MIGLIORANZI - Michael Hector Age 79, of Tucson, AZ, died Tuesday, May 29, 2012. Michael was born in NYC on June 2, 1932 and moved to Buffalo, NY at 7 years old. He graduated from St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute in 1950. In 1951 Michael volunteered in the U.S. Army and served as a Forward Observer in Korea. Earning the rank of Sergeant, he was honorably discharged a Disabled Veteran in 1954. Mike met his wife, Cynthia Helen Marks, by chance on a train in Montana in 1953 when she offered him cookies. Cynthia went to Japan and upon her return, they married on December 26, 1955 in NYC. Mike went to the University of Buffalo under the GI Bill and received a B.S. in 1958 and began a successful career in the pharmaceutical industry. In 1964, he joined Syntex Labs as the 34th salesman and was a loyal employee for 28 years. He rose through the ranks and was National Sales Director leading 1200 salespeople before retiring in 1992. Mike lived in Buffalo, NY, Cincinnati, OH, Simsbury, CT, and Los Gatos, CA before settling in Tucson in 1992. He embarked on another successful career as a real estate agent until age 75. Mike is survived by his wife, Cynthia, of 56 years; his younger sister, Anna Marie and (James) Haase; his four children Michael and (Julie) Miglioranzi, Peter Miglioranzi, Juliana Cooper, and Christina and (Francis) Griffin. His six grandchildren Anthony and Christopher Miglioranzi, Christina, Jared and Mitchell Cooper and Claire Griffin as well as many nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his older sister, Antoinette (Miglioranzi) Stains and his parents Emil and Jeane Miglioranzi. Mike was a member of Toastmasters Int'l and a volunteer CCD teacher and served his community as a 4th Degree Knight at St. Thomas The Apostle Church. He was very active in the AZ Parkinson's Assoc. and greatly enjoyed poker and golf with his many special friends. Mike was loved by so many and was an amazing husband, brother, father, uncle, grandfather and friend. He will be remembered by his integrity, kindness and love. His wonderful smile truly reflected his joy of life. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the AZ Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Assoc. in his name. Please mail checks to AZ-APDA 5905 E. Pima St. Tucson, AZ 85712. A Rosary service will be held at 7 PM Tuesday, June 5th at the St. Thomas The Apostle Chapel and the Funeral Mass will be held at 10 AM Wednesday, June 6th at The Church followed by a lunch at the Parish Center. Michael's impact was far and wide and will carry on through future generations.
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Published in the Buffalo News on June 10, 2012