Michael J. Alfonse, 40

Michael John Alfonse, 40, passed away on Monday, June 3, 2024, at Reading Hospital.

Born in Norristown, he was the son of John Alfonse and Christine (Stefanek) Viola.

Michael loved playing ice hockey. He grew up playing for many different teams including the Valley Forge Colonials and Spring-Ford High School. Michael enjoyed antiquing and collecting license plates. He was a member of the ALPCA (Automobile License Plate Collectors Association). Michael was a big sports fan. In addition to hockey, he also loved baseball. He enjoyed teaching his son, Dominic, how to play and throw a baseball. Woodworking was another hobby he showed great skill with. He put 100% in everything he did throughout his life. Michael would go on excursions with his metal detector and find license plates and all kinds of different hidden antiques. He proudly served in the United States Army for 10 years. He made extraordinary sacrifices completing 2 tours in Iraq. He then went on to serve in Africa during the Ebola Crisis. Michael achieved the Soldier of the Year Award and was promoted to Staff Sgt.

Surviving along with his parents John and Christine, is his son Dominic R. Alfonse; sister Kara Alfonse; aunts Cindy Carroll, Jennifer Alfonse, and Franny Bieganski; great aunt Rose Ann Forlini; nephew Nicholas D’Annunzio; cousins Shannon Kolias, Jessica Braskey; Tiffani Jeffries; and Steve Bieganski; and his beloved dog Gunner. He is predeceased by his grandparents Pete & Doris Stefanek and Francis & Sylvia Alfonse.

A visitation will be held on Monday, June 10, 2024, from 9:00-11:30AM at the funeral home followed by a memorial service at 11:30AM at Catagnus Funeral Home (329 N. Lewis Rd., Royersford, PA 19468) with Fr. William Kelly officiating. Burial will follow at St. Matthew’s Cemetery in Conshohocken.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to DAV – Disabled American Veterans ( https://www.dav.org/ways-to-give/) in Michael’s name.

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He was an amazing guy! We went picking together several times over here in pittsburgh I’ll miss him. Prayers to the family!

~ Brant toward Beaver Falls, PA
7/11/2024 9:59:21 PM

Mike was such a good friend to me and we would go digging in Norristown for old bottles he tough me so much and he is and always will be a friend that I truly love. This is such a tragedy for a man who went out of his way to help people. I send my deepest condolences to all of his family. He was truly a best friend to me. I'll miss him and his love for everyone.

~ Aldie
6/13/2024 8:23:40 AM

I met Mike at the gym before he entered the military. His passing is also a loss to his community. He lost his life in our country which he had served fighting for our country.

He will be missed but never will he be forgotten. God Bless Mike and his family.

~ Frank Reilly royersford, PA
6/10/2024 4:13:20 PM

Jack - I am truly sorry for your loss. You have my deepest condolences.


~ John Daly
6/9/2024 1:37:35 PM

This is truly sad news. I met Mike quite a few times because I am a friend of Kara’s. He was fun to be around and those are the memories I’ll remember. My heart goes out to all of you. I am so very, very sorry.

~ Lew Tapera
6/7/2024 8:13:16 PM

Our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mike. May the great memories you have of him bring you comfort and peace in this time of sorrow.

~ Jimmy Watson Collegeville, PA, PA
6/7/2024 6:07:37 PM

To Michael’s family, my sincere condolences. Praying for God to comfort you and give you strength. Sincerely, Dana Boarman

~ Dana Boarman
6/7/2024 12:38:46 PM

I didn't know Mike personally but worked with his father, John, for many years from here in our Tennessee office. If he was the man that his father is then he was exceptional. I am so sorry for the loss that his family is going through, I am truly thankful for his courage and dedication for serving our country. I know he saw a lot and suffered some due to his deployment but he saw it through and persevered. I know that he will greatly missed by his family and friends but they all will be reunited someday. RIP Michael.

~ Delton Griffith Signal Mountain, TN
6/7/2024 11:51:55 AM

I send my condolences to his family.... I went to school with Mike, he was a cool guy never treated me wrong always respectful... He will be missed

~ Matthew Hill
6/7/2024 10:44:17 AM

I didn't know him personally but am a member of ALPCA the license plate club that he was also a member of. He was a hero and a proud Veteran, RIP Michael.

