Michael Joseph (Mike) Breipohl, of Hoover passed away at home on Sunday, September 16 after a 10-month battle with cancer. Five strong and loving women were at his side: his sister, his wife and 3 daughters.
Born in Ottawa, Illinois on December 11, 1944, Mike graduated from Marquette High School in Ottawa and St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. In 1967 he began a 37-year career with the JC Penney Company. Mike married Ruth Bertsch in 1968 at the Church of the Nativity in Dubuque, IA. They recently celebrated 50 years of marriage. Mike’s work took them to Niles, IL, Rockford, IL, Birmingham, Huntsville and Selma. They retired to Birmingham in 2005 where Mike joined a cadre of retired JC Penney managers. Not one to be idle, Mike worked as a retail liquidation consultant and at Ballantrae Golf Course and the Birmingham Marriott. He enjoyed many rounds of golf with friends.
Mike is survived by his wife, Ruth (Bertsch) Breipohl and daughters, Ellen (David) Thorp of Broomfield, CO, Sarah (Chase) Wofford of Keller, TX and Susan (Tarun Reddy) Breipohl of Vienna, VA.
Family was a cornerstone of Mike’s life, and he loved spending precious time among them. Five grandchildren, Esther and Ruthie Thorp, John and Caroline Wofford and Akhil Reddy have filled the last 14 years of Mike’s life with abounding love and joy.
Additionally, he is survived by his sister, Marsha Breipohl Blunk of Pekin, IL, brother Walter Breipohl of Ottawa, IL, nephews Jon Blunk of Miami, FL and Tom Blunk of Evanston, IL.
The family requests no flowers. Memorials in Mike’s name may be made to St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church Building Fund, PO Box 380396, Birmingham, AL 35238 or Hope Hospice, 651 Main Street, Gardendale, AL 35071.
A Mass of Resurrection will be held at 12 pm on Monday, September 24 at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church, 7340 Cahaba Valley Road, Birmingham AL 35242. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the Mass.