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Michael John Leth

December 28, 1948 ~ June 24, 2023

Michael John Leth, a beloved husband, devoted father, cherished brother, and lifelong adventurer, passed away peacefully on June 24th after a long and courageous battle with Cardiac Amyloidosis. His unwavering strength and determination in the face of this challenging illness were an inspiration to all who knew him.

Born on a farm in Nebraska, Michael’s earliest years were filled with the joys of simple farm life, creating cherished memories that would forever hold a special place in his heart. He held an unwavering love for his sisters Jodell and Patricia, and his brother Bryan, all of whom survive him, cherishing the remarkable bond and countless shared experiences they enjoyed together.

Michael’s dedication to family extended to his beloved wife, Marilyn Leth, their sons Michael Leth and Bradley Leth, and his adored grandchildren, Alyssa and Mila. Together, they formed a close-knit family filled with love and cherished moments. His role as a father and grandfather brought him immeasurable joy, and he embraced it with unwavering love, imparting wisdom and creating lifelong memories.

In addition to his immediate family, Michael’s love and support extended to his son Michael’s wife, Ivana, who became an integral part of the family. He welcomed her with open arms and treated her as a daughter, sharing in their joys and accomplishments.

Bradley, Michael’s other son, found a partner in life with Sarah, whose warm presence brought further happiness and love into their lives. Sarah’s daughter, Adriana, became a beloved member of the family, and Michael embraced her as his own family.

During his younger years in Lake Worth, Michael’s passion for outdoor activities flourished. He thrived as a Boy Scout, embracing the values of teamwork and appreciation for nature. Exploring the great outdoors, engaging in forestry activities, and camping brought him immeasurable joy and left an indelible mark on his spirit.

Sports played a significant role in Michael’s life, starting with his high school years when he excelled in track and field, showcasing his remarkable speed and determination. Later in life, tennis became a recurring family event, and he eagerly participated, relishing the joy of friendly competition. In high school, he actively engaged in social activities, such as the glee club, channeling his love for music and song.

A significant chapter of Michael’s life unfolded during the 15 years he resided in St. Thomas, USVI. The island’s azure waters became his playground, and he embraced the wonders of scuba diving and the exploration of nature’s marvels. His love for the underwater world and the island’s breathtaking landscapes transformed him into a true nature enthusiast.

Throughout his life, Michael found solace in the melodies of country music. Weekends were often spent in the garage, where he would crank up the music, allowing the uplifting tunes to accompany his endeavors on various home projects. His positive outlook on life radiated through his actions, inspiring those around him to embrace each day with optimism and gratitude.

Michael’s inquisitive mind and thirst for knowledge led him on a remarkable journey of historical exploration. In his final years, he dedicated himself to researching his family’s lineage and penning his own memoirs, capturing the stories and experiences that shaped his life and those of his relatives. He further nurtured his passion for writing by engaging in creative writing classes, sharing his thoughts and creativity with others.

In his mature years, Michael found solace in the wilderness, embracing the thrill of hunting and savoring the freedom of riding his bicycle alongside his beloved wife, Marilyn, as they explored the beauty of Hobe Sound Beach. He also cherished his collection of ancient bottles, remnants of the past discovered during his dives in the harbors of St. Thomas. These centuries-old artifacts served as tangible links to history, sparking his fascination for bygone eras.

Michael and his wife Marilyn’s love story was one of a kind, a beautiful journey filled with adventure and shared moments that spanned a lifetime. It all began in Florida, where they embarked on their first chapter together, embracing the warmth of the sun and the joy of a simple life. However, their love for adventure led them to discover a new paradise in St. Thomas, where they decided to make it their second home. The island life offered them a sense of serenity, surrounded by crystal-clear waters and vibrant sunsets that painted their days with pure happiness. They raised their two boys in this idyllic setting, instilling in them a love for nature, family, and the beauty of the world.

Throughout their journey, Michael and Marilyn always kept the ocean close. Whether living just two minutes away from the sandy shores of Hobe Sound or embarking on Caribbean cruises to revisit their beloved island moments, they understood the profound connection between their lives and the ocean. Their love for the beach was not confined to Florida or the Caribbean alone; they ventured across the globe to experience the enchantment of Hong Kong’s magical island and created cherished memories while strolling along the beaches of eastern North Carolina with their beloved family.

Michael and Marilyn’s love and shared adventures formed the very foundation of their remarkable life together. Each experience, whether close to home or in far-off lands, strengthened their bond and created a tapestry of treasured moments that will forever be etched in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to witness their love story. Their legacy of love, adventure, and an unwavering appreciation for the beauty of life will continue to inspire and guide their family for generations to come.

Michael John Leth will forever be remembered as a man who embraced life with unwavering positivity and a zest for adventure. His legacy lives on in the hearts of his loved ones, who will cherish the memories and lessons he imparted. As we mourn his loss, let us celebrate the incredible life of Michael, honoring his profound love for family, nature, and the pursuit of knowledge. His spirit will forever guide us, reminding us to embrace each day with joy and gratitude.


