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Barry J Farrell Funeral Home

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


Our Obituaries

Patrick W Friel

February 28, 1959 - April 2, 2017

HOLYOKE: Patrick W. Friel, 58, of Holyoke, passed away on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at his home, in the care of his devoted brother. He was born in Holyoke, son of the late William P. and Alice M. (Banister) Friel and was a 1977 graduate of Holyoke High School. Pat was a former swing manager at McDonalds in Holyoke from 1975 to 1980, and later worked for thirty years as a Direct Case Worker (MRW 1)...
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Fausto A. Piedra

June 30, 1962 - March 31, 2017

HOLYOKE: Fausto Aurelio Piedra, age 54, of Holyoke, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, March 31, 2017 at his home. He was born in Quito, Ecuador, and had lived in Holyoke since 1965. Fausto was a 1981 graduate of Holyoke Catholic High School and St. Johns Business School in West Springfield. He was the 11-year Proprietor of FAP Contractors of Holyoke. In his younger years, he participated in...
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James Jackson

March 31, 2017

HOLYOKE James "Jim" Jackson, longtime Holyoke Youth Basketball and Baseball Coach, passed away on Friday, March 31, 2017 at Holyoke Medical Center. Jim was born in Americus, GA to the late John and Ruth (Hudson) Jackson and had moved to Holyoke in the early 1940's at the age of five. In his youth, he spent much of his time after school playing basketball at the Holyoke Boys' Club on Race Street...
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Walter A. Meyer, Jr.

February 10, 1943 - March 27, 2017

HOLYOKE Walter A. Meyer, Jr. age 74, of Holyoke, entered into eternal rest on Monday March 27, 2017. He was born in Holyoke, son of the late Walter A. and Margaret (Murray) Meyer, Sr., and was a 1961 graduate of Holyoke High School, then graduated from Holyoke Trade School as a Printer. Walter was employed as an offset pressman at Ampad Corp. in Holyoke, retiring after 25 years of service. He...
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Aldo E. Lavinio

May 18, 1940 - March 25, 2017

HOLYOKE Aldo E. Lavinio, 76, of Holyoke, formerly a resident of Springfield, died Saturday March 25, 2017 at Baystate Medical Center. Aldo was born and educated in Holyoke, son of Italian immigrants the late Silvio and Lucia (Antonucci) Lavinio. He was employed by United Liquors as a truck driver. Aldo was predeceased by his wife, Patricia Ann (Humason) Lavinio in October 2016. He is survived by...
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Lorraine F. Tully

May 26, 1942 - March 25, 2017

HOLYOKE Lorraine F. (Roy) Tully, 74, of Holyoke, passed away on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Mont Marie Health Care Center in Holyoke. She was born in Holyoke, daughter of the late Armand and Florence (Hebert) Roy and graduated from Precious Blood High School and Bay Path College, then received her B.A. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2004. Lorraine was the Business Manager at...
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Georgianna Sullivan

July 26, 1922 - March 25, 2017

HOLYOKE: Georgianna (Regas) Sullivan, 94, died Saturday, March 25, 2017. Born July 26, 1922 in Holyoke, MA, she was the daughter of Greek immigrant parents, the late Konstantinos and Constantina (Hristopoulos) Regopoulos from the Kalavrita region of Greece. She was a lifetime member of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of Holyoke. She leaves her children, John Sullivan and his wife Carmen of...
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Martin E. "Marty" Lavelle

November 8, 1934 - March 24, 2017

SOUTH HADLEY Martin E. "Marty" Lavelle, 82, passed away peacefully on March 24, 2017. Martin was born November 8, 1934 in Belmullet, County Mayo, Ireland to the parents of Michael and Annie (Cauley) Lavelle. Martin was one of 11 children who immigrated to Holyoke in 1953. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War and was Honorably Discharged. After leaving the military, he...
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George D. Washington

April 24, 1930 - March 24, 2017

SOUTH HADLEY" George D. Washington, of South Hadley, passed away on Friday March 24, 2017 at the Holyoke Soldier's Home. George was born in Holyoke to the late Joseph and Beatrice Washington and lived in South Hadley for over 50 years. George is survived by his devoted wife Tricia of South Hadley; daughter Donna and her husband Richard Plummer of Ludlow; son Paul Washington of Chicopee; two...
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Russell B. "Russ" Durocher

