Hello all, Mary Ellen here.
There was a very nice article about our beloved Jackie Groszkowski in yesterday’s Buffalo News (Thursday, April 1, 2021). She contributed so much to the community–she will be missed by so many.
Perhaps since she was our community service shepherd we could all remember her by contributing a block or two to the community service block lotto this month. Here is this month’s pattern. While you’re stitching think about one of your happy memories of Jackie. Perhaps you could share one of those memories in the comments after this post.
Over the past couple of years Jackie and I would sometimes end up at the same performance of a play/musical at Musicalfare theatre. Whenever there was a comedic scene one could hear Jackie’s laugh ringing out–I think it gave all of the audience permission also to laugh long and loud and enjoy the fun. I’m sure the actors enjoyed hearing it too.
This would be a wonderful way to remember Jackie who was in charge of the community service blocks. I have so many wonderful memories of Jackie and her kindness. Noting was ever too much for her. If a job needed to be done, she did it. I’m very fortunate to have been her friend.
She could be so funny and she had this great drive to get things done. Too sad, we lost a very influential member of our guild.
Thank you for doing this Mary Ellen. When I would call or send an email to Jackie, she would always respond, “Hi Honey, What can I do for you?” She was always ready with a helping hand to anyone who needed it. She is such a loss to so many of us. We went together to Needle in a Haystack several times, and I always enjoyed being with Jackie so much. I would also like to say a huge “Thank You” to you, Mary Ellen, for the beautiful job you did with the video of the guild quilt show on Youtube. It is very professional and shows the quilts to best advantage. Thank you for all that hard work. I love the results.
Jackie was my “heart” friend. We shared many years together on the AQG Board. We would drive together to Board meetings, so she heard all my frustrations and fears about my husband’s advancing Alzheimer’s. She was empathetic, but didn’t let me sink into self-pity. We would often go to Quilt shows or Shop Hops together. And of course she always picked me up in her red GMC Terrain, with her cheery greeting of “Hi Honey.” I think of her often and will miss my “heart” friend.
I always thought of myself as being one of Jackie’s best buddies. However after reading some of these remarks I know I was only one of the great many best buddies to Jackie. She always made sure that I was taken care of, that I had a ride to places. She also worried about me because of my diminished stature, and thought of me as her “little buddy.“. Her daughter has been bringing over her fabrics and her books to my house to sort through for the next quilt show, and we have found some fun things she was working on. It is a constant reminder of how much she did for us and for our guild and the community. I will miss her always.
Being a relatively new member, Jackie alway made me feel as I had know her for years. Always helping me follow directions, I though we’re printed in a strange language with all the crazy measurements, I’m not that good with math, she made it easy to understand.
She was always ready to take on anything. She will be missed
Mary Ellen, I did see the quilt show on YouTube it was beautiful. It really showcased all the beautiful work Thank you for doing this and you blog. I love it
I have so much to say about Jackie’s friendship. I feel the same way as Theresa. I felt that I was her only best friend. She gave full attention to me. It’s easy to see the type of person that Jackie was. She shared family stories and family woes with me, shared many laughs and songs. Often I would call her just to share news. No one can replace Jackie!