Dolores Jacunski (Smith), 87, was born on May 27, 1936 in Newark, NJ to Margaret and Paul Smith. She lived most of her life in Newark and Kearny, NJ and later in North Brunswick where many family members were also raising their families. Over the years Dolores, “Grams” as she was known by all, dabbled in various jobs, but perhaps the one she loved the most was working for the Board of Education in North Brunswick as a custodian at Parsons School for many years. Several teachers reflect fondly on how Dolores would always take the time to stop and chat with everyone and make you feel special. One in particular remembered that when she had her first baby, Dolores brought her the sweetest baby gift, another remembered how kind she was, always working with a smile on her face. Grams was well known for her delicious cooking and would often make dinners for her large family. Everyone loved a meal made by Grams. When her grandchildren were asked some favorite memories they have of their beloved Grams, they all have one thing in common, she made them feel special. Some remember how she just loved to have you over for a cup of tea and cake, cooking together, watching the Golden Girls, snuggling everyone’s pets, and the funniest one, after a day of swimming, in true Grams style, cleaning up, she grabbed a tube and fell in the water after she had changed into her dry clothes. Grams just laughed and went with it. Her pleasant demeanor was enjoyed by all that knew her.
Dolores was predeceased by her husband, Edward Jacunski (1982); siblings, Dorothy Kilberry, Lois Smith, Chester Smith, Robert Smith and Carol DePasquale; her daughters, Paula Carroll, Jacqueline Jacunski and Helen Jacunski; and a grandson, Casey Jacunski.
She is survived by her son, Eddie Jacunski and wife Nicole; daughter, Marcelle Elmer and husband Kevin; her sister, Barbara Salimbene; her grandchildren, Adrienne, Erica and Shawn Elmer, David, Christina and Ryan Carroll, and Madalyn and Skyler Jacunski. She is also survived by seven great grandchildren, Alexa Carroll, Kaleb and Nathaniel Hasan, Emily, Alexandra and Isabella Tucker, and Jade Jacunski Bloomfield. Dolores is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Grams will always be remembered as a devoted mother, grandmother and loyal friend. Her legacy will live on through all the memories her family will continue to share.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit on Monday, August 28, 2023 from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Boylan Funeral Home, 188 Easton Avenue, New Brunswick. Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, August 29th at 10:00 a.m. at the Funeral Home. Interment will follow at St. Peter’s Cemetery, New Brunswick.