CONNEAUT — Michael R. Palagyi, age 96, of Conneaut, died Thursday afternoon, Nov. 21, 2013, at his home.
Mike was born the seventh person of ten, July 4, 1917, in Conneaut, Ohio, the son of Joseph and Anna (Beno) Palagyi. He was a graduate of Conneaut High Class of 1935. Mike was a great baseball player and threw the discus in High School.
In 1936, Mike started a career in Professional Baseball. He was scouted by the Cleveland Indians and later that summer signed a contract to play Class “D” league. At the end of that season he was called to Class “C”, later to “AA and in 1939 Class “A” to Wilkes Barre, Pa. In 1939, he was given a contract with the Washington Senator’s and made his debut against the Boston Red Sox pitching to Hall of Famer Ted Williams. In Mikes own words, “It was a real Nightmare”. In 1941 he was to sign another contract, but he was drafted into the Unites States Army in March of 1941 and was honorably discharged Dec. 12, 1945. Mike tried pitch again but his arm as Mike said, “Just didn’t have it.”
Mike returned to Conneaut, with his wife, Margaret Burr, and worked as a plumber for 20 years. He later went to work at Allied Resinous as a maintenance man until he retired in 1982.
Mike was a member of Corpus Christi Parish and attended both St. Frances Cabrini and St. Mary Church. He was a very devoted man to his family, church and community. Mike loved to watch all sports and could be seen at many high school sporting events throughout the years.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Margaret (Burr) Palagyi whom he married Jan 28, 1945; son, Michael Palagyi; brothers, Joseph Jr., George, James, Louis, Andrew, John and Steve (Pete); and a sister, Anna Yusko.
Mike is survived by a sister, Ethel Vento of Conneaut; and many nieces and nephews, all of whom he dearly loved. Mike was very thankful for his wonderful care givers, Carol Harris McGahey and his “adopted” grandchildren, Eric Anderson (Ashley), Jodi Anderson Wnoroski (Rocky), and great-grandchildren, Lilly and Joey Wnoroski.
Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m., Monday, Nov. 25th, at St. Frances Cabrini Church, 744 Mill St., Conneaut, with Fr. Philip Miller, of Corpus Christi Parish, officiating. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Conneaut, with the American Legion Honor Squadron conducting Military Honors.
At Mike’s request, there will be family Calling Hours on Sunday, Nov. 24th, from 2 to 4 p.m., at RAISIAN FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 581 Harbor St., Conneaut.
Memorial contributions can be made in Michael’s memory to the Corpus Christi Parish. Envelopes will be available at the funeral and at the church.
Obituary and condolences at www.raisianfuneralhome.com and starbeacon.com.