March 28, 1943 – February 16, 2021
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With heartfelt sadness, we announce the passing of our beloved Matriarch, mother, wife, grandmother, sister, and mother-in-law, Regina (Sulewska) Rostkowski, age 77, of Newington, CT also known as Renia by many of her loved ones and “Nanna” to her grandchildren, passed away after nine years with Alzheimers on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 with her loving family by her side.
Born in Sulewo, Poland the oldest of five siblings with courage, bravery, and no hesitation she immigrated to the United States in 1966 by coming first to family in Bayonne, New Jersey and then eventually to family (Mordasiewicz family) in New Britain, CT. In 1966, she married Wieslaw (Wes) her constant companion and in later years, her steadfast caregiver. They were married for 55 years.
She lived in New Britain, CT for a few years before finally settling in Newington, CT. Being the oldest of five siblings she NEVER forgot her younger siblings, mom, and cousins who remained in Poland. With her big heart she extended herself to all siblings, mom, and cousins by helping them come to the United States. She worked for many years before retiring from the Stanley Works.
Family was everything to Renia, especially her two sons, daughter -in –law as well as her grandchildren and her greatest joy was spending quality time with family and friends. She loved to talk on the phone with her sisters and friends. She enjoyed taking care of artificial and natural plants. She was truly a Matriarch for her immediate and extended family. Renia was the type of woman that “took charge” – she was instrumental in gathering family members together, always provided advice, was fiercely loyal, protective, a true leader, and above all, mom provided a great VISION and guidance for her family. She was instrumental in the construction of two spectacular homes. Her presence and love will be missed. She was passionate about carrying on Polish family traditions by cooking and baking. Dinner at times was Polish paczki that mom made with a single glass of milk. Renia had a sense of humor, was fearless, pursued her dreams and made them happen. She enjoyed going to the beach, cleaning her house(you can eat off the floor), and attending church. She was an unrivaled success story and a quintessential representation of the American dream. Renia was a tireless spirit, whose beautiful face, elegance, grace and a smile that never seemed to age. She was very proud of becoming a United States citizen on February 08, 1974. She always reminisced on how she obtained her citizenship in the United States of America.
Nothing was more important to her than her family and leaves behind a beautiful legacy of love and precious memories. In addition to her husband, she will be missed by her two sons which mom always referred to as her two eyes. George Rostkowski and his wife Marta, and John Wesley Rostkowski; and the treasures of her life grandchildren, Emily, and Matthew. She was predeceased by her oldest granddaughter princes Caroline. She was predeceased by her dad Antoni Sulewski, mom Marianna (Brzoska) Sulewski, her brother Tadeusz Sulewski, and her brother-in-law Zbigniew Piekarski. Renia is survived by her brother Ryszard Sulewski, sister Anna Piekarski, sister Irene Rudzki and her husband Arkadiusz. Renia had many relatives, nieces, and nephews too many to name who will miss her dearly. We would like to give a very SPECIAL THANK YOU to her primary care doctor Dr. Lucyana Kolakowska and her secretary Ms. Halina, Season’s Home Hospice, and Hartford Healthcare at Home Hospice.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, February, 20, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, New Britain, CT 06053. Face coverings are mandatory. Social distancing and capacity limitations will be strictly enforced. She will be laid to rest immediately following the Mass in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Calling hours will be held before mass on Saturday, February, 20, 2021 at the funeral home from 9:30-10:30 held at New Britain Memorial – Sagarino Funeral Home, 444 Farmington Ave., New Britain, CT 06053. To share a message of sympathy with the family, visit www.newbritainsagarino.com.
Saturday, February 20, 2021
Mass of Christian Burial
Saturday, February 20, 2021
February 19, 2021
Regina was a great mother, wife, aunt and friend to many people. She was very proud of her two sons, Marta and the grandkids. She gave of herself completely and unreservedly, to everyone she came into contact with. She didn't live for herself, she lived for the ones she loved. Her absence will be felt yet cherished by her friends and family each and everyday.
The Rostkowski family is a true and loving family. In fact, many times when the word "family" has been used in a conversation that I may be involved in, the Rostkowski family just pops into my head. They define the word. George, John, Marta and most of all, Arkadiusz, took care of Regina with great care and love in the last years of her life. They felt the need to return all of the love that she unconditionally poured out over the years of her joyful life.
Let us celebrate a beautiful woman who gave so much to so many of us. She would want us to raise a glass, share some great stories and join together in her memory. Let's carry her memory with us in our life's journey. Don't be surprised if you feel her helping hand along the way. Her Spirit will remain in our hearts and minds forever!
February 19, 2021
My deepest and sincere sympathy to you and your family, I know that there are no words that can ease your pain but know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
February 19, 2021
Please accept my deepest condolences my brother Wilbert perez and sister in law Teresa Perez are there neighbors and when ever I went down to visit from iowa in the summers I always saw regina outside with wesley getting air she alway had a beutiful smile will always keep the family in my prayers.
February 18, 2021
I will always remember how much love and devotion Regina's husband showed to her. His constant love and steadfast compassionate care for her wellbeing was so very present at every visit that I made to the house. God bless Wieslaw and his sons - with a love such as theirs , Regina will always be close to their hearts.