SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

December 9, 2013

Anne M. Tlumacki, 92


Beverly — Anne Marie (Galik) Tlumacki, 92, passed away on December 7, at Kindred Healthcare in Stoughton. She was the daughter of the late Frank and Pearl Galik of Salem, and the beloved wife for 54 years of the late John S. Tlumacki. She was the loving mother to her son, John C. Tlumacki and his wife, Debee, of Pembroke; daughter, Janice Urbanski of Beverly and her husband, Steve; and grandmother to their daughter, Nichole. She leaves her dear friend, Angela Silva of Beverly.

Anne was a former resident of Beverly, and was affectionately known as "Honey" to her family and friends. She grew up in Salem, where she graduated from Salem Classical High School. In her senior year, she had major back surgery to try to correct the scoliosis that affected her back. She spent that year in bed in a half-body cast. She overcame that obstacle and landed her first job with the Sylvania Lighting Co. as an assembler. Attending Polish polka dances was her favorite activity and is where she met her husband John. Together they assembled a huge polka record collection, and would often bring them over to friends' and families' homes to dance to. She worked at Hobby Caterers in Beverly for many years, where she was an expert in everything from birds to fishes, to stamp collecting, and model trains. Her real passion was growing flowers, which adorned her Cabot Street home to the point where she became known as the “Geranium Lady.” It was a usual scene to see close to a hundred geranium plants lined up in the numerous windows of the front porch. She was an avid newshound and could not be interrupted during the six o’clock news - ever. Anne was a devout parishioner at St. John’s the Evangelist Church in Beverly. In 2001, she moved to a longterm care facility in Braintree, after suffering a major stroke that was augmented by her scoliosis. In 2007, she transferred to Kindred Healthcare in Stoughton. Though there were ups and downs, she was able to maintain a quality of life through the loving care she received from the dedicated nurses who took her under their wings.

ARRANGEMENTS: A funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. John the Evangelist Church, 111 New Balch Street, Beverly, on Wednesday, December 11, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours at the Campbell–Lee, Moody, Russell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, North Beverly, will be on Tuesday, from 4 to 7 p.m. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Salem. Contribution may be made in her memory to the One Fund Boston, Inc., P.O. Box 990009, Boston, MA 02199. For information, directions, or to offer condolences, visit www.campbellfuneral.com.