Michael V. Czerniak, 81, of Toledo, Ohio passed away on Friday, August 23, 2013. He was born on November 23, 1931, in Toledo to Michael and Clara (Sobierowski) Czerniak. He married Dolores (Case) Czerniak on June 6, 1953, and they recently celebrated 60 years of marriage.
A 1950 graduate of Macomber High School, Mike started his career at Acklin Stamping later moving Metal Forming & Coining, Maumee Ohio in 1962 as a tool room supervisor and moved up in the company through the years. He was President/CEO of Metal Forming & Coining Corporation from 1979, until his retirement in 1997. He remained active on the company's Board of Directors until his death. One of his proudest achievements of his career was the construction of a new 100,000 manufacturing facility for Metal Forming & Coining in 1996.
Throughout his career, Mike was active on many boards and organizations. His involvement included Maumee Rotary Foundation for over thirty years, Maumee Chamber Board, LMC Labor Management Committee. He was the past President of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, past President of the National Tool and Machining Association, and was on the Advisory board of Northwest Ohio Center for Labor Management. He was a past Board member of St Johns Jesuit High School, Central Catholic High School, Anne Grady Center and TASBA (Toledo Area Small Business Association) and was on the St. Luke's Hospital Foundation Board and a member of the Old Newsboys Goodfellows Association and the Elks Lodge. He was Chairman of St. Patrick's Historical Church Fund Raising for Restoration Board. Mike had a passion for fund raising and never refused a request to head up fund raising wherever needed.
As a Maumee Rotary member, Mike received the Prestigious Paul Harris Fellow Award in 1987. Mike received many awards from Central Catholic High School. Those being the Medallion Award in 1993 the Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001 and the John L. Harrington Award in 2007. In 1992, Mike was named Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young, Inc. In 2006, he was named Maumee's Outstanding Citizen of the Year at their Hometown Heroes award ceremony.
In 1967, at age 35, Mike was given the devastating news that he had nasal pharynx cancer and told by his doctors to go home and enjoy his last few months with his family. After three major surgeries and 67 treatments of radiation he beat this disease and went on to enjoy many more summers with his family. In 1987, he was recognized by the American Cancer Society for notable service in the crusade to conquer cancer.
Aside from Mike's many career accomplishments, he was most proud of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is survived by his son, Steve and his wife Cindy Czerniak along with their children Steve (Jenny), Scott (Angela) and Philip; daughter, Linda and her husband Paul Hamel and their children Kevin (Jennifer), Melissa Wholehan (Chris) and Sandra Bonnar (Chris); daughter, Diane and her husband Tom Weinrich and their children Mike (Salina), Matt (Marla) and Angie; daughter, Karen and John Glover and their children Jessica, Nick and Andrew. Mike also leaves behind seven great-grandchildren, Danielle Slayton, Brian, Elizabeth and Matthew Hamel, Lucas and Mallory Wholehan and Zachary Bonnar. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Donald (2006).
Family and friends are invited to a visitation on Tuesday, August 27th from 2:00-8:00 p.m. at Thomas Wisniewski Funeral Home, 2426 N. Reynolds Road, Toledo, OH 43615. A funeral mass will be held on Wednesday, August 28th at 11:00 a.m. at St. Patrick's Historical Church, 130 Avondale, Toledo, OH. The family will greet guests one hour prior to the service at the church.
Those wishing to make memorial contributions are asked to consider St. Luke,s Diabetic Center, 5871 Monclova Rd., Maumee OH or St. Patrick's Historical Church, 130 Avondale, Toledo, OH.
Wisniewski Funeral Home
2426 N Reynolds Rd Toledo, OH 43615
Published in Toledo Blade from Aug. 25 to Aug. 26, 2013