Patricia Kiefer Van Hove
Patricia Kiefer Van Hove, 79, dear wife of Charles J. Van Hove II, died of cancer at her Grosse Pointe Woods home on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2002.
Born on February 9, 1922, in Detroit to Leta Irene Wamsley and Edgar Francis Kiefer, Mrs. Van Hove graduated from St. Mary's High School in Saginaw.
She was a homemaker who enjoyed gardening.
Mrs. Van Hove is also survived by her son Charles J. (Julie) Van Hove III; her daughters Carol (Jeffrey) Siadak and Patricia (Daniel) Neumeyer; her grandchildren Rachel Neumeyer, Caleb Neumeyer and Daniel J. Van Hove; her brothers Edgar (Martha) Kiefer and William (Marilyn) Kiefer; her sisters Helen (Edwin) Gaynor, Elaine (Thomas) Burke; Mary (Hector) McPhee, Barbara (Bernard) Fackler, Carol (George) Schulte and Janet (Peter) Smith and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents and her sister Elenor Kiefer.
Arrangements were handled by the Verheyden Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was celebrated on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Woods. Interment will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Detroit.
Florence Walker Buell
Florence Walker Buell, 93, died of heart failure on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2002, in her Grosse Pointe Farms home.
Mrs. Buell was the grandaughter of the late Hiram Walker, founder of Hiram Walker Distilleries in Walkerville, Ontario, Canada. She was the daughter of Harrington E. Walker, president of Hiram Walker.
Born in 1908 in Walkerville, Mrs. Buell attended the Liggett School in Detroit, arriving daily by boat across the Detroit River. She also attended The Master's School in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., and, after graduation, went to a school in Florence, Italy.
Mrs. Buell and her husband, J. Lawrence Buell, always had a major interest in art and sponsored an Italian Gallery at the Detroit Institute of Arts.
Long active in the community, she was a member of the Tau Beta Association, Grosse Pointe Farm and Garden Club, the Founders Society of the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Michigan Opera Theatre. In addition, she was very supportive of area hospitals.
Mrs. Buell enjoyed opera, reading, bridge and gardening.
She is survived by her daughters, Mrs. Hilary H. Micou, Jr., Mrs. Laurence B. Higbie, Mrs. Charles W. Morris, Jr. and Mrs. Milton Henkel; her stepdaughters, Mrs. John Stephenson, Mrs. J. Lawrence Buell III and Mrs. Harold Drinkaus; 20 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; her brother Franklin M. Walker, and her sister Mrs. Ginger Mitchell. She was predeceased by her husbands Hale V. Sattley, J. Lawrence Buell Jr. and her stepson, J. Lawrence Buell III.
Arrangements were handled by the William R. Hamilton Co. A funeral was held on Jan. 12, at Christ Episcopal Church in Grosse Pointe Farms. Mrs. Buell was cremated and her ashes are interred at the Christ Church Columbarium.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Christ Church Choir, c/o Fred DeHaven, 61 Grosse Pointe Boulevard, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236 or the Tau Beta Association, c/o Mrs. John Dohan, 587 Rivard Blvd., Grosse Pointe, MI 48230.
Edith (Edy) Chalmers
Edith (Edy) Chalmers, 86, died on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2002, at her home in the City of Grosse Pointe.
Mrs. Chalmers was a member of the Detroit Yacht Club and enjoyed painting.
She is survived by her son, David. She was predeceased by her husband Del Chalmers in November of 2001.
A memorial service honoring both Edy and Del Chalmers will be held on Friday, Jan. 25, at 10 a.m., in Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore in Grosse Pointe Farms.
Mrs. Chalmers was cremated and her ashes will be interred in the Memorial Church Columbarium.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bon Secours Cottage Hospice.
Susan Bolles Easlick
Susan Bolles Easlick, 61, of Washington, D.C., Grosse Pointe Farms and Ridgewood, N. J., died of cancer on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2002, in Washington, D. C.
Susan was the administrative director of Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity and the development director of its educational foundation, the Rampant Lion Foundation, which she and her husband David, attorney and DKE executive director, helped found in the 1980s.
Unique in her 20-year leadership role in a men's fraternal organization, she was the spark that continually advanced the spirit and expanded the services of the fraternity. The 35,000 alumni and 2,500 undergraduate members of Delta Kappa Epsilon will greatly miss her.
Her unique package of skills included an eye for decorating and she was the president of Park Avenue Designs, her own interior design firm.
An early, firm admirer of President George W. Bush in the 2000 elections, Susan single-handedly organized Grosse Pointers for George W. Bush, hosting a breakfast during the primaries. She was also an official greeter for an early Economic Club of Detroit campaign visit. She and David continued as proud members of the Republican National Finance Committee until her death. They relocated to Washington, D.C., from their Grosse Pointe Farms home, where they resided for 15 years, in February of 2001.
