In Memory of

Michael John Gorecki

September 16, 1945 - July 9, 2021


Michael John Gorecki found peace on July 9, 2021, age 75 years. Beloved husband of Paulette, mother of Andrea and Robert. Dear brother of Gloria (the late Robert) Thisdell and Claudia (the late Robert) Bodine. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Michael was the third son and last child born to John W. and Laura M. Gorecki. Preceded in death by his parents, John and Laura, his sisters, Eugenia L (the late Russell Nehmer and the late Clarence Hallman) Nehmer Hallman, Elizabeth Gorecki and Jacqueline (the late Philip) DiSalvo, his brother Fancis, and his brother John M. (the late Marlene (nee Hanson) Gorecki. Further survived by nieces, nephews, grand and great-grand nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.  Visitation will be Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at Our Lady of the Presentation Church (130 SW Murray Road, Lee’s Summit, MO) starting at 10:00 AM with Memorial Mass starting at 11:00 AM. Interment at Lee’s Summit Historical Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Hale Family foundation at the University of Kansas Cancer Center, appreciated.

Donations to the Hale Family Foundation for Lymphoma Research at the University of Kansas Center. Donations payable to KU Endowment and mail to: The University of Kansas Hospital Fund Development, 2330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Suite 302, Westwood, Kansas, 66205.


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I still clearly remember that life changing conversation with Michael on New Years Eve 1985. I was floundering with my life in Minneapolis, trying to get a toehold in the design industry, when he pointed me in the direction of the Tennessee Main Street Program. He dug up a phone number, sent me background information and encouraged me to apply. I did, got the job, met a man named Tom Lutz (Michael’s contact at the Main Street Center), fell in love and eventually married. I can’t even imagine a different or better life. Thank you Uncle Mike!!!
Paulette, Andrea and Robert, we are so sorry for your loss. He was loved.

So sorry to get this news. Please take care of yourselves during this sad time

Michael Gorecki was a great gentleman, not only because he became a great friend of Tom Lutz while seeking assistance from Tom who was the assistant director of the Midwest Office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation back in the mid-1970s, not only because Mike introduced his niece Paula DiSalvo to Tom when Mike went looking for a position for Paula in small city downtown revitalization in the mid-1980s, Tom having been one of the co-founders of the National Trust’s Main Street Project, but because of Tom and Paula would forever be grateful to Mike for the opportunity to unite each other in the state of matrimony, Tom being well into his forties and thinking he was well past any opportunity for marriage. How wrong could Tom be, but Mike knew better. Thank you Michael for over thirty years of happiness wherever you now may rest your heavy load. God bless you very very much!
Tom and Paula

My heart-felt condolences goes out to the family of Michael Gorecki. I first knew him as “Mike,” a close college friend from the University of Houston back in the late 1960’s. We lost touch over the years as we each went our separate ways and lived our separate lives. But good fortune allowed me to be reunited with him in the last few years as “email pen pals.” What I admired most about Michael was his loving devotion to his wife, Paulette, the hard work and dedication he gave to his career to provide for his family, and the admiration he had for his children, Robert and Andrea. He was a family man, through and through. Although he was challenged with some tough health issues in recent years, he always seemed upbeat and ended his emails with a little cheerful twist. I already miss those emails. My heart goes out to his family! He will be remembered. God Speed, Michael.
Friends for all Times, Janie


Tuesday, July 20, 2021
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Our Lady of the Presentation Catholic Church
130 NW Murray Rd
Lee's Summit, MO 64081


Tuesday, July 20, 2021
11:00 AM Mass
Our Lady of the Presentation Catholic Church
130 NW Murray Road
Lee's Summit, MO 64081