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Peter Andrew Mechalke


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Peter Andrew Mechalke

Trumansburg - Peter Andrew Mechalke, of Trumansburg, NY, born in Elmira, NY on September 8, 1969 passed away at home on Saturday, July 7, 2018. Predeceased by his father, Robert Mechalke Sr. and brother Robert Mechalke Jr. He is survived by his wife, Barbara (Hewitt) Mechalke, children, Georgia and Wyatt Mechalke, mother, Carol (Lockner) Mechalke (Corning, NY), siblings; Cathy Mechalke (Lancaster, SC), Martin and Kara (Ermold) Mechalke (Elmira, NY), Chris Mechalke (Corning, NY), best friend; James Tenny (Athens, GA), sisters-in-law, Patricia (Hewitt) Maguire (Elmira, NY), Laura (Scott) Mechalke (Corning, NY), nieces and nephews; Erica and James Mechalke, Martha Maguire, Zane, Robert and Christopher Mechalke, mother and father-in-law; Connie (Grasso) and Bruce Nolan (Elmira, NY).

A kind, gentle, loving and supportive husband and father, Pete grew up in Elmira, NY and graduated from Elmira Free Academy High School in 1987. He received a Bachelor's degree in mathematics from Suny Brockport, in 1991 and a Masters degree in Math Education from Syracuse University in 1993, where he received a teaching assistantship and began his teaching career.

He married his wife, Barb, in Elmira, NY in 1993 and two years later began teaching in Trumansburg, NY. He went back to school and earned his Certificate of Advanced Study from Cortland State in 2015.Pete was a big sports fan. He loved the Pittsburgh Steelers, had an encyclopedic knowledge of baseball and was a huge New York Yankee's fan. His wife always said there was no need to have the volume up on the TV while watching a baseball game with Pete, because the announcers said what he said, word for word. That love of baseball would take him to at least one Yankee game and a trip to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY every year. For many years he coached the Trumansburg Modified Baseball team and more recently helped out with the teams his son, Wyatt, played on, from t-ball and coach pitch, to U10 and U12. After receiving a diagnosis of mesothlioma, in the summer of 2017, Cal Ripkin baseball in Ithaca, was a great distraction and good medicine for him. He enjoyed the time he spent with his children and family, and was proud to say he was a "Daddy Dancer" in his daughter, Georgia's, dance recital three years running. He thought there should have been trophies! He was the world's most patient patient, ever brave and never complaining. He endured his medical treatment with fortitude and grace. Our hearts are empty, but we are blessed to have loved him.

Memorial donations may be made to benefit The Thorton House of the International Mesothelioma Program at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Development Office, 116 Huntington Ave., 3rd Floor, Boston, MA 02116.

A memorial fund for his children has been set up; funds can be sent to the Tompkins Trust Company, PO Box 702, Trumansburg, NY 14886. Checks can be made out to "Funds for Mechalke Children".

A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 14 at 11:00 am at the Trumansburg High School auditorium, 100 Whig Street, Trumansburg, NY.
Published in Ithaca Journal on July 11, 2018
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