Michael Henry Westrich
November 02, 1943 - February 23, 2013
Michael Henry Westrich, 69, of Niagara, passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, February 23, 2013.
He was born on November 2, 1943, in Kansas City, Kans., son of Henry and Helen (Simone) Westrich. Michael grew up in Racine, Wis. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1962 until 1966 and later from 1970, until retiring in 1986.
Michael married Barbara Anne Westcott on May 22, 1965, in St. John’s, Newfoundland. They resided there two months before moving to Rhode Island where Michael started his career with the U.S. Navy. Serving in the U.S. Navy brought him to many different locations along the east coast, until finally retiring in 1986, at which time they moved to Niagara.
While living in Niagara, Michael worked for Champion Paper Company and International Paper Company as an Electronics Instrument Technician. He retired from the Paper Mill in 2006.
Michael was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church. He enjoyed many hobbies including, fishing, gardening, woodworking, his koi pond, making model planes and ships, taxidermy, hunting, traveling, driving, the outdoors, and playing World of Warcraft with his grandchildren.
He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Barbara Anne; his mother, Helen Westrich, Kingsford, Mich.; three sons, Paul Michael (Tricia Lynn) Westrich, Suffolk, Va., Dale Jacob (Margaret Mary ) Westrich, Verona, Wis., Anthony George (Rhoda Austria) Westrich, San Diego, Calif.; two daughters, Janet Margaret (Guy Edward) DeCremer, Niagara, Sarah Elizabeth (Jeffrey James) Griffith, Chesapeake, Va.; seven brothers, John (Sheila) Westrich, Racine, Phillip (Kathy) Westrich, Niagara, Joseph (Amy) Westrich, Texas, Mark (Lori) Westrich, Iowa, Mathew (Diane) Westrich, Loretto, Mich., Luke (Laura) Westrich, Crivitz, Wis., Andrew (Janet) Westrich, Hampton, Va.; three sisters, Ann (Paul) Goplin, Osseo, Wis., Kristine (Dennis) Anderson, Niagara, Wink (Dave) Anderson, Iron Mountain, Mich.; fourteen grandchildren, Joshua (Ariel), Justine, Autumn, Amber, Christopher, Jeremy, Alyssa, Zachary, Ashley, Alexis, Becca, Tyler, Tristan, Aurora; four great-grandchildren; and many numerous nieces and nephews.
Michael was preceded in death by his father, Henry; one son, Theodore “Ted” Westrich, in 2008; and one sister-in-law, Emily Westrich.
Visitation will be Tuesday, February 26, 2013, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Jacobs Funeral Home, Niagara Chapel. Prayers will be recited, Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated, Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Niagara. Rev. Matt Settle will officiate. Burial will be in Niagara Cemetery. The American Legion Cretton-Tutas Post No. 136 of Niagara will accord military honors at graveside.
You may light a candle in remembrance of Michael or leave a condolence to his family online at JacobsFuneralHomes.com
The family has chosen the Jacobs Funeral Home, Niagara Chapel, to honor Michael's Legacy of Life.