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Michael John GOTTHOLD

January 3, 1975June 9, 2020

Michael John GOTTHOLD was born on January 3, 1975 and passed away on June 9, 2020 and is under the care of Waring-Sullivan Home of Memorial Tribute at Cherry Place.

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Michael John GOTTHOLD

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Amy Eldridge

July 12, 2020

I have so many wonderful memories of Mike. Being Nicole’s best friend gave me a front row seat to their love for each other and their family. A few of my favorite memories are:

(1) Mike’s 30th surprise birthday party- Since Mike’s birthday was around NYE, Nicole decided to combine the 2. Mike secretly told me he knew there was a party, but for me not to tell Nicole he knew. His friend took him out for the day and Nicole and I spent the day cleaning. I was so mad at Mike because I knew he knew about the party and yet he left dirty dishes and take out containers out. When Mike arrived back at the apartment and walked into his surprise party he was genuinely surprised. While he knew there was a party he got the location wrong. We laughed for years over the mess we had to clean to get ready for the party.

(2) Wedding in Norfolk- Mike had hats made for all of his family and Nicole’s family from the USS Mitscher. Each hat had something embroidered on the back; mom, dad, brother. He ended up surprising me with a hat as well and had sidekick embroidered on the back. He wanted me to know he considered me family. Mike had a way of making everyone feel special and this hat certainly did that for me.

(3) Nicole’s 40th Birthday- Mike contacted me and told me that for Nicole’s birthday he wanted to buy me a ticket to come surprise Nicole. Since they were living in the Netherlands it was a larger challenge to coordinate and keep it a secret. He enlisted the help of Kim to figure out the details. Kim and I flew to the Netherlands, all while keeping this secret. Mike picked us up from the airport so happy Nicole had no idea we were there. He walked into his house like he would any other day after work while Kim and I both hid behind bushes waiting for the signal to knock. She was shocked and Mike was excited to have surprised her. It was the last time I saw Mike and one of the most memorable experiences of my life.

I love and miss you.

Rowan Milwid

July 12, 2020

It's the night of a world class cocktail party at your place in Schoorl. It's after 2am and nearly everyone has left. I cycle Claire home and return to a great big smile, hug, and a glass of your favourite whiskey. Just the two of us left. Discussing everything and nothing, laughing, enjoying each other's company.

That shared moment marked the start of a great friendship. We shared many loves: the expat life in the Bergen area, fine food and wine, whiskey, poker, hosting and socialising, and much more.

Wonderfully generous and caring, you leave a great big hole in the hearts of many. Thankfully, I have fond memories that I will cherish forever: our great conversation, your excellent story telling, shared laughs at poker nights with the guys, your genuine appreciation of our cooking when dining at our place ... but most of all, your great big bear hugs.
Nicole, we are here for you, Liam, and Rachel - always.

philomena Santos-Higgins

July 9, 2020

With our deepest sympathy from our hearts. We will always remember Mike as the bubbly happy person with a zest for life. Love always!

Leigh Lenis

July 7, 2020

Dear Nicole, Liam, and Rachel,
We are so deeply saddened to hear the heartbreaking news of Mike’s passing. Ever since I got the message, I have been struggling to think what to share that could possibly do justice to Mike’s incredible soul.

I met Mike in the Netherlands several years ago because Rachel was in a gymnastics class together with my daughter. I heard him speaking English and started a conversation and was immediately drawn to his friendly, engaging, and genuine personality. He introduced me to Nicole (and the rest of the family) and we felt welcomed from the very first moment and have been continually grateful for their warm hearts, generous spirit, and ability to make anyone feel like a lifelong friend.

Mike was an amazing person who will be missed but never forgotten. Our hearts and prayers go out to the rest of the family during this unimaginably difficult time.

Sending love from NL,
Leigh & Roelof

Hester Ferro

July 2, 2020

Dear Nicole, Liam, Rachel and family,
The incredibly sad news of Mike’s passing away hit us hard and left us heartbroken for you and the kids. There just aren’t enough words to express how deeply sorry we are for your loss. Mike was such an amazing and generous man, a great storyteller, amazing cook, and never hesitated to let his friends know how proud he was of having you as his beautiful wife and children. We will cherish the memories of all those wonderful moments spent together, such as your 40th birthday surprise party (he was so excited and nervous about it!) and several New Year’s eves. Mike and you are in our thoughts every day ❤️.

Emily Drury

June 30, 2020

Dear Nicole, Liam and Rachel,

Your family and energy is a pillar of the school community here in Bergen and, even though we’ve only been here for a short time, we are so grateful to have known Mike… and to have been blessed with tasting his exceptional barbeque cooking! Like so many others have said, we will always remember his friendly smile and good humour. We share a love of good food and I have a fond memory of bumping into Mike at the market, both of us experiencing a moment of panic when our ‘go-to’ quiche stall wasn’t there and Mike had to anxiously radio back to Nicole to seek further directives about brunch.
His passing is an incomprehensible loss and you are in our thoughts daily.

With love from Bergen,

Emily, Will, Cici and Elise Drury

Sherry Schreck

June 29, 2020

Mark Bolz

June 29, 2020

I am very saddened to hear this news. I grew up with Mike in Wenatchee knowing him as "David's little brother." I lost track of him after high school and my service in the United States Marine Corps as an armor officer. I am tremendously proud of and grateful for his service. My deepest condolences to Dr. Gotthold, Julie, and David. Semper Fidelis.

Sherry Schreck

June 29, 2020

Larry and I are deeply saddened by the loss of Mike, and our hearts reach out to his wonderful parents. Mike was a member of our Short Shakespeareans drama Troupe in his younger years. I particularly remember him as a delightful Caliban and, also, a charming romantic lead. He came back to see a performance in Wenatchee many years later. He laughed heartily and applauded the young actors. We are so proud of what he accomplished in his life. We will forever remember his marvelous laugh and bright smile. Love to his family at this time.

Lonneke Klein-Aarts

June 29, 2020

Rest in peace. A small memory left behind here in Schoorl.