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In Memory of Michael Kinsella


Friday, December 2 from 5 to 7PM at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson as well as one hour prior to the mass at church on Saturday.

Funeral Services

11AM Saturday, December 3 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Hudson

Michael Joseph Kinsella, age 40, of Chicago, IL, died unexpectedly November 22, 2016 while on vacation. 

Michael was born on January 19, 1976 in Dallas, TX to Thomas and Kathleen (Moran) Kinsella. He attended St. Croix Catholic School in Stillwater, MN prior to graduating from the International School of Brussels in Belgium, where he excelled in academics and athletics, playing soccer and rugby. He received an appointment to the United States Naval Academy, where he studied engineering and achieved All-American honors on the naval rugby team. Following the academy, he was commissioned as a Naval Aviator, flying the EAB prowler under the call sign “Rocky.” He served four deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. He was then assigned as a test pilot in Ridgecrest, CA, testing the new F-18. Michael loved flying and found he was most at peace in the skies.

Following his Naval career, he entered the Masters program in Business at the University of Notre Dame. His second great love was Notre Dame football, a team he had followed since a small boy, so studying at Notre Dame and attending football games was a dream come true. He also took several mission trips to the Philippines and Nigeria with Notre Dame. When he graduated, he went to work for Alvarez & Marsal in Chicago as a business consultant. 

Mike not only loved watching Notre Dame and Navy football, but also discussing the games afterwards with his dad. He loved life to the fullest. Always game for adventure, he would hop on a plane to go help family and friends with whatever they needed, or travel to some new country. He was well read and enjoyed painting. He quickly lit up a room when he entered, with his fun loving personality which, for those who knew him, will forever be missed.

Michael will live on in the hearts of his parents, Thomas and Kathleen Kinsella of Estero, FL; siblings: Sean Kinsella, Shannon Menell, Conor (Katie) Kinsella, and Ryan Kinsella; and nieces and nephews: Brennan, Annie, Payton, and Garrett. He is preceded in death by his grandparents.

Visitation will be from 5-7PM on Friday, December 2, 2016 at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home, 520 S. 11th St., Hudson. Mass of Christian Burial for Michael will be at 11AM on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 1500 Vine St., Hudson with a visitation held one hour prior to the Mass at church. Burial with full military honors will be at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery in Hudson. If a charitable donation is preferred in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, www.nmcrs.org or Attn: Development, 875 N. Randolph St. Ste 225, Arlington, VA 22203.

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    • Dear Kinsella Family,

      My family’s thoughts are with you and we are so sorry to hear of Michael’s passing. Michael was dynamic and gave so much to this world. I remember spending time with him in Brussels like it was yesterday.

      God bless and love to you all – the Foxes

    • Tom, Kathy & family,
      Our thoughts & prayers are with all of you during this sad time. May the memories you have ease your pain and bring you comfort in the coming days. We send our love & sympathy your way. Much love, Mike, Kim, Ella & Bridger

    • To the Kinsella Family,

      Our hearts are breaking for you and we wish that we could be there. But please know that our hearts are with you. Michael was an amazing young man! He excelled at everything he did, including practicing his faith and kindness. He was a wonderful son, brother and uncle. I will always remember the time we visited him during his first year at Annapolis. He gave us a tour and we had a great afternoon with him learning about the life of a midshipman.

      We pray that God can comfort you at this time and that some day your sadness can be covered by the memories of his beautiful life.

      We are thinking of all of you and praying for you.

      God bless,

      Susan and Gordon Bowers

    • Tom, Kathy and Family,

      We are so saddened with the news of Michael’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. We do wish we could be with you in person during these difficult times. May god give you strength and peace in Michaels’s memory.

      With much love, Les and Cheryl

    • Dear Tom & Kathy,

      May God bless and watch over you and your family during this difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    • I had the privilege of working with Mike at A&M. He was one of the brightest and most capable people I have worked with. He was also funny, thoughtful and proud of his accomplishments and experiences in life. May God rest his soul and I am grateful that our paths crossed.

    • Dear Tom & Kathy,
      Please know that you and all the Kinsella family are in our thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time. All of us who earned those cherished “Wings of Gold” hurt when ever we hear of a fellow Naval Aviator down – may Mike Rest in Peace.
      God bless all the Kinsella Family.

    • Tom and Kathleen: On behalf of my siblings, I extend our condolences on the loss of your son. You must have been so proud of him and his accomplishments. We are so grateful for his military service and his service to others. You are in our thoughts and our prayers.

    • Tom and Kathy,
      Words cannot express what we are feeling for you and your family.
      We will pray for the Peace of the Lord to be with you in this time of sadness.
      God Bless you.

    • My heart is heavy with grief for the Kinsella family. I have fond memories of Michael running around that Frisco home. May God’s mercy bring Michael to his final reward. Prayers for the entire Kinsella family. Love to all – Kathy Terzis

    • Tom and Kathy, we were sorry to learn of the death of your son Michael. George and I send our prayers to you and all of Michael’s family.

      God Bless.

    • To God be the Glory for Michael and his faithful Catholic Chrisian family. Thank you for creating Michael and keeping your promise you would always be with him, and his family. Math. 28:20. Love and prayers to you all. He was a special young man. , MAry Ann Graeve