On June 17, 2008, Gina Willis beloved wife of Leroy Willis of Kennedy Dr., Orange, passed away quietly at Yale New Haven Hospital after a long illness. Our beloved Gina was born in New Haven to Eugene and Pauline Wolyniec. She leaves behind her husband of 55 years, Leroy David Willis, her mother Pauline Wolyniec, her daughter Debbie Willis Schroeder and the light of her life, grandaughter Colleen Schroeder. She also leaves her sister Elizabeth Chomiak and brother-in-law Robert Chomiak, Sr., all of whom are from Orange and several nieces, nephews and great- nieces and nephews. Gina was predeceased by her son Wayne Willis and her brother Gene Wolyniec. Gina was employed for 32 years at the National Marine Fishery Services in Milford. In her earlier years, Gina was an avid bowler and ranked as one of the top female bowlers in the State of CT. Afterwards, her favorite pastime was bridge. She was a member of the American Contract Bridge Assoc. and had reached the level of Life Master. Gina was the best wife, mother, sister, grandmother and friend anyone could have, always willing to lend a hand and helping whenever needed. She will be forever in all our hearts and never forgotten. Funeral service Saturday, June 21 at 10 a.m. at BEECHER & BENNETT-TAYLOR FUNERAL HOME, 410 CAMPBELL AVE., WEST HAVEN. Interment in Orange Center Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family Friday from 5-8 PM. Memorial contributions in Evelyn's memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 538 Preston Ave., PO Box 1004, Meriden, CT 06450.

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  1. Dear Debbie and Family, Our hearts and prayers are with you during your time of loss. Please accept our condolences.

  2. Dear Debbie, Coleen, Pauline, and Roy: No words can express how very sad I am over Gina’s death. We were friends for over 58 years and were even pregnant together (Wayne and my Cindy). So many, many wonderful memories of our times together are flooding over me and no matter where I roamed, Gina always found me by phone or e-mail and lent encouraging words. I always knew I could count on her and that she was there if I ever needed her. She made the word .friend. a truely noble one. We will all miss her terribly but none as much as all of you. My thoughts and prayers are with you now and always. Much love, Nora

  3. Dear Mr. Willis, Debbie and Colleen, I can’t tell you how sorry I am. I feel like I’ve lost my second mother. Mrs. Willis treated me like one of her own children while I lived with you all those years ago. Although she is gone from you, know that she is in heaven with the angels. She will fit right in! If there is something that I can do, please don’t hesitate to ask. With deepest sympathy, Liz

  4. Dear Roy and family, My deepest sympathy to you, Gina’s mom, Debbi and Colleen. I worked with Gina for nine years and we became very good friends. May she rest in peace. Sylvia

  5. Dear Roy, Pauline, Debbie, and Colleen– It is so hard to believe that Gina is gone!! We worked together for 32 years!! And she never let on that she was sick!! Gina loved her family, and never failed to do for them when her help was needed. She took good care of us at the Laboratory, always willing and able to help us at any time. She was loyal to all, and never had an unkind word for anyone! Bye, Gina–God Bless!!

  6. Dear Roy,Deb an Colleen, I,am very sorry to hear about your great loss.Gina always made you feel right at home in her company. I hope the sorrow of missing her passes quickly and we never forget all the fun we had together. She will truely be missed by all that knew her. Respectfully yours Tommy Kane

  7. Deb, Colleen & Mr. Willis, Gina was a wonderful woman, so kind. All the kids loved her. She always made everyone feel so comfortable in her home. She always greeted you with her beautiful smile.She was everyone’s Grandma. Softball games, basketball games, she was always there.You could always see in her eyes the love for her family and how proud she was of Colleen. It’s heart breaking to watch someone die of cancer, but you must concentrate on the happy times.She is at peace now. Celebrate all the wonderful memories you have shared. We love you guys. Sincererly, Fran, Lisa, Laura & Gina Bergami

  8. Debbie And Roy Bill and I would like to say we are very sorry. Gina came into Walgreens a while back and I went up to her and said you don’t know who I am, and when I told her I was Johnny Macolino’s daughter Robin, she gave me a big hug and said I haven’t seen you since you we a little girl. She came in a few times and we would talk about the bowling allys and things, it was fun I will miss some of the talks. I always said to my Mom she is so beautiful. Debbie this is the Robin from Walgreens. Robin & Bill

  9. Debbie, Colleen and family, My sincere sympathy in the loss of Gina. I know how close a family you were and that she will be very much missed. Love and prayers, Rose Mary

  10. I remember so many fun times with .aunt gena.. I am so sorry for your loss and know your family will be in my prayers.

  11. I would like to express my condolences to the family of Gina Willis. I have known Gina for a number of years while dealing with her on a piece of property in Orange. I’m extremely sorry to hear about her passing. She was always very pleasant to deal with. Sincerely, Louis J. D’Amato

  12. Roy & Debbie: We are so saddened to hear of Gina’s passing. She was a great associate at the NMFS and a good and dear friend in life. We miss her and are so sorry for your loss. Mike Ludwig

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