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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 twenty-five 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

Matthew A. LeDuc

July 5, 1979 - September 1, 2015

SPRINGFIELD-Matthew A. LeDuc, 36, of Springfield passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 1 in the company of his loved ones. He was born in Holyoke where he attended Mater Dolorosa School and was a proud graduate of both Cathedral High School ('97) and Clemson University ('02). He later worked a number of years at Mass Mutual as a financial analyst. He leaves his parents Thomas LeDuc,...
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Edward F. Moriarty

March 5, 1935 - September 1, 2015

HOLYOKE- Edward F. Moriarty of Naples, FL passed away peacefully on Tuesday September 1, 2015 surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Holyoke, MA, son of the late Edward H. and Agnes C. (Perron) Moriarty. He was a graduate Sacred Heart High School, Saint Anselm College and Our Lady of the Elms. He started his career in education with the Holyoke Public Schools as an elementary school...
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Robert A. Callini

April 27, 1955 - August 31, 2015

HOLYOKE- Robert A. Callini, 60, of Holyoke, died on Monday, August 31, 2015 at Baystate Medical Center. He was born in Holyoke, son of the late Augusto and Stella ( Brunetti) Callini and was a graduate of Springfield Technical High School. He was a United States Navy Veteran of the Vietnam War, and had been employed as a machine operator. He is survived by a brother, Bruce Callini and his wife...
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Margaret T. (Walsh) Fournier

August 17, 1937 - August 29, 2015

HOLYOKE Margaret T. (Walsh) Fournier, 78, of Holyoke, died August 29, 2015 at the Holyoke Medical Center. Margaret was born in Belmullet, County Mayo, Ireland daughter of the late Richard and Ann (McGinty) Walsh. She was a C.N.A. at the Holyoke Geriatric Authority for many years, a communicant of Blessed Sacrament Church, and was a member of the Woman's Auxiliary at the John Boyle O'Reilly Club....
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Lenore Lee Monty

May 28, 1950 - August 29, 2015

HOLYOKE Lenore Lee (Neill) Monty, 65, of Holyoke, died August 29, 2015 at the Holyoke Medical Center. Lenore was born in Holyoke, daughter of the late Leonard and Shirley (Koegel) Neill. She was a graduate of Holyoke High School, and worked as an L.P.N. at the Holyoke Soldiers' Home. Lenore is survived by her two children: Laurie Dochod of Holyoke, and Jan Wilk Brooks of California; her sisters:...
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Patricia M. Catalfamo

June 28, 1978 - August 28, 2015

HOLYOKE Patricia M. Catalfamo, 37, of Holyoke, died August 28, 2015 at the Holyoke Medical Center. She was born in Springfield, daughter of Antonio and Bonnie (Higgins) Catalfamo of Westfield. Patricia was a graduate of Holyoke High School, and was manager of McDonalds in Holyoke. Besides her parents, she is survived by her daughter Kadence Skuse of Holyoke; and her siblings: Antonio Catalfamo,...
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Robert E. Berneche

May 3, 1940 - August 25, 2015

HOLYOKE Robert E. Berneche, 75, of Holyoke, passed away on Tuesday August 25, 2015 at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester. He was born in Holyoke, son of the late Rene and Alice (Ouimet) Berneche, and was educated in Holyoke Schools. Bob served in the United States Navy from 1957 to 1961. He was a member of the local Carpenters Union. Bob is survived by his wife Phyllis (Hamel) Berneche;...
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Emily K. O'Neill

August 9, 2015 - August 23, 2015

HOUSTON Emily Kathleen O'Neill passed peacefully in the arms of her loving parents on August 23, 2015 at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston, TX. During her fourteen short days on Earth, Emily touched many lives and was loved deeply by family and friends. Emily is the daughter of Terrence and Kimberly O'Neill (Georgoulis) of Houston, TX. Emily is survived by her paternal grandparents Thomas...
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Doris (Couture) Renaud

February 5, 1926 - August 22, 2015

HOLYOKE- Doris E (Couture) Renaud, age 89, of Holyoke, passed peacefully at Mercy Medical Center surrounded by her loving family. Doris was predeceased by her beloved husband Henry P Renaud (1998) and her loving daughter Karen Renaud (1977). She leaves her children to cherish her memory Richard (Regina) Renaud, Linda (Kathy Probst)Renaud, Robert (Denise)Renaud and Janice (Russell)Proulx with...
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Joan M. (Moriarty) Bineau

April 10, 1936 - August 22, 2015

HOLYOKE- Joan Marie (Moriarty) Bineau, 79, of Holyoke, passed away on Saturday, August 22, 2015 at Holyoke Medical Center. She was born in Holyoke, daughter of the late John J. and Lillian B. (Dunn) Moriarty and was a 1953 graduate of the former Sacred Heart High School in Holyoke. A lifelong Holyoke resident, Joan was employed as a receiving clerk at Worthington Corporation from 1953 to 1968....
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Doris A. (Dupuis) Charbonneau

July 15, 1931 - August 18, 2015

HOLYOKE Doris A. (Dupuis) Charbonneau, 84, of Holyoke, was called safely home, surrounded by her loving family, on Tuesday, August 18, 2015. She was born in Holyoke, daughter of the late Joseph and Rhea (Lefebvre) Dupuis and was a graduate of the former Saint Jerome High School. A lifelong resident of Holyoke, Doris was a communicant of Saint Jerome Church, and watched Holy Mass on television...
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Justin S. McAndrews

November 27, 1984 - August 13, 2015

HOLYOKE Justin S. McAndrews, 30, of Holyoke died Thursday August 13, 2015 at home. Justin was born in Holyoke, son of Pamela (Uggiano) McAndrews and the late Steven J. McAndrews. He was educated in the Holyoke School System and was Park Manager at Carinthia at Mt. Snow. Besides his mother, Justin is survived by his grandparents, Shirley and Joseph Uggiano and Connie McAndrews of Holyoke; his...
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Barbara L. Weissbrod

