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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

In Memory of our son, Mike on this day

We feel today we should do a post separately about our son, Mike, 
who would have been 27 years old today.  

He died unexpectedly one afternoon, of unknown causes, and we all miss him terribly.  

A tree was planted in his honor by his grandparents, Paul and Maryanne Pfundtner.
His uncles and our family contributed to a brass plaque in memorial honor of Mike.  
It is placed near the 1st base at the ball diamond at his high school in Luxemberg, WI

Here are a few family shots through the years.... 

Dan and Mike were very close in age and the best of buddies

And, yes, they loved each other

Being a sports nut, all his life, he rose to great heights

Steve, Dan and Michael joined up with Karen, Erin and Heather to be a family in 1997
The boys were both Steve's "Best Men"

And he tried his best to be serious, but always ready to burst out in laughter

He was one cool dude in school

And he still believed in Santa after all these years....  (rubbing his eyes in wonder?)

The boys and their dad played many, many games of cribbage

And our Xmas eve card playing till the wee hours in the morning was a family tradition

We love you. 
We miss you, Mike


  1. This is a beautiful tribute to a fine young man. What a heartbreaking thing to happen.

  2. Lovely memory. Thanks for letting us all know about Michael. I would have been proud to have had him as a student.

  3. What a great tribute to your son. As you can guess I am sitting here crying, What a wonderful young man, You don't know how Often I thank God my four boys are still with us. Keep all those happy memories alive. I know you guys will. With Love, be safe out there. Sam & Donna...

  4. A lovely tribute to your son. So sorry for your loss. I don't suppose it's any better even after 5 years.

  5. What a sweet post! Thank you for sharing this. Blessings to you all.

  6. You was certainly blessed with the years you had with him. Thanks fer lettin' us share in yer love fer him.

  7. Your tribute to your son was so beautiful!

  8. Very sweet post/tribute Karen! I know you will touch everyone's heart with it! Sure makes me remember how important family is and how lucky we are for the time we are given with them! Thank You for sharing this with us!


  9. I'm sorry to hear that you lost your son. My parents also lost a son at the young age of six. Hugs

  10. You will always miss him, but as long as you remember he will be with you.


  11. I did not know you had this heart break. Loosing a child is so very hard. My thoughts are with you. :_(

  12. so sorry to hear about the loss of your son..to think he would have been 27 today..how tragic..a young life taken away in the blink of an eye..
    hugs to you both on Michael's birthday.

  13. So very sorry for your loss... What a beautiful tribute. Thank you for sharing your memories with us.

    Kerri in AL

  14. It is wonderful to have such beautiful memories of him. These will always last a life time.

    Kevin and Ruth

  15. It must be one of the hardest things in life to lose a child, may your memories of him comfort you both.

  16. {{{{{{{hugs}}}}}}}

    The depth of your love shines through in this beautiful tribute. His smile is contagious, and made me smile too.

    I'm so sorry for your loss.

  17. I can't imagine loosing one of my children. It is unthinkable! I am so sorry for your loss.

  18. I just want to add to the many thoughts expressed. Thank you for allowing us to share in your memories of Michael. Losing him must have devastated your world, but you continue to smile and share your light (and Michael's) with others. That's a very special trait. Thanks, Karen.


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