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Donald A. Grondin

June 10, 1922 March 24, 2022
Donald  A. Grondin
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Obituary for Donald A. Grondin

Donald Albert Grondin, 99, beloved husband of Alice and longtime resident of Milford, MI passed away peacefully on March 24, 2022.

Donald was born on June 10,1922 in Milford, Michigan. He was the third out of five children born to the late Oscar and Louise Grondin. He graduated from Milford High School in 1941. Don spent most of his working career as an engineer at Agnew Machine CO. He retired as Chief Engineer in 1977.

He served in WWII from 1943 to 1946 as a member of the 14th Armored Division in Germany under General Patton. His division, known as “The Liberator’s,” freed 200,000 prisoners of war and oppressed people held in death camps.

After his service, Donald returned to his home in Milford and married his sister’s best friend, Alice Melzer. They were married in 1946 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. They have been lifelong members of that parish. Together they moved into a home built by his father. Their home was on the same street in Milford where three of his siblings also settled. Donald’s parents lived just around the corner and he and Alice’s four children grew up with 13 of their cousins playing outdoors across the length of the block, skating on the Huron River during cold winter days or fishing in the summer.

At age 53, Donald began the process of designing and building a retirement home that he and Alice would live in until Donald was 93. It was a dream come true and a labor of love. Donald, Alice, his three sons, and his brother-in-laws Forest and Ed all participated in the building process..

Throughout the years, his immediate family expanded to include seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren. He enjoyed every minute with them - whether they were fishing on the pond he dug at their home on Labadie Road or chasing his pet ducklings. Engaging his grandchildren and great grandchildren was an immense joy in his life.

Donald was a master of many skills. His love of tools and continuous learning were central to who he was. His mentorship of his children was a lifelong vocation. He was not just a father but a valued advisor.

At age 93, Donald and Alice Grondin moved to Bath, Michigan to be near their daughter where they lived independently for six years. The vast majority of Don’s care was lovingly provided by Alice, his wife of 75 years. She has dutifully cared for him for the past 10 years and completely cared for him during two years of the 2020 Pandemic.

Donald is survived by Alice, his wife of 75 years. He was the loving father of David (Jane), Gary (Terese), Mark (Janet) and Julie (Peter). Devoted grandfather to Lyndsey (Karl), Natalie (Les), Amy, Patrick, Andrew, Jared and Alyse. Proud great grandfather to Thomas, Anna, Conner, Carter and Murphy. He is survived by family members, Mary Grondin, Forest Melzer, Ed Melzer and Miles Melzer and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held for friends and family on Wednesday, April 6, 2022 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1955 E. Commerce St. Milford, MI 48381 at 10:00 am with a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 11:00 am. Burial will take place after Mass at Milford Memorial Cemetery in Milford. St. Mary’s Church will host a luncheon immediately following. The family requests that masks are worn for the Visitation and Mass.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make an expression of sympathy are asked to make donations to: For Ukrainian Relief, send checks to St. Clare of Montefalco Catholic Church,1401 Whittier Rd. Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230 or visit their website by using the link below. For Heart to Heart Hospice, please click on the link below.

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Service

Wednesday

6

Apr

11:00 AM 4/6/2022 11:00:00 AM
St. Mary Our Lady of the Snows

1955 E. Commerce St.
Milford, MI 48381

Friends and family may gather beginning at 10:00AM

St. Mary Our Lady of the Snows
1955 E. Commerce St. Milford 48381 MI
United States

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Heart To Heart Hospice

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