The Obit For Bill Mihalik

William M. Mihalik

Published in The Morning Journal on October 6, 2011

AMHERST - William M. Mihalik, age 78, of Amherst, and formerly of Lorain, passed away peacefully at his residence surrounded by his family on Tuesday October 4th, 2011.

Bill was born in Belle Valley, Ohio on September 23, 1933 and had been a resident of northern Ohio since his childhood. He was a graduate of Lorain High School and went on to also attend Lorain County Community College.
Mr. Mihalik was a veteran of the United States Army where he fulfilled duty assignments as a Specialist 3 attached to the 6th AAA Battery at Fort Bliss, Texas.

While stationed there, he was a member of the installation's baseball team which was acknowledged by Sports Illustrated as the top service team in the United States in the spring of 1957.

Bill's baseball career included being a member of the 1952 ABC State Champion Bonk's Café team, as well as a member of the Class A Ed's Indians, a member of the 1955 Olean Oilers of the New York Penn League, and a member of the Western Division All Star Team. He also had been signed to a minor league baseball contract. He later played on several area adult baseball teams.

Bill served as a CYO football coach for both St. Stanislaus and St. Peter Parochial Schools and also served as assistant football coach at Lorain Catholic High School. He was an avid sports fan supporting not only the Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Browns, but also never missing any of his family members' activities.

He was a member of the Lorain Sports Hall of Fame and served as that organization's President in 1995. He was also a member and former Treasurer of the Lorain Catholic Booster Club, and sat on the Lorain Catholic High School Board of Directors.

He was a parishioner of Mary Mother of God Catholic Church in Lorain where he served as an usher. He was also a member of Amvets Post # 47 of Lorain.

For more than 30 years Bill was employed by the Ford Motor Company serving as a supervisor at both its Lorain and Avon Lake facilities. In his free time he enjoyed traveling and for more than twenty years had enjoyed annual vacations to Fripp Island, South Carolina, the Villages, Florida, and Hayward, Wisconsin with his family.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years Mary Beth (nee Wallace), by daughters Mary Beth (Stan) Rodal of Sheffield Village and Joan (Greg) Hanson of Avon, grandchildren Ashley Joreski, Erin Rodal, Kathryn Rodal, Amanda Carpenter, Megan Hanson, and Gregory Hanson, by his great grandson Evan Joreski, and by brothers Allen Mihalik and John Maholic both of Elyria.

He was preceded in death by his parents John and Susan (nee Endrick) Mihalik, by brothers Steven, Joseph, Thomas, and Andrew, and by sisters Mary Wilhelm, Margaret Mihalik, Martha Cielsa, Helen Lockhart, and Elizabeth "Betty' Merrill.

Friends may call Thursday from 3 to 8 p.m. in the Gluvna-Shimo-Hromada Funeral Chapel, 3224 Broadway Avenue, Lorain where the officers and members of the Lorain Sports Hall of Fame will conduct a memorial service at 6:00 p.m.

Funeral services will be Friday beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the funeral chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10:00 a.m. in Mary Mother of God Catholic Church (Reid Avenue & 8th Street) with Reverend Daniel O. Divis presiding.

Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Lorain.

The family encourages memorial contributions to New Life Hospice - 3700 Kolbe Road, Lorain, OH 44053.