Our Obituaries

Lawrence A. Mitton

April 9, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY - Lawrence A. Mitton, 92, passed away Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at Willimansett Nursing Home in Chicopee. Larry was born in Holyoke to the late Walter and Ellen Mitton. He served with the US Army, the US Coast Guard, and the US Air Force. He retired from Westover Air Force Base in Chicopee where he was a Maintenance Foreman. He was also a lifelong member at St. Paul's Episcopal...
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Ralph Louis Paquette

July 29, 1927 - April 6, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY – Ralph Louis Paquette, 86, passed away on April 6, 2014 at Hartford Hospital. He was born in Holyoke on July 29, 1927 to Earnest and Mary Paquette. Ralph was a Corporal in the US Army, Motorcycle Division in Germany, 1947. He was employed by Rexham for over 45 years, retiring in 1992. Ralph was an avid sportsman who had a deep love for hunting, boating, fishing and skeet and...
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Dorothy J. (Moodie) Buckley

August 31, 1931 - April 2, 2014

HOLYOKE - Dorothy J. (Moodie) Buckley, 82, also known as Grammie, passed away at home on April 2, 2014. Dorothy was born on August 31, 1931 to James and Agnes (Scott) Moodie. Dorothy was married on May 12, 1951 to Raymond H. Buckley. Raymond, a retired Holyoke Fire Fighter, predeceased his wife, Dorothy on September 30, 2000. Dorothy leaves behind her three children, Bruce and his wife Lorna...
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Beverly Haber

June 3, 1963 - March 20, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY – Beverly Haber, 50, of South Hadley, passed away on March 20, 2014. She was born on June 3, 1963. Beverly leaves her mother, Anne (Brunelle) Haber and was predeceased by her father, Fred Haber, Sr., both of South Hadley, MA. Beverly joined the military after high school serving in the U.S. Air Force. After her service, she moved to California where she worked for a prestigious...
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Carl P. Zieminski

March 20, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY - Carl P. Zieminski, Sr., 70, of South Hadley passed away on Thursday, March 20, 2014 with his wife, daughter and son by his side at Baystate Medical Center. Carl was born in Northampton, MA to the late Stella (Falkowski) Zieminski and Edward Zieminski. Raised in Northampton, Carl attended Northampton public schools. He pursued his undergraduate studies at Western New England...
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Elaine F. O'Toole

March 16, 2014

Elaine O'Toole 1945-2014 WESTFIELD - Elaine F. O'Toole, 69, was called safely home on Sunday, March 16, 2014. She passed into the Eternal Life at Noble Hospital after a brief illness. She was the daughter of the late Edward Parent and Edna Stefanik (Brown), twin sister to the late Edward Parent, Jr. She is survived by her daughter, Diane and her husband Michael McDonald of Belchertown,...
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Hazel R. Choiniere

August 31, 1923 - March 16, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY - Hazel R. Choiniere, 90, of South Hadley, MA., passed away on Sunday, March 16, 2014 at Wingate of West Springfield. Hazel was born on August 31, 1923 to the late Louis Keizer and Anna (Legrand) Keizer. She was employed at Spaulding of Chicopee. Before residing in South Hadley, she had previously lived in Holyoke and Belchertown. Hazel was predeceased by her husband, Lawrence...
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Douglas R. Teece

March 11, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY - Douglas R. Teece died on March 11, 2014. He leaves his wife, Jennett L. (Gower) Teece of South Hadley, two sons, Ronald C. of Charlton, MA, and Eric W. of Erving, MA; two daughters, Robin L. Dale of North Salem, NY and Sandra L. Teece of Agawam; five grandchildren: Matthew, Bryan, Alexander, Marissa and Kira; and two brothers, William J. of West Springfield and Robert G. of Tuscon,...
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Arnold Haas

January 10, 1942 - March 10, 2014

CHICOPEE - Arnold Haas, 72, of Chicopee, MA., passed away on March 10, 2014 at the Renaissance Manor in Holyoke. He was born on January 10, 1942 to Merrill and Elizabeth (Kachur) Haas, both originally from Canada. Arnold was employed by Valley Communications in Chicopee as a service technician and had formally worked at Texon. He had a love for fishing, camping, horseshoes, golfing, baseball, and...
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Marion F. "Dolly" "Mamie" (Equi) Pepin

February 25, 1923 - March 10, 2014

MARION F. PEPIN 1923 - 2014 SOUTH HADLEY - Marion F. "Dolly" "Mamie" (Equi) Pepin, 91, died at home on March 10, 2014. Marion was known by many of her longtime friends as "Dolly", but was called "Mamie", as named by her grandson, by her family and her extended family. She was born in Holyoke on Feb. 25, 1923 to Frank and Marion Equi. Marion attended the Elms Academy in Chicopee and...
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Stephen R. Beaudoin

October 29, 1946 - March 5, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY – Stephen R. Beaudoin, 67 passed away on March 5th 2014 comforted by his loving family after battling an illness. Steve was born on October 29, 1946 to the late Rene and Edna Mae Beaudoin. He was a graduate of South Hadley High School and received his Bachelors of Science Degree from Westfield State College. Steve initially worked in the Insurance Industry with Nationwide...
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Victoria L. (LaPlante) Beauregard

March 4, 2014

HOLYOKE – Victoria L. (LaPlante) Beauregard, 76, passed away peacefully on March 4, 2014 at Mount Marie Health Care Center. She was the daughter of Victor H. and Gladys LaPlante. She was born and raised in Holyoke and a graduate of Holyoke High School, class of 1955. Victoria is survived by her husband of 56 years, Roger Beauregard, her son Paul Beauregard of Swanzey, NH., her daughters,...
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Henry J. Kwiatkowski

