Died: Wednesday, September 05, 2012
Evelyn Grace Legato, 90, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012.
She was born Dec. 4, 1921, in Detroit, to Grace and Angelo DiGirolomo. She married Joseph H. Legato in 1939 and they spent their lives building a family in the Detroit and Grosse Pointe areas.
Her family said Mrs. Legato was a pillar of strength and was passionate about a life focused on the love of her family. She often mentioned she had much to live for because of the legacy she had created and her desire to be present for the accomplishments of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was proud of her Italian heritage and celebrated her faith every day.
She loved to entertain and cook for others, as well as decorate her house and dress up for holidays and special occasions. She had a knack of making everyone feel welcome and looked at life in a positive way, always counting her blessings.
Mrs. Legato is survived by her daughter, Bonnie Lucido (Frank) and son, Bartheld Legato; grandchildren, Frances Lucido Mirkazemi, Eva Welsher, Lisa Thams, Frank Lucido Jr. and Catie Mager, as well as 15 great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband, Joseph; sons, Thomas and Augustus Legato; sister, Viola Sweetman and brothers, Frank and Roy DiGirolomo.
A funeral Mass was celebrated Sept. 10 at St. Philomena Catholic Church in Detroit.
Donations may be made to The Capuchins, 1750 Mt. Elliott St., Detroit, MI 48207.
Died: Saturday, September 01, 2012
Lowell D. Ferguson, 77, of Grosse Pointe Park and Gaylord, died Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, in Gaylord.
Born Dec. 18, 1934, in Lafayette, Ind., to John E. and Catherine S. (nee Douglas) Ferguson, he received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Ohio State University and did doctoral work at the University of Illinois.
With his background in engineering physics, Mr. Ferguson worked at Bendix Research Labs and later at General Dynamics Land Systems, from where he retired in 2002 as a project manager. He worked extensively on projects related to national defense and with NASA, where he was involved in projects with early space travel and the Apollo projects.
He was actively involved at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, where he had been clerk of session and an elder.
Predeceased by his first wife, Margaret, in 1982, Mr. Ferguson married Janet (nee McDonald) Baetz May 17, 1986, who survives him. He also is survived by sons, Kent Ferguson (Stefanie) of Las Vegas, Mark Ferguson of Utica, Craig Baetz (Katherine) of Grosse Pointe Farms and Robert Baetz of Grosse Pointe; grandchildren, Kimberley, Kaitlyn and Kelly Baetz and Zachary, Jordan and Gabriel Baetz; sisters, Anne Walter of Ohio and Lois Sahm of Indiana and brother, Richard Ferguson of California.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept 8, at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the church.
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Died: Friday, August 31, 2012
Eleanor Ball, 97, passed away Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, at Church of Christ Care Center in Clinton Township.
She was born Oct. 24, 1914, in Saginaw to Leon and Alice (nee Secor) Cotton.
She married the love of her life, Kenneth Ball, May 11, 1940, in Ferndale. They enjoyed 38 years together until his death May 30, 1978.
Her family said that to say Mrs. Ball loved to play bridge is an understatement. She belonged to numerous card clubs and would play as many as three times a week well into her 90s. She played throughout the Grosse Pointe area, including clubs at St. Joan of Arc, the Grosse Pointe War Memorial and with the Grosse Pointe Seniors. She was blessed with a healthy body and sharp mind until June.
She was also a member of the Eastern Star.
Mrs. Ball is survived by her loving daughter, Donna Sill (Allen) and her sister, Jeannette Fidler (the late John); as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her brother, Robert Cotton and her sister, Elizabeth Gurman.
A funeral service was held Sept. 4 at A.H. Peters Funeral Home, Grosse Pointe Woods. She will be buried next to her beloved Kenneth at Oakview Cemetery in Royal Oak.
Died: Friday, August 31, 2012
Grosse Pointe Farms resident Dean Parker Brunke, 77, passed away Friday, Aug. 31, 2012.
He was born June 25, 1935, in Detroit, to Russell and Elsie Brunke. He graduated from Grosse Pointe High School and attended Wayne State University for two years.
Mr. Brunke served in the U.S. Navy as a cryptologic technician, Petty Officer 3rd Class. In 1961, he married Ann Bacon. He worked as a purchaser for Michigan Bell Telephone Company.
He enjoyed playing cards, golf and watching sports, especially baseball and football. He also enjoyed bird watching, reading and photography.
