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Immaculate Conception Church
Monday March 28th, 2022
4:00pm - 8:00pm

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Memorial Visitation

Immaculate Conception Church
Tuesday March 29th, 2022
9:00am - 9:45am

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Funeral Mass

Immaculate Conception Church
Tuesday March 29th, 2022

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Michael J. Walsh

Michael J. Walsh, 75, of Columbia, IL, died March 26, 2022, in St. Louis, MO. He was born October 31, 1946, in Red Bud, IL.

    He is survived by his wife Mariella Walsh, nee Gresham; daughter Alisha M. (Steven) Palm; grandchildren Louis Michael and Blakely Palm; siblings Kathleen (Denis) Fahey , Margaret Wilson, Dr. James (Vicki) Walsh, Theresa (Albert) Watters, Marilynn  (Don) Roever, Cindy (Anthony) Gravagna , and Dale (Luann) Walsh; Godson Timothy Walsh, Goddaughter Olivia Crafton, and Goddaughter Lura Brown Butler; nieces; nephews; and cousins.
    He is preceded in death by his son Giles Michael Walsh; parents James T. & Catherine (nee Laber) Walsh.
    Michael graduated from Saint Peter and Paul in Waterloo, Illinois in 1964. He worked as a conductor/brakeman with the Union Pacific Railroad. After 50 years with the railroad, he retired, but his love of trains continued. He toured the Big Boy in Tucson Arizona in 2019 with his family. 
    Michael was a local chairman for the United Transportation Union for 12 years. Through this position, he traveled with his family for many conventions around the United States. Some of his favorite convention locations were Little Rock, Los Angeles, and Alaska. He was involved with National Association of Retired and Veteran Employees (NARVE).
    When Michael was not on the train, he loved to attend all of the family's celebrations. Family could always count on Michael being there for birthdays, graduations, and holidays. Michael was extremely loyal to family & friends and a great listener. 
    His biggest celebration was the birth of his two children with his wife, Mariella. Michael & Mariella would have celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on May 15th of this year. He also enjoyed being a grandpa and his love for them is evident in the countless videos that will be treasured forever.
    He was an avid fan of 60's music, especially Patsy Cline. As Patsy said, "Each time someone speaks your name, I fall to pieces. Time only adds to the flame." He will be deeply missed by all who knew him, but is also celebrated for the wonderful life he lived.

As an expression of sympathy the family prefers memorial contributions to: 
Immaculate Conception - Grade School
or American Heart Association

Memorial Visitation:
    4 PM to 8 PM Monday, March 28, 2022 at Immaculate Conception Church
    9 AM until time of service Tuesday at Immaculate Conception Church

Funeral Mass:
    10 AM Tuesday, March 29, 2022 at Immaculate Conception Church in Columbia, IL
        Msgr. Carl Scherrer officiating
    Interment at St. Patrick Cemetery in Tipton, IL

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A candle was lit in memory of Michael Walsh

Miss Bequette (Giles’s Third Grade Teacher) Mar 30 2022 7:20 PM

Our Deepest Sympathy to all the Walsh family Pamela and Wayne Liefer

Pamela Liefer Mar 29 2022 10:55 AM

Deepest sympathy to Michaels family.

Orville & Ellen Dietz Mar 28 2022 11:33 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Michael Walsh

john nicholson III Mar 28 2022 5:05 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Michael Walsh

Lisa Dougherty Mar 28 2022 4:55 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Michael Walsh

David & Cindy Lutman Mar 28 2022 4:27 PM

Conductor, Mike Walsh, You are called for Pool 1 assignment in HEAVEN.Giles will be your brakeman.

K.R. Mar 28 2022 10:51 AM

My condolences to your family.

Nancy Lammers Mar 28 2022 9:18 AM

Our sincerest Sympathy to all in his family.

Charlie and Connie Lutz Mar 28 2022 8:01 AM

Mike and I went to high school together! He always was a nice guy, a little on the quiet side, but was always friendly and smiling.
And yes he would attend all the reunions too!!
He will be missed!!

Nancy Haberl Drevicki Mar 27 2022 10:11 PM

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