December 31, 1955 - March 2, 2014

Henry J. Kwiatkowski, 58, died Sunday morning, March 2, 2014 at the VA Medical Center in Leeds. Born in Holyoke on Dec. 31, 1955, Henry is the son of Maxene (Szymanski) Szlachta of Holyoke and the late Leon Kwiatkowski. He served in the U. S. Air Force from 1976-1979 as a Jet Engine Mechanic. In addition to his mother, Henry is survived by two brothers, Barry Kwiatkowski of Chicopee and John...
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Donald T. Lombardi

March 29, 1932 - March 2, 2014

GRANBY, MASS. - Donald T. Lombardi, died Sunday, March 2, 2014 in an Agawam nursing home. He was born in Springfield on March 29, 1932 to the late Dominic and Jean (Tullio) Lombardi and grew up in East Longmeadow, Mass. where his family operated a market garden at their home on Elm Street. He graduated in 1950 from Springfield Technical High School and attended American International College...
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Beatrice A. (Chevrette) Arsenault

February 12, 1935 - February 27, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY - Beatrice A. (Chevrette) Arsenault, 79, formerly of Belchertown and South Hadley, went home to be with the Lord on February 27, 2014 at Parson's Hill Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Worcester, MA. following a long illness. She was born on February 12, 1935 in Holyoke, MA. to Albert E. and Rollande M. (Racicot) Chevrette. She was preceded in death by both her parents and her...
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Beverly (Stark) Angers

July 10, 1940 - February 27, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY – Beverly (Stark) Angers, 73, of South Hadley, passed away at Mercy Medical Center on Thursday, February 27, 2014. She was born in Newport, NH. on July 10, 1940 to Robert and Stella (Olbrys) Stark. Beverly was predeceased by her husband, Lawrence W. Angers Jr., their son, Wayne Angers, and her two brothers, Robert and David Stark. She leaves her daughter, Lori LaValley and...
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Carl E. Abbey, Jr.

February 26, 2014

Carl E. Abbey, Jr 1944-2014 SPRINGFIELD - Carl Abbey, 69, of Springfield, MA died Wednesday, February 26. Carl graduated from Kimball Union Academy in 1962, and attended the University of Massachusetts and Springfield College. He was a proud Vietnam Veteran who served aboard nuclear submarines in the United States Navy. A gifted all-around athlete in his youth, Carl was a loyal fan of...
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Mario "Marty" A. Tonelli

March 8, 1933 - February 26, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY – Mario "Marty" A. Tonelli, 80, passed away on February 26, 2014 at the Soldiers' Home in Holyoke. He was born in Chicopee on March 8, 1933 to the late Angelo and Anna (Wietecha) Tonelli. After attending Chicopee Schools, AIC, and graduating from Brahms Barber, Marty then went on to become the owner of his own business, Woodlawn Barber Shop, for 55 years. Marty was an Army...
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Edward Henry Smith

December 22, 1924 - February 23, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY - Edward Henry Smith, 89, formerly of South Hadley, passed away peacefully at Baystate Medical Center on Sunday, February 23rd surrounded by his family. Born December 22, 1924 in Holyoke, MA, he was the son of the late Raymond A. Smith and Hildegarde (Sussenguth) Smith. He grew up in Holyoke, MA and attended Holyoke public schools, graduating from Holyoke High School in 1942. He...
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Alan Lajoie

January 18, 1986 - February 20, 2014

Alan Lajoie, 28, of South Hadley, MA. passed away at home on February 20, 2014 with his loving family by his side. He was born on January 18, 1986 to Bruce and Donna Lajoie. Alan was a graduate of Springfield Technical School in 2006. He then went on to become a Senior Master Technician at Ford of Northampton and later worked at Balise Toyota. He also was a member of the Ludlow Fish and Game Club...
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Constance Turgeon

July 5, 1931 - February 19, 2014

GRANBY - Constance (Gregoire) Turgeon, 82, passed away on February 19, 2014 at a Bangor, ME long-term facility. She was born on July 5, 1931, in Holyoke, MA, the daughter of Oliva and Lillian (Chabot) Gregoire. She resided with her husband, Raoul J. Turgeon, Sr. and family in Granby, MA for forty years, she then moved to ME to be with family in 2007. Constance was a loving and caring lady who...
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Ivan Fabricius, Sr.

February 18, 2014

GRANBY - Ivan Fabricius, Sr., 90, passed away early on Tuesday, February 18, 2014. He is predeceased by his daughter, Star, his grandsons, Joseph and Freddy, and son in law, Francis. Ivan is survived by his wife Rita, his daughters, Louise and her husband Rudy, Darleen and her husband John, Gail and her husband Bob, Elaine, Cindy and her husband Dennis, Jo-Ann, Hedy and her husband Dennis,...
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Joseph E. Lasonde

December 28, 1920 - February 18, 2014

Joseph E. Lasonde, 93, of Granby, MA., entered into eternal rest on February 18, 2014. He was predeceased by his cherished wife of 61 years, Claire (Schluckwerder) Lasonde. He had lived in Southampton for the past 6 years. He was born in Holyoke, MA. on December 28, 1920 to the late Edward and Aurore (Loiselle) Lasonde. Joe was raised in Holyoke and attended local schools. He was employed at E.H....
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Harry R. Fickett

July 28, 1950 - February 15, 2014

Harry R. Fickett, 63, of South Hadley, MA., passed away on February 15, 2014 at Wingate in South Hadley. He was born on July 28, 1950 to Bernard and Ruth (Witlock) Fickett. Harry leaves behind his wife, Sandra (Brianerd) Fickett, his daughter, Heather Marie Wood, and his two grandchildren, Tyler and Alyssa. Calling hours for Harry will be on Tuesday from 4-7PM at the Ryder Funeral Home in...
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John L. MacDonald

