Salisbury – Desmarais, Genevieve “Gene” Orzel – 100, just lately of Salisbury, Maryland handed away peacefully on June 24, 2021 surrounded by her household and her husband of 73 years.
Gene was born to Adela (Turla) and Casper Orzel on January 3, 1921 in Chelsea, Massachusetts. Shortly thereafter the household moved to Erie, Pennsylvania the place Gene grew up on thirteenth Avenue, a Polish-American neighborhood within the shadows of St. Stanislaus Catholic Parish and College. Gene attended “St. Stans” by way of eighth grade then East Excessive College earlier than working for Basic Electrical upon commencement. Quickly after, Gene enlisted in the US Navy as a WAVE. Gene cherished her time within the Navy the place she served her nation proudly for over two years on energetic responsibility. Gene was extraordinarily patriotic and previous to serving within the USN, would typically donate blood and knit sweaters and scarves for the Troops. It was throughout her time as a WAVE, at a USO dance in Washington, DC, that Gene met the love of her life, George Desmarais, who was additionally stationed and serving, on the time, in Washington, DC.
In 1948 Gene and George married in Erie, PA and returned to the DC space. Ultimately, Gene and George settled in Camp Springs, MD the place collectively they raised six youngsters. To listen to every of her youngsters inform it, their childhood was idyllic, Camp Springs was magical and their mother was the proper mother!
It was in Camp Springs Gene discovered passions along with her treasured household. She was an avid Bridge participant, enjoying playing cards with the identical group for 17 years. Together with her St. Philip mother’s group, Gene realized the fragile artwork of china portray. She was a artistic seamstress and gifted at needlework. In later years, Gene realized the intricacies of stained glass creation. At their cherished Ocean Metropolis house, Gene loved kayaking on Assawoman Bay.
Alongside together with her husband, George, Gene was one of many early members at St. Philip the Apostle in Camp Springs. Her energetic involvement in parish life continued till retiring to Salisbury, MD the place at St. Francis de Gross sales, Gene volunteered every week, within the Joseph Home Meals Pantry. Parish life was an outward expression of the deep seated religion which fed and sustained Gene her whole life. Gene, alongside together with her husband, George was a each day devotee of Divine Mercy Novena and Chaplet. It was this religion and pleasure within the Lord’s nice goodness that was the brightest instance of her loveliness to all who knew her.
Gene loved travelling and collectively together with her sisters, travelled to Europe, India and China. To her dad and mom and sisters she was their beloved Gene. Gene cherished her household and friendships and maintained shut contact together with her sisters, childhood pals, army pals and former neighbors over her 100 years of life.
Gene is survived by her husband of 73 years, George Desmarais; Kids: Bea Lowe (David) of Salisbury, MD; Dave (Kathy) of Clinton, MD; Carl (Chris) of Vienna, VA; Philip (Patricia) of La Plata, MD; Mary Bork (Wealthy) of Wyoming, DE; Carol Ann Miller (Bob) of Chantilly, VA; her beloved sister, Rita Orzel of Erie, PA and her beloved and solely niece, Allis Sullivan Guay (Bernie) of Hyattsville, MD. Gene loved the love of many grandchildren and nice grandchildren.
Visiting hours shall be held on Wednesday, June thirtieth from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Holloway Funeral Dwelling 501 Snow Hill Street, Salisbury, MD 21804.
Mass of Christian Burial shall be held Thursday, July 1, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Francis de Gross sales Catholic Church, 535 Riverside Drive, Salisbury, MD.
A memorial Mass at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church in Camp Springs, MD shall be celebrated at a later date after the cremation takes place.
In lieu of flowers, donations could be made in Gene’s reminiscence to: The Joseph Home, c/o The Little Sisters of Jesus and Mary, P.O. Field 1755, Salisbury, MD 21802 or on-line at The Joseph Home.
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