In Memory

Michael E Sollner

Michael E Sollner

     Michael E Sollner 

 

Michael passed away sometime between May 14 and June 7, 1977 at the age of 29. His body was recovered and he was officially declared deceased on June 7th.  He was the victim of an apparent drowning in a small lake near Thompson, Manitoba, Canada as a result of a canoeing accident that tragically also took the life of his 4 years old daughter, Natalie. Michael was born in Chicago, Illinois. His parents were attending Northwestern University at the time, then moved to Lawrence, Kansas to attend the University of Kansas where his two sisters, Susan and Becky, were born. The family then moved to Battle Creek, Michigan in 1953.  His parents divorced and his father moved back to Lawrence, Kansas. In 1964, following his junior year at BCCHS, Michael went to a boarding school in Drumheller, Alberta but, due to the different education system and culture shock, Michael moved to live with his Dad in Lawrence, Kansas to finish high school. His mother with his two sisters, Susan and Becky, stayed in Canada at Eden Valley Indian Reserve which is located southwest of Calgary, Alberta. His mother had taken a teaching job as well as being the principal of the school there. After Kansas, Michael resided for a while in San Francisco, California followed by Vancouver, British Columbia and Calgary, Alberta. He eventually settled in Thompson, Manitoba and worked as a truck driver for a nickel mine.  Michael was a member of the Dramatics club his junior year and also had an interest in karate. Survivors at the time of Michael’s passing included Natalie‘s mother, Linda M. Nicholas;  father William J. Sollner (deceased Nov 11, 2017); mother Sue Sollner (deceased Dec 16, 2017); sister Susan K. Low (Ron); sister Rebecca L Golding (deceased June 18, 2008); half-brother David B. Sollner, step-mother Chardell Andrews (David’s mother); step-mother Faye Sollner (deceased July 24 2005), step-mother Janju Chen Sollner; and nieces and nephews.  

Information from the Battle Creek Enquirer, Battle Creek, MI., February 4, 1961 and April 8, 1965; Susan Sollner Low and husband Ron, David Sollner; family friend Margaret “Peg” Klesner; and obituaries for William and Fay Sollner and Rebecca Golding.



 
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07/14/18 09:03 AM #1    

Nathaniel McNeal

I remember Mike from elementary school at Ann J Kellogg. I remember Mike as being very smart and a gifted artist/illustrator. Mike would create comic book type stories and illustrate the scenes of the story. We would also put-on puppet shows at his house. I believe Mike went-off to Northwestern Jr High and I went to WK so I don’t remember anything about him after elementary school. Mike was a friend of mine in elementary school and I have often wondered where-he-was and whatever happened to him. Sorry for the loss to the family. 🙏🏾 “RIP Mike Sollner and Daughter” 💐


08/06/18 05:35 PM #2    

Douglas Pattullo

Like Nate, I too remember Mike Sollner.  Nate, Mike, Hillard Henderson and I would all play, make up comics and hang out together in grade school.  We all lived close together and played together a lot.  My memories of Mike was that he lived a few blocks away and, like Nate said, he was very smart. We were all close friends but that it kinda ended when we all went to differnt junior high schools.  Not too many BC65 folks will remember Mike but he was a good guy.  RIP to both Hillard Henderson and Mike Sollner my friends!!


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