Michael A. Ganzen
Michael A. Ganzen, age 38, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, November 19, 2013. He was born on January 25, 1975, in Appleton to Paul Ganzen and the late Ida (Stevenson) Ganzen. Michael proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps from 1995 to 1999, including a tour of duty in Bosnia. He was a Non-Destructive Technician at Mistras. Michael married Wendy Johnson on August 12, 2006. He was an avid motorcyclist, enjoyed video games, grilling, and gardening, but was especially well known for his care and concern for others. Survivors include his wife Wendy and their two daughters, Shawn and Shannon; his parents, Paul (Patty) Ganzen; his siblings, Carl (Mimi) Ganzen; Debbie (Darren) Harris; Rich (Cassie) Guernsey; Joshua Guernsey; and his step-sister, Heather; his nieces and nephews, Michael, Jacob, Nathan, Derrek, Devon, Hailey, William, Irelyn; and his life-long friend, Matt Schmalz. His mother, Ida Ganzen, preceded him in death. Memorial services will be at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 27, 2013, at WICHMANN FUNERAL HOME--TRI,COUNTY CHAPEL, 1592 Oneida Street, Menasha. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 2:00 p.m. until the time of services. Military honors will be observed following the services. Interment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Neenah.
Michael--24 years is a long time to love somebody. But through it all even the hurt, the anger and the distance we always found our way back. We will again baby. It will just take a little longer this time, that's all. You'll always be my necessary. Olive Juice.
A special thank you to Matt. I don't know what we would have done without you.
We'll always be your little soldiers. We love you. Shawn and Shannon
Published in Appleton Post-Crescent from Nov. 22 to Nov. 24, 2013