Michael Gonia

Michael Peter Gonia

Monday, January 13th, 2020
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Passed away peacefully on Monday, January 13, 2020, at the age of 77, after battling pancreatic cancer. Loving husband of Elizabeth “Beth” (nee Dallman) Gonia for 48 years. He is further survived by siblings Betty Voigt and Richard (Karen) Gonia; nephews, Steven, Adam and Matthew; niece, Amy (Kevin) Huckstep; grandnephews, Cal and Case and grandniece, Kadee.

Michael graduated from Bay View High School in 1960. He worked for the City of Milwaukee before attending UWM and graduating from the University of Wisconsin in 1968. After graduation, he worked as a design engineer for the Illinois Division of Highways and did post-graduate work at Northwestern University. In April of 1969, Michael began work at the Wisconsin Department of Transportation where he worked for over 30 years. He volunteered for the Village of Hales Corners Department of Public Works Commission for 20 years.

Michael was very active in planning his Bay View High School Class of 1960 Reunions and the Bay View Historical Society. He enjoyed spending three weeks out of the month at Three Lakes, WI on Dog Lake, and winter months on the Florida panhandle near Panama City Beach. He liked to travel and check out new bridges, tunnels, and highways as well as old train stations and train museums. Michael was an avid Badger fan. He and Beth went to the Rose Bowl three times and attended games in Tucson, Las Vegas, Hawaii, and Chapel Hill as well as at Big Ten universities.

A special thanks to the caring staffs of Ascension Sherman Cancer Center and Elmbrook Hospital, Hales Corners Care Center, and Allay Home and Hospice.

A celebration of life will be held in the spring. Memorial contributions can be made in Michael’s name to the Three Lakes Food Pantry, Bay View Historical Society, or Bay View High School.
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