Leocadia Michalak, 89
Worcester – Leocadia Magdalena “Lucy” Michalak, 89, formerly of Shrewsbury, died peacefully Monday, Aug. 12, 2013 in the Jewish Health Care Center, Worcester, after a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease.
Lucy leaves her husband of 66 years, Edward F. Michalak; a son, Daniel D. Michalalk of Canajoharie, N.Y.; a daughter, Linda M. Palmerino and her husband Gregory of Sturbridge; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her great-granddaughter, Megan Angie Fair; her two sisters, Sophie R. “Rita” Gurnick and Helen E. Hebb; and three brothers, Alphonse Jacobs, Joseph Jacobs, and Frank Jakubowicz.
She was born April 12, 1924 in Worcester, the daughter of the late Stephanie (Zdanowicz) and Paul Jakubowicz. She graduated from fanning trade high school. She was a nurse's aide at the Old Saint Vincent's Hospital and later worked in a factory on the war effort for World War II. She married her husband Edward Sept. 14, 1946.
Lucy was a member of St. Anne's Church in Shrewsbury and a devoted catholic. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was always there for her family and did everything for them.
Lucy was an accomplished seamstress, and enjoyed gardening, cooking, polka dancing, and the ocean. She was a kind, gentle, and patient woman. She welcomed everyone into her home and into her heart.
Our family would like to thank all the staff at the Jewish Healthcare and Hospice center, especially to all the staff on the 5th floor for your kind, compassionate and loving care everyone gave to our mother, her family. The love shines from all of you for the residents and their families. We will miss all of you.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend visiting hours Friday, Aug. 16, from 5 – 8 p.m., at the Britton-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, 648 Main St., Shrewsbury. Her funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, Aug. 17, at 11 a.m., in St. Anne's Church, 130 Boston Turnpike Rd., Shrewsbury. Burial will follow in Mountain View Cemetery, Shrewsbury.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Lucy to the Jewish Healthcare Center, 629 Salisbury St., Worcester, MA 01609.
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