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Michael J. Elchisak, Jr.

Michael J. Elchisak, Jr.Michael J. Elchisak, Jr., age 68, of 218 North Race Street, Shenandoah, passed away Friday night surrounded by his family at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Holly and Tim Smith, Hamburg.

Born in Shenandoah on March 28, 1945, he was the son of the late Michael J. Elchisak, Sr. and Loretta (Soroka) Elchisak.

Mike was a 1962 graduate of Mahanoy Area High School. He then attended Penn State University and Williamsport Technical Institute.

He worked for 33 years at the former A&E Products, Ringtown, first as a mold maker and then as the tool and die shop manager. He is the holder of several U.S. patents. He was especially proud of creating a child-safe sizer tab for hangers to prevent a choking hazard for children.

Mr. Elchisak was a former member of St. Michael’s Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Shenandoah.

Surviving are one son, Michael J. Elchisak, III and his wife Michele, Shenandoah Heights, two daughters, Holly, wife of Tim Smith, Hamburg and Heather, wife of Tom Kowalick, Shenandoah; seven grandchildren, Alexander and John Elchisak, Genevieve and Anastasia Smith, Michael P. Elchisak, Kat and Brian Quick; his companion, Vonda DeGregor, Shenandoah; two sisters, Mary, wife of Dr. John Reinhardt, Tafton and Sonya Elchisak, Shenandoah; nieces and nephews.

Other special people in his life included Christine and John Floyd, Patsy and Vince Ryan, and Eileen Wylonis.

Religious and Parastas services will be held Wednesday 11:00 am at Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 S. Jardin Street, Shenandoah.  Msgr. Myron Grabowsky will officiate.  Interment will follow in St. Michael’s Ukrainian Greek Catholic Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights.

Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home Wednesday morning from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy can be made to the American Cancer Society, the American Lung Association, or Hospice of Central Pennsylvania.

Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, Shenandoah, is in charge of the arrangements.

Michael J. Elchisak, Jr. Has 16 Condolences Posted:

  1. Josie Markiewicz & Joe Shoup says:

    Holly, Heather, and Mike

    Our thoughts and Prayers go out to your family. He was a great person always doing for everyone. He had a heart of gold and he will be sadly missed. God Bless each and everyone of you and give you the strength with each passing day. We will be missed dearly.

  2. John & Nancy Elchisak says:

    To the beautiful family of my cousin Mickey, my wife Nancy and I share the sorrow that fills your hearts at this sad time in your lives. To my cousins Mary and Sonya, I’ll always remember the happy summer days we all shared with Mickey at aunt Mary’s in the Poconos. May God bless all of you.
    Love Jack and Nancy

  3. Maria Sajone Gernert says:

    Holly and family,
    Please accept my deepest sympathy. You will be in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  4. Margot Clauss says:

    The Clausses from Spinnler Point are so sorry for your loss. Although I only met Uncle Mickey this summer, I felt an instant bond. He was well loved and well taken care of by his family. He is at peace and will be your guardian angel forever.

  5. Vince and Patsy Ryan says:

    Dear Holly, Heather, Mike and family,

    Our deepest sympathy and prayers are extended to you and your families. Vince and I lost a very special friend when God called Mike home. We will pray with you and cry with you but when we look to the heavens we will smile, because we know he’s there and say a prayer for our dear friend and thank God for the blessings of our very special friend.

    Sympathy and Love,
    Patsy and Vince

  6. Mary Reinhardt says:

    I love you Mickey and will miss you every day. You were my best buddy – always were and always will be. You are at peace now and with God. Say hi to Mom and Dad for me.

  7. Mary Glasser says:

    Chrissy,Alex,Johnny,John,I am so sorry for the loss of pappy,I know how special he was to all of you,I am thinking of you all.I will say a prayer for him and the whole family.love you.

  8. Alex & Johnny says:

    Johnny and I both love and miss you so much. It will be tough not seeing you, you always made us laugh and taught us many things. We know your in a better place now. You will always be in our thoughts.

  9. Christine Floyd says:

    Dear Pappy,
    Thank you for being such a wonderful grandfather to my boys. I know you will continue to protect and guide all your grandchildren through their life journey.
    I hope I can honor you by treating others with kindness and generosity, for that is what I will remember about you.
    Till we meet again dear friend…….I love you.

  10. mary glasser says:

    Holly and family,you are in my thoughts,I am so sorry to hear of your father’s passing.

  11. Elsa Gundrum says:

    Holly and Family,
    Keeping you close in thought and prayer.
    With deepest sympathy,
    Elsa & John

  12. Jack ,Suzanne and the clews family says:

    We are so very sorry and pray your family at this sad and difficult time .Uncle Mickey was a great person ,May you all remember the wonderful times.

  13. Bill Brown says:

    Sorry for your loss Prayers to you and your family… Mike was a great guy and he will be missed
    RIP my friend

  14. Darlene & Jack Hannaway says:

    Michael – Holly – Heather

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be.
    So He put His arms around you and whispered “Come to Me.”
    With tearful eyes we watched you, and saw you pass away.
    Although we loved you dearly, we could not make you stay.
    A golden heart stopped beating, hardworking hands at rest.
    God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the best.
    Author Unknown

    Mike will be missed by many.

  15. Tracy Smith says:

    Holly,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family. May he be that shining star looking down on you from above!

    Love,
    Bob, Tracy, Robbie, Nick and Amanda Smith

  16. Tim, Holly, Genevieve, and Anastasia says:

    We love you, Dad. We love you, Pappy. We know you are in a better place now. We miss you. We hope you are having fun building and fixing things in Heaven.