Jennie Kearns

Jennie Marie Kearns

Saturday, June 24th, 1916 - Thursday, April 11th, 2019
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ENFIELD – Jennie Marie (Bania) Kearns, 102, widow of Frank Lawrence Kearns, passed away peacefully Thursday, April 11, 2019 at Evergreen Health Care Center in Stafford. Born in Enfield on June 24, 1916, she was the third of five children of the late Stanley Joseph and Victoria Agnes (Siakala) Bania, and was a lifelong resident of Enfield. She was employed by Ahrens, Fuller, St. John and Vincent Insurance of Suffield. Prior to that, she had worked at Bigelow Sanford Carpet in Enfield. She loved family gatherings and could never have too much food. She also enjoyed going for rides especially to the summer cottage at Point O’Woods. She will be remembered for always putting family first. She is survived by two sons, Francis S. and his wife Judith M. Forbes-Kearns of Brunswick, ME, John “Jack” L. and his wife Sandra J. (Hall) Kearns, two daughters, Elizabeth J. and her husband Craig L. Rhoads of Ellington, Kathleen E. and her husband Edward A. Girard; three grandsons, Tobias J. Richard and his wife Alexandra “Sasha” Alshuk of Cheshire, Sean P. Richard and his wife Desiree Ashton of North Andover, MA, Nicholas K. Rhoads of Ellington; four granddaughters, Sorell E. (Richard) and her husband Marco A. Negro of Coral Gables, FL, Merilee L. Forbes-Kearns of Scarborough, ME, Jennifer V. Rhoads of New York, NY, Yvonne V. Girard (all of Enfield except as noted); one step-grandson, Jason H. Michelsen and his wife Yushen Chu of South Windsor; three great-grandsons, Gabel Richard of Cheshire, William and Mitchell Richard of North Andover, MA; three great-granddaughters, Irelyn, Aubrielle, Campbell Richard of Cheshire; one step great-grandson, Aaron C. Michelsen of South Windsor and several nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her three brothers, Frank S. Bania, Joseph Bania who died very young, Joseph F. Bania; her only sister, Helen L. Lamont; and a grandson, Edward L. Girard. Calling hours are Tuesday, April 16, 2019 from 12 – 1:30pm at Browne Memorial Chapels, 43 Shaker Road. The Funeral Mass will follow at St. Jeanne Jugan Parish at “St. Bernard’s Church” in Hazardville at 2pm. Burial will follow in St. Bernard’s Cemetery. We would like to thank the staff and care givers at Evergreen and from Hospice for their support. Donations may be made to a Hospice program of your choice. For online condolences please visit
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, April 16th, 2019 | 12:00pm - 1:30pm
    Tuesday, April 16th, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm
  • Service

    Tuesday, April 16th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Tuesday, April 16th, 2019 2:00pm
    St. Bernard Church
    426 Hazard Ave.
    ENFIELD, CT 06082
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    Fr. John Golas
  • Interment

    St Bernard Cemetery
    Park St
    enfield, CT 06082
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Posted at 07:24am
With loving memories of Aunt Jennie
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Fran Bania

Posted at 10:56pm
Aunt Jennnie, I remember my earliest memory of you. You came over to our apartment on Windsor street on your lunch break to give me a birthday present on my fourth birthday. It was a little cap gun wrapped in a candy box. I loved that gun. Your cottage at the beach was like happy face
punctuation marks throughout my life. While I will always miss you, I will remember the fun times we had at your house during visits and holidays.

Beth Bania

Posted at 10:23pm
Fran, Jack, Libby, Kathy and families, It's been a long time since I joined your family, and your mother was someone special from the start. I will remember her for galompkie Thursdays at Baci's when I was pregnant, Easter becoming the most important and largest family get together I had ever experienced. All the times at the beach, little chats and long talks. I am so glad you had her for so many years. She was a treasure, and one I will hold close in my heart. I know she is in Heaven and I know it's a happy place for her. May she rest in eternal peace.


Posted at 06:54am
Please accept my condolences for the passing of Jennie. There is hope though, as the Almighty has arranged for the resurrection in the future. He promises, "... There is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous." (Acts 24:15)

I hope you find these few words comforting and provide motivation to prepare for the new world of God's making. (John 17:3)

Thais R Forbes

Posted at 03:24pm
Dear Fran and Family,
We remember visiting with your Mom and family at the cottage and how much she enjoyed entertaining. Deepest sympathies to you and your family. Your memories of Jennie will live on in your hearts.
Love from the Florida T.E.A.M.

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