August 16, 1921 – October 1, 2020
Eugenia Constantinovna Pomerantzeff, née von Rosenschild Paulyn, died peacefully on Thursday, October 1, 2020 in her home. She was 99.
Born August 16, 1921 in Gallipoli, Turkey, Eugenia was the daughter of Constantin Nikolaevich and Tatiana Petrovna, two Russian refugees trekking across Europe to flee the Bolshevik Revolution. The family was joined by Eugenia’s brother Nicholas Constantinovich in 1923, and by 1926, they settled in the small village of Maubourguet, outside Tarbes, France, in the Hautes Pyrenées.
During the Nazi occupation, she studied literature at the Sorbonne in Paris, where she was an active member of the Russian “première immigration.” In 1949, she married Siméon Siméonides, also a Russian emigré of Greek heritage, with whom she raised three sons: her stepson Jean; Pierre, born 1949, and André, born 1955. The pair divorced in 1959.
In 1960, she married Oleg Borisovich Pomerantzeff, and moved with Pierre and André to Brookline, Massachusetts, where she took on the role of stepmother to Oleg’s four children, Marina, Irina, Andrei, and Anne, and taught French in the Needham Public Schools. She lived in her home for the remainder of her life.
To anyone and everyone who knew her, Eugenia was larger than life. Possessed of a strong love for people, God, animals and beauty, she felt deeply and lived richly. A member of the Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral in Boston, Mass., she was a devoted Christian, and over the years, opened up her home to countless people for a cup of tea, a glass of wine, or a place to lay their head. She was vivacious and fun-loving, surrounding herself with friends and never passing up the opportunity to go on an adventure. She was vital and strong. She drove a car and rode a bicycle until she was 93, when a tumble forced her to trade in her keys for... a kick scooter.
Eugenia leaves her son Pierre and his wife Françoise, of Montastruc-Savès, France; her daughter-in-law Julia of Boston, Mass.; her stepdaughters Marina of Highland Lakes, NJ, Irisha of Ashville, N.C. and Anne of Marshfield, Mass.; and her stepsons Jean of Toronto, Canada and Andrei of New York. She leaves her grandchildren Natasha of Sparta, NJ, Peter of Princeton, NJ, Alexandra of Brookline, MA, Tamara, of Beverly, MA, and Andrei of Ft. Meyers, FL; and great-grandchildren: Jesse, Saskia, Lorenzo, Sofia and Deklan; as well as countless members of the von Rosenschild Paulyn clan for whom she was the inspiring matriarch. She is preceded by her parents, her brother Nicholas, her husband Oleg, and her son André.
A funeral will be held on Tuesday, October 6, at 11am in the Mount Wadsworth Cemetery, Concord Road, Sudbury, MA.
Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Catharina von Rosenschild Paulyn
October 10, 2020
Just a poem from a Russian poet that is beautiful.
From Genia's sister-in-law Katisch von Rosenschild Paulyn
Voice in the distance
do not regret me!
I am where no one suffers,
forget your bitter pain,
and do not cry for me anymore.
Conserve in your heart
softer than the April sun.
Do not regret me!
We are one to another,
and as in the old days
my heart is close to yours.
And with you, I cry,
and with you I suffer,
my soul moans your mourning.
Courage ! Your life is here!
and if one day you find
appeasement on earth, rest,
oh know it: it is I,
up there, whose soul keeps vigil
and comes to cradle your hurting heart!
Photo with her parents and little brother Nicolas Genia joined the day of his birthday October 1, 2020
October 8, 2020
She made the house so full of love, she was everyone's "Mimi". Vechnaya Pamyat to an extraordinary woman. Much Love, Nicholas and Barbara Roman and family.
October 8, 2020
To Anne and Genia’s Family,
Memory Eternal ...Vechnaya Pamyat! A truly wonderful lady has left us physically but the memory of her is truly eternal! So many wonderful memories of all the wonderful times spent with both her and Oleg who brought so much to both the spiritual and social life of the HTOC parish of Boston. My sincerest sympathy ..... Stephanie
Donald Christopher Gosey
October 6, 2020
I am so saddened by Genia's passing. I am one of her many Godchildren. She was one of the 1st parishioners to welcome me to Holy Trinity Cathedral in Boston, as I was a newly transplanted Texan in the late 80's. She brought to life the Orthodox Christian Faith, and I will never forget her. May the Savior remember her, Oleg, and Andre' in His Heavenly Kingdom. To Peter and all the members of this illustrious family, I offer my most heartfelt condolences.
October 6, 2020
She was genuinely and gracefully kind with no expectation for return but rather sharing her kindness with you for spreading it further to others. Always Remembered.
October 2, 2020
She was such a joy to be with. Especially at New Year's where she would reset the time on that French clock an hour so we could toast again. And again. Memory Eternal.