SHREWSBURY – Thomas A. Mikolajczak, 97, formerly of Dudley, died Monday, July 22, at Shrewsbury Nursing & Rehabilitation Center after a period of declining health. His wife of 74 years, Florence R. (Mroczek) Mikolajczak, died in 2016 and his daughter, Linda Pellegrini, died in 1996.
He leaves two grandchildren, Kenneth J. Diaz and his wife Joan of Shrewsbury, and Susan Zawacki and her husband Mitchell of Bristol, Conn.; great-grandchildren, Arielle Bocanegra, Max Diaz and Isaac Diaz; and several nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by four brothers, Adolph, John, Nicholas and Joseph Mikolajczak, and by three sisters, Bernice Drescher, Loretta Kwasniewski and Mary Levitre.
He was born and raised in Dudley, a son of Stanislaus and Bridget (Rybacki) Mikolajczak and lived there all his life before moving to Shrewsbury a few years ago.
He was a World War II United States Marine Corps veteran, serving as a corporal in the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre; He saw combat in Saipan and Iwo Jima.
Mr. Mikolajczak was a jet test operator at Pratt-Whitney Aircraft Company in East Hartford for 35 years before retiring in 1987.
He was a member of Saint Andrew Bobola Church in Dudley and the Auburn-Webster Lodge of Elks No. 2118. His favorite activities were riding his motorcycle and boating on Webster Lake, and more recently playing pool with his great-grandsons.
The funeral will be held Monday, July 29, from the Sitkowski & Malboeuf Funeral Home, 340 School Street, Webster, with a Mass at 10:30 a.m. in Saint Andrew Bobola Church, 54 West Main Street, Dudley. Burial will be in Saint Joseph Garden of Peace, Webster with full military honors. Visitation will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday in the funeral home, prior to the Mass. Donations in his name may be made to the Webster-Dudley Veterans Council, 3 Veterans Way, Webster, MA 01570.