Genevieve “Jean” D. Shiok died peacefully on March 7, 2019, at Mission Oaks Assisted Living in Oxford, Fla. She was 93 years young. She was a resident of The Villages in Lady Lake, Fla., for 28 years and a resident at The Carriage House for three years. Jean was born in New Britain, Conn., on Dec. 1, 1925, the youngest daughter of Felix and Sophie (Toczko) Kayko. She spent her childhood in New Britain and married her high school sweetheart, Edward W. Shiok. She was a beautician and cosmetologist working at Val’s Hairstyling in New Britain, for 24 years, providing leadership and management for the business in the later years.
Upon her retirement, Jean and Ed moved to Orange Blossom Gardens (now The Villages) in 1987; her husband passed away in 1988. Jean became very involved with all of the activities that The Villages had to offer. Her love for theater led her to the Way Way Way Off Broadway Players, first as a performer and then as a make-up artist for theater productions for many groups. Even late in life, she was often recognized by theater players as the person who had done their make-up for a show. She was a member of the Polish Club, The Connecticut Club, the Singles Club, and Country Club Hills Women’s Club. Jean was also a volunteer for Hospice in Lake Sumter. Jean was an avid golfer, tennis and pickleball player winning several trophies. At the age of 85, she finally got her hole-in-one! She was a bowler for St. Timothy’s League, loved card games and Mexican Train and was rarely home in the evenings as she was engaged in activities at Paradise Recreation Center. Her children often referred to her as the “Poster Girl” for the Villages Lifestyle. Jean was a member of St. Timothy Catholic Church, Lady Lake, Fla., and Sacred Heart Church, New Britain, Conn. She was also a member of St. Timothy’s Lady’s Guild.
She is survived by her sons, Edward W. Shiok, Lady Lake, Fla., and Douglas R. Shiok and daughter-in-law, Nancy Shiok of The Villages, Fla.; her three grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, two step-great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, Jean was predeceased by her brothers, Edward, Stanley, and Henry Kayko, and her sisters, Stella Skurzewski, Helen Baldyga, and Lucille Ferony.
Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, March 22, 2019, from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. at the Duksa Family Funeral Homes at Burritt Hill, 332 Burritt St., New Britain, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Sacred Heart Church at 10 a.m. She will be laid to rest beside her husband in Sacred Heart Cemetery. To share a message of sympathy with her family, please visit www.duksa.net .