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10 Park Place NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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Life Story / Obituary
GLAZA – Edward J Glaza, age 90, went to be with the Lord Easter morning, April 1, 2018 surrounded by his family. Ed was born in Boyne City, Michigan to Edward Julius and Sybil Audrey (Cadwell) Glaza and was the youngest of five children. He graduated from Muskegon High School in 1945 and enlisted in the Army where he served during the end of World War II as an MP in Japan. Ed met the love of his life, Patrecia Woodlock, while they were both students at the University of Michigan. They married in 1952 and had five children. Ed was a Civil Engineer and Land Surveyor who worked with the Army Corps of Engineers on the Alaskan Highway before opening his own engineering and surveying firm, Glaza and Associates which he owned until passing the business on to his sons. He enjoyed flyfishing, Michigan football, and being outdoors. In retirement, Ed and Pat enjoyed winters in Englewood, Florida. Ed is survived by three children, Marjory (Arnold) Timmerman, Wallace (Sandy) Glaza, and James (Deb) Glaza; six grandchildren, Michelle (Travis) Krentz, Becky (Brett) Johnson, Kristy (Rodney) Norman, Christopher, Amanda, and Andrew Glaza; seven great grandchildren, Mackenzie, Brynn, Chloe, Levi Edward, Kendall, Easton, and Hudson; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Pat, in 2012; a daughter, Cathleen; son, William; and all four of his siblings, Cadwell Glaza, Maxine Leichtamer, G. Keith Glaza, and Mary Gondzar. A memorial service will be held on Friday, April 6, at 11am at First (Park) Congregational Church with visitation Thursday, April 5, from 5pm to 8pm at Heritage Life Story Funeral Home - Van Strien Creston Chapel. The family suggests memorial donations to Smile Train or Park Congregational Church.