Michael Grabowski

Michael Jonathan Grabowski Jr.

Thursday, June 26th, 1986 - Thursday, September 5th, 2019
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Passed unexpectedly on Thurs., Sept. 5, 2019 at the age of 33. His humor, laughter, joy and love will be missed by his parents, Michael J. and Teresa A. Grabowski Sr.; brothers, Shane (fiancé, Jaimee Sixty) Grabowski and Travis (Tonya Ross) Grabowski; maternal grandparents, Mary and Frank Szpek; nieces & nephews, Althea, Jordyn, Estevan, Daniel, Dayne and Lyric; aunts & uncles, Larry (Ronda) Filo, Chet (Geri) Filo, Barbara (Jim) Bernhard, Mark (Samantha) Filo, Mark (the late Cheri) Grabowski, Sue (Jesse) Gnat, Judy (Tony) Bartline and Jim (Pam) Grabowski; loving cousins and many friends. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Marion and John Grabowski.

In his short life he accomplished getting a Bachelor Degree in Psychology, an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice, as well as an Associate Degree in Business Management. He worked as an Auxiliary Officer for the Greenfield Police Department. Joined the Army Reserves and became a Military Police Officer and then a Field Medic. Then he became a Subcontractor as a Field Service Engineer for the NCR Corporation, which enabled him to have flexible hours. One of the most enduring qualities of Michael’s was his unselfishness and caring of others. It enabled him to take such great care of his two grandparents, whom he thought the world of!

A visitation will be held on Sat., Sept. 14 th from 10:00AM to 12:00PM, with a Celebration of Life Service at 12:00PM, followed by full Military Honors at the funeral home.

We are blessed to have known him; the world was a better place because he was in it. Now those in heaven will get to share in his love.

Remembering you will be easy, we’ll do it every day, missing you is a heartache that will never go away.

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Posted at 01:19pm
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Teri Filo

