Michael D. Kleinschmidt

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Wednesday, September 22, 1943
Date of Death:
Saturday, January 1, 2022
78 years old


Date: Thursday January 06, 2022
Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location: River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home [ view map ]

Second Visitation

Date: Friday January 07, 2022
Time: 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Location: Co-Cathedral of St. John The Evangelist [ view map ]

Funeral Mass

Date: Friday January 07, 2022
Time: 10:30 am

Location: Co-Cathedral of St. John The Evangelist [ view map ]

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Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Wednesday, September 22, 1943
Date of Death:
Saturday, January 1, 2022
78 years old
Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Wednesday, September 22, 1943
Date of Death:
Saturday, January 1, 2022
78 years old

Michael D. Kleinschmidt

Michael Dennis Raphael Kleinschmidt passed away peacefully on January 1, 2022 at his home.

Mike was born on September 22, 1943 in Winona, Minnesota to Henry Sylvester and Florence Mary (Galewski) Kleinschmidt. He was proud of his Catholic faith and his Polish heritage tracing back to the Kashubia region of Poland.  Mike graduated from St. Casimir’s Grade School, Cotter High School, and attended Winona State University. In 1965, he joined IBM Rochester, where he held Administrative and Management positions until his retirement after 30 years of service. He then became the Business Manager of the Rochester Knights of Columbus, Council 1013. After 5 years, he returned to IBM as a retiree for another 21 years, totaling 51 years with the company.

He was a proud member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Rochester where he had served as an usher, Eucharistic Minister, and President of the Parish Council. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 1013 and the Bishop Edward A. Fitzgerald Fourth Degree Assembly where he served as the Faithful Navigator and Commander of the Color Corps.

He enjoyed his family, a good game of golf, “Saturday Breakfast with the Boys” talking news, politics, and sports and listening to his favorite crooner, Frank Sinatra.

Mike married Judy Dotterwick on February 1, 1964  and to this union 4 sons were born. The couple later divorced. On September 2, 1984 he married Gail Fawcett-Rosenblatt and together they raised their seven children.

He is survived by his dear wife Gail, sons; Patrick (Kara), Paul (Carrie), Peter and Thomas (Nadia). Stepchildren; Rebecca (Matt) and Sarah. Grandchildren; Brian, Hayden, Ali, Jack, Sam, David, Gabby, Ethan, Julia, and Lara.

Junio (Amber) Bojji and their children Pierce and Kenza who are a part of his family.

He is preceded in death by his parents and his stepson, Benjamin Rosenblatt.

The Funeral Mass for Mike will be held at Co-Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist on Friday, January 7, 2022 at 10:30AM with Rev. Msgr. Gerald A. Mahon officiating. Visitation will be held on Thursday evening, January 6, 2022 from 5:00pm until 7:00pm in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home and one hour prior to the Mass on Friday.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Lourdes High School or the American Heart Association at https://www.heart.org/

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The family of Michael D. Kleinschmidt has received the following condolences.

I cannot express the sadness I felt learning of the loss of Mike.  Any day seeing him was the bright spot of my day.  He always exuded kindness and had such a wonderful sens of humor.  He will be greatly missed.  Please know that you all are on my mind and heart.  

May angels lead him in,

Katie Yoder

Dear Gail,

Tom and I just learned of Mike’s passing.  We are so very saddened by it.  Mike was a great guy.  We watched many LHS hockey games with him!!  It was a joy every time we’d run into him throughout the years after than.  I vividly remember your wedding at St. John’s church.  We were so happy for you both, a wonderful day.  So many years have passed so quickly.  We haven’t seen you in a long time but our memories are in tact.  We are in Arizona for the winter we wish were there in person, but are with you in spirit. God be with you at this difficult time.  Our deepest sympathy.  

Tom and Connie Fournier 

I was so very sorry to learn of Mike's passing.  I worked with him at IBM, and truly enjoyed his friendship.  He was the kindest of people.  My sincere sympathies to his family.  God Bless.

Paul and the Kleinschmidt family,my condolences to all for your loss. It is never easy to say goodbye however the memories are a valuable and cherished. May you find comfort during this time and always.
Jeannie McGovern  

I live in Alamosa, . Mike and Judy were neighbors and friends. They were the best! Loved all of their sons. My condolences to Gail and her family and to Mike’s sons and families. Mike sent me a lovely tribute in honor of my husband, Harvey, who died 7 years ago. Mike was certainly one of the “good ones!”

