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Jane Teresa Siemaszko Opalacz, forever young, took her last breath peacefully at the home where she lived for 66 years. She will be remembered as our family matriarch, known for her devout faith, lifelong friendships and, of course, fabulous fashion. If you knew her you understood her criticism and admired her competitiveness. Jane was born in New Haven to Kleofas and Stefania Siemaszko. She was the child between her older sister Sophia and her younger sister Jozia. She attended Commercial High School (now Wilbur Cross) and Stone Business School. Jane loved to dance and have fun and finally settled with her mate for life, Ed, a fellow falcon from Middletown. Our mom was the best of moms, being there for all our endeavors, paying close attention to our educational growth as she watched our many athletic and personal activities. She was on the PTA of St. Mary's School and was one of the founding members of the Home and School Association of Mercy and Xavier. As we became part of teams, she became active in the organizations, serving on the Women's Board of the Middlesex YMCA and many booster clubs. Jane loved her community, being active in first and foremost, the Polish Falcons, where she received the highest National award the Gold Legion of Honor. She was a lifelong member who competed as a kid in Nest 81 and later with our dad, grew the youth program in Nest 519. She loved taking part in the falcon dance group and serving on the awards and scholarship committees. She was a member of the Ladies Guild of St. Mary's, the Catholic War Vets Auxiliary, and the St Mary's Senior Club. One of Jane's favorite fundraisers was the Tour of Homes to raise money for the YMCA. She most enjoyed her friends, family, bridge clubs, tennis, reading, scrabble, cruises and tennis trips. We were all impressed when she took up the game of tennis in the first year of empty-nesting and proceeded to impress all with her grit and athleticism well into her 80s. Family was everything to Jane and she will be deeply missed by those who loved her, including her faithful sister Jozia, and her four children; Clifford and his wife Patricia of Waterford, Edward Jr. and his wife Mary of Durham, Stanislaus and his wife Kayoko of Middletown, and Teresa and her husband Ken Landy of Durham. Her faithful grandchildren; Edward III (EJ), Brian, Roman, Genna, Aniella, Arissa, Stefan, Tucker, Jane ("Sheena"), and Kendra; and her precious great grandchildren Edward IV (Edj), Norah, Cove, and Carson. Also, her godchildren Maryjo Gargano and Billy Novicki, and many nieces and nephews. Living such a long and rewarding life she was predeceased by many but most notable her husband Edward and sister Sophia Potoczak. The family would like to especially thank all the family and friends that supported her through the years. Her life will be celebrated on Monday (Jan. 14th) at 10:30 a.m. with a Catholic Mass at St Mary's of Czestochowa Church, 79 S. Main St., Middletown, and she will be laid to rest at Calvary Cemetery. Friends and family may call at Biega Funeral Home, 3 Silver St., Middletown on Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. Donations in Jane's memory may be made to the St. Mary's Church Renovation Fund, 79 S. Main St., Middletown, CT 06457 and/or Mercy High School, 1740 Randolph Rd., Middletown, CT 06457, Xavier High Schools, 181 Randolph Rd., Middletown, CT 06457. To share memories or express condolences online please visit www.biegafuneralhome.com.
Published in The Hartford Courant on Jan. 11, 2019
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