Richard S. Schoenherr
A visitation was held in the Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home in Grosse Pointe Park on Monday, Jan. 26, for City of Grosse Pointe resident Richard S. Schoenherr, who died in Detroit on Friday, Jan. 23, 1998, of complications from a heart attack.
Mr. Schoenherr, 54, was born in Detroit and known to his friends as Rick. He graduated from Regis College and worked for the Credit Acceptance Corp. He enjoyed auto racing, boating, skiing and hunting.
Mr. Schoenherr is survived by his wife, Kim; three daughters, Lauren Romano, Jody Schoenherr and Brooke Schoenherr; a sister, Judy Huntington; and a brother, John. He was predeceased by a brother, E. Blay Schoenherr.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or to Henry Ford Hospital.
Mary Ellen Walker
A visitation was held in the A.H. Peters Funeral Home in Grosse Pointe Woods on Wednesday, Jan. 28, for Grosse Pointe Woods resident Mary Ellen Walker, who died in her home in the Woods on Sunday, Jan. 25, 1998, of complications from cancer.
Mrs. Walker, 63, was born in Chicago and attended public school in the Chicago area. A retired congressional aide for retired Congressman Dennis Hertel, she was active in many community activities, including the PTO. She also served as a room mother at Mason Elementary in the Woods and was past president of Women Hibernians of Michigan.
An active member of the Michigan Democratic Party, Mrs. Walker served on the party's State Central Committee and was also on the 14th District's executive board and worked on the campaigns of former state Supreme Court Justice Blair Moody and Chief Justice G. Mennen Williams as well as the campaign of Dennis Hertel.
Mrs. Walker is survived by her husband, Kenneth; two daughters, Mary Celine and Shiobhan; two sons, Sean and Stephen; two brothers, Thomas and James Fuller; and five grandchildren.
Interment is at Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton Township. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of Southeast Michigan, 16250 Northland Drive, Suite 212, Southfield, Mich., 48075.
Rita Lamberta Chester
A funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Paul Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Farms at 10 a.m. today, Thursday, Jan. 29, for former Farms resident Rita Lamberta Chester, who died in the Georgian East Nursing Home in St. Clair Shores on Sunday, Jan. 25, 1998.
Mrs. Chester, 81, was born in Owosso and was past president of the St. Juliana Altar Society.
Mrs. Chester is survived by her husband, Paul P. Chester; two sons, Richard and Thomas; a sister, Barbara Caroselli; and two grandchildren.
Interment is at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield. Funeral arrangements were handled by the A.H. Peters Funeral Home of Grosse Pointe Woods.
Ellen J. Lawton
A funeral service was held in Battle Creek on Tuesday, Jan. 27, for former City of Grosse Pointe resident Ellen J. Lawton, who died in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Friday, Jan. 16, 1998.
Mrs. Lawton, 83, was born in Battle Creek and was an accountant.
Mrs. Lawton is survived by two cousins, Marceta Buffington and Alan Munroe. She was predeceased by her husband, William Lawton in 1961.
Interment is at Memorial Park Cemetery in Battle Creek. Funeral arrangements were handled by the Brett Funeral Home of St. Petersburg.
Bradley Michael Kramer
A funeral service was held in St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Grosse Pointe Farms on Sunday, April 19, for Grosse Pointe Woods resident Bradley Michael Kramer, who died in his home on Thursday, April 16, 1998.
Mr. Kramer, 46, was born in Grove City, Pa. and later moved to Grosse Pointe Farms. He graduated from Grosse Pointe South High School in 1970 and enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he served in Europe as an electronic repair specialist from 1970-73.
After the service, he received his undergraduate degree with high honors from Michigan State University in 1976. After college, he got a job as a marketing representative with IBM, where he earned several promotions and awards for being an outstanding salesman and manager. He left IBM in 1984 to become vice president and regional manager of Systems Marketing Corp.
In 1987, Mr. Kramer joined Integrated System Development Corp. as vice president and he later founded AutoWeb Communications, a company that is on the cutting edge of data exchange for the automotive and aerospace industries.
An avid boater, Mr. Kramer spent much of his free time at the Clinton River Boat Club with his family and friends. He enjoyed attending the sporting events of his children.
Mr. Kramer is survived by his wife, Susan Schim Kramer; two daughters, Stephanie Sikora and Patricia; a son, Ryan; his parents, George and Nora Kramer; his sister, Patricia Harris; and his in-laws, Leonard and Ann Schim. He was predeceased by a granddaughter, Sydne Morgan Sikora.
Interment is at Roseland Park Cemetery in Berkley. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, 375 Lothrop, Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich., 48236.
George C. Hennig
A funeral service will be held in the Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home in Grosse Pointe Park on Saturday, May 2, at 2 p.m. for Grosse Pointe Farms resident George C. Hennig, who died in his home on Tuesday, April 21, 1998.
Mr. Hennig, 75, was born in Detroit and was a private in the U.S. Army during World War II. He worked as an engineer for American Sunroof.
Mr. Hennig is survived by his daughters, Cynthia Albers, Debra Roland, Karen Clegg and Kandy Munro ; a son, Dennis; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Katherine Burgess Stockwell
A memorial service will be held at a later date for former Grosse Pointe Farms resident Katherine Burgess Stockwell, who died in Keene, N.H., on Thursday, April 23, 1998.
Mrs. Stockwell, 93, was born in Detroit and known to her friends as Kitty. She graduated from the Liggett School and Briarcliff College. After leaving the Farms, she lived in San Diego and Keene.
Mrs. Stockwell is survived by a daughter, Gail S. Talbot; a son, Robert G. Stockwell; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Dr. Benjamin W. Stockwell; and by her son, James B. Stockwell.
Funeral arrangements were handled by the Foley Funeral Home of Keene. Memorial contributions may be made to Goodwill or a local hospice organization.
Phyllis Campau Kettenhofen
Funeral services were held in the Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home in Grosse Pointe Park on Friday, April 24, for Grosse Pointe Farms resident Phyllis Campau Kettenhofen, who died on Monday, April 20, 1998.
Mrs. Kettenhofen, 90, was born in Detroit and graduated from the Liggett School in Detroit in 1926. She later attended the Otis School of Art in Los Angeles.
Dedicated to painting and art, Mrs. Kettenhofen had showings of her work in the Hanna Galleries in Detroit and she managed the DeGrimme Gallery in Grosse Pointe Farms. She was also a passenger on the maiden voyage of the luxury liner Europa. She enjoyed traveling across Europe with her mother and spent much of her time in Rockport, Maine, painting scenes of that city's waterfront.
Interment is at Mount Elliott Cemetery in Detroit.
A funeral Mass was celebrated in Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Woods on Wednesday, April 29, for former Grosse Pointe Woods resident Mitchell Hrabonz, who died of complications from Alzheimer's disease in Bon Secours Hospital in the City of Grosse Pointe on Sunday, April 26, 1998.
Mr. Hrabonz, 81, was born in Detroit and was known to his friends as Max. He was owner and founder of the Mac-Rae Tool Co. in Warren. The firm specializes in the manufacture of automotive and aircraft parts and is a leader in the industry.
An active man, Mr. Hrabonz was an avid golfer in both Michigan and Florida. He was a member of the Lochmoor Club for many years and was the club champion in 1977.
Mr. Hrabonz is survived by his wife, Michaeline; two daughters, Joanne Brown and Marcia Ricci; a son, Michael; a sister, Bernice Winckowski; and six grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brother, Joseph.
Interment is at Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton Township. Funeral arrangements were handled by the A.H. Peters Funeral Home in Grosse Pointe Woods.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of Southeast Michigan.