1941 — 2021
PLESANT PRAIRIE — Michael Joseph Stanczak of Pleasant Prairie passed away on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at the age of 80 from injuries sustained from a severe bicycle accident.
Mike, or “Mickey” to his siblings, was born in North Chicago, IL on May 11, 1941 to the late Joseph “Curly” and Viola Stanczak. One of five siblings and the only boy, Mike learned his hard work ethic at an early age holding many jobs throughout his life, starting as a paper boy in which he earned enough to buy his first bicycle. From then on, his love of bike riding never ended.
He had a love of different cultures, which brought him to major in Spanish at Loras College and Wichita State for his Master’s Degree. At his first job as a Spanish teacher, he met his soon-to-be wife, Patricia Hayes, a Special Education teacher.
Mike loved God and demonstrated this through his actions – he loved to make people laugh and feel good. He loved everyone and would do anything for anyone, which was also evident though his many volunteer jobs. His love of landscaping was apparent to all by his immaculate yard.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Patricia; children: Steve (Alma), Bill (Rhonda), and Michelle (Steve) Stevens; sisters: Kathy (Jim) Merlock, Bonnie (Tom) Sowden, Judy (Pete) Markarian, and Joanne Hays; seven grandchildren; and numerous nephews and nieces.
Mike was preceded in death by his parents and brothers-in-law, Bob Hays and John Merlock.
Visitation will be held on Friday, September 17, 2021, at Proko Funeral Home from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Additional visitation will be held on Saturday, September 18, 2021, at St. Anne Catholic Church located at 9091 Prairie Ridge Blvd., Pleasant Prairie, WI from 10:30 a.m. until the time of Mass at 11:30. In lieu of flowers, memorials appreciated to the Catholic Relief Services at www.support.crs.org or St. Anne Catholic Church at https://saint-anne.org/donate/.
Proko Funeral Home & Crematory
Kenosha, WI 53144
Phone: (262) 654-3533
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