Michael Graziano
BEDFORD -- Michael Angelo Graziano of Bedford, passed away on July 22, 2012, surrounded by his family to the loving arms of the Lord. Memorial Service: 6 p.m. Friday at Wade Family Funeral Home, 4140 West Pioneer Parkway, Arlington. Michael was born in Youngstown, Ohio on November 18, 1945. Always the life of the party, everyone who knew him will sorely miss his smile and quick wit. He was preceded in death by parents: Michael & Josephine Graziano. Survivors: He leaves a large & forever grateful family to celebrate his legacy: wife Kristen Graziano, sister Alba Graziano of Middleburg Heights, OH; sister Jill Vecchione and her husband Edward of Boynton Beach, FL; brother and wombmate, Anthony Graziano of Midlothian; brother Tim Graziano and wife, Molly of Cleveland, OH; daughters Nicole Wallace and her husband, Wade of Midlothian, Carrie Lewis & her husband Tim of Bedford; Holly Graziano of Arlington, Jessica Watson & her husband, Chris of North Richland Hills; former spouse and mother of his children Naomi Bowen, seven grandchildren, three step-daughters: Melanie Buenting, Sara Buenting, Angel Watkins, and nine grandchildren.

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  1. The Hardin Family wishes to express our most heartfelt condolences for your loss; our prayers and thoughts are focused on the love and life that was shared.
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    A human life is a story told by God.
    ~Hans Christian Andersen

  2. I will miss you Mike, you were a great Dad and Father in law. I promise to take care of Larry (Carrie) 😉

  3. Uncle Mike, we’re going to miss you but not forget you. Thanks for the memories, like the way you invented nick names for everyone and made us laugh with your silliness, the time you thought you could chip a golf ball over the pool on Western Reserve Road and hit the side, the many times both families got together on Hood Street so “the adults” could play cards and you put me in charge of the kids because I was the oldest, the time we went bar hopping after a Rangers game into the wee hours of the night or my personal favotite,flipping my parents off backing out of the driveway when I was six even though they didn’t think it was funny when I did it, flip them off that is. And thanks for lending your name to me for confirmation even though mom said all Michaels were trouble. Now you can catch up with her about that whole trouble thing. I am a better person having known you. Love, Jeff Bob

  4. To a great father in law, and an even greater father. The love and respect your daughters hold for you tells the world how great you were. Thank you for always being ‘you’ and bringing a smile to everyone’s face.

    Love
    — WW

  5. I didn’t have the privilege of meeting Mike; however, his daughter Carrie is my daughter-in-law/daughter. I will celebrate Mike Graziano’s life for giving the world and me such a beautiful and accomplished young woman to enjoy and love. Thank you Mike!

  6. My prayers are with Kristen and the family in this time of sorrow. I will miss Mike calling here and asking for Krissie (so sweet.)

  7. Oh my Daddy,
    I love you so much! I love that when you would walk into a room, it would light up with love, light and laughter! I am so lucky to have had you in my life! You made your granddaughters so happy and loved every minute. They adore you! Thank you Daddy, for all your love, and goofiness’ and strength! I am so so blessed to have had you as my Daddy!
    I will miss you every day of my life!!!

  8. Mike, I feel honored to have known you and your wonderful family. You made me laugh like no one else. The outpouring of love from those that have known you is a testament to the great father/friend/father-in-law,you were. You will not be forgotten and your memories will live with us a lifetime. Tim Lewis
    p.s. I promise to take care of Larry 😉

  9. You have lived a life that always brought laughter and joy to those around you. I’m scared now that you and Janie are up there comparing stories that me and your girls came up with to keep ourselves out of trouble. Now you have access to the truth. Let me explain, it was always Nickie’s idea! I thank you for never telling my mom that time you caught me smoking behind the shed on Western Reserve Road. 🙂 I will always remember sitting with you on a blanket and watching fireworks, and laughing at you getting yelled at for your crazy antics that should have never been displayed in front of all us kids! You will always be my Uncle Mike, and all of my childhood memories include you. You gave me my name, Jodella. And I tell you now, sir… I do not smella.

  10. Dad, you have been the best father a girl could ask for. I miss you more than I ever expected to miss someone. You were beyond special… and I stress “special”! I love you daddy!!!

  11. To all of Mike’s family: I’m terribly sorry for your loss. Mike was a good friend and I will miss him. We had a lot of laughs and did some stupid s–t. My memories of the
    Graziano household will never be forgotten.

