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Michael Boback


Michael Boback, age 96 entered into eternal rest as his family surrounded him with love on Sunday, July 21, 2013.

Born in 1916 in Shamokin, PA, Mike was the oldest of Peter and Mary Boback’s three children. Money was often in short supply and Mike did his best to help support his parents and two younger siblings. He worked part-time during high school and graduated in 1934. After graduation he began working full-time while attending the Newark College of Engineering. He was employed by the Crucible Steel Company of Harrison, NJ from 1940–1945, the H.A. Brassert & Company of New York City from 1945–1947, the Wilputte Coke Oven Corp of New York City from 1945–1948 and the Anaconda Copper Mining Company of New York City from 1948–1951.

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.

Mike graduated from the Newark College of Engineering in 1951 with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering. He was a member of the Pi Tau Sigma Honorary Mechanical Engineering Society and the Tau Beta Pi Honorary Engineering Society. Mike earned a Master of Science degree from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken in 1954 and embarked upon a rewarding career as a mechanical engineer with the Colgate Palmolive Company in New York City spanning more than 30 years. Following retirement in 1983, he continued as a part-time consultant with the company in Europe. In recent years, Mike enjoyed attending an annual honorary luncheon with his former colleagues hosted by the CEO of Colgate.

Mike’s career with Colgate led him all over the world. He designed and oversaw construction of new plants in Thailand, Columbia, Venezuela and Guatemala. Mike was often faced with the challenge of communicating in a different language. His ill-fated attempts at Thai sometimes led to inappropriate comments and he was encouraged to stick to his native English! Mike would often share the memories of his experiences in Thailand. Most notably he enjoyed his chauffeured Volkswagen Beetle and the rooster that greeted him at the end of the driveway each day.

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.

Upon arriving in Packanack Lake their search for a church led them to Immaculate Heart of Mary. Mike enthusiastically served the church in various roles caring for families in need and the poor. He also served as the project manager for a new air conditioning system. Mike’s service extended beyond his work in the church. He participated in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, drove friends and neighbors to doctor appointments, and willingly helped anyone in need.

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.

Surviving are his beloved wife of 62 years, Huguette (nee Charlebois); his two daughters: Michelle Wojtukiewicz and husband Charles of Parsippany and Andrea Boback of Monmouth Junction; his two sons: David Boback of San Francisco, CA and Thomas Boback of Dallas, TX; his grandson Christopher Wojtukiewicz; and his sister Vera Yupco of Elysburg, PA.

Michael was predeceased by his brother John Boback in 2011.

Friends may visit with the family at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne, on Thursday, July 25, 2013 from 5-9 PM.

A Funeral Mass will be offered on Friday, July 26, 2013 at 10:30 AM at Immaculate Heart of Mary R.C. Church, 580 Ratzer Road, Wayne. Interment will follow at Christ the King Cemetery in Franklin Lakes.

In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy in Michael’s name are asked to consider the Prostate Cancer Foundation, 1250 Fourth Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401 (

Guest Book


"Mr. B" made my heart smile when I saw him. The world has lost a lovely gentleman. I am so sorry for your loss, Huguette, and for all of your family. Although I didn't have the privilege of knowing Mr. B very well, I am deeply saddened by his passing. I am also very grateful to have called him a buddy.

Andrea Helms


Although we had never met Mike personally, we have a dear friend in his son David. From this we know what a first class family the Boback's all are! We are so sorry for your loss. Fondly, Peggy & Todd

Peggy & Todd Meeter


We are so used to talking to Mike as he walked by our house on his daily walk. He would always have a smile and good things to say as he passed. We feel very blessed to have Mike and Huguette as neighbors for the past eight years. Our thoughts and sympathy go out to Hugette and the family.

Larry, Janpei and Jeremiah Asher


I was sad to hear that my dear uncle Mike passed away. A lot of good memories came to my mind. I will never forget you. I send all my love and support to you, aunt Huguette, and to all the familly. Wish i could be there with you... Diane Verreault xxxxxx

Diane Verreault


Dave, Tom & Family, we're so sad to hear of the loss of your father, we hadn't seen him in years but so enjoyed spending time with him when we lived in New Jersey. He was a wonderful man, and we'll keep you all in our prayers. We miss you, hope to hear from you soon. Love you guys. Greg, Sue and family . . .

Greg & Sue Shumeyko


May your hearts know that he has been welcomed by family in heaven and you will be together again one day . I'm certain he was a wonderful guide , mentor , father and loved by you all . I hope the memories will stay dear to your hearts and keep you warm . Colleen Maholias and Family

Colleen Maholias and family


I never met Michael but know/respect/admire his son, Dave, who speaks often and fondly of his parents. As a father, Michael can be pround of his legacy for raising a son like Dave. Our thoughts to the Boback-family at this difficult time. The Waggett-family

Chris Waggett


My earliest childhood memories are of the Boback family. Mr and Mrs. Boback were kind and welcoming. I am do sorry for your loss. Maura Kayal

Maura Kayal


My dad, Leonard Epsom, was a co-worker and friend of Mike Boback's during both their careers at Colgate Palmolive. As a child I remember many visits between our families. My mom, Marian Epsom, and I extend our deepest sympathy to Hughette and the rest of the Boback family.

Karen Epsom


To Huguette and Family, We wish to express our deepest sympathy to you in these times of sorrow. Mike was a person we greatly appreciated, cheerful and kind. It was always a pleasure for us to meet him. Unfortunately, it is not possible for us to visit and attend the funeral mass, but rest assured that our thoughts and prayers will be with you all. François, Louise and Lise Québec City

François Chamberland & family


Dear Hugette and family, I am very sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed being with Mike and you. You are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless. Love, Maryann Lauber

Maryann Lauber


Hugette, I am so sorry that Mike is gone. He was such a good friend and colleague at Colgate. I too will miss him.

Ross Royce


Tom, Dave & family-I am so sorry for your loss-holding you and your family close in thoughts and prayers.

Patty Conway


Dear Mrs. Boback, Michele, Andera and boys, I remember Mr. Boback fondly and well. He will be missed and remembered. I appreciated so much the interest you both took, Mrs. Boback, in whatever was going on with me. I remember Michele and Andrea very well, the boys came later and I knew them a little less well. I send deepest sympathy to all of you and I am so sorry for your great loss. I live in Virginia now with my husband Robert and I'm teaching at Old Dominion Univ. in the master's program in public health. We are all doing well, our daughter is expecting her first in Sept. Good wishes to each of you, Maureen

Maureen Boshier


To Huguette, to Andrea and the family, I send my deepest sympathy in this difficult moment. Be sure my thoughts and my prayers all go to you. Sarah

Sarah Chamberland


My heartfelt sympathies. I will always remember Mr. Boback's smile and interest in talking to me every time I came over to see Andrea. He was always there, striking up a conversation, genuinely interested in what I was up to in that time of my life. I will miss him.

Lynne Spina


I met Mike and his wife via their daughter, Andrea. Back in 2002, while I was working in Germany, Mike invited me to have dinner with him in Belgium. As a young man with little refinement, I had packed only the most basic of clothing and footwear, and so was not prepared for the fine restaurant Mike had booked. To Mike's credit, he made no fuss. Instead he offered me a pair of his shoes and a suite jacket... Not sure how many can say they walked a mile in Mike's shoes. We had a very nice dinner, he was a great listener and speaker. To this day, I tell people of that night, the fine food and the fine man.

Michael Galletti

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