OBITUARY

Michael Glenn Blumhardt

June 29, 1953October 3, 2021
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Blumhardt, Michael G. 68, passed away on October 3, 2021. Mike was born in Saline, Michigan on June 29, 1953 to Elmer and Melinda (Finkbeiner) Blumhardt. He was the ninth of their thirteen children.

Mike grew up in Whittaker and graduated from Lincoln Consolidated High School in Ypsilanti in 1971. On July 29, 1978, he married Terese Barlage. As a young man he worked at Pinter’s Greenhouse. In 1984 he graduated from Eastern Michigan University Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Aided Design Development. He often reminisced about the challenging and rewarding work he did in California for Northrup-Grumman as a software engineer. After a long career in software engineering he retired in 2016. He spent much of his spare time gardening and listening to music. He was proud of his outdoor sound system and would often do both simultaneously. He spent so much time in the yard that he befriended the neighborhood. He loved his large extended family and enjoyed attending various gatherings. He was a deep thinker and very loyal to his friends and family. Mike was a dedicated husband, father, and grandfather who was invariably present and active in the lives of his wife, two children, and grandson. He was a devoted husband enjoying long walks with his wife. On occasion he happily spent time in the kitchen helping his daughter make soft German pretzels. He enjoyed discussing car mechanics and sports with his son. Most of all he was fond of mornings on the front porch with his grandson, Percy.

Survived by his wife of 43 years, Terese; daughter, Carolyn (Matthew Marquart) Blumhardt; son, Mark (Elizabeth Ellis) Blumhardt; grandson, Percival "Percy" Marquart. Also survived by siblings, Tom (Janice) Blumhardt, Rob (Karen) Blumhardt, Rosemary (Arnie) Kempher, Don (Mary) Blumhardt, Fred (Jean) Blumhardt, MaryAnne Blumhardt, John (Coleen) Blumhardt, and Barbara Blumhardt; sisters-in-law, Marge Draper, Marlene Blumhardt, Joann Blumhardt and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Mike was pre-deceased by brothers, Dick Draper, Harold Blumhardt, Bill Blumhardt and sister, Carolyn Sue Blumhardt.

Family and friends may visit on Thursday, October 7, 2021 from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. On Friday, October 8, 2021, visitation continues from 11:00 a.m. to the time of service at 1:00 p.m.

Memorials in Mike's name may be made to the Belle Isle Conservancy 300 River Place Drive-Suite 2800, Detroit, Michigan 48207 (www.belleisleconservancy.org) or the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, 1820 Mt. Elliott, Detroit, Michigan 48207 (www.cskdetroit.org).

Please share a memory of Mike, or condolences with the family at his online guest book below.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday (Masks encouraged by the family)

    Thursday, October 7, 2021

  • Visitation Friday (Masks encouraged by the family)

    Friday, October 8, 2021

  • Celebration of Life Service (Masks encouraged by the family)

    Friday, October 8, 2021

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Jade Schultz

October 7, 2021

I am so sorry for the loss of Mike. Although I didn’t personally know him, many of us prayed for him. I bless you all to continue the legacy of Mike. Please know there is someone in Oklahoma that is praying peace and comfort for your family. May the Lord hold you in every moment.

Br Nick Blattner Ofm Capuchin

October 7, 2021

On behalf of the Capuchin brothers I offer my deepest sympathies on the passing of Michael. It is truly humbling to receive memorial donations in honor of his life. Please be assured of the brother's prayers for the entire Blumhardt family during this great time of grief. I have placed Michael's name at the tomb of Blessed Solanus Casey. May perpetual light shine upon Michael.

Darshna Pandit

October 5, 2021

Hi Terese, my deepest condolences to you and your family.Praying for his soul rest in peace.Stay strong.

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