Michael Vince Gogick, 39, of Plains Township passed on peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, on Monday, July 21, 2014, in Hospice of the Sacred Heart, Dunmore.
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Born in Wilkes-Barre on July 10, 1975, he was a son to Charlotte and the late Ronald Gogick. When Michael was a young boy, the Gogick family lived in Mountain Top and later moved to the Drums area.
Michael was a graduate of Hazleton High School, Class of 1993. He then joined the U.S. Army and served in the infantry. He was honorably discharged and returned home.
Michael then found employment with Famosa Pizzeria, Hazleton. After a few years, Michael was employed in the manufacturing of wire rope by the Bridon American Corp., Exeter. Michael also worked for the Woodlands Resort, Plains Township, and Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, where he was a chef.
Michael married the former Melissa Makara in 1999. Together they celebrated 15 years of marriage. They are the proud parents of their two children, Michael and Tori.
Michael was a proud and loving father to his children. He was a coach for the Wilkes-Barre Pony League and for the Plains Little League Softball. He enjoyed being in his kitchen cooking, hunting deer and turkey, archery, watching football, especially his son's Plains Yankee football games and the New York Giants.
Michael is survived by his loving wife, Missy, daughter, Tori, and son, Michael, all of Plains Township; grandmother, Jennie Gogick, Mountain Top; mother, Charlotte Gogick, Drums; brother, Gary, California; aunts and uncles; cousins; and his two dogs, Thor and Bailey.
Michael's funeral service will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday from Yanaitis Funeral Home Inc., 55 Stark St., Plains Township.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. in St. Faustina Parish, formerly Holy Trinity Church, 520 S. Hanover St., Nanticoke. The Rev. James R. Nash will be the celebrant of the service.
Interment will follow in Holy Trinity Cemetery, Nanticoke, with military honors provided by the U.S. Army.
Friends and family may call at the funeral home from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Gogick family at the funeral home on Friday, or come out to the Gogick Benefit at the Laflin Park Field from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Sunday. Donations also may be given at any Citizen Bank, care of the Gogick Family Benefit.
For directions to the funeral services, and for condolences to the Gogick family, please visit www.yanaitisfuneralhome.com.
Yanaitis Funeral Home
55 Stark St Plains, PA 18705
Published in Citizens' Voice on July 24, 2014