~ Michael T Marra DeLand, FL
6/7/2024 9:42:36 AM

I never met Mike in person however we spoke a few times on the phone and 100s of times on text regarding licensing plates, car insurance ect. Mike helped me, I helped him. I will miss our chats brother. I am sorry ??

~ Kevin Kroll
6/7/2024 6:45:46 AM

Mike was a good man, and a great friend. He was passionate about his license plate collecting. We spoke frequently, I learned a lot from him, and I am a better man for having known him. He will be sorely missed.

~ Rob Manero
6/7/2024 2:55:00 AM

this is sorrowful news; an untimely, undeserved ending to a sincere, well meaning yet troubled soul. i wish to extend my heartfelt sympathy to mike's friends and family in their time of mourning. for the short time i knew him via the plate hobby, mike was intense and quirky but he meant no harm to anyone. it is hard to wrap the mind around this incident. may it serve as a reminder to each of us to embrace love and kindness in everything we do, and be thankful every day for the time we have been given. be at peace, mike. the memories will live on.

~ dave lincoln
6/7/2024 12:40:57 AM

Mike was a great guy, who was passionate about his 1912 license plate collection. His drive to collect the best was unparalleled in the hobby. We are all thankful for his service to our country, and he will be missed. Rest in peace Mike.

~ Danny Beitler
6/6/2024 10:31:27 PM

Avid PA plate collectors. It's how we met. But was also brothers in arms. You will be missed brother. Sending love and prayers

~ Devan C
6/6/2024 10:16:44 PM

Mike and I met in basic training all those years ago and kept in touch over the years. He was good man, with a genuine heart and loved his son so very much. I'll miss you brother. Until we meet on the other side.

~ Michelle Ray
6/6/2024 10:04:50 PM

Mike and I met as young boys at Twin Acres. We were friends throughout pre school, kindergarten and elementary school, but lost touch in our high school years. We kept in touch later in life through occasional Facebook posts, but it had been decades since our last real conversation. A couple years ago on a whim I gave him a call to talk about his latest antiquing endeavors, and we fell into a conversation like no time had passed at all. Mike - I was so sorry to hear the news of this tragedy the other day, but I’m so grateful that we’re able to connect one last time later in life. Thanks for the memories. My heart goes out to your entire family. We lost a great man, and you will be missed.

~ Bob Brant
6/6/2024 9:54:36 PM

Alfonse family ; Lynda And I send our condolences. We are so sorry for your devastating loss. You will be in our prayers .

~ Chuck DeMutis
6/6/2024 6:50:13 PM

Michael J. Alfonse. Mike. MJ On Ice. Mike the Magnificent. THE Fonz. #4,

Mike, you truly are the bravest man I have ever known. We've called each other many things over the last 30+ years- teammates, rivals, friends, a few unmentionables, co-workers, roommates- but it will always be an honor to call you my brother.

~ Kenneth Mogel Alcoa, TN
6/6/2024 6:32:56 PM


~ Gail Horsey Laurel, De
6/6/2024 12:04:41 PM

Michael definitely had something special about himself in many ways. My memories are of him and Rob as constant companions, constant craziness and a true friendship between them. Michael was always so respectful and entertaining, I looked at him as another son. After Rob passed, he kept in touch all through his service career and when Dominic was born he made sure to let me know his middle name would be Robert. Michael never lost touch with me and for that I was always grateful and happy to hear of his life and adventures. I know he is with Rob today and hopefully has found some of the peace he searched for. God Bless him and his family.

~ Judy Ferreri
6/6/2024 10:54:41 AM

Best times with Mike were at VFC tournaments. RIP Mike

Love, the Varrone Family

~ Mark Varrone
6/6/2024 10:20:27 AM

We all enjoyed working with Mike over the yrs. So very sorry for your loss.

~ Kim & Staff at CFCU-Windsor, CT Enfield, CT
6/6/2024 9:19:57 AM

so sorry for your loss.

~ Angie collier
6/6/2024 9:11:05 AM

Such a sad loss for his family and my prayers for them in this time of their need. Chris n Kara I can’t imagine the pain you feel, but know I’m always a call away if there is anything I can do to help you let me know please.