August 10, 1950 - March 22, 2017

HOLYOKE The Right Rev'd +Russ Durocher, D.D. of Holyoke, MA died on March 22, 2017 at the age of 66. He was an Independent Esoteric Catholic Bishop, Gnostic Teacher and Counselor as well as a highly regarded Hermetic Astrologer with a clientele worldwide. +Russ was born on August 10,1950 in Holyoke to Russell A. and Olive C. Durocher. His early career was as a district manager for Western Mass....
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Mary Adele Kelly

April 8, 1931 - March 21, 2017

SOUTH HADLEY Mary Adele "Della" (Tonelli) Kelly, from South Hadley, entered into eternal rest and peace on Tuesday, March 21, 2017. Born in Springfield on April 8, 1931, she was a resident of Chicopee for 60 years, before moving to South Hadley, she was a person dedicated to her family of 6 children, 10 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Della graduated from Mercy Hospital School of...
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Marcella J. Lemoine

September 18, 1931 - March 20, 2017

HOLYOKE Marcella J. Lemoine, 85, of Holyoke, passed away Monday March 20, 2017 at Holyoke Medical Center. She was born and educated in South Hadley, MA. Marcella is survived by a son, Gary Lemoine and his wife Marge of South Hadley; three daughters: Deborah Baush of Holyoke, Carleen Stamm and her husband Robert of South Hadley, and Janice Cauley and her husband Rick of Holyoke; eight...
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Gloriann R. Samson

February 17, 1940 - March 19, 2017

CHICOPEE Gloriann R. (Domin) Samson, 77, of Chicopee, died Sunday March 19, 2017 at Baystate Medical Center. Gloriann was born in Northampton, MA, daughter of the late Edward and Rose (Kaluza) Domin. She worked for many years at Baystate Medical Center as a Dietician, X-Ray Tech, and EKG Tech, retiring in 2005. Gloriann enjoyed spending time at the Cape and in New Hampshire as well as doing word...
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Gerard "Jerry" Duval

August 6, 1944 - March 15, 2017

HOLYOKE Gerard "Jerry" Duval, 72, passed away peacefully on March 15th 2017 at Mont Marie in Holyoke. Born in Hartford, CT he was 3rd in line of 12 children to be born to Gerard Duval and Irene Degaraff. He will be deeply missed by his wife of 30 years, Marianne Duval. Jerry was an auto-mechanic, owner of "Jerry's Auto" in Holyoke. There never was a vehicle that he couldn't repair. He was an...
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Walter M. Walkowicz

February 9, 1927 - March 12, 2017

HOLYOKE: Walter M. Walkowicz, age 90, of Holyoke, a loving husband, father and grandfather, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 12, 2017 at the Holyoke Soldier's Home. A lifelong resident of Holyoke, he was a son of the late Michael and Victoria (Hudyka) Walkowicz and was a graduate of Holyoke High School. Walter was a United States Navy Veteran of World War II, and owned and managed the...
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George T. Griffin

November 15, 1941 - March 10, 2017

HOLYOKE: George T. Griffin, 75, passed away peacefully at Highview of Northampton in Leeds on Friday, March 10, 2017. He was born in Holyoke, son of the late Edward and Mary (Falvey) Griffin and attended the former Sacred Heart Schools. A talented musician, George was a self-employed guitarist until his retirement. He is survived by two sisters, Marilyn Loudon and Eileen Stortz and her husband...
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Ronald C. Knox

May 20, 1932 - March 10, 2017

HOLYOKE: Ronald C. Knox passed away peacefully on March 10, 2017 with his wife Joan by his side. Although declining in health recently, Ron kept his humor and optimism right to the end. He was born in Worcester, Mass. on May 20, 1932 to Evelyn Knox. Growing up during the depression, he learned very early the value of education. He graduated from South High in Worcester in 1950 and enrolled in a...
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Mary E. Kelley

March 20, 1919 - March 7, 2017

HOLYOKE: Mary Elizabeth (Shea) Kelley, age 97, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at Mt. St. Vincent Care Center in Holyoke, MA. She was born in Holyoke, daughter of the late James and Mary (Walsh) Shea and was a lifelong resident of Holyoke. Mary was a graduate of St. Jerome High School where she was voted Class Poet. Mary worked for many years at the Springfield Ordinance...
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John "Jack" Curtin

