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Barry J Farrell Funeral Home

The Barry J. Farrell Funeral Home is a second generation; family owned and operated funeral home. We have been serving the families of Holyoke and the surrounding area since 1937, and have been at our
current location, 2049 Northampton Street in Holyoke, for over 30 years. Our objective is to provide quality services for each individual family, in a manner consistent with the values of the Barry J. Farrell Funeral Home. Our caring services and compassionate staff allow us to treat each family with respect and sensitivity during a very difficult time. Our philosophy regarding funeral service is that no two funerals are the same. Each family we serve has unique and important needs that we strive to satisfy. We offer complete funeral and cremation service and will never lose sight of the needs of the families we serve. We believe that you will only find this type of dedication from a local, family owned funeral home.


Our Obituaries

Eileen V. Festa

September 27, 1929 - July 23, 2016

HOLYOKE Eileen V. (Bowler) Festa, 86, of Holyoke, passed peacefully on Saturday July 23, 2016. Eileen was born in Holyoke, on September 27, 1929, the daughter of the late James and Helen (Sullivan) Bowler of County Kerry, Ireland. A 1947 graduate of Holyoke High School, she retired from the Digital Corporation in Westfield, where she had worked for many years. Mrs. Festa was a communicant of Our...
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Anna Hampson

August 31, 1924 - July 22, 2016

HOLYOKE Anna Hampson, 91 of Holyoke died on July 22, 2016 at the Mount Saint Vincent Care Center in Holyoke. She was born in Fall River, MA and moved to Holyoke when she was seven, where she attended Holy Rosary Elementary School until the eighth grade. She graduated with the class of 1942 of Holyoke High School. In 1944 she married Walter Roy Hampson in Fort Lauderdale, FL and later joined...
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Francis 'Frank' O'Brien

January 3, 1948 - July 22, 2016

CHICOPEE: Francis P. "Frank" O'Brien, 68, of Chicopee, passed away on Friday, July 22, 2016 at Birch Gardens in Chicopee. He was born in Holyoke, son of the late Francis W. and Irene M. (Morissette) O'Brien and was a 1966 graduate of Holyoke Catholic High School. Frank was employed as a salesman for many years at Hampden Zimmerman Electrical Supply Company of Springfield, retiring in 2009. He...
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Colette A. Ruel

November 22, 1935 - July 18, 2016

SOUTHAMPTON Colette A. Ruel (Lemieux), 80, of Southampton, passed away on Monday, July 18, 2016 at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. She was born in CT, daughter of the late Ovila and Rachel (Filion) Lemieux and was raised in the small village of Ste. Raphael, Providence of Quebec. She moved to this area 64 years ago and met her husband Gerald Ruel. She made very close friends throughout...
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Edward J. Gavron, Jr.

June 13, 1931 - July 18, 2016

HOLYOKE Edward J. Gavron, Jr., longtime resident of Holyoke, died peacefully at Renaissance Manor in Holyoke on Monday July 18, 2016 after a short illness. He was born in Holyoke, son of the late Edward J. and Irene (Archambault) Gavron. He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Clare (Champigny) Gavron; his sons: Thomas of West Springfield and James of Holyoke; his brother Hank Gavron and...
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Stephen P. Moynihan

August 26, 1954 - July 17, 2016

HOLYOKE Stephen P. Moynihan, 61, died Sunday July 17, 2016 at home. He was born in Holyoke, son of the late Martin D. and Nancy R. (Clark) Moynihan. Stephen was a talented carpenter with a lifelong love of making art and drawing. He is survived by his sons, Martin J. Moynihan and Sean Moynihan, both of Holyoke; and two sisters: Mary Moynihan of Holyoke and Dr. Susan Moynihan of Marblehead, MA....
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Robin Weckesser

July 13, 1962 - July 17, 2016

HOLYOKE Robin (Freeman) Weckesser, 54, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 17, 2016 at the Hospice of the Fisher Home after a long battle with cancer. Robin was born on July 13, 1962 in Springfield, MA to the late Robert and Judith (Fagliaroni) Freeman. Robin lived most of her life in Massachusetts and attended local schools, she later moved to Spring Hill, Florida with her husband and son....
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Barbara A. Curley-Conway

February 17, 1953 - July 17, 2016

HOLYOKE Barbara A. Curley-Conway, 63, of Springfield, formerly of Holyoke, died Sunday July 17, 2016 at Baystate Medical Center. Barbara was born in Holyoke, daughter of the late John A. Curley and Marion Doyle. Barbara was Licensed Practical Nurse in the area for many years. She is survived by her son John Conway of West Springfield; two sisters, Susan Dickens of New Bedford, MA and Kathleen...
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Gerald D. McLellan

August 2, 1935 - July 10, 2016

NAPLES, FL Gerald D. McLellan of Naples, FL passed away peacefully on July 10, 2016 after a battle with cancer. Gerald was born on August 2, 1935 in Holyoke, MA to Christine McLellan. Jerry was a graduate of Holyoke High School in 1953 and the University of Massachusetts in 1957. He graduated from St. John's Law School in 1960 and was a member of both the New York and Massachusetts Bars. He...
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Mary H. Woods

March 3, 1937 - July 10, 2016

HOLYOKE Mary H. (McGrath) Woods, 79, of Holyoke, passed away on Sunday July 10, 2016 at Holyoke Medical Center. She was born in Easthampton, daughter of the late Edward and Margaret (Bradley) McGrath, and was a graduate of the former St. Michael's High School in Northampton, and the College of Our Lady of the Elms in Chicopee. Mary began her career as a teacher in 1962. She taught in New City,...
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Doris A. Scanlon, R.N.

