Michael Tomchany

Michael Tomchany entered into rest Sunday, April 12, 2009 at Hershey Medical Center. He was born in St. Clair, PA on October 10, 1931. He was the son of the late Charles and Mary Herman Tomchany.

He served in the United States Navy from 1949 to 1953. He was a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Drafting and Design and the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering.

He worked for the E.I. DuPont C o at the Louviers Building in Newark, Delaware and then for Armstrong World Industries, Inc. in the building Products Division as a Principal Project Engineer from 1964 to 1997. He was the Project Engineer on major building projects for Armstrong in Pittsburgh, Pa., Macon, GA, Pensacola, Fla, Munster, Westphalia, West Germany, Fulton, N.Y., St. Helen’s, Ore and Marietta PA.

He was a loving husband and Dad. He is survived by Irene, his wife of 54 years, and his son, Mark. He will never be forgotten.

He will be buried at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. There will be no viewing and all services are strictly private.

If desired, please make contributions in his memory to the Humane League of Lancaster, 2195 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602. Arrangements are by the Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home and Chapel. To send online condolences, please visit,

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Mike was a good engineer and friend. Always direct and to the point, but ready to get the job done. His work at building plants and capability at Armstrong’s ceiling plants leaves a lot of value. I am proud to be able to say that I knew and worked with Mike. God bless you.
Steve Senkowski, retired Executive VP, CEO Armstrong Building Products

Dear Irene
Please accept my sincere condolences. I knew Mike from our work together at Armstong from about 1973 until he retired. He was a great engineer who got Armstrong and the teams he worked with through many hard  projects . He had such a great sense of humor and could always lighten up the mood when we ran into difficult problems.  My prayers are with you and Mark .
John Garrick

Twenty years ago Mike was the Project Engineer for the St. Helens, Oregon Ceiling Plant.  As a young manager, he helped me not only by building a great facility but also by being a teacher.  Whenever I needed an explanation, he would take the time to walk around with me and share his extensive knowledge.  He loved building things and his skill at doing so is still evident here today. 

All of the St. Helens employees send their condolences to Mike’s family.  Please take some comfort in knowing that Mike will always be remembered in the highest regard by his co-workers.  He has left a physical legacy that we benefit from every day. 

Olivia D Stewart, Plant Manager, St. Helens Ceiling Plant

Dear Aunt Irene and Mark,
My deepest sympathy and Heart goes out to you both.   Uncle Mike always left a fond impression; he will be sorely missed.   Love NEVER passes, and I pray you find comfort in your memories and in the sure knowledge you will see him again, one day.
Light, Peace and Love,
Donna Adamson Curlis

Please accept my condolences.  World lost one of great engineer.  I met Mike 20 years ago at St. Helens plant, which he has built.  From the beginning Mike took me under his wing helping me to learn engineering designs and plant operation.  He was a great friend and a great mentor.  We will miss him.
Wes Gondek, Senior Scientist, Armstrong Building Products

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