Michael Sukowski

Michael G. Sukowski of Town of Cedarburg went to his heavenly home in the early hours of Monday, Nov. 21, 2022, at Kathy Hospice in West Bend, Wis. He was 78 years old.

Mike was born in Milwaukee, Wis., the son of George and Louise (nee Walfert) Sukowski on May 3, 1944.

He married Darlene Ott of the Town of Cedarburg on May 3, 1969, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Grafton, where he was confirmed a few weeks before the wedding. Mike was united in marriage on his 25th birthday. They were married 53 years.

Big Mike attended Milwaukee schools and was a 31-year retiree of Briggs and Stratton in Wauwatosa, where he worked third shift in die cast.

After retiring from Briggs, he was able to enjoy cash cropping on their farm, which was his wife’s family homestead. He loved the farm and his tractors.

Mike liked playing sheepshead and played in a card club with friends. He also collected baseball hats with patriotic, sports and farm related themes. He was an avid TV fan of the Bucks, Brewers, Packers, University of Wisconsin teams and old time Westerns. 

Mike served in the U.S. Army and Reserves.

He is survived by his beloved wife Darlene (nee Ott); his brother Ronald of Milwaukee; his godchildren Tyler Krueger of Marion, Wis., Robert Fleischmann of Belvidere, Ill., and Kevin Krueger of Ashippun, Wis.; cousins and friends who knew him as Huggy Bear. 

Mike was preceded in death by his parents George and Louise Sukowski, his brothers Wayne and Dennis and his in-laws Edward and Leona “Onie” (nee Schlegel) Ott.

A memorial service for Mike will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 701 Washington St., Grafton, WI 53024, on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022, at 3 p.m.. The family will receive visitors from 1:30 p.m. until the service at the church. The Rev. Jacob Shultz will officiate.

Mike will be laid to rest at St. Paul Cemetery in Grafton. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Paul Lutheran Church quilters, women’s guild or an organization of your choice are appreciated.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to St. Mary’s Ozaukee Hospital, Lauren C. and Helen E. at New Castle Place, Angela, Ashley and Christina from Horizon Hospice and Deborah Colavita and Polly Morrison for their loving care and help. Also thank you to pastors Anderson, Schultz, Prahl, Maschke and Wohlers for all their visits and words of comfort.

Eernisse Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Online condolences may be left at www.eernissefuneralhome.com.



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