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11/17/14 - NNHS Newsletter -
Jane Wrazen Korycinski

Jane Wrazen Korycinski
(23 June 1912 - 15 Nov 2014)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Sad news returned today.   Jane Wrazen Korycinski, mother of  Jane Korycinski Smith ('61), Nancy Korycinski Houston, and    Anne Laurie Korycinski Catron ('66), passed away at her home in Newport News on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at the age of 102.

From the Daily Press - 11/17/14: 

                   Jane Wrazen Korycinski



NEWPORT NEWS - Our mother, Jane Wrazen Korycinski, 102 years old, passed away early Saturday morning, November 15, 2014, from dementia at her home with her daughters.

She was born in the Ukraine, Russia of Polish parents, Pawel and Wladyslawa Wrazen on June 23, 1912. She immigrated to the United States with her mother, arriving in Boston in 1921. They met her father, who had come before them, and they settled in Schenectady, NY.

Jane Wrazen was graduated from the College of St. Rose with a BS degree as a Registered Nurse. She worked on the Medical Surgical Unit at Welfare Hospital in New York City. She met and married Peter F. Korycinski (retired NASA). They were married after Peter graduated from Georgia Tech and settled in Hampton to work at NACA. Later they moved to Newport News, where she spent the rest of her life.

Three daughters survive her, Jane K. Smith, Nancy K. Houston, and Anne Laurie K. Catron.

She has five grandchildren, Laurie R. Swicegood, Kory A. Houston, Brock A. Houston, Peter Catron and Daniel Catron; two great grandchildren, Clayton Houston, and Blake Houston; and step-great grandchild, Kayla Jillson.





Mother's Celebration of Life will be held at First United Church of Christ, 1017 Todds Lane, Hampton, on Wednesday, November 19th, at 1:00 PM. The family will greet guests after the service in the fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to WHRO TV, 5200 Hampton Blvd, Norfolk, VA 23508 or you can also make that donation online at

Arrangements by W. J. Smith & Son Funeral Home. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press on November 17, 2014.
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November 17, 2014

Our thoughts are with the family and friends during this difficult time.

~ M. J. Smith and Sons Funeral Home, Brooklyn, New York

November 17, 2014

Dear Ciocia Jane...Love, Phyllis

~ Unsigned

November 17, 2014

WHAT a warm and loving story. The memories that you share are awesome and take you back to the strong hard working women that we can be. Prayers sent with her and to all. One thing for sure, she has seen a lot of love and many different things all these years and the best is having family and friends surround you with love and kindness.


November 17, 2014

Dear Jane, Nancy, and Anne Laurie, Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Ciocia Jane was such a spunky, wonderful woman whom I admired. We love you guys and wish we could be with you at this time. Love, Jim, Chris, Ben, Andy and Peter

~ Unsigned

November 17, 2014

Jane, Nancy and Anne,
Prayers and heartfelt sympathy on the loss of your mother. A long and wonderful life. May all your sweet memories give you faith during the coming days. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.

~ Linda Gaskins-Jeffers, Hayes, Virginia

November 17, 2014
So sorry, Jane. It is never easy to lose your mother. Prayers for the family from me.
~ Joann George, Yorktown, Virginia
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November 17, 2014
May the love of God shelter your family during your time of grief. May God be your fortress and bring comfort and loving memories to hold in your hearts. I'm truly sorry for your loss. Psalms 37:39
~ Unsigned

November 17, 2014

Deepest sympathy on the loss of your mother. You are in our prayers.

~ Marilyn (Payne) and Chuck Springfield

November 17, 2014

Annie, it saddens my heart to learn of your loss; please know that you are in my prayers. During this most difficult time may your burden be lessened knowing she is in a much better place.

~ Cheryl Rosser Ochsenfeld, Hampton, Virginia

November 17, 2014

You have my sympathy and prayers.

~ Karen Richardson Dilley

November 17, 2014

Prayers sent to you and your family.

~ Bette Ann Croswell

November 18, 2014

Dear Jane, Nancy, and Anne Laurie,
I was sad to see in the Daily Press that your mother has died. She was a very gracious lady. I worked with your dad in the Division Office for 6 years and I remember when they invited Don and me to dinner. I still have a photo that was taken at your house of Don and me sitting on your sofa.
We moved to California in 1955 and live in Sunnyvale. The NACA days are still in my memories. Love to you, Virginia

Virginia Boyd Coletti, Sunnyvale, California
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November 18, 2014

Dear Nancy and sisters, Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of loss. Love you, Gene, Ann, Tom and Jeanie

~ Unsigned

November 18, 2014

May she R.I.P. and may your precious memories, prayers and the support of love ones comfort and console you.
~ Hazel


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   Our sincerest condolences are extended to Mrs. Korycinski's family and friends.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

Lead, Kindly Light

Lyrics by John Henry Newman, 1833
Music by John B. Dykes, 1865

Lead, kindly Light, amid th’encircling gloom,
Lead Thou me on!
The night is dark, and I am far from home;
Lead Thou me on!
Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see
The distant scene; one step enough for me.

I was not ever thus, nor prayed that Thou
Shouldst lead me on;
I loved to choose and see my path; but now
Lead Thou me on!
I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears,
Pride ruled my will. Remember not past years!

So long Thy power hath blessed me, sure it will,
Will lead me on.
O’er moor and fen, o’er crag and torrent, till
The night is gone,
And with the morn those angel faces smile,
Which I have loved long since, and lost awhile!

Meantime, along the narrow rugged path,
Thyself hast trod,
Lead, Savior, lead me home in childlike faith,
Home to my God.
To rest forever after earthly strife
In the calm light of everlasting life.

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