Michael C Fitzpatrick
Oct. 6, 1938 - Nov. 22, 2021
Michael C Fitzpatrick
Michael Charles Fitzpatrick went home to be with his Lord on Monday, November 22nd, 2021. He passed away at home after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. He was 83 years old. Michael was born on October 6th, 1938, in Milwaukee, WI, to the late Patrick and Eleanor Fitzpatrick and grew up in Lomira. While attending Wisconsin State College at Oshkosh, Mike met his wife Sue, and they were married in 1963. Over the next few years, they had their three girls—Meredith, Laurie, and Nicole.
The family moved to Chilton in 1965, where Mike began teaching math at Chilton High School. There he was a defensive coach for the football team—including the unbeaten, untied, unscored-upon team of 1969—and he initiated the Chilton wrestling program. He loved teaching and was a tough but beloved mentor. As one former student said, "We all know he was one he** of a coach, but I believe a better teacher and an even better man." After working in the high school, Mike had a brief stint as a beekeeper. Next he started up the Chilton Country Store, which he co-owned and ran for several years alongside the local Sears outlet center. He then taught for the Green Bay Correctional Institution for 17 years before retiring in 2001.
Upon retiring, he and Sue enjoyed multiple cross-country adventures in their motorcycle and sidecar. Always ready to help others, Mike was an ever-present figure in the community. He rang the bell for the Salvation Army every holiday season for 20 years, whistling all the while. He was a much-loved husband, father, grandfather, brother, teacher, coach, and friend, and he will be deeply missed.
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. -2 Timothy 4:7
Mike is survived by his wife, Sue; his three daughters: Meredith (Michael) Huebschmann, Laurie Marsh, and Nicole Fitzpatrick; two grandchildren: Kate (Chris Canfield) Huebschmann-Canfield and John Huebschmann; a sister: Kathy Krapfl; sisters-in-law: Kris (Gary) Lettau and Rachel Freiburger; a brother-in-law: Jim (Sue) Krause; and many nieces and nephews.
Mike was preceded in death by his parents: Patrick and Eleanor; Sue’s parents: Janet and Robert Krause; a brother and sister-in-law: Patrick (Helen) Fitzpatrick; and brothers-in-law: Leon Krapfl and David Freiburger.
A memorial service will be held in spring of 2022. Please check wietingfuneralhome.com for the details when they become available.
In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in the name of Michael Fitzpatrick. Memorials can be sent to Wieting Family Funeral Home ℅ Michael Fitzpatrick 411 W. Main St. Chilton, WI 53014
There are many, many lessons I learned from Dad over the years (to show respect, do all things well, even build a fire and fish—to name just a few) but the most important lesson he taught me was that Jesus Christ needs to be center in my life. Dad’s faith, salvation through Christ’s death on the cross, and the sincere desire to know God’s Word was foremost, and caring for his family and others followed close behind. Not a day went by without Dad praying for ALL of us. I know I’ve disappointed him, yet also made him proud. Through it all, he always let me know he loved me.
None of us are perfect. Dad would agree. But, he was the right one for me. I can’t imagine anyone else as my dad. I’ll miss you, Dad!
Meredith Huebschmann (aka 'the eldest') - Dec. 3, 2021
I was a teacher, coach, and business partner with Mike at The Chilton Country Store. I am pleased to call Mike my friend. It is with sadness I give my condolences to Mike's family!
Michael F Field (Friend) - Dec. 3, 2021
I worked as a teacher, coach, and a business partner in The Chilton Country Store. I am pleased to call Mike my friend. My condolences to his family!
Michael F Field (Friend) - Dec. 3, 2021
Praying with Mike and my dad Elwyn in the room above Mike’s health store on Monday evenings in 1985-1986 is one of the most precious times of my life. Blessings to the whole family. Mike was a gift to us all.
