Michael G. Stelljes Sr.

Michael G Stelljes Sr - Rochester Cremation

Michael G. Stelljes Sr. of Geneseo, NY, passed on November 20, 2023, at age 87.  Mike was dearly loved by his wife of 62 years, Sally Burgmaster Stelljes; children and their spouses Michael (Denise), Allyn (Jim), and Stephen (Cheryl); grandchildren Julia (Joe), Erika (Colin), Colin (Erin), Connor (Carol), Jake, Lindsay, Adam, and Tyler; great grandchild Noah; as well as sisters Sheila Auld and Mary Louise Grieger, Sally’s five siblings, and their respective families.

Mike taught math for West Irondequoit School District and enjoyed an active retirement volunteering for University of Rochester Medical Center, Catholic Charities, and Lifespan. He also loved traveling with Sally, especially to see his grandchildren. He was an avid gardener, voracious reader and puzzler, cookie and roll baker, and sports fan. He enjoyed sharing zinnias that he grew and cookies and rolls that he baked.

Memorial contributions may be made to a nonprofit or cause that you believe in.

Funeral mass will be celebrated on Monday, December 18, 2023 at 11 am at St. Columba Church, 198 North Street, Caledonia. No calling hours.

9 Condolences

  1. Bonnie Connell on November 29, 2023 at 4:20 pm

    Mike was one of the dearest men I know. We have such wonderful memories of him at our kids’ birthday parties, sitting out in the driveway and shoveling in shorts! We will miss him terribly.

    • Marietta youmans on December 4, 2023 at 8:36 pm

      My condolences and my prayers are with you Mrs Sally and your family. I thank you for your words of encouragement you both gave to my grandson regarding school. I was truly bless to have had such a wonderful man who volunteered his time to drive the cancer center golf cart. He always made sure that on Wednesday my desk
      had a beautiful vase of zinnias which patients love to see..They loved see the fresh flowers. I will always remember your smile and seeing you do your crossword puzzle and suduko. Most of all seeing you ENJOY Your
      Peanutbutter and peach preserve sandwich. R.I.P.
      Job well done Mr. Mike

  2. Dr. Thomas Sansone on November 30, 2023 at 2:07 pm

    Mike ( Mr Stelljes) was one of my role models and a man I truly admired for all he was. As I reflect on the countless sleepovers at the Stelljes house and the road trips for our sports , Tgat Mr Stelljes bravely volunteered to accompany us on , I can only smile at the patience , the wisdom, the lessons, and the integrity for which I knew Mr Stelljes to be!
    He was a man of great character, capability , and intent! Mike was someone you could always trust and he baked like the dickens!! I loved Mr Stelljes as a father to my best friend, Steven and Mike and Allyn , and a great husband to the incomparable Sally.
    He was a true role model and I will carry fondest of memories about Mike near to me. Bless you Mr Stelljes and I know this, your soul will always remain shining!

  3. Nancy Metzler on December 3, 2023 at 5:27 pm

    Sally and family , I am so sorry for your loss. Mike was truly one of a kind. He was such a kind and caring person and always had a smile for me when I’d see him at Strong. I am grateful I had an opportunity to know him.

  4. Lynn Ratzel Scott on December 3, 2023 at 5:54 pm

    To the Stelljes family,

    I’m so sorry for the loss of Mr. Stelljes. I spent many days with your family on Dohrcrest Drive, and my heart goes out to all of you. I remember him swimming in your pool in the summers, his huge vegetable garden, and how I thought he knew magic when he got a garage door opener and it magically opened! My thoughts are with all of you.

  5. Nancy Murray on December 3, 2023 at 6:24 pm

    I met Mike when I started working at Roger’s School in 1977. He was an awesome teacher and a great friend. How fortunate I was to get to call Sally a friend too! They were true role models for young people. I know Mike had a wonderful life with Sally and family. I pray that the many memories of happy times with Mike make the days ahead a little easier for all. Hugs Sally and family!

  6. Mary kay gillard on December 6, 2023 at 9:54 pm

    Dear Sally
    I am so very sorry for your loss. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. God bless you.
    Mary Kay Gillard

  7. Karen Gledhill on December 10, 2023 at 8:25 pm

    I was so shocked to read this, I am so sad for you and the family. I so enjoyed the time we were together. The great spirit you both radiated always made me so happy to know you. He was a true transplant warrior and I am sending prayers and healing thoughts.
    Karen and Tony

  8. Marten Charlene on December 18, 2023 at 5:07 pm

    So sorry for your loss. I will keep you in my prayers.

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