Grazyna M Wojtusiak

June 9, 1961April 25, 2021
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Grazyna “Grace” (Rachel) Wojtusiak, 59 years old of Newington, Connecticut passed away at home with her family by her side on Sunday, April 25, 2021. Grace was a true fighter, battling a nearly 4-year battle with lung cancer, not caused by smoking. She was born on June 9, 1961 in Gorlice, Poland, immigrating to the United States in 1981 where she met and married her husband Richard Wojtusiak and became the mother to three children. Grace appreciated the finer things in life and had a strong-willed, though magnetic, personality. She loved to travel and went on many trips around the world with her friends seeing places like Turkey, Egypt, Africa and Thailand where she was excited to learn about different cultures and ways of life. “Fashionable” was a word that many used to describe her; always the classiest in a room full of people, wearing designer clothing and looking put-together at all times. Grace was heavily involved in the community with roles as a Vice President of the Polish Language School of New Britain, as her Polish culture was important to her. In addition, she was the Chairperson of the Supervisory Committee at UBI Credit Union for 5-years. Her work ethic was strong, refusing to let her illness prevent her from continuing to excel at her career. Most recently, she spent 6-years at Hartford HealthCare as an Accounts Payable Supervisor and prior to that role, many years spent at Dairy Farmers of America (Guida’s), Stanley Black & Decker as well as Carvel Corporation. She met many life-long friends through those jobs and was surrounded by many other great friends in the U.S. and in Poland. Along with her husband, Richard, she is survived by her children: Vanessa Wojtusiak of West Hartford, Connecticut, William Wojtusiak of Newington, Connecticut and Victoria Wojtusiak and fiancé Michael Szewczyk of Newington, Connecticut, her mother Joanna (Wacek) Rachel, brother Krzysztof Rachel and wife Sylvia, brother Mieczyslaw Rachel, sister in-law Elizabeth (Maliszewski) Rachel, brother in-laws: Stanislaw Wojtusiak and his late wife Jolanta Wojtusiak, Krzysztof Wojtusiak and his wife Malgorzata, sister in-law Maria (Wojtusiak) Lindgren and her husband Egert as well as and many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her father, Julian Rachel and older brother, Andrew Rachel as well as mother-in-law Jadwiga (Lyzwa) Wojtusiak, father in-law Bronislaw Wojtusiak. Calling hours will be on Sunday, May 2, 2021 from 2:00 to 6:00 PM at New Britain Memorial Sagarino Funeral Home, 444 Farmington Avenue, New Britain. Funeral services will be held on Monday, May 3, 2021 at 9AM at the funeral home followed by the funeral liturgy at Holy Cross Church, 31 Biruta Street, New Britain at 10AM. Burial will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery. To extend condolences and share a memory with the family please to


  • Calling Hours

    Sunday, May 2, 2021

  • Brief Gathering Prior to Church

    Monday, May 3, 2021

  • Burial Mass Holy Cross Church

    Monday, May 3, 2021

  • Burial in Secred Heart Cemetery

    Monday, May 3, 2021


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Vince Palmisano

May 7, 2021

Sorry to hear of your mom's passing.

She was obviously a very popular and lovely woman with many responsibilities and achievements within the Polish Community as well as close family and friends.
It is sad when a parent passes away:
I wish you and Michael the best of luck.

Take care of yourself and see you soon.

Ursula Napierkowski

May 3, 2021

Ursula Napierkowski

May 3, 2021

Grazynka, you were truly a fighter. Always doing your research and asking questions toward a best approach to tackle situations. Your interview with Chanel 8 brought awareness of your disease and helped others. Who would think a person that never smoked, took healthcare precautions would be diagnosed with lung cancer.
Your love of travel and courage continued when you joined us to visit our friend in Florida to celebrate her birthday, a tradition to celebrate our milestones in life. Although in need of use of oxygen, you lead our pack during our many searches for beaches, especially in the Florida Keys.
Always a trail blazer. You were among the first to be instrumental in organizing the field trips to Poland for graduates of Polish Language School in New Britain. You cared so much about the importance of teaching and reinforcing our Polish culture to our children. These trips have continued as a must and part of curriculum for the past 15 plus years.
We were fortunate to get together on Fridays in your home to share many stories, memories, discussions and best approaches to various topics. Stressing the importance organic foods and remembering many traditional wholistic dishes from Poland. We learned many things, one of them being was how to make butter the traditional Polish way by churning heavy cream until it became a solid. Nothing better then this butter.
You loved traveling and exploring our beautiful planet. Recently traveling to Portugal to visit the site of Fatima. You traveled on a pilgrimage with Ksiadz Stanislaw to Jerusalem Holy Land and Egypt. Your favorite place was Istanbul, Turkey. Africa was a destination to fulfill your bucket list. Certain areas you traveled were related to steps Jesus took during his life on earth.
Your children, Vanessa, William and Victoria are your treasures. Taking great pride in their accomplishments, you will be their guardian angel.
Our Friend Forever from
Ula, Beata, Ania C, Ewa, Dorotka, Ilona, Ania T

Howard Schmelder

May 1, 2021

I had the distinct honor of knowing Grace when she served on the UBI Federal Credit Union Supervisory Committee. She was a gracious and caring individual who cared so much for others. When she entered a room you felt her presence! She was an impeccable dresser and was always courteous and professional. I shall miss her both professionally and personally. My condolences to her family and loved ones.

Howard T Schmelder
Chairman of the Board
UBI Federal Credit Union

Stanislaw Wojtusiak

April 30, 2021

Richard, We Were Saddened To Hear
That Your Wife Grazyna
Passed Away.
Please Accept Our Condolences.
Our Deepest Thoughts Are With You, Daughters
And Son.
Brother Stan And Daniel

William Wojtusiak

April 29, 2021

You mean so much to me. Every memory we ever made together is forever special to me. I am absolutely heartbroken. Every moment that you were on this Earth with me was and forever will be a blessing. It’s so hard for me to let go of the fact that You are gone from my life.
My favorite memories are all those swell times we had together. You encouraged education and to gain knowledge, and everything we did turned into a learning experience and at the end contributed to the greatest achievement of mine. You helped make so much joy in my life.

Some of the best memories I have that You certainly helped create were that family trip to Disney in Florida in the 6th grade. That road trip to Washington D.C. and Hershey Park, Pennsylvania.
All our trips to Poland and that concert at Carnegie Hall. We had such a great Mother and Son relationship. That time when You first dropped me off at University was one of the fondest. I am so happy that we could both make all those great memories.
Those days were so colorful, filled with so much joy, happiness. I Love You Mom.

-Your only Son, Will

Susie Anderson

April 28, 2021

I want to leave my heartfelt condolences to the family of Gracie (as I called her). I worked with Grace at Guida's, and it was a pleasure to know and love her. I was fortunate to see her after leaving Guida's one particular night and text with her throughout the last four years. I have and will miss seeing this fancy, genuine, and sweet Lady, but I know she is in heaven, given those angels a lesson on life, family, and fashion...
Rest easy, Gracie; if it's God's will, we will meet again.


April 27, 2021

We were so saddened to learn of Grace's passing. Please accept our deepest sympathies.