July 25, 1919 - July 10, 2016

HOLYOKE Doris A. Scanlon, 96, of Holyoke, passed away Sunday July 10, 2016 at Holyoke Medical Center. She was born in Holyoke, daughter of the late Patrick and Catherine (Moriarty) Scanlon, and was educated in St. Jerome Schools. Doris was a graduate of St. Jerome High School, Providence Hospital School of Nursing, and Boston College. She was employed for many years as a Registered Nurse for the...
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Claire M. O'Hare

December 13, 1924 - July 8, 2016

HOLYOKE: Claire M. (Quinn) O'Hare, 91, of Holyoke, passed away Friday July 8, 2016 at Loomis House in Holyoke. She was born in Holyoke, daughter of the late Maurice and Nora (Sullivan) Quinn, and was a graduate of the former St. Jerome High School. Claire was employed as a telephone operator for New England Telephone Co., but was most proud to be a homemaker for her husband and sons. She was a...
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Terrence T. Heffron

June 1, 1936 - July 7, 2016

HOLYOKE: Terrence T. Heffron, age 80, formerly of Holyoke, passed away surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Holyoke on June 1, 1936; son of the late Martin and Anne (McCarthy) Heffron. Terry was a graduate of St. Jerome Grammar School Class of 1951, Holyoke High School Class of 1954, Holyoke Jr. College Class of 1957 and American International College with BBA Class of 1961. While...
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David L. Bellefeuille

November 11, 1944 - July 7, 2016

HOLYOKE: David L. Bellefeuille, age 71, of Holyoke, passed away on Thursday, July 7, 2016 at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. He was born in Holyoke, son of the late Rosario and Jeannette (Brisebois) Bellefeuille and graduated from South Hadley High School and Holyoke Community College. David was a United States Air Force Veteran of the Vietnam Era and had moved to Holyoke from South...
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Lillian E. Milkiewicz

February 10, 1935 - June 28, 2016

HOLYOKE: Lillian E. Milkiewicz, 81, of Holyoke, passed away after a brief illness on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield with her beloved family by her side. She joins beloved husband, William P. Milkiewicz, Sr., who predeceased her on March 30, 1997. Lil was born and raised in Holyoke, daughter of the late Lionel and Catherine Le Blanc, and attended the Holyoke...
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Edward W Wytrych

December 11, 1932 - June 26, 2016

Edward W. Wytrych, 83, of Holyoke, passed away on his 61st wedding anniversary Sunday June 26, 2016. He was born in Chicopee, son of the late William J. and Stella (Walczak) Witrick, and was a graduate of Chicopee High School. Edward was a United States Navy Veteran of the Korean War, and was a retired 37-year employee of Hamilton Standard Division of United Technology. He was a former...
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Felicita Ortiz

July 15, 1942 - June 24, 2016

HOLYOKE Felicita Ortiz 73, of Holyoke MA, entered into eternal rest on June 24, 2016 and was the beloved daughter of the late Gregoria Cartagena and Benancio Ortiz. She was a longtime resident of Holyoke for the past 50 years. She worked in the Holyoke Mills for several years after enjoying a passion of cooking and was a monumental part of the Fernandez Family Restaurant for 25 years. She leaves...
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Robert O'Neill

December 2, 1946 - June 23, 2016

SOUTH HADLEY Robert O'Neill, 69, of South Hadley and formerly of Holyoke, passed away on Thursday, June 23, 2016. Bob was born in Holyoke, son of the late William and Mary (Cavanaugh) O'Neill. He is survived lovingly by his family: daughter, Jessica (O'Neill) Lyster, and her husband, Kevin, of Virginia Beach, VA; daughter, Meredith (O'Neill) DuPree, and her husband, Ryan, of South Hadley, MA;...
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Maria Tarnawski

September 13, 1925 - June 22, 2016

HOLYOKE- Maria (Graziowski) Tarnawski, 90, of Holyoke, passed away on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at the Center for Extended Care in Amherst. She was born in Telesnica, Poland, daughter of the late Antoni and Franciszka Graziowski and had lived here for many years. She was a longtime communicant of the former Mater Dolorosa Church. Besides her parents, Maria was predeceased by her husband,...
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Erwin E. Scott

March 13, 1934 - June 21, 2016

HOLYOKE- Erwin "Scotty" Scott, age 82, closed his eyes for the last time on Tuesday, June 21, 2016. He took his last breath on this earth surrounded by those who love him most. A devoted father and beloved Pep, he leaves behind a heartbroken family. He is survived by Lorraine Scott, their five children and their families who promise to continue his legacy of silly jokes and a love for the New...
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Ellen Ezold

November 10, 1946 - June 21, 2016

HOLYOKE- Ellen (Moriarty) Ezold, 69, of Holyoke, passed away on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. She was born in Holyoke, daughter of the late Patrick and Eleanor (Lawler) Moriarty and graduated from Holyoke High School, College of Our Lady of the Elms in Chicopee, and Springfield College. Ellen was a longtime Teacher in the Holyoke Public Schools, serving at John...
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Claire M. (Schimke) Maniscalchi

May 6, 1933 - June 13, 2016

HOLYOKE- Claire M. Maniscalchi, 83 years old, of Holyoke, passed away on Monday, June 13, 2016. Claire was the daughter of Sarah (Burns) and Otto Schimke. She was born in Holyoke, MA on May 6, 1933. Claire was the youngest of five children, all predeceased; sister Dorothy Griffin, sister Gertrude Prendergast, sister Elizabeth LaBrecque and brother Frederick Schimke. She was married to Charles J....
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Adeline S. Ferrante

November 1, 1926 - June 13, 2016

HOLYOKE- Adeline S. (Russo) Ferrante, 89, of Holyoke, passed away surrounded by her family on Monday, June 13, 2016. She was born in Brooklyn N.Y., daughter of the late Frank and Raffaela (Bove) Russo and was educated in the Brooklyn schools. She lived here since 1968, and was employed in sales at the Dora Dale store at the Holyoke Mall. Adeline was a communicant of Holy Cross Church, where she...
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Anne Wilson

