Nicholas J. Schlicht

Died Jan. 17, 2019

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Nicholas John Schlicht, 73, passed away after a courageous journey with cancer Thursday, Jan. 17, surrounded by family and friends in his winter residence in Florida.

Born Sept. 4, 1945, to Aloysius and Hattie (Kujawa) Schlicht, Nick lived his life to the fullest from beginning to end.

Nick is survived by his loving wife, Kristyn (Dougherty); sons, Benjamin John (Heather Hoffman), Eric Michael (Angela Harris) and Zachary Allan (Sarah); his grandchildren, Madalyn Rose, Ava Grace, Kaleb Lee, Kinsley Grace and Joshua Alan; as well as his brother, John Joseph Schlicht (Shirley).

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Judith Clare and Suzanne Mary.

A devout Catholic, Nick was a member of the Resurrection of the Lord Catholic Church in Standish. For Nick, faith was more than simply attending Sunday Mass; he took his responsibility as a Catholic role model seriously. He was a participating member of the Knights of Columbus, fourth degree. He loved nothing more than visiting with friends, playing at the casino, entertaining others with his storytelling abilities, being a jokester and proudly bearing the family title of “corny joke teller.” In the words of his wife, “If Nick could make someone smile by telling a joke that made them feel better, that made his whole day!” Nick’s former colleagues recently recalled to his family that “if I heard laughter, I knew Nick was around!”

After graduating from high school in 1963, Nick joined the Navy, proudly serving his country in Vietnam. Nick was an active member of the Vietnam Veterans of America. After an honorable discharge from the Navy, Nick began a four-year apprenticeship in pattern maker-designer at Pontiac Motors. After 25 years, he retired from National Pattern in Saginaw. However, no job ever took precedence over the one he considered his passion: his family. Parenting, and more recently, grandparenting to the newest members of his family gave Nick a sense of accomplishment; his grandchildren served as daily reminders of the rewards of a life well-lived.

Nick was also a gifted woodworker. He built many of the wood furnishings in and around the worship area of his church. This hobby transitioned into a labor of love as he made canes, Christmas ornaments and cradles for family members and his sons.

In 1990 Nick and his family were faced with one of the most challenging episodes of their lives. Nick was involved in a severe auto accident that left many praying for any type of recovery. Nick endured years of painful medical procedures, therapies and time away from his family, but seldom complained. Watching how he handled himself during that most trying time gave courage and confidence to everyone around him. His near-death experience allowed him a brief glimpse of a beautiful, peaceful world to follow his time here on earth, and he proceeded to share that comfort with others facing similar situations, including other friends with cancer, reminding them that death wasn’t anything to fear.

Nicholas John Schlicht was a compassionate, generous, honest, sincere, loving, intelligent and funny man who lived his life authentically, loved his family deeply and worshipped his God faithfully. His infectious smile and genuine warmth made the world a little bit brighter for all who had the good fortune to know him. He will be dearly missed.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, at 11 a.m. at the Resurrection of the Lord Catholic Church, Standish, with the Rev. Father David Parsch officiating. The family will greet family and friends from 3-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at the Lee-Ramsay Funeral Home Standish Chapel. A prayer service will be held at the funeral home Friday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m. Nick will lie in state at Resurrection of the Lord Catholic Church Saturday, Jan. 26, from 10 a.m. until time of mass at 11 a.m. Cremation will follow the funeral Mass, with inurnment to take place at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly at a future date.

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