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Rev. Michael J. Mihalick

Died: Mon., Dec. 10, 2012


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Thu., Dec. 13, 2012
Location: Harris Funeral Home


6:00 PM Thu., Dec. 13, 2012
Location: Harris Funeral Home


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Fri., Dec. 14, 2012
Location: Church

Funeral Liturgy

10:00 AM Sat., Dec. 15, 2012
Location: Church

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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!

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Fr. and Mrs. Peter Baktis
   Posted Tue December 11, 2012
May his memory be eternal! Will always remember his love for God, Church and others.

I. Board
   Posted Tue December 11, 2012
At a time when the Church has numerous clergy that are more cult leader than shepherd, at a time when most OCA bishops cannot be relied upon for truth, Fr. Michael stood head and shoulders above them all. Not only was Father Michael an icon in his physical suffering, but one that showed how also how the Church fails to put the gospel in practice when her clergy are in trouble.

Father Michael was a good, kind, stable and righteous priest. He loved his people and to others not in his charge extended a kind and loving hand. You can't ask for more than that from a priest. Where these gifts were absent in others, the flowed out of Fr. Michael like rivers of grace.

Much love to you dear Fr. Michael!

To you his family, be very proud, the Church has a new saint! My love to you and Fr. Michael pray for us before God's throne. As for you bishops and priests in the OCA, shame on you.

Memory Eternal!

I. Board

Very Rev. & Mrs. John T. Bacon
   Posted Wed December 12, 2012
To Matushka Janet and the entire family,

Please accept our sincerest sympathy on your great loss.

It has been a long struggle for him and all of you. Father is now where there is no sickness, sorrow or sighing, but life everlasting.

May his memory be eternal!

Father John & Matushka Elizabeth

Nick Kobbs
   Posted Wed December 12, 2012
How I remember Fr. Michael! Truly a wonderful, giving person who was always thinking of others. At SVS, he was such a kind, jolly person who humbled himself and was loved by all.

Memory Eternal! Memory Eternal! Memory Eternal!

Nick & Kathy Kobbs

Rev. Edward Pehanich
   Posted Wed December 12, 2012
I was honored to have Father Michael as a close personal friend for many years and as the godfather of my daughter. When we spent time together I always felt we were like the sisters of Lazarus: Mary and Martha. I was always more like Martha: busy doing things. He was certainly more like Mary: a lover of prayer, solitude and contemplation. He helped me to see that this is the basis for ministry as a priest: being at the Lord's feet. Whenever we were together our conversation always seemed to go to a spiritual theme. It was he who introduced me to many spiritual writings especially one of his favorite writers: Henri Nouwen.

I am a better priest for the time I spent with him and having him as a friend.

Fr. Edward Pehanich

   Posted Wed December 12, 2012

May the Lord comfort you at this difficult time.

Father Michael will be remembered by all of us for the loving priest he was.

Patricia O'Neill & Frances Scarpas
   Posted Wed December 12, 2012
Our condolences and prayers to Fr. Michael's family.
May his Memory be Eternal!
Frances Scarpas, former President Good Samaritans Hospital Chaplaincy Program, and Patricia O'Neill

V. Rev. Fr. George and Carol Alberts
   Posted Thu December 13, 2012
Dear Matushka Janet and Family,
We were so sad to hear of the passing into eternal life of Fr. Michael. From our Ideal Market days in Kernville, to visiting Christ the Savior Seminary together, to his becoming the Godfather to our niece, we see how we are all related through our life in the Church.
We will always remember Fr. Michael for his faithfulness to the Church and its teachings and for his genuine love of others. Even in his physical suffering, he was an example of steadfastness and love of God. I will remember him and all of you at each Divine Liturgy that I serve.
May God, whom he dearly loved and worshipped, comfort you all in your time of sorrow and grant his memory to be eternal.
Fr. George and Carol Alberts

John and Joan Skrobat
   Posted Fri December 14, 2012
Matushka Janet and Family,

We remember so well how wonderful Fr. Michael was when we would visit Dix Hills. He was so kind, spiritual, and so loving.
We send our deepest sympathy in this time of great loss.

May the Memory of Fr. Michael be Eternal!!
In Christ

Michael Strelka
   Posted Fri December 14, 2012
Dear Janet & Family: Our sincere condolences on your loss. May Fr. Michael's memory be eternal!

-Holy Resurrection O.C. Choir, Palatine, IL

Edward & Vera Klavzar
   Posted Fri December 14, 2012
Dear Janet & Family,

We would like to extend our most sincere sympathy to you and your
As former members of St. John's in Warren, Ohio, and now attend
St. John's in Poway, CA, we feel very close to you and Fr. Michael. Our entire church is saddened by the news of Fr. Michael's passing.

May his memory be eternal. Our love in Christ, Edward & Vera

Melody, Lyman & Michael Green
   Posted Fri December 28, 2012
Dear Matushka Janet, Alexandra & Family,

We were so sad to hear of Father Michael's passing. He was a very loving & caring person. He was like a father to my sister (Donna) & myself especially since we had lost our father when we found Father Michael, you & Sasha. You were our extended family. I even named my son after Father Michael. Father Michael always could make us laugh he had a great sense of humor and he made going to church a pleasure and always explained things so you could truly understand. Know that he was loved as you all are. He was a Great man someone to be proud of!!
May his Memories be Eternal!

Melody Green
also condolences from
Donna Morgano & Ingeborg Lazic

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