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Charles J. Chevalier, age 79, of Mount Clemens, died April 22, 2013 at McLaren-Macomb Hospital in Mount Clemens, Michigan. Charles was born January 20, 1934 in Mount Clemens, Michigan to Harry C. and Helen V. (Hofer) Chevalier. He was preceded in death by his parents; surviving are his brother Leonard of Elkhart, Indiana; three nephews, Jon (Rose) of Bristol, Indiana, Jeffrey (Kim) of Elkhart, Indiana and Lee (Keri) of Lansing, Michigan. Charles was a lifelong Christian Scientist, most recently as First Reader at the Detroit, Michigan location. He made annual and bi-annual trips to the Mother Church in Boston, Massachusetts. Charles had a teaching career spanning 54 consecutive years, accomplished, initially, at the high school level then on to the university level; Mount Clemens High School followed by Wayne State University where he successfully finished his final semester this month. His teaching was greatly enhanced due to his 40 plus travels to Europe, most notably France and England, which provided him with both the visual and first hand intimacy used in his profession. He was highly knowledgeable and respected in his chosen profession and subject matter. Charles attended both Mount Clemens High School and Cranbrook School in Birmingham, Michigan, later receiving his Bachelors Degree from Principia College in Elsah, Illinois followed by his Masters Degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan majoring in Art History. Charles's life encompassed a continuing introduction to people, making friends and enhancing both his and their lives. This never ended. People loved Charles and he responded in like manner. Students, past and present, along with friends and acquaintances, have expressed receiving a lasting positive impact which he has made for the betterment of their lives. A most joyful and entertaining session occurred on his last day of life with a surprise and unexpected visit which has resulted in a 56 year family friendship with Charles. They talked of old times, experiences and happenings which made Charles come to life inovercoming his physical disabilities. Charles knew his time was here, but miraculously overcame almost two hours with literal revival. When Charles took his last breath, the world lost a human being that always gave as much good as he received. As sung by Frank Sinatra, Charles "did it his way" for the better good. Visitation will be from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, 2013 at Will and Schwarzkoff Funeral Home, 233 Northbound Gratiot Avenue in Mount Clemens, Michigan, with a Christian Science Service at 3 p.m.
Published in The Macomb Daily on May 21, 2013
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