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A kind and gentle man left us early in the morning on March 21, 2022.

STEPHEN FRANCIS SCHUESLER was born on October 23, 1941 in Detroit, Michigan, to Kenneth & Dorothy Schuesler (both deceased). He grew up in Dearborn, Michigan with his brother Patrick (deceased), and his sister, Sandra Wallace, now of California. He graduated from the University of Detroit, then from the University of Michigan with a masters in French. He was advancing on his PhD in French when he met his future life partner of 54 years, Margaret Graham. He finally admitted that he was losing interest in French and wanted to pursue being a lawyer. With Maggie’s encouragement he graduated with a JD from U of M. They moved from Ann Arbor to East Lansing where Steve continued his legal career, finally as an Assistant Attorney General for almost 30 years. Their two sons, Patrick and Daniel, blessed them with wonderful daughters-in-law, Lisa and Christie, and four perfect grandchildren, Elaina and Shelton, Marlee and Campbell.

Steve was an avid bicyclist, a member of the Tri-County Bicycle Assoc., where he developed many wonderful friendships. He also participated in at least 17 DALMAC rides.

When Steve could still feel comfortable wearing waders and navigating rivers and streams, he spent many hours fishing for salmon or any other big fish.

Steve did not want a funeral or a fuss. A casual gathering of friends and family is being planned. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in his memory to a charity of your choice.

Ride on and happy fishing kind and gentle Steve.

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Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, 616-452-3006.


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  1. John Scherbarth on April 4, 2022 at 6:56 am

    I will always cherish the frequent lunchtime walks that Steve and I took along the Grand River when we worked together in the same division of the AG’s Department. Steve had a sensitive and understanding way to discuss the brilliant, yet erratic man who was our division chief at the time. He had a wonderful way to help me to maintain an equilibrium with a good listening ear and an genuine openness to sharing our feelings about life. He was an all around wonderful person.

  2. TCBA Board on April 4, 2022 at 10:43 am

    Steve was a long-time member of the Tri-County Bicycle Association (TCBA) and much loved by all. A quiet, soft spoken man, Steve was known for his kindness, gentle humor, and wry smile. He was a wonderful companion on a bike ride and our fellow cyclists will cherish those times spent riding along beside Steve and his easy manner at our social “food stops”. Steve will be missed by all who knew him. Our sincere condolences to his family. TCBA will be making a donation to the DALMAC Fund in Steve’s memory. Smile down on us, Steve!

    TCBA Board

  3. Nancy Gomoll on April 4, 2022 at 4:52 pm

    I was so saddened to hear of Steve’s passing. I have wonderful memories of times when our families would get together when our children were growing up. Sending my deepest condolences to Maggie and your family at this time of loss. May the memories you made and love you shared always bring you comfort. Keeping you in my prayers at this time.

  4. Terry and Maggie Hunt on April 5, 2022 at 12:38 pm

    Steve was a kind, gentle, intelligent, sensitive man and always was a pleasure to be with. Our condolences to Maggie and all the Schuesler family.

  5. Dwayne Scheidler on April 9, 2022 at 9:15 am

    I was very sorry to learn of Steve’s recent passing. I first met him as a fellow member of Tri-County Bike Club where we rode many miles and participated in numerous events together going back to around 1995 when I joined the club. I can honestly say that I have never met a more kind and understanding person and that every action or deed he took was with the most open heart and kindest motivation one could ask. Steve was truly a gentleman in all respects. I will keep his memory in my heart and mind for many years to come.
    Dwayne Scheidler

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