Obituary of James William St. Miklosi
James William "Jim" St. Miklosi was born in Detroit, Michigan on May 3, 1937. He was the only child to the union of James St. Miklosi and Betty (Tarsavage) St. Miklosi. Jim was raised by his mother in a single parent home in Highland Park, Michigan. He was extremely intelligent and loved to learn new ideas and concepts. Following his high school graduation, James enlisted in the United States Navy. He served honorably, working as a radar and radio mechanic, aboard the USS Taconic, being discharged on August 17, 1961. He then continued his education at Lawrence Tech University where he obtained a bachelor's degree.
Jim was employed for more than forty years as a contractor with General Motors. He worked on the Design Engineering Team. With his work at GM, Jim was responsible for making things fit under the hood - which he often joked is probably why most people can no longer work on their own vehicles!
Jim valued his personal health and tried to be very proactive. He was a member of the Somerset Ski Club and later the GM Ski Club. He enjoyed many ski trips out West and stayed active with them even into his 80Es. Learning and helping instruct at the Tai Chi Academy over the years with his friend Michael was a very important part of his life. Jim was a very spiritual man, meditating several times each day, and for many years had participated with Faith Healing.
Jim enjoyed traveling for many years with a favorite destination being the Double J Ranch in New Era, Michigan. At the ranch he loved horseback riding and had earned numerous certificates and trophies for his riding excellence. He later became a member of the Madison Heights Seniors, where he enjoyed the senior tours. He loved music and theatre. He always looked forward to dinner and a show at Meadowbrook Theatre with his ski club friends, Beverly and Chris.
Jim was known for his calm, generous, and loving personality. Although he did not have any siblings he was like a brother to his many cousins. He enjoyed a good laugh, a wonderful meal, and the company of family to share his life's events. He especially enjoyed sharing holiday dinners with his cousins. In later years he would generously take the family out for Easter dinner together.
James William "Jim" St. Miklosi, age 85, of Madison Heights passed away at ProMedica Ebeid Hospice Residence in Sylvania Township on Thursday; April 13, 2023. His passing was preceded by his parents, Aunt Helen and Uncle Leo, Uncle Buckeye and Aunt Ethel and cousins: Gail Barber and Leo "Scooter" Barber.
To cherish his memory, he leaves numerous cousins including Mel and Betty Jo Cunningham of Monroe, Tonya and Butch Robinson of Somerset, Michigan, Neil and Arlene Barber of Brimley, Michigan,Cindy Keeler of Woodhaven, Michigan, Larry Barber of Trenton, Michigan, Tom, and Sandy Palson of Lincoln Park, Michigan, Ed and Arlene Tarsavage of Crossville, Tennessee, and Chris and Barb Dyrda of Atlanta, Georgia. There are also many children of these cousins who were blessed to have him in their lives.
His care has been entrusted to Merkle Funeral Service, North Monroe; 2442 North Monroe Street, Monroe, Michigan 48162 (734) 384-5185. Cremation has taken place through the on-site crematory, Covenant Cremation of Erie, Michigan.
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