December 10, 1943 - June 12, 2016

HOLYOKE: Anne Wilson passed away on Sunday, June 12, 2016, joining her son Andey and first husband Charlie. A lifelong Holyoke resident, Anne was the daughter of the late Jim and Mary Stack. She will be sadly missed by her husband Chester Dudley, her daughter Lisa Leary and her husband Patrick, sons Charles and his wife Julie, Jamey and his wife Tara, Conor, and Timothy and his wife Tricia. ...
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Anita M. Paoli

December 30, 1919 - June 10, 2016

HOLYOKE-Anita Marcella Paoli, R.N., passed away on June 10, 2016 at the Soldier's Home in Holyoke MA, with her family by her side. She was born in Holyoke, daughter of the late Adolph and Ellen (Kelly) Paoli, and lived in Holyoke all of her life. She was predeceased by her sister Pauline, her brother Paul and wife Helen, her brother Adolph Jr. and wife Rosemary, her niece Eileen Paoli and nephew...
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Margaret R. "Peggy" Lally

November 11, 1922 - June 2, 2016

HOLYOKE Margaret R. "Peggy" (O'Rourke) Lally, 93, passed away Thursday June 2, 2016 in Holyoke. Peg was born and raised in Holyoke. She graduated from Sacred Heart High School and was a faithful communicant of the former Sacred Heart Parish, now Our Lady of Guadalupe. Peg married the love of her life, the late Edward "Eddie" Lally, and was married for 48 years. She is survived by three sons,...
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Albert E. Milkiewicz

November 10, 1923 - May 31, 2016

HOLYOKE- Albert E. Milkiewicz, 92, of Holyoke, passed away after a short illness on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, with his beloved daughter Debbie Haslam, son-in-law John and grandson David and Craig by his side. He joins the love of his life, Germaine (Gagne) Milkiewicz, who predeceased him on March 5, 2005. Al was born and raised in Holyoke, son of the late...
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Richard A. Hampson

November 7, 1946 - May 28, 2016

Richard A. Hampson, 69, passed away on May 28, 2016 in St. Petersburg, FL. Richard was born in Holyoke MA on November 7, 1946 and graduated from Holyoke High School Class of 1964. He received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in 1968. Richard had a long career with IBM in Endicott, NY and Charlotte, NC. He traveled for IBM, especially in Europe, where he...
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Betty (Brogle) Griess

February 18, 1926 - May 27, 2016

HOLYOKE- Betty (Brogle) Griess, 90, of Holyoke, passed away surrounded by her family on Friday, May 27, 2016 at her home. She was born in Holyoke, daughter of the late Frank and Reina (Tatro) Brogle and graduated from Metcalf School and Holyoke High School. Betty was employed at the Department of Mental Health for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as an Administrative Secretary, retiring in 1991....
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Dorothy Anne Fitzgerald

December 25, 1953 - May 24, 2016

HOLYOKE Dorothy Anne Fitzgerald, 62, of Holyoke, MA, died on May 24, 2016. She had been diagnosed with inoperable, terminal lung cancer on February 25, 2016 as a patient at Holyoke Hospital and had later been transferred to Renaissance Manor nursing home in Holyoke. Dorothy was born and raised in Holyoke. She graduated from Holyoke High School in 1972 where she had been elected senior class...
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Albert R. Giguere

September 2, 1924 - May 23, 2016

HOLYOKE: Albert R. Giguere, 91, of Holyoke, passed away on Monday, May 23, 2016 at Baystate Medical Center, Springfield. He was born in Chicopee, son of the late Eugene and Flora (Chamberlain) Giguere and was a graduate of Chicopee High School. Albert was a United States Coast Guard Veteran of World War II, and worked for many years as a maintenance man for the Massachusetts State Police,...
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Theresa C. Pisarek

March 26, 1931 - May 22, 2016

Theresa C. (Kolodynski) Pisarek, 85, of Bonita Springs, Florida, passed away Sunday May 22, 2016 in Naples, FL. She was born in Poland, daughter of the late Cyprian and Janina (Sulikowska) Kolodynski, and was a longtime resident of Holyoke before moving to Florida in 2003. She was employed at the Williston Memorial Library at Mount Holyoke College for many years, and was recently working at the...
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Thomas P. Flanagan

December 26, 1986 - May 22, 2016

SOUTH HADLEY - On May 22, 2016 Thomas Patrick Flanagan passed away at Baystate Medical Center. He was born on December 26, 1986. A bouncing, beautiful baby boy who would grow up to be one of the most hardworking, dedicated, and loving people that anyone would ever know. He grew up in South Hadley Massachusetts and had the wonderful pleasure of having a large family with loving parents, Frank and...
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Ersula A. (Polacjeska) Dominick

June 12, 1914 - May 21, 2016

GRANBY- Ersula A. (Polacjeska) Dominick, 101, of Granby, peacefully passed away Saturday May 21, 2016 at Willimansett Center East. She was a beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Ersula was born in Northampton, daughter of the late Alexander and Annie (Roswadowska) Polacjeska. Ersula was educated in local schools. She worked at Kelly's Lobster House in Holyoke, Orchard Grove in...
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Marya Mavilya

July 22, 1916 - May 18, 2016

HOLYOKE- Marya (Presto) Mavilya, Ph.D age 99, of Holyoke, passed away on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at her nieces' home in Longmeadow. She was born in Holyoke, daughter of the late Jon and Zophia (Becheta) Presto and was the Salutatorian of Holyoke High School Class of 1934. She graduated from Smith College in Northampton, and began her career as a teacher for the deaf. She taught in Ogden, UT and...
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Velia M. Blair

May 17, 2016

CHICOPEE: Velia M. (Vumbaco) Blair, 93, of Chicopee died May 17, 2016 in Chicopee. She was born and educated in Chicopee, daughter of the late Rocco and Judith Vumbaco. Velia was a Machinist at the Rex Chain Belt for many years. She is survived by a daughter, Diane Blair of Holyoke. All services were private.
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Jeanne Peloquin

