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Francis Peter DeRoo

Died: Sunday, July 08, 2012
Age: 86
Francis Peter DeRoo, 86, died Sunday, July 8, 2012.

A veteran of World War II, where he served as a gunner in the U.S. Air Force, Mr. DeRoo was a career electrician with General Motors Corp. He was a sportsman who loved hunting, fishing and pigeon flying. He also was a life-long member of the Belgium Century Club.

Mr. DeRoo is survived by his loving brother, James DeRoo (JoAnne) and many nieces, nephews and friends.

A funeral Mass was held July 17 at St. Philomena Catholic Church in Detroit.

Donations may be made to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, 1820 Mt. Elliott St., Detroit, MI 48207.

Tatiana J. Zylik

Died: Saturday, July 07, 2012
Age: 87
Tatiana J. Zylik, 87, died peacefully at her home Saturday, July 7, 2012, after a brief illness.

She was born Jan. 25, 1925, in Lithuania to Winsef and Matruna Mazuro and graduated from Phillips University in Marburg, Germany, where she met her future husband, Michael K. Zylik M.D.

Mrs. Zylik was a former graduate assistant professor at the Hastings College at the University of Nebraska. She was fluent in three languages and was known for her love of music.

She was active at her church, Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church in Detroit, and sang in the church choir for many years. She also was a longtime patron of the Grosse Pointe Symphony and the Menninger Clinic in Houston, Texas.

Mrs. Zylik is survived by her daughter, Margaret Zylik and her son, Joseph M. Zylik D.D.S.

She was predeceased by her husband in 2008 and her son, Alexander M.

A private family interment will be held July 12.

Donations may be made to Menninger Clinic Foundation, 12301 Main Street; Houston, TX 77035.

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Barbara Lord

Died: Friday, July 06, 2012
Age: 97
Barbara Thomas Lord, 97, died peacefully Friday, July 6, 2012, at the Beaumont Nursing Facility in Natick, Mass. A year ago, she moved from her home of 67 years in Grosse Pointe Farms to be near her children in the Boston area.

Mrs. Lord grew up in Providence, R.I., and graduated from the Mary C. Wheeler School and Vassar College. She met Herbert I. “Pete” Lord of Grosse Pointe at a dance in Cambridge, Mass. in 1940. They married four months later and settled in Grosse Pointe. They had a home on Fishers Island, N.Y. for many years. Mr. Lord died in 1996.

Mrs. Lord was a great proponent of exercise and self-discipline, which contributed to her long, healthy life. She lived entirely independently and drove a car until her 95th birthday. She read the New York Times daily and was an avid bridge player into her 90s. She also loved to dance, play golf and ski.

She is survived by her children, Peter and his wife, Lyn, of Weston, Mass., and Jane Andrews of Wellesley, Mass.; granddaughters, Marjorie Wages of Dallas, Texas, Barbara Romero of Tuxedo Park, N.Y., Abigail Andrews of Oakland, Calif., and Emily Andrews of Golden, Colo.; and great-granddaughter, Lillian Lord Wages.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Christ Church, 61 Grosse Pointe Blvd., Grosse Pointe Farms.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Services for Older Citizens, 159 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.

Thomas J. Cairns

Died: Thursday, July 05, 2012
Age: 86
Thomas J. Cairns, 86, died Thursday, July 5, 2012.

He was the beloved husband of Mary Rita (nee LePage), who predeceased him. He was the dearest father of Thomas J. Jr. (Sandra); loving grandfather of Michele Card (James) and Eric DeBolt (KariAnn) and great-grandfather of Brittany, Eric, Andrew and Isabella. He was the dear brother of Patricia O’Connor, Frank Cairns and Joanne Ekin. He was predeceased by his brother, John Cairns.

Mr. Cairns proudly served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II and the Korean War and was a member of the Men of the Sacred Heart and the Grosse Pointe Senior Men’s Club.

A funeral Mass was held July 9 at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, Grosse Pointe Farms, with interment in Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton Township.

Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Michigan Chapter, 20300 Civic Center, Suite 100, Southfield, MI 48076.

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Randolph Hubbard Fitch

Died: Tuesday, July 03, 2012
Age: 76
Randolph Hubbard Fitch, 76, died Tuesday, July 3, 2012.

Born Dec. 28, 1935, in Detroit, he was the beloved son of Marion and Ferris Fitch and the cherished husband of the late Harriet Sue (Johnston) Fitch.

A U.S. Navy veteran, he was an alumnus of Grosse Pointe High School and Eastern Michigan University and worked as an executive in the automotive safety industry.

While retired in Arizona, Mr. Fitch and his wife, Sue, were charter members of the Friends of the Huachuca Mountains, and he also volunteered at Habitat for Humanity, his church, senior transportation and soup kitchens. Mr. Fitch enjoyed playing golf and maintaining friendships with high school classmates and former co-workers.

Mr. Fitch is survived by his sister, Joyce (Donald) Haigh; brother, Roger (Moonyeen) Fitch; daughters, Shannon (Terry) Tighe, Laura (Phil) Harrity, Jennifer (Greg) Sansbury, and Julie (Jeff) Adema; grandchildren, Meghanne Tighe, Christopher, Jonathan and Noelle Harrity, Gage and Lauren Sansbury and Jenna and Jackie Adema.

