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Michael A. Makris of Rockford, Illinois died June 15, 2018 at Sunrise Memory Care in Schaumburg, Illinois. Mike had been a resident under their wonderful care for a number of years, and after a long heroic struggle with Early Onset Alzheimer's disease, has re-joined our Lord.
Mike was brought into this world by James T. and Betty L. (Comrie) Makris on August 12, 1951, at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Danville, Illinois. He was educated at St. Patrick's Catholic grade school and graduated from the Schlarman Academy in 1969, both in Danville, and had a wonderful and idyllic childhood. While growing up, Mike participated in Junior Achievement and the Boy Scouts of America Troop 25, sponsored by St. Patrick's Catholic Church. His first love was baseball, and being a prodigious fan and player, he spent his summers at Producers Park Little and Pony League fields with his many childhood friends. He continued his passion for the sport by traveling the Midwest while playing for American Legion Baseball Post 210 Baseball, which culminated in the team qualifying for and playing in the National American Legion Baseball Semi-Final Tournament in Aberdeen, South Dakota.
Mike completed his formal education at Illinois State University in business, where upon graduation he returned to Danville and began his insurance career at The Prudential and was promoted and transferred in 1978 to Rockford, Illinois for greater responsibilities. After several years of achievement, Mike accepted a position at the celebrated Williams-Manny Insurance Group in Rockford, and using his wit, determination, and affability toward sales success, became an owner of the firm. Mike retired from Williams-Manny in 2003.
Mike married Betsy (Anderson) A. Makris, originally from Marlborough, Connecticut, in Middle Haddam, Connecticut on May 14, 1993, and they spent 25 magnificent years together, the last 15 of which were spent fighting this disease together with the help of many friends and family.
Mike has three loving children from his previous marriage on October 5, 1974 to Nancy Larrick of Rockford, originally from Danville: Carrie (Makris) Boucher of Geneva, Switzerland (Hubert); Matthew Makris of Highland Park, Illinois (Samm); and Chris Makris of Rockford (Mary). Mike has four grandchildren: Evelyn, Millie, Louis, and Bennet. Mike has a brother, Patrick T. Makris (Cheryl) of Hinsdale, Illinois. Mike and Pat admired, respected, and loved each other very much, and shared countless wonderful memories. He has multiple nieces and nephews around the country who love him and will remember him with love forever. His paternal grandparents were Theodore and Marguerite (Holt) Makris of Tselepakos, Greece and Quincy, Illinois. His maternal grandparents were James and Beatrice (Edwards) Comrie, both of Danville, Illinois.
While living in Rockford, Mike and Betsy were members New Life Evangelical Lutheran Church; Rockford Country Club, where Mike served as president; and Mauh-Nah-Tee-See County Club. Mike especially enjoyed music, cooking, gardening, weekends in downtown Chicago and at Jordan Lake in Wisconsin, and vacationing at the beach near Betsy's parents in Oak Island, NC.
Mike's love of sports continued as an adult. He was an avid golfer, enjoyed racquetball at the YMCA, and biking, skiing and canoeing with great friends. After Mike retired, one of his greatest pastimes was sharing coffee, conversation, and laughs with his loving friends at Meg's and Starbucks.
Mike was also a great dancer. He was often the first on the dance floor, a snappy dresser, and a true gentleman. He will be deeply missed by many.
A visitation will be held at the Rockford Country Club at 2500 Oxford Street, Rockford on Monday, June 25, 2018 beginning at 4:00 p.m.
A memorial to remember and celebrate Mike as a friend, husband, father, brother, uncle, and cousin will be held Tuesday, June 26 at 11:00 a.m. at Fisher Chapel at Rockford University, 5050 E. State St. in Rockford immediately followed by a luncheon at Rockford Country Club.
The preference of Mike's family would be to suggest donations in his memory to: Alzheimer's Association, http://makr.is or Evans Scholars Foundation, www.wgaesf.org or American Legion Baseball Scholarship, www.usascholarships.com or Brain Support Network, www.brainsupportnetwork.org or Institutional Ministries (WELS) www.wlim.net.

Condolences & Shared Memories (11)

  1. Jane Washburn

    I remember the first time I met Mike with Betsy. Such a snappy guy with sparkling eyes, a wide smile and friendly demeanor! Over the years, I also came to know him as a gracious gentleman, loving husband, exemplary father and kind friend. May it be a comfort to us all that he is at now at peace in the hands of our Lord, following his struggle against such a terrible disease.

  2. Jacki Gommel

    Betsy, so sorry to learn of Mike's passing. I know it's been a long struggle. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Jacki

  3. Barb Bach

    So sorry to learn of Mike's passing. Many fond memories of basketball days with the Lutheran boys. May special memories bring a smile to your heart.

  4. Alyce marion

    I was born and raised , down the street from mike and pat. There was always a group of us at there house or at mine. It would be a baseball game in the street or football game in the yard.I moved back to the old neighborhood to care for my aunt. I bought the house at 109, I was raised at 114. I guess I've come home. So many memories of growing up on that street. Mike was a great guy to all of us younger one s .bless you mike .

  5. Mary and Rick Powell

    Betsy, our deepest sympathies. It has been a long journey for Mike and now he is at peace.

  6. Kathy Puhr

    Pat, I'm thinking about you and your family as you grieve the death of your brother. Kathy

  7. Peter Hallock and Craig Mowry

    We are so sorry for your loss and send to Betsy, Carrie and her brothers and the Makris family our heartfelt condolences. We love you!

  8. Gary and Gayle Marzorati

    So sorry to hear prayers

  9. Peggy Montalbano Dobbins

    Betsy, my thoughts and prayers are with you...the obvious love you and Mike shared was always such a wonderful example for me. Thanks for sharing...

  10. Kevin Cullen

    Dear Pat, He has finished the hike at last. Now he's getting a fire started at camp, waiting for the rest of us to come in. We all love you, pal Kevin

  11. rick christian

    Sorry for your loss..


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