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Irene Kraucunas

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Irene "Renee" (Wilkialis) Kraucunas, 89, of the Poquonock section of Windsor, beloved wife for 65 years to the late John A. "Jack" Kraucunas, passed away peacefully, Sunday, February 23, 2014. Born in Poquonock, she was a lifelong resident. Irene was the first woman named Classified Advertising Manager for the Hartford Courant, retiring in 1990. Irene leaves her daughter, Jane Nickels of Valley Glen, CA and her grandson Matthew Nickels and his wife Nicole; her son Edward Kraucunas of Enfield; her daughter Elaine Novacco of Pittsburg, PA and grandsons Nicholas and Nathaniel Novacco; and her brother Dr. George Wilkialis and his wife Ruth of Phoenix, AZ and their daughter Amy of Mission Viejo, CA. In her lifetime, Irene was a member of the Windsor Garden Club, St. Casmir's Women's Auxiliary, the Pine Hill, Millbrook and Copper Hill Women's Golf Clubs, and had been a lifelong communicant of St. Joseph Church, Poquonock. Her family would like to offer heartfelt thanks to the Masonicare Hospice Team and Meadowbrook of Granby staff where Irene spent the last three months of her life. Her family will receive friends Thursday, February 27, 2014 from 10-11 am at the Carmon Poquonock Funeral Home, 1816 Poquonock Avenue, Poquonock followed by a funeral service at 11 AM at the funeral Home. Burial will follow in Windsor Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the CT Humane Society, 701 Russell Road, Newington, CT 06111. For condolences or directions please visit