Iris Romanski
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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.

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Published in The Westerly Sun from Jan. 2 to Jan. 3, 2015.
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January 10, 2015
Ed and Joanne, I am sorry to hear of your loss
Carl (Buzz) Nielsen
January 6, 2015
On behalf of Mabel S. Arsenault and me we would like to pass on our condolences for the loss of Iris. Mabel was so shocked to hear of the news, she spoke if her often as a true friend would. As the light grows dimmer for Mabel; as yet another fond friend is removed. Again our condolences are sent to the family of a dear friend. Mabel S. Arsenault and Dennis W. Harlow, Attorney in Fact for Mabel.
Dennis Harlow
January 6, 2015
Sorry for the family's loss. I enjoyed working with Iris over the last couple of years. She was very proud of her family and loved them dearly. Her family is why she lived her life. Sad place in my heart for your loss.
Richard Wucik
January 6, 2015
Ed, Joanne...So sorry for your loss. My condolences to you and the rest of your family.
Gary Poe
January 5, 2015
Rollingdam 1930
Mark Hewitt Johnson
January 5, 2015
Mark Hewitt Johnson
January 3, 2015
My sympathies to the family during this trying time. Hugs and prayers,Ross Craig, Montreal,p.q.,Canada
January 3, 2015
Both Iris and her husband Ed were such a big part of our lives growing up in New Brunswick. Although I have not seen Iris for a number of years, I often have thoughts of the so called old days and Iris was always included in those memories. I am sure that she will be sadly missed by friends and family and all those who had the privledge to know her. Rest in peace aunt Iris, you will be forever in our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with all members of the Romanski family. Terry and Mercedes Johnston, Ajax, Ontario, Canada
January 3, 2015
To Edward and Joanne and family's our sympathy to you and your family at this very difficult time. Many great memories of your mom when she came home. God gained another angel.

Randal Johnson and Family
January 3, 2015
Yes my aunt iris was a lovely person. I never called her aunt iris. And she would always say to me to call her aunt iris. Love her. Sweet aunt.
Julie Johnson meek
January 2, 2015
Words of sorrow are quickly replaced with wonderful memories of years gone bye. Nephew John
John Johnston
January 2, 2015
Iris was a wonderful woman who cared deeply for her family. Sorry to hear of her passing. Condolences to all the family, Debbie
January 2, 2015
In loving memory of my sister Iris,Much sympathy to Colleen and Ed and all the Romanski family at this sad time, my prayers and thoughts are with you all. Love to all Lois and Tom
January 2, 2015
RIP Joanne & Peter Craig and families
January 2, 2015
I will always cherish some wonderful memories of Aunt Iris....we always had great visits when she returned to her home place... Rolling Dam.....sending love and prayers to my cousins at this difficult you all
Paulette Johnson Parker and Family
St. Stephen, N.B. Canada
January 2, 2015
A rose in Memory of Aunt Iris.
Iris is our Aunt with whom we spent a lot of time with over the years. She was a lovely Aunt to us all. We visited her and Uncle Ed in their home many times with our family when we were children, and also with my husband in later years. She would take us to the beach, shopping, etc. with her good friend Gabe. We will miss her but we will keep her in our hearts.
Barbara Dougherty
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