Born Nov. 18, 1922, in Wilkes-Barre Township, he was a son of the late
John and Anna (Yencha) Mihalchik. He attended Wilkes-Barre Township
Junior-Senior High School.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II with the Co. G, 508
Parachute Infantry, 82 Airborne Division in central Europe and was on
the Honor Guard of Supreme Commander General Dwight D. Eisenhower.
He was awarded the EAMET Ribbon, the Bronze and Silver Stars.
He worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center,
Plains Township; Glen Alden Coal Co., Huber Colliery, Ashley. He was a
member of Holy Rosary Church, Ashley, where he was a member of the choir
and served as a soloist. He was a rosary member of the Holy Name Society
of the church. He also a member of the St. Alphonsus Retreat League, Tobyhanna; Catholic War
Veterans, Post 274, Ashley, and its Home Association; VFW Post 5267,
Hanover Township; the American-Federal
Government Employees Union and of the American Association
of Retired Persons.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, John, Joseph, Andrew, Michael,
Francis; granddaughters, Kimberly and Carrieann Mihalchik.
Surviving are his wife of 59 years, the former Peggy Knight, at home; sons,
George D., Portage, Mich.; John W., Ashley; daughters, Jean Aftewicz,
Hanover Township; Peggy A., Hanover Township; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren;
sisters, Mary Bernadini, Iowa City, Iowa; Mildred Rosencrans, Marshall,
Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews
Military funeral services will be at 9 a.m. Monday from the George A. Strish
Inc. Funeral Home, 105 N. Main St., Ashley, with a Mass of Christian
Burial at 9:30 a.m. in Holy Rosary Church. Interment will be in St.
Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday.
(The Times Leader, Wilkes Barre, PA, 4 Oct 2003, Page 6A)
(photos courtesy of Clare Bradley)
Grave marker for George B. Mihalchik in Section M
of Saint Marys Cemetery, Wilkes-Barre (Luzerne County), Pennsylvania.
George was a member of Company G, 508th PIR