Michael D. O'Farrell

Whittemore, Michigan
January 1, 1947 - January 13, 2018


11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Saturday, January 20, 2018 at the funeral home

Service Location

Buresh Funeral Home


1:00 pm, Saturday, January 20, 2018

Obituary Notice

Michael D. O’Farrell, age 71, of Whittemore, MI, passed away on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at Select Specialty Hospital in Pontiac. Mike was born on January 1, 1947 in West Branch, MI to Elgin & Leah (McCarthy) O’Farrell. He was the first child born in Ogemaw County that year. Mike taught in both Hale and Whittemore-Prescott Area Schools for 30 years and thoroughly enjoyed sharing his love of science with others. Mike enjoyed gardening, canning, hunting, music, traveling, reading, history, puttering around the house and yard, and celebrating his Irish heritage. He was extremely proud of his two children and loved being “Papa Mike” to his grandchildren.

Mike is survived by his wife of 36 years, Joni of Whittemore; son, Colin (Michelle) O’Farrell of Farmington Hills; and daughter, Madie O’Farrell of Columbus, OH; beloved grandchildren, Kelly and Sean O’Farrell; brother, John (Sona) O’Farrell of Whittemore; mother-in-law, 93 year old Millie Hampson; and his constant companions, dogs Lilly and Connor; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and in-laws. He was preceded in death by his parents, Elgin & Leah O’Farrell; brother, Gordon, and too many dogs to count.

Mike’s favorite saying was a passage from the song “Danny Boy”, “And I will know, tho’ soft ye tread above me, And then my grave will richer, sweeter be, And you’ll bend down and tell me that you love me, And I will rest in peace until you come to me.” A celebration of life will take place on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 1:00 pm at the Buresh Funeral Home in Hale. Visitation will take place from 11 am to 1 pm at the funeral home. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com.


