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Roy C. “Joe” Hayes
Former U.S. Attorney forthe Eastern District of Michi-gan, Roy C.“Joe”Hayespassedaway inCharlevoix,Thursday,October 10,2013, sur-rounded byfamily andclosefriends. Joe was a very specialIrishman, who lit up the roomwith his kind-heartedness, hissense of humor, his stories,and his jolly laugh. That laughis echoing throughout thehalls of heaven today. HisIrish eyes are smiling again.Joe was born in Detroit toRoy Charles Hayes Sr., theowner of an advertising andpublic relations company, andGertrude Sullivan Hayes, adoting Irish mother. He gradu-ated from University of De-troit Jesuit High School in1958, and attended the Univer-sity of Notre Dame, where hereceived a bachelor’s degreein 1962. He then went to lawschool at the University of De-troit Mercy School of Law,graduating in 1965.After passing the state bar,Joe was selected in 1966 to bethe Editor of the DetroitLawyer, the primary publica-tion of the Detroit Bar Associ-ation. During the same time,he served as public relationscounsel to the State Bar of Michigan and of the DetroitBar Association. In 1967, Joewas selected as AssistantProsecuting Attorney in theWayne County Prosecutor’sOffice, where he specialized intrying major felony cases. Hequickly developed an expert-ise in prosecuting murder,arson and fraud cases.From 1970 to 1975, Joeheaded the Wayne County Or-ganized Crime Task Force inDetroit, supervising a taskforce of prosecutors and lawenforcement officers who in-vestigated major corruption.During this time Joe was thechief trial lawyer for the 10thPrecinct Police Corruptiontrial that lasted nine months.The case resulted in the con-viction of fourteen police offi-cers and six drug traffickers.With wife, Jacqueline(“Jackie”), and two youngchildren in tow, Joe moved toCharlevoix, Michigan in Janu-ary 1976 to become theCharlevoix County Prosecut-ing Attorney. In 1978, he wentinto the private practice of law in Charlevoix. He handleda very diverse statewide legalpractice from his firm inCharlevoix for the next sevenyears.In 1985, at the age of 44, Joewas appointed United StatesAttorney for the Eastern Dis-trict of Michigan by PresidentRonald Reagan. He was con-firmed by the United StatesSenate and sworn into officeby U.S. District Judge RobertE. Demascio. As U.S. Attorney,Joe prosecuted many highprofile cases, including thecases against the ChambersBrothers Gang, which utilizedstrict business practices to op-erate approximately 300 crackcocaine houses during the pe-riod of 1983-1988. At the heightof its operation, the groupwas making a profit of $1 mil-lion a week. Under Joe’s lead-ership, twenty-two of the gangmembers were indicted inFebruary of 1988, resulting inconvictions and long sen-tences for all defendants.As U.S. Attorney, Joe spenttime developing policies andprocedures for the OrganizedCrime Drug EnforcementTask Force. As the Core CityU.S. Attorney, he had over-sight responsibility for inves-tigations and prosecutions inthe Great Lakes Region, whichconsisted of U.S. Districts inKentucky, Michigan, Ohio,West Virginia and Pennsylva-nia. He was also chosen byU.S. Attorney General EdwinMeese to serve on the Eco-nomic Crime Council, and theWhite Collar Crime and Pub-lic Corruption Subcommit-tees. He was also a member of the National Drug PolicyBoard’s Prosecution Subcom-mittee.Joe retired as U.S. Attorneyin 1989, and went back intoprivate practice in Charlevoixuntil he retired in May of 2000.Friends of Joe know all toowell how passionate Joe wasabout his Irish heritage. HisSt. Patrick’s Day parties inCharlevoix were legendarythroughout the state of Michi-gan, with oftentimes over 500people in attendance. In par-ticular, Irish (and not so Irish)lawyers and judges fromacross the state would con-verge on Charlevoix for the ju-bilant “Wearin’ of the Green”.Joe was the lone member of the Charlevoix Chapter of TheIncorporated Society of IrishAmerican Lawyers.The most important thing inJoe’s life was family. He is sur-vived by his beloved wife of 46years, Jackie. Joe and Jackiewere married at Saints Peterand Paul Jesuit Church in De-troit on August 19, 1967. Jackieselflessly and lovingly caredfor Joe for the last 13 years intheir home after he was diag-nosed with early onset of de-mentia.Joe and Jackie have twochildren, both of whom alsograduated from Notre Dame.Their son is Charlevoix attor-ney Roy “Joe” Hayes III, whois married to Kendall. Joe andKendall gave Joe two grand-daughters, Catherine (7) andSloane (5). Catherine andSloane loved their “Papa Joe”dearly, and were able to bewith him almost every day intheir home or in his.Joe and Jackie’s daughter isAmy McNamara, who is alsoan attorney. Amy is marriedto John McNamara, who prac-tices law in Austin, Texas.Amy gave Joe four grandsons,Michael (22), Christopher (22),Jack (16), and Joe (1), who isnamed after his granddad.“Papa Joe” was very special toall of his grandsons. Heraised Michael and Christo-pher as a father for 3 years.When Joe became ill severalyears ago, he would spend ex-tended time visiting Texas,where he became a best friendand playmate to Jack. BabyJoe, in addition to beingnamed for his grandfather,has a striking resemblance tohim, and has inherited his jolly laugh.A Funeral Mass was held forJoe Tuesday, October 15, atSaint Mary’s Church inCharlevoix.In lieu of flowers, memorialcontributions may be made toSt. Mary’s School – Angel Tu-ition (to provide scholarships)at 1005 Bridge Street,Charlevoix, MI 49720.
