Memorial Obituaries MEISSNER, MICHAEL
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Born in Panama City, Florida on Oct. 24, 1954
Departed on May 15, 2016 and resided in Fairview Park, OH.
Visitation: Sunday, May 22, 2016
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Service: Monday, May 23, 2016
09:30 am
Cemetery: Lakewood Park Cemetery
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Well-known attorney and baseball fan Michael George Meissner, of Fairview Park, Ohio, died suddenly on May 15, 2016. He was 61.

Mike and Kathiann M. Kowalski enjoyed a happy marriage of 37 years together. Mike was the loving father and father-in-law of Christopher Meissner of El Paso, TX; Laura Meissner (Abraham Denmark) of Silver Spring, MD and Bethany Meissner (Jarrod Jabre) of Silver Spring, MD, as well as the adoring grandfather of Martin Denmark. In addition, Mike is survived by his father, George, brother Terry (Sandy), and sisters Maureen Lakin (Brian), Patty McKenzie, and Peggy Loeffler (Bill). He was a loving uncle and great-uncle, a great brother-in-law, and a devoted friend to countless people. He is preceded in death by his mother, Mary Ann Meissner (nee Crink) and niece, Maggie McKenzie.

When Mike found something—or someone—he loved, he stuck with them for life. Mike grew up in Cleveland, OH, leaving only to attend the University of Notre Dame (cum laude, 1976) and Harvard Law School (cum laude, 1979), where he served on the Harvard Law Review. He met Kathi at the beginning of law school, and the two were engaged by the end of the year. After graduation, the two married and began working at Squire Sanders & Dempsey (now Squire Patton Boggs) in Cleveland, where Mike became a central part of their Taxation and Benefits practice. He was known as an excellent lawyer, often assisting with complex transactions and issues; and colleagues respected him for his honesty, kindness, and service. For more than 20 years, Mike coordinated his office's United Way campaign, and served as the steward of the Squire Sanders Foundation for many years.

Mike's first priority was his family, especially their three children and grandchild. Mike was a proud Clevelander his entire life and a diehard fan of the Cleveland Indians, serving as a ballboy in 1968, and penning free "DiaTribe" reports on the team for hundreds of subscribers over at least a dozen years.

Mike was generous with his time and energies for civic and professional organizations. He was the Chair of the Board for the Cleveland Council on World Affairs, and was a longtime Member of the Board of the Rainey Institute, which supports engagement in the arts for Cleveland youth. He was the former Chair of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association's General Tax Committee and the former Chair of the Cleveland Tax Institute. He and Kathi mentored engaged couples in their diocese, and were active in their parish, St. Angela Merici. He was also the "Commissioner for Life" of the World Baseball Association, a Strat-O-Matic league he and his friends enjoyed since 1980. Mike was loving, loyal, and an eternal optimist – an Indians season ticket-holder for decades, always believing this year was their year.

Visitation is on Sunday, May 22, from 1-5pm at McGorray-Hanna Funeral Home in Westlake, with a funeral Mass at 9:30am on Monday, May 23 at St. Christopher Catholic Church in Rocky River, OH. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Rainey Institute; the Model United Nations program of the Cleveland Council on World Affairs; or the St. Angela Merici Guardian Angel Tuition Assistance Fund.


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