Michael Beierle
1945 - 2015
Dr. Michael John Beierle of Rockford passed away Tuesday, June 23, 2015 after living nearly 3 years with cancer. He was in his home surrounded by his family. Michael was born on October 24, 1945 in Chicago, IL. He was the son of Michael and Helen (Grichen) Beierle. He received both his undergraduate and medical degrees from Yale University. He was in Calhoun College while at Yale. Michael served in the United States Navy for 2 years. His medical residency was completed at the University of Minnesota where he met his wife, Colleen McNamara. They married in St. Paul on September 25, 1976 and moved to Rockford in 1980. He was a member of Perryville Surgical Associates, and he mainly worked at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center throughout his career. He was a parishioner of St. Peter's Cathedral. He was also a member of Rockford Country Club, Union League Club of Chicago, Mory's Association, Zeta Psi Fraternity, and The American College of Surgeons. Historically, he served as a board member of the local Cancer Society. Michael loved spending time with his family, traveling abroad, and enjoying any culinary event. He was truly at his best on summer nights grilling on the patio or relaxing on the beach with a book in Mexico. Survivors include his wife, Colleen Beierle. His three children, Elisabeth Beierle of New York, NY; John (Megan) Beierle of San Diego, CA; and Michelle Beierle of Chicago, IL; his three grandchildren, Virginia, Michael, and Patrick, also of San Diego, CA; his sister, Camilla (William) Benson of Northfield, IL; his brother-in-law, Michael (Lori) McNamara of St. Paul, MN; and sister-in-law, Mary McNamara of St. Louis, MO. He was predeceased by his parents, Michael and Helen. A memorial funeral mass will take place at 11am on Monday, June 29, 2015 at St. Peter's Cathedral in Rockford. A visitation will take place from 1pm until 4pm on Sunday, June 28, 2015 at Fitzgerald Funeral Home (3910 N. Rockton Ave.) with a prayer service at 4pm. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the JEH Foundation (http://www.jehpancreaticfoundation.org), a cause that is very special to Michael and his family. Please express any online condolences atwww.fitzgeraldfuneralhome.com.
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Published by Chicago Tribune from Jun. 27 to Jun. 28, 2015.
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Fitzgerald Funeral Home
3910 N. Rockton Ave, Rockford, Illinois
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3910 N Rockton Ave, Rockford, IL 61103
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St. Peter's Cathedral
, Rockford, Illinois
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Colleen,Betsy, Jack, Michelle,
We just heard today of Mike's passing. Although we haven't seen you since the early 1980's in Rockford, we have many memories of getting together, with Betsy, Jack and our oldest son, Marc. I remember Mike as an excellent and careful surgeon, who also had a great sense of humor. Our deepest sympathy for your loss.

Jon Dennis, MD
Sigrid Hedman-Dennis, RN, MSN
Marc Hedman-Dennis, Attorney
Jon Dennis
September 2, 2015
Rip Dr.Bierle.. you saved my life in1996and twice in 1997... I will be forever greatful......
Wanda McMurray
July 3, 2015
Dear Colleen, Betsy, Jack and Shelby:

I just today learned of Mike's death and we are deeply saddened by the news.

Mike was a friend, neighbor and confidant for some 35 years and will be missed.

We all understand the loss, loneliness and fog of grief this loss can cause and we pray that Mike can rest in peace in heaven and that all of you,in time, can find peace on earth.

With love,

The Pepe Family
John M Pepe
July 2, 2015
We have great respect for doctors. Almighty God gave them the knowledge to make people well again. Our deepest condolences to the Beierle family.
(Psalm 83:18)
(Psalm 37:11) (The Davis Family)
June 29, 2015
Dr. Beierle saved my life 10 years ago. He diagnosed me with a ruptured colon when others missed it. I am forever grateful.
Ron Lawson
June 29, 2015
My condolences to the family, may the God of all comfort provide comfort and strength during this difficult time.
June 29, 2015
Mr. Beierle and Family--

I am so sorry to hear of Dr. Beierle's passing. As a trauma RN, I worked with him closely. It sounds like he had a wonderful life. I am sure you and your family will miss him terribly.
Michele Smith
June 29, 2015
One of my favorite doctors to work with on 3 south at OSF! Praying for peace and comfort for all who knew and loved him!
Bert Brinkmeier
June 28, 2015
I would like to offer my sincere thoughts and prayers too you, Colleen your children and families. It seems like only yesterday my seeing Michael and you with the kids at the pool driving down harlem you both working in your lawn, You both seemingly always laughing! Michael always went out of his way to say hi to me, no matter what! I will always remember him and that brown jag, he loved it so! I can hope that not only my words but those of many that knew Michael will help in some way understand and get through these times. We are all truely better people, having met and known Michael! An Old Friend, Kurt
kurt richardson
June 27, 2015