In Memoriam




October 23, 1922 - November 24, 2011
Glen Spey, NY

Engineer Michael Anton Powch, of Glen Spey, NY passed away after two battles with pneumonia this fall, left this world peacefully in his sleep, surrounded by his family, in the early morning of Thanksgiving Day. He was 89 years old.

Mr. Powch was born on October 23, 1922 to the late forester, Anton Powch and his wife, the late Jawdokia, in Lutscki, Galizia, Ukraine.

He graduated with a degree in Surveying from the Realgymnasium and Staat Technische Fachscule in Kolomia and Lemberg, Ukraine in 1944 before fleeing Ukraine during Soviet occupation. As a refugee in Germany he earned a degree in Forestry from the University of Munich in 1948 and after a time in the U.S., returned to study Civil Engineering at the Technische Hochschule in Graz, Austria, where he met his wife, Juliana Mittendrein. They married in 1963 and raised two daughters, Irene and Oksana. Mr. Powch enjoyed a 20-year career in Civil Engineering at the Port of Authority of New York and New Jersey. He retired in 1988 and enjoyed 23 years of retirement with his wife in Glen Spey.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 48 years, Juliana Powch; his two daughters, Dr. Irene Powch and Oksana Charla; son-in-law, Thomas Charla, and three grandchildren: Katie, Mikie, and Micah. He is predeceased by his sister, Marika.

Friends may call at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, 100 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY on Sunday, November 27, 2011 from 2 to 4 p.m. A Panachyda Service will be held at 3 p.m. at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be held Monday, November 28, 2011 at St. Volodymyr's Ukrainan Catholic Church, 2104 Co. Rte. 41, Glen Spey, NY, with a Liturgy Mass at 10 a.m. with Rev. Yaroslav Kostyk officiating. Burial will be in Glen Spey Cemetery, Glen Spey.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Michael to the St. Volodymyr's Ukrainian Catholic Church, P.O. Box 108, Glen Spey, NY 12737.

Funeral arrangements were made by the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, Inc. For additional information, directions, or to send a condolence note to the family, please visit

Published in The Record and Herald News on 11/24/2011


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