Michael ShipeFebruary 15, 1999 ~ September 15, 2017 (age 18)
Michael C. Shipe, 18 of Charleroi passed away Friday, September 15, 2017, as a result of an automobile accident. He was born in Pittsburgh on February 15, 1999, son of Cynthia Norkiewicz Shipe of Charleroi and Christopher Shipe. What can be said of “Shipe”? When he came to your house, he came with a smile on his face and he would leave your house with an empty fridge and usually something in your house got broken. Michael had a boundless spirit and was always ready to help anyone in need-a shoulder to lean on, encouraging word, a laugh or a hug. The love he showed his friends was only surpassed by the love he had for his mom. Shipe enjoyed cooking and was the primary cook for “THE FAM”. A 2017 graduate of Charleroi High School, he served on both the Homecoming and Prom Courts. He was also selected a Charleroi Lions Cub of the Month. He served as captain of his high school soccer team his senior year. He also enjoyed playing baseball, football and many other sports. He loved being part of a team. He earned the respect of his team mates and also the respect of his opponents. He belonged to the Robotics Club and also the Astronomy Club. He was an active participant of Relay for Life for several years. Michael had been employed by Kmart in Belle Vernon until the store closed. He recently was employed by Green Filters, in Mt. Braddock. He was preceded in death by maternal grandparents, Raymond and Jane Norkiewicz and paternal grandparents Robert and Helen Shipe. Michael is survived by his mother, Cynthia Norkiewicz Shipe of Charleroi and his father Christopher Shipe.. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins. Left also to cherish his memory are the hundreds of friends he made during his life and his special inner circle known as “THE FAM”. Michael believed in “Living Life the Shipe Way” and “No Surrender, No Retreat”. Always a brother. Forever a son. Never forgotten. MCS. Friends will be received Tuesday from 2 to 9p.m. in the Schrock-Hogan Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc., 226 Fallowfield Ave., Charleroi. A mass of Christian burial will be held on Wednesday at 10a.m. in Mary, Mother of the Church 7th & Washington Ave., Charleroi, celebrated by the Rev. Gerald Mikonis. Friends attending the funeral mass are being asked to go directly to the church. Interment will follow in the Charleroi Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Charleroi Boys Soccer Boosters. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.schrock-hogan.com.