FORESTVILLE Frances R. Ptaszynski, 85, of Forestville, widow of Edward J. Ptaszynski, died on July 7 at the Pines at Bristol.
She is survived by her son, Father Thomas Ptaszynski, temporary administrator at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in East Haven; her two daughters, Karen Ptaszynski of Bristol and Marianne Slevinsky of Terryville; and her sister, Victoria Witkiewicz of Bristol. She also is survived by grandchildren, great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Mrs. Ptaszynski was born on March 10, 1924, in Forestville, daughter of the late Peter and Mary (Kerr) Rolka. A lifelong resident of Forestville, she was a member of St. Stanislaus Parish and its Ladies Guild, of which she was a past president. She also was a member of the Polish Junior League.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on July 11 at St. Stanislaus Church. Burial followed in St. Joseph Cemetery in Bristol. Donations may be made to the Get in Touch Foundation, Box 2144, Milford, CT 06460.
At the Spring Assembly of the U.S. bishops, Cardinal Joseph Tobin suggested that a delegation ofbishops go to the border to see for themselves what was happening to newly arrived immigrants, families and children. On July 1 and 2, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. bishops conference, and five other bishops conducted a pastoral visit to the diocese of Brownsville, Texas. Stops included Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle with the community, a visit to anHHS/OBR Shelter and Mass for the families there, a visit to the Customs and Border Patrol processing center in McAllen, TX, and a press conference at the end of their visit. Catholic News Service accompanied the bishops on their border trip.
At final press conference, Cardinal Daniel Dinardo said the church was willing to be part of any conversation to find humane solutions because even a policy of detaining families together in facilities caused “concern.”
Bishops serve soup to immigrant families at a center run by Catholic Charities and listen to their stories. Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera said he found hope in hearing the people in the room talk about what’s ahead. They didn’t speak of making money but of finding safety for their children, he said, driven by “the most basic instinct to protect your family.”