  12. To all of the Graziano we share in your sadness of the loss of Michael. Memories for me growing up next door to this wonderful family will always be a part of my life. I met the “twins” when I was ten and they were eight. From dragging boxes from the appliance store to make forts, to waiting for that bell Mrs. G would ring every night to call the kids in, and spending time at Mr. Mike’s shoe store. We lost touch over the years, but never lost touch in my heart. To all of you I thank you for the times we spent together. Sadness fills my heart.

  13. Unlce Mike, the world lost a special man on Sunday, but heaven gained an angel. The Graziano family has always been and will always be very close to my heart. The fond memories and all the good times are too abundant to share in this message, but just know you always put a smile on my face. Your family and friends will miss you terribly, but whenever they think of you, they will laugh. My heartfelt sympathy to everyone close to you, you will live on forever. Say hi to my Mom, she will be glad to see you… Love Jim “Vinny”

  14. Spend 10 seconds looking at the photo of Tony, Mike, Jane and Jack and you will see how special their friendship was that stretched to many others associated with this Motely Crew. And to look that happy drinking Pepsi, amazing. Thank you for sharing. Jeff Bob Mike

  15. Mikey and Family,
    I wish I could have had one more moment of laughter with you because that is what I remember the most. I never witnessed a moment where you weren’t just enjoying life the best way you knew how. You were part of my second family while growing up and although I am thousands of miles away, I have kept all of you in my heart. You shared advice, love, and laughter to those blessed enough to know you. My fondest memory will always be sharing spaghetti dinners with the family and the jokes, laughter, and games that went along with the evening. I’ll soon be having a spaghetti dinner and long distance phone call in your honor and will never ever forget you.
    I send my love and condolence to all of the family.
    Stephanie & Janie Levinski

  16. Yvette and I just want to know how special you and Mike are to us and know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Mike was such a special man who loved you with all of his heart. We are thanful we had a chance to know him and be a small part of your lives. He will be missed and remembered.

  17. Kristen, please know you and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers. houghts and prayers. Michele Woodham

  18. Thank you all for the memories and love you have shared through you condolences. Mike was certainly a very special man. His sense of humor and play will always be a part of all of us who knew and loved him. Please keep Kristen and her family in your prayers. Mike and Kristen had a loving marriage for sixteen years. Save his illness, he was a happy man to the last. Lastly, to Mike, thank you for the blessing of our four beautiful daughters, who have, by themselves, brought us endless joy and countless memories, but then enriched our lives through our extrordinary son-in-laws (God bless ’em), and seven, oh-so-precious, grandchildren.You will always be in our hearts and conversations.

  19. Kristen, I’m sorry to hear the your loss of your husband. My prayers are with you and your family during this diffcult time.

  20. Kristen, my heart goes out to you and your entire family. I know that Mike’s passing is a devastating loss but in time, I hope that you are able to focus on the great memories that you have together. You will remain in my thoughts and prayers.

  21. Kristen, Please accept my most heartfelt sympathy for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Hold tight to the memories for comfort, lean on your family and friends for strength and always remember how much you are cared about.

  22. I dont have any bad memories of Mikie…He was always happy…always joking…and all of the kids and grandkids love him. When I told my girls of his passing they were upset…Syd was really concerned about who was going to make your meatballs. The first night I took Jessica out on a date I was introduced to the “Russa Rule”…she was home early. I was a little worried…Big Mikie…Italian…Russia…Little Christopher
    Love you Mikie. PS Jessica is in good hands…If I cant take care of it…I have a godfather, an Uncle Tony and I just learned that I have an Uncle Vinny too…

  23. Kristin my heart aches for you in the loss of Mike. Please know we are all thinking of you and your family in the days ahead. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  24. Kristin, I am very sorry for your loss. Mike was such a kind soul, and he will be missed by many. You are in Michelle and I’s thoughts and prayers. Please let me know when you need us.

  25. We are all sorry for your lost.He was like a big brother & uncle to all of us .Luv ya Mike

  26. To my Graziano cousins, Aunt Naomi & Kristen: I am truly sorry for such a deep loss. It is through the laughter for his memories and the tears for our loss with losing such a significant individual. I love you all very much, know that you are in my thoughts and prayers as we all grieve this loss. We grieve for ourselves. . . we celebrate Uncle Mike’s life!

  27. Hard to believe it’s been a year. Mike was a good friend and teammate. The one memory I’ll never forget is how many times we had to watch Michael’s TD run at St. Charles. It makes me smile every time I think about it. God bless. Jim

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