Michael E. Wisma

Date of Death: May 15, 2011
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Michael E. Wisma, 51 Michael E. Wisma, 51, of West Lafayette, died Saturday, May 15, 2011, at his residence. He was born April 7, 1960, in Lafayette, to the late Robert and Betty Boys Wisma. He was a 1978 graduate of West Lafayette High School and received his Ph.D. from Purdue University in 2007. HeContinue Reading

Mr. and Mrs. Mark Richardson left a message on May 23, 2011:

Our daughter had the pleasure of having Mr. Wisma as her professor at Purdue this semester for an OLS Class. She graduated on May 14, 2011 and I wanted your family to know that he was her favorite professor of all of her four plus years at Purdue! She loved going to her Monday night OLS class this semester and always had a great story or tale about something she had learned in her OLS class with your husband/father/son. She just phoned us when she heard about this and was very upset and we want to pass along our prayers and thoughts for your family during this time, but please know that he held a special place in one Student&s heart! We also heard how generous he was bringing Bruno&s pizza their last night of class. There are few professors who inspire their students and Mr. Wisma was definitely one of those people. God Bless you!

Family of Lindsay Richardson, student in this semester&s OLS Monday night class, 2011 Purdue graduate
Scott and Jeanne Dudley left a message on May 23, 2011:
Dear Tina and family, Scott and I want to let you know how very sorry we were to hear of Mike&s death. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you and we are so very sorry we were unable to attend his service. Please know we&re thinking of you during this very difficult time and if there is anything we can do don&t hesitate to call upon us. With our sympathy and love, Scott and Jeanne Dudley
farrah chinderle left a message on May 20, 2011:
Dear Tina and family-
Along with the rest of the Terlicher family, we are so truly sorry for your loss. You have become a huge part of our family tradition of travelling to Purdue for many shows and finishing off the night at Bruno&s, and our deepest condolences are extended to you. We love you, and are keeping you all in our prayers.
Lisa Wilkins left a message on May 19, 2011:
I am so sorry to hear about Professor Wisma. I never had a class with him, but my boyfriend Rich and I used to work out with him in the weight room. We loved when he would come in, wearing skin tight black shorts with gray shorts, over a sweaty white t-shirt, and sometimes a sweatband. Then he&d get on the elliptical and pump it up to level 16, and go for thirty minutes to an hour. He would always talk to us, and loved telling stories about his daughters and wife. I remember one time he said that he had cuddled with his wife the night before and watched a chick flick, and that he would never admit it but he really loved it and thought it was a great movie. He was so fun to talk to, and I loved it when he came in those doors.

I am deeply sorry for your loss. You are all in my prayers.

with love,
Lisa Wilkins
Josie Galloway left a message on May 18, 2011:
Mike and I wen t through the masters program at Purdue together. Mike was inspiring to be around and always had a smile on his face. Mike was always talking about his wife and children. He will be missed.

Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Will Jones left a message on May 18, 2011:
To:Tina, Ashlia, Alexa, and the Wisma family I am truly sadden to hear the news of Professor Mike Wisma.

He was truly a man full of integrity, character, and humor. I was able to become close a friend to professor Wisma coming in as a junior at Saint Joseph&s College. Transferring in from an urban atmosphere, adjusting to the culture change in Renssealer was a big deal for me. But I am pleased to say that He had a ""huge"" role in my adapting to the environment for those next two years. He was excellent in the classroom, moreover, because he was the same in the class setting as he was outside of it. He was what I call ""authentic"" and that is something not common in these days.
I was one of the guys often keeping him late around campus due to our after class conversations.
During my senior year, we had already given one another nicknames. I often referred to him as ""Money Mike."" And had several names for me but he commonly referred to me as ""Smooth Willy.""

One thing I truly admired of him was that he was definitely a family man. I don&t remember one class over the two year span of having him that He did not mention you and the girls. He often talked about how spoil all of his girls were while often blaming it on himself. I can&t forget to mention how much he talked about Mo as well.

One thing I will never forget is what He said to me sometime before my graduation, he said that I reminded him of himself. This truly meant a lot to me! Observing his life style and all his success that had been accomplished, I was truly moved to be compared in such great stature. But now realizing that&s just the kind of guy he was.

Tina, I want to let you know personally that you and the girls will truly be in my prayers. May the Lord keep you in this time of sorrow and may He be with you in the midnight hours. Often experiencing these types of situations in my trade of work, there is undoubtably no one who can empathize your experience in this season of life. But God is the healer of broken hearts, and when people begin to fade and you feel like your all alone, He is ""always"" there.

""Money Mike"" will truly be missed and he will always have a place in my heart.

Please excuse my absence from the planned services, for right now I am abroad and am not able to return. However, you all have my deepest sympathy and prayers.

Please feel free to contact me whenever.
Info: email~; mobile~(618) 979-5867

May the God be with you.
Will Jones
Kelly Kuebler Gibson left a message on May 17, 2011:
Tina and Girls,

I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. Hang on tight to each other and lean on your family. Please know I send my love and prayers to you all.

My very best to you,

Kelly (Kuebler) Gibson

John and Ginger Kadlec left a message on May 17, 2011:
Tina and family,

Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers at this incredibly difficult time. We are so very sorry for your loss...

