Marianna (Mary) Michejenko, 98, died peacefully November 16, 2022. She was born in Emilianow- Kalisz Poland in1924. During the 1939 invasion of Poland by Germany at age 15 she was taken from her home to a work as slave labor on a German farm. At the end of the war, she traveled to Yorkshire England as a displaced person. Here she met her husband Wladyslaw Michejenko, a soldier in the Polish army. They started with nothing and were able to establish a life for themselves in Leeds, England for 49 years. Mary worked as a seamstress for the woolen garment trade until her retirement. After the death of her husband at age 80, Mary moved to Galveston Texas to live with her daughter Bronia Michejenko. She was very proud that she had lived in 4 different countries.
Mary was a faithful Catholic and attended St Ann’s Cathedral in Leeds for 50 years, St Peter’s Church and St Mary’s Cathedral until the pandemic. She prayed the rosary every day and continued her devotion through television and her prayerbook.
Mary loved to cook and garden. She also loved to sew, knit and crochet. Her biggest joy was shopping which she would do for hours.
Mary is survived by her daughter Bronia Michejenko and her partner Paula Johnson, nieces Urszula Michalak and husband Janusz and Jasia Plota and husband Marek, great nieces Kasia Kawiecka and Ula Plota and great nephews Janusz and Kuba Michalak who live in Poland. Despite having a very small family, she developed many special friendships and close acquaintances in all the countries that she lived that became her family. Specifically Rose and Eddy Battye from Dewsbury, England and Francis and Geoff Wilks from Leeds, England, to whom she was eternally grateful for their care and kindness they provided.
Guests are invited to attend a reception following the funeral mass at Bronia and Paula’s home at 2616 Sydnor Lane.