Kathryn Mihaliak was called home by her Savior on March 3th, 2019 in Avon, CT with family by her side. Katie was known for her kindness, humility, generosity, courage, and wisdom. Taking to heart her Lord’s command to “wash each other’s feet”, her life was marked by service to others in all of her many roles including wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, caregiver, shelter and hospital volunteer, PTA president, Football Mothers’ President, and confidant. Later in life, her service took the form of frequent prayer.
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Katie was born Kathryn Louise Miller, the daughter of Lee and Daisy Miller, on November 10, 1927 in Saint George, West Virginia. She was the fifth of eight children growing up on the family farm. During WWII she lost one of her brothers to the service of our country. She married Army WWII Veteran Charles P. Mihaliak of Clarksburg, WV, and together they enjoyed 42 years of marriage before he was called home in 1998. Charlie and Katie had one son, Charles, who is married to Dolores Sullivan Mihaliak and they live in Avon, CT. They have five children: Kathryn Wallice, her husband Matthew, and Lorraine, Dolores, Charles and John Mihaliak. Although her husband died before most of her grandchildren could know him, she made sure that they remembered him through the gift of many years of musical education.
Although a child during the Great Depression and a young adult at the time of WWII, Katie never let the sorrows of life overcome her love for its wonders. She was quick to host a celebration for any and every occasion including Christmas Eve festivities, family cookouts and parties in WV, Tiki Hut Celebrations in Florida, and “Tuesday Homework” with her grandsons. She treated every day as a special occasion, and everyone she encountered as someone dear.
Upon graduating from Morgantown High School she started working as a telephone operator, and worked there until 1966. Thereafter she worked with her husband in their family business. When her son was older, she returned to work at the phone company as a customer service representative. Later in life, she retired from the phone company and lived with her husband in Naples, FL during the winter and in Clarksburg, WV in the summer. They enjoyed traveling the US, Caribbean, and Europe and made frequent trips to see their grandchildren. She spent her last 13 years close to her beloved son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren in Avon, CT relishing the recitals, plays, picnics, holidays and routine daily activities that form a growing family’s life.
She is survived by one sister, Mary Alice Fox, of Naples, FL and was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Charles Paul Mihaliak, her parents Daisy and Lee Miller and siblings: Virginia Parsons, Paul Miller, Allen Miller, Warren Miller, Don Miller, and George Miller. She enjoyed a large extended family and many, many friends.
During the last years of her life, Katie lost most of her ability to hear. In the silence she would find time for many prayers, including the Divine Office and her daily rosary. In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Katie’s memory to the Notre Dame Priory. These Benedictine Monks offer silent retreats – an opportunity to step away from noise and distraction and into the silence of intentional prayer. Donations will go towards the construction of a cell (room) for a monk at their new Monastery in Tasmania and can be sent to the Notre Dame Priory Foundation c/o 1202 Park Hills Court, Louisville, KY 40207.
Family and friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home 329 E. Main Street Clarksburg, WV, on Monday, March 11, 2019 from 9am until 11am at which time Catholic Funeral Rites will be celebrated. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery. Online Condolences, www.davisweaverfuneralhome.com The Davis-Weaver Funeral Home is honored to serve the Mihaliak Family during this time.