Michael J. Giliberto

April 13, 1989 ‒ August 28, 2020

San Diego, California

Michael J. Giliberto, age 31, of San Diego, California, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, August 28, 2020 at his residence.  He was born on April 13, 1989 in Burbank, California.  Michael was a graduate of Del Campo High School, San Diego State University and Grossmont College.

Michael is survived by his father; Joe (Wendy) Giliberto of Florida; his mother, Molly Giliberto of Mount Vernon; two sisters, Kylie Giliberto and Gianna Giliberto; grandparents, Marcia McGovern and Larry (Sue) McGovern; aunts and uncles, Tony Giliberto, Jennifer Giliberto, Rachelle Giliberto, Mike McGovern and Melanie McGovern; cousins, Amanda, David and Tommy Giliberto, Mary and Kate McGovern, Jonathan and Dillan Giliberto.

The family will observe private services.  The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Michael J. Giliberto.

To share a memory or leave a condolence for the family, visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com


    • Hi Martha, thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers. Joe and I really appreciate them. We feel so blessed to have been Michael’s parents. He was an amazing son.

  • I cannot express in words how saddened I am to hear of the loss of your loving son, Michael. Through your proud and humorous stories, Molly, I feel as though I knew him. The devastation you and the family must be feeling can only be imagined by me, and good people such as you definitely did not deserve this.

    Michael was so fortunate to have such loving and supportive parents. Please accept my condolences, which can not fill this incredible void, but know that I am here to help with whatever healing I can provide.

    Love always….

    • Hi Laurie, thank you so much for your sweet message. I know you all at work knew Michael through my stories or many pictures I had of him at my cubicle. You all were my work family for nearly 18 years and will continue to be my family. I miss you all so much and feeling your love and support is helping me to get through this unimaginable pain. Thanks again Laurie.

  • Michael was a good man. I was so sad to hear what happened. He always knew what was right and I’ll always remember him.

    • Hi Jordan, thank you for being one of Michael’s friends. He loved you all so much. Joe and I were so very proud of the man he became and loved that he treated everyone with love and respect. Thanks again Jordan.

  • Although I haven’t seen Mike (or as we called him Gilo) in some years since I left San Diego, we kept in touch regularly on social media. I loved how open he was with his opinions and feelings – sharing both fun and serious insights. He was great for a real conversation or sharing a joke about sports. His positive spirit will be so missed, as I am so glad to have known him.

    • Hi Felina. Thank you for your message and memories of Michael. Talking with Michael will also be one of the many things Joe and I will miss. His great big bear hugs will be another. Thanks again Felina.

  • I can’t imagine the grief you must be feeling but please know that I am thinking of you and your family and sending love and prayers. I remember how your face lit up when you talked about Michael. No doubt, he knew how much you loved him.

    Please take care of yourself and know that you have friends. that love and care about you. You are not alone.

    Love, Donalee

    • Hi Donalee, thanks so much for your sweet message. I couldn’t help but smile when I talked about Michael. He brought Joe and I so much love and happiness. I miss you all so much and can’t thank you all enough for sending your loving thoughts our way.

  • While I knew Mike as a friend and neighbor for a short time, I will never forget his genuine soul. He was always honest and stood and spoke up for what he believed was right. I remember well the first summer we all lived in neighboring apartments at the Diplomat and specifically remember when Mike made us all Gilo-burgers – loaded with cheese and grilled onions. He was always willing to share despite the fact that we were all broke students without much to share. I will remember Mike fondly. Well wishes and condolences to his family.

    • Hi JT, thanks for this very sweet memory you shared of Michael during his college years. Those burgers sound great!! Joe and I were so proud that God chose us to be his parents. He made us so proud of the amazing man he became and his loving actions towards everyone. Thanks again JT and God Bless you.

  • I only knew Michael from the twinkle in your eyes and the smile on your face when you talked about taking PTO to hang out with him.

    However, the words and pictures in your email provided depth and texture to the beautiful family that circled his life. His smile reflects a loving soul.

