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Hill Funeral Home

11723 South Saginaw Street, Grand Blanc, MI

OBITUARY

Clifford Joseph Gauthier

November 28, 1931June 16, 2019
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GAUTHIER, CLIFFORD J. age 87, died Sunday, June 16, 2019 at McLaren Regional Medical Center Flint. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 A.M. Thursday, June 20, 2019 at the Holy Family Catholic Church, 11804 S. Saginaw St., Grand Blanc, MI. Fr. Peter Lawrence officiating. Interment at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 2:00 to 5:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. with a Rosary being prayed at 7:00 P.M. at the Hill Funeral Home, 11723 S. Saginaw St., Grand Blanc, MI. Burial with Military Honors will be 9:00 A.M. Thursday, June 27, 2019 at the Great Lakes National Cemetery. Clifford was born November 28, 1931 in Black River, MI to parents Antoine Dolphus and Melvena (LaVigne) Gauthier. Clifford Taught Ballroom dancing in 1958 which won him his bride Delores Dipzinski, who he married October 4, 1958,. He was a devoted member of Holy Family Catholic Church for over 50 years. He retired from General Motors in 1987. Clifford was a member of Flint Elks Club #222 since 1974 and was a avid Golfer and bowler and loved to hunt with his sons and brothers. He and Delores spent winters in Westley Chapel, FL since 1993. Surviving are wife of 60 years, Delores; children Dawn (Edward) Jakubik, Laurie (Steven) Shimmons, Jeffrey (Tammy) Gauthier, Paul (Jennifer) Gauthier; 15 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; siblings Loretta Baxter, Everett Gauthier; several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents and 14 of his brothers and sisters. Condolences may be left on-line at www.hillfh.com

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, June 19, 2019
  • Rosary Service Wednesday, June 19, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Thursday, June 20, 2019
  • Burial Thursday, June 27, 2019

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Donna Frakes Naras

June 20, 2019

Hi Laurie and the whole Gauthier Family,

I am so sorry for your loss. Laurie, I loved your dad, he was so nice to me. May God Bless y'all during this time and may the Peace of the Holy Spirit be with you all, always.

Love,

Donna Frakes Naras

Linda (Smith) Goldsberry

June 19, 2019

Aunt Delores and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I remember Uncle Cliff’s beautiful smile and laugh. And could he dance! Peace and love to all.

Justine Kaneris

June 19, 2019

Scripture from Matthew 19:13-15
“One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could lay his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples scolded the parents for bothering him. But Jesus said, Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children. And Jesus placed his hands on their heads and blessed them before he left.”

It’s so easy to grow up and stop noticing the background of the life we are living. The cool thing about my grandpa is that he never stopped noticing. He would always notice the cows along Hill road, all the cars in a parking lot, and the flags waiving in the wind. Back then I thought all this was so goofy and would say things like “thanks for stating the obvious Grandpa.” But now reflecting back he had it all right and most of us have it backwards. We notice the things we that make us worry, stress, and lose sleep over, whereas grandpa would not busy himself with such silly things, instead, he would notice the beauty that makes up the background of our seemingly mundane living life.

I believe that Alzheimer’s is a very sad disease from the outside looking in, but when I reflect on this verse from Matthew and watching my grandfather decline throughout these past couple of months, I noticed he went into a child-like state of mind. And whether this is me trying to cope with such a horrible sickness, or fit everything into a perfect box, I see Grandpa’s decline as a way to preserve his soul. He had no more worry, fear, or stress of this world by time he left, "For the kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children. And Jesus placed his hands on their heads and blessed them before he left.” I love you Grandpa and I’m happy you are exactly where you need to be feeding the seagulls and watching the flags fly.

Mark McConnell

June 18, 2019

I am very sorry for your loss. Cliff and his wife Delores were good friends with my deceased parents Bill and Pat McConnell, I believe they were in their card club. I also worked for Cliff at GM Metal Fab, he was a good boss to work for.

John & Linda Walterlswalter

June 18, 2019

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family🙏💕😢😘

Karen Landsgaard

June 17, 2019

My heartfelt prayers go out to all of you! God bless and grant you His loving grace, peace and strength❤️ (Love, Justine’s friend Karen)

Janice Lawitzke

June 17, 2019

Delores, I love you both so dearly. Moving away from you both was truly difficult for me. Cliff helped me so much. Forever in my heart. Love you both, Janice

Kathleen Kammerer

June 17, 2019

Uncle Cliff was so good to us growing, always had a smile teased us so much. We all loved him dearly, he will be missed so much. We were so lucky to see him in Jan. when they visited mom . My prayers will be with you all. Love Kathy Kammerer

Dave and Kay Titmus

June 17, 2019

We love our son-in-law, Jeffrey. Since Clifford helped raise him, Clifford must have been a good role model. We met him 2 yrs ago and was so sweet.
Delores and all of you have our thoughts and prayers. Wish we could be there to be of assistance.
Love,
Dave and Kay Titmus

Alicia Couture

June 17, 2019

You are going to be missed. You were Chase' best friend. Your jokes, your laugh and your smile will stay with us. All the times last summer you asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I kept telling you I just wanted to take care of you. We love you so much. I was lucky to have you in my life for the last 14 years.

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