“Dollie” Mikolajcik, born Wilma Alvina Newman on Sept. 19, 1923, in Leoti, Kansas, passed away peacefully on July 30, 2014. She grew up in Vallejo and helped her parents run the Soda fountain and student store across from Vallejo High School in the 1940s. She served in the Marine Corps in WWII where she met her husband, John (Mickey) Mikolajcik. In 1954, Dollie and Mickey founded Mid City Nursery.
Most American Canyon residents knew her for her years of service and kindness to the members of the community, and her and her late husband’s efforts in bringing about the incorporation of American Canyon as a city. As her husband was known as the Father of American Canyon, Dollie was truly the Mother of the city. Working with other longtime residents of the area, she conceived of and recently published the book “American Canyon History: Footsteps in Time” for the city of American Canyon. Her contributions to the Napa area were honored recently by the group Preservation Napa Valley at the Napa Valley Museum; she was recognized as the keynote speaker for the Nov. 11, 2013, Veterans Day ceremony in American Canyon.
Dollie loved serving others and encouraged her sons to pursue their interests in sports, music and camping. Dollie is survived by her two sons, John and Walter. She loved spending time with her six grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, at Colonial Chapel in Vallejo.