April 18, 1926 - February 14, 2014

HOLYOKE – John L. MacDonald, 87, passed away on February 14, 2014 at the Willimansett Nursing Home. John was born on April 18, 1926 at Holyoke Hospital. He attended Holyoke Schools before joining the United States Navy. His unit was, what was then known as, Underwater Demolition. John came home on Memorial Day in 1946; his little joke was "they didn't have to have a parade". John worked for...
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Edna (Helliwell) Barker

January 17, 1920 - February 14, 2014

Edna (Helliwell) Barker, 94, of Holyoke, MA passed away on February 14, 2014 at Holyoke Medical Center in Holyoke, MA. She was born in Holyoke on January 17, 1920 to the late William and Jane (Houghton) Helliwell, both originally from England. Edna was a resident of the Fairview area in Chicopee for 45 years, alongside her husband, before moving back to Holyoke. Edna was employed as a clerk at...
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Mary Barbara Orzechowski

May 16, 1941 - February 14, 2014

Mary Barbara Orzechowski, 72, of South Hadley has unexpectedly left her family here to join her mom and dad, Mary and John Orzechowski, as well as her sister, Ruth Dembski and her brother, John Orzechowski. Mary missed them terribly and now it is our turn to miss Mary. She was born on May 16, 1941 to the late Mary and John Orzechowski. Mary grew up in Holyoke and later moved to South Hadley....
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Patricia Magargal Hoey

April 30, 1933 - February 9, 2014

BLANFORD - Patricia Magargal Hoey of Blandford, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, February 9. Her loving, supportive family was with her throughout her illness and will miss her greatly. Patricia was born on April 30, 1933. She had one sister, Harriet Osgood, and one brother, Charles Raymond (Bob) Magargal (both deceased). She attended Russell H. Conwell Elementary School in...
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Jeffrey E. Proulx

November 30, 1953 - February 8, 2014

GRANBY – Jeffrey E. Proulx, 60, of Granby, MA., passed away on February 8, 2014 at Holyoke Medical Center. He was born on November 30, 1953 to Lorraine (Lemay) and the late Donat Proulx. Jeff was a General Manager at Lift Truck Parts and Services in West Springfield for 25 years. He enjoyed fishing and camping as well as going to the beach and Cape Cod. Jeff is survived by his wife,...
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Francis M. Slater

February 7, 2014

Francis M. Slater, 64, of South Hadley , Massachusetts , passed away on February 7, 2014. Francis was born in Holyoke on October 25, 1949. Francis is predeceased by his son, Fred Slater, his mother, Marguerite (Tetreault) Slater, and his father, Alfred J. Slater. Francis is survived by his wife, Elaine (Bryant) Slater, his daughter, Catherine Osoimalo and her husband Tyrone, his son, John...
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Lawrence Lee Calhoun

February 7, 2014

Lawrence was called to rest on Feb. 7, 2014. He resided at the Soldiers' Home in Holyoke. Lawrence was a graduate of Kittanning High School in Kittanning, PA. He moved to this area when he was stationed at Westover Air Force Base and was a Staff Sergeant in the U. S. Air Force. He was a member of the Sheet Metal Workers Union Local #63 for over 50 years, the American Legion, Mount Tom Lodge A.F. ...
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Sharleen "Sissy" Marie Gaunt

February 3, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY – Sharleen "Sissy" Marie Gaunt passed away on February 3, 2014 after several years of fighting the effects of Early Onset Alzheimer's. Sharleen leaves her mother, Linda Corley Gaunt of South Hadley, her twin sister, Terrilyn Patten Scheinost of Ludlow, her sister, Dawn Cooke of Granby, her two aunts, Donna Duncan and her husband Brian of South Hadley, and Ellen Gaunt Saganich...
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Ronald "Ronnie" J. Rodzen

August 27, 1945 - February 3, 2014

CHICOPEE – Ronald "Ronnie" J. Rodzen, 68, passed away on Monday, February 3, 2014 at Baystate Medical Center. Ronnie was born in Springfield on August 27, 1945 to Joseph and Emily (Kurowski) Rodzen. He was a graduate of South Hadley High School and employed as a Heavy Equipment Operator by Mouth Holyoke College for 43 years, retiring in 2010. He was the past President of the Polish Club in...
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Louise Margaret Coffey Hartwell

July 3, 1920 - February 2, 2014

Louise Margaret Coffey Hartwell, 93, of South Hadley, passed away peacefully on February 2, 2014 at the Loomis House in Holyoke. Her life was filled with music, family, and the love of learning. Louise, or Bunny as she was known to most, was born on July 3, 1920, in Hatfield, MA, to Louise Shea and James Richard Coffey. Bunny grew up on a small farm, sharing lots of adventures with her parents,...
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David M. Drost

October 15, 1975 - February 2, 2014

MILLBURY – David M. Drost, 38, of Millbury, MA., passed away on February 2, 2014 at UMASS Medical Center. He was born on October 15, 1975 to Ronald and Katherine (Owen) Drost. He was employed by the Greenwood Industries and a member of the Roofers Local 33. He had a strong passion for the outdoors and was a huge Boston Sports Fan. David leaves his wife, Kimberly Aldrich, his daughters,...
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James E. Kelly

January 30, 2014

James E. Kelly of South Hadley passed away at his home on January 30, 2014 after a long illness. Jim was a 1966 graduate of South Hadley High School where he enjoyed playing sports and being the Captain of the basketball team during his senior year. He was a member of Sheet Metal Workers Union Local #63 for over 40 years. Jim's favorite part of his working years was teaching his trade to...
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Fred C. Haber, Jr.

May 20, 1956 - January 26, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY – Fred C. Haber Jr., 57, of South Hadley, passed away at home on Sunday, January 26, 2014. Fred was born on May 20, 1956 to Anne M. (Brunelle) Haber and the late Fred C. Haber Sr., both of South Hadley. Fred had a great love for the outdoors and cooking. He was the owner of his own Home Improvement business and had previously worked for Smith and Wesson for 18 years and Jonson...
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Laura Gene (Ryder) Ryan

June 9, 1926 - January 25, 2014

Laura Gene (Ryder) Ryan, 87, of South Hadley, passed away on January 25, 2014 at the Loomis Nursing Center in Holyoke, MA. Laura was born on June 9, 1926 in Holyoke, MA. She was the daughter of the late Myron W. and Reta M. Ryder. Laura was a graduate of Chicopee High School and received her Nursing Home Administrator License from Babson College. She worked as the administrator for her family...
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Lawrence W. Angers, Jr.

