CRYSTAL FALLS - Michael "Mickey" T. Mahon, 81, of Crystal Falls, passed away Friday, June 28, 2013 at North Star Health System in Iron River.
He was born Jan. 18, 1932 in Stambaugh, son of the late John and Evelyn (Harrington) Mahon. Michael grew up in Iron River and graduated with honors from Iron River High School with the class of 1950. He then went into the Jordan Seminary in Menominee for two years before going to St. Nazianz Seminary in St. Nazianz, Wis., for two years. Michael also attended the St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul., Minn., and St. John's Provincial Seminary in Plymouth, Mich.
Michael received an associate of art degree and was a tutor on foreign languages in Tucson, Ariz. He did his graduate studies on Theology in Holland, Netherlands, as well as in Switzerland. Upon returning to the area, Michael worked as case worker for Iron County for two years, was director of social services for Menominee County for two years, and was director of social services for Dickinson County for two years.
He received a scholarship to attend Catholic University in Washington D.C. where he received his master's degree in social work. After receiving his master's, Michael was named associate director of staff development for the Department of Social Services in Lansing for three years. In 1963, he became area representative for the State of Michigan Department of Social Services and resided in Marquette for 12 years.
Michael was a consultant for the Diocese of Tucson where he rewrote the personnel manual. He was selected by the University of California at Berkley to join a visitation of Buddhist Temples in China with John Blofeld, Ph.D., an expert on Buddhism from London.
He taught social studies, comparative religion, and logic at Bay College in Escanaba for many years. Michael was the secretary for the Marquette Diocesan Community Services Committee for many years. He also participated in story telling at the University of Tennessee in Johnston City, Tenn.
Michael was instrumental in helping to get PineCrest Medical Care Facility in Powers approved as a medical care facility.
He studied religion at Loyala University in Chicago and received his master's degree in religious studies in 1980. In 1994, he moved to Swan Lake in Iron County.
He was president of the U.P. Community Mental Health Directors Association and was director at Camp Gibbs in Iron County. He enjoyed his younger year's trout fishing with his father.
Among Mickey's friends were St. Pio the Capuchin Priest, Mystic and Stigmatist of San Giovanni di Rotondo, Italy; Teresa Neuman of Konnersreuth, the Mystic and Stigmatist whose process for canonization is underway at the Vatican and whom Mickey visited on his many trips to Europe.
Michael is survived by two sisters, Mary Wall, Caspian, Patricia Mahon, Loveland, Colo; nephews and nieces, Dan (Nancy) Wall, Gladstone, Tom (Peggy) Wall, Bismarck, N.D., Robert (Becky) Wall, Eden Prairie, Minn., John Shields, Debbie Thunderhawk, Diane Thunderhawk, Gary Stuhr, and Patty Ulrich; many great-nieces and great-nephews; and many great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Marge (Mahon) Kangas; one brother, John Mahon; nephews, Gregory Stuhr, David Kangas; and one niece, Sharon Kangas.
A memorial service will be announced at a later date.
You may light a candle in remembrance of Michael or leave a condolence to his family online at JacobsFuneralHomes.com
The family has chosen the Jacobs Funeral Home, Iron Mountain, to honor Michael's legacy of life.