Featured Obituaries – Stephen and Jean Pucilowski Mirota

Stephen and Jean Mirota are on the left, and their three sons are on the right. With Sophia and Joseph Mirota Sr., and Joe Mirota, Sr.  Photo copyright Genealogy Sisters.

“Stephen Mirota, 78, worked at Cyanamid

Toms River – Stephen W. Mirota, 78, died Monday (June 25, 1990) at Community Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Mirota was born in Cherry Valley, Pa., and had lived in Whitehouse station, Dunellen and Manville before moving to Toms River in 1980.

He had been a chemical operator for American Cyanamid in Bridgewater.

Surviving are his wife, Jean Pucilowski Mirota, three sons, Readington Township Mayor Stephen R. Mirota of Whitehouse Station, former Borough Councilman Victor Mirota of High Bridge and [omitted for privacy], and five grandsons.

Visiting hours are today from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Kearns Funeral Home in Whitehouse. There will be a funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Whitehouse Station [The Courier -News, Bridgewater, NJ, 27 June 1990, Wednesday, Main Edition, page 9. Accessed at http://www.newspapers.com on 9 May 2017].

Two hobbies that I remember Steve liked were gardening and fishing.  Wherever he lived he would have a beautiful garden with vegetables and flowers. When he was a young man, Stephen Mirota had worked as an accident clerk for the Jersey Central Railroad. The family had lived in Brooklyn, New York then. From the city, Jean and the three boys would take the train to visit with Steve’s family at Whitehouse Station. Her future sister-in-law, Stefie, would reminisce about seeing this pretty and frazzled mom with her three rambunctious sons, sharing a train compartment with her riding to the Whitehouse Station stop.

Jean Pucilowski Mirota, with her three sons, and her sister-in-law, Mary Mirota. Photo taken  on Sunday, 11 February 1945 at the Mirota farm. Photo copyright Genealogy Sisters.

“Genevieve Mirota, formerly of Dunellen

Genevieve Mirota, 87, a homemaker, died Friday (March 5, 1999) in Bumpass, Va.

She was born in Grodno, Poland, and had lived in Dunellen for 23 years, in Manville for five years and in Holiday City, Tomas River, for 16 years before moving to Virginia in 1997.

She was a member of St. John’s Roman Catholic Church in Dunellen. She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Stephen W. Mirota. A son Stephen R. Mirota, the former mayor of Readington, died in 1993.

Surviving are two sons, Victor J. Mirota of Bumpass, Va., and [omitted for privacy]; a brother, Paul Pucilowski of Long Island, N.Y., five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A funeral liturgy will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church in Whitehouse Station. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Kearns Funeral Home, Whitehouse [ The Courier -News, Bridgewater, NJ, 6 March 1999, Saturday, Main Edition, Page 12. Accessed at http://www.newspapers.com on 9 may 2017].

Genevieve was called Jean from an early age. Her other siblings were Mary “Mae”, who married Adolf Lewinski, and brothers Charles and Stanley (Stanley died in childhood). Although in the obituary it states she was a homemaker, I do remember Jean working at the Great Eastern Mills Discount Department Store, on Route 22 in North Plainfield, in the 1960s. Coming from Brooklyn, where she didn’t need a car, she learned to drive in New Jersey. She loved sharing photos of her beloved sons, daughter-in-laws, and grandsons, and she herself always enjoyed being photographed. Jean had emigrated from Poland with her parents, and her two older siblings, Mary and Charles, as a young child. Stephen and Jean Mirota are buried at St. Bernard’s Cemetery, in Bridgewater, Somerset County, New Jersey.

Jean Mirota with her parents, John and Amelia “Emily” Pucilowski (center). Left – Joseph and Sophia Mirota, Ted Lubas, and Joe Mirota, Jr. On the right Stephen Mirota (next to his in-laws) and Genevieve Mirota Lubas holding the baby. Photo copyright Genealogy Sisters.

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12 thoughts on “Featured Obituaries – Stephen and Jean Pucilowski Mirota

    1. Thanks, Sue, and I’m glad you enjoyed this! I sent it via an email link to Paulie, and so sorry he is in the hospital! If anyone wants to receive postings from the blog they will need to sign up, since I can’t do it for them. What I can do is forward it also to Stephen. Love hearing from you!


  1. now we are thinking of visiting Maine in maybe July or August – will let you know. Happy Memorial Day.


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