Gaza Mika, 90, of Old Forge, died Monday evening at his home. His beloved wife of 41 years, Margaret Sopko Mika, died April 7, 1997. Born in Bridgeport, Conn., he was the son of the late Gaza and Bertha Bushko Mika. Gaza was a 1944 graduate of Old Forge High School, and received his accounting degree from the University of Scranton. An Army veteran, Gaza honorably served his country as a private first class with the Military Police during World War II. He began his working career at Ralph Grambo, and then became the proud owner of G. Mika Trucking, Old Forge, and retired from Community Medical Center, where he worked in housekeeping and was a friendly parking lot attendant. A critic of fine food and wine, he mastered many delicious meals for family and friends. Gaza enjoyed fishing, card playing and doing crossword puzzles in ink. He was a parishioner of St. Nicholas of Myra Byzantine Catholic Church, Old Forge, and he held several offices in the Slovak societies. Surviving are two daughters, Margaret A. Mika Moses and husband, Kenneth, Chadds Ford; and Barbara C. Mika, with whom he resided; a son, Gaza, Boston, Mass.; two grandchildren, Bobby and Lauren Moses; nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Harris Harper; and a sister, Christine King. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral, which will be held Friday at 9:15 a.m. from the Semian Funeral Home, 704 Union St., Taylor, followed by a Divine Liturgy to be celebrated at 10 in St. Nicholas of Myra Byzantine Church, 140 Church St., Old Forge, by the Rev. Eduard Shestak. Military honors will be held at the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy. Family and friends are invited to call Thursday evening from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Parastas services will be at 6:30. Visit the funeral home website to share memories or extend condolences.
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