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Lois Jane Beard

Died: Saturday, September 06, 2014
Age: 92
Lois Jane Beard, 92, died Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit, surrounded by her loved ones.

She was born Feb. 8, 1922, in Detroit to Carolyn Thomas Reichard and Lloyd Reichard. She graduated from Southeastern High School and attended Michigan State University, where she met Thomas B. Beard. They were married from 1943 until his death in 1966. The couple raised their four children, Tom Jr., Nancy, Cathy (deceased 1982) and David, in Grosse Pointe Woods.

In 1969, Mrs. Beard began a 23-year career as the administrative assistant to the president and board of trustees of St. John Hospital. She loved her job and the St. John community.

She loved to golf, play tennis, ski, read, cook, entertain friends, play bridge, volunteer at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial and help others.

Mrs. Beard lived the last 27 years of her life at Woodbridge East in St. Clair Shores, where she will be remembered for her beautiful geraniums, service on the board of directors and daily walks. She loved to sit on her porch and greet people and their dogs as they walked by. She was a longtime member of Christ the King Lutheran Church, Grosse Pointe Woods.

Mrs. Beard’s family is grateful for the dedication of the caregivers who took loving care of her in her home the last six years, as well as to the provider, HealthCall of Detroit.

In addition to her children, Mrs. Beard is survived by grandchildren, Gwennie, Rebecca, Thomas, Elizabeth, Christina, Tommy, Laura and Caitlyn; seven great-grandchildren and daughters-in-law, Olga, Eva and Ann.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, at A.H. Peters Funeral Home, 20705 Mack, Grosse Pointe Woods. A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. the same evening, at the funeral home, led by her beloved minister, Randy Boelter of Christ the King Lutheran Church.

Donations may be made to Christ the King Lutheran Church, 20338 Mack, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236.

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The Rev. David L. Brecht OSA

Died: Saturday, September 06, 2014
Age: 75
The Rev. David L. Brecht OSA, former pastor at St. Clare of Montefalco Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Park, died Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, following a two-year struggle with a leukemia-like blood disease. He was 75.

Born David Lloyd Brecht Oct. 17, 1938, in Detroit, to John Lloyd and Mary Brecht he graduated in 1956 from Austin Catholic Preparatory High School in Detroit. He was received into the Augustinian Novitiate, Oconomowoc, Wis., Sept. 8, 1956, and ordained a priest, Feb. 6, 1965. In 1961, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from Villanova University in Pennsylvania.

In 1965, the Rev. Brecht earned a master’s degree from Villanova and a diploma in counseling from Salesian University, Rome, in 1967. He earned a Master in Education degree from Loyola University in and a doctorate in education administration, also from Loyola.

After ordination, the Rev. Brecht was assigned to Mendel Catholic High School, Chicago, as a teacher and chaplain. He later taught at Villanova University and became principal of St. Rita High School in Chicago. In 1985, he was appointed headmaster of Cascia Hall School in Tulsa, Okla. After serving in various capacities at churches and schools in Illinois and Oklahoma, he was named minister of St. Clare. In 2011, he became headmaster of Austin Catholic Academy in Ray Township, and in 2012, was relieved of his duties at St. Clare to enable him to give full attention to Austin.

After he was diagnosed with myelodysplasis, he resigned as headmaster, but continued to teach until June when declining health led to his retirement.

The Rev. Brecht was named an Outstanding Educator of America in 1972 and was inducted into the Four Chaplains Legion of Honor in 1980. He published several articles and served on numerous educational commissions and task forces.

He will be remembered for his love for the priesthood, the Augustinian Order, St. Augustine and for music, particularly Gregorian chant.

The Rev. Brecht is survived by his siblings and spouses, John and Geraldine Brecht, Paul and JoAnne Brecht, Tom and Ann Brecht Stock, Tom and Mary Ann Brecht, Mark and Mary Brecht, and Greg and Michelle Brecht and many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

He will be deeply missed by many other relatives, friends, former students and parishioners.

Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, until time of Mass at 6 p.m. at St. Clare of Montefalco Catholic Church, 1401 Whittier, Grosse Pointe Park.

Donations may be made to the Augustinians, 5401 S. Cornell Ave., Chicago, IL 60615.

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Donald V. Clark

Died: Sunday, August 31, 2014
Age: 55
Donald V. Clark, 55, of Jenison, passed away Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, after a two-year battle with cancer.

A memorial service will be held at noon Friday, Oct. 3, at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Mr. Clark was born May 15, 1959, in Detroit, graduated from Grosse Pointe South High School in 1977 and attended Babson College in Boston. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1980 and, after completing basic training at the USMC Recruit Depot, San Diego, served on board the U.S.S. Blue Ridge, homeport Yokosuka, Japan, with extended periods in Subic Bay, Philippines.

Mr. Clark worked with his father at Michigan Rivet Corporation in the Detroit area and Petoskey facilities throughout the 1980s and the early 1990s.

He had many interests, but his passion was the adventure of the open road. He parlayed his love of cross-country motorcycle riding into a career as a Teamster, and spent more than a decade as an owner-operator in the long-haul transportation industry. For the last five years, he covered regional routes for SpartanNash and was a proud member of the Teamsters Union, Local No. 406.

Mr. Clark is survived by his children, E. Kelly and Logan; mother, H. Jane Clark; sister, Patricia Clark-Martin; brothers, Thomas and Robert Clark; several nieces and nephews; and the rest of his family and friends.

He was predeceased by his father, Thomas M. Clark.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 1311 Mamaroneck Ave., Suite 310, White Plains, NY 10605 or at lls.org.

Janet Philippart Drolshagen

Died: Monday, September 01, 2014
Age: 82
Longtime Grosse Pointe resident Janet Philippart Drolshagen, 82, died Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

She was born Jan. 10, 1932, in Detroit, to Helen (nee Carr) and Howard Philippart and graduated from Our Lady of Mercy High School in 1949. She received a Bachelor of Music degree in piano and performance from Marygrove College in 1953. She performed as soloist, accompanist, teacher, church musician, conductor and arranger and choral director. Her repertoire ranged from classical and sacred, to show music and popular modern.

Mrs. Drolshagen was a board member of the Grosse Pointe Symphony, Tuesday Musicale of Detroit, Marygrove College, Austin Catholic Preparatory High School, Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church and a member of the Wednesday Music Club and Beaumont Assistance League.

She was the beloved wife of Leo Francis Drolshagen for 59 years; dear mother of Leo (Barbara), Rev. Jerry, Joseph (Janet), Nancy Ponkowski (Timothy) and Catherine; cherished grandmother of Leo IV, Colin (Katie), Eric and Helen Drolshagen, Joseph, Cara, Micaela and Jacob Drolshagen, Elizabeth, Timothy, Michael and Jennifer Ponkowski and Abigail and Anita Shah. She was the loving great-grandmother of Madelyn, Audrey, Ellen and Julia.

She also is survived by her dear sisters, Sr. Mary Barbara S.C., Kay Srebernak (Bill) and Betty Philippart.

Mrs. Drolshagen was devoted to her Catholic faith, her beloved family and the joy of music.

A funeral Mass has been celebrated.

Donations may be made to the seminarian fund of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity, Seminarian Sponsorship Program, P.O. Box 4116, Corpus Christi, TX 78469.

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Jeanne Colombo Graham

Died: Saturday, August 30, 2014
Age: 89
Former Grosse Pointe Farms resident Jeanne Colombo Graham, 89, passed away Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, in New Bern, N.C.

