MYSTIC, Conn. - Iris Romanski died Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014, at the Westerly Nursing Home, at the age of 97. She had lived for many years in Mystic and moved to the Elms Retirement Residence in Westerly in February 2010.
Iris was born at home Oct. 26, 1917, in Rollingdam, New Brunswick, Canada, in the same room her mother was born in. Her parents were Oscar Johnson (a barber, storekeeper and farmer) and Clara McCrum (who was known to read tea leaves). Before she was married, Iris worked as a hand-dipper at the Ganong Brothers Chocolate Company in St. Stephen.
Iris married Edward Romanski in 1944 in Calais, Maine. Edward was a Navy SeaBee stationed at Quoddy Village, Eastport. After the war they returned to Norwich, Conn., where they lived with Edward's mother for a short time. They soon moved to Poquonnock Bridge, Groton, where two children were born. Edward built a house on Lambtown Road that the family moved to in 1955. Iris became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1963.
Iris belonged to the Poquonnock Bridge Baptist Church, where she was active for many years. She was an avid golfer and belonged to local women's leagues. She also loved to knit, crochet, and sew. She kept lovely flower gardens and was a homemaker par excellence.
Iris is survived by her children, Edward and Colleen Romanski, of Hopkinton, and Joanne and Arthur Crook, of South Africa; grandchildren, William and Manda Romanski and Erin and Steven LaMarre, of Westerly; James and Nicole Romanski, who lives at the homestead on Lambtown Road; and Andrew and Kerry Crook, of Knoxville; great-grandchildren, Emily LaMarre, Avery Romanski, Whitney Crook, and Walker Romanski; sisters, Lois Lombard, of Brockville, Ontario, and Eleanor Craig, of Rollingdam; and a brother, Paul Johnson, of Rollingdam. She was predeceased by her husband, Edward Romanski; a son, Wayne Johnson; a sister, Eileen Johnson; and brothers, Spike Johnson, Hewitt Johnson, Robert Johnson, and Ross Johnson.
Her family will receive friends Monday, Jan. 5, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Mystic Funeral Home, Route 1 in Mystic, followed by a service at 11 a.m. at the Poquonnock Bridge Baptist Church, 1241 Poquonnock Road, Groton. Burial will follow at the Elm Grove Cemetery, Route 27, Mystic.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Westerly Nursing Home for the care and compassion given to Iris during her time there as a resident.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Westerly Nursing Home to support resident activities: 79 Beach St. Westerly, RI 02891.
Published in The Westerly Sun from Jan. 2 to Jan. 3, 2015.