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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

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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Michael J. Donoghue

February 6, 1958 - February 9, 2016

LOWELL -Michael J. Donoghue, 58, of 49 Windsor Park Road, Lowell, MA passed away suddenly on Tuesday, February 9, 2016. Born in Holyoke, he was the son of the late Jerome F. Donoghue and Claire Scanlon Donoghue. He attended Sacred Heart Grammar School, John J. Lynch Junior High School and was a 1976 graduate of Holyoke High School. Michael was a kind and gentle soul whose love of family was the...
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James C. Milewski, Sr.

September 5, 1937 - February 6, 2016

CHICOPEE James "Jim" Chester Milewski, Sr., 78, of Chicopee formerly of Holyoke, passed peacefully on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at Holyoke Hospital. Jim was born September 5, 1937 in Holyoke to the late Chester and Josephine (Lula) Milewski. He was raised in Holyoke and later lived in South Hadley and Chicopee. He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Carol Ann (Sizer) and sister Ann...
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Francis J. "Brud" Higgins

December 4, 1919 - February 6, 2016

A life well lived for 96 years concluded on February 6th, 2016, when Francis J. "Brud" Higgins, Sr. of South Hadley died at Renaissance Manor in Holyoke. He was born in Holyoke on December 4, 1919, the son of Frank and Margaret (Sheehan) Higgins. Educated at Sacred Heart schools, he was a gifted athlete who first gained local attention on the basketball court in the 1930s as the driving force...
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Eleanor M. Morrissey

November 13, 1920 - February 6, 2016

Eleanor M. (Hurley) Morrissey, R.N., age 95, of Holyoke passed away on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at Highview of Northampton. She was born in Holyoke, daughter of the late Eugene and Margaret (Hannon) Hurley, was educated in the former St. Jerome Schools and was a 1942 graduate of the former Providence Hospital School of Nursing. Eleanor was a United States Army Nurse Corps Veteran of World War...
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Anthony C. Conlin

November 12, 1922 - February 4, 2016

HOLYOKE- Anthony Charles Conlin, 93, of Holyoke, passed away on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at the Holyoke Soldier's Home. Tony was predeceased by his beloved wife, Mary Agnes (McGurk) Conlin, brothers, Henry, Teddy, Louis, sisters Eleanor and Theresa, a son Kevin F. Conlin and a son-in-law Bernard J. "Barney Burns". He is survived by his four children: Kathleen M. Conlin, Maureen A. Burns,...
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Paul F. Shaw

November 21, 1931 - February 2, 2016

SOUTH HADLEY - Paul F. Shaw, 84, passed away on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 surrounded by family. He was born in Springfield, MA to Robert and Martha (Fewtrell) Shaw, graduated from Springfield Tech High School, and was a member of the Army National Guard. For 63 years (1952-2015), Paul proudly served generations in Holyoke as proprietor of Highland Service Center, Inc. and Shaw Motor Car, LLC....
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John D. Millgate

April 17, 1931 - February 2, 2016

HOLYOKE John David Millgate of Holyoke, Massachusetts was born in New York City, NY on April 17, 1931. He was raised in Concord, MA where he graduated from Concord High School in 1949. He graduated from Boston University with a BS in Accounting in 1954. John served his country in Heidelberg Germany with the United States Army during the Korean War Era. He served as an Internal Revenue Agent...
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Irene (Matuszek) Czerwiec, Ed.D

December 1, 1948 - February 1, 2016

In the presence of her loving family, Irene T. Czerwiec passed into eternal peace with the Lord at Baystate Medical Center after living with ovarian cancer for over 9 years. Irene graduated from Mater Dolorosa Grammar School in Holyoke. She graduated from Holyoke Catholic High School in 1966. Irene earned her Bachelor, Masters and Doctorate in Education from the University of Massachusetts in...
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Jose A. Mendez

June 3, 1951 - February 1, 2016

HOLYOKE- Jose Antonio Mendez (Tony) unexpectedly passed away on Monday February 1st, 2016 in Holyoke, MA. He was born in Salinas, Puerto Rico. Son of Guillermina DeJesus and Claudio Mendez.Tony is survived by his wife Lisa Mendez, children Arleen Figueroa and her husband Timothy Figueroa, Enith Mendez-Runge and her husband Matthew Runge, Carlos Correa and Richard Mendez, Step-sons Robert Reed,...
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Walter Kosko

January 31, 2016

Walter Kosko, 91, died peacefully with his family by his side on Sunday January 31, 2016 at Wingate of West Springfield. He was born in Poland and came to the United States in 1950. He was a communicant of the former Mater Dolorosa Church and retired from A.G. Spaulding in 1987. Walter is survived by his wife of 65 years, Zina Nafranowicz, and son Richard and his wife Sandra of West Springfield....
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Donald B. Yelle

January 12, 1928 - January 31, 2016

HOLYOKE- Donald B. Yelle, 88, of Lehigh Acres, FL and Holyoke, MA, died Sunday, January 31, 2016. He was born in Holyoke, son of Joseph E. Yelle and Barbara (Shannon) Yelle. He graduated from Holyoke High School. Upon graduation he joined the Navy and became a fire fighter on the USS Franklin Delano Roosevelt. After being discharged from the Navy he returned to Holyoke, later becoming a member...
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Margaret M. Connor

June 9, 1917 - January 30, 2016

HOLYOKE Margaret M. (Moriarty) Connor, 98, of Holyoke, died Saturday January 30, 2016. Margaret was born in South Hadley, daughter of the late William and Bridie (Shea) Moriarty. She was predeceased by her husband of 53 years, Maurice M. Connor, who died in 1996. Margaret is survived by a daughter, Maureen Kane of Easthampton, and many nieces and nephews, grand-nieces and nephews, and great...
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Peter H. Demas, Sr.

