Kimberly D. "Bubbles" MICHALEK
MICHALEK - Kimberly D. "Bubbles" Of Anchorage, AK, formerly from Orchard Park, entered into rest August 6, 2015, beloved daughter of Diane M. (nee Kowalczyk) and the late Raymond W. Michalek; dear sister of Brian Michalek; loving granddaughter of Charlotte (late Raymond) Michalek and late Bronislaus and Dorothy Kowalczyk; cherished by many aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends. Relatives and friends may visit the LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME (Southtowns Chapel), 3060 Abbott Rd. near Lake Ave. on Friday, August 14 from 4-7 PM. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated in Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, 3148 Abbott Rd. near Lake Ave. on Saturday morning, August 15 at 10 o'clock. (Please assemble at church). Online condolences may be made at

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Dear Mrs Michalek and Brian,
My son Rafique and Brian were planning to meet in Bali on August 1st. My family was in Thailand when Rafique heard the tragic news. While we did not know your daughter we were all shocked and saddened that such a young and vibrant life had ended so suddenly. May you and your family be granted with strength at this hour of grief and sorrow. Our deepest condolences.
Sheila Jiwani and Family
August 14, 2015
My heart goes to your family in this difficult time. May your soul rest in peace. You will be sorely missed
Madalena Neto
August 14, 2015
My condolences to her family and her many, many friends. I admired her spirit and love of life. She will be missed.
Amy from NJ
August 14, 2015
Prayers for the family. She will be missed.
Stacey Balcom
August 14, 2015
Our deepest condolences to Kim's family and all of those lucky enough to have met her.

Kim was a beautiful soul, full of love and laughter. Always had a smile and a story to tell. We were fortunate to have met her and will surely miss her.
Alma & Nate Wilson
August 14, 2015
Dear Diane & family, I was so shocked and saddened when I heard the news of your daughters passing. My sincere thoughts and prayers are with you and yours at this difficult time.
Bonnie Ralyea
August 13, 2015
Bubbles was a bright and generous young woman. I will never forget her. For her family I want to tell them that she had so many friends from many states that loved her.

Linda H5
August 13, 2015
We are so sorry to hear about Kim. We met her in Soyo, and she was a joy to everyone around her. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Craig and Kris Bloomer
August 12, 2015
My sincere condolences to Kim's family and loved ones. She was such a wonderful person and a very competent colleague. She will be very much missed.
Joe Creagh
August 12, 2015
Our deepest sympathies to Michalek family. Kim was such a happy and beautiful person and will be missed by all her Soyo friends, co-workers and community.
In this time of sorrow, mixed with gratitude for the sheer joy of kim's life, please know we are with you.
Sandra and Eric Dunning
August 12, 2015
A dear friend and colleague who's personality could lift eveyone's spitrits, and who will be sadly missed. Our deepest condolences to all the family.
Peter Tait
August 12, 2015

Thanks for the friendship, adventures, and memories.

Truly amazing that you could so easily fill up the pages of passport with adventure while waiting for the agents to attach a few more pages to your book.

I look forward to hearing about your next adventures whether they be quantum tunneling, riding comets, dodgeball with the asteroids....

You are so genuine and one of a kind, and definitely going to be missed.
Carl Hall
August 11, 2015
My deepest condolences. I remember meeting Bubbles at ESF and I will always remember how sweet she was-- always smiling. Although I have not seen her in years, following her adventures has kept her close.
Allison Sacerdote-Velat
August 11, 2015
With heart felt sympathy for Kim's Family.
I had a pleasure to meet Kim while vacationing in St Lucia this past January 2015. We met while taking a beach walk one day during our trip. Within moments we were having a discussion like we new each other for years. Coincidently we were born on the same day. Our Polish heritage brought the conversation to food, traditions she remembered and cherished. We both were planning to meet in Poland one day in the near future. I will remember this very sweet and loving person, and always be grateful for meeting her. We stayed in touch until her day of arrival to Australia. May she rest in peace.
Agnieszka Timbro
August 11, 2015
I will always be better for having known you, my friend. I only wish you didn't have to leave so soon.

"May your soul and spirit fly into the mystic"
Liam Gillespie
August 11, 2015
Diane and Brian:
Pittsburgh has you in our thoughts and prayers. May God hold you in the palm of His hand during this difficult time. (Scott Sherwin's parents)
Dave & Mary Sherwin
August 11, 2015
Bubbles, we will all miss you. Your warm
spirit and enjoyment of life were a gift to
everyone who were lucky enough to have met
Ellen and John Hofler
Ellen and John Hofler
August 11, 2015
Had the opportunity to work with Kim here in Soyo. Very bright and cheerful lady, always enjoyed seeing her around the plant and in camp. Prayers to Kim's family.
Richard Davis
August 11, 2015
Mr and Mrs Michalek, I would like to express my condolence, I know that nothing that we may say or write will repair your painful, but for now it is all I have, your daughter will be missed here in Angola, Soyo and I believe that will too at all places where she has been.
Celso Paulo
August 11, 2015
I remember my first encounter with Kim, I needed assistance with some paperwork and she gladly offered to help me to the best of her knowledge, in her I saw a person full of life, kindness and love for fellow beings, the world has become one side darker because a bright lamp has departed. Rest in Peace Kim.
August 11, 2015
Kim Rest In Peace.
Carla Costa
August 11, 2015
Turtle Girl, I sure will miss hearing "Bom dia como estas"? I walk into the office and look to my right hoping to see you there. Now I look and only see your belonging. Still can't believe your gone. Rest in Peace
Catarina De Castro
August 11, 2015
My deep felt condolences to Kim's family. I'm so very sorry for your loss.
Roseane Correa
August 11, 2015
Jean Brody
August 11, 2015
My condolences to the family and friends of Kimberly.