Mr. Brunke was a member of the American Legion, Veterans’ Club, Elks, Grosse Pointe Senior Men’s Club, Men’s and Women’s Garden Club and Rose Society. He also was a past president of the Fraternal Order of Police, and newsletter editor for the Grosse Pointe Orchid Society.
Mr. Brunke is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Ann, and his children, Russell Dean Brunke and Susan Deann Brunke.
He was predeceased by his parents, Russell and Elsie Brunke.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 20475 Sunning-dale Park, Grosse Pointe Woods, with interment at Elmwood Cemetery in Detroit.
Donations may be made to the Oasis Bird Sanctu-ary Foundation Ltd., P.O. Box 2166, Scottsdale, AZ 85252.
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Died: Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Helen Ferry, 93, formerly of Grosse Pointe Woods, Suttons Bay and Bella Vista, Ark., died Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, at Circle of Life Hospice in Bentonville, Ark. She was born Sept. 23, 1918, in Milburn, Ill.
Mrs. Ferry, a registered nurse, graduated from St. Therese School of Nursing in Waukegan, Ill. She practiced nursing at Bon Secours Hospital in Grosse Pointe until she retired in 1975.
She and her husband, William, moved to Gravette, Ark., and then to Bella Vista. They were active in the square dance and round dance community. She was a volunteer for Helping Hands in Bentonville and the Gravette Library.
Mrs. Ferry was predeceased by her parents; six siblings; her husband, William, and her son, William Brian Ferry.
She is survived by her daughters, Dawneane K. Munn of Lincoln, Neb., and Deborah Robbins of Princeton, N.J.; grandsons, Andrew Suddith, Matthew Robbins, William Brian Ferry Jr., R. Todd Ferry and Scott Ferry and two great-grandchildren.
A celebration of her life was held Sept. 1 at the Presbyterian Church of Bella Vista.
Donations may be made to the church at 1880 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista, AR 72715.
Died: Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Grosse Pointe Park resident Rolland Sebastian Vortriede, 51, passed away, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, surrounded by his family.
He was born in Detroit to Dr. Charles H. and Rosalie Vortriede and graduated from Cass Technical High School. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering from the University of Detroit Mercy. He worked for Chrysler.
After his family, Mr. Vortriede’s greatest interest was sailing and promoting star class racing in Detroit. In 1985, he obtained a charter for the Detroit River Star Fleet and diligently worked to build the fleet. His family said he enjoyed his work immensely and those with whom he worked. He loved to be with family and friends and will be greatly missed.
He was a member of Bayview Yacht Club, Crescent Sail Yacht Club, Elks Lodge No. 2169 and the Society of Automotive Engineers.
Mr. Vortriede is survived by his wife, Margaret; daughter, Andrea; mother, Rosalie; sister, Karen Maxwell and brothers, Duane Kalman and Henry, Eric and August Vortriede.
He was predeceased by his father, Dr. Charles H. Vortriede.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at noon Friday, Sept. 7, at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to an educational trust fund for Mr. Vortriede’s daughter and mailed to 507 Lakepointe, Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230. Donations also may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Died: Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Nancy Jane Hinsberg, 83, of Marysville, formerly of Grosse Pointe, died Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012.
She was born April 11, 1929, in Toledo, Ohio, to Ralph and Grace Irwin.
Mrs. Hinsberg loved spending time with her family, caring for animals, traveling, cooking and playing pinochle.
She is survived by her husband of 61 years, John; daughters, Mary Susan Slaine (Richard) of Clinton Township, Nancy Jane Eilert (Hendrik “Henk”) of Uitgeest, The Netherlands, and Catherine Dinan Hinsberg of Detroit; grandchildren, Ryan Slaine, Erik, Hanneke and John Eilert and Marissa Hinsberg; sister-in-law, Sandra Krell (Thomas) of Royal Oak and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by two sons, Robert Irwin Hinsberg and John Joseph Hinsberg (Brandy). and her parents.
A private memorial service will be held at Mrs. Hinsberg’s home.
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Died: Monday, August 27, 2012
Rockwell T. Gust Jr., 88, died Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, in Naples, Fla. He was a former resident of Grosse Pointe Farms and Bloomfield Hills.
He was born June 23, 1924, in Morenci, to Rockwell T. and Anne (nee Sexton) Gust, who predeceased him. He is survived by his wife, Joan Walsh Gust; his children — Ruthie Tyler, Rockwell III (Julie), Robert, Anne Brown (Jerry) and William (Karen) — with first wife, Anne Baldwin Gust and his stepchildren, Tom Walsh (Kimberely) and Cathie Fosth. He was a fun-loving “Gramps” to 19 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Mr. Gust graduated from Detroit Country Day School, Williams College and the University of Michigan Law School. He was a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, serving aboard a PT boat during World War II.
