Réjeanne Kowalski, 90, from Bristol, left this land peacefully on New Years Eve (December 31, 2021). Her last week was spent having a merry Christmas party with her loving family. Réjeanne “Rej” was born in Bristol on November 19, 1931, daughter of the late Agnès and Sam Baillargeon. She lived and attended school in Bristol where she met the late Leonard “Lenny” Kowalski, the love of her life. After high school, Rejeanne attended nursing school in Lynn, MA, where Lenny hitchhiked to visit her. After completing her nursing education, Rejeanne returned to Bristol and worked as a pediatric nurse at Bristol Hospital for over 40 years, caring for thousands of children during her stay. Réjeanne has also served her community through her volunteer work with WIC for many years. On June 6, 1953, Rejeanne married her childhood sweetheart Lenny and they made their home in Bristol, where they enjoyed welcoming their friends and family. Réjeanne was an amazing cook and hostess, and prepared hundreds of pierogies each Christmas to give as gifts to friends and acquaintances. Lenny and Rej raised two daughters and four grandchildren and spent their summers camping with their family in Hammonasett State Park, where Rejeanne also worked as a beach nurse. Leonard and Réjeanne took advantage of many vacations, traveling across the United States. They continued to travel and spend the winter in Florida. Réjeanne and Lenny were avid bridge and cribbage players, and Réjeanne continued to beat her family hard in cribbage until her last day. Rejeanne will be sadly missed by her family and friends, and her family is happy to know that she is again with her husband Lenny. Réjeanne is survived by her daughter Lori Bourret and her husband Paul; daughter Lynne Pernell; four grandchildren, Samuel Bourret and his wife, Mikaela, Rebecca Bourret Pogoda and her husband, Mike, Erica Pernell and Keith Pernell and a great grandson Dante Pogoda. Parents and friends are invited to a visit to Funk Funeral Home 35 Bellevue Ave., Bristol, on Sunday, January 16, 2022 between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., followed by a take-home service at 3 p.m. Interment will be at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Please visit Rejeanne’s Memorial website at www.FunkFuneralHome.com
Posted by Hartford Courant on January 9, 2022.