OBITUARY

William Robert VanDeWeghe

July 7, 1943August 14, 2021
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William “Bill” VanDeWeghe 78, of Clinton Township passed away peacefully on August 14th.

Bill was born to Joseph & Marie VanDeWeghe. He and his brother Joe grew up in Detroit and Grosse Pointe. Bill graduated from Notre Dame High School in 1961.

Bill proudly served in the United States Air Force after graduation and received an honorable discharged in 1966.

After serving our country, Bill attended Worsham College of Mortuary Science and became a license funeral director. He owned and operated Eppens-VanDeWeghe Funeral home on Cadieux in Detroit until he sold the business.

Bill was not ready to retire just yet, so he became a license real estate agent in Grosse Pointe.

Bill and his life partner Bill loved to travel. They enjoyed cruises, Hawaii and spending winter months in Florida. They also enjoyed boating. You would often see them on their boat “The Director” on Lake St. Clair or partying with their friends from the Belvidere Boat Club.

Another past time Bill enjoyed was cooking. He loved cooking the family’s Christmas brunch & his turn at hosting Thanksgiving dinner. Bill through the years was a member of many organizations: 1. Honorary Life Member of the Knights of Columbus 2. Member of Council 11957- Shelby Twp. MI 3. Past member of the DAC, DYC, and the Belvidere Boat Club. 4. Past President of the Grosse Pointe Optimist Club. 5 .Past President of the Grosse Pointe Board of Realtors. 6. Past President of District One of the Michigan Funeral Directors Association.

William is survived by his lifelong partner of 45 years, William Stanley. He is Uncle to Joseph (Melissa) VanDeWeghe, Brian VanDeWeghe and many other nieces and nephews. Brother in law to Theresa (George) Michael, Sharon (Gerald) Mielke, Denise Tujaka, Michele (Karl) DeLeeuw.

Visitation will be held at the A H Peters Funeral Home, located at 32000 Schoenherr at Masonic in Warren, MI on Thursday, August 19th from 2:00-9:00. There will be a rosary at 7:00pm.

William will lie in state on Friday, August 20th at 10:00am until the funeral mass at 10:30am at St. Ronald’s Catholic Church, located at 17701 15 Mile Rd., Clinton Township, MI 48235

Memorial contributions can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or Father Solanus Casey Center.

At Bill’s request, a private entombment at Mt. Olivet for immediate family only.

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, August 19, 2021

  • Rosary

    Thursday, August 19, 2021

  • In State

    Friday, August 20, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Friday, August 20, 2021

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William Robert VanDeWeghe

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Nickie Courey

August 24, 2021

Oh Bill, so many happy memories of the time that we shared with you at Prudential, and those wonderful parties that you and Billy gave.------too many to list. It's hard to imagine the world without you. Billy, our sincerest sympathy goes to you, as we are sure that life will be different without Bill. Please know that we care so much, and are so sorry that Shi's recovery is going slowly and didn't allow us to pay our last respects. Please take care of yourself

Love, Shi & Nickie

Br Nick Blattner Ofm Capuchin

August 23, 2021

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

John Caullay

August 21, 2021

Dearest Bill

Words cannot express how I'm feeling for you. I've thought about you both over the years and now saddened to have found this on a day that I had been searching for you on Facebook. Sending you God's light and love as well as mine.

A friend forever

John (Member in good standing of The Perini's Alumni.)

Email tropicalsyrup68@yahoo.com

Ken and Donna Lawler

August 19, 2021

What a blessing to have Bill as our neighbor. We love sitting in our backyard seeing the flag flying. What a great example of love and faith he was. The joy Bill received from pets was so evident. May the peace of God be with Billy during this time. I will be saying the rosary in Texas if i dont make it back. Ken & Donna

Christine Kuhn

August 19, 2021

My brother-in-law from my first marriage, who I never stopped loving, lived a full and adventurous life. I knew Bill VanDeweghe to be a most kind and generous man. Most importantly Bill had a beautiful heart. He is now in the loving arms of our most Merciful Savior. May he rest in peace.

I know that his life partner Billy, his family and his friends will miss Bill dearly. For all of them I pray they receive an extra dollop of God's tender blessings.

Lovingly and with deepest sympathy, "Chrisy"

Bill Stanley

August 17, 2021

Bill Stanley

August 16, 2021

Denise Tujaka

August 16, 2021

Denise Tujaka

August 16, 2021

Billy, there are no words I can say that can take away the emptiness that you are feeling. I will miss Bill too. He was part of our family for 45 years. Know in your heart that he truly did not want to leave you, but he was not really living the life he wanted these past months. Together you made the decision that was best for him. He is in a better place now with no more pain.
May your memories of the wonderful life you shared with Bill be the beautiful gift that helps you heal in the days ahead. Heaven just gained another angel where he welcomed Bill home with loving arms.
Love DD

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