(What's a 'mikearonica'?)

       The Mike Aronica Bicycle Club was a shadowy group formed in the 1970's, for unknown purposes.  Its leader, Michael "Mike" Aronica was sometimes called 'the captain without a ship', and the club's members were called 'bikers without bikes'.  Although the group participated in some public service activities like the March of Dimes Benefit Ride of April 1978, pictured above, it is believed that this was a cover-up for secret trips to Allegany State Park, Watkins Glen, and even Cape Cod.  It is said that the group practiced some sort of weird worship of Perry Como.
        If you have photos of the group's activities, or of its junior members, or any photos of the club members' present condition or knowledge of their whereabouts, please contact the webmaster.

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Trudi & Mike Aronica Kathy, Becky, Lisa, Amy & Lori Angela

Allegany State Park ~ late 1970s

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Donna Lewandowski & MIke Aronica Mrs. "A. Ronica"

Christmas at the Coniglios ~ about 1977

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Donna & Greg Lewandowski

At JoAnne Aronica's wedding, 3007

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THE BUFFALO NEWS
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Copyright 2012 by the Buffalo News

Deaths

Michael J. Aronica, science teacher, coach

ARONICA - Michael J. August 8, 2012, beloved husband and soul mate of Trudi (nee Genco) Aronica; beloved father of Michael (Mary) Aronica, MD, Lynn-Marie (Michael Cummings, MD) Aronica, MD, and Jo-Anne (Kenneth) Yermak; loving Papa of Meghan, Madeline, Marykate, Matthew, Jack, Samantha, Hayden and Mikenna; son of the late Calogera (nee DiNatale) and Calogero Aronica; brother of Theresa (late Paul) Burgio, Marianne (late Salvatore) DiMarco, James (late Marie) Aronica, the late Sarah Aronica, late Mary (James) Barba and the late Joseph (late Marlene) Aronica; brother-in-law of Salvatore (Dolores) Genco, Marilyn (Sal) Amico and the late Josephine Timineri Moran; also survived by many nieces and nephews, and loving and loyal pet Yogi. Family present on Thursday from 3-8 PM at the PERNA, DENGLER, ROBERTS FUNERAL HOME, 1671 Maple Rd., Williamsville. Family and friends are asked to assemble for a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated on Friday at 9:30 AM at St. Benedict's RC Church. Many thanks to the healthcare providers who gave him their undivided support and love. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Michael's name may be made to the Michael Aronica Scholarship Fund, c/o Sweet Home Dollars for Scholars, 1901 Sweet Home Rd., Amherst, NY 14228 or Hospice Buffalo. Michael was a member of the Holy Name Society at St. Benedict's Church. On line condolences may be offered at www.DenglerRobertsPernaFuneral.com

 

Michael J. Aronica, who taught science and coached several sports in the Sweet Home School District, died Wednesday in his Clarence home. He was 73.

The Buffalo native attended Seneca Vocational High School.

After graduation, he worked as a truck driver while attending college part time at the University of Buffalo, eventually earning both bachelor’s and master’s degrees.


He taught 26 years in the Sweet Home district – at both the junior and senior high school, where he also coached softball, indoor track and cross country.

In 1994, he was named high school cross country coach of the year by WKBW-TV.

Mr. Aronica was involved in teaching young athletes going back at least 50 years, having coached Catholic Youth Organization softball, as well as Connie Mack Little League softball and baseball, and serving on the group’s board of directors.

Mr. Aronica was an avid cyclist for decades. He was a participant in the 1987 Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, a seven-day bicycle ride.

He also participated in the Ride for Roswell several times and American Lung Association cycling events and was president of the “Mike Aronica Bike Club,” a group of friends who got together regularly to ride bikes.

An active member of St. Benedict Catholic Church in Eggertsville, Mr. Aronica was a lector and part of the parish council and Holy Name Society. He was named St. Benedict Teacher of the Year for his religious education teaching in the early 1980s.

Mr. Aronica also enjoyed making wine in his basement and loved traveling with his family. He visited 49 states, most of the Canadian provinces, Europe, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Trudi; a son, Dr. Michael; two daughters Dr. Lynn-Marie and Jo-Anne Yermak; two sisters, Theresa Burgio and Marianne DiMarco; and a brother, James.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Friday in St. Benedict Church, 1317 Eggert Road at Main Street, Eggertsville.

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       Mike Aronica will always be my ideal of a father, teacher, and friend.  His smiling face, his enthusiasm for the things and people he loved, and his disdain for anything phony will stay in my memory as reminders of his exemplary life. 

       I know I speak for all the members of the Mike Aronica Bicycle Club when I say, "Rest in peace, Mike: you'll be sorely missed, and forever remembered." ~ Ange Coniglio

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Last revision: 03 September 2016 ~ Angelo F. Coniglio, ConiglioFamily@aol.com

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