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“I remember our parents playing cards together. I also remember when I was brought along to a pool party at your house and we played and played!. ...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Karen Karlowski - LISLE, IL

“I remember when our parents would get together and play cards. I loved when I was brought along on an occasional outing and we would play and...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Karen Karlowski - Chicago, IL

“My siblings and I were violin and viola students of Mr. Wasel @ Lillibridge Elem. As my cousin, Gwen, we only knew him by his shortened name. ...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Sharon Moy/Yee - Sterling Hgts., MI

“At Lillibridge Elementary, Detroit PublicSchools, students knew him as Mr Wassel. ”
4 of 9 | Posted by: Gwen Wee - Acquaintance

“We are so sorry for your loss. We remember your whole family and watched you girls grow up.Are prayers are with you.Walt and JoAnne Reuter ”
5 of 9 | Posted by: Walter and Joanne Reuter - MI

“A beautiful person that cherished all! No one had to ever ask him for a smile, and that trait is shared with his daughters. Thank you Mr. Waselowich ”
6 of 9 | Posted by: D. G - Sterling Heights, MI

“Dear Nancy, You certainly have many of your Fathers traits and it is easy to see how you loved your Dad so much! Blessings to you and your family...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: Lori and Tim Layne - Sand Lake, MI

“I was their neighbor. A little older than Cindy - I would babysit for the girls. Mr. Wasel and my dad, Bob Lystad, were fast friends. He was my first...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Janis Detlefs - Ann Arbor, MI

“So sorry for your loss ”
9 of 9 | Posted by: Lauri Skowronek - Shelby, MI


Nicholas Waselowich, age 91 and a longtime resident of Warren, Michigan died Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at My Doctors Inn assisted living in Sterling Heights, Michigan.

Nicholas was born September 11, 1926 in Detroit, Michigan, son of the late George Waselowich and the late Josephine (nee: Kulek) Waselowich. Nicholas graduated from Cass Tech High School in 1644 He served in the United States Army at the conclusion of World War II in the Philippines, attaining the rank of Corporal Tec4 and being awarded the Victory Medal, a Good Conduct Metal, and the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon. Upon his return home with help from the GI bill, he studied at Northwestern University, in Evanston Illinois, receiving his Bachelor's degree in music in 1950, followed by a Master's Degree in 1952.

Upon Nicholas' return to Michigan following the War, he had fun earning money caddying on the golf course establishing his good friends along the way……finally landing his first real job with the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra eventually joining the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. In 1952 he married the love of his life, yes, the girl next door, Rose. Together they started a family and had 3 beautiful daughters for whom he adored. Being the excellent provider and family man he was, Nicholas quickly realized traveling was not in his cards, and soon dedicated himself to the Detroit Public Schools teaching music for 33 years. During the course of his career, Nicholas became one fine musician and whether it was recording in the Motown studios, rehearsing in a quartet for a wedding or performing at the Fisher and Pine Knob Theatres…he was in his glory.

When his viola wasn't in hand……you could find him coaching his daughters on the ballfield, enjoying a round of golf, playing a horse at the track or just settling in for a good Tarzan movie. Watching the Red Wings with his grandsons became one of his favorite pastimes. He'd broiled up a steak along with some sides and they'd be set for the night. He and Rose truly enjoyed Saturday nights visiting friends….always managing to get in a competitive game of Bridge! Nicholas felt friends were a very important part of their life.

In 1996 Nicholas underwent surgery to remove his vocal cords due to cancer. His will to master esophageal speech astonished both his family and doctors. Determination was in his blood!

It was late into Nicholas's retirement that he became an excellent caregiver not only to his Mother but his wife as well. After the passing of his wife, he lived 10 years longer…never having a dull day. He was quick to master the washing machine, perfected his cooking skills and certainly managed the checkbook at last! Imagine hosting a dinner for his family at 88 years of age. Rose certainly taught him well!

Nicholas's pride and joy continued to be his family and pets around him. He relished time spent together celebrating birthdays and holidays……playing games and laughing at his funny innuendos…what a great sense of humor he had. His family could always count on him bringing a plateful of kielbasa and one of his favorite homemade pies…. Betty Crocker move over! It truly was the birth of his great grandson named after him that stole his heart! He was blessed to be in attendance for his grandson's 1st birthday party……a smile seen on Grandpa's face for which we shall never forget.

As Nicholas approached his 90's, his life changed course a bit and he was never one to accept being less than 100%. He gave it his darnest to get back to his once good health, but eventually his slow decline in his ability to manage his independence alone lead to his residence in assisted living. It was shortly thereafter that Nicholas passed peacefully in his sleep. Memories of the generous, loving and "gentle" man that Nicholas was will forever be etched in our minds. He was a great Husband, Father, Grandfather, Neighbor and Friend to all. His drive for life and sharing it with others was his forte. He who gave so many "thumbs up" in his time shall now receive a "thumbs Up" in return from those he touched. May Nicholas rest in peace.

Nicholas was the beloved husband of the late Rose Waselowich, and the dearest father of Cynthia (Vito) Aluia, Janice (Thomas) Manzella, and Nancy Waselowich. Cherished grandfather of Christopher (Maddie) Aluia, the late James Aluia, and great grandfather of Nicholas Aluia.

Visitation for Mr. Waselowich will be held Sunday, November 19th from 2-9pm at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 ½ Mile Road) in Warren. Funeral Services for Mr. Waselowich will be held at 10:30 am on Monday at the Funeral Home.

Memorial donations are appreciated to Leader Dogs for the Blind, 1039 South Rochester Road, Rochester Hills, Mi 48307 www.leaderdog.org

Please share memories of Nicholas at his memory book above.

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Resurrection Cemetery

18201 Clinton River Road Clinton Township, MI 48038