Irene F. (Mikolowsky) Abraitis, 95 of Manchester, wife of the late Victor C. Abraitis, passed away on Friday, (August 12, 2011). Irene was born in Hartford, CT on April 10, 1916 to Alexander and Sophie (Werner) Mikolowsky. She was raised in East Granby and has been a Manchester resident since 1934. Irene owned and operated Billie's Beauty Shop at the former Depot Square in the north end of Manchester during the late 1930's and then had a career with the former CT. General Life Insurance Company (now CIGNA) for over twenty years. Over the years she has enjoyed duckpin bowling, knitting, playing cards, and being a member of the formerManchester Women's Club and a longtime parishioner of St. James Church. Irene will be dearly missed by her family and her longtime and close friends. She was a devoted mother and grandmother to her loving family, daughter Susan Biuso and her husband Jack of Manchester, and granddaughters Alison Biuso of Singapore and Emily Biuso and her husband Kevin McCarthy of Brooklyn, NY.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, August 17, at 9:15 a.m. at the Holmes Funeral Home, 400 Main Street, Manchester with a Mass of Christian Burial to be held at 10 a.m. at St. James Church, 896 Main Street, Manchester. Burial will follow in the East Cemetery in Manchester. Visiting hours are Tuesday, Aug. 16, from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Manchester Area Conference of Churches (M.A.C.C.), PO Box 3804, Manchester, CT 06045-3804 or the Emergency Pantry-M.A.C.C., Box 773, Manchester, CT 06040. To sign the online guest book please visit

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Holmes Funeral Home
400 Main Street Manchester, CT 06040
(860) 643-2441

Published in The Hartford Courant on Aug. 14, 2011