Carole Kulesa

Carole M. Kulesa

Sunday, August 26th, 1945 - Sunday, September 15th, 2019
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Carole Marie (Strapakas) Kulesa, affectionately known as “Ma” by many, passed away peacefully, Sept 15, 2019, at Hartford Hospital surrounded by her family.

Carole was born Aug 26, 1945, in Worcester Mass, to Charles and Rachel (Stament) Strapakas and grew up in Turners Falls Mass. Carole moved to and made her home in CT many years ago. Carole’s job in life is was to be a mother, which she fulfilled to many. She leaves behind her daughter Coleen Golden and Ed Golden of Enfield, CT, her son Craig Smith and Karen Baker of Greenfield, Mass, her son Michael Kulesa and daughter-in-law Nicolle Kulesa of Windsor Locks, CT; 11 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

Carole was predeceased by her husband Ronald Kulesa, her long time companion Edward “Boo Boo” Paseka, and her 3 sisters Charlene, Gail, and Lynn.

Carole enjoyed many things in life, but nothing more then time spent with family. Some of her favorite days were spent relaxing on the beach. She was an easygoing person, your smile made her smile, your happiness made her happy.

Carole was a fan of the Miami Dolphins and the Boston Redsox. She thoroughly enjoyed the argument of sports in New England. Carole was a longtime member of the Italian American Club and the Polish American Club in Windsor Locks, where she met many lifelong friends. In 2005 she joined the APA pool league, and 20 years later, celebrated her 70th Birthday playing for the national championship in Las Vegas. Carole was very talented at crocheting, and loved to make afghans for her family and friends. Holidays were her favorite, and she was always more excited for the gifts she gave then for those she received , a true testament to the woman she was.

Visiting hours will be held, Tuesday Sept 24, 2019 from 4-7 pm with a Celebration of Life concluding the visitation at 7 pm. at the Windsor Locks Funeral Home 441 Spring Street , Windsor Locks, CT. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, September 24th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Tuesday, September 24th, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Windsor Locks Funeral Home
    441 Spring St
    Windsor Locks, CT 06096
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  • Service

    Tuesday, September 24th, 2019 | 7:00pm
    Tuesday, September 24th, 2019 7:00pm
    Windsor Locks Funeral Home
    441 Spring St
    Windsor Locks, CT 06096
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Debbie Dixon

Posted at 05:09pm
Nicolle & Mike - Our deepest sympathies to the Family - she is now a heavenly angel to watch down and guide of you.
My dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above. Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.
Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight. Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night. That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through, God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."
It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone. As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man. God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do. And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you. And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to the middle of the night. When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain. I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned. But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand. But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er. I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.
There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb; but together we can do it by taking one day at a time. It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too... that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you. If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain, then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain." And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile. So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low, just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go. When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind; I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind. And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not're coming here to me.
Love you all, Mom

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
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