Michael Wattik, Jr.

Michael Wattik, Jr., 92, of 877 Beechwood Boulevard, Ellwood City, died on Saturday morning, March 21, 2009 at his residence.

He was born in Large, PA on November 30, 1916 to the late Michael Wattik, Sr., and the late Mary Philips Wattik. He married his wife, Genevieve Louise Zur Wattik on September 8, 1945, who survives him. He worked at the former Wattick Ford dealership in Ellwood City as a manager for many years. He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, serving in the Asiatic Pacific from December 3, 1942 until July 29, 1945. He assisted with the Guadalcanal Campaign, the Gilbert Islands Operations, the capture and occupation of Saipan and Tinian, and the Okinawa Gunto Operations.

Michael was a member of Holy Redeemer Parish, the Ellwood City Moose Lodge #93, the Ellwood City Sons of Italy, and was an avid volunteer for the American Red Cross. He enjoyed wood-working, being a carpenter by trade, and was well-known for the beautiful solid hardwood flag display cases he made for his fellow veterans.

He is survived by his wife, Genevieve Louise Zur Wattik, as well as two brothers and three sisters: Charles Wattik in Louisiana, Joseph (and Jan) Wattik in Arkansas, Ann (and Stan) Sadler in Ohio, Mary Barrett in Virginia, and Veronica (and Bob) Gleason in South Carolina. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Genevieve Wattik in infancy, as well as a brother, John Wattick, and a sister, Helen Velmer.

Friends will be received from 4-7 P.M. on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 in the TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City, Sixth Street at Park Avenue.

A Mass of Christian Burial will conducted at 11:30 A.M. on Wednesday, March 25, 2009 at the Holy Redeemer Parish Church, Fourth Street at Park Avenue, with Rev. Fr. Mark Thomas, pastor of Holy Redeemer Parish Church, officiating.

Entombment will follow in Holy Redeemer Cemetery Mausoleum.

Memorial contributions may be made, in Michael’s name, to Family Hospice & Palliative Care or to the donor’s favorite charity.

Those attending the Mass are asked to meet at the funeral home on Wednesday at 10:45 A.M. to process to the church for the Mass.

Members of the Veterans Honor Guard are asked to meet at the cemetery at 12:15 P.M. to conduct full military rites.

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