Former Grosse Pointe Farms resident Elizabeth Moorman, 83, died on Saturday, April 20, 2002, at her home in Benzonia.
Mrs. Moorman was born on May 17, 1918, in Oshkosh, Wis., the daughter of Richard J. and Ella (McGoorty) White.
She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Moorman is survived by her sons, Dan Moorman of Jenson Beach, Fla. and Steve Moorman of Arcadia, Fla.; her daughters Priscilla (Robert) Woodley, Mary Lagerfeldt and Patricia Dawson, all of Frankfort, and Katherine Moorman and Melissa Jodizo of Stuart, Fla. and her grandchildren, John Jodizo, Leland Dawson and Elizabeth Dawson. She was predeceased by her parents and her husband Achilles H. "Lee" Moorman.
Arrangements were handled by the Frankfort Chapel of McElduff Funeral Homes. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on April 23, at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Frankfort. Mrs. Moorman's ashes are interred at the Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Oshkosh, Wis.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Munson Hospice, 1105 Sixth St., Traverse City, MI 49684.
Former Grosse Pointe Farms resident Marguerite "Peggy" Palmer died Tuesday, April 16, 2002, in Boyne City, from heart failure caused by emphysema.
Mrs. Palmer was a highly respected marriage and family therapist who began her career in Grosse Pointe and Detroit after raising five children.
In the late 1970s, she worked as a volunteer for the Family Life Educational Counseling "FLEC" Help Line where she responded to crisis calls. She enjoyed her work and immediately discovered a career pursuit that would bring her and many others great personal satisfaction and fulfillment.
Mrs. Palmer had a passion for caring for others that carried her through life and allowed others to know her as a kind and compassionate therapist.
In 1980, she was accepted to the University of Detroit where she later received a master's degree in psychology.
Upon completion of her degree, she entered into a group counseling practice. Shortly after, she went into business for herself and opened an office on Vernier in Harper Woods.
Although she enjoyed working with individual clients, Mrs. Palmer specialized in marriage and family therapy. She particularly enjoyed working with couples and would say that her client was not the husband or the wife but "the relationship." Her client base grew quickly as she received referrals from priests, ministers and churches in Grosse Pointe.
In the mid-1990s she was featured in the Sunday Voice Section of the Detroit Free Press. The article captured her unique style, which was open, honest, and direct with clients and everyone she met.
She was an outspoken supporter of the institution of marriage and clearly stated that "couples who choose to live together first are afraid to make a commitment."
She espoused "old fashioned values" and firmly believed in the family and putting children first. She felt that in a marriage where there are children, one of the parents should stay at home to raise them.
She also acknowledged that "control is a big issue in most marriages" and spoke openly about overcoming challenges in her own marriage and relationships.
Her main complaint about her work was that people often waited too long before seeking therapy. She was most disappointed if a relationship ultimately failed but was able to help others find happiness in life outside of marriage.
Mrs. Palmer saw clients on an ability-to-pay basis. She considered her work to be "a ministry to those in need." She loved helping people and was dedicated to her profession to the end of her life. The week prior to her death she was counseling clients by phone from her new home in Boyne City.
At her funeral last week, family, friends, business associates and clients shared how much Mrs. Palmer had helped them and how deeply she will be missed. As her eulogy proclaimed, "Her greatest delight in life was to see us be at peace with ourselves, so that we could live joyfully using our own talents to better the world."
She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Thomas G. Palmer; her sons David (Kris) Palmer, Robert Palmer and James (Denise) Palmer; her daughters Diane (Karl) Ring and Kathleen (Ed) Heil; eight grandchildren; her brother John Slevin and her sister Kathleen Failer.
Arrangements were handled by the Verheyden Funeral Home in Grosse Pointe Park. A funeral Mass was celebrated on April 19, at St. Clare of Montefalco Church in Grosse Pointe Park. Interment is at Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton Township.
Margaret A. Scensny
Margaret Anne "Mickie" Smiley Scensny, 72, dear wife of Gerald Scensny, died of natural causes on Friday, April 19, 2002, in her Grosse Pointe Farms home.
Mrs. Scensny was born on Nov. 27, 1929, in the City of Grosse Pointe.
She is also survived by her son, Chris (Lin) Likert; her daughters Gretchen (Jim) Verbeke, Linda Spezia and Victoria Valice and six grandchildren.
