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M. Michele Gaydosh Sycz of Kingston, N.H., passed away on March 30, 2017 at home after a long battle with cancer. In February, she celebrated the 35th anniversary of her 29th birthday.
Michele grew up in New Britain Connecticut to parents Helen and Joseph Gaydosh. She was musically inclined, singing on television, and touring the East Coast with her Church’s youth folk group. Her artistic flair continued into her later years as she became a skilled painter, bringing beautiful landscapes and florals to life with watercolors. She received a BA in Nursing from Western Connecticut State College and devoted her career to helping others. In her 30+ years in nursing, she gave the most vulnerable a voice working in home health and hospice, as a school nurse, and with the Head Start program.
While mentoring Nursing students during their clinical experience, she met John. They fell deeply in love and he proposed during the blizzard of 1978. Soon after marriage, Michele and John started their life together in a cozy log cabin in Kingston, N.H. where Michele quickly became an integral part of the community. She was an active member of Kingston’s exclusive women’s group, The CBC, for more than 30 years. She volunteered for countless Sanborn Regional school activities such as PTA, PTO, Boosters Club, and Girl Scouts.
What truly set Michele apart was her capacity for love. For those fortunate enough to know her, the ever-present constant was her open, gentle heart. Her compassion and ability to comfort others was truly a gift to many. She knew the right thing to say and do when someone was in distress. As a mother she was selfless, nurturing, patient, fun-loving, and an amazing friend. Her ability to convey that you were loved and accepted made her a guiding light for many. Even while she was sick, she worried more about the toll her illness was taking on her loved ones than she worried about herself.
Although the last few years were riddled with more emotional and physical pain than anyone should have to endure, she chose to LIVE. She got her first tattoo, stayed in a Newport mansion, went to California, Ireland, and Iceland with her family, recorded an album of lullabies for her grand-babies, and spent as much time as she could with friends and family. She felt blessed to have so many amazing friends and thought of them as an extension of her family.
She will be sorely missed by many; John, her husband of 39 years; her oldest daughter, Sarah Jaworski; son-in-law, Jon Jaworski, and beloved grandson, Garrett Jaworski; her youngest daughter, Erica Johnson; son-in-law Adam Johnson, and beloved granddaughter, Avery Grace Johnson; her Sister Barbara Anderson; her brother, Joseph Gaydosh; her childhood, college, and CBC friends; her cousins and extended NY family; the countless others who considered her a second mom and the many other souls she touched throughout the years. Though she has left a void in so many hearts, she also has left this world a better place for all the love she has shared and encouraged.
In true Michele fashion, she requested a celebration of life party. A formal sharing of stories will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. followed by a party at VASA Waterfront Kitchen & Bar; 175 Bridge Rd, Salisbury, MA 01952 on Saturday, April 29, 2017. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you too share the love and donate to one of these deserving charities:
The HEAD START Program of NH- Write “head start” in NOTES section of check and mail to: P.O BOX 5040. Manchester NH 03108, or CASA of NH- Protect vulnerable children: https://casanh.org/how-you-can-help/donate/.
Published on  April 13, 2017
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