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Jill Meredith Curtiss

Died: Friday, November 09, 2012
Age: 42
Jill Meredith Curtiss passed away Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, in the loving embrace of her family at her home in Denver, Colo.

She was born on Oct. 12, 1970, in Grosse Pointe, attended the Grosse Pointe Academy and graduated from University Liggett School. She was a member of Tau Beta. She was a graduate of Miami University, earned a juris doctor degree from Pepperdine University and a master of laws degree from John Marshall Law School. She practiced law in Los Angeles until she became ill with Leiomyosarcoma.

Ms. Curtiss moved to Denver in December, 2011, to be closer to her brother and his family.

She was predeceased by her father, Craig Curtiss, in 1997.

Ms. Curtiss is survived by her mother, Beverly; brother, Brian; her nephew and niece, Evan and Lauren; grandmother, Bernice Fabian; stepfather, Clune Walsh and a large number of loving relatives.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at Christ Church, 61 Grosse Pointe Blvd., Grosse Pointe Farms, with a reception immediately following.

Donations may be made to the Sarcoma Foundation of America at curesarcoma.org.

John F. Rooney

Died: Friday, November 09, 2012
Age: 46
Former Grosse Pointe resident John F. Rooney, 46, passed away Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, at his home in Needham, Mass., after fighting a valiant battle against brain cancer.

Mr. Rooney was born in Pennsylvania, but moved to Michigan at an early age. He graduated from Grosse Pointe South High School and was a proud graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he earned a degree in business and marketing. He moved to Boston in 1988 and pursued a career in financial services.

His family said Mr. Rooney lived his life with faith, family and laughter as his guiding principles. He was happiest anywhere friends and family were gathered, but especially loved Detroit, Cape Cod, Mass. and Needham. His family was everything to him. His booming laugh, infectious smile and easy going spirit will be greatly missed, but the example he set as husband, father, son, brother and friend is his legacy.

Mr. Rooney is survived by his wife, Ellen Landry Rooney; children, Brendan and Clare; parents, William J. and Marguerite A. Rooney of Grosse Pointe; siblings, Mary H. Rooney of Ann Arbor, Nancy T. Rooney (John Anderson) of Naperville, Ill., Margaret A. Lapinski (Greg) of Canton, N.Y. and William J. Rooney Jr. (Laura) of Grosse Pointe and mother-in-law, Sue Landry of Needham, Mass. He also is survived by nine nieces and nephews and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Nov. 14 at St. Joseph Parish in Needham.

Clara Monforton

Died: Tuesday, November 06, 2012
Age: 86
Grosse Pointe Woods resident Clara Monforton, nee Soulliere, 86, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, at home surrounded by her family.

She was born Sept. 23, 1926, in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, to Margaret and Alphonse Soulliere. On May 8, 1948, she married Paul R. Monforton. In May of the following year, they had their first son, Douglas Alphonse Monforton. In 1952 with one in tow and their first daughter, Mary-Ann, on the way, Mr. Monforton got a job at the Automobile Club of Michigan and the family moved to Detroit.

In Detroit, the family lived on Corbett for 10 years, where they made lifelong friends with many of their neighbors. The couple welcomed two more children, Janet Frances and Paul Martin, “Marty.” In 1964, after the birth of their son, Toby Louis, the family of seven moved to Grosse Pointe Woods.

Her family said Mrs. Monforton was known for her beautiful smile, sense of humor, joie de vivre, and an occasional Manhattan or two. She was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She was an accomplished flower arranger, enjoyed golf, and had a pretty mean putting stroke, and playing penny slots at local casinos.

Mrs. Monforton is survived by her husband of 65 years, Paul Monforton; her five children and their spouses, Douglas and Jan Monforton, Mary-Ann Monforton and Morris Shuman, Janet and Klaas deBoer, Marty and Paula Monforton and Toby and Janice Monforton; 15 grandchildren, Michelle, Joseph, Caroline, Jennifer, Jeremy, Dana, Cristina, Hazel, Nicole, Nick, Paige, Cara, Marissa, Nolan and Jack and three great-grandchildren, August, Margaret and Beau.

