Michael S. Stickels
Michael Scott Stickels (born December 8, 1961) died suddenly on September 3, 2016 at Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village. Formerly of Grayslake, Michael lived his last thirty-two years as a client in one of the Clearbrook facilties, most recently the Fairfax Home in Rolling Meadows. Mike enjoyed participating in Developmental Training, Special Olympics of Illinois, Clearbrook bowling, Funfest, the Metropolis Theater production of Robin Hood, and many more. He loved Lucy’s cooking and an occasional night out at Sam’s. Michael’s family will dearly miss him. He was preceded in death by his father, Milton Stickels and his mother, Jean Duell Stickels, both of Grayslake. He is survived by three brothers, Steven (Bing) Stickels of Siloam Springs, AR; Douglas (Leslie) Stickels of Wheaton, IL.; and David Stickels of Tahlequah, OK. He is also survived by his step-mother Phyllis Stickels of Grayslake, IL. and step-sisters Debra (Paul) Claxton of Hainesville, IL. and Tamien (Sheldon) Lustig of Deerfield, IL. Two uncles and many nephews, nieces, and cousins will miss him as will his Fairfax family – client brothers and staff.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 8 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 East Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL. 60030 A reflection and interment will take place on Friday, September 9 at 11:00 am at Avon Centre Cemetery (intersection of Route 83 and Shorewood Road in Grayslake.) In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to Clearbrook (restricted to Fairfax), 1835 West Central Road, Arlington Heights, IL 60005.
Mike will sincerely be missed by so many at Clearbrook. He graced our presence and Fairfax will not be the same without him. We are honored to have served him and his wonderful family for these many years. Please accept our heartfelt sympathies for his loss.
Our deepest sympathy goes out to your family.
Scott Koppers (Fairfax) and Family
im so sorry for your loss I have fond memories of watching the grayslake parades with Michael when we were children I would always hold his hand when the firetrucks and police cars went by with the sirens going I remember numerous times when my mom (ann unger) and I would walk to michaels sitters house and visit I wish I could be at the visitation tonight but all of you are in my thoughts and prayers Kathleen unger hall
To all that knew Michael Stickels,
Words cannot describe the loss of a loved one-whether family, friend, or client, it’s not easy. For those who worked directly with him that day, it was an especially unexpected experience. But we must keep our memories of Mike alive within us. He expanded the definition of his life by expressing himself, participating in activities, and having fun. He was very social with staff and peers, regularly greeting and talking with them. It was an honor to know and work with Mike. May God bless his soul and he rest in peace.
DSP, DT-Riley, Clearbrook
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