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Richard Giba

Richard Giba

December 9, 1939 January 21, 2020

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Obituary for Richard Joseph "Dick" Giba

Richard Joseph “Dick” Giba passed away on January 21, 2020. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Giba and Helen Alice (Kozak) Giba, and his son, Andrew Michael Giba. He is survived by his wife, Stephanie Therese (Lucich) Giba; his 2 daughters, Caroline Marie Lynden (Paul) and Elisa Marie Ghezzi (Stephen); eight grandchildren, Matthew Paul Lynden, Amanda Marie Lynden, Elena Therese Ghezzi, Joseph Stephen Ghezzi, Luke William Ghezzi, Natalie Marie Ghezzi, Dominic Jonathan Ghezzi, and Michael Fabian Ghezzi; two brothers, John Michael Giba (Cindy) of Wonder Lake, Illinois and Joseph John Giba of Canton, Georgia; and one sister, Kathleen Ann Giba of Greensboro, North Carolina. Dick met his wife Stephanie at Youngstown State University while both were undergrad students. He’d often say it was love at first sight. They married in 1964. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Youngstown State in 1963, Dick began his professional career in the automotive industry with General Motors in Dayton, Ohio. While there he earned his Master’s in Business and Marketing from the University of Dayton. He left General Motors to work for the Upjohn Company in 1975, which brought him to the Detroit area in 1977. Dick loved his work and the people he worked with, so much so, that when he “retired” in 2001 from Dow Chemical Company, he immediately took a job with Solvay, and retired for a 2nd time 2 years later. Dick was a humble and self-effacing man, who would tell people he was a project manager, when really, he was the ultimate “networker” before anyone had coined the term, bringing together people from all aspects of the automotive industry to produce a single product—from conception to final production. Dick was the quintessential family man, who particularly loved being involved in the lives of his grandchildren, from chauffeur to golf coach. He was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church in Ann Arbor, graciously serving his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in various capacities for 40 years. He especially enjoyed his early morning quiet time in the Adoration Chapel each week, was active as an extraordinary Eucharistic minister, and together with his wife Stephanie, led several marriage ministry programs, chief among them, the Living in Love marriage enrichment and marriage preparation series. A diagnosis of Myasthenia Gravis in 2005 led Dick to the local support group and eventually to serve as president of the Detroit area Myasthenia Gravis Association for over a decade. Dick was an avid golfer from his youth, with a handicap of 17, and all who knew him knew that when he had free time he would be on the links from early spring till just before the first snow fall each year. He will be sorely missed, this wonderful man of God, by family and friend alike. Rest in peace, dear one, till we meet again. Visitation will be held Friday, January 31, 2020 at Nie Family Funeral Home, 3767 W. Liberty Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48103 from 2-4 p.m. & 6-8 p.m. with a Rosary at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 am Saturday, February 1, 2020 at Christ the King Catholic Church, 4000 Ave Maria Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48105 where a visitation will be held one hour prior to the mass. Interment will take place immediately following the mass at Arborcrest Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Myasthenia Gravis Association, 1000 John R, Suite 111, Troy, MI 48083 (mgadetroit.com) or to the Pastoral Matrimonial Renewal Center marriage ministry (livinginlove.org).

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  • Visitation

    Friday January 31, 2020 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Nie Family Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Liberty Road Chapel
    3767 W. Liberty Road
    Ann Arbor, MI
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    Friday January 31, 2020
    2:00pm - 4:00pm
    There will be a Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3pm
  • Second Visitation

    Friday January 31, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Nie Family Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Liberty Road Chapel
    3767 W. Liberty Road
    Ann Arbor, MI
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    Friday January 31, 2020
    6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Rosary Service

    Friday January 31, 2020 | 7:00pm
    Nie Family Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Liberty Road Chapel
    3767 W. Liberty Road
    Ann Arbor, MI
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    Friday January 31, 2020
    7:00pm
  • A Mass of Christian Burial

    Saturday February 1, 2020 | 11:00am
    Christ the King Catholic Church
    4000 Ave Maria Drive
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
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    Saturday February 1, 2020
    11:00am
    Officiant
    Fr. Ed Fride
  • Interment

    Saturday February 1, 2020 | 12:30pm
    Arborcrest Memorial Park
    2521 Glazier Way
    Ann Arbor, MI
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    Saturday February 1, 2020
    12:30pm
  • Reception

    Saturday February 1, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Christ the King Catholic Church
    4000 Ave Maria Drive
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
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    Saturday February 1, 2020
    1:00pm

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Joe Zitnik

RIP Dick.- We started together in Elementary School on the northside of Youngstown, OH. Ursuline and YSU gave us a great life and wonderful families.
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Don Mierendorf

Dick was a humble servant of God and a model Christian leader. His wisdom and encouragement helped me as a husband and father. He will be missed.
May he quickly see the face of Jesus...
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Stacy Goulette

So sorry to hear about the loss of your father. I will be praying for you and all your family during this time.
Stacy Goulette
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John Martin

My deepest condolences on the loss of this wonderful man.
I recall his gracious love, and his contemplative, but very meaningful and beneficial words when spoken.
May God rest with the Giba, Ghezzi, and Lynden families as they mourn their terrible loss, and may Dick Giba rest in Heaven.
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Margherita Fontana and Carlos Gonzalez

Our deepest condolences for your lost. Our prayers are with all of you in this difficult time.
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