Michael Wayne Serwa, 54, of Hatley, Wisconsin, died unexpectedly on March 5th, 2021 from unknown causes to be determined by autopsy. He was on a weekend trip of ice fishing with friends in Minnesota, 8 hours away from his family who were deeply shocked and saddened.
Born on January 15th, 1967 to parents Ronald and late Georgia Serwa in Waukegan, Illinois. Surviving family includes his spouse Jana Serwa, his children Morgan Wojciechowski (Jon Wojciechowski), Madilyn Fischer (Joseph Fischer), Mitchel Serwa, his grandchildren, who knew him as their Bumpa, Levi Fischer, Cade Wojciechowski, Emerson Fischer, his brother Matthew Serwa (Loralee Serwa) and their children Myles Serwa, Maclayna Serwa, and Locklyn Serwa, and his wife’s family Bonnie Haley (Late Frederick Haley), Laurette Johnson (Dean Johnson), Frederick Haley, David Haley, Malisa Heater (Roddy Heater). Preceding in death by grandparents Joseph and Zona Sawby, and Edward and Fran Chambless.
Mike and Jana met at U.W. Marinette, were together since then and were married for 33 years. His love for her was unconditional and passionate.
He achieved a bachelor’s in business from the University of Green Bay. He was recently retired from Vortex Tool Company INC as the Vice President, a tool manufacturing company he helped establish in 2002.
He enjoyed playing golf and volleyball with his wife and friends. In his earlier years he played football and in High School he was a State Champion at Peshtigo High. He was also a passionate outdoors man. He loved fishing, hunting, mushroom hunting and trapping.
Mike was known for his eccentric taste in music, always singing loudly with swag dance moves. Fun followed him and truly carried him through. He was a big teddy bear that gave the best hugs. He was the most loving father, the kind that said, “Be good, don’t lick the bus window” as he dropped you off at high school.
His retirement included building a beautiful shed on a nice piece of hunting land, where he spent all his time. He became a chicken farmer, had two tiny black kittens, and an old English setter (Jada Serwa). He owned a truck with a winch and an air compressor and would rescue you if you had a flat or needed a jump. He loved traveling with his wife and treated her to many vacations that also doubled as hunting/fishing trips. My dad will truly be missed by so many. R.I.P. Big Guy!
The family of Mike would like to send a special thank you to Andy Radies, for being there for him in his final moments.
Memorials may be directed to Mike’s family for a future charitable donation in his memory.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Michael will be at 4:00 PM on Sunday, March 14, 2021 at St. Florian’s Catholic Church (500 Church Lane, Hatley, WI 54440). Fr. Greg Bohren will officiate. Visitation will be from 3:00 PM until 6:00 PM on Friday, March 12 at Brainard Funeral Home Everest Chapel; resuming at 1:00 PM on Sunday at the church until the time of service. The service will be livestreamed beginning at 4:00 PM on Sunday at brainardfuneral.com. Brainard Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements; you may sign our family guestbook at brainardfuneral.com.
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