Virginia Boyd

IMG_0831Virginia Marie Boyd, 96, of Mansfield, Ohio died April 24, 2014. Born September 15, 1917 in Detroit, MI, she was the daughter of Alex and Clara (Gutenberg) Kennedy. Virginia and her husband moved from Detroit to Mansfield in 1956 with the opening of General Motors. A true homemaker, Virginia enjoyed gardening, sewing, and doing ceramics. Her grandchildren were her pride and joy. She was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church.

She is survived by her husband of 72 years, Charles Boyd, whom she married February 11, 1942 at St. Birchman’s Church in Detroit, MI; son, Tom (Anne) Boyd of Mansfield; daughters, Nancy (Richard) Wair of Charleston, SC, Kay Foltz of Mansfield, and Gail (Charles) Bird of Athens, OH; eight grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Virginia was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, John and Edward Kennedy.

What a terrific lady and great friend to Noreen.

My Grandpa

This is a poem I wrote for my grandpa who died (Harry Cooper), but it can apply to any lost loved one.

I love grandpa
We all do
We can cry for him
But we shall not
Die for him
He would want us
To be strong
To remember him
To carry on his legacy
To keep living
He would not want us
To remain in the past
Because one day
We will see him
Again in
Heaven

We will rejoice
And cry
And make up lost years
We will be happy

For me,
I will not only
See him,
I will see my
Summer sunshine
And all my
Other grandparents
That have left
Our world
And others that have
Not gone yet
And won’t for many
Years

Be strong
Today
We did not want this
To happen
But it did
Now we must
Embrace it
We must remember the past
Tend to the future
Yet live in the present

Surprises get in our way
Good or bad
But we cannot
Let them
Control us
We are strong
We love him
Yet we are still strong
We are a family.

Riley

Harry Cooper

Harry CooperHarry Cooper, 72, of Hampton, Connecticut died on Sunday, December 23, 2012. He was born in Yugoslavia on August 10, 1940, moved to Germany during World War II as a young child, and came to the United States at the age of fifteen. Upon high school graduation he served in the United States Air Force and worked his way through college, receiving a degree in Biology from Central Connecticut State University. After first embarking on a teaching career, he was then employed by the State of Connecticut where he enjoyed a long and fulfilling career within the Department of Environmental Protection from which he retired in 1996.

Harry is survived by his beloved wife Betty with whom he had been married for 49 years, sister Erika Wojnarowicz of Burlington, brother Rudolph Klauser of Germany, daughters Debra Majeske and her husband Christopher of Milton, Carrie Patruno and her husband Eric of Willington, and Jennifer English and her husband Robert of East Hampton, his grandchildren Riley, Joelle, Jacob, Lauren, Mihretu, and Cody, as well as nieces and nephews.

Harry will be lovingly remembered by his family as a devoted husband, loving dad, and a grandpa who adored his grandchildren. He enjoyed his retirement years to the fullest and spent his days doing the things he loved most, being with family, playing his guitar, listening to music, reading, going on long hikes, kayaking, and working in the garden. He also had been a dedicated runner and tennis player for most of his life. Harry will be dearly missed by his family.

Noreen Ann (Gleason) Majeske

noreenNoreen Ann Majeske, 89, of West Hartford, passed away on Saturday, August 27, 2011. She was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan and was the beloved daughter of the late David and Kathleen Gleason. Noreen graduated with honors from St. Martin High School in Detroit and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Services from Marygrove College. During the war she volunteered at many USO events in support of our troops.

Her career focused on helping nursing home residents enjoy life. Noreen worked for over 25 years in the health care field and earned many awards for her excellence in enhancing people’s lives. She never stopped learning and took numerous advanced classes to help improve her nurturing skills. After retiring from health care, Noreen went on to work for Aetna in Hartford and also spent many years as a receptionist at Eneida’s Salon in Hartford. She finally retired at age 80.

Noreen was a devout Catholic all her life. She volunteered countless hours helping at church functions, activities and services. Noreen particularly favored St. Jude. She also was an avid fan of Law & Order. She never missed an episode and was a big admirer of Sam Waterston. Noreen loved life, always had a smile and was ready to help anyone. She had countless friends who will miss her warmth, humor and generosity. She will be dearly missed by her family.

Noreen had 4 children, Kathleen Bence, Dennis Majeske, Cheryl Majeske and Christopher Majeske. She loved her children and did all she could to make sure they were healthy and happy. She was blessed with 6 grandchildren, Christopher Bence, Meaghan Bence Etherington, Erica Norton, Zachary Norton, Riley Majeske and Samuel Mihretu Majeske.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, September 1, 2011 at the Church of Saint Peter Claver, 47 Pleasant Street, West Hartford. Burial will be private. There are no calling hours. Friends are asked to proceed directly to church Thursday morning. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. For directions and online condolences, please visit www.taylorandmodeen.com.