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William M. “Mike” Shanaberger
William M. “Mike” ShanabergerPittsburgh SteelersWilliam M. “Mike” Shanaberger 47 of New Bloomington died unexpectedly Wednesday March 8, 2017 from injuries sustained kayaking, while on one of his adventures.

He was born May 16, 1969 in Uniontown, Pa. to Harry W. “Bill” and Ruth M. (Hunt) Shanaberger, his mother survives in Uniontown.

Mike was a 1987 graduate of the Laurel Highlands High School and a 1991 graduate of Cal-U of Pa. He and his family have been residents of the LaRue area for the last 18 yrs., coming from Uniontown. For the last 10 yrs. Mike has worked for Taiho USA in Tiffin.

He had an adventurous soul, always looking for the next challenge. A huge sports fan, Mike truly bled Black and Gold for the Pittsburgh Steelers.  He was someone who loved life to the fullest, some examples of this were his love of music, dancing and looking after his small farm of animals.
But his true calling in life was being “PAPA”, he loved his entire family and made them priority one.

On November 24, 1990 in Uniontown, he married Kelley Lynn (Morgan) and she survives, also surviving are their children: Kailee (Joshua Beechum) Shanaberger of Marion, Payton (Zachery Tiell) Shanaberger of Marseilles and Hannah Shanaberger at home.
Granddaughter: Lydia and grandson Xander who is on the way
Mother and Father in law: Bob and Carol Morgan of Hopwood, Pa
Brother: Jim (Paula) Shanaberger of Lemont Furnace, Pa and their children: Andrew (Brandi), Kayci (Mike's Goddaughter) and Noah
Sister: Toni Shanaberger Thomas of Uniontown and her children: Maddie and Brian
Great nieces: Jalyn and Autumn
Many Aunts, Uncles and cousins

Private family services will be held at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home in LaRue

Memorial gifts may be made to Shanaberger Family to help them with unexpected expenses c/o the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home at PO Box 333 LaRue, Ohio 43332

Remembrances and condolences may be expressed at www.stofcheck-ballinger.com

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#1 from: Ed Shanor
Uniontown PA
Fri, Mar 10, 2017 at 4:30 PM

My friend my brother I will truly miss you.  

#2 from: E. Voytek
Fri, Mar 10, 2017 at 5:44 PM

Sending my sincere condolences to the family of Michael. I can't imagine the pain you are going through. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers, Michael is at peace and with his Dad now.

#3 from: Crystal Gibson
Fri, Mar 10, 2017 at 6:33 PM

Mike was a great guy to work for and work with. I can't even begin to think of anything to say that will bring peace to your family. He will be greatly missed by many of us.

#4 from: Jesse deel
Fri, Mar 10, 2017 at 6:55 PM

To Mikes family.. I have worked at taiho for about a year now and I thought very highly of this man. Was very kind to me always had a smile on his face everyday. Was an all out good person to be around and to of had the pleasure knowing and working for. My condolences sent your way to each and everyone of you. God bless!

#5 from: Ron Thomas
Atlanta, Ga
Fri, Mar 10, 2017 at 7:01 PM

I am so deeply sorry for your loss. Mike was a great old friend. We went to middle school, high school, and college together. So many great memories. I really wish I could have made our guys weekend last year.

May your strength be in knowing that absent from the body is to be present with the Lord

2 Corinthians 5:8

#6 from: Helen Vilk
Lemont Furnace Pa
Fri, Mar 10, 2017 at 7:10 PM

So sorry for your loss Mike was a good guy and a true friend to my son Ed Shanor may he Rest In Peace you will be missed prayers for family and friends.

#7 from: Gerardo Galvan
Fostoria, Ohio
Fri, Mar 10, 2017 at 8:24 PM

I was shocked to hear the Sad news about the passing of Mike. A GREAT Person I got to know while at Taiho.Rest in Peace my Friend.

#8 from: Kristin Newman
Marion, Ohio
Fri, Mar 10, 2017 at 8:33 PM

Dearest Payton and family, sorry to hear of your loss....thoughts and prayers are with you all. Many great memories from you all with Georgia and Robbie as kids.

