Michael R. Jedrzejewski, “Mikey J.”
Michael R. Jedrzejewski, “Mikey J.,” beloved husband, father, and friend, passed away unexpectedly, but peacefully, on Saturday, February 26, 2022 at his home in Cape Coral, Florida, at the age of 76.
Mike is survived by his loving wife, Christine “CJ” or as Mikey would call her, “Chrissy” Jedrzejewski; his daughters, Jennifer “Jenny” Raess and Kathryn “Katy” Gallaher, their spouses, Michael Raess and Dennis “DJ” Gallaher, and his two granddaughters, Elia and Lily Gallaher.
Mike was preceded in death by his father, Stanley Jedrzejewski and his mother, Florence Jedrzejewski (nee Grosskopf).
Mike was born on August 28, 1945 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He graduated from Cudahy High School in 1963 and began his college education at UWM and Spencerian College in Milwaukee Wisconsin and graduated with a degree in accounting. Mike and Chris met in the summer of 1966. Chris always told stories of what a great dresser Mike was. His fancy suits and matching cuff links. They were married on July 22, 1967 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They spent 54 wonderful years together and were just a few months shy of celebrating their 55th wedding anniversary. Mike worked as a Federal Revenue Agent for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for 35 years and retired in 2003. Mike was a frequent blood donor on Fridays, which gave a half day off with pay every 10 weeks so he headed to the golf course. His IRS buddies were also his golf buddies so they all gave blood on the same Friday and all got their half day off to golf. While he was still working, he coined the saying “same-o same-o” when asked how his day was. Work was not where Mike wanted to be as the golf course kept calling his name. Mike cherished his wife and family beyond words. He absolutely adored his granddaughters and loved spending time with them any chance he had. You would often hear him say, “what a kid” in response to something they did. His granddaughters loved sitting on Grandpa’s lap to hear Amelia Bedelia stories, watching TV (especially Disney Junior), and having snacks with Grandpa. Grandpa even taught them the correct way to go downstairs – sliding on a cardboard box. When Mike would see his granddaughters he would ask if they saw him wave to them while they were at school and they would always wave when they passed him on the golf course. Mike and Chris had their family over often at their Wisconsin home when they were there and not snowbirding in Florida and every time we’d walk in the door, you’d no sooner have your coat off and he would ask “Can I make you one?” which meant, can I make you a manhattan? And, as soon as dinner was on the table, he was on Pandora on his phone to turn on Dean Martin Radio or the Golden Oldies so we had some good dinner music. Mike absolutely loved the game of golf, having manhattans, and smoking cigars. In retirement, which he began as early as possible, he spent as much time golfing as he could, watching golf or reading about golf in his many magazines. He was constantly working to perfect his golf game and enjoyed time at the driving range with friends and family as well. Once retired, when you’d ask Mike how he was doing, he’d put his arms out wide and say “I’m there!” Mike also loved Mickey Mouse and had so much fun going to Walt Disney World. He was a kid at heart enjoying all the fun and excitement of the Disney magic. He even coined his own phrase “no Mickey Mousing around.” Mike had so many wonderful friends in Florida and Wisconsin, all who meant so much to him. He couldn’t wait to golf with the guys, play cards with friends, and have Manhattans and cigars on the lanai with his friends and family. He was an only child but had so many close friends that were like brothers to him. Mike meant so much to so many and left us all too soon. He will be so incredibly missed. So grab a Manhattan and a cigar and let’s cheers this wonderful man in heaven. And as Mike would say, “Swing hard in case you hit ‘em.”.
A Memorial Celebration will be held at 3:00 PM Saturday, March 19, 2022 at the Van Loon Commons Club House, 1117 NE Van Loon Lane, Cape Coral, FL 33909.
Another memorial celebration will be held from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM Central Time, Saturday, May 28, 2022 at Delafield Brewhaus, 3832 Hillside Dr, Delafield, WI 53018.
Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.