Mike Kormendi, 94, formerly of Mather, Pa., departed this life on July 30, 2013, at Community Hospice of Northeast Florida.
He was born in Maxwell, Pa., on Oct. 6, 1918, the son of the late John Kormendi and Elizabeth Chizmadia Kormendi.
He was a member of Brownesville Presbyterian Hungarian Church and graduated from Jefferson-Morgan High School in Greene County, Pa. Mr. Kormendi served in World War II as a corpsman and combat engineer. He was one of the first to arrive after the bombing of Nagasaki, Japan. He worked as a coal miner and retired from Gateway Coal Co. after 34 years of service. He belonged to the Croation Club, Veterans of Foreign Wars, a lifetime member of the American Legion and the United Mine Workers of America. He was an avid outdoorsman, skilled fisherman and prolific gardener. His passion was his family and preserving nature.
He married his loving wife Ann Kormendi on Sept. 6, 1947, and have been together for 65 years. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth and James Knapp of Parkersburg; his son and daughter-in-law, John and Susan Kormendi of Jacksonville, Fla.; a grandson, Brian Mark Miller of Mooresville, N.C.; a sister, Helen Vishak of East Liverpool, Ohio; and a brother, Steve Kormendi of Orlando, Fla.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Michael David Kormendi; sisters, Katheryn Kerestes and Elizabeth Namolik; and brothers, John Kormendi and Alex Kormendi.
A private service will be held in Jacksonville, Fla. Burial will be in Greene County Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Jefferson, Pa.