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Obituaries

December 3, 2013

Michael Joseph Mandichak

PORTAGE — MANDICHAK – Michael Joseph “Juiceman,” 39, Portage, passed away Dec. 2, 2013, at home due to his longtime heart condition. Born Nov. 7, 1974, in Johnstown, son of Joseph Jr. and Elizabeth (Novotny) Mandichak. Preceded in death by grandparents; great-aunt, Mildred; and two first cousins. Survived by parents; sister, Jo Beth; nephew, Corey; and niece, Lauren, all of Portage. Mike was a 1992 graduate of Portage Area High School and a 1997 graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications, with his focus on broadcast-cable production management. He enjoyed television production, video editing, railroading and designing websites. Life member of SS. Peter & Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Portage. He served his parish by creating and maintaining the parish website, compiling and printing weekly bulletins, singing with the parish choir and performing several other tasks. Mike would like to acknowledge and give thanks to the late Father Ronald Yogus for having a great impact on his spiritual life and for taking the time to offer friendship, advice and emotional support with understanding. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Matthew R. Decort Funeral Home & Cremation Services Inc., Portage, where Parastas will be prayed at 7:30 that evening. Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday at SS. Peter & Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Father James Spontak, celebrant. Interment, church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Mike asked that donations be made to the family and/or SS. Peter & Paul Church Cemetery Fund. “Always remember you’re unique, just like everyone else.” Online condolences may be made at www.decortfh.com.

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