She also is survived by her husband’s sisters, Miriam Page, Maxine Huggard, Rosalie Gignac and Jeanette Byrne; their spouses, Don Huggard and Ernie Gignac; brother-in-law, Roger Monforton and his wife, Theresa; sister-in-law, Ginny Monforton and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents, Margaret and Alphonse Soulliere; brother, Earl Soulliere; nephew, Paul Soulliere and brothers-in-law, Ernest Page, Hank Byrne and Frank Monforton.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at noon Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms, with Archbishop Joe Tobin officiating. Visitation begins at 11:30 a.m. at the church.

Donations may be made to St. John Hospice, c/o St. John Health Foundation, P.O. Box 673271, Detroit, MI 48267-3271 or the Capuchin Monastery, 1820 Mt. Elliott, Detroit, MI 48207.

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Virginia Burchett

Died: Monday, November 05, 2012
Age: 91
Former Grosse Pointe resident Virginia Burchett, 91, died Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, in Evanston, Ill.

She was born in Detroit to Antoinette and John Hensien and graduated from St. Charles High School.

Mrs. Burchett enjoyed golfing, traveling and playing bridge. She was a member of the Rosary Altar Society, Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church and the Bon Secours Nursing Home Auxiliary.

Mrs. Burchett is survived by her sons, Robert (Lana) and John; daughters, Mary Ellen Fausone (Bill) and Patty Patterson (Jeff); grandchildren, Kate, Charlotte, David, Mike, Molly, Sarah, Bobby and Andy.

She was predeceased by her husband, Robert E. Burchett; sister, Jean and brothers, Jack and Bob.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home, 16300 Mack, Grosse Pointe Park.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 467 Fairford, Grosse Pointe Woods.

Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 66 Lothrop Road, Detroit, MI 48202 or the Bon Secours Nursing Care Center, Beaumont Foundation, P.O. Box 5802, Troy, MI 48007-9620.

Francis Paul Shea M.D.

Died: Monday, November 05, 2012
Age: 84
Grosse Pointe Farms resident Francis Paul Shea M.D., 84, died peacefully Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, at Beaumont Hospice, Grosse Pointe, surrounded by family.

He was born May 9, 1928 in Detroit to Frank and Helen (nee Miller) Shea. He attended St. Alphonsus School in Dearborn where he was a multi-sport athlete and co-captain of the city championship football team. He attended the University of Detroit, graduated from Wayne State University, then served in the U.S. Army.

He returned home to study medicine at Wayne State University, graduating in 1958 and earning the Roche Award in 1956. He served his residency in radiology at Harper Hospital in Detroit and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

He joined Reynolds Associates Radiology Group in 1963 and remained there as a partner. He was a member of the Wayne County Medical Society, Detroit Roentgen Ray Society, Michigan Radiological Society, where he served as president from 1983 to 1984 and the Radiological Society of North America. He was elected a fellow by the American College of Radiology.

Dr. Shea also served on several hospital boards and chief of staff at Bon Secours Hospital, where he was chief of radiology for 25 years until his retirement. He also served as president of the Catholic Physicians Guild.

In addition to his love for family, faith and medicine, Dr. Shea loved music. Through high school and college, he played clarinet and alto sax with local bands.

In recent years, he enjoyed being part of the St. Paul on the Lake Voices of Joy choir and playing concerts with three friends at local nursing homes.

He also was a member of the Country Club of Detroit.

Dr. Shea is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Patricia; sons, Kevin (Suzanne), Thomas (Carol), Michael (Deborah) and Daniel; daughter, Amy Schomp (Drew)and grandchildren, Molly, Libby, Jacqueline, Peter, Stephanie, Christina, Lauren, Erin, Henry and Caroline Shea and Quinn, Graham and Chase Schomp.

A memorial Mass was celebrated Nov. 10 at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Donations may be made to Beaumont Hospice, Grosse Pointe, c/o Beaumont Foundation, P.O. Box 5802, Troy, MI 48007-9620.

Joseph Schultes

Died: Sunday, November 04, 2012
Age: 99
Joseph Schultes, 99, formerly of Grosse Pointe Farms and Detroit, died peacefully Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, surrounded by his family.

