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Marie (“Mary”) Catherine Marguerite Joakim passed away peacefully at MeadowBrook of Granby nursing home in Granby, CT. on October 14, 2017. Born on July 15, 1926, in Liege, Belgium, she was the youngest child of the late Georges Joseph and Marie-Anne Eva (Ruleau) Joakim. She was also the granddaughter of the late Martin and Catherine (Everard) Joakim, and the late Lambert and Marie (Wersen) Ruleau - all from the Liege area of Belgium. Mary was educated in both Belgium and Romania prior to World War II. Due to the communist political upheaval in 1940, Mary and her parents fled from Romania to Lisbon, Portugal, residing at the Legation de Belgique. Her brother, George, entered the war, joining the Belgian army. She was especially proud of the fact that her brother became a decorated Belgian paratrooper, receiving the Croix de Guerre medal for military valor. While in Lisbon, she continued her education, studying art from 1946-48 at Ecole ABC De Dessin, focusing on her drawing talents. Following the death of her father in Lisbon in 1950, Mary eventually returned to Belgium, working for many decades at the Portuguese Embassy, located in the beautifully historic Grand Place in Brussels. In 1978, she and her mother moved to the United States to be with her brother and his family in North Granby, CT. Before retiring, Mary worked for many years at Hamilton Standard in Windsor Locks, as an electronics assembler. Mary moved to Granby’s Stony Hill Village in 1992, spending many happy senior years with family, friends, her beloved books and birds, art classes at the Granby Senior Center, and occasionally traveling.She was predeceased by her brother, George Martin Lambert Joakim of North Granby, CT, and her former sister-in-law, Marye D. Joakim of Niantic, CT. She is survived by several nephews and nieces: Michael A. Joakim and his wife Elizabeth (“Betsey”) of Rocky Hill, CT., Terese M. Richards of East Haven, CT., and Christopher C. E. Joakim and his wife Theresa of Davidson, NC. In addition, she is survived by her sister-in-law, Joan Miano Joakim, of Norwalk, CT, and her children: Joseph (“J J”) Miano and his wife Csilla of Bekescsaba, Hungary, Andrea M. Light of South Norwalk, and Philip A. Miano and his wife Nancy of Weston, CT. Mary is also survived by her many grandnephews and grandnieces and their families, and she will be especially missed by Christine Joakim Roth and Matthew C. T. Joakim.The Joakim family would like to thank Mary’s loyal and loving caretaker, Sheryl Macaulay, for her years of compassionate care, as well as the staff at MeadowBrook of Granby for their special dedication to Mary’s needs during her last years of life. Burial in Granby Cemetery was private and at the convenience of the family. A memorial service will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, 34 Washington St. Suite 200, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481, or other charity of choice.

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