Beloved father and grandfather passed away on Monday, May 10, 2021 at Symphony of Tri Cities. Age 94 years. The son of the late Michael and Valeria (Novak) Michalak, Stephen was born on December 12, 1926 in Bay City, Michigan. He proudly served in the United States Navy during WWII. Stephen married Wanda Ochsankehl on February 15, 1947. She predeceased him on September 1, 2013. Stephen worked in sheet metal all of his life and retired as a General Manager of Planet Corporation. Following his retirement, he and Wanda enjoyed frequent trips to Florida. He was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus Council #4232.
Surviving are a daughter and a son, Lynn and Robert Farrand, Saginaw; Ronald and Karen Michalak, Jamestown, Tennessee; four grandchildren, Heather (Tim Combs) Michalak, Eric (Caroline) Michalak, Brooke (Tom) Kelsey, Jeff Michalak; three great-grandchildren, Owen and Audrey Kelsey and Everett Pearl Michalak; a sister, Gertie Borle; many nieces and nephews. Stephen was preceded in death by seven sisters.
Funeral Liturgy will take place at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, May 14, 2021 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. Rev. Fr. Richard Bokinskie will officiate. Interment will follow in St. Andrew Cemetery with Military Honors rendered by V.F.W. Post #1859. Friends may call at the church on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of Mass. In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorial contributions to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to The Snow Funeral Home, 3775 N. Center Rd.
**For those that wish to attend the Mass remotely, please use the following link beginning at 11:25 a.m. on Friday https://vimeo.com/event/844336 **