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 August “Augie” Altese

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August “Augie” Altese

Birth
Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA
Death
26 Jul 2016 (aged 94)
Marshall, Calhoun County, Michigan, USA
Burial
Gladstone, Delta County, Michigan, USA
Memorial ID
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After 94 years, 176 days, 11 hours and 24 minutes, August (Augie) Altese, tallied up his last scorecard. Eyeing the green from his final fairway at Oaklawn Hospital, with a trusty 3 wood in hand, Augie graciously accepted God's invite to Heaven's 19th hole and embraced his new challenge of getting its 50/50 started.

Augie was the first child of Paul and Mary (Gervasi) Altese and the first born on American soil. Detroit was his home; it was where he held his first job (sanding fishing lures at Helin Tackle,) developed his love of golf on Belle Isle's course, and enjoyed his very first plane ride over the Detroit River. Growing up in Detroit made him a proud, though often disappointed, Lions fan. Of course if you knew Augie, then you already knew that.

He graduated from Northeastern High School in 1940 and enrolled at The University of Michigan. This was a life defining time for him: he played on the freshman football team, (turning his blood maize and blue,) and formed lifelong friendships with classmates. He also met his future wife, Alice Dehlin, in chemistry class. For him it was love at first sight, and he was thrilled when she accepted his invitation to an upcoming dance. His thrill faded a bit when he realized that he didn't actually know how to dance. Augie embraced college life, participating in dorm activities, writing articles for his dormitory newspaper (sports section of course,) and filming home movies of the numerous antics of his classmates. He kept an orange from his sophomore year that has petrified and was still in his possession after 75 years; we believe it to be the second oldest orange in the world. In 2014, at the age of 92, he returned to the Big House: invited back to play in an alumni football game, he dazzled them as the oldest U of M football player on the field.

During World War II Augie served with the 8th Air Force and 15th Air Force in Europe as navigator on the Milk Wagon and Heaven's Devils bombers. He successfully completed over 25 missions earning him membership in the "Lucky Bastards" club. While a decorated war veteran, he admitted that on his transatlantic mission from Brazil to Africa, he had trouble finding the continent.

After the war, he returned to U of M, completing his bachelor of science degree in chemistry in 1947. Augie then worked as a chemist at Seagram's, before returning to U of M for his pharmacy degree in 1953.

Reunited with Alice, they were married on June 21, 1953, and made Gladstone their home. Augie worked as a pharmacist at Dehlin Drug Store until his retirement in 1989.

In his spare time he loved to golf, take care of his flower garden, and grow garlic - on occasion even sneaking garlic into his secret cookie recipe. Augie was instrumental in the Gladstone Golf Course expansion from nine to 18 holes and was given the honor of teeing off in the first foursome to play the full 18 holes. He also helped run the Senior Men's golf league and livened up the Friday night fish fry with various games of chance. In winter, he kept his hands busy with elaborate wood carvings including one that depicted his life story. He enjoyed strolling the streets of Gladstone, recovering lost coins and chatting with long time friends, or perfect strangers, along the way.

Augie was a member of the Braves Fan Club and loved to cheer on his children and grandchildren at their sporting events. He was a member of the Gladstone Recreation Board for many years. Augie's enthusiasm for sports brought the Detroit Free Press and Detroit News to Gladstone so he could keep current on the Detroit Lions, Tigers, and Michigan Wolverines.

Survivors include four daughters, Mary Jo (Jan) Lawson, Susan (Paul Berglund), Ann and Kathy (Andy) Bragg; a son, Mike (Melissa); 13 cherished grandchildren, Jana, Nick, Andrew (Shameka) Alyssa, Tara, Anna, Kyle, Sarah (Brandon) August (Lizzy) Paula, Kara, Laura and Maya (Vince) and nine treasured great-grandchildren; Ryan, Cameron, Sean, Sebastian, Amiya, Ethan, Caroline, Charlotte and Alastar; two sisters, Rose Isca and Angie Perazza, numerous nieces and nephews, countless friends and a few enemies.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Nick, and wife Alice.

