Rest in Peace, Mike Hamelai

January 15, 2012

Photo courtesy Mary Rauner.

The Xavier family is sad to announce the death of long-time volunteer and director of maintenance and report, Mr. Michael Hamelai who passed away on January 8, 2012 in Miami, Oklahoma. He was survived by his wife Senrita who served for several years as the school librarian and their sons Diego and Luke. A graduate of PATS, Mike began his stint at Xavier in the 80’s as a member of the Micronesian Volunteers which was started by PATS founder, Fr. Hugh Costigan, SJ to encourage local voluntarism. Mike met his Chuukese wife Senrita in Chuuk and stayed until 2007. He was director of the M & R department until his departure in 2007.

Goodbye, Mike, and thank you for all your services to our school and the Chuuk community. May you now rest in peace and have many more opportunities to dance in Heaven with the Lord and all the Xavier alum.

Former Xavier teacher and Jesuit professor, Baskara T. Wardaya, SJ sums up the heartfelt sadness that we feel about Mike’s untimely passing,

“It is VERY sad to hear about Mike’s passing away. He was a wonderful person, husband and father. For many years he loved and worked with full dedication for our beloved XHS. I will miss him very much. May he rest in peace, and may God continue to strengthen Senrita, Diego and Luke and Mike’s other loved ones in these difficult times. Thank you and good bye Mike. Rest in Peace with the Lord.”

When news of Mike’s untimely passing was shared with the Xavier alumni & former teachers, they began to leave their sentiments on”Xavierites” the Facebook blog dedicated to alum and former teachers. Below are some of these comments quoted verbatim from the blog:

Mike enjoying a roasted pig feast at the Rec House with the local staff in 2005. Photo courtesy Vid Raatior.

Quay Polloi Sad news indeed . . . I remember them well. Prayers to them.
January 10 at 9:34pm · Like

Mariano N. Marcus
Rest in Peace my dear brother. God be with you and family at this time.
January 10 at 9:37pm · Like · 1

Lucille Sain
R.I.P Mike Hamelai, Condolences to Senrita Hamelai and your family…will never forget your hospitality and good help. Praying for you
January 10 at 9:39pm · Like

Angelino Rosokow
My condolence and prayers for Mike’s soul and for his family. His service and kindness will always be kept in our hearts.My personal thanks to him and his family… Angel
January 10 at 9:46pm via · Like

Kendall Titiml Rest in Peace Mike. Prayers to him and the family…
January 10 at 9:49pm via mobile · Like

Alexander Sander R. Narruhn On behalf of my kukun family here in Pohnpei, I would like to convey our condolences to the family. Mike was a great man. He will be with us in spirit forever. Let’s all pray for our friend Mike…May he rest in peace…
January 10 at 9:50pm · Like

Valerie Fritz will truly miss you..much love and condolences to our family..will always remember you and all you did for me..Thank you for everything..Rest in Peace you!
January 10 at 10:00pm · Like

Ivan Alafanso We will keep the family in our prayers. Rest in Peace Mike.
January 10 at 10:06pm · Like

Genevieve M. Mangefel I will miss Mike and his ability to produce betelnuts out of thin air. My prayers and sympathies to the family.
January 10 at 10:21pm · Like

Shrue C. Sigrah May he rest in peace. I remember him and the kids well. will keep his wife and kids in our prayers…
January 10 at 11:03pm · Like

Rose AlivenKohama Whenever I think of Mike Hamelai or his name is mentioned, I picture his wide smile that always made any time of the day, brighter. I love you Mike! On behalf of the Aliven family, our hearts are with you, Senrita Hamelai and children! May he rest in Peace!
January 10 at 11:07pm · Like

Mb Edwin We are praying as friends to comfort you Senrita, and loving memories to help you smile again.Our hearts are saddened by your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you.May the memories and love of family surround you and give you strength in the days ahead.
January 10 at 11:09pm · Like

Dileah Faungy Rest in peace Mike… We will be praying for his family..
January 10 at 11:09pm via mobile · Like

Maryanne Maipi-Mariano My prayers are with you, Senrita, Diego, and Luke. May our beloved rest in peace.
January 10 at 11:16pm via mobile · Like

Alfonis MSound Our prayers be with.
January 10 at 11:26pm · Like

Batti Lanwi RIP mike hamelai thanks for your dedication and hard work to countless mabuchi generations…
January 11 at 12:44am via mobile · Like

Henson Deltang My thoughts and prayers are with Senrita, Diego and Luke during this difficult time. RIP Mike…….
January 11 at 1:35am · Like

Polita Dilu Asanuma My deepest condolences to Ms. Senrita and her children! You all will be in my prayers. RIP Mike, you will indeed be missed!
January 11 at 1:48am · Like

