OBITUARY

Michael Tobolic

May 18, 1956November 11, 2021
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Michael Tobolic, age 65, went to be with his Lord Thursday, November 11, 2021. He was preceded in death by his parents Steve Tobolic and Josephine Tobolic; brother-in-law, Toby McCarthy. He is survived by his children Joseph (Abby Merritt) Tobolic, Nicholas (Eva) Tobolic, Tess (Brian) Marhofer, Jake (Victoria) Tobolic, Abigail Tobolic; four grandchildren; siblings Russell (Barb) Tobolic, Dr. Timothy (Suzi) Tobolic, Mary (Rick) Straub, Betty McCarthy, Julie (Rich) Schlipp, Steve (Kelle) Tobolic, Margaret (Dennis) Dykstra; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at Kubiak-Cook Funeral Home, 312 N. Main St., Wayland, MI 49348. A funeral Mass will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at St. Therese Catholic Church, 128 Cedar St. Wayland, MI 49348, with visitation from 10-10:45 a.m. prior to the service. The family welcomes memories and messages in their guest book online at www.kubiakcookwayland.com.

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, November 16, 2021

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, November 17, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Wednesday, November 17, 2021

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Jane Gee

November 27, 2021

All my dear Tobolic children and families,
I am SO incredibly sad and sorry to hear of the loss of your dad! It takes awhile sometimes to catch up on your local news and I just heard. He was such a good man! He always had something positive to say to me. I don't think anyone worked harder at whatever task or project he was involved in. So blessed with strong work ethic, a gift I know he wanted to pass to each of you. Losing a p aren't is never easy. Find peace knowing his faith was strong and that you have each other. Again, my prayers and sadness are with you.
Jane Gee

Michele Springs

November 24, 2021

What a blessing to have the joy of knowing Mike.
Anyone who knew him also knew his gentleness, generosity and kindness .
Heaven gained an angel while we said so long to an angel on earth!
I hope the angels know what they have
I’m sure he is dancing in the sky and making them laugh.
It won’t be the same without you.
Until we meet again. RIP
Sending love, prayers and hugs to you in heaven,
Michele Springs

Tim Tobolic

November 18, 2021

PART 2 - Our Brother Mike
MORE WORDS: Class Act, Made the world a Better Place by Being Himself, Always left Me Smiling. One said he would miss the pain in the butt coming thru the door cause he knew it would make him have to work harder, A professional, A Perfectionist , Did his work Proudly, Would Go out of his way to give someone help

As Family, we silently knew all these things about Mike. But we had the privilege of knowing him as cousin, uncle, grandfather, father and brother and that is priceless and can’t be put into words. We shared and WATCHED his life.

A few years ago in Kansas City, I noticed a distinctive sign, on the window of a classy clothing store. I thought it was a mission statement describing the work ethic of the owner of the store.
It said:
My Father didn’t TELL me HOW to live,
He lived and let me watch him do it.

I realize after reading these tributes and reflecting back on Mike and his life, that he indeed had a purpose on this earth. Like he did with truck driving. and everything else, by letting us WATCH him, he was actually TRAINING us. Mike was Training us to be better, to help others, to volunteer, to always have a sense of humor, and to have pride and purpose in all that we do . But Mike didn’t leave a training video on YouTube, but like the sign on the clothing store
Mike didn’t just TELL us HOW TO LIVE
Mike LIVED and let us watch him do it.

He lived led by example, and we are all better for having watched Mike Live

Thank you Michael, brother and friend.

Tim Tobolic

November 18, 2021

Part 1

Our Brother Mike

Thank you all for honoring our brother Mike, a proud member of the Wayland community, the Trubiroha and the Steve and Josie Tobolic Family. I could say these words but would not be able to get past the first sentence, so I wrote them.

None of us were scheduled to be at Mike’s memorials and funeral. We all had other obligations, work, vacations, meetings. But we came to honor a special member of our family. I know Mike wouldn’t want us to spend all this time just for him. But like in life, he did as he usually did, in his own way, he volunteered, worked, and arranged to make it possible for his family and friends to gather. He liked arranging things for others

Over the past couple years, periodically Mike would ARRANGE for haircuts at Ken’s barbershop in Moline at like 7:30 in the morning on Saturdays. Keep in Mind we are bald and not much hair to cut! I thought no big deal, but now I’m glad I had the opportunity to share these moments with Mike and sometimes Steve to have what would turn into a laugh fest and story telling, our adventures growing up, what mom and dad and our siblings would do, some of you know those stories, and of course a lot about Uncle Cy - you could write a book.

I reread Mike’s memorials online and listened to the many words describing Mike, many from Coworkers, neighbors and friends, WORDS that were used to describe Mike and how he lived:
Great Man, Always a Smile on His Face, Quite Fond of Mike, Welcoming, Offering Insights, Put others First No Matter what he may be dealing with, Always asked how my day was going, Privilege to Work With, Accomplished so much at Work, Wonderful Person, Gentleman and Gentle Man, We Never asked for Help but Mike was Always there, Did it out of the kindness of his heart, Mike was Special. Loved Truck Driving, Loved his Kids, Hope to be half the man Mike was, (see Part 2)

Bonnie Huver

November 17, 2021

Along with everyone else we are deeply saddened by Mike’s passing. He was definitely one of the good guys... who made a difference in this world... he always had a smile and a kind word.
He was one of those people that in his passing, you hear everyone
Expressing what a truly nice guy
He was and how much he will be missed.
May He Rest In Peace.
Our deepest sympathy to the Family.
Bonnie & Jeff Huver

Dorothy (Trubiroha) King

November 17, 2021

Mike was such a kind loving person, he was more than a cousin, he was an icon to our family. We will miss that fantastic smile and generous heart. Rest in peace Mike. We love you, Dorothy and Kris.

Kristie Mulder

November 16, 2021

To Joe, Nick, Tess, Jake, and Abbey,

I used to babysit for all of you when you were all just born and your dad was always so proud of all of you. I would run into him at church, in a store, or on a delivery at work and he would beam just giving me updates. He was such a gentle soul and cherished his children. May the coming weeks bring you comfort as you celebrate his wonderful life. He will be dearly missed.

Sincerely,
Kristie Howe-Mulder

Russ Aubil

November 16, 2021

I grew up across the street from the Tobolic house, this is where my memories of Mike started. We must have been in 2nd or 3rd grade at the time. His family was always welcoming to anyone, and I have wonderful memories of time spent with them all. Over all these years, there are so many times I think back on our friendship and laugh at things we did. But my best memory was his standing next to me, as Best Man at my wedding. He was a true friend, no matter the circumstances. He was not only my Best Man at the wedding, but the Best Man in life. I loved you Mike and saddened that we have all lost you, for now.

Janell Lutostanski

November 16, 2021

Words cannot express the depth of Mike's personality, if ever there was an Angel on earth, he was one of them. I am forever grateful for his generosity, kindness and good nature. I will miss seeing him on my trips to Wayland. May you rest in peace. Hugs and prayers to all who grieve his passing. May your memories be long and your sorrows be short. We were blessed to have had him in our lives.

Sally and Rex Truax

November 15, 2021

We were so shocked and heartbroken 💔 to hear about Mike... our sincerest sympathy and praying for comfort to the family.

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