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Mike Mizia

  • On December 18, 2020
  • 15 Comments

Mike Mizia 

 9/20/72-12/15/20

Mike lived his 48 years as a free spirit living each day to the fullest.  He loved music – all types – and enjoyed composing, strumming his many guitars and connecting with other musicians who were up for impromptu jam sessions.  You may recall his years as the bass guitarist in The Ike McCoy Band among many other musical pursuits.  

Mike loved everything in nature – even his relentless search for Sasquatch, who he believed left a giant footprint in his backyard!  He always kept a birdfeeder on his back deck to entertain his cats, Sophie and Nala, who were his precious companions.  He also had a large collection of bird feathers that he’d find along his travels and would post on Facebook for all to enjoy.  

A true artist, Mike’s tile work was intricate and unique.  And he took pride in his craft as many will attest.  He also loved color and texture and displayed his beautiful collection of hand-designed quilts throughout his house.  

Mike could start a conversation with just about anyone and did so easily because of his non-judgmental personality.  Mike’s legacy he leaves us all is to see value in every person we encounter and to learn to do the same.

Our dear Mike is free at last!  Give a kiss to your Dad for us!

Mike is survived by his mother, Sue Mizia, his brother, Chris Mizia, and many aunts, uncles and cousins.  A memorial service will be held at a later date.

I lieu of flowers, etc, please donate to your local animal shelter in honor of Mike.

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15 Comments

John Billigen
  • Dec 18 2020
To Mike's family, my deepest condolences and sympathy, Mike was a great dude, was always fun to be with, God bless you all, John Billigen
Pam Valone
  • Dec 19 2020
I first met Mike when he did tile work for me. The tile work that holds up the only table in my home. That table is where Mike and I would sit when he would stop by to visit. In exchange for the tile work, he asked for a quilt. He became a frequent buyer of my work and a good friend. Although I am almost twice his age, our souls connected. I never knew when I would see him. He would just stop by and we would visit for hours. He always left with another quilt. Although he is free of life's struggles, he will be deeply missed. Truly, he was one of a kind. The world needs more Mikes. RIP my friend.
Shane Ladner
  • Dec 19 2020
So sorry for your loss. Your family will be in our prayers. Shane Ladner
Gar Misra
  • Dec 19 2020
I knew Mike through the music scene and considered him a friend. I was so sad to hear of his loss. I have so many memories of his unique personality, outstanding musicianship with High Voltage, the Ike McCoy Band and others, and his warmth and spirit. God bless you brother, you will be missed. May his family and loved ones find comfort in this time in the knowledge that he is at peace.
Matt Sales
  • Dec 19 2020
Love and miss you Brother... Rest in Love & Rhythm always🤘🏼
Bill S.
  • Dec 19 2020
Mike was one of the most genuine people I've ever known. The positive energy and influence he put out into the world will continue to grow and multiply forever.
Greg Danyo
  • Dec 19 2020
I played in a band with Mike in high school. Even back then at rehearsals, he had that infectious giggle that continued to be his characteristic… personally engaging and good natured. A few years ago he did tile on the kitchen floor here, and it took a couple of days. He spent some time talking for a bit at the end of each of those days in the back yard... He said he really liked the forest feel of that setting and it was important to him to do his work for good people. The quality of the interaction and experience really mattered to him. That’s Mike and I am really thankful that we had those more recent days together. Chris… it’s been a while since I’ve seen you, but, you, like Mike, are always personable and friendly to me which I appreciate. As the younger brothers of these larger than life figures in the spotlight, we've had somewhat of a bond. Please, know I am deeply sorry for this loss for you and your Mother. The loss is indescribably sad for me personally, and I know for the many folks that know him and are part of his life. As others have said, God Bless Mike, and prayers to you all.
Christine Lisko
  • Dec 19 2020
Deepest sympathy to Sue and Chris and the rest of the family. I have so many good memories of Mike, especially from high school. He was truly one of a kind. Sending love.
Valerie Salla
  • Dec 19 2020
I am so sad. Mike was such an incredible man. I got to know him through my deceased husband Augie and Augie's brother Raymond, drummer for the Ike McCoy Band. Mike consoled me when Augie died. Ike McCoy did a fundraiser for Augie that was much appreciated. I loved seeing and reading Mike's post on Facebook. Mike definitely has his Angel wings. God Speed Mike! Deepest Sympathies to the family.
katlyn schmude
  • Dec 20 2020
to this day i wondered if you still have my painting on your living eoom wall 😩 youll forever be mossed bud much love ! well meet again one day ♥️🙏🏼 so glad to see ur free of the misery ! hope ur smiling and rocking out as you should be 🤘🏼🤟🏼💜
Susan Banaszak
  • Dec 20 2020
Chris and family, I'm so sorry to hear about Mike's death. I have fond memories of him, mostly teasing me and calling me Susie at my sister's prompting. I hope you are able to find some peace in your memories. Hugs!
Melissa Kaczorowski
  • Dec 21 2020
My deepest condolences to Mike's family. Mike was such a great guy. This is extremely sad news. He will be missed. Rest in peace Mike.
doug
  • Dec 22 2020
Mike, May you rest easy! https://youtu.be/4kpdHWW9WD8 Enjoy! It was my great pleasure to have known you! Doug, see you in the next life!
Dean Brandt
  • Dec 25 2020
My sincerest condolences to Mike's family. I only knew Mike for a brief moment in the nineties while he was in The Ike McCoy Band, but always enjoyed his company. He had a great spirit about him & was kind to everyone he met. I can still picture his big smile and infectious laugh. Very sad to hear the news.
Mark Bender
  • Dec 27 2020
What a kind soul. He did some beautiful work restoring and building a reclaimed marble fireplace in our home. So generous with time, his skills and his friendship. He will be missed. In our thoughts and prayers, Mark Bender
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