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“Thinking of you,sorry for your loss ”
1 of 37 | Posted by: Heide,Kailiegh,Allan Putelis

“Diane, I am so saddened and heartbroken to hear of Mike's passing. I have found memories of him. I remember how handsome he looked all dressed up for...Read More »
2 of 37 | Posted by: CANDACE RODERICK - Westborough, MA

“I am very sorry to learn that Mike passed away. He was far too young to leave this world. Mike visited ne at my home for a few months in 2018 to...Read More »
3 of 37 | Posted by: Francesco Pellizzari - SHREWSBURY

“Di, Heartbroken for you. Know I love you and are praying for you. ”
4 of 37 | Posted by: Carol Shepherd

“Hey Diane, very sorry for your los, I didn't know your son .boy I wish I had got to know him, He looks like the kind of guy ,I wish I had spent time...Read More »
5 of 37 | Posted by: Michael Michalak - Danielson, CT

North Carolina, Kure Beach “We will miss him dearly. He was a really fun guy to be around. The trip to North Carolina with Mike was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed our time...Read More »
6 of 37 | Posted by: Matthew Aronian - Shrewsbury

“Diane, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ”
7 of 37 | Posted by: Vanessa Haerle - Sutton, MA

“My heart and prayers are with u! Such a handsome man. ”
8 of 37 | Posted by: Denise Daly - Whitinsvilke, MA

“Diane, I'm very sorry to learn of Mike's passing. He was a great friend and I have many happy memories spending time together on the ice and in the...Read More »
9 of 37 | Posted by: Tom Hogan - Boston, MA - Friend

“Diane, Sue and I are so so sorry to hear of Mike's untimely passing. Mike gave guitar lessons to our son Zac in our home for about 2 years. Mike was...Read More »
10 of 37 | Posted by: David and Sue Chupka - Douglas, MA

“Diane, thoughts and prayers go out to you on your loss. May memories always warm your heart. ”
11 of 37 | Posted by: Barbara and Larry Morris

“Diane, I'm so sorry to learn of your son's passing. This is such a beautiful and meaningful tribute you assembled to honor him. God bless you. ”
12 of 37 | Posted by: Eileen Mitchell - Whitinsville, MA

“Diane we are so very sorry to hear of Mikes passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
13 of 37 | Posted by: Sandy & Mike Perna

“Diane, So sorry to hear this, I have no words. Please know we are thinking of you in this difficult time. ”
14 of 37 | Posted by: Louanne Greene - Gilford, NH

“Diane, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. You are in my prayers. ”
15 of 37 | Posted by: Anne-Marie Colonero

“Diane so sorry for your loss. Michael was a friend and gentleman to everyone´s path he crossed. May Michael rest in heavenly peace and reunite with...Read More »
16 of 37 | Posted by: Donald (Butch) Meunier

“Mike was a great friend and an awesomely talented person. He'll be greatly missed. ”
17 of 37 | Posted by: Peter Jose - Shrewsbury, MA

“Diane, So sorry for your loss your are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
18 of 37 | Posted by: Sandra Niewiera

“Sorry for your loss. Mike was a great friend and a very smart and talented person. He will be missed. ”
19 of 37 | Posted by: Joseph Parmakian - Brentwood, TN

“Very sorry for your loss. Although we had lost touch over the years, Mike was a good friend, smart, and a gifted artist and musician. Great memories...Read More »
20 of 37 | Posted by: Andrew Leader - Norwood, MA

“Diane so very sorry for hearing of Michaels passing, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. Patty Smith ”
21 of 37 | Posted by: Patty Smith - Worcester, MA

“To Michael's loving family, Our sincerest condolences ”
22 of 37 | Posted by: Carlo & Bernadette Genatossio

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Di at this very difficult time. Love Steve and Kathy ”
23 of 37 | Posted by: Stephen Campbell - Cbarlton, MA

“Dear Diane and the Duquette Family, I extend my sincere condolences, prayers and well wishes to you all at this difficult time. May Michael rest in...Read More »
24 of 37 | Posted by: Gordon Warren, Hyannis

“Dear Diane, I am so sorry to read of your son's passing. I can only imagine your pain and pray that God helps you get through this trying time and...Read More »
25 of 37 | Posted by: Michael & Doreen Threadgould

“Diane,I am so sorry to hear of Michael's passing. You have been an amazing support person for all your family and friends and now we are all sending...Read More »
26 of 37 | Posted by: Lori Marrazzo - Southborough, MA

“Diane, please accept my deepest sympathy. While I did not have the pleasure of knowing him as a man, Michael's beautiful spirit was evident even as...Read More »
27 of 37 | Posted by: Tracy Conte - Shrewsbury, MA

“I love you Dee Dee. So sorry for your loss. I will never forget you taking us to play down at Jordan Pond during Memorial Day cookouts. ”
28 of 37 | Posted by: Marie Arsenault(Granger) - Wales, MA

“Diane, keeping you and the family in my thoughts and prayers. ”
29 of 37 | Posted by: Amanda Catlin - Shrewsbury, MA

“Dear Dee, I am so sorry for your loss. My heart is broken for you. I know words can not help the void in your heart but others are sharing your pain...Read More »
30 of 37 | Posted by: Dottie Granger

“Dear DiI'm so sorry for your loss. May God comfort you during this most difficult time. ”
31 of 37 | Posted by: Terri Senecal - Whitinsville, MA

“Diane, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May you find some comfort knowing Michael is with your Mom, Dad & sister. May he rest in eternal...Read More »
32 of 37 | Posted by: Kate Conlon & family

