Jesse D. Michalak
1992 - 2021
Robison-Bahnmiller Funeral Home, Inc.
301 East Michigan Ave.
Saline, MI
Michalak, Jesse D. Jesse Daniel Michalak, 28, died unexpectedly while swimming in the Pacific Ocean in Washington State on January 15, 2021. Jesse was born on November 22, 1992, in Ypsilanti, MI, the youngest of six children. He graduated from Saline High School and attended Washtenaw Community College and Eastern Michigan University. As a youth, Jesse was both a Cub and Boy Scout, a skilled travel soccer player, and a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor, MI, where he participated in many activities. He grew to love nature and water-related activities while spending time at the family cottage on Cavanaugh Lake in Chelsea, MI. Jesse was a hard worker who was eager to lend a hand when he saw a need. As an adult, Jesse read frequently and across a range of topics. He was continuously seeking deeper understanding and challenged those around him to examine their beliefs as he examined his own. He enjoyed taking road trips to explore the natural beauty of places like Wyoming, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington. He chose to experience nature by immersing himself in it (e.g. standing outside in a hailstorm to watch the beauty of the lightning). Jesse was welcomed and loved by all who met him and in recent years had been a part of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Saline, MI. We remember Jesse as an intellectually curious and spiritually-seeking student of the world. He was deeply empathetic and had a strong desire to be a healing force. Jesse is survived by his parents, Dennis (Nancy) Michalak, Paula (Jim Bergh) Michalak; siblings David Michalak, Matthew (Sarah) Michalak, Christopher Michalak, Joel (Kathryn Skitt) Michalak, and Sarah (Jayme) Rubley; niece and nephews Ryan, Caleb, Asher, William, and Ruby (Matthew), and Benjamin (Joel); aunts Christy Walker and Michelle (Roger) Zahm; cousins Evelyn Maguschak, Amanda Bly, and Jacob Walker (Christy), Joshua Zahm, Cassie (Kyle) Hammermeister, and Alec Zahm (Michelle), Ian Johnson (Steve); and extended family John (Liane) Measell, Christine Measell, Kayla and Tyler Measell (John), and Gemma Hammermeister (Cassie). Jesse was predeceased by his grandparents Bernard and Rosemary Michalak, Fred Johnson, Frances Johnson Measell, and Howard Measell; uncle Steve Johnson; and cousin Carson Bly (Christy). The immediate family will be having a private memorial service on Saturday, January 30, 2021 at the Robison-Bahnmiller Funeral Home in Saline. The event will be live-streamed at 12:00 P.M. and all are welcome to watch on the funeral home's facebook page. The family would like to invite all who knew Jesse to attend a virtual memorial service on Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 1:00 P.M. For details of the services and to post memories, photos, and condolences, please visit In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Peace Neighborhood Center of Ann Arbor ( or National Alliance on Mental Illness of Washtenaw County ( The family would like to thank the many caring people who supported Jesse throughout his life – encouraging, listening, sheltering, and loving him. We are deeply appreciative.

Published by Ann Arbor News from Jan. 22 to Jan. 24, 2021.
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Robison-Bahnmiller Funeral Home, Inc.
301 East Michigan Ave., Saline, MI
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The Celebration of Life will be held on Zoom this Saturday, 2/20/21 at 1pm ET. Use this link to access the service:
Sarah Rubley
February 15, 2021
Wanted to share this picture of Jesse taken during half-time from one of our games in 2004. His smile says it all...
Coach Steve
January 28, 2021
I knew Jesse when he was in High School and he would come to his father's office to work or to visit. He was kind, he was gentle a really nice young man. My heartfelt sympathies and prayers go out to his family and his friends at this sad time.
Anne Haven
January 28, 2021
I'm sorry to have just learned about this Memorial Service as I would have definitely been on hand to pay my respect to Jesse and the Michalak Family.

I was fortunate to coach Jesse in soccer for several years and knew him to be an incredibly kind and sensitive young man. It is such an honor to coach young people. You get to see them overcome their fears and take those important steps towards realizing their potential. Jesse was determined and worked hard, but was far more concerned about the team's success than he was about his own. Jesse volunteered to play goalkeeper when our team really needed someone to step up and he went on to help us complete an undefeated season. Pretty amazing!

I would manage to bump into Jesse from time to time and last spoke with him a few years ago. It was always a pleasure to see him. When things like this happen, it is so profoundly sad that words fail to convey the depth of our loss. All I can say is that my heart goes out to Jesse’s family and friends. God Bless
Steve Mentzer
January 23, 2021
We got to know Jesse at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was very bright, friendly, and genuine. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family. He will be sincerely missed.
Kim and Matt Smith family
January 22, 2021
While I didn’t know Jesse, Joel’s friendship was always dear to me. Sending love and courage to you and yours in this time, Joel. With love, Andrea Bachman
Andrea Catherine Bachman
January 22, 2021
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