Michalina (Kurys) Soborski, 92, Survived Forced Labor Camp

soborskiMichalina (Kurys) Soborski, 92, of Methuen and formerly of Haverhill, passed away Saturday, June 4, at her home.

She was born in Poland Sept. 29, 1923, daughter of the late Andrew and Anna (Sakowska) Kurys. Her parents immigrated to the USA in 1897 and lived in Haverhill first working in the shoe shops. Eventually they opened and ran a neighborhood shop on Arch Street. After WWI they returned to Poland where she was born, 10 years after the birth of her youngest brother.

Soborski was raised and educated in Rudnik, Poland. Orphaned at an early age, she spent World War II in Austria, being sent there for forced labor in 1940. She continued in contact until the end with the kind Karner family, with whom she spent the war working on their farm. She returned to Poland after the war ended. She met her future husband, Stanislaw and married shortly after in 1952. She immigrated to the USA in 1959 along with her husband and children and lived in Haverhill until 1978 when they moved to Methuen. She was last employed as an assembler at Western Electric.

She was the wife of the late Stanislaw Soborski who passed away on September 22, 2007. She was also predeceased by her brothers, Jozef, Michal, Antoni and Leon Kurys and her sister, Zofia (Kurys) Borowski. She is survived by her son Andrew Soborski and his wife Cecylia of Dalton; daughter Barbara and her husband Robert Brustowicz of Newton; grandchildren Natalia, Alexander and his wife, Estee, Katherine, Allison and Caroline; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours Friday, June 10, from 6 to 9 p.m., at H.L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Home, 106 Summer St. Her funeral is Saturday, June 11, beginning at 10 a.m., at the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11, at All Saints Church, Haverhill. Interment follows in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Haverhill. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Marian Fathers; National Shrine of the Divine Mercy; Stockbridge, MA (413) 298-3931.