Traverse City Record-Eagle

April 17, 2013

Alfred L. Schaub

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — SUTTONS BAY — Alfred Lawrence Schaub, 81, of Suttons Bay, passed away Sunday, April 14, 2013 at Munson Medical Center

Alfred was born May 10, 1931 in Centerville Township, the son of Lawrence Schaub Sr. and Mary Louise (Brow) Schaub. On Sept. 29, 1956 at St. Francis Catholic Church in Traverse City, he married his loving wife of 47 years, Janet Noreen (McGarry) Schaub, who preceded him in death on Dec. 29, 2003.

As a young man Alfred served his nation in the U.S. Army. From 1953-54 he spent his service time in Korea working with a medical unit motor pool as an ambulance driver.

In 1958 Alfred started his own auto service shop and held several jobs until he was employed at Munson Medical Center where he worked in the maintenance department for 20 years.

During the 1960’s, 70’s and early 80’s, Alfred was busy working and helping raise his growing family. During this time he was generous in the amount of time he spent with his children, passing down his love of hunting and fishing. His lifelong hobby was photography as evidenced by countless photo albums and many cases of photographic slides. A Friday or Saturday evening was always a good time for hours of entertainment watching family slides.

Alfred retired from Munson Medical Center at the age of 62 and together with his wife Janet travelled the U.S. to California, Florida, Chicago, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Niagara and Branson, Missouri. Janet was the one who really wanted to travel, Alfred was the driver.

Alfred was always a religious man and was a lifelong member of Lake Leelanau St. Mary Parish, where as a young man he attended St. Mary School. Later Alfred and Janet sent their children to attend St. Mary School and those children have in turn sent their children to attend there as well. When Alfred retired he was able to attend weekday mass and weekday evening mass and became a fixture of the church in ‘his’ pew near the back of the church.

Alfred is survived by his four children, Gary (Marylyn) Schaub, Larry (Sheila) Schaub, Shirley (Carl) Garthe, Bill (Lisa) Schaub; his siblings, Richard (Ann) Schaub, Robert (Ruby) Schaub, Helen McGarry, Marie Couturier, Jean Laurich, Donna (Larry) Hoogeboom; nine grandchildren, Myra, Kaleb, Seth, Samantha, Clarissa, Jack, Erica, Samantha, and Danny; and three great grandchildren, Landon, Leroy and Joshua.

He was preceded in death by his siblings, Donald, Harold, Ruth Ash, Elaine Hoover and by his in laws, Walter Laurich, Richard McGarry and Robert Couturier.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. with the Rosary to be prayed at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17 at the Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay. The mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 18 at St. Mary’s Church in Lake Leelanau with visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Father Michael Janowski will serve as celebrant.

Memorials may be directed to St. Mary School, P.O. Box 340, Lake Leelanau, MI 49653.

Please share thoughts and memories with Alfred’s family on their online guestbook at

Arrangements are with the Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay.