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Janet Louise Velcojski

1933 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Janet Louise Velcojski Obituary

Janet Louise Velcojski (Lehan), 80, of Niantic passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, August 2, 2014 after a short and blessedly pain-free battle with cancer. She was born on September 26, 1933 in Somerville, MA, beloved daughter of Charles J. Lehan and Charlotte L. Kempsey (Lehan) and spent her early years in Lexington, MA and graduated from St. Mary's High School in Waltham, MA in 1951. She was the loving wife of the late Andrew H. Velcojski. She leaves behind her three sons, Daniel J. Velcofsky and wife Stacy Kowaluk of East Granby, CT, Peter A. Velcofsky and wife Sally Velcofsky of Cheshire, CT and John C. Velcofsky of Pompano Beach, FL; two brothers, Daniel Lehan and wife Nancy Lehan of Bedford, MA and Charles M. Lehan and Adele LaFrance of Wells and York, ME; Ellen Lehan (Finnegan) of Chelmsford, MA and a sister, Marian Lehan of Tennessee; her grandchildren, Michael and Sarah Velcofsky of East Granby, CT, Zachary, Emma and Hanna Velcofsky of Cheshire, CT and Jack Velcofsky of Loxahatchee, FL. In addition she leaves a large group of nieces and nephews; Patricia, Joyce, Catherine and Charlie of the Chelmsford Lehans and Mary Beth, Joanne, Patricia, Amy and Michael of the Bedford Lehans and all of their children. She also had a large group of friends and co-workers, all of whom she loved dearly and many of whom were of indispensable help to her and the family toward the end. The family would specifically like to thank a few of her oldest and dearest friends for their constant friendship, help and support; Jean Crandlemire, Nancy Davis Quinn, Michelle Turner and the late Ruth Rando, all of Niantic. She spent many years working at SNETCo (Southern New England Telephone Co.) as an information operator in both New London and Old Saybrook, and came from a long family tradition of service to the phone company. She absolutely loved Niantic and especially McCook Pt. Park, where she and her children spent many days in the summers. She also loved to listen to old recordings of the Boston Pops, especially around Christmastime. She was an avid lifelong reader and could often be seen lurking in the stacks at the East Lyme Public Library. It is this passion coupled with her education at the hands of the nuns of St. Mary's that allowed her to ascend to the position (self-appointed) of Commissioner of the Grammar Police. Irish to the core, she never let her children forget their own Irish heritage and was known to opine that it was only the Irish blood in them that saved them. There will be a memorial service and celebration of her unique life on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 1:00pm at the Thomas J. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home, 48 Grand St., Niantic, CT. There will be a gathering at the funeral home starting at 12 noon. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in her memory to your local public library. Condolence messages may be left on Janet's memorial page at www.neilanfuneralhome.com.

Published in The Hartford Courant on Aug. 14, 2014
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