Honoring the Life by Telling the Story

Michael O'Byrne

March 3, 1947 - January 6, 2020
Bayside, WI


Memorial Gathering

Thursday, January 23, 2020
4:00 PM to 5:30 PM CST
Three Holy Women Parish - Holy Rosary Church
2011 N. Oakland Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414) 271-6577

Memorial Mass

Thursday, January 23, 2020
5:30 PM CST
Three Holy Women Parish - Holy Rosary Church
2011 N. oakland Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414) 271-6577


At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.

Christian Brothers of the Midwest
7650 S. County Line Road
Burr Ridge, IL 60527
(630) 323-3725

Donations should be directed to the Senior Brothers.

For online donations, click on the website below and then click the green "Donate" tab"

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School Sisters of St. Francis
1515 S. Layton Boulevard
Milwaukee, WI 53215
(414) 384-1515

Donations should be directed to the Sisters' Retirement Fund

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The Family prefers memorials to one of the above charities in lieu of flowers

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Below is the contact information for a florist recommended by the funeral home.

Belle Fiori
2014 N. Farwell Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414) 272-2234
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Scarvaci Florist & Gift Shoppe
2663 North Holton Street
Milwaukee, WI 53212
(800) 993-3214
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Life Story / Obituary


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Michael Charles O’Byrne

Age 72 of Bayside, Wisconsin passed away on January 6, 2020. Michael is survived by his wife of 52 years Mary Elizabeth (Dryden), four children Margaret (Bill) Pauwels Manitowoc, WI, Elizabeth (Andrew) King Lexington, VA, Michael D. (Medea) O’Byrne Lexington, VA and Patricia (Patrick) Ormsby Glendale, WI. He leaves behind 10 very loved grandchildren Aaron, Matthew, Michelle, Justin, Ethan and Cyrus Pauwels, James King, Charlotte Mary O’Byrne, Ian and Lily Ormsby. He is also survived by his brother Dr. Stuart A. (Dotty) O’Byrne, his Keefe family cousins and Rauch family cousins, his brother-in-law Peter (Mary) Dryden, his niece and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Stuart Graves and Loretta Abbott O’Byrne.

Michael was born March 3, 1947 in Oak Park, Illinois. He grew up primarily in Chicago. He attended St. George High School in Evanston, Illinois and Loyola University in Chicago.

He met his wife Mary in a calculus class at Loyola. They married on September 16, 1967 in Chicago. In 1967 Michael went to work for IBM. He worked for 30 years at IBM in Chicago, Bethesda, Maryland and Milwaukee, WI as a system engineer. After IBM he worked at Aldrich Chemical, Manpower International finally retiring from Footlocker Corporate Headquarters.

He was always involved in community and religious activities. When he lived on the East Coast he was a docent at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum. Since moving to Wisconsin Michael was an EMT and firefighter on the Bayside Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad for 13 years. He served 9 years on the Maple Dale & Indian Hill School Board as clerk and President. He was on the St. Eugene Parish Council, School Board and sang beautifully in their choir. After joining Three Holy Women Catholic Parish he was on the Parish Council, Catholic East School Board and helped at numerous parish events. Again he enriched the Three Holy Women choir with his voice.

Michael was a true gentleman always willing to help anyone who knew him.


Visitation January 23, 2020 Holy Rosary Church 2011 N. Oakland 4-5:30 PM. Mass following at 5:30PM. Gathering to remember Michael at William Ho’s Restaurant 3524 N. Oakland following Mass. (Limited parking is available in the lot across the street.)

Inurment in a private ceremony at a later date.

Memorials to the Christian Brothers of the Midwest (Attention Senior Brothers) 7650 S. County Line Rd.; Burr Ridge, IL 60527 630-323-3725 OR School Sisters of St. Francis Retirement Fund 5615 S. Layton Blvd; Milwaukee, WI 53215 414-384-1515.