September 13, 1933 - March 6, 2017

HOLYOKE: John W. Curtin died peacefully at home on Monday March 6, 2017. Jack was born in Holyoke, Massachusetts on September 13, 1933, the son of Christopher and Alvena (Dufresne) Curtin. He was predeceased by his brother Rodger A. Curtin. Jack was a lifelong resident of Holyoke, having recently moved to South Hadley. Jack attended the Holyoke Public Schools, graduating from Holyoke High...
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David V. Clark

May 30, 1942 - March 5, 2017

CHICOPEE: David V. Clark passed on March 5, 2017. He was born in Holyoke, MA to Arthur "Bud" Clark and Doris (Baker) Clark on May 30, 1942. Dave graduated from Holyoke High School in 1960 and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1965 with a degree in Civil Engineering. Upon graduation he went to work for Holyoke Gas and Electric for 5 years before moving on to work as a Project Manager...
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Jean P. Scott

October 29, 1926 - February 27, 2017

CHICOPEE: Jean P. (Richardson) Scott, 90, of Chicopee, passed away peacefully Monday February 27, 2017 at Willimansett Center East. Jean was born in Springfield, daughter of the late Moses W. and Janet E. (Youngson) Richardson, and was educated in Holyoke schools. She was a Seamstress for over 40 years at Filbeck Uniform in Holyoke, retiring in 1993. Jean was a communicant of First Lutheran...
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Rosemary C. Griffin

November 20, 1928 - February 26, 2017

SOUTH HADLEY: Rosemary C. (Chesky) Griffin, age 88, of South Hadley, passed away on Sunday, February 26, 2017 surrounded by her family. Daughter of the late Anthony and Caroline (Ducjak) Chesky, she was born in Holyoke and was a 1946 graduate of Holyoke High School. Rosemary and her husband George lived most of their lives in South Hadley-raising their five children. She was an upbeat and...
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Janet S. Kennedy

September 12, 1933 - February 25, 2017

HOLYOKE: Janet (Wilson) Kennedy passed away on February 25, 2017 with her family by her side. A lifelong Holyoke resident, Janet was born on September 12, 1933. She graduated from Holyoke High School followed by the Holyoke Hospital School of Nursing. Janet is survived by her husband of over 62 years, Richard H. Kennedy, and children Susan Kennedy and Richard Kennedy of Holyoke, Karen Galvin and...
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Madelyn O. Lempke

June 21, 1933 - February 23, 2017

HOLYOKE: Madelyn O. (LeTellier) Lempke, 83, passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 23rd, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Holyoke, daughter of the late Isidore and Olive (St. Jean) LeTellier. She attended Our Lady of Perpetual Help Grammar School and Holyoke High School, where she met her high school sweetheart, Richard H. Lempke. She graduated from The Cooley Dickinson...
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Ruth L. Barr

February 9, 1927 - February 22, 2017

SOUTH HADLEY Ruth (Levy) Barr, of South Hadley, MA, peacefully passed away on Wednesday February 22, 2017. She was the daughter of the late Harry and Clara (Greenberg) Levy, and the wife of Albert Barr, who predeceased her. Ruth was also predeceased by two sisters, Arlene and Marion, a brother Herb, and two grandsons, Adam Lebel and Jordan Morini. Ruth was born in Hartford, CT and attended local...
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Edward J. Clancy, Jr.

February 22, 2017

Edward J. Clancy, Jr., age 71, of Holyoke passed away on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. He was born in Holyoke, son of the late Edward J. and Dorothy A. (Dunn) Clancy and was a graduate of Holyoke Catholic High School, Holyoke Community College, UMass Amherst, and received his Master's Degree in History from the University of Minnesota. Ned taught history...
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Walter P. Larivee

May 3, 1924 - February 20, 2017

Walter P. Larivee, age 92, of Holyoke passed away peacefully on Monday, February 20, 2017 at Renaissance Manor in Holyoke. He was born in Springfield, son of the late Edgar Larivee, Sr. and Mary (Wasowic) Larivee and was a graduate of the Springfield Trade School. Walter was a United States Army Veteran of World War II. He was a thirteen year firefighter for the City of Holyoke, retiring in 1973....
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Angela Morgan Belisle

