Gerald Sjue

Obituary of Gerald Sjue

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Gerald Sjue was born on December 5, 1941, in Portal, North Dakota. He was one of four children born from the union of Gustav Sjue and Alrette (Jacobson) Sjue. As a testament of dedication and love for his country, he enlisted in the United States Air Force serving his country honorably. Later in life, Gerald earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.

Gerald married the love of his life, the former Gerry Favor on January 19, 1968, in Dearborn. The couple was blessed with two daughters. He provided for the needs of his family employed in Program Timing for Ford Motor Company.

As a young man, as well as in the Airforce, Gerald found joy in bowling, especially league play at the former Nortel Lanes in Monroe. His talent was quite evident on several occasions as he bowled a perfect 300 game five times. He also had a passion for golf. Come rain or shine or light snow, Gerald could be found on the course. He golfed at least once in every calendar month in Michigan, until his health prevented it. Remarkably, his diligence paid off as he was able to achieve, not one, but two holes-in-one, the crowning achievement of his golfing career.

Gerald found joy in watching football, showing his support for the Detroit Lions Football team, and harboring a soft spot for his hometown team, the NDSU Bison. He also took pleasure in watching the University of Michigan football team play.

When his children were young, the family spent quality time together in Minnesota, enjoying time with extended family. An annual highlight was the journey to Michigan's Upper Peninsula for a delightful pasty. Gerald's fondest memories was the Disney cruise he embarked on with his family and beloved grandchildren. The joy and laughter shared during this trip made it a memorable experience for him.

Despite his blood being labeled as O negative, Gerald’s impact was nothing but positive as he selflessly donated and saved numerous lives, and on one occasion during a lifesaving surgery for someone he never met. His heroic acts extended beyond the hospital walls, demonstrating his quick thinking and skills like performing the Heimlich maneuver to save his own daughter and once a coworker.

Gerald Sjue, age 82 of Carleton, passed away at the Monroe Springs Rehab and Nursing Center on Saturday; March 16, 2024. His passing was preceded by his parents; a brother: Scott Sjue; a sister: Karen Olson; and a brother-in-law: Michael Favor.

To cherish his memory, he leaves a wife of fifty-six years: Gerry; two daughters: Andrea Sjue (Bob Herz), Melissa Sjue (Brandon Alioto); a brother: Randy Sjue; and two grandchildren: Violet Alioto and Reed Alioto.

His care has been entrusted to Merkle Funeral Service, North Monroe; 2442 North Monroe Street, Monroe, Michigan 48162 (734) 384-5185. A private funeral service celebrating His life, led by Father Henry Rebello, was held also at Merkle’s. Cremation took place through the onsite crematory, Covenant Cremation of Erie, Michigan.

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