Jadwiga (Cieplik) Grzesik of Carver passed away on February 2, 2020 at the age of 98 1/2. Jadwiga was born in Poland. During the German occupation of Poland, following the outbreak of World War II, Jadwiga, like many Polish youth was taken from her family and sent to work on a farm in Westphalia, Germany. During the exile in forced labor she met another Polish teenager, Antoni Grzesik, who had also been conscripted by the occupying forces to the same farm, and they were married in 1943.
After the end of the war Jadwiga, her husband and their young daughter and son emigrated to Boston’s West End. In the early 1960’s they purchased a three-decker on Boston Street, in the “Polish Triangle” section of Dorchester and opened a delicatessen in 1963 called Boston Street Market, which she and her family operated for the next 42 years. The store was sold in 2005 and Jadwiga and her husband Antoni moved to Carver.
Jadwiga is survived by daughter Mary Zaleski and her husband Stanley; son Vincent Grzesik and his wife Mary; 7 grandsons and 10 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Calling hours will be held Friday, February 7th at Shepherd Funeral Home, 116 Main St. (Rte. 58) Carver, MA from 4-7 pm. Family and friends are welcome to gather at the Funeral home Saturday, February 8th at 9am with a funeral Mass to follow at 10:30 am at Our Lady of Lourdes Church Carver, MA. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Plymouth MA.