August 5, 1971 – May 27, 2019
Willimantic-Toni-Michele Beaudoin of Willimantic, CT sadly passed away on Memorial Day, May 27th, 2019, after a long and painful battle with cancer. She was just 47 years old. Toni was born on August 5th, 1971, in Minamirinkan, Yamatoshi, Kanagawaken, Japan.
Toni is survived by family who deeply loved her, including her husband Christopher Beaudoin and her mother Kogiku Bolczak of Preston, CT. She had two siblings, sister Ruth Copelin Sande of Spring, TX and brother Mark Bolczak of San Diego, CA. Toni is also survived by her sister-in-law, Cynthia, along with her nephew Fischer Bolczak and his wife Sarah, also of San Diego, CA. Toni was loved and will be missed by many relatives here, as well as in Japan, along with long time friends and colleagues at the Willimantic CVS where she worked for the past 17 years.
Toni's secular career was working as a pharmaceutical technician from the age of 16. Yet her primary joy centered on her worship and preaching as one of Jehovah's Witnesses. As an active and long-time member of the Willimantic CT., congregation, Toni experienced genuine love and the cherished companionship of life-long friends. This is where she eventually met and married Chris, her beloved husband of 27 years.
Toni loved animals. Especially near to her heart were her precious cats, Izzy and Oliver, who provided invaluable emotional support. As a little girl, she often chattered about becoming a veterinarian. As an adult, Toni was sophisticated, well read and a thoughtful person. She also had a deep appreciation and interest for the arts, music and the theater. She loved to attend live theater and concerts. She especially loved to watch the Beatles tribute band, the Fab Four perform.
Those who knew her would describe her as graceful and classy. She was curious and would not think twice to drive several hours to explore an interesting place she heard about or dine at an out-of-the way restaurant that had an interesting review. When Toni learned that she had an extremely aggressive type of a cancer, she fought with all her might, right down to her very last breath. As she fell asleep in death, Toni was surrounded by her loved ones, her family and many friends.
Toni was a beautiful person both inside and out, and we are missing her every day that she isn’t with us.
Memorial services will be held at 2PM on June 8th at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses at 96 Quarry Street, Willimantic, CT 06226. All who wish to pay their respects are warmly welcomed to attend. Please visit www.churchandallen.com to leave an online condolence for Toni-Michele’s family.
- Memorial Service Saturday, June 8, 2019
June 15, 2019
It is with a sad heart that I write this. I knew Toni from school. I lived just up the road on South St and I have many fond memories with Toni. I did not learn the truth until after high school. I always wanted to find her and tell her I was now her sister. I eagerly await the new world when we can reconnect. Your family will be in my prayers during this difficult time.
June 7, 2019
Dearest Family of our sister Toni,
We are so deeply sorry for your loss. From what I heard she was a beautiful person inside and out. We live in New Jersey and attend the Paramus congregation. Our dear friends the Sabos have been keeping us up to date on Toni's condition. Even though we dont know you all personally, we feel like we do through the Sabos who loves your family very much. Please know that you are loved and we are praying for your family. I trust that our Father Jehovah God will continue to be with you and supply you with what you need at this time in your life. We Love you.
The Bechtle Family
Peter. Akiko Thompson
June 5, 2019
Dear Chris and family,
We are suffering this great loss with you all! We must keep pondering on the wonderful new, real life Jehovah has presented to us, where we can all with Toni do the happy dance!
See you soon, love peter Akiko Taishi Martha
June 3, 2019
How our hearts are broken & yet much is taken to heart & our hearts are mended again w/ confidence & an attempt to be whole... We will always remember Toni's presence... SO beautiful (she glowed such translucent beauty- from within- ALWAYS!) I always felt ridiculous in the CVS beauty aisle (albeit, while i'm a mere few yrs. younger) & yet! I'm still searching the top sellers while she passed by like an angel! Toni was incredibly meek & I always felt a need to "sorta" draw her out, she was quiet- yet still with a gentle opinion, lovable, SO sweet, inspiring intellect & creativity... Disecting BBC/Masterpiece Thtr/Jane Austen over Stir Fry that she made me with miso soup... Her delight over her kitten...
Our tears are unavoidable, as we remember her now... & we feel strong when we are reminded of the potential to eagerly await to see her soon... the key being: only w/o current pain that would have ensued for her in this lifetime!
June 3, 2019
Dear Chris & family,
We are so saddened by your loss. We weep with you like Jesus wept. But how wonderful to have the hope that Jehovah holds out to us, to be reunited with our loved ones again. Death is such an enemy, but Jehovah is stronger than death. Be comforted in the knowledge that Toni is no longer in pain but sleeping peacefully until Jehovah remembers her. Stay close to your family and friends and let the congregation support you through these hard times. And if you need to get away in the future for a break, remember we are here for you. I think of you all the time when I grip the beautiful, sturdy banister you built for us to get up and down the stairs. It‘ s saved me from a fall so many times. Thank you.
We love you and feel for you.
Margi & Bill
June 2, 2019
Ross and I are so saddened at the loss of Toni. Especially as a fellow cancer fighter , Ross knew the battles she faced and I the battle Chris faced and faces. Yet, we share in their hope of the time she will be happy and healthy again and with those she especially loves...until then ..we hope we can be a support and encouragement to Chris and the family and continue to keep them in our prayers!
June 2, 2019
Our deepest sympathies to Chris and the Family of Toni..may your hearts heal with the loving memories of the life you shared with each other.
June 2, 2019
Dearest Kogiku and Mark
I always pray for you from Far East Japan.
Suzanne and Eric Lecko
May 31, 2019
We love you Toni-Michele. It’s seem unreal that you have left us. Rest peacefully beautiful until we meet again. We’ll do our best to take care of Chris for you. ❤️
May 31, 2019
Dear Chris and Family - Our deepest sympathies in the very sad loss of your beautiful wife. She sounds like she was amazing and the joy of your life! She fought a hard battle and now is at peace. You are in our thoughts and prayers.