Michael Schlender, "Applegate Mike" as most people know him, passed away on December 5, 2013 at the age of 69, after a long hard fight with leukemia. He was born in Los Angeles and moved to Applegate in 1976. Mike was well known as the owner of the "Applegate Garage" and was the type of guy you always remembered and proud to know! He had the ability to see people for who they were and made them feel special in their own way. Mike enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, helping others, rolling the dice, playing cards, summers on the water and fishing. Mike was well loved, called grandpa by some and a great friend by so many others. Mike lived life to the fullest, "the Extreme", and helped so many in different ways! He will be greatly missed by all that have known him.
He leaves behind his daughter, Laura Suddjian and her husband, Steve; grandsons; Ryan and Tyler; son, Tommy Schlender and his wife, Tracy; granddaughter, Ashleigh; son, John Schlender; granddaughter, Megan; brother, Patrick Schlender and his wife, Jacqueline; brother, Thomas and his wife, Shelly; nephews: Ty, Tracy, Shane, Kelly and Riley; and all the others who he has deeply touched. As he would say "Bop Bop Mow Mow" if you're going to do something stupid make sure it's funny! Mike will be greatly missed and was one of a kind!
Service will be held at Lassila's Funeral Chapels December 10, 2013 at 11 a.m. 551 Grass Valley Hwy, Auburn CA 95603 (530) 885-6271 "Casual attire welcome"
Celebration of life to follow at Dingus McGees from 1 to 4 p.m. 14500 Musso Rd Auburn CA 95603 (530) 878-1000.
Published in Auburn Journal from Dec. 8, 2013 to Jan. 3, 2014