Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Obituary-Written By Auntie Ellie

Michael James Chaloupka, 23, of Whitewater, formerly of Waukesha, passed on to his reward at University Hospital, Madison, Tuesday, September 9th, due to complications after a motor vehicle/wheelchair accident on August 26.

Mike was born April 10, 1985 in Waukesha, dear son of James and Julie (Roose) Chaloupka. He graduated in June 2003 from Waukesha North High School and from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater in May 2008. He served for several years as a Goodwill Ambassador for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

His most recent goal was to become a campus staff worker with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at UWW rather than “using his degree” in the typical sense. Although he was afflicted with MD, he was always willing to lend a helping hand wherever needed, and was always content and happy.

Mike is survived by his loving parents of Waukesha; a sister, Jennifer; a brother, Scott; both of Waukesha. Grandparents, Wm. and Elaine Chaloupka, of Mishicot, WI; MaryAnn and Stanley Roose, of Manitowoc, WI; Aunts: Ellen (Chaloupka) Rohr of Brookfield; and Pamela (Roose) Gauthier of Manitowoc; an uncle, John Roose; seven cousins; special friends, Matt Strzyzewski and Lauren Oftendahl and the many people he touched. Services will be held ...(See Below)... Mike had been working hard to achieve his goals at InterVarsity, the youth ministry at UW Whitewater.

In lieu of flowers, please send your memorials and donations to InterVarisity ( He would appreciate that more than anything at this time. Your gift will not help him, but will help the organization he put his heart and soul into for the last 3 years.

The family wants to thank everyone who has given their support over the past two weeks, especially Nurse "Angel" Kristin and the rest of the staff at University Hospital. Tragedies such as this remind us to explore and embrace life in yourself and in everyone you see each day. For tomorrow, the world may be completely different and you may not have the chance that you did today. Mike accomplished much more in his short life than many of us only hope to. The world will miss him.

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