Estella & Nicholas Uniatowski
Estella Uniatowski, age 88, of Townsend, DE, passed away on Thursday, March 3, 2011, after a short illness and complications from Parkinsons Disease, with her family by her side. Her beloved husband of 68 years, Nicholas J. Mickey Uniatowski, age 92, passed away just a few days later on Sunday, March 6, 2011, from complications of pneumonia and a broken heart, also surrounded by his devoted family.
Estella was born in Wilmington to the late John and Mary Kramarczyk on July 16, 1922. Mickey, too, was a native Delawarean, born in Wilmington on December 6, 1918, to the late Anthony and Anna Uniatowski. Shortly after their marriage, they moved from Newark to their farm, Valley Brook Farm, in Townsend, where they lived until their passing.
Estella delighted in spending time with her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed gardening and helping her husband with their farming operation.
Mickey enjoyed farming, family and friends. Over the years, he grew everything from asparagus to zucchini. He was one of the first farmers in Delaware to implement the innovative conservation practice of No-Tillage. He won many farming awards over the years, including the 15 Ton Tomato Club Award, Delaware Tomato King of 1959, Take Pride in America Farm Award, and the Delaware Farm of Distinction Award in 1987. For relaxation in the winter months, he enjoyed snowmobiling with family and friends.
Mickey and Estella were especially well known for their farms annual pick your own strawberries. People traveled for many miles each spring to pick delicious strawberries and to share Estellas wonderful recipes.
Estella and Mickey are survived by their children, Nicholas and his wife Sue, Bob and his wife Patricia, Lois Wilkinson and her husband Mike, and Estella Gambacorta and her husband John; and their grandchildren, whom they adored, Nick and his wife Melissa, Charles, Mario, and Cory. Mickey is also survived by brothers, Joseph Uniatowski and Edward Uniatowski, and a sister, Agnes Machulski. In addition to her parents, Estella was preceded in death by her sisters, Helen, Mary, Jenny, and Julia, and brother, John. In addition to his parents, Mickey was preceded in death by his brothers, Frank and John, and sister, Anna Machulski.
The family would like to thank Raine Gillespie and Wilma Jacobs for their loving care of Estella and Mickey during their illness.
Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 am on Saturday, March 12th, at St. Joseph R.C. Church, 371 E. Main Street, Middletown, DE, where visitation will begin at 9 am. Interment will follow in St. Francis Xavier (Old Bohemia) Cemetery, Warwick, MD.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, 165 Commerce Way, Ste. 2, Dover, DE 19904; or to Delaware Hospice, 911 S. DuPont Highway, Dover, DE 19901.
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