Michalina Rafalko, née Mikos, died peacefully at home on October 9, 2017 in Southbury, CT at the age of 96.
Michalina is survived by her daughter, Theresa Cooling (Tom) of Southbury, CT, her Grandson, Jason Cooling (Tracy) of Middlebury, CT, her Granddaughter, Melissa Cooling-Akita (Tetsuro) of Okinawa Japan, her Brothers; Ed Mikos (Edna) of Barnegat, NJ, and Raymond Mikos of Port Charlotte, FL, her son-in law Arthur Ster, of East Brunswick, NJ, her great grandchildren , Hailey, Elisse, and Joseph Cooling of Middlebury , CT, and cousins, nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews located throughout the USA. She is preceded in death by her husband Edwin Rafalko, her daughter Judith Ster, her parents, Walter and Josephine Mikos, her sisters; Agnes Walsh, Helen Coleman, Julia Pearce, Lottie Grabowski, Betty Krevis, and brothers; Alex, John, and Charles.
Michalina was born on September 11, 1921 in Harrison, NJ to Walter Mikos and Josephine (nee Strycharz) Mikos. She attended the public schools in Harrison NJ. During WWII she worked at RCA. After the war, she married Edwin Rafalko also of Harrison in 1948. They began their family in Harrison and moved to New Brunswick NJ in 1953.
Michalina was an avid reader and enjoyed cooking and gardening. She was a devoted wife and mother, always generous, kind and caring to her family, friends, and neighbors.
A visitation will be held Friday, October 13th, from 5-7pm at Rezem Funeral Home, 457 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, October 14th at 10:00am at the funeral home, followed by burial at Holy Cross Burial Park in South Brunswick.