Marguerite C. Urso
Funeral services for Mrs. Marguerite C. Urso of Harcourt Road in Grosse Pointe Park will be held on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 11 a.m., at St. Paul on the Lake Church, 157 Lakeshore in Grosse Pointe Farms. Arrangements are being handled by the Verheyden Funeral Home, 16300 Mack in Grosse Pointe Park. Visitation will be held on Friday, Jan. 11, from 2 to 9 p.m. Mrs. Urso died on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2002, at Bon Secours Hospital after a long illness.
Born in Detroit, Mrs. Urso was a graduate of Wayne State University and taught in the Detroit Public School System for many years. She was a member of the St. Paul Altar Society, PIME Missionary Guild, the Grosse Pointe Women's Club and the Grosse Pointe and Detroit Rose Societies.
She is survived by her son John; her daughter Annette; one brother and four grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband Ralph.
Interment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Detroit
Memorial contributions may be made to the Capuchin Monastery Soup Kitchen, 1820 Mount Elliott Ave., Detroit, MI 48207-3496.
Kent A. Zimmerman
Kent A. Zimmerman, dear husband of Marietta Zimmerman, died on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2002, at the St. John Senior Community in Detroit.
A Grosse Pointe resident all of his life, Mr. Zimmerman and his wife were members of the first class to graduate from the Grosse Pointe High School. He was also a graduate of Colgate University, where he was captain of the golf team.
Mr. Zimmerman was the owner and president of the George L. Weatherby & Republic Supply Corporations hardware and appliance wholesale businesses. He was very influential in helping his son-in-law, Chuck Muer, launch his career as a restaurateur.
Mr. Zimmerman was a member of the Country Club of Detroit, where he enjoyed his favorite hobby, golf. He also belonged to the Detroit Athletic Club and the Country Club of Florida.
He is also survived by his son, Albert (Debbie) Zimmerman; his daughters Mary Kent Ireland, Bonnie (Robert) Wachter and Cathy (Tom) Grunewald. He will be missed by his 19 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. Maybe there will be a champion golfer in the group. He was predeceased by his son Rush and his daughter and son-in-law Betty and Chuck Muer.
A memorial gathering was held on Jan. 5, at the Verheyden Funeral Home.
Frederick A. Berg
A proud father and talented executive for NCR Corp. for 30 years, Frederick A. Berg died of cardiac arrest related to kidney failure at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2002. He was 71.
Mr. Berg was raised on the east side of Detroit, in the close-knit neighborhood surrounding St. Bernard's parish, where he graduated from high school in 1948. He had a deep love for the music of the 1940's, seeming to know the words of every song of that era. A nostalgic fan of his "old neighborhood," he would often point out long-gone movie houses, street car stops, "five-and-dime" stores, soda shops and other haunts of his youth located along Mack Avenue.
Mr. Berg attended Wayne State University for two years, until he was drafted into the U.S. Marine Corps in 1951, where he served for two years during the time of the Korean War. After his honorable discharge, he sought to reacquaint himself with a young woman he had met once on a double date before entering the service, Helen Mae Arnold, then a student at the University of Detroit. They married in October of 1956.
Eventually relocating to Grosse Pointe Park, Mr. Berg was a dedicated and fun-loving father to four children and was also known to the neighborhood children as an expert marksman with the garden hose while watering his lawn. He worked for 30 years for the NCR Corp. as a sales executive, where he distinguished himself by winning the company's top sales awards for 25 years. He devoted himself completely to his family, and was devastated by the loss of his wife, Helen Mae, to cancer, at the age of 48 in 1980. He never remarried.
Mr. Berg is survived by his sons Frederick A. Berg, Jr. of Grosse Pointe Park and Terrence G. Berg of Detroit; his daughters Mary Helen Berg of Los Angeles, Calif., and Elizabeth Berg of East Lansing and 11 grandchildren.
