Walter H. Soumis

CHASSELL — Walter H. Soumis, 88, a longtime resident of Chassell passed away Saturday morning, January 27, 2018, at Bayside Village in L’Anse, where he had been a resident patient for the past six months.

He was born on April 19, 1929, in Chassell, a son of the late Eugene and Ida (Gibeault) Soumis. Walter was a graduate of the Chassell Schools.

Mr. Soumis was a veteran having served with the United States Army Air Corps.

On August 25, 1951, he was united in marriage to the former Virginia Hamina. The couple had resided in the Chassell area where they raised their seven children. This past October 27, 2017, Virginia preceded Walter in death.

Mr. Soumis had worked for Facilities Management for Michigan Technological University and had owned and operated Soumis Greenhouse in Chassell with his wife from 1959 to 1995.

Walter was a member of St. Anne’s Catholic Church of Chassell. He loved to hunt and fish, working around his pond and in the woods. He had a great sense of humor and was a great story teller and always had a smile for everyone.

Preceding him in death were his wife, Virginia; his parents; and his grandson, Gino Zielinski; his brothers and sisters, Elizabeth (Allen) Londo, Eugene (Ella) Soumis, Francis (Hazel) Soumis, Tony Soumis, Helen Jane (Ray) Theory, Marie (Earl) Bowden and Jerome (Irma) Soumis.

Surviving are his children, Pierre (Nancy) Soumis of Gwinn, Andre (Gayle) Soumis of Chassell, Ann Elliot of Cedar Hill, Texas, Sandra (Tim) Zielinski of Bella Vista, Arkansas, Jane (Brian) Waters of Chassell, Gina (Chris) Sayen of Chassell, Beth (Tim) Theut of Memphis, Tennessee; his grandchildren, Roland, Amanda, Marty, Tony, Chad, Kelli, Ashley, Ginger, McCall, Heather, Olivia and Dustin; 21 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Mass of Christian burial for Walter and Virginia will be held 11 a.m. Friday, February 2, 2018, at St. Anne’s Catholic Church of Chassell with Fr. Ben Hasse to officiate. Spring burial will be in the Chassell Cemetery.

Friends may call on Thursday, February 1, 2018, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Chassell.

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The Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Homes of Chassell is assisting the family with the arrangements.