Michael Soyka

Mike Soyka moved to the Village in 2018 and lives in a Greendale Original. He’s a great person to know and a wonderful addition to the Greendale community. Mike is friendly, approachable and a genuinely nice guy! Thank you, Mike, for spreading your kindness. If you see Mike out and about walking his dog Frankie or enjoying live music at the Gazebo, make sure to say hi!

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I am a retired middle manager, a graduate of UW School of Business. I am widowed, and live with my Bassett Hound Frankie. I am an active member of St. James Catholic church in Franklin, where I lived for 23 years with my wife Sue and son Jordan. I enjoy fishing, hiking, and gardening.

Q: Please tell us a little bit about your family.
Jordan is my son, my only child, who lives in NOLA with his wife Veronica.

Q: Please tell us about your current career. What do you love most about what you do?
I am retired, but enjoy doing volunteer work.

Q: Please tell us about any volunteering that you have done or currently do.
I drive for ERAS at least weekly, and help out at my parish.

Q: Please tell us about any interesting or unique hobbies that you have?
I enjoy playing my guitar, and am trying to become a better gardener!

Q: What are a couple of your favorite restaurants in Greendale? What do you love there?
Joey Gerards and Sugar & Flour Bakery Café for their gourmet offerings.

Q: How long have you lived or worked in Greendale?
I moved to Greendale in May of 2018.

Q: Who is the most interesting person you’ve met here in Greendale?
My next door neighbor Kathy.

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?
Crater Lake National Park in Oregon, unique in all the world!

Q: What is one of your favorite movies? TV shows?
Rain Man is my favorite movie; I enjoy all the late night hosts, like Jimmy Kimmel.

Q: What advice would you give to people?
Be respectful and kind to everyone. It’s easy to be hard & judgmental.

Q: What is something on your bucket list?
Canadian railway trip, including Banff

Q: What is your go to band when you can’t decide what to listen to?
WWOZ internet radio from NOLA is great — free and no ads

Q: What current or former local business makes you the most nostalgic about Greendale?
I really enjoy Sugar & Flour Bakery and the Summer farmers’ market.

Q: If you could choose anyone that is alive today and not a relative; with whom would you love to have lunch? Why? And where locally would you meet for this lunch?
My friend Al, whom I haven’t seen for years, at Explorium.

Q: What is your favorite thing or something unique about Greendale?
Weekends in the Summer with live music & farmers’ market.

Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 to 10 years?
Traveling as much as I can; maybe getting a snazzy sports car!

Q: (Even for friends or family), what is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
For some reason, I like to collect knives.

Q: What is the most beautiful place you have ever been?
Crater Lake National Park

Q: Favorite month? favorite holiday? and best single day on the calendar?
July; Christmas; Easter Sunday

Q: What would you rate a 10 out of 10?
Speed Queen barbeque “outside shoulder with mixed sauce”!!

Q: Who inspires you to be better?
My father, even though he has passed, was a living example of integrity.

Q: What is one or two of your favorite smells?
Pit barbecue and pine forest.

Q: Finally, what 3 words or phrases come to mind when you think of the word HOME?
Warm, safe, and relaxing.