Susan was a graduate of the Dwight School for Girls in Englewood, N. J., Bennett College and attended Finch College.
An avid sailor, she directed junior sailing programs at the Shelter Island Yacht Club and the Grosse Pointe Club.
Susan was a sustaining member of the Junior League of Washington, D.C. and a member of the Grosse Pointe Junior League Gardeners. She also held memberships in the Yale Club of New York, the University Club of Washington, D.C., the Grosse Pointe Club and the Detroit Club. A member of St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Washington, she had previously served on the vestry of St. Elizabeth's Church in Ridgewood, N. J. and directed the children's choir.
Susan is survived by her husband, David Kenneth Easlick Jr.; her daughters Susan Ackerson Holmes and Susan's fiance Sean Thomas Cosgrove, and Elisabeth Holmes McKean and son-in-law George Edwin McKean III; her stepson, David Kenneth Easlick III; her stepdaughter Sarah Jane Easlick; her grandchildren George Edwin McKean IV and Michael Edmunds McKean; her West Highland White Terrier, Poppy and the many good friends around the world with whom she stayed in constant contact.
A memorial service was held at St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 21.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Rampant Lion Foundation, the Educational Foundation of Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, 2238 47th Street N.W., Washington, D.C. 20007.
Lorraine DePuydt Eldredge
Former Grosse Pointe Farms resident Lorraine DePuydt Eldredge, 82, died on Monday, Jan. 14, 2002, of cardiac complications at Bi-County Hospital in Warren.
Mrs. Eldredge, the daughter of Agnes and Norbert DePuydt, was born in Detroit and graduated from St. Rose High School and St. Mary's Business School. She also had lived in Charlevoix and was most recently a resident of St. Clair Shores.
A women of varied interests, she enjoyed sailing, painting, golf, needlework, bridge and collecting miniatures. She was a member of the Bon Secours Hospital Assistance League and the Charlevoix Hospital Auxiliary.
Mrs. Eldredge is survived by her son Douglas Eldredge; her daughters Patricia Kolojeski, Barbara Eldredge-Everett, Kathe DiVirgil, Martha Eldredge-Fox and Mary Beth Eldredge; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; her brother Bud DePuydt and her sister Virginia Dye. She was predeceased by her husband Edward F. Eldredge.
Arrangements were handled by the Verheyden Funeral Home of Grosse Pointe Park. A funeral mass was celebrated on Jan. 17, at St. Philomena Church in Detroit. Mrs. Eldredge was cremated and her ashes will be interred at the Columbarium of St. Paul Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Farms.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Bon Secours Hospital Assistance League.
Henry S. Seroka
Grosse Pointe Farms resident Henry S. Seroka, 83, dear husband of Mary Sekora, died on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2002, at Bon Secours Hospital in Grosse Pointe.
Born in Detroit, Mr. Seroka was a graduate of Hamtramck High School. He served as a private in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Mr. Seroka was the owner of Sekora Realty in Hamtramck.
He was a member of the Optimists, Rotary and National Real Estate Board. He also loved to read.
Survivors also include his sons James Seroka and Robert Seroka; his daughters Patricia Roach and Deborah Gill; his grandchildren Heather, Robert, Alex, Steven, Mihail and Maritsa and his sister, Jean Sadjewski. He was predeceased by his sister Pauline Bogdanski.
Arrangements were handled by the A. H. Peters Funeral Home of Grosse Pointe Woods. A memorial service was held at Peters Funeral Home on Jan. 23. Mr. Seroka was cremated.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Capuchin Monastery, 1740 Mount Elliott, Detroit MI 48207-3496.
Edwin S. Ross
Edwin S. Ross, 92, died on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2002, in Delray Beach, Fla.
Mr. Ross was born in Bangor, Maine and later moved to Buchanan, Mich., where he grew up. He graduated from the Culver Military Academy in 1930 and Babson College in 1932.
He was employed by Bendix, Clark Equipment, U.S. Rubber and Essex Wire.
After living in Grosse Pointe for many years, Mr. and Mrs. Ross moved to Delray Beach, Fla.
Mr. Ross was a great railroad buff and a devoted Notre Dame and Detroit Lions football fan. He admired sailing vessels and made a hobby of building model ships. He also never lost his love for the state of Maine.
Mr. Ross is survived by his wife of 63 years, Elaine Ross; his daughters Elaine (Robert) Jachino and Sally (William) Riley; his grandsons Peter R. Jachino and Christopher (Laura) Jachino; seven step-grandchildren and seven step-great-grandchildren.
Arrangements were handled by the Lorne and Sons Funeral Home of Delray Beach, Fla.
A memorial service is planned for the spring of 2002 at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church in Grosse Pointe Farms.