Attorney Evelyn Helen Suchecki (nee Wysocki) died from Alzheimer's Disease on February 26, 2018 at Sunshine Home Care, an assisted living facility in Montgomery Village, Maryland at the age of 88.
On November 24, 1929, Evelyn was born at home on Talbot Avenue in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts to Michael and Stanisława Wysocki (nee Klimowicz). Evelyn graduated from Dorchester High School for Girls in 1947. In 1951 she earned her BA, cum laude, in social relations from Radcliffe (Harvard) College. She met her husband-to-be Stanislaw when he joined the Boston Krakowianki Club (now the Krakowiak Polish Dancers of Boston) – what had been up to then an all-female social and dance troupe. The couple married on Labor Day 1951. They lived in Dorchester and both enjoyed singing in the choir at St. Brendan’s Catholic Church.
Evelyn returned to school at Boston University earning her MS in Journalism in 1954. In 1959, she lectured weekly about Polish history for radio station WBOS. In 1960, she drew upon her bi-lingual skills to work as an interviewer for Harvard's Center for Community Studies on the impact of urban renewal on the population of Boston’s West End. In 1964, Evelyn worked as the English Editor of the weekly Gazeta Polonii. She joined the Polish Business and Professional Women’s Club of Greater Boston. In 1968, she became a licensed real estate broker.
When Stanislaw, an Assistant United States Attorney appointed by Robert Kennedy, died suddenly on July 14, 1970, Evelyn was left a widow at 40 with five children. She was two years into her studies at Suffolk Law School. She stayed in school and the next year, in 1971 became one of only three women of 100 to graduate that year. She passed the Massachusetts Bar the first time she sat for it.
Entering private practice, she worked on a range of cases. She also worked as a public criminal defense counsel in courts from Dorchester to Brockton. In 1984, Evelyn was appointed Assistant Divisional Counsel for the Department of Social Services where she prosecuted child care and protection cases in District Courts. In 1990 she returned to private practice.
After 47 years in Dorchester, in 1976 Evelyn moved the family to a home on Lake Massapoag in Sharon, Massachusetts. Evelyn joined the Neponset Choral Society and performed in their choral concerts and theatrical productions. She took up landscape painting often using her own photos as source material.
A past President of the Massachusetts Association of Women Lawyers and the Sharon League of Women Voters, she also served as the Chairman of the Sharon Planning Board.
When she reached her 80s, home ownership became too much for her, so after 35 years in Sharon, in 2011, she sold her home and moved into an apartment in New York City, near her son Mark. After a couple of years there Evelyn moved to an assisted living facility near her daughter Marilyn’s home in Maryland.
Evelyn is survived by her five children and their spouses: Paul of Venice Beach, CA; Mark and Susan (Bakst) of New York, NY; Drew of Mansfield, MA; Marilyn and Mark Mense of Poolesville, MD, and Karl and Jennifer (Petersen) of Groton, MA along with eight grandchildren: Sophia and Jessica Mense, as well as Thomas, Joseph, Michael, Matthew, Katherine and Jillian Suchecki.
Evelyn will be buried at Cedar Grove Cemetery in Dorchester, MA next to her husband Stanislaw.
The family thanks John Szilasi, Agness Molnar-Szilasi, Brenda and Jackie of Sunshine Home Care for their loving support of Evelyn and her family during Evelyn’s final years.