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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. Tom Stawasz on November 25, 2021 at 6:58 pm

    I didn’t know Mike for nearly long enough but even with that being said, I considered him one of my Best Friends, he was a Great guy and will be missed by all who knew him, the world is a little bit less without him and the world could use more guys like him.

  2. Kim Slupe on November 26, 2021 at 7:36 am

    Surrounding your family with love and prayers.

  3. Nathan Barney on November 27, 2021 at 1:08 am

    So sorry to the Bertotti family for your loss. Mike was a friend to me & someone I will mis as well. Prayers be with you all.

  4. Molly Richter on November 27, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    On behalf of all the Richters I would like to express our deepest sympathies. Mike was my dad’s best friend, and they shared so many happy times, as we all did as families as well. I was so lucky to grow up in a neighborhood that included wonderful people like the Bertottis. I still remember the blizzard of 1978 when Mike and my dad ventured out on Mike’s snowmobile to get groceries for the neighborhood. And I especially remember those many evenings my dad, Mike, and Don would stand in the driveway talking and drinking a beer together. Sending all our love and prayers to all the Bertottis. ~ Molly and Fred

  5. Jim Valentine on November 29, 2021 at 5:11 pm

    Mike was always like my big brother when I was growing up. He in all reality was my role model. It was Mike’s influence and life examples that helped me make the right choices especially when I was in middle school. I am certain had Mike not been part of my conscious as I wandered thru life growing up I easily could have been a problem for the law instead of a career enforcing the law.

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