#9 from: Junko Yoshii
Fri, Mar 10, 2017 at 8:44 PM

Dear Kelley, Mike's family , I would like to send my condolences to you.
Mike was really a great guy for our family and Taiho.
May his soul rest in peace. My thoughts and my prayers are with you and your whole family from Japan.

#10 from: Attila Molnar
Sat, Mar 11, 2017 at 3:42 AM

I am sending my condolences to the family of Michael.
You will be missed "Mike" you were such a great and nice guy and had a great life! Rest In Peace Mike you will always be missed!

#11 from: Randy Thomas
Uniontown, PA
Sat, Mar 11, 2017 at 8:09 AM

Thinking about the good old days, "Smitch"!
My deepest, saddest sympathies to the Shanaberger family. May God give you comfort in this trying time.  

#12 from: Brian Rehder
Fremont Oh
Sat, Mar 11, 2017 at 8:15 AM

Mike was not only a great boss and man to work for but he was also a great man. I am so sorry for your unexpected loss my thoughts and prayers go out to your family in this hard emontinal time. May god be with you.

#13 from: Melissa Hall
Lemont Furnace, PA
Sat, Mar 11, 2017 at 9:15 AM

I know there is nothing that can ease the heartache you are going through right now, but my thoughts and prayers are with you all. May Mike's adventures continue in Heaven, with Pap.

#14 from: Chuck & Mary Latsnic
Sat, Mar 11, 2017 at 9:19 AM

Sorry for your loss, Mike was a very liked man. 🙏🙏🙏

#15 from: John Tomechko
southern MD
Sat, Mar 11, 2017 at 9:52 AM

Deeply saddened to hear about Mike.  My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family.  Mike was a stand up guy and when I heard the news this week, memories of the 80's growing up on West Penn Blvd came flooding back.  He was an all around good guy that would do anything for you.  The great memories are just too many to list here but I think I've replayed a good many of them over in my mind the last few days.  There were just so many.  My condolences to Kelly and the girls, Ruth, Jim, Toni and everyone that was lucky enough to have Mike be part of their lives......John Tomechko  

#16 from: Vern Sizemore
Marion, Ohio
Sat, Mar 11, 2017 at 10:07 AM

I worked with Mike and always considered him my friend. My God Bless.

#17 from: Emilio Chavez
Sat, Mar 11, 2017 at 10:39 AM

Mike was one of the first people I met when I started at Taiho. He always had a smile on his face and nice things to say. He cared about people and did his best to make everyone as happy as he could. We always joked about the Steelers and the Cowboys. It's still hard to believe this has happened. I will miss his positive ways to life.

#18 from: Vicki Bashada
Sat, Mar 11, 2017 at 11:00 AM

So sorry to hear of Mike's passing.  I have such fond memories of him working with us at Fike's Dairy.  You are all in my prayers.

#19 from: Carol Mitchell
Belle Vernon, PA
Sat, Mar 11, 2017 at 11:37 AM

So very sorry for your loss.  Mike was an awesome guy. Enjoyed working with him at Fikes Dairy. Love and prayers to all.

#20 from: Scott and Shelly Willims
La Rue
Sat, Mar 11, 2017 at 4:06 PM

Deepest sympathy to you all. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

#21 from: Julie Fisher
Tiffin, Ohii
Sat, Mar 11, 2017 at 4:19 PM

My heart & prayers go to Mike & his family...he was a special man...he was there for me when my (Bobby Fisher) passed & was a Wonderful friend...Peace to you my friend..I know Bobby is waiting with his big Bear open arms to Welcome you...

#22 from: Sherry Gregor (Harrah)
Sat, Mar 11, 2017 at 8:17 PM

Mike....I remember the time you and Eric Williams wore skirts to school...you guys were always fun and very kind. My prayers go out to your family and friends as they adjust to your absence. GOD BLESS!!

