The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT)

Henry J. Kmietek


Henry J. Kmietek, 99, of Higganum, formerly of Middletown, husband of Margaret (Priest) Pytlik Kmietek, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 11th, at Middlesex Hospital. Born in Middletown, CT, July 15th, 1923, son of the late Louis Kmietek and Mary (Belniak) Kmietek-Koba. Henry was a proud Navy veteran, serving in WWII as a Radio-man Gunner on the aircraft carrier USS WASP and enjoyed telling tales of his Navy days. Prior to retirement, Henry was employed with Middletown Public Schools in the maintenanc­e and audiovisua­l department­s. He was a talented and skilled wood craftsman and his handmade treasures continue to be family keepsakes. He was an avid fan of UCONN Women’s basketball and his biggest enjoyment in life was spending time with family. Henry was the last survivor of nine brothers, predecease­d by Frank, Stanley, Edward, Joseph, Alexander, Raymond, Louis, and Frederick. Henry was predecease­d by his first wife Rose (Sosenko) Kmietek. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife Margaret Pytlik Kmietek, his daughter Deborah Hull and husband Anthony, son Richard Kmietek, grandchild­ren Jennifer DiMauro and husband Vito, Jacquelyn (Singarella) Ogibowski and husband Karol, great-grandchild­ren Enzo and Anthony DiMauro, Gino Singarella, Adam and

Mason Ogibowski. Henry is also survived by his dear sister-in-law, Barbara Lee and husband Tim, along with many nieces and nephews. Through his marriage to Margaret, Henry is survived and was dearly loved by her Pytlik children, Bobbie, Donna, Bill, Jodie (Bob), JoAnn (Jeff) and Steven. Also, grandchild­ren, Melanie (Rawn), Farrah (Kelly), Seth (Lisa), Lukas (Rachel) and Kody. Breanne (Dean), Will, Jamie, Maggie and several great-grandchild­ren. The funeral service will be held on Tuesday February 21st at 11 a.m. at Biega Funeral Home, 3 Silver St., Middletown. Burial with military honors will follow at the State Veterans’ Cemetery. Family and friends may gather prior to the service on Tuesday from 10 to 11 a.m. at Biega Funeral Home. Those who wish may send memorial contributi­ons in Henry’s memory to the Haddam Veterans’ Museum, 671 Little City Rd., Higganum, CT 06441. To share memories or express condolence­s online please visit www.biegafuner­

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