September 15, 1924 - February 20, 2017

HOLYOKE: Angela (LaPosta) Morgan Belisle, of Holyoke, passed away peacefully on Monday, February 20, 2017 at her home in the love and care of her family and special caregiver, Irene Dwomoh. Born in Bridgeport, CT, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Giulia (DiCintio) LaPosta and a graduate of Warren Harding High School in Bridgeport. While raising her children, she pursued her lifelong...
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William R. Flanagan

November 26, 1920 - February 20, 2017

HOLYOKE: William R. "Bill" Flanagan, age 96, a lifelong resident of Holyoke, passed away on Monday, February 20, 2017 at Jewish Geriatric Services Lifecare in Longmeadow. Bill was born in Holyoke on November 26, 1920, a son of the late William T. and Eva (Mahoney) Flanagan. A United States Army Veteran of World War II, he served in a heavy artillery battalion in England, Ireland, France and...
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Betty Anne Belliveau

February 19, 2017

Betty Anne (O'Connell) Belliveau, 87, of South Hadley, died February 19, 2017 with her family at her side. She was the beloved wife of the late Robert Belliveau, with whom she shared almost 64 years of marriage. Born in Holyoke to Samuel and Marion (McDonald) O'Connell, she was a loving sister to Patricia (O'Connell) Hosier of Savoy, Illinois; a loving mother to the late Diane Askew and her...
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Patrick J. Moskal

April 3, 1995 - February 19, 2017

Patrick J. Moskal, age 21, of Holyoke, passed away as a result of a tragic accident on Sunday, February 19, 2017. He was born in Holyoke, son of Edward J. and Patricia A. (Long) Moskal of Holyoke, and was a 2013 graduate of Holyoke Catholic High School. He was a member of the Performing Arts Club at Holyoke Catholic. He did every show while he was at HCHS, performed twice at Disney World, sang at...
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Hazel D. Baker

December 12, 1923 - February 19, 2017

HOLYOKE: Hazel D. (Hanson) Baker, age 93, of Holyoke, passed away on Sunday, February 19, 2017 at her home. She was born in South Hadley, daughter of the late Percy and Ella (Martin) Hanson and was educated in Holyoke Schools, and graduated from Holyoke High School. Hazel travelled the world and loved her summer vacations at Hampton Beach. She started skiing in her 40's and taught her children...
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Victoria B. "Vicky" Laskowski

August 8, 1918 - February 18, 2017

CHICOPEE: Victoria B. "Vicky" (Sitnik) Laskowski, age 98, a resident of Willimansett East for three great years, where she received exceptional loving care from the entire staff, passed away peacefully on February 18, 2017 surrounded by her loving family She was born in Holyoke on August 18, 1918, the daughter of the late Leopold and Anna (Kunierz) Sitnik. "Vicky" graduated from Holyoke High...
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Larry J. Jackson

May 5, 1965 - February 17, 2017

On February 17th, 2017, at fifty-one years of age, Lawrence "Larry" Joseph Jackson, of Springfield, lost his battle to cancer, passing away in the comfort of his cherished home with his wife, three daughters, mother, father and other family whom he loved by his side. Larry was born to Stanley and Joan (Labonte) Jackson in Tacoma, Washington on May 5th, 1965. He spent all of his youth in his...
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Frances Mytkowicz

November 23, 1921 - February 17, 2017

SOUTH HADLEY: Frances (Paolucci) Mytkowicz, age 95, of South Hadley, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 17, 2017 at the Center for Extended Care in Amherst. She was born in Diecimo, Italy, daughter of the late Eusebio and Carolina (Grazani) Paolucci and was a graduate of the former Sacred Heart High School in Holyoke. Fran was a longtime communicant of St. Patrick Church. She is...
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Catherine A. Dower

February 17, 2017

HOLYOKE: Dr. Catherine A. Dower, beloved sister of Paul W. Dower, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 17, 2017 in Holyoke. Catherine's kind spirit touched so many people, home and abroad, as an educator, scholar, author, poet, social advocate, volunteer, philanthropist and caring individual. She devoted her life to others, and aspired to excellence in all that she did. After...
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Mildred F. "Millie" Reid

February 15, 2017

HOLYOKE: Mildred F. "Millie" (Sullivan) Reid, age 95, a resident of Providence Place for four great years, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Holyoke, daughter of the late Michael and Mary Jane (Mowbray) Sullivan and was educated in Sacred Heart Schools. Millie was the Assistant Cook at Metcalf School in Holyoke for 30 years....
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Lino J. Iacchini