#23 from: Adele Wilson
Uniontown Pa
Sat, Mar 11, 2017 at 8:26 PM

my daughter Kristi went to school with Mike, and always thought a lot of him. Our love and sympathy are sent to his family

#24 from: Brent Agnew
Fremont Ohio
Sat, Mar 11, 2017 at 9:14 PM

Sorry for your loss,  Mike was a great guy that I had the pleasure of meeting at Taiho.  He will be greatly missed. R.I.H Mike

#25 from: Lesley Monahan
Sat, Mar 11, 2017 at 10:51 PM

Fondest memories of you my friend. Until we meet again. Prayers and condolences to all Mikes loved ones.

#26 from: jody Sherman
United States
Sun, Mar 12, 2017 at 12:10 AM

I am so sorry for your loss!! Mike was a great boss & will be missed dearly by all of us at Taiho. My thoughts & prayers  are with all of your family. :'(

#27 from: Anne welch
Sun, Mar 12, 2017 at 9:14 AM

Worked with mike for a year. He was a great guy and boss. So sorry for your loss. We both loved the steelers and I talked to him a few times about that and how pretty Pennsylvania is.

#28 from: Kristi Oney
Sun, Mar 12, 2017 at 9:47 AM

Words can't explain how sorry I am to hear the news of his passing. He was a good guy at heart to everybody. He will be deeply missed at Taiho!

#29 from: Terry Gergely Ainsley
Sun, Mar 12, 2017 at 11:41 AM

So sorry. Mike was a student of mine at Laurel Highlands High School. He always made me smile.

#30 from: Sonja Frazier
Sun, Mar 12, 2017 at 2:04 PM

Praying for your family my deepest sympathy for your loss.. Mike was a great boss he will be sorely missed at Taiho.

#31 from: Deanna Supensky
Sun, Mar 12, 2017 at 3:07 PM

Mike was a great person.    I went to school with him.    I have many great memories of him growing up.     God bless all of his loved ones.  

#32 from: Leon locke
 11618 Broadview road silver spring Maryland 20902
Sun, Mar 12, 2017 at 11:12 PM

I went to school with Mike since kindergarten.always a great friend,and funny guy .So sorry to hear this.i remember playing football with Mike and the boys ever weekend at Marshall elementary school front yard. Will miss you brother.prayers to your family.leon locke

#33 from: Lenny Clouse
Clouse Construction
Mon, Mar 13, 2017 at 10:31 AM

Sorry to hear about Mike's passing. We all respected Mike and enjoyed working with him on many projects at Taiho. Always will remember his dedication and his love for life!
Lenny & Lynn Clouse
& the Clouse Family

#34 from: Linda and Ed Romesburg
Granville, Ohio
Mon, Mar 13, 2017 at 4:19 PM

Mike was really a brother to us rather than our cousin and friend. We loved him and cherished our relationship. He deeply loved his soul mate Kelley and was a doting father and grandfather to his wonderful girls and grand daughter. He was very loyal and compassionate to all of his family, friends, and colleagues alike. We will remember his genuine goodness, faith, energy, humor, and kind soul.  His time with us unexpectedly and sadly ended much earlier than we wanted, but his tremendous legacy of love and putting others before self will forever continue to inspire everyone who was blessed to know him.        

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#36 from: Karl Kortlandt
Columbus Ohio
Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 4:35 AM

Dear Kelly and family,
It was my pleasure to work with Mike and see him grow in Taiho's ways and philosophy. Mike was not only the best hire I ever made but a true friend at work and away from work. I will miss him in many ways and know you all will also. We all wish there was a way to bring him back but since we can not we can only take comfort in knowing he is in a much better place now. God bless you and your family in this time of grief.
Karl and Satoko Kortlandt

#37 from: Thresa Wenger
Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 7:39 AM

To the shanaberger family. I was so very sorry to hear of Mike's passing. I had the sincere pleasure of working for and with him at Marion for several years. He was a very good man with a huge heart and always had a smile for everyone. My heartfelt sympathy and prayers are with you all.

#38 from: Cheri Provance
Uniontown Pa.
Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 10:44 AM

So sorry to hear of your sudden lost of Mike.

Praying for you.

 The Provance Family

  (Ed's sister)

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#41 from: Ed Clark
Thu, Mar 16, 2017 at 11:28 AM

I had known Mike a short time through his job. We had a lot of common interest outside of work. He always had a smile on his face while thinking of the nest thing that needed to be done. He will be missed. My condolences to his family.

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