January 23, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY - Lawrence W. Angers Jr., 75, of South Hadley, passed away at home on Thursday, January 23, 2014. Lawrence was born in Holyoke on September 6, 1938 to Ruth (Blanchard) and Lawrence W. Angers Sr. Lawrence was a machine operator at Rexham Graphics before his retirement. He was a Veteran of the Army serving as a Private First Class from 1956-1959. Lawrence was predeceased by his son...
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Jean Harris (Campbell) Rousseau

January 23, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY - Jean Harris (Campbell) Rousseau, of South Hadley, passed away on January 23, 2014 at the Warren Skilled Nursing Center in Warren, RI. Jean was the daughter of Magdalena Cathro and Henry Campbell, both born in Scotland. Jean was predeceased by her husband, Leo F. Rousseau, and by her siblings, Lena Cathro Campbell of South Hadley and William K. Campbell of Randolph, MA. Jean was...
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Theresa H. DeWitt

February 11, 1934 - January 22, 2014

Theresa H. DeWitt, 79, of Granby, passed away at home on Wednesday, January 22, 2014. Theresa was born in New York City on February 11, 1934 to the late Frederick and Theresa (Tishbine) Linhuber. Theresa worked at Belchertown State School and Mary Lane Hospital as a Licensed Practical Nurse. Theresa enjoyed crafts, painting, art, spending her winters in Florida, and most of all, spending time...
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Cecile A. (Bessette) Patryn

December 14, 1921 - January 21, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY – Cecile A. (Bessette) Patryn of South Hadley passed away on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at home with her beloved family by her side. Cecile was born on December 14, 1921 in Holyoke and moved to South Hadley in 1951. She was educated at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School and graduated from Holyoke High School. She was a Drum Corp Majorette. Cecile was also a communicant of Saint...
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Alfredo Soares Fernandes

January 19, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY – Alfredo Soares Fernandes, passed away at his home on January 19, 2014. Alfredo was predeceased by his wife, Thelda, his sister, Maimi, and his brother, Tony. He is survived by his son, Michael, his daughters, Donna and Jodi, six grandchildren, one great-grandson, five brothers, one sister, and many nieces and nephews. Calling hours for Fred will be held on Thursday from...
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Roland F. Allard

October 18, 1925 - January 19, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY – Roland F. Allard, 88, of South Hadley, passed away on January 19, 2014 at the Renaissance Manor Nursing Home in Holyoke, MA. Roland was born on October 18, 1925 to the late Nelson and Maria (Duhmel) Allard in Mohegan, RI. Roland has been a resident of Massachusetts for 54 years. He was employed by Combined Insurance as the district manager of sales. Roland was a WWII Veteran...
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Stanislaw Gora

February 2, 1925 - January 10, 2014

Stanislaw Gora, 88, of South Hadley, MA, passed away peacefully on January 10, 2014. He was born to the late Jozef and Magdalena Gora on February 2, 1925 in Golkewice, Poland. After moving to Germany and Belgium, he came to the United States in 1956. He was predeceased by his first wife, Danuta (Tatur), in 1971, and his second wife, Irena (Gasiorowska), in 2007. He is survived by his children,...
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Alice Adeline Pysz

November 15, 1927 - December 31, 2013

SOUTH HADLEY – Alice Adeline Pysz, 86, passed away on December 31, 2013 at the Renaissance Manor on Cabot in Holyoke. Alice was born in South Hadley on November 15, 1927 to the late John and Julia (Machinik) Pysz. She was a secretary for New England Etching. Alice had a deep love for sports and was a Red Sox fan, Patriots fan and an overall Football fan. Alice also was an avid bowler and...
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Claire T. (Fournier) Thibodeau

February 26, 1926 - December 26, 2013

HOLYOKE - Claire T. (Fournier) Thibodeau, 87, died Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013 at the Mount St. Vincent Care Center in Holyoke. Born in Westfield on Feb. 26, 1926, Claire was the daughter of the late Edward & Louise (Dubois) Fournier. She was the wife of the late Robert N. Thibodeau who died in 2004, and the sister of the late Robert Fournier, Florence Fedora, Marie Bilodeau and Sr. Theresa Fournier,...
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Raymond A. Marion

December 26, 2013

SOUTH HADLEY – Raymond A. Marion, 90, passed away on December 26, 2013. He was born and educated in Holyoke and was a graduate of the Lee Real Estate Institute of Boston. Raymond was the son of the late Alexander and Yvonne (LaCroix) Marion. He was affiliated with the Marion & Werenski Insurance and Real Estate Appraisers. He was President and Treasurer of Nonotuck Mortgage Services. He was...
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Jean (Willett) Purcell

September 24, 1928 - December 25, 2013

GRANBY – Jean (Willett) Purcell, 85, passed away shortly after midnight on Christmas Eve with her daughter by her side. She was born on September 24, 1928 in South Hadley Falls and is the daughter of the late Bernard and Helen Willett. Jean was a 1946 Graduate of South Hadley High School. Jean worked at many stores at the Five Corners in Granby, including Granby Hardware, Farmers Exchange, and...
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John "Jack" Clark

December 22, 2013

John "Jack" Clark 1932-2013 GRANBY – Jack Clark passed away peacefully with his loving family around him on December 22. Born in Granby, he was the son of the late David and Gertrude Clark. He went to school in Granby and graduated from South Hadley High School. He then joined the United States Navy and served as a Master Of Arms on the USS Waloron during the Korean War and he traveled...
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Phillip J. Hebert

