Margaret Beaver -- St. Anne
Visitation for Margaret "Peggy" L. LaFond Beaver, 72, of St. Anne, will be from 9-10:45 a.m. Saturday at Clancy-Gernon-Houk Funeral Home in St. Anne. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Anne Catholic Church. Rev. James Fanale will officiate.
Burial will be in St. Anne Catholic Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the family. She died Wednesday (April 19, 2006).
Ms. Beaver worked at Capriotti's Pizza Factory for 15 years. She was born Oct. 23, 1933, in St. Anne, the daughter of Louis and Dorthy Glenn Graeber. Her husband, Cecil LaFond, whom she married Jan. 24, 1952, at St. Anne Catholic Church, died Aug. 12, 1983. She was a member of St. Anne Catholic Church, enjoyed reading, needlework and computer games.
Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Debra and David Clyden, Constance and Terry Sifrit, all of St. Anne; 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Gordon and Nancy Graeber of Bradley, Martin and Jackie Graeber of South Carolina; one stepbrother, Dale Sirois of Dawson Springs, Ky.; three stepsisters, Lois Sirois Billings of St. Anne, Bonnie Sirois Lynn of Brown Deer, Wis., Donna Sirois Moore of Palm Springs, Calif.; one brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Robert and Edna LaFond of Bakersfield, Calif.; several nieces and nephews; and her mother-in-law, Pearl LaFond of St. Anne.
Deceased are one great-grandson, Gage Coffman; one grandson-in-law, Steve Coffman; her stepfather, Percy Sirois; one sister and brother-in-law, Arlene and Jack O'Reilly; one brother, Gary Graeber; and her father-in-law, Cecil P. LaFond.
Please sign her guestbook at clancygernon.com.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- Bob Dove, a Hall of Fame end at Notre Dame who played eight seasons in the NFL and was a longtime assistant coach at Youngstown State, died Wednesday after a lengthy illness, the Lane Funeral Home said. He was 85.
Dove, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2000, was chosen to Street & Smith Magazine's second team when, in 1990, it picked the top college players of the previous 50 years. The Washington Touchdown Club awarded Dove its Rockne Trophy as the nation's best lineman in 1942.
In 1948, Dove joined the NFL's Chicago Cardinals, where he played for five seasons. In 1953, he was traded to the Detroit Lions and played on their 1953 and 1954 championship teams. He retired in 1955.
He was an assistant coach at the University of Detroit from 1955-57, then became an assistant for the Detroit Lions in 1958-59 and for the Buffalo Bills in 1960-61.
He was the head coach at Hiram College for seven seasons.
Dove joined the Youngstown State staff in 1969 and coached under four coaches, including Jim Tressel, now the Ohio State coach. In 1987, he was named coach emeritus and served in that position through the 1991 Division I-AA national championship season.
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RANGER, Ga. (AP) -- Scott Crossfield, the hotshot test pilot and aircraft designer who in 1953 became the first man to fly at twice the speed of sound, was killed in the crash of his small plane, authorities said Thursday. He was 84.
Crossfield's body was found in the wreckage Thursday in the mountains about 50 miles northwest of Atlanta, a day after the single-engine plane he was flying dropped off radar screens on a flight from Alabama to Virginia. There were thunderstorms in the area at the time.
The cause of the crash was under investigation. Crossfield was believed to be the only person aboard.
During the 1950s, Crossfield embodied what came to be called "the right stuff," dueling the better-known Chuck Yeager for supremacy among America's Cold War test pilots. Yeager broke the sound barrier in 1947; only weeks after Crossfield reached Mach 2, or twice the speed of sound, Yeager outdid him.
Crossfield, who lived in Herndon, Va., and flew regularly into his 80s, was one of a group of civilian pilots assembled by the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, the forerunner of NASA, in the early 1950s. Yeager did his test-flying as an Air Force pilot.
Among his many honors, Crossfield was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 1983.
