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Name:   Noël Raphael VanAssche

Born:   November 11, 1924

Died:   November 22, 2018 (94)

SMC Member: September 13, 19889 (30)

Noël Raphael VanAssche was born Nov. 11, 1924, in Izegem, Belgium, to Cyril and Octavie VanAssche. In his younger years, he served his country in the Belgian Army during World War II. Noël loved to tell many stories about his time in the Army.

He married Denise Marie Calmeyn May 9, 1951, and immigrated to Canada and then the United States. He and his wife became U.S. citizens in 1957.
Noël and Denise raised their family in Grosse Pointe Park, lived there 55 years and subsequently moved to East Lansing. Initially he worked at the J. L. Hudson Co. and enjoyed volunteering for the Hudson’s Thanksgiving Day parades. He then began his 33-year career as a design sculptor for General Motors Corp.

Noël was predeceased by his loving wife of 67 years, Denise, who passed away in March. He leaves three daughters to cherish his memories, Rita VanAssche Bueter, Colette VanAssche Davlantes (John) and Nicole VanAssche. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Elise Hamilton (Ryan), Claire Bueter, Stephen Davlantes (Athena) and Ryan Davlantes.

Noël’s family thanks Kaylene Dalman for her years of devoted caretaking and friendship, Michael Liberato for his support and Eucharistic ministry and J.D. DeWitt and Bruce Copp for their friendship and assistance.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 955 Alton Road, East Lansing. Visitation begins 9 a.m. at the church. Entombment will take place at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.

Donations may be made to the American Heart Association at; Michael J. Fox Foundation at or a charity of the donor’s choice. Share a memory at

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