Arrangements were handled by the A. H. Peters Funeral Home in Grosse Pointe Woods. Burial was private.
David M. Tyler
Former Grosse Pointe Shores resident David Malcolm Tyler, 71, died peacefully from natural causes at his home in Lost Tree Village, North Palm Beach, Fla., on Tuesday, April 9, 2002.
Mr. Tyler was born in Detroit and lived in Grosse Pointe for most of his life before moving to Lost Tree Village seven years ago.
He received a bachelor of arts degree with honors from Wayne State University in 1952 and a juris doctorate with honors from the University of Michigan Law School in 1959.
Mr. Tyler was a U. S. Navy veteran who achieved the rank of lieutenant while proudly serving his country during the Korean War.
He was a founder and senior partner with the law firm of Sullivan, Ward, Bone & Tyler in Southfield.
Mr. Tyler was a member of the State Bar of Michigan and served as the past chairman of the Negligence Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. He was also the past president of the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel and a noted speaker on a variety of legal topics, a contributing author to the Michigan Law of Damages. His work was also published in a number of professional journals and magazines.
As a member of the Property Owners Association of Lost Tree Village Mr. Tyler was actively involved in several of its committees. He was also a former member of the Country Club of Detroit and the Grosse Pointe Club.
According to his family, despite physical limitations in his later years, he "lived with courage and grace and was an inspiration to all who knew him."
Mr. Tyler is survived by his wife Karol Ann DeWulf Tyler, his son David Malcolm Tyler Jr. of London, England; his daughters Deborah Tyler Haddad of Lake Forest, Ill. and Claudia Tyler of Santa Barbara, Calif.; his stepdaughters Heidi Waggoner of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. and Holly Waggoner of West Palm Beach, Fla.; his grandchildren Stephanie, Andrew, Nicholas and Austin and his sisters Edna Vuchetich of North Carolina and Joyce Swatosh of Clearwater, Fla. He was predeceased by his brother Alfred Tyler.
The Rev. Dr. Michael H. Wenning officiated at a memorial service at the Lost Tree Chapel, in North Palm Beach, Fla., on April 12.
Those planning an expression of sympathy, in lieu of flowers, are asked to consider contributions in memory of Mr. Tyler to The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, South Florida Chapter, 3201 West Commercial Boulevard, Suite 127, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309.
Mary K. Gebeck
"With one year of time passed to reflect on the impact of our mother on our lives, we felt it important to pay tribute to her on the anniversary of her passing.
"She was a beacon of light to all those who were lucky enough to know her in her lifetime. She is in our thoughts and hearts every day, and we are so grateful for the time that we had to love, learn and laugh with her.
"She set a positive example through her healthy lifestyle and her gentle, forgiving disposition. She was the strongest woman we will ever know, and we can still feel her strength and support when we need it most.
"She made many decisions in her life that taught us how to stand up for ourselves, and to love and take care of each other. She taught us the true meaning of unconditional love in the way she loved and nurtured her children and grandchildren.
"She was a positive role model because of the Christian way she lived her life. Our lives are not the same without her. We miss our mom and the kids miss their "Adventure Granny," in more ways than can be described.
"We are so blessed to have had her as our mom. We are thankful for her love and the happiness she created in our lives."
Tommy, Katie, Betsy and Susie, and many other loving family and friends
Alice Dearborn Brown
Former Grosse Pointe resident Alice Dearborn Brown, 87, of East Lansing, passed away on Saturday, April 5, 2003, at the Burcham Hills Nursing Care Center in East Lansing.
Born in 1916 in Philadelphia, Pa., Mrs. Brown was a beloved teacher in the Grosse Pointe Public School System. Her career began as a substitute and ended as a kindergarten teacher at Trombly Elementary School. Mrs. Brown left the school system in 1983 with over 21 years of service.
She was also a very active member of the Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, having served as a deacon and member of the church choir.
She is survived by her three children, Bill (Paula) Brown of Grosse Pointe Woods, Gary Brown and Linda (Ed) Sampson; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and her dear friend, Roy Schleicher.
She was predeceased by her infant sister, Everlyn Dearborn.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 24, at 1 p.m. at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church.
Interment is in the church's columbarium.
Arrangements were made by the Palmer Bush Lansing Chapel.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Grosse Pointe Memorial Church Library.