Robert D. Danforth, M.D.
St. Clair resident Robert D. Danforth, M.D., 79, passed away on Tuesday, April 15, 2003, at the St. John River District Hospital.
Born in Grosse Pointe in 1923, Dr. Danforth attended Albion College and graduated from Bowling Green State University in 1945. He graduated from Wayne Medical University in 1948.
He served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy during World War II and in Korea.
Dr. Danforth worked as a medical doctor in private practice in Grosse Pointe Woods. He was a staff member of St. John Hospital and Cottage Hospital. He also was an adjunct faculty member at Wayne State University Medical School.
Dr. Danforth was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity and the Senior Men's Club of Grosse Pointe, and was a former longtime member of the Gowanie Golf Club.
He enjoyed all sports, particularly tennis, golf and rowing. He loved to watch the Detroit Lions and University of Michigan football.
Dr. Danforth is survived by his wife, Doris A.; his sons, Robert Jr. (Sondra), Richard (Lisa) and William (Mary Jane); his grandchildren, Robert III, Laura, Sara and Ben; and his brother, James C. Danforth Jr., M.D.
A memorial service was held on Saturday, May 10, at Chas. Verheyden Inc. in Grosse Pointe Park.
Memorial contributions may be made to the St. John Health System Foundation, Van Elslander Cancer Center, Mack Office Bldg. #120, 22101 Moross, Detroit, MI 48236.
Former Grosse Pointe Woods resident Barbara Meine, 60, of Sarasota, Fla., passed away on Wednesday, May 7, 2003.
Born in Detroit in 1942, Mrs. Meine lived most of her life in the metropolitan area and worked in the advertising and sound recording professions.
Recently, while in Florida, Mrs. Meine worked at Burdines Department Store as a sales and marketing associate.
Her interests included orchid growing, gardening, interior decorating and especially her dogs, Whiskers and Mickey.
She is survived by her husband, Klaus; her parents, Lillian and Stephen Batory; and extended family members.
A funeral service was held on Sunday, May 11, at A.H. Peters Funeral Home in Grosse Pointe Woods.
Interment is in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield.
William Roy Miller
Former Grosse Pointe resident William Roy Miller, 74, of Florida, passed away on Friday, May 2, 2003, surrounded by his family.
Born in Detroit in 1928, Mr. Miller served overseas in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict, and spent his working years as an engineer in the automotive industry.
In addition to Detroit and Grosse Pointe, Mr. Miller resided in Traverse City for 14 years and briefly in Loudon, Tenn., before relocating to Florida.
As a young teenager, Mr. Miller began working on recreational boats and owned a series of sailboats. He was an active member of Bayview Yacht Club in Detroit, and participated in many Mackinac races, before moving to Traverse City.
After retirement, Mr. Miller and his wife bought a trawler vessel, and lived on it for nine years in the St. Petersburg, Fla., area.
In 2000, they lived out their dream and made the "Great Circle" voyage of 5,600 miles over seven months in the eastern U.S. and Canada.
Mr. Miller is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Elfrida (Kohler) Miller; his daughter, Diane Miller; his sister, Pat (Eric) Pratt; his sister-in-law, Margo Steyer; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his son, David; his stepson, Eric VanHee; and his sister, Dorothy Betz.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, June 16, at 11 a.m. at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Traverse City. After lunch, all who wish will proceed to Harbor Springs for a graveside service.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, the Hospice of Florida Suncoast, 300 East Bay Drive, Largo, FL 33770, or the Bayview Yacht Club Jr. Sailing program.
Bette Sullivan Otto
Former Grosse Pointe Farms resident Bette Sullivan Otto, 82, passed away on Sunday, May 4, 2003, in Scottsdale, Ariz., after a long illness.
Born Elizabeth Georgeanne Labadie, Mrs. Otto graduated from St. Paul High School and attended St. Joseph College (now Sienna Heights University).
Mrs. Otto worked as a travel agent in the Grosse Pointes for many years and managed Mr. Q Travel and later Leigh Willmore Travel.
She was a member of the Grosse Pointe chapter of Soroptomists and the American Society of Travel Agents. More recently, she was president of the Ladies Guild at Our Lady of Joy Catholic Church in Carefree, Ariz.
