Michael Hlohinec -- Chatfield

After a long and valiant struggle, Michael passed away peacefully on Jan. 22, 2018, at age 69. He suffered complications resulting from a fall in August.

Michael was preceded in death by his mother, Eileen (Manahan) Hlohinec; and his father, John M. Hlohinec. He will be dearly missed by his sister, Sharon Morganti (Raymond); his brothers, Mark and John (Sue) Hlohinec; and his significant other, Kathy Betz; as well as many nieces, nephews, relatives, friends, neighbors and co-workers.

Mike was born in Ann Arbor, Mich., and graduated from Northville High School. He went on to serve four years in the U.S. Navy. After his Naval Service, Mike studied Nursery and Landscaping at Michigan State University.

In the 70s, he moved to Minnesota and worked in the nursery and landscape business. Eventually he built a home in Chatfield, where his mother was born and raised. He retired from the mail department at Mayo Clinic in 2014. Mike enjoyed country living, observing nature and wildlife, landscaping, chopping wood, bird-watching, reading, and music.

Mike was a fan of the Vikings, Twins, and college football. In high school, he lettered in basketball and golf. Mike was a good golfer and won the family championship one year. He was a runner and enjoyed biking later in life.

As a Christian, Mike was comforted by the many cards and prayers that were sent his way. He sponsored children through the Unbound Catholic Organization and was a lifetime member and volunteer of the Disabled American Veterans.

Mike’s smile, encouragement, love, and kind spirit will be missed by all who knew him.

A memorial service and visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, April 9, at Riley Funeral Home in Chatfield. A committal service will be held at 11 a.m. April 10, at the Veterans Cemetery in Preston. Mike’s family is thankful for the outpouring of support.

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