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Michael H. Trost Obituary


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“We only met Mike a couple times and looked forward to getting to know him and developing a strong friendship. Our hearts go out to Wendy and family. ”
1 of 56 | Posted by: Gene anc Carla Chropkowski - WI

“I am so lucky to have so many fond memories thanks to having such a great dad who did everything for his family. He was hard when he needed to be, he...Read More »
2 of 56 | Posted by: Jennifer Trost Glodowski - WI

“I was very saddened to hear of Mr. Trost's passing. I had just been thinking about him and wondering what he was going to be reading (and eating)...Read More »
3 of 56 | Posted by: Lisa (Kluball) Mackenzie - Chico, CA

“My Deepest Condolences to the Trost family. Mr. Trost was a true inspiration to me. As a teacher, he taught me to think critically and to love...Read More »
4 of 56 | Posted by: Beth Nader Lee - West Bend, WI

“Dear Wendy and Family, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband, father, and grandfather. What a truly inspirational man (and...Read More »
5 of 56 | Posted by: Wendy Gall Kannenberg - Jackson, WI

“I am so sorry for your lose. My eyes went wide when I saw Michael"s name. My Husband was also named Michael Howard Trost. He was born on December...Read More »
6 of 56 | Posted by: Pam Trost - Mission Viejo , CA

“Mr. Trost was a funny and larger-than-life teacher. His classes were always lively and enjoyable. My condolences to his wife and family. ”
7 of 56 | Posted by: Paula Geisert Purcell - Cedarburg, WI

“I have 3 children and 2 of them were fortunate enough to know Mr. Trost. He was a dearly beloved teacher and friend to all the many students whose...Read More »
8 of 56 | Posted by: Mary Lou Harris - Cedarburg, WI

“Heh Dad, Cowboy hear. Just want to tell you I will miss you, but will never forget you. Love You. Cowboy Poppa,...Read More »
9 of 56 | Posted by: Craig Glodowski - Son in Law

“I am sorry to hear of the death of my former teacher and friend, Mr. Mike Trost. My status as a mediocre student and class clown at CHS "inspired"...Read More »
10 of 56 | Posted by: Ted Simpson - Eau Claire, WI

“I may have lost touch with Mr. Trost since my Cedarburg High School days but I have never forgotten him, what he taught, and what he stood for. He...Read More »
11 of 56 | Posted by: Adam Benson - Minneapolis, MN

“Your jokes made me laugh, your nature photograghs were beautiful, your cooking sounded delicious, your commentary inspired much debate, and you...Read More »
12 of 56 | Posted by: Mark Phillips - Austin, TX

“Mr. Trost had a larger than life personality. He was a great teacher who really cared about his students and made sure to challenge them, not just...Read More »
13 of 56 | Posted by: Patti Schwechel - Friend

“To the family I give my deepest condolences for an amazing teacher, person, and leader. He always found a way to make English Lit fun, and although...Read More »
14 of 56 | Posted by: Jennifer Wendorf (Wille) - WI

“To one of the most influential teachers I have ever had.. you will be greatly missed. Your intellect, your witty jokes, even the descriptive meals...Read More »
15 of 56 | Posted by: Shannon Bowman - Student

“Mr. Trost was my favorite teacher in high school. He will be deeply missed. So many excellent memories have already been posted on his Facebook...Read More »
16 of 56 | Posted by: Mandy Janzer Friedl - Milwaukee, WI

“My condolences to all of Mr. Trost's family and friends. Mr. Trost was one of the best teachers I've had in my life. He always challenged me to...Read More »
17 of 56 | Posted by: Heather Bartell - CA

“My deepest condolences on the loss of a great man and wonderful teacher. When I stand in my own classroom today, I'm often reminded of Mr. Trost and...Read More »
18 of 56 | Posted by: Michelle (Snieg) Lastovich - WI

“I served on the Cedarburg School Board and sat across from Mike at the negotiations table. He also taught some of my children and was a wonderful...Read More »
19 of 56 | Posted by: Patty Flowers

“Mike was a terrific teacher at Cedarburg High School!! We were so fortunate that each of our children had him. He made learning fun, demanded...Read More »
20 of 56 | Posted by: Holly Ryan - Cedarburg, WI

