Shores salutes two accomplished local women

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published June 4, 2015

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Grosse Pointe Shores officials recently acknowledged two of the city’s accomplished residents as they reach major milestones in their lives.

During a May 19 City Council meeting, Mayor Ted Kedzierski presented resolutions signed by the mayor and members of the City Council to Patricia A. Cardellio and Virginia “Ginnie” Rice, Ph.D.

Cardellio, who is moving out of the Shores soon with her husband, has lived in the city since 1968 and has served as a board member on the city’s nonprofit Shores Improvement Foundation since 1989. She’s also been a member of the Shores Beautification Committee for more than 25 years, including time as its secretary when the group was formed in 1987. She’s done extensive volunteer work for her community, from putting up holiday decorations to planting flowers and helping at various city events, so Kedzierski said the resolution was “certainly well-deserved” as he presented it to her.

“Thank you,” Cardellio responded. “It’s truly appreciated. And there isn’t a better community in the world to serve. … It’s just a wonderful, wonderful community, and this is one of the nicest things that’s ever happened to me.”

Rice, a registered nurse and professor of oncology at the Wayne State University School of Medicine and the Karmanos Cancer Institute, will be retiring from the WSU College of Nursing after 33 years on Aug. 30. Hired as an assistant professor in 1982, Rice received tenure in 1990 and was promoted to full professor in 1997.

Rice’s numerous honors include the Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing Research, the Governor’s Recognition for Contribution to the Tobacco-Free Michigan Action Coalition, and the Midwest Nursing Research Society’s Stress and Coping Research Section’s Advancement of Science in Stress and Coping Award.

Kedzierski told Rice he wanted to congratulate her on “all of your accomplishments and your service.”

Rice spoke to her appreciation for the resolution.

“This was a very special surprise,” she said. “It’s an honor.”