~ Angela Cooper Douglassville, PA
6/6/2024 7:48:50 AM

It started when we first met at Twin Acres Daycare waaaaay back in 1989. From there we graduated to team mates playing hockey together over the next 20 years and developing a friendship that turned into a brotherhood and ultimately family. You joined up and served our Country with honor. You sacrificed so much and asked for so little in return. Post war I watched you overcome your struggles and ultimately come out victorious. I’ll miss our countless adventures driving around at 3am digging holes looking for antiques and bartering for license plates. I’ve got a lifetime of memories but it’s still not enough. I’m gonna miss you so much bro. It’s not fair. You were a devoted Father and loyal Friend to so many. I’m so proud of you Mike. Please watch over us from that spaceship…

~ Eddie Kane
6/6/2024 5:08:52 AM

Please accept my most sincere condolences for the loss of your son, Mike.
Thank you for the sacrifices his family and he made while serving in the military.
May you Rest in Peace, Mike.

~ Diane Viola
6/6/2024 4:18:56 AM

I wanted Mike to be the next me in terms of promoting and protecting the hobby of collecting license plates. He had what few have. Great passion and belief. Bless his soul and bless his family.

~ John Anshant
6/5/2024 10:55:33 PM

Rest in peace bro

~ Edward fat
6/5/2024 10:44:20 PM

Oh Mike I’m so sorry this happened to you. You’ll be missed.

I’m so happy to have first met you in middle/high school. I’m also happy we reconnected a few years ago and caught up with each other. I was rooting you on and so proud of your accomplishments. Please say hi to all of our dear friends up there and keep them in line. Gonna miss you tons Alfonse.

My deepest condolences to the family and his son ??

~ Ashley Kehler
6/5/2024 9:35:10 PM

Mike was the reason I joined the Army. My friendship with him forever altered the course of my life and I am devastated to hear he is gone. I know he was welcomed by a crew of people up there. Rest in Peace, Mike. I’m am praying for all who knew Mike, and especially for his family and son, Dominic.

~ Meghan Fitzpatrick Royersford, PA
6/5/2024 9:14:33 PM

I have so many memories with Mike, starting at Arnold's parking lot, Fridays at Center Ice, to hanging out playing on the guitar with all of our friends, and driving around listening to music for hours with his super cool subwoofers. Playing the Grateful Dead Touch of Grey in memory of you. May your soul rest in peace and smile down on us til we meet again. <3 Mel

~ Melanie Patrick Phoenixville, Pa
6/5/2024 8:52:40 PM

If the measure of one’s life is based on years lived, then Mike life not fulfilled. If the measure of one’s life are experiences then Mike lived an amazing life that touched many in his service and his friendship. Never think of the moments stolen but of those lived. May those many wonderful memories ease the pain of his loss. Godspeed, Mike.

~ Tim and Kelly Keaveney
6/5/2024 8:01:39 PM

I remember when he was in HS, (he could be quite the character), then he came back to visit. He was in his dress uniform and was so proud and so handsome. He was proud of his service, and even more so of his son. My deepest sympathies to Mike’s family.

~ Kathy Savage
6/5/2024 7:53:23 PM

I was Mike's squad leader and convoy commander in Iraq. Even with his occasional shenanigans, Mike was a guy that wanted to be his best. He would listen and learn, then do his best to teach his peers and motivate them to grow and progress. He was an outstanding Soldier and person and I feel fortunate to have known him and honored to have served with him. You will not be forgotten brother.

~ Tom Skinner SFC, U.S. Army Retired
6/5/2024 7:26:59 PM

God bless and keep your family! ??????

~ Kristi
6/5/2024 6:45:16 PM

Mike was one of my closest friend in the army. I wish I could go back and just hangout with and watch the Phillies and Cardinals play just one more time

~ Brandon politte Hillsboro, MO
6/5/2024 4:58:54 PM

Mike was good guy. I remember all the times at the bus stop when we were kids

~ Tim vey Stowr, PA
6/5/2024 4:40:48 PM

I will never forget Mike calling me in my classroom from Iraq. His pictures from Saddam Hussein's Flinstone themed home are something I will always remember. I was so proud of him and his accomplishments in the military. My heart is broken for his son and his family.

~ Susan Miscavage Royersford, PA
6/5/2024 4:39:38 PM

I am so sorry for your loss. He will be missed. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

~ Robbi Ricci
6/5/2024 3:48:57 PM

My deepest sympathy for your loss. I will always remember when Michael figured out I wasn't Mrs. Clause.
Rest in peace Michael ??

~ Allison Youse-Works MATTAWAMKEAG, ME
6/5/2024 3:29:48 PM