Virginia Beach - In the early morning hours of April 19 the world lost one of the kindest men on the face of the earth. Michael Andrew Schlesinger, 78, who was born on December 19, 1935 in Brooklyn, N.Y., to his late parents Lt. Col. Henry H. and Theresa T. Schlesinger, left us as a result of kidney disease. He was also predeceased by his twin sister, Claire Maxine Rephun.
Michael was a graduate of the University of Miami and was awarded a master's degree from the University of California. He served his country with pride and loyalty as a member of the United States Air Force until his retirement and then continued his service at the naval amphibious school until health issues precipitated his retirement.
Michael is survived by his grieving wife, Edwina (Edye); his amazing son, Gavin (Lauren) and grandson Jack Ryan of Danville, Calif.; daughter, Hope (Scott) and grandson Ryan Marshall of Raleigh, N.C. Because of his wonderful disposition, Michael has always been blessed with remarkable and caring friends who have traveled this arduous journey along with us, and are counted among his loving family.
He will be laid to rest at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 1 at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors. Rabbi Arthur Steinberg will be the officiate.
We gratefully thank Dr. Anthony Zydlewski and his staff, especially Peggy; Sentara Hospice, Beth Sholom Rehabilitation Center; the staff at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apartments, the staff at Arlington National Cemetery, and the multitude of those who endeavored to make our last days together a blessing. Each of you has comforted and supported us in every way imaginable.
The family will receive visitors at their residence from 8 to 10 p.m. on May 1 and from 12 noon until 4 p.m. on May 2.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation honoring Michael to a charity close to your own heart. Online condolences may be made to the family at hdoliver.com.
Published in The Virginian Pilot on Apr. 27, 2014