Mary Ellen Szymanski
1947 - 2020
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Mary Ellen Szymanski 1947 - 2020
BOZRAH - Mary Ellen Szymanski beloved wife of Raymond F. Szymanski, died unexpectedly Thursday, March 12, 2020 in the arms of her husband Ray.
They just celebrated their 30 year wedding anniversary, having been married on February 10, 1990 in Bozrah, CT.
Mary recently celebrated her 73 birthday and was born February 1, 1947 in Whitinsville, MA. She was the daughter of Cecelia Cichonski Parker and the late Robert Parker, Sr. iShe went on to graduate from Northbridge high school in Whitinsville, MA. Mary worked at TYL Middle School in Montville, CT as a paraprofessional. She was a member of the Divine Providence National Catholic Church, and was an organizer and promoter of the Ocean Beach Polka-Jam Festival. Mary also owned and operated Szymanski Electric with her husband. Mary and Ray have been doing a live Polka-Jam radio show as DJ's for the last 20 years at WCNI 90.9FM in New London, CT.
Mary was a special kind of woman, who was loved by everyone. She was so dynamic and articulate, and truly a woman with so much to offer and taken too soon. She will be sadly missed.
In addition to her husband Ray, she leaves behind two children; Kerri and John Gagnon, four stepchildren; Joshua, Latoya, Corey, and Shawna Szymanski. Two brothers Ronald A. (Sally) Parker and Lee J. Parker. Sister Jo Ann Parker Boudreau, as grandchildren lily and Finnegan, several nieces, and nephews, and sister in law Aline Parker. Mary was predeceased by her brother, Robert A. Parker, Jr.
The funeral will assemble on Thursday, March, 19 at 9:45 a.m. at the Woyasz & Son Funeral Home, 141 Central Ave., followed by a Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. at Divine Providence Church. Burial will be at Divine Providence Cemetery. Calling hours will be held on Wendsday from 5 - 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Published in Norwich Bulletin from Mar. 14 to Mar. 16, 2020.
Calling hours
05:00 - 08:00 PM
Funeral Mass
11:00 AM
Divine Providence Church
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June 5, 2020
She was a wonderful person and a great friend. I have so many memories Polka dancing and parties with her. Will be greatly missed. RIP you will be in my heart forever
Carolyn palo
March 19, 2020
Ray, I am so sorry for your loss of Mary Ellen. I did not know her but I know you and to know you must have been real easy to know her.

I respected you in all of the jobs we did together and know now she was a very important partner in the business, so it is easy for me to understand how you must feel.

God bless you my friend.

Al le Page
albert le page
March 18, 2020
Mary you will always be in my prayers. The many good times we shared. Will miss hearing your voice on the
Carol Caplet
March 18, 2020
So sorry to hear your news. She was such a lovely lady and I will miss not seeing you both together. We had some good times that I will always remember from Polka Jam to your radio show chats.
Cathy Harwood
March 18, 2020
Cathy Harwood
March 17, 2020
Roxann Rush
March 16, 2020
Ray & Family Mary was such a Rspecial lady..Im going to miss her so much.when shr stopped in to see me at work.. we had some great laughs.. RIP Sweet Mary.. till we meet again... HUGS
Roxan Rush
March 16, 2020
Ray, My sincere sympathy in the loss of your wife. My prayers and Thoughts are with you.Barbara Kargul Greczkowski
Barbara Kargul-Greczkowski
March 16, 2020
Ray and Family,
I am so sorry to hear of Mary Ellen's passing. She was my cousin on the Parker side. Growing up, I always saw Mary Ellen as the "Queen of the Dance;" so beautiful, classy and funny. I looked up to her. Later in life we saw each other only at rare gatherings and funerals. I can say she was still the same beautiful and kind cousin to me. Mary Ellen was also very good to my mother (her Aunt Faye Parker Walker) and when my mother passed away, Mary Ellen was instrumental in helping to organize her post funeral service church reception in Northbridge. I believe there are many family angels in heaven there to welcome Mary Ellen home.
Love and sympathy to you and your family,
Wendie (Walker) Allain
wendie allain
March 15, 2020
We know Ray and Mary from the WCNI Polka show and Rock the Docks in Norwich. Mary most times answered the phone at CNI and asked about our family, our life and we would share jokes. She was always dedicating a song to Jane and I and the Grandkids, or the guys I would be working with at that time of night. We will miss her! There is another Angel in heaven.
Russell and Jane Smith
Gales Ferry Ct
Russell Smith
March 15, 2020
john hurchala
March 15, 2020
Ray, we are so sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God bless Mary, RIP Amen.
Glenn Duch
March 15, 2020
My thought and prayers go to u and the family. So sorry to hear about Mary.
Janice Duch Dickinson
March 14, 2020
Mary my Love. I already miss your warm tender touches, your sweet kisses, your wonderful smile and you yourself not being there for me when I come home. Missing all the things we do together.Mary,I loved you then, I love you still,I always have,I always will. Your the only Love I will ever have. Dont ever worry about me going adrift. I'll be your heart until we meet. Save that first dance for me. Loving you forever, Your Loving Husband Ray
Ray Szymanski
March 14, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time of sorrow.Was sad to hear of my cousin Mary Ellens passing.Sending love to all...
Nancy Bouley
March 14, 2020
Sweetheart Ill miss your smile ,your tender loving touch, your kisses and your hugs. Mary I loved you then, I love you still,I always have, I always will. Ill always be in your heart. My love for you will never drift. Until we meet again, save that dance for me. Love forever, your loving husband Ray
March 14, 2020

Absolutely shocking. Just saw you and her down below. Just got home from Backus today after another K. stone (Sat.). Such a wonderful human being. In Polka heaven. So sorry. GOD bless her soul. Due to CV won't be down below for a while.
Bud & Sue Avdevich
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