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Winnie Krajewski, 92, of Blackstone, MA passed away on October 18, 2023 after a period of loving hospice care from her family. Winnie was born on September 24, 1931 to the late Wilfred and Anna (Barby) Moreau. She is the loving wife of the late Edward (Ed) Krajewski. She is the caring sister to her brother Donald “Donnie” Moreau and the late Wilfred “Sandy” Moreau. She is the beloved mother of Carol Lancisi, Kathleen Laquerre, Michael Krajewski and his wife Linda, and Karen Nutter and her husband John.
She is an adored Grammy for Amy Lancisi, Staci Albanese, Kristy Pimentel, Westley Laquerre, Mandi Krajewski, Tyler Krajewski, Lauren Nutter, and Edward Nutter, as well as a great Grammy for 11 cherished great grandkids.
As a young woman, Winnie delighted in summer visits with her grandmother, Baba. She recollected that her Baba was formative in teaching her about nurturing love, making pierogi, and crafting. Winnie enjoyed many school dances growing up and always seemed to embrace opportunity for fun in life. Her beauty exuded from her kindness, compassion for others, and generous laughter. She always took care of herself with grace, and appreciated a new dress or outfit, many of which she made herself.
She met her handsome and kind husband, Ed, through a common group of friends that hung out together on Harris Pond in Blackstone, MA. As Ed reflected, "I had a boat and she could swim."
In fact, Winnie would frequently swim the entire length of Harris Pond on her own. They were married on April 7, 1951 and lovingly nurtured over 71 years of partnership, adventure, and joy together. They cherished growing their family together.
Her children fondly remember her home cooking, whether homemade spaghetti sauce, beef stew, or fresh clam cakes after a day at the beach. Later in life, she was thrilled to cook less, but her children always reminded her of many years of great meals and memories. Ed and Winnie also devoted great love to nurturing special relationships with all their grandchildren and great grandchildren.
She would ice skate in a back-yard rink with her children and later roller skate with her grandchildren. Her skills as a seamstress, crafter, and creative mastermind were inspiring. She taught her children and grandchildren many skills with sewing, cross stich, quilting, and a wide range of crafts. She also mentored others in offering craft classes at the Blackstone Senior Center or with her grandchildren’s girl scout troop. If someone at the senior center needed a bit of extra crafting support, she would visit them at their home with all the patience and care to help them find success in crafting joy. She inspired many projects through the generations of children and grandchildren from making scrubs to heating packs and more. She also served her community alongside her husband, Ed. They delivered meals on wheels for over 13 years together and were active members of the Blackstone Senior Center.
Winnie worked for over 10 years at the Amica Insurance Company in their Life Insurance Department as a Life Collection Assistant. She was fortunate to overlap several of those years working there with her daughters, Carol and Kathy. She was proud of her time and professional growth there. Prior to getting married, she had also worked as a telephone operator. She was an eager learner and pursued professional insurance courses and further certification. Later in life, she impressively kept pace with technological changes, always making notes, and nimbly learning to navigate new iPads, computers, and TV systems.
She was inspiring, brave, and fierce in embracing life, having fun, and making the most of her journey. Her smile and laugh exuded love and comforting warmth to those around her. She gave
the best tender loving care and “piggy rubs.” She overflowed with compassion and acceptance for others and was always checking in on her loved ones.
Her family fondly remembers afternoons of music in their home with Winnie and Ed dancing together. One of their favorite songs was 'Nature Boy." Their life truly reflected " The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return."
Arrangements are entrusted to the Keene-Brown Funeral Home, 445 Greenville Rd., North Smithfield, RI 02896. Calling hours will be held on Monday, October 23, 2023 from 4 - 7:00 PM. Funeral Service will be held Tuesday at 8:30 AM from the Keene-Brown Funeral Home with a Mass of Christian Burial at Divine Mercy Parish, 48 St. Paul St., Blackstone, MA. Burial will follow in St. Paul Cemetery, Gaskill St., Blackstone.
In her memory donations can be made to the Blackstone Senior Center (https://www.townofblackstone.org/senior-center-council-aging) or St. Judes (https://www.stjude.org). Blood donations are also encouraged in honor of her husband’s efforts donating over eight lifesaving gallons, and the joy of trying a new craft or project is always a meaningful remembrance.
Blackstone Senior Center
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
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