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Harry J. Will Funeral Home

37000 W Six Mile Road, Livonia, MI

OBITUARY

Michael Stephen Gutowski

January 5, 1957August 13, 2019

Michael Stephen Gutowski, age 62, of Westland, Michigan passed away on Tuesday August 13, 2019 at Providence Hospital Southfield, MI. Michael was the adored son of the late Zigmund and June Gutowski. Beloved husband of Cheryl. Proud father of Jessica (Derek) Battah and Michelle (Kevin) Jozefczak. Cherished Papa of Keegan and Piper Battah. Dear brother of the late Stephen Gutowski, Colleen Smith, late Steve Gutowski, late Patricia Gutowski, Suzanne Hernandez, Zigmund Gutowski Jr., Walter Gutowski, late Paul Gutowski, Christopher Gutowski and Linda Brudzynski. He will be missed by many nieces, nephews and extended family.

Mike was born January 5, 1957 to Zigmund and June Gutowski and was raised in Southwest Detroit with his nine brothers and sisters. He graduated from Chadsey High School. Mike was married to Cheryl on June 9, 1979 and they recently celebrated their 40th anniversary. His proudest moments were the birth of his daughters Jessica and Michelle and his grandchildren Keegan and Piper. Although he was hesitant to rescue another puppy, he quickly fell in love with Mollie and they became best buddies. Mike never wanted anything but the best for his wife, children and grand-children

Mike spent most of his career as a valued employee at Husky Envelope until his health started to affect him. Even though he was faced with battling many physical conditions he still pressed forward and made the best of things.

Mike was a “jack of all trades”. He enjoyed and took pride in skills in carpentry, car mechanics, dune buggy transmission building and household maintenance. In health Mike was an avid deer hunter and fisherman. The time spent camping at Silver Lake and at the cabin in Hillman with his family were some of his most treasured memories. He looked forward to and enjoyed his time in the man cave watching Red Wing Hockey and NHRA Drag Racing with his best buds.

Mike demonstrated his softer side by being a skating dad for his daughters Jessica and Michelle and a hockey papa for grandson Keegan. His joy of being part of the skating community continued even after his daughters left the sport by being part of regional, national and international skating events. He was a little rough around the edges and did not have a problem standing up for his beliefs. Most of all he was known for his ready whit, quick smile, huge heart and willingness to help others. He is loved by many and will be missed by all. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to The American Heart Association or National Kidney Foundation.

Services

23 August

Memorial Gathering

3:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Harry J Will Funeral Homes

37000 W. Six Mile Road
Livonia, Michigan 48152

24 August

Memorial Gathering

12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Harry J Will Funeral Homes

37000 W. Six Mile Road
Livonia, Michigan 48152

24 August

Memorial Service

4:00 pm

Harry J Will Funeral Homes

37000 W. Six Mile Road
Livonia, Michigan 48152

Memories

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Doreen Young

August 19, 2019

Mike and I volunteered many times for figure skating events. He was like the energizing bunny that never stopped helping everyone at the event from early morning till late evening. No was never an answer that came from Mike unless he was kidding. I will truly miss his witty sense of humor and his kindness.

John Kalinowski

August 18, 2019

Mike was one of the kindest and craziest people I had the honor of calling a friend. Our lives took different directions yet we came together to talk old times and the new times with us finding Jesus! I will miss our chats. Heck I'm going to miss you. I know your walking the streets of gold in your glorified body! I will look for you when it's my turn. Condolences to the family and friends. Praying for God to hold you up through this difficult time of pain and sorrow.

Debbie Petersen

August 16, 2019

Cheryl I’m so sorry for your loss. While I didn’t know your husband he sounds like a wonderful man. I will be praying for your family
Debbie Petersen

Pam Arndt

August 16, 2019

I worked with Mike for 20 years at Husky Envelope he was a great coworker and friend.
We all know Mike could be a bear at times, but he was a man with a soft heart and would do anything for you. I will miss him .
Pam Arndt

Shaun Taft

August 14, 2019

Mikey was so welcoming to me. He would always share a joke or tease me. He was unassuming but had a large presence. So grateful for the times I spent with him and his family at the rink. So grateful that I got to see him this past fall planning for Synchro Nationals. Gonna miss him. Sending his family and friends love.
Shaun

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