We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Heritage Funeral Home and Cremation
Mike G Kadrowicz, 84, of Berwyn IL, passed away on September 14, 2022, surrounded by family, after a
long battle with various health issues. He was preceded in death by his parents Alexander and Olga
Kadrowicz, and his mother-in-law Edith Masse Castrale Vogrich.
Mike is survived by his wife, Donna (Castrale), his loving children daughter Tina (Kadrowicz) Matt, son-in
law Ronald Matt, daughter Tammy (Kadrowicz) Sheedy (the late John Sheedy), daughter Michelle
(Mique) Kadrowicz-Pitts, son-in-law Duke Pitts, and grandson Vance Pitts. He was the fond grandfather
of many fur babies.
Mike was close to his sister-in-law Janice (Castrale) Barkei, her husband David Barkei, nephews James
(Jennifer) Barkei and Kurt (Erica) Barkei, as well as great niece Liesel Barkei and great nephew Gianni
Mike was born on February 20, 1938, in Bialowieza Poland. His family immigrated to the United States
during his early childhood and settled in Grand Island, Nebraska. Mike attended Central Catholic High
School and was a prolific athlete. He excelled in baseball and pitched for the minor league affiliate of
the Kansas City Athletics until he was sidelined by an injury.
Mike was briefly married to Marlene Griffith, mother of Mique Kadrowicz-Pitts, in 1960. After divorcing,
Mike joined the US Army in 1961. He transitioned to the Military Police and was eventually assigned to
the Chicago, IL area where he met his spouse Donna Castrale, who worked as a secretary in the USO.
They married in August of 1964. Upon honorable discharge from the military, Mike joined the
workforce and spent much of his career as a Customer Service Manager for Amphenol and Micron
Industries. Mike retired from Micron in March, 2014.
Mike enjoyed playing baseball on weekend mornings with his daughters, and he spent several years
coaching little league baseball. He belonged to several couples bowling leagues and was an active
member of the Po-Piedmont Club in Chicago. One of Mike’s favorite activities was playing volleyball
with family. The Kadrowicz vs Castrale volleyball matches were an annual 4 th of July tradition.
Mike and his wife Donna enjoyed ballroom dancing and were frequent attendees at the Willowbrook
Ballroom. Mike held Sunday morning polka dancing sessions in his living room with his wife and
daughters, often followed by ping-pong tournaments on the dining room table.
Mike was an active member of St Odilo parish, serving as an usher at the 8am Sunday mass for many
years. In his retirement years, Mike enjoyed attending the Stickney Senior Club meetings weekly and
watching re-runs of old westerns on TV.
Mike was friendly, outgoing, and well-loved by those who knew him. He will be missed.