Herbert E. Monschau

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Herbert E. Monschau Naples, FL

Herbert E. Monschau, 79, of Naples, FL, formerly of Shelby Township, MI, passed away at Avow Hospice on Monday, August 4, 2014.

He was born April 29, 1935, in Weiler, Germany to the late Peter and Anna (Bandus) Monschau.

Herbert completed his apprenticeship as a tool maker in Germany and was an accomplished player for the German national junior soccer program. Although proud that the country of his origin had recently won the World Cup, he still rooted, above all, for the United States team.

After immigrating to Detroit, MI, in 1954, he soon after worked for General Motors as a Tool and Die Maker. One of his favorite projects was working on the prototype XM1 tank program in the 1970s. He retired from G.M. after 27 years.

Herbert was well known for his gregariousness, his love of family, and his generosity. As a member of the Kolping Society in St. Clair Shores, MI, he helped other young people successfully integrate into American society as they emigrated from Germany.

Herbert loved to play his bass guitar with other German-American musicians at various functions. He also organized many events at the Bavarian Chateau in Detroit, MI, Super Bowl parties, October Fests, and Karnival (costume) balls.

Herbert is survived by his wife, Anna Wittmann; sons, Michael and David (Linda) Monschau; stepson, Edward 'Ted' (Eva) Hably; granddaughters, Tiffany Monschau Kepler, Alicia Monschau, Amber Monschau, Annmarie Hably; grandson, Josh Monschau; sister, Maria (Walter) Jonas; nephew, Udo (Ruth) Jonas.

After retiring to Naples, FL in 2000, with his wife Ann, they continued to make many friends and acquaintances. Many of them were able to say their farewell to Herbert just prior to his passing. Special thanks to the staff at Avow Hospice in Naples for their good care.

A celebration of Herbert's life will be held at the Pinnacle Club House in The Strand, on Sunday, August 17, 2014, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

An interment service, presided by Fr. Barnabas Kiss (Sacred Heart – Detroit), will be held at Cadillac Memorial Gardens (East), Clinton Township, MI, on Saturday, September 6th, at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials in Herbert's name at Avow Hospice in Naples, FL.

Published in Naples Daily News on Aug. 10, 2014
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