Lifelong Grosse Pointe Park resident Henry Feys, 88, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2002.
Mr. Feys graduated in the first graduating class at Grosse Pointe High School.
In the hardware business for 48 years, Mr. Feys started out at Fromm's Hardware in The Village, which later became Damman Hardware, where he worked until his retirement.
Mr. Feys secured the A & P store and later the Kresge store, which he considered his dream come true.
Mr. Feys also loved to fish. He traveled the waters of Michigan to California throughout his years.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Genevieve; his children Robert Feys and Virginia Scott; his grandchildren, David, Steven and Timothy; and his granddaughter, Logan.
A memorial Mass was celebrated on Tuesday, Nov. 5 at St. Ambrose Catholic Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Eva M. Geisbuhler
Longtime Grosse Pointe Farms resident Eva M. Geisbuhler, 106, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2002 at Bon Secours Nursing Care Center.
Born in Whiteford Township, Mrs. Geisbuhler attended high school in Toledo, Ohio.
Having settled in Grosse Pointe 66 years ago, Mrs. Geisbuhler helped in the dedication of the Grosse Pointe United Church and was active in the women's group activities.
Mrs. Geisbuhler was a past member of the Lochmoor Club and enjoyed the functions there for many years.
She is survived by her daughter, Helen M. Geisbuhler; two nieces; and seven grandnephews and grandnieces.
She was predeceased by her husband, George K.
A funeral service was held on Tuesday, Nov. 5 at Verheyden Funeral Home in Grosse Pointe Park.
Interment is at Willow Cemetery in Oregon, Ohio.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army.
John Frederick Jacobs
Grosse Pointe Shores resident John Frederick Jacobs, 88, passed away at his home on Friday, Oct. 25, 2002.
A retired manufacturer, Mr. Jacobs was founder and president of Jacobs Industries, an automotive supplier located in Fraser.
He was an automotive industrialist of metal forming and participated in developing technology related to roll forming and flying cut off dies.
Through Mr. Jacobs' leadership, his organizations achieved some of the highest quality awards available from DaimlerChrysler Corporation, Ford Motor Company and General Motors-Saturn Corporation.
Mr. Jacobs was a member of Lochmoor Club, a former member of the Detroit Yacht Club and Detroit Athletic Club and a member of the Detroit Ice Yacht Club, where he raced Skeeter ice boats.
He also enjoyed lapidary.
He is survived by his wife, Lois; his daughter, Joy Poma; his son, Jack; his daughter-in-law, Judy Jacobs; his stepson, Bruce Anderson; his grandchildren, Russ, John and Julie; his great-granddaughter, Ripley; and his sister, Claire Beggs.
Arrangements were made by A.H. Peters Funeral Home in Grosse Pointe Woods.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospices of Henry Ford, Bon Secours/Cottage Team, P.O. Box 02220, Detroit, MI 48202-0220.
Dr. James M. Kennary Jr.
Grosse Pointe Farms resident Dr. James M. Kennary Jr., 72, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2002.
Born in Detroit in 1930, Dr. Kennary graduated from the University of Detroit High School in 1947. He attended the College of the Holy Cross in Worchester, Mass. and received his bachelor's degree from the University of Detroit in 1951.
He graduated from the Wayne State University School of Medicine in 1957.
Dr. Kennary did his internship at Bon Secours Hospital in the City of Grosse Pointe and his residency in internal medicine at Grace Hospital in Detroit.
His teaching appointments from the Wayne State University College of Medicine include clinical instructor St. John Hospital in Detroit and instructor in physical diagnosis at Bon Secours Hospital. He was also appointed medical director by Good Sports Inc.
Dr. Kennary was the former chief of medicine at Bon Secours, where he was also medical staff treasurer and chairman of the intern-residency programs.
He was a member of the Country Club of Detroit, the Michigan Seniors Golf Association and many professional medical associations.
