Michael Kratochwill Obituary

Michael J. Kratochwill
Michael J. Kratochwill

October 21, 1929 - April 7, 2019
Born in Detroit, Michigan
Resided in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan
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Michael John Kratochwill

Born: October 21, 1929, Detroit Michigan

He graduated from Detroit De La Salle High School in 1947 and then attended the University of Detroit in Detroit, Michigan. Following undergraduate studies, he attended the University of Detroit School of Dentistry, earning his Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 1954. After graduating from dental school, he was commissioned as a Captain in the United States Air Force as a Dental Corps Officer in 1954. He was stationed at Parks Air Force Base in Dublin, CA, from November 1954 to November 1956, where he met his wife, Ann Marie Clancy, a nurse who also served there in the Air Force as a Nurse Corps Officer. They were married on December 1, 1956, at St. Patrick’s Church, in Olyphant, PA, and they settled in Detroit. They were happily married for 58 years before Ann preceded him in death. He practiced dentistry for fifty two years, retiring in 2006 to spend time with his family. He was selected and served as the Chair of the Peer Review Committee of the Michigan Dental Association for over a decade. Michael also provided pro-bono dental services to people who could not afford to pay for their dental care.

Michael enjoyed sailing and won his fair share of races on Lake St. Clair. He also cherished his sailing experiences on the Great Lakes with his longtime friends from De La Salle High School. His first date with his future wife Ann was when he took her sailing in San Francisco Bay. Always kind and caring, Michael will be remembered for his wonderfully dry wit, gentle demeanor, and compassionate care of his patients. In his retirement, he enjoyed reading and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his four children Michael (Jennifer) Kratochwill (Needham, MA), Paul (Deirdre) Kratochwill (East Grand Rapids, MI), Patricia Lindauf (Glastonbury, CT), Eric (Estelle) Kratochwill (Ann Arbor, MI) and six grandchildren, William, Maire and Edward Lindlauf (Glastonbury, CT), and Tommy, Johnny and Owen Kratochwill (Ann Arbor, MI). He was preceded in death by his spouse Ann, his brother Joseph Kratochwill, and his sister, Betty Kratochwill Carzon.

Visitation Sunday 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM with a rosary at 6:00 PM at A.H. Peters Funeral Home, 20705 Mack, Grosse Pointe Woods. A Rosary will be recited at 6:00 pm. In State Monday 9:30 AM at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 467 Fairford Rd., Grosse Pointe Woods until the time of the funeral Mass at 10:00 AM. Interment will take place at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Detroit.




A. H. Peters Funeral Home of Grosse Pointe
20705 Mack Avenue
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI US 48236
Sunday, April 14, 2019
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Our Lady Star of the Sea
467 Fairford
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI USA 48236
Monday, April 15, 2019
10:00 AM
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