Atella, Michael If you did not know Michael Atella, you missed out on knowing a wonderful human being. Mike was an amazing son to Henry and Edna Atella, a devoted father to Julie and Anthony Atella, a loving brother to David Atella, Kathleen (Robert) Hutton, and Paul (Mary) Atella and a supportive uncle to Susan (Timothy) Mahoney, Douglas (Cassandra) Hutton, Craig Atella, Stephanie Atella, Karen Hutton, Joel Atella and Thomas Hutton. He put his family first. His love was unconditional and he always made himself available to anyone who needed him, no matter when or where. He was open-minded, non judgmental, sensitive and insightful. He was a man of strong faith. He loved the beach, Barry Manilow, watching Little House on the Prairie with his daughter and spending quality time with his mother. He was a proud graduate of UCLA and the consummate sports fan. He was kind, thoughtful and without malice. One of his son's favorite songs says it all "I know you, rider, gonna miss me when I'm gone; I know you, rider, gonna miss me when I'm gone; Gonna miss your baby, from rolling in your arms. Laid down last night, Lord, I could not take my rest; Laid down last night, Lord, I could not take my rest; My mind was wandering like the wild geese in the west. The sun will shine in my back door someday". His wisdom and presence can never replaced. The world is less one beautiful person. Mass will be held at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 630-964--0216 at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, September 15th. Visitation will start at 10 a.m. at the church, 4824 Highland Avenue, Downers Grove, IL 60515. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to "CubsCare" in memory of Michael Alexander Atella, 1060 W. Addison Street, Chicago, IL 60613.
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Published in Chicago Sun-Times on Sept. 14, 2008