KENSINGTON - Catherine (Kotyk) Kerelejza, 94, of Kensington, widow of Stephen A. Kerelejza, passed away Monday, May 21, 2012, at her home.
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Born in New Britain, daughter of the late Anthony and Anna (Maxim) Kotyk, she lived in Kensington since 1951. Catherine was a member of St. Mary Ukrainian Orthodox Church in New Britain; was a member of the St. Olga Sisterhood and the church choir. She was involved in many church activities including Bundles for Ukraine; embroidering clothing for Ukrainian dolls; bread and pirogy making; as well as making intricately decorated Ukrainian Easter eggs. She was a wonderful gardener with two green thumbs.
Surviving is her son, Stephen Kerelejza and his wife, Barbara, of Plantsville; a daughter, Maryann Dolling and her husband, Ulf, of Westfield, N.J.; a sister, Elizabeth "Betty" Cherpack, of Southington; four grandchildren, Jacqueline Dingle and her husband, Jonathan, of Meriden; Major Stephen J. Kerelejza and his wife, Misha, USAF Stationed in Germany; Stephan Dolling and his wife, Charlotte, of Westfield, N.J.; and Klaus Dolling, of Honolulu, Hawaii; ten great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Besides her husband Stephen, she was predeceased by six brothers and sisters, Mary Tronsky, Julia Gerent, John Kotyk, Walter Kotyk, Stella Kobela and Anna Kozlowski.
Funeral services are Friday 10 a.m. at St. Mary Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 54 Winter St., New Britain. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Calling hours are Thursday 5 to 8 p.m. at Carlson Funeral Home, 45 Franklin Square, New Britain. A Panakhyda Service will be conducted during calling hours at 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bundles for Ukraine, c/o St. Mary Ukrainian Orthodox Church or to VITAS Hospice Charitable Fund, 628 Hebron Ave., Building 2, Suite 300, Glastonbury, CT 06033.
Published in The Record-Journal on May 23, 2012