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PATSY JEDRZEJEWSKI

PATSY JEDRZEJEWSKI - CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Patsy Jedrzejewski, Mrs. Jed to many, was born on April 3, 1949 in Wilmington, DE to Patricia Aikin and the late Bennett Lockhart Aikin. She enjoyed a life full of music, sunshine, love and happiness until May 1, 2013. She has left behind many family members who are so lucky to belong to her. Her mother Patricia Aikin, daughters Jill Karpel of Dover, DE and Janna P Hamel of Laramie, WY and her son Jonny Jedrzejewski of Los Angeles, CA, her son in laws Todd Karpel and Jerry Hamel, and her five special grandchildren who are the luckiest kids ever to have her as their grandmother; Eliza and Asa Karpel, and Bennett, Sawyer, and Finn Hamel. Ken Jedrzejewski, her husband whom she called Keggy, and in later years Base Unit, was her support, her best friend, the love of her life, and her real life prince charming. Patsy and Ken had just celebrated their 42nd anniversary and their life together was a true love story to be admired by everyone who knew them. Patsy and Ken moved to Vermont in 1975 and it's a funny thing because she was a sun lover. Cold and snow were not for her. Putting the weather aside, Patsy and Ken raised their three children in Colchester, which they felt was a great place to raise them. Many summers were spent on their boat at Marble Island in Malletts Bay. Patsy loved every minute of that, sitting on the front of the boat in her bathing suit as the wind messed up her hair on a trip around the lake. In 1981, Patsy started what would turn out to be the perfect career for her; a preschool teacher and owner of Creative Playgroup Preschool. Her love for children and their love for her kept her school going for over 30 years. Over those years many children have come to love Mrs. Jed and she loved each and every one of them. She was a teacher that they will never forget. She was special, she was magical, and she was a beautiful fairy princess who could turn tears into pearls. She was their Mrs. Jed. Nobody else was like her. The school continued, Ken's business thrived and she watched her son become successful in his career, her daughters' get married and bless her with grandchildren. She loved them so much. After many years of the school, their children all having moved out of state, and reaching that retirement age, Patsy and Ken packed up their beautiful house on the River and moved to Florida. Patsy was free to sit outside and soak up the sun anytime she wanted. She waited so long to escape the frozen north and sadly her time in her new Florida home was short, but she was able to live out the rest of her days in the climate where she belonged. In the town of Colchester Patsy is an icon, a town celebrity. In the summer she could be seen riding around town in her 1964 Rambler convertible, bathing suit on, oldies playing from the cassette deck on the seat beside her, and her beautiful long hair blowing in the wind. She was in the Colchester July 4th parade every summer and students past and present always loved to see her drive by, waiting for a smile and a wave. Her last summer in Vermont, she was honored by being the Grand Marshal in that parade. It was the perfect last parade for her. She was always in a bathing suit, always longing for the sun and the ocean, which is her favorite place to be. She loved riding the waves and licking the salt water from her skin. Patsy was a lover of music. She played the piano, harmonica, banjo, ukulele, harpsichord, and the guitar and was always singing. She always had a song in her heart and in her head. Someone would say something that would make her think of a line to a song and without thinking, she would sing it. She would always break out in song, any time, any place. There are so many unique things about Patsy that made her the cherished person that she was. She loved to be barefoot, despised wearing shoes, and even though it wasn't allowed, often went barefoot into stores because she was Mrs. Jed and she could do that. She loved bathing suits and owned more than any person probably owns in their lifetime. She wore one every day in warm weather. She was a child at heart and loved anything glittery and sparkly, fairies, and make believe. If more people had her youthful outlook on life there would be so many more happy people in this world. She always had a smile on her face. She was cheerful and upbeat, and with her contagious smile and laugh could put a smile on anyone's face. She was truly one of a kind. She has made us all better people for knowing her and being a part of her life. On the day she left this world, her family walked out of the hospital doors and were rained on while thunder boomed and lightning lit up the sky. Patsy had taken her sunshine with her. Later that evening after the rain cleared, the sun peeked through and a beautiful rainbow appeared in the sky; her way of letting it be known that she had made it to her destination. Patsy thoroughly enjoyed her life. She should be sitting by her pool in the sun with her best friend and love, spending time with her children, watching her grand- children graduate, get married and have children of their own. Life can be unfair and painful but every one of us who has been touched by the warm smile and presence of Patsy in their lives is a better person for it. Right now and for forever she will be smiling and singing, dancing with the fairies and sprinkling glitter down on us all. Please visit http://www.fullermetz.com/obituaries/PATRICIA-JEDRZEJEWSKI5212160847/?wms_redirected=1 or www.fullermetz.com under obituaries to view Patsy's life tribute and share a memory or picture. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Camp Ka-tum-ka. Donations can be made online at www.takumta.org A celebration of Patsy's life will be held at the Hilton in Burlington, VT, Friday, June 14th from 4pm until 9pm. If you'd like to share a memory of Patsy, please bring that with you. All are welcome. Special note to Patsy: Please excuse us, for any gramatacal or punkshuashon errors. Love!!


Published in The Burlington Free Press on May 4, 2013
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