Mary Kathleen Kramer
A funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Paul Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Farms on Friday, April 16, for Farms resident Mary Kathleen Kramer, who died in Bon Secours Hospital in the City of Grosse Pointe on Monday, April 12, 1999.
Mrs. Kramer, 77, was born in Columbus, Ohio, and graduated from St. Charles High School in Detroit. A homemaker, she belonged to many local civic organizations, including the St. Paul Altar Society, where she was a lector.
She was also a member and leader of Recovery Inc. and was a member of Teams of Our Lady, the Gowanie Golf Club and the Delta Psi Sorority. An avid golfer, Mrs. Kramer also enjoyed playing bridge and was a devout supporter of the Catholic Church and many Catholic charities.
Mrs. Kramer is survived by her husband, Stanley; two daughters, Mary Pat Freund and Kathleen Mann; four sons, Stanley III, David, Mark and Paul; three sisters, Nancy Hogan, Geraldine Gitzen and Eleanor Hogan; and nine grandchildren. She was predeceased by her daughter, Nancy Jackson; and by a sister, Elizabeth Seymour.
Interment is at the St. Paul Columbarium. Funeral arrangements were handled by the Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home in Grosse Pointe Park.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Capuchin Seminary Guild, 1740 Mount Elliott, Detroit, MI, 48207.
A. Scott Bodeau
A funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Teresa of Aaila Catholic Church in Carson City, Nev., on Saturday, March 20, for former Grosse Pointe Park resident A. Scott Bodeau, who died in Carson City on Saturday, March 13, 1999.
Mr. Bodeau, 50, was born in Dearborn and graduated from St. Clare of Montefalco grade School, Austin High School, Michigan State University and the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law. He worked in the Nevada attorney general's Office for the past 22 years. In his last position, he was chief deputy attorney general for the gaming division.
An avid sportsman, Mr. Bodeau loved white water rafting and was a charter member of the Unfearless Voyagers white water rafting club. He also enjoyed playing racquetball and had recently returned from a rafting trip to Costa Rica.
Mr. Bodeau is survived by his parents, Arthur and Jane Bodeau; two sisters, Kathryn Boerner and Maureen McPherson; and two brothers, Michael and William.
Funeral arrangements were handled by Walton's Sierra Chapel of the Valley in Carson City.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.
Barbara Kopitzki LeMieux
A memorial service was held in the Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home in Grosse Pointe Park on Thursday, April 8, for Grosse Pointe Woods resident Barbara Kopitzki LeMieux, who died on Tuesday, April 6, 1999, of complications from a stroke.
Mrs. LeMieux, 79, was born in Owosso and graduated from Owosso High School. She, along with her husband, owned the Lakepointe Inn on East Warren and Lakepointe in Detroit. She enjoyed gardening and entertaining family and friends at her pool.
Mrs. LeMieux is survived by her husband, Joseph R Kopitzki; a daughter, Sharon Elliott; two sisters, Anne Kral and Mary Ellen Murphy; five grandchildren; and two grandchildren.
Interment is at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Mayo Clinic or to the American Heart Association.
Alice Johnston Webb Callaway
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 24, at 11 a.m. in Grosse Pointe United Methodist Church in Grosse Pointe Farms for City of Grosse Pointe resident Alice Johnston Webb Callaway, who died in Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit of complications from pneumonia on Wednesday, March 17, 1999.
Mrs. Callaway, 85, was born in Knoxville, Tenn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1935. A strong believer in the importance of education for the young, she worked as a first- grade teacher in several Michigan school districts, including Grosse Pointe, St. Clair Shores and the Warrendale district, which is located between the East Detroit and Warren districts.
An active member of the community, Mrs. Callaway was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, which reflected her interest in the history of her family - the Webbs, who helped settle Tennessee before it became a state. She loved music and at one time wanted to be an opera singer.
Mrs. Callaway also was a member of the Kappa Delta sorority during college as well as being involved in the group's alumni activities. She belonged to the Detroit chapter University of Tennessee alumni organization and was a member of the University Women of America.
