February 28, 2020

Michael D. O’Farrell

Died Jan. 13, 2018


Michael D. O’Farrell, 71, of Whittemore passed away Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, at Select Specialty Hospital in Pontiac.

Mike was born Jan. 1, 1947, in West Branch, to Elgin and Leah (McCarthy) O’Farrell. He was the first child born in Ogemaw County that year.

Mike taught at both Hale and Whittemore-Prescott Area Schools for 30 years and thoroughly enjoyed sharing his love of science with others. He enjoyed gardening, canning, hunting, music, traveling, reading, history, puttering around the house and yard, and celebrating his Irish heritage. He was extremely proud of his two children and loved being “Papa Mike” to his grandchildren.

Mike is survived by his wife of 36 years, Joni of Whittemore; son, Colin (Michelle) O’Farrell of Farmington Hills; daughter, Madie O’Farrell of Columbus, Ohio; beloved grandchildren, Kelly and Sean O’Farrell; brother, John (Sona) O’Farrell of Whittemore; mother-in-law, 93-year-old Millie Hampson; and his constant companions, dogs Lilly and Connor; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and in-laws.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Elgin and Leah O’Farrell; brother, Gordon; and too many dogs to count.

Mike’s favorite saying was a passage from the song “Danny Boy”: “And I will know, tho’ soft ye tread above me / And then my grave will richer, sweeter be / And you’ll bend down and tell me that you love me / And I will rest in peace until you come to me.”

A celebration of life will take place Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, at 1 p.m. at the Buresh Funeral Home in Hale. Visitation will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com.


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