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James Leisen

James Crapo Cristy Leisen

Thursday, March 19th, 1942 - Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019
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Dr. James C. C. Leisen passed on December 3, 2019. He is survived by his spouse Anita G. Leisen; educator, Giesing family member and spiritual being. They were three weeks from their 50th wedding anniversary. Dr. Leisen was a Rheumatologist for 30 years at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI. For fourteen of those years he served as Head of the Rheumatology department. Since 2011 Dr. Leisen had been working at Blue Cross Blue Shield as a Medical Consultant. He served as a Navy Commander in Destroyer Division 72 in the Vietnam War. He is survived by their three children: Frederic Cristy, Carolyn Leisen, and Kathy Leisen, and grandchildren Lilja and Tyler who look for guidance in his humility, diligence, and dependability. He is described by a family friend as “One of the most hilarous people in the world”. He was an avid learner of languages (Spanish and German), history, and geology. He will be remembered by those who loved him for his presence, sense of humor, and the wisdom he showed us in his honesty.
A Memorial Mass for Dr. Leisen will be held on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 4 pm at St. Clare of Montefalco,1401 Whittier Road, Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230.
Immediately following the Memorial Mass will be a Memorial Gathering from 5 pm to 8 pm at Chas. Verheyden, Inc, 16300 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, February 13th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thursday, February 13th, 2020 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Chas. Verheyden, Inc.
    16300 Mack Avenue
    Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan 48230
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  • Memorial Mass

    Thursday, February 13th, 2020 | 4:00pm
    Thursday, February 13th, 2020 4:00pm
    St. Clare of Montefalco Catholic Church
    1401 Whittier
    Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan 48230
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Abigail Neal

Posted at 12:59pm
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Carmen Anderson

Posted at 11:07am
My deepest sympathy to the family, I worked with Dr. Leisen at Blue Cross Blue Shield of MI for over 7 years. He would do case reviews for our department and he would always end his review with “cheers ”. Dr. Leisen was such a wonderful person. I enjoyed going to visit him in his office because he was just naturally funny , he had a way of making you feel at ease. I remember when my niece was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease and they were trying her out on different medications, and I would ask him about them, and he would tell me all about them and help me understand how they would help my niece. I don’t think he knew how much I really appreciated him for helping my family out during that time. He shared so many stories of his family and I remember how extremely proud he was of his kids and looked forward to visiting them frequently. He was so proud of each of their accomplishments and boasted regularly. I will miss his sense of humor when I would call him, and he would say Carmen, what did I do now and I would say you didn’t do anything Dr. Leisen you know that I just have a question. Please accept my sincerest condolences for the loss of a wonderful man.

Abigail Neal, MD

Posted at 07:34am
My deepest sympathy to the family,
I worked with Jim at Blue Cross beginning in 2012. I spent much time in his office initially to discuss a case review but would end up sitting there just chatting away. Jim loved to try to talk in part Spanish, which I could sometimes understand, and part German, which I could never understand. He shared many stories of his family with me and was always so excited when his children were coming to visit him. He was so proud of each of their accomplishments and boasted regularly. I will miss his sense of humor and our talks. He was able to offer comfort and wisdom when needed and was a great friend to me. He was a special human being who added so much to so many lives. I pray for comfort for his family whom I know he loved deeply.

Mary Jane O’Neill

Posted at 03:10pm
To the family,
I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Leisen at BCBSM and can certainly verify his great sense of humor and concern for the members. He never hesitated if he had received a review request from you, and had questions, to pick up the phone or shoot an email for clarification. His decisions were usually accompanied by an element of humor that would make our day but you also knew that he made the decision based on facts, not just to be funny.
I retired last year but will never forget that Dr. Leisen made an effort to call me to just chat and to wish me well in retirement when he found out I was leaving. That will never be forgotten.
Please accept my sincere condolences on your loss and may he Rest In Peace.

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