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Anthony Walter DeBlaise
1929 - 2012
Consummate Professional and Devoted Husband
Anthony Walter DeBlaise, 83, of Southfield, Mich., passed away on Oct. 12, 2012, at his daughters home in Los Angeles, Calif.
Anthony was born on April 28, 1929, to the late Anthony (Tony) and Ella
DeBlaise. He lived in Racine, Kenosha and Flint, Mich. He was an only child who contracted polio soon after learning to walk. Through the efforts of his dedicated parents and the grace of God not only did he overcome the musculoskeletal infirmity but went on to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. On April 19, 1952, he was married to Laura Ann Stasieluk in South Milwaukee. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Civil Engineering (BSCE). He completed additional studies at Marquette University-Milwaukee Law School and the Univeristy of Michigan. Anthony was a registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) in Wisconsin and Michigan. He was a Registered Land Surveyor in Wisconsin. He served as past President of the Institute of Municipal Engineering. He received the Michigan Municipal Leagues Award of Merit in 1977. He entered the public works field in Wisconsin. From 1959 to 1964, he was Director of Public Works in Kenosha. In 1964, he became Director of Public Works in Flint, Mich, there he was responsible for a 600 member department with an operating budget of $33 million. He retired in 1984.
Anthony was a dedicated father and husband who enjoyed fishing, hunting, golf and fixing every mechanical or electrical device in need of repair. He was a faithful supporter of St. Peter and Pauls Church in South Milwaukee and St. Matthews Parish in Flint, Mich. He served his community as a member of the Kiwanis fraternal organization assuming many leadership roles during his tenure. Anthony (goes by Walt socially) and Laura celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary with a party at the home of their daughter, Amy Kasai in Los Angeles, Calif., this past year, daughters, Loni Klassen and Renee Miles joined them in celebration.
Anthony is survived by his wife, Laura Ann (Stasieluk) DeBlaise; children, Loni Klassen (Ronald Klassen), Renee Miles (Brian Miles) and Amy Kasai (Mark Kasai); grandchildren, Halley Klassen, Alexis Kasai, Jamison Anthony Miles, Laura Miles, Stacy Kasai; nieces, nephews, James Kavanaugh, Stanley Stasieluk, Sue Beglinger and John Stasieluk.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Services will be held on Oct. 27, 2012, at 3:30 p.m. at Forest Lawn in Hollywood Hills, CA., Deacon Jonathan Meus will be officiating. Visitation will be at 3 p.m. A reception will follow services at 5 p.m. at 627 North June Street, Los Angeles, CA. Interment at Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills. For more information: 800-204-3131.
Published online at KenoshaNews.com on Oct. 21, 2012