Mr. Michael James Gigl

March 23, 1942November 6, 2020
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Michael J. Gigl, Dallas Texas, passed away November 5, 2020.

He was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, March 23, 1942 and grew up on the Southside just two doors away from his wife, Kathleen, whom he married August 7,1965. Michael and Kathleen were married for fifty five years, but were neighbors, friends and then partners for seventy-three. Mike’s great passion was baseball. In 1959 he hit the winning home run to earn Marquette University High School the State Championship. Mike enrolled in Marquette University as a member of the NROTC, earning a BA in Business, and was Commissioned to the Nuclear Power School in California.

Mike lived large, loving to plan huge family gatherings for the Fourth of July, Christmas and birthdays. All were welcome to his home; no one was ever turned away. Mike was a member of All Saints Parish. He rode his mobility scooter daily to Mass. He worked to acquire a Charter for All Saints Catholic School and after retiring served as a math tutor.

Mike is survived by his wife Kathleen, his children Michael(Jinie), Laura (JJ), and Jennifer; granddaughters Rebecca and Soomin; sister Alice Loveless, brother William (Donna) Gigl, Paul (Mayme) Gigl; brother-in-law and lifelong best friend Neil (Shelley) Casey sisters-in-law Mary (John) Morch and Susan (William) Christianson and dearest friends Frank and Sue Bevsek. Mike loved and cherished all his Gigl and Casey nieces and nephews, grand nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by parents Aloysius and Mattie Gigl, and sister, Dorothy Simon.

“Death is nothing at all; I have only slipped away into the next room. Whatever we were to each other, we are that still.”

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Mike’s name to: All Saints Catholic School, 7777 Osage Pkwy., Dallas, TX 75252 Or Nativity Jesuit School, 1515 South 29th Street, Milwaukee, WI, 53215



  • Visitation

    Friday, November 13, 2020

  • Funeral Mass

    Friday, November 13, 2020

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J. Ernest Rodriguez

November 14, 2020

Kathleen and Family,
We extend our sincere condolences on Michael's passing. We offer our prayers in his behalf- May his soul rest in peace. And from one old Marine to a neighboring Sailor- May you have "fair winds and a following sea". Farewell.

Ernest and Maria Rodriguez
Catherine and Jennifer

Jack Kocks

November 12, 2020


Malinda and I were saddened to learn about Michael's passing. May you and your family take comfort during this time of grief and mourning by knowing that Michael is now enjoying the Lord's sweet embrace. Please accept our sincere condolences and God bless.

Jack & Malinda Kocks

Michael Gigl

November 12, 2020

Dear Dad and Pops,

You are everything a Father should be, a loving husband who adores Mom. You are a loving Father who is extremely proud of his children, Laura, Jennifer and me.

You love us with unconditional love and I put you to the test!

You always put the family first. I will never forget all the great times our family had, especially Christmas and vacations.

You extended your Fatherly love to include everyone blood or not blood. No one was ever excluded.

You are a Grandfather who loves and is so proud of his two granddaughters.

To me, most of all, you are my friend. I looked forward to talking with you three times a week just to say—Hey how is it going?

You and I together participating in all those activities such as baseball games and chili cookoffs. Each of those times holds a special place in my heart.

Cooking with you is the activity that I love the most. Spending time with you planning and preparing is my most cherished memory. People ask, especially Mom, “why can’t you guys make it simple?”.
They don’t understand it is not the meal, it is the time we spend together that is the most memorable.

I know I wrote this in the present tense as if you are still here.

I know your body is not here but you will always live with me.

There is a special place in my soul and heart where you will live forever.

I will never forget and never stop loving you.

Love Michael, son and friend

Will Christianson

November 11, 2020

Thank you Uncle Mike for the countless expressions of love that you given me. Your generosity had no limits but it was the simplest moments that I enjoyed the most. The shared stories, travels, and most of all the appreciation of food will stay with me forever. Every time I put on an apron, start a grill, and prepare a meal for guests is a commemoration of the love, faith, and generosity you bestowed upon me.

Thank you and love you.

