Michael Francis Antalek, 63, of Albuquerque, N.M., and formerly of Bellevue, departed this world July 18, 2013, at his residence.
Mike, born the first of 12 siblings, on Nov. 16, 1949, in Buffalo, N.Y. He was the son of Robert A. and and the late Mary M. (O’Donnell) Antalek. Our Mike was fiercely independent and a trusted confidant to his many siblings and friends. He was well-traveled and passionate about technology, art, photography, reading and social commentary.
An Air Force veteran, Mike served in Korea and Turkey as a communications specialist during the Vietnam War era. Mike also served at a New Orleans U.S. Coast Guard station as a marine environment specialist. Following his years of public service, he was employed and retired as a digital multiplexing switch technician from Pacific Bell and AT&T.
Mike was a man with a quiet, unassuming nature, dry wit and a compassionate heart. He will be dearly missed in our family.
Mike was preceded in death by his mother, Mary (O’Donnell) Antalek, and, two brothers, Steven and Patrick Antalek.
Michael is survived by his father, Robert Antalek, of Bellevue; nine brothers and sisters, Mary Antalek, of Buffalo, N.Y., Robert (Minda) Antalek, of San Bruno, Calif., David Antalek of Pleasant Hill, Calif., Theresa Thomas, of Port Huron, Mich.,Thomas Antalek, of Bay Point, Calif., Kathleen (John) Piscitello, of Seville, Ohio, Lorraine (Steve) Smith, of Norwalk, Colleen Porter, of Jacksonville, Fla., and John Antalek (Gilson Da Silva), of New York City; 17 nieces and nephews (spouses); 12 great-nieces and nephews; loving aunts, uncles and cousins; and dear friends who meant so much to him.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at noon Friday, Aug. 23, at Immaculate Conception Church, 231 E. Center St., Bellevue. Burial will follow at Bellevue Catholic Cemetery.
Foos and Foos Funeral Service is in care of arrangements. Memories and condolences may be shared at foosfuneral.com.