He was predeceased by his loving wife, Sue; son, Bryan; brother, Ferris “Buddy” Fitch; sister, Barbara Rowen; and son-in-law, Phil Harrity.

A memorial service is at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 28, at Christ Church Grosse Pointe, 61 Grosse Pointe Blvd., Grosse Pointe Farms.

Eudene Pearce Adams

Died: Monday, July 02, 2012
Age: 97
Eudene Pearce Adams, 97, passed away Monday July 2, 2012. She was a much beloved mother, stepmother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and great-aunt.

She was born Oct. 12, 1914, in Mitchell, Ontario, Canada, to Claudia Lederman Pearce and Arnold Burton Pearce. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her sister, Juanita Culliton Gregory; her husband, Vernon Coffman Adams; son, Allan Arnold Adams and stepson, David Adams.

Mrs. Adams is survived by her daughter, Karen Lee Adams; daughter-in-law, Marjorie Adams; granddaughters, Barbara Kasen (Jon) and Brenda Amling (Richard) and great-grandchildren, Ethan, Erika and Emma.

She also is survived by her stepson, Richard Douglas Adams (Barbara); step-grandchildren, Lynn, Laurie, Julie and Douglas Jr. and their families. She also is survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Adams trained as a registered nurse at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario and at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago, eventually working as an obstetrical nursing supervisor. She married in 1939, and she and her husband settled in Grosse Pointe Woods.

She worked with her husband assisting in his responsibilities as a divisional supervisor for the Scott and Fetzer Co. and periodically continued work as a nurse. She loved hockey and had season tickets to Detroit Red Wings’ home games. She also loved to bowl and was a member of more than one winning team with many 200 games to her name. She was an active member of Grosse Pointe Woods Presbyterian Church and its women’s groups.

In addition, Mrs. Adams was an avid reader, card player and symphony and theater-goer. She loved to travel and did so throughout the world. From childhood, she also loved spending time at various family cottages and homes in Grand Bend, Ontario, and surrounding areas.

Her family said they will remember Mrs. Adams as a woman ahead of her time: a model professional, curious about the world and interested in culture and politics. She was willing to express her convictions and was a “sensible” woman, as well as a generous and concerned matriarch.

A funeral service was held July 6 at Gendernalik Funeral Home in New Baltimore.

Muir B. Snow III

Died: Monday, July 02, 2012
Age: 76
Former Grosse Pointe resident Muir B. Snow III, 76, died Monday, July 2, 2012, in La Grande, Ore.

Born in Detroit to Muir B. Snow Jr. and Anna F. Golding, he attended Cambridge University and the University of Michigan. After graduating from law school, he practiced for many years in the Detroit area.

Mr. Snow enjoyed bird watching, photography, cooking, gardening and his beloved pets. With his children and siblings living across the country, Mr. Snow enjoyed traveling to family reunions in Nantucket, Mass., Oregon and Washington.

Mr. Snow is survived by his former wife, Susan Gillis Snow; his children and their families, Louise Snow and her husband, Leo Boudreau, of Boston; David Snow and Jill Terrell, of Dayton, Ohio; Charlie Snow and Michelle Larsen, of Winthrop, Wash.; Michael Snow, his wife, Marlene, and their children, Ariana and Keaton, of Summerville, Ore., and Peter Snow, of Chicago. Mr. Snow also is survived by his former wife, Jacqueline; their daughter, Alison Hartnett and her husband, Shawn, and their children, Tommy and Lily of Wyandotte; stepdaughter, Terry Laesser, of Grosse Ile and stepson, David Laesser, of Ellabell, Ga.

Mr. Snow also is survived by his siblings, Neil (Barbara), of Hilton Head, S.C., Charles, of Nicosia, Cyprus; Ian Golding, of Nantucket, Alison Inglis (Robert), of Nantucket, and Gregory (Pam), of Paragould, Ark.

He was predeceased by his parents.

Per Mr. Snow’s wishes, no memorial service will be held.

Donations may be made to a local animal shelter or the charity of the donor’s choice.

Daniel James Sheridan

Died: Saturday, June 30, 2012
Age: 72
Life-long Grosse Pointe resident Daniel James Sheridan, 72, passed away peacefully Saturday, June 30, 2012, after a courageous battle with brain cancer.

He was born Aug. 31, 1939, in Detroit, to Richard P. Sheridan and Katherine Karrer Sheridan. He was the beloved husband of Sue (nee Masterson) for 49 years; proud dad of Dan (Jennifer), Tim (Ann), and Pat Carlson (Jim) and adored Granddad of JD, Patrick and Kevin Carlson, Margaret, Jack, Elizabeth and Kate Sheridan and Danny and Conor Sheridan. He was the loved brother of Jack (Carole), Mary and Margaret Sheridan. He was predeceased by his parents and brother-in-law, Marshall E. Prunty, Jr.