March 29, 1924 - August 13, 2015

HOLYOKE Barbara L. Weissbrod, 91, of Holyoke, died Thursday August 13, 2015 at Holyoke Medical Center. Barbara was born in Holyoke, daughter of the late Frederick W. and Eileen D. (Dunnigan) Weissbrod. She was a graduate of Holyoke High School, the University of Massachusetts, and received her Master's Degree from Harvard University. Barbara was a math teacher for many years in the Lenox and...
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Joseph E. Cauley

August 3, 1924 - August 11, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY Dr. Joseph E. Cauley, 91, of South Hadley, died on Tuesday August 11, 2015 at the Holyoke Medical Center. He was born on August 3, 1924, a son of the late P. Joseph and Mary Alice (Cassidy) Cauley. He attended Holyoke schools, and was a 1942 graduate of Holyoke High School. Joe did post graduate studies at Vermont Academy and then served as a Sergeant in the United States Army,...
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Bernard T. Danek

September 9, 1931 - August 10, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY Bernard T. Danek, age 83, of South Hadley, passed away on Monday, August 10, 2015 at his home. He was born in Bridgeport, CT, son of the late Thomas and Helen (Agonis) Danek, graduated from Westfield High School in 1948 and the Saunders School of Electronics in Boston. Bernard served in the United States Army from 1948 to 1952, and was employed as a Supervisor/Engineer for thirty...
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Harold K. "Flap" Jackson

February 18, 1937 - August 7, 2015

HOLYOKE Harold K. "Flap" Jackson passed peacefully from this world in the arms of his wife and daughter. He was born in Charleston, SC, son of the late Harold K. and Florence (Olson) Jackson, a graduate of San Diequito High School in Encinitas, CA, and served with the United States Air Force. Harold was a calm, quiet man with a wry sense of humor; he was liked by everyone who knew him. His...
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Robert W. Wresien

March 12, 1945 - August 5, 2015

Robert Wresien, age 70, of Chicopee and beloved husband to Marlene (Chivas) Wresien, entered into eternal rest on August 5, 2015. Robert, known to so many as "Bob" was born on March 12, 1945 in Holyoke to the late William and Monica Wrzesien. Bob was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. In his earlier years he was an owner of the Fruit...
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Evelyn M. (Kida) Augustyniak

May 15, 1924 - August 5, 2015

HOLYOKE Evelyn M. (Kida) Augustyniak, age 91, of Holyoke, died Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at the Loomis House in Holyoke. She was born in Holyoke, daughter of the late Walter and Aniela (Sigda) Kida, was a graduate of Holyoke High School and attended Boston College. Evelyn was proprietor for over fifty years with her parents and husband of Triangle Shoe Store in Holyoke. She was predeceased by...
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Humberto Vazquez

July 12, 1966 - August 4, 2015

HOLYOKE Humberto Vazquez, age 49, of Holyoke, died Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at Holyoke Medical Center. He was born in Puerto Rico and was a Machine Adjuster for Tube Products in Easthampton. Humberto is survived by his parents Lorenzo and Virginia Vazquez, a brother, Carlos Vazquez, six sisters, Mary, Carmen, Nikkita, and Isabel Vazquez, all of Holyoke, Sonia Vasquez and Luz Rivera of FL, and...
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Gertrude (Murray) Lynch

June 1, 1921 - July 31, 2015

HOLYOKE Gertrude (Murray) Lynch, 94, died Friday July 31, 2015 at Mount St. Vincent Nursing Home after an extended illness. An avid gardener, traveler, exercise enthusiast and longtime registered nurse at Holyoke Hospital, she was a graduate of Northampton High School and Cooley-Dickinson Hospital School of Nursing. She was the daughter of the late Leo and Cora (Foster) Murray of Northampton and...
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Alfred J. Duval

July 10, 1940 - July 29, 2015

CHICOPEE: Alfred J. Duval, 75, of Chicopee, died Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at Baystate Medical Center. He was born and educated in Chicopee, son of the late Alfred and Theresa (Mortell) Duval. Alfred was a United States Army Veteran and was currently employed as a truck driver for the City of Chicopee DPW. He is survived by a niece, Linda Ulias and her husband Stephen of Holyoke, a nephew Bruce...
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Juliet (Lawrence) Parnell

September 22, 1938 - July 29, 2015

HOLYOKE- Juliet M. (Lawrence) Parnell, 76, of Holyoke, passed away on Wednesday July 29, 2015 at her home, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Holyoke, daughter of the late Andrew Lawrence and Eleanor (D'Amour) Lawrence Lawlor and was a graduate of Holyoke High School. Julie was employed as a waitress at the Log Cabin in Holyoke, and was a communicant of Our Lady of the Cross Parish....
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Dennis J. Tanguay

June 21, 1960 - July 28, 2015

CHESTER Dennis J. Tanguay, age 55, of Chester, passed away recently. Dennis was a loving husband and friend to Barbara Tanguay of Chester and her three sons. He was the son of Nina B. (Sinkevich) Tanguay of Chicopee and the late Bernard H. Tanguay. Besides his mother, wife and her sons, Dennis is survived by his brother, Dr. Dave B. Tanguay and his wife Betse, two daughters Amy and Jessica...
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Brian S. Doyle

January 15, 1959 - July 27, 2015

HOLYOKE: Brian S. "Butch" Doyle, 57, of Holyoke, passed away Monday July 27, 2015 in West Springfield. Brian was born in Holyoke son of Irene (Brunelle) Doyle and the late William J. Doyle II. He was a graduate of Holyoke High School and worked as a sales representative for Car Products in West Springfield for many years. Brian loved the outdoors, hiking, cross country running and animals of all...
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Viola (Dascanio) Szetela

April 7, 1921 - July 26, 2015

HOLYOKE- Viola (Dascanio) Szetela, 94, formerly of Holyoke, passed away on Sunday July 26, 2015 in Estero, Florida. She was born in Chicopee, daughter of the late Santi and Emma Dascanio and was a former communicant of Mater Dolorosa Church where she belonged to the Rosary Society. Her husband, Max Szetela, predeceased her in 2000. Viola is survived by a son, Robert Szetela and his wife Helen of...
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Donna M. (Walker) Miller

August 30, 1949 - July 23, 2015

HOLYOKE- Donna M. (Walker) Miller, 65, of Holyoke, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 23, 2015 at her home. She was born in Allagash, Maine, daughter of the late John and Ellen (Hughes) Walker and had lived here for almost fifty years. She was very involved in the lives of her family, especially her grandchildren, who brought her great joy. Donna was a proud member of Weight Watchers. She...
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James H. "Pat" Woods, Jr.

