award.

In recognition of Mrs. Rhoades’ lifetime of philanthropy and activism, Detroit and Wayne County proclaimed March 23, 2007, Mrs. Nell A. Rhoades Day. Mrs. Rhoades also received a certificate of tribute from the state of Michigan signed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm.

She will be dearly missed.

She is survived by her great-niece, Barbara Haak and great-great-nephew, Trevor Haak.

A funeral service was held March 20 at Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home, Inc. Grosse Pointe Park. A memorial luncheon celebrating her life will be held Sunday, March 24. Contact the funeral home at (313) 881-8500 for more information.

Betty Onstwedder

Died: Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Betty Onstwedder passed away Wednesday, March 13, 2013.

Her family said she will be remembered for her warm heart, devotion to family, and her sense of humor.

She was the loving wife of John Jr. with whom she shared 53 years of marriage; cherished and devoted mother of John and Cathy Onstwedder III and Wayne and Linda Onstwedder and adored grandmother of Sarah, John IV, Jessica and Jaclyn. She also is survived by her sisters, Ginger Woodhouse and Candice Stojan; brother, Kenneth Bender and many nieces, nephews and friends.

She was predeceased by her sister, Shirley Anargyros.

Services were held at Kaul Funeral Home in St. Clair Shores.

Irene Kinsey Stare

Died: Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Age: 100
Irene Kinsey Stare passed away Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at her home in Wellesley, Mass. In January, she celebrated her 100th birthday surrounded by friends and family.

Mrs. Stare was the widow of Dr. Fredrick Stare, founder of the department of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health. She was also widow of research ophthalmologist Dr. V. Everett Kinsey of Troy.

She was born Jan. 24, 1913, in Pittsburgh, Pa., to Thomas Mackey and Nellie Grieb. Before moving to Wellesley in 1984, she lived many years in Troy and Grosse Pointe.

During the 1940s, she worked in Boston as an editor at Nutrition Reviews.

An accomplished violinist, Mrs. Stare was an enthusiastic supporter of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Meadowbrook Music Festival, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the New England Conservatory of Music. She took pleasure supporting the careers of young musicians and delighted in organizing performances in her home.

Mrs. Stare married professor Stare in 1984. During their many years together, they traveled regularly and enjoyed gardening at their home.

She was a loving stepmother and doting grandmother to her seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews.

In her final years, Mrs. Stare drew strength from the friendship of her neighbors. Her family is grateful for the attentive care she received from Dr. Richard Curtis, Gladys Scott, Dirk van Harrewijien, the Natick Visiting Nurse Association, and her dedicated home health aides.

A memorial service will be held in the spring.

Donations may be sent to the Natick Visiting Nurse Association, 209 West Central Street, Suite 313 Natick, MA 01760 or to The Tuesday Musicale of Detroit, 81 South Edgewood Drive, Grosse Pointe Shores, MI 48236. On the memo line, write: Irene Stare Violin Award Fund.

John Garrett Kerwin

Died: Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Age: 68
John Garrett Kerwin, 68, passed away Tuesday, March 12, 2013, surrounded by his loving family.

Born Sept. 28, 1944, in Detroit, to Leo and Katherine Kerwin, he graduated from Grosse Pointe High School in 1962. While he lived with dyslexia all of his life, it never stood in his way. He was an avid and astute entrepreneur and businessman. His passions were race cars, race boats and real estate.

Mr. Kerwin was the consummate deal maker. He opened his first car wash in his early 20s and that led him to buying and selling used cars, which blossomed into used car lots, an automotive finance company and more recently into real estate financing.

Along with once owning a hydroplane, Mr. Kerwin was a life-long supporter and fan of the Detroit Gold Cup Races. He and his wife traveled all over the country following the hydroplane circuit and Indy Car race circuit for many years.

He loved the water and owned many power boats over the years. He was happiest when he was out on Lake St. Clair.

Also an animal lover, Mr. Kerwin has had many faithful furry friends throughout his years that brightened his life with their companionship.

But most of all, John was a loving and devoted husband, son, uncle, brother-in-law, son-in-law and friend to many. His family said he had a heart as big as the Grand Canyon and as soft as a marshmallow, and spread love and kindness wherever he went. Barbara, his wife, was the love of his life. Although they had no children, their nieces and nephews were like children to them.

Mr. Kerwin is survived by his wife, Barbara; his brother, Michael (Wendy); nephews, Patrick Kerwin (Katherine), David Kerwin (Marlena), John Kerwin James Kerwin (Sarah), Evan Scott (Elizabeth) and Sean Scott (Elaine); nieces, Elizabeth Peebles (Mark), Julia Brooks (Brandon) and Diana Scott; great-nephews and nieces Tommy, Olivia, Elisia, Payton, Hudson, William, Reece, Levi and Wesley; mother-in-law, Nina DeLand, sisters-in-law, Michelle DeLand, Beverly Kerwin and Laurie Kerwin and brother-in-law, Brent Kelso.

He was predeceased by his parents and brothers, Thomas and James.

A memorial service was held at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, Grosse Pointe Farms.

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