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Mike was born in Blue Island, Illinois, a southern suburb of Chicago in 1948. He was the 2nd eldest of 11 children born to Mike and Evelyn Mossuto who were devoted Catholics and provided Mike with 13 years of Catholic education. He loved his parents and siblings dearly as they did him. His family cheered him on at many St. Christopher’s and Brother Rice High School basketball games, football games and track meets. He held the shot put record at Brother Rice for over 25 years. Later Mike won the 9th Naval District Bowling Championship. In 2019 Mike and his longtime golf partner, Gene, took 2nd place in the Senior Scramble National Finals. After attending the University of Detroit, Mike met and married Jeanne just a week before shipping off to the Navy to begin a successful 22-year career. He nurtured his family during those years while raising his 4 children, Maria, Michael, Paul and Christopher. Mike and Jeanne dearly loved each other and were dedicated, engaged and fully lived family life. Mike often coached the kids in baseball and basketball and later played in 3 on 3 basketball tournaments, (where he acquired the nicknames “Big Blue”) with his 3 sons and their best friends. Mike was a very present father (even with a Naval Career) and the kids enjoyed his sense of humor and fun-loving spirit. While experiencing “empty nest syndrome” Mike in Jeanne housed over 35 foreign exchange students - many who became attached to our “family culture” and enjoyed all of Mike’s special characteristics and qualities. Mike also was identified as a “brother” to Jeanne’s siblings and to friends he loved and encountered along his life’s journey.
While receiving his Master’s Degree in Organizational Psychology, Mike worked in manufacturing as a Production Manager. As in the Navy, he was a stellar mentor to those who worked for him and was greatly respected. After retiring a 2nd time, Mike started his own Handyman business reluctantly giving that up due to health issues after 7 yrs.
Mike’s autumn years included reaping the fruits of his lifelong labors. He and Jeanne enjoyed frequent trips to the movies, traveling to many beautiful places, bowling, golfing and spending precious time with kids and grand kids. Mike was finally able to heartily indulge his passion for golf at the Admiral Baker’s Men’s Club. His 9 grandchildren learned of his endless ability and excellence to love, teach, tell jokes and cook. His daughter-in-laws and son-in-law also enjoyed the expansiveness of his love of family.
Mike was a loyal, dedicated family man, standout athlete and sailor who served his country honorably and proudly. He will be truly missed. We all look forward to reuniting with him again. In the interim, we will cherish and experience his spirited presence in our lives.