Michael J. Wolak

January 16, 1949July 17, 2018

Michael J. Wolak, age 69 passed away at home on Tuesday July 17, 2018. Michael was born January 16, 1949 in Bath, New York to Phyllis J. Duma and Andrew P. Wolak.

Michael was a graduate of Watkins Glen High School and attended Corning Community College. He retired from Schuyler County as the Tax Assessor after many years of service. He was also a gun smith and created custom stocks and checkering. Some of the proudest moments in Michael's life was obtaining full time employment, driving his van, target shooting and hunting deer and turkey. Some of his favorite music included Midnight Special by CCR and Ballads by Tom Waits He was a very active and devoted member of St. Mary's of the Lake Church. He enjoyed watching his nieces and nephews grow up and play college athletics. Michael also enjoyed helping his brother-in-law with his farm business.

Michael is survived by; sister Ann Wolak and her husband Edward J. Klecha Jr.; their children Katherine A. Klecha, Mary F. Klecha and Christian M. Klecha, uncles Stanley Duma, John (Barbara) Wolak and cousin-in -law Eva Russo. Also surviving are many cousins, co-workers and special friends including, Tony, Linda, John, Jim, Marcia, Kenny, and Dominic; and his feline buddy Maynard.

Michael was preceded in death by; mother Phyllis J. Duma and father Andrew P. Wolak; sisters and brothers Frances M. Wolak; Mary J. Wolak; Joseph P. Wolak; Andrew P. Wolak; John Wolak and Edward Wolak. Visitation for Michael will be Monday, July 23, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at the Link at St. Mary's of the Lake Church, 905 Decatur St., Watkins Glen, New York 14891. A funeral mass will follow at 11:00 AM at St. Mary's of the Lake Church. Burial for Michael will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery in Watkins Glen.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Michael's memory may be made to St. Mary's of the Lake Church, PO Box 289, Watkins Glen, New York 14891.

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  • Phyllis J. Duma, Mother
  • Andrew P. Wolak, Father
  • Ann Wolak, Sister
  • Edward J. Klecha Jr., Brother-in-law
  • Katherine A. Klecha, Niece
  • Mary F. Klecha, Niece
  • Christian M. Klecha, Nephew
  • Frances Mary Wolak, Sister
  • Mary J. Wolak, Sister
  • Joseph P. Wolak, Brother
  • Andrew P. Wolak, Brother
  • John Wolak, Brother
  • Edward Wolak, Brother
  • Stanley Duma, Uncle
  • John (Barbara) Wolak, Uncle
  • Eva Russo, Cousin In Law
  • Also surviving are many cousins, co-workers and special friends including, Tony, Linda, Jim, Marcia, and Kenny; and his feline buddy Maynard.

  • Edward Klecha Jr., Active Bearer
  • Ann Wolak, Active Bearer
  • Christian Michael Wolak, Active Bearer
  • Katherine A. Klecha, Active Bearer
  • Mary Felicia Klecha
  • Ken Bubacz, Active Bearer

  • St. Mary's of the Lake Church


  • Visitation Monday, July 23, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Monday, July 23, 2018

Michael J. Wolak

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Mary Mercer

July 24, 2018

Dear Ann and Family,

What a glorious funeral!! Mike was sure to be smiling! Especially with Father Steve’s kind words and the beautiful eulogy from his niece Katherine. Despite the downpour at the cemetery, the skies cleared and Mike willed us to wipe our tears away. Growing up just down the block, I was at the house everyday knocking at the door for Ann to walk the dogs or go fishing. He was a patient brother with the 9th Street pest. Mike was the definition of courage and faith. He was a true hero. Please except our most sincere sympathies. May he Rest In Peace, but not too much!!! He has a lot of reunions and kicking up of his heels!!

Love and prayers to all,

Mary Donnelly Mercer and Family

Nick Iven

July 23, 2018

I knew Mike as the field agent for the Knights of Columbus and he impressed me as a kind and gentle soul. He will be remembered in prayers at St. Mary's in New Haven, CT as a Knight of Columbus membet.

Stephen Spaulding

July 23, 2018

I have only known Mike over the past year. I've been so impressed at his calmness in the face of adversity, and how well he lived his faith. He was a good and kind soul, and a Brother Knight. Mike was an inspiration, and a great example, and we will miss him

Yvonne DeSarno Overbeck

July 22, 2018

To Michael's family, please accept my heartfelt condolences and sympathy on Michael's very sad passing...Though I did not know him well, we used to have brief, but wonderful conversations when I would walk by the house and Michael would be outside enjoying the warm days...I am feeling a profound sadness today knowing that those conversations will no longer be...Michael was a very spiritual, devout Catholic who faced his physical challenges with such dignity and strength and acceptance...What a true inspiration he was to all..He is now "free to be" flying high with the Angels - a glowing smile on that beautiful face..! Rest in peace, my friend...Yvonne DeSarno Overbeck..Watkins Glen, NY..

Anne Triller

July 21, 2018

Dear Ann and family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Mike was a kind, smart, and determined individual who did not let his disability hold him back. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. May happy memories give you strength as you mourn Mike’s passing.
Love and Peace,