Jennifer Gigl

November 11, 2020

Well Pops, I’ve been struggling with sharing my thoughts of you with others but then I remembered that you shared all of you and your love with everyone. Everyday since your early twenties was a physical struggle and yet you carried on, thrived even. Your strength and unwillingness to give up was inspirational. Nothing was going to stop you from enjoying life to the fullest. Our childhood was filled with travel and adventures, love and laughter with all centered around family. Everyone was welcome at your dinner table. Your lists were legendary, your trip agendas were an amazing challenge to see everything, your meals were always five star delicious, no decorations for a party were too many, and all was done in the spirit of a good time, in the spirit of truly living life in love and to the fullest. Your smile and laughter filled the room and your hugs soothed the soul. Your sass was well known, with the twinkle in your eye saying, oh yeah watch me. I will forever miss our Sunday Packer games and enjoying cocktails on the deck while we solved the world problems. We talked a lot and had big plans, and as Mom knows we could be trouble together. We will carry on perhaps a little less organized and somewhat lost without your lists and agendas, but we will keep the traditions going. We promise you that we will take care of Mother, and we will never forget that family is everything. I am forever grateful Dad, for the dedication and love you gave us and for showing us the way, for being our anchor. I miss you and love you. Until we are reunited in the heavens, you will never be forgotten. Love, Jennifer, your proud daughter.

Jinie Lee

November 10, 2020

Dear Ahppa(=Dad)
You were my second dad who taught me how to take care of others and how to give loves without any condition.
I am so grateful that I could call you as my dad instead of father in law.
We know you are now in a better place without pain.
We know you will keep watching all our family with your love and with your peaceful smile.
You are the best dad that I could ever have in my life.
You will stay in my heart forever.
I do love you, my Ahppa.

Laura Gigl

November 9, 2020

Dear Dad
As I try to understand why you were taken from us here on earth too early, I am consumed with the love you gave each and every day. Your relationship with mom taught us the true meaning of love and dedication in which you instilled in your children, grandchildren and all of whom you touched. Your love for travel, history, sports and especially battlefields filled our childhood and adulthood with wonderful summer road trip adventures and memories. The love of family parties, July 4th, Christmas and Sunday dinners is what has kept our family and friends so tight - we will carry on the traditions Our home and of course basement (New Berlin, Wis.) was filled with laughter, music, dancing, beverages and of course family and friends. Your love of sports and mom’s competitiveness is what drove me to be the best that I could be. Look at your granddaughter, Rebecca, and her passion and commitment- just awesome. The countless hours of driving Rebecca to and from the barn and staying with her to watch and enjoy. How you and Jennifer talked and somehow convinced mom to buy Rebecca’s forever horse, Indy, because she fell in love with him once he was at the barn- unbelievable to this day!
Your granddaughter is the luckiest person on earth, you are her best buddy, from zoo’s ,museum’s, Fort Worth Stock show, Dinosaur digs, pool time, summer vacations and if ever sick you were at her side. I will miss our travel planning with your 3” binders for just one week, maps included (best ever), weekend meal planning (as you left mom a typed grocery list for this week, with check boxes and all) Moms birthday shopping and of course our yearly daughter and granddaughter all day Christmas shopping. I promise you, Jennifer and I will keep that tradition going ❤️ Mom just can’t understand how we love shopping all day.
I will forever miss your smile, laugh, hugs and kisses but know that my heart is filled with so much love and joy because of you.
With all my love,
Laura ❤️

JJ Brown

November 9, 2020

Mr. Gigl has been such a caring and loving man to me over the years. Their daughter found a lost soul and took me in to a truly loving and amazing family. Mr. Gigl had everything a man could want. A loving partner in life in Mrs. Gigl, three wonderful children and 2 grandchildren. Family was the most important thing for him. He gave tireless to the less fortunate and to his faith. He was truly a man that showed the way to live a life of caring and giving. I will miss him daily and send my love to each and everyone that he touched during his journey here. Knowing that he will still be leading us and waiting for us brings comfort and hope. Love JJ


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