Laura Mikolajczyk


Laura (Domanski) Mikolajczyk, age 97, a longtime resident of Paterson, NJ passed away on Friday, November 22, 2019 at Regency Nursing Home in Wayne.  Born in Jersey City, NJ on May 13, 1922, she was one of four children of Antonina and Julian Domanski.  Both parents immigrated to America from Poland in the early 1900s.  Her siblings preceded her in death, brothers Stanley and William, and sister Genevieve.  She was married to her late husband Joseph for 52 years before his passing in 1995.  Laura is survived by her three children, Constance and Joanne both of Fair Lawn, NJ and son Tom and wife Kathleen of Sarasota, FL.  She is also survived by a grandson, Blake Mikol of Chicago, IL.

A faithful and longtime parishioner of St. Stephen Church in Paterson, she was active in the Mother’s Guild, Rosary Altar Society, Senior Leisure Club as well as a frequent host of the annual women’s fashion show.  With her life deeply rooted in her Polish heritage, she maintained a lifelong correspondence with relatives in Poland, visiting Poland with her parents as a child and again in celebration of her 40th wedding anniversary.  She frequently sent packages to family members when Poland was under the control of the Soviet Union.

A gracious and kind woman, she rarely if ever had a negative thing to say about anyone.  In a disturbing situation, she would give a half-smile and a tilt of her head, displaying a composure admired by many.  She was known for her dedication to family and faith, demonstrating a work ethic and sincere demeanor to friends and family alike.  Working part-time for years while raising a family, she instilled values that created a lasting impression on all.  We will miss her culinary skill and her delicacies including stuffed cabbage, potato salad, prune donuts and Polish soups. 

The family will receive relatives and friends Tuesday, November 26, 2019, 2-4 & 7-9 pm at Vander Plaat-Caggiano Funeral Home, 13-31 Saddle River Road, Fair Lawn, NJ.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, November 27, 2019, 10 am at St. Stephen Church, 86 Martin Street, Paterson, NJ 07501.  Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in North Arlington.  In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Laura’s favorite saint, or St. Stephen Church would be appreciated.

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I remember Laura well when we lived in Chicago (back in the 90's). We would go grocery shopping together for all that delicious food she cooked while in town. She insisted on going to iHop for breakfast before hand though-it was hard to say no to her :). We had good quality times together with great conversation. She was a lovely, sweet lady. Our prayers are with all of the Mikol family. God bless you.
Carla Barnett
Beautifully written. My Cioci is now reunited with her family who passed before her their final destinations. Sending my love sympathy to the surviving family ~~~
Nancy Dello Stritto
Rest in Peace, Laura. She was a lovely woman.
Kelly Jeanne Symons
Joanne and Connie, you wrote a beautiful obituary! We will miss Cioci Wladzia dearly. See you Tuesday. xo
Jennifer Van Blarcom
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