September 29, 1922 - May 16, 2016

HOLYOKE Jeanne Peloquin, of Holyoke, passed away at Mount Saint Vincent Nursing Home May 16, 2016. She was 93, born September 29, 1922 the daughter of Armand and Josephine (Jecker) Pronovost. She was a lifelong resident of Holyoke, educated at Precious Blood grammar school and Holyoke High School Class of 1942. Jeanne worked several industrial jobs during World War II era but was known for the...
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Thomas E. Sullivan

August 25, 1955 - May 14, 2016

HOLYOKE Thomas Edward Patrick Sullivan, 60, passed away Saturday, May 14, 2016 at home. He was born in Holyoke, son of the late James and Eileen (Trant) Sullivan. Tom was a graduate of Holyoke High School and attended UMass. He is survived by a brother James and brother-in-law George Teixeira of Chicopee and a sister Judith and brother-in-law Phillip Drew of Holyoke. Besides his parents, he...
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Julisa Gloria Diaz

May 10, 1994 - May 12, 2016

CHICOPEE Julisa Gloria Diaz's life was cut short on May 12, 2016 two days after celebrating her 22nd birthday by fulfilling a lifelong dream of skydiving. Julisa, 22 of Chicopee, graduated from Chicopee Comp and was set to graduate from Springfield College on Sunday, May 15, 2016. While studying full time Julisa worked at Paulo's Salon, Samuel's Tavern and did her internship at Baystate...
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Kyle Stephen Chapdelaine

April 16, 1993 - May 12, 2016

CHICOPEE Kyle Stephen "Chap" Chapdelaine, 23, of Chicopee, was called home unexpectedly on Thursday, May 12, 2016. He was born in Springfield, MA on April 16, 1993; the charming, friendly and full of energy, typical boy-next-door and amazing son of Kim and Phil Chapdelaine. His easy-going manner, and heartwarming ways, brought love and joy to all. He was employed at Ludlow Construction, TD's...
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Lillie H. Klopfer

May 10, 2016

HOLYOKE: Lillie H. (Young) Klopfer, age 98, of Holyoke passed away on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at Mont Marie Health Care Center. She was born in Chicopee, daughter of the late William and Elizabeth (Haverstock) Young, lived most of her live in Holyoke, and spent five years with her husband in Germany with the US Department of the Army. Lillie worshiped at First Lutheran Church in Holyoke, where...
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Peter Ripa

March 24, 1949 - May 9, 2016

HOLYOKE Peter Ripa, 67, of Holyoke, passed away Monday May 9, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center in Springfield. He was born in Holyoke, son of Mary P. (Wagner) Ripa of Holyoke, and the late Atty. Samuel W. Ripa. He was a graduate of Holyoke High School and Phillips-Exeter Academyand attended Williams College. Peter previously worked in construction and was an accomplished trumpet player. In addition...
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Carol A. Rioux

July 21, 1940 - May 9, 2016

SOUTH HADLEY Carol A. (Souliere) Rioux, 75, of South Hadley, passed away on Monday, May 9, 2016 at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. She was born in Holyoke, daughter of the late Thomas H. and Michalina (Barbacki) Cavanaugh and attended Holyoke schools. Carol had lived in South Hadley for more than forty-six years. She enjoyed gardening and cooking, but the most important thing in her life...
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Ada (Mazzoli) Wier

December 26, 1920 - May 7, 2016

SPRINGFIELD: Ada M. (Mazzoli) Wier, 95, passed away surrounded by family on Saturday, May 7, 2016. Ada was the devoted wife of 63 years to the late Edward J. Wier. Daughter of the late Primo and Aurelia (Baschizore) Mazzoli she was a lifelong resident of Springfield. Ada grew up on Hungry Hill and was a graduate of Commerce High School. She leaves her two daughters, Carolyn Komosa and Linda...
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Rene Leveille

November 3, 1922 - May 1, 2016

HOLYOKE: Rene Leveille passed comfortably in the company of his loving family and the wonderful caregivers at the Hospice wing of the Holyoke Soldier's Home on May 1, 2016. Rene attended Precious Blood Grammar School and was a graduate of Holyoke High School. He served his country in the United States Army during World War II as a member of the anti-aircraft artillery battalion in the European...
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Florence A. Thieme

April 29, 2016

CHICOPEE: Florence A. (King) Thieme, age 64, of Chicopee, passed away Friday, April 29, 2016 at Chapin Center. She was born and educated in Holyoke, daughter of the late Harold and Anna (Ferriter) King. Florence worked as a cashier for Stop and Shop in several area stores. She is survived by her husband, Roger J. Thieme; a son, Roger J. Thieme, Jr. and his wife Kim of Chicopee; a daughter,...
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Patrick "Ed" Sears

February 15, 1929 - April 29, 2016

HOLYOKE: Patrick E. "Ed" Sears, 87, of Holyoke, passed away peacefully on April 29, 2016. He was born in Holyoke, February 15, 1929, son of the late Michael and Ellen (Tighe) Sears. Ed was a graduate of the former Holy Rosary High School, and was a member of the Rosarians Glee Club. Ed worked for forty years at the Springfield Photo Mount Company and retired from the Holyoke Soldiers Home in...
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Bruce J. Milos

April 2, 1951 - April 28, 2016

HOLYOKE: Bruce John Milos died peacefully on Thursday, April 28, 2016 at the Buckley Healthcare Center in Greenfield. A lifelong resident of Holyoke, Bruce was born on April 2, 1951. He was the son of Genevieve Milos of Holyoke and the late Theodore J. Milos. Bruce was employed by Springfield College for over 25 years where he had many friends and colleagues. He was a long time communicant of...
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Francis J. Reardon

September 7, 1930 - April 28, 2016

South Hadley "We lost a quiet man" Francis J. Reardon, age 85, of South Hadley passed away Thursday, April 28, 2016 at Baystate Medical Center. He was born in Holyoke on September 7, 1930 and was raised in the Willimansett Section of Chicopee. Francis was the son of the late Francis J. and Margaret (Walker) Reardon and was a 1949 graduate of Chicopee High School. He was a United States...
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Maria I Neves

