Michael A. Leuszler, 55 years of age, and a lifetime resident of Amherst, passed away suddenly on Thursday, August 27, 2020 at his home, without ever revealing his superhero identity.
He was born November 7, 1964 in Amherst and was a 1983 graduate of Marion L. Steele High School.
Mike often referred to himself as a polymath, which he defined as a person of wide-ranging knowledge or learning. He had many diverse interests. He was a walking history of the comic genre, especially DC and Marvel. As the host of a cable TV show Drawn Out, he would interview people and, at the same time, draw their caricatures. As an illustrator, freelance artist and caricature artist, he could be found at local parties, proms, festivals and other events. As his health became an issue, he had to give up the caricature business, only occasionally drawing for friends or commissions. He had a long-time involvement with theater, beginning in high school and continuing for many years. Workshop Players in Amherst was his “home” theater.
Mike has also been involved in the Brownhelm Historical Association, serving as president. For several years, his alter ego in December was Santa for Brownhelm Community Christmas. He even hosted a call-in show on Amherst Cable as Santa.
Survivors include his son, Sage Leuszler of Canton; his companion of nearly twenty years, Kathy Whitmore of Amherst, his brother, Marc Leuszler of Amherst and his fuzzy kids Pogo, Punkin, Pooka and Mooch.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Martha Leuszler (nee: Long).
As per his request, there will be no visitation and no service.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Brownhelm Community Christmas c/o Nancy Owens, 2302 Claus Rd., Vermilion, OH 44089; The Lorain County Dog Kennel, 301 Hadaway St, Elyria, OH 44035; Workshop Players Theater, 44820 Middle Ridge Rd., Amherst, OH 44001.
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