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Peter J Michalski

Born: Tue., Nov. 1, 2005
Died: Fri., Aug. 9, 2019


10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Fri., Aug. 16, 2019
Location: Sacred Heart

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 AM Fri., Aug. 16, 2019
Location: Sacred Heart

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On August 9, at about 3 AM, Peter Joseph Michalski passed away at the age of 13. 


Peter was born November 1, 2005, to Chris and Kathryn Michalski. Peter was preparing to enter seventh grade this year at Sacred Heart School in Oxford, PA, with his 10-year old brother Dominic. This would have been their first school experience having been home-schooled in part due to Peter’s frequent medical travel and a compromised immune system. His constant companion and best friend, Dominic, was looking forward to accompanying his big brother on this new adventure. 


Peter's life-long medical and hospital journey began at four months old with three emergency admittances and nearly a year-long hospital stay. He had multiple major surgeries in that time related to his liver and intestines and resulting complications. There were many more subsequent operations and procedures in the years following, along with several years of in-home nursing care and therapies.


Peter’s medical care was transferred from Philadelphia to Boston Children’s Hospital after more than half a year inpatient in order to be part of a trial therapy with Omegaven, an innovative lipid therapy for those requiring IV nutrition. His ongoing care and hospitalizations required travel to Boston every six to eight weeks with the doctors, nurses, and support staff becoming his friends and a caring extended family.  


Peter’s great interest in life was the globe he wished to eventually travel. Early on, places and cultures captured his imagination and through a continual study of maps and atlases, he achieved a starling mastery. He visited places vicariously through the trips of others and their photos, inquiring of details with probing questions about the number of floors in a particular building, whether they had seen a prominent landmark, and of course, what they ate along the way. He had committed to memory the nations of the world, the capitals, notable architecture, and an array of facts to such an extent, that, though an unlikely contender with his disarming playful and cheerful manner, he handily won a geography bee in Chester County. 


But, it was people he really loved, and it was hard not to love Peter back. He had an authentic interest in others and would never tire of another person’s presence. He made everyone feel like they were interesting and worth listening to. He wanted people to know him, who he was, and what excited him about life and the world that many take for granted. As someone from Boston Children's Hospital noted, he was like the Mayor of the hospital, everyone knew him and faces lit up as he would recall the details from the last time they talked, beaming with a wide genuine smile. 


He touched the lives of all who encountered him including people around the world who were aware of his illness and who sent prayers and support. 


As Peter was being wheeled into what would have been a multi-organ transplant surgery that never had a chance to proceed in full, he was chatting with the doctors and nurses about where they might be traveling next. He was happy and excited going into surgery, he had no fear, he was not in pain, and most importantly, he was at peace with God surrounded by his family and many others who loved him. 


Peter was the fourth of five children to Chris and Kathryn—James, Elizabeth, John, and Dominic—grandparents Jan and Terry, grandmother Nancy, grandfather Richard and step-grandmother Mary-Ann, many aunts, uncles, and cousins. 


He will be deeply missed. Peter Joseph, pray for us. 


In lieu of flowers, donations to the Oley Foundation in memory of Peter would be appreciated. The Oley Foundation is a large support network for people who depend upon IV nutrition and/or enteral tube feeding, of which Peter depended for most of his life. Peter found great pleasure in  attending one of their annual conferences last year, and meeting dozens of other people on IV/tube feeding, just like himself. https://oley.org/donations/donate.asp?id=8905


A funeral Mass for Peter will be held on August 16th, at Church of the Sacred Heart, 203 Church Rd, Oxford, PA 19363. There will be a public viewing from 10 -11AM with Mass immediately following.

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Jeremy and Kara Beer
   Posted Mon August 12, 2019
Chris and Kathryn -- Peter was (is) an incredible person with an incredible spirit. And you were (are) incredible parents to him. Our prayers are with you.

Lora Brecker
   Posted Mon August 12, 2019
Dear Chris, Kathryn, James, Elizabeth, John, and Dominic,

I am so very sorry for your tragic loss. Although I never met Peter, this beautiful obituary describes a boy who deeply enriched the lives of those who were blessed to know him, especially his family. You are in my prayers.

Love, Lora

Kim and Jeff Reynolds and Family
   Posted Mon August 12, 2019
We love all of the fun times we have had with Peter and his family. Peter always had a big smile on his face and brightened each day. What a blessing it has been spending time with such a special, nice boy. While we will miss Peter terribly, we will cherish all of the happy memories. God Bless the Michalski family. Always in our prayers. We love you.

Joanne RN
   Posted Tue August 13, 2019
An absolutely beautiful tribute to the happiest, brightest, sweetest soul to grace the halls of Boston Children's Hospital. Family was THE most important piece of his life and soul. He shined with love and joy even when he felt crummy. He always had a positive attitude and greeted everyone with his inquisitive personality that made us all feel important and special to him. Peter's family gave him a beautiful quality of life that made his too short life joyful. We will miss all of you and pray for you to find strength in your countless memories. Thank you for making me feel special, Petey!

Christina Rock
   Posted Tue August 13, 2019
Kathryn, Chris, and family,

We are so very sorry for your great loss, and consider ourselves blessed to have known Peter. He had a smile that touched hearts directly; so full of love, a true, and unconditional love. What a gift you gave us all by raising such a beautiful soul. Your dedication and loving care of Peter is such a witness to those of us blessed by your family, and your friendship. We will treasure the wonderful memories, especially the fun times we shared together this summer. May God be with you all during this difficult time.
With love and prayers,
Patrick, Christina and Family

Jennifer Johnson Cormier
   Posted Wed August 14, 2019
Sending our heartfelt condolences to you and your family.
Much Love, Jenn, Dave, Kendall and Saran

   Posted Thu August 15, 2019
Chris, Kathryn, and family - My deepest condolences on your loss. I met Peter at an outing years ago and remember the wonderful smile he had. The story of his life is incredible and I will continue to pray for him and the whole Michalski family. Sincerely, Jonathan

Carolyn "Lynn" Klika
   Posted Sat August 17, 2019
Dear Chris and family,

My deep and sincere condolences on the loss of your dear son, Peter. Although I never had the opportunity to meet Peter, I witnessed your heroic living out of your family life and your love and care for Peter. My prayers are with you as I pray for his soul and for your healing and peace in this difficult time. Blessings, Carolyn

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