Share This Obituary


Mike Kaleel, age 91, of Houston, Texas passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on Thursday October 26, 2017. Mike was born May 15, 1926 in Brenham, Texas to Louise Mike Kaleel and Louis Kaleel.

Mike is survived by his wife of 56 years, Annette Margiolos Kaleel; daughters Denise Anawaty and husband Robert, Debbie Henderson and husband Todd; grandchildren, Wade and Brian Henderson, Michael, Laura and Amy Anawaty; brother George Kaleel and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mike was preceded in death by; father Louis Kaleel and mother Louise Mike Kaleel; siblings Jack Balagia, Vicki Peacock, Josephine Beard, William Kaleel, Louis Kaleel, Jr., Gloria Dick and nephew Brad Kaleel.

Mike loved St. George Church and was often seen on the grounds using his talents building booths for the Mediterranean Festival, building the Iconostasis that was used at St. George Church, St. Anthony's Orthodox Church in Spring Texas, as well as church conventions. He was a life long member of the church choir on which he also served as director for many years.

Before Mike started his working career, he served in the military, along with his four brothers, during WWII and was awarded a WWII Victory Metal as a Traffic Analyst for the U.S. Army.

Mike's career started as an appliance repairman at Finger Furniture Company He later started his own air condition/refrigeration company before attending the University of Houston where he received his Engineering Degree. After graduation he went to work for McDermott Engineering where he retired as a design supervisor in 1989 after 20 plus years.

Mike LOVED all sports. He participated in baseball, basketball, bowling, golf tournaments etc. and received several trophies for his accomplishments.

He had many talents. Mike built two homes, one on the lake and one on the bay where he spent much of his time fishing and enjoying the fresh gulf breezes. I might add that not only did he build two houses, he built at least 90% of each house including the roof by himself. Yes, he was outstanding and talented in all of his endeavors.

His talents did not stop there, He could also play the Piano and Trumpet. He was good at the sewing machine and he could answer any questions anyone asked. He was a genuine Jack of all Trades and knew it all. If you ever had a doubt, all you had to do was ask him!!!

Mike was loved by everyone and will be missed dearly by family and friends. May his soul rest in peace and his memory be Eternal.

The visitation and viewing will be Sunday, October 29, from 4:30 - 5:30, followed by Trisagion Prayers and Funeral Service at 5:30 p.m. at St. George Orthodox Christian Church (5311 Mercer Street, Houston, TX 77005). The burial will occur Monday, October 30, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Forest Park Lawndale, 6900 Lawndale Street, Houston, TX 77023.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes to have contributions made to St. George Orthodox Church.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.earthmanbellaire.com for the Kaleel family.