Florence James

April 30, 1933May 11, 2019

Florence J. James 4/30/33-5/11/19 Bozrah Florence (Polewaczyk) James, 86 widow of Peter J. James of Bozrah, passed away peacefully at her home Saturday May 11th. She was born in Norwich on April 30, 1933 to Joseph and Lillian (Ruszczyk) Polewaczyk. Florence was a graduate of Norwich Free Academy class of 1951. On June 16, 1951 she was united in marriage with Peter James and together they worked side by side running many local businesses including, Dairyland Restaurant, Norwich Discount Liquor, and a chain of laundromats known as James Laundromats. Florence and Peter traveled extensively around the world and enjoyed spending winters in their home in Longboat Key, Florida. Florence is survived by her three children and their spouses, Donna and Tommie Parr of Norwich, John and Patricia James of North Franklin, and Lori and Norman Danis of Norwich, four grandchildren John M. James and his wife Tara, Tabatha Kiely and her husband Joseph Turgeon, Tanya Kapilotis, and Megan and her husband Craig Huntington. She also leaves eight great-grandchildren; Madalyn Kiely, Jarrett, Costa and Kali Kapilotis, Joshua and Gabriella James, and Lillian and Hazel Huntington, also her dear friend Sylvia Gamede who cared for her the past six years. Florence is also survived by her sisters, Kathryn Wilkinson, Elizabeth Briggs and Christine Polewaczyk and predeceased by her sister Dorothy White. Visitation will be Thursday May 16, 2019 from 6:00-8:00 pm at the Labenski Funeral Home 108 Boswell Avenue Norwich. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday May 17, 2019 at 10:00 am in Sts. Peter and Paul Church Norwich. Burial will follow in Maplewood Cemetery Norwich. In lieu of flowers, donations are asked to be made in her memory to the Alzheimer’s Association PO Box 96011 Washington DC 20090 or to St. Judes Children’s Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis TN 381005. Please visit to leave an online tribute or condolence.


  • Visitation Thursday, May 16, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, May 17, 2019


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Joanne Perkins

May 18, 2019

Donna,John,Lori and family's of Florence,
My deepest heartfelt sympathy to you all. Florence and your Dad were special people,and always treated others with great kindness Frank shared many good times and laughs with them.She was a lovely lady.There really aren't words to express how I feel for your loss,and I pray that she is at peace now with our Heavenly Father.
With Sympathy, Joanne Perkins