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July 1, 2013

Police: Hit-and-run driver kills elderly woman

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Feliksa Mieszczanska, who was called Fela, was one of eight siblings who immigrated to the United States from Poland in 1965 with their mother.

“They have a lot of nieces and nephews that they treat like their kids,” Zak said.

Mieszczanska retired from her job as an assembly-line worker at the Parker Brother factory at 62 years old.

“She worked there for many, many years,” Zak said. “She retired early to take care of her mother.”

She was described yesterday as being a devout Catholic who attended St. John the Baptist Church. Yesterday, the church offered prayers for her and her family during the services.

“She was quiet, very positive,” Zak said. “She never complained. She always made the best of the situations.

Many recalled she was also hospitable and loved to cook from scratch.

“Every time you came, there was food on the table,” said niece Laura Mikunewicz.

The two sisters kept an immaculate garden in the back and side yards of the home.

“She grew awesome tomatoes,” Zak said. They also grew blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and made wine from grapes grown right in the yard.

In the winter, she would cross-stitch and embroider designs on pillows and other items.

“They did not like to sit idle,” Zak said.

There were a few flower arrangements and candles set up on the sidewalk outside the home yesterday.

Laura Mieszczanska said yesterday she doesn’t want the driver punished but is disappointed the person didn’t stop and hasn’t turn himself/herself in to police.

Witnesses are encouraged to call Detective Daniel Tucker at 978-744-0171, ext. 294 or email him at dtucker@salempd.net.

Staff writer Jonathan Phelps can be reached at 978-338-2527 or by email at jphelps@salemnews.com. Follow him on Twitter at JPhelps_SN.

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