Jon Schommer (Brother in Christ) - Nov. 30, 2021
Our family would like to sincerely thank Compassus Hospice. When extra help was needed, they were there not only for Mike/Dad/Grandpa but for us as well. For the excellent help, care, and kindness shown to all of us (especially Mike) you were and are truly a blessing--Tabitha, Missy, Amber and Julie. Thank you!
Mike's family - Nov. 29, 2021
Sue, Meredith, Laurie and Nicole my heartfelt sympathy for the family. There are so many great memories of Mr. Fitzpatrick, the Christmas caroling the Memorial Day annual neighborhood picture. The love he gave each neighbor with his smile or wave. May God hold you in his arm's during this time.
mary pingel (Neighbor) - Nov. 26, 2021
Nicole and family,
I am so sorry to hear about your dad! My thoughts are with you at this difficult time, and I am right there with you holding onto our best memories with our dads.
Sara Mueller (Coworker of Nicole) - Nov. 24, 2021
A man's got to have a code, a creed to live by no matter his job. A man's got to have a clear sense of right and wrong, and be consistent in what he believes."
This is exactly what my Uncle Mike has always done. He held an unbreakable code of ethics. His march through life was constant, steady and powerful. He was a man of honor, a man of stability and a man of trust. If he was needed, he was there, never judging you or making you feel weak because you needed help. He would rise up by giving you a helping hand and then pat you on the back as he was leaving. He was a man of integrity, love and faith.
His love was never-ending and always hidden behind his quirky little smile. Family, friends, football, wrestling, community, motorcycles, camping, teaching, coaching, and donating his time, were just a few of his passions. He loved them all, never going in halfway with any of them. He was a man that was loved by all and loved to give his heart to those that needed it.
"Your worth consists of what you are and not in what you have."
My Uncle truly respected and admired Thomas Edison and I believe he lived by this creed. It was his faith that I truly believe defined the man that he was. His faith was strong, it was non negotiable, it was true, and never left him questioning. It was his answer to all he needed in in his life. It was his faith that created a great man, husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend!
My heart is aching for you are gone, but my soul is strong because you will never be forgotten. Thanks for being you, for being a part of my life, and always be there.
Love, your favorite nephew and friend ,
Gary Krapfl (Nephew) - Nov. 24, 2021
Dear Sue and family, my deepest sympathy to you on the death of your husband & father. I have the highest admiration for Mike and the faith filled man he was. I considered him a close friend and will miss him and cherish the special memories of him as my coach during my senior year on the CHS football team 1965-66. He was an excellent coach. I looked up to him and admired him for the integrity, honesty and Christian values that he portrayed throughout his life. A part of who he was goes with me everyday. I am so thankful to have known him and for the blessing he has been in my life. May he rest in peace and may God help your family during this difficult time to celebrate his life of faithfulness & service. Sincerely, Tom & Linda Cullen
Thomas G Cullen (Friend) - Nov. 24, 2021
So much left unsaid, but today I have to testify to my dad’s faith.
He loved his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ first and foremost.
He read his Bible daily and strove to honor God in both word and deed.
He was a man of prayer and was often heard to quote one of his favorite verses to anyone who would listen - -
If my people, who are called by name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
-2 Chronicles 7:14
He truly believed that all things are possible with God.
Because of his faith, I know exactly where he is and am comforted by the fact that I will see him again one day.
Love you, Pops, always - - Niki
Nicole Fitzpatrick (Daughter) - Nov. 24, 2021
Mike was an amazing man and will be greatly missed! Lived across the street for 20 years! Thank you for everything and most of all your kind heart and beautiful smile.
Stephanie Adamietz (Neighbor) - Nov. 23, 2021
Great memories of Coach Fitz as a 1971 graduate of Chilton Hight. He was a great football coach as most know, but in my opinion a better teacher (I enjoyed his Math classes) and even a better man. Along with my parents, he was one of my role models. I became a better person because of him.
RIP Coach Fitz
Mike Schmidlkofer (Player/Student) - Nov. 23, 2021
Beloved teacher. Ì was in class of 1975.
Chris Loose Burnside (Student ) - Nov. 22, 2021