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Michael John Hunter

March 17, 1956 ~ October 5, 2019 (age 63)


On Saturday, October 5th, 2019, Michael John Hunter, loving husband, father and grandfather, passed away at the age of 63.

Michael was born on March 17th, 1956 in Monongahela, Pennsylvania to John Butti and Florence Grey Tocco.

Michael graduated from East Stroudsburg High School in 1974.  As a young man he was a gifted athlete and was drafted to play baseball for the Philadelphia Phillies.

Michael owned and operated a successful auto electric business in Orlando, Florida for over 20 years before moving to Rutherfordton, NC to establish the Janua Coeli Cancer Foundation.  Janua Coeli was a non-profit organization designed to offer terminally ill children and their families a week long retreat.  While living in North Carolina, he also attained his general contractors license, built numerous beautiful homes and his work was recognized in 2014 by the George Matsumoto prize for architectural design.

Mike was a caring and charismatic person who always had time for everyone and loved nothing more than joking around and making people smile.  He was completely devoted to his faith and his family.  His generosity and selflessness preceded him.

Michael gave a lot of his spare time to the church, he was a member of the Knights of Columbus, a lector and also sat on the building committee at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

He loved sports and was an avid golfer with a zero handicap for many years and always enjoyed spending time with friends on local courses or competing in father-daughter tournaments with Sarah.

Michael is survived by his father, John Butti, his wife of 36 years, Robin Lee Hansen, daughter and son-in-law, Sarah and Ross Gilling, stepson Christopher Trace, 4 grandchildren, Brayden, Mikko, Haley and Connor, and sister, Carole Grant and husband Bill Grant and nephews, cousins and friends.

The Funeral Mass will be at twelve noon on Friday, October 11, 2019 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church celebrated by Father Herbert Burke and Deacon Andy Cilone.  The Rosary will be said at 6 o'clock Thursday evening in The Padgett and King Chapel. Visitation will follow the Rosary. 

If desired, friends may make memorial contributions to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital by phone (800) 805-5856 or online

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