Martin M. Ferer
Longtime Grosse Pointe Woods resident Martin M. Ferer, 94, died on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2002, in Morgantown, W. Va.
He was born to the late Andrew and Anna Sutak Ferer on Oct. 18, 1907, near Pittsburgh, Pa.
Mr. Ferer lived in Grosse Pointe Woods from 1940 until 1996 and was a member of St. Joan of Arc Roman Catholic Church.
He was a 40-year employee of General Motors Corp., retiring as Superintendent of the Pattern Shop of the Fisher Body Division.
He is survived by his son Martin V. (Mary) Ferer of Morgantown, W. Va. and two granddaughters, Elise Ferer and Rachel Ferer. He was predeceased by his wife Mary A. Ferer.
Arrangements were handled by the Hastings Funeral Home, Inc., in Morgantown, W. Va. A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Theresa's Roman Catholic Church in Morgantown, on Feb. 9.
Elaine M. Hassig
Elaine M. Wendt Hassig, 81, of St. Clair Shores, dear wife of Dr. Walter W. Hassig, died on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2002, at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit.
A former, 40-year resident of Grosse Pointe Farms, Elaine was born on Sept. 16, 1920. She was baptized and confirmed at Historic Trinity Lutheran Church in Detroit where she met Walter Wesson Hassig and later became his devoted wife.
She was the valedictorian of her graduating class at East Commerce High School in Detroit. Later, she obtained her Associates degree from Wayne State University in Detroit.
A homemaker, Elaine was active with the First English Evangelical Lutheran Church, Weight Watchers, the Valparaiso Women's Guild, the St. John Fontebonne Auxiliary, the Wayne County Medical Society Alliance and the Fort Wilkins Natural History Association in Copper Harbor.
She also enjoyed growing violets and collecting angel figurines.
The Hassigs had a summer home in Copper Harbor for over 35 years. They continued to have many friends in the area.
Elaine will be remembered as having a successful life, regardless of her handicap, a strong faith, a love of Copper Harbor, compassion for those in need and recognition of the importance of music in one's life.
Elaine is also survived by her sons William T. (Sharon) Hassig, M.D. and Walter M. (Jennifer Irwin, M.D.) Hassig, M.D.; her daughters Diane (Daniel) Dossin, Cynthia J. (David) Burt, Pamela A. (Gene) Bearwolf, Dawn L. (Roger) Panzer and Marcia L. (Keith) Eubanks; 19 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and her sister Shirley Wendt, Ph.D. She was predeceased by her parents, William and Meta Wendt and her sister and brother-in-law, Norma and Bud Phillips.
Arrangements were handled by the A. H. Peters Funeral Home of Grosse Pointe Woods. A memorial service was held on Feb. 9, at First English Evangelical Lutheran Church in Grosse Pointe Woods. Elaine was cremated and her remains will be interred at the Copper Harbor Township Cemetery in Copper Harbor this spring.
Memorial gifts may be made to the First English Ev. Lutheran Church Building Fund, 800 Vernier, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236.
Victor G. Jabara
Grosse Pointe Park resident Victor G. Jabara, 79, died of complications from an aortic aneurysm on Monday, Jan. 28, 2002, at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit.
Born in Montreal, Canada, Mr. Jabara graduated from Miller High School in Detroit. He served in the United States Army during World War II.
While working for the National Bank of Detroit, Mr. Jabara took on a part-time job that became a lifelong passion, working for the Detroit Red Wings as a bartender in the Olympia Club for 34 years. Following his retirement from NBD in 1987, that job became a full-time commitment. According to his family, he never missed a hockey game in all those years until illness forced him to retire in December of 2001. "It was really a labor of love," said his wife of 29 years, Patricia Jabara. "He met all the great hockey players over the years and truly loved his job."
Mr. Jabara is also survived by his son Douglas Jabara; his daughter Suzanne and his sister Eleanor Sassin.
Interment is at the White Chapel Cemetery in Troy.
Leo M. Kistner
Leo M. Kistner, 72, dear husband of Ann Kistner, died of congestive heart failure on Friday, Feb. 8, 2002, at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit.
Born in Utica, N.Y., Mr. Kistner was a resident of Grosse Pointe Farms and Naples, Fla. He earned his undergraduate and law degrees at the University of Detroit.
Mr. Kistner was an attorney with the firm of Kistner, Troyanovich and Brady, P. C.
He served on the board of directors of William Tyndale College and was a member of the State Bar of Michigan and the Macomb County Bar Association.
He also enjoyed memberships at the Detroit Golf Club, the Vineyards Country Club in Naples, Fla. and Naples Grande in Naples.
Mr. Kistner's interests included golf, skiing and technology.
He is also survived by his son, Mark Kistner; his daughter Cindy Troyanovich; his granddaughter Samantha Ann Troyanovich and his brother Cliff Kistner of Yuma, Ariz.
Arrangements were handled by the A. H. Peters Funeral Home of Grosse Pointe Woods. A memorial service was held on Feb. 12, at Grace Community Church in Detroit. Interment is at the Cadillac Memorial Gardens East in Clinton Township.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Grace Community Church, 21001 Moross Rd., Detroit, MI 48236.
