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Friday, July 21, 2023
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Michael Christopher Birmelin, 57, of Bethany, passed away surrounded by the love of his family on Saturday evening, July 15, 2023 at home. His beloved wife of nearly 28 years, the former Kelly J. Williams survives him.
Born May 24, 1966 in Brooklyn NY, he was the son of Carolyn (Gorton) Birmelin of Lake Ariel, and Robert Birmelin and his wife Jean of Lake Ariel who also survive him.
Mike was a graduate of Western Wayne High School, class of 1984. He later studied at East Stroudsburg University. After returning to Wayne County, Mike embarked on an enduring career at Bell Telephone on July 23, 1993, where he began as an installer. He continued to advance to become a lineman for Verizon and would have marked his 30th year of employment this month. Mike was looking forward to retiring and spending more time doing what he loved with those he loved the most. Mike was a member of Grace Ridge Church and the Honesdale Golf Club. Because of his admiration for young people in sports, Mike helped coach basketball for Honesdale High School for several years. The profound influence he made on the countless lives he impacted will leave a lasting legacy in his family and this community. His memory will live on forever.
In addition to his wife and parents, he is also survived by his children whom he cherished and adored: Morgan Legore and her husband Jack of Bethany; and Grady Birmelin of Bethany, and his girlfriend Emma Keal; three sisters: Tina Stratford and her husband Bill, Suzanne Mormando and her husband Joe, and Colleen Birmelin; and several nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, July 21, 2023 at 10:00 A.M. at Grace Ridge Church, 761 Terrace Street, Honesdale, PA 18431 with Rev. Michael Lyle officiating.
In light of Mike's lifelong enthusiasm, love, and dedication to sports and the young athletes in this community, in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Michael's memory to the "Michael C. Birmelin Youth Athlete Memorial Fund" c/o The Dime Bank, 820 Church Street, Honesdale, PA 18431.
Following cremation, inurnment will be private in Bethany Cemetery.
Arrangements and cremation are entrusted to Howell Family Funeral Home, Inc. Edward R. Howell, Funeral Director, 269 Belmont Street, Waymart, PA 18472 www.HowellFamilyFuneralHome.com