Kilian, Jennie M.

Jennie M. Kilian, 98, of Granby, formerly of West Hartford, widow of Robert E. Kilian, passed away peacefully Sunday, July 5th, 2020. Born February 14th, 1922 in Central Falls, Rhode Island, she was the daughter of the late Maciej J. and Victoria (Bomba) Majka. Jennie graduated from Rhode Island College of Education and was a teacher in the Central Falls, Rhode Island school system, Henry Barnard School (Rhode Island College) and Sockanosset Boys Training School. During the summer months while teaching she worked at various hotels and restaurants in Old Orchard Beach, Maine and on Block Island, RI where she met her husband, Bob. Jennie was a faithful communicant at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford and a longtime member of the Hartford Golf Club. She volunteered at polling centers and the Hartford Hospital Auxiliary Store. Jennie enjoyed golf, bowling, reading, puzzles, boating, embroidery and theater.

Jennie is survived by her Jennie is survived by her two sisters, Laura (Majka) Buzdigian of St. Petersburg, FL and Sophie (Majka) Wyntjes of Houston, TX, her stepson, John N. Kilian, her grandchildren, Karen K. Barrows, Robert J. Kilian and Daniel P. Merritt, her nieces and nephews, Pauline Majka Parillo, Thaddeus Majka, Donald Majka, Catherine Majka Williams, Edward T. Broadmeadow, Lt. Gen. John J. Broadmeadow, USMC, Paul G. Broadmeadow, James T. Broadmeadow, Paula Buzdigian Powell, Karen Buzdigian Scarpetta, Arthur Buzdigian, Lori Buzdigian Trudeau, John Charles Buzdigian, Lauren Wyntjes Deleo, Larry Wyntjes and Walter Mattew Wyntjes. She was predeceased by an infant son, Robbie, her siblings, Thaddeus Majka, Walter Majka, Stella (Majka) Richardson and Irene (Majka) Broadmeadow and her nephews, Kenneth Majka.

Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford on Monday (July 13) from 9:00-10:00am. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be at 10:00am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Cathedral of St. Joseph, Hartford at 10:30am. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Cathedral of St. Joseph, 140 Farmington Ave., Hartford, CT 06105.

Calling Hours

Monday, July 13, 2020 from 9:00-10:00am

Funeral Service

Monday, July 13, 2020 at 10:30am in the Cathedral of St. Joseph ~ Hartford



Memorial Contribution

Cathedral of St. Joseph, 140 Farmington Ave., Hartford, CT 06105. 

4 Responses to 'Kilian, Jennie M.'

  1. Brad Quay says:

    Sorry to hear of Jennie’s death. She was such a nice lady. I knew her from church. Unfortunately I lost touch with her after she moved from the Bloomfield facility. God Bless her and her family.

  2. JULIE CORROON says:

    jack and I were so sorry to learn of Jennies passing- she was our next door neighbor for over 20 years- always kind – our thoughts are with her whole family-

  3. Therese Fishman says:

    I noticed the photo of Jennie, and when I read the obit, I knew she was the “Miss Majka” I had had at Henry Barnard School as my practicum teacher in first grade many years ago. She would take me to lunch a few times before I entered the Sisters of Mercy. Then I lost track of her after Robbie’s death. Jennie was an inspiration to me in my subsequent years in education as a religious and when I later became a public school teacher and administrator. Throughout my years in education, I drew my inspiration from your Jennie. I wanted you to know how far-reaching was her gentle touch. I mourn her passing .

  4. Dan Merritt says:

    Ah, the times we had as kids at gramma jennys and grampa bobs…..never forget the sailfish downstairs in the basement……..and first class and formal holidays meals. RIP

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