Michael Vincent Grabowski
1940 - 2020
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Michael Vincent Grabowski

Born March 9, 1940 in Minneapolis to parents Henry and Harriet Grabowski. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Toni (Antoinette) Grabowski, his daughter Stephanie Grabowski-Sharpe, son Eric Grabowski (wife Kendra), and son Dan Dahlquist (wife Tammy). He was preceded in death by his daughter Niki Dahlquist. He is also survived by grandchildren Haley Plooster (husband Tony & great grandkids Ty, Harper and Noah), Erika Sharpe, Gabriel Grabowski, Michael Sharpe, Caleb Grabowski, Olivia Grabowski, Maddie Arnold and Jack Dahlquist.

Mike was an only child; his father died when he was just 6 weeks old. He was raised by maternal grandmother (Caroline Kirkevold), his mother, and his stepfather Lloyd Johnson. As a senior in high school, he left Hope, ND and moved to Wahpeton, ND where he attended Wahpeton High School his senior year and graduated in 1958. He excelled in academics, sports, acting, and friendships. He attended the University of North Dakota (Grand Forks) and graduated with his BS degree in pre-med in 1962. He went to medical school at Marquette University and graduated in 1966. He had children Stephanie and Eric in 1966 and 1967 with his previous wife Mary Willett-Grabowski. He joined the Air Force as a Captain and worked at the Air Force Academy Hospital during his complete tour of duty. After the Air Force, Mike had the opportunity to move to Seattle for his medical residency. Mike finished his residency in Pathology in 1972 from the University of Washington Medical School and spent the rest of his life living in the greater Seattle area. Mike spent the majority of his career working at Providence Medical Center where he had a private practice with colleagues Terry Gleason, Frank Busteed and Robert Tank. He married his wife Toni in 1985 and son Dan and daughter Niki became part of his family.

Professionally, he spent many years "slaving over a hot microscope" to help diagnose different diseases for patients in need of medical care. He served as president of the medical staff at Providence Hospital during the early 90's and was in integral part of the hospital over his tenure. Later in his career, he worked as a pathologist at Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton, WA. After retiring, Mike spent 10 years as a professor of Anatomy & Physiology at Olympic College on the Kitsap Peninsula. He passed from this world unexpectedly on March 6, 2020 while doing one of his favorite things - teaching medicine and science.

Mike was dearly loved and will be missed by family, friends and colleagues. He was known to always be kind, share a smile, tell corny jokes, share stories from his past, and converse about books, history, movies, and all the knowledge he built up in his lifetime. He loved the outdoors; hiking (including trips to the Cascades, Mt. Rainier, Alaska, Mt. Olympus, and many others), salmon fishing trips and photography. Mike loved to golf with Dan and Tammy, play games/cards, enjoyed nice restaurants and good food, sports and dogs. Mike always told his children "they could do anything they wanted" and constantly reminded them he was proud of them and loved them. His grandkids recognized their Papa by his booming voice and appreciated his desire to tell stories and ask questions about their lives. He spent lots of time teaching them whatever he could and shared with them all the tidbits of wisdom he'd gathered over the years.

Life with Toni was a lot about caring and sharing Toni's large Italian family. He loved her Dad Art, Mother Angie and Brother Ric. He enjoyed working in his garden, cooking, playing pinochle and fishing. He also took great pleasure in sharing coffee every morning with Toni, walks and occasional trips to the casino, and their shared belief of God and His goodness.

At this time there are no plans for a Celebration of his Life. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Sisters of the Holy Names (Durocher House P.O. Box 628, Jonestown, MS 38639) or Doctors Without Borders.

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Published in The Seattle Times on Mar. 22, 2020.
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May 27, 2020
Hi Stephanie -

I think you might remember me, I'm Mary Eggert Post's daughter -- we've met a few times. You likely don't know this, but you were the person who convinced me to join a sorority when I was starting college.

We are just learning about your father's passing today. I'm sorry we didn't know before now. I just called mom to let her know and to read her the lovely obituary and she is calling my Auntie Carol Eggert Trost.

What a wonderful tribute to a very special man. I didn't know your dad well, but he was always so, so kind, friendly and just great to be around. He was also very supportive of my Grandma Johnson. I was able to see him in Hope, Oroville and even in Seattle when I was there on business.

Please know our deepest sympathies and hearts are with you and your family. I never know what to say at these times, nothing ever seems right, so I'll just pray your fond memories of your dad, together with time, will bring you some amount of peace.

Kindest regards,

Marideth Post
Marideth Post
April 1, 2020
Toni and family,
Some people stay in our hearts♥forever, Mike is one of those special people. Though we have lost someone dear to us, we will celebrate a beautiful life,& we will keep the happy memories to share in times ahead.

Love is a bond that knows no boundaries, marks no time, and has no limits. It lives on in our hearts♥& goes on forever...

Our lives are shaped by our connections to each other. Your loss is profound. We share your grief and sadness. With heartfelt sympathy and love♥
Linda&Ric Monroe and family
Linda Monroe
March 29, 2020
Dear Toni & Family:
So sorry to hear about this. Dr Grabowski was such a great teacher & friend for all of us at Prov. He would often bring us up to Pathology & look into the microscope w him..always a smile when passing by in the hallway.. so sorry for your loss.. Hugs & Prayers
Patricia -- Ultrasound
Patricia Chamuler Geisinger
March 24, 2020
Dr G always had a smile and always came into my office to say hi. Toni so sorry for your loss. You and your family are n my thoughts and prayers
Karen Kimber
March 23, 2020
Dear Toni and Family,
With sympathy and friendship, we Sisters of the Holy Names lovingly support you in prayer at this time when Michael's life has changed from mortal to eternal. May his new life in God's presence bring great comfort to Michael and to you all.
Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary
March 22, 2020
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Pamela Borromeo
March 22, 2020
Dr. Grabowski, Mike.... I loved you so dearly. I cannot think of my childhood and not think of time spent with Steph and her wonderful family. Toni, I am so sorry for the sudden and shocking loss of your beloved. Love to everyone ❤ - Andriene Lewis Sterlington
Andriene Lewis
March 22, 2020
Dear Toni:
I'm sorry for your loss. I'm so glad you had 35 great years with him. We only die once, but we LIVE every day. I was also sorry to see that you lost Niki along the way. Our Prayers are with you.
Greg and Cathy Rafanelli
March 22, 2020
One of the most thoughtful and respectful teachers I had while being a lowly medical student. He always thought of the patient and the care team . I have so much respect. I learned a lot.
Judith Jacobsen
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