Michael L. Goetzinger
Goetzinger, Michael L. Age 56, shared 25 years with his wife Jennifer, and fathered 4 amazing children; Ian, Connor, Robin and Claire. On February 11, 2015, Michael left this life and entered into the LIGHT and unconditional LOVE. Son of Ted Goetzinger (Marion) and Lee Alexander, siblings: Beth (Gregg), Pat, Cory (Christian), Peter; step sisters Meredith (Leigh) and Amy (Roger), nieces, nephews, and many friends. A talented chef, his love of food and the art of gathering inspired Michael to conceive Black Tie Café and Catering, located in Bay View for over 12 years. He generously gave his time to the homeless, hospitalized, and incarcerated: cooking and feeding those who were also struggling. His life philosophy was one of giving back every day to the community. Anyone, friend or stranger, fortunate enough to sit at his table was always treated with care and respect. A lover of Lake Michigan, Michael spent time sailing, kayaking and fishing. Music and bird watching were his solace. On Sunday, March 1st, a celebration of Michael's life will be held at Plymouth United Church of Christ, 2717 East Hampshire Street, Milwaukee, WI 53211 at 2pm. The family invites everyone to a reception immediately following. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Goetzinger Family Fund at the Community Bank and Trust.
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Published by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Feb. 22, 2015.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
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Celebration of Life
2:00p.m.
Plymouth United Church of Christ
2717 East Hampshire Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Thank you Michael and family. My wife and enjoyed our morning coffee overlooking the lake in the memorial bench. We didn't know Michael, but now have touched by a bit of his beauty.
David R White
Acquaintance
June 28, 2020
So sorry to hear this. My heartfelt sympathy
To his whole family. I lived down the road from mike growing up and we had many good times. He was liked by all. May you all feel
Peace and love during this time and remember all the good times and the great person he was and still is in your hearts.
March 14, 2016
I'm just stunned, still. So sorry to hear. All my love and most heartfelt condolences, Rhonda Maloney & all. Hugs for Claire!
April 3, 2015
I worked with Claire in Ms. Grasley's room many years ago - I am so sorry and send lots of love and light to Claire and the family.
Thank you for you huge contributions to Elm Creative Arts School.
Ms. Julie
March 1, 2015
The news of Michael leaving this earth weighs heavy on my heart
My deepest sorrow and sympathy to the entire Goetzinger family
He was a special person in my life way way back in high school
He is gone but not forgotten
Rest in peace Michael
Say hi to Billy Dixon!
Kim Matthews Dixon
March 1, 2015
I am so sorry to hear of Michael's passing. Wishing all of you peace and strength and the knowledge that you are surrounded by love. I am so deeply sorry.
Laura Brzenk-Grandbois
March 1, 2015
Jennifer and family you have my sicere condolences. Jerry Lawetzki
Jerry Lawetzki
February 28, 2015
I'm so sorry Jennifer. You have the most amazing, strong, lovely family. tracy t.
February 28, 2015
Michael was a very kind person. He was my friend and an inspiration. I hope I can carry some of the light he put in my world. To the rest of the world.
Guy Janusz
February 27, 2015
Michael I will miss you. You were a wonderful friend. To the family sorry for your loss. Micheal will be missed.
Sue N
February 26, 2015
I am so sorry to hear of Michael's passing. Michael and I were friends since 8th grade when he came to Shorewood and we were in touch occasionally over the years. He was a special person. May his memory be a blessing to his family, he lives on in my heart.
Lisa Rotter Levinson
February 26, 2015
My thought and prayer are with you.
Alisha Jones
February 25, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with Goetzinger Family. Michael for years expressed his appreciation for the staff at Elm Creative Arts School in Milwaukee by being the head chef for the staff appreciation lunch. This event was always the high point in the school year for the Elm staff. He was always generous with his time and talent.
Mark Tenorio
February 25, 2015
I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of our friend. My thoughts and prayers are with his entire family for comfort and peace during this difficult time.
Kathleen Bennett Keillor
February 25, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with all who knew and loved Mike. I hadn't seen Mike in over forty years when we saw each other a few years ago. We knew each other right of way an talked about some of the fun times when we were young. He used to stop by my house to make sure I was awake for school. My mom would of course let him wake me up if I wasn't. The beach was a great gathering place for our middle school clan.. Later in life his devotion to help others was always done graciously. He will be sadly missed around the tables. God Bless Mike. I hope you have found peace in Heaven.
Jeanne
February 25, 2015
Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.
Safka Family
February 25, 2015
Michael and Jennifer catered our wedding in 2009, and were members at Bay View United Methodist Church for a number of years. Michael will be much missed, and we are all praying for your family in this time of loss and grief.
- Shannon Haefner
February 25, 2015
I was also a classmate of Michael . My prayers and thoughts are with all those he surrounded himself with through his life. My memories are a kind hearted guy with a big smile.
Meg
February 25, 2015
My thoughts and Prayers are with you all...My prayers...
Sarah Richman
February 24, 2015
My thoughts and prayers sent to this wonderful family.
Debbie Lasee-Alt
February 24, 2015
Dear Jenny, Ian, Connor, Robin and Claire,
Please know that our hearts and prayers are with you even as we are unable to be in person. God bless each of you with His peace.
Our special love,
Aunt Connie and Uncle Jack
February 24, 2015
Our deepest condolences to the entire Goetzinger Family. Michael was a wonderful person and friend. RIP Mike.
Bob & Annette O'Brien
Bob O'Brien
February 24, 2015
My thoughts are with Michael's family at this most difficult time. Mike was such a darn sweet guy. He was one of my brother Chuck's best friends and became one of my 'surrogate' brothers as I called his friends. Rest in peace dear Mike.
Mary McCrimmon-Burian
February 23, 2015
I am so sorry to hear that Michael has passed away.My thoughts are with him and his family.Rest in peace Michael
Thomas Schiro
February 23, 2015
I also knew Mike in the 80's and always found him charming, interesting and fun to be around. He was also a great cook and wonderful entertainer...my thoughts and prayers to his family...RIP friend
February 23, 2015
My thoughts are with Jennifer and the children. I regret that I cannot attend the memorial service this weekend. Be strong and of great faith, Susie Stein
February 23, 2015
My deepest condolences to the Goetzinger family.
Clair Gernetzke
February 23, 2015
I am very sorry to hear about Michael's passing. My thoughts are with him and his loved ones.
Anne Leplae
February 23, 2015
Very sad to hear. I knew Michael very well in high school and considered him a good friend at that time. My sympathy to his family.
February 23, 2015
I'm so very sorry for your loss. May the love of friends and family carry you through.
February 22, 2015
So sad to hear. I haven't seen Michael since high school, but I will always remember his big hair and bigger smile...
February 22, 2015
RIP Michael
Sending sympathy, love and support to the family.
Joanie Smith
February 22, 2015
Very sorry to read of Michaels' passing. We worked together at Columbia hospital in the 80's. Went fishing together a few times and generally enjoyed each others' company. RIP Mike
Dave Skinner
February 22, 2015