Died: Sunday, February 19, 2012 Frank P. Hogan Jr.
Frank P. Hogan Jr., 74, died Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012, at his Grosse Pointe Park home.
He was born Sept. 25, 1937, in Philadelphia of a Lithuanian mother and Irish father, Paula and Frank Hogan. His parents moved to Detroit when he was a toddler to be a part of the “war effort.”
Mr. Hogan attended East Detroit High School. The oldest of five children, he was taught the beauty and complexity of English by the Immaculate Heart of Mary nuns in grade school.
Mr. Hogan was a Russian translator in the U.S. Army Security Agency, stationed in what was then West Germany. He retired from a career in sales and marketing, including Delta Dental of Michigan. He also once served as president of the Grosse Pointe Optimists Club.
Mr. Hogan enjoyed the written word, publishing “Sound-Alikes: A Dictionary of Midwestern American English Homophones” in 2008. He was also a political activist.
He enjoyed traveling, boating on Lake St. Clair, fishing, golfing and spending time with his family.
Mr. Hogan is survived by his wife of 50 years, Mary Lou; children, Jeff (Lisa) Hogan, Dawn (Kevin) Maccadino, Colleen (David) Krause and Don (Christina) Hogan; grandchildren, Garrett, Darren, Jacob, Brittany, Kelsey and Jackson and his siblings, Maureen, Paula, Tom and Karen.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 15020 Hampton, Grosse Pointe Park. Visitation begins at the church at 10 a.m.
Donations may be made to St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 15020 Hampton, Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230.
Died: Sunday, February 19, 2012
Former Grosse Pointe resident Harriett Millies, nee Alger, 96, passed away peacefully Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012 in Norwood, Mass.
She was the beloved wife of James C. Millies, who predeceased her; loving mother of Nan Crossland and her husband, Hugh, of Westwood, Mass., Suzanne Millies and her husband, Dale Allen, of Portland, Ore., Jean Millies-Koker and her husband, Ira, of Toledo, Ore., and the late James A. Millies and his wife, Lynne, of Grosse Pointe; cherished grandmother of Wendy, Laura, Sandra, Aimee, Kelly, Carrie, George, Tammy and Marisa and great-grandmother of Andrew, Benjamin, Thomas, Kyle, Lily and Ryan.
She also is survived by her dear sister, Alice Kladnik and her husband, George, of Santa Barbara, Calif., and many nieces and nephews.
Her family said Mrs. Millies will especially be remembered for her warmth, generosity, inspiration, intelligence, love of travel and her pride at graduating from the University of Michigan with high distinction at age 58.
Donations may be made to Road Scholar at roadscholar.org or in care of Ann Simanis, Road Scholar, 11 Avenue de Lafayette, Boston, MA 92111.
A memorial service will be held in Michigan at a future date.
Died: Saturday, February 18, 2012 Gladys K. Greenburg
Gladys K. Greenburg, 106, died Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012, in Frankenmuth.
She was born Feb. 20, 1905, in Detroit, to Henry and Henrietta Koop, she went to technical school and became a stenographer. She was also an executive secretary to the president of RC Mahon of Detroit.
Mrs. Greenburg was a member of AARP, Grosse Pointe Senior Citizens, and the Garden Club of Detroit. She enjoyed gardening, bridge and travel. She visited all seven continents on one trip and circumnavigated the globe. She was a weekend farmer in Armada, as well as a longtime member of First English Evangelical Lutheran Church in Grosse Pointe Woods.
Mrs. Greenburg was the loving wife of the late Clifford. She is survived by her nephews, Bruce W. (Gwen) Harrington, Warren (Motoko) Frayne, David (Sharon) Frayne and Clifford (Cheryl) Hill. She was the dearest sister to Dorothy Harrington and the late Alice Frayne. She is also survived by five great-nephews and two great-nieces.
A memorial service will be held at a future date.
Donations may be made to the Grosse Pointe War Memorial, 32 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236 or the charity of the donor’s choice.
Died: Friday, February 17, 2012 George P. Dakmak
Grosse Pointe Shores resident George Dakmak, 83, died Friday, Feb. 17, 2012. He was the loving husband of Mary Ellen; devoted father of John (Penni), Anne (Curt) Weiermiller, Peter and Mark and proud grandfather of Mary, Sara, Luke and Grace.
Mr. Dakmak was devoted to his family and his church where he was an usher for many years.
A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 467 Fairford Road, Grosse Pointe Woods. Visitation begins at 9:30 a.m. at the church.
Donations may be made to Our Lady Star of the Sea School, 467 Fairford, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236 or to St. John Hospice MOB, c/o St. John Health Foundation, P.O. Box 673271, Detroit, MI 48267-3271.
Died: Thursday, February 16, 2012 Letitia Mary White
Former longtime Grosse Pointe Woods resident Letitia Mary “Tish” White, 87, died Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, surrounded by her family. She was a resident of Hillsboro Beach, Fla.
The daughter of Ivan and Rose Fiscus of Detroit, Mrs. White is survived by David, her devoted husband of 67 years, and her sons, Brad and Randal. She was predeceased by her son, Richard.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at Community Presbyterian Church, 1920 Southeast 4th Street, Deerfield Beach, Fla.
Died: Thursday, February 16, 2012 William Thomas Ross
William Thomas Ross, 91, died Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, in St. Clair Shores.
Known as Tom to family and friends, he was born in rural Tennessee and moved to Detroit in his late teens. During World War II, he served as a radio operator with the 899th Tank Destroyer Battalion during the North African and Italian campaigns, then in Normandy, Belgium, and Germany. He received the Purple Heart Medal with one oak leaf cluster and numerous other service medals.
