Michael Firmender

In Memorial

 Manteo, NC

 Michael Lawrence Firmender, 71, of Manteo, died on Sunday, November 3, 2013 in a Norfolk, VA hospital.  Mr. Firmender was born in Bridgeport, CT and was the son of Irene Misencik Firmender and the late Lawrence Firmender.  He was a retired painting contractor.  He served his country honorably as a U.S. Army Captain, was a Vietnam veteran and a recipient of a Purple Heart.

Besides his mother, Mr. Firmender is survived by three daughters, Michele Andronowitz, Janet Firmender and Anne Firmender; a son Matthew Firmender; two sisters, Judith Hines and Laurene Wallace; a brother, James Firmender; and four grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo, NC on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 1:00 pm with Deacon Frank Masso officiating.  Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Veteran’s Charity of one’s choice.

Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo, NC is assisting the family with arrangements.

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  1. Kimi Calhoun

    Dear Michele and Family –
    Sending all my love and sympathy to you and the entire family on the loss of Mike . I hope you will hold all the good memories you shared with him close to your hearts. There are certainly many!! We are Here for anything you need – anything, anytime. Love and prayers, Kimi and Family

  2. Keith and Krissy Borgognone

    Dear Michelle, So sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
    Sincerely, Keith and Krissy

  3. Butch Hampton

    Bonnie & Family !!!
    Buddy was a True American, Loved His Family & America.
    He was a Life Member of DAV Chapter 64 K. J. Eyer Jr.of Elizabeth City.
    Past Chapter Cdr. & Jr. Vice Cdr.
    As You “Cross The Bar” We Bit You Fare Well on Your Journey!!!!
    Long May Your Big Jib Draw!!!
    God Bless You & Your Family !!

    Butch Hampton
    CSO Officer, DAV Chapter 64

  4. Russ and Bonnie Butler Belinski

    So Sorry to hear of Mikes passing. We had a great group of friends in high school and Mike was one of them. Bonnie Butler Belinski

  5. Russ and Bonnie Butler Belinski

    So sorry to hear of Mikes passing. We had a wonderful group of friends in high school and Mike was a big part of many fond memories

  6. Pauline Andronowitz

    Dear Michele and all of the Firmender
    family My Sincere sympathy to all. Thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.
    Love, Mom A…

  7. Mary ellen minogue

    Dear Laurene,Irene and rest of family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. May Michael finally rest in peace. You are all in my prayers. Mary ellen minogue

  8. Kathie Williamson and Family

    Uncle Mike will be missed and the memories will be with us to keep him near. All our prayers go out to your family at this time. Hugs and love to all. Mike has gone fishing and hope he is enjoying every minute with those that are with him (Larry and Joe). Peace and may Mike rest now. Love you all!

  9. Rudi & Steve Harris

    Dear Michele and Family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. May your fond remembrance of the love you shared with your Dad help the healing process as you move forward.

    With deepest sympathy,
    Rudi & Steve Harris

  10. joyce dilauro

    Anne and family may you be consoled by the fact that you were loved and he is at peace. Sincerely, Joyce

  11. Rob and Kim

    Dear Janet,Pete and to all of Mike’s Family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. We will miss his smile and good humor. Always remember the brightness Mike brought to the world. That is certainly what we will cherish. Godspeed Mike and have fun fishing with all those you enjoyed that you are with you now, and have a beer with us at PR’S every now and then!!! Love and will miss you! Thanks for your service Captain.
    With Deepest Sympathy,
    Rob and Kim

  12. Kari Rattigan

    My heartfelt condolences go out to the entire Firmender family during this difficult time. I will continue to keep you all in my prayers.