September 12, 1935 - July 20, 2015

HOLYOKE Pat Woods died on July 20, 2015. He had the gift of being an accomplished athlete, a nurturing teacher, coach and a devoted family man. He looked back with pleasure to his childhood, growing up in Holyoke, and his upbringing by his beloved parents, the late James H. and Katherine M. Woods. He cherished his siblings, John (Mary) Woods, Bobbie Quirk, Katherine Burke, Susan Woods all of...
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Robert W. Vevier

January 27, 1932 - July 18, 2015

CHICOPEE Robert W. Vevier, 83, of Chicopee, died at his home on Saturday July 18, 2015. Robert was born in Springfield, son of the late Harry and Gertrude (Shea) Vevier, and attended Springfield schools. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War, attaining the rank of Sergeant. Robert worked for many years at Eastern Etching in Chicopee, and was a communicant of St. Anne Church....
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Robert K. White

November 21, 1935 - July 16, 2015

SOUTHAMPTON Robert K. White, 79, of Southampton, passed away on Thursday, July 16, 2015 at the home of his son David in Chicopee. He was born in Chicopee, son of the late Keith and Helen (Forys) White and was employed as a machinist at Berkshire Industries in Westfield for many years. He served nine years in the Army National Guard, and was a former Boy Scout. Robert was an avid hunter and...
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Mary E. O'Leary

April 10, 1932 - July 16, 2015

HOLYOKE Dr. Mary E O'Leary, M.R.N, J.D, P.H.D, 83, of Holyoke died Thursday July 16, 2015 surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Holyoke, daughter of the late John and Elizabeth (Conway) O'Leary, was educated in Blessed Sacrament School, and was a graduate of Sacred Heart High School. She was a graduate of Boston College and attained a Bachelor and Master's degree in nursing. She later...
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Alice Eileen Wrobel

February 3, 1929 - July 15, 2015

HOLYOKE Alice Eileen Wrobel, 86, of Holyoke, died Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at her home. She was born in Holyoke, daughter of the late Patrick J. and Esther H. (Menard) Burke and was a graduate of the former Sacred Heart High School. Alice was a machine operator for Avery Dennison Company for twenty five years, retiring in 1994. She was predeceased by her husband Joseph J. Wrobel, who died in...
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John Midura

April 9, 1939 - July 12, 2015

HOLYOKE John Midura, age 76, passed away on Sunday, July 12, 2015. John was born on April 9, 1939 in Ziempniow, Poland, the son of the late Stefan and Helena Midura (Capiga). After serving in the Polish Army, John immigrated to the United States in 1965 where he would reunite with his parents and siblings. On June 25, 1966 he married Christina Midura (Haczynski) with whom he enjoyed a loving...
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Ann G. Dittrich

February 24, 1933 - July 12, 2015

HOLYOKE: Ann G. (Ginley) Dittrich, 82, of Holyoke, passed away on Sunday, July 12, 2015 at Mary's Meadow in Holyoke. She was born in Holyoke, daughter of the late John and Ann (Moriarty) Ginley and was a graduate of Holyoke High School. Ann was retired from the A T & T Phone Company and was a communicant of Blessed Sacrament Church. She was predeceased by her husband Robert W. Dittrich, Sr....
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Raymond Pasek

May 19, 1925 - July 11, 2015

Holyoke: Raymond J. Pasek, passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 11th at the Holyoke Soldiers Home at 90 years of age. Born in Holyoke, on May 19, 1925, he was the son of John and Mary (Markocka) Pasek. His wife Phyllis of 44 years in 1991, his daughter Susan in 2005 and his brother Chester in 2000 predeceased Ray. Raymond is survived by his son Ronald and his wife Liza of Melrose, His...
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Thomas F. Donohue

December 7, 1933 - July 10, 2015

EASTHAMPTON: Thomas Francis Donohue, 81, of Easthampton, formerly of Fort Lee, NJ and Holyoke, died Friday, July 10 at the Cooley Dickinson Hospital after a short illness. Born in Holyoke, MA on December 7, 1933, he was the son of the late David I. and Mary (Fitzgerald) Donohue. He graduated from St. Jerome High School and the University of Massachusetts and was a Veteran of the U.S. Army...
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Donna M. Ferguson

May 6, 1950 - July 9, 2015

HOLYOKE Donna Marie Ferguson, 65, of Holyoke, passed away on Thursday, July 9, 2015. She was born in Holyoke, daughter of the late Douglas P. and Ann M. (Henry) Ferguson and graduated from Holyoke High School in 1968 and the University of Massachusetts in 1972. Donna was a 28 year teacher at the Monson Junior Senior High School, retiring in 2001. She is survived by a brother, Douglas P....
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Bruce A. Yarber

December 11, 1929 - July 9, 2015

HOLYOKE: Bruce A. Yarber, 85, dedicated to family. HOLYOKE: Bruce A. Yarber passed away on July 9, 2015 at the Holyoke Soldiers Home. The beloved husband of Suzanne (Patterson) Yarber, he was 85 years of age. Born and raised in Holyoke, Bruce was the youngest of three children born to the late Clifford Yarber and Ida May (MacMonegle) Yarber. Bruce attended Holyoke schools until the...
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Frederick D. Witek

