Jennie Koziol (Jean) Samsel

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Jennie (Jean) Koziol Samsel, 90, of Suffield, beloved wife of the late John G. Samsel Sr., died peacefully at the Suffield House on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. She was surrounded by her loving family.

Born Sept. 20, 1922, in Westfield, Mass., daughter of the late John and Mary Koziol, Jean graduated from Westfield High School in 1939. She met the love of her life, John, and they were married June 20, 1942.

After the war was over and her husband returned home from serving in the U.S. Navy, Jean and John co-owned and operated The JJ Market in Westfield for three years.

After closing the market, they moved to Hill Street in Suffield, where they took up farming. For 20 years, she was a farmer's wife. She worked hard on the farm growing tobacco, vegetables and canning vegetables. She was a faithful communicant of Saint Joseph's Church and an active member of the Women's Rosary Guild where she held the office of treasurer for many years. She was very active in the functions of the Suffield Volunteer Fire Department, as her husband was a volunteer firefighter for many years.

Jean's life was devoted to raising her family. She was always sewing, knitting and crocheting for them, and always served homemade dinners, cakes, pies, jellies and jams.

After she and her husband stopped raising tobacco, she worked at the A&P Market in Suffield as a cashier. After her husband passed away in 1978, she began working at the First National Bank of Suffield as a teller until her retirement. She was a big Red Sox fan and UConn Huskies fan, and most of all loved her Polish music and polka dancing. She was a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Besides her husband, she was predeceased by her son, John Jr. in 2011. She leaves behind her three children, James and his wife, Melanie, of Sutton, Mass., Jeanne and her husband, Gary LaBreck, of Agawam, Mass., and Jacquelyn and her husband, Stephen Drziak, of Suffield; and her daughter-in-law, Theresa Samsel, of South Windsor. She also leaves nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She leaves one brother, John (Doc) Koziol, and his wife, Phyllis, of Westfield, Mass. In addition, she leaves many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by one sister, Sophie Grimaldi; and three brothers, Walter, Eddie, and Henry (Mike) Koziol, all of Westfield, Mass. The family wishes to extend their heartfelt appreciation to the staff at the Suffield House for their kindness and loving care.

The funeral services will be Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, at 9 a.m. from the Heritage Funeral Home, 1240 Mountain Road, West Suffield; with a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Joseph Church at 10 a.m., 140 South Main St., Suffield. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Suffield.

Friends may call at the Heritage Funeral Home on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, from 4 to 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to The Suffield Fireman's Association, 73 Mountain Road, Suffield, CT 06078.

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Published in Journal Inquirer from Sept. 2 to Sept. 6, 2013
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