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Darwin N. Davis
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Darwin N. Davis, who was among the first blacks to hold a top corporate position after rising through the ranks of an insurance company, died Sunday of cardiac arrest, his son said. He was 74.
Last year, Davis was named as one of "the bravest generation" by Fortune magazine for being among the first black executives to fight their way to the top of corporate America. He worked his way up to senior vice president at AXA Financial, formerly Equitable Life Insurance, and retired in 1988 after 22 years at the company.
The Jackie Robinson Foundation presented him with its 2006 Lifetime Achievement Award.
Davis was hired as a sales agent by Equitable Life in 1966 and quickly showed his business prowess. He generated more than $1 million in sales within his first two years and was promoted to district manager. He worked his way up to agency vice president by 1975 and to senior vice president eight years later.
In a 2003 profile written by Black Enterprise, Davis said there has been systemic racial discrimination in America for centuries.
After Davis retired, he was active in a number of organizations including the NAACP, the Jesse Owens Foundation and the Black Leadership Council on AIDS.
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) -- Henderson Forsythe, a Tony Award-winning character actor who played the sheriff in "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" and spent 31 years on the soap opera "As the World Turns," died Monday. He was 88.
Forsythe won the Tony Award for outstanding featured actor in a musical in 1979 for his portrayal of Ed Earl Dodd, the profane sheriff in "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas." He later reprised the role in London and was nominated there for actor of the year in a musical.
Forsythe played Dr. David Stewart on "As the World Turns" from 1960 to 1991. In a 1979 interview with The Associated Press, he said he didn't consider soap opera acting to be beneath him.
He had roles in movies, including "Silkwood" in 1983 and "End of the Line" in 1988. On the small screen, he appeared in episodes of "Law & Order" and "Eisenhower and Lutz" and played the Col. Harland Sanders in commercials for KFC restaurants.
But Forsythe's love was theater. He also had roles in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?," "A Delicate Balance," "The Texas Trilogy" and "The Birthday Party."
Forsythe was born Sept. 11, 1917, in Macon, Mo. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Iowa, where he appeared in many productions and was a classmate of Tennessee Williams. The university said he was the first person to earn a master's in fine arts from its theater department.
WEST NEW YORK, N.J. (AP) -- Morton Freedgood, a best-selling author who wrote "The Taking of Pelham One Two Three" and many other detective and mystery novels under the pen name John Godey, has died. He was 93.
Freedgood's daughter, Laura, told The Record of Bergen County that he died Sunday at his home in West New York. The cause of death was not disclosed.
His novel, "The Wall-to-Wall Trap," was published under his own name in 1957, but Laura Freedgood said her father decided to use the pen name John Godey -- borrowed from the name of a ladies publication of the 1880s -- to differentiate that work from his serious literature.
As John Godey, he later achieved commercial success with the books "A Thrill a Minute with Jack Albany," "Never Put Off till Tomorrow What You Can Kill Today" and "The Three Worlds of Johnny Handsome." Then, in 1973, he reached best seller lists for many weeks with "The Taking of Pelham One Two Three," a story about the hijacking of a New York City subway train that was made into a movie the following year starring Walter Matthau and Robert Shaw.
Henry F. Wallace
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Henry F. Wallace, a civil-rights activist and preservationist, has died. He was 90.
Wallace attended hundreds of civil-rights demonstrations over the past four decades and appeared at recent rallies in a wheelchair. He was arrested numerous times at local demonstrations on issues including open housing and police abuse.
He died Wednesday at his farm on the Oldham-Jefferson county line. His daughter, civil-rights activist Carla Wallace, said her father "never stopped marching for peace and against injustice, no matter where it showed itself."
Wallace took over the family farm in 1961 at the death of his father, Tom Wallace, who was editor of The Louisville Times from 1930 through World War II.
