Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Saturday, June 23, 2018

MERIDEN – Sister Jacoba Rzegocki, 80, a member of the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist, entered eternal rest on Dec. 13 at the Paul VI Center in Meriden.

The former Katherine (Kay) Cotter was born on Sept. 25, 1929, in Hartford, the daughter of William and Johanna Cotter. She graduated from Meriden High School.

She married Walter Rzegocki of Meriden in 1950. Married for 29 years, the Rzegockis were the parents of eight children. They were among the first couples to welcome the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist to Meriden in 1970, and remained friends and co-workers of the sisters while the community was being established.

While married, Mrs. Rzegocki was an active member of St. Joseph Parish in Meriden and the Meriden Council of Catholic Women, a leader of the Stella Maris Mothers’ Circle, and a volunteer with the American Red Cross and Meriden Hospital. She was employed at International Silver Co. and, after raising her children, was a legal secretary at Jackson O’Keefe Dunn and Murray Law Office in Hartford.

Mr. Rzegocki died in 1979. In 1981, Katherine Rzegocki requested entrance into the religious community.

Sister Jacoba professed first vows in 1984 and her perpetual vows in 1989. She celebrated her silver jubilee as a sister last July.

Sister Jacoba received an associate’s degree in applied science from Briarwood College in 1988. She worked as an assistant finance manager for Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care in Meriden for the past 25 years. Sister Jacoba also had lived in the Franciscan centers in Lowell, Mich., and Shaw Island, Wash.

Sister Jacoba is survived by the Franciscan Sisters and Brothers of the Eucharist; her sons, Michael Rizocki of Vernon and James and Tom Rzegocki, both of Seattle, Wash.; and Stephen Rzegocki of Meriden; her daughters, Jane Escobar of Portsmouth, R.I.; Margaret Austin of East Hampton; and Mary Marquis of Esko, Minn. She also is survived by her sister, Jane Cotter of Meriden; and her brother, Dr. William Cotter of North Charleston, S.C.; 17 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a son, Nathan; her parents; her sisters Ann Smith and Marion Klinski; and a brother, Robert Cotter.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Dec. 16 at St. Joseph Church in Meriden. Burial followed in the Franciscan Sisters’ Transitus Cemetery.

Donations in Sister Jacoba’s memory may be made to the Mother Shaun Endowment Fund to benefit the services of Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care and the Franciscan Life Center.