Rosemary Elinor Ptachcinski

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Rosemary Elinor Ptachcinski, 90, of South Windsor, beloved wife of Richard E. Ptachcinski, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, at St. Francis Hospital, surrounded by her devoted family.

She was the mother of Judith Jorgensen of Enfield, Richard J. Ptachcinski and his wife, Michele, of Florida, Thomas Ptachcinski and his wife, Glizel, of South Windsor, and Niel Ptachcinski and his wife, Kira, of South Carolina; and the mother-in-law of Lee Parsons. She was "Bachie" to nine grandchildren, Jonathan and his wife, Aylea, Rachel, Tyler, and Jenna Ptachcinski, Leah Adam, Ashley and her husband, Michael Whittle, Bryan Hall, Jay Jorgensen and his wife, Jenn, and William Jorgensen and his wife, Amy. She was blessed with eight great-grandchildren, Brea Rose and Annalise Nicole Ptachcinski, Miah, Sarah, Margaret, Bradford, Collin, and Landen Jorgensen; and she was the beloved aunt to many nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her son-in-law, Paul Jorgensen, and twin-sister, Josephine Murray.

Rosemary was born Feb. 23, 1928, the twin daughter of the late James and Catherine (Monahan) Smith of Waterbury. Rosemary met Richard while employed at Seth Thomas Clock Factory in Thomaston, and they married on Thanksgiving Day in 1951. They celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary on Nov. 22, 2018.

While deeply proud of her Irish heritage, she fully embraced the role of Polish grandmother, Bachie, to all who knew her. Rosemary was the backbone of support, encouragement, and pride to her entire family. They were the center of her world and she had a strong commitment to them. She spoke of them often, with unmistakable love and affection. She was a woman who possessed the key to happiness and, because of this, her time on Earth was a gift to all. Rosemary was always filled with a spirit that was uplifting, in the way she accepted life, the love she had for her husband and family, the excitement she had for gatherings and visits, and how she was always ready for the next adventure. Rosemary had a unique way of taking you along on her journey of happiness and contentment. She had a loving, welcoming, and generous heart for family, friends, simple acquaintances, and perfect strangers. Rosemary possessed an unwavering faith that carried her through her earthly journey and will welcome her on her next.

In addition to being dedicated to her family, she was always willing to "give back." For many years she coordinated the St. Mary White Elephant Sale. She was very proud of her time as the state coordinator of the Connecticut Chapter of the Interstitial Cystitis Society, where she worked tirelessly raising awareness and spent countless hours supporting others with the disease. She had a deep love for animals, having cats at her feet for most of her life. People could always count on her greeting cards being signed by Bachie, Jajie, and her beloved Gracie, accompanied by a little drawing of a cat. She loved music, especially ABBA, Neil Diamond, The Celtic Woman, and The Priests. She loved to play the piano and sing "I'm Saving My Money to Buy You a Rainbow" and "Mealtime at the Zoo" to grandchildren, family, and friends. Rosemary will always be dearly loved, missed, and never forgotten by those who were fortunate enough to have her touch their lives.

The family would like to send out special thanks to Rosemary's home therapists, Amanda and Jackie. They would also like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the entire eighth-floor team at St. Francis Hospital for their exceptional care and compassion.

Rosemary's family will receive friends on Friday, Dec. 7, from 9 to 11 a.m., at Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home, 419 Buckland Road, South Windsor, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at noon, at Our Lady of Peace, 370 May Road, East Hartford. Entombment will follow at St. Mary Mausoleum, East Hartford.

Memorial donations in Rosemary's name may be made to ,

The Interstitial Cystitis Society,

or ORTV, 15 Peach Orchard Road, Prospect, CT 06712.

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Published in Journal Inquirer from Dec. 6 to Dec. 10, 2018
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