Died: Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Robert William Black M.D., 93, died Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, in St. Johnís, Fla. He was chief of staff and head of medical affairs for the Detroit Medical Center for 38 years.
He was born Sept. 21, 1921, in Willows, Calif., grew up in Redding, Calif., and graduated from Stanford University in 1942. During his medical residency in Quebec, Canada, he was drafted into the U.S. military and became a medical captain in the U.S. Army Air Forces. After serving four years, Dr. Black finished his medical education and moved to Grosse Pointe, where he started his family and medical career.
He shared his love for hunting with his sons and friends and was an avid golfer at the Country Club of Detroit.
Dr. Black was predeceased by the love of his life and first wife, Rosalie C. Black and second wife, Susie Eisele-Black.
He is survived by his sons, William Garnett Black of Toledo, Ore., and Robert Coleman Black of Clinton Township, and stepchildren, Kristy Eisele and Andy Eisele.
A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 1, at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms.
Died: Monday, November 17, 2014
Anthony V. Gagliardi died peacefully Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, his 91st birthday. His family was by his side.
He was born in Utica, N.Y., to Vito and Mary Gagliardi and began playing the accordion professionally at age 12. He went on to play the piano and discovered a love for jazz.
Mr. Gagliardi was a paratrooper in the U.S. Army Airborne division during World War II. He participated in the occupation of Japan and rehabilitated Chinese prisoners of war.
He graduated with a masterís degree in journalism from Syracuse University and worked 38 years for General Motors Corporation in public relations, writing speeches and working with the news media.
Mr. Gagliardi was also a gifted artist and had several of his oil paintings exhibited at the Scarab Club in Detroit. In retirement he played piano with ďThe Silver Foxes BandĒ at the Shore Pointe Nursing Center and enjoyed traveling with his wife, Eleanor, with whom he recently celebrated 56 years of marriage.
Mr. Gagliardi is survived by his wife, Eleanor; son, Gary; daughters, Carol Shea (Tom) and Gayle Kowalchick (Edmond); and grandchildren, Jacqueline, Peter, Stephanie, Christina, Anthony and Nicole.
A funeral Mass was celebrated Nov. 20 at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, Grosse Pointe Woods.
Donations may be made to St. John Providence Health System Foundation, P.O. Box 673271, Detroit, MI 48267-3271. Indicate St. John Hospital Nephrology Department on the donation.
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Died: Friday, October 24, 2014
David Henry Greenspan, passed away Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in Grosse Pointe.
He grew up in Evanston and Chicago, Ill. He served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps in World War II, supporting the Armyís role in the Manhattan Project. After studying at the University of Chicago, where he met his wife, Georgia (nee Lampros), he moved to Cleveland and later to Detroit.
Mr. Greenspan believed in the power of education and pursuit of social justice. He participated in sit-ins during the civil rights movement and organized a successful boycott of a diner in Chicago. He believed in advocating for change through the political process. He was a longtime supporter and member of the Grosse Pointe Democratic Club. He served as a precinct delegate for the Michigan Democratic Party for almost 60 years.
Mr. Greenspan was a lifelong supporter of the Boy Scouts, earning 31 merit badges. Later in life, he was awarded the Silver Beaver award, the highest honor bestowed in the Boy Scout organization for overall leadership, the Order of the Arrow, as well as the Vigil award. One of his proudest moments was when he helped members of Boy Scout Troop 330, a special needs troop, earn their Eagle rank.
Mr. Greenspanís myriad interests included his vegetable and flower garden, fresh fruit from local Michigan farms, corned beef from the Bread Basket or Zingermanís, music Ė opera, classical, jazz, blues and folk Ė camping and exploring the national parks, and chocolate. He was a voracious reader, well versed in math, science, music, history, economics, social advocacy, law, art and politics.
In August, he celebrated his 100th birthday surrounded by friends and family.
Mr. Greenspan is survived by his two younger brothers, Seymour and Lee (Babe); children, Deborah, David (Gerie) and Jonathan and grandchildren, Kyle, Peri and Olivia.
He was predeceased by his wife.
A memorial gathering was held Nov. 15.
