2022

IN MEMORIAM

Mike Alesi

ALESI, Michael R. of Clarkston; passed away on January 3rd 2022. Age 75.  Beloved husband of Hope.  Loving father of Jason Alesi, Bryan Alesi, James Alesi and Jennifer (James) Newland.  Proud grandfather of Tony (Nicole) Flores.  Brother of Paul Alesi.  Preceded in death by his parents Mariano and Paula Alesi.
Michael retired from General Motors after 40 years of service.  He was proud to serve in the United States Army during the Tet Offensive of the Vietnam War. Michael was in the same unit (6th Battalion, 29th Infantry) that his father had served in during WWII.  He was an American Red Cross blood drive volunteer for over 40 years.  He was active in the General Motors Men’s Club and served as President in 2009.  Michael chaired the annual ski trip for years. Michael was a member of the American Legion Post 63 and Knights of Columbus, Clarkston 5436.
Visitation Thursday 4-8 pm at the Lewis E. Wint & Son Funeral Home, Clarkston.
Funeral Mass Friday 11 am at St. Daniel Catholic Church, Clarkston.
Inurnment with Military Honors at a later date at Great Lakes National Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or Tunnels to Towers Foundation.

David Wiegand

Wiegand, David Joseph, age 79 of Leonard, February 14, 2022. Loving husband of Carmela Wiegand, dear father of Beth Selander (Matthew), D.J. (Kelly) Wiegand and Alison (Diana) Wiegand, cherished grandfather of Penelope and Matilda, brother of Elaine (Don) Wade. Predeceased by his siblings George, Ron and James. Funeral Mass, Friday, February 18, 2022, 11:00 am with an instate time of 10:30 am at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 715 N. Lapeer Rd. Lake Orion, MI. The family will receive friends Thursday at the Potere-Modetz Funeral Home, 339 Walnut Blvd, Rochester, from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm with Rosary at 7:00 pm. Entombment Guardian Angel Cemetery. Memorials in David’s name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Online guest book www.modetzfuneralhomes.com

Dick DeBolt

Richard “Dick” DeBolt, 81, a longtime resident of Metamora, passed away on April 21, 2022, in the comforts of his home and surrounded by family.

Dick was born in Pontiac on March 9, 1941 to Ross and Zadah DeBolt. He graduated from Pontiac Central High School and Lawrence Tech. University. He served the country that he loved in the United States Marine Corps for 10 years. On October 24, 1964 he married Margaret Gawne, the love of his life. He was an engineer at GM for 38 years. Most of his career was spent developing the big block powertrain for trucks. He really enjoyed his job at GM and also started a successful family business growing and selling blue spruce trees.

He was a man of many interests and worked very hard and excelled at all of them. He was an incredible Marine, patriot, marksman, engineer, farmer, arborist, advisor, businessman, leader, mechanic, fabricator, dancer and role model. He was a highly skilled motorcyclist, both on and off road. One of his biggest accomplishments was organizing and hosting the first NATC Motorcycle Trials National in the US. He looked forward to going to deer camp and camping and fishing in Canada with the family. One of his favorite things was traveling with Margaret on their Harley which included two cross country trips, a dozen trips to Sturgis as well as thousands of miles elsewhere. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandpa and friend and was liked and respected by all who knew him.

Dick is survived by his wife of 57 years, Margaret DeBolt; two sons Ross “Rusty” (Laurie) DeBolt and Scott (Angela) DeBolt; grandchildren Mason (Maranda) DeBolt, Mahlee (Devon) Moenaert, Mihkail DeBolt, Reyna DeBolt, Austin DeBolt, Evan DeBolt; great grandchildren Waylon DeBolt, Katherine DeBolt and Valentina Moenaert as well as many extended family.

Friends may visit with the DeBolt family on Tuesday, April 26th from 3-8 PM at Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors, Lapeer, MI. A Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, April 27th at 11 AM (In-state at 10:30 AM) at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 715 N. Lapeer Rd. Lake Orion, MI. 48362. Fr. Wayne Ureel will officiate. Military honors will be held following Mass and a luncheon will immediately follow at the Fraternal Order of Eagles 317 W. Clarkston Rd. Lake Orion, MI. 48362.

Memorial donations may be made to the Tunnel To Towers Foundation or Kindred Hospice.

Nick Kovasity

Nikolaus Kovasity, 83, passed away July 15, 2022, at his home in Ortonville.  Nick was born in Mokrin, Yugoslavia in 1939, at the onset of WWII.  His father was drafted into the Army, and later in 1944, Nick, along with his mother and sister, left their home on a wagon-train, as they were not native Serbian, and therefore were in fear of their lives.  They traveled through Yugoslavia, Hungary, Austria and Germany, avoiding the bombs and gunfire as much as possible.  They ate little and were thankful when people offered food and shelter.  After the war, they settled in Germany where they were reunited with Nick’s father via the White Cross. Nick and his family were sponsored by a family member to emigrate to the United States in 1952. Nick was 13 years old, and the family had no money and spoke no English.  They settled in Detroit, and Nick continued accordion lessons, which he had begun in Germany, and briefly attended Catholic School.  He received little education in Europe during wartime, and between the language barrier and lack of education, Nick was eventually kicked out of school, and thereafter his home at the age of 15. Nick joined the U.S. Army as soon as he could, serving from 1957 to 1959.  He was stationed in France for much of this time and played accordion at the local taverns.  Nick also played at the Paris Opera House, where he lightened the mood with the fast-paced Beer Barrel Polka and Spanish Eyes, earning a letter of commendation from a Brigadier (1-star) General.
After completing his enlistment in the Army, Nick began working in machine shops, working his way up from basic machinist to an experienced tool and die maker, draftsman, and eventually a senior level engineer, working at GM for 35 years.  He earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Detroit at age 37 after settling in Ortonville with his wife and two youngest children. 
Nick is survived by his wife Jane (nee Christensen) of 53 yrs.  He is father of Joseph (Cindy) Kovasity, Jennifer (Matt) VanDam, Mark (Kim) Kovasity and Mary Nicole (Brian) Dorsey.  Grandpa of Maxwell, Abigail, Jacob, and Samantha.  Brother of the late Anna Stevens.  Brother-in-law of Dennis and Ronald Christensen. Nick often shared stories with his children describing how he survived WWII and came to live the American dream.  He enjoyed life to the fullest, enjoyed traveling and deer hunting, and was extremely proud to be an American. 

Nancy Bernhardt

My name is Chris Standifer, I am one of the grandsons of Nancy Bernhardt. Nancy passed away October 22nd at 10:45 AM. I just wanted to pass along some service information in hopes you can distribute it out to the other CERC members. I knew she was very involved with this group.
We will be having a service for Nancy this Saturday November 5th at 9:30 AM. The service will take place at Cadillac Memorial Gardens East. Located at 38425 Garfield Rd, Clinton Twp, MI 48038. The service should take around 30-45 minutes. I will go to the cemetery tomorrow to confirm everything but they told me the event will be outside with a tent and some chairs. 
We will then go over to Sajo’s restaurant, located at 36470 Moravian Drive, Clinton Twp, MI 48035. This restaurant is approximately 5 minutes away from the cemetery. We made a reservation from 11-1 so email or text me if people who like to attend the funeral or the dinner. I have to know so I can RSVP. 
I will inform tomorrow or the next day on more specifics, but the date and times should be good to go. Feel free to give out my contact information. 
Chris Standifer 
248-709-8226
cstandifer62@gmail.com
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