Irena G. (Gula) Kalisz

Died: Thu., Mar. 15, 2018


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Sun., Mar. 18, 2018
Location: Machnowski Funeral Home 472 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 AM Mon., Mar. 19, 2018
Location: Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church 235 North Front St. New Bedford

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New Bedford - Irena G. (Gula) Kalisz, 88, died Thursday, March 15, 2018 at St. Luke's Hospital after a brief illness in the arms of her children.  She was the wife of the late Frederick M. Kalisz to whom she was married for 49 years.  Irena was the daughter of the late Stanislaw and Apolonia (Jagiello) Gula and was a lifelong resident of New Bedford.
     Irena was a graduate of Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, Holy Family High School and the predecessor to the Kinyon Campbell Business School.  She was the executive secretary at the former Avery Process Company of New Bedford prior to her marriage and transition to full time homemaker and mother.
     Irena, a loving wife and mom, was dedicated to her husband and family and took great pride in the many accomplishments of her husband, children, grandchildren and great- grandchildren.
     In her youth, she participated in many theatrical and musical Polish ethnic organizations.  She was a lifelong member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish and participated in many church societies and projects.  Irena was the head majorette for the Kolko Polek Marching Band.  She was a member of the  Polish American World War Veteran Women's Auxiliary.
     She is survived by her three children: Dr. Frederick M. Kalisz, Jr., former mayor of New Bedford and wife, Patricia of New Bedford; Christine-Ann McIntyre and  husband, Atty. Joseph B. McIntyre of New Bedford; and Michael S. Kalisz and wife, Marlene of Acushnet; 6 grandchildren: Paul A. DeCouto, Jr., Kali Knight and husband, Adam, Michael S. Kalisz, Jr., Christopher J. McIntyre, Frederick M. Kalisz, III, and Victoria Mae Kalisz; 3 great granddaughters, Lila, Faith and Jovie Knight.
     She is survived by her sister, Stephanie Wisz of Hartford, CT.  She was predeceased by her sister, Genowefa and brothers, Zbigniew, Adolph, Boleslaw and Ferdinand.  She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and their spouses and children, extended family and friends.
     Arrangements are with Machnowski Funeral Home, 472 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford.  A wake will be conducted Sunday, March 18, 2018 from 4 P.M. to 7 P.M.  A Mass of Christian Burial  will take place Monday, March 19, 2018 at 11 A.M. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 235 North Front St., New Bedford.  Burial will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery II on Mt. Pleasant St., New Bedford.
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Diana Konstantakos
   Posted Sat March 17, 2018
My deepest sympathy for the entire Kalisz family. May her memory be eternal. I knew Mayor Kalisz when I worked at the HDC and will never forget how thoughtful he was to me when my husband died. I will always be grateful for his kindness. I am now living in Florida close to my son.

Dave Silvia
   Posted Sat March 17, 2018
Mike -
My sincerest sympathy to you and your family. I lost my parents just a few years ago, and I know how hard it can be. I'll pray that God gives you and your family strength and guidance during this difficult time. Peace -Dave

Karen Garcia
   Posted Sun March 18, 2018
My heart goes out to the entire family. I have such fond memories of Irena. In each of those memories she’s wearing her warm, welcoming, iconic smile. Now she’s smiling down from heaven with her beloved husband. That brings a smile to all our faces for her.

Kenneth Sylvia
   Posted Sun March 18, 2018
My condolences to the entire family. Do to a prior commitment I will not be able to attend the wake. Please pass on my sincere condolences to Fred, Christine and Micheal.

Julie Hanks
   Posted Sun March 18, 2018
To the Kaliz Family...My deepest sympathy in your time of grief. May your beautiful memories of your mother/grandmother bring you peace and comfort. I was lucky enough to know this wonderful family which is a testament to this beautiful woman who raised them. May God bless and keep you. Sincerely Julie Hanks

Jill Marie Ussach
   Posted Sun March 18, 2018
Harvey and I extend our thoughts and prayers to you at the loss of your lovely mother. She left a wonderful legacy.

Glenn & Carol Mahar
   Posted Sun March 18, 2018
Our condolences to the Kalisz family. ❤️

Mr & Mrs Arthur Calheta and Families
   Posted Sun March 18, 2018
We are sorry for your loss she was a great Woman my her soul forever Rest in Peace along side of all that have gone to be with God in Heaven she is looking down on us with a smile on her face and will always be a part of our Lifes God Bless you and your family

Jeanne Swiszcz
   Posted Sun March 18, 2018
A life well lived. Prayers for all those who loved her.

Theresa Coish
   Posted Mon March 19, 2018
My deepest sympathy on the loss of your dear mother.

Mike Martino
   Posted Mon March 19, 2018
Mike and family,
Please accept my most sincere and heartfelt expression of sympathy over the loss of your prayers are with you

Mike Martino

Jack & Jo-Anne Sbrega
   Posted Mon March 19, 2018
Fred, Pat, and Rick,

Jo-Anne and I send our heartfelt condolences on this momentous loss. The loss of a parent always represents a significant milestone. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your Loved Ones in this difficult time.

Jack Sbrega

Maria & Robert Wilkinson
   Posted Mon March 19, 2018
"When the Lord calls our loved ones home, He leaves a gift of memories in exchange." We are very sorry to hear the passing of Mrs. Kalisz. May she rest in peace. Our prayers go out to the entire Kalisz family.

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