RANGELEY PLT. - Elizabeth Jean Chmielewski, 80, died Sunday afternoon, May 11, 2014, at Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington. She was born May 7, 1934, in Hyattsville, MD, the daughter of Harold and Cornelia (Hutt) Albright, and was graduated from West Philadelphia (PA) High School. On April 10, 1953, she married Edmund J. Chmielewski in Elkton, MD.
Jean worked as a telephone operator for several business organizations, retiring from Verizon in Bangor. After living in Wilmington, DE, Exeter, NH, and Holden, MA, she and her husband and family made their home in Orrington for many years, before retiring to their long-time vacation home on Mooselookmeguntic Lake in Rangeley Plt. in 1998. Family truly was the most important part of Jean's life. She loved having her children and her grandchildren, who she adored, visit every summer and spending the holidays with them each year. There was no better vacation than one spent with such a special grandmother! Jean took great pride and pleasure in beautifully wrapping her gifts to family and friends. Her Christmas shopping was always completed before Thanksgiving. She put her love for her family into all her cooking- her peanut butter and banana-split pies were favorite family treats as were her famous chocolate-chip pancake breakfasts. She created beautiful, colorful flower gardens, was a voracious reader and avid learner, and enjoyed doing crossword puzzles as well as voicing her opinion in a good political argument. Jean loved music and never grew tired of sharing the joys and beauty of nature, particularly the sunsets she witnessed across the lake and the multitudes of birds, squirrels, and chipmunks who visited her feeders. She especially loved her cats and was never without at least one throughout her life.
She is survived by her devoted husband and best friend of 61 years, Edmund, of Rangeley Plt.; loving daughters, Susan Vogt and her husband, Robert, Jr. and their children, Abigail and Harrison, of Boylston, MA; and Deborah Chmielewski and her children, Elizabeth and Jack, of North Yarmouth; a brother, Robert Albright, and his wife, Corinne, of Bloomington, IN; two sisters-in-law, Thelma Albright of North Augusta, SC, and Sylvia Albright of Forestburg, TX; several nieces and nephews; and very dear friends, Leonard and Patricia Jezyk and their families of Wilmington, DE. She was predeceased by her parents; her mother-in-law, Helen Chmielewski; and a brother, Harold. She will be greatly missed, but never forgotten. "We love you!"
Private family funeral services will be held with interment at the New Maine Veteran's Memorial Cemetery in Augusta. The family suggests that those who desire, consider memorial gifts in Jean's memory to the National Wildlife Federation, National Wildlife Federation, P.O. Box 1691, Merrifield, VA 22116-1691 or at www.nwf.org. Funeral services are being cared for and provided by Wiles Remembrance Center, 137 Farmington Falls Road, Farmington. Condolences and tributes may be shared with the family at www.wilesrc.com.