Phyllis Croushore

July 6, 2023, 8:14 pm

Mike Leth was an incredible man. He and his wife, Marilyn were our best friends for forty years. Mike will be truly missed by everyone. I am honored to have had him as a friend. May you rest in peace Mike.

Bill Graham & Shelley Hill

July 6, 2023, 10:22 pm

Mike Leth was much more than a childhood friend and high school classmate. We initially became acquainted through our membership in Troop 205, Boy Scouts of America. We enjoyed a countless number of camping trips but agreed that our favorites took place at Fish Eating Creek. Both of us attained the rank of Eagle Scout and always loved the outdoors. After completing Palm Beach Jr. College we went to the University of Florida as college roommates and strengthened our friendship bonds. Forever thereafter we shared the highs and lows, wins and losses and total excitement of being life long Florida Gator Fans. Our last trips to Gainesville were to attend home basketball games. Over 60 years of wonderful memories, spent with Mike, will forever be cherished and never forgotten.

Marianne Miller

July 7, 2023, 3:31 pm

What a beautifully written memory of family love. We all loved Mike for the great guy he was. Talented in so many ways. His legacy of life will live on in his boys and grand daughters. We were fortunate that my sister found this man to share her life.

Linda Schwiesow Nycum

July 7, 2023, 5:15 pm

My heart goes out to the entire family for their loss. I know that the Lord has welcomed Mike as the mighty warrior he proved himself to me. It’s not ”goodbye”…………it’s ” ’til we meet again”,

Marianne Miller

July 8, 2023, 1:17 pm

What a moving and loving tribute to a man who was a wonderful husband, father, and grand father. We all loved Mike. We were in awe of his talent, skill and creativity. His legacy will continue to live on in his sons and grand daughters. We were so fortunate to have known him. My sister Marilyn found the perfect man to spend her life with. Condolences to the family.

Karen Lorusso

July 8, 2023, 10:46 pm

Dear Marilyn,
We are so heartbroken to hear of the loss of your beloved husband Michael. Only knowing him for a short time I could feel his warmth, & kind heart in his greeting. I was so honored to meet him. Such a beautiful tribute to your amazing husband.I hope even though your world is dark right now you are able to keep the beautiful light, wonderful memories in your hearts.
My sincere condolences to you and your family& I’m praying for all of you with this immense loss. May God bless your husband in eternal peace & love. In deepest Sympathy,
Karen( Lorusso) & Roger Hoskins

William McDermott

July 10, 2023, 4:48 pm

Dear Marilyn,
I encountered Mike a couple of times, most recently when he accompanied you to my 70th birthday party at the Tennis Center. It was clear that you two shared a very special love. My sincere condolences on your loss.

Bill McDermott

Ruth mccrady

July 14, 2023, 9:59 pm

Marilyn,I haven’t seen you for a long time. I am very heartfelt sad for your loss. Mike was a wonderful man, father and husband. I wish you well. May you find strength in the days to come. Rest in peace, Mike.

Beverly Kunze

July 15, 2023, 1:31 am

I am a first cousin of Mike, so I knew him as a small boy. We grew up in Nebraska together. We would go visit them on the farm. The kids would ride the calves. It was hard to have them move. They moved to Florida and my family went to visit them one summer with I was in 5th grade. Mike was a couple years younger than me and my brother, Gayle was the same age as JoDell and I was about the same age as his sister, Pat. Brian was just a little boy. We had a wonderful time visiting them and enjoying the ocean. Loved his family.

Sue Howard

July 15, 2023, 9:06 pm

Dear Marilyn,
The life you built with Mike was special indeed. You shared a love and a family. Your family will continue on, and therefore Mike’s legacy will, too.
May your memories warm your heart.
Praying for peace and comfort for each of you.
With love and deepest sympathies,
Sue & John Howard

Nell Bedenbaugh

July 15, 2023, 11:56 pm


Our family grieves with you and your family. We only knew Michael through his brother Bryan but we loved your family starting with his mother, Emma. May you feel God’s loving arms around you for comfort and peace. Fondly, Nell Bedenbaugh

Victoria Torres

July 25, 2023, 12:24 am

What a beautiful tribute to a wonderful man, it’s truly eloquent.Mike was a wonderful Husband, Father Grandfather, he was also the love of Marilyn’s life . He was an amazing man with a heart of gold.
I shall never forget him and his generous sprit. May he rest in peace and family find solace in their heartbreak.
Marilyn my old and cherished friend, I send love and prayers to you and the family.

Holly Martinez

August 25, 2023, 12:15 pm

I best remember Mike writing and sharing his family history story and his love and passion for his wife and family…and his new grandbaby. This made him really uncontainably happy. Joy burst from his face and his heart was filled with love.
I think about Mike in my head and feel the love he had for his family and his story in my heart.
I will miss him.
Holly Martinez

Lois mcconnsughay

December 30, 2023, 12:28 am

Dearest Marilyn. We were all so saddened to have just learned of Michael’s passing. We have known Michael since we moved next door r to the leth family in 1961. Since a beautiful amazing family they are. I remember all of you when I my mother and daughter Lori were on a cruise and spent the day with you and Michael. Much love and prayers to you and your family. Love Lois Mcconnaughay and family

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