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Elaine Alma Schaible
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    32400 Hoover Road
    Warren, MI 48093

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“I was blessed to have met Elaine and work as a caregiver for her. I always felt the presence of our Lord and savior when being there. I knew her and...Read More »
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“Thank you for our lives together as family. I always looked forward to seeing you and our countless conversations. We share a rich family history and...Read More »
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“Thinking of you on this oh so difficult day. Hugs ”
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“Sorry for your loss, my condolences to the family and friends of may you find great comfort in God's promise found in John 6:40 ”
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Elaine Alma Schaible, age 79 of Warren, died Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at home surrounded by her loving family. She was born November 22, 1939 in Detroit, daughter of the late Walter and the late Alma (nee: Kaiser) Neubacher.

If there were such a thing as a listing in the dictionary for a "Loving & Godly Couple," there is no doubt that you would see a picture of Marvin & Elaine Schaible heading that list up. What they shared was a warm and wonderful relationship,…some might even say, Heavenly. It all began on an appointed day from above, at an NBD bank, when the two twenty-something's met and Cupid was already lying-in-wait. As far as Marvin was concerned, it was "love at first sight,"…yet it was just the beginning of what God was about to do. Courting would turn to romance, and romance into love, and it wasn't long before these lovebirds were promising themselves in marriage in the eyes of family and friends alike. Elaine was a young 23 years old when she held her beloved's hands, looked into his eyes, and shared those time-honored words, "I Do," that would carry them through over 56 amazing years together as husband & wife. They were married on May 12, 1962, which means Elaine went to be with her Lord just 11 days shy of their 57th wedding anniversary. There's much that could be shared about the love story between Elaine and Marvin, but perhaps none more poignant than the inscription that both of their wedding bands bear that reads; "Each for the other, and both for God,"…and they both lived & loved with that as their premise.

Following Marvin's smitten state, he came around to asking Elaine out on a date and they chose the movie theater as their venue du jour. The now classic "Breakfast at Tiffany's" is the wonderful memory that Elaine & Marvin have held of their first date together. And just as much as the beauty of the movie revealed itself and left a lasting impression,…for Elaine, the music was equally engaging and the classic by Henry Mancini, "Moon River" captured her heart and was a constant reminder of the love she shared with Marvin. Each time she heard that song, she was swept back to a magical moment in time when going to the movies was an event,…and in this case, a life changing one. But as life rolled on and Elaine made her way through the 60's, the smooth & soothing sounds of Henry Mancini would be joined by the (now) timeless classics of the Beach Boys. So it's obvious,…the lady had some great tastes in music!

Memories of Elaine's youth were filled with the wonders, joys, and excitement experienced with each trip she made to Grandma's place at Big Lake in Oakland County. Each visit came with its own stories and memorable highlights, but she especially grew quite fond of the summers she shared with her Grandma. As an adult, Elaine's travels would become more scenic and distant as she visited such destinations as Hawaii, New York, the Grand Canyon,…and "across the pond" to Germany. Being of German descent, traveling to the Motherland just had to have held some special interest for Elaine.

Elaine was definitely a "family oriented" type of person, always putting their needs ahead of her own. She was also the one who made times fun, and was always making time for all. It often began with just a glimpse of her Big & Inviting Smile that drew you in and held you close. And if her smile didn't do the trick, then came her delicious cooking that would WOW the belly and make you smile on the inside. She was a great cook who knew her way around the kitchen and could whip up something tasty in the blink of an eye. She was also great at hosting parties and contributing in big ways to such events as graduations, confirmations, and the like. And if not for her smile or cooking, Elaine could often captivate you through her prowess in the games of Scrabble, Yahtzee, Canasta and Euchre. Whether it was tiles, dice or playing cards, it was all about having fun and making memories,…and Elaine made that happen as often as possible. As for the things she enjoyed as sole pleasures in life, the game show, Wheel of Fortune was definitely high on her list,…followed closely by her love and appreciation for horses and angels,…LOTS of angels!

Yet of all the attributes and traits that help define this wonderful lady, perhaps the most telling and impacting was Elaine's strong & abiding faith in God. It was a faith that was born in her youth and simply blossomed each day it was fed,…and she fed it often through prayer. As an active member of Hope Lutheran Church in Warren, Elaine led by example. She not merely shared the way, but showed the way as well through her actions and willingness to go that extra mile. Elaine truly possessed a servant's heart and did nothing for selfish gain. She was always giving and serving, asking for nothing in return. Her satisfaction was in knowing that others' needs were met before her own. As Elaine sought to do God's will, her "mission field" grew to include such outreaches as the McRest Program for the homeless, supplicating for others in the church's Prayer Room, visiting shut-ins within the community, volunteering her time and leadership in the coordination of the Monday church services at Sanctuary at the Abbey nursing home in Warren, and teaching Sunday School classes at church. Elaine always seemed to have her hands full, but you never would have known it. Yet the church recognized the jewel they possessed in Elaine and dubbed her Woman of the Year.

A loving wife and mother, Elaine's generosity was only overshadowed by her humility and kindness, traits that were a direct result of her unshakable faith. For this woman who had the task of getting five