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January 17, 2014
Michael J. Elchisak Jr., 68, of 218 North Race Street, Shenandoah, passed away Friday night surrounded by his family at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Holly and Tim Smith, Hamburg.
Born in Shenandoah on March 28, 1945, he was the son of the late Michael J. Elchisak Sr. and Loretta Soroka Elchisak.
Mike was a 1962 graduate of Mahanoy Area High School. He then attended Penn State University and Williamsport Technical Institute.
He worked for 33 years at the former A&E Products, Ringtown, first as a moldmaker and then as the tool and die shop manager. He is the holder of several U.S. patents. He was especially proud of creating a child-safe sizer tab for hangers to prevent a choking hazard for children.
Mike was a former member of St. Michael Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Shenandoah.
Surviving are one son, Michael J. Elchisak III and his wife, Michele, Shenandoah Heights; two daughters, Holly, wife of Tim Smith, Hamburg, and Heather, wife of Tom Kowalick, Shenandoah; seven grandchildren, Alexander and John Elchisak, Genevieve and Anastasia Smith, Michael P. Elchisak, Kat and Brian Quick; his companion, Vonda DeGregor, Shenandoah; two sisters, Mary, wife of Dr. John Reinhardt, Tafton, and Sonya Elchisak, Shenandoah; nieces and nephews.
Other special people in his life included Christine and John Floyd, Patsy and Vince Ryan, and Eileen Wylonis.
Religious and Parastas services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 South Jardin Street, Shenandoah. Monsignor Myron Grabowsky will officiate. Interment will follow in St. Michael Ukrainian Greek Catholic Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights. Relatives and friends may call from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy can be made to the
, or Hospice of Central Pennsylvania. Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, Shenandoah, is in charge of the arrangements. For additional information or to leave a condolence for the family, please visit www.woffuneralhome.com.
Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home
132 South Jardin Street Shenandoah, PA 17976-2225
Published in Republican & Herald on Jan. 19, 2014