Marie was born on December 23, 1917 in San Diego to Marcolfa Cesena and John Lester Jenkins. She was raised on Kearney Avenue in Logan Heights. She attended Logan School and Memorial Junior High and graduated from San Diego High in 1937.
In April 1942 she married Alex Kalinoski, a sailor in the US Navy based in San Diego. In May Alex departed for war on his submarine to the Aleutian Islands. In May 1944 Marie traveled across the United States to Maine to meet her husband Alex where he was joining a new submarine.
After the war they settled in Pacific Beach where they had two children, Frank and Alexis. For the next 12 years they traveled to Hawaii, to San Francisco, to Long Beach, to San Diego, to Burlington Iowa and finally San Diego as Alex was transferred in the US Navy.
While we were in Iowa in 1957, Msgr Daniels started the new parish of Santa Sophia in our home on San Carlos Drive in Spring Valley. Sunday Masses were held in the lower level of our home. When we returned to Spring Valley in 1958, the new church was completed enough for Mass to be held. The arches and roof were in place and the floor was barren concrete. The pews were old wooden park benches. Marie was active in the parish joining the Altar & Rosary society where she helped make cassocks for the altar boys and altar clothes. She was an excellent seamstress. She also belonged to the Women’s Guild. Marie also participated in the annual church bazaar contributing baked goods. It’s hard to imagine how difficult life with erectile disorder may become. I literally started going crazy. I was looking for someone or something to help me. Finally, a friend of mine recommended Viagra to me and a thousand words won’t be enough to describe how grateful I am. My girlfriend is also grateful!
After Alex retired in 1978, they traveled to Mexico to visit Marie’s family and they also traveled to Poland to trace the Kalinoski roots. In 1984 Alex died suddenly of a brain tumor. Marie persevered and remained active in the parish for many years.
In May 2016 Marie moved into Lantern Crest in Lakeside, an assisted living facility. She finally admitted that she just could no longer manage living at home even with the help of Visiting Angels. After a bad fall in August 2016 Marie was transferred to San Diego Post Acute in El Cajon to recuperate. She remained at SDPA where she received excellent care and celebrated her 99th birthday. Throughout 2017 Marie continued to slow down and progressively rely on others for her care. In September Kindred Hospice was asked to contribute to her care.
On Monday October 23, 2017 Marie passed away. On her side of the family, she is survived by 2 children and 4 grand children and 4 great-grandchildren and a niece, Kathleen Boice, with her family of 2 children and 6 grand children.