MICHAEL M. “Mike” MORONG

Michael M. “Mike” Morong, age 73, of Sycamore, IL, formerly of Elburn, IL and Elkhorn, WI, passed away following a fierce battle with Leukemia. It may have broken his body, but never his spirit and he now resides eternally in Heaven.

He was born February 6, 1948, in Chicago, IL, to proud parents, Marcel and Genevieve (Novak) Morong. 

Mike grew up in Justice, IL and attended Argo High School on the south side of the city. He graduated with the class of 1966. Mike continued his education at University of Illinois. Mike served his country in the United States Army Reserve as cook. He would hone those early talents, bringing favorite dishes to friends and family alike.  

Mike met the love of his life on New Years Eve in 1968. As people paired up prior to the countdown, Mike found himself entranced with Lynn Piecuch. Their relationship bloomed and on August 28, 1971 they were united in marriage in Evergreen Park, IL. They began their new life together in Bensenville and started building a family in  Lombard soon thereafter. Elburn became home in 1978 until making a home in Elkhorn, WI. In recent months, they returned to IL, landing in Sycamore. 

Mike made his life with his hands, starting as a carpenter’s apprentice, but quickly made his reputation one project at a time. His tools followed him to many different places, proudly working for the Union before his retirement in 2006.

Mike and Lynn made memories with every mile, travelling with the family to many destinations, most of which gave him a ready excuse to go fishing. When the calendar rolled to spring, Panama City was their favorite place to be, but it was “men only” on trips to Lake Erie with his father-in-law and boys in tow, along with other friends to bond, but mainly to fish. Canada was another one of his favorite places to fish, bringing home his biggest catches or tallest tales, and frequently both. After retirement, Sarasota FL was their winter “home” but parts unknown became their mantra, retreating several times a year to a list of places that caught their interest. Mike was a king in the kitchen and specialized in making mouths water with Corned Beef and Cabbage, lobster, and homemade Polish sausage to name a few. No recipes were needed when Mike was involved. He could rustle up a few ingredients and transform them into a dining experience like no other. A Mr. Fix-It, Mike had all of the tools for any project and he was in high demand when others came to failure. He made friends on every corner, his smile and handshake cementing a bond that would grow stronger every year. Never one to shy from a get-together, Mike was happiest when surrounded by the love of his family.

He is survived by his loving wife, Lynn; two sons: Mike (Leah) Morong and John (Jessica Stadie) Morong; Mitchell and Tyler Morong and Carolynn and Marshall Morong; one brother, Matt Morong; several nieces, nephews and a community of friends that will never forget him.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Marcel and Genevieve Morong.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, May 8, 2021, from 11-2 p.m. at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL 60119. Private family services will be held following cremation at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to either CCU Parents Support: Some Assembly Required, 301 Eric Court, Mount Prospect, IL 60056 or visit http://SomeAssemblyRequiredCCU.org or to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society by visiting www.LLS.org.  Tributes and memories may be left on the Conley Funeral Home Facebook Page, or at www.conleycare.com.

10 thoughts on “MICHAEL M. “Mike” MORONG

  1. Mike was a wonderful man. Had a smile for everyone and helped anyone in need. He will be sorely missed by many. Condolences to the entire family whom he loves so much.

  2. Mike was a wonderful man that had a smile for everyone he met. He was kind, funny, and helpful to all. Lynn was his rock and his boys and family meant everything to him. May he rest in peace and Mike and I send our deepest condolences to the entire family.

  3. Our hearts and deepest sympathy goes out to you Lynn , Mike, John and family!

    Mike will certainly be missed. I could go on for a very long time on all the funny and quirky things he did or said that will never be forgotten and I am sure he has left these same kind of memories with everyone who called him a friend!

    Briarwood Road in Elkhorn holds great memories for us as you moved in merely months after we did.

    We love you all and thank you for all the laughs and friendship you shared with us.

    ❤️
    Rest In Peace Mike!

  4. Dear Lynn and family: you have my deepest sympathy on the passing of your beloved Mike. May you find comfort in knowing that so many others share in your sorrow. He is in good hands until you meet again.

  5. Although I was a step removed I kept up with Lynn, Mike, and their beautiful family through letters and social media. I was in awe of the remarkable partnership/friendship that Lynn and Mike shared and the great joy and adventures they shared with their family and friends. Such a wonderful full life-and yet not nearly long enough for all that knew and loved him. I know he will be deeply missed and my prayers to ask for help with the deep grief of his family will be ongoing.

  6. Lynn and family, we were very sorry to of Mike’s passing. You guys were so welcoming and considerate when we came to Florida a year ago. We will always appreciate that. He even called to check on us on our way home. Thoughts and prayers to all of you.
    Dave and Cindy

  7. Dear Lynn and family,
    I offer my condolences to you all on Mike’s passing. I was sorry to hear the news and also grateful he had his strong spirit for strength and support as well as his family. Meeting up with Mike and you at the Novak reunion brings me peace as I remember him, my cousin “Mickey”, having a clever wit, engaging smile full of welcome and great commitment to family and family memories. Fishing must be in the family lineage as is joy in cooking.
    Please know that we will pray for him and for you that your shared life will bless you with healing memories and remembered joys. I know you are comforted knowing he is resting in peace in Heaven.
    God bless you,
    Love ,
    Nita and Ron Oliver

  8. In our prayers , “ mobile. “ ! Rest Easy , brother Mike !

  9. Dear Lynn, Mike, John and family my deepest sympathy!
    Mike and I enjoyed many good times together. I truly treasured the camaraderie that we shared throughout the years. Mike was a great friend and I will really miss him.
    The following words are not mine but those of Eleanor Roosevelt: “Many people will walk in and out of your life but only TRUE FRIENDS will leave footprints in your heart”.
    Mike thanks for the footprints!
    Rest in peace my friend!

  10. Lynn, thinking of you and your entire family during this difficult time. Peace and comfort.

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