Florence L. Jednack

Florence Jednack Florence L. Jednack passed peacefully from this earth on June 27, 2017 at age 98. She will be forever appreciated for her selfless acts of kindness “when no one was looking” to so many in her native Danbury, Connecticut. She leaves her loving sister, Jennie Batory Valeri, godson nephew Paul Valeri, his wife, Denise, and their sons Mark & Adam, their daughters Abby Schwab from Denver & Amanda Capilupi, nephew Tom Valeri, and niece Susan Valeri, all from Danbury, plus neice Peggy Molinaro & her husband, Peter, from Oakton, Virginia, and their daughters Katie & Virginia, and nephews Reggie Zurinskas from Simsbury, Dr. Chester Kowalski from Middle Haddam, Dr. Kenneth Kowalski from Burlington, Donnie Lukas from Fort Meyers, and neice Dr. Cathy Kowalski from Manchester.. She was predeceased by the love of her life, husband Stanley Jednack.
Florence’s genes of kindness and selflessness fully flowed from her mother, Lena, who emigrated from Poland thru Ellis Island as a young girl. Like Mama Batory, Florence, born November 8, 1918, was a dependable source of kindness, always ready to give of herself to others.

Proudly part of the Greatest Generation, prior to the war years, Florence and her husband, Stan, owned and operated the Wayside, a diner in Dodgingtown. At the start of WW II, Florence was chosen to be part of the elite team that perfected the critical ingredient that went into the making of the famous Norden Bombsight, high precision ball bearings. At that time, Barden Corporation was located on East Franklin Street in downtown Danbury. Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, production of the bombsights increased from 800 to 2,000 per month. It played a critical part in preserving victory for the allies in WW II. Florence rose all the way from being a highly respected technician at Barden’s, retiring after 49 years as its Head of Quality Control.

Florence was a woman of strong character, so naturally prepared to give to others. The unabiding love and care she provided the Valeri family knew no boundaries. The Valeri’s hold tight our memories of pleasant family vacations with our dear Aunt Florence on Cape Cod, Nantucket, and the coast of Maine. She was a big fan of the Fighting Irish.

Friends may call on Friday from the hours of 5 to 8 at Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home on Granville Ave in Danbury. Funeral mass is 10 o’clock Saturday morning, 7/1/17, at Saint Gregory The Great Church on 85 Great Plain RD in Danbury. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Florence’s name to the Danbury Museum & Historical Society at 43 Main Street, Danbury, CT.


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