February 14, 1932 - April 28, 2016

HOLYOKE: Maria Irene Neves passed away Thursday morning April 28, 2016. She was born in Holyoke, raised in Portugal, and returned to America as a young adult. She was married to the late Orlindo Lourenco Neves for 56 years, her grade school sweetheart. Maria will be best remembered for her enduring faith, her love of family, her passion for cooking, and playing harmonica at family gatherings....
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Barbara Creed

July 6, 1930 - April 25, 2016

SPRINGFIELD: Barbara Rochford Creed, 85, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 25 at Loomis House Nursing Center in Holyoke, MA. Born on July 6, 1930 and raised in Springfield, MA, Barbara was the daughter of the late Richard A. and Margaret (FitzGibbon) Rochford. She graduated from Cathedral High School and Westbrook Junior College in Portland, ME. Upon graduation, Barbara returned to...
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John A. "Jack" Magri

July 23, 1958 - April 25, 2016

SOUTH HADLEY John A. "Jack" Magri, 57, of South Hadley passed away on Monday, April 25, 2016 surrounded by his loving family after a long and courageous battle with brain cancer. He was born and raised in Holyoke and was a resident of South Hadley for the past 23 years. He was also a resident of Goose Rocks Beach, Kennebunkport, ME for the past five years. Jack was the son of the late Donald...
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Jan A. Sawicki

June 27, 1925 - April 25, 2016

GRANBY John Sawicki, 90, of Granby, died unexpectedly Monday April 25, 2016 at Holyoke Medical Center, with his wife Stef by his side. He was born in Huta Stepanska, Poland, son of the late Anaztazy and Zofia (Jeronczyk) Sawicki, and has lived here for many years. John was a survivor of the German occupation of Poland, and emigrated here to work on the railroads and in the mills of Holyoke,...
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Beverly J. Girard

October 7, 1929 - April 24, 2016

HOLYOKE On April 24, 2016, after a valiant fight with a long-term illness and health complications, Beverly "Bevy" Jean Girard, took her last breath with dignity and courage at home surrounded by her loving family. Bevy was born in Beverly Hills, CA on October 7, 1929 before moving to Holyoke to be closer to family. She was the daughter of Esther (Reardon) Buss whom she absolutely adored and...
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Paul Kingsley Graves

December 5, 1932 - April 24, 2016

Paul Kingsley Graves, 83, of Holyoke, died Sunday April 24, 2016 at the Holyoke Soldier's Home. Born December 5, 1932, son of the late Harry and Elizabeth (Brown) Graves, and was a graduate of the Holyoke High School Class of 1950. He studied at Holyoke Community College and Holyoke Business School. Paul was a Veteran of the Korean War, serving in the United States Army. He was Regional Sales...
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John Gorman McLean, Esquire

September 29, 1919 - April 22, 2016

HOLYOKE: Attorney John Gorman McLean, 96, of Holyoke passed away on Friday, April 22, 2016 at Mary's Meadow. He was born in Holyoke, son of the late Hugh and Nellie (Gorman) McLean. John attended Blessed Sacrament Grammar School, graduated from Holyoke High School in 1936, and was a 1940 graduate of the College of The Holy Cross. John served with the United States Marine Corps in the Pacific...
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Wilfred J. Gadbois

October 16, 1929 - April 19, 2016

Wilfred J. Gadbois, 86, of Holyoke, passed away on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at the Holyoke Soldier's Home, surrounded by his family. He was born in Holyoke, son of the late Wilfred Gadbois and Nellida (Freniere) Gadbois Kammerer, step-son of the late Charles Kammerer, and graduated from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Grammar School and Holyoke High School. Wilfred was a United States Army Veteran of...
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William E. Lubelczyk

June 18, 1940 - April 18, 2016

William E. Lubelczyk, 75, of Holyoke, formerly of Old Gilbertville Road in Ware, died Monday April 18, 2016 at Country Estates in Agawam. William was born in Ware, son of the late William D. and Helen M. (Regin) Lubelczyk and was a graduate of Ware High School. He had worked for several area construction companies. William is survived by his sister, Gloria Sweeney of Winchendon, MA, a niece, and...
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Isabel "Chave" Rentas

July 8, 1955 - April 12, 2016

HOLYOKE Isabel "Chave" Rentas Cotto, of Holyoke, died April 12, 2016 at her home. Chave, 60, was born to the late Blasina Cotto Romero & Cristino Rentas Torres in Salinas, Puerto Rico. She was, with limited introduction: Strong, Joyous, Spontaneous, Fearless, Religious, Brutally Honest, Beautiful, and one of the most loving and caring women Jehovah has created. She took pride in being an Early...
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Carmen M. Rodriguez

April 17, 1933 - April 11, 2016

HOLYOKE: Carmen M. Rodriguez, age 82, passed away on Monday, April 11, 2016 at Holyoke Health Care Center. She was born and educated in Comerio, PR, daughter of the late Jose Silva and Paula Colon. Carmen was a communicant of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish for many years. She was a dedicated and devoted homemaker to her husband and six children. Carmen is survived by her husband, Jorge L....
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Catherine H. Moriarty

September 13, 1964 - April 11, 2016

WATERTOWN: Catherine H. Moriarty, 51, formerly of Holyoke, died Monday April 11, 2016 at her home in Watertown, MA. Born in Holyoke, she was the loving daughter of Ellen (Burns) Moriarty and the late Atty. Neil J. Moriarty Jr. Kate graduated from Holyoke High School in 1982, received a B.A. in Political Science and Government from Wheaton College in 1987, and her Masters in Public...
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Cecilia Lukas

September 18, 1927 - April 10, 2016

HOLYOKE Cecilia (Lewandowski) Lukas, 88, of Holyoke, died peacefully at her home on April 10, 2016. She was the wife of the late Stanley Lukas. Born in New Britain, CT and daughter of Joseph and Benedykta Lewandowski, she lived in Holyoke for over 80 years. Mrs. Lukas was a communicant of the former Mater Dolorosa Church and the current Blessed Sacrament Church. She enjoyed sharing time with her...
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Raymond E. Ironside, Jr.

