Katherine Dolores Jarzabek
Katherine Dolores (Maher) Jarzabek of Portland passed away in Middletown on Sunday (June 11). Dolores as she was best known, was born in Portland on August 1, 1930 daughter of the late William J. and Estelle (Guzewicz) Maher Sr. Dolores lived in Portland the majority of her life and was a parishioner of the Church of St. Mary. She was a graduate of St. Mary School, Portland High School and the Teachers College of Connecticut in New Britian. She became an elementary school teacher, taught in Cromwell and also substituted in Portland. After teaching she was employed by Bob's Store and later retired from Liberty Bank. While retired she volunteered at St. Mary's Church and the Portland Food Bank. Besides many friends others left to mourn her passing include children John Jarzabek (Sally), Patricia Hasselman (Kevin), grandchildren Joseph Jarzabek III (Shawna), Holli Jarzabek (Josh) and the apple of her eye Brian Hasselman. She also leaves sisters Alice Cram, Evelyn Maher, four great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Dolores was predeceased by ex-husband Joseph Jarzabek Sr., sons Joseph Jarzabek Jr., Charles Jarzabek, grandson John Jarzabek Jr., siblings Anna Bajorek, Estelle Arsenault, and William Maher Jr. The Jarzabek family would like to thank Barbara and Sally for their care and compassion to Dolores. A memorial mass will be held on Monday (June 19) at 10 am in St. Mary Church Portland. Burial will be in the family plot in Swedish Cemetery Portland. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers contributions in Dolores memory may be made to the Church of St. Mary 45 Freestone Ave. Portland, Ct. 06480 or the Portland Food Bank 7 Waverly Ave. Portland, Ct. 06480.
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