On July 13, 2020, Clyde Chiesa passed away peacefully in the company of his loving wife and family at the Northland Luther Home in Marinette, Wis.
Clyde was born to Urban and Eva Chiesa on Aug. 24, 1940, at the Penn Hospital in Norway, Mich. He treasured his childhood in Norway and loved his large, extended family. He graduated from Norway High School in 1958 and continued his education at Northern Michigan University where he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education. It was there that he met his future wife, Sandra Schutte. They were married in Ironwood, Mich., at Holy Trinity Church on June 17, 1961. The majority of Clyde’s teaching career was spent in Menominee where he taught Industrial Arts and Vocational Education subjects. His students undertook many community projects, including those for Habitat for Humanity, under his guidance. During his time in Menominee he discovered a new passion, sailing. Most of every summer was spent on the Bay or at the Menominee Marina. He always owned several boats and Sandra never knew when a new one would appear in their yard. He passed on his love of boating to his sons and grandchildren. In 1998, Clyde and Sandra retired from their teaching careers and began to winter in Green Valley, Ariz. There he added hiking to his list of pastimes, and he hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and back. He also was very involved in the Green Valley Wood Shop using his teaching talents to introduce others to the enjoyment of woodworking while making beautiful turnings from native woods.
In 2015, realizing Clyde was facing the challenge of living with Alzheimer’s Disease, Clyde and Sandra returned to fulltime to the comfort of Menominee. That autumn, with the help of Sandra and his sons and daughters-in-law, he was able to cross off the last item on his bucket list: traveling to Italy to visit the homeland of his grandparents. Less than a year later, he moved to Renaissance Assisted Living, and in 2018, to Northland Luther Home. Although this was not the way he wanted to end his days, he was a fortunate man. He had a zest for life and was able to realize most of his dreams.
Clyde is survived by his wife, Sandra; sons: Tony, Chris (Martha) and Jeff. Additionally, he is survived by five grandchildren and a great-grandson. His two sisters, Betty (Leonard) Bal and Jacquelyn (Michael) Boyer, also survive. He was preceded in death by his parents, in-laws and grandson, Andrew Chiesa.
A Celebration of Life will be held for Clyde in the summer of 2021 following the return of safe gathering and travel.
Donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or a charity of your choice. The family wishes to thank all of those who extended their kindness during Clyde’s final years, especially to the staffs of Renaissance Assisted Living, Northland Luther Home, and Unity Hospice.
Hansen-Onion-Martell Funeral Home is assisting the family.