THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Issue Date: July 22, 2020
Clyde Chiesa, 79, of Marinette, passed away Monday, July 13, 2020 at Northland Luther Home in Marinette, with his wife and family at his side.
Born Aug. 24, 1940 at Penn Hospital in Norway, Mi., to Urban and Eva Chiesa, he treasured his childhood there and loved his large, extended family. He graduated from Norway High School in 1958 and then earned Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Education at Northern Michigan University, where he met his future wife Sandra Schutte. They married at Holy Trinity Church on June 17, 1961 in Ironwood, Mi.
He taught Industrial Arts and Vocational subjects in Menominee where his students undertook many community projects, including those for Habitat for Humanity under his guidance.
He enjoyed sailing and summers were spent on the Bay or at the Menominee Marina. He owned several boats and his wife never knew when a new one would appear in their yard. His love of boating was passed to his sons and grandchildren.
In 1998, they retired from their teaching careers and began wintering in Green Valley, Az., where they hiked, including to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and back. Involved in the Green Valley Wood Shop, he used his teaching talents to introduce others to the enjoyment of woodworking while making beautiful turnings from native woods.
In 2015, he was faced with the challenges of living with Alzheimer's Disease and they returned to Menominee. That autumn, he traveled to Italy to visit the homeland of his grandparents. Less than a year later he moved to Renaissance Assisted Living and in 2018, to Northland Luther Home. Not the way he wanted to end his days, he was still a fortunate man that had a zest for life and was able to realize most of his dreams.
He is survived by his wife,Sandra; three sons, Tony, Chris (Martha) and Jeff; five grandchildren; a great-grandson and two sisters, Betty (Leonard) Bal and Jacquelyn (Michael) Boyer.
Including his parents, he was preceded in death by his in-laws and a grandson, Andrew Chiesa.
A Celebration of Life will be held in Summer of 2021 after it is safe for gathering and travel. Donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Association or a charity of one's choice. Hansen Onion Martell Funeral Home of Marinette is assisting the family.