    Stay strong .. stay creative… and if you ever want to revisit Heritage Oaks – I have a guest room.

    With my deepest sympathy – Arlene

    • Oh Arlene, thank you so very much for your very sweet messages here and to my email. I love that you are living In the same apartments where Michael and I first lived when we moved to Sacramento. Joe and I are so proud to be his parents. My mom was so happy she retired to Sacramento and Got to spend so much time with Michael. We are all blessed and better people for having Michael in our lives. Thanks again Arlene and God Bless you.

  • Michael was one of the most genuine souls I’ve had the pleasure of having a friendship with. He will forever hold a place in my heart.

    • Hi DC, thanks for your very sweet message. I’m so glad you and Michael got to be friends and that you also have some great memories together. Michael was such a special and loving person and his dad and I feel so blessed that God chose us to be his parents. Thanks again DC and God Bless you.

  • I’ve known Mike since 1st grade. He was one of the first friends I had when I switched schools for the 100th time. He was always so full of life, had a great sense of humor, and tried to always see the positive in everyone. I’ll never forget our basketball memories where we would always disagree about our teams. Prayers are with you, and I know the inspiration he brought so many will continue on.

    • Hi Jeremy, thank you for your kind words and wonderful memories that you’ve shared here and on Facebook. He was so loyal to the Sacramento Kings even after he moved down to San Diego. It would make Michael so proud if his inspiration would continue on and everyone treated each other with the love and respect he did while on this earth. Joe and I are so very blessed to have been his parents and will miss him terribly. Thanks again Jeremy and God Bless you.

  • I had the good fortune of meeting Michael when he was a young man and growing up surrounded with so much love from his mother, Molly, and grandmother, Marcia. While the moments I had with Michael were brief, I remember spending many days hearing about him through Molly and how happy she was about the man he became.

    My deepest condolences go out to the entire Giliberto family and anyone who is suffering Michael’s loss. I trust that the fond memories of Michael that I am sure you all have will help in easing the pain of his loss and see you all through this very challenging time. My thoughts, prayers, and love are with all of you.

    • Oh Ferdinand, I was so touched to see your message and memories of Michael. I remember when we all (mom, Michael and I) and you went to that Air Force base to paint and decorate the barracks, through Volunteers of America, that were getting ready to house victims of a hurricane. Thank you so much Ferdinand for your thoughts, prayers and love. I really miss working with you. Please give your beautiful family our love and God Bless you.

  • I am so heartbroken for your loss. Michael was such a sweet and kind person. I have such fond memories of our summers together on the farm, playing by the pond, catching fireflies, exploring the barns, watching the thunderstorms roll in. Please know that the whole family is in my thoughts and prayers.

    -Cousin Kate

    • Hello my dear sweet Kate, thank you for the wonderful memories you described of the visits to the farm when you, Mary and Michael were little kids. Mary sent your dad some great pics of you kids on the farm and one she had of Michael and his friends going to the Del Campo HS prom. I’m so glad she had those to share. Thank you again Kate for sharing your beautiful memories. I love and miss you so much. God Bless you and your family.

  • It’s been since college that I’ve seen Mike but will always remember him as one of the most genuine and kind people I’ve met. Truly a good person taken too soon.

    • Hi Kelly, thanks for your sweet message here and on Facebook. Joe and I feel so blessed that God chose us to be Michael’s parents. He was such an amazing son and loved his family and friends so very much. Thanks again Kelly and God Bless you, Bob and your latest addition to your family.

  • I found out the day after. Stanley called me and told me the news. At first I didn’t believed him and I said ur joking right!….he wasn’t! My heart sank too my feet and I cried the rest of the day!
    I knew mike ever since I started jersey mikes in 2014! He thought me a lot of stuff! Even thought me how to use a atm machine!
    Mike was like a brother to me! I really still can’t believe he’s gone but now he’s in a better place playing basketball with Kobe and talking about need for speed with Paul Walker!
    I’ll see u later Mike!

