OBITUARY

Irena K. Yocz

November 11, 1939May 22, 2019
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Irena K. Yocz, 79

Winslow – Irena K. Yocz, 79, of Winslow, died on Wednesday May 22, 2019, at her home. She was born on November 11, 1939 in Poland, a daughter of Zofia (Jablonska) and Wladyslaw Kasperowicz. She came to the United States on February 14, 1963 and four months later married Stanley Yocz. She is fondly remembered as a hardworking and fun mother of five children who also had a great love for her grandchildren who called her “Baba”.

Irena enjoyed vegetable and flower gardening, biking, crocheting, knitting and cooking her Polish “comfort” dishes for family and friends. She especially enjoyed her time at the family camp on China Lake where she would swim, relax around the camp fire or readily cook the catch of the day. A woman of prayer and great faith she instilled in her children, by example, the importance of placing others first, being kind and speaking with words of love in Polish and an inviting smile. This love was also seen in how she cared for her dogs.

Irena also loved looking through family photo albums which helped to keep her connected with her family near and far and would often send “care” packages to remind them they were being thought of in a special way. Trips to Poland were very poignant for Irena giving her the opportunity to reconnect with her family and friends whom she always truly loved. She belonged to Corpus Christi Parish at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and the Winslow VFW Auxiliary.

Irena is survived by her five children: Daniel Yocz and his wife Nicole of Haverhill, MA; Lola Yocz-Mendez and her husband Giovanni of San Antonio, TX; Alan Yocz of Winslow; Eric Yocz and his wife Jessica of Scarborough; Irene Sophie Yocz and her husband Derickson Winslow Tensen of North Yarmouth; her grandchildren: Connor, Zyla Irena, Memphis, Lydia Grace, Stella, Luke, Edward, Hayden Zofia; her niece Ewa Rzyska-Lamarre and her husband Stephan and their daughter Sabrina of Winslow; her sisters: Zofia, Wiesia and Lonia of Poland; her brother Jozef of New York; as well as a large extended family.

Visiting hours will be from 4 – 6 pm on Friday June 14, 2019 at Veilleux Funeral Home, 8 Elm Street, Waterville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 am on Saturday June 15, 2019 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 26 Monument Street, Winslow with burial following in St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 78 Grove Street, Waterville. Please visit www.veilleuxfuneralome.com to view a video collage of Irena’s life and to share condolences, memories and tributes with her family.

For those who wish, donations may be made in Irena’s memory to: Sacred Heart Soup Kitchen 70 Pleasant Street, Waterville, ME 04901

Services

  • Visiting Hours Friday, June 14, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, June 15, 2019
  • Burial Saturday, June 15, 2019

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Irena K. Yocz

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Marilyn Snipe

June 14, 2019

I wish I could be with you today but my health is not great right now. I will call you when I am feeling better. I just wanted to say that Irene was a very thoughtful and kind person who had a great sense of humor and was fun to be around. I will forever be grateful for the time she spent with me when I was sick several years ago. My condolences go out to your family.

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June 12, 2019

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Biography

Irena K. Yocz, 79

Winslow – Irena K. Yocz, 79, of Winslow, died on Wednesday May 22, 2019, at her home. She was born on November 11, 1939 in Poland, a daughter of Zofia (Jablonska) and Wladyslaw Kasperowicz. She came to the United States on February 14, 1963 and four months later married Stanley Yocz. She is fondly remembered as a hardworking and fun mother of five children who also had a great love for her grandchildren who called her “Baba”.

Irena enjoyed vegetable and flower gardening, biking, crocheting, knitting and cooking her Polish “comfort” dishes for family and friends. She especially enjoyed her time at the family camp on China Lake where she would swim, relax around the camp fire or readily cook the catch of the day. A woman of prayer and great faith she instilled in her children, by example, the importance of placing others first, being kind and speaking with words of love in Polish and an inviting smile. This love was also seen in how she cared for her dogs.

Irena also loved looking through family photo albums which helped to keep her connected with her family near and far and would often send “care” packages to remind them they were being thought of in a special way. Trips to Poland were very poignant for Irena giving her the opportunity to reconnect with her family and friends whom she always truly loved. She belonged to Corpus Christi Parish at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and the Winslow VFW Auxiliary.

