Michael L. Wagenknecht
October 16, 1954 – April 26, 2019

Michael L. Wagenknecht (Wag) 64, of Culver, passed away on Friday, April 26, 2019 at home.  
Mike was born on October 16, 1954, in South Bend, Indiana.  He was one of two sons born to Lawrence and
Mariam (Kelley) Wagenknecht.  He was a 1973 graduate of Rochester Community High School, where he
played football until a motorcycle accident ended his career midseason of his senior year.  He married Maria
Pinatell on May 24, 2008.  Mike worked at the Culver Academies as a heavy equipment mechanic from 2003-
2017 until suffering a heart attack.
Mike enjoyed watching NASCAR, Colts and Bears football and cheering on the Alabama Crimson Tide with
Maria. Mike worked hard and played hard making many wonderful friends through the years.  
Mike is survived by his wife, Maria Pinatell of Culver; mother, Mariam Wagenknecht of Rochester, IN; brother
Kenneth Wagenknecht of Rochester, IN; step-sons, Andrew  and Matthew (Annie) Ratliff of Lincoln, NE, and their
children. Also, nieces, Alysha (Mike) Marrs of Rochester, IN and Hannah (Joey) Bohm of South Bend, IN and
their children.  His father preceded him in death in 2000.
Private family services will be held.
Memorial contributions may be made in Mike’s memory to your favorite charity.