Dolores A. Pruchnicki – Waterbury Republican American

Avid gardener, bird watcher, treasured time with family
BETHLEHEM – Dolores Anne Pruchnicki (Brown), 82, of Bethlehem, was surrounded by her loving children when she was called to heaven on Feb. 27, 2022.
Born on May 21, 1939 in Yonkers, N.Y., she moved to the family farm in Southbury at a young age. She then resided in Naugatuck before moving to Bethlehem in 1975. She loved living in New England with its vibrant seasons.
Some of her favorite moments were spent decorating her home with her children for the holidays, family picnics and gatherings. She enjoyed surrounding herself with beauty and tranquility.
An avid gardener, she would often be found outside working in one of her many flower or vegetable beds. She particularly had an appreciation for stone walls. She even built a few, carefully selecting and hand picking each flat stone she felt worthy for her wall.
A lover of animals, she would welcome and feed the deer, squirrels and any other critter that passed through her yard. Bird watching became a favorite hobby and she could name any bird that flew to her feeder.
She also enjoyed needlework, regular exercise, healthy eating (with a side of McDonald’s), word games and shopping. She shared special moments with all of her children and especially enjoyed coffee and a treat with her Dunkin’ Donut’s buddy and son Mark, who became her rock during difficult times.
While she had many interests, she built her life around her family and was happiest spending time with her children and beloved dog, Shiloh.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Pruchnicki; her mother Margaret Brown (Roos); sisters Margaret Fenn and Theresa Gaudenzi; and her brother Howard Brown.
She is survived by her devoted children, Elaine Templeton (Kevin) of Woodbury, Michele Pruchnicki, Mark Pruchnicki and Kevin Pruchnicki (all from Bethlehem); grandchildren Sarah Root, Matthew Root, Brian Root and Alyson Pruchnicki.
The family would like to thank her wonderful and compassionate oncologist Dr. Amanda Ramos and the entire staff at The Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Connecticut Humane Society, the Bethlehem Ambulance Association, or the American Cancer Society.
Services will be handled by the family. All services are private.
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