Happy birthday, Mike — Sto Lat!
Michael Maslach of Dunkirk recently celebrated his 90th birthday. The Holy Name Society of Blessed Mary Angela Parish honored him. Known as “Mike” he has been a member of the organization since the early 1950s and still actively participates in parish work. He works at Bingo, assists at parish dinners, helps with the summer festival, and serves at Mass for memorial services.
In addition to church work, Maslach is involved in veterans’ organizations. A World War II disabled combat veteran, he is commander of the Disabled American Veterans Charles Tinley Post Chapter 142 in Dunkirk, and was one of its organizers. He serves with the Joint Veterans’ Council as its 1st vice-commander and is a member of Post 62 in Dunkirk. He is a familiar figure during Dunkirk’s yearly Memorial Day celebration and for a number of years has been a co-marshal of the parade.
Other memberships include the Kosciuszko Polish Home and the 4th Ward Falcon Club.
Jack Sievert, Commander of the Dunkirk Joint Veterans Council describes him as “someone always willing to help.”
Chaplain Sandra Tapasto of the DJVC said, “He is kind-hearted, hard-working, persistent, and gets any job done.” She pointed to his patriotism as well as his devotion to his religion.
Niece Patty Pleszewski knows him as someone “who never complains.”
A resident of the 4th ward in Dunkirk, Maslach has been married to his wife Loretta for over 60 years. They enjoy events sponsored by the Dunkirk Senior Center such as casino trips, galas, and bus trips.
Those who know him certainly wish him a happy birthday, and agree with the Polish phrase “Sto lat” which means “May you live 100 years.”