Jean Evgenia Sinitsky, a longtime resident of Woodbury, NJ, died Thursday, April 6, 2023. She was 74.
Jean was the child of Samuel (Simeon) Klosuk and Mary (Surmach) Klosuk. She was the youngest sister of Olga Peleszak (now deceased) and Marie Simpson. She grew up in the Hunting Park section of Philadelphia and attended the local elementary, middle schools and high schools.
She graduated high school and began working as a researcher and editorial assistant at Farm Journal Magazine. She enjoyed working there for many years and worked with many that became close friends. She always considered it the height of her career in publishing at Farm Journal, when she was the lead author of large article of Russian farm techniques and recipes from her Russian and Ukrainian heritage. She had a little help from her mother who helped her in some of the finer points of the recipes.
She was born into Orthodoxy and baptized at St. Nicholas Church in Philadelphia. She was baptized by Very Rev. Alexi Gougnin the then priest of the parish. As she got older, she became involved in the care of the church and was always involved in the kitchen. She was always there making food for some occasion or for the yearly festival. Later she was integral part of the set up of the festival, and continued that for many years. She met and married her beloved husband George at St. Nicholas.
They were a devoted couple for 46 years. They made a home for themselves in Woodbury NJ. There they enjoyed the friendship of family and neighbors. They continued to live life and Jean enjoyed cooking and sewing. She was an excellent cook and very talented with a needle and thread. She could mend anything and make the repair seamless. She was always a modest person and shunned the spotlight.
After a few years of marriage, she began to work for the State of New Jersey Unemployment Compensation Board. She worked for and with judges and lawyers in the adjudication of disability benefit claims. There too, she enjoyed working for many years and worked with many that became close friends.
When the church of St. Nicholas changed its jurisdiction, she and her husband George began to attend the parish of Our Lady Joy of All Who Sorrow. She became very involved with this parish as well. She loved working in the kitchen and the garden. She often got up early to be at church early during the week to help clean and maintain the beautiful church. She often commented that there were times when she openly cried when the choir sang a hymn exactly as she remembered from her youth.
She fell asleep in the Lord knowing His mercy and believing in the Resurrection. She will be missed by all. Memory Eternal !
She is survived by her beloved husband George, her sister Marie Simpson (William); her brother and sister in law Bill and Valentina Sinitsky; her nieces Andrea and Edward Maier, Nadine and Tyler Tedford, Denise and Tom Archet; her nephews Richard and Linda Dantinne, Dave Dantinne, Steve (who pre deceased her) and Karen, Billy and Tanoa Dantinne; and many other relatives and god children. She is predeceased by her sister Olga Peleszak.
Relatives and friends are invited to her viewing on Saturday, April 22, 2023 at 9 AM at Our Lady Joy of All Sorrows Russian Orthodox Church. Requiem Services will be sung at 10 AM. Burial will follow at Gloucester County Veterans Cemetery, Williamstown, NJ.
Donations in Jean's memory may be made to Our Lady Russian Orthodox Church.
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