Arrangements were handled by the Verheyden Funeral Home in Grosse Pointe Park. A funeral Mass of resurrection was offered at St. Clare of Montefalco Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Park on Jan. 14.
Lenore M. Briggs
Lifetime Detroit resident and Grosse Pointe business proprietor Lenore M. Briggs died at her Detroit home on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2002, in the loving company of her two sons.
Born in Detroit in 1913, Lenore earned a bachelor of science degree at Wayne State University and was a laboratory supervisor at Parke Davis & Co. She was active for many years in the Wayne State University Alumni Association, the Alpha Sigma Tau sorority and Panhellenic.
She and her husband Ted Briggs operated Briggs Pharmacy on Mack Avenue in Grosse Pointe Farms for 40 years.
Mrs. Briggs is survived by her sons Brian (Verna) Briggs of Troy and Craig (Katherine) Briggs of New Jersey; Brian's children Kevin (Kristie), Eric and Steven and Craig's children Kirsten, Andrea (Joseph Pluta) and Jennifer (Jose Parra).
Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Lung Association or the charity of your choice.
Marilyn Elaine Byerly
Marilyn Elaine Byerly, age 70, died from complications of Parkinson's disease on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2001, at the Pacific Coast Manor in Soquel, Calif.
Mrs. Byerly was born in Detroit on Feb. 5, 1931, to Philip Andrew Byerly, Sr. and Evelyn Augusta Kraatz.
She earned a bachelor of arts degree from Marygrove College in Detroit and a master of arts degree from Wayne State University in Detroit.
Most recently living is Soquel, Calif., for two years, she previously worked for 17 years as a representative for the Legend Group in San Luis Obispo, Calif., specializing in retirement plans for teachers and other employees of non-profit organizations.
Prior to that time, she lived in St. Clair Shores where she was a teacher and the loving mother of five children.
Known for her determined sense of adventure, love of people and of singing, she floated the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon, paddled the Coppermine and South Nahanni Rivers of the Arctic Circle and nearly circumnavigated the globe with friends on a 34-foot sailboat.
She also enjoyed racing sailboats with members of the Morro Bay Yacht Club in California, where she served as secretary and was one of the first female crew members in offshore races. Earlier, she enjoyed racing on Lake St. Clair with an all-female crew in the Detroit River Yachting Association regattas.
In addition, Marilyn sang with the Camarata Singers and the Vocal Arts Ensemble in California and the Rackham Choir in Detroit.
In Detroit, she taught English in elementary and middle schools and in special education classrooms.
She is survived by her sons Jerome Jordan McIntire of Port Townsend, Wash., Michael Philip Jordan of Soquel, Calif., Kevin William Jordan of Harrison Township and Patrick Thomas Jordan of Aptos, Calif.; her daughter Mary Kathleen Crawford of Oceanside, Calif.; five grandchildren; a brother Philip A. Byerly, Jr. of Grosse Pointe Woods and a sister Evelyn Gay Cooper of Steinhatchee, Fla.
A funeral Mass will be offered on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 10 a.m., at St. Lucy's Catholic Church, 23401 Jefferson in St. Clair Shores.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the American Parkinson's Disease Association (www.apdaparkinson.com).
Myrtle Anne Sandstrom Homeier
Myrtle Hormeier died in her Portland, Ore., home on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2002. Mrs. Homeier had previously lived in Grosse Pointe for 43 years, moving to Portland after the death of her husband, Dr. Custer Homeier.
She was born in Bottineau, N. D., on Nov. 6, 1912, to Anna Weller Sandstrom and Leonard P. Sandstrom. She graduated from Kingsford High School in 1929. Mrs. Homeier then attended Carroll College in Waukesha, Wis., as well as what is now Northern Michigan University in Marquette. She later received a masters degree and Educational Specialist credential from Wayne State University.
She was married in 1937 to Dr. Custer Homeier who then taught at Pierce Junior High School in Grosse Pointe Park and was later the longtime principal of Kerby Elementary School in Grosse Pointe Farms.
