Michael Claire Milliren “Mike” of Menomonee Falls died peacefully on December 26, 2019, after a long fight against cancer. He was the much-loved husband of Mary (nee Puetzer), and father to Gregory (Dan Mollick), Julie Hager (Matt), and Jeffrey. He was a proud grandfather to Jayden, Jemma, and Silas Hager.
Mike is also survived by his eight siblings: Theresa (Don Schindler), Priscilla (Doug Greenspan), Ramona (Jerry Christensen), John (Becky), Mary Ann (John Stryker), Charles, Margie (Larry Konik), and Richard. He was preceded in death by his brother William and his parents Claire and Lois (Hunt) Milliren. Mike had 15 nieces and nephews – LeAnne, Jill, Jackie, Amy, Jared, Molly, Maya, Jake, Anya, Kevin, Eric, Dan, Austin, Katie, and Luke and so many, many good friends.
Mike was born on December 17, 1947, in Owen, Wisconsin. He attended UW-Whitewater, graduating with a degree in accounting. Mike achieved his CPA and spent three years working in public accounting. He transitioned into education and taught courses in accounting and taxation at Milwaukee Area Technical College. While working full time and raising a family, he received his MBA. Mike was active in Local 212, the teacher’s union. He was elected to the position of financial secretary in 1979. He chaired the constitution committee in charge of 212’s bylaws and procedures manual. He was then elected to the position of 1st Vice President in charge of finances in 1985 and served in that role until 1997.
Mike worked at MATC for 32 ½ years before retiring in May 2008. In retirement, Mike enjoyed playing golf, going to the movies, going to Badgers and Packers games, concerts (he especially enjoyed music of the 60s), traveling, having dinner with friends, and above all else, spending time with his family and friends.
Mike was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle, and a cherished friend to many. He especially appreciated the care and love from life-long friends Judy Zeppelin and John Platta. Special thanks to Zilber Hospice whose staff made a significant difference is Mike’s final hours.
What we will miss most about Mike is his warm smile, his wry sense of humor, and his commitment to family and friends. He was a special man.
A celebration of life in honor of Mike will be held in the near future.
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