March 12, 1941 - January 29, 2016

WESTFIELD – Peter H. Demas Sr., 74, of Westfield, passed away on Friday January 29, 2016. He was born in Springfield, and served in the United States Marine Corps from 1959 to 1963. He was a retired Pizza Shop owner. Peter is survived by a son, Peter H. Demas Jr. and a brother Arthur Demas. He was predeceased by a daughter, Dorothy Iglesias. Funeral will be held Friday at 9:30 at the Holy...
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Carroll J. Dunn, Sr.

December 25, 1916 - January 26, 2016

HOLYOKE- Carroll (Carl) Joseph Dunn Sr., lifelong resident of Holyoke, died January 26th following a brief illness. Born on Christmas morning, 1916, he was the son of Patrick Hughes and Margaret Cunningham Dunn. He was a member of the first class to enter Holyoke's Blessed Sacrament grammar school, and he graduated from Sacred Heart High School. He studied criminal justice at Holyoke Community...
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David D. Reis, Sr.

November 24, 1941 - January 25, 2016

CHICOPEE David D. Reis, Sr., 74, of Chicopee, formerly of Holyoke, died Monday January 25, 2016 at Holyoke Medical Center. David was born in Holyoke. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #4044, and the American Legion Post #266 in Granby. David is survived by a son, David D. Reis, Jr. of CT; a daughter, Karyn McDermott and her husband Todd of South Hadley; three grandchildren:...
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George A. Utter

December 25, 1923 - January 24, 2016

HOLYOKE George Albert Utter, age 92, of Holyoke, died on Sunday, January 24, 2016 at the Holyoke Soldier's Home. He was born in Champion, NY, son of the late Albert and Annie (Stevens) Utter and attended Hoosick Falls High School. George was a United States Army Veteran of World War II and was a retired employee of United Technologies. He was the widower of Evelyn M. (Roberge) Utter who died...
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Lizaida Marie Rodriguez

March 24, 1991 - January 24, 2016

HOLYOKE Lizaida Marie Rodriguez, 24, passed away at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center on January 24, 2016. She was born in Holyoke and is survived by her mother, Aida Oquendo, her father Julio Rodriguez, brother Julio E. Rodriguez, aunts, uncles and cousins. Family and friends are asked to gather for a Funeral Mass on Friday January 29, 2016 at 10:00am in Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, 427 Maple...
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Susan J. Sicard

July 22, 1953 - January 24, 2016

HOLYOKE Susan J. Sicard, 62, of Holyoke, died Sunday January 24, 2016 at Holyoke Medical Center. Susan is survived by her husband, Bruce A. Sicard; a son, Trent Villemaire of Holyoke; a daughter, Leona Case and her husband Anthony Case of Holyoke; five grandchildren; and her brother, Robert Quesnel. Calling hours will be held Friday from 10:00 to 11:45am at the Barry J. Farrell Funeral Home,...
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Robert F. O'Connor

June 20, 1941 - January 21, 2016

HOLYOKE Robert Francis O'Connor, 74, of Holyoke, died Thursday January 21, 2016 at the Holyoke Soldiers' Home, surrounded by his loving family. Born to the late Edwin A. and Catherine V. (Fallon) O'Connor, he was predeceased by his brother Edwin O'Connor, sisters-in-law Claire Meckel and Margery Ruell, and brother David O'Connor. He is survived by his sister-in-law Noreen Lucey; Edwin and Claire...
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Carl R. Dunning, Jr.

July 29, 1936 - January 19, 2016

SOUTH HADLEY Carl R. Dunning Jr., age 79, of South Hadley, passed away on Monday, January 18, 2016. He was born in Lowell, son of the late Carl R. and Irma (Sherburn) Dunning and had lived there for many years before moving to South Hadley. He was a retired elevator inspector for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Carl was an avid New England sports fan, and enjoyed playing cards. He is survived...
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Loretta A. Roberge

May 29, 1941 - January 15, 2016

CHICOPEE Loretta Anne (Yargeau) Roberge, 74, passed away January 15, 2016 surrounded by her family after a year of declining health. Loretta was born in Chicopee, MA on May 29, 1941. She was married September 4, 1961 to Roger R. Roberge in Chicopee, MA. They live in W. Brookfield, MA and wintered in Wildwood, Florida. Loretta was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who loved spending time...
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Patrick J. Hourihan

July 4, 1936 - January 15, 2016

WEST SPRINGFIELD Patrick James Hourihan, 79, passed away at home on Friday, January 15, 2016 surrounded by his loving family. Patrick was born in Northampton, MA on July 4, 1936 to the late Patrick and Margaret (Forhan) Hourihan. He grew up in Easthampton and settled in Holyoke to raise his family. He resided in West Springfield with his family for the past eleven years. Patrick worked as a...
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Juliette Rogers

May 30, 1926 - January 15, 2016

HOLYOKE Juliette M. (Charest) Rogers, 89, died on Friday, January 15, 2016, after a long, courageous battle with cancer. She was born on May 30, 1926, in Springfield, MA, to Romeo and Salome (Angers) Charest. Juliette was the wife of Leslie Rogers and the mother of Sally Rogers. Juliette also leaves a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Francis and Carol Rogers, a sister-in-law, Helen Rogers, and...
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Brenda Avalone-Torres

March 19, 1960 - January 15, 2016

HOLYOKE Brenda J. Avalone-Torres was born on March 19, 1960 and passed away on January 15, 2016. She was a resident of Holyoke at the time of her death. Brenda was born and raised in Westfield, Massachusetts to mother Phyllis Avalone, and is survived by sisters Linda Swotchak, Nancy Bovat, Danita Demas, Debra King, Karen Leis, and Brother James Avalone. She had two daughters with Ex-Husband...
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Edward M. Cynarski

