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Michael Lewis Kaiser

Mesa, Ariz. — Mike Kaiser, 62, died Thursday, June 27, 2013, in Mesa. He was the son of the late Robert and Ev Kaiser of Hanover, N.H. who passed away in 2012. Mike had been ill since May, 2012, when a car struck him as he crossed a street on his handicap scooter.

Mike graduated from Hanover High School (1969), Dartmouth College (1973) and the University of New Hampshire (1975). While at Dartmouth, Mike completed two academic terms in Vienna, Austria, where many of his favorite composers lived. He taught music in New England schools before becoming a programmer/analyst for Digital Electronics Corporation. During his Boston years, he sang in the Worcester (Mass.) Chorus and toured Europe on several choral tours. He retired to Phoenix in 1997.

There he sang in the Arizona State University Choral Union; again making numerous European tours. In 1998, Mike even sang in the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican. He sang in choirs continuously for 49 years. He also taught music to a Sunday School class of developmentally disabled adults and sang in groups at his Phoenix church.

Mike was active in M.S. support groups in Phoenix and Mesa. When the accident occurred, he had just left an M.S. support brunch.

Survivors include his wife, Marietta Moravetz of Mesa; his sister, Carol Jo Kaiser, of Hanover, his brother, David Kaiser, of Durham, N.H., and his sister, Robin Kaiser Gish, of Sudbury, Mass.

In addition to his parents, Mike was preceded in death by his first wife, Marilyn Shaughnessy of East Boston.

Memorial gifts in Mike’s name may be sent to Dartmouth College Fund for Financial Aid, 6006 Development Office, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH 03755

The Meldrum Mortuary of Mesa website will have a guestbook for messages. A celebration of Mike’s life will be in September at Central United Methodist Church in Phoenix.