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Michael F. Hagstotz

On Sunday, December 20, 2020, Michael F. Hagstotz, husband, father, son, brother and uncle passed away suddenly at the young age of 52 surrounded by family. Michael will be forever remembered by his wife and best friend, Stacey (Esenwein), as well as his precious children, Philip, Sara, and Abigail. He was the beloved son of the late William and Francis Hagstotz, brother to Deborah (George), William (Renee) and Maureen (Leonard). Michael will also be forever remembered by various nieces, nephews, extended family and dear friends.

Michael was a native of Philadelphia but a lover of the beaches in North Wildwood where he meet Stacey in 1988. It was there, this couple with love in their hearts and big dreams began their story. In no time, they were married and had created a beautiful family together. Michael was a true renaissance man; constantly growing and learning and volunteering his time as a coach for his children's sports teams. He was one of the few dads who offered to cook pasta dinners for the Abington Football Team and St. Basil's Girls' Lacrosse team; we think he liked that though, chatting with the Moms. He was a mystery reader at school and loved sharing his stories as an attorney on career day. His most important contribution to the world was his role as a dad and family man. He would do anything for those he loved. He lived that sentiment early on even before having children of his own by helping his brother, sisters, mother, father and anyone else in the family who needed him. Michael was a selfless man.

Michael was also a hard worker, dedicated to any endeavor he tackled. He led by example. He was the class President at North Catholic High School '87 where he met many of his lifelong friends. He then continued his education at Georgetown University '91 where he received his undergraduate degree in History. He found peace on the Potomac River as part of the Georgetown Men's Rowing team. He went on to continue his love of learning by earning his doctorate in law at Widener Law School all while working as a longshoreman to support his family. After completing Law School, Michael fulfilled his dreams of becoming an Attorney. His devotion and dedication to his clients was beyond reproach. His down-to-earth personality won the trust of many as well as his humble manner. As an attorney, he knew when to be assertive and banter but also friendly as opposed to combative and this was how he won the respect of his colleagues and clients alike. Michael also volunteered his time at Grace Cafe offering free legal advice to the homeless citizens of Philadelphia.

Michael could work a room, he enjoyed being surrounded by people; listening and telling funny stories. He was known for his long, entertaining tales or one-liners which he loved to repeat (even if they were wildly inappropriate). Our family has a storybook of memories but we would love for you to share yours as well. We are asking family and friends to email us your memories, pictures, and stories to MHagstotzLegacy@gmail.com. Stories have the power to heal, and remembering Michael through the eyes of all will keep his spirit alive in our hearts.

"When a man's stories are remembered, then he is immortal." - Daniel Wallace

Relatives and Friends are invited to Michael's Life Celebration on Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at Immaculate Conception Church from 9 am to 11 am, 602 West Ave, Jenkintown, PA 19046, followed by his funeral mass at 11 am. Interment to follow at Resurrection Cemetery. Due to the current pandemic and its restrictions, please wear a mask and social distance. The funeral staff will help to ensure social distancing.

Donations to Grace Cafe, 55 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (215-568-6250) would be greatly appreciated by his family. Sympathy cards can be sent to Mrs. Stacey Hagstotz, 1470 Rockwell Road, Abington, PA 19001. Arrangements by McCafferty Sweeney Slabinski Barnes Funerals and Cremations of Torresdale Avenue, John Barnes Supervisor. 215-333-0500. PhillyFunerals.com
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