William G. Blenman. Age 97. May 12, 2020.
William was born February 23, 1923 to the late Chester and Emma Blenman. Beloved husband to the late Marianna Blenman. Loving Father to their 5 children, Jim Blenman (Martha) of Grosse Pointe Woods, Anne Blenman Hare (Thomas) of California, Patricia Fyhre (David) of California, Josie VanWingerden (Donald) of Virginia, and Amy Ward (Michael) of Macomb Township. Blessed with 18 Grandchildren, Michael, Keith, Daniel (Lauren), Joshua, Christopher, John, Emma, William, Madeline, Katie, Adalyn, Matthew, Donald (Kelly), Jacob (Cori), Nathan, Zachary, Stefania, and Sofia. Dear Brother to Ruth and Madeline. Last, but not least, Great Grandchild Liam.
William was raised in Detroit. At age 16, he was a tool and die apprentice with Ternstedt Division to begin his 40+ year career with General Motors. WWII war in the Pacific served in the Navy on the USS Burias. After the war, attended University of Detroit and earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. Bill and Marianna married 1953. Marianna and Bill were active parishioners at St. Philomena starting in the 1950's until St. Philomena closed. Bill and Marianna were loving parents and grandparents. Bill considered vacations with the family the highlight of every year. Our family was blessed to have had Bill and Marianna in our lives. They are dearly missed. Marianna passed 1 year ago, April 22, 2019.
There will be a private service for immediate Family only.
There will be no events at Verhheyden Funeral Home, so the family has asked to not send Flowers.
The family is forecasting a May 2021 festive event to celebrate the lives of Bill and Marianna.
In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions can be made to the Capuchins at:
1820 Mount Elliott Street
Detroit, Michigan 48207
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