OBITUARY

Casimir John "Jim" Michnowicz II

April 8, 1947May 11, 2019
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Casimir John “Jim” Michnowicz II of Holly Springs, passed away peacefully May 11, 2019. The son of a military family, Jim was born April 8, 1947 in Fort Knox, Kentucky. By the time he was in high school, he had lived in Japan, Cuba, Bolivia, and many places across the United States. He entered the United States Army in 1966, where he was a helicopter flight instructor at Fort Bragg, NC.

After his time in the Army, he moved to Huntington, WV, where he met and married his wife of 49 years, Teresa (Terry) Bicknell Michnowicz. He and Terry have one son, James Casimir (Jim) Michnowicz, also of Holly Springs.

Jim earned his Bachelor’s in Education, and Master’s in Biology from Marshall University. He worked for the West Virginia Department of Agriculture, before moving to Ohio and working for the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, first as a field inspector, and then as a district supervisor. He retired in 2007, and moved to NC to be close to his son’s family.

Jim loved traveling, cooking and the outdoors. He was a certified Master BBQ Judge with the Kansas City Barbecue Society, having judged more than 100 BBQ competitions in NC and beyond in the last few years. But nothing meant more to him than family – his wife, son, daughter-in-law Stephanie Price Michnowicz – and the joy of his life was his two grandchildren, Alexander Casimir and Claire Victoria Michnowicz. He taught them to fish, cook, and to enjoy snack time. More than anything, Jim enjoyed being a “Jaja” to his two grandchildren.

Jim is preceded in death by his parents, Casimir John Michnowicz and Ann Andrachek Michnowicz. In addition to his wife and son’s family, he is survived by his sisters Michalene (Mickey) Fisher and Diann Michnowicz, and their families.

A visitation will be held at Apex Funeral Home on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. A funeral mass will be held at Saint Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church, 3008 Old Raleigh Road Apex, NC 27502 on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 1:00pm with burial at Montlawn Memorial Park to follow.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Jim’s name to the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement or the Environmental Defense Fund.

  • FAMILY

  • Jim is preceded in death by his parents, Casimir John Michnowicz and Ann Andrachek Michnowicz. In addition to his wife and son’s family, he is survived by his sisters Michalene (Mickey) Fisher and Diann Michnowicz, and their families.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Wednesday, May 15, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Thursday, May 16, 2019

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Graveside Service

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Pegge Culbertson

May 16, 2019

My husband and I met Jim at a KCBS BBQ event. We instantly became friends. He had such a warm,friendly personality.

Our sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers to his family.

He will be missed.

Greg and Pegge Culbertson

john evans

May 15, 2019

I would like to extend my heartfelt love and wishes for peace to Terry, Jim, and their families in this difficult time.
I haven’t seen Jim in years, but on hearing of his passing I am deeply saddened and numb. Jim (or “Little Jimmy” as he was known in the late 60’s…before there was another, later “Little Jimmy”) ...was my Big Brother.
When he left the Army, he came to live with my family. His Aunt Olga (my mother) and my father Jack invited him into our home outside of Huntington, W.Va. So, this strong, handsome, energetic young man joined my family. To my 14-year-old self he was so very, very cool…and he had a real flashy fast car.
But most of all, he was kind, considerate, and always had time for me. Jim was the role model that helped me through that awkward stage of adolescence. He always let me know he cared, and when I was worried or scared, he let me know everything would be alright. He was always there when I needed him.
I believe anyone who knew Jim will understand what a fine person he was, and I have tremendous gratitude that he was part of my life. Fifty years ago, and for the rest of my life. I will always love and respect him.
I am sorry I am not able to be with his family and friends to share our recognition for this wonderful man, but my wife Karen and I are with you in spirit and in deep respect of the life he lived, and the world he made better.
Rest in peace, Big Brother.