February 22, 1963 - February 13, 2017

HOLYOKE Lino J. Iacchini, 53, of Holyoke died unexpectedly on Monday, February 13, 2017 at his home. He was born in Holyoke, the son of Lino A. and the late Patricia R. (Ouellette) Iacchini of Holyoke. Lino was a 1981 graduate of Holyoke High School and had worked in construction as a heavy equipment operator for several area contractors. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council...
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Diane M. Kennedy

June 21, 1957 - February 13, 2017

WESTFIELD: Diane M. (Stanek) Kennedy, 59, of Westfield died Monday February 13, 2017 at home. Diane was born in Springfield, daughter of the late Mitchell Stanek and Genevieve (Partyka) Stanek, of Springfield. She was a graduate of Classical High School, Westfield State College, and received her MBA from Western New England College. Diane was an Account Executive for Kraft Food Company, and was...
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Herbert D. Beeler

April 18, 1930 - February 13, 2017

HOLYOKE: Herbert D. Beeler, age 86, of Holyoke, died unexpectedly on Monday, February 13, 2017 at his home. He was born in Chicopee, son of the late Herbert and Myrtle (Warner) Beeler, grew up in Fairview, and was a graduate of Chicopee High School. Mr. Beeler served his country in the United States Navy during the Korean War and was awarded the Korean Service Medal with two stars, United...
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Sean A. Forrant

October 27, 1966 - February 12, 2017

ROSINDALE: Sean A. Forrant, 50, passed away suddenly on Sunday, February 12th at his home in Roslindale, MA. Sean was born in Holyoke on October 27th, 1966. He was a graduate of Holyoke High School, Class of 1984, and was a proud member of the Holyoke High School marching band, having played the clarinet, trombone, bells, and sax. He thereafter received his Associates degree from Holyoke...
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Adelle W. Zwirko

September 27, 1920 - February 11, 2017

HOLYOKE Adelle (Wojcik) Zwirko, Mom, Gram, Babci, 96, daughter of Franciszek and Zofia (Kielijan) Wojcik died on February 10, 1017 at Baystate Medical Center after a brief illness. She was predeceased by her husband of over 52 years, Albert J. Zwirko who died in 1996. Adelle was born in Holyoke and graduated from Holyoke High School. She was employed as the secretary at Strick Dress Co and later...
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Robert F. Wolohan

October 19, 1958 - February 11, 2017

HOLYOKE: Robert F. Wolohan, age 58, of Holyoke, died Saturday, February 11, 2017 at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. He was born in Holyoke, a son of the late Robert M. and Joan (Grady) Wolohan and was a 1976 graduate of Holyoke High School. Bob graduated from Western New England College in 1981 and received his M.B.A. from UMass, Amherst in 1987. He was employed as a Financial Analyst at...
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Leokadia Z. Rowinski

September 16, 1923 - February 9, 2017

HOLYOKE: Leokadia Z. Rowinski, 93, passed away at home in the most peaceful way imaginable on Thursday, February 9, 2017 with family by her side. She was born in Warsaw, Poland, the daughter of Kazimierz and Zofia (Kunert) Grzeslak. In 1939, after the Nazis occupied Poland, Leokadia secretly continued her education even though this was a crime punishable by death. She joined the Polish Home Army...
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Dan Dowd

November 17, 1953 - February 8, 2017

GREENFIELD: Daniel Dowd, 63, of Greenfield, MA, passed away February 8, 2017. He was born in Holyoke, MA and is the beloved son of the late James J. Dowd, Jr. and Mary Louise Teahan Dowd, and his step-mother Cynthia Clark Dowd Rowell. Dan graduated from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst. He was a disabled veteran who proudly served in the US Navy at Guantanamo Bay Cuba. Dan was a lover...
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Helena Jedrzejewski

May 2, 1929 - February 8, 2017

HOLYOKE: Helena Jedrzejewski, 87, of Holyoke passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at her home. She was born and educated in Poland and moved to the United States in 1957. Helena was a longtime parishioner of the former Mater Dolorosa Church. She was a member of the Polish Group #525, where she was an active participant in their weekly summer picnics at Pilsudski Park back in...
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Ernest W. Brunault, Jr.

