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10/24/2016


Michael O’Rourke, age 51, of Gaylord passed away on October 24, 2016.

Michael was born on January 8, 1965 to Steven and Genevieve (Strzynski) O’Rourke in Gaylord, MI.

He was deeply devoted to his family and friends.  Michael was a very outgoing, fun-loving, life of the party kind of guy, who had the ability to engage strangers into conversation and become friends in just a few moments. 
 
He was a hard worker and dedicated to his career at Glen’s/Family Fare for the past 27 years.
 
Michael is survived by his mother Genevieve, sisters Kimberly (Ben) Iwinski and Dawn (Joe) Bodrie, nephews, Steven O’Rourke, Marcus and Michael O’Rourke, nieces Allyson Smith, Madison Iwinski and Katie O’Rourke, great niece Ellie O’Rourke and great nephew Brady Brown, best friend Phil Smith and sister-in-law Vickie Beckworth.
 
Preceding Michael in death are his father and brother John.
 
A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Monday, October 31, 2016 at 12 noon from St. Mary Cathedral with Fr. Don Geyman officiating.
 
Visitation will be at Nelson Funeral Home on Sunday, October 30, 2016 from 2-8 PM with a Parish Rosary at 5 PM, and Monday, October 31, 2016 from 11AM until the time of service at St. Mary Cathedral.
 
Memorial contributions can be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital through the Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, PO Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734


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From: pharmacy staff at Family Fare
Gaylord, MI
02-Apr-17

ALL OF US JUST LOVED MIKE TO PIECES! HE WAS THE NICEST, MOST OUTGOING PERSON. HE ALWAYS WENT OUT OF HIS WAY TO ACKNOWLEDGE EACH OF US, USUALLY WITH A SMILE AND ALWAYS A LAUGH! THE PLACE ISNT THE SAME WITHOUT HIM! HE IS GREATLY MISSED!

From: Crystal Flickinger
30-Oct-16

I'm completely in shock seeing this.I only knew mike the few months that I worked with him but he was a really great guy and so easy to get along with.he made me feel so welcome when I started working with him.he was really easy to open up to and talk to about what was going on in life.he will really be missed.

From: Dee Tremblay
30-Oct-16

I'm so sorry for the loss of your beloved Mikey, He won my heart the very first time that I was lucky enough to work with Him at Treetops, and I loved it every time that I was lucky enough to work with Him. I'm sure that you need no one to tell you just how wonderful He was, and how very much He will forever be missed. But I will always smile every time that I think of Him, and know that like you, I was very blessed to have had him in my life, even if only for a short time. May God ease your pain, and may he rest in peace.

From: Jill Washburn
Gaylord, Michigan
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30-Oct-16

I am so saddened of Mikes passing he was a super person...we had quite a few awesome conversations....Loved his fun personality. My heart goes out to his family..As I believe no parent should have to bury a child let alone 2. My Love to your family.

From: Debra Berschbach
29-Oct-16

My sincere condolences to Mike's family. My memories of him are so dear to me. Beginning when he was a bus boy at the Sugar Bowl. Such a great guy who I know will be missed dearly.

From: Peggy Borst-Botens
WATERS, MI
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28-Oct-16

My sincere sympathy to Mike's family. Mike was a great friend and a past co-worker at Glen' s. I will cherish my great memories of our shopping trips to Birch Run and Traverse City. We always had so much fun shopping together. I will miss his beautiful smile. R.I.P. my dear friend. We all loved you. Fly high with the Angels.

From: Christine Hopp
Gaylord , MI
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28-Oct-16

To the family and friends of Michael O'Rourke, condolences and prayers in the loss of your loved one. He is now with the Lord. RiP Mikey!

From: Dorothy and Gerry Galbraith
Phoenix, Arizona
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28-Oct-16

Dear Genny We are so sorry for you loss. Gerry and Dorothy

From: Pat Reid
Sebring, FL
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27-Oct-16

There are no words to express my feelings of Mike's passing. It was such a shock to loose such a wonderful friend and co-worker I enjoyed through out the years. My sympathy to his friend and family at this time of sorrow. R.I.P "Mikey"

From: Leonard Nemeth
Grayling, Mi
27-Oct-16

My heart goes out to the family,love and prayers .

From: Staci Brown
26-Oct-16

I am so glad I got to know Mike over the years of working with him at Treetops. He always made me laugh and helped me get through working two jobs, just as he did. I will miss his wit, his humor, and his friendship. My heart goes out to all of you.

From: Cindy Socha
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26-Oct-16

Mickey I will miss you Very very much. My heart breaks for the family that lost such wonderful person. You were such a bright light to everyone who crossed your path and always left them with a smile on their face,you will be sorely missed by so many people rest now my friend

From: Duane and Naomi Smith
Johannesburg, MI
26-Oct-16

We always considered Mike as part of our family. The Love, Joy, and Laughter he shared will be missed by all.

From: Grace Wall
Gaylord, Michigan
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26-Oct-16

Dawn and family,we are so sorry for the loss of Michael,such a fun loving guy that would make you smile in a moment.. hugs and strength sent your way ...

From: Don Eilts Jr
St Paul, MN
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26-Oct-16

Kim & Dawn and family... very sorry for the unexpected loss of your brother. My thoughts and players are with you all a you celebrate Michael's life and call home.

From: Erma O'Rourke
Gaylord, Mi.49735
26-Oct-16

My heart goes out to all of you for the loss of Michael, He was such a happy go Lucky guy always with a smile and kind words. He will be missed forever,just remember all the good times you all have had together. an know he has met family there. May God bless you Michael you are gone too soon,

From: Linda Kelly-McGuire
Grand Blanc, Michigan
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26-Oct-16

Dawn and family.. I am so sorry for your loss! Keep those happy memories! If you weren't so far away know I would be there to hug you!

From: Kelly Branigan
Gaylord, MI
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26-Oct-16

With deepest condolences to the entire O'Rourke family. Mike was a fantastic person and a thoughtful neighbor. He will be sorely missed on Nancy Lane. -Eugene, Kelly & Linus Branigan