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“Great lady overall. Extraordinary grandmother with an unmatched positive (yet realistic) personality and great sense of humor. She will be missed. ”
3 of 4 | Posted by: Nick DeMello - Hartford, CT

“Great lady overall. Extraordinary grandmother with an unmatched positive (yet realistic) personality and great sense of humor. She will be missed. ”
4 of 4 | Posted by: Nick DeMello - Hartford, CT

Emilia Szkoda (Kinach), 94, of West Hartford, passed away on Friday, June 8, 2018 at Saint Francis Hospital in Hartford. She was predeceased by her husband of 70 years Jozef Szkoda. Born in Budki Nieznanowskie Poland on April 1, 1924, daughter of the late Mikolaj and Jozefa (Boczarska) Kinach, she was raised in Poland but as a young woman was drawn into WWII serving in England in the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force unit of the Polish RAF. She was awarded the War Medal for her service in the RAF. She served as an aircraft mechanic in the RAF. After her service in the war Emilia married Jozef Szkoda and made England her home. Emilia’s life story is filled with tragedy and how she overcame it through deep, persevering faith. Emilia’s unwavering faith in God was a constant source of strength and solace in her life. As a young child, she lost a brother, Józef 19 due to pneumonia, and a sister, Janina 23, due to tuberculosis. At the age of twelve, for unknown reasons, her father was murdered leaving her mother and older sister and brother to struggle with running the family farm. Emilia was very close to her father and the loss of her beloved dad devastated her. During the Soviet invasion of Eastern Poland in 1939, her oldest brother, Jan, was killed while trying to join resistance fighters. The Soviets deported most the population of Eastern Poland to forced labor camps; mostly to Siberia but some to the southern part of the Soviet Union. In May 1941 the Soviets deported Emilia, her mother, her sister-in-law, Wiktoria, and baby daughter, Ludmi?a, to a forced labor camp in the Tashkent Region of the Soviet Republic of Uzbekistan where they picked cotton. In June 1941 the Nazis attacked the Soviets, forcing them to join the Allies to fight Hitler. The Polish government negotiated a release of all Polish citizens deported from eastern Poland and permission to raise a Polish army to fight on other fronts. Emilia and her remaining family made their escape through Iran in 1943 where her mother died of Typhus and Pellagra. In a favorable twist of fate Emilia and others deported from her home town of Budki they were spared a much worse fate than deportation and imprisonment. According to eye witness account by a parish priest, the townspeople who remained behind in Budki (Mostly the elderly and children.) were all murdered by hired thugs. Emilia endured many hardships as a young mother raising infants in a post war environment marked by severe shortages of food and other essentials needed to support a growing family. Her strength, love of her family, and above all belief in God, prevailed against much adversity. Given the loss of virtually all of her own family she treasured her family and her devotion was rewarded by successfully raising six children. Emilia loved to garden and sought every opportunity to connect with nature. She cultivated a beautiful flower garden every year and planted a large vegetable garden supplying much fresh produce to her family. She was also an excellent cook and hostess and enjoyed entertaining her family and friends. Emilia and Jozef immigrated to the United States in 1966 and settled in West Hartford CT. They joined the Polish community of SS. Cyril & Methodius Church in Hartford CT. Emilia and Jozef were active in numerous charatable ventures within their church community. They were motivated to help to the needy and the helpless like they once were during World War II. Emilia and Jozef were also very active in the Brother Albert Society (Founded by Jozef); a group which helped people get settled in the USA and assisted people in need. Emilia was recognized for her generous efforts receiving the Stewardship Award bestowed by SS Cyril and Methodius in 2005. She was also a member of the Rosary Society. Emilia leaves six children, Halina Bialkowski and her husband Anthony of West Hartford, Krystyna DeMello of Port St. Lucie, FL, Stanley Szkoda and his wife Susan of Marietta, GA and Tadeusz Szkoda and his wife Paula of Charlton, MA; Lucja Szkoda and her husband Phillip Mugford of Simsbury, and Maria McKenzie of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada;; three sisters in-law, Helena Baranek of Chicago, IL, Danuta Rozwadowski of Simsbury, and Irena Niewiadomski of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; 13 grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her sisters Janina and Maria and brothers Jan and Jozef. Her family will receive friends on Friday, June 15, 5-8 p.m., at the Waszkelewicz South Green Memorial Home, 43 Wethersfield Ave., Hartford. Family and friends may gather on Saturday, on June 16, at 9:00a.m., at the Waszkelewicz South Green Memorial Home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial, 10 a.m., at SS. Cyril & Methodius Church, Hartford. Burial will follow in Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Emilia’s memory be made to SS. Cyril & Methodius Church, Attn: Restoration Fund, 55 Charter Oak Ave., Hartford, CT 06114.