Michael Terpak, 80, passed away on Saturday, July 4, 2020, at Heritage Hall in Leesburg, Virginia. Born in Carbondale, Pennsylvania, on May 21, 1940, he was the son of the late Michael S. Terpak and the late Stasia (Lisowski) Terpak.
Mike graduated from Fell Township High School in 1957 and received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1961. He was awarded a Masters Degree with honors in Economics from Pennsylvania State University and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from George Mason University.
Mike retired from the District of Columbia government in December 1997 after nearly 32 years as a Budget Analyst, and held analyst positions in the public and private sectors before and after his service with the D.C. government.
Mike married Mary Louise Burke on December 30, 1965, in Quincy, Massachusetts. Mary and Mike lived on Capitol Hill in the District before moving to their small farm near Lovettsville, VA. From the late 1960’s until two years before his passing Mike spent much of his time restoring the farm and late 18th-century farmhouse and tending to their dogs, cats and horses. He enjoyed fishing, bird watching, gardening, history and mystery novels. He was thoughtful and funny and got along with everyone.
Mike is survived by his wife Mary; sisters, Louise Sterner of Vienna, VA, and Frances Terpak of Sherman Oaks, CA; son, Stephen M. Terpak of Springfield, VA; daughter, Ellen M. Dague of Alexandria, VA; and two grandchildren, Sofia Terpak and Max Dague. He is also survived by two nieces and a nephew; a grandniece and grandnephew; and several cousins.
A private graveside service will be held at Hillsboro Cemetery. Memorial contributions to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741 would be greatly appreciated.
Condolences may be sent to P.O. Box 198, Lovettsville, VA 20180 or online to www.loudounfuneralchapel.com.