She was born Jan. 13, 1925, in Detroit, to John R. Colombo and Clementine Oselette Colombo. She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Dr. George C. Graham; daughters, Dr. Georgean Graham deBlois (Dr. Mark deBlois) and Dr. Christine Graham Bounous (Dr. Phil Bounous); son, Darrell John Graham (Monica Creighton); granddaughters, Dr. Madeleine deBlois (Mugmon), Meredith deBlois, Charlotte Bounous Perdue and Maeve Graham; grandsons, Matthew Bounous, Jack Graham and Michael Graham and great-grandsons, Hudson Perdue and Owen deBlois Mugmon.

She also is survived by her sister, Mrs. Geri Norman.

Mrs. Graham graduated seventh in her class from Denby High School in Detroit. Before her marriage, she worked as executive secretary to the president of Detroit Aluminum and Brass. After marrying, she devoted her energy and talent to homemaking while bolstering her husband as he grew his optometric practice to what became the OptimEyes chain in southeast Michigan.

She and her husband lived in Grosse Pointe Farms 32 years before moving to New Bern in 2004. Mrs. Graham quickly made friends in her Vineyard Drive community, and was an active member of the Unitarian Church and the Hearing Loss Society. She was an avid bridge player and enjoyed the many hours spent and friendships developed over the game. An active letter-writer, she maintained ties with family and friends across the United States. She also enjoyed researching family genealogy. Above all, she enjoyed time with family and was a devoted “Nana” and “Grandma.”

Mrs. Graham was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2012 and, her family said, dealt with her disease with dignity and grace that served as an example to all who knew her.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Sept. 20, at McCarthy Court in New Bern. She will be buried later in a private ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CCHC Foundation at cchealthcare.com, Capital Humane Society at capitalhumanesociety.org or the Leader Dogs for the Blind at leaderdog.org.

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Matthew Amos Houghton Jr. D.O.

Died: Sunday, August 31, 2014
Age: 72
Matthew Amos Houghton Jr., D.O., 72, of Glen Arbor, passed away peacefully Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, at Munson Medical Center Hospice House with his beloved wife, Barbara Ann, “Barbie,” by his side.

He was born May 17, 1942, at Jennings Hospital in Detroit to Matthew A. Houghton Sr., D.O., and Jane Elizabeth Hunter Houghton. A Rotary kid and musician, he graduated from Grosse Pointe High School in 1960, played the French horn in the band, guitar in his performing group and sang soprano solo in the Christ Church Grosse Pointe Boys Choir.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in classical music from Olivet College, where he was president of the Kappa fraternity, and a medical degree in 1969 from A.T. Still College of Osteopathy and Surgery in Kirksville, Mo.

Throughout his childhood, his family spent summers on Big Glen Lake. In October 1970, his love of the Leelanau Peninsula cinched his decision to become director of medical education and a full-time emergency room physician at the Traverse City Osteopathic Hospital. He established the Empire Clinic with the Detwiler Drugstore in Empire on June 12, 1971, and on Oct. 1, 1971, married Barbara Ann Beckett of Traverse City.

Dr. Houghton celebrated the 40th anniversary of his country family/sports medicine/emergency practice in 2011. Many of his patients have had no other doctor in their lives.

Dr. Houghton led the county emergency training drills, and served as chief medical examiner for Leelanau County (41 years), Benzie County (12 years) and Grand Traverse County (14 years).

He was a fixture on basketball court and football field sidelines and was team physician for the 1978 Lady Lakers who won the Girls State Basketball Championship. The Michigan Legislature paid tribute to Dr. Houghton in 1979 for initiating the “Glen Lake Plan” which assigned specific responsibilities to each member of a coaching staff in the event of injury to an athlete. The plan has been adopted by high schools throughout the nation.

Dr. Houghton promoted lifelong staff development, senior citizen health education and medical/safety learning opportunities for high school students. He developed water rescue training for the Grand Traverse Metro Fire Department and Advanced Life Support training for the Leelanau County EMT-S. As an associate clinical professor of the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Wayne State University College of Medicine, hundreds of medical interns and residents rotated through Dr. Houghton’s Empire and Glen Arbor Medical Arts offices.

