Michael George Shemelya
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Michael George Shemelya
  • November 29, 1923 - October 6, 2017
  • Mesa, Arizona

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Michael "Whitey" Shemelya, 93, of Ambridge, Pennsylvania and (Mesa, Arizona) passed away October 6, 2017. He was born November 29, 1923 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to George and Mary [Guzan] Shemelya. Michael had graduated from Ambridge High School in 1941 and shortly thereafter, in 1941, he went to work for H.H. Robertson Co. while attending Geneva College. He continued his career with H.H. Robertson for more than 40 years. Upon retiring, he enjoyed traveling and was an avid golfer; he found great joy in taking his grandson, Corey and watching him play junior golf, high school and college golf tournaments. On May 22, 1948, he married the love of his life, Eleanor Giammaria, and together they raised their two sons, David and Dale. Michael was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Mesa, AZ and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. Michael was preceded in death by his sister, Helen Shuepeck and his brother, Eddie Shemelya. He is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Eleanor Shemelya; sons, David (Paulette) Shemelya and Dale (Hanne) Shemelya; his grandchildren, Lauren, Courtney, Corey and Olivia and one great grandchild, Kaden McLaughlin. Memorials may be made to the East Valley Hospice, 1311 W Chandler Blvd #200, Chandler, AZ 85224 Arrangements entrusted to Mariposa Gardens.