Survivor of WWII German and Russian Occupation of Poland
Aniela (Armatys) Socha, homemaker, wife and mother, passed away on April 3, 2020 at her home in Everett where she lived with her daughter, Dorota A. Socha and son-in-law, Aaron G. Noll. She was 93 years old.
Aniela was born in the village of Nowa Wieś Szlachecka in the Małopolskie region of Poland on February 27, 1927, a daughter of Maciej Armatys and Dorota Czekaj.
Aniela was a teenage survivor of the German and Russian occupations of Poland during World War II. Aniela’s strong character and boundless determination allowed her to raise a flourishing family with her husband, Jan Socha, under the most difficult of economic and political conditions prevailing under a Communist Polish government.
When her daughters migrated to the United States during the 1980’s, Aniela followed and enabled her children to succeed here by caring for her grandchildren.
At various times, she lived with her daughters in Brooklyn, NY, New Britain, CT, and Everett. For the last ten years of her life, she was often seen on her daily walks on Broadway in Everett with her wheelchair and daughter, Dorota.
Aniela was predeceased by her dear husband, Jan Socha, in 1987 and her son, Jozef, in 2014. She is survived by: her daughter, Teresa Chwaja of Krakow, Poland; her daughter, Margaret and her husband, Karol Hernas of Farmington, CT; her daughter, Sophia and her husband, Chester Jablonski of Farmington, CT, her daughter, Dorota and her husband, Aaron of Everett; ten grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and three cousins: Judith Harmatys of Minneapolis, MN, Margaret Denison of East Lansing, MI, and Betty Harmatys of Milwaukee, WI.
Aniela’s burial will take place in a private ceremony today, April 8, 2020, at Sacred Heart Cemetery in New Britain, CT. A memorial mass for Aniela will be held at Sacred Heart Church in the summer of 2020.
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