September 3, 1927 - July 9, 2015

HOLYOKE: Frederick D. Witek, 87, of Holyoke, died suddenly on Thursday, July 9, 2015 at his home. He was born in Greenfield, son of the late John and Mary (Trela) Witek, was a 1945 graduate of Greenfield High School and a 1954 graduate of Merrimack College. Fred was a United States Army Medical Corps Veteran of World War II and Korea. He was a 27 year Project Chemist at Strathmore International...
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Suzanne M. (Trudell) Williams

January 11, 1962 - July 9, 2015

HOLYOKE - Suzanne M. (Trudell) Williams, 53, of Holyoke, passed away on Thursday, July 9, 2015 at her home in the care and comfort of her loved ones. Born in Holyoke, Suzanne was a graduate of Holyoke High School (class of 1980). For thirty years she worked as a Certified Dental Assistant at Oakdale Dental Associates where she was very passionate about her job and helping others. She served as a...
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Donald R. Rodrigue

August 30, 1937 - July 7, 2015

HOLYOKE Donald R. Rodrigue, 77, of Holyoke, passed away on Tuesday, July 7, 2015. He was born in Holyoke, son of the late Raymond and Anita (Fleury) Rodrigue and attended Holyoke schools. Donald served in the 82nd Airborne Division of the United States Army from 1956 to 1959, and later received his Master's Degree from UMass, Amherst. He served as a Trooper with the Massachusetts State Police...
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Francis J. Dean, Sr.

November 26, 1950 - July 6, 2015

NORTH ADAMS: Francis James Dean Sr., 64, passed away on Monday, July 6, 2015. He graduated from Holyoke High School and went on to earn a B.S. in Exercise Physiology from Umass/Amherst. During college he was a member of the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), where he became a Major Lieutenant Officer. He was also proud to have won the National Marine Corps Physical Fitness Test as a...
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Linda Halama-Goodwin

October 10, 1960 - July 6, 2015

HOLYOKE Linda (Halama) Goodwin, 54, of Holyoke, was suddenly called to her heavenly home on Monday, July 6, 2015. She was born in Holyoke, daughter of the late John and Jean (Laskowski) Halama. Linda attended Mater Dolorosa Grammar School and Graduated from Holyoke High School and Holyoke Community College. She began her career at Vanguard Savings Bank, and for the past twenty years has been the...
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Nelga R. Beaudry

November 19, 1932 - July 5, 2015

Florence: Nelga "Nel" R. Rubba Beaudry, 82, died peacefully surrounded by her family in Florence, July 5, 2015. Born in Springfield, MA, to Michael Rubba of Bagnasco, Italy, and Doris (Benson) Rubba of Buckfield, ME, November 19, 1932. A graduate of Commerce High School, Nel had a secretarial career working at Springfield College and Noble Hospital before changing her focus to helping students...
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John F. Trillo

July 10, 1953 - July 5, 2015

CHICOPEE John F. Trillo, 61, of Chicopee died Sunday July 5, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center. He was born in Westfield, MA son of the late Eleanor Trillo and was employed as a truck driver for Complete Disposal in Westfield. John is survived by his beloved wife Kathy (Elswick) Trillo, his children, John Trillo of VA, Michelle Roy and her husband Joseph of Springfield, Pamela Ewing and her husband...
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Geraldine A. (Sullivan) Venskus

April 10, 1943 - July 4, 2015

SOUTHAMPTON Geraldine Abigail (Sullivan) Venskus, 72, was called home to our Lord on July 4, 2015, surrounded by family after a long illness. She was born in New York City to Helen (Fitzgerald) and Fred Sullivan (of Holyoke, MA), and spent her summers on Hampton Ponds in Westfield MA, retiring to the ponds in 2002. She graduated Marymount Manhattan College in 1964, and earned her Master's...
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Helen Orszulak

March 20, 1925 - July 3, 2015

HOLYOKE On Friday July 3, 2015 Helen Orszulak of Holyoke passed quietly in her sleep after a short illness. She goes to join her husband Joseph, her son Lester and daughter Alice with the Lord. Born in Poland, Helen was ambitious and hard working. Her dream was that her children would have a better life then she did. She took her family to America and through her hard work and ambition...
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James Patrick Stewart

April 12, 1943 - July 1, 2015

James Patrick Stewart, age 72, of Hampton, NH, formerly of Holyoke, passed away on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at his home. He was born in Holyoke, son of the late James A. and Beatrice (Rennell) Stewart and was a graduate of Holyoke High School. James was a Vietnam War Veteran, serving with the United States Army from 1960 to 1963 where he attained the rank of Corporal; and the United States Navy...
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Helen V. (Baker) Costanza

March 10, 1932 - June 30, 2015

Helen V. (Baker) Costanza, 83, of Holyoke, passed away on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at her home. She was born in Holyoke, daughter of the late John and Nora (O'Connor) Baker and graduated from the former Sacred Heart High School. She was a retired service representative for A T & T, and a communicant of Saint Jerome Parish. Helen was the widow of Paul Costanza, who predeceased her in 1995. She is...
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Patricia J. (Knowles) Higgins

February 8, 1941 - June 29, 2015

HOLYOKE Patricia J. (Knowles) Higgins, 74, of Holyoke, died Monday June 29, 2015 at Holyoke Medical Center. Patricia was born in Holyoke, daughter of the late Robert and Anna (Stefancik) Knowles, and was a graduate of Holyoke High School. She worked for many years as a kitchen aid at Renaissance Manor, formerly Chapel Hill. Patricia is survived by two sons: Robert J. Higgins, Jr. of Chicago, and...
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Edward W. Lyndon

October 21, 1927 - June 27, 2015

HOLYOKE: Edward W. Lyndon, 87, of Holyoke, passed away on Saturday, June 27, 2015 at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. He was born in Holyoke, son of the late Nicholas and Mary (Dudrick) Lyszchyn and was educated in South Hadley Schools. He had lived in South Hadley for most of his life before moving to Holyoke nine years ago. He loved fishing and gardening, and cooking for his family....
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Mary P. Gazda

