IN LOVING MEMORY OF BERNICE GELETKA September 23, 1925-November 18, 2011 Dear wife and mother, Bernice was a graceful woman with a pretty smile, a warm soul, and easy laughter. A woman of accomplishments large and small, Bernice taught us about personal strength and courage. She was a faithful woman of God, active at her church, a dedicated friend to many, a cancer survivor, the Avon lady, a lover of books, a quiet confidant, and delicious cookie baker. Bernice, we will always miss you greatly. Love always, John, Lynn, John (Pensri), Mikey, and Justin
IN LOVING MEMORY OF JOAN HANNAN October 17, 1958 - November 17, 2007 It's been 5 years since you passed and not a day goes by that your family does not think of you and miss you. We love you one hundred million, billion, trillion, gazillion plus one.
IN LOVING MEMORY OF DOUG JACOBS Musician, Leader and Entertainer to the "Elite" Doug Jacobs, one of the Detroit area's most popular and successful bandleaders for over 35 years, died November 18, 2011 in Naples, Florida. Doug succumbed to ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) after a lengthy battle. He was 71. Doug was a "banjo-entertainer" who arrived in Detroit in 1968 from San Francisco and became a beloved musician and personality in his adopted home. He brought to Detroit the concept of a "banjo sing-a-long" nightclub, opening a franchise of the Red Garter Saloon (which he helped to start in San Francisco a few years earlier). The music was pop hits of the 1920's and 1930's played by a Dixieland-style combo with Jacobs leading the audience in tunes like "Ain't She Sweet," "Side by Side," "If You Knew Susie" and "Heart of My Heart." The Red Garter Saloon, on Library Street behind the J.L. Hudson department store quickly became one of Detroit's most popular night spots - frequented by many Detroit media and sports celebrities of that era: J. P. McCarthy, Sonny Elliot, Stormin' Norman Cash, Bob Talbert, Dick Purtan, Jimmy Launce, Bob Hynes and others. Crowds often lined up out the door and down the street to enter the 400-seat club. Jacobs' vintage fire truck, with the band playing on the back, became a frequent sight driving around downtown to advertise his nightclub. Jacobs' popularity put him in demand to play at virtually every society club and major venue in Detroit...playing for events hosted by many of Detroit's elite such as Joe Hudson Jr., Peter Stroh, Dolly Cole and Henry Ford II. The Red Garter Band appeared frequently on TV on such shows as Kelly and Company, and in 1971 started a 24-year run as "house band" for the Detroit segment of the annual Labor Day Jerry Lewis Telethon. The Red Garter Band played for the Detroit Tigers, the Red Wings, and at the Book Cadillac, The Starter Hilton, and Cobo Hall (for many conventions). When The Red Garter Saloon closed in 1974, Doug concentrated on bookings of his band for events of all types, often playing over 300 jobs a year. In his career, Doug entertained at events for every Michigan governor since George Romney and early on, he played for future president Ronald Reagan. Over the years, he played many charity events in Detroit where, like the Telethon, he often donated his services. The late Detroit Free Press columnist Bob Talbert, in a feature article about Doug in the late 1980's, proffered that Jacobs' Red Garter Band "said Detroit better than anything." Doug "semi-retired" to Marco Island, Florida in the late 90's where he continued to perform and attract a new audience each winter at the Old Marco Inn. Doug's wife Sue Shepanek advised that contributions to his memory may be made to ALS of Michigan, 24359 Northwestern Highway, Suite 100, Southfield, MI 48075.
IN LOVING MEMORY OF PAUL JETER JR. November 13, 1929 - April 12, 2001 Forever in my Heart, Brenda
IN LOVING MEMORY OF JOAQUIN MARTINEZ May 24, 2008 - November 13, 2009 Your Angel Day Our hearts still ache Silent tears still flow Oh, how much we miss you so