Michael Weller, 72, of Hershey, passed away on June 15, following a valiant battle with cancer. He was born on November 13, 1948 in Hanover, PA, to Mary Dietz Weller and Addison Hunter Weller. He is survived by his wife, Linda; his son, Christopher; his daughter, Stacey; and his granddaughter, Kalmia.
Mike attended the Hanover Public Schools until he transitioned to Milton Hershey School in 1962. He graduated from Milton Hershey in 1966 and West Virginia University in 1970 with a B.S. in Education. In 1988, he earned his Master’s Degree in Counseling from Shippensburg University. Mike’s life was blessed by Milton Hershey School. As a student, he was given numerous opportunities that would not have otherwise been available, including the opportunity to attend college. As a student, he was a member of the National Honor Society and captain of the basketball and baseball teams.
After graduating from college, Mike returned to his alma mater and served as a high school teacher and basketball coach. In 1980, his team won the first District III championship in basketball in School history, and the following year, his team repeated that feat and also won the School’s first and only State Championship. Mike was inducted into the Milton Hershey School 2005-06 Sports Hall of Fame, along with his 1981 basketball team. Shortly after their State Championship win, Mike started his administrative career at the School, serving in various administrative capacities over the next 28 years. In 2006, he initiated the Transitional Living Program where seniors live in apartments in a semi-independent environment to better help them prepare for life after graduation.
During Mike’s professional career, he served on the Milton Hershey School Alumni Association Board of Directors on two occasions, serving as President in 1985. He also served on the Board of the Maryland Association of Resources for Families and Youth, the Heritage Foundation Board, and the William E. Dearden Foundation Board.
Mike enjoyed golfing, spending time at his home on the Chesapeake Bay, winters in Florida, and special times with his friends and family.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests Memorial contributions be made in his honor to the Milton Hershey School Alumni Association, 109 McCorkel Road, Hershey, PA, 17033. Please share condolences at www.hooverfuneralhome.com and www.pennlive.com/obits.