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Edward A. Mika, Sr.

Edward A. Mika, Sr.Edward A. Mika, Sr., 54, of Norristown, passed away Thursday in Norristown.

Born in Reading, Feb. 16, 1960, he was a son of Marlene Ambrose Mika, Orwigsburg, and the late Dr. John J. Mika, MD, who passed away in 1999.

Edward was a 1979 graduate of Shenandoah Valley High School. He was a four-year starting center for the Shenandoah Valley Blue Devils basketball team and was considered to be one of the leading rebounders in the history of the school. He was also a graduate of Dickinson College, Carlisle.

Currently, he was employed as a senior manager for the American Red Cross, Philadelphia. Previously, he worked for 18 years for the Devereux Foundation, Paoli.

Ed was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, Norristown.

He was a devoted husband and dad; he cherished his family. Ed had a great sense of humor enjoyed by all. He was an avid fisherman and a Penn State and a New York Giants fan.

Preceding him in death, in addition to his father, was a brother, Christopher A. Mika, in 1983.

Surviving, in addition to his mother, are his wife of 26 years, the former Claire Deeney; two sons, Edward A. Mika Jr. and Adam D. Mika, both at home; four brothers, John J. Mika III and his wife, Elaine, Tower City, Attorney Eric M. Mika and his wife, Tracey, Orwigsburg, Kurt A. Mika, Philadelphia, and Jason A. Mika, Orwigsburg; four sisters, Jayne Martino and her husband, Richard, Richmond, Ky., Jessica Mika, Linglestown, Ingrid Mika, Orwigsburg, and Marlene Cook and her husband, David, Port Carbon; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins; countless friends and coworkers. He is also survived by his faithful collie, Eli.

A Mass of Christian will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church, 319 Mahantongo St., Pottsville. Monsignor Edward J. O’Connor, pastor, will officiate. Interment will follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Mahanoy City. Relatives and friends may call at from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Patrick Church.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Friday, July 25th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Mont Clare Party Room, 216 Bridge Street, Mont Clare, PA (GPS directions: Use Phoenixville, PA).  The room is located in the Volunteer Fire Hall and all are welcome.

Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 S. Jardin St., Shenandoah, is in charge of arrangements.


Edward A. Mika, Sr. Has 19 Condolences Posted:

  1. Karamo Kromah says:

    My heartfelt condolences to the family of Ed. I pray that God will give you strength as you mourn the passing of your loved one.
    I had the previledge to know Ed. when we worked together at Don Guanella Village. Ed was a good man. He took his responsibilties which included ensuring quality service for the individuals intrusted to our care, very seriously. Ed helped tremendiously in enhancing the quality of life of those individuals. He will be very much missed.

  2. Mary Klein says:

    I am sad to learn of Ed’s passing. I, too, remember him from our work together with Hall-Manor students. I remember his caring, his smile, his laughter, and that ever-present twinkle in his eye. He was dedicated to his family and to giving his best. My condolences and prayers are with his family. I wish you peace.

  3. Sharon dalley says:

    Dear Mika family ,
    I am so sorry to hear of Ed’s passing .
    Ed and your family are in my thoughts and prayers

  4. Matt O' says:

    My first real job interview at Devereux… and I didn’t really impress and this guy hires me anyway. He was a good supervisor and a better man. I am saddened, and I will say prayers.

  5. Wendy (Walmer) Hepler says:

    Claire, I was so very sorry to hear of your loss. You have our deepest sympathy.

  6. Michael and Debbie Stankiewicz (Zoba) says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Edward’s passing. I am praying for the whole Mika family that your faith in God will help you find peace as you go through this difficult time. Even though I am not there with you, you will be in my thoughts.

  7. The Smith Family , Allen ,Regina ,Zachary and Nicole says:

    We know that no words can help ease the pain and loss that you are feeling right now. You are in our every prayer and thought.

  8. Mary Caparro says:

    My sympathy goes to Ed’s family and friends. I also worked with Ed at Devereux for many years and appreciated his courtesy and kindness to all students and staff. As he was the Gentle Giant on campus, I could always find him when he was needed to deal with any important issues. Wishing peace and comfort to Ed’s family at this difficult time and please find comfort in the fact that you will see him again one day.

  9. Sally Flaherty says:

    Please accept my sincere sympathy and prayers to all the Mika’s at this sad time.
    May prayers and warm memories help you in your grief.

  10. Debbie and Dominic D'Addona says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Mika family. We had the pleasure of working with Ed at Devereux’s Manor High School. He was a great guy and a good friend. Being from East Norriton we would sometimes see Ed, usually at Wawa. It was great to remember the old days, but he would always update us with stories about his family. He was a proud husband and Dad. We will miss him!!

  11. Susan McClenahan says:

    It was a great honor to have known and worked with Ed at the Red Cross. Words cannot express my deepest sympathies to his family. His loss will leave a huge hole in many hearts. He will forever be remembered as a kind soul who lightened up many tense moments and came through in a pinch. May Ed be at peace and his family find solace in the many prayers and thoughts going their way.

  12. Ann Beal says:

    My thoughts and prayers to Ed’s family. I have worked with Ed for the past 7 years. Ed trained me at my first blood drive. I helped both of his sons, Adam and Eddie run there blood drives for there senior projects. I am deeply saddened for your families loss. Ed was a great man and a pleasure to work with. I will miss him greatly. He touch so many lives.

    Love and prayers.

  13. Joe Hyduk says:

    RIP Eddie. I remember the times at St. Stan’s with Ed and John…….My sincerest condolences to the entire Mika family. Eddie was a very smart, kind, and sincere person who was always by his brothers side. You rarely seen one without the other.

  14. Jennifer Fischer says:

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the Mika family during this difficulty time. I have many fond memories of Ed from Devereux.

  15. Mariea, Dave and Hunter says:

    Our deepest condolences to all of you. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  16. Deanna Strippoli says:

    Sending wishes for peace & strength to the Mika family at this difficult time. Ed was a gentle giant & I was honored to work with him at the Red Cross. His smile & laugh were contagious. May his memory be eternal…

  17. Audrey Leavitt says:

    Ed will be greatly missed at ARC. Always a pleasure to work with. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  18. Alysha Naples says:

    I just want to extend my deepest condolences. Ed was one of my closest and dearest friends, and he will be missed tremendously. He was an amazing man, always making everyone laugh at his antics. Mika family, Claire , Eddie and Adam you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  19. Maddie lobban says:

    My thoughts & prayers go out to Ed’s family am so sorry for your loss, Ed was a burst of fun & cared deeply for others as evident through his career choices. RIP Ed you will be remembered fondly by many who’s life you have touched.