October 28, 1929 - April 21, 2020
Mieczyslaw (Mitch) Kobylak, was born on a farm near the
village of Uhrynow Dolny, Poland to Adam and Waleria.
At the age of eleven, Mieczyslaw and his family were deported
to Siberia, along with their Polish neighbors. He spent his youth
in Russian labor camps and refugee camps. Mieczyslaw was
orphaned during World War II. He was eventually sent to a
British/Polish military refugee camp in Tel-el-Kebir, Egypt,
where he was a cadet. Mieczyslaw was a diligent student and
valued education greatly. He was particularly proud to have
won a medal for his mastery of Russian.
After WWII, Mieczyslaw settled in the United States. He served
in the U.S. army, as a translator in the military intelligence
service. He loved the country which gave him a home, but also
cherished his Polish heritage. Mitch was happily married to his
wife, Lidia, for 62 years. Together they raised a family of four
children. Mitch was devoted to his family. He worked long
hours to support them and help his children succeed. Mitch
always found time and money to help those in need. He was a
generous and prayerful man. Mitch loved boats and shared this
love with his family. He loved music and would create CD'S of
his favorite music. He loved life, but did not cling to it.
Mieczyslaw was pre-deceased by his wife, Lidia, his brothers
Wladyslaw and Kazimierz and sister, Helen Lucka. Mitch is
survived by his children: Lila Kung (Bo), Veronica Nahernak
(Nick), Joseph Kobylak (Liz); and Valerie Hendricks (Terry); his
grand-children Yung-Shin Kung (Susan), Yung-Ting Bonnenfant
(Marc), Andrew Nahernak, Philip Nahernak, Charlie Kobylak,
Annabelle Kobylak, Jacob Hendricks and Sarah Hendricks, as
well as five great-grandchildren.
Mieczyslaw will be buried next to his wife at Elkland Cemetery.
Arrangements have been Entrusted to St. Clair Shores Bagnasco & Calcaterra
Funeral Home, 25800 Harper Avenue (3blks North of 10 Mile).