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AGE: 86 • Port Reading
Emil Mihalek, 86, of Port Reading NJ passed away on October 24, 2012 surrounded by his loving family. Emil was born in Vysny Slavkov, Czechoslovakia and emigrated to the U.S. in 1939 on the Deutschland, one of the last ships to leave Europe prior to the start of WWII. Emil settled with his family in Jersey City, NJ where he met and married his beloved wife, Veronica Tevis in 1950. He moved with his family to Port Reading in 1966.
Emil served his country in the U.S. Army Air Force and was a career firefighter for Jersey City before retiring. He was a member and former Commander of the Bayonne Disabled Veterans Post 33 for 60+ years, the National Order of Trench Rats honoring disabled veterans, the Jersey City Knights of Columbus Conception #137, Men's Slovak Club in Carteret, Divine Mercy Parish-Holy Family Seniors group and St. Anthony of Padua Seniors group.
Left behind to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 62 years, Veronica; a daughter Doreen Russo and husband Louis of Middlesex; a grandson, Zachary Russo; a son Kevin and wife Terry of Flemington, and Louis' sons, Louis and Michael Russo.
He is also survived by two sisters, Mary Rindosh, Joan Kozzi and husband John; a brother Edward and wife Joan; three sisters-in law, Harriet, Irene and Ana Mihalek and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, Steve and Mary (Kolackovsky) Mihalek; and brothers Joe, Steve, and Marty.
Emil enjoyed traveling, often returning to Europe to visit family, going to the casino, playing bingo, and spending time with family and friends. His laughter, his smile, and his presence will be dearly missed by all.
Funeral services will begin 9am Monday Oct. 29th at the Chubenko Funeral Home 625 Port Reading Avenue, Port Reading followed by a 9:30am Mass of Resurrection at Divine Mercy Parish-Holy Family Church, Carteret with interment at St. Gertrude's Cemetery, Colonia.
Visitation will be Sunday 3pm to 8pm at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Port Reading First Aid Squad c/o the funeral home.
Published in Home News Tribune on Oct. 26, 2012