Andrichak, Michael Jr.
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Michael (Mike) Andrichak Jr., 81, passed away Wednesday, December 26, 2012 with his wife at his side. Mike was born April 29, 1931 in Kearny, New Jersey to Michael and Elizabeth Mary (Schurmann) Andrichak. After graduating from Kearny High School in 1949, Mike enlisted into the US Marine Corps. Mike found himself on Parris Island for boot camp, Great Lakes Navel Air station then to Camp Pendleton, CA. Mike fought in the Korean War with the North Korean Guerrillas and received a citation from the South Korean president. He then went on to serve 2 tours in the Vietnam War. Mike retired in 1970 as a Gunnery Sergeant after 21 years in the Marine Corps. He received numerous military medals and ribbons. After retiring from the Marines, Mike enrolled into the University of South Dakota and received a degree in Computer Science. He then went to work for General Electric (GE) and retired from GE in 1989. Mike is a lifetime member of BVA, DAV, Marine Corps League, NRA, and the Elk and Moose. In 1966 Mike married Elaine Cicerone and had 2 children. Diane and Michael (Mike) III. Elaine (Cicerone) Andrichak precedes Mike in death in 1984. In 1995 Mike married Elaine (Ryan) Andrichak. Mike is survived by his wife Elaine Andrichak, daughter Diane (Ben) Walker, son Michael Andrichak III, 4 grandsons, 4 step-daughters that he loved as his own, 7 step-grandchildren, sister Betty Hambright of Texas, brother William Andrichak of Nebraska. Funeral Mass will be held 11:00 am, January 2, 2013 at Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne, 2825 West Rose Canyon Circle, Phoenix. Father Mark Harrington will be officiating. Family request in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Mike's name to
, Eckstein Center, 9808 North 95th Street, Scottsdale, AZ. Please visit www.hansenmortuary.com to place online condolences.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Dec. 30, 2012