August 21, 1945 - April 9, 2016

AGAWAM Raymond E. Ironside, Jr., age 70, a resident of Heritage Woods in Agawam, passed away on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at UMass Medical Center in Worcester. He was born in Englewood, CA and had lived most of his life in Holyoke. Ray was the son of the late Raymond E. Ironside, Sr., and Audrey (Harris) Ironside and attended Holyoke Trade School. He and was a construction worker for various...
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Francis "Skip" Morgan

March 13, 1945 - April 8, 2016

HOLYOKE: Francis A. "Skip" Morgan, 71, of Holyoke, died Friday, April 8, 2016 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. Skip was born in Holyoke, son of the late Francis and Cecile (Henrye) Morgan and was a graduate of the former Sacred Heart High School and the Andover Institute of Business. He served in the United States Air Force at SAC Missile Base at Malstrom AFB in Montana. Skip was a former...
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Christopher Thompson

December 25, 1947 - April 5, 2016

SOUTH HADLEY Christopher Thompson, 68, of South Hadley, passed away on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at Holyoke Medical Center. He was born in Holyoke, son of the late George and Mary (Burns) Thompson and graduated from Holyoke High School and Holyoke Community College. His greatest passions in life were his family, music, books, and history. Chris was employed for many years at Sexton Roofing Company...
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John J. Griffin

November 24, 1923 - April 5, 2016

HOLYOKE John J. Griffin, 92, of Holyoke, passed away on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at Loomis House. He was born in Holyoke, son of the late John and Mary (O'Neill) Griffin and was a graduate of the former Saint Jerome High School, Holyoke Community College, and received a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Western New England College. John was a United States Army Air Corps Veteran of World...
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Margaret E. "Betty" Breen

September 22, 1927 - April 5, 2016

HOLYOKE Margaret E. "Betty" (Gloster) Breen, 88, of Holyoke, died peacefully April 5, 2016 at home, with her family by her side. Betty was born in Holyoke, daughter of the late Patrick and Julia (Mullery) Gloster. She was educated in Holyoke schools and the former Holyoke Business School. Betty was employed at the Park National Bank (New Alliance) where she worked the first Saturday banks were...
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David M. Redding

June 1, 1952 - April 3, 2016

HOLYOKE David M Redding, 63, of Holyoke, died on Sunday, April 3, 2016 at his home. He was born in Holyoke, son of the late Francis J. and Stephanie (Potyrala) Redding and was a graduate of Dean Technical High School. David was employed as a machinist for 29 years at Sunoco Products. He was a member of the South Hadley Sportsmen's Club and Camp Jahn Association of Southampton. David leaves a...
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Lucille M. Gerard

February 10, 1937 - April 3, 2016

EASTHAMPTON Lucille M. (Ferrara) Gerard, age 79, formerly of Easthampton, passed away on Sunday, April 3, 2016 at Care One of Northampton. She was born in New York, NY, daughter of the late Joseph Ferrara and Lucy (Toranto) Vecchione and was educated in New York. Lucille lived most of her life in Easthampton and was a communicant of the former Notre Dame Church. She was predeceased by her...
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Gerald F. Tierney

May 6, 1942 - April 1, 2016

WILBRAHAM Gerald F. Tierney, 73, of Wilbraham, passed away suddenly on Friday April 1, 2016 at his home. He was born in Cambridge, son of the late John J. and Helen (Sullivan) Tierney and graduated from Boston College High School and Catholic University in Washington D.C. Gerry was a United States Army Veteran of the Vietnam War, serving from 1962 to 1966. He was a retired electronics engineer....
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Kathleen F. "Kay" Fogarty

November 3, 1927 - April 1, 2016

HOLYOKE Kathleen "Kay" (Donohue) Fogarty, 88, of Holyoke, died on Friday, April 1, 2016 at the Holyoke HealthCare Center. She was born in Holyoke on November 3, 1927. She was the daughter of the late David and Mary (Fitzgerald) Donohue from Ireland. Kathleen graduated from Holyoke High School and the Northampton Commercial College. She retired in 1989 from Mercy Hospital as an Executive...
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Mary Ann Elizabeth Curran. DHM

June 25, 1933 - March 31, 2016

HOLYOKE: Mary Ann Elizabeth Curran, DHM, age 82, died on Thursday, March 31, 2016, at the Marian Center, Holyoke, the retirement home of her religious community, the Daughters of the Heart of Mary, in the 50th year of her religious life. She was born to Philip and Helen (Burleigh) Curran in Philadelphia, PA. Mary was educated at St. Athanasius grade school; Little Flower High School and St....
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Michael J. Pennell

September 6, 1994 - March 30, 2016

SOUTH HADLEY Michael J. Pennell, 21, of South Hadley, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday March 30, 2016. He was born in Holyoke and educated in Holyoke schools. He was currently employed as a warehouse worker at Bay State Rug Co. in Chicopee. Michael was very family oriented and had a loving heart. He is survived by his mother Loriann Flynn of South Hadley; his father Paul Pennell, Sr. and...
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Izilda N. DaFonseca

August 9, 1933 - March 29, 2016

HOLYOKE Izilda Nunes DaFonseca, of Holyoke, MA, passed away peacefully on March 29th 2016. Izilda was born on August 9th, 1933 in Guarda, Portugal and immigrated to the US from Mozambique, Africa in 1978. Her parents were Manuel Gaspar and Maria E. DaFonseca. Izilda was married to Antonio DaFonseca for 62 years. Izilda worked for Avery-Dennison Corporation for 21 years. She was a Machine...
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Barbara M. Sullivan

February 2, 1924 - March 27, 2016

HOLYOKE Barbara M. (Schirch) Sullivan, 92, of Holyoke, passed away peacefully Sunday March 27, 2016 at Loomis House. Barbara was born in Holyoke, daughter of the late Raymond A. and Mary M. (Moynihan) Schirch, and was a 1941 graduate of Holyoke High School. She was the secretary of the Physical Therapy Department at Providence Hospital for over 20 years, and a communicant of St. Jerome Church....
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James V. Lewis

