Michael R. “Mike” Cherek

Michael R. “Mike” Cherek

June 14, 1951 – February 12, 2020


Preceded in death by parents, Robert Sr. and Sophie.  Survived by siblings, Bob Jr. (Sherry), Jerry (Jessie), Mark, Dan (Shelly), Janine, Rick (Laurie) and Mary Jo Smith (Dave); daughter, Trish Dethlefs (Scott); grandchildren: Emily Goodrich (Zac Sempek), Dayna Goodrich, Ethan Dethlefs and Miles Dethlefs; great-grandchildren, Mason and Oliver Sempek; numerous nieces and nephews.  Special thanks to Dr. Weber and nurses on the fourth floor Oncology at Lakeside Hospital.

Family receives friends Sunday, February 16th from 5pm to 7pm, at the West Center Chapel followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Monday, February 17th, 11am, St. Stanislaus Catholic Church (4002 J St.)  Memorials will be directed by the family.



  • James Griffin Posted February 13, 2020 11:19 am

    Mike we will miss you more than we are able to put in words, We talked to you every single day now the phone has gone quiet. We miss you so much or dinners every month that we spent time talking laughing and watching you east tons of shrimp which you loved. Life here has definitely changed without you as you were our best friend and one of the most caring people we knew. You will be missed far more than you would know. Rest in peace buddy and please know how important and loved you were to so many .

  • Karen Bateman Posted February 13, 2020 2:05 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. He was a good, understanding, kind, funny man. I will keep the picture of Vinnie he gave me close to my heart, as it always makes me think of Mike and his awesome sense of humor. I am sure Vinnie has been waiting to show Mike the way. RIP, friend.

  • Mary Wrobleski-Korach Posted February 14, 2020 9:32 am

    Cherek Family, My sympathy to you on Mike’s passing. I will always remember the good times growing up on “I” Street. You all were such good neighbors. Rest In Peace Mike. God bless you all.

  • Karen Griffin Posted February 14, 2020 10:19 am

    Fly High my sweet friend. Thank you for always being such an awesome family friend. You definitely will always hold a very special place in my heart. As a kid you always gave me money when I would give you a back rub. & you would Buy my sister’s paintings. Just to make sure we had a little spending money. When we went to christmas shopping one year, you made farting sounds on the teddy bear that repeated sounds and so throughout the store all you could hear was us laughing and and a teddy bear making farting sounds. So many memories. Thank you again for always taking care of Dad & Mom. They will miss you so much. Love you always. your Kare-bear

  • Catherine A Susterka Posted February 14, 2020 10:23 am

    I am sorry to hear if Mike’s passing. Mike & Joe were great friends. I know Joe greeted him with a “cold” one and a shake. My prayers to the family.

  • Don & Sue Hennig Posted February 15, 2020 12:13 pm

    never ever will we forget the New Years party where u took Denise’s baby doll. RIP Mike

  • Patty Abraham Posted February 16, 2020 12:26 am

    I am so very sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. He was such a great guy and had the best laugh. I will certainly miss never hearing that laugh again. Sending prayers of peace and comfort for his loved ones. He was truly loved and will be greatly missed.

  • Catherine A Susterka Posted February 16, 2020 5:34 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about Mike’s passing. Joe cherished his friendship. I know both are celebrating together with a cold one.

  • Sharon Cherek Posted February 17, 2020 10:46 am

    I was so sorry to hear about the loss of Mike.

  • Denise “Sam Franks” Phipps Posted February 17, 2020 11:39 am

    My prayers to the whole family. Mike was the guy who loved to kiddingly gave me a hard time, while partying at the old Barrett’s Pub. Long time ago but great memories of a a funny, great guy! I am sorry for your loss.

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