Michael Boback, age 96, entered into eternal rest as his family surrounded him with love on Sunday, July 21, 2013.
In 1950, Mike met a beautiful French-Canadian girl named Huguette Charlebois at a square dance in Jersey City. The two fell in love and exchanged vows on December 1, 1951, at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Jersey City. They honeymooned in Atlantic City and began married life together in Jersey City.
While working in Columbia in 1956 Mike and Huguette welcomed their first child, a little girl named Michelle. In 1958 they welcomed their second child, another little girl named Andrea. In 1963 the family of four settled into their new home in Packanack Lake. Over the next couple of years the family was blessed with two boys–David in 1963 and Thomas in 1965.
Mike was a devoted and caring father. He was the only father who served as a chaperone on Michelle’s Girl Scout camping trips. Mike delivered Thomas’s newspapers when he was competing in ski racing. Mike instilled a sense of hard work and discipline in his children and taught them the value of money. The family frequently vacationed on Long Beach Island and Beach Haven as well as New England, Washington, and Florida. In his spare time Mike enjoyed gardening and, most recently, his new iPad.
Mike and Huguette enjoyed a long and loving marriage together for 62 years. They enjoyed the large circle of friends they had developed through the church and Mike’s time at Colgate.
Mike had an easy way about him and an ability to strike up conversations with total strangers. He was appreciated by many and will be remembered for how he positively touched so many lives. His family feels blessed and appreciative of his selfless devotion.