Michael Harnois Obituary

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Michael David Harnois

April 14, 1956 - August 19, 2012
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The Reverend Michael David Harnois, 56 years of age, passed away suddenly in Lynn, Massachusetts on Sunday August 19, 2012. Michael was born on April 14th, 1956 to Ervin Leo Harnois and the late Betty Lou (Brenholt) Zinsky in Washburn, Wisconsin. Michael was raised in Washburn, WI where he graduated from Washburn High in 1974. He received a Bachelor of Arts in music from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 1982. In 1987 he graduated from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago receiving his Master of Divinity as an ELCA Pastor. Michael went back to school at University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, MN where he graduated in...
The Reverend Michael David Harnois, 56 years of age, passed away suddenly in Lynn, Massachusetts on Sunday August 19, 2012. Michael was born on April 14th, 1956 to Ervin Leo Harnois and the late Betty Lou (Brenholt) Zinsky in Washburn, Wisconsin.

Michael was raised in Washburn, WI where he graduated from Washburn High in 1974. He received a Bachelor of Arts in music from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 1982. In 1987 he graduated from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago receiving his Master of Divinity as an ELCA Pastor. Michael went back to school at University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, MN where he graduated in 2004 with a Juris Doctor and began a brief law career. The majority of his life was dedicated to the Lutheran Church as pastor of several churches in the Midwest region.

Michael enjoyed being an avid sailor as well as singing and computers. His greatest joy of all was theology and liturgy. Michael also had a special bond with his 2 dogs Rocky and Bogard, whom he loved to spend time with.

Michael leaves behind his father Ervin Harnois and his companion Pat; his wife Stephanie (Zafft) Harnois and her two daughters Erienne and Haleigh Fullerton; his two sons David and Andrew Harnois and his wife Nicole and their mother Susan Harnois; his siblings Kathy Green, Greg Harnois and his wife Charlene, Amy Zinski and her companion Brian, Dan Zinski, Elizabeth Kallio and her husband Rick, Jaimie Zinski and her companion Josh, Maren Zinski and her companion John, and Lance Lafblad; and many nieces, nephews and a grand niece and nephew. Michael is predeceased by his mother Betty Lou (Brenholt) Zinski.

A memorial service to celebrate Michael's life will be held in Washburn Wisconsin at the Messiah Lutheran Church, 231 West 5th Street, Washburn, WI on Saturday, August 25 at 11:00AM. A second memorial service will be held at St. John the Evangelist, 35 Bowdoin St, Boston, MA on Saturday, September, 8 at 4:30PM.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), PO Box 102. 115 Mill Street, Belmont, MA 02478.

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