Life in the Motor Cities Gruppe

Carroll Thomson Service Information

December 16, 2014

Dear Gruppe Members, John (Jason) Thomson Jr. just sent me this note:


Carroll passed away peacefully tonight (December 15th 2014) at Angela Hospice in Livonia, at the age of 72.  Carroll was a very early member of 356 Registry (Vic would have to confirm if they were charter members); I’m sure they were charter members of MCG.  Carroll did all kinds of things in life, but relevant to the group, she completed Waterford driving school in the Speedster, did timing and scoring and crew duties for years, and owned the 1961 Karmann Coupe (happily still in the family) and a C Coupe (hopefully happy in someone else’s family…).
Visitation and services information is below.
Jason Thomson


Thomson, Carroll 10/11/1942 – 12/15/2014 Ann Arbor Carroll Jo (Lanzen) Thomson, 72, of Ann Arbor, MI died peacefully at Angela Hospice on December 15, 2014. Carroll was born October 11, 1942, in Detroit, MI to Joseph and Dorothy (Slaughter) Lanzen. She married John Thomson in 1976. Carroll is survived by sons Bryan (Shawn) Young of Petoskey, MI; John (Diane) Thomson of Dexter, MI; daughters Debbi Spencer of Westland, MI; Aimee (Steve) Gassman of Colorado Springs, CO; sisters Sherry (Dave) Arnold of San Francisco, CA; Laurie (Dan) Harris of Pleasant Ridge, MI; brother Terry (Cindy) Lanzen of Troy, MI; grandaughters Samantha, Ashley, Jordan, Lindsay, Molly, and Katherine. Carroll was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. Carroll was employed at Oak Trails Montessori School in Ann Arbor, and owned Carroll’s Corner and Trellis Cafe & Tea Room in northeast Ann Arbor. She was involved with many organizations including the American Red Cross, American Business Women’s Association, the Thurston Players, the First Congregational Church of Ann Arbor, Woman’s National Farm and Garden Association, and Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor. She enjoyed international and domestic travels with extended family and friends, and adored DisneyWorld. She had an unbelievable amount of energy and perserverance throughout her life, and will be missed by all. A memorial service will be held on Friday, December 19, 2014 at 11:00 am at the First Congregational Church of Ann Arbor, 608 E. William St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104. There will be visitation on Thursday, December 18, 2014 from 6-8 pm at the Nie Family Funeral Home, 3767 W. Liberty Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Please visit to sign Carroll’s guestbook

Carrol Thomson

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2014 Gruppe Holiday Party as Seen by Vic Rivera thru his iPhone

December 15, 2014

This year’s Holiday Party, held at Genitti’s in Northville, was a terrific change of pace from the big room at Canterbury Village that has hosted the party for years. It was cozy, for sure, but the room allowed us to do what we do best, and that is to socialize!

Vic Rivera had a neat iPhone grip for taking pictures from neat angles, including selfies. This is an example of what he was using to give you some perspective if you were not there.


Thanks so much Vic for taking the following pictures!

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Sher Toburen

December 4, 2014

It is with a heavy heart that we report the passing of Sher Toburen on Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014. Sher, and her husband Bill “Toby” Toburen, were long time Gruppe members who graciously hosted several events and driving tours. Sher’s cooking, especially her baking, wowed us non-stop over the years. She was a true enthusiast and a beautiful person inside and out, we will miss her terribly. I spoke to Bill that night and he is holding up well, he is just thankful that she is no longer suffering.

Full obituary here:
You can send a card to Toby to their home address listed below.
Bill Toburen
2877 Fenton Road
Hartland, MI   48353

Godspeed Sher, we love you.     sher 3

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