John and Ginger Kadlec
David Dixon left a message on May 17, 2011:
Please accept my deepest condolences. Mike was my colleague at SJC, and I really looked forward to seeing him in the hall and catching up on each others& kids& news. He really built up morale at the college, more so than anyone else I&ve ever worked with. What a tremendous loss for everyone lucky enough to know him.
Sebastian left a message on May 17, 2011:

I&m so sorry to hear about your loss. The few times I met Mike I got the impression that he was a really nice guy (like all of you). My thoughts are with you and your daughters in this challenging time.

Vicky and Keith Woeste left a message on May 17, 2011:
Dear Tina, Ashlia, and Alexa,

We are so sorry about the sudden loss of Mike. It is a terrible shock to the whole WL community and especially so for all of you. He was such a nice guy; I always enjoyed our conversations on the Tippco sidelines last year. We will keep him and you in our prayers. May God keep you close by His side through the love of your family and friends.

Vicky and Keith Woeste and family
Monica Steidinger left a message on May 17, 2011:
Dear Tina, Ashlia, and Alexa,
Dave, Hayley, Derek and I are so sorry for your loss. I only met Mike once, but Tina, I feel like I have known you for a very long time. I cannot even imagine what it must feel like to lose your husband, father, best friend. Only God knows why this happened; we as humans don&t have the ability to ""why?"", ""why now?"". I pray you can accept that Mike is with God now, and that even though you are hurting terribly, he is happy in the arms of God and will be well taken care of. God Bless you on your journey of recovery and acceptance. Our deepest condolences go out to you. Tina, I look forward to seeing you again and being able to give you a well deserved hug. I hope you have lots of support for all of you from family and close frineds. May God shine His Blessings on you all. peace & love, monica, dave, derek and hayley
Kerry & Tammy Middlebrooks left a message on May 17, 2011:
Tina, Kerry and I (Tammy Case) are devastated to hear about Mike. I know that words are just that, but If there is anything that we can do for you, please let me -know. It is hard to find the correct words, but I want you to know that I am here. Even if you just want to talk. 678-342-8306. Keep in mind that we live 30ish minutes away from downtown Atlanta, You are always welcome..even if it is just for 2-3 days, just enough to get away and think.. All of the Middlebrooks& have you and your girls in our prayers.

Kerry,Tammy,Brittany & Rashiara (Brittany&s daughter),Danas,Trae&,Paris,Myron and Reth.
Linda Estill left a message on May 17, 2011:
My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Mike was always a very positive man and his ""quick"" comments while going down the hall or passing the office always brightened my day and that of others. He was always talking about his family, and you could tell he loved and admired you all. He would say, ""If I do such and such, it drives Tina crazy"" or ""she just puts up with me"" and then he would laugh that carefree laugh of his. He would, also, mention the girls and the activities they were involved in that day. He really loved watching them participate in activities. You could tell he was a proud father.

He was a unique professor who enjoyed teaching, and the recent award he received from the students validates the appreciation the student&s felt for his teaching skills and his personable nature.

Lastly, his laughter was contagious, and his energy level would make me wish I could harness it! We will all definitely miss him.
Jennifer Parks left a message on May 17, 2011:
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Jennifer (Hubbard) Parks
Doris (Boys) Hubbard
Jeff Hubbard
Pam Kampen Mayes left a message on May 16, 2011:
I was so very sorry to hear of Mike&s death. I have very fond memories, of Mike playing basketball with my brother, Emerson, at our house on Creighton Rd. He always had a smile on his face and something funny to say. My heart goes out to the entire Wisma family.

Pam Kampen Mayes
Donna Jones left a message on May 16, 2011:
Dear Tina and family,
Sending our thoughts and condolences to you and your girls. Please know that you are in our prayers as you go through this difficult time.

With love,
Steve and Donna Jones and family
Kay Mauch left a message on May 16, 2011:
Tina, Ashlia, and Alexa,

I was a classmate with Mike at West Side. I was sorry to hear about his passing. Remember all the good times you had as a family! I assure you he is in good hands and will always be looking down upon you! You are in my thoughts and prayers through this difficult time!

Kay Morrissey Mauch
Teresa Massoels left a message on May 16, 2011:
Wisma Family,
It is with much sadness that I write to you. I have enjoyed working with your husband/father at Saint Joseph&s College. He always had a smile on his face and it was all of you who put it there. When ever I sat in on one of his classes, he would always manage to bring up a story about one of you. The students enjoyed his enthusiasm in the classroom. Mike will be missed.
Stacy Templeton left a message on May 16, 2011:
Tina, Ashlia, and Alexa -

My heart aches for the three of you and I just cannot express the sorrow I feel. I pray that God wraps his loving arms around each of you during this difficult time and provides you with the comfort and strength only He can give. Please let me know if there is anything at all I can do for you. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

Love you all,
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Dan, Marie and Melanie Barnes left a message on May 16, 2011:
Tina and Family - we are so sorry to hear of your loss. A life taken way to early!!! I always enjoyed talking to Mike at the girl&s sporting events when I would drive the bus. Dan and I have seen him many times at International working out. This is such a shock. Please know we are thinking of you all!! God Bless!!

Cindy & Michael Nees left a message on May 16, 2011:
Tina, Ashlia, and Alexa, we&re so, so, sorry to hear of your loss. Our hearts go out to you, and our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Soller-Baker Funeral Homes, Inc. left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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