Leatha R. Mertens
Leatha R. Mertens, 83, died on Friday, Oct. 26, 2001, at her Grosse Pointe Farms home.
Mrs. Mertens was born in Chinook, Mont.
A homemaker, Mrs. Mertens was also a member of the William Tell Archery Club and won the National Belgian Archery Championship in 1978.
Survivors include her son, Donald (Genie) Sanford; daughters, Irene Mertens, Yvonne Hewlett and Catherine Mertens; grandchildren, Marjorie Sanford and Timothy Herman; a sister Kathleen Hancock and her dear friend Donald E. Ladovceur.
Arrangements were handled by the Verheyden Funeral Home in Grosse Pointe Park.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
Catherine Miller-Robinson, 54, beloved wife of Jeffrey Robinson, died of diabetes, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2001, in Miami, Fla.
Mrs. Robinson was born in Detroit and grew up in Grosse Pointe. She was a 1965 graduate of Grosse Pointe South High School and graduated from the University of Michigan in 1991.
Her hobbies included horseback riding, art, music and travel.
She is also survived by her parents Bruce and Judith Miller; a brother, Blair E. Miller and sister, Nancy E. Miller. She was predeceased by her daughter Pilar Miller.
Arrangements were handled by the Casterline Funeral Home in Northville. The memorial service will be private. Interment will be at the Toledo Memorial Cemetery in Sylvania, Ohio.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 1701 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria, VA 22311.
Jarvis J. Schmidt
Jarvis J. Schmidt, 77, dear husband of Gertrude Elgear Schmidt, died of cancer on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2001, at his home in Port Huron.
He was born on July 1, 1924, in Flint to the late Frank and Mertie Lewis Schmidt. On Sept. 4, 1948, he married his wife in Detroit. A former 40-year resident of Grosse Pointe, he also had a winter residence in Sarasota/Brandenton, Fla.
Mr. Schmidt served in the United States Army Air Force as a B-24 pilot during World War II. He was a graduate of Albion College and the University of Michigan Law School.
A developer, broker and lawyer for more than three decades, he joined the Chrysler Corp. Legal Department after law school and organized the Corporate Real Estate Department, which he headed for eight years. From 1961 to 1971, he served as the vice president of a large commercial real estate firm and then founded Jarvis J. Schmidt & Company.
Mr. Schmidt developed industrial parks in Farmington Hills and Romulus and owned several office and industrial buildings in the Detroit metropolitan area. He was the former owner of Detroit's St. Regis Hotel and the Ford Building. In addition, he held majority interests in various closely-held real estate partnerships.
He recently retired from the law firm of Johnson & McPherson, P.L.C.
Mr. Schmidt was a past president of the Detroit Executive Association and a trustee of Albion College. He was also a former board member of the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club and a member of the Detroit Racquet Club, Port Huron Yacht Club and Port Huron Golf Club.
He was a former deacon of Grosse Pointe Memorial Church and a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Port Huron.
Survivors also include his sons Jay (Kathy) Schmidt of Grosse Pointe, Craig (Peggy) Schmidt of Harrison Township and Kirk (Karen) Schmidt of Grosse Pointe; grandchildren Jennifer and Erin Schmidt and a brother Gordon (Mary) Schmidt of Florida.
Arrangements are being handled by the Pollock-Randall Funeral Home in Port Huron. A memorial service will be held on Friday, Nov. 16, at noon, at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore Rd., in Grosse Pointe Farms. The Rev. Dr. Bruce Rigdon of Grosse Pointe Memorial Church and the Rev. Dr. Mark P. Thomas of Port Huron's First Presbyterian Church will officiate. Interment will be in the Grosse Pointe Memorial Columbarium.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider Blue Water Hospice or First Presbyterian Church.
Loretto Matyn Schulte
Lorretto Matyn Schulte, 87, of the City of Grosse Pointe, died on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2001, at Bon Secours Hospital in Grosse Pointe.
Mrs. Schulte was born in Detroit and graduated from the St. Joseph Mercy School of Nursing in Detroit in 1935. She served as a registered surgical nurse at Mercy Hospital in Cadillac from 1936 to 1939.
An active member of St. Paul Catholic Church, Mrs. Schulte was a Eucharistic Minister serving Cottage Hospital for more than 20 years and the sacristan for Bon Secours Hospital.
She is survived by sons Edward Schulte, Paul Schulte and John Schulte; daughters Mary Marzolf, Anne Marie Browning, Therese McGratty and Margaret Ashby; 26 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; a brother Edward Matyn and a sister, Mary Josephine Breaugh. She was predeceased by her husband Leo G. Schulte, a brother, the Right Reverend Msgr. Albert A. Matyn and a sister Angela Labadie.
