James R. Panzenhagen, Jr.
James R. "Jimmy" Panzenhagen Jr., 29, of Grosse Pointe Park, died on Sunday, March 3, at Harper Hospital in Detroit after a long battle with malignant melanoma.
According to his family, "Jimmy was a wonderful young man, the best! Even on his deathbed, he was concerned about how everyone else was doing."
Jimmy was raised in St. Clair Shores and graduated from Lake Shore High School. He earned a degree in teaching from Eastern Michigan University and taught gym at Clark Elementary School in Detroit. He loved teaching underprivileged children and frequently volunteered his time after school for athletic programs.
The school staff supported him steadfastly throughout his year-and-a-half long battle with cancer, even staying after hours to hold prayer vigils for him.
He is survived by his parents Jim and Sandy Panzenhagen; his friend Michelle Kaczmarek; his sisters Lori, Julie (John) McArdle, Lisa and Vicki (Alfredo) Medecigo; his niece Samantha McArdle; his nephew Sean McArdle; his grandmother Laverne Glew; his aunts Carolyn (William) Darby and Lonnie Sexton; his uncle Tom Penzenhagen and his cousin David Darby.
A funeral service will be held on Thursday, March 7, at 11:30 a.m., at the Verheyden Funeral Home, 16300 Mack in Grosse Pointe Park.
Donations in his memory may be made to the Karmanos Cancer Institute, 24601 Northwestern Hwy., Southfield, MI 48076 or the Clark Elementary School Athletic Fund, 15755 Breman, Detroit, MI 48224.
Lindsey A. Quoss
Lindsey Anne Quoss, 21, of Grosse Pointe Farms, died after a courageous two-year battle with a brain tumor on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2002, in Woodstock, Ill.
Lindsey was born in Barrington, Ill., on Aug. 28, 1980, to Jeffrey and Therese Quoss. She attended Woodstock schools and graduated from Grosse Pointe South High School as a National Honor Society member. She then attended Michigan State University and had recently been accepted to Northern Illinois University to study child psychology.
During high school, Miss Quoss worked at the Henry Ford Nursing Care Facility and was a certified nursing assistant. She also worked during college summers for the YMCA in Crystal Lake, Ill.
She is survived by her parents; her sister Sara Rose of Chicago, Ill., who provided constant attention during the past two years; her grandmothers Marilyn Quoss of Arlington Heights, Ill., and Mary Margaret Antes of Hamilton, Ohio; many aunts and uncles and cousins, especially her loving cousin Jessica Walpole and her loyal friends, including her best friend of 21 years, Danielle Davis and her devoted high school and college friend Jeanette Nouhan. She was predeceased by her grandfathers William Oscar Quoss and Eugene Jacob Antes.
A memorial service was held on Feb. 23, in Woodstock, Ill.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Glioma/Brainstem Tumor Research, c/o Dr. Stewart Goldman, Children's Memorial Hospital, 2300 Children's Plaza, Box 30, Chicago, IL 60614.
Stella Scandalis of Grosse Pointe Park died on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2002, at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit.
Miss Scandalis was born in Cleveland, Ohio. She completed her education in the Detroit schools and later attended business college. For many years, she was employed as a private secretary at Michigan Consolidated Gas Co.
Her interests included interior decorating, fashion coordination and personal shopping. She was an avid reader and traveler and visited all of the countries in Europe and Africa.
Miss Scandalis was a giving and generous person. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends.
She is survived by her sisters Ann Scandalis Buysse, Dena Scandalis and Carrie Scandalis Maul; her sister-in-law Mabel Owers Scandalis; nephews and nieces; a great-nephew and great-nieces. She was predeceased by her parents James and Angeline Scandalis, her brothers Peter Scandalis, George Scandalis, William Scandalis and Steven Scandalis and her sister Alice Scandalis Corona.
Funeral services were private.
Grosse Pointe Woods resident Katherine Annette "Kay" Seaman Seppala, 82, died on Monday, March 4, 2002, at Bon Secours Nursing Care Center in St. Clair Shores from complications of Alzheimer's disease.
Mrs. Seppala will be remembered as an astute businesswoman and an active club woman who always had time for family and friends.
The daughter of the late Elizabeth and Willard Seaman, she was born and raised in Detroit. She graduated from Redford High School and Wayne State University where she made her mark on both the school's newspapers as a writer and editor. An involved student and alumna, Mrs. Seppala was president of the Women of Wayne, first vice president of the Alumni Association, a board member of the Wayne State Fund, president of the Gold Key Alumnae, Karyatides and Mortar Board and Delta Gamma Chi Alumni chapter. In addition, she was a member of the Anthony Wayne Society, Alpha Chi Alpha and Alpha Kappa Delta, for which she served as an adviser.
She met her husband, Leslie, at a summer camp for handicapped children where they were both counselors. They married in 1941 in Selma, Ala., where they were stationed during World War II until Les went overseas as a fighter pilot and Kay moved back to Detroit.
