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Paul J Kezele

September 14, 1935 September 13, 2018
Paul J Kezele
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Paul Joseph Kezele passed away peacefully on September 13, 2018 at Windemere Park in Troy, Michigan with his sister, Marion and her husband, Bruce by his side. He was born September 14, 1935 in Mohawk, Michigan to Joseph B. Kezele and Delia (Thibodeau) Kezele. He married the love of his life, Shirley Huhtasaari-Isaacson on March 6, 1965.

He is survived by his five children, Jeffrey (Alane) Isaacson, Kenneth (Shellie Usitalo) (Lorna Zakem) Isaacson, Douglas (Gayle) Isaacson, Dennis Isaacson and Heidi (Richard) Kezele-Cole; his 13 grandchildren; and 7 great-grandchildren (with 3 additional great-grandchildren on the way). He is also survived by his two sisters, Carole (Henry) Collins and Marion (Bruce) Schmidlin, as well as, his loving nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his wife, Shirley, and brother-in-law, Henry Collins.

Paul was a natural athlete and avid sportsman. In his school years he played, hockey, football, baseball and ran track, setting a new record for the 180 Yard Low Hurdles at Calumet High School on May 4, 1953. He played hockey for the Southfield Hockey leagues up until his 71st year. He loved hockey so much that all four of his sons caught the “hockey bug” and also played. His hockey bag is still packed and ready, “waiting for the call” from the Over 50 League.

He took up golfing and tackled it with the same enthusiasm as he did everything, even making his own golf clubs. He loved to cook with that same enthusiasm and was a proud winner of the annual Chili Cookoff at Three Creeks Farm.

Family was very important to Paul and he spent many happy hours with aunts, uncles and cousins. Cousins Club was a favorite and summer visits with the family to Kaleva Park was always a favorite. Paul and Shirley’s door was always open to any strays and Apartment No 9 was often filled by family and friends.

He loved hunting at his camp in the Keweenaw with his Father, Joseph and his cousin, George Mrosz every fall, and often accompanied by his cousins, Joe and Bobby Kezele.

Paul loved music and played the guitar, banjo and mandolin. He loved to sing and always wanted to write and sing the perfect song.

He served in the Army after high school, enjoying his time in Germany (where by the way he picked out his daughter’s name, Heidi).

Paul worked at Ford Motor Company on the assembly line until he and his brother-in-law, Michael decided to go into business together, opening K & H Construction where they worked side by side until Paul decided to strike out on his own. Thus, Kezele Construction was created. He would end up working in one neighborhood for years, going from neighbor to neighbor redoing their basements or kitchens, often becoming part of their family. He never really retired from work and his motto was, “I can fix anything, but a broken heart.”

The family will receive friends Saturday, September 22, 2018 from 2:00 PM until the time of the memorial service 6:00 PM at the Sawyer-Fuller Funeral Home, 2125 12 Mile Road, Berkley (two blocks west of Woodward Avenue.)

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.


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Visitation

Saturday

22

Sep

2:00 PM 9/22/2018 2:00:00 PM - 6:00 PM 9/22/2018 6:00:00 PM
Sawyer-Fuller Funeral Home & Cremation Services

2125 Twelve Mile Road
Berkley, MI 48072

Sawyer-Fuller Funeral Home & Cremation Services
2125 Twelve Mile Road Berkley 48072 MI
United States

Service

Saturday

22

Sep

6:00 PM 9/22/2018 6:00:00 PM
Sawyer-Fuller Funeral Home & Cremation Services

2125 Twelve Mile Road
Berkley, MI 48072

Sawyer-Fuller Funeral Home & Cremation Services
2125 Twelve Mile Road Berkley 48072 MI
United States

Memorial Contribution

Alzheimer's Association-Greater Michigan Chapter

25200 Telegraph Road
Suite 100
Southfield, MI 48033-7443
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