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Kaul Funeral Home

35201 Garfield Rd, Clinton Township, MI

OBITUARY

Charles A. Choinard

28 February, 192311 February, 2020
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Charles A. Choinard, age 96, passed away February 11, 2020 in Rochester Michigan. He was born February 28, 1923 in Detroit, Michigan to the late James & Stella (Apel) Choinard.

Charles proudly served his country in WWII and the Korean Conflict, earning the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with 3 bronze Stars, American Theater Ribbon, Good Conduct Ribbon, and World War II Victory Medal. He retired from the Detroit Zoo after many years as office manager. Charles was very active with his four sons in the Boy Scouts and even served as Scoutmaster. He enjoyed bow hunting and fishing and also ice skating and pond hockey, which he played until he was 82. Charles was a skilled woodworker, making his own television cabinet.

On October 25, 1952 at St. Martins Catholic Church in Detroit, he married Carolyn Marie Schimansky, and she preceded him in death in 1998. Charles is survived by their four sons, Paul (Nomi), Larry, Ray (Shawn), Bob (Lynda); grandchildren, Sarah (Geoff), Lisa (Blair), Ariel (Drew), Adelle, Jim (Emily), Michelle; great-grandchildren, Gabriel, Evelyn, Eleanor, Piper, Iley, Connor; his sisters, Dolly and Patsy; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and siblings, Jim, Collette, Marietta, Rosemae and Eugene.

Visitation for Charles will be Friday, February 14th, from 4-8pm at Kaul Funeral Home, Clinton Township. A short visitation on Saturday, February 15th from noon until 1pm sharing of memories and Military Honors at Kaul Funeral Home, 35201 Garfield Road, Clinton Township, MI 48035. Burial will be at Resurrection Cemetery, Clinton Township, MI. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Charles’ memory to the Wounded Warrior Project or Beaumont Hospice (Checks Payable: Beaumont Foundation on Behalf of Hospice).

  • FAMILY

  • Paul (Nomi) Choinard, Son
  • Larry Choinard, Son
  • Ray (Shawn) Choinard, Son
  • Bob (Lynda) Choinard, Son
  • Sarah (Geoff), Lisa (Blair), Ariel (Drew), Adelle, Jim (Emily), and Michelle, Grandchildren
  • Gabriel, Evelyn, Eleanor, Piper, Iley, and Connor, Great Grandchildren
  • Dolly and Patsy, Sisters
  • And also many nieces and nephews.


    He was preceded in death by his parents, James & Stella (Apel) Choinard,wife, Carolyn,and siblings, Jim, Collette, Marietta, Rosemae, and Eugene.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, 14 February , 2020
  • Visitation Saturday, 15 February , 2020
  • Sharing of Memories Saturday, 15 February , 2020
  • Burial Saturday, 15 February , 2020

Memories

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Ariel Choinard

21 February 2020

Dear Grandpa,
I'm sorry I couldn't be there to say goodbye and celebrate your incredible life. I have so many memories of you, it's nearly impossible to pick just one. I remember the smell of your little woodworking shop at the bottom of the stairs in the house where my dad grew up, and how you showed me all the different tools and what they did. You used to pick me up in a big bear hug and spin me around every time we arrived at your house, I think you did that until I was impossible to pick up. I remember your laugh, hearing it all the time at Thanksgivings and holidays. I remember how much you loved Grandma Carol, all the little ways you showed it - you used to mix her Kahlua and creams, which I only remember because I thought they smelled delicious and wanted to drink them, but couldn't, since I was just a little kid. She would sneak me little tastes!
I'm going to miss your stories the most. I always loved your stories, but the older I got, the deeper my appreciation for them grew. I remember you, Grandpa, and I always will. I love you so much.