Paul E. Simmons
Paul E. Simmons died Oct.12, 2013. Arrangements arepending for the week of Oct.21.A complete obituary will fol-low from Winchester FuneralHome in Charlevoix.
Mary Helen Riggle, 97
(JaN. 29, 1916 - OCT. 10, 2013)
Mary Helen Riggle of Charlevoix died Thursday,Oct. 10, 2013, at Boulder ParkNursing Home in Charlevoix.She wasborn Jan.29, 1916, inPetoskey,the daugh-ter of Angus andElla (Cross)Fochtman.She gradu-ated fromCharlevoixHigh School in 1934, then at-tended Davenport BusinessCollege in Grand Rapids.Mary Helen worked at Con-sumers Power in Alma, whereshe met Robert Granger Rig-gle. On June 24, 1939, theywere married. They madetheir home in Lansing, whereMary Helen worked at Searsand Roebuck, then retired toCharlevoix in 1972, where sheworked at the Shop of theGulls.Mary Helen was a memberof the First CongregationalChurch in Charlevoix formore than 75 years. Shefounded the Community FoodPantry there with Lucy Mar-tin, organized the CommunityChristmas Project, and be-longed to several church cir-cles. She helped organize thesewing and completion of thePeace Quilt that hangs in thechurch fellowship hall, andknitted hats for the newbornsat Charlevoix Area Hospital.She was a founding memberand Rainbow Shoppe volun-teer, participated in the an-nual CROP walks, fundraisingfor Heifer International, andwas a member of theCharlevoix Garden Club. In1995, she was the Venetian Pa-rade Grand Marshal. MaryHelen was awarded the 2011Charlevoix Kiwanis Commu-nity Appreciation Award.Mary Helen is survived byher sons, Thomas (June) Rig-gle of Atlanta, Ga., John (Jan-ice) Riggle of Kentwood,James (Rose) Riggle of Kinchloe; grandchildren,Robb (Kim) Riggle, Kristina(Bruce) Ringstrom, KimberlyRiggle; brother, Edward(Mary) Fochtman of ZephyrHills, Fla.; many dear niecesand nephews. Her husband,Bob, preceded her in death onDec. 5, 2000.Funeral was Tuesday, Oct.15, at the First CongregationalChurch in Charlevoix, the Rev.Neil Wilson officiating. Burialin Brookside Cemetery inCharlevoix.Memorial contributionsmay be made to the First Con-gregational Church inCharlevoix. Sign Mary Helen’sguestbook at www.winchester-funeralhome.com.
Donald Lawrence Curtis, 83
(JuNE 21, 1930 - OCT. 11, 2013)
Donald Lawrence Curtis of Ellsworth, Mich. formerly of Shelby Township, died on Oct.11, 2013, at Munson MedicalCenter surrounded by his lov-ing family.Don was born on June 21,1930, in Detroit, Mich., toHelen and Lawrence Zielinski(Kerney). He graduated fromSaint Anthony’s High Schoolin 1948 and went on to earnboth a BS (1952) and a DDS(1956) from the University of Detroit. Donald then joinedthe United States Air Forceand was stationed at Alcon-bury Air Force Base in Eng-land where he met his wife of 53 years, Joanne Elliott Cur-tis. They were married in 1960in Royal Oak, Mich., andmoved to Shelby Township,Michigan, where he raisedfour children and practiceddentistry for more than 30years until his retirement in1993. Don was a member of the Macomb Dental Societyand the Michigan Dental As-sociation. Once retired, Donand Joanne moved toEllsworth, where they lived onthe shore of Lake Michiganand enjoyed the sunsets formany years.Donald is survived by hisloving wife, Joanne ElliottCurtis; son, James Curtis(Debbie); and daughters, Kath-leen Curtis Reed (Paul), andMary Beth Curtis McHugh(Peter). He is also survived byhis sister, Carol ZielinskiBoigegrain; and the 12 grand-children whom he adored,Emily Curtis, Bennett Curtis,Nathan Curtis, Abigail Curtis,Grant Reed, Adam Reed, Con-nor Reed, Nathaniel Reed,Owen McHugh, AnneMcHugh, Liam McHugh, andMaggie McHugh, and manynieces.He was preceded in death byhis parents, Helen andLawrence Zielinski; his sister,Betty Zielinsky Acierno; andhis son, Thomas Curtis.A Mass of Christian Burialwas celebrated on Thursday,Oct. 17, at St. Mary’s CatholicChurch in Charlevoix, Mich.In lieu of flowers, the familyasks that donations be madeto either Webber Heart Center,c/o Munson Foundation, 210Beaumont Place, TraverseCity, MI 49684; or PetoskeyPublic Schools Athletic De-partment, c/o Petoskey PublicSchools, Attn: Gary Hice, 1130Howard St., Petoskey, MI49770.The Winchester FuneralHome in Charlevoix is han-dling the arrangements.
Ann Rosenthal, 86
Ann Rosenthal of Bloom-field Hills and Charlevoix,Mich.,died Oct.5, 2013.Belovedwife of the lateMarvin“Mike”Rosen-thal.Cher-ishedmother of Rochelle (Randy)Forester and James (Cathy)Rosenthal. Loving grand-mother of Ivy Forester andMaxwell Rosenthal. Dear sis-ter of Marvin (Lois) Nochmanand the late Harriet Etelman.Sister-in-law of Leon Etelman.Services happened the after-noon of Monday, Oct. 7, at theIra Kaufman Chapel in South-field. Interment at MachpelahCemetery in Ferndale.
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