Irene J “Marnie” (Chaber) Salicki, 90, of Berlin, died on Sept. 26, 2018, listening to Frankie sing “That’s Life” on her little boom box.
Irene was born in Dracut, Mass., the youngest of the fabulous Chaber girls born to the late Walter and Julia (Sudol) Chaber. She lived most of her life in New Britain with her devoted husband of 64 years, Zigmund “Boompie” Salicki, who passed in 2010. Irene loved her Polish heritage, traveling with friends, neighborhood get-togethers, shopping to fill up her “store” upstairs, and activities and dances at St. Jerome, where she was a charter member. As her eyesight left her, she would sit with her headphones on tuned in to WTIC, listening to her beloved Red Sox and/or UConn Husky girls. She loved dancing with Boompie and talking, talking, talking to family and friends. She could make soup out of anything ... even if you thought you had nothing.
Marnie leaves her daughter Diane and husband Thomas Cimino, of Berlin, with whom she made her home; her son Alan Salicki and wife Catherine of New Britain, and her daughter Julianne Vitiello and husband Michael, of Rio Rancho, N.M.; her adoring grandchildren, TJ Cimino, Amy Chaber Cimino, Ryan Cimino and wife Jill, and Amanda Salicki; and her delightful great-grandchildren, Christyan, Jack and Charlie. “Ja cię kocham.” She also leaves many nieces and nephews and her special Goddaughters: Karen Quinn and Bernadette Lyles. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her son Richard Salicki, her brothers: Julian, John and Stanley Chaber and her sisters: Stephanie Wajda, Janet Ault and Jean MaGuire. Marnie’s family wishes to thank Dr. Michael Honor, Dr. Gina Ratchford, Dr. Ed Truscinski, and Dr. Dennis Gianoli for their years of care, as well as Hospice of Hartford Healthcare for their end-of-life compassion.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held directly at St. Jerome Church on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, at 10 a.m. She will be laid to rest beside her husband in Sacred Heart Cemetery immediately following the Mass. The Duksa Family Funeral Homes at Burritt Hill, 332 Burritt St., New Britain, is in care arrangements. Per Irene’s wishes, there are no calling hours and the president is not invited to HER funeral either. To share a message of sympathy with her family, please visit us at www.duksa.net .