Josephine F. Mychaskiw

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NAUGATUCK – Josephine F. (Kardasz) Mychaskiw, widow of Edward W. Mychaskiw, passed away on Friday, Feb. 2, 2024, at Saint Mary’s Hospital.

She was born on July 28, 1933 in Montreal, Canada, to Joseph and Mary Kardasz. She married her childhood sweetheart, Edward, in Montreal and moved to Naugatuck in 1955, where she raised her family. She became an American citizen and they were married for 63 years.

She spoke six languages and was a Polish translator. She enjoyed summer vacations in Montreal. She also volunteered with local groups providing handmade quilts and blankets to cancer centers, hospitals and the Connecticut Junior Republic.

She was known for her baking, winning many awards, and she was especially known for her pumpkin cheese pie, wedding cakes, grandma’s chocolate chip cookies and pierogies; also known for her unlimited French toast breakfast for family and friends!

She was an avid reader and she won many awards in knitting, smocking and other needlework crafts. She loved her visits with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and celebrated her 90th birthday with the entire family and friends this past summer.

Josephine leaves to cherish her memory, son Ed (Kathy) of Simpsonville, S.C., daughter Donna of Middlebury; grandson Jeffrey Mychaskiw (Erica) of Humble, Texas, granddaughter Julie Mychaskiw Newman (Casey) of Greenville, S.C.; great-grandchildren Isla and Evett Mychaskiw of Humble, Texas, and Charlotte Newman of Greenville, S.C. Josephine also leaves a brother John Kardasz of Montreal.

She was predeceased by her grandson John Mychaskiw.

A Mass of Christian Burial was to be celebrated on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024, at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick Oratory, 50 Charles St., Waterbury. Burial was to follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery, 669 Platt Road, Watertown.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Patrick Oratory, Waterbury, or Divine Mercy Shrine, P.O. Box 716, Stockbridge, MA 01262.

To send an online condolence, please visit naugatuckvalleymemorial.com. The Naugatuck Valley Memorial/Fitzgerald Zembruski Funeral Home, 240 N. Main St., Naugatuck, is assisting the family with arrangements.