Janet I. Wacht

Passed away on March 15, 2016
Janet (Orzech) Wacht, 81, of Eastham, MA died on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 surrounded by her loving family. Until she was taken from us so suddenly, Janet was living her life to the fullest. She was very active and loved spending time with dear friends and family in CT and on the Cape. She volunteered at St. Joan of Arc thrift shop and the Eastham dump "swap shop" for many years. She was also actively involved in many social groups; including Mah-Jongg, word games, lunch bunch and the Full moon parties, where she developed deep friendships. She loved the Cape since she started coming as a child and it was a dream fulfilled, to eventually live there. Janet was born on July 6, 1934 in Hartford, CT to Joseph and Alice Orzech. It was in Hartford where she was raised, graduated from Bulkeley High School, married her beloved husband Frank and they raised their family. While still in Hartford she was an active and long-time parishioner of St. Cyril and Methodius Church and was a keeper of Polish traditions passed down from her parents. She worked for 17 years for the Hartford Public Schools, where she was honored as Para-Professional of the year. She said the most important role in her life though, was as a mother. Janet was a loving wife and mother and a dear friend and would wish that she be remembered that way. She loved sunsets and a good thunderstorm and used words like sky blue pink to describe the color of the sky. She was a wonderful cook and felt that dark chocolate was meant to be eaten daily. Her fairly quiet but strong presence will be greatly missed.She was pre-deceased by her beloved husband Frank Wacht and her sister Melanie Orzech. She is survived by her son Francis Wacht of Berlin, CT, his former wife Julia Wacht of Newington, CT and their children Kathleen and Peter; her daughter Susan and her wife Emily Wickman of Portland, CT; her son Daniel Wacht and daughter-in-law Jamie Wacht of Eastham, MA and their children Sydney and Ethan; her cousin Alexandra Beal of Old Wethersfield, CT and her brother Joseph Orzech of California. There will be a celebration of her life at Nickerson Funeral Home in Orleans, MA on Friday, April 8, 2016 from 9:00 till 10:30am, followed by an 11:00am Mass at St. Joan of Arc Church in Orleans, MA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the Lower Cape Outreach Council. 19 Brewster Cross Rd. Orleans, MA 02653.