Met Kim in Soyo Angola and as much as she was outgoing and very sociable, she was also well respected as a professional in her field and always very passionate about her work.

She has left a gap here with the various groups in Soyo and more so the Trinidadians as she was dubbbed an "honourary Trini".

Kim learnt to play "all fours" (a Trinidadian card game) and sure enough, she was beating the rest of us with a smile.

Cheers!! as we will always raise a "Nocal" to you in honour of your friendship.

Rest in peace Kim as you memories will continue to live on with us...
August 11, 2015
Jeffrey Boodoo
August 11, 2015
Our deep felt condolences to Kim's family. We had the pleasure of having Kim as our renter for several years in Anchorage. We looked forward to catching up on her grand adventures when she did come back home from time to time. We cherish memories of sharing meals while basking in the glow of her laugh. She spoke so fondly of her family and her many friends throughout the world. She was one of a kind and will be sorely missed. Until we meet again my friend.
Verna and Frank Loosli
August 11, 2015
Bubbles was always the friendlist person in the crowd, the funniest person in the room, and the warmest person in the group. We are all blessed to have known her friendship.
Stephen Dahl
August 10, 2015
Diane and Brian,
I'm so very sorry for your loss. Kim was a true and treasured friend to me and I will miss her terribly. The world was a better place because of her. My love and prayers to you both...
Chandra Holmes-Darrow
August 10, 2015
I have fond memories of Bubbles from the times we spend together in Lisbon. I will sorely miss you. Amazing and kind human being.
Pedders d'Assumpção
August 10, 2015
Mrs. Michalek, Brian and family,
My condolence to your family. Kim will be forever missed!
August 10, 2015
My deepest sympathies to Kim's family. I knew her as Bubbles and we met at OTR. She was such a happy, loving, and joyous person to know.
Renzy Neffshade
August 10, 2015
Kim, you will be missed by everyone who ever crossed your path. My deepest condolences to your family and all who loved you!
Kerry Rodgers
August 10, 2015
Bubbles had a great spirit and joy in her heart that was contagious whether you wanted to catch it or not!!I loved hearing your stories.If anyone can give them a little joyful hell up there it's you!!Hope your family know how much joy you bought to others sharing what you were most passionate about. Hope you'll have new stories to share when we meet again one day. God bless.
Heidi Stankavish
August 10, 2015
Hey Bubz, do like you always do, when you see the sign that says Do Not Cross into the light, Go, and cross over! You earned it and we will rest easier!
Rick Braun
August 10, 2015
Our deepest sympathies to Kim's family and friends. Her sudden passing is such a shock. Soyo will not be the same. I will miss my poker partner and Portuguese teacher. She always had a smile on her face and amazing stories of her adventures all over the world. She packed a lot of life into her short time. Her Soyo family are heartbroken over the loss of such a wonderful friend.
Jean and Paul Brody
August 10, 2015
Joyce Tate
August 10, 2015
You will be missed by many. Aime and I always enjoyed the good times when our paths crossed.
Ed Rutledge
August 10, 2015
My deepest regret that we did not get to have the pleasure of Bubble's company for longer. We can only be thankful that she always lived life to the fullest, be grateful for the happiness she brought others, and pray that her indomitable spirit will still bless us even after she is gone.
Sonya Erickson
August 10, 2015
Joyce Tate
August 10, 2015
Our condolences go out to Kim's family. Jan and I became friends with Kim while we were living in Soyo, Angola. She definitely will be sorely missed, and may God bless your family.
Andy & Jan Vaughan
August 10, 2015
My deepest sympathies to Kim's family. She was such a wonderful person and I am glad I had the chance to know her. She will never be forgotten, since she left such an impression on everyone she met.
August 10, 2015
A unique and super jovial person that we will surely, surely miss in Soyo and beyond!!! R.I.P our wonderful comrade.
Sheldon Lalchan
August 10, 2015
To the Michalek family,

Word cannot express the deep sorrow in my heart for each of you in the loss of Kim (Bubbles). My heartfelt sympathy and condolences are extended to the family for your loss.

I met and worked with Bubbles in Soyo, Angola, and spent many of my days and weekends with her hanging out, BBQ, shopping for African material, art and crafts.

Bubbles smile, hearty laughter and adventure stories kept us laughing and appreciating her sense of humor. Bubbles will be missed by many, but not forgotten.

Soyo will not be the same without Bubbles, but I know Heaven have received an angel that will not let anyone rest.

May God grant you comfort, peace,strength and joy during the difficult days ahead.

Joyce Tate - Soyo, Angola
August 10, 2015
Our heartfelt condolences to Kim's mother, Diane, her brother, Brian, and all of her family and many friends.Jeff and I met Kim in Soyo, Angola and were blessed to have her as a friend.Her enthusiasm for life and adventure was contagious.She brought joy and laughter to all around her.Her Soyo family will miss her dearly. However, we know that she is in heaven making it a brighter and happier place like she did here for all of us. May all of our hearts be filled with joyful memories of great times spent with Kim.May God bless you, Kim.
Ana & Jeff Barker
August 10, 2015
Kimberly ...your candle burnt so bright. You lived your dreams! You followed your adventures. You will be missed.
Danie Williams
August 10, 2015
I'm so sorry about your lose. Kimberly was a great person. I remember coming up to your house to play with her when I was younger. My heart goes out to her mother Diane and brother Brian.
Julie (Schaefer) Kelly
August 10, 2015