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Michael J. Bertotti, age 75, of Grand Rapids, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, November 21, 2021. He was born on June 15, 1946, in Grand Rapids, to parents Ernest & Helen Bertotti, of Lake Odessa. Mike married Luellyn Stoel on December 27, 1969, at Lake Odessa Christian Reformed Church.

Michael proudly served his country in the U.S. Army and thoroughly enjoyed his two years of service in Germany as chauffer to General William McAffrey. 

Throughout his career, he was a dedicated and committed employee whose work ethic has been passed on to his children and grandchildren. 

As a trophied marksman, he loved recreational shooting and took great pride in the craftmanship of the sport. His passion for guns, cars, airplanes, and military history brought him immense joy and knowledge he lovingly shared with others. 

Mike enjoyed walking the neighborhood and local nature trails with his rescued dogs, most recently, his “Old-Girl” Libby. Together they enjoyed multiple walks a day tracking squirrels, deer, and rabbits. 

In his later years, Mike enjoyed spending time up north at his “Farm “where he took his grandchildren on front loader rides, spent hours on the snowmobile trails, and had fun shooting and walking on the spacious and beautiful property. 

Mike and Lu were regular fixtures at breakfast diners up north and in town at Real Food Café, where employees become like family. His integrity, wit and infectious smile will live on in our memories.

Mike will be remembered and missed by his wife of nearly 53 years, Luellyn Bertotti of Grand Rapids; his four children, Mark Bertotti of Grand Rapids, Melaine Bertotti & Greg Pinson of Denver, CO, Matthew & Amy Bertotti of Hudsonville, MI, Melinda Bertotti & Paul South of Brooklyn, NY; seven grandchildren: Jack Pinson, Adeline Bertotti, Amelia Bertotti, Ava Bertotti, Christian Bertotti, Oliver Pinson, Lucille Pinson; sister, Mary Campbell; as well as many other relatives and friends.

A time of gathering will be held from 2:00 pm until 4:00 on Friday, November 26, 2021, at Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, 3627 Linden Avenue SE, Grand Rapids. 

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Michael’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit: In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Human Society of West Michigan. 

Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, (616) 452-3006, honored provider of Veterans Funeral Care.


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  1. John Turk on December 7, 2021 at 11:08 am

    Going to miss you my friend!
    Gunshows won’t be the same without your humor and friendship….Rest In Peace
    John & Tami

  2. Jan itan on December 17, 2021 at 1:36 pm

    Mike was a one-of-a-kind, extra ordinary man! He was exactly that over the years as we grew up together near Jordan Lake in Lake Odessa. The Bertotti’s were very good role models and shaped my spiritual development. Sincere condolences to Mike’s Family and friends! The world is a better place because Mike was here! I hope that wonderful memories will help to sustain everyone during this very sad and trying time! Jan Pitman (Janet Valentine)

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