Steve Antolik, 84, of Erie, died Friday January 24, 2014 at UPMC Hamot, following a brief illness.
He was born September 6, 1929, in Erie, a son of the late Michael and Helen Evan Antolik.
Steve graduated from the Rice Avenue Union High School in 1947. Following high school, he moved to Washington, D.C., where he began working for the FBI as a Fingerprint Technician.
In 1954, he was inducted into the US Army, where he served in the Occupational Forces in Germany, assigned to the 67th Armor Regiment, 57th Tank Battalion. He received the National Defense Service Medal and the Army Occupation Medal.
Upon his discharge from the military, he returned to the Girard area, and went to work for Mohawk Airlines in 1957. He worked for 37 years in the Airline Customer Service field, retiring from US Air in 1991.
He was a member of S.S. Peter & Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, in Erie, where he was active in the church choir for many years. He had recently attended S.S. Cyril & Methodius Byzantine Church, in Girard. He loved golfing, reading and was a talented floral gardener and landscaping enthusiast. He enjoyed traveling throughout the world with his family.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Nicholas, John, Michael, Paul, Joseph, George and Andrew.
He will be greatly missed by his family, which includes, his wife of 54 years, Lola Fern Antolik, also by two sons, Stephen J. Antolik (Patricia) of Palm Gardens, Fla., Nicholas M. Antolik (Susan) of Girard; his grandchildren, Kristen Swindle (Paul) of Tampa, Fla., Stephen G. Antolik of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Jesse M. Antolik and Ben Antolik, both of Girard; sisters-in-law, Betty and Evelyn Antolik; also many nieces and nephews.
Friends may call on Friday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., at Edder Funeral Home, Inc., 309 Main St. East, Girard.
A Wake Service will be held at the funeral home on Friday at 4 p.m. A Prayer Service will be held on Saturday at 9:30 a.m., followed by the Funeral Liturgy at S.S. Cyril & Methodius Byzantine Catholic Church, Girard, at 10 a.m., with Fr. John Mihalco officiating.
Burial, with Full Military Honors, will be in the St. John's Cemetery, Girard.
Memorials may be made to The Sight Center of NWPA, 2545 W. 26th St., Erie, PA, 16506 or to S.S. Cyril & Methodius Church, 1022 Tilden Dr., Girard, PA 16417.
Published in the Erie Times-News on Jan. 29, 2014