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Michael Kevin Karaisz

August 30, 1961 December 30, 2018
Michael Kevin Karaisz
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Obituary for Michael Kevin Karaisz

Michael “Bubby” Karaisz

Michael Kevin Karaisz, born onto us August 30th, 1961, and born onto God on December 30th, 2018. Our beloved son, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family.

Mike was born to Ronald and Marlene in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania and moved to Michigan at the age of three. During his “first life”, as he liked to call it, he enjoyed playing baseball and basketball and was an all-around happy kid. He discovered rock music and became an avid Pink Floyd fan. Mike graduated from Bentley High School in 1979 and went on to earn his Bachelor of Business Administration with a focus in accounting from the University of Michigan in 1983. He would spend the rest of his life as a loyal UM sports fan. That same year he married his high school sweetheart, Joyce. They relocated to Dallas, Texas for Mike’s assistant controller job with Hall Real Estate and spent two years having a blast with friends. In May 1985 Mike’s daughter, Brittany, was born and he moved back to Michigan to be close to family.

Mike’s “second life” began in 1987 when he was diagnosed with spinal cord cancer and spent nine months at University of Michigan hospital fighting for his life. At that time, he was told he would never walk again, and had two to three years to live. From this point on, Mike’s life became about defying the odds and inspiring every person he met. He was determined to live life to its fullest and enjoyed concerts, sporting events, family trips to Disney World and great food. He made countless friends through his fantasy baseball and football leagues, Pink Floyd forums, concerts, and restaurant trips. His goal with every interaction was to make other people laugh and he nearly always succeeded.

Mike has gone to his Heavenly father, but he will always remain here in our hearts.

Michael is survived by his parents, Ronald & Marlene, daughter Brittany (Michael) Mackenzie, granddaughters Grace & Hazel, brothers Ron (Bridget) Karaisz, Timothy (Katherine) Karaisz, sisters Karen (Curt) Green, Rebecca Karaisz, nine nieces, five nephews, six grandnieces, and one grandnephew.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:30am Friday, January 11, 2019 at St. Aidan's Church located at 17500 Farmington Rd, Livonia, MI 48152. Celebration of Life Luncheon immediately following Mass at the Italian American Banquet Center located at 39200 Five Mile Road, Livonia, MI 48154.

Please leave a message of comfort for Michael’s family at 1-877-231-7900, or sign his guestbook at

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Mass of Christian Burial




11:30 AM 1/11/2019 11:30:00 AM
St. Aidan's Catholic Church

17500 Farmington Rd
Livonia, mi

St. Aidan's Catholic Church
17500 Farmington Rd Livonia mi
United States

Memorial Contribution

Make-A-Wish Foundation

Angela Hospice-Livonia MI


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