Going to Detroit to Sell Wine
I'll be off to Detroit soon to sell some of our horrible wine. I love that town and always read the excellent Detroit Free Press web site before arriving. This puts me in the know and helps me prepare for the often difficult negotiations I have with savvy Detroit's wholesalers, retailers and consumers.
What I find particularly useful is the Free Press' obituary column -- there is nothing more embarrassing for a salesman like myself to call an account only to discover that they are dead. This is not not only embarrassing, but often alienates the surviving family members, many of whom are responsible for major wine purchasing decisions.
I am always amazed, when I read these death notices, at the longevity of the average Detroit resident and the beautiful and literary names so many of them seemed to have. One can only hope that future generations of Detroitonians have names to match Joseph 'Jack'' Duda, Kathleen Joan Armbruster, Lillian K. Fishtahler and Reginald Napolean Forcade.
I also noted with sadness that Stanley Kowalski passed away on January 6th. I had always assumed that Mr. Kowalski was a fictional character, but in fact he had 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren! Some of the other recently deceased had over 30 great-grandchildren, all with fabulous names!
Some highlights from the current issue of the paper:
Detroit Free Press January 08, 2001 Edition
ARMBRUSTER,KATHLEEN JOAN Age 79. January 6, 2001. Beloved wife of Merle. Loving mother of Ellen E. (Dale) Maynard, Kathleen M. Armbruster and Michael D. Armbruster. Dear grandmother of five. Dear great-grandmother of six. Dear sister of Billie (Walter) Wintemberg, Betty Russell and the late May Johnston. Visitation Sunday 5-8 p.m., Monday 3-9 p.m. at Harry J. Will Funeral Home, 25450 Plymouth Rd., Redford. Funeral Tuesday instate 10 a.m., service 11 a.m. at Nardin Park United Methodist Church, 29887 W. 11 Mile, Farmington Hills. Interment Parkview Cemetery.
BANNON, LEO G., Beloved husband of Luella. Dear father of Gregory (Linda) and Patrick (Heide). Six grandchildren survive. Services Wednesday 11 a.m. at Stanley Turowski & Son Funeral Home , 25509 Warren Rd., Dearborn Hgts. Visitation Tuesday 2-7 p.m.
BOGAN, JOSEPH F., Age 84, January 5, 2001. Loving husband of the late Margaret. Dear father of Joseph (Elizabeth) Bogan, Mary Ellen (Donald) Richmond and Gregory (Steven Kennedy) Bogan. Grandfather of Gary (Michele) Richmond, Donald Richmond and Shelley (John) Stewart. Great grandfather of Nicholas and Jennifer Richmond. Brother of Mary Teresa Hoffman. Visitation Sunday 5-9 p.m., Monday 12-9 p.m. at S.K. Schultz, a Trust 100 Funeral Home 21705 Gratiot at 8 Mile. Rosary Monday 7:30 p.m. Funeral Tuesday, Prayers 10:30, Mass 11 a.m. at Assumption Grotto Catholic Church, Detroit. Interment Assumption Grotto Cemetery
BRITCHKY, GEORGE, Beloved husband of Sally Britchky. Dear father of Sheri (David) Jaffa and Marc Britchky. Grandfather of Eden (Kevin) Elbinger and Sabrina Jaffa. GRAVESIDE SERVICE 11:30 Tuesday Morning at MacPelah Cemetery. Arrangements by the Ira Kaufman Chapel (248) 569-0020
CEJMER,RITA M., January 6, 2001. Beloved wife of Frank. Dear mother of Frank Jr. (Darlene), Scott (Regina) and Dennis (Mona). Grandmother of Gregory, Rochelle, Laura, Nicolle and Dalton. Sister of Fran Janiga. Visitation Monday 3-9 p.m. and Tuesday 12-9 p.m. Rosary Tuesday 7 p.m. Services Wednesday 9:30 a.m. from the John N. Santeiu & Son Funeral Home, 1139 Inkster Rd. (betw. Ford & Cherry Hill), to St. Raphael Catholic Church for 10 a.m. Mass.
