Obituaries

Michael John Cordes

December 24, 1954 - July 7, 2020

Michael John Cordes, 65, of Naperville, IL passed away Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at his home.  Michael was born December 24, 1954 in Boston, MA the son of Thomas and Lorraine (Garvey) Cordes.  Mike was raised in Mauston, WI, and later moved to Batavia, IL.  Michael was first united in marriage to Kathleen Wagner, whom he lost to cancer on January 1, 2015.  Michael was later united in marriage to Nicole Majka. 

Mike was an honorably discharged veteran of the US Army.  He later earned his Bachelors degree from Aurora University.  Mike was an avid sports fan, always loyal to his Chicago Cubs, Blackhawks, Bears, and Bulls.  While raising his boys, Mike was a very involved father and attended all of his sons’ sporting events.  He was active with Batavia Boy’s baseball and a Scoutmaster in Boy Scouts, Troop 12 out of Batavia, and the Batavia Bulldogs Quarterback Club.  Mike was a devoted runner, completing more 20 marathons in the last 20 years.  He lived his life to the fullest and loved his family and friends with his whole heart.  A devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, son, and friend to all he met, he will be greatly missed by all who knew him. 

He is survived by his wife Nicole; two sons Derek (Jennifer) Cordes and Neil Cordes; three grandchildren, Michael, Sophia and Helen Cordes; three siblings Cheryl (Mark) Hovda, Roy Cordes, Rick (Jeanne) Wagner; sister-in-law Nanette (Brian) Walsh; his eleven nieces and nephews Jay, Chad, Carly, Chris, Deanna, Christine, Lindsey, Amanda, Angela, Abby, Teagan, and Emmitt; his mother and father-in-law Stanley and Phyllis Majka, and his father-in-law of 41 years Richard Wagner.   

He is preceded in death by his parents Thomas and Lorraine; his first wife Kathleen, and a brother, Frank Cordes.

A memorial service will be celebrated by invitation only, Sunday, July 12, 2020 at Moss Family Funeral Home, 209 South Batavia Avenue Batavia, IL.  Visitation will be held by invitation only for two hours prior to the memorial service.  Interment will follow the service in East Batavia Cemetery. Due to COVID-19 and the rules surrounding social distancing the visitation and memorial service has occupancy requirements limited to 50 visitors.  All visitors entering the church are required to wear a face covering.  Due to the number of people who would like to pay their respects, we ask that you make your visitation a brief one. Once you have had your visit, we ask that you depart immediately or take a seat in the funeral home, social distancing while waiting for the memorial service.  There should be no gatherings inside or outside of the funeral home facility.  The family appreciates your sincere cooperation during these very challenging and different times.  For additional clarification, please contact the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers, please make any donations payable to Neil Cordes, to help offset the costs for his ongoing care secondary to MS.

Guest Book

  • Phyllis Johnsen Our family grieves with you at the passing of our friend Mike. We are so saddened and want to send all of you our sincerest condolences.
  • Roberta & Ross Vondrak Our deepest sympathy and prayers are with you, Nicole, and all your family, on the loss of Mike; may God bring you comfort and peace in the midst of your sorrow.
  • Russell Killion It was so sad to hear about Mike’s passing. It was a pleasure working with him for many years at Liquid Container and it was fun running in races with him when training for the Chicago Marathon. My wife Ro and I enjoyed being around Mike at company outings and parties because he was such a kind and humorous man. We will miss him greatly. Russ and Ro Killion
  • Barbara Dickenson Derek and Neil, Ron and I are so sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. May your many happy memories help you through your grieving. Barb and Ron Dickenson
  • Linda D'Arcy So so sorry for your loss Nikki. My heart so goes out to you and the family. Your photos always showed so much joy between you and Mike. You will always be in my thoughts and prayers!
  • Al & Connie Moore I met Mike when we were both coaching our kids in T-Ball. We left Batavia in ‘99, but have had fond memories of Mike & his family. It was a privilege to have him as a friend.
  • Jennifer Cordes CORRECTION TO ABOVE: He is survived by his wife Nicole; two sons Derek (Jennifer) Cordes and Neil Cordes; three grandchildren, Michael, Sophia and Helen Cordes; three siblings Cheryl (Mark) Hovda, Roy Cordes, Rick (Jeanne) Wagner; sister-in-law Nanette (Brian) Walsh; his eleven nieces and nephews Jay, Chad, Carly, Chris, Deanna, Christine, Lindsey, Amanda, Angela, Abby, Teagan, and Emmitt; his mother and father-in-law Stanley and Phyllis Majka, and his father-in-law of 41 years Richard Wagner.
  • Rick & Jeanne Wagner He was a fine man who lived his life with integrity and was a friend to all he met. We love you Mike and will feel your absence for a long time.
  • Bob Dunlap Friends like Michael just don’t come along very often. Good friend, great person, loving husband may you find peace up in heaven.
  • Paul & Debbie Nelson Derek, Neil and family, we were saddened to hear of Mike's passing. We have such wonderful memories of your parents. Please know that you are in our prayers.
  • Thomas Van Cleave So sorry to hear of Mik's passing. He was a great marathon runner. Just a great guy.
  • Mike & Janet Perso Our thoughts and prayers go out to Derrick & Neil your Dad was a good man, and a great baseball teacher. May he Rest In Peace.