BANGOR and JEWETT CITY, Conn. – Irene T. Lisiewski, daughter of the late Trofim and Katarzyna (Wolicki) Soroczynski, passed away peacefully Tuesday, April 23, 2013, surrounded by family and friends at home. She was born June 5, 1922, in Jewett City, Conn., where she resided all of her life until moving to Miller Square at Harlow Senior Housing, Bangor, in May 2011.
Irene was a lifelong member of St. Mary’s Church, Jewett City, Conn., where she was active in Rosary Society, Altar Society and other church activities. She was proud of her Polish heritage and participated in many Polish church and civic groups. During her many visits to Bangor throughout the years, she attended St. John’s Church and became a home bound member of the parish after moving permanently to Bangor. Irene had a great sense of humor and adventure. She loved to garden, travel, read, watch tennis and to play bingo. Most of all, she loved being with her family and friends, and finding joy in living. She had an uncommon zest for life that magnetically drew people to her to share that joy. Although her health limited her social life, Wednesday’s soup night at Redeemer Lutheran Church, AUW gatherings for fellowship, fun and games, and the many community events at Miller Square filled her heart with happiness and her infectious grin made every occasion a special one.
Irene was predeceased by her parents; brother, Kazimir Soroczynski; and husband of 56 years, Peter J. Lisiewski. She is survived by her sister, Martha Soroczynski of Niantic, Conn.; daughter, Catherine L. Foxson of Orono; son, Peter A. Lisiewski of Jewett City, Conn.; granddaughter, Heather L. Shortt of Bangor; grandson, Nathaniel A. Hall and wife, Heather, of Bangor; great-grandchildren, Caleb, Terry Lynn and Cullen Shortt of Bangor; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins around the USA and abroad; dear friends and staff at Miller Square and AUW Guild of Unitarian Universalist Society of Bangor; and special friends, Gladys Merritt, Marjorie Lawrence and Carolyn Kinnard Ziffer, who were instrumental in convincing Irene to make the move to Maine. The family extends sincerest gratitude to the staff of St. Joseph Hospital, St. Joseph Home Healthcare and Hospice, Bangor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, and Warren Hearing Center. You all blessed Irene’s final years with new found delight.
A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, May 25, in the community room at 315 Harlow St., Bangor. Irene loved flowers; send them, plant them and remember her when you see them.