LAMOINE and WEST HAVEN, CONN. — Janina “Jennie” Catherine Neleski, 102, died March 19, 2011, at an Ellsworth health-care facility. She was born Nov. 10, 1908, in South Deerfield, Mass., the daughter of Vincent and Elanora (Barchikowski) Wielgorecki.
Jennie’s life was devoted to her husband, large extended family and she enjoyed their many gatherings. She was an avid gardener. Jennie was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church of Ellsworth.
She is survived by sons, Paul S. Neleski and wife, Ruth, of Sierra Vista, Ariz., William E. Neleski and wife, Enid, of Lamoine; many grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Paul Neleski; grandchildren, Janina “Jina” Haslam, Steven Neleski, Elizabeth Neleski; brothers, Benjamin and Felix Wielgorecki, and Vincent Wiel; four sisters, Pauline Grabowski, Helen Jasiorkowski, Anna Allen and Florence Ciecierski.
Visiting hours will be held 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, 2011, at Jordan-Fernald, 113 Franklin St., Ellsworth. A Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 23, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 231 Main St., Ellsworth, with Father Scott Mower, celebrant. Interment will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Ellsworth. Contributions in Jennie’s memory may be made to the Jina Haslam Memorial Scholarship, Gifts Processing Dept., University of Maine, P.O. Box 370, Orono, ME 04473. Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.