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Michael J. Schwartz

August 11, 1950 ~ December 2, 2020 (age 70)


Michael J. Schwartz, 70 of Johnson Creek (formally of Sun Prairie) died on Wednesday, December 2, 2020.

Mike was born on August 11, 1950 in Beaver Dam, WI, the son of James and Arlene (Lidtke) Schwartz.  He graduated from Sun Prairie High School in 1968 and began working for the State of Wisconsin in October of 1973.  Mike was employed as a Shipping and Mailing Clerk in the Department of Administration and spent 33 years there, retiring in August 2007.  On September 10, 1983, Mike married Shelley Sargent at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church of Monona.  The couple had 2 children and enjoyed being together.  Mike loved to travel, especially with the “Easy Landing Traveling Group”.  Spending time outdoors – watching and learning about birds was a passion, and later he taught his children and grandchildren about the subject.  He loved walking, watching sunsets, and seeing new places.  Mike was a man of few words but communicated clearly.  His kindness, generosity, and love are fondly remembered.  Mike was the happiest when he was being referred to as “Grandpa Mike”.  His faith, family, and friends were the things most important to him and he will be sorely missed.

Mike is survived by: his wife Shelley Schwartz of Johnson Creek; children Dawn Schwartz of Madison and Kenneth (Laura) Schwartz of Kimberly; grandchildren Audrey, Finn, Charlie, and Sullivan; siblings Barbara (Gary) Meier of Waupun, Julie (Larry) Ties of Galena, IL, and Mark (Becky) Schwartz of Sun Prairie; and his aunt Betty Zurbuchen Fond du Lac.  He is also survived by a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents and nephews Christopher Meier and Adam Ties.

A private Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, December 10, 2020 at St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church of Lake Mills.  Mike will be laid to rest of at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Cemetery of Johnson Creek.

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