April 5, 1924 - January 13, 2016

HOLYOKE Edward M. Cynarski was born in Adams, Mass. April 5, 1924, son of the late Ignacy and Anna (Bernat) Cynarski. He was a graduate of Adams High School (1942); Bachelor of Arts degree in history, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and received a Master of Arts degree in history, Columbia University in New York. Edward was a forward artillery radio operator with Army's Fifth Infantry...
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Ivan K. Corwin

September 21, 1941 - January 10, 2016

SOUTH HADLEY Ivan Corwin of South Hadley MA, and formerly of Neptune NJ, passed away peacefully at the Holyoke Soldiers' Home on Sunday January 10, surrounded in love by his family. He was 74 years old. Ivan is survived by his loving and devoted wife Anita of 47 years; his two daughters Suzanne Corwin of Boston MA, and Kathleen Goddard, her husband Jonathan Goddard and their daughter and Ivan's...
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Donald J. Kiely

December 19, 1962 - January 9, 2016

CHICOPEE Donald J Kiely, 53, of Chicopee died Saturday January 9, 2016, surrounded by his family after a short battle with cancer. Born December 19, 1962 in Holyoke, Donald was the son of John and Claudette (Croteau) Kiely. He grew up in Granby, MA and graduated from Granby JR/SR High School in 1981. Donald was the proud member of Mount Holyoke Lodge A.F & A.M and served as an inside sentinel....
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Francis A. Matuszek

December 3, 1928 - January 8, 2016

HOLYOKE Francis A. "Frank" Matuszek of Holyoke, MA and Sea Cliff, NY, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, January 8, 2016. Born in Holyoke on December 3, 1928, Frank was the son of the late Vincent and Zofia (Kulpa) Matuszek. He enlisted in the Navy at age 17, shortly after graduation from Holyoke High School in 1946 and was a World War II United States Navy Submarine Service Veteran. ...
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Paul R. Laflam

March 30, 1945 - January 7, 2016

HAYDENVILLE Paul R. Laflam, 70, of Haydenville, died Thursday January 7, 2016 at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. He was born in Holyoke, son of the late Robert and Cecilia (Ross) Laflam, and served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. Paul was the owner of PKC Plumbing & Heating in Haydenville, and was a former member of the Northampton Elks and Moose Club. He is survived by...
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Emily A. Zebrowski

December 6, 1921 - January 7, 2016

HOLYOKE: Emily Agnes (Szady) Zebrowski, age 94, of Holyoke, passed away on Thursday, January 7, 2016. She was born in Holyoke, daughter of the late Michael and Agnes (Walusiak) Szady and was a graduate of Holyoke High School. Emily was a communicant of the former Mater Dolorosa Church and currently Our Lady of the Cross. She is survived by her husband, Thomas E. Zebrowski of Holyoke; three...
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Anne P. Cullen

January 4, 2016

HOLYOKE: Anne P. Cullen, age 53, of Holyoke passed away suddenly on Monday, January 4, 2016. She was born in Springfield, daughter of the late Edward J. and Zita (Garges) Cullen. She graduated from Cathedral High School in 1980 and Westfield State College in1984. Anne was a thirty-one year teacher in the Holyoke Public School System, working with severe special needs students. An avid golfer,...
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Erna D. Dupuis

March 28, 1927 - January 3, 2016

HOLYOKE Erna D. Dupuis, 88, of Holyoke, died Sunday January 3, 2016 at Holyoke Medical Center. Erna was born in Holyoke, daughter of the late Henry and Lillian (Schoen) Dupuis, and was a graduate of Holyoke High School and _. She was a retired 40 year teacher in the Springfield Public School System. Erna was very grateful to Dottie Blain-Hamel, Deb Dominguez, and Gloria Morneau for the loving...
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Irene M. Kazimierczak

October 21, 1940 - January 2, 2016

HUNTINGTON Irene M. (Trombley) Kazimierczak, 75, of Huntington, died Saturday January 2, 2016 at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. Irene was born in Holyoke, daughter of the late Alfred W. and Marceline (Douglas) Trombley, Jr. and attended Precious Blood School and Chicopee High School. Irene had worked at Forbes & Wallace Department Store, Advo Carpet, Hampshire National Bank, and United...
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Janice R. Sears

July 29, 1932 - January 2, 2016

HOLYOKE: Janice R. (Ellert) Sears, age 83, of Holyoke, passed away on January 2, 2016 at her home. She was born in Holyoke, daughter of the late Otto and Wallie A. (Torno) Ellert, was a 1950 graduate of Holyoke High School and attended the Holyoke Hospital School of Nursing. A wonderful homemaker to her husband and children, Janice was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Holyoke. She is...
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Anthony J. Majka

March 10, 1929 - January 1, 2016

CHICOPEE Anthony "Tony" J. Majka, 86, passed away peacefully on January 1, 2016 after a brief illness. He was the son of Joseph and Pauline, and the youngest brother to Lottie, Max, and Walter Majka. Born in Chicopee, MA Tony lived a long and healthy life with his wife Abina (Dorgan). They resided in Granby, CT, acquired and moved to The Pixley Tavern property in Blanford, MA and eventually...
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David Archambault

February 2, 1981 - January 1, 2016

HOLYOKE: David Archambault, 34 years old, passed away suddenly at his home in Holyoke, MA. He was in the company of his loving companion and best friend "Dunkin." He attended Dean Technical H.S. as part of the 2000 class and HCC's Business Marketing Degree Program. An active member of the CHD program of Holyoke and Odyssey House, he loved to help everyone he could in his community. He was an...
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Mona R. Cauley

January 12, 1921 - December 31, 2015

HOLYOKE: Mona Rose (Labonte) Cauley, age 94, of Holyoke, died peacefully on December 31, 2015 at Holyoke Health Care Center. Mona Rose Cauley was born in Holyoke in 1921 to the late Edward and Hilda Labonte. She was a lifelong resident of Holyoke, attended Precious Blood Elementary and Middle Schools and was a graduate of Holyoke High School. Mona was an Accounting Assistant for many years at...
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Armando Cruz

