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HOGAN MILDRED J. "JUNE" Of White Lake formerly of Gaylord. Passed away on July 1, 2010. She was the granddaughter of John Ward Westcott, which he founded in 1874 Detroit's first floating zip code- J.W. Westcott Co. The founder of the company, John Ward Westcott was the president until he passed away and then John Ward Westcott II lead the company until 1957. Upon his death, Mildred S. Westcott ran the company until 1971. The son-in-law Joseph J. Hogan presided until his death in 1995. It was after his death that Mildred J. Hogan ran the company. Prior to her active day-to-day involvement with J.W. Westcott Co., she was a teacher for the Walled Lake Consolidated school system and Oakley Park Elementary. She retired in 1975; however, became more involved in the business after retirement from 1975–1995. Mrs. Hogan was past president of the Propeller Club of the Port of Detroit and was a member of the International Ship Master's Association-Ladies Auxiliaries. Beloved wife of the late Joseph James Hogan. Dear mother of the late Joanne J. Bleiler, James M. (Linda A.) Hogan. Mother-in-law of William R. Bleiler. Proud grandmother of Toni, Jeff, James, Bryan. Great-grandmother of nine. The Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated on Thursday, July 8, 2010, at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 9086 Hutchins Road, White Lake. The visitation hours will be Wednesday, July 7, 2010, from 2-8 p.m. along with a Rosary Service at 6 p.m. at the Union Lake Chapel of the Elton Black & Son Funeral Home, 1233 Union Lake Road, White Lake, (248) 363-7135. Mrs. Hogan will lie in state at the church on Thursday from 10 a.m. until Mass. Interment at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery, Southfield. Memorial donations to Alzheimer's Association. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Please visit

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John Horton07/04/2010

The group of families whose lives are tied to the Great Lakes is a wonderful one. The Propeller Club, Great Lakes Shipmasters, and more. One of the fine businesses which has facilitated business on the Lakes has of course been J.W. Westcott. For the company to have succeeded for many, many years has required commitment, energy, ideas, and integrity of all those associated with the firm. The leadership of the firm has to show the way in all of those characteristics. All who really knew her understood that here was a fine lady. My father was born just 5 years before she was. If he was alive he would have written similar words to your family. Many times he had things delivered to the Cleveland Cliffs vessels from your offices. His retirement from Cliffs in 1981 meant he knew her and I am sure that they had wonderful conversations. I am also sure that his condolances would be sincere and heartfelt. Going back from my 2 1/2 years on the lakes starting in 1977, Captains and fleet owners in the family have sailed past Detroit. Thus, from his family to yours, it is similar to the book on your company's shelves, "Long Ships Passing", many memories and happy times are remembered all helped along by good people such as she.

James Ray07/05/2010

Jim And Linda and family Our prayers are with you all. Those of us that passed thru the station will remember your Mom. Jim and Pat Ray

Joseph Salerno07/05/2010

My thoughts and prayers are with you... My God Bless you and your family.

Denny Trease07/09/2010

Jim and Family. Sorry to hear about the death of your Mom. I remember her mainly from the summer visits to the house on the lake. I stopped in at the Westcott office in the 1970's when I was working downtown Detroit, had a nice chat with your mom and dad and took a ride the boat in the middle of the winter.... My Best to All, cousin Denny

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