November 12, 1929 - June 20, 2015

HOLYOKE- Mary P. (Cauley) Gazda, 85, a lifelong resident of Holyoke, MA passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, June 20, 2015.She was born on November 12, 1929, daughter of the late Henry and Helen (Bowler) Cauley. Mary graduated from Holyoke High School and continued her studies at Mercy Hospital School of Nursing where she was the president of her nursing class. She...
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Anne Marie Briere

April 22, 1938 - June 19, 2015

HOLYOKE: Anne Marie Briere, age 77, of Holyoke passed away on Friday, June 19, 2015 in Holyoke. She was born in Northampton, daughter of the late Alfred and Rose (Leduc) Briere. Anne Marie was a graduate of St. Michael High School in Northampton and the former Providence Hospital School of Nursing. She was a Registered Nurse for many years. Anne Marie was a communicant of Blessed Sacrament...
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Mary Ann Boutin

May 10, 1946 - June 18, 2015

CHICOPEE: With true strength, MaryAnn "Muzzy" Boutin, 69, entered into eternal peace on Thursday, June 18th, at Loomis House, surrounded both physically and spiritually by those who loved her. MaryAnn was born in Springfield on May 10, 1946. She was the daughter to the late Matthew & Martha (Gorcyzka) Mszanski. After many years together, she married her best friend and soulmate Leon Boutin....
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William H. Fay III

September 18, 1949 - June 17, 2015

William H. Fay, III, age 65, of Holyoke, passed away on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center. He was born in Holyoke, son of the late William H. Fay, Jr. and Ann Marie (Sullivan) Fay, and attended Holyoke Schools. William was a United States Navy Veteran of the Vietnam War and was the recipient of a Bronze Star. He worked for many years as a maintenance repairman at a local...
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M. Loretta Burke

July 15, 1917 - June 17, 2015

HOLYOKE Mary Loretta (Vachon) Burke, age 97, died Wednesday June 17, 2015 after a long period of declining health. Loretta was born July 15, 1917 in Holyoke, Mass, the oldest child of Adelard and Loretta (O'Donnell) Vachon. She was the wife of John F. Burke, who died in 1996, with whom she shared 47 years of marriage. Loretta spent most of her life in Holyoke where she attended Holyoke public...
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Genowefa (Ozga) Leszkowicz

January 1, 1925 - June 15, 2015

HOLYOKE Genowefa (Ozga) Leszkowicz, 90, recently passed at the Holyoke Health Care Center in Holyoke. She was born in Poland, daughter of the late Vincenti and Stefania Ozga. As a young teen, Genowefa was taken during the war from her native Poland and brought to Germany where she labored for 17 years, prior to arranging her family's coming to the United States in 1957. She lived most of her...
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Kathryn G. (Kennedy) Barry

July 24, 1925 - June 15, 2015

HOLYOKE Kathryn G. (Kennedy) Barry, 89, of Holyoke, died Monday June 15, 2015 at Mount Saint Vincent Care Center. Kathryn was born in Holyoke, daughter of the late Thomas and Mary (O'Connor) Kennedy and was a graduate of Sacred Heart High School. She worked for the Holyoke School Department, was a communicant of Blessed Sacrament Church, and a member of the Holyoke Council on Aging & Senior...
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Rosemary Dragon

January 14, 1927 - June 13, 2015

HOLYOKE Rosemary (Berglin) Dragon, 88, of Holyoke, MA, died of natural causes in her home on Saturday, June 13, 2015. She was born in Berthoud, CO, on January 14, 1927, the only child of Andrew and Nancy Isabelle "Belle" (Perry) Berglin. She was educated in CO schools, and had one year at Colorado Women's College, studying piano. She started teaching classical piano at age 17 in her home, and...
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Victoria E. Swistro

October 31, 1918 - June 12, 2015

HOLYOKE- Victoria E. Swistro, 96, of Holyoke, passed away on Friday June 12, 2015 at Wingate of South Hadley. She was born in Holyoke, daughter of the late Jozef and Mary (Marcinek) Swistro and attended Holyoke schools. Victoria graduated from Holyoke High School, the College of Our Lady of the Elms in Chicopee, and received her Master's Degree in Education from Westfield State College. She had...
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Wanda Nowak

December 14, 1942 - June 12, 2015

HOLYOKE: Wanda (Czajkowski) Nowak, age 72, of Holyoke, died on Friday, June 12, 2015 at her home. She was born in Szczechowo, Poland, a daughter of the late Jan and Czeslawa (Podgurska) Czajkowski and had lived here for many years. Wanda was a retired laborer in several area factories. She was a communicant of Our Lady of the Cross Church and a former member of Mater Dolorosa Parish. Wanda...
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Claire "Judy" (Hearn) Tedford

July 10, 1939 - June 9, 2015

HOLYOKE- Claire J. "Judy" (Hearn) Tedford, 75, of Holyoke, passed away on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at Mount Saint Vincent Care Center. She was born in Holyoke, daughter of the late Michael J. and Claire (Walsh) Hearn and was a 1957 graduate of the former Sacred Heart High School in Holyoke. Judy was the retired treasurer of Vanguard Savings Bank in Holyoke, and was active in the Holyoke community....
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Claire M. White

December 25, 1920 - June 4, 2015

HOLYOKE- Claire M. (Bresnahan) White, of West Springfield, passed away on Thursday June 4, 2015 at Mont Marie Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. She was born in Holyoke on December 25, 1920, daughter of the late John J. and Mary (Chezek) Bresnahan Sr. She attended local schools and graduated from Holyoke High School. Claire worked for the Borden Company in New York City for several years...
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Nancy H. (O'Shea) Frain

December 26, 1941 - June 2, 2015

HOLYOKE- Nancy Helena (O'Shea) Frain, 73, of Holyoke, passed away on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at her home, surrounded by her family. She was born in Holyoke, daughter of the late John F. and Mary (Begley) O'Shea and was a graduate of Holyoke High School, Class of 1960. Nancy had been employed as a secretary at Western Massachusetts Electric Company, and later was a teller at the Holyoke Credit Union...
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Joseph A. Czarniecki

