Died: Sunday, April 18, 2010
Grosse Pointe Park resident Pamela Francis, 62, died Sunday, April 18, 2010, at St. John Hospital and Medical Center after a battle with cancer.
Born Nov. 2, 1947, she attended Grosse Pointe High School and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Wayne State University. She began her nursing career as staff nurse in charge of the intensive care unit at Detroit Receiving Hospital.
She went on to become clinical director, head nurse ICU at Hutzel Hospital from 1974 to 1981.
From 1981 to 1992, she was critical care instructor and manager of the education department at Detroit Osteopathic Hospital.
Mrs. Francis' second great love was music. She played viola in the Grosse Pointe Symphony Orchestra for 40 years, was personnel manager from the early 1970s until 2003 and also served on the board of directors as orchestra representative. She enjoyed playing chamber music and attended Interlochen adult chamber music conferences for many years.
At home, Mrs. Francis enjoyed cooking, gardening and the company of her cats. She became interested in water gardening, which initially included goldfish and graduated to a 2,500-gallon koi pond.
After attending a Grosse Pointe pond tour given by the Southeast Michigan Koi and Pond Club, she and her husband, Derek, became members of that organization. She soon became a board member, serving as secretary until recently.
She will be remembered as a fun-loving, enthusiastic and caring person.
Mrs. Francis is survived by her loving husband, Derek; brothers, Ernest and Raymond Rapalee; stepchildren, Mark and Susanna Francis and granddaughter, Emma.
A celebration of life will be held at noon Saturday, May 8, at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial, 32 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, Great Lakes Division, Inc., 1755 Abbey Road, East Lansing, MI 48823 or the Grosse Pointe Symphony Orchestra, 32 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.
Kathleen Potter Townsend
Died: Friday, April 16, 2010
Kathleen Potter "Pottsie" Townsend, 53, passed away with family by her side Friday, April 16, 2010.
She was born July 20, 1956, to Theodore Lewis Potter and Lois Gehrig Potter and attended Hillsdale College. She received her master's degree from the University of Michigan. She held executive loan officer positions at various banks.
Mrs. Townsend loved to
drive fast cars, golf and spend time on the water. During the winter, she loved to ski with her brother, Brian, and his children, Ana and Reilly, at Otsego Club in Gaylord.
Mrs. Townsend is survived by her brother, Brian and his wife, Angela and their children, Ana, Reilly, Christopher and Sandra and her cousins from Texas and Michigan.
She also is survived by her husband, Chuck Townsend and his family.
A memorial service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday, April 23, at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms.
Died: Thursday, April 15, 2010
Former Grosse Pointe Shores resident Theresa Stock, 82, passed away Thursday, April 15, 2010, in Jupiter, Fla. with family by her side.
The youngest of 10 siblings, she was born April 20, 1927, in Adrian and attended St. Mary's High School.
She began her career in Detroit where she met her beloved husband, Hugh Stock. They were married for 58 years.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by three adoring children, Patrick (Paula) Stock of Macomb Township, Mary Stock of Phoenix, Ariz. and Roger Stock of Grosse Pointe; grandchildren, Erica (Tim) Stock Cleaver, Steven Stock and Christina Stock and great-granddaughter, Portland.
Always active, Mrs. Stock was an avid golfer, boater and world traveler. In earlier years, she enjoyed involvement in her children's horse competitions. As bookkeeper and secretary for her husband's business, Stock Brothers Inc., she was instrumental in the success of the company. Upon their retirement 25 years ago, Mrs. Stock and her husband moved to Jupiter, Fla., and enjoyed time with many friends and acquaintances.
She will be dearly missed.
A memorial service will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, May 15, at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Clare of Montefalco, 1401 Whittier, Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230; St. Paul Education Trust, 170 Grosse Pointe Blvd., Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236 or the hospice of the donor's choice.
Longtime Grosse Pointe Farms resident Marguerite "Marge" Brenner, 95, died on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002, at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit.
Mrs. Brenner was active at St. Paul's Catholic Church and served for many years on the Visitor's Desk at Bon Secours Hospital. Her husband Everett, who predeceased her, was also a volunteer at Bon Secours Hospital and a guard, upon his retirement, at the Grosse Pointe Farms Municipal Pier.
She is survived by her son James Brenner of Grosse Pointe Woods; her granddaughter Peggy Brenner McRae of Doylestown, Bucks County, Pa., and two great- grandchildren Ryan and Kyle McRae. Peggy attended Our Lady Star of the Sea High School and graduated from Michigan State University.
Arrangements were handled by the Verheyden Funeral Home of Grosse Pointe Park. A Mass was held at St. Paul Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Farms on Wednesday, Feb. 6. It was followed by a brunch at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial in Grosse Pointe Farms. Mrs. Brenner is interred at St. Paul's Cemetery in Grosse Pointe Farms.
Darwin J. Currie
Darwin J. Currie, 67, dear husband of Mary Ann Willis Currie, died at his Grosse Pointe Park home on Monday, Jan. 28, 2002.
Born in Detroit, on July 31, 1934, Mr. Currie attended Denby High School and the University of Miami and graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in June 1958.