My deepest condolences on the loss of your father.  I will keep the family in my prayers as they navigate this difficult time.  God Bless

Kleinschmidt family, 

My heart is sad for the loss of your dad, husband, and good friend of my dad. I have fond memories of all of our times together growing up. The Saturday morning golf boys breakfast club will not be the same without “one of the Mikes”. He was a good man. 

Ellen/(still) Punk 

Gail, Pete, Pat all family,

Very sorry for your loss.  Know you our being thought of and in my prayers.   There is a good chance Mike is dancing with Ben!  Chin up and chest out.   You can be very proud of Mike and all he did.  God Bless!

Chuck Radloff 

Dear Pat, Paul, Peter and Tom,

I’m so very sorry for your loss. I will always think so fondly of your Dad, he was a wonderful uncle to me when we were kids. You are in my thoughts and prayers.



I was very sorry to hear about the passing of Mike yesterday. He was a good coworker at IBM. My heartfelt condolences.

While I was only acquainted with Mike, he brought into this world my closest and dearest friend, Paul.  Coincidentally, my Mother knew Mike better than I as she supported him at IBM back in the 80's / 90's.  What a great connection. Mike was a good, kind man.     

Much thoughts,

Steve Andriacchi

Gail and Family,

I am so sorry to hear of Mike's passing. Jean and I both enjoyed being your neighbors after moving into our first house on 7th Avenue NE. You, Mike and of course the Canney's were always so kind and wonderful to our kids when they were so young. It was always nice to see you both when we would attend Mass at St. John the Evangelist and if time permitted catching up particularly your interest in what our kids were up to. Mike was always so kind and made sure he at least stopped to say Hello when ever we would see him. I have a co-worker that worked for Mike for a short time at IBM. I mentioned his passing and he also commented on how nice it was to work for Mike during his short time at IBM. He will be missed by many. Jean and I hope you take comfort in the kind words shared by many about Mike and that he truly lived his Catholic values. May he Rest In Peace!


Jean and Al Heimer - Nicholas and Kathryn

I am so sorry to hear about Mike.  I worked with Mike at IBM back in the late 60s and he was a friend then.  I have worked with Mike these past 17 years and he was a great guy.   I will miss him..... Ron

PAT, PAUL PETE, AND TOM,  Just as dads passing leaves us with heavy hearts, the WONDERFUL MEMORIES dad has left us with will bring a smile to our hearts. I LOVE you guys!   MOM 

Dear Kleinschmidt family,

My sincere condolences for your loss. I worked with him at IBM sporadically and did not expect him to leave any time soon. May he rest in peace.

To Gail and family.  

My condolences to you and family.  I went to Cotter High School with Mike.  He was a wonderful person to know.  He sure lived up to his Catholic faith.  I see he had a wonderful life and I'm sure you will miss him.  Remember all the memories you shared.  I just lost my husband Don.  

Dear Gail & Family,

My deepest condolences on the passing of Mike.  He was a great man, a faith filled member of the Knights of Columbus and a friend who was always there to help out in any way he could.  I have so many fond memories of Mike as we worked and served together with the Knights of Columbus.  Mike always had a smile on his face and a good joke or two.  He will be greatly missed.  May memories of Mike, your faith and the support of family and friends help you through your sorrows.  Eternal rest grant unto him and let perpetual light shine upon him and may he rest in peace.  

Hey Paul,

My sincere prayers and best wishes at this time of loss for you and your family.  I never met your dad but rest easy knowing he smiles today know the hand he had in creating a wonderful son in you.  



Doug K

  To Gail and the Kleinschmidt boys;

my deepest condolences for the loss of Mike. He was a man who devoted his life to his family and community. Many memories came flooding once Pat told me the news, all of them are of his many ways in which he served. An amazing man to be sure. So very sorry for your loss 

Pat and family 

We have known your Dad for such a long time. He was always the most gracious, kind and classy person. I am so glad I got to talk to him for awhile at Jack's graduation party...we both reconnected on all people and all things Rochester. Our hearts and prayers are with all of your wonderful family

Love, Rod. Laura, and Jane