Dr. Houghton was the medical director of the Michigan Special Olympics (1986-2008), the medical director of the North American Vasalopett and U.S. Ski Association (1980-2001) and director of the Northwest Michigan Sports Medicine Clinic (1978-2013). He often consulted for organizations as varied as the National Transportation Safety Board, the Union Internationale Motonautique, the Central Military Command of the United Arab Emirates, the USAF Capsule Recovery Team, the Navy Seals and the Federation of Italian Motorboating.

Dr. Houghton served as director of the Mark Lavin Memorial Offshore Med-ical and Safety Foundation Inc., which provides training on medical safety protocols to members of offshore racing communities in 26 countries. The foundation’s efforts have resulted in the design and manufacture of safer hulls, cockpits, helmets and personal safety devices.

Dr. Houghton loved a Sunday afternoon drive in his Guards Red Porsche 911 Targa with a whale tail. He was one with canines — including a number who were grateful for his skill in removing porcupine quills.

Dr. Houghton is survived by his wife, Barbara Ann Beckett Houghton; sister, Nancy Jane Elizabeth Hunter Houghton, D.O., (Cindy); godmother and aunt, Estelle Johnson, formerly of Grosse Pointe; father-in-law, James J. Beckett and many in-laws, nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his mother-in-law, Dorothy Alice Beckett.

Family members thank the staff members of Munson Medical Center, Orchard Creek, Integrity Home Health Care, Great Lakes Therapy House Call and the Munson Hospice House as well as the patients, friends and colleagues who sent messages and prayers.

A viewing will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, 305 Sixth Street, Traverse City.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14, in the gymnasium of Glen Lake High School.

Donations may be made to Dr. Matt’s Dreams Account, State Savings Bank, c/o Shirley Lawson, P.O. Box 476, Empire, MI 49630; The Leader Dogs for the Blind, 1039 S. Rochester Road, Rochester Hills, MI 48307; or Glen Arbor Fire and Rescue Association, P.O. Box 417, Glen Arbor, MI 49636)

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Jeffrey Lynn Pierson

Died: Saturday, September 06, 2014
Age: 59
Former longtime Grosse Pointe resident Jeffrey Lynn Pierson, 59, died Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit. He most recently lived in Harper Woods.

He was born Sept. 25, 1954, in New Haven, Conn., to Davison Pierson and Sally Pierson. He graduated in 1972 from University Liggett School and studied at the University of Denver and Wayne State University.

Mr. Pierson had eclectic interests including, rock and roll music and playing guitar. He enjoyed tennis, golf, hockey, deep sea fishing and surfing.

He is survived by his mother, Sally, and was predeceased by his father.

Arrangements are being handled by Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home, Grosse Pointe Park.

Donations may be made to the Detroit Zoological Society at detroitzoo.org.

Isabel Hardy Pingel

Died: Friday, August 29, 2014
Age: 96
Isabel Hardy Pingel passed away Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, in Jupiter, Fla. She lived in Grosse Pointe for many years before moving to Juno Beach, Fla.

She was born Feb. 14, 1918, in Lansing and graduated from what is now Michigan State University, where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.

Mrs. Pingel was a member of Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, the Junior League of the Palm Beaches and a former member of the Everglades Club of Palm Beach and the Country Club of Detroit. She was a board member of the Detroit League for the Handicapped and served for many years as volunteer chair and treasurer. She also was on the Tribute Fund of United Community Services.

She competed in tournament bridge and achieved the rating of Life Master.

Mrs. Pingel is survived by her son, Roy H. Pingel; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, John S. Pingel, and son, John S. Pingel Jr.

The family will have a final farewell in Grosse Pointe at a later date.

Jane Fraser Rayburn

Died: Friday, August 22, 2014
Age: 65
Grosse Pointe Park resident Jane Fraser Rayburn, 65, died Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, at home after a long illness.

She was born June 28, 1949, in Highland Park, to William Bishop Rayburn Sr. and Rita Pauline (nee Fraser) Rayburn.

