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Mike F. Kawa

Mike F. Mercislaus Kawa, a resident of the Williamsport Home, died Saturday.

Mike was born in Johnstown on Oct. 17, 1920, a son of the late John and Catherine Kawa. He was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church, where he served as a sacristan and was very active in the church's carnival. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 366. Mike was a tool designer at Avco Lycoming Engines and was owner of Mike's Bowling Supply for 54 years. He was Bowler of the Year, inducted into the Bowlers Hall of Fame, a member of the 700 and 300 clubs, and was the oldest bowler in Lycoming County to bowl a 300 at age 90.

A World War II Army veteran, he was recipient of the Bronze Star for meritorious achievement in connection with military operations against the enemy on Luzon. Mike was a lifetime member of Garrett-Cochran American Legion Post 1. He and his wife, Ann, celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary on Aug. 27.

He is also survived by a son, Michael A. Kawa, Middleburg; daughters, Karen (Rick) Metz, Williamsport; Patricia (Thomas) Moore, Jersey Shore; and Catherine (Patrick) Marcinko, Jessup; six grandchildren; a brother, Bernard Kawa, Johnstown; and a sister, Eleonore Palowitch, Virginia.

Three grandchildren also preceded him in death.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Boniface Catholic Church, 326 Washington Blvd., Williamsport, on Thursday at 10 a.m. Burial will be at St. Boniface Cemetery with military honors provided by the Korean War Veterans of Lycoming County.

The family will receive friends at the church lounge Wednesday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. with a recitation of the rosary at 8:30.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully suggests memorial donations be made to Susquehanna Home Care and Hospice, c/o Susquehanna Health Foundation, 1001 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701; or to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 3551 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19140.

Crouse Funeral Home is handling arrangements, www.crousefuneralhome.com.

Published in Scranton Times on July 9, 2013
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