Obit: Potaczek, Michael Allen (1966 - 2018)

Transcriber: Robert Lipprandt 

Surnames: Hanzlik, Jensen, Koenig, Potaczek, Ross, Shipley, Tyler

----Source: The Cornell Courier - Sentinel (Cornell, WI) 9/00/2018

Potaczek, Michael Allen (16 APR 1966 - ? SEP 2018)

Michael Allen Potaczek, 51, Plymouth, Minn., passed away peacefully with his family by his side, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Michael was born Oct. 16, 1966, in Chippewa Falls, the son of Allen and Carlene (Tyler) Potaczek. He grew up in Cornell, and graduated from Cornell High School in 1985. After graduating from high school, he attended college at Metropolitan State University, where he obtained a degree in psychology and business management in 1992.

Michael’s degree led him to pursue a lifelong career as a business owner helping individuals with disabilities. He established Progressive Habilitative Services, Inc. and M.A.P. Investments in 1996. As a successful owner in adult foster care, he took great pride in making a difference in the lives of his clients and employees.

His passion for culture and history was fulfilled by traveling around the world experiencing the beauty of God’s earth. He loved the arts and was a very creative person. Michael had a flair for decorating homes, landscaping and anything that made a home majestically beautiful. Michael loved his family and will be remembered most for his generosity, sense of humor, compassionate heart and always putting others first.

He is survived by his mother – Carlene Potaczek; sisters – Pamela Jensen and Jolene (Jeff) Hanzlik; nieces – Courtney Jensen and Kelsey (Devon) Koenig; nephews – Jacob and Joshua Hanzlik; godmother – Cheryl (Shipley) Ross; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins; and many special friends and travel companions.

He was preceded in death by his father – Allen Potaczek; paternal grandparents – Helen and Joseph Potaczek; and maternal grandparents – Pearl and Carl Tyler.

The family wishes to thank the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview Health Services (University of Minnesota Health) and Fairview Hospice, for the outstanding care and support of Michael and his family.

Michael will be missed by all who knew him and loved him.

There will be no service, but a private burial at Michael’s request.

Note: Death information was not published with obituary.



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