DINGELDEY, ROBERT A. Age 70 of Wixom, January 6, 2001. Beloved husband of Nancy. Dear father of Michael (Andrea) Dingeldey, Carol J. Dingeldey, Jill K. (Gregory) Oliver. Dear grandfather of Nicholas Oliver. Dear brother of Lois Garth Owen. Also several nieces and nephews. Funeral from St. Anne Episcopol Church, 430 E. Nicolet, Walled Lake, Wednesday 11 a.m. Friends may visit at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home , 340 Pontiac Trail, Walled Lake (3 blks S. of Maple Rd.) Tuesday 4:30-9 p.m. Memorials to Huron Valley Sinai Hospital, Development office or the Alheimers Association Appreciated.
DOLECKI (PINO), IRENE January 6, 2001. Beloved wife of the late Joseph Pino and Alexander Dolecki. Loving mother of Jacqueline (Dominic) Calcagno, Patricia Pino, Sharon (Carmen) Beheler, Marilyn (Ronald) Valesano, Joseph (Sue) Pino, Leonard (Karen) Dolecki, Robert (Delores) Dolecki, and the late Al (Sarah) Dolecki, Jr. Dearest grandmother of 18 and great grandmother of 15. Visitation Tuesday 2:30-9:00 PM at Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons, Inc., 54880 Van Dyke (SHELBY TWP.) at 25 Mile. Funeral Wednesday morning for times and location call 810-677-4000. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Founder and past president of Tryettes Group for the Handicap. In lieu of flowers memorials will be made by the family to the Solanus Casey Center Campaign, 1820 Mt. Elliott, Detroit 48207, Attn: Fr. Larry Abler.
DUDA,JOSEPH "JACK" P. Age 85. January 5, 2001 of Lincoln Park. Beloved husband of Jean. Loving father of Mary Ann (Robert) Dryps, Carrie (Jim) Gajewski and Rick (Vanna) Duda. Dearest grandfather of nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Visitation Tuesday 2-9 p.m. at the John K. Solosy Funeral Home, 3206 Fort, Lincoln Park. Rosary 8 p.m. Instate Wednesday 10:30 a.m. at Christ the Good Shepherd Church until time of Mass at 11 a.m. Interment St. Hedwig Cemetery.
FABIAN, RUDY, Age 85 of Trenton. January 5, 2001. Loving brother of Rose Stevens and Edward Fabian and the late Milan, Frank, John, Anton, and Mary Fabian. Dear uncle of several nieces and nephews. Visitation Tuesday 2-9 PM. Funeral Wednesday 11 AM at the Girrbach-Krasun Funeral Home, (Southgate Chapel), 15748 Fort. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.
FARINETTI, PATRICK A. January 6, 2001. Age 88. Beloved husband of Mary. Dear Father of Patricia (Richard) Martin, Dennis (Tammy) and Catherine Farinetti. Dear Brother of Marie (John) Spezia, Carolyn Farinetti and the late Theresa Hershberger., Also survived by five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Visitation Tuesday 2-9 p.m. (with a Rosary at 7:30pm) at Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons, Inc. 36900 Schoenherr at Metro Parkway (16 Mile). Funeral Wednesday 10:30 a.m. at Funeral Home. Interment Resurrection. Memorials may be made to Alzheimers Association.
FISHTAHLER, LILLIAN K. January 7, 2001, age 84. Beloved wife of Edwin Spindler and the late Vernon F. Fishtahler. Dear mother of Laurence E. (Maria Elva) of Arlington VA., Carol E. (Richard) Cooper of Southfield, MI. and Brian V. (Constance Ann) of Troy, MI. Grandmother of Eric, Jesse, Eduardo and Camila. Family will receive friends at A.J. Desmond & Sons (Vasu, Rodgers & Connell Chapel) , 32515 Woodward (btwn 13 & 14 Mile) Monday 6-9 p.m. and Tuesday 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. Scripture service Tuesday evening. Funeral liturgy begins Wednesday 9:15 a.m. at the funeral home with procession to St. Regis Church, 3695 Lincoln at Lahser Rds for Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Entombment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.