February 17, 1920 - December 30, 2015

HOLYOKE: Armando Cruz, age 95, of Holyoke, passed away on Wednesday, December 30, 2015. He was born in Comerio, Puerto Rico, son of the late Ramon and Clemencia Cruz. Armando was a communicant of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Holyoke. He is survived by his wife, Inocencia (Jimenez) Cruz; five children, Armando Cruz, Jr., Luis Cruz, Margarita Reyes, Virginia Roche, and Carmen Martinez, and 17...
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Nancy L. Dunn

March 8, 1942 - December 29, 2015

HOLYOKE- Nancy Louise Dunn, 73, of Holyoke, passed away from Mesothelioma on Tuesday, December 29, 2015, surrounded by her family and friends. She was born in Holyoke, daughter of the late John D. and Margaret (Greaney) Dunn and graduated from the former Sacred Heart High School in 1960 and the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in 1963. Nancy was a Registered Nurse at Mercy Medical Center for many...
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Albert H. Murray, Jr.

December 29, 2015

HOLYOKE- Albert H. Murray Jr., of Holyoke, died on Tuesday December 29, 2015 at Loomis House. He was born and raised in Holyoke and educated in the Holyoke Public Schools. For thirty-two years, Al was a proud member of Holyoke Fire Department, serving until his retirement in 1992, and was active in Holyoke Fireman's Aid Association, serving for a time as its Vice President. He was also...
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Teresa Lynn Supernaw

November 12, 1986 - December 27, 2015

HOLYOKE Teresa Lynn Supernaw was born in Springfield on November 12, 1986 and passed away on Sunday, December 27, 2015. Teresa was a lifelong resident of Holyoke and a 2006 graduate of Dean Technical High School. She was an Air Force ROTC cadet and graduated as a diesel mechanic. Teresa is survived by her mother Polly Campbell-Kelley and husband James Kelley, her father Michael H. Supernaw, step...
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Carole (Clayton) Foran

November 21, 1933 - December 27, 2015

HOLYOKE: Carole J. (Clayton) Foran, age 82, of Holyoke, passed away on Sunday, December 27, 2015 at her home, surrounded by her family. She was born in Holyoke, daughter of the late Walter and Alma (Theroux) Clayton and was a graduate of Holyoke High School and Regis College. Carole was a teacher in the Holyoke Public School System for many years, retiring in 1990. She was the widow of Robert...
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Carmen M. Cruz

May 19, 1945 - December 24, 2015

HOLYOKE Carmen M. (Ortiz) Cruz, age 70, of Holyoke died on Thursday, December 24, 2015 at the Holyoke Medical Center. She was born in Puerto Rico, daughter of the late Bartolo and Amelia (Rolon) Ortiz and had lived here for many years. She was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Holyoke. Carmen was the widow of Zaracia Cruz, who died in 1999. She is survived by four children...
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John Dietel

July 10, 1936 - December 21, 2015

HOLYOKE John "Jack" Dietel, 79, of Holyoke, passed away on Monday, December 21, 2015 in Holyoke. He was born in Holyoke, son of the late John and Lillian Esther (Preiss) Dietel and was a graduate of Holyoke High School. Jack worked for many years as a Carpenter. He was a member of the Holyoke Lodge of Elks #902, the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Shelburne, American Legion Post 325 in Holyoke...
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Michael D. Couture

December 22, 1953 - December 19, 2015

CHICOPEE: Michael D. Couture, 61, died peacefully at home on Saturday, December 19, from Multiple Myeloma cancer that he valiantly and courageously battled for 11 years with dignity, tenacity and grace. He was an admirable and respected man who lived, loved and laughed. He was very grateful for the many blessings throughout his life. He enjoyed the great outdoors while boating, camping, walking,...
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Mary Clare Bennett

August 12, 1923 - December 17, 2015

HOLYOKE- Mary Clare Bennett (nee O'Connor), 92, of Holyoke passed away quietly at home, Thursday, December 17, 2015. She approached her life as she did her death -- with quiet resolve that was an inspiration to all who knew her. Mary was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Clifford Bennett, PhD. Raised in the Hungry Hill neighborhood of Springfield, Mary was the daughter of the late...
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Constance McAndrews

March 26, 1932 - December 16, 2015

HOLYOKE- Constance A. (Beliveau) McAndrews, 83, of Holyoke, passed away surrounded by her family on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at Mount Saint Vincent Care Center. She was born in Holyoke, daughter of the late Edward and Marcelle (Frechette) Beliveau and graduated from Holyoke High School and the Providence Hospital School of Nursing. A longtime registered nurse, Connie worked at Loomis House...
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Edward J. Sullivan

March 12, 1943 - December 14, 2015

Edward J. Sullivan, 72 of Naples, Florida passed away peacefully with his family by his side on December 14, 2015 at Hope Hospice in Bonita Springs, Florida. He was the first baby born at Jackson Parkway in Holyoke on March 12, 1943 the son of the late Timothy T. and Rose M. (Lamirande) Sullivan. Ed attended Sacred Heart School and graduated from Holyoke Trade School where he began his life long...
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Kevin M. Murphy

June 4, 1954 - December 13, 2015

CHICOPEE Kevin M. Murphy, 61, of Chicopee, died unexpectedly Sunday December 13, 2015 in Hadley. He was born in Holyoke, a son of the late John F. and Margaret E. Murphy and graduated from South Hadley High School and HCC. He proudly served in the Air Force and subsequently the Air Force Reserves upon his honorable discharge. He worked in the Northampton and Easthampton Post Offices for a...
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Claire L. Smith

