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Obituaries: John E. Michelsen


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Mr. John A. Michelsen, 75, died on Friday, September 24, surrounded by family at his home in Verona.

Services will be held in the First Presbyterian Church of Verona on Tuesday September 28 at 11 a.m. Friends will be received in the Prout Funeral Home on Monday from 4 to 7 p.m.

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Mr. Michelsen lived in Montclair and San Francisco prior to moving to Verona in 1971.

He is a 1953 graduate of Montclair High School and a 1957 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute with a BS in Electrical Engineering and has completed post-graduate courses in business management, industrial power systems, critical path Management, engineering estimating and power system relaying.

He served as an ordnance supply officer, First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army from 1961 to 1967, being recalled to active duty during the Berlin Crisis.

Mr. Michelsen was active as the secretary of the corporation and former vice president and general plant manager of the Graphite Metallizing Corp. in Yonkers, N.Y.

He is a former president and long-time member of the board of directors of the Yonkers General Hospital/St. John’s Riverside Hospital in Yonkers.

Mr. Michelsen is a member and former president of the Montclair Society of Engineers, a member and former program chair of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a member and former chair of the Power Engineering Society, an elder and past president of the board of trustees of the First Presbyterian Church of Verona, a former trustee and past president of the Verona Student Loan Association, former treasurer and past president of the New York Chapter of the Virginia Military Institute Alumni Association, a former member of the Juvenile Conference Committee of the Family Court of Essex County and former Assistant Scoutmaster and Committee member of BSA Troop 2, Verona.

Devoted to his wife and family, and a dedicated community leader, Mr. Michelsen is survived by his wife of 48 years, Deborah Walker Michelsen, his children Warren W. Michelsen and wife Jennifer, Paula M. McGovern and husband Jim and Caroline M. Mescia and husband Peter. He is also the brother of Jerome A. Michelsen, Judith M. Ammeen , Karen Sibley and the grandfather of Emily, Julie & Michelle Michelsen, Elise & James McGovern, and Jacqueline, Perry & Trevor Mescia.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to: the Verona Rescue Squad, 12 Church Street, Verona 07044; the Verona Student Educational Assistance Association, c/o Terry Graham, 23 Mt. Prospect Avenue, Verona NJ 07044; or to St. John’s Riverside Hospital, (attn: Jim Foy), 967 North Broadway, Yonkers NY 10701.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citranohttps://myveronanj.com
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Forbes.com. Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected].


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