“My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Mr. Trost was my teacher 20 years ago at Cedarburg High School, and was a terrific teacher. He truly...Read More »
21 of 56 | Posted by: Becky Martin - Cedarburg, WI

“To the Trost family...I can not express what a profound influence Mr Trost was on my life. A pationate literary mind and soul who opened me to the...Read More »
22 of 56 | Posted by: Eric Hofhine - Cedarburg, WI

“Mike was fellow negotiator. We spent many nights together discussing the negotiations in Grafton and Cedarburg. We would exchange calls very late at...Read More »
23 of 56 | Posted by: Bill and Sandy Euclide - Adams, WI

“We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Mr Trost touched many kids over his years, making many upstanding persons. He will be missed dearly...Read More »
24 of 56 | Posted by: Jim Champeau - Saukville, WI

“To Wendy & Family, I am so sorry for loss but remember he will always live in your heart. He was a man with many friends and to beable to reconnect...Read More »
25 of 56 | Posted by: Mary Buero Baggs - Lake Placid, FL

“Although he said I should call him Mike, I simply can't. English was always my favorite subject in school but Mr. Trost made me love it. I'm a fan...Read More »
26 of 56 | Posted by: Mary Boyle - Port Washington, WI

“Your example has us thinking more, noticing small things, finding joy in conversation and in the acts of teaching, sharing and giving. We carry on...Read More »
27 of 56 | Posted by: Nick Hayes - Shorewood, WI

“My heart is sad today, especially for those closest to Mr. Trost. At the same time, I smile fondly. Mr. Trost... just saying his name brings so...Read More »
28 of 56 | Posted by: Rebecca Foerst Hasley

“Mike, what you accomplished for the teachers in Cedarburg was what no other person could do. You always kept the needs of teachers ahead of your own...Read More »
29 of 56 | Posted by: Mary Jarr - friend

“My thoughts and prayers go out to your family. I never had Mike as a techer and as a matter of fact when I would see him in the halls he scared me...Read More »
30 of 56 | Posted by: Whit Lehnberg - Cedarburg, WI

“I first met Mike in 1976. From that time until he retired, he work tirelessly on behalf of his teaching colleagues. He was honored by North Shore...Read More »
31 of 56 | Posted by: Patrick & Carol Connolly - WI

“Our sincere sympathy to Mike's family. He will be missed by many, many friends. I am so glad I was one of his friends and he shared a lot of...Read More »
32 of 56 | Posted by: Nancy Schulz - Rhinelander, WI

“I am so sorry for your loss. Even having graduated 35 years ago, I still cared what he thought about what I wrote. He made an incredible impression...Read More »
33 of 56 | Posted by: Keith Hornberger - Rockville, MD

“Mike was a great teacher and friend he would always say don't call me Mr. Trost, it sounds like your talking to my dad. He was such a funny man...Read More »
34 of 56 | Posted by: June Mohr Stern

“Wendy and family, I kept saying I would make it up there to visit, once I new he was up there, and I didn't make it. I am so sorry for your loss....Read More »
35 of 56 | Posted by: Chad Boppel - Cedarburg, WI

“I never met Michael outside of facebook. But I thought very highly of him. Was a great debater, wordsmith, and apparently wonderful cook. I had...Read More »
36 of 56 | Posted by: George Wamser - Thiensville, WI

“Mike was already a legend in the Cedarburg School District when I was hired in 1980. At first, I just listened to him and watched him interact with...Read More »
37 of 56 | Posted by: Pamela Harrison - Shorewood, WI

“You will be missed Mike, but not forgotten. ”
38 of 56 | Posted by: Scott Kastelic - Madison, WI

“Mr. Trost was one of the best teachers I've ever met. He made early English literature relatable, relevant and timely. And he had a funny, at times...Read More »
39 of 56 | Posted by: Dana Bell Hoffmann - Cedarburg, WI

“Mike will be greatly missed ”
40 of 56 | Posted by: Todd & Delores Karraker - pahrump, NV

“I was very sad to hear about Mr. Trost's passing. He is one of my two all time favorite teachers, who I still tell stories about. He made it fun to...Read More »
41 of 56 | Posted by: Rick Struhar - Thiensville, WI

“Special teacher. Inspired and pushed everyone to excel in his class. Everyone's favorite teacher. Never gave out grades, he made everyone earn...Read More »
42 of 56 | Posted by: Erik Olsen - Jacksonville, FL

