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Alberta A. Policewicz

April 21, 1927 July 29, 2020
Alberta A. Policewicz
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Alberta was born April 21, 1927 to Joseph Fortin and Delina Deschesne in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Alberta passed away peacefully at her granddaughters’ home in Bozrah, CT on July 29th, 2020.
Although born in New Hampshire, she moved to Taftville at a very young age with her 9 brothers and sisters. Her mother passed away from Tuberculosis when Alberta was just 6 years old. Therefore, at a very young age she had to take care of her younger siblings. Even though life was hard she enjoyed her childhood years in Taftville. Known as Birdie to family and friends, she lived in Taftville for most of her life. As a child she attended Sacred Heart School where she had once dreamed of becoming a nun. Later on she would attend NFA until she was forced to leave school at age 14 to work at Ponemah Mills with other members of her family. She worked her way up to a cloth inspector and later she worked at the Thermos Plant in Taftville.
On February 15, 1975, she married Frank Policewicz. Together Frank and Birdie had a love for traveling. They flew all over the United States from Atlantic City to Las Vegas to Key West. Birdie loved to fly. It is also with Frank that Birdie was introduced to the world of wrestling. Together they would watch wrestling matches on TV every Saturday morning. After Frank’s passing in 1995, she continued to watch the WWE. She knew all the wrestler’s names and their backstories. Her neighbors would hear her yelling at the television on Monday and Tuesday evenings, either cheering on her favorite wrestler or booing the other guy. At the age of 89, she attended her first WWE wrestling match at Mohegan Sun with her daughter. She sat in the front row, close to the ring, and had the time of her life.
Besides watching WWE, another hobby of hers was building puzzles. When she was younger the puzzles were 1,000-2,000 pieces and she refused to do the same puzzle twice. Her favorite puzzle was of the Twin Towers in New York City. Her brother framed it for her, and it now hangs on the wall at Wequonnoc Village, where she resided after Frank’s passing. She was still building puzzles up until the age of 93, although they were smaller, at 300 pieces.
Her biggest passion however was “The Bingo.” She was always very proud to be one of the first in line at the Mashantucket Pequot High Stakes Bingo Hall when it opened in 1986. She would continue going to bingo three to four times a week right up until and even after her heart attack at the age of 90. Her favorite saying about bingo was, “I donate, donate, donate, and don’t get much in return. But hey, what else would I be doing?” She had friends that she would only see at the bingo hall and they would ask about her if she missed more then a few days in a row. She had her favorite bingo callers, got to spin the wheel several times and even made it into the money booth once. As she got older, video bingo became her new favorite as she did not have to rely on her eyes and ears to play. After she gave up driving at the age of 84, she would take public transportation from Taftville to Foxwoods. It would be an all-day event, but she would do it, even in the rain.
Birdie had a great love of life; she was quick witted and had a great sense of humor. She never took life too seriously and was always able to laugh at herself.
She will be remembered for the love that she gave to her family. From her homemade chicken soup with pepper (for the sinuses) and the worlds best grilled cheeses to teaching her grandchildren and her great-granddaughter how to play rummy. She always greeted you with her crystal blue eyes, a loving smile, and a huge hug. She never missed an opportunity to tell her two grandchildren and her three great-grandchildren how proud she was of all of them.
Birdie leaves behind her daughter JoAnn LePine, granddaughter Sandra McShane and her husband Matthew and their daughter Audrey Bartelt, grandson Christopher Pike and his wife Zoe and their children Elias and Colvin.
Besides her parents she is pre-deceased by 8 of her 9 siblings. Alfred Fortin, Victoria Daniels, Leo Fortin, Adelia Fortin, Gertrude Dumas, Lillian Blain, Joseph Fortin, and Annette Jones. She is survived by her older brother Camille Fortin of Taftville.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Center for Hospice Care; 227 Dunham St. Norwich Ct, 06360
OR to the Foundation for Women’s Cancer; https://www.foundationforwomenscancer.org/support-us/donate/

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Maplewood Cemetery Final Resting Place

184 Salem Turnpike
Norwich, CT 06360

184 Salem Turnpike Norwich 06360 CT
United States
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