Michael S. Sokolowski, 34, of Dublin, OH, formerly of Weirton, died of a heart attack on Friday, May 27, 2005. Michael was born in Weirton, WV to Peter and Joyce (Najdecki) Sokolowski, Jr. on March 15, 1971. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Bill and Veronica (Virginia) Najdecki and his paternal grandfather, Peter Sokolowski, Sr. Michael graduated from Weir High School in 1989, and later from Fairmont State College. After college Michael worked in Connecticut, North Carolina and the last year in Columbus OH, where he was employed as a merchandiser for the Big Lots Corporation. In addition to his parents, Peter and Joyce of Weirton, WV, Michael is survived by his brother, Jeff Sokolowski of Dallas, TX and his paternal grandmother, Virginia Sokolowski of Weirton. Visitation will be Sunday from 1-3 and 7-9 PM at Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street, Weirton. Funeral Liturgy with Mass will be celebrated 9:30 AM Monday at Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Weirton. Burial will follow at St. Paul Cemetery, Weirton. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association 40 12th Street #206 Wheeling WV 26003 or to the Sacred Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church 200 Preston Avenue Weirton, WV 26062 Share tributes and memories with his family at www.grecohertnick.com.

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  1. Joyce, Pete and Jeff: I am so sad to hear of this terrible news. Mike was a great guy and I have many fond memories of him. I want you to know I am thinking of you all. I will keep you in my prayers. Gloria (Powell)

  2. To the Sokolowski family, I would like to share my condolences with your family. I graduated high school with Mike and am sorry for your loss.

  3. Joyce and family what a terrible tragedy. You have my deepest sympathy and you will be in my thoughts and prayers. Sandy Robbins

  4. PETE, JOYCE, JEFF, SO SORRY TO HEAR OF YOUR LOSS. HE WAS SUCH A GREAT KID AND SO YOUNG. MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH ALL OF YOU. SINCERELY, JERRY HAMILL

  5. Joyce, Pete, and Jeff, Words cannot express how truly sorry I am about Michael. I just wanted to take a moment to let you know that your son/brother was truly a great man… a man I am proud to have called my best friend since I was twelve years-old. He brought so much laughter into my life from the seventh grade all the way up to present day. He was a tough guy with a heart of gold. I knew that if I ever needed someone he would drop everything for me because that is the special kind of friendship we had. He will be in my heart always! I love you all!

  6. Jeff and family, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Take care, Mary Beth Fries (Vandruff)

  7. Joyce, Pete and family, Just found out about your loss today (Sunday). I am shocked and cannot imagine your grief. My condolences to all of you.

  8. Pete and Joyce, I just heard about Mike. I am so sorry. Being Pete’s friend, I know the love and care, the worry and joy you have felt for your boys. Being a parent, I cannot even imagine your grief. I hope God gives you peace. Love, Madonna

  9. Joyce, Peter, Jeff and Family… I am so sorry to hear about Michael. My son, Garrett, and I just got back in town from a baseball tournament in NJ and heard about Michael. Joyce, I am so sorry. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers… God Bless you all.

  10. I just heard about Michael yesterday. I still cant believe what happened. I have many fond memories of living with him and AJ our freshman year. We spent many late nights and early mornings playing pranks on each other. What I liked the most about him was when you needed to talk the pranks stopped and his serious, caring side came out. He was a good friend.

  11. My husband Gary and I wish to express our sincere sympathy – our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  12. I met Mike a few times at work. He worked with many others in my department and was very well liked and respected. My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time.

  13. I just heard today about Michael. Im terribly sorry for your loss. Mike was a great guy and I feel very lucky to have known him. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  14. My maiden name is Jennifer Hatala. I knew Mike in High School. I was friends with Paul Altomare and would hang out with Mike on occasion. He was a very funny and exhurberant person. This is a terrible tradegy. My condolences to the family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  15. /Dear Joyce and Pete: We would like to extend our sympathy to your family on the loss of Michael. Our daughter, Kim, was at your house on Friday for therapy for Mrs. Sokolowski and had a very nice conversation with Pete about the boys. We were totally shocked when we picked up the paper on Saturday morning and read his obituary. There are no words to help you through this grief but just know that we care and are thinking of you. Sincerely, Mark and Barbara Trushel

  16. Mr. & Mrs. Sokolowski & Jeff, I miss Mike so much already. He has such a special place in my heart…always will! Darla Kaczmarek

  17. Dear Mr. & Mrs. Sokolowski & Jeff, I am so sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories of growing up in your neighborhood and Mike is in all of them. He was a good friend and I know that God will be with you at now, and my prayers are with Mike and the rest of your family at this difficult time. Mike will be missed and remembered by many of the lives that he has touched.

