Madis "Mike" Raudsepp, 76, of Manchester, beloved husband and partner of 45 years of Paulette (Sablitz) Raudsepp, passed into the arms of our Lord on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, after a brief illness with his family by his side. Mike was born on Jan. 11, 1940, in Tallinn, Estonia. He was the son of the late Hugo and Linda Raudsepp. He immigrated with his parents to the U.S. in 1950 and was proud to become a naturalized citizen in 1955. He is survived by his brother-in-law, Robert Sablitz; and grandchildren, Alexander Law and Bianca Law of Germany. Mike was predeceased by his beloved stepson, Richard E. Law III. Mike started his U.S. education living in Coney Island, New York. He spoke only Estonian and German, and he had to work hard to learn English. Later he moved to Connecticut and graduated in 1958 from Manchester High School where he was co-captain of the tennis team. He continued to UConn; however, was drafted into the U.S. Army. He was proud of his training and experiences in the Signal Corps while serving in Korea. Returning to Connecticut, he attended Hartford Business School, studying accounting. Prior to retirement Mike was employed in supervisory capacities in disbursement accounting at UTC's Pratt & Whitney in East Hartford for 25 years. Mike was very proud of his Estonian heritage. As a young man and teen he spent many summers in Princeton, New Jersey, with the Estonian Boy Scouts of America. In 2012 he enjoyed his 60th camping celebration weekend reunion in Andover. He was a member of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church in Connecticut. He was a patient, gentle man who enjoyed Bass Ale, mystery movies, gardening, watching tennis and golf, and rooting for his favorite teams, the New York Yankees and New York Giants. Mike enjoyed and lavished the company of his animal companions Snoopy and Missy. He was a history buff, and a collector of sports memorabilia. Mike was a member of local civic, fraternal and military organizations serving as past president of the Manchester Exchange Club. He was a life member of the American Legion Post 102, life member of the VFW Post 2046, life member of the Manchester Lodge of the Elks 1893, Disabled American Veterans Varca-LeChausse Chapter 17, Korean War Veterans Association CT Chapter One, Manchester Masonic Lodge 73 A.F. and A.M., Sphinx Shriners, and Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Newington, Sphinx Shriners Omar Club, Washington Loyal Orange Lodge 117 A Christian burial will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 516 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104. But most of all remember the man Madis 'Mike' was, and do a kind deed in his memory.
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