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Michael Nicholas Di Tursi January 29, 1929 – December 26, 2022

Celebration of Life

Michael Nicholas Di Tursi passed away peacefully at home on Dec. 26, 2022.

Michael was born on Jan. 29, 1929, in Jersey City, New Jersey. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1951-55, assigned to the 41st Rescue Air Squadron. He received the National Defense Service Medal and was acknowledged as a hero after sighting an Air Force pilot in the choppy waters of the Pacific. After his discharge from the Air Force, he was employed in the aircraft and aerospace industry for over 35 years. Michael took pride while working on the Space Shuttle program and was thrilled to have worked alongside several of the astronauts.

Michael is survived by his wife, Janet, of 62 years; daughters, Louise Markowski (Dale), and Melissa Grasell (Stephen); son, Paul Di Tursi (Cheryl); brothers, Ralph Di Tursi, and Robert Di Tursi (Fran); brother-in-law, Alan Walpole (Poly); grandchildren, Brittani, Kaylee, Michael, Kimmy, Richie, and Steven; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Interment with military honors will be held on Jan. 12 at the Bakersfield National Cemetery at 2 p.m.

Wood Family Funeral Service has been entrusted with his care. For condolences, please visit http://www.woodmortuary.net.