GIRARD - Martin C. Mikolaj, 89, of Girard, passed away on Sunday, April 28, 2013, at Northside Medical Center.
Martin was born Nov. 12, 1923 in Youngstown, the son of the late Andrew and Mary Yash Mikolaj.
Martin was one of the best plastermen in the area, working for several different construction companies. Martin had worked for Commercial Shearing and General Fireproofing, was a part-time bartender for his brother-in-law, Sam Jordon, at the Golden Pheasant Night Club, and retired in 1986 after 22 years from RMI in Niles as a sonic operator.
He was a sergeant training pilots in the Army Air Corp during WWII and was a mechanic for the aircraft.
Martin was a member of St. Rose Church and a 4th degree in the Knights of Columbus.
He loved to work, enjoyed dancing and was the best grandpa to granddaughter Lauren.
Martin will be deeply missed by his loving daughters and son-in-law, Theresa (Jerry) Reinhardt and Melinda Mikolaj-Cipriano, both of Girard, and granddaughter Lauren Reinhardt. He is also survived by sisters Dorothy Jordan of Ft. Myers, Fla., and Theresa Semchee of Austintown, brothers Bob Mikolaj of Girard and Cyril Mikolaj of Austintown, his special friend for many years Lillian Heben and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Caroline Jordon, whom he married Feb. 27, 1943 and whom died June 15, 1999; sister Florence Mikolaj; and brother Andrew Mikolaj.
The family will receive relatives and friends from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Blackstone Funeral Home in Girard.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday at St. Rose Church, preceded by a prayer service at 9 a.m. at the funeral home.
Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery with military honors.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Northside Medical Center for the excellent care given to their father.
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