Lucille Mary Zaremba Owocki
Could Make a Beautiful Home From the Most Humble of Quarters
Lucille Mary Zaremba Owocki, surrounded by her loving children, passed from this life to be with Jesus and His Blessed Mother on November 17. She was born on April 28, 1922 in Everett, the daughter of Maryann and Walter Zaremba. Her family moved to neighboring Chelsea where she attended Saint Stanislaus Parochial School and later graduated from Chelsea High School with the Class of 1940. After graduation, she worked at Holtzer-Cabot Company in Boston. She married her childhood sweetheart, Chester S. Owocki, who was serving the United States Coast Guard. After celebrating 55 years together, he predeceased her in 1997. Lucille moved about the country with her children and husband, who continued his service in the United States Air Force, living in five states, as well as in Zaragosa, Spain, before retiring to the Cape, first to their home in Yarmouth and then to Brewster, where she assisted her husband in his insurance appraisal business and managed their summer cottage rentals. She had a unique creative talent to transform the most humble quarters into a warm and beautiful home. While her husband was alive, she enjoyed spending winters at their home in Naples, Florida. She continued to love working in her garden, caring for her cat “Tuxedo,” dancing the polka as part of her proud Polish heritage, traveling, and being with her family. She was a communicant of Our Lady of the Cape Catholic Church and devout in her prayer to Our Lady of Perpetual Help during her entire life. She is survived by her four children and their spouses: Christine Morrison and her husband, Raymond of Marietta, Georgia; Patricia Ellis and her husband, Gilbert of Brewster and Coral Gables, Florida; Diane Halunen and her husband, John of Brewster and Stanley Owocki and his wife, Suzanne of Landenberg, Pennsylvania; 12 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren who knew and loved her as their “Babci.” She is also survived by three brothers and their wives: Chester and Ann Zaremba of Chelsea, Stanley and Marian Zaremba of Peabody, and Thaddeus and Jean Zaremba of Wakefield; her sisters-in-law Eleanor Zaremba of Atkinson, New Hampshire, and Sabina Correnti of Malden, as well as by many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sisters and their husbands: Vera and Walter Barys and Agnes and David Pretti. Funeral arrangements were by the Nickerson Funeral Home , Orleans MA 02653. Burial was in Orleans Cemetery, Orleans. Donations in her memory may be made to Saint Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or to the Children of St. Claire’s Parish, Dessaline, Haiti c/o Our Lady of the Cape Catholic Church, their sister parish.