She was very proud of her Polish heritage and was deeply involved with the Polish Community and organized the first Polish Festival in Salem.
She was recognized in September 1977 with a Testimonial in her honor for her dedication, and all the achievements she accomplished as Salem’s first Woman Councillor-at-Large.
She was awarded numerous honors city, state, and federal wide during her tenure in public life and was a member of, and held office in, many professional and charitable organizations.
In 2004, she moved to Naples, Fla., with husband, Henry who she married in 1998.
She is survived by her seven children and their families, Kim and David Buttolph of New Canaan, Conn., Candis and Scott Bolden of Peabody, Roxanne Rochna, Leif Rochna and Janna Flynn of Danvers, Heidi Rochna and Joel Moulton of Beverly, Lance, Rhett and Pam Rochna of Salem; and a sister, Barbara Blaikie of Newburyport.
She is also survived by her grandchildren, Courtni and Ryan Laracy, Tristan and Laurel Bolden, Amanda Buttolph, Kristen Buttolph, Dustin Valido, Jeannette Bolden, Blake Rochna, Chase Rochna, Jordan Lee Rochna; step-grandson, Weston Moulton; and great-grandchildren, Grace Bolden, Jack Laracy.
She is also survived by two step-sons, Kurt and Eric Caron of Salem.
ARRANGEMENTS: At Jean Marie’s request, a celebration of her life will be held at the Hawthorne Hotel in Salem on Saturday, November 9, from 1 to 5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to MGH Cancer Research, 55 Fruit Street, Boston, MA 02114. For online condolences, visit the Full-Spychalski Funeral Home web site at www.SalemFuneral.com.