September 19, 1930 - February 8, 2017

HOLYOKE Ernest W. Brunault, Jr., 86, of Holyoke passed away on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Holyoke, son of the late Ernest W. and Veronica (Barut) Brunault, Sr., was a graduate of Holyoke High School Class of 1948, and Holyoke Community College in 1950 where he received his Associate's Degree in Accounting...
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Marjorie A. Klimoski

April 12, 1921 - February 6, 2017

SOUTH HADLEY Marjorie A. (Gosselin) Klimoski, 95, formerly of Holyoke and South Hadley, died Monday, February 6 at the Loomis Nursing Center in Holyoke. Marge was born in Dover, NH on April 12, 1921 to the late Katherine (Brennan) and Henry L. Gosselin. She moved to Holyoke in 1938 and graduated from HHS in 1941. She then attended hair styling school and worked several years as a hairdresser....
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Krystyna Urbanowicz

February 1, 1960 - February 5, 2017

HOLYOKE- Krystyna (Modzelewska) Urbanowicz, age 57, of Holyoke, passed away on Sunday, February 5, 2017 at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. She was born in Czerwin, Poland, daughter of Halina Modzelewska and the late Czeslaw Modzelewski. She came to the United States in 1983 and built a life for her loving family. Krystyna worked at Lesno, Milton Bradley, Ampad, and was a home health...
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Charlotte M Ruszczyk

December 24, 1929 - February 4, 2017

HOLYOKE: Charlotte M. (Musante) Ruszczyk was born on December 24, 1929, as the only child to Amedeo and Jeanne (Biehler) Musante in Holyoke, passed away on February 4, 2017 after a courageous struggle with COPD with loving family by her side at the Mount St. Vincent Care Center. Charlotte's husband Edward pre-deceased her on November 9, 2012. She is survived by her daughter Donna Shook and her...
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Anna M. Ginley

January 26, 1924 - February 4, 2017

HOLYOKE: Anna M. (Sullivan) Ginley, age 93, of Holyoke passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at Mount Saint Vincent Care Center in Holyoke. She was born in Holyoke, daughter of the late John and Mary (Christle) Sullivan and was a graduate of the former Sacred Heart High School. Anna worked in the Holyoke Assessor's Office for twenty five years, retiring in 1989 as a Senior Clerk...
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Mary P. Furlani

January 2, 1939 - February 3, 2017

HOLYOKE Mary Pat (Kelleher) Furlani, 78, of Holyoke, died February 3, 2017 at Holyoke HealthCare Center, with her children and caregivers at her side. She grew up in Springfield and graduated from Cathedral High School in 1955. She lived in South Hadley for 18 years before moving to Holyoke in 1982. Mary Pat retired from the Holyoke Medical Center billing department; she had also worked for...
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Helena Piekarczyk

October 20, 1928 - January 31, 2017

HOLYOKE Helena (Dysy) Piekarczyk, 88, of Holyoke, died Tuesday January 31, 2017 at Holyoke Medical Center. Helena was born and educated in Poland, and has been here for many years. She was predeceased by her husband, Stanislaw Piekarczyk in 1982. She is survived by her son, George Piekarczyk and his wife Susan of Holyoke; a daughter, Theresa Boudreau and her husband Francis of East Longmeadow;...
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Mary "Marina" Healy

January 17, 1920 - January 31, 2017

HOLYOKE Mary Marina (Barrett) Healy, 97, of Holyoke, passed away surrounded by her family on Tuesday, January 31, 2017. She was born in Holyoke, daughter of the late Patrick J. and Anna C. (Smith) Barrett and graduated from Holyoke High School in 1937 and Northampton Commercial College in 1939. Marina worked at Magna Buick in Holyoke, and later was a Buyer at Providence Hospital for twenty-three...
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John P. Cadigan

January 6, 1932 - January 31, 2017

HOLYOKE John P. "Jack" Cadigan, 85 of Holyoke passed away peacefully at home Tuesday, January 31 surrounded by his loving family. John was born January 6, 1932 in Holyoke, the son of the late Patrick and Mary (Lavelle) Cadigan. John was a lifelong resident of Holyoke and a graduate of Holyoke High School. John was a proud veteran of the Navy, serving his country during the Korean War. ...
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Clifford E Junkins, Jr.

