Michael N. Kaye
Mike Kaye, 58, Sturgeon Bay, died peacefully Thursday, July 18, at Aurora St. Lukes Medical Center, Milwaukee, with his family by his side.
Mike became ill in August of 2010 with Giant Cell Myocarditis, a rare disease, which required a heart transplant in February 2011. He died of complications stemming from this horrendous disease.
He was born in Sturgeon Bay, Oct. 27, 1954, to Norbert and Kathleen (Carmody) Kaye.
Mike graduated from Sevastopol High School in 1972. He worked for Leed and Deel from 1972 to 1974 and then attended Northeast Wisconsin Technical School to learn the trade of shipbuilding. He went on to work for Bay Shipbuilding, Peterson Builders, Palmer Johnson, all in Sturgeon Bay, and Ace Marine in Green Bay.
Sept. 22, 1973, he married Mary LeClair at St. Mary of the Lake, Baileys Harbor. She survives as do three daughters, Cambria (Mark) Mueller, Egg Harbor, Courtney, Milwaukee, and Cathy, Appleton; two precious grandsons, Connor and Tucker Mueller; his mother, Kathleen Kaye, Carlsville; brother, Paul (Deborah) Kaye, Milwaukee; sisters, Mary Kaye, Sturgeon Bay, and Barb Kaye, Green Bay; sisters- and brothers-in-law, Sandy and Rich Sander, Sue LeClair, Jeanne and Paul Wiesner, Paul and Arba LeClair, Melissa (Carl) von Estorff, Pete LeClair and friend, Becky, Ann and Mark Ash, Wendy LeClair, Melissa (Carl) von Estorff, and Debbie Kaye; special aunts and uncles, Frank and Sue Carmody, his Godmother Joan Peterson, Eunice Londo, Sister Ann Carmody, Mike and Rita Carmody, Peggy Carmody; and many close nieces, nephews, cousins and their families too numerous to mention.
He was preceded in death by his father, Norbert; and his in-laws, Richard and Helen LeClair.
Mike's daughters and wife were the center of his life. When he became a father-in-law and then a grandpa, life was even more special.
He was a member of the Sevastopol School Board from 2006-2008. He enjoyed being involved in athletics, both playing and coaching and was actively involved in the fastpitch and basketball feeder programs at Sevastopol School when his daughters attended. Mike held fastpitch pitching clinics at Sevastopol and, for a year or two, at St. Peter Lutheran School gym, from January to March every winter for the last 20 years for any girl in the county that wanted to learn the fundamentals of pitching. He was in fastpitch leagues at West Side field, Institute Town Park and Green Bay. He especially enjoyed deer hunting and being outdoors, and watching the Packer and Brewer games.
In 1994, Mike converted his aunt's dairy barn into an indoor aquaculture facility and raised yellow perch and bluegill for many years.
Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at St. John the Baptist Church in Egg Harbor with the Rev. Anthony Birdsall officiating. Friends may call at the Forbes Funeral Home (www.forbesfuneralhome.com) in Sturgeon Bay on Monday, July 22, from 3-8 p.m. and at the church on Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. A prayer service will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home. Donations in Mike's name may be made to the Myocarditis Foundation, 100 W. Main St., Utica, MN 55979.
The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at Door County Memorial, Bellin Hospital, Froedtert Medical College, and especially the staff at St. Luke's who took such excellent care of Mike. We would also like to thank the county ambulance crew and Para Tran. Special appreciation to Tiffany and Greg Bollis, and their family, Milwaukee, for opening up their home to our family.
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette on July 20, 2013