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Michael Emberlin

Des Moines - Michael Joseph Emberlin, 28, of Des Moines passed away on December 23, 2017 from a Heroin Overdose. He is preceded in death by his father, Michael Anthony Calaro who died tragically in a car accident on January 13, 1989.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, December 30, 2017 at Christ the King Parish in Des Moines, with a visitation held an hour prior to the mass in the Parish hall.

Michael is also preceded in death by 13 of his friends who also lost their life to the opioid epidemic.

He is survived by his parents, Sandy and Shane, Joe and Dina, his brother Zach, and childhood best friend, Michael Miller, who loved him like a brother, and many loving friends and family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to St. Gregory Retreat Center, St. Jude Children Hospital, or to the family to be used for funeral expenses. The family request to please not send roses.

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Published in the Des Moines Register on Dec. 28, 2017.
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March 18, 2018
I'm glad Sandy I came into your life. I'm sorry that this happened and you are a wonderful momma.. I wish I could have met Michael... My thoughts are always with you!! Love you
January 5, 2018
The Christensens
January 5, 2018
Joe and Dina---We are so very sorry about this profound loss for you both. Words cannot even do justice to what we want to say to comfort you. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. We are here if you need anything.
Kevin and Juli Christensen
December 30, 2017
Mike always had a smile and a hug. A sweet young man.
Debra Schutte
December 30, 2017
Nothing compares to the loss of a child. Me and Randie both have you and your family in our hearts and in our prayers. Love you my friend. I am so terribly sorry for your tragic loss.
Frank McNew
December 29, 2017
You are at peace
Carhy Bruce
December 29, 2017
I am saddened to hear the news, Michael was loved by so many, this world has less value now without this fine young man no longer being a part of it
December 29, 2017
Rest well
Marnie Varvel
December 29, 2017
Such a tragedy and a great loss for everyone. May your spirit rise to the East and find its way home. Go rest well with your dad say hello for me as well. I hope you finally get all the questions answered that you have wondered about for all these years. You were a remarkable person that will never be forgotten and you will be missed. God bless you much love and respect my friend
Marnie Varvel
December 28, 2017
We are so saddened to hear of the loss of your son and are thinking of you and your family at this difficult time. Peace and Prayers to all of you.
Karen and Mike Schneider
December 28, 2017
Joe, I'm so sorry to hear about your son. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Mary Avaux
December 28, 2017
I hope he finds peace in the afterlife
December 27, 2017
The last time I saw Michael he was with his mom in my neighborhood and I had not seen him in a long time, when I went to give him a hug it was returned with more warmth and love than I can describe! This should have come as no surprise because he was surrounded with Love and Prayer until he took his last breath! I have known his grandparents on both sides of his family for many years and his mother since she was a little girl! There is not a human being who could have possibly been loved or cared about more! I am certain that Love soared Michael into Heaven and that same Love will heal his Wonderful family as they move through their heartbreak at this very difficult time! You are all in my thoughts and prayers!!!
Shar Randa
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