Paulina Klim, age 98 years of Kingwood Township, NJ died peacefully in her sleep early Tuesday morning, October 26, 2021.
Born on January 6, 1923 in Holyn Poland, she was the daughter of Michal & Anna Bachrynowski. She survived the horrors of WWII in a region torn between Nazi Germany and Stalin’s Russia. In 1950 she married Jan Klim and started a family on a small subsistence farm in western Poland. Conditions were difficult without electricity or running water. Paulina worked hard to make a comfortable home for her children and husband. She milked cows by hand, fed the pigs and chickens, raised vegetables in the garden and canned and dried fruits and vegetables for us to eat in the winter. She also worked in the fields harvesting rye, wheat, potatoes and beets. She baked from scratch daily, washed clothes by hand.
In 1961 Paulina and Jan immigrated to the United States with their 4 young children ranging from 10 to 5 and one in her womb that was born on her birthday, January 6, 1962. America offered opportunities as well as challenges. Paulina rose to the challenges without the benefit of speaking English or having a formal education. She worked at various jobs to make ends meet, eventually landing a position at Perth Amboy Savings & Loan where she worked over 20 years until her retirement.
Paulina’s love of family and friends had no bounds. She loved her family unconditionally and worked tirelessly in order for her children to have a better life. Paulina was deeply devoted to the Catholic faith and the blessed mother, and prayed the rosary daily.
Paulina is predeceased by husband Jan of 64 years. Surviving are her 5 children, Donna Matrafajlo and husband Michael; Walter Klim and wife Mary Lee; Mary Negowetti and husband Theodore; Chris Klim and his wife Angelina; Michael Klim, her primary caregiver, and her 10 grandchildren: Ann Kellogg and Peter Matrafajlo; Matthew and Michelle Klim; Nicole, Mark, Anthony and Stephanie Negowetti; Jonathan and Danielle Klim and 11 great grandchildren.
Paulina will lie in repose on Friday, October 29th from 3 to 7 pm at Ana Maria Zevallos/ Skrocki, Home for Funerals, 467 State St., Perth Amboy, NJ.
A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Saturday, October 30th at 10 a.m. at Saint John Paul II Parish at St. Stephen’s Roman Catholic Church, 490 State Street, Perth Amboy, NJ.
Following mass, Paulina will be buried next to her husband Jan in the cemetery of The National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Doylestown, PA.
Memorial contributions may be made to The National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, 654 Ferry Road, Doylestown, PA 18901.
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