Robert Alan Lynch
Grosse Pointe native Robert Alan "Rip" Lynch, 51, died on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2002, in Birmingham.
Born on Dec. 4, 1950, in Grosse Pointe, Mr. Lynch attended the Hoosac School in Hoosick Falls, N.Y. and graduated in 1969 from Grosse Pointe South High School. He attended Northwood Institute and graduated with a degree in business administration from Cleary College.
Mr. Lynch was a marketing sales consultant. In recent years, he had lived in Boston, Mass., and California.
He is survived by his mother Elaine A. Lynch; his brothers Michael N. Lynch, Timothy H. Lynch and Thomas A. Lynch and his nephews Parker A. Lynch and Jamison N. Lynch of Birmingham. He was predeceased by his father Robert N. Lynch.
Arrangements were handled by the Wm. R. Hamilton Co. A memorial service will be held on Friday, Feb. 22, at 4 p.m., in the Barbour Chapel of Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore in Grosse Pointe Farms.
Memorial tributes may be sent to the Salvation Army or the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeast Michigan.
Grosse Pointe Woods resident Clara Mabarak, 83, died on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002, after unselfishly battling the rigors of osteoporosis and Alzheimer's disease.
She was a beloved and patient wife for 61 years to Joseph A. Mabarak.
Born in Utica, N.Y., Mrs. Mabarak graduated from Utica High School.
Clara enjoyed and was proud of her over 20 year career at Wright Kay Jewelers downtown and Grosse Pointe stores.
Mrs. Mabarak was the very proud mother of her son Kenneth Mabarak and her daughter Marlene David. She was also the loving grandmother to Eric and Brian. She is also survived by her brother Joey Mobarak; her sister Agnes Flint and her in-laws, Ray and Delores Mabarak, Ernie and Bea Mabarak and Mathilde Mobarak. She was predeceased by her parents Sadie and K.B.
Arrangements were handled by the Verheyden Funeral Home of Grosse Pointe Park. A funeral Mass was celebrated on Feb. 7, at St. Maron's Church in Detroit. Interment is at Mount Olivet Cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be made to the charity of your choice.
Elijah Groute Poxson
Elijah Grout Poxson Jr., 88, died Monday, Jan. 28, 2002 in Moraga, Calif.
Born in 1913, in Lansing he was educated in Michigan schools.
He met his future wife, Helen Snow, in junior high school and they had their first date on Friday the 13th. As a young teenager, Helen began accompanying the Poxson family on their summer vacations to their acreage on Burt Lake in northern Michigan. Summer sojourns at Burt Lake provided a watery, leafy idyll for three generations of the family until Elijah and Helen's retirement relocation to Danville, Calif., in 1982.
Elijah Poxson attended Michigan State University and earned a law degree from the University of Michigan in 1937. He was a member of ATO fraternity at U. of M.
He began practicing law with the Lansing firm of Cummins and Cummins, and in 1938, married Helen Snow.
In 1944, he entered the Navy as an ensign and trained as a "90-day wonder" at Princeton. After further training with landing craft on the coast of California, he served aboard the U.S.S. Chilton.
Following the War, Poxson joined Michigan Mutual Liability Company in Detroit as a trial claims attorney. He became an expert on workmen's compensation and spent many years lobbying in the Michigan Legislature. He served as president and general counsel of Michigan Mutual.
In 1982, the Michigan Legislature passed a Resolution honoring Mr. E.G. Poxson. It read, in part, "(he) incorporated his financial management and insurance expertise in helping to promote effective and humane policies regarding workers injured in conjunction with their employment. At the same time this thorough gentleman sought to minimize unnecessary costs and waste for employers. Mr. Poxson also was called upon by various Michigan officials, including governors, to contribute his experience to various programs and review committees. At all times Mr. Poxson has been a most generous and responsive citizen whose hard work has contributed greatly to Michigan."
The Poxsons resided on Lakeland Ave. in Grosse Pointe beginning in 1956, and were active in the Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church.
In 1979, Poxson retired from Michigan Mutual and joined the Detroit law firm of Dykhouse and Wise, as "of counsel" and was active in their insurance practice until he and Helen moved to Danville, Calif. He continued to be of counsel and then senior counsel until the year 2000.
Sailing and sail boat racing were a life-long love. In 1968 Poxson was part of the crew of Roulette, the winning boat in the Port Huron to Mackinac race.
He enjoyed a long membership in Crescent Sail Yacht Club of Grosse Pointe and served as the club's commodore in 1959.
Poxson played the flute and enjoyed season tickets to the Detroit and San Francisco Symphony Orchestra concerts.
Poxson's community service included serving as president of the Marquette School PTA, several Detroit board memberships, and most recently board membership with the Discovery Center of Danville.
Poxson's wife of 63 years, Helen, died in the spring of 2001. He is survived by his daughters, Judith Poxson Fawkes of Portland, Ore. and Anne Sparks of Berkeley, Calif.; four grandchildren; his brother David Poxson of Cheboygan and his sister Mary Chute of Amherst, N.Y.
The family plans to place the mingled ashes of Elijah and Helen in the Memorial Garden at the Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church in the summer.
Memorial gifts may be sent to Hospice and Meals on Wheels.