OBITUARY

Michael James Dolecki

May 19, 1975October 13, 2020

Michael James Dolecki of Brighton, MI Age 45, passed away on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 following a brief illness. He was born in Ann Arbor, MI, on May 19, 1975, the son of James Anthony and Jo Ellen (Cox) Dolecki. Mike played AAA hockey as a defenseman from the age of 8 to 17. He was Captain of the Dexter High School golf team. After graduating from Dexter High School in 1993 he attended the University of Michigan where he met his wife Anne Cummings Dolecki. Mike graduated from U of M with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture in 1997. Mike and Anne married on August 16, 2003 in Harbor Springs, MI. They moved to Brighton, MI where they had two daughters, Emma Jo (15) and Lila May (12). They divorced in 2016. Mike worked at U of M Architecture and Engineering Services before choosing to stay at home to help raise his daughters. He was last employed at Kensington Metroparks. Mike was a loving father who enjoyed spending time with his girls. He volunteered his time helping with jump rope and soccer and was always their biggest fan. He was a devoted son, brother, nephew and uncle who loved watching his nieces and nephews play sports and enjoyed time with family. He is survived by his mother and her husband of Dexter, MI; daughters, Emma and Lila; his sister, Bonnie (Todd) Brandstadt of Grand Rapids, MI and their children, Nick, Jack, Cam, Mollie and Ellie; his sister, Katie Dolecki of Vero Beach, FL; Aunt Christine Anne Cox who resides in the Memory Care Unit at University Living/ Provision Living in Ann Arbor, MI; Aunt Mary (Robert) McNeese of Washington Twp, MI; Cousin Lori (Chet) Ortman of Macomb, MI. He was preceded in death by: his father, James A. Dolecki; grandparents, Dr. and Mrs. Franklin H. Cox of Vero Beach, FL, and James and Wanda Dolecki of Hamtramck, MI; and his Aunt Carolyn Cox of Vero Beach, FL. Visitation will be on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at Hosmer-Muehlig Funeral Chapel from 5-7 followed by a Rosary led by Deacon Romolo Leone at 7 pm. A mass of Christian burial will be held privately on Thursday, October 22, 2020. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donating to a charity of your choice.

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, October 21, 2020

  • Rosary Service

    Wednesday, October 21, 2020

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Kerry and Jerry Hincka

October 21, 2020

To all the family,
We are so sorry for your loss and will be praying for Mike and your families. An impossible loss. We had the joy of living across the street from Mike, Anne and the girls when they moved to Fairway Trails. They were a wonderful addition to the street, always smiling and playing outside and participating in all the street life. From our messy garage we could see directly into Mike's neat one, and we always teased each other about that! Our daughter Molly, who has ID, spent a lot of time at Mike's house, and he was always very kind and welcoming to her. He also helped our oldest son, Jake, get a job at Kensington when he was struggling to find his way after dropping out of college.
May he be greeted by the Angels in Heaven.
Sincere condolences,
Kerry, Jerry, Jake, Molly, Charlotte and Danny Hincka

Larry Jackson

October 17, 2020

To The Dolecki Family
I was saddened and hurt to hear of Mikes passing. We are left with memories to heal our loss.
My memories that I will cherish include:
Mikes Hole in One, only the third employee at that time to earn one.
The golf club, wedge, I made him. That he wanted over weighted.
His daughters soccer team. At one time she played in the same league as my granddaughter.
His daughters are the same age as my granddaughters. Mike was a loving father. We had many conversations about the girls, and what they were doing.
Mike was a tireless worker at the GC. He could do all jobs.
Our loss is fresh but time and his memory will stay with us.
May God Bless

Aubrey Dewey (Odam)

October 16, 2020

Dear Dolecki Family,

I graduated from Dexter with Mike, he was in our group of friends throughout high school. Mike was so funny, had a very quick wit, and the most infectious smile. Mike was loved by everyone, I can't remember ever hearing a bad word about him. One of my favorite memories of him is the time that he and Andy O'haver were golfing at Loch Alpine on the hole where we lived. One of them made a shot and hit my father in the head with a golf ball (he wasn't hurt). Mike and Andy ran to my house freaking out, saying something like 'we might have just killed your Dad'!! They were so scared, we laughed about it years later! I can't remember if they ever told him they were the ones with the stellar golf swing.

I can see his face and hear his laugh as I think back to that time. We had so many good times and cherished memories that will forever be a part of my life. I wish we would have stayed in touch. The passing of time gives the illusion that we will always have more, and it just isn't true. Your loss is so great and words are beyond inadequate. The irony of it all is that I have lost a father to addiction and a younger brother to murder. The more loss I experience the less I know what to say.

My heart is broken for you all. Please be gentle with yourselves and each other in the days and months to come. There is no right or wrong way to mourn, no timeline to follow in grief. I hope you are able to make room for every thought, question, feeling, fear, or lack thereof without judgment and treat yourselves with love and compassion. Mike will never be forgotten.

Aubrey Dewey (Odam) DHS Class of 1993

Jay and Pamela Tasker

October 15, 2020

Our hearts are breaking with yours. This is wrong. He was taken from us way to early in his young life! We adored Michael he was our second son. In their younger years he and Britt were inseparable. All of those hockey years, proms, golf, hanging out watching their favorite hockey team The Red Wings on television. Remembering those dinner nights of "whose mom was cooking the tastier dinner" they would be there. Michael would also address us as Mr. and Mrs. T. Always respectful and caring. The summer trips he would take with us north to Glen Haven, Lake Michigan. Britt's Grandma Kelly had a very special space in her heart for Michael as well. She loved doting over and pampering them both. They never went hungry at Grandma Kelly's !
The time Britt and Michael put a hockey helmut, hockey pads on Karra and gave her a stick to defend herself, only to shoot hockey pucks at her so they could practice their skills ! Many, Many good fun memories we have. That is what will give us all Peace. God's Blessings on all of you ^;^

Suzanne Everett

October 15, 2020

Holding you all in prayer.

Christine Birmingham

October 15, 2020

Jim and I are so sorry to hear about Mike's passing. We have fond memories of Mike at, "Video-to-Go," in his high school years.
Sending love and prayers, Chris and Jim Birmingham.

Jan Dominick

October 15, 2020

Dearest Jo,
We are very saddened to learn of the loss of your son Michael. If he was anything like his mother, he must have been a wonderful caring person to be around. We will be sending you our thoughts and prayers ❤️
Jan and Chuck Dominick

Elizabeth Ballor

October 15, 2020

Dear Dolecki Family,
We are so saddened to hear of Mike's passing. He was such a kind and gentle person. Please accept our sincerest condolences.

Marty, Elizabeth, Mary and Jack Ballor

Mary Brummer

October 14, 2020

Jo, I am so very sorry for your loss. Prayers are with you and your family.

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