Helen Kaser Rising
Helen Kaser Rising, 92, who lived in Grosse Pointe for 30 years, died on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2002, in Grand Rapids.
She was born and raised in Indiana, where she married Howard Kaser in 1927, before moving to Detroit in 1929. They settled in Grosse Pointe in 1940 with their two children, Nancy and Thomas, who graduated from the original Grosse Pointe High School in 1952 and 1956, respectively. The Kasers were longtime members of Grosse Pointe Memorial Church.
Mr. Kaser died in 1957.
In 1970, Helen married Frederic Rising of Grosse Pointe, and they moved to Sun City, Calif., where they lived until Mr. Rising's death in 1987. In 1989, Mrs. Rising moved to Grand Rapids where she lived near her daughter.
Mrs. Rising is survived by her son Thomas (Barbara) Kaser of Cook, Wash.; her daughter Nancy (Thomas) Hollowell of Grand Rapids; her sister Hilda (Mrs. Harold) Lynch of Granada Hills, Calif.; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; her step-daughter Barbara (Mrs. Harney) Stover of Milwaukee, Wis., and three step-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 1 p.m., at the Church of Christ in Sun City, Calif. Burial will follow at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, Calif.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in her name to The Endowment Fund, United Church of Christ, 26701 McCall Blvd., Sun City, CA 92586.
Harriet Gayle Sorge
Harriet Gayle Sorge, 81, a life-long resident of Grosse Pointe, died on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2002, at Bon Secours Hospital in Grosse Pointe.
Born on April 10, 1920, in Detroit, she was the daughter of Ervin and Harriet Sorge and the beloved sister of the late Jay W. Sorge, Sr.
Harriet attended the University of Michigan after graduating from the Grosse Pointe High School.
She was the founder and owner of the Harriet Sorge Personnel Agency and became a prominent business woman in Detroit.
Harriet was an active member of the Indian Village Tennis Club and loved to play golf. She also had many other interests including painting and bridge.
Family and friends were of the utmost importance to her.
Ms. Sorge is survived by her nephews, Jay Sorge and David Sorge; her niece Susan Sorge Anderson; her great-nieces and nephews; Jackie Toliver and all who knew her.
A memorial service was held on Monday, Feb. 4, at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church in Grosse Pointe Farms.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Children's Home of Detroit, 900 Cook Rd., Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236.
Michael Joseph Ciaramitaro
Grosse Pointe Woods resident Michael Joseph Ciaramitaro, 23, passed away suddenly on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2003, in Houston, Texas.
Mr. Ciaramitaro was a 1997 graduate of Grosse Pointe North High School.
He is survived by his parents, Salvatore M. and Kathleen; his sisters, Colleen (Philip) Giuliani and Sharon (Michael) Artley; his grandmothers, Ninfa Lisy and Dolores Twomey; his nephew, Michael; his nieces, Samantha and Kylie; and his aunts and uncles, Thomas, John and Joseph Twomey, Margaret and Anthony Gatliff, Stella and Dan Brooks, Jane and John Solomon, Marilyn and Richard Kuenster, Charlotte and James Solitro, Paul and Sandy Ciaramitaro, Charles J. and Sylvia Ciaramitaro, Luke and Rene Ciaramitaro and Joseph J. and Elaine Ciaramitaro.
He was predeceased by his grandfathers, Charles J. Ciaramitaro and Joseph E. Twomey.
Arrangements were made by Bagnasco & Calcaterra Funeral Home in St. Clair Shores.
Interment is in Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton Twp.
Memorial contributions may be made to the East Detroit Public Schools Scholarship Fund or the Michigan Eye Bank.
Irene A. Cornillie
Grosse Pointe Farms resident Irene A. Cornillie, 83, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2003, at the Bon Secours Assisted Living in St. Clair Shores.
Born in Detroit in 1919, Mrs. Cornillie was the only child of Alice and Henry Sabbe, the founder of Red Pelican Food Products and a Belgian immigrant.
Mrs. Cornillie and her parents traveled frequently to Belgium, where she learned to speak Flemish as a child.
Throughout her life, she was especially proud of her Belgian heritage and maintained close connections with her family in Belgium.
Mrs. Cornillie graduated from Nativity High School in Detroit in 1941.
She was a 50-year resident of Grosse Pointe Farms and a member of the Gowanie Golf Club, Lost Lake Woods Club and the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club.
She enjoyed traveling and, until recent years, was an avid bowler and golfer.
She is survived by her three children, Bernard H. (Rene), Mary A. (Larry) Kent and David (Janet); and her ten grandchildren, Susan, Mary, Stephen, Brian, Benjamin and Brooke Cornillie and Peter, Brendan, Katie and Caroline Kent.
She was predeceased by her husband, Bernard.
A funeral Mass was celebrated on Saturday, Feb. 8, at St. Paul Catholic Church. Interment is in the St. Paul Columbarium.
Arrangements were made by Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home in Grosse Pointe Park.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul Catholic Church, 157 Lake Shore, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.
Grosse Pointe Shores resident Margaret "Peggy" Danforth passed away on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2003.
Born in Grosse Pointe Farms, Mrs. Danforth graduated from Grosse Pointe South High School in 1938.
She was a volunteer at the St. John Hospital gift shop.
Mrs. Danforth was a member of the Wayne County Medical Society Auxiliary, the St. John Fontbonne Auxiliary, the Detroit Country Club and the Grosse Pointe Memorial Church.
She was an avid sportswoman who enjoyed golf, tennis, swimming, boating, skiing and bowling.
She is survived by her husband, Dr. James C. Danforth Jr.; her daughters, Susan O'Keefe and Wendy Larsen; her son, Dr. James C. Danforth III; her grandchildren, Kerry Shepard, Kristy Harris, Bryan Danforth, Kyle Danforth, Kevin O'Keefe and Leigha Larsen; her great-grandson, Benjamin Harris; and her brother, William Saeman.
Arrangements were made by A.H. Peters Funeral Home in Grosse Pointe Woods.
Catherine S. Dannecker
Catherine "Kay" S. Dannecker, 78, of Daytona Beach, Fla., passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2003, at Horizon Nursing Home in Daytona Beach.
Born in Detroit, Mrs. Dannecker was a member of the President's Club at Ohio State University, former chairman of the American Golf Classic, and served on the Board of Governors for the World Series of Golf at Firestone Country Club in Akron.
She is survived by her son, Steven C. Dannecker of Grosse Pointe Woods; her daughter, Jill A. Martin of Port Orange, Fla.; her brother, Charles E. Swenson of Grosse Pointe Farms; and four grandchildren, Michael, Peter and Jamie Dannecker and Meredith Martin.
Arrangements were made by Baggett & Summers Funeral Home in Daytona Beach.
Robert S. Harper
Former longtime resident of Grosse Pointe Robert S. Harper, 82, passed away on Monday, Jan. 27, 2003.
Born in Ohio in 1920, Mr. Harper was employed as an account executive at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. for 28 years prior to his retirement.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Force and was a former member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary-Power Squadron.
An avid boater for many years, Mr. Harper was a member of the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club and the Omena Traverse Yacht Club.
He was a member of the Northport Village Voices, the Lion's Club and the Northport Pilots Association.
He is survived by his wife Vera (Higdon) Harper; his three sons, Hugh, Bruce (Nicolette) and John; and his five grandchildren, Winston Harper, Gillian (Brian) Ice, Matthew Harper and Brian and Stephanie Harper.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Ann (Hough) Harper; and his sister, Jean Harper.
A memorial service will be held sometime in the spring.
Arrangements were made by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Northport Library and the Northport Village Voices.