Ms. Rayburn is survived by three siblings, Rita Ryan of Acton, Calif., William B. Rayburn Jr. and Margaret Mary Rayburn, both of Ferndale; nephew and godson, Robert Mylenek Jr.; niece, Sarah Jane Rayburn and many longtime friends.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her beloved husband, Larry Wayne McDaniel, and sister, Patricia Anne Rayburn.

Ms. Rayburn was a career journalist and restaurant critic. Not long after receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Wayne State University, she began working at “Monthly Detroit” magazine as its restaurant critic. Following her experiences there, she joined fellow colleagues and founded “Metropolitan Detroit” magazine in the 1980s. In 1991, she entered back into the forum as a restaurant critic with the Detroit News. With her love of fine food, exquisite taste, and keen writing skills, she embraced her career and local restaurateurs until her retirement in 2007.

Ms. Rayburn supported local food banks, children’s charities and the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory on Belle Isle in Detroit.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 12, at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 15020 Hampton Street, Grosse Pointe Park. Visitation begins at 10:30 a.m. at the church.

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Carrol E. Sanchez

Died: Monday, August 25, 2014
Age: 79
Grosse Pointe Woods resident Carrol E. Sanchez, 79, died Monday, Aug. 25, 2014.

She was born Aug. 18, 1935, in Pemberton, W.Va., to Edith and Ray Pennington.

Mrs. Sanchez worked at Michigan Consolidated Gas Co. for 40 years, where she held a variety of positions. While working, she earned an associate’s degree in 1981 from Wayne County Community College. In 1988, she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Detroit College of Business, graduating with a 4.0 grade point average and was proud to make the Dean’s List.

She retired from MichCon as supervisor in the records management department.

Mrs. Sanchez was a member of the Association of Information and Image Management and the Women’s Economic Club. She was an avid tennis player and played three times a week until shortly before her death. She also enjoyed golfing, skiing and bowling.

Mrs. Sanchez also enjoyed traveling and traveled extensively throughout Europe. She was a member of the NOMADS travel club and especially enjoyed the group’s “mystery trips.” Most recently she traveled with golfing friends to Scotland and Ireland to watch women’s professional golf tournaments.

Mrs. Sanchez is survived by her husband, Joseph M.; sisters, Patricia Warrow (Tom) and Genevieve Tostige and brothers, Richard Pennington and David Pennington (Mary).

A memorial gathering will be held from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Grosse Pointe Woods Community Center, 20025 Mack Plaza Drive, Grosse Pointe Woods.

Don Verslype

Died: Saturday, August 23, 2014
Age: 78
Don Verslype, 78, died at his home in Clinton Township Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014.

Mr. Verslype is survived by his wife, Jeanie; children, Jim (Kathy) Verslype and Laurie (Bruce) Van Vliet and grandchildren, Thomas Verslype, Jennifer Verslype and Amanda Giegler. He also is survived by his bother, Jim Verslype (Laurie) and nephews, Michael, Justin and Stephen.

His family said Mr. Verslype was a devoted and loving husband, a caring and understanding father and a supportive and thoughtful grandfather. In addition, he was a fun-loving friend with lifelong relationships from his elementary and high school years growing up in Grosse Pointe, and friendships established during 60 years on Harsens Island and in Algonac.

Mr. Verslype retired from Ford Motor Co. in 1993 after 31 years as a manager in engineering data systems and later in operations. After retirement, he also worked part-time for MSI International Autoflex, Inc., as divisional manager for Ford accounts, until 1996.

Mr. Verslype enjoyed many interests but what he enjoyed most were incredible friends, lots of laughs, playing his accordion and listening and dancing to Big Band music. He brought a bright and cheerful spirit to any social gathering and he will be deeply missed by friends and family. He was loved by his family and friends but most of all by his beloved wife and partner, Jeanie, of more than 55 years.

A memorial service will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, at Gilbert Funereal Home, 1422 Michigan Street, Algonac.

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