Gertrude Irene Danowski

February 28, 1928October 26, 2020

Gertrude Irene Danowski February 8, 1928 – October 26, 2020

Gertrude Irene Danowski, daughter of Polish immigrants John Krawczewicz and Aleksandria Bujarski Krawczewicz, was born February 8th, 1928 in Detroit, Michigan. She attended the local public schools and then the Felician Academy and College of the Immaculate Conception in New York where she learned to teach elementary grades.

She married Jerome John Danowski in 1961, and became a mother to his three children Margery, Michael, and Elaine while also teaching at Saint Martha’s Catholic School in Dearborn, Michigan. She gave birth to two daughters, Patricia and Terese in the late 1960s. In 1983, she moved her two younger daughters to Cumberland, Maine, after her husband passed so they could all live with her oldest daughter, Margery, and her husband, Tom. In Maine, her count on raising children went from five to eight when she became a nanny to three of her grandchildren: Thomas, Madlyn, and William.

Irene lived a life of service quite selflessly, and worked hard in the home more than most. In addition to having raised three generations of children, she worked at Mercy Hospital in Portland, and for twenty years volunteered to take care of the altar at Holy Martyrs Catholic Church in Falmouth. Her beautiful life will forever be cherished by her children, grandchildren, and two great granddaughters: Valerie Kijewski and Rita Wahl; Margery and Thomas Gruber; Michael and Anita Danowski; Elaine and Richard Bruhn; Eric, David, Avery, and Lily Bruhn; Patricia, Christopher, and Joshua Pettine; Terese Danowski; Thomas, Madlyn, and William Young.


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Karen Morency

November 14, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss...Irene had a wonderful sense of humor...I remember her little giggles at me trying to learn the Polish word for "thank you" (jeh-koo-yeh). She had infinite patience, and loved living and cooking for her grandchildren (the Youngs). The house smelled wonderful on Spaghetti nights! I will always remember her giggles. She was a dear, sweet friend who reminded me of my own mother...selfless, caring for others. My thoughts and prayers to Terry, Tommy, Maddie, & Willie, Andy, Marge & Tom.


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