    • Hi Francesco, thank you for sharing your memories of Michael. He will not only be playing basketball with Kobe and discussing the Fast and Furious movies with Paul Walker, but will also talk about The Black Panther with Chadwick Boseman. He loved that movie too. I’m so glad he had you as a friend. Thanks again Francesco and God Bless you.

  • Molly,

    I am heartbroken – words cannot express the sadness I feel to hear about your loss. Even though I never met Michael, I felt as though I knew him from hearing you talk about him and the pictures you had of him in your work cubicle. He was your world and he was lucky to have such a caring mother and friend – I am sure he knew how proud you were and how much you loved him.

    Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Let me know if you need anything. Michael is with the Angels now.

    Love you…

    • Oh Karen, thank you so much for your beautiful message. You’re right, Michael was my world and I am so lost right now. The thought of not being able to talk with him when I either need advice, saw something on the news or just to say I love and miss you so much, is just devastating. He definitely knew how much I loved him and how proud I was of him as I told him all of the time. The thing I look forward to the most is when we meet again in heaven, I will get one of his amazing bear hugs. I love and miss you so much Karen. Thanks again and God Bless you.

  • To begin with, please accept my deepest condolences Dear Molly.
    I still can’t believe my ears when I heard about the bad news. I remember always you were so proud of him , I am sure his gentle soul will always help anyone in need. One of my favorite memories of Michael is his picture that we have with his hands up and lovely face that wants to tell us “I do not know”. My Dear Molly , My Dear Molly , My family and I have you and your family all in our thoughts and prayers.
    Please let me know if I can be of any help to you during this difficult time

    with love

    • Oh my dear sweet Farzaneh, thank you so much for your sweet message. I’m so glad that picture of Michael, as a toddler, brought so much joy to not only our workplace, but some of the staff in DHCS. I will never forget when Benjamin came up to me and asked “why is a picture of your son hanging in cubicles on the State’s side?” I told him they asked me for a copy cuz they loved the expression on his face, with his little hands held up like he’s asking “what is going on here?” He brought everyone he met such joy and laughter. Joe and I are so blessed that God chose us to be his parents. Please give your mom and brother my love and God Bless you all.

  • Michael was a kind hearted and generous individual. I had the pleasure of being his resident advisor in the dorms and I was always uplifted by his positive spirit. I remember one year he was so generous in letting me borrow his car to drive somewhere for a school project. It’s kindness like his that makes the world a better place. May he rest in peace.

    • Hi Vanessa, thank you for your sweet message here and on Facebook. I truly hope that everyone honors Michael by treating all they meet with nothing but love and respect. He was such a loving soul and his dad and I feel so blessed we were his parents. Thanks again Vanessa and God Bless you.

  • Joey and Molly, my heart goes out to you both. I can’t imagine the loss of child and only know from loss in my family that it is incomparable to any other. He was such a handsome young man and I’m sure was your pride and joy. Please know that I’m sending my condolences and love despite the miles and the years. Wishing you and your entire family peace.

    • Thank you for the kind words and thoughts. It is not comparable and we are sorry your family experienced it too. We just cherish the time we did have with Mike and are blessed to be his parents. It has been a long time, please take care and God bless you Paula.

  • Joe and Molly
    My sincere condolences to you and your family for the loss of your son. I just can’t imagine! My thoughts and prayers to you at this very difficult time.

    • Thank you for reaching out and the thoughts and prayers. It has been tough but Molly and I are focusing on the cherished time we had with him. Please take care of yourself and family and God bless you.

  • Joe and Molly,
    I am so sorry to hear of your son’s passing. I remember a very young Michael from when we worked together, Joe. He was such a sweet boy then and grew to be such a handsome young man. May you find peace during this difficult time. Sending light and love.

    • Thank you Kim, it has been a long time. Thank you for the kind words, Molly and I were very proud of Mike. He grew into a loving caring (and tall) young man. We appreciate you reaching out. God bless you, please take care.