Bill Michnowicz

May 13, 2019

Some of my best memories are when Uncle Jim and Aunt Anka, Mickey, Jimmy, and "DE-ann" would come to Steubenville to visit Bubba and the family. As soon as their car pulled up the party was on because everyone looked forward to their visit, all the relatives gathered , everyone was in a great mood, and the food and drink were plentiful. They were like celebrities because they lived in exotic places, and I looked up to Jimmy because he was a couple of years older than my older brothers and he was always nice to me, not like my brothers. He always seemed to hav e a smile on his face. Condolences to Terry and Jim, Mickey and Deann and your families.

Karen Sheble

May 13, 2019

My mother’s family was quite large…..5 sisters and 1 brother. Consequently, I grew up
with lots and lots of cousins. Jimmy was our oldest “male” cousin. He actually seemed
more like an older brother to me and my little brother, Mike.

My mom’s name was “Aunt Midge”. Even though our families did not live near each other…
the sisters and brother remained close, which was always nice for us kids.

Cousin Jimmy reminded me of our grandfather, who we affectionately called “Uppo”, which I believe (when translated) means “loved one”. Like Uppo, Jimmy was attractive, strong in both body and mind, kind, loving, caring, and always there for you. Both were the“rocks” of our family.

It is with tremendous sadness that I say goodbye…..especially since we have not been able to
visit with Jimmy for a while. I know he is “up there” with all of our deceased aunts and uncles…
watching over, and waiting for the rest of the clan.

We love you, Jimmy!
Cousin Karen (Kostoff Sheble)

Mike Kostoff

May 13, 2019

We will miss Jimmy so much! He has been someone all the “cousins” have looked up to as someone really special—his love for family writ large will always be remembered and appreciated! He is the best! Love from all the Kostoff’s and the Sheble’s!

Love,
Mike and Gale Kostoff

Kyle Ballenger

May 12, 2019

Such a great guy he always could make you laugh, and always willing to lend a hand to help so many great memories , his son and I were best friends in middle and high school he will be missed !!! Godspeed Casmir

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Biography

Casimir John “Jim” Michnowicz II of Holly Springs, passed away peacefully May 11, 2019.
The son of a military family, Jim was born April 8, 1947 in Fort Knox, Kentucky. By the time he was in high school, he had lived in Japan, Cuba, Bolivia, and many places across the United States. He entered the United States Army in 1966, where he was a helicopter flight instructor at Fort Bragg, NC.

After his time in the Army, he moved to Huntington, WV, where he met and married his wife of 49 years, Teresa (Terry) Bicknell Michnowicz. He and Terry have one son, James Casimir (Jim) Michnowicz, also of Holly Springs.

Jim earned his Bachelor’s in Education, and Master’s in Biology from Marshall University. He worked for the West Virginia Department of Agriculture, before moving to Ohio and working for the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, first as a field inspector, and then as a district supervisor. He retired in 2007, and moved to NC to be close to his son’s family.

Jim loved traveling, cooking and the outdoors. He was a certified Master BBQ Judge with the Kansas City Barbecue Society, having judged more than 100 BBQ competitions in NC and beyond in the last few years. But nothing meant more to him than family – his wife, son, daughter-in-law Stephanie Price Michnowicz – and the joy of his life was his two grandchildren, Alexander Casimir and Claire Victoria Michnowicz. He taught them to fish, cook, and to enjoy snack time. More than anything, Jim enjoyed being a “Jaja” to his two grandchildren.

Jim is preceded in death by his parents, Casimir John Michnowicz and Ann Andrachek Michnowicz. In addition to his wife and son’s family, he is survived by his sisters Michalene (Mickey) Fisher and Diann Michnowicz, and their families.

A visitation will be held at Apex Funeral Home on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. A funeral mass will be held at Saint Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church, 3008 Old Raleigh Road Apex, NC 27502 on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 1:00pm with burial at Montlawn Memorial Park to follow.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Jim’s name to the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement or the Environmental Defense Fund.