Obituary: Jane (Bekerowski) Smegelski

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Jane (Bekerowski) Smegelski
Jane (Bekerowski) Smegelski

NAUGATUCK — Mrs. Jane (Bekerowski) Smegelski, 97, of Naugatuck, peacefully passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013 at Beacon Brook Health Center. She was the widow of Thomas S. Smegelski.

Mrs. Smegelski was born in Naugatuck on April 12, 1916, a daughter of the late Anthony and Helen (Dervis) Bekerowski. She was a lifelong Naugatuck resident and retiree of the footwear division of Uniroyal, Inc. where she worked for over 27 years. She was a volunteer at the Naugatuck Ecumenical Food Bank and a member of the religious organization the Carmelites. She was a communicant of St. Hedwig Church where she was a member of the Ladies Guild and Rosary Society, participating in numerous bake sales and charitable events. She loved gardening and her cats.

Babci, as she was lovingly referred to, was an inspiration to her family and others. She donated numerous crochet blankets to the local convalescent care centers. Babci or Jenny as she was called was unselfish and giving. Her family will cherish the times of Sunday mornings after church of sharing donuts and curling up on the couch with her famous Babci blankets.

She leaves her daughters, Virginia Nafis and Sharon Smegelski both of Naugatuck; her sisters, Helen Massicotte and Hedwig DaSilva both of Naugatuck; her daughter-in-law, Janice Smegelski of Naugatuck; cherished grandchildren, Brenda Smegelski Drake, Tracie Smegelski–Ortoleva, and Thomas A. Smegelski, Jr., David Nafis, Karen-Giannii Nafis, and Laura Nafis; her cherished 10 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her son, Thomas A. Smegelski.

Her funeral will be held on Saturday, Aug. 10 at 10:30 a.m. from the Naugatuck Valley Memorial/Fitzgerald Zembruski Funeral Home, 240 North Main St., Naugatuck to St. Hedwig Church for a mass of Christian burial at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in St. James Cemetery, Cross Street, Naugatuck. Calling hours will be held at the funeral home on Saturday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Hedwig Church, 32 Golden Hill St., Naugatuck, CT 06770.

To send an online condolence, visit www.naugatuckvalleymemorial.com.