Pauline M. (Johnson) Buczynski

of Ashby; 90

ASHBY -- Well done, thou good and faithful servant Enter into the joy of thy Lord". (Matthew 25:21) On the morning of October 13th, Pauline M. Buczynski did exactly that. Pauline was born Jan. 30, 1922 in Middletown, CT, the oldest of three children born to George and Mildred (Smith) Johnson. After high school, Pauline began her nurses training at Quincy City Hospital. During World War II, she enlisted in the Army Nurses Corps as a second Lieutenant, and was discharged in 1946. After the war, she attended Gordon College. With a degree in Religious Education, she took a teaching position at Providence Bible College in Rhode Island.

During these post-war years, she met John J. Buczynski, whom she married on Aug. 20, 1946. Together they enrolled in the Christian Missionary Alliance Training Institute in Nyack, NY. By the time of their graduation, the couple had three children. For more than 50 years, Pauline partnered in ministry with John, serving congregations in ME, CT, NH, TX, as well as three different congregations in MA.

With a passion for life-long learning, Pauline earned her teacher certification, two Masters degrees, and a Certificate of Advance Graduate Studies. Pauline enjoyed a rich and varied professional career. Pauline served as the industrial nurse at the Diamond Match factory in Rumford, ME. After moving to CT, she taught in the last one-room school house in CT, and also served as a principal in Scotland, CT. Moving next to Rumney, NH, Pauline taught at the campus school at Plymouth State College. Moving to Fitchburg, in the late sixties, Pauline taught as a reading specialist, and later as a classroom teacher in a local Christian School. Turning her attention back to nursing, Pauline taught at the Burbank school of nursing. She was also, for a time, the director of the VNA in Fitchburg. During three years in Texas, she both taught school and worked as a nurse in an area nursing home.

Pauline was an avid reader. She loved to sew, knit, crochet and bake. She adored her pets.

Mrs. Buczynski is survived by her husband of 66 years, Rev. John J. Buczynski, her daughter, Priscilla Rocker & husband, David of Federal Way, Washington, daughter Ruth Buczynski, PhD, son Stephen and his wife Susan (Jarvi) of Ashby. Polly had six grandchildren, Jonathan, Joel, Christie, Angela, Nicole and Carrie and 5 great-grandchildren, Remiah, Jacey, Ryan, Cameron and Nathan.

Mrs. Buczynski was predeceased by a sister Eleanor Melanson and brother George Johnson, Jr., as well as Christine E Huda, partner of Ruth Buczynski. She will be sorely missed not only by her family, but by literally thousands of colleagues and friends to whom she reached out over the years with wise advice and compassionate acts of kindness.

BUCZYNSKI -- A Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 10:30am in the Highland Baptist Church, 19 Cedar St., Fitchburg. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery Ashby. Calling hours will be held Tuesday, October 16, 2012 from 5 until 7pm in the Aubuchon-Moorcroft Funeral Home, 132 Woodland St., Fitchburg.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be sent to the , 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472.

Published in Sentinel & Enterprise from Oct. 15 to Oct. 16, 2012