Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

WATERBURY – Deacon Michael Szumigala of Waterbury, husband for 47 years of Anne M. (Phalen) Szumigala, died on Aug. 2, 2016, at Hartford Hospital surrounded by his family.

He was born on March 16, 1947, in Erie, Penn., a son of the late John and Pearl (Koschiuch) Szumigala.

He earned an associate’s degree from Post College (now University) in Waterbury and a bachelor’s degree from Charter Oak State College and studied for a master’s degree.

He enlisted in the Navy in 1965 and served on the U.S.S. McDonough. After Naval Hospital Corps School, he served with the 3rd Marine Division in Vietnam. After being injured in combat, he was sent to the Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland, where he met his wife, then a Navy nurse. They married and settled in Waterbury.

He worked as a medic for the Connecticut Department of Correction and as a state veteran service officer. He was ordained as a permanent deacon on June 19, 1981, in the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford and served as a deacon for more than 35 years, most recently at Our Lady of Loreto Parish in Waterbury.

In addition to his wife, Deacon Szumigala’s survivors include his sons, Michael G. Szumigala of Bethlehem and Andrew Szumigala of Waterbury; his daughters, Ellen Szumigala of Waterbury, Michele Ormsby of Meriden, Karen Dunn of Waterbury and Anne E. Sunderland of Rocky Hill; nine grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his brothers Raymond and Norbert and his sisters Dorothy, Delores, and Jane.

Auxiliary Bishop Christie A. Macaluso celebrated a Mass of Christian Burial Aug. 8 at Our Lady of Loreto Church.

Burial with full military honors followed in the Veterans Cemetery in Middletown.

Memorial contributions in Deacon Szumigala’s name may be made to: Disabled American Veterans, 555 Willard Ave., Newington, CT 06111; or to AmVets, 4647 Forbes Blvd., Lanham, MD 20706.