The Seppala's owned and operated the Harper Sport Shop, now located in St. Clair Shores, which they founded in 1947. Mrs. Seppala served as the store's financial and office manager.
Mrs. Seppala was active in many civic and community organizations including the American Association of University Women and Zonta International Service Club and the Myasthenia Gravis Support Association. She was also devoted to the Republican Party and served as a district delegate.
Mrs. Seppala is survived by her husband of 60 years, Leslie; her son William (Mary Beth); her daughter Sandra; her grandsons Michael and Mark Seppala and Jeffrey (Monica) and David Wilcox; her great-granddaughter and namesake Margaret Kay Wilcox; her great-grandsons Taylor and Jordan Wilcox; her sister-in-law Leona Tuckwell; nieces, nephews and cousins and her dear friend Timothy Jaqua.
A funeral service will be held on Thursday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m., at A. H. Peters Funeral Home, 20705 Mack in Grosse Pointe Woods. Interment will take place later this year at the Fairview Cemetery in Manton.
Memorial contributions can be made to the American Association of University Women Education Foundation, The Wayne State Fund, the Myasthenia Gravis Support Foundation or the charity of your choice.
Mark J. Sturtevant
Former Grosse Pointe Farms resident Mark J. Sturtevant, 93, died on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2002, at Oakwood Hospital in Dearborn.
Mr. Sturtevant was born in Chillicothe, Ohio, on April 13, 1908.
He is survived by his daughter Sandra Marion (Robert) Mudd; his grandchildren, Stacey Wallace (Timothy) Pawlaczyk, Robert James (Melanie) Mudd, Molly Rebecca Mudd and Jennifer Sturtevant and his great-grandchildren, Matthew Robert Doyle and Meaghan Doyle. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Marion Sturtevant and his son Mark Strutevant.
Visitation will be held on Friday, March 15, from 11 a.m. until the memorial service at noon, at the Warren Chapel of the E. J. Mandziuk & Son Funeral Directors, Inc., 22642 Ryan Road in Warren.
Rosanna Tessmer, 93, beloved wife of Raymond Tessmer, died on Friday, March 1, 2002, at her Grosse Pointe Park home.
Mrs. Tessmer is also survived by her daughter Sandra (Jim) Tellier; her grandchildren Jim Jr., Brian (Danielle) and Stephanie; her great-grandchildren Gabrielle and Grayson; her brother Raymond Knauf and her sister Susan Theut. She was predeceased by her brothers John Knauf, Lawrence Knauf, Sr., Leo Knauf, and Fred Knauf and her sisters Theresa Rorick and Marguerite LaMotte.
Arrangements were handled by the Verheyden Funeral Home of Grosse Pointe Park. A funeral Mass was celebrated on March 4, at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Park. Interment is at Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Capuchin Monastery, 1740 Mount Elliott, Detroit, MI 48207.
Donald H. Toolin
Donald Hayes Toolin, 75, beloved husband for 53 years of Ruth Osborn Toolin, died at his home in Naples, Fla., on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2002.
Mr. Toolin was born in Detroit on Feb. 19, 1927 and lived in Grosse Pointe for 65 years before retiring to Florida.
He is also survived by his son, Mark Toolin of Grosse Pointe; his daughters Diane Kleiner of St. Clair Shores and Lisa Clayton of Winthrop, Wash., and five grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, March 8, at 2 p.m., at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church, 5130 Rattlesnake Hammock Rd. in Naples, Fla.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you open your hearts to the Naples Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, 660 Tamiami Trail North, Suite 21, Naples, FL 34102.
Erika V. Turin
Erika V. Turin, 88, of Grosse Pointe Woods, died of pneumonia on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2002, at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit.
Miss Turin was born in Kenosha, Wis., to the late Michael and Charlotte Gartig Turin. She completed elementary school and high school in Detroit and earned both her undergraduate and master's degrees from Wayne State University.
Launching her teaching career during the Great Depression, Miss Turin worked first in Royal Oak and before being hired by the Detroit Public Schools which paid her in scrip, redeemable at a later date. She taught at the Nichols and Marshall elementary schools before becoming the principal at both the Healy and Houghton schools.
Miss Turin was fluent in German and able to understand Russian. She traveled through Europe after accepting a position as the principal of the United States Army School in Salzburg, Austria, after World War II.
Travel remained one of her retirement occupations, along with art and the music she dearly loved. An accomplished pianist, Miss Turin joined a music group and attended Detroit Symphony Orchestra concerts.
She was a member of the Nomads, Women of Wayne, the American Association of University Women and the Grosse Pointe Chapter of Wayne Educators.
Miss Turin is survived by her brother, Dr. Dimitry M. (Joyce) Turin of Grosse Ile; her nephew Eric M. Turin of Grosse Pointe Farms; her niece Jody (Dennis Callan) of Sylvania, Ohio and six great-nieces and nephews.
Arrangements were handled by the A. H. Peters Funeral Home in Grosse Pointe Woods. Burial was private.
The family suggests that memorial tributes be sent to the charitable organization of your choice.