FORCADE,REGINALD NAPOLEON Age 91, January 5, 2001, of Grosse Pointe Farms. Born in Bay City, Michigan. Dear husband of Mary Louise (nee Keane). In state Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at St. Paul s Catholic Church School Gymnasium, 170 Lake Shore Drive, Grosse Pointe Farms, until time of Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Interment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, 4390 Conner, Detroit, 48214 or Kenwood Pax Community, 799 S. Pearl St., Albany, New York, 12202. Arrangements by the Verheyden Funeral Home, 313-881-8500.
HOEFER, ALICE R., Age 82, January 6, 2001. Beloved wife of the late Augie B. Loving sister of Betty (Edward) Goliber, Cathy Malerich and the late Frank Malerich, Jr. Also many nieces and nephews. Funeral from Holy Name Church, 630 Harmon St., Birmingham, Wednesday 10 a.m. Friends may visit at church beginning at 9:30 a.m. Visitation at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home 1368 N. Crooks (bet. 14-15 Mile Rd) Tuesday 2-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Rosary Tuesday evening. Contributions to Mother and Unborn Baby Care, Right to Life or Guesthouse.
JOUPPI, VIENO D., Age 93. January 6 of Trenton. Beloved mother of Gerald (Sandra), Thomas (Sally), Daniel (Donna) & Carol Jouppi. Dearest grandmother of ten and great grandmother of three. Friends may call from 1-9 p.m. Tuesday at the Martenson Funeral Home , 3200 West Road, Trenton. She will lie in state Wednesday from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. services at St. Philip Lutheran Church in Trenton. Memorials may be made to St. Philip Lutheran Church.
KARCHNICK, JOSEPH F. January 6, age 98. Husband of the late Anna. Dear father of Mary Ann (Joseph) Trybus, Jean Suzanne (Daniel) Balagna, Joseph Ray (Cathy), Betty Reeves, Larry Faitel, Hubert (Verdella) Faitel, John Faitel and the late William Faitel. Also survived by 22 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren. Funeral Tuesday 10am prayers at the Dearborn Chapel of the Howe-Peterson Funeral Home , 22546 Michigan Ave and 10:30am mass at Sacred Heart Church. Visitation 12-9pm Monday with rosary 7pm. Memorials to the Capuchins.
KNOLL,GRACE, January 7, 2001, age 93. Survived by many relatives and friends. Funeral service Wednesday 1 p.m. at A.J. Desmond & Sons (Vasu, Rodgers and Connell Chapel), 32515 Woodward (betw. 13-14 Mile). Family will receive friends Tuesday 4-9 p.m. Memorial tributes to Cranbrook Hospice.
KOLKE, JOSEPH A., Age 90. January 5, 2001. Beloved husband of the late Marie (Pietrzak) Kolke. Loving (Uncle Joe) to all of his nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews of the McFee, Kolke, Seward, and Kendzierski families. Also survived by his sister Eleanor Herber of Mio, MI. Visitation Tuesday 9:30 AM until time of Mass 10:30 AM at St. Isidore Catholic Church, 18201 23 Mile (at Romeo Plank), Macomb Twp. Memorials to The Capuchin Soup Kitchen would be appreciated. Arrangements by Resurrection Funeral Home, (810) 412-3000.
KOWALSKI, STANLEY J. January 6, age 87. Beloved husband of the late Anne. Loving father of Stanley, Jr., Dolores Krause and Diana Tulecki. Dear brother of Ann Pavlich. Also leaves 10 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. Funeral Wednesday 9:30 a.m. from the David J. Wysocki Funeral Home 29440 Ryan Rd. (N. of 12 Mile) to St. Louise Church at 10 a.m. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Visitation Tuesday 2-9 p.m. Family requests donations to the Leukemia Foundation.
