Michael Edward “Ed” O’Connell, age 69, of Escanaba, passed away at St. Elizabeths Hospital in Appleton, WI, on Wednesday, February 22, 2023 following a brief illness.
Mike was born October 10, 1953 in Chicago, IL, the son of Harold “Spike” and Mary (Berglund) O’Connell. Before graduating high school, Mike enlisted in the army and served from 1971 to 1973. He was stationed in Ft. Leonardwood, Missouri, and deployed to Korea. He was honorably discharged and returned to Escanaba. Mike finished requirements to earn his GED and then attended Bay College. Mike was a very intelligent man with many skills and talents and held a variety of jobs. Mike’s favorite job was being a CNA as it captured his true love of helping people.
Mike had a heart so big he wanted nothing more than to help everyone. Besides his passion for helping people, Mike loved everything to do with music. Anytime you walked into his house he would pick up his guitar and play you a song. He loved jamming with his son and sister and even taught his kids to play. Mike had difficult seasons in his life but always was a man of great faith. Throughout all seasons in his life, people were drawn to him because of his sense of humor – he was always joking and teasing.
Mike is survived by his children, Janice O’Connell, Tricia Jasmine, Branden Jahsman, Christopher (Emily) O’Connell, and Michelle (Christopher) Grawitch, grandchildren Emma, McKensie, Elisha, Niko, William, and Milo, sisters Cindy (Bruce) Collins and Cheryl (Steve) Corden, special friends Tonia, Sue, and his forever friends Mark Kaminski and Ray Porath, along with his BayView rat friends Jeff, Hogan, and John, and many nieces and nephews.
Family will receive friends on Wednesday, March 1, 2023 from 2 PM to 4 PM at Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone. Military Rites led by the Gladstone American Legion Post 71 will follow visitation at 4 PM. Immediately following Military Rites there will be a funeral service honoring Michael officiated by Rev. Fr. Jamie Ziminski.
Ann Streichert - Escanaba, MI
Dear Cindy and family,
So sorry for the loss of your brother. May you find peace in all the precious memories you hold in your heart.
Our thoughts are with you at this time
Ann & Mike
Judy Vader - Gladstone, MI
Cindy and family, having lost my brother in the past year, I can understand the pain and loss. Blessings
Mary Whitmer - Gladstone, MI
My condolences, Cindy, to you and your family
Mark Kaminski - Orangeville, ON
A big influence on me and everyone he called friend. A huge part of my childhood has left the world…
Kim Jahsman - Menasha, Wi
Mike- definitely rocking it out now! You always knew how to make us laugh. My children looked up to you as their uncle for well over 20 yrs!
To my nieces and nephews… I love you and wish I could be there. I’m deeply saddened by the loss of your father. Love, Aunt Kim
Rick Nelson - Grand Rapids , MI
Cindy and Cheryl,
I was heartbroken to learn that your brother Mike passed away. He had Great Grandma Berglunds characteristic pointed chin.
Please remember the happy memories and you are in my prayers.
Hogan - Shawano , WI
Peace be with you my friend … will chat again in another place I’m sure … your in my thoughts and prayers … see you later …