April 5, 1940 - December 19, 2013

SOUTH HADLEY – Phillip J. Hebert, 73, passed away on Thursday, December 19th at Wingate in South Hadley. Phillip, also known as "Fonzi" was born on April 5th 1940 to Theodore and Isabelle (Courtney) Hebert. Phillip was a truck driver for Intelcoat for 29 years, an original member of the Irish Knights, a member of the Red Cliff and a member of the South Hadley Council On Aging. Phillip...
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Alfred Walker

January 30, 1919 - December 16, 2013

SOUTH HADLEY - Alfred Walker, 94, passed away peacefully in Holyoke on Monday December 16, 2013. He was a long time resident of South Hadley Falls and Brewster Ma. He was born in Auchendinny, Scotland on January 30, 1919, moved to Holyoke at the age of four and attended Holyoke schools. He served in the US Army during WWII in Europe and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He worked as an...
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Maurice F. Casey, Jr.

December 14, 2013

SOUTH HADLEY - Maurice F. Casey, Jr. of South Hadley, died at his home just two months shy of his 89th birthday. He had been battling congestive heart failure for most of the last year. He leaves behind his wife of 59 years, Helen (Cray) Casey, and their four children, David Casey and his wife Lianne of Amherst, Maggie Stabinsky and her husband William of Ellington, CT, Philip Casey and his wife...
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Gail Ann Passidakis

December 3, 1964 - December 13, 2013

CHICOPEE – Gail Ann Passidakis, 49, passed away at home on December 13, 2013, surrounded by her loving family at her side. Gail was born in Springfield on December 3, 1964 to Norman " Zeke" and Irene Desrosiers of Chicopee. She was a graduate of Chicopee Comp in 1983, an accomplished dancer, cheerleader, gymnast and winner of the Coach's Award for swimming. Gail unfortunately battled with...
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David W. Cunningham

December 13, 2013

GRANBY – David W. Cunningham, 59, passed away suddenly on Friday, December 13, at home. David was a US Army Veteran and was employed at Mt. Tom Box Company, Inc. He was a devoted NY Giants Fan and enjoyed making people laugh. David leaves his loving wife of 39 years, Terese (Davilli) Cunningham, and his beloved pets. He was predeceased by his daughter, Sarah Cunningham, in 1985. David also...
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Edward R. Roy

December 11, 2013

Edward R. Roy, age 63, died on December 11, 2013 at Rockford Memorial Hospital in Illinois, after a brief, sudden illness, surrounded by his loving family. Edward was born in Holyoke and was the son of Edward J. Roy and the late Lorraine (Cardinal) Roy. Ed graduated from Chicopee Comprehensive High School in 1968 and then attended Western New England College. Ed was formally employed by Scott...
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Wladyslawa "Gladys" M. Goluchowski

December 10, 2013

SOUTH HADLEY – Wladyslawa "Gladys" M. Goluchowski, 79, passed away peacefully on December 10, 2013 at her son's home. Gladys was born in Poland to the late Florian Kisiel and Zofia Blasiak. In 1956, Gladys moved from Germany to the United States where she first resided in Holyoke, then South Hadley. Gladys was predeceased by her husband Franciszek "Frank" Goluchowski in 2002. Gladys...
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Clara J. Odom

December 22, 1948 - December 6, 2013

Clara J. Odom, 64, passed away on December 6, 2013, at Holyoke Medical Center surrounded by her loving and supportive family. She was the 18th child of the late Roosevelt and Rose (Rozzelle) Swanigan. She was born in Winfield, Alabama on December 22, 1948. She is a graduate of Guin School in Alabama and of the former Andover Institute of Business in Springfield, MA. She was employed as a...
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Jean Marie Labonte

July 10, 1934 - December 4, 2013

SOUTH HADLEY – Jean Marie Labonte, 79, of South Hadley, passed away at home on December 4, 2013. Jean was born on July 10, 1934 in St. Philemon, Quebec, to Joseph and Eva (Beaudoin) Labonte. Jean was a Forger at Moore Drop Forge who was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 69. Jean leaves behind his children, Joan Mannix and her husband Charlie of Vermont, Sylvie Couture and...
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Walter J. Jazab

April 17, 1945 - December 3, 2013

SOUTH HADLEY – Walter J. Jazab, 68, of Highland Ave. in South Hadley, passed away at home on December 3, 2013. Walter was born on April 17, 1945 and is the son of Joseph and Eleanor (Jasinski) Jazab. Walter was a graduate of Chicopee Trade School and was a certified tool and die maker. He worked as a machinist for many years in local machine shops. When Walter approached his retirement he...
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Carolyn Louise Hebert

March 13, 1940 - December 3, 2013

CHICOPEE – Carolyn Louise Hebert, 73, of Britton Street in Chicopee, passed away at home on December 3, 2013. Carolyn was born on March 13, 1940 in Hugo, Colorado, to Clarence and Lois (Whitlow) Osbourne. Carolyn was a baker at Big Y who loved traveling, going to the casino, and helping her daughter Barbara at the Halfway Home Cat and Kitten Rescue. Carolyn was predeceased by her...
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Joseph Leo Gaudette

November 28, 2013

Joseph Leo Gaudette, 86, passed away on November 28, 2013 with his daughters by his side. Joseph served in the United States Marines and was a dairy farmer in Granby most of his life. He was a communicant of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Granby which he also helped build. Joseph was predeceased by his loving wife, Lorraine (Provost) Gaudette on January, 30, 1979. He leaves his...
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Peter H. Satkowski, Sr.

