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November 20, 2014 Issue
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Raymond J. Biggs

Died: Thursday, November 06, 2014
Age: 77
Raymond J. Biggs, 77, of North Palm Beach, Fla., died Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014.

He was the beloved husband of Judith Dechow Biggs; father of Margaret Shaffer (John) and Sheila Crosby (Nathaniel); proud grandfather of Turner and Courtney Reynolds and Nathaniel Jr., Brendan, Bridget and Claire Crosby. He also is survived by his sister, Nancy Cappello; and predeceased by his brother, Dr. Thomas Biggs and stepson, Michael Dechow.

Mr. Biggs was born July 6, 1937, in Detroit, and graduated from Michigan State University. He was a retired private investor, former CEO and chairman of Macomb Warren Bank, and served as CEO and chairman of Huntington Banks of Michigan from 1991 to 1994.

He also served on the board of directors for Polaris Industries until June 2001, and the board of directors of the Valley Commerce Bank in Scottsdale, Ariz., until 2000, where he was director emeritus. He previously served on the boards of directors of Lafayette Steel Company in Detroit and Leader Dogs for the Blind in Rochester.

Mr. Biggs resided in Grosse Pointe Farms for many years and enjoyed retirement in North Palm Beach. He was an avid golfer, enjoyed fishing, hunting and spending time with his family.

A memorial service was celebrated Nov. 10 at the Lost Tree Chapel, North Palm Beach.

Donations may be made to The American Diabetes Association at diabetes.org or to Michigan State University/Memo AS00454, 965 Fee Hall Road, A-310, East Lansing, MI 48824.

Leo P. Fitzpatrick Jr.

Died: Sunday, November 09, 2014
Age: 86
Grosse Pointe Woods resident Leo P. Fitzpatrick Jr., 86, died Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014, in Rochester Hills.

He was born Sept. 26, 1928, in Detroit to Edith and Leo Fitzpatrick and graduated from DeLaSalle High School, where he had served as class president. In 1954, he graduated from the University of Detroit.

Mr. Fitzpatrick was a sales engineer with Micromatic-Textron of Holland. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served during the Korean War and was a member of the honor guard. He enjoyed gardening and golf.

Mr. Fitzpatrick is survived by his son, Brian (Elaine) and grandchildren, Maura and Megan.

He was predeceased by his wife, Eileen, and son, Kevin.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 21, at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 467 Fairford, Grosse Pointe Woods.

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

Scott Charles Gibson

Died: Saturday, November 15, 2014
Age: 54
Former City of Grosse Pointe resident Scott Charles Gibson, 54, died Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, at St. John Macomb Hospital in Warren.

He was born in Grosse Pointe to Patricia and Charles Gibson and earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Oakland University. He was the controller and chief financial officer of Elite Auto Rental and Lease in Clawson.

Mr. Gibson enjoyed cooking, current events, nature walks, finance and history.

He is survived by his mother, Patricia; sisters, Tracy Monforton (Marc), Kerry Farr (Derek) and Shawn Gibson (Eric Vorgitch); brother, Craig Gibson (Jeanne); nieces, Christine, Bethany, Rachel and Jessica and nephew, Kevin.

He was predeceased by his father, Charles.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 20475 Sunningdale Park, Grosse Pointe Woods.

Donations may be made to St. Michael’s Episcopal Church Memorial Garden, 20475 Sunningdale Park, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236.

Ann Mary Humes

Died: Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Age: 92
Ann Mary Humes, 92, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. She was born Sept. 30, 1922, in Philadelphia, and graduated from John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls High School there.

She was predeceased by her husband, Capt.James J. Humes, M.D., U.S.N. retired.

She is survived by her brother, Thomas Harrington (Peg) of Philadelphia, and was the loving mother of seven children, Alyce Marie Decker of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., James Joseph Jr. of Chicago, Ann Humes Sansbury of Orlando, Fla., Jeffry Thomas of Jupiter, Fla., Gerald Robert of Ann Arbor, Philip John of Douglasville, Ga. and Kenneth Brian of Seattle. She also is survived by 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Mrs. Humes was the former president of the Fontbonne Auxiliary at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit and former president of Sawgrass Women’s Club, Ponte Vedra Beach..

A Mass celebrating her life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 28, at Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish, 545 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls High School Scholarship Fund, 311 North 19th St. Philadelphia, PA 19103.

Susan Warner Slocum Klingbeil

Died: Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Age: 89
Susan Warner Slocum Klingbeil, 89, died peacefully Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, in Mount Dora, Fla.

Born April 4, 1925, in Farmington, to Edessa (nee Warner) and William Slocum, she was the granddaughter of former Michigan Gov. Fred Warner and graduated from Kingswood Cranbrook School, Lasell College and the University of Michigan.

