Michael J. Sutela Jr.

Aug 01, 2017
Michael Sutela Jr.

South Thomaston — Michael James Sutela Jr., 73, died Thursday, July 27, 2017, at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, after a brief struggle with the tick-borne babesiosis disease.

Born in Camden Oct. 8, 1943, at Mae Murray’s Nursing Home, he was the son of Michael Sr. and Anna Pikkarainen Sutela. He lived all his life with his brother Richard in the family’s Buttermilk Lane homestead. Mickey was a graduate of Rockland High School and studied electrical engineering at the University of Maine, Orono, for two years.

He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam Conflict, stationed in Germany during most of his enlistment. He was an expert marksman.

During his teen years, Mickey worked with his brother Stephen at the Port Clyde sardine factory. He also worked at Hocking Granite, National Sea Products, Chem Rock and selling Christmas Trees with his dad and brothers at Haymarket Square in Boston, as well as various other jobs.

He enjoyed vegetable gardening and canning the produce he raised. A good all-around cook, he made a great pie. One of his hobbies was riding around in his car, taking landscape pictures and whatever else caught his eye.

Mickey was predeceased by his parents. He is survived by two brothers, Stephen D. Sutela and his wife, Caroline, of Warren, Richard E. Sutela of South Thomaston; two nieces and their families, Karen (Sutela) Heal and her husband, Orman, and their children, Amanda and Eric, all of Warren; Karla Sutela and her son, Bradford Shaffer, and stepdaughter Erika Shafer, all of Greenwood, Ark.; as well as many cousins.

Mickey’s family expressed their abiding love for him, and spoke of how much they miss him every day ... especially his laugh.

A celebration of Mickey’s life will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4, at Burpee, Carpenter and Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland. The Rev. Michelle Wiley will officiate. Interment will follow in the Village Cemetery, Dublin Road, South Thomaston. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to American Lung Association of Maine at lung.org.

To share a memory or story with Mickey’s family, visit their Book of Memories at bchfh.com.

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