“Your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure, you are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure.”
In Loving Memory of Michael Hauler
1980 – 2015
On December 2, 2015, Michael John Hauler, 35, died peacefully in his sleep. For the past 28 years, Michael lived with his mother and stepfather, Jeanine and Bill Rossbach, for the last 8 years in Traverse City, Michigan. Michael is also survived by his sister, Julia Hauler of Garden Grove, California, birth father John Hauler of Anaheim, California, his step-brother Ben and nephew Nick Rossbach of Ramona, CA.
Though he lacked the power of speech, Michael conveyed his kindness and loving nature with a warm smile, a gentle touch, and the kind of enthusiasm parents pray for. He was much loved by all who took the time to know him. He was known at his adult day program as a silent jokester with a funny sense of humor. Michael was the light of our family’s life and our greatest teacher. He showed us how to be present in every moment and enjoy life to the fullest. Remembering Michael John Hauler Michael never met an adventure he didn’t want to pursue. He traveled extensively with his teacher parents, visiting most U.S. states and many Canadian provinces. He camped at many National Parks from Hawaii to Maine. He loved seeing new places. He hiked around the Grand Canyon Rim, rainforests, beaches, geysers, waterfalls, etc. Two weeks before he passed, he was determined to follow his visiting step-brother and nephew up the steep sand dune climb at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, a challenge even for the able bodied. He always was curious to see what was down the road, beyond the door, over the horizon. Michael’s life was made richer by the caring staff at his adult program who gave him art, music, dance, took him bowling and to the theater weekly as well as to the beach, on picnics, on scenic drives, horseback riding, to local fairs and festivals, to\\ museums, adapted skiing, and more. His fellow riders, aides, and drivers on his daily bus ride became a little family to him. Traverse City medical and dental professionals gave caring and expertise that did much to ease his pains and improve his quality of life.
Michael’s family arranged to have his final resting place be at The Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore on Lake Michigan, a fitting location to honor our dear, adventurous and gentle spirited young man. May his spirit rest in peace.