Life Story / Obituary
Baczewski, Michael Jerome - “Big Mike” of Sand Lake, MI passed away unexpectedly November 11, 2021 at the age of 76. He was born in Grand Rapids, MI on May 7, 1944 to Michael and Frances (Golembiewski) Baczewski. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Jerome, and his very special dog Ziva. He is survived by his wife of 54 years Martha and sons Michael and Matthew. Sister in law Esther (Arnie) Johnson, brothers in law Bob (Eileen) Mooney and Darwin Holzgen along with many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Over the years he loved Polka music and attended many events/festivals and listened to Polka Pops on the radio every weekend and also loved riding around with his special dog Ziva by his side, who recently passed away. He enjoyed the outdoors as a farmer, deer hunter, and fisherman. He also enjoyed driving semi trucks, charter buses and airplanes. He could take apart and fix, weld, or build just about anything. Due to COVID restrictions a private graveside service at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery has taken place and a funeral/memorial mass will be planned in the Spring after relief from the pandemic for family and friends to attend.