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Katherine "Kay" Marie Tumiski

December 20, 2023

Katherine "Kay" Tumiski Obituary

Katherine Marie Tumiski October 27, 1926 – December 20, 2023 Katherine (Kay) Marie Tumiski, 97, of Canton, Massachusetts passed away peacefully at home on December 20th, 2023. She leaves us all with a legacy of love, generosity of spirit, and simple, sage advice. She was the daughter of Charles and Christina (Miklus) Pruzinsky, born in Bridgeport, Connecticut. And later moved to Teaneck, New Jersey as one of eleven children. In 1949, she wed Charles Tumiski and together they set out to build a family, a home, and a career. They celebrated 55 years of marriage, before his passing in 2003. Kay’s love for her family was unwavering and boundless. Her family was her light and she was their energy. Her memory lives on in her three children: Janice Crosby of West Roxbury, Ronald & Maryanne Tumiski of Bridgewater, and Robert Tumiski & Nancy Burress of Wallingford, Connecticut. Her eight grandchildren: Natalia Catherine Crosby & Jason Ellow, Julia Crosby, Mark Tumiski, Sarah & Edward Hoogasian, Alexandra & Joseph Connor, Jonathan Tumiski, Laura Katherine Tumiski, and Anna Tumiski. As well as six great grandchildren: Morgan, Shane, Eleanor Katherine, Catalina, Lillian Katherine, and Augusten—plus two more on the way. She is also survived by her cherished and youngest sister, with whom she loved to travel, Constance Newman of Newark, Delaware. A 70 year Canton resident—it was here that she built her life, her friendships, and watched her family grow and thrive until the end of her days. In her forties, she turned an avocation into a successful small business, Flowers by Kay. She was a member of the Canton Garden Club, Canton Catholic Women’s Club, and St. John’s Sodality and Altar Guild for which she oversaw the weekly flowers. Holidays and get-togethers were memorable and her extended family enjoyed her gracious gatherings. If you knew Kay, she likely left a mark on your life. She was profoundly cherished and admired by her family and her friends. Her patience, wisdom, and strength was true grace. Her life and her love made our lives better. She will forever be remembered. Family, friends, and loved ones are invited to join us on Thursday, December 28th, 2023 for mass at 10:00am at St. Oscar Romero Parish Church (700 Washington Street, Canton, MA 02021), interment at the Bourne National Cemetery at 1:45pm, and a reception to follow. In memory of her giving spirit, please consider making a donation to the Canton Senior Center or a charity of one’s choice. 

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