Former Water Mill Resident Harriet Kawecki Dies April 1

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Harriet Alice Kawecki
Harriet Alice Kawecki (née Brush) died on April 1 in Waukesha, Wisconsin. She was 86.

Born in New York City on December 22, 1926, Ms. Kawecki lived most of her life on Long Island, having grown up in West Hempstead, raising a family with her husband, Alvin S. Kawecki, in Queens Village, then moving to Brightwaters, before retiring in Water Mill in 1980. Seven years ago, she and her husband moved to Waukesha to be near their children, Dave and Jean.

After receiving her degree in home economics from Pratt Institute and marrying her husband in 1949, Ms. Kawecki became a homemaker and used her creative skills in many areas. She taught her children to sew and she sewed almost all their clothes in their youth.

She was always an active volunteer with her children’s activities, whether it be scouting or assisting with school projects. Some of her hobbies were quilting, embroidery, furniture refinishing, hat making, cake decorating, crocheting, decoupage, and gardening.

She taught classes in arts and crafts for many years at the Cooperative Extension on Long Island. She was involved with the Long Island Quilters Society, where she met many of her friends later in life, and created many beautiful quilts.

Ms. Kawecki loved boating, and with her husband, their family and friends, spent most summers of the 1950s and 1960s boating along the Fire Island Seashore, taking trips to Lake Champlain, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, Block Island and more.

Upon moving to Water Mill, she grew vegetables and created beautiful flower gardens, selling her bouquets in front of the house. Her garden was so beautiful that it was featured in a national magazine article.

Ms. Kawecki was an active member of the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church, where she played the bells and helped at church fundraisers. She also volunteered on election day at the voting polls.

Survivors remember her kind and generous spirit and that she always tried to see the good in others. Her proudest accomplishments were her children and grandchildren.

Predeceased by her husband in 2008, she is survived by her children, Susan and her Dutch Beukenkamp, David and wife Linda Kawecki, Christina and husband Jon Boshard, and Jean and husband Ken Maio; six grandchildren, Mathew, Kimberly, Nicole, Julian, Dylan and Samuel; and two sisters, Dorothy Huff and Jean Owens; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and dear friends.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, www.pdf.org.

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