Victoria Wallace "Vicki" Wallace(1947 - 2013)



Victoria L. (Kolokoski) Wallace, 66, of Andover, CT, passed away peacefully, on Sunday, December 29, 2013. Those left to treasure her memory include her former husband, Michael F. Wallace of Andover; two children, Jessica (Wallace) and her husband, James Tremblay, of Bedford, NH, and Bryce Wallace and his wife, Christa (Jobs), of Easthampton, MA; and 2 grandchildren, Alexa Wallace Tremblay and Jackson Saunders Tremblay, of Bedford, NH. Vicki is also survived by her three siblings, Susan Briggs, and Edward Collins both of Michigan, and Rick Kolmin of Ohio. She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Ethel Kolokoski of Michigan. Born July 18, 1947 in Detroit, Michigan, Vicki attended high school in Royal Oak and graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in elementary education. Moving to Connecticut in 1970, she pursued her passion for working with young people and taught elementary and pre-school for a combined twenty six years in Columbia, Andover, and Coventry. Vicki's students often referred to her as "Mrs. Green," because she loved the color green and wore it head to toe every day (except for Saint Patrick's Day). Vicki always believed that actions speak louder than words and she was not happy unless she was doing her part to make the world a better place. Over the years she poured her heart and soul into programs such as the Andover Library Board, Andover Economic Development Commission, Community Organized and Operated Latchkey Program (COOL), Brownies, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Playgroup, Andover Library Story Hour, Andover Playschool, and the Andover Beautification Committee to name a few. Andover residents may recall running into Vicki at the town transfer station where she collected recyclables for CART (Collecting Andover's Returnable Treasures) or at the Andover Historical Society's museum at the Old Town Hall where she served as a docent (dressed in colonial wear) and helped to paint a sixty foot mural depicting the history of Andover. Her most ardent work included her many contributions to Andover, Hebron, and Marlborough Youth and Family Services (AHM). She served on the Executive Committee for ten years and on several subcommittees, including the Juvenile Review Board and Project Graduation, of which she was the general chairperson for three consecutive years. She was particularly fond of her work with the Family Resource Center that brought activities to parents of newborns throughout Andover, Hebron, and Marlborough. In 1997, Vicki received AHM's Friend of Youth Award, an honor bestowed upon one of the region's most outstanding citizens. Vicki was a truly unique and passionate woman, a loving and caring friend, and someone who always brought out the best in others. She greatly cherished time with her children and grandchildren, all of whom she nurtured with unconditional love and support. A memorial to celebrate her life will be held at 11:00am, Friday, January 10th, at the First Congregational Church of Andover, 359 Route 6, Andover, Connecticut. Memorial donations may be made in lieu of flowers to AHM Youth Services, 25 Pendleton Drive, Hebron, Connecticut 06248.



Published in The Hartford Courant on Jan. 6, 2014