Beverly A. (Grigonis) (Czajkowski) Hill passed away peacefully on November 4, 2022.
She was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, where she attended Commerce High School and met her future husband. She completed her nursing education at both Worcester Girls Trade (LPN) and Quinsigamond Community College (RN). She married Alphonse (Jack) Czajkowski, Jr., in 1961. They raised twin daughters together in Worcester and Paxton, MA, until his death in 1981.
During those years, Bev and her family spent many summers at Nauset Beach on Cape Cod. Every other weekend, they would drive out onto the beach in a truck & bed camper and spend 3-4 days living on the beach, fishing, clamming, reading, playing in the surf and sand, and visiting with fellow campers.
While in Paxton, she was the neighborhood mom. Known as “Mrs. C” or “Mom”, she regularly hosted her children’s friends to swim in the pool, join the family for dinner, and for sleepovers.
A registered nurse for 54 years, Bev cared for many patients during her career. She worked in the ICU and dialysis units at Worcester Memorial Hospital (and spent four straight days working in the hospital during the blizzard of 1978).
Bev married her second husband, Leo Hill, Jr., in 1984. She called him “the love of her life” and he called her his “darling dearest.” She lived with him in Templeton, MA, until his death in 2001. Bev remained in the house they built together in Templeton through the end of her days.
While in Templeton, Bev worked as a supervising nurse at the Templeton Developmental Center until she retired in 2014. She remained knowledgeable about medicine throughout her retirement. Medical staff loved to engage with Bev because of her impressive knowledge of medicine and many years of experience.
Bev had mad skills. She loved working with her hands and would often be found crocheting doilies, sweaters, scarves, and hats, or sewing clothes or curtains for family and friends. She loved card games and spent many weekends in a cribbage competition with her brother until his death in July 2022. (He was winning by the way.) Her friends considered her a “renaissance woman” for her comfort with modern technology. She always had the most current smartphone and texted with her daughters and friends daily.
She knew how to polyurethane like nobody's business. She hand-finished her own floors and her butcher block tables. She loved the color orange and would often incorporate that shade into her wardrobe and home décor. (Orange countertops look amazing!)
She enjoyed cooking -- especially making Sunday dinner for company. She was a great baker of pies and famous for her vanilla Christmas cookies, Chrusciki (Polish bow knots), apple pie, lemon meringue pie, and fried rosettes.
Bev is predeceased by her parents, John Grigonis and Rose Marie (Arsenault) Grigonis, her brother, Anthony Grigonis, and the above-mentioned husbands, Jack and Leo.
She leaves behind her two daughters and sons-in-law, Suzan Czajkowski and Bruce Leung of Natick, MA, and Sandy (Czajkowski) & Joe Warner of Hampton Falls, NH, who are heartbroken. Also, her sister-in-law Julie Czajkowski, brother-in-law Eric Hill, many nieces, nephews, and many dear friends.
A small, private graveside service will be held in Templeton, MA.
In lieu of flowers, kindly make a memorial donation to St. Jude via stjude.org (Bev supported them regularly for many years), or to Faith & Family Hospice Foundation via Hospicefamily.com. (They did an amazing job supporting Bev and taking care of her needs during her final days.)
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