Michael (Mic) Selavka(1920 - 2014)

Michael (Mic) Selavka December 1, 1920 - January 7, 2014 Windham - Michael(Mic) Selavka, 93, died on January 7, 2014, at St. Joseph's Living Center in Windham. He was born in South Coventry, Connecticut on December 1st, 1920 to proud parents Michael Philip and Tekla (Borodin) Selavka. Mic was the fourth of eight children born: Anne, Nasta (Est), Olga, Michael, Jack, Marjorie, Carl and Lary. He and his siblings grew up in Willimantic and attended school in Windham. He excelled in High School and college where he was quite an athlete, participating in track, football, baseball and basketball. He and his brothers also were members of the Drum and Bugle Corps, he as Drum Major. Mic later graduated from the Willimantic State Teachers College (now ECSU) following his military service. With the advent of World War II, in 1942 he enlisted in the US Marine Corps to serve his country. He also excelled in this area and due to his expertise in bayonet and rifle was assigned to the Marines elite Scout Sniper Platoon. As a member of the Second Marine Division Assault Regiment he was dispatched to Tarawa in the Gilbert Islands where he received a Silver Star Medal and a Presidential Unit Citation for gallantry and heroism. He also saw duty in Tinian in the Marianas Islands during the battle for Saipan before receiving a serious wound to his arm and hand resulting in his being shipped home at the rank of Platoon Sergeant. On return he became a Willimantic State Teachers College student beginning on his life long career in Education and relationship with the love of his life and future wife of 54 years, Mariette (Mac) Conant Selavka. He spent 42 years teaching, primarily in North Franklin, starting in a one-room schoolhouse, teaching and becoming school Principal at the elementary school level. He loved his job, students, parents and professionals and they apparently loved him. He also found time during his summers to do lots of gardening, traveling with Mac and coaching the American Thread Little League teams. He was an active member and supporter of the BPOE, American Legion, VFW and Marine Corps League, and also loved the NY Yankees and all UCONN sports teams. Mr. Selavka is survived by his brother Carl Selavka and wife Janet of Sun City Center, FL, sister Marjorie Heise of Bremerton, WA and sister-in-law Elizabeth Selavka of Fairfield. Other survivors include his many beloved "original", great and great grand nieces and nephews, He was predeceased by his wife Mariette (Mac) Selavka, His sisters Anne Terry, Nasta (Est) Rowan and Olga Selavka, brothers Jack Selavka and Lary Selavka and In-Laws Earl Terry, Brian Rowan, Ernie Heise and Eleanor Selavka. The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to the staff, especially those on St. Patrick's wing, for the special care, services and kindnesses provided to our loved one and our family over the past three plus years. Services and burial with military honors in Willimantic will be private. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Potter Funeral Home, 456 Jackson Street, Willimantic, CT 06226. To sign an online guest register please visit www.potterfuneralhome.com.

Funeral Home

Potter Funeral Home
456 Jackson Street Willimantic, CT 06226
(860) 423-2211

Published in Norwich Bulletin on Jan. 9, 2014