Geraldine Veronica Rose Janowski, (known to those who knew and loved her as ("Gerrie"), 86, of New Britain, and West Dennis, MA, passed away peacefully on Aug. 11, 2022 at Jerome Home.
Gerrie was born at home in New Britain on Dec. 3, 1935 to the late Peter and Mary (Kozlowski) Janowski. She was a graduate of New Britain High School class of 1953.
Gerrie was employed at Stanley Tools for 38 years, retiring in 1994 as Manager of Data Operations. In the early 60’s, Gerrie took a three-year hiatus and headed to Florida with her friend Anita where she made many long-lasting friendships.
She was an active member of Holy Cross Church and The Children of Mary Sodality. Gerrie looked forward to Wednesdays with Stanley Seniors. She was a diehard Red Sox fan and huge UCONN Girls basketball fan, having traveled to many championship games. She traveled extensively within the United States, visiting National Parks, presidential libraries, and homes along the way.
Gerrie's travels included two cross country Canadian trips by car, two Caribbean cruises, and a most memorable trip to Maui with Anita and family to visit her niece Sandy and Frank. She enjoyed local casinos, and Las Vegas where she would enjoy a show and drop a few bucks on the slots and blackjack table. Gerrie had a great sense of humor and was a fierce competitor when playing cards or board games. She was always up for a challenge and a good time.
Gerrie owned a home on Cape Cod for over 48 years. During that time, she experienced all the Cape had to offer. Best of all was what Gerrie had to offer: entertaining her neighbors by hanging out her personal undergarments on the clothesline as well as cocktail parties on the deck with plenty of laughs that lasted well past the intended end time. She looked forward to yearly summer get-togethers in Chatham, MA with the Feore families and with Anne Donovan in Orleans, MA.
Tag sales, the fireworks and antique car show in September, Thanksgiving meals, New Year's Eve Gong shows were enjoyed by Gerrie, Anita and numerous friends. She loved eating at Kream 'N' Kone, Swan River Restaurant, Arnold's and shopping at Cuffy's. Evening walks on West Dennis Beach were a must. Her home was always open to visitors.
Gerrie is survived by Anna Bosch, her lifelong friend. She also leaves behind her loving niece, Laura Whitehead (Bob) and daughters Anne Brazdzionis (James) and Olivia Whitehead. In addition, she is survived by her sister Theresa Rustad of Bristol and sister-in-law, Wanda Janowski of Plainville, nephews: Mark (Cassia), Gary, Norman "Rusty", Pete, Danny, nieces: Mary (John), Marsha, Sandy (Frank), Mary Jane "Janie", Cheryl, and many grand/great nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brothers Peter and Daniel, brother-in-law Norman Rustad Sr. and sister-in-law Ann Janowski.
Gerrie leaves behind her "West Dennis family of friends:" Holly, Jim, Donna, Bob, Jane and Rosemary. Also left to mourn is Nancy Narsis of Bristol, a very close friend and traveling companion. Special friends: Rita and Norma Beaulieu, Arlene Basarab, Lorraine DeMicco, Ruth Fazio and Judy Moulton. Remember Gerrie with a SMILE, LAUGH and a THANK YOU. A special thank you to the staff at Jerome Home and Arbor Rose "The Gardens" for the compassionate care they provided to Gerrie during the last 2 1/2 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, Aug. 19, 2022 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Duksa Family Funeral Homes at Burritt Hill, 332 Burritt Street, New Britain, followed by a funeral home service at 11:30 a.m. Burial will follow the service in Sacred Heart Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Arbor Rose at Jerome Home, 975 Corbin Avenue, New Britain, CT 06052 "The Gardens" Recreation Fund in Gerrie's memory.