Michael T. Golden

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MICHAEL T. GOLDEN HAMMOND, IN


Michael T. Golden, age 80, of Hammond passed away Saturday, November 2, 2013 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. He was a loving father survived by his four children: Michelle (Arturo Cardenas), Michael Golden (Jeanette), Christopher (Jennifer), and Phillip all residing in Hammond; sister, Trudy Adoba of Chicago; sister-in-law: Kathryne Brockfield of Cincinnati Ohio; brother-in-law, Phillip Sudinski of Venice, Florida; adopted son, Robert Murray currently serving in the U.S. Army stationed overseas; grandchildren: Michael Golden, Jamie Baca, Phillip Golden, AJ Cardenas, Jessica Golden, Chandler Cardenas, John and Summer Golden; and three great grandchildren: David, Marrisa, and Liliana Baca. Preceded in death in 2008 by his wife of 48 years, Barbara; and brother, Thomas Golden of Arizona. Michael began learning the violin and piano at an early age and was a proud member of the Clark High School Orchestra. At the age of 16, he was already playing with older union musicians in society orchestras performing locally at Madura’s Danceland and the Chicago Country Clubs. As an army soldier, he served in active combat in the Korean War from 1953-55 and was proud to mention that he also played regularly in the Officer’s Club. Upon discharge, Michael attended business school, developed the Golden Orchestra, was a proud member of Teamsters Local 142, worked as a public accountant, alarm investigator, and candle representative. He was committed to connecting people to opportunities whether it was for employment, committee membership or improving the quality of life in general in the community. Through the many hats that he wore, his insistence to make live music available to the masses and create long term music education for children was paramount. Michael was an active lifelong parishioner of St. Joseph Church in Hammond, served as a member of the Holy Name Society, Peace and Social Justice Committee, and was proud to serve as a Eucharistic Minister. He was a Precinct Committeeman in the city of Hammond for many years. Michael was a man of gratitude with unwavering faith. He was emphatic on prayerful consideration so that things got done the right way; it was important to him that actions be just. He had a great appreciation for cultures and beauty which was apparent in his work. He enjoyed hosting family dinners, attending his grandchildren’s baseball games, watching the Cubs, attending big band concerts, listening to Frank Sinatra, and going to church. In his retirement, Michael was devoted to helping those in need and especially enjoyed ministering to many in nursing homes and hospitals. His gracious demeanor, bright smile, and firm hand shake will be greatly missed by all those who knew him. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Friday, November 8, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. DIRECTLY at St. Joseph Church, 5304 Hohman Avenue, Hammond with Rev. Msgr. Semancik officiating. Interment immediately to follow at St. Joseph-St. John Cemetery in Hammond. Post 369 will conduct a service at the cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Books, Brushes, and Bands for Education, 5920 Hohman Ave., Hammond 46320 or Alzheimer’s Services of Northern Indiana, 8419 White Oak Ave., Munster, IN 46321. Burns-Kish Funeral Home, 8415 Calumet Ave., Munster, IN is in charge of arrangements (219) 836-5000. www.burnskish.com

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Funeral Home
Burns-Kish Funeral Home and Cremation Services
8415 Calumet Ave. Munster, IN 46321
219-836-5000
Funeral Home Details
Published in The Times from Nov. 6 to Nov. 7, 2013
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