Our thoughts and prayers to your family at this time.
— Doni & Mike Butzin
Sorry to hear about Mike's passing. Mike was our cousin and helped me a great deal as I began my science teaching career. I actually subbed for Mike when he taught at Hale schools, which was also helpful. I know his family and home town of Whittemore meant a lot to him, as it does for all of the O'Farrell family.
— Jim and Debbie O'Farrell
We are very sorry to hear about Mike's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.
— Arnie and Debbie Engster
Sorry for your loss Joni Mike was a good man, my deepest condolences to you and your family! RIP Mikey
— Jim Hill
Karen and I worked with Mike and enjoyed his work ethic and his beautiful family.we are in the hope that somewhere sometime we will meet people we know after our death.please reminisce about some of the football games we all enjoyed at wp. With our heartfelt sympathy dennis and karen olar
— Dennis olsr
Our sincere condolences to Joni, Colin and Madie, Michelle, Kelly and Sean. Mike and I grew up together, many of those years next door to each other. Mike and were both born in 1947, Mike in January and I in February. After high school we went on different paths, but when together, we enjoyed catching up on our families and he would just beam when talking about his. Our hometown and Irish heritage were both important to us. I will miss you Mike, but look forward to seeing you again. Rest in peace and with no pain now. Love Gary, Barb and Kris Gillings
— Barbara Gillings
Thoughts, prayers, love and hugs Joni to you and your family
— Joanna Cressey
As another cousin, I was raised across the street in Whittemore. I even wished him a happy birthday on the 1st as I did every year because it was a good date to remember.
Extending our condolences from the family of Uncle Peck and Aunt Verna. Sending hugs and love. Bob and Johanne
— Johanne & Bob Grabow
Joni, saddened and so sorry to hear of Mikes passing! my memories take me back, when we would sit on the front porch and drink our beers out of mason jars! ( Mikes glass collection!) That, and painting the old green "50" Ford pick-up! Although I have not seen either of you in more than three years, his smiling face will always be in my memory!
Hope to get over and see you and the family Saturday! Mark and Sue Wainwright
— Mark Wainwright
My sincere condolences to Mr. O’Farrells family. He was one of my favorite and best science teachers ever. He truly cared about his students. I can still see him sitting behind the desk in the biology lab, peering over the top of his glasses making sure we were all paying attention. He definitely was someone I looked up to. A wonderful person, so very sad to hear of his passing.
— Michelle Schwenkler
He was one of my favorite teachers he is why I love science did biology 1 and 2 and also had the privilege to be his teachers aide my senior year I will always remember him.
— Jack Newvine
Sorry for your loss Colin.. Thoughts and prayers to all..
— Jaclyn Mancogna
Mr O'Farrell was a very nice and down to earth teacher...who believe it or not didn't look a bit like Clint Eastwood....I'd run into him every few years usually at Dicks Sporting good....We'd always leave laughing...and I'd say see ya later Clint
— Tim Yorton
Sincere condolences to you and your family. Are prayers are with you.
— Bud and Gayle Chipps
We are so sorry for your loss, Joni. Our prayers go out to your family. Mike had a tough time with his back surgeries. He suffered a lot, but kept going.
He is at peace now. Tough times for all of you.
— Mary Ann & Bill Stephens
Sorry to hear about Mike. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
— Tanya and Corey Swanson
Deep are the memories,
Precious they stay;
No passing of time,
Can take them away.
— Kyle and Linda Tobin
I’m so sorry to hear! We will keep your family in prayer and pray for peace and comfort that transcends understanding.
— Leslie Maddox
We would like to send our condolences to Joni, Colin, and Madie. You are all in our thoughts in this difficult time.
— John and Sona O'Farrell, their children Jeff, Janel, Jodi, and grandkids Sherice, Jalanie, and Jillian
Joni so sorry to hear about Mike's passing. You and your family are in our thoughts & prayers. May your wonderful memories help you through these toughest of times.
— Rick & Debbie (Prueter) Wesmer
Working with Mike was a real blessing. I have many fond memories and stories. Hugs.
— Denise Braun
My sincerest sympathies. We had so many laughs when we were kids - rode horses - played pool - danced - in general just all had so much fun together.
— Sue Fortune
My prayers go out to Joni and the entire family. What a blessing Mike was to everyone. He was an extremely kind and pleasant man to be around and wish I would of been one of his students. How shocked and immediately saddened when I turned the page of the paper and saw Mike's face. His character and kind ways will be remembered fondly. I am very glad I knew Mike O'Farrell, even if only for short periods each year.
— Tom Arnold
Sincere condolences to the O'Farrell families and friends of Mike..
God's Loving Blessings upon Mike's living soul in Heaven..
"Absent of the flesh body and Presence with God". Amen

The Simons
Flint Mi
Wayne Simons was a
1966 graduate of
Whittemore Prescott
— Wayne and Diana Simons
My most sincere condolences, Mrs. O'Farrell, Colin, and Mattie. Mr. O'Farrell was a great guy and one of my favorite teachers. I loved picking his brain, and would often visit his classroom while not actually in his class.
— Brandon (Colvin) Birkenbach
Joni my prayers are with you and your family. I was extremely saddened to hear about Mike and only been able to find comfort in that at least I was given the opportunity in my life to know Mike and his kindness. May God be with you and all your family.
— Tom Arnold
Joni and family our most heart felt sympathies with Mikes passing. Mike has been a good friend over the many years that we knew each other and I will always have fond memories of the time we spent together, He always extended a warm Irish welcome when ever I appeared at your home. I only wish I would have dropped by more often in the past few years. May the good Lord be with you and your family in these difficult times.
— Tom and Pam Jacques
Joni, Colin, & Madie,
Heartfelt condolences to all of you! Mr. O’Farrell was such a wonderful man! You are all in our thoughts and prayers!
Love & Hugs!
Rod & Maria (Knaub) Wagner
— Maria Wagner

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