Donations may be made in Mr. Greenspanís name to the National Park Foundation at national
parks.org/support-parks or (202) 254-6470; The Butzel Family Center/RAF, 7737 Kercheval, Detroit, MI 48214; or Boy Scouts of America, Troop 330, 16485 Congress, Clinton Township, MI 48038.
Died: Friday, September 26, 2014
E. Frederick Lang M.D., 97, died Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, in Ann Arbor.
Born Dec. 16, 1916, in Detroit, Dr. Lang and his wife, Virginia (nee Davis), lived in Grosse Pointe Farms more than 40 years before moving to Ann Arbor to be with family.
Dr. Lang was predeceased by his wife, Virginia.
He is survived by his children, William (Janet), Carolyn Jayne, Elizabeth Lang and Barbara DeLancey (John); eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and two sisters.
Dr. Lang earned a medical degree in 1941 from the University of Michigan and trained in radiology at Harper Hospital. He received many professional honors and served as editor of the American Journal of Radiology.
His family said his remarkable intelligence, kind generosity and entertaining wit made him a popular and respected physician.
A celebration of Dr. Langís life will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28, in the Hanson Room at Glacier Hills Retirement Community in Ann Arbor, 1200 Earhart Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the University of Michiganís Medical School at leadersandbest.umich.edu/find/#/scu/med or a charity of the donorís choice.
Died: Thursday, November 20, 2014
Roberta A. Larson, 90, of St. Clair Shores, died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014.
She was the beloved wife of Darwin C. Larson, who predeceased her and is survived by her loving daughters, Laura Larson (Jeffrey Santrock) and Nancy Ratajczak; six grandchildren and two great-granddaughters.
A funeral service will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial, 32 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms. Visitation begins at 3 p.m. and a dinner reception follows the service.
Donations may be made to Great Lakes Caring Hospice at greatlakeshospicefoundation.org.
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Died: Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Mary Margaret Morgan passed away peacefully Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, surrounded by her family.
She was the loving wife of Donald Morgan M.D., who predeceased her; cherished mother of Amy Toussaint (Rob) and David (Julie) and beloved grandmother of Lindsey Morgan and Michael, Ryan and Nicole Toussaint.
Mrs. Morgan was a registered nurse who, her family said, was known for her compassionate, kind and loving heart. She was dedicated to helping others throughout her life and her positive outlook made her a joy to be around. She lived by the Golden Rule and was a true friend.
Mrs. Morgan loved gardening and transformed ordinary landscapes into beautiful gardens. She was devoted to her family and friends and loved spending time with them. She will be deeply missed.
A private service was held.
Donations may be to Beaumont Foundation, P.O. Box 5802, Troy, MI 48007-5802. Indicate Beaumont Hospice on the donation.
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Died: Saturday, November 15, 2014
Former Grosse Pointe Woods resident Margaretta Sue Stricker, nee Cooper, 66, died Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014.
She was born Oct. 18, 1948, in Pontiac, to J. Lewis Cooper Sr. and Elaine Cooper and attended grade school and high school at Our Lady Star of the Sea in Grosse Pointe Woods.
Mrs. Strickerís passion was her horse farm, Briar Ridge Farms, in Ortonville. She enjoyed training, raising and showing horses, and sharing that passion with many horse lovers.
A devoted mother and grandmother, she loved taking care of and spending time with her grandchildren.
Mrs. Stricker is survived by her husband, Richard Allan Stricker; daughter, Dawn Kathleen Stothers; son, Jonathan Scott Stricker (Kim) and grandchildren, Stephanie Stothers, Bradley Stothers, Peyton Stricker, Hayden Stricker and Rylie Stricker.
She also is survived by her sisters, Kathleen Cooper, Mary Cooper and Joyce Quinlan (Bryan); brother, J. Lewis Cooper Jr. (Judy) and dear family members, Jerry Stothers and Jennifer Lynn Stricker.
A funeral service was held Nov. 19 at Oakwood Community Church in Ortonville.
Donations may be made to the Alzheimerís Association, 1125 S. Linden Road, Suite 950, Flint, MI 48532.