Maria Pelka, 94

June 06, 2020

On Saturday, June 6, 2020, Maria Pelka, loving great-grandmother, entered eternal life at age 94. Known as Mia, she was born on October 4, 1925 in the Netherlands to the late Joannes Leonardus Hubertus Boreas and Anna Gertrud Boreas. Mia was the eldest daughter of eleven children and helped her mother raise all her siblings. In a true ‘love at first sight’ story, she met the late American soldier Edward Stanley Pelka in Netherlands, during WWII. They married in Staten Island, NY in 1947 and raised son Donald, son Jimmy, and daughter Suzanne.

Mia had many passions including her flower garden, cooking and baking, sewing and needlepoint and was proud of her always immaculate clean home. But most of all, she cherished every moment with her children and especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Also, all neighborhood children were always welcome at “Grandma’s House” and were treated as her own.

She is survived by her brother, Wil Boreas (husband of Gerty); three children, Donald Pelka (husband of the late Edith), Jimmy Pelka (husband of the late Eva) and Suzanne Parker; six grandchildren, Chris Pelka, Gabriella Gibble (wife of Matt), Jaclyn Albert (wife of Jon), Monica Satkalmi (wife of Vilas), Andrew Parker, and James Parker; seven great-grandchildren, Chloe, Ben, Jillian, Elle, Lainey, Emma, and August; a host of loving nieces and nephews; and her dearest and closest friends of over 60 years, Rose Celardo and daughters.

Services will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mia’s memory may be made to Green Chimneys, 400 Doansburg Rd, Brewster, NY 10509 WWW.GREENCHIMNEYS.ORG/MIA.

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Condolences to the Family

July 07, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with all the family at this time of great loss. 
Lorraine Boreas

June 15, 2020

Mia, I remember the wonderful gatherings at Aunt Jo & Uncle Leo’s house with Ed, Donald, Jimmy & Suzanne. Times shared with both families are priceless!
Even at Cantaberry Place your home.
The Angels are here to take you home!
I say a prayer for your soul and eternal peace with Our Lord God the Father.

June 15, 2020

Mia and the whole Pelka family is a huge part of my childhood memories, and she will be greatly missed. 
My very favorite memory was when she called out to me in the yard, “Hurry! Come and watch my goldfish having babies!”  It was fascinating to me as a child, and I will never forget it.
Rest in Peace, Mia.  
Michele Van Hulse

June 14, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss.  Thoughts and prayers with the entire family.   May she RIP in the arms of the Lord.
Sharon Thompson

June 14, 2020

Sorry to hear of the demise of Mia….To her sons and daughter……please accept my sincere sympathy in you loss of your beloved mother …. I will always remember her as a gentle, soft spoken person. May she rest in eternal peace.
Roman T Suwalski

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