MERIDEN - Stacia (Stella) Skotnicki Mikishka, 90, died peacefully in her sleep, 7:30, Friday morning, June 7, 2013 at the Masonic Hospice, Wallingford. She was born in Meriden, July 17, 1922, and was a lifelong resident of the city. She graduated from St. Stanislaus Parochial School in 1936, and Meriden High School, class of 1940.
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In 1975, Stella retired from New Departure-Hyatt division of General Motors. She was a member of U.A.W. No. 987.
Stella was a lifelong parishioner of St. Stanislaus Church, as were her parents Alexandra and Francis Skotnicki. She served as an elected member of the Parish Council, and also served on the Executive Board as Recording Secretary from 1979-1981. She was honored to be chosen President of the St. Stanislaus Ladies' Guild, and served as an ex-officio member of the Parish Council from 1982-1983. She was a member of the St. Hedwig Society, and a member of the Meriden-Wallingford Council of Catholic Women. For five years, Stella was a lector for Polish language masses.
Predeceased by her beloved husband, Michael Mikishka, Stella is survived by her only child, Patricia Mikishka. Other survivors are nieces Valerie Bubon of Meriden, and Amelia (Millie) Bergeron of Sugar Loaf, Pennsylvania, as well as great nieces Lisa Bergeron, Michele Bergeron, Amy Bergeron, great nephew Gerard Bergeron, and great niece Heather Ann Macre. She was predeceased by niece Christine (Tina Cichowski) Macre, and great nephew Thomas Bergeron. Stella was also predeceased by her five beloved sisters: Mary Ann (Mamie) Cichowski, Eva Szela, Sister Mary Viventia Skotnicki, Sister Mary Emilie Skotnicki, and Helen Bubon.
A tender story of love and commitment began when Mom was 19 years old. She met Michael at New Departure where they both worked. They began dating, and she could never think of anyone else! With the outbreak of World War II, Dad left to serve in the Coast Guard, November 5, 1941, but first, he asked Stella to marry him. Mom waited and prayed for his safe return. They married February 16, 1946, and built a home in Meriden.
Mom was very proud of her Polish heritage, speaking the language fluently, cooking Polish food, singing folk songs and doing folk art. Most memorable for mother and daughter was a cultural tour of Poland. They returned with books, folk art, and memories to last a lifetime.
Mom loved all kinds of music, and played violin as a child. When Pat began violin lessons, she played her mother's instrument.
Mom loved animals as much as music. During her retirement, her Doberman pinscher, "Toby Doby" was the affectionate, playful, four-footed love of her life.
Mom also enjoyed crafts and crocheting, creating afghans and decorative items for the home and as gifts.
As the years passed, a fondness for music, animals, and home bonded the family. When Dad died, (Feb. 28, 2009), they had just celebrated 63 years of marriage.
As a young woman, Mom had waited for Dad's safe return. Now, she was sure he was waiting for her in heaven. She could never think of anyone else! The marriage vow says, "till death do us part," but for Mom, it was, "in death we shall be together again." - The love story of Stella and Mike continues for eternity in heaven.
As her primary caregiver, her daughter would like to thank all the compassionate people of Masonicare, especially: nurses Gina Sulla, Linda Hill, Patricia Santangelo, Bill Hormuzdiar, as well as Jean Morris, Fran Cohen and Patricia Newell. Pat also extends her gratitude to Hunter's Unit 128, and especially, to her cousin, Valerie Bubon. For online condolences, please visit www.jferryfh.com.
John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home
88 East Main Street Meriden, CT 06450
Published in The Record-Journal on June 23, 2013