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Michael A. Lessing
December 18, 1954 - May 9, 2018

Michael A. Lessing

Michael A. Lessing
Dec 18, 1954 - May 9, 2018

Michael A. Lessing
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Michael A. Lessing passed away on Wednesday, May 9, 2018.

He was born in Pittsburgh to the late Mark and Ruth (Birnbaum) Lessing. He earned a degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

He married Sherry Cousin in Pittsburgh on July 7, 1977, and together they raised their loving daughter, Amy, married to Beau Thompson. He was a realtor with First Weber Group.

Michael will be dearly missed by his wife of 41 years, Sherry and daughter Amy (Beau) Lessing Thompson.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at Cress Funeral Home, 3610 Speedway Rd, Madison, followed by burial in Forest Hill Cemetery. A visitation will begin at the funeral home, one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your charity of choice.

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Cress Funeral & Cremation Service
3610 Speedway Road Madison
(608) 238-3434

A Ripp on May 14, 2018

So very sorry for your loss. Sending support from your FW East family. Hugs, Amy

Tiffany Bachmann on May 14, 2018

I was a client of Mike and Sharri's a few years ago. I am so appreciative of Mike's help in navigating the complexities of the real estate market. Sharri and Amy, I am so sorry for your loss. May the warm memories of Mike shared by friends and family comfort you during this time.

Tiffany Bachmann

Don Mickelson on May 13, 2018

Candle I just wanted to say that we were neighbors for about 20 years. Patti and I have many fond memories of Sherri and Mike. We were always playing pranks on each other. This memory though, Patti and I still laugh about it to this day.
Mike always loved going to Badger games. Well, Patti and I got tickets as well as Mike and a neighbor, but they weren’t together, they were in separate sections. It was really cold and Patti’s feet were getting cold. So we decided to slip over to the Copper Grid to watch the rest of the game while having a beer and a brat. We decided to call Mike and the neighbor (who were still at the game) and told him to stand up and wave his arms so we could see him in the section we knew he was in. Little did he know, we were across the street. I asked him “are you doing it?” and he said “yeah!” and I said “we can’t see you! Wave higher!” and he said “Okay, okay sure.” After a minute I said “We can’t see you from the bar, Mike.” and he proceeded to call me a CHOICE name. Patti and I were laughing SO hard. He decided to join us later on, despite the insults. We liked to bring it up from time to time and he would simply just go “oh SHUT UP! Reeeeaal funny.” And he would always laugh after along with us.

We will miss you Mike and your wonderful, happy personality. Rest in Peace.

Love, Patti, Don, and Natalie.

Charley Quirt on May 12, 2018

He will be remembered by his always welcoming smile, warm personality, happy attitude, and willingness to help. My plane trip with him, A $100 Hamburger trip, to take property photos will always be remembered.
My condolences on your loss of a partner, friend, and supporter.
My warmest wishes that someday the pain will be replace by wonderful memories.

E. Stein on May 11, 2018

Dear sherry and amy: my deepest sympathy. Michael was good and caring man. He will be deeply missed.

Penny Jones on May 11, 2018

Dear Sherry and Amy,
My heart aches for you.
I have always enjoyed working in your beautiful gardens and will miss, more than words can say, never seeing Michael's smile again. Yesterday when we were taking the planters out of the garage , I found Michael's Canadian goose and had to laugh. Don't be surprised if the goose moves from time to time...
Love you, Penny

Jim Pierick on May 11, 2018

My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Michael, one fine gentleman.

Mary Browning on May 11, 2018

Dear Sherry and Amy:
My sincere condolences to you both. It was my honor to know and work with Mike: professional, funny, kind and hard working. He was a pro and the Realtor community in Madison has lost a dear member and role model. You and Amy are in my thoughts and prayers. Much love, Mary Browning

B Cuta on May 11, 2018

Dear Sherry and Amy, it was my pleasure to know Mike, he was a very kind man, you are in our thoughts and prayers during this very sad and difficult time. Hugs to you both ,
Brenda and John Cuta

Christin Nowinski on May 10, 2018

We are so deeply sorry to hear of this tremendous loss Sherry and Amy. We so enjoyed time spent with Mike and all of you. He will be missed so much by everyone. We were lucky to know him and are saddened by this loss. We will miss his smile and kindness, such a wonderful man. Hugs to all of you. Christin and Don Nowinski

J Lamp on May 10, 2018

Just a great man all around. Prayers for the Lessing Family.



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Cress Funeral Home Madison - Speedway
3610 Speedway Road
Madison, Wisconsin 53705
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


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3610 Speedway Road
Madison, Wisconsin 53705
1:00 PM

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