Died: Monday, August 16, 2010
Grosse Pointe resident Assad Amine, 86, passed away Monday, Aug. 16, 2010.
He was born in Tourza, Lebanon, Aug. 5, 1924. After immigrating to Detroit, he began publishing an Arab-American newspaper. Following a brief career in real estate, Mr. Amine and his family moved to the Washington, D.C. area where he embarked on a 25-year career as an American diplomat.
After several short tours-of-duty, he and his family were relocated to the Middle East where Mr. Amine was a critical officer at the U.S. Embassy in Amman, Jordan during Black September in 1970. Fluent in three languages, he quickly established himself as one of the United States' top Middle East experts. Later posts took him and his family to Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Morocco.
Throughout his career, Mr. Amine received several citations of merit and honor from the U.S. government. His family said his unique combination of insight into the Middle Eastern culture, innate sense of protocol, natural diplomacy and a sharp intellectual wit and charm endeared him to not only fellow diplomats, but all who met him.
After retiring from active service and moving to Grosse Pointe to be near his children, Mr. Amine continued his career as a consultant to the U.S. government.
Mr. Amine is survived by his wife, Mamie Amine; children, Eva (James Cunningham), Joseph (Patricia) Amine, James (Aundrea) Amine and Anthony (Susan) Amine and 12 grandchildren. Additional loved and loving family members include the Ronald (Rosemary) Bedway and the LaHood-Sarkis (James, Louis, Kelly) families.
A funeral service was held Saturday, Aug. 21 at St. Maron Maronite Catholic Church in Detroit.
Evan Stuart Eatherly
Died: Monday, August 16, 2010
Former Grosse Pointe resident Evan Stuart Eatherly, 43, died Monday, Aug. 16, 2010.
Mr. Eatherly was a 1985 graduate of Grosse Pointe South High School and earned a bachelor's degree in education from Miami University in Ohio. As a financial advisor with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, he was respected by his colleagues and beloved by his clients.
He led an active and enterprising life as a boy in Grosse Pointe. For many years he had a Detroit News delivery route; was on the winning Little League baseball team in the Park two consecutive years; played trumpet and cornet in the South High marching band; swam on the Grosse Pointe Hunt Club swim team and was a regular member of the Christ Church Grosse Pointe Choir of Men and Boys.
Mr. Eatherly was a film aficionado, a passionate automobile enthusiast, and held a second-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
He was a doting father who loved spending time with his beautiful baby girl.
Mr. Eatherly is survived by his wife, Anne; daughter, Olivia; parents, Ken and Ann Eatherly of Grosse Pointe; sister, Sarah (John) Marchi of Grosse Pointe; father- and mother-in-law, Donald and Janice Muto; brothers- and sisters-in-law, Michael Muto, Craig and Susan Kaffenberger and Mary Muto; and seven nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26, and Friday, Aug. 27, at the Silverbell Chapel, Modetz Funeral Home at 100 East Silverbell, Orion. A remembrance service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday evening.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, at Christ Church Grosse Pointe, 61 Grosse Pointe Blvd., Grosse Pointe Farms. Visitation begins at 10 a.m. at the church.
Donations may be made in Mr. Eatherly's name to the Michigan Humane Society, 30300 Telegraph Road, Suite 220, Bingham Farms, MI 48025 or the Olivia Eatherly Education Fund, c/o 100 East Silverbell, Orion, MI 48360.
William Lesley Hughes
Died: Sunday, August 15, 2010
Former longtime Grosse Pointe Shores resident William Lesley Hughes, 85, passed away peacefully of natural causes Sunday, Aug. 15, 2010. He had been living in St. Clair Shores.
Mr. Hughes was born and raised in Lewistown, Pa. He was a veteran of World War II, and was decorated for his role in the Battle of the Bulge.
He was the longtime owner and president of Crawford Door Company in Detroit.
Mr. Hughes had a distinguished football career at Michigan State University. In 1951 he was defensive captain of the undefeated football team and was considered one of the best linebackers in the country. He was co-captain of the 1952 East team in the famous East/West Shrine game, and played in the 1952 College All-Star game against the Los Angeles Rams. He was credited by former MSU coach Duffy Daugherty as the player who started the MSU tradition where players kneel and pray before a game.
Over the years Mr. Hughes remained active with MSU, serving as chairman of the university development fund, and was a former member of the Broad alumni association board of directors. In 1999, he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Eli Broad Graduate School of Business.
He was further recognized in 2007 with the Jack Breslin Life Achievement Award which is awarded annually to a Spartan varsity alumnus whose post graduate career has brought honor to him and by reflection to the university.
Mr. Hughes was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity and a longtime member of the St. Clair Shores Kiwanis Club. He was active with the Lakeshore YMCA in St. Clair Shores, and was involved with the Shriner's Hospital. He also was actively involved with the Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, having served as a deacon and an elder.
He was the beloved husband of Shirley (nee Abrams) for 14 years who survives him. He also is survived by his sons, Gary and Todd of Grosse Pointe; daughter, Kimberly (Fred) Miller of Birmingham; grandchildren, Michael, Matthew, Heather, Jennifer, Julie, Kelly, Jessica and Kimberly and his sister, Rae Huffnagle of Lewistown, Pa.
Memorial donations may be made to Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236, or Beaumont Hospice, P.O. Box 5802, Troy, MI 48007.
Robert E. Lee
Died: Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Grosse Pointe resident Robert E. Lee, 85, died Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010.
