Makowicz, Michael John

Michael John Makowicz, 55, of York, Maine, died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, with his family and loved ones by his side.

Born Sept. 20, 1956, in Springfield, he was the son of John and Isabelle (Podosek) Makowicz. He was a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in 1978 and served active duty in the Submarine Service aboard the USS Billfish, SSN 676. He retired from the U.S. Naval Reserves as a captain with 29 years of service.

In addition to his parents of Ellington, he is survived by his wife of 15 years, Deborah (Williams) Makowicz; a son, Brendan Makowicz of Georgia; daughters, Kathleen Atherton and husband, Brian, of Washington, and Gwen Nelson of York, Maine; sisters, Linda Adams and husband, Jonathan, and Susan Leser; brothers, Paul Makowicz and wife, Kendal, and David Makowicz and wife, Heather; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was predeceased by his stepson, Ian Nelson.

Mike was an active member of the Eliot Baptist Church. He possessed a radiant spirit and spiritual poise even in the face of overwhelming disease. He was a model of what being a Christian is all about. He had an unwavering commitment to Jesus Christ. He received many accolades during his lifetime, yet he was never boastful about his achievements. He will be deeply missed.

Visiting hours will be held today, Feb. 28, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Farrell Funeral Home, 684 State St., Portsmouth, N.H.

The funeral service will be held Wednesday, Feb. 29, at 11 a.m. at the Eliot Baptist Church, Route 236, Eliot, Maine. Family flowers only please.