Michael Casella

Michael J. "Mike" Casella

Monday, October 8th, 1962 - Thursday, November 28th, 2019
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STEPHENTOWN, NY – Michael “Mike” James Casella, 57, passed away peacefully in the comfort of his home after his long fight against Glioblastoma Multiform. He was surrounded by the love and strength of his loving family during this time.

Mike was born in Pittsfield, MA on October 8, 1962, the beloved son of Dorothy Studley (late Thomas) Tyler of Pittsfield, MA and Edward Casella of Cheshire, MA. He was a 1980 graduate of Taconic High School and enlisted in the US Marine Corps shortly after on July 29, 1980 until he was honorably discharged on May 28, 1982 and returned to his home town of Pittsfield and was eventually employed for the US Postal Service for many years before retiring due to an injury.

Being an avid outdoorsman, he spent his time either in a boat fishing or in the woods hunting, eventually moving to Stephentown, NY, 18 years ago, where he could start a farm. Most of all, Mike was a huge family man. When not found out in the lake or woods he was always with family.

He is the loving husband, best friend and soulmate of Michelle “Missy” F. Dietlin Casella, devoted father of Edward Casella (Chandra Aylor) of Dalton, MA, Melissa (Alan) Guinen of Pittsfield, MA and Brianne Casella of Troy, NY; stepfather of David Masdea of Stephentown; proud grandfather of Blake and Dakota Casella, Cierraa and Makenna Guinen; dear brother of Michelle (Ronnie) Berkeley of Pittsfield, MA, the late Edward Casella, Scott (MaryBeth) Casella and Deanna (Marc) Strout both of Dalton, MA. He is also survived by several loving aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a celebration of his life gathering to be held Saturday, December 14th at 2:00 pm at the Dalton American Legion, 258 North Street, Dalton, MA.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Community Hospice, Gift Processing Center, 310 S. Manning Blvd., Albany, NY 12208 or to Moments House, 400 Main Street, Suite 3, Dalton, MA 01226 or momentshouse.org.

Arrangements are by the Hall & Higgins Funeral Home in Stephentown. Condolence book at ParkerBrosMemorial.com.
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    Saturday, December 14th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, December 14th, 2019 2:00pm
    Dalton American Legion
    258 North Street
    Dalton, MA 01226
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Posted at 08:46am
Eddie & Melissa,
We send our condolences on the loss of your Dad. Mike was a really nice guy, he was definitely one of the good guys. He was so knowledgeable on those passions he enjoyed in his life. He had some interesting stories. It was always nice to see him. We will remember him fondly.
Our sympathy to all of Mike’s family.
Love you
Aunt Linda & Uncle Bob

Melissa Guinen Posted at 04:32pm

Thank you, love you both❤️ Missa

Stephen Harris

Posted at 06:04am
Mike is my cousin and I have fond memories when we grew up together in Pittsfield MA. Mike was a big kid, a few months older than me. He lost his little brother when we both were little and this had a big impact on both of us. God bless Mike and my love and prayers are with his and our entire family at this sad time.

Melissa Guinen Posted at 04:33pm

Thank you❤️

Michelle Rachiele

Posted at 05:48pm
Mr. Casella, I will never forget you. Rest In Peace, my friend. Missy, Michelle and family, I am so incredibly sorry for your family’s loss. He made this world a better place and I feel so honored to have known him. Sending you love and hugs.

Melissa Guinen Posted at 04:34pm

Thank you ❤️

Art Scalise

Posted at 05:15pm
When Mike finished boot camp his mom (Dot) threw a party and invited all of us. I was talking to Mike (We called him moose man from football) and a new song came on. It was Queens "Another One Bites the dust". Mike stopped and looked at me, he said "That's a Song? Our drill Sargent kept saying it to us. I thought they were just messing with us. (He did not say messin). Thats a Mike memory. Gods speed buddy,

Melissa Guinen Posted at 04:34pm

Oh I love this!!!!

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