Mr. Sheridan attended Visitation Catholic School and graduated from St. Paul High School in 1957. While at St. Paul, he excelled in basketball, football and baseball. He was a member of both the 1957 All-City and All-Parochial Basketball Teams. He graduated from Xavier University in 1961 with a degree in Business Administration. Following graduation, he was an active member of the Michigan National Guard Reserves.

Mr. Sheridan’s love for basketball continued during the 1960s and 70s as a basketball referee through the Michigan High School Athletic Association.

His sales career with Bundy Tubing and Pittsburgh Tube spanned more than 40 years. His commitment and loyalty to his customers earned him respect in the automotive industry.

His faith and family were the core of Mr. Sheridan’s life. His passion was golf having caddied as a youngster at the Port Huron Golf Club. He felt blessed to play often at the Detroit Golf Club — his home away from home — where he was a member for 32 years. He thoroughly enjoyed his time on the course with the caddies at the DGC.

Mr. Sheridan was a member of Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church since April 1971. A funeral Mass will be held at noon, Saturday, July 7, at the church, 467 Fairford, Grosse Pointe Woods. Visitation begins in the gathering space of the church at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Caddy Scholarship Fund in Memory of Daniel J. Sheridan at the Detroit Golf Club, 17911 Hamilton Road, Detroit, MI 48203.

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Ted Held Jr.

Died: Saturday, June 30, 2012
Age: 86
Ted Held Jr., 86, passed away Saturday, June 30, 2012, in Fort Myers, Fla., after suffering a stroke in spring 2011. Mr. Held was a resident of the Grosse Pointes for more than 65 years before retiring to Florida in 1993.

He was born March 24, 1926, in Detroit, to Ted Held Sr. and Hattie Held. His family built a house on Marter Road, on the corner of Anita, in 1926, in what was then the Village of Lochmoor. They lived there until they built a new house on Hawthorne in Grosse Pointe Shores in the 1930s.

Mr. Held attended Grosse Pointe High School and was a prominent student and athlete, particularly in football. He graduated in the winter term of 1944, followed by enlistment in the U.S. Navy.

The Navy’s V-12 program, designed to prepare future young officers, began his college career and continued until his discharge after the war. He ended up attending four different colleges. He first attended Purdue University, where he played football, Notre Dame University, Central College in Missouri, and Indiana University. At Indiana he earned a degree in business in 1948 and met his wife of 59 years, Barbara Baldwin.

Following college, Mr. Held and his wife returned to Grosse Pointe. He went into the family printing business, the Mulford Company, which he and two partners subsequently bought from his father in the mid-1950s. The partners ran this company until the mid-1970s when it was sold and the partners retired.

In retirement Mr. Held pursued various interests, especially golf. He was a member at Lochmoor Club before moving south. While in Florida, he scored a hole-in-one in 1998.

Mr. Held is survived by his children, David Held (Barbra), Libby Singer (Allen), Martee Held and Tom Held; grandchildren, Wendy Singer, Amy Singer and Carrie Wicker and great-grandchildren, Owen and Nolan Wicker, who filled him with pride and optimism. He also is survived by step-grandchildren, Daren and Misty Helfer and step-great-grandchild, Justin Helfer.

He was predeceased by his wife, Barbara.

A memorial service for both Mr. and Mrs. Held will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 25, at A.H. Peters Funeral Home, 20705 Mack, Grosse Pointe Woods. The family will begin receiving friends after 1 p.m.

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

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George Alson Peek

Died: Thursday, June 28, 2012
Age: 78
George Alson Peek died peacefully at home surrounded by his family Thursday, June 28, 2012. Born June 14, 1934, in Jackson, he was the beloved husband of Claire Winfield Peek for 55 years. He was a devoted father to six daughters: Pamela Fochtman, Jeanne deVries, Patricia Davidson, Melinda Sloan, Cheryl Spates and Theresa Zywicki.

Mr. Peek was a 28-year resident of Grosse Pointe Woods, where he enjoyed gardening, home improvement, spending time with family and eating ice cream on a hot day. He was an avid reader and a longtime history buff.

Mr. Peek started his career in Birmingham, where he and his family lived for 22 years. He was a trailblazer as the first city planner in the initial development of the city of Troy. He worked on a number of projects throughout the state of Michigan, including the New Center project in Detroit. He retired in 1999 as the City Manager of Ferndale.

Mr. Peek was a 1960 graduate of Michigan State University. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in Hawaii following the Korean War. He was a volunteer firefighter for the city of Birmingham. He and his family were members of Birmingham Redeemer Lutheran Church and, most recently, members of Grosse Pointe United Methodist Church.

He will be missed by six sons-in-law and 16 grandchildren: Thomas Fochtman and Ryan, Natalie and Julia; David deVries and Zachary and Allison; Thomas Davidson and Kelly Ball and Christy Davidson; Jeffrey Sloan and Katherine, Michael and Caroline; Gregory Spates and Jonathon and Andrew Gazdecki and Gregory and Kristine Spates and Christopher Zywicki and Victor and Joseph.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 27, at Grosse Pointe United Methodist Church, 211 Moross, Grosse Pointe Farms.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the church at the address above.
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