Alissa Takesy Our family’s condolences to Senrita, Diego and Luke on the passing of their love one and father. He was a big ray of sunshine during my 4 years at Mabuchi especially when we returned checked out knives banged up back to maintenance and was the most awesome & jolliest Island Santa with his red thu! May our prayers and thoughts help the family in their time of grief.
January 11 at 2:56am · Like

Melan Frederick May he rest in peace. My condolences to his family. It sure will be different without him!
January 11 at 3:49am · Like

Marlynn Mori Roby My condolence to Senrita and family, my prayers are with you. Rest In Peace Mike.
January 11 at 4:24am · Like

Kris Person My condolences for the family.
January 11 at 5:18am · Like

Adrienne Brock My thoughts and prayers are with you! Mike was a wonderful man!
January 11 at 5:26am · Like

Josie Howard My prayers and condolence to one of the father and mother figure to me and many of my of us Xavierites. May the peace of the lord be with you at this difficult time.
January 11 at 1:29pm · Like

Connie Soumetaw-Osteen Prayers and sympathy to the families, especially to señorita and the children.
January 11 at 1:37pm via mobile · Like

Patterson Sebastian Prayers and thoughts are with Mike’s family. R.I.P Mike.
January 11 at 1:53pm · Like

JeRs Sham in Peace Mike, may the Lord almighty bless the family!
January 11 at 3:17pm · Like

Dan Suda my prayers and thoughts are with them. RIP, Mike..
January 11 at 3:43pm · Like

April Anson deepest sympathies to the fam..
January 11 at 4:45pm · Like

Kiblas Soaladaob r.i.p. mike! u will be missed!
January 11 at 8:20pm · Like

Janet Sisam-Katta RIP Mike. You will be missed..Condolences to the family.
January 11 at 8:25pm · Like

Albert Melejon Alfred This truly is sad news. My condolences and prayers go out to his family. He definitely was a great man.
January 11 at 10:26pm · Like

Peggy Setik Oh mwa met mwa…RIP, Mike!:( Condolences to the family.
January 11 at 10:43pm · Like

Dilngerii Maech my heart goes out to the beloved family of Mike Hamelai… a great man who dedicated a huge part of his life in making Xavier a truly unforgettable place…….may the almighty Lord bless your soul and keep watch over your family…
January 11 at 11:05pm · Like

Shaun Suliol RIP Mike! You were a father to many of us, and still are. Now it’s time for your much needed rest! Till we meet again.
January 12 at 12:21am · Like · 1

Ganong Tareg RIP MIKE… Saint Francis Xavier awaits you by the gates of Heaven!!!!
January 12 at 1:51am · Like

Al Jelke So sad to hear about brother Mike … my sincere condolences to Senrita, kids and families.
January 12 at 1:00pm · Like

Sef Korok RIP Mike!
January 12 at 6:01pm · Like

Yvonne Emwalu I am praying for the Hamelais. :'(
Sunday at 6:29pm via mobile · Like

Kiblas Soaladaob funny story with mike when i was in xavier…. you know that palauan song “karkimenai”? well, some of us found that if we sing “mike hamelai” it really sounded good. so one time, he passed by and we started singing it and he all of a sudden danced to it… we all started cracking up! he was such a down to earth person! that kind of personality really showed his humility and good character 🙂
Sunday at 10:02pm · Like · 2

Megan Tee RIP…condolences to his family
Yesterday at 4:10am · Like

Angie Ehsa awww, RIP… I used to take lotsa free and warm showers at his place on campus… Miss u Mike Henry
17 hours ago · Like

Clement Yow Mulalap Thank you for smiling widely, laughing loudly, and chasing the spirits away with relish. Rest, my friend.
11 hours ago · Like

Non Yamauchi My condolences. I will say Mass for his soul and his family. Thanks, Vid.
9 hours ago · Like

Joe C. Tun RIPE…RIP-EVERLASTING…..May His peace and blessings continue thru Mike’s family, Senrita, Diego & Luke!



  1. Kalio Edwin says:

    Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.

  2. junejoy10 says:

    rest in peace melap!!!

  3. Mac Emwalu says:

    I’ve had the honor of working along side this great man and I’m glad I know him. He is a true gentlemen, a great friend, and an inspiration…Mike, you will be surely missed by your family, friends, relatives and the Xavier Community.

  4. sheilz_04 says:

    I just found out now! 🙁 My deepest deepest condolences to the family! Mike took care of me during my time on the Hill..I remember, he never scolded me, but would stare at me until I promise never to get in trouble again. “Go rest high, on that mountain…Your work on earth is done!” (song by Vince Gill). love you Mike!! may you rest in Peace!

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