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Michael J. Garnack, of Sharpsville, passed away peacefully at 8:40 p.m. Wednesday (Aug. 23, 2017) in his residence surrounded by family. He was 71.
Mr. Garnack was born Dec. 13, 1945, in Cleveland, a son of Michael and Dorothy Mildred (Strong) Garnack. He attended schools in both Sharon and Farrell before ultimately graduating from Sharpsville High School in 1964.
Mike retired in 2004 from the Sharpsville Area School District, where he was the maintenance supervisor for 33 years. He previously worked for the former General American Transportation Corp's (GATX), Masury.
Mike was of the Russian Orthodox faith.
He was a lifetime member of the VFW, Post 6404, where he was the commander for 10 years; and American Legion, Post 162, both Sharpsville. Mike was also a member of the Transfer Sportsman's Club; and the Elks, Lodge 872 and the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie 469, both of Ridgway.
An avid outdoorsman, Mike enjoyed camping, hunting and fishing, particularly while spending time with family at his cabin in Halton. He had a talent for fixing or rebuilding anything and never hesitated to help a friend with a project.
Mike served in the Army and was stationed in Seoul, South Korea. He served as an M.P. in Bucheon, S.K., and was also a combat photographer.
Surviving are: his wife, the former Linda L. Polonus, whom he married July 16, 1971; two daughters, Kathryn "Katy" Slater and her husband, Timothy, of Fredonia, and Jessica L. King and her husband, Thomas "T.J." of Erie; and two grandchildren, James and Jordan Slater.
In addition to his parents, Mike was preceded in death by: a brother, David Garnack; and an uncle who was very dear to him, Joseph Strong Jr.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to VFW Post 6404, 215 N. Walnut St, Sharpsville, PA 16150, earmarked to help homeless veterans.

Michael J., 71, of Sharpsville.
Calling hours: 4 to 8 p.m. Friday (8-25-17) in J. BRADLEY MCGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY INC., 1090 E. State St., Sharon. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.McGonigleFuneralHomeandCrematory.com
Service: Funeral at 2 p.m. Saturday (8-26-17) in the funeral home, with the Rev. Stacie Pitts, chaplain of Sharon Regional Hospice, officiating. Military honors will be rendered by VFW, Post 7599, Reynolds, Honor Guard.
Interment: Riverside Cemetery, Sharpsville.
Published on August 24, 2017
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