  18. Our Information Technology team only knew Mike for a short interval, but thoroughly enjoyed knowing him as a person and co-worker. Our sincere regret, sympathy, and prayers are with you. We miss his personality in our everyday lives. He was able to bring a light hearted attitude to our everday demands. This has made an everlasting impression as a parent, and young adult myself. Please let us know if there is anything you need. Sincerely, Kevin Kepp

  19. To Mike’s family, My deepest sympathies to you all, Mike was a wonderful person. I only knew him a short time when he played on our coed softball team in Connecticut but he was kind and could always make us “northerners” laugh, mostly at our expense. I, as well as many from the team, have special memories that will forever keep Mike in our thoughts and our hearts. My best to you in this time of sorrow. Sincerely yours, Michelle Gagne (Arch softball team)

  20. MR AND MRS SOKOLOWSKI, I WORKED WITH MIKE AT AMES IN WAYNESBURG, MIKE WAS A WONDERFUL PERSON. I WILL DEARLY MISS HIM, HE WAS A GOOD FRIEND, WHO ALWAYS KNEW THE RIGHT THING TO SAY TO YOU, AND HE WAS FUN TO BE AROUND. I THINK THAT I CAN SAY THAT HE TOUCHED ALOT OF PEOPLES HEARTS AND WILL BE SADLY MISSED BY ALL WHO KNEW AND LOVED HIM. MY SYMPATHY GOES OUT TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY AT THIS SAD TIME. MAY GOD BE WITH YOU . I WILL KEEP YOU IN MY PRAYERS.

  21. MR AND MRS SOKOLOWSKI, I WORKED WITH MIKE AT AMES IN WAYNESBURG, MIKE WAS A WONDERFUL PERSON. I WILL DEARLY MISS HIM, HE WAS A GOOD FRIEND, WHO ALWAYS KNEW THE RIGHT THING TO SAY TO YOU, AND HE WAS FUN TO BE AROUND. I THINK THAT I CAN SAY THAT HE TOUCHED ALOT OF PEOPLES HEARTS AND WILL BE SADLY MISSED BY ALL WHO KNEW AND LOVED HIM. MY SYMPATHY GOES OUT TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY AT THIS SAD TIME. MAY GOD BE WITH YOU . I WILL KEEP YOU IN MY PRAYERS.

  22. Pete and Joyce, Ijust heard about Mike I am so sorry for your loss,Mike was a great person.My prayers are with all of you.God bless you and keep you srtong.

  23. Mr & Mrs Sokolowski, My deepest sympathies are with you. I was shocked when I heard the news about Mike. We worked together at the Ames corporate office. He & I worked together on the same team. I had the pleasure of knowing your son. He was generous, smart, kind, & funny person. We will all miss him dearly. Sincerely, Chrisann Nelson

  24. Mike is a special person I worked with him at Ames in Waynesburg. He will be remembered by all the people that worked with him. His whole family are in our thoughts.

  25. Hello so sorry to hear about your loss Mike was a great manager and really nice to work for.We will miss him dearly. Brneda Bell

  26. I am very shocked and saddened to hear the news. When I think of Mike, I think of one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met. I have alot of memories of Mike while he was at Ames, and every one of them puts a smile on my face when I recall them. My condolences to his family and anyone that knew Mike, I share your loss!

  27. Mike and I had been friends since we first met while interviewing at Ames Corporate Office. We were very close from that spring of 1998 until Ames closed. I was fortunate enough to hook back up with Mike about a year ago and we had stayed in touch ever since. Ironically, we spoke for nearly 2 hours just a few days before he passed. I cannot even begin to imagine what kind of nightmare this has been for all of his family. I wish that I could have had the chance to meet you as I know so much about you. I am truly greatful to God that he was able to take over my position in Ohio when I decided to move back to New England. He did get to see you all one last time and I am thankful for that. Even my wife and kids are still in shock about this sudden tragedy. Mike spent a month living with us between apartments and we had the best times that I can ever recall. The only thing that I can say is that I now truly believe that only the good die young. We all miss you MIke and you are in our thoughts and prayers every moment as is your family! Love, Chris Gottardi, Heather, Amanda, David, and Taren

  28. Dear Sokolowski Family, My deepest synpathies are with all of you. I had the pleasure of working with Mike at Ames Corporate headquaters in Rocky Hill. Mike was a fun loving, wonderful guy with a kind and generous heart. I believe that if Mike’s heart became weak, it was because he shared a piece of it with everyone he encountered. I am blessed to have been one of those people. I loved his ability to always make me laugh and will treasuer those fond memories. Sincerely, Juile Dinnan

  29. To the family, My sincere condolences in your lost, Mike was very special and a great freind. Mike and I worked together at Sara Lee in NC, he was a wonderful guy, I miss him a lot especially when things get really rough around here during our resets, Mike always had a way of making you laugh and making things a little lighter. I will always remember Mike’s smile and laughter. My most memorable memory will always be Mike in a Grass Skirt for a skit for one our sales meetings and where we lip-sync to Jimmy Buffet’s “It’s 5 o’clock somewhere. Mike was such a wonderful character, he is missed much. God Bless you and your family. You are in my prayers.

  30. I like so many others remember Mike with a smile on his face and laughter on his lips. He was a great person to be around. I am sorry for your loss.

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