December 4, 1955 - December 12, 2015

HOLYOKE- Sista, 60, passed away in Springfield, MA. Born in Leslie, GA and resided in Holyoke, MA. She is survived by her son, Quentin Smith, grandchildren Quentin Smith Jr. and Jordon Bombard; her sister, Williene Smith, brothers Walter, Willie, Fred and Ralph Stevenson and Floyd Fair and several nieces and nephews including Nina Smith-Jones and Takisa-Smith. She was predeceased by her mother...
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Ann M. Gibbons

January 3, 1927 - December 11, 2015

HOLYOKE Honorable Ann M. (Martin) Gibbons, retired Presiding Justice of the Eastern Hampshire District Court, died peacefully at her home on December 11, 2015. Born on January 3, 1927 in Springfield, Massachusetts, she was the daughter of Hannah M. (Devine) and John J. Martin. Her parents emigrated from County Kerry, Ireland and settled in the Hungry Hill section of Springfield. AnnaMae, as...
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Ruth Irene Smith

October 13, 1915 - December 6, 2015

HOLYOKE Ruth Irene (Rohnert) Smith, age 100, of Holyoke, died Sunday December 6, 2015 at Loomis House. She was born in South Hadley, daughter of the late Alexander and Lydia (Muench) Rohnert, and was a graduate of South Hadley High School. Ruth lived most of her life in South Hadley, and was employed as a Clerk at the Wall Street Journal in Chicopee, retiring in 1980. She was a member and...
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Nancy M. Cannata

December 12, 1931 - December 5, 2015

YAPHANK, NY Nancy M. (Curran) Cannata, 83, of Yaphank, New York, formerly of Holyoke, died Saturday December 5, 2015 at the Westhampton Care Center. Nancy was born in Holyoke, daughter of the late Matthew and Genevieve (Gibson) Curran, and was a graduate of Holyoke High School and St. Joseph's College in West Hartford, CT. She was a school teacher for many years in the Long Island School System....
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Paul G. Comtois

December 31, 1930 - December 4, 2015

CHICOPEE Paul G. Comtois, 84, of Chicopee, died Friday December 4, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center. Paul was the son of the late Valmore and Bernedette Comtois, and was a graduate of Chicopee High School. He was a Korean War Veteran of the United States Navy and a member of the New Life Church in East Longmeadow. Paul was a retired steel worker for Easco Company in Springfield, and after retirement...
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Elaine Y. Carroll

August 28, 1940 - December 4, 2015

SOUTHAMPTON Elaine Y. (Theroux) Chirgwin Carroll, 75, of Southampton, died Friday December 4, 2015 at her home, surrounded by her loving family. Elaine was born in Holyoke, daughter of the late Lionel and Yvonne (Depot) Theroux, and was a graduate of Holyoke High School. Elaine served as a Home Health Aide in the Holyoke area for many years, and was excellent with gardening and cooking. She was...
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Jean E. Wojnarowski

September 18, 1926 - December 3, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY Jean E. (Andrews) Wojnarowski, 88, of South Hadley, died Thursday December 3, 2015 at the Elaine Center in Hadley. Jean was born in Patterson, New Jersey, daughter of the late Peter and Elaine (Ducharme) Andrews. She was a graduate of Holyoke High School, worked as a Clerk for the Town of South Hadley for many years, and was a communicant of St. Patrick's Church. Jean was...
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Peter C. Desprey

March 31, 1934 - November 27, 2015

Peter C. Desprey, 81, of Holyoke, passed away on Friday, November 27, 2015 in Holyoke. He was born in Bronx, New York, son of the late Peter Desprey and Corinne (Parent) Morin and was educated in the Holyoke schools. He was a United States Army Veteran of the Korean War, and had lived in this area since 1942. Peter was employed at Uniroyal, Rexham Graphics, and the City of Holyoke DPW. An avid...
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Pamela J. Rodgers

December 19, 1957 - November 27, 2015

HOLYOKE Pamela J. (Gosselin) Rodgers, age 57, of Holyoke, passed away on Friday, November 27, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center in Springfield. She was born in Northampton, daughter of the late Roger and Sally (Packard) Gosselin, attended Easthampton Schools and was a graduate of Holyoke Community College. Pam was a longtime bank teller, retiring in January 2014 from the Holyoke Mall Branch of Bank...
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Joseph P. Szostkiewicz, ( Joe Soskovic)

November 4, 1925 - November 26, 2015

CHICOPEE – Joseph Szostkiewicz, 90 passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, November 26, 2015 at Bay State Medical Center in Springfield, MA. He was predeceased by his lovely wife of 62 years, Thelma Clements on January 21, 2013. Joe was born in Holyoke, son of the late Jan and Karolina (Stybak) Szostkiewicz. He was a 1944 graduate of Holyoke High School and was...
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Helen M. Emery

July 29, 1924 - November 21, 2015

GRANBY: Helen M. (Wolfe) Emery, age 91, of Granby, MA died peacefully at home surrounded by her family on Saturday, November 21, 2015 just as a vibrantly pink-hued sunrise lit up the sky. Daughter of Mary Ellen (Herbert) Wolfe and James E. Wolfe, Helen had fond memories of her South Hadley Falls neighborhood where she grew up, although both the Herbert and Wolfe families have strong Holyoke...
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June A. Sullivan

June 1, 1939 - November 21, 2015

HOLYOKE June A. (DiNapoli) Sullivan, age 76, of Holyoke, passed away Saturday, November 21, 2015 at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester. She was born in Holyoke, daughter of Myra (Bogart) DiNapoli and the late Anthony DiNapoli. June was a graduate of the former Holy Rosary High School and was retired from Career Point where she worked as a Service Representative. She served as the...
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Veronica A. Kowalczyk

January 30, 1921 - November 19, 2015

HOLYOKE- Veronica Agnes Kowalczyk, age 94, of Holyoke, died Thursday, November 19, 2015 at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital – Plymouth, Mass. She was born in Holyoke Massachusetts, daughter of the late John and Pelagia Hojnowski. She was the wife of the late Edward J. Kowalczyk. She was educated in the Holyoke schools and lived in Holyoke all her life. After 40 years she retired as an inventory...
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Catherine T. Murphy