Irena is survived by her five children: Daniel Yocz and his wife Nicole of Haverhill, MA; Lola Yocz-Mendez and her husband Giovanni of San Antonio, TX; Alan Yocz of Winslow; Eric Yocz and his wife Jessica of Scarborough; Irene Sophie Yocz and her husband Derickson Winslow Tensen of North Yarmouth; her grandchildren: Connor, Zyla Irena, Memphis, Lydia Grace, Stella, Luke, Edward, Hayden Zofia; her niece Ewa Rzyska-Lamarre and her husband Stephan and their daughter Sabrina of Winslow; her sisters: Zofia, Wiesia and Lonia of Poland; her brother Jozef of New York; as well as a large extended family.

Visiting hours will be from 4 – 6 pm on Friday June 14, 2019 at Veilleux Funeral Home, 8 Elm Street, Waterville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 am on Saturday June 15, 2019 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 26 Monument Street, Winslow with burial following in St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 78 Grove Street, Waterville. Please visit www.veilleuxfuneralome.com to view a video collage of Irena’s life and to share condolences, memories and tributes with her family.

For those who wish, donations may be made in Irena’s memory to: Sacred Heart Soup Kitchen
70 Pleasant Street, Waterville, ME 04901

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The following Words of Remembrance were given by Irena's daughter, Irene, at her mother's funeral on Saturday June 15, 2019 at S. John the Baptist Catholic Church:

My mother, Irena, was a caring, loving, energetic, kind, funny, and warmhearted woman who always enjoyed being in the company of others. She was a “wife, mother, grandmother, cook, and an animal lover.” She had a great passion for being outdoors, living every day with enormous amounts of strength, energy, and courage. She was a hardworking person with a gentle soul, a mother of five, and a grandmother of eight, who new her as “BABCIA.”
My mother had a wonderful sense of humor that embraced everyone who came in contact with her. She LOVED everyone: children, animals, food, especially eating polish kielbasa of all things, and she always enjoyed attending Mass services and being in the presence of others. Many of those who she truly loved have taken the time to be in her presence today and she thanks you for being here today.
My mother was born on November 11th, 1939 and came to the United States on February 14, 1963 and within four months married my late father, Stanley Charles Yocz. Being a mother of five children, Danny, Lola, Alan, Eric and myself. She absolutely loved the responsibilities that it took to raising a family and never once complained of the challenges and demands of motherhood. She had a wonderful sense of humor and formed so many long lasting friendships since her arrival in America. As she shared the story of her decision to come to America, tears would roll down my mother’s face. “It was like winning the lottery ticket,” my mother told me. I can still vividly see the tears of joy on my mother’s face as she spoke of her experience in coming to the United States.
It is this memory of my mother’s quest to come to America that I hold most dear to me today. This decision not only changed her life forever, but it created a life for me and my brothers and sister and now our children, her grandchildren. My mother’s Polish speaking accent, characterizes her charisma, her loving nature, the way she dressed, the way she smiled, the way she joked, the way my mother was able to relax by the camp fire and share stories with those who visited, the manner in which my mother truly cherished and absolutely loved all her grandchildren and would spend endless hours interacting with them, the way she said “Alan” as a child says “mom” over, over, over and over. Her patience and genuine care for others, always putting others first, is what she instilled in all of us. Her charismatic and subtle ways about her is exactly what I cherish and miss most today.
Although our household was crazy at times, it was always filled with warmth and laughter. During those chaotic times my mother, outside her true character, would effectively manage to say in a skillful way a few curse words in polish. “Cholera Jasna,” she would shout at us when we were misbehaving. I couldn’t tell you the translation of the word but we knew it wasn’t a good one and when she said it she meant it. It was her best way of trying to manage us in a calm and pleasant way.
Most importantly, I would like to recognize that it was my brother Alan who allowed our mother to live the life she wanted to live after my father’s passing in 1994. It is you, Alan, that sacrificed your life so ‘Mom” could live hers and it is because of your unselfishness acts and ongoing care for her that is most recognized. I personally can’t thank you enough for giving her exactly what she needed the most, the unconditional love and support, day in and day out, of every day.
As I stand here today to pray and send peace to my mother for all the years of her laughter and joy, love and support, care and comfort, that she demonstrated to all of us. The Winslow home and the family camp, allowed most of us here today to cherish the many fond and pleasant memories that we have shared with her: smiling, laughing, crying, hugging, kissing, praying, and living life. I also stand here today to thank my family, my brothers and sister, and my beloved father who, from this day foreword, will protect my mother as she is laid down to rest, by his side, for eternity. AMEN