G. Bruce Feighner
Grosse Pointe Woods resident, G. Bruce Feighner, 82, passed away on Tuesday, May 13, 2003, at St. John Hospital.
Born in Detroit, Mr. Feighner was raised in Royal Oak.
After his 1942 graduation from Albion College, Mr. Feighner served in the U.S. Army in the South Pacific and in the initial occupation force in Japan during World War II. In 1945, he was honored with a Bronze Star Medal.
Following his Army discharge, Mr. Feighner began a 40-year career in education.
He earned his master's degree from Wayne State University and did post-graduate studies at Michigan State University.
Mr. Feighner taught choral music at Royal Oak High School, and was quickly promoted to the coordinator of vocal music for the district.
Later, he became principal of Royal Oak Jane Adams Junior High. From 1962-1970, he was principal of Royal Oak Dondero High School.
Mr. Feighner had been the principal of Grosse Pointe North High School for 13 years before his retirement in 1983.
He was extremely active in professional and community activities. Throughout his career, he held leadership positions in the Michigan Music Educator's Association, the Oakland County Secondary Principal's Association, the Michigan Association of Secondary Principals, and the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges.
In the community, he held office in the Grosse Pointe Rotary Club and was an elder in the Grosse Pointe Woods Presbyterian Church. Additionally, Mr. Feighner organized the Royal Oak Community Concerts Association, the Royal Oak Elks' Lodge Male Chorus and the Michigan Bell Telephone Company Choraleers.
He directed the Royal Oak Choral Union and the Grosse Pointe Senior Men's Club Chorus, along with being a guest conductor of many other groups.
Mr. Feighner received many awards for his professional and volunteer work. One that he especially treasured was a distinguished alumni award from Albion College.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Maryhelen Feighner.
A funeral service was held on Friday, May 16, at A.H. Peters Funeral Home in Grosse Pointe Woods.
Interment is in the River Ridge Cemetery in Belding.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Grosse Pointe Woods Presbyterian Church, 19950 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236, the Alzheimer's Association, 17220 West 12 Mile Rd., Southfield, MI 48076, or Karmanos Cancer Institute, 110 East Warren Ave., Detroit, MI 48201.
Robert E. Strange
St. Clair Shores and Marco Island, Fla., resident Robert E. Strange, 78, passed away on Friday, April 25, 2003.
Born in Roseville in 1924, Mr. Strange served in the U.S. Marines as a technical sergeant in World War II and the Korean War.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Jeanne Strange; his daughter, Janet (Tom) Maynard; his son, Kirk (Cec); and his grandchildren, Shyla, Lorelle, Allison, Bob, Samantha, Jenna, Melissa and Alana.
He was predeceased by his sons, Bob and Jeff.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 31, at 11 a.m., at A.H. Peters Funeral Home in Grosse Pointe Woods, with a visitation on Friday, May 30, from 4 to 8 p.m.
Interment is in Arlington Cemetery in Virginia.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, 1627 West Fort St., Detroit, MI 48216.
Belle B. Thomas
Boca Raton, Fla., resident Belle B. Thomas, 104, passed away on Sunday, May 18, 2003.
She is survived by her son, William J. Thomas Jr.; her daughter-in-law, Yvonne Thomas; eight grandchildren, Bill Thom, John Thom, Steven Thom, John C. Thomas Jr., Jeffrey F. Thomas, Laurel Thomas Bell, Lynda Thomas and Lisa Thomas Hassmann; 23 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband of 63 years, William J. Thomas; her daughter, Mary-Margaret Thom; her son, John C. Thomas; and her granddaughter, Margot Swan.
A funeral service was held on Wednesday, May 21, at Kraeer Funeral Homes in Boca Raton, Fla.
Dorothy Putnam Bogan
The memorial service for Dorothy Putnam Bogan, 76, of Oak Ridge, Tenn., who passed away on Jan. 12, 2003, has been changed to Thursday, June 12, at 2 p.m., at the Grosse Pointe United Church in Grosse Pointe Farms, with a reception to follow.
Geraldine S. Bush
Geraldine S. Bush, 94, passed away on Monday, May 19, 2003, at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak.
Born in Traverse City in 1908, Ms. Bush was employed as a medical secretary.
She was a member of the Mayflower Society of Michigan, the Daughters of the American Revolution, and Christ Church Grosse Pointe.
She is survived by her niece, Betty Lippard; and her nephew, Gary Murphy.
Arrangements were made by Generations Funeral and Cremation Services in Berkley.
Elfrida Petersen Leete
City of Grosse Pointe resident Elfrida Petersen Leete, 95, passed away on March 5, 2003. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 7, at 2 p.m. at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church followed by a reception in the church lounge.
Jane L. Madison
Grosse Pointe Shores resident Jane L. Madison, 84, passed away on Sunday, May 25, 2003.
Born in Detroit, Mrs. Madison graduated from St. Davids High School in 1936.
She was a volunteer at Bon Secours Hospital and was involved with the American Red Cross, the Archconfraternity of St. Clare, the Fontbonne Auxiliary of St. John Hospital and the Third Order of St. Francis.
Mrs. Madison was also involved for many years with the St. Clare Bowlers.
She is survived by her daughters, Dorothy (Dave) Maki and Mary Kay (Michael) LaChance; her sons, Thomas (Laura), John, Norbert (Gretchen), Michael (Susan) and Mark; her grandchildren, Anne Marie, David, Joseph, Kate, Andrew, Jacqueline, Christopher, Lauren and Ethan; and her sister, Sister John Cassian.
A funeral Mass was celebrated on Wednesday, May 28, at St. Clare of Montefalco Catholic Church.
Interment is in Resurrection Cemetery.
Arrangements were made by Chas. Verheyden Inc. in Grosse Pointe Park.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph.
Rhoda Newberry Reed
Former Grosse Pointe Farms resident Rhoda Newberry Reed, 91, of Bellair, Fla., passed away on Wednesday, May 21, 2003, at Morton Plant Meese Hospital in Clearwater, Fla.
Mrs. Reed was a philanthropist, an amateur artist and, in her youth, the debutante daughter of one of Detroit's most socially prominent families.
At a young age, Mrs. Reed studied art in Paris, and for the next 20 years of her life, painted watercolors which were shown and sold in a number of local exhibitions, including the Detroit Artist's Market.
During World War II, Mrs. Reed worked at Henry Ford Hospital as a nurse's assistant.
She later contributed her time, effort and financial support to Cottage Hospital in Grosse Pointe Farms.
Mrs. Reed was also an active member and supporter of the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Garden Club of America.
In 1992, Mrs. Reed received the Golden Flame Award from Morton Plant Meese Hospital, given to individuals whose outstanding support made a significant and lasting difference to the institution.
Through her own contributions and those of the RNR Foundation, a charitable institution she founded and endowed in the early 1990s, she supported a wide range of projects and organizations that included the Gulf Coast Art Museum (where a gallery is named in Mrs. Reed's honor), the Salvation Army, Boys and Girls Club projects, homeless shelters, suicide prevention, a community service outreach program at Rawlins College and the Boy Scouts of America.
In addition to art, Mrs. Reed enjoyed golf, tennis and skiing.
She is survived by her four children, Charles N. Lord; David H. Lord; Richard S. Lord and Edith N. Lord-Wolff; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
She was predeceased by her first husband, John N. Lord; her second husband, Toby Hansen; and her third husband, Ted Reed.
A memorial service was held on Saturday, May 24, at Moss-Feaster Funeral Home in Largo, Fla.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Morton Plant Meese Hospital Foundation.