He was an interior designer who owned his own interior design firm. During his career he also worked for the J.L. Hudson Co. and Pierson Interiors. Mr. Lee was known for his interior designs in the Big Boy Restaurants for the Elias brothers and decorated the home of Mrs. Elias. His other works included interior decorating for funeral homes and many residential clients. His family remembers how he was always willing to help with their decorating needs when asked.
Mr. Lee bought his home in Grosse Pointe in 1968. It was an eclectic collection of artwork and furniture he had gathered from around the world.
He served his country in the United States Navy from February 1948 to January 1951.
Mr. Lee is survived by his loving brother, Fr. John "Jack" C.S.B.; sister, M. Virginia (Donald) Avers-Martin and his sister-in-law, Bernadine Lee. He also is survived by many nieces and nephews, particularly Christine Ferrin. He was predeceased by his parents, Edgar and Mildred Lee and siblings, Barbara Mayer and William F. Lee.
A memorial service will be held at a future date.
Elizabeth S. Owen
Died: Sunday, August 22, 2010
City of Grosse Pointe resident Elizabeth S. Owen, 89, died peacefully Sunday, Aug. 22, 2010, at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit, following a sudden and significant stroke.
She was born in Detroit to Arthur Joseph and Elizabeth Kenny Smith and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wayne State University in 1942. She taught 17 years at Wilkins Elementary School in Detroit and retired from the Detroit Public Schools in 1983.
Mrs. Owen, known as Betty to friends and family, enjoyed her recent retirement years with her sister, children and grandchildren, all of whom lived within walking distance of her home. She remained closely involved in family activities, enjoying casual Sunday coffee gatherings, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Grosse Pointe Theatre and Tiger baseball and Pistons basketball games, reading crime novels and biographies, watching favorite movies and taking trips up north with her family.
Mrs. Owen is survived by her son, Walter I. Owen III; daughters, Sarah Owen, Deborah (John Boris) Owen and Elizabeth Owen (James) Moore; grandchildren, Walter I Owen IV and Elizabeth J. Owen and sister, Mary Frances Jensen.
She was predeceased by her husband, Walter I Owen Jr.; parents; her sister, Alice Fine and brothers, William T. Smith, Arthur J. Smith and Paul K. Smith.
The family will host a memorial tribute for Mrs. Owen's friends Sunday, Oct. 24, on what would have been her 90th birthday.
Memorial donations may be made to her preferred charities, the American Cancer Society at cancer.org or the Alzheimer's Association at alz.org.
Lois Batten Pickard
Died: Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Lois Batten Pickard, 91, died Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010, at her home at the Laurelmead retirement community in Providence, R.I.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Mrs. Pickard attended the Brooklyn Friends School. She graduated from Middlebury College in 1940 and later from the Boston School of Occupational Therapy.
She married W. Arthur Batten in 1942. They spent most of their married life in Grosse Pointe, raising three sons. Following her husband's death in 1989, Mrs. Pickard married Robert F. Pickard of Providence, R.I., in 1995, and she relocated to Providence. They had become reacquainted at their Middlebury College 55th class reunion.
Mrs. Pickard was active in the Grosse Pointe United Methodist Church and was instrumental in the development of the church's memorial garden. While at Laurelmead, she was a member and later co-chair of the building and grounds committee. She oversaw the development of many of the glorious Laurelmead gardens. In addition to gardening, she enjoyed golf and bridge.
Lois Batten Pickard is survived by her three sons, J. William (Marjorie) Batten of Waterville, Maine, Fred W. (Donna) Batten of Grosse Pointe, and James C. (Diana) Batten of Absecon, N.J. She also is survived by five grandchildren.
There will be a memorial service at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3, at the East Greenwich United Methodist Church, 214 Main Street, East Greenwich, R.I. There also will be a memorial service at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at the Grosse Pointe United Methodist Church, 211 Moross, Grosse Pointe Farms.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to East Greenwich UMC Building Fund, 214 Main Street, East Greenwich, RI 02818; Laurelmead LEAF (providing scholarships to Laurelmead employees), Laurelmead Cooperative, Inc., 355 Blackstone Blvd., Providence, RI 02906; or the Grosse Pointe UMC Memorial Garden, 211 Moross, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.
Died: Monday, July 26, 2010
Grosse Pointe Park resident Gary Anders, 55, died unexpectedly Monday, July 26, 2010, at his parents' home in Roseville.
He was born Sept. 3, 1954, in Detroit to Dolores and Stanley Anders and graduated from Orchard Lake St. Mary's Prep. He earned his bachelor's degree from Wayne State University and was a certified public accountant.
Mr. Anders was employed at Multimatic Inc. in Livonia. Previously, he worked as an accountant at various automotive engineering companies.
He was also co-owner of Ariel's Enchanted Garden florist in Eastpointe with his longtime partner, Mark Dikowski. The couple recently purchased a home in Grosse Pointe Park, which they were refurbishing.
Mr. Anders loved his job. He enjoyed traveling, making several trips annually to Disney World and Disneyland. He recently returned from a 16-day Disney Mediterraean cruise. He was a food aficionado and appreciated sampling everything from fine cuisine to regional specialties.
In addition to Mr. Dikowski, Mr. Anders is survived by his parents and his brother, Duane.
He was predeceased by his sister, Janice.
Mr. Anders will be greatly missed by family and friends, as well as his three dogs, Isabella, Aurora and Tiger Lily.
A funeral Mass was celebrated July 31 at St. Hyacinth Roman Catholic Church in Detroit.
Memorial donations may be made to The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, ASPCA, P.O. Box 96929, Washington, D.C. 20090-6929 or at aspca.org.