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Michael J. Magelinski

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, 10/18/2017, at 11:00AM in the Wrisley Funeral Home Chapel, South Deerfield with Fr Philippe Roux officiating. Burial will follow in St. Stanislaus Cemetery with full military honors provided by the Hale-Clapp VFW Post #3295 firing squad and an honorary delegation from the U.S. Army. A calling hour will be held from 10:00AM until the time of the service

Michael J. Magelinski, Sr., 86, of Graves Street, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at the Holyoke Soldiers Home, with his three children by his side.

 

He was born May 21, 1931 in Sunderland, Massachusetts, the son of Paul and Stella (Duczac) Magelinski. He grew up in a family of 11 siblings. He attended Sunderland schools and Smith Vocational School. With his parents’ permission and signing of paperwork, Mike left school at the age of 17 to join the Army. He was a Master Sergeant, Infantry, a member of Company A, 223d Infantry Regiment in the 40th Infantry Division and served in Japan, Germany and Korea.

 

While in Korea, Mike earned the Distinguished Service Cross for “Extraordinary Heroism Against the Enemy.” While fighting at the “Punch Bowl” in Korea on December 8 and 9, 1952, he was the assistant leader of a five-man detail assigned to scout out the enemy while forging up rugged, snow covered slopes. He was within 15 yards of hostile trenches when his group came under intense grenade and automatic weapons fire. His wounded command leader ordered everyone to withdraw and leave him. Mike, however, refused to do so and though wounded himself, Mike moved through the withering fire to the side of the wounded officer and attempted to evacuate him down the hill. Later when an enemy patrol began searching the area, the wounded command officer declared he would be a burden and urged Mike to abandon him. Refusing to leave the helpless man, Mike organized a rear-guard action and carried the commander on his back through waist deep snow out of harm’s way. When Mike recovered from his injuries and visited his commanding officer, his leader told him to not go back into the fighting. However, Mike felt it was his duty and re-enlisted. He had re-enlisted three times into the Army. Eventually back in the States, Mike became an instructor at West Point. Mike was also awarded two bronze service stars along with the Purple Heart. He also received a Good Conduct Medal, Korean Service Medal, The United Nations Service Medal, and the Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation Badge. In 2017 Mike was presented with an “Ambassador for Peace” medal, presented to him by a member of the Republic of Korea. He was a member of the Disabled Veterans Association.

 

Upon his last honorable discharge, Mike began working for Warner Bros. in Sunderland for over 40 years in road construction until his retirement. He was a member of the Holy Family Church of South Deerfield, formerly known as St. Stanislaus.

 

On August 10, 1953 Mike married the love of his life, Delia Grybko. They spent their lifetogether in South Deerfield. Together they had 3 children, 5 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. For Mike, family was everything and he cherished every moment he spent with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

 

Mike also loved baseball, so thrilled to see the Red Sox finally win the World Series. He enjoyed taking care of his large garden and doing yard work. But his favorite times would always be with his grandchildren, going on bike rides with them, swimming and other fun activities. He loved when they would have sleepovers at his house. His grandchildren were his joy.

 

Mike will also be remembered for being a special, happy, joking, easy-going, caring man. He had many friends and made new ones wherever he went. He would always drop whatever he was doing if someone needed him to help them. He would give his last penny or the shirt off his back if someone needed it. You could always count on Mike. Everyone has their own fond memories of him that will be cherished. He will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by all who knew him and whose lives he touched.

 

Mike is survived by his wife of 64 years, Delia; his three children, Michael (Donald) Magelinski, Jr. of Belchertown, Daniel (Robin) Magelinski of Montague and Debra (Glenn) Johnson of Northfield; five grandchildren, Michael Magelinski III, Christopher and Nicole Magelinski, and Megan and Brian Johnson; and two great-grandchildren, Juliet Magelinski and Delia Johnson. He is also survived by his brother Edward and sisters Sophie and Elizabeth, along with many nieces and nephews.

 

Mike was predeceased by four brothers, Joseph, Paul, Stanley and Walter; and four sisters, Olga, Helen, Stella and Jean.

 

The family of Mike would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the staff at Buckley HealthCare Center of Greenfield, the Holyoke Soldiers Home and Hospice of Western Massachusetts for the wonderful care and compassion they provided and showed to Mike.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, 10/18/2017, at 11:00AM in the Wrisley Funeral Home Chapel, South Deerfield with Fr Philippe Roux officiating. Burial will follow in St. Stanislaus Cemetery with full military honors provided by the Hale-Clapp VFW Post #3295 firing squad and an honorary delegation from the U.S. Army. A calling hour will be held from 10:00AM until the time of the service
Donations in his memory may be made to The Holyoke Soldiers Home, 110 Cherry Street, Holyoke, Mass. 01040 or to LBDA, 912 Killan Hill Road S.W., Lilburn, Georgia 30047
Expressions of sympathy are available at: www.wrisleyfuneralhome.com