Jean (Stahelek) Wroblewski, 94, of Southwick, MA, slipped quietly into eternal peace on March 15, 2021, at Linda Manor. Born on November 10, 1926, in Whately, MA, she was the daughter of Jan and Mary (Kuroski) Stahelek. Jean attended local schools in Whately, and graduated from Deerfield High School. Jean was predeceased by her husband of over 35 years, Thaddeus (Ted) Wroblewski, who passed in 1982; her son, Theodore; and her brothers Charles and Edward Stahelek. Jean was incredibly proud of her Polish heritage. From a young age, she worked on the family farm where she learned the values of hard work and tenacity that would be part of her character for the rest of her life. From the field to the table, her cooking skills were equally exceptional, and she made a “mean” batch of kapusta and golembki. When the work was done, she adored polka dancing. When old enough, Jean and her girlfriends would walk from Whately to Redmens Hall in South Deerfield, MA, for the polka dances. For the rest of her life, she adored dancing. It was there she met Ted and in due time would become a tobacco farmer’s wife. With farming in her blood, it was no surprise that she had a prolific green thumb. Jean loved to garden and would spend hours with her flowers. For her, paradise was visiting a greenhouse, and she looked forward to spring and another year of joy watching her plants and flowers thrive. A lifelong Democrat, Jean was passionate about politics. She was a voracious reader and was thrilled to receive an iPad because then she could read newspapers from across the country. Her daughter Kathy will miss the evening chats with her mother—Jean could summarize daily developments with an enviable sharpness and humor. As the daughter of Polish immigrants, she believed that America is a country of hope, just as it was for her parents. She was the last of her generation, a bridge from the Old World to the New, and her remembrances will be greatly missed. Jean is survived by her daughters Kathleen Wroblewski of Florence, MA, and Linda Houle of Easthampton, MA; as well as her grandchildren Kathryn Wall, and Sara Gladu and her husband Justin, and her great grandchild, Tyler Gladu. The family would like to thank the Linda Manor nurses and staff for the care and compassion given to Jean during her stay. Jean wished her final resting place to be by the side of her husband where services will be held privately. Please make donations in Jean’s memory to the Kosciuszko Foundation/New England Chapter, c/o Ed Dzielenski, Treasurer, 14 Fenwood Rd., Longmeadow, MA, 01106.
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