Carolyn M. Wysocki

Carolyn M. Wysocki, 79, was called to eternal life on Saturday, August 25, at the Hospital of Central Connecticut, surrounded by her loving family. Born in New Britain on December 25, 1938, she was the daughter of the late John & Nellie (Jurkiewicz) Wysocki. She was a graduate of MIA School, received her AS in Drug and Alcohol Rehab Counseling and received her BA and MA in Community Psychology from CCSU. She went on to receive an MHSA in Human Service Administration. Her expansive employment history included being Executive Director of the Voluntary Action Center and Volunteer Director at NBGH. While being in private practice, she and her daughter Diane owned and operated a videography business called "Memories." She served as a Psychologist for the CT Department of Mental Health at Cedarcrest Hospital and retired from Connecticut Valley Hospital in 1997. She had identified a new illness called Multiple Chemical Syndrome and was a strong advocate for people with MCS and environmental health issues. Carolyn was also President of ECHO for 20 years and represented her home town of Berlin on the Central Connecticut Health District for 15 years and served as Board Chair of various committees. Her tireless efforts earned her a Greencircle Award from the DEP, honoring local people making a global difference, and she received the Berlin Citizen of the Year Award in 2009. Her passion for the environment brought her to found the Carolyn's Environmental Foundation, designed to assist students pursuing a career in environmental health. Her Catholic faith was of great importance to her. As an active parishioner of St. Paul's Church in Kensington, she was the first woman Chair of the Parish Council and Finance Committee. She was a Eucharistic Minister, member of the choir, and Commissioned Lay Minister by Archbishop Whealon. She enjoyed travel, seeing 48 states, particularly National Parks, and was a member of the Kensington Garden Club. Along with her parents, she was predeceased by a son Michael J. Kowalczyk. Left to honor and cherish her memory are her children Diane B. Kowalczyk of Avon, David L. Kowalczyk of Spring, TX, Karen A. Brunette and her husband Guy of Glastonbury, an "adopted daughter" Ana Chavez of Spring, TX, a sister Joan Chasse and her husband Norman of Novi, MI, 5 grandchildren, a great granddaughter, and several nieces and nephews. Carolyn's family wishes to thank the staff at the Hospital of Central Connecticut for their kind, compassionate care during her time of need. Relatives and friends are invited to call for a fragrance free visitation on Thursday from 9:00 AM until 11:00 AM at Duksa Family Funeral Homes at Newington Memorial, 20 Bonair Ave, Newington. A Liturgy of Christian Burial will follow at 11:30 AM, Thursday at St. Paul's Church in Kensington. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be directed to the Carolyn's Environmental Foundation c/o the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain, 74A Vine Street, New Britain, CT 06052. To share a memory or words of comfort with Carolyn's family, please visit us online at

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