Visitation at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone with Military rites conducted by the Gladstone American Legion Post 71. Mass of Christian Burial at All Saints Catholic Church with Rev. Fr. Jamie Ziminski officiating.

After 94 years, 176 days, 11 hours and 24 minutes, August (Augie) Altese, tallied up his last scorecard. Eyeing the green from his final fairway at Oaklawn Hospital, with a trusty 3 wood in hand, Augie graciously accepted God's invite to Heaven's 19th hole and embraced his new challenge of getting its 50/50 started.

Augie was the first child of Paul and Mary (Gervasi) Altese and the first born on American soil. Detroit was his home; it was where he held his first job (sanding fishing lures at Helin Tackle,) developed his love of golf on Belle Isle's course, and enjoyed his very first plane ride over the Detroit River. Growing up in Detroit made him a proud, though often disappointed, Lions fan. Of course if you knew Augie, then you already knew that.

He graduated from Northeastern High School in 1940 and enrolled at The University of Michigan. This was a life defining time for him: he played on the freshman football team, (turning his blood maize and blue,) and formed lifelong friendships with classmates. He also met his future wife, Alice Dehlin, in chemistry class. For him it was love at first sight, and he was thrilled when she accepted his invitation to an upcoming dance. His thrill faded a bit when he realized that he didn't actually know how to dance. Augie embraced college life, participating in dorm activities, writing articles for his dormitory newspaper (sports section of course,) and filming home movies of the numerous antics of his classmates. He kept an orange from his sophomore year that has petrified and was still in his possession after 75 years; we believe it to be the second oldest orange in the world. In 2014, at the age of 92, he returned to the Big House: invited back to play in an alumni football game, he dazzled them as the oldest U of M football player on the field.

During World War II Augie served with the 8th Air Force and 15th Air Force in Europe as navigator on the Milk Wagon and Heaven's Devils bombers. He successfully completed over 25 missions earning him membership in the "Lucky Bastards" club. While a decorated war veteran, he admitted that on his transatlantic mission from Brazil to Africa, he had trouble finding the continent.

After the war, he returned to U of M, completing his bachelor of science degree in chemistry in 1947. Augie then worked as a chemist at Seagram's, before returning to U of M for his pharmacy degree in 1953.

Reunited with Alice, they were married on June 21, 1953, and made Gladstone their home. Augie worked as a pharmacist at Dehlin Drug Store until his retirement in 1989.

In his spare time he loved to golf, take care of his flower garden, and grow garlic - on occasion even sneaking garlic into his secret cookie recipe. Augie was instrumental in the Gladstone Golf Course expansion from nine to 18 holes and was given the honor of teeing off in the first foursome to play the full 18 holes. He also helped run the Senior Men's golf league and livened up the Friday night fish fry with various games of chance. In winter, he kept his hands busy with elaborate wood carvings including one that depicted his life story. He enjoyed strolling the streets of Gladstone, recovering lost coins and chatting with long time friends, or perfect strangers, along the way.

Augie was a member of the Braves Fan Club and loved to cheer on his children and grandchildren at their sporting events. He was a member of the Gladstone Recreation Board for many years. Augie's enthusiasm for sports brought the Detroit Free Press and Detroit News to Gladstone so he could keep current on the Detroit Lions, Tigers, and Michigan Wolverines.

Survivors include four daughters, Mary Jo (Jan) Lawson, Susan (Paul Berglund), Ann and Kathy (Andy) Bragg; a son, Mike (Melissa); 13 cherished grandchildren, Jana, Nick, Andrew (Shameka) Alyssa, Tara, Anna, Kyle, Sarah (Brandon) August (Lizzy) Paula, Kara, Laura and Maya (Vince) and nine treasured great-grandchildren; Ryan, Cameron, Sean, Sebastian, Amiya, Ethan, Caroline, Charlotte and Alastar; two sisters, Rose Isca and Angie Perazza, numerous nieces and nephews, countless friends and a few enemies.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Nick, and wife Alice.

Visitation at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone with Military rites conducted by the Gladstone American Legion Post 71. Mass of Christian Burial at All Saints Catholic Church with Rev. Fr. Jamie Ziminski officiating.

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