Louis Paul Souvigney Sr.

August 29, 1928October 31, 2018

Louis Paul Souvigney, Sr., age 90, of Chesterfield, MI passed away at home on October 31, 2018.

A World War II veteran, Louis achieved rank of Army Sergeant First Class Military Police. He retired as a Training Manager from Michigan Consolidated Gas Company/ DTE after 38 years. Louis enjoyed reading, but a slight impairment was no obstacle as he holds the record for the most audio books borrowed from the Clinton-Macomb Public Library.

He loved to collect antique firearms, military memorabilia, and other “unique” items. Louis also loved spending time in the North woods camping, hunting, fishing, and teaching proper firearm safety to those that joined him in shooting.

Opinionated, extremely witty, humorous, and generous, Louis was never at a loss for a word or comment that could brighten your day or make you feel better than you did. He loved his dog family, and spoiled them with treats and love. Most of all, he cherished his 13 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. “Pops” always loved when they shared their day and life with him, and looked forward to time and visits with all of them.

Beloved husband of the late Sara M. Souvigney; loving father of Rene (Marilyn), Ross (Leslea), Steven (Clem), Katherine (David) Smith, Janice (James) DiFranco, Louis II, and the late Paul; loving grandfather of Elizabeth, Lauren, Alex, Megan, Shawn, Michael, and Katie; loving great-grandfather of Murphy, Avett, Riley, Austin, Katelyn, and the late Parker; loving brother of the late Mildred (nee Souvigney) Bowen and brother-in-law of Pamella Olsen.

As per his wishes, cremation has taken place and a “Celebration of Life” gathering will be held at a later date. The family kindly requests that memorial donations in Paul and Louis’s memory may be made to Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan (https:/ Please share your memories and condolences with the family via the online guestbook at


  • The late Sara M. Souvigney, Wife
  • Rene (Marilyn) Souvigney, Son
  • Ross (Leslea) Souvigney, Son
  • Steven (Clem) Souvigney, Son
  • Katherine (David) Smith, Daughter
  • Janice (James) DiFranco, Daughter
  • Louis Souvigney II, Son
  • The late Paul Souvigney, Son
  • Loving grandfather of Elizabeth, Lauren, Alex, Megan, Shawn, Michael, and Katie; loving great-grandfather of Murphy, Avett, Riley, Austin, Katelyn, and the late Parker; loving brother of the late Mildred (nee Souvigney) Bowen and brother-in-law of Pamella Olsen.

Louis Paul Souvigney Sr.

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Joseph Cehlarik

November 8, 2018

I have been a friend of Lou’s for many years. We hunted and fished together often, and those memories will life on forever. As a friend, I looked up to Lou who was always available to offer help and support when I needed it. His family is wonderful and a true reflection of the love that Lou showed to everyone around him. Lou will be missed but never gone or forgotten.
Joe Cehlarik

Katherine Smith

November 8, 2018

To all my siblings with love...
Your Spirit – A Tribute to Our Father
I know that no matter what
You will always be with me.
When life separates us
I’ll know it is only your soul
Saying goodbye to your body
But your spirit will be with me always.
When I see a bird chirping on a nearby branch
I will know it is you singing to me.
When a butterfly brushes gently by me so care freely
I will know it is you assuring me you are free from pain.
When the gentle fragrance of a flower catches my attention
I will know it is you reminding me
To appreciate the simple things in life.
When the sun shining through my window awakens me
I will feel the warmth of your love.
When I hear the rain pitter patter against my window sill
I will hear your words of wisdom
And will remember what you taught me so well
That without rain trees cannot grow
Without rain flowers cannot bloom
Without life’s challenges I cannot grow strong.
When I look out to the sea
I will think of your endless love for your family.
When I think of mountains, their majesty and magnificence
I will think of your courage for your country.
No matter where I am
Your spirit will be beside me
For I know that no matter what
You will always be with me.

Katherine Smith

November 6, 2018

My Dad, my Pop…you left this earth on 10-31-18. My heart is broken for selfish reasons. I’ll miss seeing you everyday in your chair, giving Lilly her morning cookies, and your “little bit” of leftover coffee. I’ll miss hearing your recap of the stories in the morning newspaper, telling me about all the grammar errors, and my favorite of all saying; “Katherine, I think all the nuts fell off the tree and landed in the newspaper.” I’ll miss you eating out of your “cup”, all things mixed together, just like you like it! I’ll miss the way you & Katie bantered back and forth…the way you joked and teased each other in a respectful and loving way. I’ll miss the daily conversations you had with Shawn and Mike; “How was the schoolhouse”; the good mornings, the good nights, the serious and not so serious conversations you had with them, encouraging them along the way with your words of wisdom, kind bluntness and always an open ear just to listen; only offering advice and answers when they asked you. Well, even when they didn’t “ask”, you were always gracious with your responses. I’ll miss the relationship you and Dave had. He looked upon you as a father figure since his own passed away so young. I’ll miss the way you said to him “Hey Mr. Gasman, how was the workhouse today?” He often asked you for your advice or in-put when fixing a gas related appliance or machine, as you were the expert “Gasman”. The relationship you had with my husband was beyond perfect and the mutual respect you had for each other I cherished. Maybe these reasons aren’t so selfish, but instead they’re genuine and heartfelt. Thank you for all your cooking secrets, your stories…many of them hysterical, informative, educational and some sad. Thank you for being an incredible Dad to all your children, a loving grandfather and great-grandfather to all your grandchildren and a good friend to many.
I’ll miss you Pop and love you forever and always. ~Katherine~

Julie Snell

November 4, 2018

I remember when we moved next door to the Souvigney’s. Louis, Jr was a baby... we were a family of 9 and we were loud and rambunctious! Had some incredible times with your family... slept over many Of nights with Janice. The hospital summer parties that I always went to with your family. Your dad was tall and giant but sweet.. can’t tell you how many times he would walk up your stairs to Janice’s room to tell us to be quite. But we couldn’t . I remember you mom made her own pasta while her hair was wrapped for the next day. So many memories. Your dad lived a long life and I only hope he was happy!!! Kathy you are blessed that your children got to know their grandfather for as long as they. Did. I lost both mine early and loved them both to the moon and back. You are blessed and a wonderful person for caring for him. You and my sister Kim are so alike. May god be with you through this difficult time.. love you all !!!

Deborah Kingery

November 3, 2018

When I was in my youth your father seemed to me to be a quiet man. But in those years I was like a hummingbird and your home was a place that I visited often enroute to various adventures. You father made your home and my visits feel safe. He was an anchor and he ensured along with your dear mother that you would all become a smart, witty and kind Souvigney clan. I am indeed fortunate to have known him. Hugs to all of you at this difficult time. You are all in my daily thoughts and I am assured that the strength that he and your mother have given to you will keep you. Stay close.