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Ronald David Mihalacki

Funeral Service

11:00 a.m.
Friday, September 19, 2014


Ronald David Mihalacki, 60, died September 10, 2014 at UPMC Presbyterian surrounded by his loving family.  Born on July 17, 1954, Ron was the son of the late John and Helen Sinar Mihalacki. Ron leaves his wife, Mary K. (Vargo) Mihalacki with whom he celebrated his thirty-third anniversary on September 5, 2014. Also surviving him are his daughter, Emily Victoria Mihalacki as well as Lily, Little Guy, Mickey, and Jax, their four legged family members. Ron’s siblings are Edward Mihalacki and wife Janet of Mount Pleasant, James Mihalacki and wife Debbie of Johnstown, and Mary Jo Mihalacki of Johnstown. Other surviving family members are mother-in-law Ida Fallon and husband Jack of Johnstown, brother-in-law Mark Vargo of Garner, North Carolina, Ron’s goddaughter, Lisa Mihalacki Shutkufski and husband Mark of Macungie, PA, nephew Stephen Mihalacki and wife Shannon of Cranberry Township, PA, niece Laura Reeger and husband Jonah of Dayton, Ohio, niece Kate Smous and husband Joe of Chicago, Illinois, niece Amanda Sakmar of Baltimore, Maryland, nephew Robert Sakmar and wife Suzanne of Johnstown, and nephew Jon Sakmar of Johnstown.  Others close to Ron are best friends Brian and Lisa Odgers of Odessa, Florida.  Most recently, Ron was an Inventory Control Specialist at Cumberland Trucking, formerly Harvey’s Supply Company. Ron’s previous employer was Data Consultants (Glosser Brothers) in the computer division.  He was a US Navy veteran: Petty Officer Third Class serving in Guantanamo Bay and sea duty on the USS Yosemite.  Ron enjoyed an active life. A proud high school memory was when he played the line on the undefeated 1972 Richland Rams football team. Ron loved motorcycling, skiing, white water rafting and boating with his brothers. Ron was the family chef. The family devoured his special recipes of paguch, smashed potatoes, linguine and clam sauce, and award-winning chile. His friends always valued the special monikers he bestowed on them. Our family’s best memories of Ron were of him at his campfires in the summer and fall of the year.  A funeral mass for Ron will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on September 19, 2014, at the Church of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Johnstown; with the Reverend Barry J. Baroni, Pastor, officiating. Interment with military honors at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Bridgeville, Pennsylvania, will follow at a later date.  As we gather to honor his memory, we echo Ron’s favorite saying: “Tomorrow is promised to no one.”  Arrangements in care of Hindman Funeral Homes & Crematory Inc., 1521 Frankstown Rd., exclusive provider of “Veterans and Family Memorial Care.” Condolences may be made at


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