Died: Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Grosse Pointe Woods resident Thomas Motter, 64, died Wednesday, April 21, 2010, at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit.
He was born April 10, 1946, in Barrington, Ill., to Charles and Virginia Motter and moved to Grosse Pointe Woods in 1962. He graduated from Northwood Institute.
In his early years, Mr. Motter owned an Arctic Cat snowmobile dealership in Midland and was later employed as a cost analyst at Amtec Corp., Pico Manufacturing, ThyssenKrupp and DTE Energy.
Mr. Motter enjoyed boating, motorcycling, snowmobiling and car racing. For two years he was the Formula 440 Track champion at Waterford Hills racetrack. He was a member of Unlimited of Detroit and Nitrous Racing Service.
Tom "Bear" Motter was married to Karen "Fox" Hutton in 1984, who survives him.
He also is survived by his sister, Carol "Itsy Bitts" Hunt and her sons, Christopher and David Hunt; nieces, Geneva Jahnke and Greta Milliron; cousin and best friend, Jim Fraser and cousins, Joanne Dennis and Mary Weathers.
He was predeceased by his parents and sister, Genevieve Jahnke.
Memorial arrangements are pending.
Died: Sunday, April 18, 2010
Grosse Pointe Park resident Pamela Francis, 62, died Sunday, April 18, 2010, at St. John Hospital and Medical Center after a battle with cancer.
Born Nov. 2, 1947, she attended Grosse Pointe High School and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Wayne State University. She began her nursing career as staff nurse in charge of the intensive care unit at Detroit Receiving Hospital.
She went on to become clinical director, head nurse ICU at Hutzel Hospital from 1974 to 1981.
From 1981 to 1992, she was critical care instructor and manager of the education department at Detroit Osteopathic Hospital.
Mrs. Francis' second great love was music. She played viola in the Grosse Pointe Symphony Orchestra for 40 years, was personnel manager from the early 1970s until 2003 and also served on the board of directors as orchestra representative. She enjoyed playing chamber music and attended Interlochen adult chamber music conferences for many years.
At home, Mrs. Francis enjoyed cooking, gardening and the company of her cats. She became interested in water gardening, which initially included goldfish and graduated to a 2,500-gallon koi pond.
After attending a Grosse Pointe pond tour given by the Southeast Michigan Koi and Pond Club, she and her husband, Derek, became members of that organization. She soon became a board member, serving as secretary until recently.
She will be remembered as a fun-loving, enthusiastic and caring person.
Mrs. Francis is survived by her loving husband, Derek; brothers, Ernest and Raymond Rapalee; stepchildren, Mark and Susanna Francis and granddaughter, Emma.
A celebration of life will be held at noon Saturday, May 8, at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial, 32 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, Great Lakes Division, Inc., 1755 Abbey Road, East Lansing, MI 48823 or the Grosse Pointe Symphony Orchestra, 32 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.
Michael R. Tucker
Died: Saturday, April 24, 2010
Michael R. Tucker, a Cleveland lawyer who spent more than a decade rock climbing around the world, died in a rock climbing accident Saturday, April 24, 2010. He was 27.
He had recently returned to Cleveland to serve as the staff attorney for the Hon. Richard McMonagle, overseeing the newly created commercial docket of the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court deciding business disputes.
Mr. Tucker graduated from University School in 2000, and received his undergraduate degree from The University of Colorado in 2004. After spending two years rock climbing around the world and guiding other climbers at Hueco Tanks in Texas, he returned to Cleveland and attended Cleveland Marshall Law School for a year, completing his law training at The Ohio State Moritz College of Law in 2009 where he served on the Law Review.
Mr. Tucker was a passionate outdoorsman who made time to teach rock climbing at the Cleveland Rock Gym, and to climb at sites around North America. He frequently traveled to Red River Gorge in eastern Kentucky, the New River in West Virginia, Hueco Tanks, Yosemite, and Rocky Mountain National Park, as well as abroad. He had a deep love of nature and a profound respect for the discipline, both physical and mental, necessary for rock climbing.
He is survived by his parents, Christy Cole of Grosse Pointe Shores and Bob and Karen Tucker of Shaker Heights, Ohio; his sisters, Emily of Los Angeles, Kelly Elliott of Cleveland and Ann Elliott of Chicago; grandparents, John and Mary Cole of South Carolina and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was predeceased by his grandparents Carl and Hester Tucker.
Memorial donations may be made in Mr. Tucker's memory to The Access Fund, a national organization dedicated to conserving the climbing environment, P.O Box 17010 Boulder, CO 80308, or to Western Reserve Land Conservancy, P.O. Box 314, Novelty, OH 44072.