KUTCHEY, JOSEPH H. "PAPA" Age 62 of Armada, formerly of Macomb Township, died January 6, 2001. Beloved husband of Carolyn for 42 years. Dearest father of Joseph (Susan), Mary Ellen "Cooky", Michael (Sandra) and David (Laura). Loving grandfather of Daniel, Amanda, Jennifer, Benjamin, Joseph, Michelle, Elizabeth, Noel, Samantha and Jaclyn. Brother of Mary Jo Weingartz, Virginia Rozanka and Kay DaDeppo. Mr Kutchey was a life long farmer who graduated from Fitzgerald High School in Warren, Class of 1957. His farm was originally in Warren and moved out to Macomp Twp in 1965, He owned and operated Jos. Kutchey & Sons Produce Market on 10 Mile Rd. in Warren until just a few years ago when he semi-retired and his sons took over operating the market and farm. Mr. Kutchey continued to take part in the farm operation everyday. He was a former 4-H leader who enjoyed draft horses, deer watching, woodworking and his grandchildren. Visitation Monday 4-9 p.m. and Tuesday 1-9 p.m. with scripture service 7 p.m. at Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons, Inc 54880 Van Dyke (SHELBY TOWNSHIP) at 25 Mile. Instate Wednesday 9 a.m. at St. Isidore Catholic Church, 23 Mile at Romeo Plank Rd., until Mass at 9:30 a.m. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Donations preferred to the Spinal Cord Society, 19051 County Hwy. #1, Fergus Falls, MN 56537-7609
LOVE, JEAN S., Age 79, January 7, 2001. Beloved wife of Robert C. for 50 years. Loving mother of Edward (Lynn), David (Carol) and Nancy (Paul Blome) Love. Dear grandmother of Jacob, Nicholas, Patrick, Ceit and Rachel. Funeral Thursday 10 a.m. at Bethelehem Lutheran Church, 35300 W. 8 Mile Rd., Farmington Hills. Visitation Tuesday 5-9 and Wednesday 2-9 p.m. at Thayer-Rock Funeral Home 33603 Grand River Ave., Farmington (1 blk. W. of Farmington Rd.) Memorials to American Cancer Society suggested.
MAKUCH, ELIAS, Age 76. January 6, 2001. Beloved husband of the late Stephania. Loving father of Mary (Eugene) Telka, Eugene (Barbara), Christina (Johnny) Sahagian, and the late John. Dearest grandfather of eight grandchildren. Brother of Dmitro. Best friend of Lucille Haymond. Funeral Tuesday 9:30 a.m. from the Jarzembowski Funeral Home, 18957 W. Warren Ave., at Artesian to St. John the Baptist Church for 10 a.m. mass. Visitation Monday 1-9 p.m. Panachyda Monday 7 p.m. Interment St. Hedwig Cemetery.
MILLIKEN,BERNADETTE M. 82, of Palm Harbor, FL., died Sat., Jan. 6, 2001. She moved to FL 1981 from Shelby Town- ship, MI. She was a member of St. Luke Catholic Church, Highland Lakes Golf Club, Quilters Crossing and an avid bridge player all in Palm Harbor, FL. Survivors include sons Michael of Carlsbad, CA, and Robert of Farmington Hills, MI; daughters Mary F. Boldt of Shelby Township, MI, Susan Milliken of Palm Harbor, FL, and Donna Hayes of Clarkston, MI; sisters Carole Krueger of Lake Orion, MI, and Jean Grish of Dunedin, FL; 15 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
MORIAN,RUTH L., January 7, 2001, age 78. Beloved wife of the late Ferdinand; dearest mother of Robert (Mary), Richard and Arleen Kageff; dear grandmother of Anthony, Juliane, Maria, Kirsten and Courtney; dear sister of William (Lorraine) Schmidt. Visitation Monday 3-9 p.m. and Tuesday 2-9 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. Rosary Tuesday at the Kaul Funeral Home, 35201 Garfield (N. of 15 Mile), Clinton Township. Funeral Wednesday, for further details please call the funeral home at (810) 792-5000. Burial Resurrection Cemetery.