March 29, 1931 - November 18, 2015

Catherine T. "Kay" (Murphy) Murphy, 84, of Holyoke, passed away on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at The Mount Saint Vincent Care Center. She was born in Holyoke, daughter of the late John and Mary Anne (McKaig) Murphy and was a graduate of Sacred Heart High School, College of Our Lady of the Elms and received her Masters' Degree in Education from American International College. Kay was a retired...
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Neil F. Barry

September 16, 1930 - November 18, 2015

GRANBY: Neil F. Barry, 85, of Granby, passed away on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at Holyoke Medical Center. He was born in the Florence Section of Northampton, son of the late Charles and Mary (Witherall) Barry and was educated in the South Hadley Schools. Neil served with the United States Air Force during the Korean War. He worked for Prudential Insurance Company in South Hadley, owned and...
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Rena C. Sullivan

April 19, 1928 - November 18, 2015

HOLYOKE Rena C. (Lafleur) Sullivan, 87, of Holyoke, passed away at home, surrounded by her loving family, on Wednesday, November 18, 2015. She was born in Chicopee, daughter of the late Placid and Edna (Chartier) Lafleur and was educated in the Chicopee schools. Rena was employed at Daniel O'Connell's Sons Inc. and later at National Blank Book Company. She had lived in Holyoke for many years,...
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Frank A. Czaporowski

April 19, 1940 - November 17, 2015

CHICOPEE Frank A. Czaporowski, 75, of Chicopee, died Tuesday November 17, 2015 at Holyoke Medical Center with his loving family by his side. Frank was born in Holyoke, son of the late Stanley and Mary (Skodzinska) Czaporowski, was a graduate of the Holyoke Trade School and served in the United States Army. He worked for many years for Spaulding and was a communicant of Our Lady of the Cross...
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Jacqueline A. (Berneche) Letourneau

December 27, 1935 - November 16, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY- Jacqueline A. (Berneche) Letourneau, 79, of South Hadley, passed away on Monday, November 16, 2015 at Mont Marie Health Care Center in Holyoke. She was born in Holyoke, daughter of the late Rene and Alice (Ouimet) Berneche and attended Holyoke Schools. Jacqueline had lived in South Hadley for the past thirty-eight years, and worked for many years at Pratt & Austin Company, retiring...
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Constance A. Payette

February 27, 1936 - November 13, 2015

HOLYOKE Constance A. "Connie" (Dufault) Payette, age 79, of Holyoke, passed away on Friday, November 13, 2015 at Holyoke Medical Center with her children by her side. She was born in Holyoke, daughter of the late Armand and Grace (Betie) Dufault and was a graduate of Holyoke High School. She also obtained a Degree as a Dental Hygienist, but loved working as a Customer Service Representative...
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John H. Kennedy

April 16, 1924 - November 8, 2015

John H. Kennedy, age 91, passed away on Sunday, November 8 at his home. He was born in Winslow Township, Camden County, New Jersey, a son of the late Dennis and Julia (Archer) Kennedy. He was educated in Winslow, New Jersey and graduated from Western New England College in 1977. John was a veteran of the World War II, served as a member of the 123rd Army Air Force. He retired from Worthington...
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Shirley C. Scanlon

April 7, 1925 - November 8, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY Shirley C. (Meehan) Scanlon, 90, of South Hadley, passed away on Sunday November 8, 2015 at her home. Shirley was born in Holyoke, daughter of the late Gerald and Cecile (Messier) Meehan, and was educated in Holyoke Schools. She lived in South Hadley for the past 51 years and was employed as a Sales Clerk at the former Dorothy Dodd Department Store in Holyoke for many years. After...
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Dorothy Driscoll

March 12, 1924 - November 6, 2015

HOLYOKE Dorothy Sweeney Driscoll, 91, died peacefully Friday, November 6, 2015. Born on March 12, 1924, she was the daughter of the late John J. and Bridget (Kerin) Sweeney of Holyoke, MA. She graduated from Holyoke High School in 1942 and attended Ryder College in New Jersey. A lifelong resident of Holyoke, she was married to the late Dr. John J. Driscoll for 53 years. Dorothy loved gathering...
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Carl H. LeValle, Jr.

December 31, 1959 - November 1, 2015

HOLYOKE Carl H. LeValle, Jr., 55, born on December 31, 1959, departed this life on Sunday, November 1, 2015 in Westfield, MA surrounded by his loving family. The son of the late Carl H. LeValle, Sr. and Nellie (McCray) LeValle, he was raised by his grandparents the late Colonel LeValle, Jr. and Sadie (Royal) LeValle. Carl was born in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and raised in Augusta, GA. He was a...
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Gertraud M. Hartmann

April 24, 1921 - November 1, 2015

HOLYOKE Gertraud Maria "Trudi" (von Lossnitzer) Hartmann, 94, of Holyoke, passed away on Sunday, November 1, 2015 at Holyoke Health Care Center. She was born in Coburg, Germany, daughter of the late Oh-Helmuth and Gertrud (Werner) von Lossnitzer and was a graduate of the University of Freiburg, Germany in 1938. Trudi came to this country in 1949 and was a 1956 graduate of the Springfield...
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Adele H. (Szymonik) Sujat

January 23, 1925 - November 1, 2015

Adele Helen (Szymonik) Sujat, 90, of Holyoke, died Sunday November 1, 2015 at Holyoke Health Care Center. Adele was born in Holyoke, daughter of the late Wojciech and Mary (Gryzb) Szymonik, and was educated at Mater Dolorosa School, Holyoke High School, and Holyoke Community College. She worked at Holyoke Wholesale Grocery in Holyoke for 14 years, and was a para-professional at the Chapin School...
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Edward F. Koch

