OBITUARY

P. Michael "Mike" Terlecky Jr. Ph.D

November 4, 1943July 7, 2018
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TERLECKY - P. Michael “Mike,” Jr., Ph.D. Loving father of Christine (David) Clark, Pete III and Paul Terlecky; devoted grandfather of Deanna, Nicholas, Sophia and the late Samuel Terlecky; brother of Joann Szelkowski, Thomas (Melissa) Terlecky; son of the late Peter M. and Josephine (Nichols) Terlecky Sr. and stepson of Leona Terlecky; former spouse and dear friend of Paula Spirawk Terlecky; also survived by nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear friends. Family will be present on Thursday from 4-8PM at the PERNA, DENGLER, ROBERTS FUNERAL HOME, 1671 Maple Rd. All are invited to assemble in church for a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated from St. Gregory the Great Church on Friday at 8:45AM. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mike’s name may be made to Elderwood of Grand Island, Resident Council Fund, 2850 Grand Island Blvd., Grand Island, 14072. Online condolences may be made at www.denglerrobertspernafuneral.com

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, July 12, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, July 13, 2018
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P. Michael "Mike" Terlecky Jr. Ph.D

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Marlene Semesky

July 20, 2018

Mike was a classmate of mine at St. Casimir's School in Elmira, NY. He was the organizer of our St. Casimir's Class reunions. Our first one was in 1982, our 25th. He did it all in 2 weeks via email and the phone. We had our 60th one last year and sadly he missed it. I will always remember his smiling face.

Marlene Semesky
St. Casimir's Class of 1957

Jason Dobbs

July 19, 2018

Mick, in the two stints I did as an umpire, I found you to be one of my influences in that area. Your sense of fairness, hustle, and consistency rubbed off on me. Thank you.

Karen viselli

July 19, 2018

Every summer I would visit our buffalo family. Great memories but I always was a little intimidated by mike. He was so assertive...just wasn't used to that. I will never forget one day when Deanna was an infant and she had a little eye boogie. Chris had her hands full and told her dad to get it. He was so concerned about hurting deanna and I realized assertive as he was on the inside he was still a great big teddy bear. Thanks for the memory Mike XO.

Paula Terlecky

July 16, 2018

My forever friend, Mike goes back to 1958. The first time I saw him, he was a life guard at Center Street Pool, in Elmira , NY. June, 1958. He had a beautiful bronze tan, black wavy hair, and the biggest smile, with dimples, and the perfect white teeth, which matched his white life guard bathing suit.. I thought, WOW, what a hunk!!! That started our life together!!! Through the next sixty years, we had many ups, and downs in our life like couples do. He always supported me in any way that he could. Mike gave me confidence in myself, that I could achieve whatever I wanted to do. two examples: He helped me study for my state board exams for my cosmetology license, quizzing me over and over until I got it right. Being an officer's wife, there were several times we had to be in a receiving line, Mike would introduce me to an officer and his wife, then I would have to turn and introduce this couple to the officer next to me, this went on until everyone arrived. Seeing how I could never remember names, I said I can't do it.. You don't say can't to Mike. Practice, helpful hints, and self confidence works. Mike never gave up on anybody!!!! Mike was a wonderful father to our three children, Christine, Peter and Paul and grandfather of Deanna, Nick, Sophia and the late grandson Sammy who was always in his heart. He was always there for all of them, and supported them in every way that he could. I will miss and love my forever friend of sixty years, and I know, he is watching over all of us every day. Paula Terlecky

Patrick Burke

July 15, 2018

Mike and I were Tully's regulars; I loved talking about sports with him. At Ralph Wilson Stadium, I was a ticket taker in the Van Miller Club, where Mike had Bills season tickets. I enjoyed seeing him at every game. He is and will forever be one of the most knowledgeable and dedicated Bills fans I've ever known. Someday he'll have a perfect birdseye view of the Bills winning the Super Bowl. RIP buddy ♥️

Don Wright

July 15, 2018

Terlecky Family--Most sincere condolences to all. Mike and I first met in 1951 as we both attended summer session at Camp Iroquois on Keuka Lake. We remained lifetime friends, having both completed our high school years at Elmira Free Academy, sharing many close friends. After umpiring ball games at nearby Keuka College, Mike would come to our home for for steaks and beer on several occasions. I'm truly honored to have been his friend. Mike, it's good to know you're in a better place having moved beyond the last few months. Tonight I will raise high a glass of Mich Ultra toasting our long friendship. Rest in peace, my Friend.

Don Wright

Chris Cefaly

July 14, 2018

My thoughts & prayers to Chris,Deanna & family..Although I didn't know Mike I heard many wonderful stories about him...May your memories of him keep you strong through the years to come.

Ron Hartman

July 14, 2018

My sincere condolences. Mike was a great man.

Nan Iwasaki

July 13, 2018

I have known Mike for most of my life and he was one of my favorite classmates. I was devastated to hear the sad news. He was a positive and upbeat person, and a loyal, compassionate, and dear friend. Thanks to our high school reunions, we got to reconnect after 30 years. He helped me with finding missing classmates and with organizing our reunions. He will be missed by all who knew him.

The world will not be the same with his departure and I will miss Mike and never forget him. My deepest condolences to his family that he loved so deeply and was so proud of.

Nan (Bishko) Iwasaki

Kevin Johnson

July 13, 2018

As a child, I would be very excited to see my Scientist Uncle. To me, that was the coolest thing ever! He was a man of many accomplishments. I was very proud to know him. He had a very positive influence in my life in many ways with sports, school, and a career path. I will never forget when he told me, "that an education is something that nobody can take away from you". I then of course achieved a Bachelor's degree from New Mexico State University. Which he even had an influence on me choosing a duty station in New Mexico over my second choice, Italy. He would rave about New Mexico. Finally of course there's Sports Officiating. It mean't so much to me that in my first NCAA game, he was the clock operator. Your legacy will never be forgotten, you will be with me every time I take the field.

Biography

TERLECKY - P. Michael “Mike,” Jr., Ph.D. Loving father of Christine (David) Clark, Pete III and Paul Terlecky; devoted grandfather of Deanna, Nicholas, Sophia and the late Samuel Terlecky; brother of Joann Szelkowski, Thomas (Melissa) Terlecky; son of the late Peter M. and Josephine (Nichols) Terlecky Sr. and stepson of Leona Terlecky; former spouse and dear friend of Paula Spirawk Terlecky; also survived by nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear friends. Family will be present on Thursday from 4-8PM at the PERNA, DENGLER, ROBERTS FUNERAL HOME, 1671 Maple Rd. All are invited to assemble in church for a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated from St. Gregory the Great Church on Friday at 8:45AM. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mike’s name may be made to Elderwood of Grand Island, Resident Council Fund, 2850 Grand Island Blvd., Grand Island, 14072. Online condolences may be made at
www.denglerrobertspernafuneral.com