Michael R. Pikowski, 41, of Oak Park, died on Jan. 30, 2013. Born on Oct. 21, 1971, he participated in baseball and swimming as a child. He graduated from St. Lawrence High School in Chicago, attended the University of Illinois in Chicago, New York University, and was largely self-taught. After a career in the financial brokerage industry, he decided to become the main care provider for his family and spent several years at home with his children. He then began a bookkeeping business and served his clients for over 10 years.
He was very much involved in the Oak Park community, including such organizations as the Oak Park Art League, Oak Park Youth Baseball and Softball, and his children's Parent Teacher Organization at Longfellow School. Family and friends say they will remember his warmth, generosity, and sense of humor, which gave him a special gift for working with people.
During most of his life he battled depression, but that didn't prevent him from caring for the many people in his life.
Mike Pikowski is survived by his wife, Jennifer (nee Puhy); his children, Anthony, Celia, and Samuel; and his extended family, which includes many aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ronald and Catherine (nee Manzella) Pikowski, and his paternal grandmother, Celia.
Visitation was held on Feb. 4 and 5 at Peterson-Bassi Chapel in Chicago and a Funeral Mass was celebrated on Feb. 5 at Ascension Church in Oak Park. Interment was private.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, at www.afsp.org, are appreciated. Arrangements were handled by Ahern Funeral Home.
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