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Mieczyslaw "Mike" Kierklo

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KIERKLO, Mieczyslaw "Mike" Mieczyslaw "Mike" Kierklo, 84, died Tuesday, (March 23, 2004). He was born in District of Augustow, Poland. After trade school he worked in an Aircraft Establishment in Rzeszow, During the Red Army invasion he was wounded in an air raid and joined the Polish underground. He was arrested by Soviets and spent eight month in prison He was sentenced for eight years to a hard labor camp and released Oct. 15, 1941 after amnesty. He was evacuated to the Middle Ease and near East, South Africa, Brazil and then Scotland, where he joined the Polish Armed Forces under Allied command. He took part in the 1944-1945 campain of Western Europe, and fought in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. In 1947 returned to Great Britain and in 1954 emigrated with his family the United States. He retired from Exello Corp in 1982.He was a member of J. Pilsudski' Institute of New York; Polish American Congress in Connecticut; First Polish Armoured Divison Veterans Ass. of Chicago; Gen. Haller Post; Falcons Nest 88; and an Honorary member of Polonia Paderewski Choir. He was a great Author of several books like; " Wmoin Zwierciadle" "Wiersze Takie I Inne", "Rymowane Sciezki" and "I Skierki Ducha" he also published great many article in the Polish Press in the United States and Poland. He was known by many organizations as an active organizer and author of souvernir books "Pamietniki". He had a unique way with words and a special way with people; he was deeply respected by people from all walks of life, and had a special affection for children. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends and all who knew him. He is survived by his beloved wife of 25 years, Jolanta and his beloved son, Edward Kierklo and his fiancée, Joanna of California; a nephew, Anthony and Aleksandra Pietrusiewicz of Long Island; two sisters in Poland and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be on Saturday, March 27, at 10:15 a.m. from New Britain Memorial-Sagarino Funeral Home, 444 Farmington Ave.,New Britain followed by the funeral liturgy at 11 a.m. in Holy Cross Church. Burial will at the convenience of the family at Sacred Heart Cemetery. Friends, relatives and invited to pay their last respects TODAY from 5-8 p.m. at the New Britain Memorial Sagarino funeral home I-84, right off Exit #37, 1 1/2 miles on right. General Haller Post and Auxiliary will meet at the funeral home TODAY at 6 p.m. and the Polonia Paderewski at 7 p.m. Memorial donations to be made Holy Cross Church Building Fund or the Polish Book Collection at the New Britain Public Library. Please visit our on line memorial tribute at www.mem.com

Published in The Hartford Courant on Mar. 26, 2004
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