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Gertrude C. Naumec (Lewis), age 96 of Columbia, died peacefully at home on October 4,2020, after a short battle with Lymphoma. her family, who loved her and will miss her dearly. She was married for nearly 64 years to her late husband Peter.
Born to the late Albert and Mary Lewis, on January 12, 1924 in Willimantic, CT, she grew up in a large family and is predeceased by 3 sisters and 3 brothers.
She was a graduate of Windham High School and worked at the American Thread company for many years. She met her husband Peter and they married on September 17, 1955. They built their home in Columbia, CT. It was in this home where they raised their family and lived their entire lives.
Gertrude became a Girl Scout Leader when her daughters were young. She loved to hike and camp, continuing with these activities long after her scouting days were done. She had a wanderlust, that fed her desire to travel and explore, which she did whenever she had the opportunity, with her best friend Noreen Albert. She had a creative side which was evident in the beautiful embroidery she loved to work on, as well as her ceramics, which now fill the homes of her family. As an active member of the Beckish Senior Center, she could be found preparing meals, organizing craft shows or holiday fairs, and meeting with friends to play cards. She also belonged to the Red Hat Society, which encouraged women to find new and exciting ways to gather. Gertrude will be remembered for her quick sense of humor and laughter. She could always be found sharing a story or a joke at both social and family gatherings. As the life of the party, she will be missed.
Gertrude was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She was predeceased by her husband, Peter Naumec, in July of 2019. She is survived by her son, James Naumec and wife Joan, daughter Patricia (Naumec) Krzesicki and husband Anthony, daughter Judy Naumec, daughter Margaret (Naumec) Barrea, daughter Nancy (Naumec) Shaw-Svach and husband Shane, daughter Joyce (Naumec) Wiggins and husband Glenn. She was predeceased by an infant son William Naumec. She also leaves behind 14 loving grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.