"In memory of a loving father. I love you dad."
Michael C. LaCombe, 56, of 2243 Moran Street, Marquette, died Thursday afternoon, April 12, 2001 at his home after a courageous battle with cancer.
Mr. LaCombe was born April 4, 1945 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He was a 1963 graduate of Graveraet High School in Marquette and later served with the Army National Guard for six years. Mike spent most of his life working in auto sales for several local dealerships.
He is survived by his wife, Denisa K. LaCombe whom he married on July 30, 1994 at Mackinac Island; one son, Anthony LaCombe and his fiance, Corrie Richard of Marquette; two granddaughters, Ashley Anne and Jessica Kaye LaCombe; his parents, Fred and Ione (Hill) LaCombe of Marquette; one brother, Peter LaCombe of Marquette; two sisters, Barbara (Mark) LaCombe of Marquette and Jane (Richard) Swedish of Ft. Myers, FL; nieces and nephews, Natalie, Andrew, Trevor, Eva, Eden, Shelly and Jeffrey; great niece, Ellie as well as several other nieces and nephews; his father-in-law, Bill (Norma) McGranahan of Ashland, KY; mother-in-law, Deanna McGranahan of Ashland, KY; five sisters-in-law, Devona (Darrin) Thomas, Donita (Jim) Dinkens, Donna Bowman, Billie McGranahan and Delinda (Steven) Stapleton, all of Ashland, KY; also one brother-in-law, Cleveland M. (Toy) McGranahan of Maysville, KY.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday at 7 p.m. in St. Peter Cathedral with the Rev. Msgr. Louis C. Cappo officiating. Interment will take place in the Holy Cross Cemetery. Friends may call in the Bishops Room of the Cathedral from 5 p.m. until the time of the mass on Monday.
Pallbearers will be Anthony, Peter, Jeffrey and Mark LaCombe, Stephen Hicks, Bill and Marty McGranahan and Gerald Perry.
Those wishing to make an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Ishpeming Cancer Society of Marquette County, RR1, Box 111, Ishpeming, MI 49849.
"In memory of a loving father. I love you dad."
"My prayers are with you."
"To a great Brother and Uncle who we love very much. Barb, Mark, Natalie, Andrew and Trevor"
"Denisa, I am very saddened to learn of your loss. I hope you remember all your friends will be there for you during these dark days. I am only a couple of blocks away, so if you need me, please call! Denise"
"Denisa, My heart breaks for you. Michael gave the most valant fight against cancer I've ever seen. He must have been a remarkable man. Love, Kathy"
"I wish Mike peace and the knowledge that he will be greatly missed. I also give his family my deepest condolences especially his brave and selfless wife Denisa. Denisa, remember you have a lot of friends that are here for you, I'm right next door."
"I'M FREE Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free I'm following the path God laid for me, I took His hand when I heard him call I turned me back and felt it all. I could not stay another day To laugh, to love, to work or play. Tasks left undone must stay that way, I found that place at the close of day. If my parting has left a void Then fill it with remembered joy. A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss, Ah yes, these things, I too will miss. Be not burdened with times of sorrow I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow. My life's been full, I savored much, Good friends, good times, a loved one's touch. Perhaps my time seemed all too brief; Don't lengthen it now with undue grief. Lift up your heart and share with me God wanted me now, He set me free. Love, Mendy, Jill, J.D., Daniel and C.J."
"I'm so sorry to hear about Mike. I have many memories of "big brother" Mike as i was growing up with Jane and Barbara. My sincere condolences to the entire family."
"My prayers are with you. Now I know what life is all about and what fighting for it means and how hard and long you did it. Just like in the old days with the Ohio Street Gang."
"Denisa, I wish there was something I could do to help your pain, remember we are all here for you!!! You both put on a long couragious fight, and he will always be with you!! Remember good times that put a smile on your face and remember all your friends you have that care for you very much and will stand by you for as long as it takes!!! Love, Kar"
"My sympathy to all of Mikes family. Mike and I were friends and aquaintances for a number of years. We had our indifferences like everyone. Mike was a very understanding man and sometimes things just can't be resolved within ourselves I made it a point to apologize to Mike via a card a week or so ago. I hope that my concerns were well taken and he left with the thought of knowing I forgave him and hopefully he forgave me for my actions some 5 years ago when my mother passed away and was unable to come to her funeral for reasons of my own. Rest in Peace with God...... Howard"
"Mike was a close friend, and he will be sadly missed, but not ever forgotten. We had many good times together and I wish we could of had many more. love you bro."
"Aunt Ione, Uncle Fred, Barb, Peter, Jane, Denisa, and Tony~ Although we are a thousand miles away, please know that we are deeply saddened and thinking of all of you and the rest of your families at this time. I can never think of a time when I didn't see Michael smiling and he and his smile will be greatly missed. Stacey, Mike, Jordan and Mayson"
"Denisa, our family would like to let you know that we love you very much and that we will be here for you for anything that you need. Our prayers are with you."
"In deepest thoughts of the love they had,&have for one another,May God be with them at all times in mind,heart,& soul...Love you Denisa"
"Our prayers are with you. God bless you."
"Denisa, Sorry I can,t be there. Mike was Great to us he will be Miss, Deepest Condolences to His Family Love you Jimmy"
"Denisa I am very sorry for your lost but you will see him again,but in the meantime your life has meaning and he'll always be with you. Just think Mommy is probably telling him everything you and Nita did and laughing about you it all now. Denisa GOD has taken him for he will suffer no more and he will give YOU the strength to get through it even though at times you may not think it is so. When things get rough you just look at all the things around and up to the sky and say HELP ME LORD and he will. Luv ya, Rita"
"Dear Fred and Ione, Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this sad time. Know we care and are thinking of you."
"Auntie Denisa, Thinking about you take care. Love you Jimmy D"
"SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS LOVE AND PRAYERS VIRGIL AND CAROLYN JONES"
"We are sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers."
"Denisa, No words can I could say could tell you how saddend i feel for you! All i can do is send my love too you. Love Martha"
"Denisa we loved Mike as a brother, uncle and brother-in-law.We admired his courage,his love of life and his fight to not give up.Please call us anytime-I think of you often."
"Tony I hope things are ok with you"
"My heart is with you and the LaCombe Family. Darin"
"Denisa Our families thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad and difficult time. Love You Jeanne"
"Dear Denisa I'm so sorry about your husbands death, I know how hard both of you fought his illness. Even though I don't get to see you as much anymore I think of you as my friend. I admire your strength and your great attitude, you must have been a tremendous support to Mike during his illness. Please know I am thinking of you and all of Mike's family during this difficult time. If I can be of any help please call on me. Fondly Toni Tiseo"