Harry J Will Funeral Homes

37000 W Six Mile Road, Livonia, MI


Michael "Mike" L. Chall

October 1, 1956December 29, 2019

Michael “Mike” Chall, 63, passed away on December 29, 2019. He was the second son of the late Leonard and late Betty Chall. Mike was a graduate of Henry Ford High School in Detroit, received his Bachelor of Science degree from Wayne State University, and his Master’s degree from Central Michigan University. After a 30+ year career with Unisys as a systems analyst and programmer, Mike served as the Technology Coordinator for the Siena Literacy Center in Detroit – having started there as a volunteer tutor 10+ years ago. Mike was also a dedicated volunteer with the Detroit Institute of Arts. He served 19 years in a multitude of capacities in the Gallery Information, Gallery Service, and DFT Usher Committees. Mike was selected Volunteer of the Year among his multiple service committees and was nominated, by the DIA, for the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau ROSE Award in recognition of excellence in volunteer service. In 2018, the Volunteer Council recognized Mike with the Distinguished Service Award, honoring his dedication to the DIA and his fellow volunteers. Mike also enjoyed spending time with his family and friends playing card games and various other games. He was a friend to many and loved by all who knew him. Mike is survived by his sister, Patrice (Gary) Manning; brother, Timothy (Josie) Chall; sister-in-law, Karen (the late Patrick) Chall; 3 nieces & nephews and 6 great-nieces & great-nephews. A memorial service for Mike will be scheduled for a later date – late February, early March. Memorial donations in Mike’s honor may be made to: Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202; www.dia.org or Siena Literacy Center, 16888 Trinity, Detroit, MI 48219; www.sienaliteracy.org .


  • A Memorial Service will be planned for Spring 2020


Michael "Mike" L. Chall

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Thomas Soyster

January 11, 2020

I was a volunteer at Siena Literacy when I first met Mike. He was so helpful when I faced problems with computers and the various software in the lab. He was always friendly and jovial in any interaction I had with him. Mke was one who added value to everyone's life. May the memory of Mike's life, especially his volunteerism, be a reminder that one person can really make a positive difference in this world. Mike will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

Kiamarz Fallahi

January 11, 2020

I had the pleasure of working with Mike during his time at Siena Literacy Center in Detroit. I remember the many delightful conversations I had with him. He was always a pleasure to work with, always positive. It's truly amazing the amount of effort he poured into that organization. He was obviously passionate and touched many lives with his genuine smile.

My most sincerest wishes to his family. May his memories live on with you.

You will be missed Mike,
(especially in the data)

Jan Perrin

January 8, 2020

I fondly remember our midnight walks together at the annual Relay for Life event in Northville (2006-2010). Mike's kind words of support touched many lives.

Frank Petersmark

January 3, 2020

I had the pleasure and the privilege of volunteering with Mike at the DIA for the past sixteen years. Nobody was more dedicated and giving of his time and energy than Mike. I have fond memories of working with him on many a project. He will be missed, he is missed.

Peter Milne

January 3, 2020

The Museum misses your presence Mike, and over the years your dedicated service was a inspiration to your fellow volunteers.


Jay Baumgarten

January 1, 2020

We were very lucky to know Mike as a friend and close member of our family. Even luckier to have shared so many good times together. He was a true brother, always supportive, always "there". Just a few weeks ago he was giving me guidance for a friend who was having some struggles. He is and will be missed. May his memory be a blessing and comfort.

Nadine Dobbins

January 1, 2020

Mike will be missed. He was a great teacher and helper.

James Page

January 1, 2020

It was a pleasure to work with Mike. He touched many more lives with his volunteer efforts, all of us are the better for it.