November 28, 2013

Peter H. Satkowski Sr., 70, of Mueller Road, passed away Novemeber 28, 2013 at Baystate Medical Center. Peter was born in Holyoke and is the son of the late Henry and Marquerite (Tisdell) Satkowski. Peter was a Retired Class ll Fireman working at Holyoke Community College. He served in the United States Army during Vietnam, serving with CO B 589th Eng Bn, 18 Eng Bragade. He was a member of the...
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Eileen (Chard) Harper

September 7, 1924 - November 26, 2013

SOUTH HADLEY - Eileen (Chard) Harper, 89, of South Hadley died of natural causes on Tuesday, November 26,2013 surrounded by her family and caregivers. She was born in Gardner, MA, on September 7, 1924, and is the daughter of Richard E. and Eileen M. Chard. She was a graduate of St. Mary's High School in Milford, MA. She married James F. Harper on August 24, 1946 in Milford, MA. Eileen was...
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Ella Muriel (Moriarty) Allen

November 19, 2013

BLOOMFIELD – Ella Muriel (Moriarty) Allen, formerly of South Hadley, passed away peacefully on November 19, 2013, at the age of 97. She was born in Cranston RI, and was the daughter of Charles F. Moriarty and Ella D. Jubinville Moriarty. Muriel was a graduate of South Hadley High School, Mount Holyoke College, and was one of the first women to attend Columbia School of Business. She then...
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Helen E. Malanowski

September 20, 1919 - November 17, 2013

SOUTH HADLEY – Helen E. (Strzempa) Malanowski, 94, passd away peacefully at Mont Marie Healthcare Center in Holyoke on November 17, 2013. She was born on September 20, 1919 and was the daughter of the late August and Jozefa (Niedziela) Strzempa. Helen was born and educated in Holyoke where she also resided until 1951 when she moved to South Hadley. Helen will always be remembered for her...
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Rose M. (Chlystek) Jarzyna

April 8, 1931 - November 14, 2013

Rose M. (Chlystek) Jarzyna, 82, of Holyoke, passed away on November, 14, 2013 surrounded by her family. She was born on April 8, 1931 in South Hadley and is the daughter of the late Peter and Mary (Adamiak) Chlystek. Rose was educated in South Hadley Schools and was an employee of Mount Holyoke College until she had retired. Rose was also a lifelong communicant of Mater Dolorosa Church (Our Lady...
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Roland J. (Ronnie) Labrecque

August 30, 1940 - November 11, 2013

SOUTH HADLEY - Roland J. (Ronnie) Labrecque, 73, of South Hadley, MA., passed away on November 11, 2013, surrounded by his loving family at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. Roland was born in Holyoke, MA. on August 30, 1940 and is the son of the late Rene Labrecque and Katherine (Kuchinski) Labrecque. He formerly worked at National Blank Book in Holyoke and retired from the...
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Gerald B. Bombardier

July 24, 1923 - November 8, 2013

Gerald B. Bombardier, 90, of Granby, MA., husband of Marguerite (Higgins) Bombardier of 70 years, passed away on November 8, 2013. He was born in Holyoke, MA. on July 24, 1923 and was the son of the late Paul and Marie Louise Poirier Bombardier. Gerald attended Holyoke Schools and was the General Manager of Curtis Business Forms in Holyoke for 35 years; he then retired in 1990. He had previously...
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Anita B. (Chabot) Rousseau

November 7, 2013

SOUTH HADLEY – Anita B. (Chabot) Rousseau, 85, of Lincoln Ave., South Hadley, passed away at home on Thursday, November 7th, 2013. Anita was born in St. Albert, Quebec. She was the daughter of the late Joseph and Alida (Gosselin) Chabot and was one of fourteen children. Anita immigrated to Springfield, Ma. in 1953. Anita owned LaSentinelle Francaise in Chicopee and C&R Realty. She designed...
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Norman "Pat" Girard

February 1, 1920 - October 23, 2013

SOUTH HADLEY – Norman "Pat" Girard, 93, was born on February 1, 1920 in South Hadley, MA to the late Alcibiade and Eva (Morency) Girard, passed away in Vitas Hospice on October, 23, 2013. Norman was a graduate of South Hadley High School and Local Trade School. He was a tool maker at Van Norman and went on to become a finish carpenter and was employed as a cabinet maker for Keddy Vadnais...
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Cornelius Hayes (Neil) Kelleher

December 15, 1921 - October 13, 2013

CORNELIUS H. KELLEHER 1921-2013 SOUTH HADLEY- Cornelius Hayes (Neil) Kelleher, 91, of South Hadley, MA died on October 13, 2013. Neil is predeceased by an infant granddaughter, Elizabeth M. Bernard in 1994. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Margaret (Sutton) Kelleher of South Hadley, originally from Norwich, England. Also by their three children: Margaret E. Bernard and her...
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Anthony C. "Pop" Regan

October 11, 2013

Anthony C. "Pop" Regan was called home on October 11 with his family by his side. He resided in Granby for most of his life and was a graduate of the Belchertown school system. Anthony leaves his wife of 62 years Dorothy, his daughter Deborah Lacoste and son Tony, all of Granby. "Pop" was also blessed with five grandchildren, three of which now reside near him in Granby, Erin and Michael Regan,...
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Leona Perrault

December 10, 1917 - October 9, 2013

LEONA PERRAULT 1917-2013 Leona (Gladu) Perrault, 95, died Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, at the Hadley at Elaine Nursing Center. Born in Chicopee on Dec. 10, 1917, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Louisa (Paquette) Gladu. Leona worked as a Personal Shopping Assistant at the former Steiger's Department Store. The wife of the late Charles A. Perrault who died in 2003, Leona was also...
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George Schofield

October 8, 2013

George Schofield of South Hadley died October 8, 2013 at Mercy Medical Center at the age of 84. He was born in Pompton Lakes, NJ, the son of the late Alice and George Schofield and brother of Alice of Charleston, W. VA, who predeceased him. He was the Manager of John Hancock's Holyoke, W. Springfield, and Greenfield offices in 1980 and retired in 1990. Joining the navy after graduating from...
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Sherrie M. (Chartier) Fugere

