Michael J. Dalessio

Michael J. Dalessio

November 14, 1954 - May 20, 2012

Michael J. Dalessio

November 14, 1954 - May 20, 2012


Michael Joseph Dalessio
Husband. Father. Brother. Friend.

Mike was called to the Lord’s side on Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 2:05 a.m. at Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, California surrounded by loving family and friends after a courageous battle with soft tissue sarcoma cancer. He is survived by his wife, daughter, son, and two sisters.

Born Sunday, November 14, 1954 in Erie, Pennsylvania, he was the son of Michaelina and Mike Dalessio who were originally from Marchenese, Italy and preceded him in death. He was the brother of Marguerite Miller (Rodney), his older sister, and Anna Iverson (Charles), his younger sister.

He graduated from Strong Vincent High School in 1972 and received his B.S. in Management from the Pepperdine University School of Business and Management on December 15, 1984. Mike went on to earn his California Real Estate License in 2002 and his California Insurance Licenses in 2009. He was the Business Development Director at AWA Collections in Orange, California for the past 3 years.

On November 27, 1987, he married the love of his life, Diane Marie Bagdasar. Together, they raised two children. Megan Danielle Dalessio graduated from the University of California, Berkeley on May 12, 2012 and Jack Ryan Dalessio currently attends Tesoro High School in Las Flores, CA.

Mike is the loving uncle of Laura Miller of Saxonburg, Pennsylvania and Emily Miller and Michael Iverson of Erie, Pennsylvania. His extended family includes his adoring mother-in-law, Elisa Bagdasar (Jack) of Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, his sister-in-law, Laura Ackermann (Jim), his niece Natalie Pitman, his nephew Andrew Pitman, his sister-in-law, Sue Trible (Tim), his nephew Patrick Mnatzakanian, his brother-in-law, James Bagdasar (Jan), and his nieces Brooke and Claire Bagdasar.

An active member of the parish congregation at San Francisco Solano, Mike was an enthusiastic participant in Christ Renews His Parish Retreats, a lector, a regular at the Friday Morning Men’s Fellowship, and co-emcee of the 2011 SFS Fiesta. He and his son, Jack ushered for many years and he and his daughter, Megan, took several house-building trips to northern Mexico with Corazón. As a way of sharing his professional skills, he hosted a résumé-writing night for parishioners and presented a money management workshop to the parish youth group.

Mike’s loved ones will always remember him as a kind, generous, and fun-loving man. He was passionate about music and enjoyed playing guitar and keyboard. He was the drummer for the bands Sans Culotte and Made in America. He loved to travel and visited the local desert and mountains, Hawaii, New York, Mexico, Canada, France, and Italy three times with his friends and family. A baseball fan, Mike alternately rooted on the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim- an expression of his bi-coastal life. Mike was also a talented writer, master of jokes and nicknames, and a wonderful story teller. His family and many friends will miss him dearly as he brought joy, laughter, and ultimately courage and inspiration to all the lives he touched.

Services to Celebrate Mike’s Life:

Rosary – Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
San Francisco Solano Catholic Church
22082 Antonio Parkway
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688

Funeral Mass – Friday May 25, 2012 at 10:00 a.m.
San Francisco Solano Catholic Church
22082 Antonio Parkway
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688

Graveside Services – Friday May 25, 2012 around 11:45 a.m.
Holy Sepulcher Cemetery
7845 East Santiago Canyon Road
Orange, CA 92869

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5 responses to Michael J. Dalessio

  1. Laura Olea says:

    Dalessio Family, So sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. He was the most wonderful Boss and dear friend . He always went well and beyond for everyone. Whether it was words of advise or words of incouragement. RIP my dear Amigo !!!

  2. Laura Olea says:

    Lit a candle in memory of Michael J. Dalessio

  3. Tony Hidalgo says:

    I will miss you dear friend! thank you for being such a great friend. Your memory will be with us forever. My prayers and thoughts go to Diane, Meagan, and Jack.

  4. Tony Hidalgo says:

    Lit a candle in memory of Michael J. Dalessio

  5. Diane, Megan and Jack; I am so sorry! May you find comfort and strength in the Lord our God , “So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13 Patti Wieckert

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