Paul Chernikovich, 83, passed away at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital on Thursday, October 7, 2021 with his loving daughters by his side.
Paul was born on July 22, 1938, the son of the late Roman and Mary (Rodko) Chernikovich. He resided most of his life in the Hanover Section of Nanticoke. He married the love of his life, the late Tina Chernikovich who passed away on August 16, 2021. They are reunited and can celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary together in Heaven on October 14. They shared the most incredible love and it was an honor for their family to witness to this beautiful bond.
Paul enlisted in the United States Navy at the age of 18 serving his country in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He was a Radioman 3rd class handling sensitive communications utilizing morse code.
Paul was honored as a federal employee for 36 years of service. He first worked at Tobyhanna Army Depot for several years and then began his career as a mail carrier at the Nanticoke Post Office. It was there he developed decades of friendships and proudly served his community until his retirement in January 2000.
Paul, known as Muggsy to his family and friends, was a fabulous storyteller who had an amazing memory for details. He was humorous, kind-hearted, and had a special way of connecting with people. You were sure to feel uplifted after being in his presence. He was an avid sports fan and could be found watching a game every day. He loved following the Mets, Knicks, Jets, and Penn State along with his family. He was a man of strong faith and a life-long member of St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church. Throughout the years he dedicated much of his time to church activities and fundraising events. Above all, he treasured the time spent with his loved ones. He was a selfless father and grandfather and dedicated his whole life to his family, who were his pride and joy.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Raymond Chernikovich. Surviving are his daughters, Kimberly Bonham and husband, Kevin of Bear Creek Village, and Karen Tomalis and husband, Gary of Dallas; grandchildren Kaia Bonham and Braden and Adelyn Tomalis, a brother, Joseph Chernikovich and his wife Jamilia, Delaware, sister-in-law Irene Miller, Bear Creek Township, as well as many nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to thank the following-Dr. Janusz Wolanin, Krzystof Wolanin and their incredible staff for over 30 years of compassionate care; Dr. Pramthesh Desai for his kind, dedicated care; Erwine’s Home Health nurses Sue and Macy for their support and guidance and Chrissy Verga who went above and beyond to provide exceptional, loving care every day; Sherri Baran who reliably checked in on him daily and was always available in times of need; and lastly, the doctors and WBGH nurses who cared for him in his final days.
Private services will be held from St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church, Nanticoke, with the Rev. Traian Stafiuc, officiating.
Entombment will follow at Oak Lawn Cemetery, Hanover Township.
There will be no public viewing or calling hours at the request of the deceased.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church, PO Box 455 Nanticoke, PA 18634.
Private Funeral Service will be held at St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church. Entombment will be in Oak Lawn Cemetery, Hanover Township. There will be no public Viewing or Calling Hours