Mary Zera

February 1, 1929August 8, 2018

Mary (Kowalczyk) Zera, 89, widow of Stefan Zera, of Farmington, passed peacefully into God's arms on Wednesday, August 8, 2018. She was born in Poland and was daughter to the late Jan and Eleanora (Niedbala) Kowalczyk. Mary immigrated to the States in 1960 and brought her love and skill of crocheting and knitting with her, creating beautiful pieces, including afghans she regularly donated to the church for raffles. She was always a very hard worker, proudly helping the Ladies Guild bake babka breads for the church. Her love of singing brought her happiness, as a member of the Sacred Heart Choir. She also enjoyed flower gardening, was an avid bowler and most of all and spending time with family. She retired from Wire Mold in 1991 and was an active member of the Sacred Heart Ladies Guild. Mary is survived and will be dearly missed by her children: Hedwig Dziubasik of Farmington, John Zera and his wife Barbara of South Carolina, and Sophie Zera of New Britain. Her precious six grandchildren: Annette Higley, Christopher Dziubasik, Marcus Mancini, Joel Zera, Carl and Matthew Labbadia and four sweet great grandchildren: Rachel and Sarah Higley and Theodore and Gideon Zera. She is also survived by siblings in Poland,, Stanislaw Kowalczyk and Zofia Baldyga and many nieces and nephews. She was also predeceased by her beloved daughter, Barbara Hawkins and four siblings, Stefania Kowalczyk, Czeslawa Grala, Joseph Kowalczyk and Bronislaw Kowalczyk. A time of visitation will be held Monday, August 13, 2018 from 5-8pm at New Britain Memorial Donald D. Sagarino Funeral Home, 444 Farmington Ave., New Britain. Funeral services will begin Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018 at 8:30am at the funeral home followed by her Funeral Liturgy at 9:30am at Sacred Heart Church. Burial will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery. For directions or online messages, please visit


  • Jan Kowalczyk, Father
  • Eleanora (Niedbala) Kowalczyk, Mother
  • Stefan Zera, Husband
  • John and Barbara Zera, Son
  • Hedwig Dziubasik, Daughter
  • Sophie Zera, Daughter
  • Barbara Hawkins, Daughter
  • Stanislaw Kowalczyk, Brother
  • Joseph Kowalczyk, Brother
  • Bronislaw Kowalczyk, Brother
  • Zofia Baldyga, Sister
  • Stefania Kowalczyk, Sister
  • Czeslawa Grala, Sister
  • Christopher Dziubasik, Grandson
  • Marcus Mancini, Grandson
  • Joel Zera, Grandson
  • Carl Labbadia, Grandson
  • Matthew Labbadia, Grandson
  • Annette Higley, Granddaughter
  • Theodore Zera, Great Grandson
  • Gideon Zera, Great Grandson
  • Rachel Higley, Great Granddaughter
  • Sarah Higley, Great Granddaughter
  • She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.


  • Calling Hours Monday, August 13, 2018
  • Brief Gathering Prior to Church Tuesday, August 14, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, August 14, 2018
  • Burial Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Mary Zera

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