Michael J. McHugh Sr.
WHITE HAVEN — Michael J. McHugh Sr., 94, of White Haven, passed away Wednesday morning, April 19, 2017, at Mountain Top Senior Care, Mountain Top. Born in Wilkes-Barre on Aug. 22, 1922, he was the son of the late Joseph A. McHugh Sr. and Mary C. (Strish) McHugh. He was a member of St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church, White Haven. Prior to moving to White Haven, he established a funeral home in Wilkes-Barre, then operated a funeral home in White Haven since 1962 and opened a branch office in Freeland in 1977 and retired from funeral service in 1985. Michael served in the U.S. Navy as a pharmacist during World War II in the Pacific Theatre and was awarded campaign ribbons for the American, Asiatic and Pacific campaigns. Returning from the Navy, he attended Eckles College of Mortuary Science, Philadelphia, where he was a member of Lambda Zeta Nu, Honorary Scholastic Fraternity, Alpha Chapter, Philadelphia. A longtime member of the White Haven Lions Club, he served as president from 1976 to 1977 and 1978 to 1980, zone chairman 1976 to 1977 and was deputy district governor of District 14H. He was a charter and longtime member of the VFW Post No. 5010, Freeland,and a member of the American Legion, White Haven Post No. 592. Mike was a member of the International Federation of Thanatologist Association, the Luzerne County Funeral Directors Association, and the National Funeral Directors Association. He served for many years on the Board of Directors of LFDA, and was a delegate for many state and national funeral conventions. He was preceded in death, in addition to his parents, by a sister, Elizabeth "Betty" Sharon, and a brother, Joseph McHugh Jr. Surviving are his wife of 45 years, the former Barbara A. Radjavitch; son, Michael J. McHugh Jr., of Shrewsbury; stepsons, Dean and Ryan Raudenbush, both of White Haven; a sister, Maureen Haycock and her husband, William, of Cherry Hill, N.J.; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. His funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Monday with a Memorial Mass of Christian Burial in St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church, 411 Allegheny St., White Haven, and interment will follow in the parish cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Michael's memory may be made to St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church, 411 Allegheny St., White Haven, PA 18661. Harman Funeral Homes & Crematory Inc. (East), 669 W. Butler Drive, Drums, is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be entered and more information is available at www.harmanfuneral.com .
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