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Michael DeWald

Michael DeWald, 20, of Ashland passed away on October 28th in Naples, Florida after losing his five year struggle with cancer. He was a 2013 graduate of Windham-Ashland-Jewett Central School. He leaves parents Lawrence and Colette DeWald, siblings Robert (Kim), Matthew, Edward, Terence (Veronica), Rebecca, Nicholas and Liza. He was predeceased by his sister Elizabeth in 1999. Survivors also include a score of uncles and aunts and an army of cousins. Michael created a huge network of friends which he valued intensely. His passions included snowboarding, skateboarding, art, and exuding charm. The fact that Michael left a positive impression upon whomever he met is his greatest legacy. Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Decker Funeral Home of Windham. Wake hours are 2:00 to 4:00 PM and 7:00 to 9:00 PM on Friday, November 7th. A Funeral Mass will be offered at St. Therese of the Child Jesus, Windham on November 8th at 11:00 AM, with burial to follow at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Ashland. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the Ronald McDonald House of New York, the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Northeast New York, or any children's cancer charity of one's choice.


We are so thankful that the family was able to spend some time together here in Naples. We hope the memories last your lifetime.

The Naples Grande Beach Resort Nov 3 2014 12:00 AM

Mikey was an amazing young man and he will be greatly missed. His smile and laugh was infectious, no matter how bad his day could have been he would always try to see the good in everything and everyone. Mikey taught my family and our community the true meaning of compassion, strength, love and living, he has left a whole in our hearts but we are all better for knowing him. He will be greatly missed, he is an angel watching over all he loved, thank you for sharing your wonderful son.

Shelly Drum Nov 2 2014 12:00 AM