Resurrection Funeral Home

40800 Hayes Road, Clinton Township, MI


Michael Donald Mikla

September 5, 1961February 13, 2020

Michael Donald Mikla was born on September 5, 1961 passed away on February 13, 2020. Michael was the beloved husband of Barbara. Stepfather to Monica and Annette. He will be greatly missed by: Grandchildren Tessa, Carson, and Kora. His brothers Bill, Tom, Vince, and George. His brothers-in-law Eddy and Myron and sister-in-law Irena.

Michael was proud member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary and Founding Member of Homeland Security. Michael loved to laugh, loved music, and cooking. Michael loved to make his spaghetti sauce with meatballs.

Michael will be greatly missed by those who knew him, because to know him was to Love him.

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 from 4-9 PM at Resurrection Funeral Home, 40800 Hayes Road, Clinton Township, Michigan. On Wednesday, February 19, 2020, an instate will follow at 9 AM until time of funeral mass at 9:30 AM at St. Michael Catholic Church, 40501 Hayes Road, Sterling Heights, Michigan. Interment will take place at Resurrection Cemetery.

Memories and condolences may be shared at www.resurrectionfuneralhome.com


  • Barbara, Wife
  • Monica and Annette, Stepdaughters
  • Tessa, Carson, and Kora, Grandchildren
  • Bill, Tom, Vince, and George, Brothers
  • Eddy and Myron, Brothers-in-law
  • Irena, Sister-in-law


  • Visitation Tuesday, February 18, 2020
  • Instate Wednesday, February 19, 2020
  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, February 19, 2020


Michael Donald Mikla

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Charles Reagan

February 20, 2020

Prior to Mike's heart transplant, I drove him out to Spectrum Hospital in Grand Rapids one day for his weekly check up. When we got in the car, Mike told me that we had to "make a few stops" before getting on the road. We stopped at about four businesses where Mike collected money for the St. Clair Shores Coast Guard station. This was during the US Government shutdown and the Coast Guardsmen and women weren't getting their paychecks. Here Michael was, going to the hospital to have a check up on his heart, a very real "live or die" situation, and his main concern was for the Coast Guard members having enough money to feed their families during the shutdown! That was who Mike Mikla was!! As sad as this situation was, the family members, the viewing, the funeral, burial and the reception couldn't have been more memorable. Michael left us in the style that he was entitled to! I will never forget the priest at the cemetery singing Ave Maria in latin!! Rest in Peace my friend. Charlie Reagan USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 20-19

Lana Busignani

February 19, 2020

Michael was my brother-in-law and I remember when I was in college and Michael and my sister were a young couple starting out in life. Michael always placed so much importance on family and his relationships with others and he was always tuned in and sensitive to the circumstances of others. When I would head back to school after a break or visit home, Michael would always offer me some spending money for school. He was always too generous and I realize thinking back about it that he was a kid himself at that time, only a handful of years older! He was kind and generous like that. He loved to help people and went out of his way for others. I would call my sister for one of his recipes and he would get on the phone and enthusiastically describe EXACTLY what I needed to do, the ingredients I needed and how to cook it to make it perfect! I will miss Michael very much. His laugh, his love of family and people. He was a good, kind and generous man. Love you Michael.

Mary Matejewski

February 18, 2020

Mike was such a special friend to our family. He and Vince remodlng my house. A few years back. My late husband terry mentored mike in the coast guard and they were so close like brothers. Mike and terry did a lot together like drinking buddy’s and making stuffed cabbage with my son David we are going to miss u a lot let god comfort u

Barbara Camarda

February 17, 2020

My funny memory of me and Michael and my cousin Terry Robbins I'm we are upstairs at Uncle Bill's house Sterling Olive pits at each other until Uncle Bill came up and caught us they all ran out the door and I was the only one left boy did I not sit down for a week I sure miss them days forever Michael my cousin the same one that made meatballs like me in the sauce may you rest in peace and may God wrap his loving arms around you I love you❤️❤️

Therese Stonehill

February 17, 2020

I remember growing up with The Mikla boys. Almost every weekend our parents got together and played pinochle and we hung out in the basement and had our own game of pinochle going. And drinking all the 7-up pop. Fun times. RIP Cousin.

Robert Wagner

February 17, 2020

Michael, no words can express how I Feel I loved you like a brother. We had
Many adventures with the Coast Guard.
I'm a better man because,of you. When
I needed help you were always there for me.
Your brother from another mother

Prudence Wilson

February 16, 2020

My dear sweet cousin. Heart of gold and always so very thoughtful and generous. Have missed your calls during this last year and now will miss you forever. May you have a joyful reunion with all of our family who have gone before,

Dear Lord, please grant eternal life upon Michael, and let perpetual light shine upon him.

My heart is broken for all of his family left behind.

Pauline Petterson

February 16, 2020

Cuz Michael was 9 years younger then me but we had a special connection! We spent every holiday with our families together and blessed with our cousins as also great friends! When I got my house- he did many projects- always doing his best! I can’t even explain how I will miss him! Until we meet again cuz Michael!

Patti Mitrowski

February 16, 2020

I met Mike in 2002 at a CG Aux Flotilla Meeting when I was the Commanding Officer of St Clair Shores. We hit it off. He loved the CG Aux, we often spoke about the many things he had done in the Auxilary. We stayed in touch after I left and when I retired and returned back to MI, he was one of the first folks that reached out to me. I helped with his website and he attended several Division meetings. It was always great to talk with him. I know he struggled in the last few years, but he was always upbeat and loved life. But most importantly, he loved his family and he loved being in the CG Aux. He will be greatly missed. Rest in peace dear friend!

-Patti Mitrowski, LCDR, USCG (Ret)
9th Central Division 20 Commander

Robert Burrell

February 16, 2020

Michael spent the entire day with me the day after my wife passed away. He was great friend and always there when I needed help doing anything . He will be greatly missed.
As a member of my crew in the coast Guard Auxiliary he was superior in teaching others about boating safety.