Michael Thomas Stronko, 88 of Uniontown, PA died on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Uniontown Hospital. He was born July 19, 1931 in Star City, WV, the only son of Mike and
Mary Glover Stronko, who preceded him in death. Also preceding him in death were his four big sisters, Helen Metta, Marjorie Villanueva, Elizabeth Pastories, and Mildred Jean Stronko, and his great-grandson, Parker Blaine Means.
Forever treasuring his memory are his faithful wife of 63 years, his beloved “Sugie”, Rea Kay Hickle Stronko; daughter, Michele “Micki” Richter and husband, Don; son Michael D. Stronko and wife, Susan. Rea and Mike had an enviable love and enjoyed the simple pleasures of life together. In recent years, Rea became his caregiver and served faithfully in that role no matter how difficult some days were. Micki loved being her Daddy’s Little Girl and the special bond she shared with her “Honey Pie”. Michael and his dad shared the ability to fix and build just about anything and affectionately called each other “Dummy”. Mike loved his family and led them by example as he taught them to love Jesus, work hard, laugh often, give generously, and respond to the needs of others.
Also surviving are his much-loved grandchildren, Mia Means and husband, Richie, Craig Richter, Michael C. Stronko, and Kayla Stronko; a four-month-old great-grandson, Kaysen Parker Means. He is also survived by a special great-nephew, his buddy, Jeremy Mills.
Mike was a longtime member of the Fairchance Gospel Church and more recently a member of the Sulphur Springs Gospel Church, until health issues kept him homebound.
Mike was a roofer by trade and was the owner/operator of Mike’s Roofing Company. Previously he had worked at Murphy’s Mart, Laurel Mall, and in his younger years was a foreman for Dave Cohen Roofing in Brownsville.
The family will greet friends and family in the Dean C. Whitmarsh Funeral Home, 134 West Church Street, Fairchance, PA on Thursday, January 30 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The funeral service will begin at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Dale Gillespie officiating.
Private interment will follow in Mountain View Cemetery, Brownfield, PA.
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