Arrangements were handled by the A. H. Peters Funeral Home in Grosse Pointe Woods. A memorial service was held at St. Paul Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Farms. Interment is at Holy Sepluchre Cemetery in Southfield.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Missionaries of Charity (Mother Teresa), 4844 Trumbull, Detroit, MI 48208 or The Little Sisters of the Poor, 4900 Navarre, Oregon, OH 43616.
Lee A. Walker
Lee A. Walker, 71, beloved husband of Betty Walker, died Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2001, in Boca Raton, Fla.
Mr. Walker moved to Boca Raton 28 years ago from Grosse Pointe Woods. He retired in 1995 from Walker Design & Construction in Boca Raton.
Survivors also include a son Lee M. (Annie) Walker of Boca Raton; a daughter Connie Walker of Boca Raton; a granddaughter Kimberly Walker and a sister Helen (Daniel) Borodin of Warren.
Funeral services and interment were in Florida.
Clara M. Bailey
Clara M. Bailey, age 102, formerly of Birmingham, died Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2001, at Grand Traverse Pavilions.
Clara was born Oct. 10, 1899, on the family homestead in Edmore, N. D., the daughter of Tarje and Margit (Fikkan) Midjaas. She married Dr. Carl Bailey in Detroit.
Clara moved to Traverse City in April of 2000 from Birmingham. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary at Providence Hospital in Southfield for many years and the Valparaiso Guild of Valparaiso University. Clara was a graduate of Ancker Hospital School of Nursing in St. Paul, Minn.
She is survived by her children, Dr. William Carl (Joan) Bailey of Denver, Colo. and Marilyn (B. W.) Bura of Traverse City; a sister, Stena Ketelle; nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Clara was predeceased by her husband and parents; brothers, Lars, Theodore and Carl and sisters Helga and Petra.
Arrangements were handled by the Reynolds Jonkhoff Funeral Home of Traverse City. A funeral service was held on Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Traverse City. The Rev. Dr. David Gabel officiated.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1800 West Maple, Birmingham, MI 48009 or the charity of your choice.
Marian Beaupre Campbell
Marian Beaupre Campbell, 84, died Friday, Nov. 23, 2001, in a Florida hospital while visiting her children.
Mrs. Campbell was born in 1917, at Cottage Hospital in Grosse Pointe Farms. She was descended from one of the Pointe's early French ribbon farm families from whom Beaupre Avenue in Grosse Pointe Farms takes its name.
She graduated from St. Paul's Catholic School in 1935.
Mrs. Campbell married the late Harold T. Campbell, a Grosse Pointe Farms fireman for 30 years, on Aug. 8, 1936 at St. Paul Catholic Church. Following his retirement in 1975, the couple moved to Ortonville.
A devoted mother and an excellent seamstress, she made the wedding gowns for her daughters and daughters-in-law and clothing for her children and grandchildren.
Mrs. Campbell is survived by her sons Thomas (Jill) Campbell, Charles (Marge) Campbell and William (Joanne) Campbell; her daughters Linda (Richard) Jablonski and Judith (Michael) Starrs; 17 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren and a sister Margaret Crooks.
She was also predeceased by her parents Michael and Lydia Beaupre; her brothers Ralph Beaupre, Jim Beaupre, Edwin Beaupre, Harold Beaupre and Michael Beaupre and her sisters Evelyn Gouin, Ann O'Connor and Virginia Campbell.
Arrangements were handled by the Lewis E. Wint Funeral Home in Ortonville. A service was held on Tuesday, Nov. 27, in Ortonville. Interment is at All Saints Cemetery in Ortonville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen in Detroit.
James Peter Diamond
James Peter Diamond, patron of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, board member of the Michigan Opera Theatre and treasurer of ProMusica, died Saturday, Dec. 8, 2001, in Grosse Pointe, after a long illness. He was 84.
Mr. Diamond lived in Grosse Pointe Shores for over 30 years. He retired from the Internal Revenue Service in 1975 and opened the Margaret Diamond Shop in Grosse Pointe with his wife, Margaret Diamond.
He was a World War II veteran serving in the Army Air Corps, Asian Pacific theater, from May 1942 to January 1946, where he received several citations. He was a member of the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in St. Clair Shores, the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club and Alliance Francaise.
Mr. Diamond is survived by one sister, Mary Jatros, formerly of Grosse Pointe now of Old Tappan, N. J.; two brothers, Andrew P. Diamond of Yarmouth Port, Mass. and Charles P. Diamond of Portland, Ore.; four nieces and one nephew; two grandnieces and one grandnephew and longtime friend, Dorothy McCullagh. His wife Margaret McWhirter Diamond died in 1981, after 37 years of marriage.
A funeral will be held on Friday, Dec. 14. Mr. Diamond will be in state at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 21800 Marter Road in St. Clair Shores, at 11 a.m. until the time of the service at noon. Visitation will be on Thursday, Dec. 13, from 1 to 9 p.m., at the Verheyden Funeral Home, 16300 Mack Ave. in Grosse Pointe Park.