FAMILY-OWNED AND OPERATED SINCE 1912

Michael J. Shutak, Jr.

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Michael J. Shutak, Jr. on April 28, 2019 at Wilmington Hospital at the age of 76. Surrounded by his family, he fought a courageous battle against heart disease. 

Born in Johnstown, PA, he was preceded in death by his mother, Helen Salko and father, Michael J. Shutak Sr.

In the early 60’s he moved to Delaware to work at General Motors, where he worked in materials and machinery for over 30 years.  It is here, in Delaware, where he found the love of his life, Diane. Within months he knew she was the one and they were married. He was the delighted owner of a 1965 Corvette that he proudly traded in for a station wagon when they began their life together. Raising a family of three boys, he enjoyed coaching his kids in sports and taking beautiful family vacations together. With the bare essentials, he and Diane would pack up the family and travel throughout the United States which provided wonderful memories for his boys to share. Camping in South Dakota, Harpers Ferry, and Colorado were some of his most cherished times with his boys. 

Mike served for the Delaware National Guard. Upon retirement from GM he proudly drove a school bus. Throughout his life he enjoyed being active and played a variety of sports including football and softball to name a few. He was an avid bowler and enjoyed bowling with his friends on multiple bowling leagues. 

Mike was a humble man who enjoyed the simple pleasures of life. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family and sitting back and drinking a cold beer.  You could often find Mike sitting around the campfire or in the garage at his home at the Delaware beach. It was there, at his beach house, that he was the happiest. 

Mike is survived by his wife of 53 years, Diane; his sons and their spouses, Michael J., III and his fiancée, Lisa Edwards, Dave and Dawn Shutak, and Brian Shutak and Barb Elliot; his grandchildren, Michael J., IV, Lindsay, Cody, Courtney, Mackenzie Shutak-Cannoy (Charlie), David Jr. , Olivia, and Anthony; his great granddaughter, Savannah; and his brother, Jeffrey Shutak. 

A visitation will be held on Saturday May 11, 2019 from 12 P.M. to 2 P.M. with funeral services beginning at 2 P.M. at the Mealey Funeral Home, 2509 Limestone Road Wilmington, DE 19808. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the American Diabetes Association, 150 Monument Rd # 100, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004.

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Submitted by Carlee and Perr... on
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Our hearts go out to you Diane and your family at this difficult time. Mike will always be in your hearts.

Submitted by Jeffrey and Bonnie on
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May you rest in peace brother. We shared many memories together growing up in Twon Rocks. All our love forever until we see you again.

Submitted by Donna on
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Rest In Peace cousin, until we meet again.

Submitted by Charlene Ventur... on
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So sorry for your loss. Your family and you will be in my prayers. God will get you through this. You were truly blessed to be together for 53 years. God bless you and your family.

Submitted by Karen Marshall on
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Diane and boys You know my heart breaks for you and Mike. I always wished my family was like yours . RIP Mike

Submitted by Nancy on
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To a Diane and family I extend my heartfelt condolences. May you be a source of comfort to each other, while you pour out your hearts to God in prayer concerning your grief. He cares and he will help you to cope.

Submitted by MIchelle on
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My heartfelt condolences to the Shutak family. May your family continue to feel comforted by the love and support of your family and friends during this difficult time. (Proverbs 17:17) I am truly sorry for your loss. With deepest sympathy, Michelle

Submitted by Carol D. on
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Diane ,I am so sorry for your loss.My prayers for you and your family.

Submitted by Sam McClafferty on
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Beyond sad to hear of Mike's passing he was the nicest kindest classiest friend I ever crossed paths with prayers to his family

Submitted by Paul Thornburg on
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The thoughts and prayers are with the family from the entire Teamster organization. Rest in peace Mr. Shutak

Submitted by Tom and Irene on
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So sorry for your lose. Next time you hear thunder, it will be Mile bowling a strike.

Submitted by joseph scaffidi on
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to Diane sorry for the family loss love Joe

Submitted by J. Chambers on
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Dear family and loved ones, please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. It has helped me and many others to know that the Bible promises that soon God “will swallow up death forever” (Isaiah 25:8) and that He will bring about a resurrection of our dear loved ones (John 5 : 28, 29) . May “the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort,” comfort you during your time of sadness. (2 Corinthians 1: 3)

Submitted by Carol Caldwell ... on
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Deepest heartfelt condolences to the entire Shutak family. You are all in our thoughts & prayers during this difficult time.

Submitted by Lisa E on
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What actually matters in the end is what we leave before we go. Mike did his part well and was a wonderful man, husband and father. Now he will be joining God in heaven. He will be missed by many but never forgotten.

Submitted by Mike on
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Dad, May you rest in peace knowing you fulfilled your legacy. You are the best father and husband a family could have been blessed with, You taught me so many great things. I've always looked up to you and admired you. You are my here and will be missed.

Submitted by Dudley and Lynn... on
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Diane and boys. So sorry for your loss. Sending prayers for you and your family. May God give you comfort and this difficult time.

Submitted by Bob w Conley sr. on
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I worked at GM, leaving in 1974. I played softball with Mike on the Mickey's Inn team. He was a great person, always had a smile for everyone. I do renember his Maroon Corvette too. He loved that car. Peace in life for His family.

Submitted by jim stroup on
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another one of the good guys off to that big G.M. plant in the sky. Mike was a good dude .

Submitted by Jeff on
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Thank Bob this is Mike's brother Jeff, I worked at GM as well and played on the Mickey's Inn team I remember you.

Submitted by David Moody and... on
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Our hearts go out to the entire Shutak family

Submitted by Larry Agostini on
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Diane and family...so sorry to hear of Mike's passing. Many happy memories of Mike from the Corvette days, and the Friday night poker games, and National Guard weekends. Sad that we didn't keep in touch over the years. Thoughts and prayers, Larry Agostini