William R. Michaels, 92, of Pequannock, NJ, entered eternal life to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus, Sunday, January 9, 2022. Born and raised in Wilkes-Barre, PA, he found love of his life and dance partner, Betty, and they married in 1955. Soon after, they started a family and moved to Hawthorne, NJ before moving to Pequannock, NJ 56 years ago.
William, affectionately known as Bill or Billy, was a first generation bilingual American and attended Slovak Sacred Heart School and Coughlin High School in Wilkes-Barre. He enlisted in the army and served on the front line as a 1st Lieutenant in the US Army during the Korean War. He returned home as a decorated soldier receiving the Bronze Star Medal with gallantry. Thanks to the GI bill, he went on to study at Kings College. Shortly after graduating from college, he was hired by the Upjohn Pharmaceutical Company, where his career as a distinguished East Coast pharmaceutical representative spanned 33 years.
Bill was a member and former Grand Knight at the head of Bishop Navagh Council #5943 of the Knights of Columbus, where he spearheaded what is now known as the Knights of Columbus Hall in Pequannock. He was active in his community, serving on the township planning board committee and helping to develop Chilton Memorial Hospital, Greenview Park and the town’s industrial park. He was a member of American Legion Post #242 where he staged representation at parades and wake-up services for deceased members of the American Legion and Knights of Columbus. He was an usher at Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Church for many years.
Bill, aka “Dollar Bill”, helped organize the Pequannock Township men’s softball league, where he pitched his unique “Dipsy Doodle, Ol Razzle Dazzle” pitch until he was 68 years old. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing in the men’s league at Sunset Valley Golf Course. He was the number one fan of the Pequannock Township Panthers and loved following the Notre Dame Fighting Irish teams.
If you’ve known Bill over the years, you might have heard him whistle a tune or sing a song, but you’ve definitely heard of his Christmas Village Display family, complete with trains and a self-narrated story full of fun. ‘action. He loved to share the joy of this family holiday tradition at any time of the day or night!
Of all his accomplishments and activities, what he cherished most in his life was the importance of “The Family”. He was a pillar of wisdom and taught his children valuable life lessons that will leave a legacy for generations to come. He was a loyal friend who loved unconditionally and had a wonderful gift of conversation with everyone he met and made them feel welcomed, respected and celebrated. He was a true gentleman who served his God, his family, his country and his community with devotion, dedication and pride.
Bill is survived by his 5 children: Laurie Jackson, Mary Clare Diehl and her husband Glenn, William Michaels and his wife Cheryl, Tricia Michaels and Robert Michaels; grandchildren: Tyler, Corey, Carley and her husband Jaime, Amy Joy and her husband Fred, Casey, Christy Anna, Bobby and his wife Ashley, Jessey, Aaron and his wife Amy Lynn, Evan and his wife Maria and Emmey Rae; great-grandchildren: Carter, Ada, Callan and Max; and little dog Gracey. He is also survived by his beloved sister Ann Sinco and her husband Michael; nieces and nephews: Michael, Stefan, Jennifer and Jessica; his cousin Bill Stavishak and other cherished family and friends.
He was welcomed at the gates of heaven by his beautiful, beloved wife of 60 years, Betty, his parents Stefan and Anna Mihal, his stepmother Anna Michaels, his brother Emerick Michaels and his granddaughter Brittney.
You will always be our silent force
May you rest in paradise daddy Lúbim ta We love you more
Due to the recent COVID outbreak and for the safety of family and friends, there will be no viewing or meals. A memorial celebration for our dad will be scheduled at a later date.
A funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 17, 2022. The gathering will begin at 10:30 a.m.
Our Lady of Good Counsel Roman Catholic Church
155 West Pkwy, Pompton Plains, NJ 07444
A live broadcast of the funeral mass will be available. Please refer to their website: https://goodcounsel.org/live-streaming
The family will respect the Covid safety protocol and recommend the wearing of masks.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Bill’s memory may be made to:
Hope for Warriors https://www.hopeforthewarriors.org/about/make-a-donation/
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Memorial Processing, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 https://www.stjude.org/donate/pm-step.html?frequency_selected=0&sc_icid=impactgiving-donate-bttn-top
Posted by Mr John Scanlan Funeral Home – Pompton Plains on January 14, 2022.