Michelle Thibodeau

15 February 2020

Dear Grandpa,
You were the best we were spoiled with all the wonderful years we had with you. You lived a good long and happy life and that is what is helping me through this sad time. I will love you forever and miss you always. I will hold onto the memories: Ice skating with you, piggy back rides at family reunions, you dancing with me while I did ballet moves, your wonderful storytelling skills with sound effects when Jimmy and I would spend the night, how you would let me sit at your desk and draw on your notebooks, most of all your silly jokes, your smile and laugh. How when you and I found the same thing funny we would lock eyes, smile and laugh together. I'm greatful for the bond you and Connor had and how you lit up when you saw him. Your a war hero and my hero as well. I will love you forever and miss you always. Rest In Peace Grandpa💙

Love
Michelle

Adelle Choinard

15 February 2020

It’s impossible to pick only one memory of Grandpa, a man who was unfailingly warm, and kindhearted, and full of jokes and laughter. I cherish all of the holidays and vacations we were able to spend with him, he brightened every second with his presence. I will always treasure the stories he told us of his younger years, time serving overseas, and most of all his stories about Grandma and my dad and uncles when they were growing up. The time we spent sitting in a half circle as he flipped through his albums to show us all his beautiful photographs, and the laughter that continuously erupted as he recounted his tales. I don’t fully understand the scope of his bravery, because he always downplayed it- he was too humble and only shared his funny and lighthearted anecdotes with us grandkids. I am so proud of and overwhelmed by his valor and the sacrifices he made to serve his country. I’m so sorry I couldn’t be there in person to say goodbye. I love you Grandpa.

Jim Kaps

14 February 2020

My sincere condolences to the extended Choinard family. There are very few people I have ever met who I really respected, looked up to and tried to emulate, and Mr. C was one of them. Sometimes I succeeded, sometimes not - but in my defense, the bar was set pretty high.

My best memory of him was when we played hockey in Windsor Arena. While the rest of us (who were at least 35 years younger) needed to take a break and sat on the bench sweating, steam rising from our heads and out of breath, there was Mr. C - still out on the ice, skating around like Dick Button, doing spins and turns and entertaining all of us... and laughing at our comments and at us, in general.

He was a genuinely nice, tolerant, smart and funny guy. The world needs lots more people like him. God speed, Chuckie... say hi to Carol for me.

--Jim

Joe Wurm

12 February 2020

So many great memories from frequent cousin sleep overs at the Choinard’s on Laing. Train set in the basement, vibrating fast action football in the dining room, playing Beatles White Album in the living room.... Uncle Chuck was seemingly super serious but had the loudest and best laugh all the time. Especially at the Christmas time parties! “Brandy Alexanders for everyone”!

Mike Paye

12 February 2020

Dear Choinard family,
Karen and I are so sorry to hear about Uncle Chuck. We’re both retired now, living in Florida and unfortunately won’t be able to attend the services. Please let everyone know that we are thinking of all during these difficult times and our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Some memories that came to mind....
I remember the many times going to your mom and dad’s house, especially Christmas Day, great fun! Camping trips that turned into an outdoor learning experience by your dad (picking berries, making pies and catching crayfish to eat). Finally, just the good times we had as a family growing up.
Our sincerest condolences,
Mike and Karen

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Biography

Charles A. Choinard, age 96, passed away February 11, 2020 in Rochester Michigan. He was born February 28, 1923 in Detroit, Michigan to the late James & Stella (Apel) Choinard.

Charles proudly served his country in WWII and the Korean Conflict, earning the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with 3 bronze Stars, American Theater Ribbon, Good Conduct Ribbon, and World War II Victory Medal. He retired from the Detroit Zoo after many years as office manager. Charles was very active with his four sons in the Boy Scouts and even served as Scoutmaster. He enjoyed bow hunting and fishing and also ice skating and pond hockey, which he played until he was 82.

On October 25, 1952 at St. Martins Catholic Church in Detroit, he married Carolyn Marie Schimansky, and she preceded him in death in 1998. Charles is survived by their four sons, Paul (Nomi), Larry, Ray (Shawn), Bob (Lynda); grandchildren, Sarah (Geoff), Lisa (Blair), Ariel (Drew), Adelle, Jim (Emily), Michelle; great-grandchildren, Gabriel, Evelyn, Eleanor, Piper, Iley, Connor; his sisters, Dolly and Patsy; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and siblings, Jim, Collette, Marietta, Rosemae and Eugene.

Visitation for Charles will be Friday, February 14th, from 4-8pm at Kaul Funeral Home, Clinton Township. A short visitation on Saturday, February 15th from noon until 1pm sharing of memories and Military Honors at Kaul Funeral Home, 35201 Garfield Road, Clinton Township, MI 48035. Burial will be at Resurrection Cemetery, Clinton Township, MI. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Charles’ memory to the Wounded Warrior Project or Beaumont Hospice (Checks Payable: Beaumont Foundation on Behalf of Hospice).