Sarah Winifred "Winnie" "Sally" Karolkowski, 62, of Seymour, wife of Thomas Karolkowski, died June 20, 2010, at the Connecticut Hospice in Branford.

Born in Ireland on Oct. 9, 1947, she was the daughter of the late Patrick and Josephine Brennan McElroy. She was a long-time resident of Fairfield, before she moved to Seymour five years ago. Karolkowski was a home-maker, an avid bingo player and devout communicant of St. Emery Church, Fairfield.

In addition to her husband of 43 years, she is survived by her children, Thomas J. Karolkowski Jr. and his wife, Karen of Bridgeport, Sally A. Southard and her husband, Darren of Ansonia, and Brian A. Karolkowski and his wife, Megan of Fairfield; a brother, Frank McElroy and his wife, Cathleen of New York; her sisters, Mary McMenamin and her husband, Sean of New Jersey, Ann O'Connor and her husband, Jim of New York, Jackie McElroy of New York, Lillian Zambardino and her husband, James of New York, and Eileen Coates and her husband, Edward of Pennsylvania; 11 grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; as well as her best friend, Patricia Hull and her husband, Robert of Bridgeport.

She was predeceased by a brother, Joseph McElroy.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, June 25, at 10 a.m. in St. Emery Church, 838 Kings Highway E., Fairfield; interment will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Ansonia. Calling hours took place on Thursday, June 24, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Wakelee Memorial Funeral Home, 167 Wakelee Ave., Ansonia.

Memorial contributions may be made to the National Children's Cancer Society, One South Memorial Drive, Suite 800, Saint Louis, MO 63102.

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