A Mass of Christian Burial for Michael A. “Mike” Cortez (fondly known as Bortz), age 61, of Reynoldsburg (formerly of Newark) will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 6, at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 66 Granville Street, Newark, with Father David Sizemore, as celebrant. Burial will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery in Pataskala.
Mike passed away on Friday, November 1, 2019 peacefully with his family after a hard-fought battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born May 31, 1958 in Newark, Ohio to Francis J. and Louise A. (Testa) Cortez.
Mike was a kind and dedicated family man who enjoyed spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren. He was one you could honestly say had never met a stranger. Mike also had many friends who are considered family.
He was an avid sports fan of The Ohio State Buckeyes, the Cleveland Browns, the New York Yankees, and Newark Catholic.
Mike also enjoyed playing golf and recently traveled to Scotland to the famed St. Andrews course. Mike and his friends created a special golf tournament in which he never missed a year of playing called the “Red Eye”.
He was a Regional Sales Manager for Dart Trucking for almost twenty years. Mike was a 1976 graduate of Newark Catholic High School.
He is survived by his wife, Carrie L. (Yates) Cortez; his mother, Louise A. Cortez; three daughters, Caitlyn R. C. (Brett) Blacet, Christina M. Cortez and Annmarie G. Haefs; three stepdaughters, Katelyn M. Zimpfer, Kaylee N. Zimpfer and Kenzie L. Zimpfer; four grandchildren, Lera, Archer, Beau and Maxim Blacet; and a brother, John Cortez.
In addition to his father, Francis J. Cortez (2002); he was preceded in death by a brother, Frederick J. Cortez (2013).
Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 5, at The Newark Chapel of Henderson-Van Atta-Stickle Funeral & Cremation Service, 59 North Fifth Street, Newark, where a Vigil Service will be held at 6:30 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made in Mike’s name to The James Cancer Center 460 W 10th Ave, Columbus, OH 43210 or to Newark Catholic High School, 1 Green Wave Dr, Newark, Ohio 43055.
I had the honor of knowing Mike almost 30. He was always one of my favorite people in life. He wore his heart on his sleeve and I always loved that about him. My condolences to his family and to Carrie. Words cannot express how much we will all miss him.
Mike was an outstanding sales manager, gentleman, always positive and upbeat and fun to be around and work alongside. He loved his family, always sharing stories. I know he will be greatly missed. So sad....and so young!!
My Mike’s Peace Be With You and Your Family. With our deepest sympathy.
Cortez Family, So very sorry for your loss, Mike will be missed by many; You are all in our thoughts and prayers, With Sympathy and Love
I can't express the sadness that I felt in my heart when I heard the news that my friend and long time colleague had been called home. Carrie I just want you to know that even though I never got to me you I feel like I've known you for a long time simply from the way Mike always talked about...
I can't express the sadness that I felt in my heart when I heard the news that my friend and long time colleague had been called home. Carrie I just want you to know that even though I never got to me you I feel like I've known you for a long time simply from the way Mike always talked about you.. I remember when you and Mike first starting dating. Mike was so eager each week to tell me about how special your relationship was, and to constantly tell me how grateful he was that he fell in love again with someone that he considered his soulmate. Once he got the dreadful diagnosis after you two were married we spoke for a long time and he told me something that I will never forget. He told me to never get stressed out about trivial things in life that you think are important at that time, because when you get diagnosed with a terminal illness and you know the end is near none of those trivial things really matter. In the end all that is important is spending as much time as you can with your loved ones and enjoying life to the fullest. Mike truly loved his whole family and never hesitated to tell everyone about them. Sometimes I often wonder why bad things happen to such good guys like Mike..However, with my faith I know that the almighty always has a plan and I know that Mike is no longer in pain and is dancing with the Angels.. I know we will meet again someday Mike. Until then I will cherish the memories that I had chatting with you each week about life in general. Rest in Peace Buddy!