Michael Wesley Wisti

June 20, 1939November 27, 2012

Michael Wesley Wisti Mason, Michigan Age 73, died November 27, 2012. He was born June 20, 1939 in Chassell, MI to William and Hilda (Lantto) Wisti. Michael graduated from Chassell High School in 1956 and was a member of the Chassell Panthers Class D State Champion Boys Basketball team. He graduated from Michigan Technological University with a degree in Metallurgical Engineering in 1960; earning his Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Metallurgy from Michigan State University in 1975. He served his country in the United States National Guard. He co-founded Atmosphere Annealing, Inc., in 1978; serving as Company President until his retirement in 1999. Michael liked to work in the garden, enjoyed sports and was a committed supporter of progressive ideals. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Andrew Wisti; sister-in-law Irene (Aho) Wisti; and brother-in-law William Brown. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Lori (Chapman) Wisti; 2 sons, Michael William Wisti and partner Norah Labiner, Leif (Jodi) Wisti; beloved grandchildren Lydia and Henry Wisti; brothers Theodore Wisti, Gordon (Edith) Wisti; sister-in-law Ruth Wisti; sister Marion (Wisti) Brown and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Monday, December 3, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. at the Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 621 S. Jefferson, Mason, MI with the family receiving friends 1 hour prior to the service. Visitation will be held on Sunday, December 2, 2012 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.. Contributions in Michael’s memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice. On-line condolences may be made at


  • Funeral Service Monday, December 3, 2012
  • Visitation Sunday, December 2, 2012
  • Visitation Sunday, December 2, 2012

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Rick Grabiel

February 5, 2013

Dear Lori, Mike, Leif and family,

Sorry to hear about your Dad. He is still the roll model I will follow in terms of character, education and overall approach to life. Mike and your Mom inspired me to pursue higher education and accomplishment (still working on that part). Would have enjoyed talking with him before his passing. Didn't realize life would go so fast. Great freinds and neighbors. Between the two houses we had the best of everything, just didn't realize it until now. My apologies in not attending the services.

Best to everyone always,

Rick Grabiel

December 9, 2012

I'm sorry to have just learned that Mike passed away and also that you are facing bad health at this time. Mike was a person I trusted and understood and enjoyed talking to. I also enjoyed your visits in the past and hope you can overcome your health to return to something normal. Hope you get this message. FROM: Roy Nerg, living in Traverse CIty. on Facebook!!!

Barbara Radigan

December 4, 2012

Lori, I'm so saddened to hear about Michael's passing. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. I look forward to seeing you again - up here in the UP where I know your's and Michael's roots are.

December 3, 2012

Dear Lori and family, So very sorry to hear of your loss.May God Bless you and keep you in His Prayers always. We missed seeing you this summer. Take care and keep in touch.Love Rick and Esther Hietala (Chassell,Mi)

Judith Kamarainen

December 3, 2012

Dear Lori, Leif and Mike, so sorry to hear of your loss. He was an exceptional person, with humor and kindness. I will remember the many hockey games that the we all enjoyed. Love to you all
Judy Kamarainen

Marcia Stemberger

December 3, 2012

Dear Lori, I'm so glad that I got to see you & Mike, & your grandchildren 2 summers ago. It seems like we were just at the farm for your wedding reception.He will be greatly missed by his friends & family. Wish I could be there with you. So sad losing our friends. I'll be praying for you & your family. Love, Marcia & Joe

Tina (Johnson) Schafer

December 2, 2012

Lori and Family,

I was so sad to hear of Mike's passing. I had the pleasure of working for Mike for many years and found him to be a very caring individual.

You are all in my thoughts and prayers.


December 1, 2012

So sorry to learn of Mikes death. I was a nurse on 6-south many, many years ago and still remember Mike. He was pretty darn sick and spent months on our floor. As he began to recovder we all saw his sense of humor and his drive to get out of the hospital. I remember fondly the trips he made back to 6 south after his discharge just to let us see how well he was doing. He had a way of making me laugh. I have good memories of Mike and wish your family comfort during this difficult time

Kate Doolittle Tamms

December 1, 2012

Dear Lori, Mike and Leif,
I was saddened to hear the news about Michael this week. I have many fond memories of him, and you all have been in my thoughts. I know what a difficult time this is, and I'm wishing you strength and comfort for the coming days.

Dale Feldkamp

December 1, 2012


It is with fond memories that I think of Mike and what he represented/did for the employees of Atmosphere Annealing. He surrounded himself with good people that he trusted and in turn treated them with respect and dignity. It has been an honor to work for him and know him personnaly and professionaly over the years. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.