Michael Lee DeLorme was born February 4th, 1946 to George & Ann DeLorme near Rochester, NY. The family moved to Barrington, NJ, then returned to Rochester where Michael attended Catholic and public schools, serving as an alter boy while at Scotia, NY. Mike developed a strong interest in his Catholic faith during high school and college years, working at a religious book store and serving as a eucharistic minister for nine years at St. Thomas Moore Parish in Rochester. He made frequent visits and retreats to the Trappist Abbey of the Genesee in Piffard, NY and gained strength from time spent there.
Having obtained his private airplane license, and inspired by writings of an Alaskan nurse titled: "In Alaska You Can Do Whatever You Want To" coupled with his dream of serving the Catholic Diocese of Fairbanks as a "Bush Pilot Eucharistic Minister", he loaded his Camero and headed "North to Alaska", arriving in Fairbanks October of 1997. Upon meeting with then Bishop (Kaniecki, SJ.), and finding that his flying time did not qualify him to fly for the Diocese, he found employment with Laidlaw Transit and at Chena Hot Springs Resort for many years.
Mike was a contemplative, prayerful consummate Catholic and an active member of Immaculate Conception Church where he served as Lector and Sunday Rosary leader. He was a member of the Legion of Mary and the Knights of Columbus. Michael was also a daily mass attendant and preferred the solemness of the Latin Mass Rite, and was very much abreast of current church leaders and Theologians. A well-trained writer, and reader of his numerous Catholic books, he wrote editorials and letters to his siblings frequently. Ending with the entreaty to "Pray for the Church".
In his private life, although he would not have wanted anyone to know of it, he was a "Prayer Warrior", three hours a day for years, backed by complete fasting three days per week! Yet humble; he was described as one who would "Forget all the good things he did".
Mike's battle with Stage 4 cancer ended April 12, 2019 at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital where he had been admitted the day before.
His mother transitioned to eternal life at age 60, followed by his father at age 73 in 1995. The oldest of seven siblings Mike is survived by sisters Barbara, Diane, Susan, Karen, Lesa, and brother John.
A memorial mass will be held Tuesday, July 23rd at Immaculate Conception Church at 2:30pm, followed by a reception.
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