“I always enjoyed Mike's classes. He made learning literature fun and instilled a love for it in me to this day. He had a great sense of humor also,...Read More »
43 of 56 | Posted by: Amy Pelekanakis - Glyfada, Greece

“You'll be missed Mr. Trost, you have had a part in all of our lives. My prayers go out to your family and one day we will all meet again. ”
44 of 56 | Posted by: Michael Nickel - student

“I have thought about you countless times since I heard of your passing - and you have helped me get through a very recent rough patch in my life. ...Read More »
45 of 56 | Posted by: Carolyn Kaske (nee Best) - WI

“To Wendy,Ryan,Jennifer,step children, grand children and the rest of the family, may God take you in his gentle arms and comfort you in your grief....Read More »
46 of 56 | Posted by: Diane Karraker Sigler - Redding, CA

“In 1978 I was in Mike's class and he had us begin writing a journal. He gave me a love of writing and I still write in a journal to this day. Once...Read More »
47 of 56 | Posted by: Henry Sampson - Milwaukee, WI

“The best teacher I ever had...including those from Dartmouth. A good friend and "sparring partner" and one of my Dad's thorns in his side while...Read More »
48 of 56 | Posted by: CK Krombach - Waukesha, WI

“Forty-two years ago, Mr. Trost told me I could write. His confidence in my abilities gave me the courage to write my first book. And now I will work...Read More »
49 of 56 | Posted by: Bonnie Barens-Dickmann - WI

“I had Mike as my English teacher twice. I remember him be tough but fair. You couldn't bs him on anything because he'd call you out for trying to....Read More »
50 of 56 | Posted by: Janet Axtell - San Diego, CA

“Although I have only known you a short time, I had a very nice time visiting with you and Wendy at Ryan's when you came to visit. I can see that you...Read More »
51 of 56 | Posted by: Diane Brady - Madison, WI

“I only knew Mr. Trost through my daughter, Megan Browne, who passed away in 1995, following her junior year at CHS. Megan loved Mr. Trost and spoke...Read More »
52 of 56 | Posted by: Claudia Browne - Ann Arbor, MI

“I met Mike on Face Book several months ago and in that short time I came to respect his intelligence, his wisdom, and his great sense of humor. I...Read More »
53 of 56 | Posted by: Steve - Milwaukee, WI - friend

“I love you. ”
54 of 56 | Posted by: Wendy Trost - wife

“Mr. Trost was one of my favorite teachers at CHS. He treated us as young adults who would soon be entering college or the workforce. He taught us...Read More »
55 of 56 | Posted by: Jenny Gerfin Karpelenia - Portage, WI

“Wendy and family - I was saddened to hear of Mike's death. I knew Mike from Cedarburg High School, I am the parent of 3 of his former students and I...Read More »
56 of 56 | Posted by: Jean Sass - Eagle River, WI


Michael H. Trost, son of John F. Trost from Grafton, Wisconsin and Rosemary Hawkins Trost from Tankerton, Kent, England (both later of Milwaukee) was born 12/16/1943 in New Haven, Connecticut, and died 03/29/2011 of heart complications at his home in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. Michael is survived by his wife of 30 years Wendy Kay Trost (nee Stauff), daughter Jennifer Trost Glodowski of Oostburg, Wisconsin, and son Ryan Jacob Trost of Madison, Wisconsin. He is further survived by his three grandchildren Reagan and Riley Trost and Payton Glodowski; step children Kimberly Jacob and Bradley Hume; step grandchildren Travis and Taylor Jacob and Huxley Allingham Hume; daughter-in-laws Jennifer Trost and Liesl Allingham; and son-in-laws Craig Glodowski and Kyle Jacob. At the request of the deceased, there will be no formal funeral ceremony. The remains will be cremated and disposed of at a private gathering. If you wish to make a donation in Michael’s name, please consider either Trees for Tomorrow, 519 Sheridan Street, P.O. Box 609, Eagle River, Wisconsin, 54521, an environmental instructional facility where Michael has set up a scholarship for underprivileged children; or The Northwoods Wildlife Center, 8683 Blumenstein Road, Minocqua, WI 54548 where they treat injured wildlife and attempt to reintroduce them to the wild.

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