Rita E. (Kosciusko) Niekrash, 90, died peacefully Monday, Oct. 3, 2016 in the Avery Heights Skilled Nursing Center in Hartford. Her husband of 68 years, Dr. Michael Niekrash, died in June 2016.
She was born and raised on a dairy farm in Grafton, Mass., a daughter of Edward and Stefania (Kozlowski) Kosciusko. For most of her adult life, she lived in West Hartford, Conn., where she raised her family. She also worked for many years as the office manager in the dental practice of her husband in Hartford, Conn. Mrs. Niekrash was a graduate of Clark University, majoring in economics. She was a member of St. Timothy’s Church in West Hartford.