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Frank Joseph Gusich 1950 - 2014

Frank Joseph Gusich

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February 17, 2015
Dear Gusich family, I apologize for the lateness of this posting but I just learned of Frank's passing. I am so terribly sorry for your loss. Our family is from Cincinnati originally and my dad E.R. (Dick) Hurst recruited for Bo and was one of Frank's biggest fan. Frank spoke at my Dad's funeral and I will be eternally grateful for the kind words he said that day. They were both true Michigan Men. My siblings and I will never forget Frank. We loved him very much. Julie Hurst DeLoria, Class of 1988
November 29, 2014
I was a nerd, not a jock, one year behind Frank at Saint Ignatius High School. The University of Michigan was one of 5 colleges where I submitted an application. I went to visit one weekend and Frank welcomed me with open arms. I thought it was cool to hang out with a football player. He had to be the most relaxed,friendly, welcoming human being I had ever met.
To make a long story short, I did attend the University of Michigan from 1969-1973. During those four years, I never missed a football game. I loved watching Frank, "the Wolf Man," play defense on the field. He showed the "greatest team in the country" what it was all about, being vital in defeating Ohio State, 24-12, my freshman year.
What I remember most was Frank's hospitality and friendliness during my visit the year before.
I'm sorry to learn so late of his passing. But what a tribute to Saint Ignatius High School, to the University of Michigan, and to a life well lived for others. My prayers are with him and his family.
Michael Grusenmeyer, M.D.
Saint Ignatius High School, 1969
University of Michigan, 1973
May 03, 2014
To the family of one of the greatest humans I've known, My special memory of Frank was not from the classroom or football field. Rather, It was during freshman year at H.S. The priests at St. Ignatius would offer mass for each class one day a week. But there were days when no one was required to attend mass. One morning I went to an early mass with only a few others in attendance. Frank was there at the front of the church. He left mass without looking to see who else was there. Even then I knew there was something special about Frank. He carried himself with such self assurance, yet with humility. I haven't seen that combination in any other person since. His example was immense for me. He lived a Christian life like St. Francis- by example. Everything that I have read by others is true. Frank influenced more of us by his example than by any other classmate. One other proud moment was when he told me that one of his sons enrolled at Univ of Pennsylvania, my Alma Mater. I watched that young man play football once but never met him. Frank was truly a great man.

Tony Palmieri, Westlake, OH, Classmate
April 19, 2014
Linda, Mike and Brad, I' m so sorry that I didn't hear about Frank until this morning (4/19). I e-mailed him last week not knowing. I' m sure he got immediate delivery. I been telling people over the last year that My father who died at 91 was the most christian man I 'd ever met . it brings a smile to my face to say Frank was his equal..
April 18, 2014
Linda, Mike and Brad;
Frank was a classmate, teammate, and friend. I was lucky to have known him.
When I would talk to him he was always concerned with my health and well being, not overwhelmed with his own ills.
Though, I will miss ever being able to spend time with Frank again, I will forever be richer for having had him as a friend. He exists in the memories of all of us that have known and loved him.
April 15, 2014
My sympathy goes out to the family during your time of grief. May God's loving-kindness comfort you and help you through this difficult time. (Psalm 119:50,76)
April 15, 2014
Dear Linda, Brad and Mike,
Our hearts are broken...Frank was absolutely the finest friend and hero we have ever had the pleasure to know!! Fred's buddy always!! Frank will always be in our hearts. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. With sympathy and love,
Cathy and Fred Grambau
April 14, 2014
The Gusich Family,

It is with great love and loyalty that we send our deepest condolences to all of you and to let you know that Frank is in good hands today as he is with his old Coach Bo. He will always be regarded as one of the greatest "Bo's Boys." With this in mind, his legacy will be preserved forever in the hearts and minds of his team mates and coaches who were fortunate enough to be associated with him. Go Blue!
April 12, 2014
Dearest Linda, Mike and Brad,

From the day I meet Frank when we freshman at St. Ignatius I knew I was in presnese of a very specail person and blessed wtih a life long friend. I was always inspired by Frank's commmittmnet to Christ. He brought me closer to God. He was always a 'man for others'and I cherished our time together at St. Ignatius and Michigan. I loved the statement in his obituary that Frank never meet a stranger ....how true! Being with Frank during his illness, as difficlut as it was, gave me a sense of peace as Frank battled his illness and, at the ssme time, submitted to God's plan for him. Linda, you were Frank's angel and cared so lovingly for him. God bless you. It was an great honor to be Frank's friend. He was the best!
April 11, 2014
Linda, Brad and Mike,
You can go through a whole lifetime and never meet someone in person with the impact and stature of Frank Gusich. We had the good fortune to meet at St. Ignatius and both play linebacker freshman year and later QB and running back. But the sport was merely a springboard to enjoying his company. It was in knowing Frank that his infectious smile and his attitude permeated every part of enjoying being together. Always know that his zest for life has brought joy to countless people that are all the better for having met an exceptional gentleman and a true friend. I was truly blessed to know him and call him my friend.

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