Following the war, he returned to Detroit, married Wilma and began work for Chrysler Plant Protection. After the arrival of his son, Bert, Mr. Ross enjoyed serving as a scoutmaster, baseball coach, and hunting and fishing at the family cottage up north. He especially enjoyed entertaining many of his nieces and nephews, as well as his son’s friends, at the cottage. He was an avid bowler throughout his life, bowling two times a week well into his 90s.
Mr. Ross especially loved his daughter-in-law, Joanne and his granddaughter, Katherine, taking pride in their accomplishments and generously supporting Katherine’s horse riding activities.
His family said Mr. Ross deeply missed his wife, Wilma, after her passing in 1986, but takes comfort that they are joyfully reunited.
Died: Thursday, February 16, 2012
Longtime Grosse Pointe Woods resident Horst Egon Englert passed away Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012. He was 89.
He was born in Berlin, Germany, Jan. 17, 1923, to Olga and Leonhard Englert. In 1929, he and his parents came to Detroit through Ellis Island. His family said his story is the story of America ... that of a young man who came to America to find a better life.
Mr. Englert excelled in school. He was valedictorian of both his eighth grade and high school graduating classes. In September 1942, he began his education at General Motors Institute in Flint.
He joined the U.S. Army March 25, 1943, and served with the 3125th Signal Service Battalion in the European Theater of Operations, attaining the rank of staff sergeant. He was honorably discharged April 23, 1946, and upon his return, finished his education at GMI. He started his career as a mechanical engineer with General Motors Fisher Body.
Mr. Englert married Grace Edna Uhlig June 22, 1946, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Detroit, and they had three children. He was a supporter of Bethany his entire life and loved singing in the choir.
After his wife’s death in 1978, he married Lori Lang Sept. 1, 1979. They enjoyed 29 years of marriage until her passing in 2009.
Mr. Englert is survived by his children and their spouses, Cathy and Tom Schwanitz, Tom and Cindy, Chris and Dawn and by his grandchildren, Dan (Carolyn) Harris, Tom Jr., Erin, Kristen, Rachel and Kelly.
A memorial service was held March 10 at Bethany.
Donations may be made to Bethany Lutheran Church, 11475 E. Outer Drive, Detroit, MI 48224.
Died: Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Grosse Pointe Woods resident Kathryn Lundell Benzin Buehrig, 97, died Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012.
A funeral service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at First English Lutheran Church, 800 Vernier Road, Grosse Pointe Woods.
A full obituary will appear in a forthcoming issue of the Grosse Pointe News.
Died: Wednesday, February 15, 2012 Thomas H. Andrew
Thomas Herbert Andrew, 58, died Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012, after a year-long battle with brain cancer.
He is survived by his wife, Marti Benedetti; son, Nicholas; daughter, Molly and sisters, Louise (Richard) Weithas, Paula (Jim) Burdelski and Christine (Don) Dehoff, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Mr. Andrew was a graduate of Michigan State University and a Dearborn native. He spent the first decade of his career as a newspaper editor and reporter in Michigan, Illinois and Texas. He left the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, where he was a sportswriter, to move back to Detroit to work on the sports desk at the Detroit News. He spent the next several years working in corporate communications in the telecommunications, automotive and health care industries.
According to his family, among his greatest joys was the time he spent coaching, watching and officiating sports at Elworthy Field in Grosse Pointe. For more than 10 years, Mr. Andrew coached his son and many other players in Grosse Pointe Little League and Grosse Pointe Babe Ruth. He was a Grosse Pointe Hockey Association coach, and also coached girls Neighborhood Club soccer during his daughter’s early years.
He was an avid tennis player; a member of Eastside Tennis Club, the Hunt Club and the Indian Village Tennis Club. His other passions included seeing live music, including his favorite band The Polish Muslims. He looked forward to the family’s annual vacations to the Muskoka region of Canada and watching his beloved Detroit Tigers.
Mr. Andrew crewed on a racing sailboat out of Grosse Pointe City Park on Wednesdays for several summers. His family and friends said he had a zest for life, family, friends and Detroit.
A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday, Feb. 25, at St. Clare of Montefalco Church, 1401 Whittier, Grosse Pointe Park.
Donations may be made to the American Brain Tumor Association, 8550 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Chicago, IL 60631.
Died: Wednesday, February 15, 2012 Gerald A. Ewart
Grosse Pointe Woods resident Gerald A. Ewart, 81, died Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012.
A life-long resident of the Grosse Pointes, Mr. Ewart served in the United States Navy after graduating from Grosse Pointe High School. He was an engineer and machine tool designer at Ex-Cell-O Corporation and Cross & Trecker Corporation.
He was an active member of First English Lutheran Church and the Senior Men’s Club of Grosse Pointe. He enjoyed golf, reading, playing bridge, gardening, many home repair projects and working at the computer.
Mr. Ewart is survived by his wife, Virginia; children, Gail (David) Brush of Troy, Paul (Joyce) Ewart of Grosse Pointe Woods, John (Nancy) Ewart of Warren, Carol (Dennis) Zarate of Pontiac; Debra Strandhagen of Grosse Pointe Woods and Nan Strandhagen of St. Clair Shores; grandchildren, Johanna, Catherine, Stephanie, Brett, Julie and Michelle and two great-grandchildren.
He also is survived by his brother, Dale (Norma) Ewart of Greenbush and sister, Janet (Robert) Brooks of Houston.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Marilyn, in 1973.
A funeral service was held Feb. 18 at First English Lutheran Church in Grosse Pointe Woods.