Mrs. Homeier was a substitute teacher with the Grosse Pointe Public School System for a number of years prior to moving to the Detroit Public Schools. She served for many years with distinction as a teacher, assistant principal and principal. Her career ranged from teaching in one-room country schools, suburban schools as well as with the Detroit Public Schools. Her final and most gratifying assignment was as the principal at Krolik Elementary School in Detroit. She retired in 1974 following six years of service.
Mrs. Homeier is survived by her sons, Custer Homeier of St. Clair Shores and Edward Homeier of Dearborn; her daughters Dr. Virginia Homeier Anderson of Portland, Ore., and Linda Homeier Cotter of Grosse Pointe Park, nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and a sister, Vernona, of Newberry.
Following a celebration of her life in Portland, Ore., on Monday, Jan. 14, a service will be held at Christ Episcopal Church, 61 Grosse Pointe Boulevard in Grosse Pointe Farms, on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 12:30 p.m. Burial will be at White Chapel Cemetery in Troy.
Frances A. Krajenke
Frances A. Krajenke, 86, beloved mother of Clarence Krajenke, Elaine Ellison and Donna Zabicki, died on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2002, in San Antonio, Texas.
She was a member of the Polish Aid Society and a longtime resident of Grosse Pointe Farms.
Mrs. Krajenke is also survived by eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
A funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 11 a.m., at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore in Grosse Pointe Farms.
Dr. James Melvin Kuhlman
Grosse Pointe resident Dr. James Melvin Kuhlman, 64, died on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2002, at Bon Secours Hospital in Grosse Pointe.
The youngest son of Margaret and Leo Kuhlman, Dr. Kuhlman was born on Sept. 25, 1937, in Grosse Pointe Farms and baptized at Christ Episcopal Church in Grosse Pointe Farms. While in junior high school, he attendeded confirmation classes at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Our Savior and was confirmed on Palm Sunday in 1951.
He attended the Detroit Public Schools from 1942 until his graduation from Southeastern High School in 1955.
Dr. Kuhlman earned his bachelor of arts degree in 1959 from the University of Michigan where he majored in both Economics and Zoology. In the fall of 1959, he entered the George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C., and graduated on June 5, 1963, as a Doctor of Medicine.
Dr. Kuhlman did his internship at Harper Hospital in Detroit from 1963 to 1964 and his residency from 1966 to 1969. From 1964 to 1966, he served in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps. He also did a residency at Dr. L. Reynolds & Associates in 1966, and took over the Nuclear Medicine Department at Harper Hospital in 1969. He became a full-time staff member at Bon Secours Hospital in 1976.
He served on the Nuclear Medicine Committee at Harper Hospital and was Chairman of the Nuclear Medicine Committee at Bon Secours Hospital.
In 1971, Dr. Kuhlman passed the boards for the American Board of Radiology. He was admitted to the newly formed American Board of Nuclear Medicine in 1973 and was the first doctor at the Medical Center to practice as a member of the ABNM. He was licensed and board certified by the states of Michigan and California.
Additional professional affiliations include the American Medical Association, the Michigan State Medical Society, the American College of Radiology, the Wayne County Medical Society, the Michigan Radiological Society and the Nuclear Medicine Society.
Dr. Kuhlman retired from Dr. L. Reynolds & Associates in 1997 and remained an honorary staff member at Bon Secours.
He will be remembered as an active member of St. James Lutheran Church in Grosse Pointe Farms, the Circumnavigators and the Lochmoor Club. He also served on the City of Grosse Pointe Beautification Commission since its inception.
Dr. Kuhlman is survived by his brothers Robert and Richard; a sister Janet Stauch and many beloved nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.
Arrangements were handled by the Verheyden Funeral Home. A funeral service was held on Jan. 16, at St. James Lutheran Church.