Michael is survived by his wife; Joyce, his children; Jeannie (Sam) McMakin, Sherri, Michael (Mary) Nicolino. Grandchildren; Joseph (Riann), Michael (Laura) Basile, Ann Marie (Danny) Humphreys, Julie (Matt) Paul. Julian (Beth), Sara and Marco Gutierrez. Michael (Taylor) Nicolino and Gia (Joe) Rienzi. Great Grandchildren; Tyrell, Tyson, Jayden, Landon, Preston, Belle, and Roman Basile. Hunter, Charlotte, Grace, and Josephine Humphreys. Elsie Mae and Oliver Michael Gutierrez. Mila Grace Rienzi. Siblings; Joseph (Pat), John (Sherrie) Nicolino. Virginia (Robert: deceased) Lapolla. Also, several Nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.
Michael grew up in Akron, Ohio. He graduated from Ellet High School where he took his football team to the Metro Championship. Although he was small in stature he was a force to be reckoned with on and off the field and throughout his life. He joined the Navy and served four years. He met his wife one weekend at the lake and went home and told his mother that he met the girl he was going to marry. They married June 6, 1957, the day after she graduated high school.
He was employed with Ford Motor Company for 30 years. During these years Mike and Joyce had three children and they lived at the same House on North Hill for the next 56 years. During this time he built a great family life, taking family vacations, attending and supporting all his children’s school and sporting events, coached peewee football, took fishing trips to Canada and hunted with his cousins. He loved hosting and attending many family functions and events, loved gardening, building model airplanes and flying them at the fair grounds. He was an amazing carpenter and mechanic, he did everything he put his mind to and did it well.
Everybody he met, he remembered and they remembered him! He always kept himself busy with projects and visits. We always did many things as a family; fishing, hayrides, celebrations, vacations, picking apples, strawberries, peppers, grapes, and olives, making ravioli, pierogies, canning fruit and vegetables, and tomato sauce. But what he will always be remembered for is his pizza, fried dough, bread, and pizzelle cookies. When he fried up peppers and onion or his greens, the whole house would fill with that aromatic deliciousness that you couldn’t wait to eat! And of course many kids in North Hill learned about the dippy egg, which is legendary today with the newest members of the dippy egg club, his great grandchildren. Mike was all about family, tradition, integrity, work ethic, love, and humor. He lived his life this way and taught his loved ones this! These are all the skills one needs to be successful and happy in life! Always remembered, Never forgotten!
He didn’t want a funeral, or a viewing. He wanted to be cremated and laid to rest at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. We invite you to add pictures and stories to dad’s memorial page for now. Later we will have a celebration of life and military burial at a date and location to be announced.
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