She was also an active member of the Grosse Pointe United Methodist Church. She sang in the choir, taught Sunday school and served on many committees.
Mrs. Callaway is survived by her husband, Robert Clayton Callaway III; a daughter, Karen Alice Callaway; and a sister Mrs. Edna Webb Clarkson.
Her body was donated to the University of Michigan medical school and her ashes will later be interred near Knoxville, in the Smokey Mountains. Funeral arrangements were handled by the Calcaterra-Sobocinski Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alice Callaway Memorial Fund, Grosse Pointe United Church, or to the Alpha Epsilon chapter of Kappa Delta sorority at the University of Tennessee. Books may also be donated in her name to local libraries.
A funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Park on Monday, April 19, for Park resident George Verdonckt, who died in the St. Anne Convalescent Center in Detroit on Friday, April 16, 1999.
Mr. Verdonckt, 80, was born in Detroit and was the former owner of Verdonckt's Bakery in the Park, which was a family business for 60 years before it was sold in 1975. He also served on the Grosse Pointe Park City Council for 16 years.
An active member of the community, Mr. Verdonckt was an avid sportsman and coached baseball, basketball and football at several area high schools, including St. Ambrose, St. Catherine and St. Juliana. While coaching basketball at Lawrence Tech in the 1960s, his team was invited to the National Invitational Tournament.
Mr. Verdonckt is survived by a daughter, Michele Paull; a son, Michael Verdonckt; and three grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Jeanne.
Interment is at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Detroit. Funeral arrangements were handled by the Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home in Grosse Pointe Park.
Mary P. Flemming
A private service will be held at a later date for Grosse Pointe Farms resident Mary P. Flemming, who died in St. John Hospital in Detroit on Sunday, April 18, 1999.
Mrs. Flemming, 78, grew up in the Pointes and graduated from Grosse Pointe High School. During World War II, she was an active member of the American Women's Volunteer Service.
Mrs. Flemming was also an active volunteer at the Neighborhood Club Thrift Shop and she served several terms as president of the St. Paul Catholic Church Altar Society in the Farms.
Mrs. Flemming is survived by two daughters, Frances F. Prieur and Mrs. Martha F. Hegeman; a sister, Mrs. Elizabeth P. Danaher; and four grandsons. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert J. Flemming.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Salvation Army.
Interment is at White Chapel Cemetery in Troy.
Rosemary Muer Sanders
A funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Paul Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Farms on Monday, April 19, for former Grosse Pointe Shores resident Rosemary Muer Sanders, who died in St. Clair Shores on Thursday, April 15, 1999.
Mrs. Sanders, 87, was born in Detroit and was a homemaker. She enjoyed spending summers at her home in Marine City on the St. Clair River. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and was an animal lover.
Mrs. Sanders is survived by two daughters, Susan Hoben and Anne Daniell; a sister, Ann Gehrke; and four grandchildren. She was predeceased by her brother, William Muer.
Interment is at Woodlawn Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were handled by the A.H. Peters Funeral Home in Grosse Pointe Woods.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Michigan Humane Society, Honorarium Dept., P.O. Box 214182, Auburn Hills, MI, 48321-4182.
William W. Ballew
A military funeral Mass was celebrated in Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Woods on Wednesday, April 15, for Woods resident William W. Ballew, who died in Bon Secours Hospital in the City of Grosse Pointe on Sunday, April 11, 1999.
Mr. Ballew, 77, was a graduate of St. Paul High School in Grosse Pointe Farms and attended the University of Detroit College. A veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Mr. Ballew earned the rank of colonel and flew combat missions in the South Pacific Theater of Operations during World War II.
Mr. Ballew also saw action during the Korean War. He was active in the "Ye Knights of Olde," a local group for retired Marine Corps officers that he helped found.
Mr. Ballew is survived by three daughters, Kathleen, Monica and Colleen; four sons, Michael, Patrick, Thomas and Richard; a brother, Julius; 14 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Funeral arrangements were handled by the Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home in Grosse Pointe Park.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's Catholic Church, 415 North Sixth Street, St. Clair, MI, 48079.