  • Joe and Molley,
    Please accept my family’s deepest sympathy on the passing of your son. There are no words that I can offer to ease your pain and although it has been many years since we have talked or seen each other you have always been in my thoughts and a friend for life. I wish I had know your son. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Tom Peppard

    • Tom, thank you so much for the thoughts. It has been a long time but I agree, friends for life. You are right, words cannot describe the feeling Molly and I have right now. Seeing how much he was loved by so many friends and family here and on his Facebook page, makes us proud. He is a great loving passionate man that we will miss. Thanks again and God bless you and your family.

  • Dear Molly,
    I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. I can’t fathom the loss of a child. I found out just recently that you and your mom live on the farm. The last time I was on the farm, around 3 or 4 years ago, I got to see Michael. I was with Jason and Laurie.
    I have many fond memories of the farm! And the joy it brought me in seeing Michael, you and your mom come visit Breezy Hill farm!
    I was glad to hear you guys came back to live there! I saw your son’s picture, such a handsome young man!
    My deepest condolences go out to you and your family. My prayers are with you.

    • Hi Carol, Thanks for your condolences. Joe and I feel so blessed that God chose us to be Michael’s parents. It brings my heart so much joy to read the messages from his friends on Facebook, Twitter and this website, on how he touched their lives. He was an amazing son and had a huge heart for everyone he came into contact with. Mom and I moved back here last year. We were so glad that Michael came to Sacramento before we moved. Thanks again for your message and God Bless you and your family.

  • Molly,
    I have tried to type something for days now. I type then delete, then try again. The reality is there is nothing I can put together into words that will ever come close to expressing my condolences to you and your family. Michael was a great man, in fact he was so great that I didn’t even have to know him personally, I knew whole heartedly through you. I knew Michael was so amazing, giving and loving from the countless memories I had the privilege of only hearing about from you. I know through all the phone conversations you would tell us about, he knew you were so proud of him and could feel your love from anywhere. You raised an incredible man that impacted so many people, even the people he never even personally met. My mom and I have been praying for you and your family. Thank you Molly for allowing me to be a part of the numerous memories, laughs and conversations between you two. I hope he can now finally start his podcast in the heavens and make the angels laugh.

    I love you Molly.
    If you need anything, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.


    • Hi Vanessa, thank you so very much for your beautiful message and please thank your mom too for the prayers. This has been an unbelievable nightmare for Joe and I, but reading the messages here and on his Facebook and Twitter accounts, from his friends, brings us some sort of peace. We feel so blessed that God chose us to be his parents and we couldn’t be more proud of the amazing man he became and how he touched so many lives by the way he treated everyone with love, respect and kindness. Thank you again Vanessa. I miss you all so much and could really use a good ole QA hug from everyone. God Bless you and your family.

  • Joe and Molly,
    So very sorry to hear about Michaels passing. It’s been many years since I have seen Michael but remember him as a kind and compassionate young man which is not surprising as he had wonderful parents and a supportive family.

    Please know that you and the entire family are in my thoughts and prayers during this extremely difficult time.

    God Bless


    • Hi Lou, we appreciate the thoughts and nice words. Michael is a tremendous person and Molly and I are proud and blessed to be his parents. Seeing all the nice things people are saying gives us warm feelings. God bless you and your family, take care old friend.

  • Molly I am at a loss of words to express my condolences to you and the family for your loss. I am so happy to see you and Marcia living on the farm now with Mike! I drive by occasionally and have not had a chance to stop in. I will make sure and do that real soon!
    Much love to you all. Prayers for you and Joe and the family. Let me know if you need anything. I’m just a few miles away ♥️

    • Hi Lisa. Thank you so much for the condolences and prayers. Joe and I really appreciate it. We both are so grateful that Michael was able to visit both of us last year. He came to Sacramento in April before mom and I moved back to the farm and spent Christmas with his dad, stepmom and half-sisters in Florida. We all feel so blessed that God brought Michael into our lives and chose Joe and I to be his parents. He was an amazing son and friend too all. Thanks again and God Bless you.

