Michael "Mike" A. Kowalko, age 65, of Swartz Creek, passed away on Thursday, June 15, 2023. A Visitation will be held at 2PM until 7PM on Thursday, June 22, 2023, at Sharp Funeral Home Miller Road Chapel, 8138 Miller Road in Swartz Creek. The Memorial Service will be held at 12PM on Friday, June 23, 2023, at West Flint Church of the Nazarene, 2254 S. Dye Road in Flint, there will be visitation prior to the service beginning at 10AM at church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Michael's family. Online condolences can be shared at www.sharpfuneralhomes.com.
Mike was born on January 12, 1958, to the late John & Jennie Kowalko in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He graduated in 1976 from Union High School. Mike graduated from Northern Michigan University where he also had a full four-year football scholarship. He loved his football glory days and returned to Marquette for Homecoming many times. He graduated from Detroit College of Law in 1984. He was employed as an attorney with Ven Johnson Law for 3 1/2 years. He married the love of his life, Karen, on August 28, 1999.
Mike was a Beatles fanatic; they were his most favorite band. He also enjoyed watching a good series on television, some of his tried-and-true shows where old westerns such as Gunsmoke and Little House on the Prairie (with the girls). He was a "foodie" who enjoyed cooking and was known to have odd varieties of pickled foods in the house. He loved being in nature and often went mushroom hunting. He loved to go fishing any chance he could. Mike's fondest memories were those spent up north on Houghton Lake with family, watching Allison's dance recitals and Camille play the violin.
He will be greatly missed by his loving wife, Karen Kowalko; his two beautiful daughters, Camille and Allison Kowalko; his brother, John (Denise) Kowalko; sister, Mary (Brian) Wierzbicki and stepmother-in-law, Brenda Wagner. Mike is further survived by many dear nieces, nephews and other family members and friends too numerous to list but never forgotten.
In addition to his parents, Mike was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Arnold Wagner and his nephew, Ryan Kowalko.
Mike's family would like to thank all of the family members and friends that have called, made dinners and simply checked-in on them. Your acts of kindness have not gone unnoticed, and they appreciate each and every one of you.