Michael Dennis Zacharias was born on November 18, 1950 in Monroe, Michigan. He was one of five children born from the union of his parents: the late Raymond A. Zacharias and the late Irene (Benoit) Zacharias. He received his education from attending Airport High School and Monroe High School.
He met the love of his life: the former Veronica Workman and they were married on September 1, 1972 in Monroe. Together they would start a family of their own and were blessed with two children. To support his growing family, he worked at the Meijer Warehouse in the Department of Loss Prevention until retiring in 2008. He received his spiritual nourishment by attending Faith Salvation until joining Gracepoint U.P.C. in Monroe.
Michael enjoyed the simple things in life including listening to a variety of music, hunting, swimming, camping and being outdoors in the wilderness. He was a hot rod enthusiast who loved attending shows and even built a few to show off. He was most proud of his beloved 1971 GTO with a 426 engine with which he sadly parted ways with in 2008.He had an outgoing personality and enjoyed making those around him laugh by telling his infamous jokes.
His main priority in life was his family. He enjoyed having barbecues in the warmer weather to host his family and his church family and especially looked forward to spending Christmas with everyone because it was his favorite Holiday. There will forever be a void in the hearts of everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him.
Michael Dennis Zacharias, age 68 of Monroe, passed away on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at Promedica Monroe Regional Hospital. His passing is preceded by his brothers: Bobby and Stanley “Mickey” Zacharias; his sister: Nancy Roney and his parents.
To cherish his memory, he leaves his beloved wife of 46 years: Veronica Zacharias; two children: Mary Jane Trouse and Michael (Kelly) Zacharias Jr.; his brother: Raymond “Butch” Zacharias; and his grandchildren: Michael III, Alexis, Johnny, Jessica, Makala, Nicolas and Victoria “Cricket”. He is also survived by many extended family members and friends.
Family and friends may gather on Monday, April 8, 2019 from 2:00pm -8:00pm at Merkle Funeral Service, North Monroe 2442 North Monroe Street (734)384-5185. He will lie In State on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 from 10:00am until a Celebration of His Life at 11:00am at Gracepoint United Pentecostal Church 2535 North Monroe Street with Pastor Bruce Leaman officiating. Burial will take place at Roselawn Memorial Park in LaSalle immediately following the service.
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