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Katherine Anslow

Katherine Margaret Anslow (Norman)

Monday, August 31st, 1936 - Sunday, June 16th, 2019
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Grosse Pointe Farms resident Katherine N. Anslow passed away peacefully in her sleep at home on June 16, 2019.

Born in Detroit to O. Arnold and Leona (Carbeck) Norman, Kathie was raised in Huntington Woods, Michigan, where she attended Berkley High School. At the University of Michigan she edited The Ensian yearbook, joined the Chi Omega sorority, and became a member of Phi Beta Kappa. After graduating with her degree in Music, Kathie went to work for the Detroit Free Press, rising to the position of Society Editor.

She married Dr. Richard D. Anslow in 1962 and moved to Grosse Pointe Farms, where they raised two daughters.

Starting in 1977, Kathie worked for First Federal Savings of Michigan (later Charter One) as Assistant Vice President and Public Relations Officer, and later Assistant Vice President for Branch Operations. After her retirement, she was a communications and public relations consultant. She edited Moorings for the Grosse Pointe Historical Society, and was a writer and copy editor for The Record, a publication of the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan.

She was an active member of Christ Church Grosse Pointe, serving on numerous committees and employed for three years as its Communications Director.

Kathie was a member of Ibex, serving as its president in 2005-6. She was in The Wednesday Morning Music Club, frequently performing on the piano or acting as an accompanist for others. She particularly enjoyed playing music with her two granddaughters.

Kathie is survived by her daughters Susan (Eric) Williams and Lynn Anslow; and granddaughters Margaret and Emily Williams.

A funeral service will be held on August 2nd at 11 am at Christ Church Grosse Pointe, 61 Grosse Pointe Blvd., Grosse Pointe Farms.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the University of Michigan Knight-Wallace Fellowship for Journalists, Univ. of Michigan/Wallace House, Knight-Wallace Fellowships for Journalists Fund, 620 Oxford Rd. Ann Arbor, MI 48104 with Knight-Wallace Fellowships for Journalists on the memo line; or to Christ Church Grosse Pointe, with Music Fund on the memo line.
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  • Memorial Mass

    Friday, August 2nd, 2019 | 11:00am
    Friday, August 2nd, 2019 11:00am
    Christ Church Grosse Pointe
    61 Grosse Pointe Blvd
    Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan 48236
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  • Interment

    Christ Church Grosse Pointe
    61 Grosse Pointe Blvd.
    Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan 48236
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Susan Anslow Williams

Posted at 04:37pm
How does one post a farewell? Those who knew my mom were impressed by her smile, her puns, her color-coordinated outfits (thank you, Talbot's) and the ways she made any visitor feel welcome in her home. When our "nuclear family" fell apart 40+ years ago, she made sure home always felt like home, for us kids and our friends. In more recent years she loved spending time with her grand-daughters, patiently accompanying their Suzuki Strings songs when they were small, sharing her kitchen desk with their coloring efforts (that was a sacrifice), and "busting her buttons" over every theater or music performance. We were deeply blessed every year shared with her; just with there were more.

Lynn Anslow

Posted at 07:46pm
I am so lucky that my mother was also my best friend. She had a huge heart, a beautiful smile, and a wicked sense of humor. We laughed a lot.

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