Hinschberger, Michael Patrick
One more Kitchener Rangers overtime victory was all Mike needed, and he was welcomed into the open arms of his loving God, along with his those of his parents Walter (1968) and Florence (1989) Hinschberger on Friday Oct 27. Mike passed away peacefully at Barnswallow Place Care Community in Elmira, where he had resided for the past 5 years. Thank you to the wonderful staff at Pheasant Run for taking such great care of Mike. He is pre-deceased by his 4 brothers; Tom, Jim, Peter and Ron, as well as his sisters-in-law Alice (Tom) and Anne Bourke (Jim). He is loved and will be dearly missed by his sister Betty Corrigan and his sisters-in-law Diane (Ron) and Sheila Bester (Jim) and his numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Mike was born in Kitchener in 1945 with severe Cerebral Palsy, leaving him confined to a wheelchair for life, with limited speech and motion capability. Doctors told his family at the time he likely wouldn't survive beyond his teens. Mike lived at home with his mother into his 40's, at which time he was able to move into assisted living units like Participation House in Brantford and later Traverse in Kitchener. It was in these settings where Mike was able to shine on his own. With the freedom and mobility provided by his power chair, Mike showed all of us what living was all about, and how not to let his disability slow him down. His passions were sports and people. He loved to travel on the GRT bus system or on Project Lift and make his way to sporting events and shopping malls where he would happily greet his many friends with a huge smile and a firm handshake. His regular stops included the food court at Conestoga Mall, where the servers would have his poutine waiting for him on the counter when they saw him rolling up. He traveled on numerous occasions to the Blue Jays spring training in Florida, and was a long time Kitchener Rangers season ticket holder and fan. With the help of his friends Edward from KW AccessAbility and Tyler from Traverse, Mike enjoyed many activities in and around town. Friends and family learned the hard way not to distract Mike if they saw him making his way along the sidewalk, as doing so resulted in a broken ankle when he misjudged a curb several years ago.
He loved the large family get togethers at Grandma Hinschberger's house, and the constant kidding around with his nieces and nephews. He had a zest for life that rarely seemed to fade.
A memorial mass will be held at St. Francis of Assisi R.C. Church, 49 Blueridge Ave. Kitchener ON on Saturday Nov. 4, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. with a reception to follow in the church hall. Interment will follow the reception at the family plot in St Agatha R.C. Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church from 10:15 a.m.-10:45 a.m. prior to the mass.
As expressions of sympathy, donations to the St. Vincent DePaul Society would be appreciated by the family.
Arrangements entrusted to the Henry Walser Funeral Home, Kitchener, 519-749-8467.
Visit www.henrywalser.com for Michael's memorial.