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Gladys Marie Lutfy Howe, 90, passed away peacefully on April 10th, 2018 surrounded by family. Gladys was born on March 25, 1928, in Chatham, Ontario, to James and Najla Zakoor. She grew up in Chatham and Windsor with her three siblings, Edward Zakoor, Fr. Fred Zakoor, and Louise Shaway. She attended St. Mary’s Academy in Windsor and the University of Western Ontario before moving to Grosse Pointe Park in 1951 where she married George Lutfy and had two children, Sandra and George Jr. Her beloved husband George passed away in 1973. In 1978, Gladys married Robert A. Howe and together they continued to raise their nine children: Sandra L. Moore (Donald), George J. Lutfy, Jr. (Mary), Robert A. Howe, Jr. (Sandy), Richard A. Howe (Anne), Thomas P. Howe (Marybeth), the late Dennis E. Howe (Patricia), Mary-Elaine Hart, Andrew J. Howe, and David B. Howe (Cathy). Gladys’ husband Robert A. Howe, passed away on January 29, 2007. Gladys is survived by her sister Louise, her children, 30 grandchildren, three great granddaughters, and many nieces and nephews. Gladys was a very special woman to all who knew her. Some may remember Gladys for her great sense of fashion, having worked at Saks Fifth Avenue for over 30 years. Others may remember her for her competitive spirit playing cards, her love for riding her bike along the lake, playing tennis, or her involvement at the Detroit Athletic Club, the Detroit Golf Club, or throughout the Grosse Pointe Community. Most importantly, Gladys will be remembered for her generosity and kindness towards others and the love she had for her family. For many years, Gladys took great pride in volunteering at Beaumont Hospital Grosse Pointe, Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, and other organizations in the community. Nothing made her smile more than hand delivering a bag of homemade chocolate chip cookies to others or spending time with her children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews, all of whom she adored. A Celebration of Gladys’ life is to be held on Saturday, April 14th 2018 at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, 467 Fairford, Grosse Pointe Woods. A viewing will be held at 9:00 am followed by a Mass at 10:00 am with Father Rich Bartoszek presiding.

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