August 6, 1945 - March 27, 2016

CHICOPEE James V. Lewis, age 70, of Chicopee, died on Sunday, March 27, 2016 at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. He was born in Holyoke, son of the late James V. and Helen (Jakubasz) Lewis and was educated in the Holyoke Schools. Jim served in the United States Navy and later was employed as a Computer Operations Analyst at Phoenix. He had lived in Chicopee for more than thirty years...
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Logan Lee Brantl

November 11, 1927 - March 26, 2016

WEST SPRINGFIELD Logan Lee Brantl, 88, of West Springfield, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 26, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center, with his daughters by his side. He was born in Tabor, Minnesota, son of the late Martin and Nellie (Straus) Brantl and was educated in MN. Logan was a United States Navy Veteran of the Korean War, attaining the rank of Chief Petty Officer. He participated in the...
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Patricia A. Delisle

February 3, 1936 - March 23, 2016

EASTHAMPTON- Patricia Ann (Miller) Delisle, 80, formerly of Easthampton, passed away on Wednesday March 23, 2016 in Great Barrington. She was born in Easthampton, daughter of the late Robert and Beatrice (Brackney) Miller. Pat is survived by four children: LuAnn LaFogg and her husband Stephen of Cheshire, Francis, Robert and Donald Delisle, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, two...
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Joan C. (Miller) Richter, R.N.

November 11, 1933 - March 19, 2016

HOLYOKE- Joan C. (Miller) Richter, R.N., of Holyoke, passed away on Saturday March 19, 2016 at the Holyoke Medical Center. She was born in Holyoke, daughter of the late Francis and Violet (Moquin) Miller and graduated from the former Rosary High School and Providence Hospital School of Nursing. A longtime Registered Nurse, Joan worked at Providence Hospital for forty-two years, retiring as...
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Gerald H. Dupont

July 18, 1938 - March 18, 2016

HOLYOKE- Atty. Gerald H. Dupont, 77, of Holyoke, passed away at home, surrounded by his loving family, on Friday March 18, 2016. He was born in Springfield, son of the late Henry and Rosalie (Fitzgerald) Dupont and graduated from Holyoke High School, Holyoke Junior College, American International College, and received his Juris Doctorate from Western New England College School of Law. Gerry...
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Edna M. O'Donnell

September 28, 1934 - March 16, 2016

1934-2016 HOLYOKE- Edna M. (Hennemann) O'Donnell, 81, of Holyoke, passed away on Wednesday March 16, 2016 at Loomis House. She was born in Holyoke, daughter of the late Albert and Frieda (Pueschel) Hennemann and was educated in the Holyoke Schools. Edna was a retired bookkeeper at Friendly's and the former Falls Nursing Home in South Hadley. She was a member of the Holyoke Youth Hockey Parents...
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Lillian H. Cahill

October 15, 1920 - March 15, 2016

AGAWAM Lillian H. (Hubert) Cahill died Tuesday March 15, 2016 at Country Estates in Agawam. She was born in Chicopee to the late Arthur and Mary (O'Rourke) Hubert. She has lived in Agawam the last sixty-two years where she raised her family with her late husband Frank G. Cahill. Lillian was also predeceased by her son Gary and sisters Alice Lynch and Eleanor Becker. She is survived by her sons...
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Brian F. Gregersen

December 8, 1968 - March 14, 2016

CHICOPEE: Brian Francis Gregersen, 47, of Chicopee, MA, passed away Monday, March 14, 2016 at home. He was born in Springfield MA on Dec. 8, 1968. He grew up in Holyoke and attended local schools. He graduated from Dean Technical High School as Valedictorian of the machine shop Class of 1987. He worked as a machinist for a time, then pursued other interests, before finally choosing sign...
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Xiomara Colon

July 28, 1978 - March 13, 2016

HOLYOKE Xiomara Colon, 37, of Holyoke, died Sunday March 13, 2016 at home. She is survived by her parents, Luis and Milagros (Ortiz) Colon; two sons, Jeffrey L. and Jeremy Cintron, both of Holyoke; her grandmother, Gumercinda Colon of Holyoke; a brother, Xaviel L Colon of Holyoke; a sister, Delixa Colon of Holyoke; and several aunts, uncles, nephews, and extended family. The funeral will be held...
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Edward F. Lucey

October 19, 1923 - March 9, 2016

HOLYOKE Edward F. Lucey, 92, of Holyoke, died Wednesday March 9, 2016 at the Holyoke Health Care Center. Edward was born in Holyoke, son of the late Dennis and Julia (Curran) Lucey, and attended St. Jerome schools. He was a communicant of St. Jerome Church, and worked as a custodian for the General Service Administration. Edward is survived by a nephew, John Lucey of South Hadley; a niece, Mary...
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Mary A. Spencer

December 7, 1926 - March 2, 2016

HOLYOKE: Mary A. (Lamphere) Spencer, age 89, of Holyoke, passed away Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at Holyoke Medical Center. She was born in Holyoke on December 7, 1926, the only child of the late Theodore and Mary (O'Neil) Lamphere. She was a 1945 graduate of Cathedral High School and a graduate of the Elms College. Mary was a retired elementary and high school teacher in the Springfield and...
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Maryjane A. Rogers

November 27, 1920 - February 27, 2016

SOUTH HADLEY Maryjane (Jane) A. Rogers, age 95, an over fifty year resident of South Hadley, passed away Saturday, Feb 27, 2016, peacefully in her sleep. Jane was predeceased by the love of her life and husband of over 63 years, William (Bill) G. Rogers. Jane was predeceased by three of her children, William Rogers Jr. of Mashpee MA, Lorilee Foley of Rutland VT, and Jeffrey Rogers of South...
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Carmen Maria Dones

April 26, 1945 - February 26, 2016

HOLYOKE Carmen Maria Dones, 70, of Holyoke, died Friday February 26, 2016 at Baystate Medical Center. Carmen was born in San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico, daughter of the late Baldomero Dones and Maria Gonzalez and was a parishioner of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish. She is survived by her children: Maria Medina and Jennifer Vega, both of Holyoke; one grandson, Aaron C. Stovall; a brother, Jesus Dones of...
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Robert J. Rohan, Jr.

