Michael J Baumann

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Michael J
Baumann

Baumann, Michael J (Freedom).
Born in Milwaukee Feb 15th, 1961. Preceded in death by his Father John H Baumann, brother James Craven and sister Shelley Craven. Survived by parents Peter and Sandra Craven, children Harrison, Jared (Amanda), Lee and Nicholas. Grandchildren, Preston, Trinity, Kynlee and Dylen. Siblings Steve Craven, Renee Lecher, Vickie Evers, William Baumann and Lisa Roch. Godson Travis, BF’s Tom & Donna Pluskota and a host of nieces and nephews and untold number of friends of (Bill & Bob).

Michael attended Boys/Milwaukee Tech before joining the U.S. Navy aboard the aircraft carrier, the U.S.S. Coral Sea, receiving among other medals, the distinguished Expeditionary Medal Of Honor, for being a part of the Iranian Hostage Crisis – Michael’s passion was to dance, winning many dance competitions in contemporary and jazz, finally winning the 1991 Wisconsin State Dance Championship. Later in life, although fighting cancer, Michael received a calling and went to Seminary School. When the cancer started to take hold of his body, Michael went to the VA Hospital. While in bed at the VA, Michael became a Published Author, writing a 12 Step Handbook on Awakening Spiritually and a second book called, “To Love And To Teach”, which was on its way to the publisher days before his passing. A special thanks goes to the Palliative Care staff’ at the VA Hospital in Milwaukee, WI and David and Heather. Michael loved nothing more than his sons who mean the world to him!

Visitation Mon., Aug 4 at the funeral home from 11am-1pm with funeral service at 1pm. Interment and Military Honors to follow at Good Hope Cemetery.

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Past Comments

Mike Johnson

Freedom was a towering personality in the spiritual hallways of sobriety. He thrived on 1:1’s with folks of every stripe and persuasion. Opinionated…….certainly. Insightful………positively. Human………..absolutely. Compassionate………exceptionally. Inspirational …… beyond measure. Michael seemed to exist with one foot on this good earth and the other in celestial regions where his Creator doth dwell. His mind was a fiery thing, fueled by the energy of a true seeker. I visited him often at the VA hospice, where my own brother was situated in the next room. Scott B. and I even trekked up to Door County where he had relocated after his VA phase ended. He loved the teacher role and he wore the hat of provocateur with pride. He was a rousingly good man who exhausted every atom of this existence, even as he longed for the unfolding mysteries of the next. I was so amazed at his gift and practice of mindfulness prayer and meditation, especially when Sister Pain became his constant companion. While I cannot explain the “how” of it, I legitimately sense his presence now and then. I believe he desires to continue to be of benefit, utility, and love for each of us on this side of the “mirror dimly,” (perhaps in some intercessory manner). In short, I miss my friend. He awaits our journey back home to the velvet presence of God, hopefully in eternal dialogue. Benedicite, frater. -Mike Johnson, Milwaukee, WI

Jeannie Mosconi

Aunt Sandy and the entire family, may God wrap his arms around you to comfort you during this tough time. Mike, I know you struggled for many years and now you are in your Glory up in Heaven. Love all of you!

Mike Becker

My heart, soul and condolences to a family I will never forget.
My wife and myself pray for you to be strong and pray for the repose of his soul.
Mike and Catherine Becker

Larry Mosconi

Hey cuz I can still hear you laughing <3 Rip Love you

Catherine Funk

Freedom, you were a great friend of Mel and myself. You always brought a big smile to my face. May you now find a great peace with your Higher Power. You will surely be missed by many.

Catherine Funk

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