Michael Nicholas Holowczak, 52, beloved husband of Oksana (Drubko) passed away on Thursday November 29 peacefully in his sleep after a valiant fight against cancer.
Michael was born on March 12, 1966 in Trenton NJ, the fifth of six children, to Doris and Nicholas Holowczak. Michael was a very gentle and caring child and always played peacekeeper amongst his 5 siblings.
During his youth he enjoyed spending time on the banks of the Delaware River enjoying fishing, which would continue to be a lifelong pursuit. As a child he was always mechanically inquisitive and was known for having his hands always busy. He often was found tinkering and repairing bicycles for his siblings and also neighborhood children. This continued into helping family and friends repair and maintain their automobiles. He also enjoyed pickup baseball games with his neighborhood friends and much to his fathers ire was responsible for many a broken window.
Michael graduated high school in 1984. He continued his education and love of all things mechanical by going to trade school. During trade school he excelled at his classes while continuing to work full time as a baker at Barberos Bakery. After completing trade school he began working for Air Care of NJ.
Several years later his huge heart and dedication to his family led him back to the family restaurant, the Corner Inn, in Trenton. During his time managing the Corner Inn he developed strong ties with the surrounding community. He developed a longstanding relationship with the Trenton Thunder Organization and provided opportunities to local musicians and upcoming artists.
Since childhood Michael was always involved in the Ukrainian Community. He was not known to use the word no. Many people knew they could rely on him for anything from a mechanical emergency to a last minute catered event.
In 2002 Michael returned to Air Care of NJ. Michael was well respected by his fellow employees. Many relied on Michael for his extensive experience and knowledge.
After his first trip to Ukraine on a humanitarian mission he fell in love with his parents homeland. He made several subsequent trips to Ukraine to enjoy its beauty and to visit extended family. It was on one of these trips he met his wife, Oksana.
Michael and Oksana enjoyed traveling to Key west as often as possible to scuba dive and fish. They also enjoyed working making their house a home.
Predeceased by his parents, Doris and Nicholas Holowczak, he is survived by his wife Oksana (nee Drubko) his siblings Marko Holowczak of Knoxville, Tenn., Daria Holowczak of Trenton, N.J., Lesia Horowitz (David) of Yardley, Kathryn Graf (Joseph) of Yardley and Myron Holowczak of Morrisville. As well as many relatives here and abroad.
Relatives and friends may share their condolences with the family from 6 to 8 PM on Sunday December 2nd at J. Allen Hooper Funeral Chapel, 41 West Trenton Ave., Morrisville, PA, 19067, with Parastas being celebrated at 7 PM. Continuing on Monday December 3rd at the J. Allen Hooper Funeral Chapel, relatives and friends are invited to call from 8 to 9:15 AM, Panakhyda prayers will be sung at 9:15 AM. A Requiem Liturgy will follow at St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Church, 1195 Deutz Ave., Hamilton, NJ beginning at 10 AM.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Church, 1195 Deutz Ave., Hamilton, NJ 08611.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Fletcher-Nasevich Funeral Home.
St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Church
1195 Deutz Avenue, Hamilton NJ 08611