Michael J. Baeten, 61, Green Bay resident, died Thursday, July 28, 2022, at a local hospital following complications from surgery. He was born November 21, 1960, in Green Bay to the late Bernard and Lorraine (Wellens) Baeten. Mike attended Green Bay Preble High School graduating in 1979. Following high school, he was employed at Fort Howard Paper Company. While working at Fort Howard he began classes at St Norbert College and until beginning at Purdue University in 1986 attaining his degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1989. Mike married the former Denise Froelich on June 21, 1986, at St. Bernard Catholic Church.
Following graduation from Purdue he began a career at FMC which led to Paper Converting, Georgia Pacific and currently as a project manager for Fusion Integrated Solutions. His expertise in engineering led him down a path as an inventor and a tinkerer. Mike currently holds a patent for Nested Point to Point Laminating and Embossing as well as the “Use Every Drop” attachment for soap dispensers, “which can be purchased on Amazon”. Even though his career required travel, he and Denise still loved to travel, especially Hawaii. Mike will be remembered as a storyteller, telling stories that were believable……. most of the time. He had a knack for capturing his audiences’ minds and imagination. Mike was an active member of Prince of Peace Parish.
He is survived by his wife Denise; their two sons, Evan Baeten and Philip Baeten and his fiancée Kelsey Karnopp; brother, Carey Baeten and sister, Brenda (Marty) Brice; in-laws, Jerry and Judy Froelich, Denise’s paternal grandmother, Luella Froelich; brother-in-law, Dave Froelich; many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Friends may call at Prince of Peace Catholic Church 3425 Willow Rd. from 4:00-7:00 pm Thursday, August 4. A parish wake service will close the evening at 7:00 pm. Visitation will continue Friday at the church from 9:00-10:15 am. Memorial Mass at 10:30 am Friday with Rev. Dennis Ryan officiating. Inurnment at the Allouez Chapel Mausoleum. Online condolences may be sent to Mike’s family at www.prokowall.com. In lieu of floral expressions a memorial fund has been established in his name. To watch the Memorial Mass virtually, please go to: popgb54311 on Facebook.
Mike’s family extends their sincere gratitude to the numerous doctors, nurses and staff at Aurora Baycare for their care and compassion for Mike and his family. Also, to Fr. Ryan and Deacon Jeff Prickette for their prayers and concern over this difficult time.