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Michael Daniel Kandra  

Michael Daniel Kandra

January 12, 1932 – December 1, 2014

Michael Daniel Kandra , age 82, of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully in the comfort of his own home on Monday, December 1, 2014.

Born in Shamokin, PA on January 12, 1932, Michael was a son of the late Michael Kandra and Jenny Novak Kandra. He spent two years at Penn State where he was a member of the NROTC and the Marching Blue Band. He was then appointed to the US Naval Academy, graduating in 1955. Michael became an officer in the USMC serving until 1960 and would later proudly serve in the USMC Reserves until 1968. After receiving his MBA from the University of Scranton, he worked as a plant manager for various manufacturing companies, including the Trane Company. Michael also served as an adjunct professor at Merrimac College in Andover, MA where he taught business. He retired to Newark in 1997.

Michael met the love of his life, Lorraine Kuzo at the tender age of ten. The couple was married 57 years ago at St. Peter and Paul Ukranian Catholic Church in Mount Carmel, PA. He was a longtime member of St. Basil’s Ukranian Catholic Church in Chesapeake City, MD. An avid sports fan, Michael enjoyed cheering on the Philadelphia Eagles and Phillies and in his younger years liked playing basketball, tennis and volleyball. He also gave of his time as a youth soccer and basketball coach. Michael had a deep appreciation for music and played the piano, clarinet and saxophone. In his leisure time, he enjoyed reading, vacationing at Bethany Beach and taking walks in White Clay Creek State Park. Michael will be remembered for his intellect, common sense, his willingness to teach children -either in the classroom or on the ball field or court, and most of all for his sense of humor.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, George and sisters, Jean Sanzotto and Helen Beidler. Michael is survived by his beloved wife, Lorraine Kuzo Kandra; children, Daniel Kandra (Margie) of Landenberg, PA, Judy Gorberg (Joe) of Princeton Junction, NJ, Louise Moody (David) of Vienna, VA, Karen Mudgett (David) of Burlington, CT and Michael Kandra (Kim) of Crofton, MD; 12 grandchildren; brother, Myron Kandra (Kay) of Annapolis, MD; sister-in-law, Fay Kandra of Liditz, PA; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 11:30 am on Thursday morning, December 4, 2014, at the St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, 800 Lea Boulevard, Wilmington, DE, where a visitation will be held from 9:30 am until 11:30 am. Interment will follow at 2 pm in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, DE.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 399 Market Street, Ste. 102, Philadelphia, PA 19106 or St. Basils Ukranian Catholic Church, 231 Basil Avenue, PO Box 624, Chesapeake City, MD 21915.

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  1. William Morrison, December 2, 2014

    I am very sorry to hear of your loss Mrs Kandra. My sincere condolences to you and your family.

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  2. Bob and Lynn Wilson, December 3, 2014

    To Myron, Kay Lorraine, and family. We learned of Mickey’s passing through the Wilmington News Journal. Mickey Kandra offers a wonderful role model for the Kandra offspring. I remember Mickey best as an SHS basketball player and 1st clarinetist. A few years ago we met again in Newark to pick up Kay’s painting of our house on 16th St in Wilmington.
    Sincere condolences as we celebrate the life of a great guy.

    Whip and Lynn

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  3. Rev. Volodymyr Klanichka, December 4, 2014

    May our Lord Jesus Christ be near you on this day and bless you in His gracious way, and may each sympathetic prayer help easy the sorrow that you bear. May + Michael rest in peace and His memory be eternal! Vichnaya Pamiat!

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  4. Denny & Dede Kirwan, December 5, 2014

    Dan: We are sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts are with you. denny & dede

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  5. Jeanne Klinger, December 6, 2014

    Dear Lorraine,
    I am truly sorry for your loss. I know how close you and Mickey were. I believe you were the last of
    the ’49ers couples. Bert and I were always proud to be a part of that elite group!!!!
    The days ahead will be difficult but I’m sure with the help of your wonderful family it will be bearable.
    Any time you want to talk, give me a call or send me an email. You’ll be in my prayers.
    Love, Jeanne

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