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Michael R. Bake

April 10, 1949 July 27, 2022
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Michael Robert Bake, 73, of Oconto, passed away on July 27, 2022 at Bellin Hospital, surrounded by his family, after fighting a courageous battle with cancer. Mike was born in Oconto, Wisconsin, to Bill and Marjorie (Blahnik) Bake on April 10, 1949. He graduated from Oconto High School with the class of 1967, where he excelled in basketball. He then went on to St. Norbert College. Mike married Patricia LeBreck on August 9, 1975 in Oconto. He worked at the IRS for 37 years until his retirement and spent the past 18 years as the Oconto Municipal Judge. Mike was involved in the Oconto Elks Lodge where he served as treasurer. He was also a devout member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Mike was often referred to as “Hoogie” by family and friends. He also handed out a good number of nicknames to his siblings and friends. For a man who did not say much, when he did say something it was often memorable, clever or inspiring. His kids will tell you “Use Your Head” is instilled in their minds for a lifetime, as he said it to them every time they walked out of the house. Hoogie was also a diehard Packers, Bucks, Oconto Blue Devils, Badgers and Brewers fan. He derived great pleasure from informing his sister Chris each time her beloved Cubbies were bested, especially if it was by the Brewers.
Mike will be sadly missed by his wife of 46 years, Patsy Bake, Oconto; three children, Dr. William (Cindy) Bake, Antioch, IL; Jon Bake, Madison; Lauren (Lee Van Ark) Bake, Oconto; two grandchildren whom he loved with all his heart, Maggie and Chance; step granddaughter, Skylar Regan, LaGrange, IL; special dog friend, Macaroni; four sisters Jacqueline Bake, Oconto; Christine (LeRoy) Rausch, Park Rapids, MN; Carol (Mark) Matenaer, West Bend; Teresa (Dave Retzlaff) Bake, Oconto; one brother, Jon (Jennifer) Bake, DePere; two aunts, Judy (Holly) Hanes, Oconto; Patricia Bake, Green Bay; sisters-in-law, Kathy (Doug) Durand, Rosie (Les) Stellmacher, Diane LeBreck, Susie (Mike) Shew, Dona LeBreck, Teresa (Jeff Bartlett) Hyland, Carol (Jeff) Stewart and Theresa LeBreck; brother-in-law, Paul LeBreck; 6 granddogs, Kasey, Khloe, Mr. McGiblets, Pippen, Kevin and Lambeau and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Mike is preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Marjorie Bake; in-laws, Paul and Betty LeBreck; sisters-in-law, Margie LeBreck and Judy Eliott; brothers-in-law, David LeBreck and John Hyland.
The family will receive relatives and friends at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Oconto, from 9 AM to 11:45 on Saturday, August 6th. Elks Memorial Service will begin at 11:45, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at noon with Rev. Nusi officiating. Online condolences may be expressed at www,gallagherfuneralhome.net.
The family wishes to extend our most sincere thanks to both Oconto and Green Bay Bellin Hospitals, Dr. Heyka and his staff, Unity Hospice, Father Nusi, Kathy Schroeder, Melissa Chmela, NP and her staff at Aurora.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Oconto Area Humane Society.
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Visitation

Saturday

6

Aug

9:00 AM 8/6/2022 9:00:00 AM - 11:45 AM 8/6/2022 11:45:00 AM
Holy Trinity Catholic Church

300 Arbutus Avenue
Oconto, WI 54153

Holy Trinity Catholic Church
300 Arbutus Avenue Oconto 54153 WI
United States

Service

Saturday

6

Aug

11:45 AM 8/6/2022 11:45:00 AM
Holy Trinity Catholic Church

300 Arbutus Avenue
Oconto, WI 54153

Elks service.

Holy Trinity Catholic Church
300 Arbutus Avenue Oconto 54153 WI
United States

Service

Saturday

6

Aug

12:00 PM 8/6/2022 12:00:00 PM
Holy Trinity Catholic Church

300 Arbutus Avenue
Oconto, WI 54153

Memorial service by Rev. Francis Nusi.

Holy Trinity Catholic Church
300 Arbutus Avenue Oconto 54153 WI
United States
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