April 18, 1940 - October 31, 2015

SOUTHAMPTON: Edward F. Koch, age 75, of Southampton, passed away on Saturday October 31, 2015 at the Holyoke Health Care Center. He was born in Holyoke, a son of the late Stanley and Virginia (Drozdowski) Koch and was a 1958 graduate of Holyoke Trade School. Ed was a professional welder, working at UMass Amherst and Belchertown State School. After retirement, he owned and operated the former K's...
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James R. Porter

March 21, 1931 - October 29, 2015

CHICOPEE James R. Porter, age 84, passed away Thursday, October 29, 2015 at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. He was born and educated in Holyoke, a son of the late James and Rose (Sullivan) Porter. Jim was a veteran of the Korean War, having served with both, the United States Navy and the United States Marine Corps. He was a retired Firefighter for the City of Holyoke. Jim enjoyed...
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Paul B. Dondley

November 10, 1956 - October 29, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY Paul was taken without warning from his friends and family early Thursday morning, October 29, 2015. Born in Springfield, Massachusetts and raised in the Hungry Hill section of the city, Paul was known for his easy-going, gentle and friendly manner. He was beloved by everyone who knew him, especially the children in the schools where he worked. Paul was a tireless public servant in...
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Robert W. Cundiff

February 28, 1942 - October 26, 2015

Robert (Bob) Wesley Cundiff, 73, died peacefully at home with his family on Monday October 26, 2015. He leaves his sisters, Linda Pelkey and her husband Larry of Maine, Anita Hall and her husband Albert of Holyoke, Cynthia Buss of Arizona and Dona Hall and her husband Danny of Chicopee; a daughter Barbara Eufemia and her husband Michael of Southwick; his son Robert Cundiff and his wife Linda of...
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Mary F. Dudley

March 15, 1925 - October 26, 2015

HOLYOKE Mary F. "Ginger" Dudley (Sheehan), 90, of Holyoke, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Monday, October 26, 2015, after a brief illness. A loving and devoted mother and wife, she was married to the late George N. Dudley for 57 wonderful years. Mother of Maryellen Rancourt, Kathleen Keating and her husband Daniel, and George G. Dudley and his husband Michael Vaughan. Loving...
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Jeffrey W. Teal

August 25, 1946 - October 23, 2015

SPRINGFIELD: Jeffrey W. Teal, 69, was called safely home while surrounded by his loved ones on Friday October 23, 2015. Jeff grew up in Holyoke and was the son of Clifford and Catherine (Peterson) Teal. He was a Vietnam Veteran who enlisted in the Army in 1965. He proudly served his country for 19 years and did 2 tours in Vietnam after which he served in the National Guard. Jeff had a life-long...
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Bridget "Bridie" Gallagher

January 24, 1943 - October 23, 2015

HOLYOKE Bridget "Bridie" Gallagher, 72, of Holyoke, died Friday, October 23, 2015 at home surrounded by her loving family and friends. She was born and educated in Dooyork, County Mayo, Ireland, daughter of the late Michael and Mary (McGowan) Mangan. Bridie was a communicant of Blessed Sacrament Church, an avid golfer and a member of the East Mountain Country Club. She is survived by her...
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Carol M. Chalmers

August 25, 1943 - October 21, 2015

HOLYOKE Carol M. Chalmers, age 72, died from cancer on Wednesday October 21, 2015 in West Springfield. She was born in Hartford, CT on August 25, 1943. Carol will always be known for her love of animals, and the joy she got from taking road trips and vacations. Her friends and family will remember her for the hard worker and strong woman she was. Carol Chalmers is survived by her husband Thomas ...
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Nancy Sullivan

October 20, 2015

Nancy Sullivan, 58, of Holyoke, passed away peacefully October 20, 2015. Nancy was born in Holyoke, Massachusetts, the beloved daughter of the late Dr. Francis L. Sullivan and Kathleen (O'Meara) Sullivan. Nancy was a 1975 graduate of Holyoke Catholic High School. She received a degree in Social Work from William Patterson College, New Jersey. Nancy taught at several schools in Brewster, MA...
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Gerald C. "Bubs" Smith

August 29, 1962 - October 19, 2015

HOLYOKE Gerald C. "Bubs" Smith, 53, passed away October 19, 2015, with his family by his side. Born August 29, 1962, he was the son of the late Elige B Smith and Marilyn L (Rael) Smith. He is survived by his wife Lisa (Roman) Smith, daughter Crystal and future son-in-law Donald, and his son Cameron all of Holyoke. He will also be missed by his sister Evelyn Manijak and husband Mike of South...
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Leonard E. Geffert

April 22, 1953 - October 18, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY Leonard E. Geffert, D.P.M, age 62, of South Hadley, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, October 18, 2015 at his home. He was born in Holyoke, son of Leonard Geffert and the late Ruth (Sattler) Geffert. Leonard was a graduate of Holyoke High School, Valpriso University and the Illinois College of Pediatric Medicine. He was a Podiatrist in Holyoke for many years, where he owned and...
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George A. "Snizz" Baush

January 2, 1928 - October 15, 2015

HOLYOKE George A. "Snizz" Baush, 87, of Holyoke, died Thursday October 15, 2015 at Holyoke Medical Center, surrounded by his loving family. George was born in Holyoke, son of the late Carlton and Mary (Barrett) Baush, was a graduate of Holyoke High School, and served in the United States Coast Guard. He received his Bachelor's Degree from Fitchburg State College and a Master's Degree from...
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Richard C. Haluck

December 16, 1953 - October 14, 2015

HOLYOKE Richard C. Haluck, 61, of Holyoke, died peacefully in the arms of his loving family, Wednesday October 14, 2015 at Baystate Medical Center. Richard was born in Holyoke, son of Julie (Pacholec) Haluck and the late Casimir Haluck, and was a graduate of Holyoke High School, with degrees from both Holyoke Community College and Westfield State College. Richard was a Clerk at the Springfield...
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Laura Zabik, R.N.

