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Reyers North Valley Chapel

2815 Fuller Ave Ne, Grand Rapids, MI

OBITUARY

Lou Svitkovich

May 4, 1947November 26, 2019
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Lou began his life in Detroit on May 4, 1947. He passed away on November 26, 2019.

Lou is survived by his daughter Stacy Svitkovich-Rodriguez, grandaughter Mila Rodriguez, brother Thomas Svitkovich (Sharon), sisters Marie Zelasko (Walter) and JoAnn Christensen (Philip). He was preceded in death by his parents Louis and Helen Svitkovich.

Lou enjoyed music, cooking, the outdoors, camping and traveling, as well as the company of family and friends. While in high school, he was an honor student and musician, as well as working part time at his father's gas station. He graduated from Allen Park High School, Henry Ford Community College (Valedictorian) and The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Summa cum laude). His career led him through many levels of software engineering. Lou retired from Dematic Corp of Grand Rapids, MI.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, December 1 from 2-8 pm, with a Scripture Service at 7 pm at Reyers North Valley Chapel. Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, December 2 at 11 am, instate at 10 am at St. Jude Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, December 1, 2019
  • Visitation Monday, December 2, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Monday, December 2, 2019

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Joyce Foehr

December 2, 2019

Dearest Cousin Lou,
Will always remember spending almost every Sunday together at Grandma and Grandpas and the fun we had as children but nothing can compare to the memories we made as we became adults!! You always managed to keep me up till the wee hours of the morning just telling stories, laughing, hugging and sometimes crying together. After you slept till noon it would start all over again...I will miss all of that and more importantly you.

Rest In Peace my dear friend

I love you ❤️

Joyce

Erin Christensen

December 1, 2019

Uncle Lou, I’m going to miss you. You saw the clip that I did, all those years ago, on live tv promoting the Coffee Beanery and you were genuinely impressed and said I had a presence. I think about that when I sometimes doubt myself and my career. It definitely helps! Thank you for that. You and I also have the same weird elbows! I always that was so cool that we share that trait. Rest well, Uncle, I love you. Erin

Laura Christensen Saims

December 1, 2019

My dearest Uncle Lou.

I love you so very much! I always enjoyed how we used to lovingly step on each others toes. 😍Every time I cleanly rip the cellophane, I think of how you and chuckle that we share that ability! ❤️ I Loved when your eyes sparkled with happiness and I got to see the special sparkle when we danced at my wedding. ❤️

XOXOXOXOXO

~Laura
Jason, Dylan and Leah Saims

~~~~~~~~~~

Death is nothing at all.
I have only slipped away to the next room.
I am I and you are you.
Whatever we were to each other,
That, we still are.

Call me by my old familiar name.
Speak to me in the easy way
which you always used.
Put no difference into your tone.
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.

Laugh as we always laughed
at the little jokes we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me. Pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household word
that it always was.
Let it be spoken without effect.
Without the trace of a shadow on it.

Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the same that it ever was.
There is absolute unbroken continuity.
Why should I be out of mind
because I am out of sight?

I am but waiting for you.
For an interval.
Somewhere. Very near.
Just around the corner.

All is well.

Nothing is past; nothing is lost. One brief moment and all will be as it was before only better, infinitely happier and forever we will all be one together with Christ.

By, Henry Scott Holland

Erin Chrustensen

December 1, 2019

Uncle Lou, I’m going to miss you. You saw the clip that I did, all those years ago, on live tv promoting the Coffee Beanery and you were genuinely impressed and said that I had a presence. I think about that when I sometimes doubt myself and my career. It definitely helps! Thank you for that. You and I also have the same weird elbows! I always thought that was so cool that we shared that trait. Rest well, Uncle, I love you. Erin

Shari Svitkovich

December 1, 2019

Lou,
We have shared many memories, but having our daughter and now our grand-daughter is one of the best memories I have. We had many laughs and good times. All of our camping trips were special.
Now it's time for you to be with our Lord and camp among the stars. I will miss you.
Shari

Lisa Masi

December 1, 2019

Uncle Lou was an elusive man. He was quiet and different than anyone I had ever met as a child. He lived in mysterious places to me such as, Texas, Wisconsin, and Grand Rapids, which I had never been to. His working with computers seemed so strange to me.
After I grew up and was able to spend time with him, he talked to me about all the amazing places he had been, the books had read, and adventures he had. The most surprising thing I remember about my godfather is that he wanted to write about his adventures and places he had been. I could have listened to and/or read his stories for a lot longer. I will miss him and his secretive, reserved smile.

Tim Svitkovich

December 1, 2019

I will always remember the visit to Dallas, TX to see my Uncle Lou and his family when I was younger. I’d had never been there before and after what felt like the longest drive from Michigan, the temperatures were so hot, I had to spend the whole visit in the pool I think.
My condolences for Uncle Lou. Love, Tim Svitkovich

Thomas Svitkovich

December 1, 2019

The last real conversation I had with my Brother Lou, was about building a railing, so that his house was ready for his return home. However, God had a different plan.

I remember when Lou was a young man growing up – everyone in the family called him Louie. He always had an interest in how things worked and demonstrated high math skills. He grew up to thoroughly enjoy life - sometimes more than he should.

I will always remember the late night Christmas parties that would take place at our house after midnight mass.
My memories include visiting Lou in Wisconsin, Texas, and Grand Rapids. Helping Lou with his scrapes involving automobiles. Sharon and I asked Lou to be our first born child’s Godfather. He loved our family as much as we loved him.

Lou followed our grandfather, uncles and father as an avid Tigers fan. He had a passion for cooking, the outdoors and camping. In fact, one of the last conversations in the hospital with Lou was about buying a new camper. Lou was always planning and looking forward to the future. Without fail he never seemed to stop from moving forward.

He was a great success in his career, he was outstanding in school and he lived a truly adventurous life. He most absolutely loved his daughter Stacey and he was extremely proud of his granddaughter Mila.

Lou loved family gatherings – he certainly loved a party. I will miss my brother, together we grew up working in our dad’s gas station. We were sometimes separated by distance - However, we were never separated by our heritage or the brotherly love that we shared. I will always remember and cherish the good times and I will miss Lou dearly.

Sharon Svitkovich

December 1, 2019

Hi Lou, I remember all the elbow fights we had while sitting next to each other at holiday dinners. How about all those escapes you made to the “safe” house in Allen Park. In Wayne there were
many family sleepovers when all of our kids were little. We all had such a good time. More recently there were a lot more sleepovers and we still had a good time. Hoping you now have a very special resting place and are still having a good time.
Your favorite sister-in-law—love you, Sharon

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