He began his career as an attorney with his father’s firm, Butzel, Long, Gust and Kennedy, and went on to become general counsel at Alexander Hamilton. After moving to Naples, he went into private practice in real estate development.
Mr. Gust had a lifelong interest in politics. He was nominated to run for Lt. Gov. in 1962 alongside George Romney. He also was elected to the Michigan State Constitutional Convention in 1961-62. He was the father-in-law of current California Gov. Jerry Brown.
He was a member of the Country Club of Detroit, The Detroit Athletic Club, Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, Otsego Club, Kirk in the Hills Presbyterian Church in Bloomfield Hills and First Presbyterian Church of Naples.
His family said Mr. Gust will be remembered as a man devoted to his family, his religion and his friends. He loved his annual family reunions with his children and, until recently, would make his daily four-block trip to watch the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico. He will be dearly missed.
Memorials may be made to the Big D Scholarship Fund, Camp Deerhorn, 3725 Deerhorn Road, Rhinelander, WI 54501 or Kirk in the Hills Presbyterian Church, 1340 West Long Lake Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302.
Funeral services and interment were held Aug. 31 at First Presbyterian Church of Naples, followed by a private memorial and service Sept. 2 at Kirk in the Hills, Bloomfield Hills.
Died: Monday, August 27, 2012
Former Grosse Pointe Park resident Anna Chrypinski passed away Monday, Aug. 27, 2012.
She was born Aug. 12, 1918, in Detroit, to Bernard and Maria Skowronski and earned bachelor’s, master’s and specialist in education and library science degrees from Wayne State University. She worked as a school Librarian in the Detroit Public Schools for 40 years.
Mrs. Chrypinski was a tireless promoter of all things Polish and organized many national and international author and artist lecture and book tours.
She served as president of the Friends of Polish Art for six terms, and then president of the American Council for Polish Culture, where she initiated a national Polish folk dance festival, leadership conferences, a youth scholarship and conferences, and publication of numerous works. She helped establish the Pope John Paul II Hospicium in Rome, Italy, as well as restoration of the historic Polish Museum and Library in Paris, France, and Polish Museum in Rapperswill, Switzerland.
Mrs. Chrypinski represented the Polish American community at a number of meetings at the White House with Presidents Nixon, Carter, Reagan and Bush, and at the State Department. She was on the board of national and international Polish organizations.
She was an active member of the national Polish-Jewish Dialogue, which established the Janusz Korczak Literary Award for children’s literature, and led the Polish-American delegation in one of Pope John Paul II's first private audiences at the Vatican.
She spent the last years of her life in Vail, Colo., with her daughter and her family.
She was predeceased by her husband, Dr. Vincent Chrypinski.
Mrs. Chrypinski is survived by her children, Jan, Michael, (Stephanie), Maria (Brendan White) and Steven (Molly); her beloved grandson, Daniel and numerous nephews and nieces in the United States and Poland.
A Mass of Resurrection will be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Our Lady of the Woods Catholic Church, 21892 Gudith, Woodhaven.
Donations may be made to Friends of Polish Art, 626 E. Fourth, Royal Oak, MI 48067 or Hospice of the Valley, P.O. Box 1474, Edwards, CO 81632.
Died: Sunday, August 26, 2012
Grosse Pointe Woods resident Michael John Murphy, 50, died Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012.
He was born Dec. 27, 1961, in Glen Cove, N.Y. to Peter and June Murphy and graduated from Andover High School in Bloomfield Hills. He graduated from the University of Michigan, Dearborn and earned his juris doctor degree from Detroit College of Law in 1991. He was an immigration officer with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Mr. Murphy’s favorite pastime was sailing.
He was the beloved husband of Erica Ehrlichman; loving father of Colin and stepfather of Morgan Heidebrink (Stephen Forton), Marielle Heidebrink, Hannah Heidebrink and Benjamin Heidebrink. He was the dear grandfather of Rowan and Thatcher Forton.
Mr. Murphy is also survived by his siblings, Maureen, John, Daniel (Diane, and Peter (Anna Maria); sister-in-law, Maru Flores and six nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his brother, James.
A funeral service was held Aug. 31 at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Grosse Pointe Farms.
Donations may be made to Seeds of Dignity, 25 Warner Road, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236 or at comunidadcasamaria.org.
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