“Dianne we are so sorry to hear of michaels passing.We will always have fond memories of him.John and evie Crowton6 ”
33 of 37 | Posted by: Evelyn and john crowton Crowton - MA

“Dear Diane, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Michael. May you find solace in the many memories you shared with your beloved son. May God be...Read More »
34 of 37 | Posted by: Linda Palmerino - Shrewsbury, MA

“Diane, my sincere and deepest condolences on the passing of Michael. I pray that the memories you have helps to comfort you during this difficult...Read More »
35 of 37 | Posted by: Ron Benoit Jr, Lincoln, Maine

“Diane, my deepest sympathies to you and family. May Michael Rest In Peace at the side of our Heavenly Father. ”
36 of 37 | Posted by: Wayne Kujala

“Diane I am so sorry to read of Michael’s passing. Hugs and prayers to you. Kim Narolewski ”
37 of 37 | Posted by: Kim Narolewski - Shrewsbury, MA

Shrewsbury - Mike Michalak was born with music in his soul and it's often said that where words fail…music speaks. His love and interest with music and the many instruments he mastered began with playing trombone with the high school band. He played the piano, keyboard and drums as well, but his true passion and talent shined when he had any one of his many guitars in hand. His Nana, Barbara, gifted him his first guitar at age fifteen and he never stopped playing.

He later took this love to a new level and created his own recording studio 'Console Recording Studio' as well as Creative Concepts in which he taught guitar to aspiring musicians and students. In addition, he worked with his uncle and cousins at Commonwealth Electrical Technologies in Worcester.

Mike had more than just a love for music as he was a real history buff with a keen interest in the world wars and the men who led them. A talented artist, Mike had a real gift with his ability to draw. He was always the first in the water when at the beach, but it wasn't just the ocean and swimming that drew him towards the water. He earned his scuba certification at age fourteen in Gloucester and loved fishing, crabbing and walking the beautiful beaches on the Cape especially Dowses Beach in Osterville and Marconi Beach in Wellfleet.

Michael George Michalak was born March 15, 1981 in Worcester a son of Diane L. Michalak. Born an only child he was very close to his Duquette cousins whom he considered more than family but equally close as friends. Raised in Shrewsbury he was a graduate of Shrewsbury High School with the class of 1999. Mike played hockey all his life and was a part of the first ever winning team as defensemen for Shrewsbury High School when they won the state championship in 1999. He attended Bryant University and later Middle Tennessee University. He also attended and received certification from Berklee School of Music in Boston. While he always considered Shrewsbury home he had lived in Nashville (before it was hip and cool) as well as West Palm Beach, Florida.

Michael died at home on Thursday, January 28, 2021. He was 39.

Heaven reunites Michael with his grandparents, George S. Michalak (†December 12, 2012) and his grandmother, Barbara A. (Heron) Michalak (†August 23, 2017) and his aunt, Susan M. Duquette (†February 19, 2013). May they be supremely happy in their next life with one another and God.

He leaves his loving mother, Diane Michalak of Shrewsbury; his uncle, John P. Duquette of Shrewsbury; his cousins, John J. Duquette (Lorena) of Berlin, Jamie P. Duquette of Worcester and Maine, Joseph D. Duquette (Melissa) of Shrewsbury, Jeffrey P. Duquette (Lindsay) and Juliann E. Duquette (Matt McAree) all of Shrewsbury; second cousins, Florencia, Nicole, Tyler, Chase, Camdyn and Dillon; and other close family including Linda Palmerino; great-aunts and uncles including Helen Johnson; close family friends including Kathy Maresca and Marianne and Bob O'Brien and their family, Tina Yanczewski, and his paternal grandparents, George and Rose Greene of Douglas.

Family and friends will honor Michael's life by gathering for a calling hour on Thursday, February 4th from 10:15 - 11:15 a.m. in Saint Anne's Church, 130 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury followed by his funeral Mass celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Burial will follow in Mountain View Cemetery.

Those of you unable to attend may use this link on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. to participate in Michael's services:

Memorials in his name may be made to St. Anne's Human Services, 130 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury, MA 01545 or Why Me | Sherry's House (

Arrangements by James & John Heald.


Tuesday, December 22, 2020 – a note from the funeral home pursuant to Governor Baker's recent order:

During times of uncertainty and crisis one might wonder what to do at the loss of a loved one or how to show support to a friend given the limitations that the pandemic continues to present.

Telephone your friend to offer words of love, support and a verbal hug, drop something delicious by the house, leave a condolence on the funeral home website, make a donation to their favored charity, send a card or flowers or have a Mass said, remain in touch, and above all else . . . say prayers for the deceased and their family and the world during this difficult and unprecedented time.

These simple gifts of sympathy and charity are more valuable than you will ever know.

When public wakes are held capacity limits mean that your visit to the venue where they are held should be brief to allow other guests time to say hello to the family. Only members of the immediate family remain present throughout.

It goes without saying that people who have lost someone are especially sensitive and understanding to the concerns that some of their own family members and friends may have about visiting any public places right now. If this does not feel like the right time for you to venture out please don't.

Space limitations also mean that funeral services inside the funeral home and in many places of worship will also be private. Most services, at the family's request, will also be livestreamed and recorded for future viewing. The link to access the channel is found at the bottom of the obituary notice online.

Cemetery services are included in the current outdoor gathering limit of twenty-five people.

During any events, public or private, common sense precautions prevail. That includes masks covering your nose and mouth, staying with your household group throughout the services and keeping a sensible distance. Thank you . . . again . . . for your patience and understanding.

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