OFFERLE, RITA ANNE (nee PELTIER) January 6, 2001 of Toledo, formerly of Detroit. Beloved wife of Carl "Bud" for 41 years. Dear sister of Mary Peltier and Alice Werth of Grosse Pointe Farms, and Frank Peltier of FL. Services 12 noon Wednesday at the A.H. Peters Funeral Home 20705 Mack Ave at Vernier Rd, Grosse Pointe Woods. Memorial gathering 10 a.m. Wednesday. Memorials to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen appreciated.
RIEGLE, HELEN M., 92 Yrs. January 6, 2001. Mrs. Helen M. Riegle of Gaylord. Mrs. Riegle was preceded in death by her husband Charles Riegle in 1981. She is survived by her son Tom (Robyn) Riegle and two grandchildren: Jason and Julie Riegle. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions are appreciated to the American Lung Association. Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Home, 135 N. Center St., Gaylord, Michigan 49735.
WAGNER,JOHN J. SR., January 6, 2001, age 86. Beloved husband of the late Anna and Helen. Dear father of Evelyn and the late Delores and John Jr. "Jack". Grandfather of Anita and Jeffrey (Andrea). Great-grandfather of Kathleen. Brother of Emily and Harry (Jean). Funeral Thursday from at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Rd. at Common (12 Mile) with a Funeral Mass at St. Blase Church. Visitation Tuesday 5-9 p.m. and Wednesday 1-9 p.m. with an evening vigil Wednesday. Call funeral home for service times, (810) 751-0444.
WEEBER, MARJORIE BEATRICE January 5, 2001. Age 97. Loving wife of the late Frank (Buck). Dearest mother of Beverly A. Angellotti and Nancy L. Pacheco-Thiede. Dear grandmother of ten and great grandmother of 13. Visitation Sunday 6-9 PM and Monday 12-9 PM. Funeral Tuesday 11 AM from the Girrbach-Krasun Funeral Home, (River Rouge Chapel), 10783 West Jefferson. Interment Michigan Memorial Park.
WELTI,CARL LOUIS SR. Age 81, died suddenly Saturday, January 6, 2001, in Herrick Memorial Hospital, Tecumseh, Michigan, following a massive heart attack. Born in Detroit, Michigan on February 21, 1919. Lived in Rogers City, Michigan until the age of 9. Moved to Detroit east side where he was a resident for over 40 years. Moved to Farmington Hills in 1962 where he was a resident until 1984. Then moved to Presque Isle, MI, upon retirement. Employed with Detroit Edison s marketing department for 45 years until retirement in 1984. Member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Alpena, MI, active in Lutheran Laymen s League as Past Zone Treasurer. Served in WWII as a First Lieutenant in the 102nd Infantry Division - K. Co. Served with Presque Isle Chamber of Commerce. Member of the Presque Isle Association Architectural Control Committee. President of the Presque Isle Island Association. Founding committee member of the Sunrise Side Chamber of Commerce. Past-president and Treasurer of the Detroit Direct Mail Club, Designer Lighting, and the National Direct Mail Association. Served on World Energy and New Detroit Organizations. Survived by his wife Marguerite (Jonske) whom he married in 1944. Dear father of Dr. Carl L. Welti Jr. (Beverly Maas), Carolyn L. Hoffee (William Hoffee), Thomas A. Welti (Terry Bridges), Mark W. Welti (Dr. Jennifer Groehn); eleven grandchildren. Preceded in death by two grandsons. Visitation Monday 4-9 p.m. and Tuesday 1-9 p.m. McCabe Funeral Home, 31950 W. Twelve Mile Rd., Farmington Hills. Funeral service Thursday 1 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Alpena. Burial Memorial Park Cemetery, Rogers City. Memorials to Immanuel Lutheran Church.