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Michael Thomas Gentile

January 8, 1956February 20, 2021

Michael Thomas Gentile, 65, passed away on February 20, 2021 in Okemos, Michigan. He was born in Oswego, New York on January 8, 1956 to Thomas and Patricia (Murray) Gentile and spent much of his early years in Oswego. Family was important to Mike, although it meant a large crowd everywhere they went.

He worked as a quality assurance manager, first with NASA and later with Dart Container Corporation in Mason. He loved his work with Dart, though the highlight of his days may have been coming home and tending his garden throughout the spring and summer. He grew mostly vegetables, and the homemade salsa he made with his tomatoes and peppers was mouthwatering... albeit spicier and spicier as the days went on.

He enjoyed golfing and bowling with his Dart colleagues on leagues over the years. His greatest passion was motorcycling, and he took many memorable trips with his brothers and his friends; west to South Dakota, east to New Hampshire, and all over in between.

Mike was preceded in death by his father, Thomas Joseph Gentile.

He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 37 years, Bobette (Grady) Gentile; his children, Alex (Haley) Gentile and Lauren (Andrew) Whitt; his grandchildren, Atticus, Artem, Raphael, and Audrey; his mother Patricia Gentile; his siblings, Terri (Leon) Smith, Kevin (Traci) Gentile, Daniel (Teresa) Gentile, Dianne Motyka, and Janine Gentile; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family members.

No services will be held at this time. In honor of Michael, memorial contributions may be directed to the Capital Area Humane Society, 7095 West Grand River Avenue, Lansing, MI 48906.

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Jackie Flint

February 24, 2021

There are so many wonderful memories of Uncle Mike that I will cherish. Many of the best memories were during the summers my sister and I spent in Oswego when we were kids. I remember one summer he took us to KBC in Fulton to buy us some summer clothes and he let us pick out whatever we wanted, no judgment and back then, our taste was somewhat questionable. He spoiled my sister and I during those summers – taking us to movies, water parks and zoos and buying us school clothes. I remember being so excited to be part of their wedding! When I lived with them for a short time in Fulton I remember evenings with yummy snacks and watching Moonlighting and snuggling with the kitties (his beautiful Turkish Angora was Monde- spelling?). He took me to see Top Gun in theaters when it first came out and I tried my first Kamikaze with him. As I got older, he was there for me in other ways. When my car was giving me trouble in Michigan, he got it running so I could make the 8 hour drive back home. As a single mom and homeowner, he was happy to help me with tasks on my “honey do” list when there was no honey to do those things. His homemade salsa was on point and I looked forward to the turkey noodle soup he made every thanksgiving with the leftovers. I have attempted over the years to make his soup – I have not yet mastered it. I will cherish the time I was able to spend with him when he stayed with me for a week. He met my boyfriend at the time (now my husband) and we spent time out on his boat on the lake. My family and I will miss him dearly and I am so grateful I had an opportunity to see him last month. Fly high and rest easy Uncle Mike – you will never be forgotten. Until we meet again, all my love, Jackie

Susan Gentile

February 24, 2021

Always surrounded with love. You’ll be in my heart forever. ❤️

Stephen Murabito

February 24, 2021

Bito remembers being alter boys with Mike at St. Joseph’s church. Mike was always a really great kid. Prayers for the family.

Dianne Motyka

February 24, 2021

Rest easy Mike. Love, Dider

Terri Smith

February 23, 2021

Mike and I always shared our birthdays, he had the chocolate cake and I had the vanilla. There were a few times we got in trouble, like when we tried to cover the light in his room so mom wouldn’t know we were awake and the shirt caught on fire. Whoops! We made snow forts, skated a lot, played hide and seek with the neighbors and we were just friends for most of our youth and even closer into adulthood. There are no words for how much I will miss my brother.💔

Jacob Cody

February 23, 2021

One of my favorite memories of uncle Mike was when we were in Oswego both staying at Grandmas. I remember he would make the best dough boys in the morning and I was always so excited for him to make them. I had no idea what they were at first but now whenever I have one it always makes me think of uncle Mike. His are still the best ones I have ever had!

Bryce Cody

February 23, 2021

Uncle Mike was wonderful. I remember when we visited him in Michigan a few years back for the 4th of July. We were playing with pop-it’s (the fireworks you throw at the ground) and he kept throwing them at Jake’s feet and he thought it was so funny, that made us all laugh. We also played cards and watched the fireworks while we were there and it was so much fun.

Janine Gentile

February 23, 2021

As the baby of the family, I am blessed to have memories of my big brother from the perspective of a little sister and later in life as a friend. I remember Mike coming home from college and bringing Dianne and me T-shirts from Southern Illinois University. Light blue and white with stripes on the sleeves, I think. We were so excited! I now sit writing my memories on the old family dinner table from 4th Street. Dad sat at the head of the table and Mike sat on the opposite end. I remember the joking - give any food that was left to Mike and you could count on him to eat it! 13 yrs later when it was my turn to go to college, Mike found out I liked music and he gifted me a couple albums from his collection - Grateful Dead and CSNY. I was fortunate to spend a summer in Alabama living with Mike, Bummy, and Alex. I got to know Mike as a friend. He taught me about speakers and stereo systems. I felt so cool to be able to talk about that kind of stuff with him. I made several trips to AL and his little sister was finally old enough to party with him and Bummy (Alex and Lauren were sleeping, of course). Things came full circle when I had kids of my own and Lauren spent a summer babysitting Jake and Bryce. When Mike and Bummy came to CO, we stayed in a cabin in the mountains, rode dirt bikes, and saw wildlife. I loved that visit. Let’s not forget Mike’s confidence in his baby sister. I met the Brothers Gentile in Sturgis and while Mike and I were hanging at the campsite he told me to take his Harley for a spin around the (gravel!) lot. I’m like, seriously? What if I dump it? Yeah, take it out around the lot. You can do it. A couple years ago, I took out the guitar and Mike not only remembered how to tune it, but placed his fingers in position for chords that I didn’t know. Later, while practicing songs for my next visit to Michigan, I learned that the chords Mike had played were common in Neil Young songs. Long may you run, Big Brother. I love you.

Kevin Gentile

February 23, 2021

Miss you bro... :(

Dan Gentile

February 22, 2021

RIP my brother. Give Dad a hug for me. I will cherish the times we had from Sturgis to Italy. Love Dan

FROM THE FAMILY