ForeverMissed
Michael Francis Morrissey Age 76.   Beloved husband for 48 years of Elizabeth.  Loving father of Amy (Brian) and Christine (David).   Proud Grampa of Laney and Jasper.He is also survived by 12 of his 13 close-knit siblings (pre-deceased by Billy).   He has many dear nieces and nephews along with several treasured aunts.
Mike served in the United States Air Force from 1964 to 1968.
Mike's innate abilities, along with his patience and perseverance, were honed on the family farm in Kenosha, Wisconsin.  By age 5, he was driving a tractor.  His work ethics were remarkable.  Although his employment required him to travel thoughout the country and Canada,  he said his favorite view was on our front porch looking in when he arrived home.
He had many interests and enjoyed nature photography and woodworking.  He could fix anything. 
In the words of Shakespeare:  "He had the gift of modest stillness and humility.  Gentleness was his strong enforcement."    He loved and wisely guided his family and friends through many of life's challenges that helped reduce any problem to just minor details.  He possessed a quiet strength of character and directly faced whatever came ahead. He was a brave and honest man.
Due to the restrictions of the current pandemic, his funeral service and burial will be private.  A military service will take place as soon as we can safely gather at Steelmantown Cementary in Steelmantown, NJ.  
It would be kind of anyone who wishes to make a donation in Mike's honor to The Gift of Life Institute, 401 N. 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA.  19123.
Fertig Funeral Home, LLC



Posted by Patricia Wilson on January 11, 2021
God saw you were getting tired,
and a cure was not to be,
so he put his arm around you
and whispered, "Come to me."
With tearful eyes we watched you
and saw you pass away.
Although we loved you dearly,
we could not make you stay. 
A golden heart stopped beating,
hard working hands at rest. 
God broke our hearts to prove to us,
he only takes the best. 

Love and prayers to Beth, Amy, Christine and their families.
Posted by Maureen Rotax on January 9, 2021
My favorite thing to tell anyone about my brother Mike is that he is a member of the Sea Glass Association of America! ✨ It gives me an enormous sense of pride. When my children and I would visit we would spend hours scouring the beach near his place in Fortescue. He even designed a special sea glass scooper so you wouldn’t have to bend over. Mike was a collector and gatherer and would research the history of all his magical finds. We would spend hours examining each piece after the search. The most exciting find was a “red” that my daughter Melanie located. You would have thought she struck gold that day. I will treasure my memories of Mike and his enthusiasm of a great find. All my love Mike...Rest In Peace. ✨♥️
Posted by Gil and Bert Hernandez on January 5, 2021
Our sympathy to all of Mike’s family especially to his wife Beth. Prayers for healing to all and for remembering the good times Mike left everywhere. With LOVE from Tucson.
Posted by ed hertfelder on January 4, 2021
I have known Mike for my entire adult life.In the early days I would hang with Mike and Beth and drink beer and listen to music in a tiny residence in pine hill a few blocks from where they moved to on Forrester ave.Back in the 70's we started working together building,renovating,roofing etc.Mike gave me the confidence to take on jobs when I had no clue how we could do some of these projects.He was always fun to work with and to be with.
Posted by Debbie Eisele on January 3, 2021
What beautiful pictures! Certainly a testament to a life well lived. We lost one of the good ones here. Mike was the kindest, gentlest soul and probably the wisest! I have so many happy memories of our families together throughout the years.  He will not be forgotten. Love and prayers to Beth, Amy and Chris and their families. Please reach out to us if you need anything at all
Love Debbie and Joe
Posted by John and Kat Hertfelder on January 2, 2021
One of my first memories of Mike I was riding in a car with him and he said “look out the window, see that bird over there? It’s a Tern. You know you will never see just one of them...you know why? Because one good turn deserves another!” Mike was definitely one of the good one’s! And I think when my time is up, it would be good to get another turn being with Mike!
Kat and I are thinking of you guys and will cherish our happy memories of Mike!
Posted by Amy Morrissey on January 2, 2021
I love you, Dad. Thanks for always looking out for me, making me laugh, and showing grace and strength in even the most difficult situations. You taught me so much and I'm forever grateful for everything you are. Wishing you love, light, and peace.
Posted by chrsitne morrissey grubb on January 2, 2021
My fondest memory of my Dad will always be watching him become a Grampa. He loved spending time with Laney and Jasper showing them sea glass and sea glass marbles and watching them play. We feel so lucky that we had the chance to take a trip to Disney together. His favorite part were parrots trained to fly right above the visitors heads in Animal Kingdom. He will be very missed.
Posted by Marie Perkins on January 1, 2021
We only met Mike a few times but what I remember was his gentle strength. He was an incredible nature photographer and I looked forward to his posts on Facebook. He was just so easy to be around. Mike faced adversity with steadfast determination and resilience. He lived for Beth and their family. Kudos to you Mike for a life fully lived. You will be missed.
Posted by Joan, Ray, Coolpop Hertfe... on December 31, 2020
Mike you held a very special place in our hearts. Thank you for guiding us with your strength and understanding advice. No one could ever fill your shoes. You were so loved and admired!  We will miss you so much. Rest peacefully until we meet again....

