Michaelis, Raymond A.

Raymond A. Michaelis, in his 99th year of life, of Farmington, CT and Westerly, RI, husband of Ann Kiczuk, passed away on March 20, 2019. Born and raised in New Britain, CT, Ray graduated from New Britain High School as President of the Class of 1938, and then earned a Bachelors’ degree from Teachers’ College of CT (now CCSU). Ray proudly served in the United States Army Air Forces from 1942-1945 as Technical Sergeant, Intelligence Specialist. He made twenty five aerial photo reconnaissance missions over the European theatre aboard B-17s during World War II, and was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross, a Bronze Star, and the European African Middle Eastern Theatre of Operations (EAMETO) Medal. A mere month following his honorable discharge from the military Ray married Ann, the love of his life. Ray continued his service after the war as a Supervisor in the United States Postal Service for 38 years until his retirement in 1988. He was a dedicated member of the Farmington community, and served as President of the Farmington High School Booster Club throughout the years his children attended school. Ray avidly followed Farmington High School athletics, particularly the girls’ sports played by his daughters and granddaughter. Ray continued to attend FHS girls’ volleyball and basketball games through the Fall of 2018, and was affectionately called “Grandpa Ray” by coaches and team players. Ray enjoyed viewing and inspiring competition, which has carried over to his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. His greatest joys in life came from being Ann’s husband and a father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
He leaves six daughters, Marie Nicksa of Hilton Head, SC; Kathy Gagne of Cape Coral, FL; Nancy Burke of Enterprise, AL; Susan Michaelis of Willimantic, Jane Crowell and her husband Martin of Berlin and Hartford; and Elizabeth Michaelis and her husband Hon. David P. Gold of Middlefield. Ray was predeceased by his wife, Ann Kiczuk Michaelis, his youngest child and only son, Raymond J. Michaelis, and sister, Helen Rittner. The family would like to thank Dr. Lavern Wright and Dr. Joseph Camilleri for their outstanding care for Ray over so many years.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, March 25th at 11am at The Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main Street in Farmington. There are no calling hours; the family will receive guests at the luncheon venue following the burial in Riverside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Farmington High School Girls’ Volleyball Team, 10 Monteith Drive, Farmington, CT 06032, Attention: Coach Laura Arena.

Calling Hours

Funeral Service

Monday, March 25, 2019 at 11:00am in the Church of St. Patrick ~ Farmington

Burial

Riverside Cemetery ~ Farmington

Memorial Contribution

Farmington High School Girls’ Volleyball Team, 10 Monteith Drive, Farmington, CT 06032, Attention: Coach Laura Arena

3 Responses to 'Michaelis, Raymond A.'

  1. Dear Elizabeth,
    I am so sorry to read of your father’s passing. Unfortunately I cannot attend the mass tomorrow. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Fondly,
    Mary-Anne Sullivan

  2. Audrey Yellen-Quinlan says:

    Dear Pen Pal #1,
    I read about your passing with deep sadness this morning. You kindly allowed me to enter your life and you shared your World War 2 experiences with me. Each letter and card has been saved in a special place.
    On eagle’s wings, may you soar over Deopham Green, one more sortie, before entering the most perfect place.
    God speed, Pen Pal #1.
    I shall truly miss you,
    Pen Pal #2

  3. Marie Lavendier says:

    As Janie’s friend, some of my happiest times growing up were spent at the Michaelis home. Surrounded by her sisters and brother, there was always something fun going on. I especially remember the kindness of Mr. and Mrs. Michaelis and their support of our FHS sports teams. With already so much on their plate, they still continued to give so much.

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