March 19, 1931 - June 1, 2015

HOLYOKE Joseph A. Czarniecki, 83, of Holyoke passed away peacefully at home on June 1, 2015. Born in Poland, he was the youngest of 6 children of Ignacy and Maria (Dobrowoiski) Czarniecki. He left Poland in his youth due to the Nazi occupation, first traveling to Siberia, then later Lebanon and England. He immigrated to the United States settling initially in Northampton and then Holyoke. Joseph...
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John N. Nguyen

December 3, 1939 - May 30, 2015

HOLYOKE John Thi Ngoc Nguyen passed away peacefully at his residence on May 30, 2015 at the age of 76. John was a graduate of the 13th Class (1962) of Thu Duc Military Academy, attaining the rank of Major in the Army of the Republic of Vietnam. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Bridgeport, Class of 1983. John is survived by his loving wife, Maria Phuong Tran...
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Joyce J. (Marcoux) Eades Walsh

September 22, 1936 - May 30, 2015

CHICOPEE Joyce Jacqueline (Marcoux) Eades Walsh, of Chicopee, passed away Saturday, May 30, 2015 at Holyoke Medical Center. She was a daughter of the late Paul and Frances (Clemons) Marcoux. She is survived by daughters, Teresa Eades of Chicopee and Tina Beaulieu and her husband Michael Jette of Chester; brother, Paul Marcoux of MI; sisters, Sandy Harrell (husband, Billy) of VA, Donna...
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Ana Lydia Rivera

July 27, 1944 - May 29, 2015

HOLYOKE Ana L. Rivera, 70, passed away Friday May 29, 2015 at home in Holyoke, MA. She leaves her husband Rafael Colon, her daughters Rosa Rivera and Damaris Rivera Pagan; son-in-law Jesus Pagan; daughter-in-law Joanna Rivera; ten grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. Ana was a special woman that cared for many. Her last position she retired from in March 2015 was as a Home Health Aide for...
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Ethel F. Goodwin

May 11, 1917 - May 28, 2015

HOLYOKE: Ethel Francis Goodwin died peacefully at home, taken care of by her son-in-law George E. Lewis, daughter Marilyn and Hospice Services. She was predeceased by her husband Merrill. Ethel leaves her daughter Marilyn, son-in-law, George; her grandchildren, Cynthia and David, George M. and Leosandra and Deborah Ann; great-grandchildren, Leomilla, Caroline, Georgie and Gunner. Ethel and her...
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Lawrence J. Sexton, Sr.

November 16, 1941 - May 27, 2015

CHICOPEE- Lawrence J. Sexton Sr., 73, of Chicopee, passed away on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at Renaissance Manor on Cabot in Holyoke. He was born in Winooski VT, son of the late George and Edna (McDonald) Sexton and had lived here for many years. He was employed as a Custodian at the University of Massachusetts. Lawrence is survived by his wife, Margaret (Fallon) Sexton, his children: Lawrence...
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Diane M. (Desmarais) Marion

October 8, 1944 - May 25, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY Diane (Desmarais) Marion, 70 of South Hadley passed away peacefully on May 25, 2015. The daughter of Lawrence P. Desmarais Sr. and Claire (Rising) Desmarais was born on October 8, 1944. She was predeceased by her beloved husband Charles R. Marion. A member of WRAP (Women's Recreational Athletic Program) in Holyoke for many years, she played softball and volleyball. While raising...
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Sabina Gonzalez

January 13, 1935 - May 24, 2015

HOLYOKE - Sabina Gonzalez, 80, of Holyoke, passed away peacefully at her home on Sunday May 24, 2015 surrounded by family. She was born in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, daughter of the late Feliciano Gonzalez Beltran and Rafaela Carmona Salaman, and had lived here for many years. Sabina was a dedicated wonderful Mother, also loyal to her family. She left a legacy, survived by five children: Jose, Nelida...
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Joseph Plomaritis

December 25, 1930 - May 22, 2015

SPRINGFIELD Joseph Plomaritis, 84, of Springfield, died Friday May 22, 2015 at Wingate of Springfield. Joseph was born in Lowell, MA on December 25, 1930. He was a teacher at West Springfield High School for over 20 years, and a Minister of Jehovah's Witnesses for 59 years. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Joyce S. (Byan) Plomaritis. A memorial service will be held on Saturday May 30 at 1...
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Phyllis A. Hennemann

June 8, 1934 - May 19, 2015

HOLYOKE: Phyllis Ann (Kallmeyer) Hennemann, 80, passed away peacefully on May 19, 2015. She was born in Holyoke, daughter of the late Karl and Lillian (Schmidt) Kallmeyer. Phyllis graduated from Holyoke High School and worked many years as a secretary, ending her career at the former Magna Buick in Holyoke. She is survived by her daughter Lori (Mark) Windoloski, her son David Hennemann, her...
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R. Jane Sampson

May 17, 1926 - May 18, 2015

AGAWAM Jane Sampson, 89, formerly of Holyoke MA, passed away May 18, 2015. She was predeceased by her husband of 49 years, George B. Sampson, Jr., a lifelong Holyoke resident. Jane was born in Holyoke to the late Emile Durocher and Flora Dreikorn Durocher. She was also predeceased by her only sibling, Alfred Durocher. A lifelong Holyoke resident and graduate of Holyoke High, Jane was an...
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Ann Duncan Ellis

January 22, 1937 - May 16, 2015

Holyoke: Ann Duncan (Tomlinson) Ellis passed away peacefully Saturday morning at home surrounded by her loving family. The daughter of the late James and Mary (Mill) Tomlinson, she was born January 22, 1937. Ann was born in Carnoustie, Scotland and moved to Holyoke in grade school. She was a graduate of Holyoke High School and Grace – New Haven School of Nursing. Ann was the beloved wife of...
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Patricia A. Cooper