November 4, 1932 - October 13, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY Laura E. (Bartlett) Zabik, age 83, passed away on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at Baystate Medical Center. She was born in Erving, MA and was a graduate of Turners Falls High School and Providence Hospital School of Nursing. Laura was a Registered Nurse for Buckley Nursing Home for many years. She was a communicant of St. Jerome Church. Laura is survived by her husband Edwin F....
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Esther M. Minkley

October 13, 1918 - October 12, 2015

HOLYOKE: Esther M. (Felkel) Minkley, 96, of Holyoke, passed away peacefully Monday October 12, 2015 at Mount Saint Vincent Care Center, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Pittsfield, daughter of the late Conrad and Lillian (Mann) Felkel, and was a 1936 graduate of Holyoke High School. She worked for many years as a secretary-bookeeper for William Skinner Satin Mill, Vanguard...
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Christina Pike

January 6, 1921 - October 11, 2015

WESTFIELD: Christina Regas (Regopoulos) Pike fell asleep on Sunday, October 11, 2015 with the guaranteed promise of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, of the resurrection and life everlasting. Born in Holyoke, MA on January 6, 1921 (Christmas Eve by the Julian calendar), she was the daughter of Greek immigrant parents, the late Konstantinos and Constantina (Hristopoulos) Regopoulos, from the...
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Earl J. Reopell

October 8, 1928 - October 9, 2015

WARE Earl J. Reopell, Sr., 87, of Ware passed away on October 9, 2015 with his family by his side. He was a resident of the Holyoke Soldiers' Home for the past 4½ years while he battled dementia. Earl was born in New Haven, CT, son of the late John and Gladys (Mason) Reopell. He served with the United States Navy during World War II, and later was a Plant Superintendent for Nonotuck...
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Francis S. "Friendly Frank" Gruszka

September 25, 1924 - October 7, 2015

HOLYOKE Francis S. Gruszka, 91, died peacefully October 7, 2015 following a long illness. Born September 25, 1924 in Holyoke to Stanley and Katarzyna Gruszka, he was educated in Holyoke schools, and proudly served in the U.S. Army. Known as "Friendly Frank", he was the proprietor of F&M Motors Sales in Holyoke until his retirement. He is survived by his wife Pauline, son David, son Michael and...
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Joan I (Krause) Skelton

February 6, 1931 - October 5, 2015

HOLYOKE- Joan I (Krause) Skelton, 84, of Holyoke Ma. passed away peacefully on Monday, October 5, 2015 with family at her side. Joan was born in Holyoke, daughter of Ernest and Isabelle (MacLean) Krause. Joan was predeceased in 2002 by her loving husband of 49 years, Harold F. Skelton, Sr. Joan is survived her three sons: Harold F Skelton, Jr and his wife Debra of Holyoke; John R. Skelton and...
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Marie S. Lauzon

March 30, 1935 - October 4, 2015

HOLYOKE- Marie Stella (Pleau) Lauzon, 80, of Holyoke, passed away on Sunday October 4, 2015 at Wingate of East Longmeadow. She was born in Holyoke, daughter of the late William and Marguerite "Alice" (Martel) Pleau and received her Bachelor's Degree in Education. Marie was a retired thirty-five year teacher in the Chicopee Public School System. She was the widow of Oliver E. Lauzon, who died on...
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Frances C. (Dion) Blondek

July 13, 1921 - October 4, 2015

HOLYOKE- Frances C. (Dion) Blondek, 94, of Holyoke, passed away on Sunday October 4, 2015 at the East Longmeadow Skilled Nursing Center. She was born in Holyoke, daughter of the late William and Adeline (Reed) Dion and was a graduate of Holyoke High School. Frances worked for many years as a florist at the family owned Dion Florist in Holyoke, retiring in 1980. She enjoyed cooking and spending...
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Lila V. Hersom

October 13, 1924 - October 4, 2015

HOLYOKE Lila V. (Moussette) Hersom, 90, of Holyoke, died Sunday October 4, 2015 at Mount Saint Vincent Care Center. Lila was born in Holyoke, daughter of the late Alphonse and Alice (Mercier) Moussette, and was a graduate of Rosary High School. She was a longtime employee of Atlas Copco, formerly the Worthington Company. Lila was a communicant of St. Patrick Church in South Hadley and a member...
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Michael William Hennessey

November 7, 1949 - October 2, 2015

HOLYOKE- Michael William Hennessey, age 65, passed away surrounded by his loving family at the Holyoke Soldier's Home on Friday October 2, 2015 after a prolonged illness with cancer. Mike was born in Holyoke, son of the late Francis J. and Ann M. (Simmons) Hennessey, attended Holyoke schools and played football at Holyoke High School. Mike served his country in Vietnam (1970-1971) as a corporal ...
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Denise (Narey) Leitl

February 11, 1968 - September 29, 2015

CHICOPEE Denise (Narey) Leitl of Chicopee, MA was called safely home on Tuesday, September 29, 2015, after a long illness. She was the treasured daughter of Raymond and Annette (Roy) Narey of South Hadley, MA. She will be deeply missed by her daughters Amber Leitl and her partner James Minor, and Shantel Leitl and her partner, Rick Lemois. Denise doted over her grandchildren Krystina Wright,...
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Frances C. Cayer

January 14, 1937 - September 29, 2015

HOLYOKE Frances C. (Flaherty) Cayer, passed away peacefully Tuesday September 29, 2015 at Loomis House in Holyoke, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Pittsfield, MA daughter of the late Francis J. and Annette E. (Carrier) Flaherty, and attended schools in Holyoke. Frances was in the St. Francis Fraternity beginning in 1986, and was professed as a 3rd Order Secular Franciscan in...
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