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ASHLAND – Pauline Brodzinski, a longtime resident of Ashland, passed away peacefully from natural causes at her home in the company of her family on February 3, 2023.  She was 93.

Pauline was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan where she attended Catholic parochial schools.

She met her future husband, George T. Brodzinski, in her sophomore year at Saint Casimir’s High School where they both graduated in 1947. They were married in 1949.   

Pauline and George left Detroit and lived in various parts of the country, including Texas and Kansas, before settling in Ashland, Massachusetts in 1963.   

They lived in their home on Prospect Street, where they raised their six children, for the remainder of their lives. 

Pauline and George were long-time congregants of Saint Cecelia’s Roman Catholic Church in Ashland.  

When her children were young, Pauline volunteered as an aide at the local elementary school. 

She later worked as a secretary at Dennison Manufacturing and then at Framingham State College from where she retired.

Pauline was a devoted, loving wife and a truly kind and supportive mother who always (ALWAYS) smiled upon seeing her children.  She led an active social life along with her husband mostly centered on activities and functions with the Knights of Columbus.  Pauline and George were both exceptional dancers who loved the waltz and polka. But truly, Pauline was more of a homebody who enjoyed an evening in with her husband sharing a bag of potato chips, a pint of sour cream and a favorite movie.  Her true pleasures in life were simple, and sincere and mostly revolved around her home and family.  She was also an avid reader of romance novels.

Pauline leaves behind her children: Karen Napoli and her husband Vincent of Framingham, Nancy Barck and her husband John of Lancaster, George T. Brodzinski, Jr., MD and his wife Deborah of Mequon, Wisconsin, Denis Brodzinski of Alfred, Maine and Kenneth Brodzinski of Ashland; her grandchildren Edward, Warren, Rebekka, Troy and Teddy; her great-grandchild, Raena; her brother Michael Piontek and his wife Darlene of Linden, Michigan and numerous nieces and nephews.  Pauline was predeceased by her parents, Violet (Bulinda) Piontek and John Piontek, her husband George who passed in 2006, her older brother Edward Piontek, her younger sister Alice Mathews and her son Alan Brodzinski who passed in 2014. 

Pauline also leaves behind her loving and devoted personal caretaker, Leah Barreto, who lived with and cared for Pauline for the last six and a half years of her life. 

At Pauline’s request, there will be no calling hours.   

Pauline’s cremains will be interred in the family’s plot in Wildwood Cemetery in Ashland in a private, family ceremony to be held in the summer. 

Those who wish to may sign the virtual guestbook and leave condolences at

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Pauline’s memory to the Ashland Emergency Fund at

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.