A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 29 at Fairmount Presbyterian Church, 2757 Fairmount Blvd., Cleveland Heights, Ohio.
Arrangements were handled by Brown-Forward Inc. of Shaker Heights, Ohio.
Reginald Joseph Zielinski M.D.
Died: Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Reginald Joseph Zielinski, M.D., 74, died Tuesday, April 20, 2010, in Fort Myers, Fla. He was a former resident of the City of Grosse Pointe.
He was born in Philadelphia to Dr. Charles and Francis Zielinski and graduated from the University of Detroit Dental School and received his residency degree from Detroit Receiving Hospital in 1963.
Dr. Zielinski was a Doctor of Oral Surgery who maintained a practice in Warren until retiring in 1998 and moving to Fort Myers.
He enjoyed golfing, fishing and duck hunting. He loved to travel and passed that love on to his children.
Dr. Zielinski gave back to the community through a variety of volunteer and charitable organizations, most notably working with victims of accidents who needed facial reconstructive surgery. Additionally, he helped raise funds for St. John Hospital.
He was a member of various professional and community organizations including the American Society of Oral Surgeons and the Grosse Pointe Hockey Association. He was also co-founder of U.S. Aluminate Corp.
Dr. Zielinski is survived by his sons, Thomas R. Zielinski and Robert A. Zielinski; daughter, Janet F. Miller; grandchildren, Tyler Conlan and Jack and Caitlyn Miller; his sister, Charlene Dienes and his former wife, Suzanne Zielinski of Grosse Pointe Farms.
He was predeceased by his parents.
A memorial service will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 1 at the Lochmoor Club, 1018 Sunningdale, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hope Healthcare Services, 9470 Healthpark Circle, Ft. Myers, FL 33908.
Richard Earl D'Arcy
Former Grosse Pointe Woods resident Richard Earl D'Arcy, 81, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2002 at William Beaumont Hospital.
Born in Omaha, Neb., Mr. D'Arcy attended Central High School in Detroit and graduated from the University of Michigan Business School.
While attending the Graduate School of Business Administration, Mr. D'Arcy left school to volunteer for the U.S. Army Air Corps. After basic training, he was shipped to Britain where he participated in a number of bombing raids against Nazi Germany.
After receiving his discharge from the Army in 1946, he married Margaret Kemp of Detroit and joined the Internal Revenue Service as a field agent. In 1953, he joined the firm of Parker & Elsholze and in 1957, he joined the tax department of Ernst & Ernst. Admitted to the partnership in 1964, Mr. D'Arcy later became the partner-in-charge of Ernst's tax department in Detroit.
He was employed by Ernst & Whinney (now Ernst & Young) in Detroit for 24 years before his retirement in 1981. He joined McGuane Industries as chairman and CEO. McGuane prospered and grew under Mr. D'Arcy's supervision until its sale to MascoTech in 1986. Living in retirement, Mr. D'Arcy traveled and was a keen student of literature, politics and history.
Mr. D'Arcy was a member and past treasurer of the Lochmoor Club; a member of the Detroit Athletic Club, the Detroit Club, the Renaissance Club, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants.
He is survived by his son, Stephen Richard (Deborah) D'Arcy of Grosse Pointe Woods; his daughter, Dr. Judith Anne (Peter) Marwick of Flossmoor, Ill.; seven grandchildren, David, Rebecca, Scott, Craig, James, Elisabeth and Grace; and his sister, Joanne.
He was predeceased by his brother.
Funeral services will be private. Interment is at Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit. Memorial contributions may be made to the Detroit Institute for Children or the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Florence T. Maddox
Grosse Pointe Farms resident Florence T. Maddox, 78, passed away on Monday, Sept. 23, 2002 in Ann Arbor.
Born in 1924 in Montreal, Mrs. Maddox received her education from Blessed Sacrament in Detroit.
She was an employee of Manufacturers National Bank and a member of the Grosse Pointe Farms Boat Club, Dale Carnegie and Christ Child Society.
She also enjoyed bowling and golf.
Mrs. Maddox is survived by her sons, Bob (Mary) and Rick (Dallas); her grandchildren, Lauren, Ross, Craig and Scott; her sister, Delores; and her brothers, Ray and John.
She was predeceased by her husband of 53 years, Robert; and her sister, Carmen.
A funeral Mass was celebrated on Saturday, Sept. 28 at St. Paul Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Farms. Interment is at St. Paul.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul's Campaign Fund, 157 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.