August 22, 1975 – August 9, 2008
Remembering Agnes Shreve
Agnieszka Magdalena Jakutowicz was born in the city of Gdansk, Poland.
As a beautiful, courageous young woman, she followed her dreams
and arrived in America from Hamburg, Germany in 1996.
We all knew her as Agnes Shreve. Agnes spoke fluent Polish and
German, and she learned English while acclimating to a new culture
and way of life in the United States. She truly loved being here
in America and often reminded us how we take our freedom and abundant
lifestyle for granted. Many of us remember her speaking passionately
about this country, and she was in the process of seeking her U.S.
Agnes loved biology and came here to study medicine at UNM. She
made a life with James Shreve and his family in Placitas, New Mexico.
Later, James and Agnes were married and had two beautiful children,
Justin (age nine) and Katherine (age three). Although this was her
new home, she never stopped loving her Polish heritage, and she
honored it by teaching her children to speak Polish. She visited
her family in Europe at least once a year for several months at
Agnes was a devoted wife, mother, daughter, and sister; she was
also a loyal friend. She was a kind, generous, and giving person.
Agnes worked at the Placitas Elementary School as a substitute teacher
and was a regular volunteer. She went on all of Justin’s field
trips even when Katherine was a little baby, and was also a Cub
Scout Pack Master for a troop in Placitas. Her children were at
the center of her life, and her joy and pride in them was obvious
Agnes had tremendous inner strength that carried her family through
great difficulties during James’s struggle with cancer and
untimely death only eight months ago. Family meant everything to
Agnes. She gained strength through her devotion to her children
and family in Germany and Poland. Her love for them and her deep
and abiding faith in God allowed her to persevere without fear or
question. Even during this most difficult time of grief and sadness,
Agnes remained positive and inspirational to her children and those
Over the years, Agnes made many friends and became a beloved member
of our community. Agnes was tragically taken from us in an automobile
accident on August 9, 2008, in Placitas, New Mexico, and those of
us fortunate enough to know her have been deeply affected by her
passing. Agnes’s sister and parents arrived here from Germany
and the children are now in their care.
We will always remember her radiance and beauty, her delightful
sense of humor, her enthusiastic unrestrained laugh, and her beautiful
smile. During this time of grief for our dear friend, it is comforting
to see that we are all connected, and Agnes is teaching our community
to reach out and console one another.
If you would like to help the family, donations are being accepted
at the First Community Bank.
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