Michael James Chaloupka

April 10, 1985 - Sept. 9, 2008

Michael James Chaloupka, 23, of Whitewater, formerly of Waukesha, passed on to his reward at University Hospital in Madison on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008, due to complications after a motor vehicle/wheelchair accident Aug. 26.

Mike was born April 10, 1985, in Waukesha, the dear son of James and Julie (Roose) Chaloupka. He graduated in June 2003 from Waukesha North High School and from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in May 2008. He served for several years as a goodwill ambassador for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. His most recent goal was to become a campus staff worker with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at UW-Whitewater rather than "using his degree" in the typical sense. Although he was afflicted with MD, he was always willing to lend a helping hand wherever needed, and was always content and happy.

Mike is survived by his loving parents, James and Julie of Waukesha; a sister, Jennifer, and a brother, Scott, both of Waukesha; grandparents, Wm. and Elaine Chaloupka of Mishicot and MaryAnn and Stanley Roose of Manitowoc; aunts, Ellen (Chaloupka) Rohr of Brookfield and Pamela (Roose) Gauthier of Manitowoc; an uncle, John Roose; seven cousins; special friends, Matt Strzyzewski and Lauren Oftendahl; and the many people whose lives he touched.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at CrossPointe Community Church, 445 N. Warner Road, Whitewater, WI 53190.

Mike had been working hard to achieve his goals at InterVarsity, the youth ministry at UW-Whitewater. In lieu of flowers, please send your memorials and donations to InterVarsity (www.intervarsity.org). He would appreciate that more than anything at this time. Your gift will not help him, but will help the organization he put his heart and soul into for the last three years.

The family wants to thank everyone who has given their support over the past two weeks, especially nurse "Angel" Kristin and the rest of the staff at University Hospital. Tragedies such as this remind us to explore and embrace life in yourself and in everyone you see each day. For tomorrow, the world may be completely different and you may not have the chance that you did today.

Mike accomplished much more in his short life than many of us only hope to. The world will miss him.

Mealy’s Funeral Home is assisting the family. For further information, please call 594-2442.