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John Schlau

February 28, 1937 January 2, 2022
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Obituary for John Schlau

John “Jack” Donald Schlau, age 84, passed away peacefully at his home in Beverly Hills, Michigan on January 2, 2022 after a brief illness from chronic kidney disease. Jack is preceded in death by his loving wife of 55 years, Gail (Stillwell) Schlau. Jack is survived by his children John (Linda) Schlau Jr., Kevin (Victoria) Schlau, Kurt (Marybeth) Schlau and Mary Beth (Kemp) Gillis. He is also dearly missed by his grandchildren: Dr. Erica Pearson (Alex), Derek (Hayley), Julia (Nate), Jack III, Jacob, Anna, Amanda, Brian, Michael, Kyle, Brendan and great grand-children Luca and Rowan. Jack was a dear brother to Peg (Alfred) Leous, Bill (Arlene) Schlau, Mary (Dick) Leous, Grace (Paul) Kinsella, Elsie (Harry) Dixon, Dottie (Chum) Mulligan and Ruth (Tom) Mitchell. We are blessed to still have Mary Leous and Paul Kinsella in our lives.

Jack was born on February 28, 1937. The youngest of 8 children of Elsie (Heubusch) & William Schlau in Buffalo, NY. The family enjoyed summers at Crystal Beach, Canada on Lake Erie where they had a large cottage named Stardust. Jack and his siblings all had fond memories growing up at the beach and having a beer or two.

Jack was a graduate of St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute and Canisius College with a degree in Economics. He married the love of his life, Gail Stillwell, after graduation in June of 1959 and they were married for 55 wonderful years.

In 1973 he relocated his family to Royal Oak, MI upon a job promotion with Aetna Insurance. The last 25 years of his career was at Wausau Insurance in sales management.

In his retirement years he worked several years part-time at the Royal Oak golf courses and enjoyed playing golf, reading and playing cards with friends. Family and friends make life bloom. He had a fantastic sense of humor, was a great story-teller, and was always the life of the party. Most of all, Jack loved spending time with his family and many life-long friends. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He especially loved the summer and winter family weekend trips to Crystal Mountain Resort for 30 years and the Woodward Cruise festivities.

As a sports enthusiast, Jack was a champion for youth sports. Especially in volunteering many years with the Royal Oak Hockey Association and making several friendships at the Kimball High School sporting events.

A visitation will be held at Christ, Our Light! Catholic Church, 3077 Glouchester, Troy, MI 48084 on Thursday, January 6, 2022 at 10:00 with a Funeral Mass at 10:30. The family kindly requests that masks be worn during the visitation and service. The church does not supply masks. The church can be accessed off Coolidge Road south of Big Beaver Rd (16 Mile). A celebration of Jack’s life will be planned at a future date.

Memorials may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) in lieu of flowers.


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