Bischoff, Michael John 49, of Minneapolis died February 10 after a 4+ year adventure with brain cancer. Michael said, "there's a healing river coming for all of us, it's unavoidable and death is a part of being embraced by that river." Michael was born in 1971 next to the Red Bird River, in the Appalachian mountains of Southeastern Kentucky. His parents, Donald and Marilyn Bischoff, worked at Red Bird Mission, Kentucky. In 1981, his family moved to St. Joseph, Missouri. He studied philosophy and religion at Northeast Missouri State University. After college, Michael worked at Friends for a Non-Violent World in Minneapolis. One day, Jennifer Larson called his office to ask about an upcoming workshop. After two minutes on the phone, Michael knew he wanted to marry her, and they did in 1998. Michael studied conflict transformation at Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia, graduating in 2002. Back in Minneapolis, Michael spent the next 13 years facilitating planning and community building with nonprofit and government groups. Michael loved being a dad to Isaiah and Grace more than anything. He loved to ride his bike, take long walks by the Mississippi, ask hard questions, and travel to new places. Michael was diagnosed with aggressive brain cancer in 2015. During this time, Michael developed a vocation of telling and supporting others to tell stories of illness, loss, and healing. He requests memorial donations be made to Health Story Collaborative to carry on this work in Minnesota and beyond. He look- ed to the Mississippi River and Jesus as healers, and he's deeply grateful for Dr. Peter Lund and many other loving health care providers who partnered in his healing. Preceded in death by his father, Donald Bischoff. Survived by his mother, Marilyn Bischoff; beloved wife, Jennifer Larson; children Isaiah and Grace; sisters Sharon McMichael (Kevin) and Christina Bischoff (Harry Kingham); brothers- and sisters-in-law Mark and Jean Larson, Jonathan Larson and Suzanne Kaufman; nieces and nephews Cheyenne, Andrew, Riley, Peter, Eleanor, Kathryn, Micah, and Alma; as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, and dear friends. Memorial service Saturday, February 15 at 11am at Plymouth Congregational Church, 1900 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis. Memorials to Health Story Collaborative, 105 Coolidge Hill, Cambridge, MA 02138 or healthstorycollaborative.org
Michael John Bischoff
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