Edwige 'Hedy' Folmer LAWRENCEVILLE Hedy Folmer, born of French and Polish heritage on Oct. 21, 1923, passed away peacefully on Dec. 31, 2016, while residing at Fairview Commons in Great Barrington, MA. Hedy lived in France until she emigrated as a war bride to the U.S., living most of her remaining years in Trenton and Lawrenceville. Hedy lived her life with courage, determination, and deep compassion to the day she died, when she donated her body to the University of MA Medical School. When World War II broke out, Hedy joined the French Resistance, carving the Cross of Lorraine on her shin to identify her as a "Resistance Fighter." She met and married Sgt. Stanley Folmer in Paris, departing on the last military ship to enter the U.S. Hedy spoke French, Polish, English, and German fluently. She retired from the State of NJ, served as a Polish interpreter for the NJ courts, was a member of the Polish Arts Club of Trenton, and St. Hedwig's Parish, then St. Ann's Parish. In 2010, Hedy succumbed to Alzheimer's disease and was moved by her children to an assisted living facility in Lenox, MA. Hedy was preceded in death by her brother, Roman Bartecka; her husband, Stanley Folmer; and her granddaughter, Jennifer Cakert. She is survived by her children, Cynthia Cakert Walker and husband, Robert Walker; Bernadette Bannister and husband, Patrick Bannister; Jeffrey Folmer and wife, Eileen Flynn Folmer; and grandchildren, Maura, Shannon, Claira, and Matthew Folmer, and Jonathan Cakert with his wife, Marta Cakert; great-grandchild, Charles Cakert; and her French cousins, Edmond and Henri Drzewiecki and Jean Pierre and Charles Krzekowiak. A Memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. April 22 at St. Ann's Church, 1253 Lawrenceville Rd., Lawrenceville. Those wishing to express their condolences may meet the family at the church at 10:30 a.m. Donations honoring Hedy's memory may be made to the American Red Cross or Covenant House.
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