Annual PACF Founder's Day 2009
Matthew S. Mickiewicz, M.D. Dec. 8, 1915 – Mar. 27, 2011 Matthew Sigmund Mickiewicz was born December 8, 1915 to Vincent and Janina Mickiewicz in Brooklyn, New York, and the family moved to Queens in 1922. In the middle of the Great Depression, Matt was able to attend New York University, and then medical school at New York Medical College. He joined the Navy In 1942, and served in both the European and Pacific theaters. On April 28, 1943, Matt, then a Navy lieutenant, married Helen Garwolinska. The two lived for a time in Alameda, where Matt was stationed in 1943 and 1944, and their oldest son, Matthew, was born. Matt stayed in the Navy until 1947 and was stationed for a time in Rhode Island, where their second son, Kenneth, was born. After Matt left the Navy, the family moved to Massachusetts, where the couple’s two daughters, Susan and Helen, were born in 1949 and 1951, respectively. In 1963, the family moved west to California, settling on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Matt had a medical practice in San Pedro, where Helen worked with him for 20 years. In 1985, they closed the practice and retired. The couple stayed in Palos Verdes until 1997, when they moved to Redwood City to be near their two daughters. After Helen passed away in 2007, Matt continued living in their Redwood City home. After a brief illness, Matt passed away at home on March 27, 2011 at the age of 95. He is survived by sons Matthew (wife Noreen) and Kenneth (wife Carol Ann Oliver), daughters Susan and Helen (husband Mario Seidita), granddaughters Cheryl Kuflik (husband Mike) and Noreen Mickiewicz Hayes (husband John), grandsons Bradford and Gregory Mickiewicz, and Tomas Mickiewicz Seidita, and great-grandson Kyle Kuflik. The Memorial service will be on May 6th, at 2:30pm at the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park: 75 Arbor Road. Donations in Dr. Mickiewicz’s honor may be made to the Polish Arts and Culture Foundation.
In a message to the Mickiewicz family: I have wonderful pictures of both your grandparents at my home and the party in the garden in 2009 was super special ! Matt was in rare form and had us all in stitches!
I will fondly remember his voice, his laugh, the way he spoke about his family and his beloved Helcia!
Now they are together and recalling all their decades as a couple.
Matt’s generous gift to the PACF years ago made a huge difference to it’s functioning and now when we are on the edge of the next cliff, hopefully the memorial gifts will bring us back from the brink. He knew what great possibilities are before us, felt the building in Oakland for a polish Cultural Center would be a huge asset to the community and was waiting, as we still are, for the legalities to move one step closer to make the concept real.
Maybe with the help of all those Poles who have died recently, they can help orchestrate that from above!
We could sure use the help!