November 20, 1926 - January 30, 2017

HOLYOKE Clifford Eliot Junkins Jr. died Monday, January 30 at 2:56pm with a real angel at his side. While visiting Cliff at the Soldiers Home in Holyoke the Hospice Volunteer Coordinator found a version of Amazing Grace for Cliff to listen to. Although he had been unresponsive with his eyes closed, she knew that he was enjoying the hymn. When it was finished, he smiled and then peacefully...
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Maureen House

June 15, 1946 - January 29, 2017

SPRINGFIELD: Maureen A. (Dean) House, 70, of Springfield, died Sunday January 29, 2017 at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield. Maureen was born in Holyoke, daughter of the late Eugene and Nora (Fitzgerald) Dean, and graduated from the High School of Commerce in Springfield. She is survived by one daughter: Sharon L. House of Feeding Hills; three grandchildren: Alyssa Babin, Joseph...
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Robert M. "Pooch" Minkler

May 26, 1949 - January 28, 2017

HOLYOKE Robert M. "Pooch" Minkler, 67, of Holyoke, died Saturday, January 28, 2017 at the Holyoke Soldier's Home surrounded by his family. Pooch was born in Holyoke, son of the late Francis X. and Ann (Axton) Minkler, was a graduate of Holyoke Catholic High School and received his LPN license from Dean Vocational High School. He served with the United States Navy during the Vietnam War and...
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Elfriede Ketch

May 11, 1924 - January 27, 2017

HOLYOKE Elfriede (Kurz) Ketch, 92, of Holyoke, died January 27, 2017 at Mont Marie Health Care Center. Elfriede was born and educated in Germany, daughter of the late Phillip and Mina (Rudig) Kurz, and has lived here for many years. She was the widow of Dow G. Ketch, who died in 1974. Elfriede was also predeceased by a son, James Ketch. She is survived by her nephew Larry Rocke of Jacksonville,...
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Gisele Huard

June 21, 1926 - January 27, 2017

CHICOPEE Gisele (Dion) Huard, 90, formerly of Chicopee, died Friday January 27, 2017 at Holyoke Medical Center. Gisele was born in Valley Field, Quebec, Canada, daughter of the late Raoul and Anita (Hardy) Dion. She was the widow of Louis Huard. Gisele is survived by 7 children: Jackie Bergeron and her husband Fred of Holyoke, Denise Huard of Montana, Michelle Proulx and her husband Gary of...
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Robert J. Suchecki

February 4, 1945 - January 27, 2017

HOLYOKE: Robert J. Suchecki, 71, beloved husband, loving father and grandpa, and cherished brother, uncle and friend passed away on January 27, 2017, at Baystate Medical Center surrounded by the family he loved so deeply. Bob was born in Holyoke, MA to now deceased parents Felix and Wanda (Klosek) Suchecki. He was raised in the Willimansett section of Chicopee, attended Chicopee public schools...
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Elizabeth "Betty" Robert

December 29, 1929 - January 27, 2017

HOLYOKE: Elizabeth "Betty" Burnham (Cloudman) Robert, 87, died peacefully in her sleep on January 27, 2017. She was born in Elmira, New York and lived in Horseheads, New York on December 29, 1929 to Christine M. (Tanner) Cloudman and Herbert G. Cloudman. She graduated from West Springfield High School in West Springfield MA. She was a Rainbow Girl and Eastern Star Member and remained a member...
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Marilyn A. Rowley

April 1, 1933 - January 26, 2017

Marilyn A. (Carr) Rowley, 83, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on January 26, 2017. She was born in Holyoke, MA and was the daughter of the late John and Mary (Roach) Carr. She leaves her devoted husband of 61 years, Harry J. Rowley Jr.; her loving children Mary Ann (Antunes) Czajkowski and her husband Edward, Ellen Williams, and John Rowley and his wife Linda. Also to cherish her...
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Audrey M. Baer

March 12, 1935 - January 25, 2017

CHICOPEE: Audrey M. (Bigelow) Baer, 81, of Chicopee, passed away Wednesday January 25, 2017 at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. She was born in Montpelier, VT and had lived here most of her life. Audrey was a longtime Nurse's Aide at the Marian Center in Holyoke, retiring in 1998. She was predeceased by her husband, Arthur C. Baer in 1983, her mother Nina (Bigelow) Hanley, and her step...
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Gail M. Boudreau

December 6, 1944 - January 23, 2017

HOLYOKE Gail M. (O'Connor) Boudreau, age 72, died Monday January 23, 2017 at Baystate Medical Center. Gail was born in Holyoke, daughter of the late John and Margaret (Ryan) O'Connor, graduated from St. Jerome High School, and attended Holyoke Community College. She was a Pharmacy Tech at CVS for many years, and a communicant of Blessed Sacrament Church. Gail was predeceased by her husband,...
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John M Egan

