Putnam – Victoria (Zaklukiewicz) St. Jean, 91, of Myers St., passed away on Wednesday, October 1, 2014, in Day Kimball Hospital surrounded by her loving family. Born in Putnam, she was the daughter of the late John and Sophia (Ukleja) Zaklukiewicz.
Mrs. St. Jean was a graduate of the St. Vincent School of Nursing in Worcester, class of 1944. Upon graduating, she worked as a registered nurse for Dr. Mortin Chapnick. She then worked for Day Kimball OBGYN for 35 years, Dr. Edmond Raheb, and Dr. Rudolph Klare until she retired in 2008.
Mrs. St. Jean enjoyed volunteering for many years with the Red Cross at the Putnam Congregational Church. Victoria enjoyed sewing, crocheting, reading, riding in the car, going out to lunch, and watching birds at the bird feeder. She was an avid piano player while she was in grade school, playing at St. Mary Church in Putnam. Victoria received the Elementary Certificate of Great Honors from the National Conservatory of Music, Montreal University, in 1938.
Victoria is survived by three sons, John R. St. Jean and his wife Christine of Brooklyn, Carl E. St. Jean and his wife Karen of Woodstock, and Bruce E. St. Jean and his wife Ellen of Woodstock; her daughter, Kathleen A. Roach and her husband Donald of Ludington, MI; her sister Angela “Nellie” LaBonte of Putnam; ten grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sisters, Pauline Witkowski, Cecilia Zaklukiewicz, Helen Pempek, and Catherine Zaklukiewicz.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Victoria’s family from 9:00 am to 10:00 am on Monday, October 6, 2014 in the Gilman Funeral Home, 104 Church St., Putnam, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 am in St. Mary Church of the Visitation, 218 Providence St, Putnam, CT. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery. Memorial Donations may be made to the Deary Memorial Cancer Fund, P.O. Box 632, Putnam, CT 06260. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.