1957 – 2021
Pomfret – Robyn C. Leo, 64, of Holmes Rd., died Tuesday, June 1, 2021, in Brigham & Women’s Hospital. Born in Webster, MA, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Lillian (Pelletier) Mikolajczak.
After completing her BSN at Worcester State College in 1982, Robyn completed her MS in Maternal Child Nursing at University of Connecticut in 1984. Shifting from clinical work to education, Robyn taught as a tenured nursing professor for over 25 years and past department chairperson at Worcester State University. She was celebrated for her creative teaching approach and commitment to diversity.
To family and friends, Robyn was sociable, thoughtful, and creative. She was an active member of the Quiet Corner Garden Club and a passionate Osprey Steward for the CT Audubon society. She loved the ocean, cooking, singing, scrapbooking and crafting. She knew how to bring people together and was a board member of the New England chapter of Families with Children from China for many years. Robyn made sepia tones look like technicolor (she loved The Wizard of Oz) and now our lives are less colorful.
Robyn is survived by her daughters Dr. Hannah Pei Leo and her partner Dr. Kevin Guzman of San Francisco, CA, and Hallie Lin Leo of Pomfret, CT; her brother, James J. Mikolajczak and his wife Dr. Leslie Harrold of Northboro, MA; her sister, Patrice E. Bernier of Thompson, CT; several nieces & nephews, and her beloved meezer Tito.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Robyn’s family from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 in the Valade Funeral Home & Crematory, 23 Main Street, North Grosvenordale. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 am on Thursday June 10, 2021 in Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 16 East Main St. Webster, MA followed by a private burial in St. Joseph Garden of Peace Cemetery. For memorial guestbook please visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.
In lieu of flowers, gifts in her memory may be made to the Professor Robyn Leo Nursing Scholarship at Worcester State University. Checks can be made payable to Worcester State Foundation, Inc and sent to University Advancement at Worcester State University, 486 Chandler Street, Worcester, MA 01602.