July 09, 2018
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July 09, 2018
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Michael Lee Schloesser was born July 11, 1952 and passed away July 4, 2018, surrounded by his children and one grandson, Antony, after a brave and courageous battle with cancer.
Mike was born to Calverna (Cally) (Grim) Schloesser and father, Eugene (Geno) Schloesser in St. John’s Hospital. Mike’s mom was the delivery room nurse who took off enough time from work to have six children and help deliver his future wife (Monica) and 3,000 other children.
Mike was raised in a growing north Fargo neighborhood. He graduated from North High School in 1970. He worked on plays, the yearbook, and hated gym.
Michael started work at age sixteen at the Fargo Country Club, a place that trained him in an industry he loved. He worked 28 years with some of the best people in his life at the club. He worked for the Decathlon club in Minneapolis, the Biltmore, The Treetop, Seasons, Fairfield Glade Club in Tennessee, and the Hotel Donaldson.
Michael married Monica Langer in 1973. She was his lover, confidante, and Boss. Together, they had three children and raised them in the Clara Barton neighborhood in Fargo. They travelled with their children to Wisconsin, South Dakota, Washington D.C., Winnipeg and Rome. He travelled with his wife to London, Prague, Athens and Istanbul. Monica passed away in 2015. His children continued to take him places: Cairo, Jerusalem, Ammon, and day-trip-adventures to small towns in the Red River Valley.
Michael worked with his children as a pack leader for the St. John’s Cub Scouts and in their schools with the PTA in Clara Barton, Agassiz, and South High School. His children worked with him on PTA projects, like counting grocery receipts; for every $100,000 in receipts, the school of Clara Barton received a new Apple computer. By the time they were done counting, the school had received 14 computers. Michael started a yearbook at Clara Barton, the Fall Bazaar, Cookies for Voters, book sales, and a prom dress sale at South High School. Eventually, he became the North Dakota state PTA president, from 1997-1999, just in time for his last child’s graduation. He wants to thank Rachael, Diana, Katy, and Michelle for helping him in the PTA.
Michael loved Egyptian, Greek, and World War II history. He was a proud progressive liberal who volunteered for the Democrat party and wrote letters to the editors.
Michael was the friendliest and most honest and real person. He lived without pretensions and celebrated the beauty and profanity of life. He was an amazing cook who loved, LOVED, to cook for his family. Most of all, Michael loved his family. He was happiest surrounded by his family, swearing and giving crap to those he loved and loved him back.
Michael died too early and when he left, a piece of Heaven and the eternal spirit went with him. His family wants to thank him for being a wonderful, fantastic father and friend. He is sorely missed.
Michael is survived by his children: Erin Schloesser, Erika (Ryan) Lovaas, and Neil Schloesser. Grandchildren: Madison Lovaas, Hunter Lovaas, and Antony Jenkins. Siblings: Richard (Jackie) Schloesser, Cindy (John) Seiler, Nance (Raymond) Blotske, Trish (Bob) Batchelet, Kathy (Jody) Littlefield, plus a herd of wonderful nieces and nephews. His brother-in-law Gary (Chris), sister-in-law Karen Langer, and his honorary children Erica Roscoe, Sara Nieman, Casey Rausch, and Charlotte Ronson.
Michael is preceded in death by his wife Monica, his parents Geno and Cally Schloesser, in-laws Beatrice and Ernest Langer, brother-in-law Ron Langer, grandparents Emilia and Deforast Grim, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Michael wanted all the wonderful people he has worked with in the service industry for the last 50 years to know how great it was to work at their side. He was honored to have shared the weddings, retirements, birthdays, baby showers (more than any man), bar mitzvah and holiday parties with all the fantastic guests throughout these many years.
“Goodbye, love always. Now….I’m going to catch up with mom.”