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Anges Jennie Bolen Cormier

July 31, 1923 - June 9, 2010

Agnes Jennie Bolen Cormier, known to many as Aggie and “Butchie” (which means grandma in Polish), died Wednesday, June 9, 2010 after taking a fall in her home. She was 86. Agnes was born in Gardner, Massachusetts on July 31, 1923 to Amelia Cielica and Joseph Bolen, who emigrated from Poland. She was the old…read more

Agnes Jennie Bolen Cormier, known to many as Aggie and “Butchie” (which means grandma in Polish), died Wednesday, June 9, 2010 after taking a fall in her home. She was 86. Agnes was born in Gardner, Massachusetts on July 31, 1923 to Amelia Cielica and Joseph Bolen, who emigrated from Poland. She was the oldest of five children. She is survived by her children Ronald (Beverly Engel) Cormier of Carlsbad, CA and Michael Cormier of Harbor City, CA; grandchildren Jeffrey (Shannon Mullane) Stegman of Orlando, FL, Richard Jason (Keely Quinn) Cormier of Boulder, CO; Tina Cormier (Brad) Knisley of Aurora, CO; Laura Cormier (Aaron) Kiehl of Corinth, TX; and her great-grandchildren Hanna and Michael Stegman, Isaiah and Quinn Cormier, Ella and Cora Knisley, and Genevieve Kiehl; her three sisters Annie Bergevin of Gardner, MA, Albina (Eddie) Gautreau of Gardner, MA, and Florence Tebbbets of Torrance, CA. Agnes lived her young life in Gardner. In 1941, she graduated from Gardner High School. In 1943, she married Joseph “Skip” Yvon Cormier also of Gardner, MA. They had three sons, Ronald, Michael, and Richard, who passed away in 2007. Agnes and family moved to the Los Angeles area in 1954. Agnes loved to sew and craft. Her favorite class in school was sewing. As a young girl during the depression, she made dresses and coats for herself and her sisters. During World War II, her petite figure allowed her to be the perfect “Rosie the Riveter” as she was able to squeeze into the narrow fuselage of the P-38 planes to tighten the rivets. She was a resourceful and perseverant woman. Following her divorce in 1965, she was a single mom and full-time employee at Teledyne, making the “black boxes” for airplanes. She worked there for over 20 years before retiring as a Quality Control Inspector. Agnes fought through many diseases and difficulties. She survived a serious car accident, open heart surgery, and breast cancer. She was a courageous and gentle woman who never met a stranger. She loved unabashedly. Her laughter, love, patience, faith and strength were an inspiration and encouragement to everyone she knew. She was a hero to many and an example to us all. Her strong, deep hugs will always be remembered by everyone who was blessed to receive them. Agnes is also survived by a large extended family including beloved in-laws, nieces and nephews and those adopted into her heart as children and grandchildren. They are too numerous to count, but they know who they are. A viewing is being held at Poliks Funeral Home in Gardner, MA from 4-8 pm on Friday June 18, 2010. Funeral service and mass will be held Saturday, June 19, 2010 at 9 am in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and graveside burial service at St. Joseph’s Cemetery. A celebratory memorial reception will follow in the church meeting hall. A second celebratory memorial service will be held at Gamby Funeral Home at 25001 Narbonne Avenue, Lomita, CA 90717 on Saturday, July 17, 2010 at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her honor to “Susan G. Koman for the Cure” or to a charity of choice.

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