October 3, 1968 - October 5, 2013

Sherrie M. (Chartier) Fugere, 45, of Chicopee, died Saturday October 5, 2013, at Baystate Medical Center with her family by her side. She was born in Holyoke on October 3, 1968. Sherrie is the daughter of, Suzanne Cote of Chicopee and Leon Chartier and her step-mother, Christine Chartier of Granby. Sherrie worked as a surgical Technician at Colley-Dickenson Hospital. Sherrie is survived by her...
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William McManus

October 29, 1921 - October 3, 2013

Our dad, William McManus of South Hadley passed away on Thursday, October 3 at the Holyoke Health Care Center after a brief illness. The son of the late John McManus and Isola (Beauchesne) McManus, he was born in Chelsea, MA on October 29, 1921. A proud graduate of Tilton Prep School in Tilton, NH he was always grateful for the opportunity to attend a first class school because he was a resident...
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John "Jack" Mielnikowski

September 22, 2013

JOHN MIELNIKOWSKI 1957-2013 CHICOPEE- John "Jack" Mielnikowski, 56, of Grattan St. died Sunday September 22, 2013, at Baystate Medical Center. He was born in Springfield. Jack was the son of the late Alexander and Mary (Wallace) Mielnikowski. He graduated from South Hadley High School and H C C. Jack was working at St. Francis Hospital as a Registured Nurse, also was a machinist for...
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Esther Alice Robillard

June 18, 1949 - September 17, 2013

Esther Alice Robillard (Nimchick) of Chicopee, Massachusetts quietly passed away early Tuesday morning surrounded by her loving family. Daughter of Paul Nimchick and Alice (Germaine) and Walter Riley, Esther was born June 18, 1949 in Holyoke, Massachusetts. She was an employee at Adelfia's Restaurant for 25 years. She also worked in the Food Service department at Big Y Supermarket where she was...
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Rita A. Robillard

September 17, 2013

RITA ROBILLARD 1926 - 2013 SOUTH HADLEY - Rita A. Robillard, age 87, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 17, surrounded by her family. She was the loving wife of Paul Robillard for 62 years. Born in Chicopee, MA, the daughter of Eddie and Rosia (Roy) Lafrenaye, she graduated from Chicopee schools and she moved to South Hadley in 1950. She was a supervisor at Everson Distributing Company until her...
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Lionel Brindamour

September 13, 2013

LIONEL BRINDAMOUR 1925-2013 SOUTH HADLEY- Lionel Brindamour, 88, of Granby Rd, beloved husband of Theresa (Trudeau) Brindamour, died Friday September 13, 2013. He was born in Chicopee. He was the son of the late Roland and May Ella (Savard) Brindamour. Lionel attended Chicopee High School and graduated from Holyoke Community College , class of 1973. Lionel served in the United States Navy...
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Bella A. Lemanski

July 8, 1936 - September 11, 2013

CHICOPEE - Bella Alma (Daviau) Lemanski, 77, died Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 at her daughter's home in Belchertown, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Holyoke on July 8, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Alderic and Claudia Daviau. Bella was raised in Holyoke and attended Holyoke schools. She worked as an Accounts Receivable Manager for Food Mart for many years. Following her...
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Dolores A. (Wilson) Sutter

September 17, 1946 - September 2, 2013

Dolores A. (Wilson) Sutter, 66, died Monday, Sept. 2, 2013 at the Holyoke Medical Center. Born in Holyoke on Sept. 17, 1946, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Marjorie (Maxwell) Wilson. Dolores attended Holyoke schools and was a 1964 graduate of Holyoke High School. She worked as a binder for the Pond Ek-Berg Company in Chicopee. Dolores is survived by her husband, William Sutter, they...
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Jacqueline M. (Trotman) Peters

August 28, 2013

JACQUELINE M. PETERS 1934-2013 SOUTHAMPTON --Jacqueline M. (Trotman) Peters, 79 of Southampton, died August 28, 2013. She was the daughter of the late Leslie and Cecile (Benoit ) Trotman. She worked for Digital. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Joseph Peters, Jr., also two children and grandchildren, a brother and sister. A calling hour will be held Saturday morning from 10...
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Leonard D. Patryn

October 5, 1943 - August 27, 2013

SOUTHAMPTON - Leonard D. Patryn of Noreen Dr. Southampton passed away August 27, 2013, at home with his family by his side. He was born October 5, 1943 in Holyoke. He grew up on South Hadley. He was the loving son of Cecile ( Bessette) Patryn and the late Leonard Patryn. He was a graduate of South Hadley High School and attended Holyoke Community College. Leonard served in the United States Navy...
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John S. "Jake" Kovalchik, Sr.

August 30, 1927 - August 19, 2013

John S. "Jake" Kovalchik, Sr., 85, died Monday, Aug. 19, 2013 at the Soldiers' Home in Holyoke. Born in Holyoke on Aug. 30, 1927, he was the son the late Stephen and Elizabeth (Wesolowski) Kovalchik. Jake lived in Holyoke until he moved to South Hadley in 1967. He was an Army veteran of WW II. He worked as a machinist for more than 40 years for the former Adams Plastic Company of Holyoke until...
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Arthur J. "Artie" LePine

August 12, 2013

Dr. Arthur J LePine (Artie), of South Hadley, and a Holyoke dentist for over 60 years, died peacefully at Mary's Meadow on Monday, August 12. Arthur was born in Holyoke in 1918. Art was a loving husband and father, and a well-respected and gifted dentist. He was predeceased by his wife Helen in 1988 and his son Mark in 1973. He leaves his children Kurt LePine, Gail LePine, Lise Mackey and her...
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William G. Plouffe

August 4, 2013

William G. Plouffe, 93, of South Hadley died August 4, 2013. He was the son of the late William and Mary Plouffe. He worked at Laurino Box. Bill served in the United States Army during World War II. A prayer service will be held on August 10, at 11am in the Ryder Funeral Home with his burial to follow in Notre Dame Cemetery both in South Hadley.
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Deborah Ann (Purcell) Hart