He immigrated from Lichtenfels, Germany to the United States in 1935. An organ builder by trade, he built and repaired many pipe organs for area churches. He was an accomplished tool and die maker, and was an owner of Schultes Level Company, a maker of precision levels.

Following World War II, Mr. Schultes spearheaded the local Detroit effort to supply relief packages to Europe. He was a lifetime member of the Catholic Kolping Society. A devout Catholic, he was deeply religious and a member of numerous rosary and church organizations.

His family said he loved life and will be deeply missed.

Mr. Schultes is survived by his children, Joseph (Karen), Michael (Alice), Marilynn Weaver (Ronnie), David (Donna), Thomas (Susan) and John (Karen); 14 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife of 48 years, Jeanette (nee Wolf).

Visitation will be held from 2 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at A.H. Peters Funeral Home, 20705 Mack, Grosse Pointe Woods, with a rosary recitation at 7 p.m.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at Our Lady Star of the Sea, 467 Fairford, Grosse Pointe Woods. Visitation begins at 9:30 a.m. at the church.

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Yvonne Maxon

Died: Sunday, November 04, 2012
Age: 95
Former Grosse Pointe Woods resident Yvonne Maxon, 95, died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, at Beechwood Manor in St. Clair Shores.

She was born Nov. 18, 1916, in Brazil, Ind., to Thomas J. and Ruby (nee Drake) McKanna and graduated from Detroit’s Southeastern High School in 1934. She was employed several years in the Research Library at Parke Davis Co. She chose not to move when the company relocated to Ann Arbor. Instead she spent the next 20 years working for the Grosse Pointe Public Library, becoming head of circulation at the Park branch and then the Woods branch.

Mrs. Maxon was a Master Gardener, active in her gardens until age 90. She especially enjoyed growing roses and was a member of the Five Pointes Garden Club. In recent years, she always had orchids by her bedside. Her interests also included cooking, entertaining and travel. Dearest to her heart was spending time with her family.

Mrs. Maxon is survived by her loving daughters, Susan Liebold (Charles) and Nancy Weyhing (James); grandchildren, Kurt Liebold (Lisa), Elizabeth Pappas (James), Darren Weyhing (Delhya) and Heather Beckett (Christopher). Her family said the light of her life and great joy in recent years were her great-granddaughters, Grace and Ava Pappas and Sophia Liebold, as well as her step great-grandchildren, Kirsten Handlen, Felicia Russell and Nicholas Pappas. She expressed interest and pride in their activities and accomplishments.

The family wishes to thank Beechwood Manor and Seasons Hospice staffs for their kindness and compassionate care of Mrs. Maxon.

A private service will be held at Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church in Detroit. Cremation has taken place.

Ethel Rose Cote

Died: Friday, November 02, 2012
Age: 89
Ethel Rose Cote, 89, died Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, in St. Clair Shores.

She was born Nov. 22, 1922, in Grosse Pointe to Richard and Rose Mead, attended St. Paul Catholic School through ninth grade and graduated from Grosse Pointe High School in 1940.

Mrs. Cote was a charter member of the Catholic Culture Center in Washington D.C., a member of the League of Catholic Women, Lourdes Prayer League, the Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel and the Grosse Pointe Old Timers. She also was a secretary to many principals in the Grosse Pointe Public School System for 32 years, mainly at Parcells Middle School.

She was the beloved wife of Laurence “Red,” who predeceased her.

Mrs. Cote is survived by her children, Pam Melvin (Bob Lamb), Larry Cote and Chris Cote (Carol “Lynn”); grandchildren, Rob Melvin, Kelli Smiecinski, Kevin Cote, Heather Cote, Kirk Cote, Craig Cote and Cari Vanwinkle; 11 great-grandchildren and goddaughter, Mary “Joan” Treadeu.

Memorial visitation will be held from 2 to 9 p.m. with a Scripture Service at 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 9, at Kaul Funeral Home, 28433 Jefferson, St. Clair Shores.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church, 21201 13 Mile Road, St. Clair Shores, with inurnment at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly.