Posted at 12:39pm
There are so many things to say about Michael. He has always been a very empathetic, genuinely loving, caring person with a heart of gold and the wit and good looks to match.
Just one of the many stories that sticks out in our mind, was when he was 8 yrs old and we were at a stop light and there was a man with a sign that said, “will work for food.” Michael asked, “dad do you have any work for him at our house that he can do for food?” Sadly, we had to say no we didn’t, the light changed, and we proceeded to drive, Michael said “Can I use my allowance that I have to go and buy him something to eat, please?” So, we went to McDonald's up the road and Michael spent his whole $6.59 on getting him food. When Michael handed the man the food through the window, Michael said “Sorry we don’t have any work for you, but will food do.” That man took that food and with a tear rolling down his face thanked Michael for his kindness. I began to cry I was so proud of him, but that’s how he always was. He was so compassionate and empathetic always.
Another story was when we first moved to South Milwaukee he started going to Blakewood, I get a call from his teacher informing me that Michael was a sweet kind child that she didn’t want to see that change because he was playing with 2 of the naughty kids that the school was trying to get removed. When Michael got home from school, I asked him about it, his reply to me was “Mom no one will play with them and kids are mean to them, everyone needs friend’s mom.” I said yes, they do, if you promise me that you won’t do naughty thing or say the naughty things that I heard that they say then you can do what you think is best. Maybe you could be a good influence on them, if they say or do naughty things maybe you can say hey that’s not nice. Michael looked at me and said, “I already do that mom.”
A few years back Michael found out that I wasn’t doing to well and he worried about me. He needed to get volunteer hours in for UWM and thought volunteering at the library would help me out, as well as him, and he was right, it did. He even stayed volunteering after he acquired his hours needed. He thoroughly enjoyed working with everyone there, he would help any where he was needed. I am so grateful that I was able to spend as much time with him as I did. Thank you for that.
I remember one of the things that his grandma Grabowski would just crack up over…Michael was around maybe 6 or 7 and he would bend his legs and put on his jogging pants and then put his knees down in to his dad’s shoes and act like he was a short person and bend backwards and come back up. He saw Tim Conway do that skit just once and well that was Michael.
His Uncle Larry recalled a story, “I think he was around 8 years old and I was really sick that summer from my treatment and one day I’m laying in bed and really sick and drained and he comes dancing in my room acting like a stripper with a big green snake around his neck. First laugh I had in weeks. It was his ability to use humor to make you feel better. Or when he got older dancing around with his buns of steel, that was Michael. Another story was during Christmas vacation in 1999, Shane and Michael came out and Grandma Doll, would stay in her room when we did dog chores. Michael would go in and play cards with her, to keep her from being lonely and getting bored, he always spent time with her.”
His Aunt Judy recalls that “he was always a jokester; I remember when he would do Steve Erkel as a kid, he’d hike his pants up and walk around and talk like him to make ya laugh. He was always ready and willing to help my daughter out. He loved his grandma, I’m sure he missed the talks they would have, well now he is able to continue those talks with her.”
His Uncle Jim and Aunt Pam, recall that “anytime we saw Michael he was always making us laugh, like genuine laughter!”
His Aunt Sue has fond memories of her godson, he was a genuinely good person, who will be missed dearly.
His Aunt Barbara, remembers him “always being loving and caring, he could always lift you up and make you laugh with that sense of humor of his.”
Both of his Uncle Mark’s remember him fondly and will miss him dearly!
One of the most selfless acts that I can say about Michael is that he loved his grandma and grandpa so much that he didn’t want to see them go into a nursing home. He promised his grandma when he was a little boy that when that day comes, “I will take care of you so that doesn’t happen.” Well that day came, and he kept his promise, he gave up a lot to become their live-in caregiver, doing everything he could to keep them healthy and happy. He always wanted them to be happy…his grandma said “he was always so attentive, anything we wanted he did for us. He was my little mush bag every night before bed he would come in and give me kisses all over my face and say goodnight grandma, I love you. Grandpa enjoyed talking, eating popcorn and watching movies with Michael. Michael’s favorites were old black & whites.”
As parents we couldn’t be prouder of him, we always saw how genuinely kind and compassionate he was, always willing to help anyone who asked especially his brothers. The three of them are so close, closer than any siblings that I have ever known. They are and have always been there for one another no matter what, always having each other’s backs. He’d do anything for his nieces, and nephews he loved them to pieces. They thought Michael was funny and loved him so much for it.
Michael gave the greatest sacrifice of all, his life when he joined the military. No, he didn’t die there but he was never the same when he got out, due to suffering from PTSD. We found out from his autopsy that he died from a myocardial disease which has been linked to the smallpox vaccine that was given to him in the military. One thing that we are thankful for, is that at least he never lost his kindness, gentleness or humor. His mind and body are finally at peace.
This world was a better place for having him in it! He will be greatly missed by us all, but he will never be forgotten, for he touched each one of our lives in different ways and we will cherish those memories and carry him in our hearts forever!
We love you Michael!


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Posted at 08:01am
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Caitlin Butcher

Posted at 11:18pm
Michael was such a sweet, funny, caring friend to Andy, and I. He will truly be missed. I know he is in a better place, and at peace. I'm sorry to his family for their loss. Love u Michael.

Teri Filo Posted at 12:35pm

Thank you Caitlin. We know how much Michael loved Andy and vice versa. This is hard on all all of us, for Michael was a genuinely loving caring person who died way too soon.

Sarah Corso

Posted at 04:44pm
I am so very sorry for your loss, Teri and Mike. I am holding you and your family in my thoughts.
Sincerely, Sarah Corso

Caitlin Butcher Posted at 11:16pm

Michael was always a sweet, funny, caring friend to Andy, and I. He will truly be missed. I know he is in a better place and at peace. I'm so sorry to his family for their loss. Love u Michael.

Teri Filo Posted at 12:32pm

Thank you Sarah, this is oh so hard for us all. We know though that Michael would want us to go on, it's just so very very hard to do that. We will never be the same without him.

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