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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Steve and Linda Wilson

October 27, 2018

Deanna and family, we are so sorry to just recently learn about Mike's passing. We met Mike at Tully's and shared his great love of sports. I know he was so proud of you Deanna and you always made us feel welcome when you worked at Tully's, "Grandpa's friends from Canada" as we were known. Mike, I last texted you on July 3rd, had I known that you were to pass a few days after that, I would have said so much more. Thank you for all the little tokens, gifts, coupons and great conversations over the years, but most of all, thank you for your friendship. Visiting Buffalo will not be the same without you. Call them like you see them Mike, until we meet again. Linda and Steve.

Al Pucci

October 12, 2018

The news of Mike's death, at an ND Class of '61 luncheon on October 9, 2018, was a shock! Although Mike did not attend ND his relationship with St. Cashmir classmates continued as did his interest and participation in their recent ND reunion activities. It is from this brief contact that I can better appreciate how intertwined our lives were during those coming of age years in the southern tier of New York.

My condolences and continuing thoughts to Mike's family and friends.

Don Griffith

August 10, 2018

So many games,many great memories. I remember you asking me about becoming an umpire. You were only interested in working baseball games, then Auntie Rosie's happened. You did so many good things for WNYUA, especially being Vice President. I couldn't had a better pupil. You will be missed but never forgotten. Your buddy Griff.

Carl Mottern

July 23, 2018

I am so sorry that I was out of town for the wake and services. I did not know Mike long, but he was a big help when I started Umpiring Baseball and Softball after my retirement. He took an interest in me, as I think he appreciated my enthusiasm and willingness to learn a new pastime as "an old guy". I will always appreciate his patience and willingness to teach the skills needed. He also was willing to go the extra mile to get new Umps proper gear and uniforms. He gave me a used set of shin guards to help get me started. I will think of him whenever I buckle those on. My sincere condolences to Mikes family.

Gail Beckman Morgan

July 23, 2018


Mike, my 8th grade classmate was admired and liked by all. He always was ready with a big smile for everyone. He was a happy and most generous person as I remember. In 8th grade we had a jar for missions. When we had the correct amount, we were able to adopt a foreign mission child. When Sister Elizabeth Marie asked the class what we would like to name this baby, everyone voted for the name "Michael" because Mike contributed the most money. Mike also led the effort to find...

Gail Beckman Morgan
July 21, 2018 | Irving, TX | Classmate
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In 8th grade we were planning our graduation and Sr. Elizabeth Marie called upon Michael to ask him what the boys should wear since he was the sharpest dresser in the class. I remember Mike standing at his desk and saying: dark gray blazers, light gray slacks, white bucks, white shirts, and< I think, red ties.

All 12 boys looked really handsome for graduation!!!

Nancy Andrake
July 21, 2018 | Classmate
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Mike, my St. Casimir's classmate from Kindergarten through 8th grade was a favorite classmate to all. He was admired and liked and always was ready with a big smile for everyone. He was a happy and most generous person as I remember. In 8th grade we had a money jar for the Missions. When we had the correct amount, we were able to adopt a foreign mission new-born baby. When Sister Elizabeth Marie asked the class what we would like to name this baby, everyone voted for the name "Michael" because Mike contributed the most money. Mike also led the effort to find everyone for our 50th, St. Casimir's 8th grade reunion. It was a wonderful time and I am glad I had the opportunity to give Mike a hug. I will cherish his memory and miss him terribly. As long as someone remembers, Mike will remain alive in our hearts forever. My heartfelt condolences to his entire family to whom he was devoted.

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 ♥️

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