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Mitchell 'Mike' Kijanka
February 03, 2024


Mitchell A. "Mike" Kijanka passed away on Saturday, February 3, 2024. He was the beloved husband of 55 years to Margaret E. (Hartley) Kijanka who passed away on February 5, 2019.

He was predeceased by his mother Czeslawa "Tessie" Kijanka in December of 2004.

He was born in Lowell, MA on June 29, 1941. He had a long career in banking with First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Lowell, Walden Bancorp in Acton, U.S. Trust in Boston, CambridgePort Bank, and Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union in Lowell, retiring in 2007.

Mike was a devout catholic and a communicant of St. Mary's Parish in Chelmsford where he also volunteered in the business office. Most recently, Mike enjoyed streaming daily masses from St. Bridget's Church in Abington, St. Catherine of Siena Church in Charlestown, and St. Irene's Church in Carlisle.

Mike was educated at Saint Stanislaus School, Keith Academy, and graduated from Lowell Commercial College. He also attended the University of Connecticut and Bentley College, receiving various banking certificates.

He is survived by his four daughters: Joanne O'Loughlin and her husband Michael of Nashua, Barbara McLaughlin and her husband John of Waltham, Patricia Hill and her husband Gregory of Chelmsford, and Brenda Plunkett and her husband John of Chelmsford, with whom Mike and his wife Margaret resided for the past few years.

He is also survived by his eleven grandchildren: Joshua, Kayleigh, Miles and Lorelei Plunkett, Kathleen, John Joseph and Matthew McLaughlin, Samantha O'Loughlin, Erin, Megan and James Hill.

He loved being called Grandpa by his grandchildren and they of course could do no wrong. He enjoyed being the only Yankee fan among his four Red Sox sons.

Donations may be made to Mike's favorite charities, the Alzheimer's Association, the American Cancer Society, the Salvation Army, and Saint Jude Hospital.

On Saturday, February 10, 2024 all are welcome to attend his calling hours from 9a.m.- 12 noon at McDonough Funeral Home, 14 Highland Street, Lowell 978-458-6816. His funeral service will take place in the funeral home at 12 noon. Burial will take place privately at a later date at Holy Trinity Cemetery.

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The McDonough Funeral Home
14 Highland Street
Lowell, MA 01852