St. Louis, MO – Michael Artim, 95, formerly a resident of Hillsboro, New Jersey, passed into eternal rest on Saturday, November 21, 2020, while in the care of Mari de Villa, Town and Country, MO.
Michael was born on September 15, 1925, in McAdoo, PA. He was the son of Susan (Rondash) Artim and Joseph Artim. He was predeceased by his parents, brother Joseph Artim, sister, Mary (Artim) Pellak and his wife of 54 years, Marion (Tobias). Surviving him are 4 sisters, Betty Ann(Artim) Porpiglia, Kathryn (Artim) Temprovich, Carol (Artim) Wargo, and Suzanne (Artim) Johnson.
A graduate of McAdoo High School, Michael attended St. Procopius College Seminary in Lisle, IL, for two years. Although he did not enter the priesthood, he worked for the Church as a Cantor and choir director for more than 30 years. His longest assignment was at St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church in Jersey City, New Jersey. Liturgical music was his first love and he dedicated his time and talents to making a joyful noise in every Church graced by his voice.
Being from the anthracite coal region in Pennsylvania, Michael briefly worked alongside his father in the coal mines. He then worked in the steel industry, and finally as a precision tool and die maker for Alloy Cast Products in New Jersey.
Michael was a loving father to his daughters Christine (Artim) Lampe and Kathleen (Artim) Cardinale, devoted grandfather to Jennifer (Stice) Curry and David Stice, great grandfather to Jenna Claspell, Michael Claspell, and Marion, Declan, Cecelia Curry, Katie Stice, David Carl Stice and Dylan Matthew Stice, and great, great grandfather to Paisley Rose Stice and Lillianne Grace Ross.
Thank you to the caring staff at Mother of Perpetual Help Assisted Living Facility and all the nurses and staff at Mari de Villa for their compassion and loving care.
Funeral from Kutis Affton Chapel 10151 Gravois Road on Saturday, November 28, 9:30 a.m. to St. Mary’s Assumption Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, 11363 Oak Branch Drive, St. Louis, MO 63128 for 10:00 a.m. Mass. Panachida Friday 6:00 p.m. Visitation Friday 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Michael will be missed by all who knew and loved him. He was kind, funny,and generous. He was humble and hardworking, a self-proclaimed “country boy.” Blessed repose and may his memory be eternal.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Louis Byzantine Catholic Mission Building Fund at https://tithe.ly/give?c=1240493 and select building fund.