Throughout her life, Mrs. Otto had a great love of travel and was particularly interested in learning about the way people lived in the countries she visited.
She is survived by her husband, Donald Otto; her sons, Thomas (Linda) Sullivan, Richard Sullivan, Steffan Sullivan and Dean (Susan) Sullivan; her stepson, William Otto; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her first husband, Donald Latta Sullivan; her daughter, Nancy Carol; and her daughter-in-law, Beverly Sullivan.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated on Friday, May 16, at noon at St. Paul Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Farms.
Raymond Anthony Regner Sr.
Grosse Pointe Park resident Raymond Anthony Regner Sr., 81, passed away on Wednesday, April 30, 2003, with his family by his side.
Born in Detroit in 1921, Mr. Regner attended St. Bernard's Catholic School. At St. Bernard's, Mr. Regner played baseball, basketball and football and served as captain of the football team.
Lieutenant Colonel Regner was a decorated war veteran of the U.S. Air Force with a record of 76 combat missions over France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Sardinia, Sicily and Tunisia in World War II, while with the 2nd, 8th and 12th Air Force divisions, 97th and 305th bomb groups and 366th and 341st bomb squadrons. Lt. Col. Regner took the lead in 57 of his 76 missions. He was honored with numerous awards including two Distinguished Flying Crosses, 14 Air Medals, and the Purple Heart.
Mr. Regner earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Detroit and a law degree from the University of Detroit School of Law.
This month, marked the 44th wedding anniversary of Mr. Regner and his wife, Rose, to whom he proposed on their second date.
Mr. Regner was a self-employed probate, real estate and business attorney for 52 years.
He was active in St. Clare of Montefalco parish and a wide range of organizations including the Catholic Lawyers Society and the Grosse Pointe South Dad's Club.
Mr. Regner was a Little League coach and a spectator at every single baseball, basketball and football game in which his son, Raymond Jr., ever participated.
He was also present for the birth of all three of his grandsons to daughter Rosemarie Shanley.
Mr. Regner was an avid tennis player, bowler and enjoyed golf with his son and grandsons.
He is survived by his wife, Rose; his daughter, Rosemarie (Dr. Charles J.) Shanley; his son, Raymond Jr.; and his grandsons Joseph, John and Matthew Shanley.
A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Clare of Montefalco Catholic Church on Monday, May 5.
Mr. Regner was honored by the Color Guard of the U.S. Air Force, which saluted Mr. Regner at the service with rifle fire.
Noel Baker Gamble Benjamin
A memorial service will be held for Noel Baker Gamble Benjamin of Grosse Pointe Farms on Wednesday, May 22, 2002, at 4 p.m., at Christ Church Grosse Pointe, 61 Grosse Pointe Boulevard in Grosse Pointe Farms.
Mrs. Benjamin died on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2001.
She is survived by her husband Victor Benjamin; her sons, David (Courtney) Gamble and Christopher (Michelle) Gamble, her daughter Kimberly (John) Flemming; her stepson Mark (Kathy) Benjamin and six grandchildren. She was predeceased by her first husband David L. Gamble.
Royal L. Bradley
Royal L. Bradley, 86, died on Saturday, May 4, 2002, in Birmingham, Ala.
The former longtime Grosse Pointe Woods resident was born on Dec. 4, 1915, in Chicago. He grew up in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where he completed his education, graduating from Grade 13. During World War II he served as an officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force.
Mr. Bradley worked for the Detroit Center Agency of the Crown Life Insurance Company in Detroit.
Active in the community, he was a Babe Ruth baseball coach in Grosse Pointe Woods and usher at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church in Grosse Pointe Farms.
Mr. Bradley is survived by his sons Andrew Bradley and Dr. James L. Bradley; his grandchildren Beth Bradley, Bill Bradley, Lauren Bradley and Patrick Bradley; his brother Gordon Bradley and his sister Edna Booth. He was predeceased by his wife Mary E. Bradley.
A private funeral service was held at the Johns Rideout Funeral Parlor in Birmingham, Ala. Interment is at the Barrie Union Cemetery in Barrie, Ontario, Canada.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Martins-In-The-Pines, 4941 Montevallo Dr., Birmingham, AL 35210.