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Elton Black & Son Funeral Home

1233 Union Lake Road, White Lake, MI

OBITUARY

Thomas Edward Ruedisueli

December 27, 1945September 2, 2019
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Thomas Edward Ruedisueli of West Bloomfield, passed away September 2, 2019 at 73 years of age.

Tom was born the youngest of four kids on the East-Side of Detroit, just north of 7 mile and about 2 miles east of Hayes on 27 December 1945. Tom has a sister, Nancy and two brothers, Harold and Jerome. Tom was a Boy Scout with lots of merit badges and lots of friends as a kid and many more as an adult. Tom played men’s hockey, he liked hunting, boating, golf, and fishing. Not as much for the sport or activity but more for the socialization.

Tom married Carol Kozakiewicz (aka: Koze) and then graduated from Lawrence Institute of Technology with a degree in engineering. He started working at Chrysler Corp and then to Ford Motor and retired in 2003. In the 1970s dad learned to hate foreign cars when he was laid off and probably brought that dislike to the pearly gates. Later he got his two sons, John and Matt into ice hockey and did some coaching...and dragged his favorite daughter Heather to all of their practices and games. Dad was a huge supporter of his children, his grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends and one of his most common things to brag on was his 11 grandchildren (Joanna, Jaclyn, Danielle, Clare, John Paul, Greg, Maria, Emma, James, Tommy, and Amanda) and 3 great grandchildren (Claire, Emily, and Margaret).

His family meant the world to him. Tom will be well remembered as a kind hearted person who would go out of his way for a friend or loved one. He had a quick smile, was very warm and sincere and you felt good to be around him.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at Our Lady of Refuge Catholic Church, 3700 Commerce Road, Orchard Lake, Michigan. The family will receive friends Friday from 2-8 pm at the Union Lake Chapel of the Elton Black & Son Funeral Home, 1233 Union Lake Road in White Lake and Saturday at church from 10:00 am until the time of mass at 11:00 am. There will be a rosary and memory sharing on Friday evening at 6:30 at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions suggested to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen or St. Paul of the Cross Passionist Retreat Center.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, September 6, 2019
  • Rosary Service and Memory Sharing Friday, September 6, 2019
  • Funeral Visitation Saturday, September 7, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, September 7, 2019
  • Memorial Luncheon Saturday, September 7, 2019

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Dan Schneble

September 6, 2019

I got to know Tom through the Knights of Columbus . Him and I worked the Tootsie Roll Drive and the pancake breakfast . During those times we had many talks and discussions and found out that we both worked at Ford . He was a great person and he’ll be missed by all of us at Our Lady of Refugee Parish.

Chris Eckman

September 5, 2019

What a loving and caring man Odd Thomas was...i read a book called “Odd Thomas”by Koontz, was telling Tom about it and started to call him Odd Thomas from then on. And when I called him Tom or Thomas..he reminded me it was Odd Thomas! So I am thinkng he liked it ! He and Carol became part of our camping crew only 6 short years ago, but we became fast friends fairly quickly. It was easy with Tom and Carol, wonderful, special people. Odd Thomas please know how special you are to Bill and I. You will be sorely missed, but never forgotten. We promise to help take care of Carol along with all your Westacres friends and family. ...

Karen Hansen Everham

September 5, 2019

Dear Carol and family,
My thoughts and prayers go out to you. Tom and I started kindergarten together and went through grade school and Denby High together. I'm so sorry Tom missed our Burbank luncheon a couple of weeks ago. He said he would make next year for sure. Tom was a kind and gentle man with a smile on his face. He will be missed.

Karen Hansen Everham

Marilyn Fessler

September 5, 2019

Dear Carol and family. I reach out to you and the family with love and prayers. Tom was such a pillar of a man to all who knew him. Such a caring man, who always found a way to be helpful. So many benefited from all of his hundreds of hours of volunteering in our neighborhood. He was just always there. We will all miss him so. I can’t imagine your pain to have lost your life partner and best friend so unexpectedly. So many of us here care for you. Please lean on us. We will all be there for you. God is holding Tom now in His loving arms. And I hope that will give you comfort. And God walks with you Carol throughout this time. Gods love will see you through this all. Sending hugs.

