Michael Joseph Golonka, Jr., 68, passed away peacefully, with his loving family by his side at his home in Myrtle Beach on Sunday August 26, 2018. He was born on October 12, 1949 in Poughkeepsie, New York to the late Michael Joseph Golonka, Sr., & Henrietta Zukowski Golonka.
Michael was a graduate of Roosevelt High School and also attended Dutchess County Community College in Poughkeepsie, New York. In 1970 he served his country in the US Army 101st Airborne Division and served in Vietnam. Following his dedicated service, Michael became a successful plumber, pipe fitter and welder. He was proud to be a member of Plumber & Steamfitter Local 21. Michael was a very hardworking man who had many interests. In his free time, he loved hunting, fishing, and riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle. Michael was there to help anyone and was truly a nice guy. Michael will forever be remembered for his infectious laugh and beautiful smile.
Left to cherish Michael’s memory are his beloved wife, Frances Pagan Golonka, who he met and fell in love with in 2003 and wed in 2010; his son, Michael Joseph Golonka, III and his wife, Naomi and their daughter, Ayana; his children in heart, Natalie & Joe Schindler, Allison & Mark Emig and Keith & Melissa Calman; his adoring grandchildren, Hannah, Kali, Joseph, Mia, Jake, Keith, Kobe, and Kaden.
A Celebration of Michael’s life will be held at the families’ residence in October and those arrangements will be announced when finalized. The family hopes you’ll be able to join them and truly celebrate a well lived life.
The family respectfully asks, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 950 48th Ave N #101, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577.
To view these details online or to offer words of comfort through the online guest book, kindly visit, www.burroughsfh.com
Burroughs Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Murrells Inlet, (843-651-1440) is assisting the family with the arrangements.
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I was Mike's commanding officer at Fire Support Base Jack in Vietnam. He was a great soldier and a fantastic friend. We stayed in touch since 1971. He was a brother to me. I will miss him dearly!
Submitted by Dr. Bobby Roberson on Sep 7 2018 04:55:44 PM
Sorry to here of Mike’s passing my deepest sympathy to the family
Rest In Peace brother Mike
Your Local 21 brother
Submitted by Pat Purchia on Aug 31 2018 09:47:01 PM
My deepest sympathy to Frances and Michael’s family. May God hold you in his loving arms and carry you through this most sorrowful time. Love and prayers for all.
Submitted by Regina Beauregard on Aug 29 2018 06:59:01 PM
So sorry to hear of Mike's passing. Ourthoughts and prayers are with you Frances.
Submitted by Mike and Ann on Aug 29 2018 06:52:46 PM
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Regina Beauregard lit a candle on Aug 29 2018 06:51:15 PM
Eric and I are so sorry to hear about Michael's passing. We had the pleasure of meeting him only once or twice; but he certainly left an impression . We wish for you, Frances, to stay strong - our heartfelt condolences are hereby conveyed to you and his family.
Submitted by Eric and Antje Nilson on Aug 29 2018 03:11:07 PM
RIP Michael I am so glad that Frank and me were able to spent some time with you and Fran this passed April. I will always remember your beautiful smile that could brighten a room. I'm glad that the Lord granted you and Fran to share beautiful and precious time together. My condolence to Fran and family. Olga Delgado
Submitted by Olga Delgado on Aug 29 2018 01:09:14 PM
olga Delgado lit a candle for Michael Joseph Golonka, Jr.
olga Delgado lit a candle on Aug 29 2018 01:00:23 PM
Michael, "Our friend who became family" - The LOVE we have for you is beyond measure. In the short time we have known you - you have become our inspiration,
our Hero, our go-to guy, our laughter, but most all our Brother. We will always remember the wonderful times we shared. You know, "It ain't easy" moving forward. You are forever in our hearts and in our souls. Til we meet again, Joe & Lee Abate
Submitted by Joseph & Lee Abate on Aug 29 2018 12:42:25 PM
My heart breaks for you my friend, Micheal was such a wonderful caring man & will surely be missed! Our thoughts & prayers are always with u from your cjs family
Love you always!
Submitted by Bette Miller on Aug 29 2018 09:45:50 AM
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