The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Obituaries

April 23, 2014

Michael Sincak

HOLLSOPPLE — SINCAK – Michael, of Hollsopple, loving son, brother, husband and friend to all, passed away peacefully April 10, 2014, with his beloved wife by his side at UPMC Shadyside Hospital, after fighting a valiant battle with cancer. Although Michael suffered with this terrible disease, he never complained and often said how beautiful each day was. He was less like a friend and more like a brother to all those who knew him well. He always put everyone else and their happiness far beyond that of his own. Michael had a brilliant mind and will always be remembered for his lifelong quest for learning. He had the opportunity to travel the world and used that opportunity to find new friends everywhere he went. His travels made him one of the greatest storytellers that you could ever meet. Michael will long be remembered for his kindness and compassion to all. He was always willing to give anyone a chance and taught us all many times the importance of being kind and loving to those who are less fortunate than ourselves. Michael, a professional geologist, and his wife, Barbara, are the owners of Treasures of the Earth Ltd. and have made a lasting impact in the fossil and mineral world. They built their company from the ground up and always worked together side-by-side in everything that they did. Michael is survived by his loving wife, Barbara; his faithful dog, Rio; sister, Nancy Lang, wife of Frank; and nieces, Gretchen and Sarah, Virginia Beach, Va. Preceded in death by father and mother, Michael and Kathryn (Stasko). Barbara would like to express her sincere appreciation to all of the doctors and nurses at UPMC Shadyside Hospital for their compassion and care. Likewise, she also expresses her love for the kindness and concern shown by so many of their closest friends during this difficult time. Michael’s ashes will be scattered in the beautiful deserts of Utah, where he loved spending time with Barbara. No formal service will be held. Since Michael had such a passion for learning, Barbara has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations for a scholarship be made to Mercyhurst University Geology Department in Michael’s name. Mercyhurst University is the home of the Sincak Museum of Natural History.

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