He traveled the country during the Depression, hitchhiking and hopping freight trains. He worked for a newspaper in Puerto Rico, then Cuba's Havana Post. He moved to Paris in 1951 and began working for Time magazine covering much of North Africa.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) -- Robert Wegman, a pioneer of one-stop shopping who transformed his family's business into one of the nation's largest private companies, died Thursday. He was 87.
Wegman took over as president of the 90-year-old business begun by his father and uncle in 1950 and over decades introduced private-label products and laser scanning at the checkout.
He was behind the "Shoppers Club" electronic discount program and Wegmans' "Strive for 5" program offering recipes with nutritional analyses that emphasized fresh vegetables and fruits.
He is credited with pioneering one-stop shopping, placing bakeries, imported foods and cafes into huge stores, along with photo labs, video departments and child play centers.
The 70 Wegmans emporiums in five states employ more than 35,000 people and posted sales of $3.8 billion in 2005.
The company's employee scholarships, high-end wages and health insurance program have landed Wegmans on Fortune magazine's list of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" for nine straight years.
In 2005, Wegmans was ranked No. 1 on the list, leading the chairman to say, "This is the culmination of my life's work."
Elford Albin Cederberg
LASING, Mich. (AP) -- Former U.S. Rep. Elford Albin Cederberg, a Republican from Michigan who served in Congress for 26 years after fighting in World War II, has died. He was 88.
Cederberg died Monday in The Villages, Fla., according to Rep. Dave Camp's office.
He served in Congress from 1953 through 1978, becoming the highest-ranking Republican on the Democrat-controlled House Appropriations Committee.
He was assigned to the 83rd Infantry Division, which landed at Normandy, France, and fought battles across France and Germany.
Cederberg won five campaign battle stars and the Bronze Star and was discharged with the rank of captain in 1945.
After returning home, Cederberg became manager of Nelson Manufacturing Co. in Bay City and later served as mayor of Bay City from 1949 until 1953.
In 1952, he won election to the 10th Congressional District, representing the Midland area and the surrounding region stretching south to parts of Ingham County and north to Traverse City.
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) -- Ellen Kuzwayo, a South African author and women's rights and anti-apartheid champion, died after a long illness, family said. She was 91.
Kuzwayo was admitted three weeks ago to Soweto's Lesedi Private Clinic, suffering from complications associated with chronic diabetes, her son, Bobo, told the South African Press Association.
Kuzway, who died Wednesday, was the first black writer to win South Africa's premier CNA Literary Prize for her 1985 autobiography, "Call Me Woman," a book that made her a spokeswoman for the suffering and triumphs of black women under apartheid.
In 1996, she published a collection of short stories, "Sit Down and Listen: Stories From South Africa." She also collaborated on films.
Trained as a teacher and social worker, she moved to the sprawling Johannesburg township of Soweto, where she became an active opponent of the brutal white-minority regime after police gunned down students in 1976 protests against the introduction of Afrikaans as the language of instruction in black schools.
Arrested for her political activities, she spent five months in detention in 1977.
Kuzwayo was elected to Parliament in South Africa's first all-race elections in 1994, serving five years. She was also active in projects to educate women and improve living conditions in Soweto, becoming an institution in the township, where her advice was sought by schools, church groups, welfare agencies and many others.
TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) -- Eberhardt Rechtin, an engineer who played a key role in the development of space technology during the Cold War, has died. He was 80.
Rechtin died Friday at Torrance Memorial Hospital after lengthy battles with several illnesses, his family said in a statement.
His technical accomplishments included the creation of the Deep Space Network, a system developed at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena that captures communications from distant planetary spacecraft.
Ultimately, the network became a critical part of U.S. breakthroughs in planetary science.
Rechtin also helped develop electronics systems for the nation's first space probe, Explorer, while at JPL, said Albert Wheelon, a close friend and fellow aerospace industry leader.
He worked at JPL until 1967, when he was named director of the Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. He later was named an assistant secretary of defense, helping to oversee defense intelligence operations.
While at the Pentagon, he was hired as chief engineer of Hewlett-Packard Corp. In 1977, Rechtin was named chief executive of El Segundo-based Aerospace Corp., the Air Force's systems engineer and architect for space.
