MELBOURNE, Fla. — Michael Peter Terlesky, 69, passed away peacefully at Holmes Hospital in Melbourne, Fla., on Monday, Aug. 23, 2021.
Michael was born in Youngstown in 1952, to Michael Peter Terlesky and Margaretta Genieve Branagan. He had two sisters, Sue and Karen, and a brother, John. Margaretta remarried to Bill Mason in Hubbard and they had five children: Bill, Dan, Kay, Ellen and Patrick. Michael went to Woodrow Wilson High School and graduated in 1970. He moved to Lahaina on Maui shortly after he graduated, with his lifelong friend, Tim Sabo. Lahaina is an old whaling town and has some of the best sunsets in the world. Michael met Maureen Allison through a mutual friend and shared a love of hiking. They got married at the Lahaina courthouse and then moved back to Norfolk, Va., in 1982 while she was pregnant with Chelsea, who was born in January 1983. They had a son, Michael Brian Terlesky in 1984. Mike worked at the SPSA plant as a plant manager for several years.
Mike wanted to travel the world more and bought a big rig to begin a job as a truck driver delivering loads across the country. Shortly after, he took a job as an overseas contractor in FOB Salerno, Afghanistan. There he met his good friends Greg Cagle, AJ and his adopted son, Wali. Michael would travel to China, Dubai and Thailand for vacations. He always said that he had seen enough of the world to last five lifetimes. He retired in Melbourne in 2017, where he and Tim enjoyed playing guitar and making music together. Michael was also a lifelong Cleveland Indians fan and loved talking baseball with his son.
He is survived by son, Michael Terlesky (spouse Erin Terlesky) and daughter, Chelsea Sanders. He is survived by his eight brothers and sisters: Sue Verostko (Joe), Karen Thomas (Doug), John Beggs (Theresa), Bill Mason (Kathy), Daniel Mason (Alona), Kathryn “Queen of The World” Michiels (Ken), Ellen Mentzer (Skip – dec.), and Patrick Mason. He is survived by his best friends, Tim Sabo, Greg Cagle, Andy Jahnes (AJ) and Gulwali Wali.
A celebration of life service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021, with calling hours from 2 to 3 p.m., at Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home, 407 W. Liberty St., Hubbard, OH 44425.
Family and friends are invited to visit the funeral home’s website at www.stewart-kyle.com to share memories and condolences.