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Posted by Patricia Wilson on January 11, 2021
God saw you were getting tired,
and a cure was not to be,
so he put his arm around you
and whispered, "Come to me."
With tearful eyes we watched you
and saw you pass away.
Although we loved you dearly,
we could not make you stay. 
A golden heart stopped beating,
hard working hands at rest. 
God broke our hearts to prove to us,
he only takes the best. 

Love and prayers to Beth, Amy, Christine and their families.
Posted by Maureen Rotax on January 9, 2021
My favorite thing to tell anyone about my brother Mike is that he is a member of the Sea Glass Association of America! ✨ It gives me an enormous sense of pride. When my children and I would visit we would spend hours scouring the beach near his place in Fortescue. He even designed a special sea glass scooper so you wouldn’t have to bend over. Mike was a collector and gatherer and would research the history of all his magical finds. We would spend hours examining each piece after the search. The most exciting find was a “red” that my daughter Melanie located. You would have thought she struck gold that day. I will treasure my memories of Mike and his enthusiasm of a great find. All my love Mike...Rest In Peace. ✨♥️
Posted by Gil and Bert Hernandez on January 5, 2021
Our sympathy to all of Mike’s family especially to his wife Beth. Prayers for healing to all and for remembering the good times Mike left everywhere. With LOVE from Tucson.
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Shared by James Hertfelder on March 5, 2021
   I have known Mike my hole life.  One of my first memories is when I asked a Question to the smartest person i knew, My sister Beth.  She said "Lets ask Mike, He is smart"  I don't remember the Question, But I do remember My mind was blown that the  Smartest person in the world to me thought someone else was so smart.  He was.  I also remember how easy it was to talk to Mike and ask questions and I was on my best behavior because I liked him and wanted to talk more  and always had more questions. It Felt Good to talk to Mike and laughter always was next.  Mike was like Google, But I trusted Mike more.  Throughout my life my questions went from science and the world to Life and I was so comfortable I could ask him anything. Mike was a lot more than super smart.  Mike gave me answers and guidance,direction, opinion ,and suggestions through good times and bad. I am truly blessed to have  to have such an incredibly wonderful man in my life  My deepest sympathy to Beth, Amy, Brian, Chris, Dave,, Laney and Jasper.
Shared by Maureen Rotax on January 26, 2021
My favorite thing to tell anyone about my brother Mike is that he is a member of the Sea Glass Association of America! ✨ It gives me an enormous sense of pride. When my children and I would visit we would spend hours scouring the beach near his place in Fortescue. He even designed a special sea glass scooper so you wouldn’t have to bend over. Mike was a collector and gatherer and would research the history of all his magical finds. We would spend hours examining each piece after the search. The most exciting find was a “red” that my daughter Melanie located. You would have thought she struck gold that day. I will treasure my memories of Mike and his enthusiasm of a great find. All my love Mike...Rest In Peace. ✨♥️

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Shared by Beth A. Morrissey on January 3, 2021
Looking through photos to find some to post I realized that my dear brother Mike and his family have been such a big part of my life for so many years.  Sorry that the photos are out of order but I thought they were all worth sharing.  Thank you Beth, Christine, Amy and all for sharing such an amazing person with the rest of us!  You have always made so many of us welcome whenever we showed up at one of your homes and it has always been cherished time.  Mike's knowledge of everything he & Beth were interested in was shared not only with us but with anyone who had an interest.  He was larger than life and was so strong and brave at dealing with all that life threw at him with Beth at his side.  His love for Beth, Amy, Brian, Christine, Dave, Laney and Jasper showed in his actions and his eyes.  Love you to the moon and back!