Virginia Beach -
Michael Petroski (February 10, 1957~February 4, 2014)
God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be, so he put his arms around you and whispered "come to me". Mike bravely fought his battle with cancer for several years but was unable to fight any longer. He was taken home on February 4, 2014.
While Mike's Career began as a Police Officer for the City of Detroit, Michigan, he moved to Virginia Beach in 1980 to join the Va. Beach Police Department. After his first bout with cancer and surviving a Bone Marrow Transplant in 1993, in 1994 Mike was injured in the line of duty and retired as a Master Police Officer in 1995. While a Police Officer, he was the recipient of many awards including the Medal of Valor for saving a family from their burning home, Top Cop awarded by Channel 3 in 1994, Police Officer of many quarters, and various other accommodations. In 2003, while retired, he and his brother, Dan, assisted the Virginia Beach Police Department in capturing and arresting a bank robber. Mike's desire to be a Police Officer started at the age of four and he made such a difference in many lives in the community. He will be remembered for his compassion for others, his love of family, his sense of humor and of course, for his love of cars. Mike was the former proprietor of "Shine-car-Shine" in the Kempsville area from 1980 until 1989 as a way of helping others keep their cars immaculate! It was his passion.
Mike was preceded in death by his beloved Father, Leonard Petroski of East Point, Michigan. He cherished his family (especially his beloved Mother, Helen Petroski of Michigan) his wife of 24 years, Gale (the love of his life), Daughters, Danielle Brusby (Dave) of Virginia Beach, Tracy Layne of San Marcos, Ca., Kristina Lindblad of Clearwater, Fl., Brother Daniel Petroski (JoAnne) of Clinton Township, Michigan, Sister, Kathy VanWeemeerish (John) of Novi, Michigan and grandchildren, Reece, McKenna, Aaron, Brody and Joshua, and his nephews, Michael, Jacob, Christopher, Mark, Adam and niece Angela.
The family will receive friends at the Catholic Church of St. Mark on Friday, February 7, 2014 from 1 to 2 p.m. The funeral mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Friday in the church sanctuary by Rev. Fr. James Griffin. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.hollomon-brown.com
Published in The Virginian Pilot on Feb. 5, 2014