Her family said Mrs. Klingbeil believed the maxim “to whom much is given, much is expected.” Throughout her life she was active within her community, including with Delta Gamma, Tau Beta, Junior League and Society of Colonial Dames of America. She was an activist for the environment and participated in the first Earth Day held at U of M, Earth Fest ’74, Concern–Detroit and the bottle bill.

Mrs. Klingbeil served on the boards of Friends School–Detroit and the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. For many years, she was a member of the board of directors of her beloved Lasell College, which recognized her as an outstanding alumna and named a building in her honor.

She had a love of music and chaired the Young People’s Concerts with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. She was one of three creators of the “Arts to the Schools” with the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Junior League.

Mrs. Klingbeil enjoyed boating on the Great Lakes and the intracoastal waterway of western Florida. With her husband, Bill, she traveled the world, and became a semi-professional photographer, capturing candid photos of people wherever she traveled.

In an era before most women worked outside the home, she developed her own business as a leisure planning consultant. For more than 30 years, she matched children with summer activities all over the globe. Mrs. Klingbeil was affectionately known in Grosse Pointe as “The Camp Lady.”

She was a dedicated mother, grandmother and great-grandmother whose positive outlook and grace will continue to influence her family’s lives.

Mrs. Klingbeil is survived by her husband of 65 years, William Hayward Klingbeil; children, William Klingbeil Jr. (Denise), Martha Coates (Ted), Frederick Klingbeil M.D. (Carol), and Susan Warner (Howard); eight grandchildren: Andrea Klingbeil, Prescott and George Murphy, Kate, William III and Jack Klingbeil and Olivia and Audrey Warner; and great-grandsons, Jacob, Jax and James Reeb.

A celebration of her life will be held Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, at Sequanota Club in Charlevoix.

Donations may be made to Friends of the Warner Mansion, 23600 Liberty St., Farmington, MI 48335 or Little Traverse Conservancy at landtrust.org.

Elizabeth Murphy

Died: Saturday, November 01, 2014
Age: 96
Elizabeth “Lil” Murphy, nee Donovan, 96, passed away peacefully Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, at Beechwood Manor Assisted Living in St. Clair Shores, where she resided since 2010.

She was born Oct. 17, 1918, in Cork City, Ireland, to Richard and Nellie Donovan and came to the United States when she was 9.

The former Sister Mary Brendan I.H.M. earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Marygrove College and a Master of Science degree from the University of Detroit. She taught in Catholic schools in Detroit and Fraser Public Schools. After teaching in Fraser for several years, she met widower Bill Murphy at the Gaelic-American League in the early 1970s.

Mrs. Murphy was a staunch advocate and a former vice president of Right to Life of Michigan. She was proud of having once been arrested at a pro-life demonstration on Woodward Avenue in Detroit.

Mrs. Murphy was active in parish life, a member of the Rosary Altar Society and also organized Mother’s Day flower sales and other fundraisers for her church and RTL.

An avid reader, she was proud of her Irish heritage. She enjoyed traveling which she and her husband did extensively in retirement.

Mrs. Murphy was predeceased by her husband, William Murphy Jr., and sister, Carol Ann Bussiere.

She is survived by her nephew, André Bussiere, and many cousins and friends.

The family gives heartfelt thanks to the staffs of Beechwood Manor Inc. and Great Lakes Caring Hospice for their care of Mrs. Murphy.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Nov. 5, at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Woods, with the Rev. William Herman officiating.

Donations may be made to Right to Life of Michigan at rtl.org or the charity of donor’s choice.

Gloria Monica Wolski

Died: Saturday, November 08, 2014
Age: 88
Former longtime Grosse Pointe Park resident Gloria Monica Wolski, nee Dungan, 88, died Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014.

She was born Jan. 2, 1926, in Detroit, grew up on the east side of Detroit and graduated from St. Ambrose Catholic High School.

Mrs. Wolski was predeceased by her husband of 67 years, Edward Joseph Wolski this past summer and is survived by eight daughters, Susan Petrucci (James), Monica Reinke (Kurt), Christine Cramer (Terry), Mary Beth Magnuson (Michael), Anna Berta (Thomas), Sarah Marciniak (David), Judy Piccariello (Louis) and Carol Cook (Michael). She also is survived by 16 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Mary Wolski and brother, Edward Dungan (Judy).

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, at St. Matthias Catholic Church, 12509 19 Mile Road, Sterling Heights.

Donations may be made to Special Olympics Michigan at somi.org or Capuchin Soup Kitchen, 1820 Mt. Elliott, Detroit, MI 48207.
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