  • Dear Molly and Joe,

    I was so very sad to read Mike’s post on FB and learn about your only son, Michael. Years have passed since we have had any contact and yet reading all these messages of love for Michael, I have learned that you did a fantastic job in parenting and raising a gentle loving and giving soul in Michael. The depth of pain in losing one we love so deeply is difficult and lonely at times but there is a future reunion with them and one day you will focus more on that than the loss that consumes you right now. I lost Joe in 2004, suddenly, and even though many years have passed I still have that tug of sadness on my heart. I do not think I could have survived the loss without God. It was the closest I have ever been to Him. I pray you seek Him and allow Him to gently walk you through this journey. I have thought about you tons over the years and hope we can spend time together again some day. Love to your Mom, Mike and all the family suffering this horrible loss.

    I love you….will always cherish growing up as your friend and neighbor!!!

    • Hi Carol, thanks so much for your sweet message and prayers. This has been an unimaginable nightmare for Joe and I, but we feel so blessed that God chose us to be his parents. Michael was an amazing son and had so much compassion for everyone he met. I am so grateful for his friends messages on his Facebook page, messages from our family and my coworkers that I used to work with. The messages and videos of Michael enjoying life is bringing Joe and I some peace. Thanks again and God Bless you.

  • I will always love and cherish my childhood memories of the farm in ohio with my sister and beloved cousin michael on our farm. Every summer was an adventure. I’ll always love and miss him.

    Love Mary your first cousin.

    • Hi Mary, thank you for reaching out and sharing those precious pictures of you guys when you were little on the farm. I remember when we would go into town and people would ask if you and Michael were brother and sister. Thanks again sweet Mary. I love you so much. God Bless you and your beautiful family.

  • To my dearest Molly,

    I am so sorry for your loss. Please know I’m thinking about you and praying for you and your family. I always enjoyed your stories about Michael. Love you my friend…please let me know if I can do anything for you.

    • Oh Tracy, I still cannot believe my beautiful baby boy is gone. I do find comfort in the beautiful messages his friends are leaving on his Facebook page as well as the messages from family and you all, my work family forever. I also find comfort knowing he is in God’s loving arms and surrounded by family that Joe and I have lost. Thank you again and God Bless you.

  • In addition to my condolence message to my cousin Michael,

    Aunty Molly and Uncle Joe,
    My heart is so broken beyond words. I am so blessed to have amazing memories to cherish on the farm. With my loving family. I have a picture of Michael on my family’s fridge and it will forever keep a spot in every fridge I ever own.

    Love you so much,
    Love Mary Lewis (McGovern)

    • Oh Mary, that is so sweet. After the house was built for mom and I, on the farm, I immediately filled two of my walls with pictures of Michael from when he was a baby to his graduation picture. I sent him a picture of what I had done and he of course giggled and said “that’s just like you mom”. I didn’t realize when I hung these pictures how much comfort they would eventually bring me. Joe and I are so blessed that we had Michael in our lives for as long as we did. He brought us so much joy, love and happiness. Thanks again Mary.

  • Joe and Molly, there are no words to help you through this, you know how I feel. My only hope is that eventually with help from God, Family and Friends you will find Peace, Love, and healing and with all the great memories of your son this will help mend your broken hearts. I love you guys always.

    To my loving nephew, I wanted to thank you for all the great times we had together. Especially the heated Laker and Kings discussions we always had, the joy and laughter and friendship you always brought with you and the soft dart games we had. Most of all I want to thank you for being you. You are an amazing son, an awesome brother and a great nephew. I will always miss you but I will never ever forget you.

    I will Love you always, Uncle Tony

    • Oh Tony, I can’t explain in words how much you and Jennifer mean to Joe and I during this time. Your selflessness is so much appreciated and we love you both so very much. Your message is simply beautiful and I love that you two had so much fun talking about the Lakers and Kings. Michael and I went to many games at Arco arena and I got to surprise him with tickets to the one year they made it into the playoffs. They were playing the Lakers too!!! Thank you both again for your kindness and love during this very difficult time for Joe and I. We love you both so very much.

  • I love and miss you guys beyond words 💓 and like I said cherish the beautiful childhooh we had on on the farm❤️

    • We cherish those memories too. You kids had so much fun on the farm and we are all so blessed for those memories. I love and miss you so very much.