Katharine W. Michalczyk Summered in Oak Bluffs
Katharine Urquhart White Michalczyk of Glastonbury, Conn., and Oak Bluffs, died on Oct. 17 at her Connecticut home, with her family at her side, after a short illness.
She was born April 3, 1920, in Cambridge, the oldest daughter of Norman H. White Jr. and Katharine Fellowes White. She attended schools in Massachusetts and Connecticut, including The Westover School and the Yale University School of Art, where she met Casimer Michalczyk, her husband of 63 years.
Her first recall of the Vineyard came via her grandmother, Ethel Ansley Wilcox Fellowes of Buffalo, N.Y., New Haven and Madison, Conn. Mrs. Fellowes often visited her nephew, Walter Badger, of West Chop and Boston. Mr. and Mrs. Michalczyk made their first visit to the Vineyard in 1950, staying at Webb's Campground; they camped at Webb's for four summers, then rented on the Camp Ground in Oak Bluffs for 14 summers. They purchased their cottage at 8 Forest Circle from Mrs. Anna Adams, daughter of Gyles Barney of Commonwealth avenue, Boston.
Mrs. Michalczyk was a woman whose creative and artistic gifts were equaled by her quiet wit, perceptive observations and love of literature. She was a member of the Society of the Descendants of the Founders of Hartford, and was descended from some 50 Puritan ancestors.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her son, Michael C. Michalczyk, and her daughter, Stephanie K. Michalczyk, all of Glastonbury; a half-brother, Norman H. White, Ph.D., and family of N. Montclair, N.J., and Henry S. Woodbridge Jr. and family of Pomfret, Conn. She was predeceased by her sister, Elizabeth, wife of Dr. Peter Knowlton of Marion.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial gifts may be made to the Glastonbury Visiting Nurse Association or to a charity of the donor's choice.