May 7, 1936 - May 15, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY: Patricia A. Cooper, age 79, of South Hadley passed away on Friday, May 15, 2015 at her home. She was born in Chicopee, daughter of the late Camille and Helen (Mortell) Brosseau and was a graduate of Chicopee High School. Pat was a retired Payroll Supervisor for the Chicopee Public Schools, she was the longest serving female member of Holyoke Country Club and a former communicant...
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Olga A. Roy

November 21, 1920 - May 14, 2015

HOLYOKE: Our beloved mother, Olga A. Roy, 94, of Holyoke, Massachusetts, died peacefully on Thursday, May 14, 2015. Olga was born in Holyoke on November 21, 1920, to Samuel Wawryszyn and Josephine Zagrodny Wawryszyn. She is predeceased by one sister and three brothers. Olga married Lionel Roy, owner of Roy & Sons Plumbing, on November 23, 1940. Together they opened the Bath Shoppe, which...
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Robert A. Przekopowski

June 10, 1942 - May 14, 2015

HOLYOKE: Robert A. Przekopowski, age 72, of Holyoke, passed away on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at Renaissance Manor. He was born in Holyoke, son of the late Adam and Sophie (Scytkowski) Przekopowski, was a 1960 graduate of Holyoke High School and served in the United States Navy from 1960 to 1964. Bob was a Central Office Technician for Verizon, retiring in 1996. He was a longtime communicant of...
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Rina B. Gaughan

October 8, 1928 - May 14, 2015

Hampton: Rina Bridget Gaughan, 86, of Hampton, NH, formerly of Holyoke, MA, passed away peacefully into eternal life on Thursday, May 14, 2015. She was surrounded by the loving care and comfort of her family. Rina was born in Chicopee, MA on October 8, 1928, a beloved daughter of the late Arthur and Emilienne L. (Roy) Archambault. Rina was raised in Chicopee, attended local schools, as well as...
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Waclaw Dziendzielewicz

December 28, 1919 - May 12, 2015

HOLYOKE: Waclaw Dziendzielewicz, age 95, of Holyoke, passed away on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at the Holyoke Health Care Center. He was born in Płaszów, Poland, son of the late Andrzej and Katarzyna (Klimus) Dziendzielewicz, and was a longtime machinist at Moore Drop Forge Company. Waclaw served as a Lance Corporal in the Polish Forces under British Command during World War II and also the Polish...
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Donald R. Paquette

September 8, 1931 - May 11, 2015

South Hadley: Don Paquette, 83, beloved husband of 61 years to Fay (McMaster) Paquette; loving father to Holly Paquette of Springfield, MA; Marc (and Joy) Paquette of Centennial, CO; and Matt (and Robin) Paquette of Glastonbury, CT; and wonderful "Pépère" to Rebecca and Clarissa Paquette, and Courtney Grace and Ben Henrich; passed away peacefully on May 11, 2015. He was born at home in Holyoke,...
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Ann L. Ironside

June 8, 1947 - May 9, 2015

HOLYOKE: Ann L. Ironside, age 67, of Southwick, passed away on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at Renaissance Manor in Westfield, MA. She was born in Holyoke, a daughter of the late Raymond E. and Audrey L. (Harris) Ironside, was a graduate of Holyoke High School and received her Associates Degree in Nursing from Holyoke Community College. Ann worked as an RN for over twenty years in Southern California...
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Henry B. Jennings

November 29, 1923 - May 9, 2015

HOLYOKE: Henry B. Jennings, age 91, of Holyoke, passed away on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at his home. He was born in Holyoke, son of the late George and Edith (Bias) Jennings and was a graduate of Holyoke High School. Henry was a United States Air Force Veteran of the Korean War and prior to that had served for a year in the United States Army. He was retired construction worker for Daniel O...
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Carmen Lydia Marrero

January 3, 1945 - May 9, 2015

HOLYOKE – Carmen Lydia Marrero, 70, died on Saturday, May 9, 2015 with her loving family by her side. She was born in Corozal, Puerto Rico on January 3, 1945 to the late Octavio and Petrona (Montecino) Marrero. Carmen was a homemaker and spent her life raising her five children. She was a devote Catholic and was a parishioner of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Holyoke. Carmen will be sadly...
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Charles E. Downs, Jr.

June 26, 1936 - May 9, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY- Charles E. Downs Jr., age 78, a retired Holyoke High School History Teacher of thirty-four years, died at Mercy Medical Center on Saturday, May 9, 2015 after a long and courageous fight with cancer. He was born and raised in Oak Bluffs, MA, son of the late Charles E. and Margaret (Hickey) Downs and played football and basketball at Oak Bluffs High School. Upon graduation, he entered...
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Michael Morrison

November 27, 1956 - May 8, 2015

HOLYOKE Michael Morrison, 58, of Shrewsbury, formerly a lifelong resident of Holyoke, died Friday May 8, 2015 at the UMass Memorial Medical in Worcester. Michael was born in Holyoke, son of the late William and Jean (Kalisz) Morrison, and attended Holyoke schools. He was retired from the IT department of the former Digital Corporation in Westfield, and a communicant of Our Lady of the Cross...
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Elizabeth G. (Fleming) Stearns

October 16, 1942 - May 8, 2015

HOLYOKE- Elizabeth G. (Fleming) Stearns, 72, of Holyoke, passed away on Friday, May 8, 2015. She was born in Holyoke, daughter of the late William and Esther (Griffin) Fleming and was a graduate of Holyoke High School. Elizabeth worked in the billing department at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton and Holyoke Medical Center in Holyoke. She was a member of the Smith's Ferry Women's Club in...
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Valentine C. "Val" Kasprzynski

May 7, 2015

HOLYOKE- Mrs. Valentine C. (Kotula) Kasprzynski, widow of the late Chester Kasprzynski, passed away peacefully at the Holyoke Medical Center on the morning of May 7, 2015. Val is survived by two sisters, Frances Harackiewicz of Chicopee and Balbina Szalkucki of Holyoke, a brother Anthony W. Kotula,Ph.D. of Mansfield CT, as well as thirteen nieces and nephews and their families. Val attended Mater...
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Joseph G. Smith

