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Johanna Kuzmich DuBois

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Johanna Kuzmich DuBois, of East Orleans, died Monday, May 23, 2011, in Brookline, after a long illness. She was born in Perth Amboy, N.J., to the late Prohor and Vera Kuzmich on July 13, 1929. She was raised in the Russian Orthodox faith and as a young woman sang in a Russian A Cappella choir. She had a lovely singing voice. "Jennie" was a high school English teacher until she retired in 1997 from Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School. She received a teaching degree from Douglas Rutgers College and later a master's in education from Newton College of the Sacred Heart. She also taught high school in Metuchen, N.J., Hanover, N.H., and Shrewsbury. She married the late Rev John S. DuBois on June 13, 1955, and at this time became an Episcopalian. Alongside her husband, she served the Episcopal Church while living in Spotswood, N.J., Englewood, N.J., Indianapolis, Ind., and Auburn. She enjoyed the natural surroundings and gardens of her home in East Orleans. She loved the written word: playing Scrabble was a favorite pastime and she was an avid reader. Her love for God and her strong faith made her a grounded, and family oriented woman. She was deeply loved by those who knew her and she will be deeply missed. She is survived by four children, Jennifer Zoe DuBois of Brookline, Vera DuBois of East Orleans, Peter DuBois of Belmont, Paul DuBois of New Bedford; and her grandson, whom she "loved the mostest," John DuBois of Brookline. She is also survived by a sister, Mary Gungor of Avenel, N.J.; sister-in-law, Jane Kuzmich of Rahway, N.J.; a nephew, John Easton, and a niece, Susan Gungor, of Avenel, N.J. Her funeral service will be held Thursday, June 2, at 11 a.m., at the Church of the Holy Spirit, 204 Monument Road, Orleans. Burial will follow in Orleans Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis, 10866 West Washington Blvd., #343, Culver City, CA, 90232 or www.coalitionforpf.org. For online condolences and directions, please visit www.nickersonfunerals.com.

Published in The Brookline Tab from May 29 to June 5, 2011
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