Jeff Michael

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Jeff Michael, 31, of Swansea, IL, born December 26, 1990, in Belleville, IL, died Tuesday, November 8, 2022, at his residence.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Erwin Michael; his maternal grandmother, Carole Schmittling; and an uncle, Gary Michael.

Surviving are his loving family: parents, Brian and Kathleen, nee Schmittling, Michael; a brother, Alex (Mary) Michael; two nieces, Blaire and Quinn; his paternal grandmother, Mary Ellen Michael; his maternal grandfather, Clete Schmittling; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Jeff was a graduate of Althoff Catholic High School, a Pre-Law Scholar at Saint Louis University graduating with honors, a graduate of York University in Toronto with a MS in Philosophy and also a PhD candidate, and most recently University of Michigan with a MS in Information. Jeff was an entrepreneur involved in various business ventures including a vinyl record store, DJ services, music production, and online sales. His passion was traditional jazz.

Jeff was the nicest, sweetest, most thoughtful person you could ever meet.  He was always there to help anyone who needed it. Whether it was helping someone move, helping a disabled person or just making sure anyone who needed a ride got one, Jeff was there. Jeff volunteered for many things but wanted no recognition. One project in particular he prided himself on was a community garden in St. Louis city. He worked hours on end without even telling anyone what he was doing.

Jeff loved to travel. His best experiences were traveling through Europe during his semester abroad and throughout Canada while living in Toronto. He especially loved the outdoors particularly camping and hiking. Always focusing on helping others, Jeff even started a hiking club to help others experience the outdoors using it as a means to refocus.

Jeff loved animals. His first pet was a hamster he named JaMall, that he got at the Mall. He especially loved Baxter, the family dog. Whenever Jeff came home, Baxter was at the door to greet him. He was always at his side. Baxter was like a little brother to Jeff.

Jeff always loved family especially spending time with his brother Alex playing tennis or just playing silly games with his nieces Blaire and Quinn. The proudest moment of his life was when he became Quinn’s godfather.

Jeff will truly be missed but he will always be in our hearts. Jeff will be remembered as the loving caring person he was by everyone whose life he touched. We will never forget his smile.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family to help with funeral expenses for Jeff. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit the family from 10:00 am to 11:00 am Tuesday, November 15, 2022, at St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, 1920 West Belle St, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: Memorial services will follow the visitation with a luncheon in the Parish Center following the Mass.



12 Comments on Jeff Michael

Kurt Curtis said : Guest Report May 10, 2023 at 6:09 PM

Jeff was my buddy. We were roommates together for a while in Saint Louis. I remember whenever I offered him something he would always take just a little bit. For example, if I offered him some pizza, he wouldn't take a slice but half of a slice. We played video games together sometimes. We would play super smash bros and use annoying tactics to mess with the other person. He was one of the most even-keeled person I ever met. He almost never lost his temper. Even when he did he had a soft quality about him. I haven't talked to him in years, but I am very sad to hear about his passing. It's hard for me to comprehend to be honest. If you're reading this, know that Jeff had a positive effect on my life.

  • Tucson
  • AZ
Mary (Michael) Pettyjohn said : Guest Report Apr 24, 2023 at 6:06 PM

Dear Brian, I just learned of the loss of your son, Jeff and would like to give you my condolences. Your cousin Mary Edna.

  • Conway
  • AR
George Terzis said : Guest Report Nov 23, 2022 at 9:11 PM

Dear Kathy, I am sorry to add my condolences at this late time, as I was recently released from the hospital where I was treated for an illness. Frankly, I have to say that I struggle to comprehend the loss of this intelligent, good and gentle young person. As you know, I had the honor of having had Jeff as a student in two courses. I also served as the director of Jeff's senior inquiry. In particular, I remember how, having read his inquiry, I was struck by the realization that it showed an intellectual maturity greater than his years. (He was the best undergraduate student I had the privilege of teaching.) But I also remember Jeff's personal qualities: the originality of his thought, the fairness he showed in intellectual debate, and his gentleness and generous nature. I am sad beyond words that Jeff did not have the chance to fully realize his special qualities. But the life he did live deserves our deepest respect.

  • Swansea
  • IL
Emily said : Guest Report Nov 14, 2022 at 2:36 PM

Dear Kathy and family, I am heartbroken to hear of Jeff's death. We are all sending our deepest condolences to you and your family in this time of unimaginable grief. With love, Emily DW

  • Saint Louis
  • MO
Jack Renard said : Guest Report Nov 14, 2022 at 12:32 PM

Dear Kathy, Please know that you and your family will be in our daily prayers from now on. Jack and Mary Pat

  • St Louis
  • MO
Jack Renard said : Guest Report Nov 14, 2022 at 12:22 PM

Dear Kathy, Please know that you and your whole family will be in our daily prayers from now on. Jack and Mary Pat

  • St. Louis
  • MO
Jack Renard said : Guest Report Nov 14, 2022 at 12:20 PM

Dear Kathy, please know that you and your whole family will be in our daily prayers from now on. Jack and Mary Pat

  • St. Louis
  • MO
Pauline Lee said : Guest Report Nov 14, 2022 at 9:58 AM

Dear Kathy and family, My deepest condolences for the loss of your beloved son Jeff. I met him but once, and I was touched by his generosity and curiosity, but I also feel I know some part of him from the pride and joy I hear when you share stories about him. You and your family are in our thoughts and hearts. With love, Pauline

  • St. Louis
  • MO
Cheryl Armstead-Batey said : Guest Report Nov 14, 2022 at 5:51 AM

My sincerest condolences to the entire Michael family in the passing of your beloved Jeff. Please know that your Ameren Customer Accounts family is here to support you however needed. We pray for comfort, peace and strength during this difficult time. May Jeff rest in heavenly peace.

  • St. Louis
  • MO
John Bouc said : Guest Report Nov 12, 2022 at 11:09 AM

Dear Michael family, I'm absolutely heartbroken to learn of the death of Jeff. Please know that I, along with the entire Althoff Catholic high school community stand alongside your family during this sad and challenging journey that you walk now. Our entire school will pray for him by name at our next all school mass this coming week. May our God who wipes away have tear, swiftly welcome him into heaven!

  • Belleville
  • IL
Yvette Jackson said : Guest Report Nov 12, 2022 at 8:01 AM

Brian, I know how fond of your boys you are. Jeff gone too soon & too young. I will keep you & your family in my prayers. Deepest Sympathy

  • St. Louis
  • Missouri
Michael Fertl said : Guest Report Nov 11, 2022 at 2:52 PM

Jeff was such a beautiful and passionate human being. He left his mark on all of us. My deepest sympathies to your family. Sending love.

  • Saint Louis
  • Missouri

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