After MANY years this week Mike's memory kept popping into my head. I had no idea of his passing. I never Google old friends but something pushed me. We went to Davison and I dearly adored him. He was an original. Heaven's new treasure.
Michael meant so much to Peter, his role model to say the least. He was and still is a wonderful man... He will be dearly missed.
For all who were close to Mike in space, in their hearts, and in their thoughts. Mike was what we think of as a truly unique person. His departure will leave a void that can only be filled with the fantastic, terrific, fabulous, wonderful, special moments and times he created in our memories. He will be with me in my memory vault. I want to thank those that put the memorial on the internet. I'll treasure it always.
Good bye Dear Friend.
I remember mike so well when I would run over from my house in woodcrest hills to play with Polly. My sincere condolences..
You left us too soon my dear brother. Through the years we shared the tears and smiles that life brought. We could talk for hours about everything and nothing and laugh so hard we couldn't talk at all. I love you, Mike. Always have and always will.
It is your turn to do the dish...you know what I mean.
Your father was so proud of you. He spoke of you often. Please take care of yourself and know your father was loved by many people.
My life was blessed when I met Michael and his wonderful Katauskas family. His wit, humor and authenticity will be missed. He shared his joy and love for Sue and her wonderful family. Michael will be missed by many.
Words will never express the depth of our friendship or the warmth of your heart and laugh.
I was so sorry to hear about Mike's death. He was in study hall with me and totally entertained us by teasing the study hall teacher. My thoughts and prayers are with Polly and his other family members.
Mike was everything a sibling could hope for. He was always there for me, in the good times and especially in the not so good times. I will miss him deeply.
We love you Uncle Mike. You are forever in our hearts and memories. We will treasure the gifts you gave use over the years, the coins for Jenna and Rachel, the paintings and the thoughtful gestures you made to stay connected with us. May your gentle soul live on in the rest of us.
Julie, Pete, Jenna and Rachel
Mike was like a member of our family, being my father's best friend- he attended our family Christmas celebration every year. When I was young, Mike was designing toys and the first memory that I have was of him. He showed up one year with a giant bag of star wars toys that he had designed. Despite my father protesting, Mike had me open them all up and play with them. He was a big kid, with great corny jokes- and easily my favorite surealist artist. We love you Mike- the world will not be the same withou you.
My deepest sympathies to Mike's family.
It's been a long time from St. John through Davison to the present. I was always amazed at Mike's artistic talents. Love and prayers to the surviving family. Cecelia Kreiner Kirkpatrick
wow Michael, all your friends in Davison will miss you, i tried calling as many of our classmates as i could, all were shocked, proly cuz we are all your age. i remember serving on the altar at church with you, and we were in cub scouts together, and all the fun (LOL) we had with the Nuns. i had such a hard time with my Latin so i could serve Mass and i think your brother Phillip helped me with that, but it's ok cuz i was in the seminary and failed Latin there LOL. RIP buddy and all the classmates from 1967, and 68 will mioss you. with tears in my eyes i bid you farewell.
The last time I saw Mike was at his wedding in Cincinatti but we were close as youngsters. He lived just down Lapeer St. We attended the Woodstock festival together back in the day. So sad.
I always think about the crazy times we had when we were young. My prayers to the family
I am sorry to read this morning of Michael's passing. Enjoyed working with him at Meijer and also hanging out at karaoke at the Irish Pub years ago. He had a great sense of humor and was very talented. He will be missed.
Goodbye my old friend. We shared many great times back when we wore younger men's clothes.