Michael Eugene Gubista

May 23, 1954 - March 13, 2022
Michael Eugene Gubista

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Michael Eugene Gubista (aka Mr. Wonderful), age 67 of Wilmington, NC, went to shake things up in heaven on March 13, 2022. He was born in Kings County, New York the son of Audrey Kouzens and the late Joseph Gubista.

Mike grew up in the garden spot of Brooklyn, NY, one of seven children in a loving family full of laughter. When he was 16 he took a trip to the country where he worked on a dairy farm and enjoyed it so much he considered becoming a “Cow Doctor”. Instead, he found he was more interested in service to others. He graduated from the illustrious school of Funeral Service, the McAllister Institute of Funeral Service, and became the youngest NY funeral home owner after the purchase of Jurek Funeral Home in Brooklyn. He met and married Rosemary, became a father, then traded the funeral home for a big yard and house in the suburbs of Stony Brook, NY, where he focused on raising his children. When his children were all grown up and left home, he traded a snow shovel for a beach umbrella and never missed an opportunity to go fishing with his son or sit out with a crossword puzzle and cold beer. Mike enjoyed playing poker at Kickback Jacks, dancing in the kitchen or randomly breaking out into a song. He was a 4th degree Knight of Columbus at St. Mark Catholic Church in Wilmington. Michael spent his life in the service of others and he almost made his fifty years in Funeral Service while working for Wilmington Funeral & Cremation. He was a devoted father, fantastic friend, compassionate funeral director and beloved by many. He will be deeply missed.

Left to cherish his memory are his children, son Michael Gubista, Jr. (Kristen) and daughter Lisa Gubista, grandchildren Samuel and Holden Gubista, his mother Audrey Kouzens, brothers, Tommy, Jimmy, Charlie, John, Paul and sister Andrea Spellman, beloved one-eyed chihuahua companion Pepita, and many other beloved family and friends.

A Memorial gathering will be held for Michael on Saturday, March 19, 2022 from 5:00pm until 7:00pm at Wilmington Funeral & Cremation. There will also be a Memorial gathering on Monday, March 21, 2022 from 2:00pm-4:30pm & 7:00pm-9:30pm at Boyd-Caratozzolo Funeral Home in Deer Park, NY.

There is a funeral planned on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 at 10:00am at Boyd-Caratozzolo Funeral Home in Deer Park, NY, with a burial to follow at Good Ground Cemetery in Hampton Bays, NY, where Michael will be laid to rest beside his father.

Flowers are welcome or do a random act of charity, like buying groceries or coffee for the person behind you at the checkout, like Michael was always known to do.

Please leave memories and condolences for Michael’s family by clicking the “Post a Condolence” tab below.

Wilmington Funeral & Cremation – Wilmington Chapel – 1535 S. 41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099

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Saturday, March 19, 2022
5:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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  • March 16, 2022
    Stephen Golas says:
    I always enjoyed the summers spent on Long Island with you and Aunt Roe as well as Mike and Lisa. You will be missed!

  • March 17, 2022
    Jane Crowder says:
    I am so shocked and sorry about Michael’s passing. I loved working with him and he loved his families. God be with the family during this difficult time Jane Crowder Leland, NC

  • March 17, 2022
    John Peck says:
    Michael was a true professional and always took time to say something positive that made you feel good. He will be missed

  • March 17, 2022
    Karen Tomjack and Family says:
    So sorry to hear Michael passed away. I and my family will be eternally grateful for all of his help and concerns when my husband, Tom, passed away in 2017. Mike and Tom were poker buddies for years at Kickback Jack's. Now they can play in heaven. So sorry for his children and family...may he RIP

  • March 18, 2022
    Elizabeth Daniels says:
    An incredible man that will never be forgotten. You were my work buddy, thirsty Thursday buddy and true professional buddy on 9/27/2021.. You were one of a kind and will forever be in my heart!!