Albeit unexpected, Michael Henry Stoumen left this world a little bit better than he found it on September 2nd 2021 at his home in Florida shared with soulmate Suzanne. Michael was known for his big heart, keen intellect, culinary passions with which he was delighted to share with loved ones and anybody lucky enough to find themselves at his table. Pyrotechnics was another notable and near life-long passion that could well serve as a metaphor for his bright, colorful and compelling personality and life.
First-born son to Marilyn Nowell (Schaumburg) and Raymond Stoumen, Michael was born on October 29th, 1956 in New York. His childhood was spent in the Philadelphia area where he attended Germantown Academy graduating with the Class of ’74. His early interest in pyrotechnics was encouraged there as he discovered ways to safely send a mouse high over the school in a rocket. After many successful trips, the mouse retired with the name “Lucky.
Michael was a renaissance man as comfortable with the study of chemistry, Buddhism, medicine, rocket propulsion and free radio transmission as he was with a blow torch, hammer or whisk in his hands. He served many causes, with the people and animals and environment at the forefront. His intellect led him to studies at Cornell University in Ithaca NY where he lived in and around the Finger Lakes region for many years before moving to California. He worked primarily in the semi-conductor industry but loved to dabble in construction and other unusual jobs and past-times. We are all confident that he is still routing for the Philadelphia Eagles in the great beyond.
Michael is preceded in death by his parents, brother Jay Morris Stoumen, long-time friend/brother John Jankowski, Kitty Rainbow (“the best cat ever”) and Lucky. Michael is survived by his fiancé Suzanne with whom he shared nearly 12 years of happiness; sisters “Suz” and Lisa and their respective families; his dog beloved Buddy and the many, many beloved friends hailing from all corners. Special remembrances to his adopted Grandchild, Leatham with whom he enjoyed a special bond.
The Family would like to thank the Emergency Workers for their efforts to keep Michael here with us.
No services are planned at this time, but we would like to both encourage you to remember Michael in a way that you feel is most fitting. An online memorial has also been posted at https://www.forevermissed.com/michael-henry-stoumen/about where we hope you can share some of your special memories. A Memorial Service will be held privately at a future date. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in his name to the Animal Refuge Center, http://animalrefugecenter.com/ in North Fort Myers, FL
where his dear Buddy was rescued after Katrina.