Gloudemans, Lee, Thomas Township, Michigan

Beloved husband, father, Papa, brother, uncle and friend passed away Sunday afternoon, February 23, 2014. Age 81 years. The son of the late Wallace (Bob) Gloudemans and Mildred (nee Erickson), Lee was born April 6, 1932 in Little Chute, Wisconsin. He was born at home and he died at home, surrounded by love. Lee served his country as a pilot in the United States Navy, he graduated from St. Norbert College and worked for Hartford Insurance for over 30 years. It was a transfer in this career that brought him to Saginaw in 1966 where he met his sweetheart and wife, Mary Lou Loviska Tenney. They married on June 1, 1968, starting an instant family with her children. They were active members of Holy Spirit Catholic Church. Lee loved Big Band and Dixieland music, was an avid organic gardener and could be seen "puttering" in his yard during all seasons. Residents of Shields may also recognize Lee from his daily four-mile walks around town. Although a long-time Michigan resident, Lee never lost his love for the Green Bay Packers. He also loved spending time Up North at the cottage with his family, manning the grill and playing with his grandsons. Lee was an incredibly generous man who loved his family fiercely. Surviving to cherish his memory are: his wife of 45 years, Mary Lou; his children, three amazing men that are his legacy, Steve Tenney of Saginaw, John (Mandi) Tenney of St. Charles, Eric (Tracie) Gloudemans of Ferndale and daughters Barb (Bill) Luongo of Flint, Julie Petrick of Flint and his personal "cruise director" Laura (Mark) Cassar of Rochester Hills; 14 grandchildren, Kara, Derek, Will, Mary, Laury, Ben, David, Tim, Jacob, Dani, Dominic, Christian, Stevie and Charlie; sister Jackie Sickel of Green Bay, WI; sisters-and-brother-in-law Anne Bates of Bay City, Kathy Loviska of Saginaw, Bill and Blanche Loviska of Port St. Lucie, FL; and many nieces and nephews. Lee was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers-in-law, Cal Sickel and Larry Loviska and a nephew, Dan Sickel. The Gloudemans family would like to thank Hospice of Michigan and Almost Heaven Home Care for their loving service. Funeral Liturgy will take place on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Spirit Catholic Church. Rev. Fr. Peter Gaspeny will officiate with burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Albee Township. Friends may call at The Snow Funeral Home, 3775 N. Center Road (between Shattuck and McCarty), where the family will be present on Wednesday from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and on Thursday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of Mass. In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to St. Jude Children's Hospital, Holy Spirit Catholic Church or the charity of donor's choice.