July 21, 1954 - February 25, 2016

HOLYOKE Robert J. Rohan, Jr., 61, passed away peacefully, on February 25, 2016 at Holyoke Health Care Center with his loving family by his side. Born in Holyoke on July 21, 1954, he was the son of the late State Representative Robert J. Rohan and Charlotte (McCormick) Rohan. Bob was a lifelong resident of Holyoke and a retired Utilities Systems Operator for the Holyoke Gas and Electric. He was a...
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Ernest L. Laramee, Jr.

November 13, 1955 - February 20, 2016

HOLYOKE Ernest L. Laramee, Jr., age 60, of Holyoke passed away on Saturday, February 20, 2016 at his home, surrounded by his loving family. A lifelong resident of Holyoke, he was a son of the late Ernest L. and Barbara (Lucia) Laramee and was educated in the Holyoke Schools. Ernie was a truck driver for more than forty years, most recently at Master Garbologist, Inc., of Westfield. A beloved...
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William T. Beaulieu

October 10, 1938 - February 19, 2016

HOLYOKE William T. "Bill" Beaulieu, son of Albert J. and Alice Burns Beaulieu, passed away peacefully on February 19, 2016 at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA. Born on October 10, 1938 in Easthampton, MA, Bill graduated from Holyoke High School in 1956 and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, serving until 1960 as a member of the Air Force Band of the West. He married Susan in 1960 in San...
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John E. Cowdell

February 19, 2016

HOLYOKE: John Ernest Cowdell, age 76, of Holyoke, died on Friday, February 19, 2016 at Holyoke Medical Center. He was born in Ridley Park, PA, son of the late John and Ruth (Ford) Cowdell and attended Chester, PA Schools. John served four years in the United States Air Force, from 1957 to 1961, and was stationed at Westover Air Force Base. He met his wife of 57 years (Allene Benger) at a USO...
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Bryan J. Dec

November 23, 1954 - February 18, 2016

HOLYOKE Bryan Joseph Dec, 61, passed away on Thursday February 18th, 2016 after a courageous battle with cancer. Born in Springfield to the late Bolak J. and Matilda M. (Strycharz) Dec, he attended Chicopee Public Schools and graduated from Chicopee Comprehensive High School in 1972. He received a BS degree in chemical engineering from UMass Amherst. Bryan worked at International Fuel Cells ...
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Judith A. Boczon

March 29, 1944 - February 16, 2016

HOLYOKE: On Tuesday, February 16, 2016, Judith A. (Dziedzic) Boczon of Holyoke, passed away peacefully after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. She touched the lives of everyone she knew and will be missed by so many. Judy leaves behind her best friends and beloved daughters, Marybeth Boczon, and Amy Roque and her husband Alex. Two sisters, Donna Kmelius and her husband William, and Lissa...
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Jeanne Marie Senecal

January 13, 1962 - February 16, 2016

South Hadley: Jeanne Marie (Zalewski) Senecal, 54, passed away Tuesday, February 16, 2016, surrounded by her family. Born in Holyoke on January 13, 1962, daughter of Patricia J and the late Henry Zalewski, Jeanne graduated from Framingham State University in 1984. After her early career as a retail buyer for Casual Corner, Albert Steiger Co. and Bob's Stores, Jeanne devoted all of her time,...
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Thomas A. Shea

November 24, 1923 - February 15, 2016

SPRINGFIELD: Thomas A. Shea, 92, passed away peacefully on February 15, surrounded by his family. Tom was a long time resident of Hungry Hill. He graduated from Classical High School and attended American International College before joining the U.S. Navy. He served his country proudly aboard the U.S.S. Weber as a radar operator. Tom also played semi- professional hockey for the Springfield...
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Thomas Michael Monahan

July 10, 1924 - February 15, 2016

SOUTHAMPTON: Thomas Michael Monahan, resident of Southampton, MA and former resident of Holyoke passed away peacefully at Holyoke Medical Center on February 15, 2016. Tom was born in Holyoke on July 10, 1924 the son of the late Patrick J. Monahan and Ellen Ahearn Monahan. Tom was married to the former Rhea Bach, who passed away in 2013. They had five children: Mary L. Monahan, Holyoke;...
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Rose Marie Viens

January 28, 1936 - February 15, 2016

Rose Marie L. (Blaine) Viens, 80, of Belchertown, passed away peacefully Monday February 15, 2016 at Hospice of the Fisher Home in Amherst. Rose was born in Holyoke, daughter of the late Edmond A. and Marie (Bergeron) Blaine, and was educated in Holyoke Schools. She was the longtime owner of Dobek's Package Store in Granby, and had prior worked as a dental hygienist. Rose lived in Belchertown...
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Rita Comtois

January 20, 1934 - February 12, 2016

CHICOPEE: Rita (Nadeau) Comtois, 82, of Chicopee, passed away peacefully February 12, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center, surrounded by her loving family. Rita was born in Holyoke, daughter of the late Conrad and Roseline (Fredette) Nadeau, and was educated in Holyoke schools. She was retired from the Spaulding Corporation in Chicopee, and was a member of New Life Church. She also volunteered with the...
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Terrence Mitchell

May 28, 1956 - February 11, 2016

EASTHAMPTON Terrence Mitchell, 59, of Easthampton, passed away on February 11, 2016 at Hospice of the Fisher Home in Amherst after a long and very courageous battle with cancer. Terry was born on May 28, 1956 in Holyoke, MA, beloved son of Ray and Mary (Kadel) Mitchell, both predeceasing him. He will be forever loved and missed by the love of his life Nancy (DiBartolomeo) Mitchell, who he...
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