July 7, 1958 - February 17, 2019
HABEN Funeral Home & Crematory
8057 Niles Center Rd.
Skokie, IL 60077
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Friday 2/22, 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm


St. Peter Catholic Church
8100 Niles Center Rd.
Skokie, IL 60077
847.673.1492 | Map
Friday 2/22, 1:00 pm

Funeral Mass

St. Peter Catholic Cemetery
8115 Niles Center Rd.
Skokie, IL 60077
847.864.3050 | Map
Friday 2/22

Interment | GRAVESIDE

Michael D. Nawrocki, age 60, of the Brother James Court, Springfield, IL, died February 17, 2019, at St. John’s Hospital, Springfield. Beloved son of Bernard and the late Mary, nee Rau; loving brother of Phyllis (William) Williams, Patricia (Peter) Culver, and Stephen; dear uncle to Stephen, Daniel, Jason, Christina, Sarah, Joshua, William, Robert, and Christopher.Continue Reading

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Marielle A Sanders left a message on February 20, 2019:
I have known Mike for almost 21 years through SDC. His love for the Cubbies, I am so glad he got to see them win the world series. Every year he just knew they were going to win it. His sense of humor and love of practical jokes was awesome, and oh Boy and Friday the 13ths and April Fools Day he looked forward to them so much. I will miss him so much. My heart breaks for all who were blessed to have known him.
Stephen Nawrocki left a message on February 19, 2019:
My brother Michael passed away early Sunday morning. I was honored and blessed to be with him as he took his last breath and left this world for heaven. Michael was 60 when he died. He was born with Down Syndrome. He was my big brother, my buddy, my best friend. I sometimes say that I would not wish Down Syndrome on anybody, but at the same time I wish every family had someone in it with Down Syndrome. They teach us what’s truly important in life. It’s not about money, cars, houses, accomplishments. It’s about being happy, it’s about loving and being loved, it’s about faith and trust. When I was younger and dumber, I used to think that it wasn’t fair, that it was cruel of God to make my brother the way he was. I used to wonder what he would have been if he had been born “normal”. Would he have been a teacher, a carpenter, a psychiatrist, a priest, a doctor? I thought about all the things he wouldn’t do like get married, drive a car, have children. It took me awhile to look past what he wasn’t or couldn’t do and to see him for what he was and what he could do. He was a teacher, he taught me about love and kindness and acceptance and tolerance. He was a carpenter, he showed my how to build relationships on honesty and trust, that these attributes are the nails and screws that keep things together and solid. He was a psychiatrist, he helped me to realize what’s important in life and to not worry about things outside of my control, to take the good in life and cherish it. He was a priest, his innocent and pure and unwavering belief in Jesus and God was an inspiration to me as I finally came to faith. He got it long before I did, so who was the handicapped one, right? He was a doctor, he helped cure me of ignorance, intolerance and anger because of his sweet nature and his ability to love unconditionally. He was a better person than I am. I will always love him, I will always miss him. People say that I took care of him, that I did a lot for him. I laugh because he did so much more for me. Thank you Michael, for being an inspiration. Thank you Michael, for being my buddy, my best friend. Thank you Michael, for being my big brother. Heaven got a good one.
Tamra left a message on February 19, 2019:
I remember meeting Michael when he came for a visit with Phyllis. He was such a sweet man. You will be missed Michael. Fly high angel. Til we all meet again. Thoughts and Prayers to all the family.
Paul & Sherry Loewe left a message on February 19, 2019:
Rest in Peace Michael! Your spirit may be free with no more pain, in the arms of your Lord. You will be missed! The Cubs will also miss you, one of their biggest fans! Blessings & Love, Paul & Sherry Loewe
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