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Andrew Michalczyk

September 6, 2018

U.S. Veteran

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The funeral with military honors will be Tuesday at 9 a.m. from the Frank T. Mazur Funeral Home, Inc., 601 Dundaff St., Dickson City; with mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Mary’s Visitation Church, Dickson City, celebrated by Msgr. Patrick Pratico, Pastor.  Friends may call Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.  Military services will be conducted on Monday evening at 7 p.m. jointly by Shopa-Davey VFW Post 6082, and Raymond Henry American Legion Post 327.  Interment, St. Mary’s Cemetery, Dickson City.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Andy’s name may be made to Gino Merli Veterans Center Activity Fund, 401 Penn Ave., Scranton, PA 18503.  For directions or to leave an online condolence visit the funeral home website.

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Andrew Michalczyk died Thursday September 6, 2018 at the age of 94.  He dedicated his long, benevolent life to the care of his family, to the service of his country, and to commitment of his faith.  He was a most devoted caregiver to his beloved wife of 60 years, the late Anna Krenitsky Michalczyk, and his parents, the late Stanley and Caroline Lisowicz Michalczyk.

Andy was a lifelong resident of Blakely Borough, and a proud member of the Blakely Bears football team.  Upon graduation from high school in 1941, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy becoming part of the “Greatest Generation” as an aviation radioman and gunner in the Naval Air Corp.  He was a life member of VFW Post 6082, Peckville, and the American Legion Post 327, Olyphant where he actively participated in countless military funerals and activities.  He belonged to St. Mary’s Visitation Church, Dickson City, and its Holy Name Society.  Prior to retirement, he was employed by Anemostat, Scranton for 25 years, never missing a day of work.

A born naturalist, Andy had a great knowledge of and respect for nature, learning much from the fields, streams, and woodland forests of northeastern Pennsylvania.  He was an accomplished fly fisherman and one of the last great, expert wild mushroom “popinki” gatherers.  He maintained an intense degree of commitment, energy, and determination well into his nineties.  He continued to plant a large garden, sunbathe, enjoy youth baseball games, walk to every Valley View Cougar football game, pick mushrooms at secret spots deep in the forest, shovel snow, and drive Interstate 81 to the VA Hospital in Wilkes Barre.  His favorite drive however was his daily trip from Peckville to Eynon, bringing a great big goodie bag each day, enabling his two local great granddaughters to have a morning party, compliments of Big Papa.

 

Prior to a stroke at age 92, Andy, being completely independent was still caring for and helping others.  Reluctantly, he recognized his own new limitations.  He requested upon his passing that his eternal gratitude and appreciation be made known to the nurses and staff of the Gino Merli Veterans Center.  The family also would like to thank Aseracare.  Andrew, lifelong caregiver and protector on Earth will now assume his new role of Guardian Angel and Heavenly Protector.  His spirit, perseverance, character and zest for life for nearly a century will forever endure as his family’s source of love and inspiration.

He leaves behind his daughter, Karen Bonda and husband, Robin, Peckville, beloved grandchildren Amber Bonda Evans and husband, Eric, Eynon, Ryan Bonda and wife, Dr. Alexandra, Sudbury, Mass., his most cherished “Sweetie Pies” his four treasured great granddaughters, Karoline Raine and Eliza Anne Evans, Eynon, Elena Cristina and Katerina Ann Bonda, Sudbury, Mass.  They were truly the brightest lights in his life.  Also surviving is a sister, Angie Kollar, Angier, NC, many nieces and nephews, in-laws Rosemary Michaels, Folsom, CA, Basil Krenitsky, Patterson, NJ, Theresa Krenitsky, Jermyn, Rita Krenitsky, Simpson.

He was preceded in death by siblings, Dr. Joseph, Dr. Peter, John, Genny, Sisters of the Holy Spirit, Sister Mary Loretta and Sister Mary Philomena and infant sister, Anna.

The funeral with military honors will be Tuesday at 9 a.m. from the Frank T. Mazur Funeral Home, Inc., 601 Dundaff St., Dickson City; with mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Mary’s Visitation Church, Dickson City, celebrated by Msgr. Patrick Pratico, Pastor.  Friends may call Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Military services will be conducted on Monday evening at 7 p.m. jointly by Shopa-Davey VFW Post 6082, and Raymond Henry American Legion Post 327.  Interment, St. Mary’s Cemetery, Dickson City.  In lieu of flowers, donations  in Andy’s name may be made to Gino Merli Veterans Center Activity Fund, 401 Penn Ave., Scranton, PA 18503.  For directions or to leave an online condolence visit the funeral home website.