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Surrounded by his family, Michael Anthony Poterucha, 61, died of acute myeloid leukemia Friday, October 6, 2017 at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Rochester, MN.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 AM Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Rochester, MN with Rev. Thomas Loomis officiating. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 PM today Monday, October 9, 2017 in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home in Rochester. A rosary will follow the visitation. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hiawatha Homes, 1820 Valkyrie Drive NW, Rochester, MN 55901 (website: https://hiawathahomes.org/make-a-gift/) or Seasons Hospice, 5650 Weatherhill Rd SW, Rochester, MN 55902 (website: seasonshospice.org/donate/)

Mike was born January 26, 1956 in Effingham, IL, the second child of Henry and Esther (Gdowski) Poterucha. Mike married Erin Kathleen Clark on August 22, 1998 in Rochester, MN and she passed away on May 22, 2001.

Mike found joy in the gift of family and friends. Mike was known for the gentleness of his soul and his love of reflective conversation. After the death of his wife, he found solace in walking the roads near Mayowood where nature became his sanctuary. After his leukemia relapse in November of 2016, he was blessed to spend ten additional months with those he cherished.

He is survived by his daughter, Bridget, of Rochester, his father, Henry, of Effingham, IL, his siblings, Kathy (Hank) Bonutti of Bloomfield Hills, MI, Thomas (Terri) Poterucha of Rochester, John (Bonnie) Poterucha of Rochester, and Jeannie (Bill) Poterucha Carter of Rochester. Mike also had five step-children, David, Sara, Megan, Amy and John Clark.

He was preceded in death by his wife Erin, mother Esther and step-daughter Megan.

We wish to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers and visits during Mikes illness. We are also grateful to those who cared for Mike, especially Drs. Mark Litzow, Mike Mesick, Syed Rizvi and all of the dedicated and kind staff at Mayo Clinic Eisenberg 7 and Seasons Hospice.
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