Paul Michael Slebodnik

January 26, 1940 - January 4, 2019
Paul Michael Slebodnik

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Paul Michael Slebodnik, age 78, of Wilmington, passed away on Friday, January 4, 2019, at his home.

He was born in Uniontown, PA., on January 26, 1940, the son of Paul and Anna Haragos Slebodnik.

Paul is survived by his beloved wife Kathleen “Kitty” Boland, whom he married on January 16, 1987; his children, Paul “Buster” Slebodnik and wife Lourdes, Kelly Schaefer and husband Eric, Stepdaughter Paula Rogers and husband Jay; Brother Larry Slebodnik and wife Georgiana; Grandchildren, Ashley Starkey, Jamie Whittimore, Jeremy Whittimore and Justin Rogers; Great Grandchildren Annalyse Starkey, Chelsea Whittimore, Caroline Starkey and Lucas Starkey; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his Sister Delores Burda and Brother Joe Slebodnik and Stepson Jesse Whittimore.

Paul was a proud member of the Marine Corps League #1070, Disabled American Veterans Chapter #11, New Hanover County Law Enforcement Officer Association (Gun Club) and the Federal Point Historic Preservation Society.

Paul worked as a Rigger in the Steel Mills in Cleveland, Ohio.

Paul served his country with honor and distinction as a Lance Corporal in the United States Marine Corps.

The family will receive friends at a visitation to be held on Thursday, January 10, 2019, from 6:00pm till 8:00pm at the Wilmington Funeral Chapel.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Friday, January 11, 2019, at 10:00am at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 6650 Carolina Beach Rd, Wilmington, NC 28412.

In recognition of Paul’s honorable and faithful service to his country, there will be a Rendering of Military Honors by the United States Marines Corps.

In lieu of flowers contributions to the Marine Corps League #1070, PO Box 15232 Wilmington, NC 28408 or the Help Center of Federal Point, Inc., PO Box 54 Carolina Beach, NC 28428, in memory of Paul, would be greatly appreciated.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S.41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403. 910.791.9099.

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Friday, January 11, 2019
10:00 AM

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Thursday, January 10, 2019
6:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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1535 South 41st Street
Wilmington, NC 28403

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  • January 07, 2019
    Brenda Marino says:
    I'm dearly sorry for your loss. The Bible tells of a time when death will be done away with and loved ones have the hope of being reunited. This brings me comfort, and II hope this will be a source of comfort for you. Revelation 21:4 says: “And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” John 5: 28,29

  • January 07, 2019
    nancy brown says:
    Sadie and I will greatly miss Paul. He was a kind and passionate man. He was always there for me when I needed something. May he rest in peace and always be in our hearts.

  • January 09, 2019
    pdavis says:
    My heartfelt sympathy for your loss. Please keep God close in prayer and may his loving kindness prove to be a comforter to you in your time of sorrow. May you look forward to the fulfillment of God's promise that there is going to be a resurrection of all whom Jehovah God hold's dear in his memory. Read about the resurrection hope at Acts 24:15 and Isaiah 26:19.

  • January 10, 2019
    Tim & Margie Ciotti says:
    Kitty, Kelly, Buster, Paula and family, our deepest condolences to all of you on Paul's passing. Paul was a wonderful person and along with Kitty they are like family to us. Always treated Tim like he was his brother...they had a very special bond which we will cherish forever in our hearts. We will miss all the great times we had together. Semper Fi Paul. Rest in peace!!

  • January 10, 2019
    Dave Chomanics says:
    Sorry for your loss Kelly and Eric. You will be in our prayers.