Michael died peacefully at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia at the age of 90 years.
A life-long Philadelphia resident and an Army veteran, Michael worked for most of his life at the manufacturer, Schutte and Koerting. He retired from the firm as a quality control technician.
Michael was the youngest of four brothers: Walter, Joseph and John, all predeceased him. In addition to sister-in-law Rina Fesnak, Michael is survived by a nephew, Robert, and nieces, Joanne,Linda and Barbara. A nephew, Alan, and a niece, Janice, predeceased him.
Michael was an active member of St. Vladimir Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral and supported many church organizations at their meetings and events. After Divine Liturgy on most Sundays he had a regular seat with friends at the same table during the coffee hours. His organizational skills and attention to detail were always appreciated especially by the youth group. Annually in January he would co-sponsor the Ice Cross sculpture on the church grounds.
Michael was a Philly sports fan since the time of the Philadelphia A’s and collected mostly baseball memorabilia. He was an active member of the Philadelphia A’s Society and would have former A’s players attend society banquets and events. Upon retirement Michael volunteered at the A’s museum and store.
Michael moved to the Philadelphia Protestant Home 10 years ago and quickly made friends with the administrators, staff and many residents. He enjoyed the resources available there and spread his love of sports. He organized television watch parties and donated a display case with sports memorabilia.
Michael will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. Donations in his memory may be made to
St. Vladimir Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral, 6740 N. 5th Street, Phila. PA 19126 or the Philadelphia Protestant Home Benevolent Fund, 6401 Martins Mill Road, Philadelphia, PA 19111.
Michael's viewing will begin 9:00 AM Tuesday September 1st 2020 at St. Vladimir Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral, 6740 N. 5th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19126. His Funeral service will begin at 10:00 am. With interment to follow at Oakland Cemetery in Philadelphia.
During this time of the coronavirus, we are requesting all attendees to follow the established guidelines including: practicing social distancing; wearing face masks and signing the attendance sheet upon entry into the church.
A story from years past about Mike Fesnak and his work with the Philadelphia A's Society:
Connie Mack Commemorative Stamp Request
Mike Fesnak, chairman of the Philadelphia Athletics Historical Society’s advisory committee to promote the Connie Mack Commemorative Stamp project, is in the process of gathering petitions in support of a commemorative stamp to honor Connie Mack and his Philadelphia Athletics baseball team . The year 2002 marked the 100th anniversary of Mr. Mack’s first of nine American League Championships, and the beginning of a career that led Mr. Mack straight to Cooperstown and his induction into the baseball Hall of Fame.
The 8 member advisory committee also includes, U.S. Senators Arlen Specter and Rick Santorum (both of Pennsylvania) and Connie Mack lll (of Florida, and Grandson of Mr. Mack) A’s Society President, David Jordan, and three local area postmasters, Francis J. Schuhl, (Hatboro), Charles M. Stasen Jr. (Worcester), and Dennis Huston, (Warminster).
The A’s Historical Society, through this committee, is recommending that a postage stamp be issued in honor of Connie Mack, manager of the Philadelphia Athletics American League Baseball Club between 1901-1950, and who today, is still considered to be one of the true founding pioneers of Major League baseball.
Connie Mack, 45 years after the A’s left Philadelphia, still commands the respect and adulation of sports fans and celebrities from all walks of life. His own personal record of managing 9 American League pennants and 5 World Series Championships teams, labels his A’s franchise as “Philadelphia’s Most Successful Pro Sports Franchise.” “Not only was Mr. Mack an astute manager, but is widely and fondly recalled today by legions of sports fans and more than 100 of his former players as a highly moral man, a devoted family man and a shining example and role model to all he encountered” said Fesnak.
“The American League celebrated it’s 100th anniversary in the year 2000 and will then launch a series of Anniversary Celebrations in the years to follow. We think that honoring Mr. Mack, one of the league’s great pioneers, would be both timely and very appropriate” he added.
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