Adolph J. Slovik

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Adolph J. Slovik, affectionately known as AJ or Doffy, 91, was reunited with his late wife, Helen, on Saturday. He passed at home surrounded by his four children and many of his grandchildren.

A lifelong resident of McAdoo, Adolph cut short his academic career to serve his country in the Army during World War II. During the Battle of the Bulge, he suffered a shrapnel head wound, an injury with implications he carried for the rest of his life. After the war he returned to McAdoo, where he learned the electrical trade and married Helen Shedlesky in 1947. He worked as an electrician to provide for his family while simultaneously growing a fledgling insurance business, which still exists more than 50 years later as the Slovik Insurance Agency. He also was a governing member of the Ukrainian National Association, UN, Branch No. 7, a branch founded by Helen's stepfather, Dmytro Kapitula.

As a proud decorated veteran of World War II, Adolph continued his commitment to veterans for 70 years through McAdoo VFW Post 6708, and more recently at AMVETS Post No. 1. He was a past commander of the VFW post, a life member of the DAV Mountain City No. 3, and never met a fellow veteran he didn't befriend. In addition to his dedication to his country, Adolph served his local community as a councilman for 12 years in McAdoo. A political activist, Adolph was involved with multiple Schuylkill County Republican committees. He and his late wife Helen were dedicated to the preservation of their Polish and Ukrainian heritage, and dancing in all forms was their passionate pastime. Adolph was also an avid outdoorsman and hunter.

Preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Adolph was the last surviving member of the family created by the late Daniel and Monica Slovik. Also preceding him in death were his wife of 60 years, Helen, in 2008; an infant daughter in 1955; infant twins in 1959.

Surviving are his primary caregivers, daughter, Christine (Louis) Harasymczuk, Montrose, and son, Robert, McAdoo; sons, William, McAdoo, and Daniel (Tonya), Tamaqua. Also surviving are 12 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Special thanks go out for the tender and continued support from grandchildren, Monica Slovik, Billy Slovik, Nick Harasymczuk, Linda Dudeck and Crystal Howton during this eight-month-long journey; niece, Sandra Pavelk; cousins, Marlene Wasno, Teresa Wasno and Michelle Wasno, who offered nursing and medical experience to guide Christine as she tended to Adolph's complex medical needs.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday from Stanley E. Anilosky Funeral Home, 145 S. Kennedy Drive, McAdoo, followed by the Divine Liturgy with Office of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. in St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church, McAdoo. Monsignor James Melnic will be the celebrant. Interment will be in the parish cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday evening at the funeral home. Those wishing to make donations in his memory may donate to McAdoo VFW Post 6708. Some of Adolph's fondest memories were of sharing a cold beverage with his adult children and grandchildren at the post, and the many members he considered precious friends.

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Published in Republican & Herald on Sept. 13, 2017
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