Michael T. Kartes

April 21, 1952November 24, 2012
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Age 60 Of St. Paul

Passed away on 11/24/12 after a very difficult battle related to esophageal cancer. Preceded in death by father, Ted; mother, Lucille; and brother, Richard. Survived by wife, Lee Jorgensen-Kartes; sisters, Janet Kartes & Carol Hage; brothers-in-law, Mark (Nancy), Paul (Shari), Stephen (Barbara) and Greg; sister-in-law, Kathryn; also by his many special nieces, nephews & Godchildren; and his animals "kids," Becket, Lucy, Teddy, Roget, Gauguina, Soleil & Bailey. Thank you to Michael's many friends & "Brotherhood." Michael worked in the area of God's ministry, education and social work. Special thanks to the medical staff at HealthEast St. Joe's, Bethesda & Midway Pain Clinic (Colleen) for their wonderful & compassionate care. Also, we would like to especially thank Robert Cheney, D.D.S., Mary & Intelligent Touch Dental Lab & for giving Michael back his heartwarming & beautiful smile. Thank you Jane Hamilton of HealthEast Healing Touch for making his life to death transition peaceful and loving. Visitation will be held Wed. 11/28, from 3:30-8PM w/ a 7PM Prayer Service at Wulff Godbout Funeral Home, 560 W. 7th St., St. Paul. Mass of Christian Burial, THURSDAY, 11/29 at 12NOON, visitation also 1 hr. prior at Lumen Christi Catholic Church, 2055 Bohland Ave., St. Paul. Private interment Resurrection Cemetery. Memorials preferred to HealthEast Caritas (his & Lee's cancer support group) & HealthEast Healing Touch Program. Michael, You will always be a part of my heart. Thank you for loving me and making me a better person. Now you are free, my love. Chaucer is awaiting his walk. Always Yours, Lee.


  • Evening Visitation Wednesday, November 28, 2012
  • Gathering of Family and Friends Thursday, November 29, 2012
  • Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, November 29, 2012

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Cheryl & Patrick Kartes

December 3, 2012

Dear Lee,
Just learned of Michael's passing a few minutes ago from Tom Kartes. On behalf of Patrick, I want you to know that we are very saddened to learn of his passing. He was a warm, loving and deeply caring man. Blessings for Michael's journey and blessings for your love, which will remain.

Tom Kartes

December 3, 2012

Lee, I as so sorry for your loss. Though I lost touch with Mike years ago it just doesn't seem like it has been 42 years since High School. I am sorry I didn't learn of his passing until today.

November 30, 2012

Lee, I'M sorry to read about the loss of you spouse. My prayers are with you and your family. Julie Berry LPN

Ruth & Jim Vale

November 29, 2012

Lee, I was so sorry to hear of Michael's passing. I will always remember him as a soft-spoken, kind, caring, funny and generous man. It must be so hard for you be without him after having him a part of your life for so long. But we know that he had been suffering for such a long time and that now he is home with God. I really wish that I could be with you in your time of need as you have been with me in mine. And I wish I could give you a big hug! I will try to call you soon and try better to keep in touch. I am sending you my love and prayers to give you the strength you need to carry on. Take care Lee, I (we) love you.

November 29, 2012

Mike was a wonderful member of the last graduating class of Nazareth Hall high school. He will be sorely missed. Our prayers are with Lee and family during this time of mourning. Andy O'Brien.

Todd Eiken

November 29, 2012

Lee, I'm sorry to hear of Michaels passing and I am praying that you and your family will recieve Gods peace and comfort quickly. I have fond memories of the few times I was able to meet with Michael and I will always be grateful for the time he drove to the sleep lab and greated patients during a staffing crisis! I'm sorry I could not attend the wake or funeral.

November 29, 2012

I am so very sorry. It was wonderful to see you both at our wedding two years ago. The memories go back many years. He was a cute baby when I held him in my arms to be baptized. My thoughts and love go out to you. I am so sorry to be unable to be there with you, but we are coming to Minneapolis on Saturday and I will call you then. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pat & Paul Peterson

Sandy Wanner

November 28, 2012

Lee - We know how hard this time is for you and how lonely your house is. Mike was a wonderful neighbor and friend - we will miss him very much. But we all know he is at peace and pain free now. Please let us know if there is anyway we can help - even if its only a shoulder to cry on or a hug needed. Sandy & Del

Lucy Williams

November 28, 2012

Michael was a beautiful spirit - May God give you his comfort and love.

Toby Michalson

November 28, 2012

My mother Ruth, sister Cyril, and I would like to extend our sympathies to Janet, Carol, and the rest of Mike's family. It sounds like he had a rough battle. Remembering the good times on 50th and York.