Michael Buchholz of Whitefish Bay, WI died January 12, 2021 at the age of 75. He was preceded in death by his parents Rudy and Marge Buchholz. He is survived by his wife of 48 years Alexandra; his sons Peter (Jean Wesley) Buchholz and Matthew (Abigail) Buchholz; three granddaughters; his sisters Sue (Rick) Trester and Carol (Andy) Walsh; many nieces, nephews and countless other family members and dear friends.

He was a wonderful husband, proud father, devoted employee, avid golfer and all around good guy. He was an voracious reader of the Wall Street Journal and other publications and often took the time to send just the right article to people to share interesting items he had come across. He loved sitting down with a map and sharing information about places he had traveled to or planned to travel to in the future.

Mike graduated with his Master’s in business from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and was a proud member of Kappa Sigma fraternity.  After college, he was in the U.S. Army and spent time stationed in Germany. He joined Northwestern Mutual and had a fulfilling lifelong career with the company specializing in commercial real estate investments. His work took the family from Wisconsin to Houston for many years. The company then brought him back to the Milwaukee area where he was a resident of Whitefish Bay for nearly 25 years.

Next to his family, golf was Mike’s biggest love. After retirement, he golfed weekly with the Northwestern Mutual retiree golf league which regularly brought him to different golf courses all around the area. He achieved the elusive golfer’s dream in 2019 when he scored a hole in one.

His dry sense of humor, kind heart, silly drawings and funny observations will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to St. Jude’s or the charity of your choice.

Memorial Mass will be celebrated 11am Sat., Sept. 18, 2021 at St. Monica Catholic Church, 5681 N Santa Monica Blvd, Whitefish Bay, WI.  Visitation 10-11 am Sat. AT CHURCH prior to the Mass. Military honors will be conducted after the Mass.



  1. Mike and I were Kappa Sigs. He was part of the Sheboygan contingent, along with Tim Kelly and Tony Baranowski. Even in college, Mike was always talking about golf. He had a great sense of humor and was a good man. I tried finding him in Germany but he was in a different part – closer to Frankfurt I believe. We connected a couple of times at homecoming and I remember reaching him in Houston.

  2. I worked with Mike when I was at Greenway Plaza. He was always on top of his game and easy to work with. I enjoyed his sense of humor and sharp approach to most issues regarding operating the Greenway portfolio and later at a Medical Office building downtown.
    We enjoyed dining out with Mike and Alex who always made sure we ate at some unique restaurant. They were great company. All memories of working and being friends with Mike are good.
    Katherine and I send our condolences to Alex, Peter, Matthew and their families.

  3. I worked with Mike when I was at The Summit in Houston. The Summit was an entity of the NWML real estate portfolio at Greenway Plaza along with John Crowe Productions and the Houston Rockets. He was an extremely smart and wise man. Always supportive and willing to help. His dry wit and deep thought were always enjoyed by all. He was a one of a kind and all round great guy.

    My condolences to Alex and family.

    Mike McGee

  4. I met Mike through NM golf and always smiled when I saw Mike was in my 4-some. Such a happy, fun guy who never talked about himself; it was always about the other person. Going to miss him!

  5. I worked with Mike on a large mixed use project in Houston Tx. His knowledge and ability to work with all individuals was outstanding. He gave me guidance and was a good friend . The world would be a better place with more people like Mike Buchholz. My condolences to his family.

  6. I played many rounds with Mike in the Brown Deer League and always found him to be an honest, gracious and most friendly person to spend a few hours with. I’m sure he will be missed by many.
    Condolences to the family….

  7. Thank you for posting that memory. Mike was my dad. I loved him dearly. And he passed too soon. So reading stuff like this means the world. Thank you again.

  8. I met Mike on the golf course through the NM Golf League (we worked in different areas of the investment side of the business) as well as the Brown Deer Seniors Golf League, where we both got our hole in ones on the same course, different holes on a different day. Mike was one of the nicest persons to play with, as he had plenty of insights and knowledge on a lot of things, as well as getting tutored on his putting style. I will miss seeing him tee off when I have finished my round. Condolences to his family.

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