From the days of his youth when he sold pretzels on the corner, Mike knew how to hustle. And through life’s good times and bad, he knew how to get people to smile. Saturday mornings found his wife closing the windows, the Irish on his T.V.: his yells could be heard all the way in South Bend. Mike was always up for an adventure; everything from trapeze school to Bike Week to tracking down restaurants from Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. Though it might take a little while to get there; Mike drove the speed limit. He was a serious sportsman winning many a slam dunk contest with a milk crate hammered to a pole, playing league softball and hockey and purchasing every golf gadget imaginable. In his youth he’d head out on the highway looking for adventure: 4 wheels moved his person but two wheels moved his soul. But it was certainly later in life when he came into his own when he traded in his heritage soft tail for a minivan: Mike was meant to be a dad. He loved every second; the father who loved the joys of the diving board, trips to anywhere his kids desired and serenading them with songs about purple stew.
He was once the best man in a wedding; the lovely Lindsay Carter was the maid of honor. When they walked into the reception everyone saw the twinkle in their eyes. Their 10-year marriage was blessed by two children, Madison and Sean. He is survived by his parents, Marge and Tom Marcucci; siblings, George (Cheryl) and Donna (Frank) Summer; his parents-in-law, Peter and Norma Carter and his nieces and nephews.
Come celebrate 48 great years Saturday 10-noon at Sweeney Funeral Home, 478 Cooper Street, Beverly where there will be a noon service. Interment Lakeview Cemetery, Cinnaminson. In lieu of flowers donations to Doane Academy Scholarship Fund in memory of Michael Monaghan, 350 Riverbank, Burlington NJ 08016 will be appreciated