1913 – 2017
Putnam, CT – Ona Strimaitis, 103, of Liberty Highway formerly of Swampscott, MA, died Sunday January 22, 2017 at Matulaitis Nursing Home. She was the loving wife of the late Juozas Strimaitis. Born in Lithuania, she was the daughter of the late Vladas and Petronele (Bucyte) Bagdanavicius.
Mrs. Strimaitis was an associate member of the Sisters of the Immaculate Conception in Putnam for almost thirty years where she worked as a receptionist and librarian.
Ona Strimaitis, together with her husband and brother were named “Righteous Among the Nations”, an honor bestowed to non-Jews who risked their lives during the Holocaust to save Jews from extermination.
Ona is survived by her daughter Jura L. Strimaitis and her husband Judge David Kerman of Swampscott, MA and a son Jonas Strimaitis of Simsbury, CT; two grandchildren David S. Strimaitis and his wife Dani and Caroline Strimaitis and two great grandchildren Dillan and Chase Strimaitis all of Lexington, MA. She was predeceased by three brothers Rev. Vytautas J. Bagdanavicius, MIC, Stasys Bagdanavicius, and Dr. Branas J. Bagdas and a sister Elena Juska.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held for Ona on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 10:30AM in the Chapel at Matulaitis Nursing Home, followed by burial in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Memorial donation in Ona’s memory may be made directly to the Immaculate Conception Convent, 600 Liberty Highway, Putnam, CT 06260. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Gilman Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Church St., Putnam, CT 06260. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.