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Marlene Mikaniewicz, 87

ADAMS, Mass. — Marlene Greilich Mikaniewicz of Adams, MA, has left her earthly existence to join her beloved husband in heaven on May 12, 2019, at her home in Adams.

Marlene was born Aug. 6, 1931, in Adams, MA, to Fritz and Elizabeth Thoros Greilich. She was a 1949 graduate of the former Adams Memorial High School. She married Anthony “Tony” Mikaniewicz, her soulmate, on May 30 1953, in Adams MA. She was employed at St Stanislaus School for 29 years, retiring five years ago to failing health.

Marlene was a very devoted mother and grandmother, always putting their needs before her own. She was an advocate for all animals and enjoyed fostering many dogs and cats over the years. She was well known in the town as the lady who never drove a car, walked daily, and carried reusable canvas bags. Marl was “green” before “green” was in.

Marlene was preceded in death by her parents, Fritz and Elizabeth Greilich; her husband Tony;  brothers- in-law Walter, John and Stanley; sisters-in- law Stella and Anna; and cousins and aunts and uncles.

Marlene is survived by her daughter, Kathy Hynes of Cheshire, MA, and her daughter Dr Jill Abell and her partner Dr. John Finkle and their son Connor of Manayunk, PA; her son Paul Mikaniewicz and his wife Allison Myers Mikaniewicz of Washington, MA, and their children Devon, Hannah and Olivia of Washington, MA; Ashley and husband Matt Denver of Cranston. RI, and their two children Anthony and Erin; and her brother William Greilich and wife Barbara of Adams. In addition, she leaves behind her loyal feline companion, a rescue named Miss Kitty.

Funeral notice: Funeral services for Marlene Mikaniewicz will be held Thursday, May 16, 2019, at 9:00 AM from the PACIOREK FUNERAL HOME, 13 Hoosac St. Adams, followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM at St Stanislaus Kostka Church in Adams. Burial will take place at Bellevue Cemetery in Adams MA. Calling hours are from 5pm to 7pm on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at the Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Got Spots Etc., a nonprofit animal rescue in Adams, MA, or to Berkshire Veterinary Hospital’s indigent animal care fund in memory of her beloved cat Mama thru the Paciorek Funeral Home, 13 Hoosac St, Adams MA 01220. To leave a message of condolence, please go online to

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I worked with Marlene for several years at St. Stan School. She was a hard worker, very kind (but could be stubborn at times!) and had a great sense of humor. My condolences to her family.
R.I. P. Marlene.
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