During his 10-year tenure, Aerospace played a key role in advising the Air Force on the development of the Global Positioning System and the Star Wars missile defense program.
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) -- Maurice "Chico" Sabbah, a businessman and philanthropist whose risk-sharing insurance company had to pay more than $400 million to settle a lawsuit stemming from the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, has died, his family said. He was 77.
Sabbah died Monday after a long illness, but the cause was not immediately available.
Sabbah co-founded Fortress Re of Burlington in 1972 along with Kenneth Kornfeld. The company was a reinsurer -- an insurer for insurance companies, allowing them to pool financial resources they might need to settle massive claims.
The company was sued by Japanese insurance firms that paid premiums and management fees to Fortress Re, which was the pool manager for the four airplanes hijacked in the Sept. 11 attacks.
The three Japanese companies claimed they could not pay the estimated $3 billion in losses related to the attacks because Sabbah and Kornfeld kept hundreds of millions for themselves instead of saving it to cover claims.
An arbitration panel awarded the companies $1.12 billion in December 2003, finding that Fortress Re engaged in fraud and "willful and deliberate misconduct." Sabbah, who denied wrongdoing, and Kornfeld settled for $400 million in July 2004.
Business Week magazine in 2003 named Sabbah among America's 50 most generous philanthropists. He also gave funds to build a gym at Beth David Synagogue in Greensboro and a hospital wing in Israel, where he had a house.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Elaine Young, the real estate agent to the stars who bought and sold so many celebrity properties that she became a celebrity herself, died Thursday of cancer according to family members. She was 71.
Glamorous and ebullient, she lived a life that rivaled those of her star clients, who included Elvis Presley, Elizabeth Taylor, Warren Beatty, Burt Reynolds, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand and Stevie Wonder, among others.
In the 1970s she did what many Hollywood stars were doing, sought to improve her appearance through cosmetic surgery. It was the beginning of a horror story that would haunt her for the rest of her life.
As she told it many times in interviews warning others about the pitfalls of such operations, she was maimed by a doctor who injected loose silicone into her face to accentuate her cheekbones. After a time, the silicone began to migrate, causing eye problems and disfigurement.
Young's soft voice and gentle manner belied her flossy image, and famous clients were drawn to her. Indeed, she was one of them, born and raised in the realm of Hollywood fantasy.
The slogan Young placed on her Web site might well serve as her epitaph: "If you want to live in heaven, acquire a home or condo from Elaine Young."
As of Thursday, April 20, 2006, at least 2,381 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. The figure includes seven military civilians. At least 1,869 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers.
The AP count is two lower than the Defense Department's tally, last updated Wednesday at 10 a.m. EDT.
The British military has reported 104 deaths; Italy, 27; Ukraine, 18; Poland, 17; Bulgaria, 13; Spain, 11; Slovakia, Denmark three; El Salvador, Estonia, Netherlands, Thailand, two each; and Hungary, Kazakhstan, Latvia, one death each.
~ Associated Press
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Scott Brazil, an Emmy-winning producer-director, whose television shows included "The Shield" and "Hill Street Blues," has died. He was 50.
Brazil died Monday of respiratory failure due to Lou Gehrig's disease and lyme disease complications, FX Networks spokesman John Solberg said Wednesday.
Brazil was executive producer of "The Shield," the first original drama series on FX Networks, and he directed 11 episodes. Brazil and "Shield" creator and executive producer Shawn Ryan won the 2002 Golden Globe for drama series.
Brazil also directed episodes of "Nip/Tuck," "Grey's Anatomy," "CSI: Miami," "NCIS," "JAG," "Nash Bridges" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." He also directed the pilot of "Playmakers" for ESPN.
As a producer on NBC's "Hill Street Blues," Brazil won two Emmys for drama series in 1983 and 1984 and a Golden Globe in 1983 for TV drama series.