After completing two years in the United States Army, Mr. Currie earned a master of arts degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He took the Certified Public Accounting Test in one sitting.
Darwin completed three years in public accounting with the Coopers Lybrand Accounting firm of Detroit. His career then led him to employment with Parke Davis Pharmaceuticals in Detroit.
Darwin married Mary Ann Willis of Dearborn, a teacher of home economics at Lincoln Park Junior High School, on Aug. 22, 1964.
In 1967, Darwin accepted a position with the Futurmil Company of Livonia, he then went on to work for the American Music Stores, which included Grinnell's and Wright Kay. At the time of his retirement on July 31, 2001, Darwin was with the Detroit Edison Co. on Second Avenue in Detroit.
Darwin is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law and nephews, Patrick, Bernard and Thomas. He was predeceased by his mother Ruth Arndt.
Arrangements were handled by the Verheyden Funeral Home of Grosse Pointe Park. A memorial service was held at Verheyden's on Feb. 2. Interment is at Mount Elliott cemetery in Detroit.
James McMillan, 90, died on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2002, at Bon Secours Hospital in Grosse Pointe.
He was born in Detroit where he attended the Country Day School, the precursor of the University Liggett School. He graduated from The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Conn., and Yale University. During World War II, Mr. McMillan served as an officer in the United States Coast Guard.
Mr. McMillan was the great-grandson of Senator James McMillan who served in Congress from 1889 until his death in 1902. The senator was a prominent and successful Detroit industrialist, active community participant and perhaps best remembered for his service as a Detroit Park Commissioner responsible for the purchase and beautification of Belle Isle. The Centennial celebration and recognition of his leadership of the McMillan Commission Plan that transformed The Mall in our nation's capital is taking place this year.
Mr. McMillan was president and director of the Detroit & Cleveland Navigation Co. He was owner and principal officer of McMillan Packard Co., the largest retail dealership for the Packard Motor Car Co. in the city of Detroit. He was also a consultant to several local and national firms, including American Natural Resources.
Mr. McMillan served on the boards of many businesses and charities including Comerica, The Packard Motor Car Co., Harper Grace Hospital, the Grosse Pointe War Memorial and The United Foundation.
He was a member and past president of the Detroit Club and the Grosse Pointe Club. He also enjoyed memberships in the Country Club of Detroit, The Sakonnet Golf Club in Little Compton, R.I., the Detroit Historical Society, the Founders Society of the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Detroit Zoo, the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Michigan, University Liggett School Alumni Association and the Yale Club of Michigan.
Mr. McMillan was an avid and accomplished sportsman. He excelled at baseball and tennis in high school and college, and enjoyed golf, hunting and fishing in his later years. Together with his late wife, Virginia Cutting McMillan, his sister, Anne McMillan Manierre and his late father, James T. McMillan, his late sister Helen McMillan Schreiber and his late brother, William C. McMillan, they formed the top Michigan skeet shooting family and consistently placed at the highest levels on a national basis in the 1930s and 1940s.
He is survived by his son, Francis Wetmore McMillan; his daughter Virginia McMillan (Mrs. Robert P.) Lambrecht; his sisters, Marie Louise McMillan Bodman and Anne McMillan Manierre; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. His wife, Virginia Cutting McMillan, predeceased him late last year.
Arrangments were handled by the William R. Hamilton Co. of Mount Clemens. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, Feb. 7, at 11 a.m., at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore in Grosse Pointe Farms. A private burial will be held at Elmwood Cemetery in Detroit.
Contributions may be made to The Hotchkiss School, P. O. Box 800, Lakeville, CT 06039-0800 or the Detroit Historical Society, 5401 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202.
Anthony J. Nelson
Anthony J. Nelson, 71, died on Friday, Feb. 1, 2002, at his Grosse Pointe Woods home.
Mr. Nelson was born in Paris, France, on Aug. 4, 1930. He served in the United States Army during World War II.
He moved to Grosse Pointe Park in 1968 and lived there until relocating to Grosse Pointe Woods in 1992.
An artist, Mr. Nelson was the Art Director for Campbell-Ewald. He also worked for Car & Driver Magazine and was an art professor at the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit.
A one-time Grosse Pointe News "Pointer of Interest," he was also the former owner of Terrible Tony's in downtown Detroit.
Mr. Nelson's hobbies included sailing, cooking and designing and selling ceramic "Shamrock Tiles."
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Rosemary Nelson; his sons Christopher Nelson of Los Angeles, Calif., and Gregory (Yvonne) Nelson of Virginia Beach, Va.; his daughters Mary Elizabeth (David) Nelson-Chow of New York; Stephanie (Paul) Feldpausch of St. Clair Shores and Megan Nelson of San Francisco, Calif., and his grandchildren, Richard, Jennie, Terese and Grant.
Arrangements were handled by the Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons Funeral Home in Sterling Heights. A funeral Mass was offered by Fr. Robert Duggan on Feb. 6, at St. Paul Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Farms.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Henry Ford/ Bon Secours/Cottage Team.