Linda Johnson

September 4, 2019

I have known Tom and Carol ever since their boys and my oldest son, Wally, played hockey when they were quite young. Tom was the manager of the team. Way back then, Tom was very involved with the youngsters and showed us all what a kind and caring person he was. He was always there to help anyone who needed help. He would check in on his friends to see if they were ok and if they needed anything..
Tom was SO very proud of his children and burst at the seams when sharing about his grandchildren. Carol was his rock.
Tom, rest in peace, knowing that you will never be forgotten..

John Mastropietro

September 4, 2019

Tom may you rest in Peace. It was great to know you either if it was at Ford or at Golf. To the family may you get through this loss and keep him in your minds. John Mastropietro

Teri Abbo

September 4, 2019

We are deeply saddened to know that another one of the (really) good guys has left us far to early. Tom ensured that those around him felt welcomed through fellowship, food, and friendship.

His facial expressions were the greatest- the raised eye brow contemplating the activity going on around him, to the discerning glance over his glasses to give approval [or not], or that smile that filled the entire room; this is what we will miss the most.

We will make a toast to the skies this weekend as we celebrate the life of our friend who made an impact on our hearts forever.

God Bless you Carol, and family. Love from, Paul, Teri, Lexi and Christian.

Leslie and Ric Wilson Peterson

September 4, 2019

Tom's friendship and generous spirit have been major blessings in our lives. We've witnessed and have been recipients of his selfless service and care. Family and faith were cornerstones of Tom's life. He had such joy in the company of those dearest to him. His virtues will carry forward his memory and his life's work. We already dearly miss him.

Thomas Ruedisueli

September 4, 2019

Tom was born to be a grandfather. From the time we first met him he became a friend. We had many good times together. Bless the legacy you leave behind. Sue and Jerry Discher

Frances Smith

September 4, 2019

He was such a kind hearted man with such a good humor about him. I am so glad we got to meet and share some really good times with Tom and Carol. My heart and prayers are with Carol and family.

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Biography

Thomas Edward Ruedisueli of West Bloomfield, passed away September 2, 2019 at 73 years of age.

Tom was born the youngest of four kids on the East-Side of Detroit, just north of 7 mile and about 2 miles east of Hayes on 27 December 1945. Tom has a sister, Nancy and two brothers, Harold and Jerome. Tom was a Boy Scout with lots of merit badges and lots of friends as a kid and many more as an adult. Tom played men’s hockey, he liked hunting, boating, golf, and fishing. Not as much for the sport or activity but more for the socialization.

Tom married Carol Kozakiewicz (aka: Koze) and then graduated from Lawrence Institute of Technology with a degree in engineering. He started working at Chrysler Corp and then to Ford Motor and retired in 2003. In the 1970s dad learned to hate foreign cars when he was laid off and probably brought that dislike to the pearly gates. Later he got his two sons, John and Matt into ice hockey and did some coaching...and dragged his favorite daughter Heather to all of their practices and games. Dad was a huge supporter of his children, his grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends and one of his most common things to brag on was his 11 grandchildren (Joanna, Jaclyn, Danielle, Clare, John Paul, Greg, Maria, Emma, James, Tommy, and Amanda) and 3 great grandchildren (Claire, Emily, and Margaret).

His family meant the world to him. Tom will be well remembered as a kind hearted person who would go out of his way for a friend or loved one. He had a quick smile, was very warm and sincere and you felt good to be around him.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at Our Lady of Refuge Catholic Church, 3700 Commerce Road, Orchard Lake, Michigan. The family will receive friends Friday from 2-8 pm at the Union Lake Chapel of the Elton Black & Son Funeral Home, 1233 Union Lake Road in White Lake and Saturday at church from 10:00 am until the time of mass at 11:00 am. There will be a rosary and memory sharing on Friday evening at 6:30 at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions suggested to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen or St. Paul of the Cross Passionist Retreat Center.