Obituary: Michael D. McGilvra, 71

Michael D. McGilvra, age 71, passed away on Friday, August 18, 2023, at Rainbow Hospice in Johnson Creek after a short illness surrounded by his family.

He was born July 28, 1952, to the late Phillip and Donna (Krueger) McGilvra in Columbus, WI. Mike graduated from Waupun High School in 1970, and after graduation he served four years in the Navy. Upon returning from the military, Mike married the love of his life Jill Rosenmeier on June 15, 1974.

In May of 1977, Mike graduated from Moraine Park Technical School and worked in industrial settings as an Electronic Technician, ending his career at Ball Corp in Fort Atkinson, retiring in 2017.

Mike was a loving and supportive husband, father, and grandfather. He loved fishing, camping and spending time with his family and friends. He was a Boy Scout leader while his son was in Scouts. In his retirement he enjoyed working on pottery and stained glass.

He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Whitewater and was a member of the Knights of Columbus serving as Deputy Grand Knight.

Mike is survived by his wife Jill; his children: Jeff McGilvra of Grafton and Ann McGilvra of Fort Atkinson; 4 grandchildren: Andrew, Emma, Jacob, and Miles; siblings: Steve (Deb) McGilvra, Shannon (Maureen)
McGilvra, and Diane (DuWayne) Garb; brothers and sisters-in-law: Dave Rosenmeier, Ken (Linda) Rosenmeier, and Nancy Nordbeck. Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by an infant daughter Megan, his parents; stepfather: Wally Tollers; 2 brothers; Phil and Bruce; brother-in-law: Eric Nordbeck and sister-in-Law: Sue Rosenmeier. And by his father and mother-in-law: Don and Mary Rosenmeier.

The family would like to send a special thank you to Mike’s lifelong friend Randy Schmidt and also to Rainbow Hospice for their excellent care.

A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1225 W. Main St., Whitewater WI. on Friday, August 25, 2023 at 12:00 Noon.

A visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the Funeral Mass at the church.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Rainbow Hospice at

Nitardy Funeral home is serving the family.

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