November 23, 1966 - May 5, 2015

HOLYOKE-Joseph Gardner Smith, 48, of Holyoke, passed away on Tuesday, May 5, 2015. He enjoyed his association with Sunshine Village in Chicopee. He is survived by his parents Lewis J. and Glenda J. (Caldwell) Smith, two brothers Lewis J. Smith and Steven S. Smith, three sisters: Vicky Isham, Sadie Smith and Pamela Figueroa. A funeral service will be held Wednesday morning at 9:00 in the Barry J....
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Jane M. (Borowiecki) Sefcik

September 3, 1926 - May 4, 2015

HOLYOKE Jane M. (Borowiecki) Sefcik, 88, of Holyoke, died on Monday May 4, 2015 at Holyoke Health Care Center. She was born in Holyoke, daughter of the late Stanley and Mary (Walat) Borowiecki and was educated in Holyoke schools. She was a lifelong communicant of Mater Dolorosa Parish, and a member of the St. Anne Society. Jane was the widow of Francis Sefcik, who died in 2004. She is survived...
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Teresa M. Proulx

July 10, 1928 - May 3, 2015

HOLYOKE: Teresa M. "Terry" (Jacques) Proulx, 86, of Holyoke passed away on May 3, 2015 at the Holyoke Health Care Center. She was born in Holyoke, daughter of the late Lester and Mary (Shea) Jacques and graduated as Salutatorian from the former St. Jerome High School. She was co-owner of Schermerhorn's Fish Market in Northampton for many years and was a communicant of St. Jerome Church. Terry...
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Anna A. Morin

February 20, 1924 - May 3, 2015

HOLYOKE Anna Amanda (Dentz, Paradzinski) Morin was born February 20, 1924 in Wtadystawow, Poland. As a young woman she worked and lived in Germany. Following World War II, she met her husband Mitchell Paradzinski. In 1951 they relocated with their new family to the United States and settled in Holyoke. Anna's profession was a seamstress and she worked in many of Holyoke's well known factories,...
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Patrick F. Donahue III

March 17, 1956 - May 3, 2015

HOLYOKE: Patrick F. Donahue, III passed away on Sunday May 3, 2015 at the Holyoke Soldiers' Home after a brief battle with cancer. Patrick was born in Holyoke on March 17, 1956 to the late Patrick Donahue and the late Shirley Gorajec. He was a 1974 graduate of Holyoke High School, then later served in the United States Navy for several years. He was most recently employed at the Hairston...
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William J. Dean III, MD

February 1, 1960 - May 2, 2015

HOLYOKE William J. Dean III, MD, Holyoke native, beloved husband of Sheila (Broderick) Dean, devoted father of Cailee, Ryan and Brody Dean and son of William J. Dean Jr., MD and Jean (Chapdelaine) Dean passed away on May 2, 2015. Dr. Dean, "Bill," graduated from Holyoke High School in 1978 followed by a post-graduate year at Deerfield Academy. Bill was a member of the Honor Society, a varsity...
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Marlyn A. (Brassil) Bevan

April 26, 1954 - April 29, 2015

HOLYOKE- Marlyn A. (Brassil) Bevan, 61, of Holyoke, MA was called home April 29, 2015. Marlyn was a graduate of Holyoke High School and the Holyoke Trade High School Nurses Training Program. She was employed as a nurse by Holyoke Hospital for 37 years. She loved tending her flower garden, warm summer nights and spending time with her friends and family. She gave all of herself to the service...
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Max B. Marek

August 20, 1928 - April 29, 2015

HOLYOKE Max B. Marek, 86, passed away on Wednesday April 29, 2015 at the Soldier's Home in Holyoke. Born in Holyoke, Max was the son of the late Walter and Bertha Marek. He was predeceased by his wife, Julie, in 2007, and his brother Lucien in 1994. Max was a SGT in the United States Army, serving in the Korean War from 1950 to 1952. Max was a pioneer in the TV business. He worked at WWLP...
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Filomena (Garcia) Roman

November 20, 1928 - April 28, 2015

HOLYOKE Filomena (Garcia) Roman, 86, of Holyoke, passed away on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 in Holyoke. She was born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico and had lived here for many years. Filomena was predeceased by her husband, Segundo Roman, in 1991. She is survived by her children: Carmen Roman of West Springfield, Jose Roman and his wife Librada of P.R., Angel Roman and wife Emily of Holyoke, Manuel Roman...
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Howard LaBrecque

January 21, 1918 - April 22, 2015

HOLYOKE- Howard LaBrecque, of Holyoke, died on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at the age of 97. He was born in Holyoke, son of the late Arthur and Nora (Sheehan) LaBrecque and attended Holyoke schools. Howard served in the Civilian Conservation Corps during the 1930's and traveled to Oregon. During World War II, he served in the United States Coast Guard and was stationed in Brooklyn NY. He later...
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Joyce A. Guenther

January 28, 1937 - April 21, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY: Joyce A. (Beaudry) Guenther passed on during the morning of Tuesday, April 21st at Loomis Nursing Center in Holyoke. She was 78. Joyce's husband Paul 'Fleet' Guenther passed on in October 2005. Joyce is survived by her three sons: Todd Guenther of South Hadley; Curt Guenther and his wife Jean of Scituate; Paul Guenther of Holyoke; her grandchildren Rory Paul, Finn Martin, and...
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Constance A. Ryan

April 6, 1932 - April 20, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY: Constance A. Ryan, 83, from South Hadley passed away peacefully Monday in the Willimansett Center East Nursing Care Facility. Connie was a nurse for forty years and the matriarch of her family. She was born in Holyoke and graduated from Holyoke High School. She married William Collins, her high school sweetheart, and they travelled extensively throughout the country. At one point...
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