May 31, 1951 - July 30, 2013

Deborah Ann (Purcell) Hart, 62, raised in Arlington, a one time resident of Cardiff-by-Sea, California, and home owner in South Hadley for over 30 years, passed away unexpectedly at her home in Chicopee on July 30, 2013. She was born on May 31, 1951 in Cambridge, Massachusetts to Joseph A. Purcell and Janet (Pillsbury) Purcell and grew up in Arlington, Massachusetts. Debbie graduated from...
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David E. Levreault

July 25, 2013

DAVID E. LEVREAULT 1944-2013 SOUTH HADLEY- David E. Levreault, 68, of South Hadley, died at Baystate Medical Center on Thursday July 25th. He was born in Holyoke, the son of the late Ernest and Alice (Orcutt) Levreault. After graduating South Hadley High School David enrolled in the United States Air Force. He served in Operation Desert Shield/Storm and eventually retired from Westover...
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Chester J. Janek, Jr.

July 24, 2013

Chester J. Janek, Jr., of Tenn. and formerly of South Hadley, died July 24, 2013 at his home in Tennessee. He was born in New York. He was the son of the late Chester Sr. and Vata Janik. Chester served in the United States Navy. He worked at Brown Paper Co. He was a member of Teamster 404 as a Truck Drive. Chester owned Janek's Restaurant in Holyoke. He was a driver for Meals on Wheels in South...
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Emik Avakian

July 11, 2013

Emik Avakian of Chicopee, Massachusetts, died July 11, 2013. An inventor and engineer, Avakian was born in Tabriz, Iran in 1923, and his family emigrated to the United States in 1928. Although he had cerebral palsey (athetosis) which left him quadrapalegic, all of his cognitive abilities were intact. He proved his mettle and his intellect through his education. In 1997, Columbia University...
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Mary Smith Bowler

July 9, 2013

MARY BOWLER 1925-2013 SOUTH HADLEY- Mary Smith Bowler, 88, of South Hadley, a devoted mother, nana, and friend passed away on Tuesday, July 9th at Mount Saint Vincent Care Center. Born in South Hadley she was the daughter of Francis and Helena (Quirk) Smith. She was a graduate of South Hadley High School and attended Mt. Saint Mary College in New Hampshire. Mary was employed at the...
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Rudolph "Rudy" Piotrowski

July 20, 1928 - July 7, 2013

RUDOLPH PIOTROWSKI, SR. 1928-2013 CHICOPEE- Rudolph "Rudy" Piotrowski, 84, of Syrek St., died Sunday July 7, 2013 at his home. He was born in Poland on July 20, 1928. He was the son of the late Mark and Katherine (Cobel) Piotrowski. Rudy was in the Polish Army serving in Germany. He worked as a millwright for over 50 years and retired from Parsons Paper Co. Rudy enjoyed his garden and loved...
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Meredith "Toots" (Passa) Grammaticas

April 30, 1971 - July 2, 2013

Meridith "Toots" (Passa) Grammaticas, entered eternal peace on July 2, 2013. She was born in Northampton on April 30, 1971. She is the daughter of Edd and Judy (Ducharme) Passa of Florence. She grew up in Hatfield, graduating from Smith Academy. Meridith is a graduate of U Mass Amherst and Holyoke Community College attained her nursing degree.. Meridith worked at the Hampden County Sheriff's...
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Frank Lopes

June 30, 2013

SOUTH HADLEY-Frank Lopes a longtime resident of SH passed away peacefully on Sunday June 30th surrounded by his loving family. He was married to his wife Mabel (Fernandes) Lopes for 63 years. Frank met Mable when he was 5 years old when she and her family moved from the United State to Frank's hometown of Velosa, Portugal. They became childhood sweethearts and were married in Portugal. They...
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Keith "Papas" Hauschild

November 8, 1942 - June 27, 2013

GRANBY- Keith Hauschild "Papas", 70, peacefully passed on Thursday, June 27, at Baystate Medical Center. He was born in Holyoke, Nov. 8, 1942 to the late Arthur and Elizabeth Hauschild. He was a graduate of Holyoke Trade and Holyoke High School. He worked for National Blank Book, Avery and retired from Avery Dennison after 42 years as a lithographer. He was a past Granby 4-H committee chairman &...
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Armand Duquette

December 2, 1928 - June 16, 2013

ARMAND DUQUETTE 1928-2013 SOUTH HADLEY- Armand Duquette, 84, passed away on June 16, 2013. He was born December 2, 1928 and raised in Courcelles, Quebec, Canada. Armand spent the majority of his adult life in the Holyoke and South Hadley areas raising a loving family and working as a cabinet maker and finish carpenter. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Marguerite (Laprise) Duquette,...
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Walter "Paul" Partyka

April 12, 1962 - June 13, 2013

W. PAUL PARTYKA 1962-2013 SOUTH HADLEY- Walter "Paul" Partyka, 51, of South Hadley passed away suddenly on Thursday June 13, 2013. He was born April 12, 1962 and raised in Chicopee. Paul graduated from Chicopee Comp Pro Merito in 1980 and served in the U.S. Navy as an Electronic Technician. He went on to receive an AS in Electronics from HCC, and a BS in Wildlife Fisheries Biology from...
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Florian L. "Chappy" Chapdelaine

June 13, 2013

Florian L. "Chappy" Chapdelaine, 90, of Chicopee, died Thursday June 13, 2013, at Mercy Hospital. He was born in Canada. He was the son of the late Ubald and Blanche Chapdelaine. Chappy played semi pro soccer. He served in the United States Army Air Force during World War II. He was a member of the Life Point Church in Chicopee. Chappy is survived by his wife of 70 years Mildred (Kummings)...
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