Christine Miaskiewicz of Salem passed away Saturday, March 17, 2012, at her home with her devoted sister by her side, following a lengthy illness.
The daughter of the late Anastasia and Chester Miaskiewicz, Christine was born in Salem where she resided her entire life. One of eleven siblings, she was predeceased by her sister, the late Clementine; and by her late brothers; Mieczyslaus I, Ferdinand, Felix, the Reverend Francis S. Miaskiewicz, D.C.L., the Reverend Stanislaus Miaskiewicz, Joseph J. Miaskiewicz of Salem; Richard F. Miaskiewicz, former Mayor of Jeannette, PA; Mieczyslaus T. Miaskiewicz, recently repatriated from Bosnia after being killed in World War II. Surviving her is her sister Theresa Miaskiewicz with whom she resided; four nephews; Richard F. Miaskiewicz of Littleton, CO; Joseph J. Miaskiewicz, M.D., of Salem; Attorney Thomas M. Miaskiewicz of Salem; Christian Miaskiewicz of Jeannette, PA; three nieces: Stasia Miaskiewicz, M.D., of Pittsburgh, PA; Mrs. Anne Huston of Cranberry, NJ, and Mrs. Judith Matula of Salem. She is also survived by 14 grandnieces and nephews.
Christine was a graduate of St. John the Baptist elementary school and Salem High School. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Emmanuel College in Boston and her Master of Arts Degree in Romance Languages from Boston University. A Fulbright Scholar at the Sorbonne in France, she was the recipient of numerous grants, some of which included Purdue University, the University of Washington and Middlebury College in Vermont. As an educator she taught at Salem High School during her entire professional career, where she was former Department Head of the Foreign Language Department. Some of the numerous state, municipal and professional Organizations with which she was affiliated included: the Massachusetts State Silver Legislature; the Massachusetts Foreign Language Association, the Salem Teachers’ Union, the Retired Essex County Teacher’s Association; State, County and Municipal Retirees of Massachusetts, the Polish Business and Professional Women’s Club of Massachusetts and the Federation of Polish Women’s Club of Massachusetts. For many years Christine was a volunteer at Salem Hospital and The House of the Seven Gables.
ARRANGEMENTS: Her funeral will be held from the David H. Gonet Funeral Home, 22 Hawthorne Blvd., Salem, on Wednesday at 9 A.M. followed by a funeral Mass in St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Salem/Peabody line, at 10 A.M. Relatives and friends invited. Visiting hours in the Funeral Home Tuesday (TODAY) from 3-7 P.M. For condolences please visit www.gonetfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, family and friends are requested to make donations to St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 1 Margin St., Peabody, MA 01960, or to St. James Church, 160 Federal St., Salem, MA 01970. Interment will take place in the family lot at St. Mary's Cemetery. Parking is available in the church parking lot across the street from the funeral home.