Mihalick, Archpriest Michael J., 63, fell asleep in the Lord peacefully at home on the morning of Monday, December 10, 2012. For many years, Father Michael had fought a valiant battle against progressive Multiple Sclerosis. He was born in Johnstown, PA, December 1, 1949, son of the late George and Ann (Hudak) Mihalick. After graduation from Duquesne University, he attended and graduated from St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary in 1975. After a pilgrimage to the relics of St. Herman of Alaska, he remained in Alaska and was a beloved teacher at St. Herman’s Theological Seminary. On September 10, 1978, he married the former Janet Maksimoff. He was ordained to the diaconate and priesthood respectively on September 29 and November 5 of the same year, after which he was assigned rector of St. Michael’s Church, Irvona, PA and St. Mary’s Church, Madera, PA. In 1983 he was assigned to Holy Transfiguration Church, Pearl River, NY. In December 1984, he was reassigned to St. Andrew’s Church, Dix Hills, NY, which he faithfully served until his retirement on July 1, 2001. Father Michael was a lover of prayer, solitude and contemplation. An avid reader, lover of nature and both secular art and church beautification. He encouraged helping the poor and needy. Father Michael was preceded in death by his parents and brother, G. Gregory Mihalick.A devoted husband and father, he is survived by his wife, Matushka Janet, and daughter Alexandra (Benjamin) Gajewski. He is also survived by his sisters, Maryanne (Joseph) Manganello, and Tricia Euen and brother David (Kathleen) Mihalick. He is also survived by an aunt, two uncles, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Friends received 4 PM to 7 PM Thursday at the Harris Funeral Home, 500 Cherry Lane, Johnstown, PA. 15904, where Parastas will be sung at 6 PM. Additional visitation Friday at Holy Transfiguration Monastery, 321 Monastery Lane, Ellwood City, Pa. 16117 from 4 PM to 7 PM where Parastas will be sung at 7 PM. Orthodox Funeral Service for a Priest will be held at 10 AM Saturday at the Monastery Church followed by interment on the monastery grounds. Family suggests donations to Holy Transfiguration Monastery Building Fund or to help the needy in some way. (Online condolences may be posted to www.wharrisfuneralhome.com) Teolis Funeral Home in Ellwood City will be assisting family. May Father Michael’s memory be eternal!