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William J. Bogdziewicz

Died: Monday, October 29, 2012
Age: 89
Longtime Grosse Pointe Woods resident William J. Bogdziewicz, died Monday, Oct. 29, 2012. He was 89.

He was born Feb. 3, 1923, in Detroit graduated from Detroit Pershing High School and earned an accounting degree in college. He worked in the accounting department at Packard Motor Car Co. during World War II where he met Patricia, to whom he was married 67 years.

He worked many years in the lumber industry during the time when the Det-roit area was expanding and building many houses and commercial and retail facilities. He shared his expertise and was a top salesman for F.M. Sibley Lumber and Erb-Restrick among others.

An avid golfer, Mr. Bogdziewicz was active in Cub Scouts Pack 115, Little League, youth hockey programs and his children’s high school activities. He participated extensively in church activities at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church and Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church for which he supplied the lumber for the old church. He also was active in the Knights of Columbus.

His family said Mr. Bogdziewicz was most proud of his family, devoted to his church and a generous and kind person who maintained many deep friendships which, along with his family and faith, sustained him through the years.

Mr. Bogdziewicz is survived by his wife, Patricia; children, Ronald Bogen, Tom Bogdziewicz (Georgia), Clint Bogen (Joan), William Bogdziewicz Jr. (Kathy), Terrianne Kachmar (Ron) and John Bogdziewicz (Adriana); grandchildren, Marty (Favi), Billy, Jimmy, Jeff, Tommy, Trish, Tori and Natalie. He also is survived by his sister, Ann Kozub (Ed).

He was predeceased by his sister, Eleanor Bogdziewicz.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Nov. 3 at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Woods.

Donations may be made to the Capuchins, 1820 Mt. Elliott, Detroit, MI 48207 or the charity of the donor’s choice.

Roy Webster Vorhees Jr.

Died: Sunday, October 28, 2012
Age: 96
Grosse Pointe Woods resident Roy Webster Vorhees Jr., 96, died peacefully, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, after complications from recent medical procedures.

He was born Oct. 12, 1916, in Seneca, Kan., to Roy Sr. and Alice (nee Emery) Vorhees, the second of two boys. He spent his childhood in Trinidad, Colo., where he graduated from high school with honors at age 16. He attended junior college during the Depression with his brother, Vance, playing basketball and tennis and participating in the band and orchestra.

With the help of scholarships and part-time work, Mr. Vorhees and his brother transferred to Colorado A&M, now Colorado State Univer-sity, earned a degree in mechanical engineering and was valedictorian of his class. He also played for the Colorado State ROTC band and won the Rocky Mountain Con-ference tennis title with his brother. He was a member of the basketball team and Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.

In 1938, Mr. Vorhees began his 42-year-working career with Chrysler Corp., earning his master’s degree in automotive engineering in 1940. During World War II, he was assigned chief liaison engineer for the Dodge Chicago Plant. His career with Chrysler included serving as plant manager at Plymouth, director of product planning for the Dodge Division and manager of the Chrysler foundry in Hamtramck. He retired in 1980.

While living in Grosse Pointe in the early 1940s, he met Marjorie Fielder, whom he married in Chicago in 1943. The couple returned to St. Clair Shores in 1946 and moved to Grosse Pointe Shores in 1958.

For more than 50 years, Mr. Vorhees was a member of the Society of Automotive Engineering and the Grosse Pointe Power Squadron for which he served as an instructor and a commander in 1967. He received an award from the squadron in 2010 for outstanding service to the organization. He also belonged to the North Channel Yacht Club.

His hobbies included boating and traveling by motor home. He was an avid bridge and poker player and enjoyed playing tennis until he was 88. He was an active member of the Grosse Pointe Senior Men’s Club since 1980.

Mr. Vorhees was predeceased by his wife, Marjorie in 2000; his daughter, Victoria and his brother, Vance in 2012.

He is survived by his sons, Roy III (Ruth), Randall (Martha), Kenneth (Nancy) and Russell (Donna); daughter, Linda Moodie (Michael); 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and dear friend, Anne Stricker.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at Bethel Lutheran Church, 26400 Little Mack, St. Clair Shores, with the Rev. Hank Flatt officiating. Visitation begins at 10 a.m. at the church.
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