  13. Judy Tabak Newell

    To All of Mike’s Family,
    Remember all of the great times you had together. CELEBRATE HIS LIFE!!
    Many fond memories from our younger years. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time .
    Judy Tabak Newell

  14. Jack French

    Friends since the first day at NDCHS and throughout our years at Providence College. Thank you, Mike, for your friendship and for your unswerving devotion to family, friends, and country. Rest in peace with all our heroes.
    Prayers with you and all your loved ones.
    Jack & Janice French
    Lansing, KS

  15. Woodie and Vanda Taylor

    Michele and Ron: Losing a parent is always tough. Our hearts hurt for all of you who loved Mike. We have always enjoyed being around Mike and your entire family.

  16. Wayne Bayliff

    Condolences to the family for this great loss. I have many fond memories of Mike from our high school days. May he rest in eternal peace.
    Wayne and Judy Bayliff
    San Francisco, CA

  17. Jim Demma

    My condolensces to Mike’s family for their loss. I have many memories of our times together at ND and our years at Providence College. When we were roomates he taught me how ro play Pinochle. May he rest in peace.

  18. Pat and Rich Alagno

    Our condolences to the family of our dear Cousin Michael Firmender. Mike was a true Hero and Great friend and a very dear and beloved cousin. We have many wonderful memories of our younger years growing up on our grandparent’s farm. We will never forget those good times and we will never forget MICHAEL FIRMENDER

  19. Stephen Krebbs

    I was so saddened to hear of Mike’s passing. He was a great boss, and a fine human being. There are stories that I still tell to this day when Mike, my brother Billy, Janet, Matt & myself all worked together. I feel blessed to also have worked alongside Larry Firmender, one of my greatest mentors. I’m sure more memories will swirl around my head in the coming days, as he left a fond imprint on my life. My sincere condolences to the Firmender family. God Bless.

  20. Joe Andronowitz & Family

    You and your family are in our prayers. Sorry to hear of your loss and may the happy memories of Mike help find you peace.

  21. Cynthia Pyron

    I am so sorry for your lost. My heart is with you as you grieve the lost of your brother. When you return, I have a huge hug waiting for you.

  22. The Lemanski Family

    We were deeply saddened to learn of the passing our our cousin, nephew and godfather Michael. Our condolences of the extended Firmender family. We have many fond memories of him from the days at the family farm. May he rest in eternal peace,

    Richard, Diane, Nicole, Jonathan and Margaret Lemanski

  23. Bob Dowd

    Friends at Notre Dame HS and worked on yearbook committee together. Great friend- condolences to the family for the loss and thanks for serving our country.

  24. Michael and Marsha Hanna

    Firmender Family,

    We were saddened to hear about the loss of Michael. He was a good son, brother, husband, father, and grandfather. May he rest in peace. Our condolences to the entire family.

    Mike and Marsha Hanna

  25. Susan and Tony Marva

    Friends of Judy and Ron. You all have our deepest sympathy. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you during this sad time.

  26. Grasso

    Michele, Janet, Annie, Matt & Families,
    Our deepest sympathies to you all. AJ & I have great memories of your dad. He was one special man.
    In Sympathy,
    AJ, Sue & Girls

  27. Miles Midgette and family

    Mike, you were a pal. At your memorial, I learned so much more about you, and now I know why you and I clicked. I told your son this evening how much he resembles you in personality and mannerisms…and I you know you will live on through not only him but through your daughters, grandkids, nieces/nephews, and others. I will not forget your great-niece, Julia, walking up and down the aisle as we honored your passing. Love, Miles

  28. Paula, Bruce, Nick and Madeline Cote

    So sorry for your loss of a wonderful father, grandfather, son, uncle, brother, and my cousin, Michael. I remember many big family birthday and holiday celebrations at my mother’s and grandmother’s houses when I was young. And Michael was always there with a smile and joke. He also never hesitated to join in on my father’s card games. May your memories help you during this time.

  29. Kenneth Klein

    I am so sorry for your loss. Mike was a good boss, and a great man. I was privileged to work alongside him, to get to know him and his family. So many memories come to mind, a lot of laughs and smiles. My sincere condolences to all of you.

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