Michael A Koutalis Sr.

Michael Koutalis

Michael Koutalis

Michael A Koutalis Sr., age 76, passed away peacefully on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, at home.

He was born on August 14, 1941, in Milwaukee, the son of Andrew and Elizabeth Koutalis. He married Gudrun Berndt on April 20, 1963. Mike owned a landscaping business for many years while also working as a Teamster and retired in 1998. After retiring he stuck closely to his plan to enjoy life. Mike volunteered for the Salvation Army, was an active member of the 4 Seasons Bad Boy Boating Club, Carlson’s 505 Club, and belonged to Mound View Golf Club, making numerous close friends throughout the years. Mike & Goody spent many winters in Naples, FL. He enjoyed spending time with family & friends, boating, fishing, golfing, dancing, playing Cribbage, and was well known for telling jokes.

He is survived by his wife Gudrun “Goody” of 54 years; his two loving sons and daughter Michael Jr, Matthew, Suzanne, along with seven Grandchildren and ten Great Grandchildren, and too many friends to count who have become part of our extended family.

A private family memorial is being held at Roseberry Funeral Home in Adams-Friendship with a celebration of Mike’s life to follow on a later date. The family suggests in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Salvation Army.

Special thanks to the “DPC” morning coffee club at 4 Seasons, who provided daily news and fodder that started his day for so many years. Apologies to all those in the health and service industries, who will now forever be missing their Tootsie Roll Pops that came along with their tips.

“Tis easy to drift with the current swift, just lie in your boat and dream, but in nature’s plan, it takes a real man to paddle the boat upstream.”

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  1. Marie says:

    My heart goes out with deepest sympathy to the family of Michael. I know that your grief in losing such a special loved one must be overwhelming. God promises that he will give you support at this time at 2 Corinthians 4:7 which says that God can give us, “… power beyond what is normal,” to go from one day to the next. This does not mean that you will no longer cry or that you will forget, but it means you will recover. You will recover because of the hope he had written down. Jesus Christ talked about this hope in John 5:28, “… all those in the memorial tomb will hear his voice and come out.” Jesus was referring to the resurrection, this is the amazing hope! The Bible likens hope to an anchor. Just like an anchor stabilizes a ship, hope will stabilize you, keep you from drowning in overwhelming sadness. 2 Corinthians 1:3 describes our Creator as, “… the God of all comfort.” Another way that God will comfort you is by moving people who care about you to give you words of encouragement that you need to hear. When he brings the reality of his promised resurrection of Michael, he will replace your tears of pain with tears of joy.

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  3. Matt and Mandy Ehrenberg says:

    Our sympathy Goody, Mike was a great guy and a good golf partner. He will be missed.

  4. Pastor Terri Skildum says:

    I so enjoyed talking with Mike. Good Man and he will be missed. May the Good Lord grand you comfort as only He can give.
    You are in my prayers.

  5. Mike & Paula Fenner says:

    Goody and family, Mike was a great guy and we will miss his smiling face and always a great friend!
    Always had time for everybody and always made our day!!!!

  6. Chris and Connie Dickert says:

    Sending Love and hugs for all! Will miss all the good times over Dominos and other card games with our good friend. We will keep the fond memories close always!

  7. Rod and Lin Hustad says:

    Miss Mike already, he made senior golf breakfasts memorable with all of his great stories. He was a good man and a good friend. Goody and family, we are so sorry for your loss.

  8. Ted & Katn says:

    As he said brothers from another mother

  9. Shirley Woodruff says:

    Goody & family – My thoughts are with you at this time. Mike was an awesome friend. He kept it lively every morning at the store. So many great memories !

  10. Barb Klein-Vanderhoff says:

    Love and hugs, no words can comfort you like Gods love shining down and warming you with all of your memories💗

  11. Jill Petre (Higgins) says:

    I have many fond memories of Mr “Kout”. He was a great man and I’m sure you all are heartbroken. My sympathies to you all.

  12. Shirley Jagler and family says:

    Goody and family – So sorry to hear about Mike’s death. That guy will always be remembered from Clement Avenue and the fun we had with him and you and your whole family! A great neighbor, a great friend and a great man! I’m sure El and him are sharing a “brew” together up there and recalling the good times!! God bless you all!!!

  13. Becky Schmidt & Tom Robertson says:

    Love and Prayers for you Goody. We lost a good friend. He’ll be so missed at cards and our
    Friday night out. We here for you if/when you need us. Becky & Tom

  14. Richard & Rita Zietlow says:

    Goodie and family, we are sorry for your loss. Extending our sincere sympathy and friendship.

  15. Chuck and Barb (Larson) Dehmlow says:

    To Goody and family, We are so sorry for your loss, just know that Mike touched a lot of people, us included. Hold each other close and share all your beautiful memories. I will miss my hugs and his “still have buffet on Friday?” question to me. Sending love and prayers your way. R.I.P. Mikey we will miss you.

  16. Bill on the hill says:

    Goodby old friend I miss you already.

  17. Rick oliden says:

    He was an awesome man and will be greatly missed

  18. Don and Connie Waldvogel says:

    Sympathy and prayers go out to Mike’s family and multitude of friends.
    He is now with his loving sister, Margarete (Dollie)Schadrie, telling
    jokes and spending quality time together. She passed away only 2 1/2
    weeks ago.
    May God rest his soul, and may he find peace.
    Keep ’em laughing up there, Mike.

  19. Sandy Lyle says:

    So sorry for your loss–he’ll have them laughing in heaven

  20. William Prohaska says:

    Thanks for the wall eye👁

  21. Jodi Lecy Helgeson says:

    Always a fun time when they came to the Log House. I’m sure Loren will be surprised to see him!!!

  22. Allisha Bink says:

    Thank you for all the tootsie Roll suckers that you have given me. Thank you for all the other candy that you have bought for me. Also, thank you for buying so many Girl Scout cookies from me Mikey. Finally, being an amazing guy that you were and that you will be forever!! You will be forever missed Mickey❤️

  23. Liana says:

    Sorry for your loss. I will miss him in church. He was a kind and caring man. God bless and prayers for your family.

  24. Sally Winchester says:

    So sorry for your loss Goodie!! We have so many fond/fun memories from Four Season’s Mini Mart. Mikey was liked and loved by many people. “RIP MIKEY”

  25. Joel hales says:

    …….GREAT MAN…..

  26. Nicole Bunker says:

    sorry for your loss I will miss mike he is a good man