His interests included golf, travel, sports (especially the Detroit Red Wings), photography and spending time with his children and grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Jean Lyon Kennary; his children, Ellen (Michael) Doyle, Maureen (David) Watkins, Joan E. Kennary and James M. (Gay Chapman) Kennary III; and eight grandchildren, Bridget, Hanna and Jack Doyle, Sarah, Elizabeth and William Watkins and Hadley and Griffin Kennary.
A funeral Mass was celebrated on Saturday, Nov. 2 at St. Paul Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Farms.
Funeral arrangements were made by William R. Hamilton Co. in Mount Clemens.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Jesuit Seminary Association, 7303 W. 7 Mile Road, Detroit, MI 48221, Bon Secours Cottage Hospice, 468 Cadieux, Grosse Pointe, MI 48230 or St. Paul Catholic School TPG, 170 Grosse Pointe Boulevard, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.
Torch Lake resident Gene Ochylski, 78, passed away on Monday, Oct. 28, 2002.
Born in Detroit in 1925, Mr. Ochylski served in the U.S. Army during World War II, serving in the Pacific theater.
He is survived by his wife, Grace Jean Ochylski; his three sons, Marshall (Patricia), Gregory and Charles (Sheryl); four grandchildren; and a sister, Lillian.
A funeral service was held on Friday, Nov. 1 at Clyne and Sobocinski Funeral Home in Eastpointe.
Arrangements were made by the Elk Rapids Chapel of Covell Funeral Homes.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.
Irene H. Rovinski
Grosse Pointe Woods resident Irene H. Rovinski, 89, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2002 at Bon Secours Hospital in the City of Grosse Pointe.
Born in Michigan City, Ind., Mrs. Rovinski was interested in crafts, including knitting, crocheting and decoupage. She was a gourmet cook and enjoyed playing cards, especially poker, and reading.
She is survived by her daughters, Dr. Lorraine (the late J. Clayton) Lafferty and Gerri Mytnik; and her grandchildren, Dr. Lisa Colletti, Renne Brock, John Colletti, Jeffrey Nerdrum and Leslie Carroll.
She was predeceased by her husband, Albert.
A funeral service was held on Saturday, Nov. 2 at A.H. Peters Funeral Home in Grosse Pointe Woods.
Interment is at Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton Township.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one's choice.
Robert Crawford Chope
Former Grosse Pointe Farms resident Robert Crawford Chope, 85, died Thursday, Nov. 1, 2001, at his home in Plymouth.
Mr. Chope was born in Detroit, were his grandfather and great-grandfather owned and operated E. Chope and Sons on Randolph Street.
During a 27-year career at Federal -Mogul Corp. he held several executive positions in the area of employee relations and retired in 1982 as manager of human resources planning and development.
Mr. Chope devoted many years to the development of children and young people as a church school teacher, a cub master, assistant scout master and a counselor in the Junior Achievement program. He introduced Little League Baseball to the Grosse Pointes starting a team in Grosse Pointe Farms in 1953. He later served in a number of official positions within the League.
He was an elder of the Grosse Pointe Memorial Church and served three terms on the session and in a succession of other positions including president of the Men's Association.
Mr. Chope was also active in civic affairs and served as a member, and later chairman, of the Grosse Pointe Farms Mayor's Advisory Planning Committee. In addition, he was treasurer of the Pointes Foundation and a board member of the Grosse Pointe Chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons.
Proud of his Scottish ancestry, Mr. Chope was a member of the St. Andrews Society of Detroit. He also enjoyed memberships in the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club and the Detroit Boat Club as well as the Detroit Polo Club, The Players, The Fine Arts Society of Detroit and the English Speaking Union, Michigan Chapter.
Survivors include sons Robert C. Chope, Jr., of Oakland, Calif. and William (Jennifer) Chope of Grosse Pointe Farms; a daughter Carol (Ronald) Austin, of Northville; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandsons. He was predeceased by his wife Dorothy.
Arrangements are being handled by the Cremation Society of Michigan. A memorial service will be held on Friday, Nov. 16, at 10:30 a.m., at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore in Grosse Pointe Farms.
Memorial contributions may be made to Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236 or the Salvation Army.