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In Memory of

Maureen L. Zajic

September 3, 1939 - June 17, 2017

Obituary


Maureen Zajic was a lady of many talents and skills. She was never afraid to tackle a job and was smart enough to enlist the people around her to teach and learn. For many years she worked with Scouts, and even when her children were no longer in scouting she continued her work throughout Suffolk County. We could write a book here on the many experiences and laughs that we all shared!

She enjoyed many crafts, among them, knitting and tatting. She entered many of her pieces into the Bethpage State Fair over the...

Maureen Zajic was a lady of many talents and skills. She was never afraid to tackle a job and was smart enough to enlist the people around her to teach and learn. For many years she worked with Scouts, and even when her children were no longer in scouting she continued her work throughout Suffolk County. We could write a book here on the many experiences and laughs that we all shared!

She enjoyed many crafts, among them, knitting and tatting. She entered many of her pieces into the Bethpage State Fair over the years and took home several ribbons. She shared her passion with her Granddaughter, Claudia who also entered pieces in the fair, taking home several ribbons as well. Maureen loved working the fair. She was able to dress the part and play the part and enjoyed the company of the other State Fair workers. She looked forward to it every year.
As her children grew and moved from the home, Maureen entered into a field about which she had so much curiosity "The Theater". She preferred not being on stage but still appeared in a few productions as part of the ensemble.

When working on props for a show, she was a stickler for details and authenticity:
In the play "Fiorello", during the parade scene, the people walking with flags stood out to her because there were 50 stars on the flags as opposed to 48 stars which was appropriate for that era. Maureen went hunting for a bunch of 48 star flags so it would be accurate. Would you have noticed it?
Then, in the show "Cabaret", the song lyrics called for "a Mark, a Yen, a Buck or a Pound" and yes, the cast had to throw real money on stage. She went to the bank and converted US Currency into foreign currency, once again to be accurate. At the end of the performance she sold the foreign money back to the bank and actually made a profit of 46 cents! Again, would you have noticed it? Probably not but she knew that it should be that way. As time passed her curiosity grew and she was always eager to help someone. She got involved by helping create the Playbills for the Theater and eventually took it over adding her personal touches. She included a "Find a Word" puzzle that featured various words from the show which entertained the audience before the curtain went up. "Did You Know" was a feature Maureen added throughout the program which gave some history of the original production. These additions gave a uniqueness to each show, and it continues today.

For over 10 years of her 30+ years with James Street she served as a board member and took on additional responsibilities, Publicity initially and, subsequently, Treasurer. As with everything, she put her heart and soul into this, and made it seem easy, because she loved it.
Her most important passion was her family and close friends. Starting with her children: Joe, Kathy, John & his wife Cyndi, Sheila & her husband Robert, Kelly, Will and Peggie & her husband Tom. Followed by her grandchildren Deanna & her husband Jeremy, Mary, Maureen, Michael, Raymond, Cory, Gregor, Alex, Claudia, Tommy and Kathy. The most recent addition to the family is her great granddaughter Annalie. Finally, her closest friends whom she also considered family, Ron &Vince and Jim.

As a family we had many side splitting laughs with our holiday and birthday gatherings, vacations to Mexico, our annual trips to the Poconos where we all gathered from where ever we were residing at the time. Our most enjoyable gatherings were game nights where we played Jenga, Pick-up Sticks, Cards Against Humanity and when Alex could sucker us into it a lengthy and cutthroat game of Monopoly. Our most enjoyable game was Taboo. For those not familiar, each person, in turn took a card and gave clues to the word we needed to guess, but certain words were not allowed to be used as clues (Taboo). The clue that was thrown out to the group was "This came before Blackberry". Maureen, very enthusiastically yelled out "STRAWBERRY! BLUEBERRY!"
(The answer was "Palm Pilot")

Words cannot express how we will miss her.


Friends and family may visit at the Claude R. Boyd-Spencer Funeral Home, 448 West Main Street, Babylon NY 11702 on Tuesday 2:00-4:30pm and 7:00-9:30 pm. A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday at 9:00 am at Our Lady of Grace RC Church, West Babylon, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Maureen's name to the James Street Players. www.jamesstreetplayers.org

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