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Michael “Mike” P. Miele passed away at his home in Apache Junction, AZ on May 9, 2022 after battling lung cancer. He was 85 years old. Born and raised in Lawrence MA, to Giuseppe and MariaRosa (Minicucci) Miele, He was the youngest of 13 children.
He attended Lawrence High where he met the love of his life, Patricia A. (Sweet) Miele (predeceased April 2015). They were married 59 years, yet his love and devotion did not end at deaths parting. He visited Patricia at the cemetery daily, regardless of weather, until his health prohibited it. He made several new friends while on those visits. Many passersby would visit him there, sharing how comforted they were by his steadfast dedication and some even asking his secret to a love that surpassed the bounds of death. His presence there inspired many.
Mike retired from AT&T (formerly Western Electric/Bell labs) after nearly 40 years. He then followed their dream of RV’ing across the country until they permanently settled in Arizona as Patricia’s health declined.
In addition to camping and traveling, he enjoyed sports, competitive bowling, gardening, fishing, playing pool and especially, the nightly community happy hour with his neighbors in Apache Junction.
He was a member of St. George’s Parish in Mesa and donated to many charities.
He is preceded in death by: his wife, Patricia A., 3 grandchildren, his parents and several of his siblings. He is survived by his 7 children, Debra J. and her husband Michael Cutrona; Michael J. and his first wife and life companion, Gloria Shenanaquet; James R.; Dennis J. and his wife Beatrice; Wendy S. and her husband, William Unger; Tina M. and her husband Frank Fuoco; Tracie A. and her husband Jeffrey Bettez; 18 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, 1 great great granddaughter, a sister, Rosalie Croteau; and a brother, Joseph Jr. and his wife JoAnn as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Family and friends are invited to a public viewing from 10am – 12pm on Monday, May 16, 2022 at Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery, 7900 E. Main St., Mesas, AZ 85207. A niche side service will be held there on Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at 12pm (noon).