John 'Jack' C. Papeika, 97, beloved husband of 70 years to Nell Lekas Papeika, of Hamden, passed away on February 7, 2011 at the CT Hospice in Branford. He was born in New Haven on October 14, 1913 to the late Sylvester and Victoria Papeika. Besides his wife, Jack is survived by his daughters, Janice Thibodeau and her partner Carmen Vance of Columbia, Lynne Langella and her husband Donald of Branford; brother Al Papeika of Hamden; Granddaughters, Dana Dunnack and her husband Pete of Lebanon and Gillian Langella of Charleston, SC; great-grandchildren, Olivia, Grace, Matt and Drew Dunnack and many nieces and nephews. Pre-deceased by his brothers Stanley and Robert Papeika. Jack was a kind and quiet man who was very devoted to his family and enjoyed family gatherings. He always loved being around the water and enjoyed fishing and boating. Before his retirement, he was employed as upper level management for British Petroleum (BP). Funeral from BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden, on Friday, February 11th at 9:15 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Blessed Sacrament Church at 10 a.m. Friends may visit with the family at the funeral home on Thursday evening from 4 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jack's memory may be sent to CT Hospice, 100 Double Beach Rd., Branford, CT 06405.

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  1. Dear Aunt Nell, Janice, Lynn, and families, Please accept our heart-felt condolences on the passing of your husband, father, and grandfather. I will always remember, .Uncle John. as I called him at the wonderful gatherings that we had at Sylvester and Victoria’s on Grafton Rd. .Uncle John. always spent time playing with us kids at the time. I loved the stories that he told about growing up on Cedar Hill and his work at .The American Brass. Company. I will always appreciate his love for photography and showing to me his collection of cameras. I continue to treasure these special memories. With love and prayers, Joe (and Trish) Papeika

  2. Lynne,Donald and Family, Kathy and I are so sorry for your loss. We know what it is like. Our love and thoughts are with you all. Love, Bill and Kathy

  3. Dear Aunt Nell, Janice, Lynne & Family, We are very sorry to hear of Uncle Jack’s passing. I (Phyllis) have many happy memories of family times together over the years, especially when I was a child — holidays, birthdays and all those picnics at Sleeping Giant. I remember my dad (Stan) and Uncle Jack taking us kids places Sunday mornings. Frank felt very welcomed by Uncle Jack when he joined the family almost 45 years ago. Your 70 year long marriage is a real blessing to the world. Love, prayers, peace, Frank and Phyllis

  4. Dear Jan. Know this is a difficult time for you. We loved your stories of your parents as we shared many of the same concerns and joys that our aging parents bring. Keep the memories of the special times with your Dad, very close to your heart and they will help you along the path of grief and give you peace. We will keep you tucked into our prayers. Love, Annie & Kurt Lessenger

  5. Jan, I was sorry to learn of your dad’s recent death. He certainly had a long life and hopefully you have many fond memories of your lives together over the passing years. My sympathies to you, Carmen, and your family. Muriel

  6. Lynn & Don and Family, My thoughts are with you. It is such a blessing to have had him close to you for so many years. Jim

  7. Lynne, I was soo sorry to hear of the death of your father. You and your family will be in my prayers at this time. Maureen

  8. To my wonderful neighbor, Mr. Papeika. He was such a nice man. I enjoyed talking with him whenever we saw each other. He would tell me about the beginnings of our great neighborhood. I admired his longevity of life and marriage. Mr. P was a true example of a good man! I am truly going to miss him. Your Friend, Shawn

  9. To Nell and family ..I’m so sorry to hear of Jacks passing.I’ll never forget Jack calling my mom to tell her I had pulled down my socks.. Oh so many memories!! He will be missed.. Love cousin Eleanor Berzinskas

  10. Lynne- I just found out about your dad’s passing today. I am so sorry. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and your family. Joe

  11. Dear Lynn and Family, I just learned of your dad’s passing. My sympathy is extended to you and your entire family. A loss at anytime, place, or age is difficult. I will keep you and yours in my prayers. May he rest in peace. Sincerely, Marguerite

  12. Jan, I was sorry to learn of your dad’s recent death. He certainly had a long life and hopefully you have many fond memories of your lives together over the passing years. My sympathies to you, Carmen, and your family. Muriel

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