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Funeral Service

St. John Cantius
Thursday September 22nd, 2022
9:00am - 11:00am

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Richard "Jesse" Michalak

Jesse Michalak of Bridesburg, PA, passed on September 17, 2022. Jesse lived a long and happy life of 91 years.

He leaves behind his beloved wife, Dolores (nee Rolek), of 70 years, three loving children: Paul (Ginnie Nicholas), Rick (Gigi), and Donna (Brian Bowen), and two grandchildren: Aaron (Shea) and Adam, along with many nephews and nieces.  Jesse is predeceased by his twin sister, Mary Burke, along with his brother Karl, and his parents, Marcel and Klementyna.

Jesse was a former U.S. Marine who loved the Corps. He retired from Allied Chemical as a multi-mechanic. Throughout his life, as a 91-year member of St. John Cantius Church, Richard participated in numerous activities including - The Holy Rosary Society, Aid for Friends, and Choir. A member of American Legion Post 396, Jesse provided adult leadership to Boy Scout Troup 314.

Richard’s favorite quote was, “Be nice, it doesn’t cost anything,” and he lived by this motto.  He was a sports enthusiast, who in his youth played semi-professional football. Jesse loved to cook, the Phillies, and traveling with his wife.

Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing on Thursday, September 22, 2022 beginning at 9:00 a.m. at St. John Cantius Church, 4400 Block of E. Thompson St., Philadelphia, PA. Funeral Mass will begin at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be held at a later date at Washington Crossing National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to St. John Cantius Church or the charity of your choice, in loving memory of our beloved Jesse.




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Oct. 14, 2022
Dear Dolores, I have been trying to reach you. With sadness, I saw the obituary. My prayers are with you and your family. I recall all the wonderful stories you shared with me about your beloved Jess.
Love, Bernice (BBB) Taylor, former co-worker TU Chemistry Dept

Bernice Taylor Oct 15 2022 9:21 AM

Victoria Newton lit a candle for Richard "Jesse" Michalak

Victoria Newton Oct 13 2022 9:49 PM

Rich was one of my first partners when I started at Allied. We got along great and I always thought of him as a friend.

Randy Labonte Sep 30 2022 7:31 PM

I'm going to miss his smiling face. I always enjoyed our visits. My heartfelt condolences to the family. May his memory be a blessing.

GENE GELD Sep 24 2022 4:48 PM

adam Sep 21 2022 10:40 AM

Sending our thoughts and prayers to this wonderful family. Jesse was one of the best and will be missed.

Patty Paluch Sep 20 2022 2:56 PM