June 9, 1945 - January 23, 2017

HOLYOKE: John M. Egan, 71, of Holyoke, died peacefully Monday, January 23, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center, surrounded by his loving family, after complications of vascular surgery. John was born in Holyoke, son of the late James and Helen (McDonnell) Egan. He was a graduate of Holyoke High School and attended the former Holyoke Trade School. John was a Veteran of the United States Navy, and worked...
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Alden M. McClaflin

December 31, 1930 - January 22, 2017

Alden M. McClaflin, 86, of South Hadley, passed away on Sunday, January 22, 2017 at the Holyoke Health Care Center. He was born in Springfield, son of the late Moody and Helen (Monson) McClaflin and attended South Hadley High School. He lived most of his life in South Hadley, and was a United States Army Veteran of the Korean War. Aldy was a retired shipper at Nonotuck Wire Company in South...
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Basillis Pappas

November 25, 1943 - January 20, 2017

Basillis Pappas passed away on January 20th 2017. He was born in Holyoke, son of the late Arthur and Julia Pappas of Holyoke Ma. He leaves behind his wife of 32 years, Kathy Pappas of Easthampton, a son, William Pappas of Sunderland, and a daughter, Jennifer Pappas of Springfield. Three sisters: Mary Ricco of Longmeadow, Penny Doyle of Holyoke, and Adrian of Iowa. He grew up in Holyoke and...
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James J. Shea, Jr.

November 27, 1938 - January 17, 2017

CHICOPEE James J. Shea, 78, of Chicopee, died Tuesday January 17, 2017 at Holyoke Medical Center. Jim was born in Springfield, son of the late James J. and Anna (Ryan) Shea, Sr. and was a graduate of Cathedral High School and Springfield Technical Community College. He was a United States Army Veteran and was a retired Clerk at the U.S. Postal Service Bulk Mail Center in Springfield. Before...
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Maryjule A. Klopfer

January 23, 1925 - January 17, 2017

HOLYOKE Maryjule A. (Mahannah) Klopfer died Tuesday January 17, 2017 peacefully at home. She was born in Omaha, Nebraska and educated in Lincoln, NE schools where she graduated from high school as an Honor student. She was employed as a secretary under Civil Service prior to marrying Robert E. Klopfer of Holyoke in 1946. They built there home on land which had belonged to his father in West...
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Leslie (Huse) Reddin

February 17, 1945 - January 15, 2017

WEST SPRINGFIELD Leslie (Huse) Reddin, age 71, of West Springfield, MA, died on Sunday January 15, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center. She is the daughter, and only child, of Warren "Bum" Huse and Elizabeth (Pezzini) Huse. Leslie graduated from West Springfield High School and then worked for John H. Breck, Inc. She also worked for many years as a school bus monitor for the West Springfield School...
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Mary V. Witt, R.N.

February 14, 1939 - January 13, 2017

WEST SPRINGFIELD Mary Virginia (Almirates) Witt, age 77, of West Springfield, died Friday January 13, 2017 at Wingate of West Springfield. Mary was born in Springfield, daughter of the late Gregory and Jean (Barnes) Almirates. Mary was a Licensed Nurse Practitioner, attained through Holyoke Trade School, and a Registered Nurse at Leesburg Regional Medical Center in Florida, retiring in 2010....
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John H. Woods

September 7, 1934 - January 13, 2017

HOLYOKE John H. Woods, 82, of Holyoke, died with his family by his side on Friday, January 13, 2017. He was born in Holyoke, son of the late James H. and Katherine (Mahoney) Woods, attended Holyoke Public Schools, and was a graduate of Holyoke High School, Class of 1952. He also graduated from Springfield College with a BS in Physical Education and from Fairfield University in CT with a Master's...
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Walter Formanski

May 1, 1927 - January 12, 2017

HOLYOKE Walter Formanski, 89, of Holyoke passed away on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at his home. He was born and educated in Holyoke and was a longtime communicant of Blessed Sacrament Church. Walter was a twenty seven year Firefighter for the City of Holyoke, where he worked from June 23, 1963 until his retirement on January 8, 1990. He later enjoyed going to AKC and UKC dog events with his...
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Felicita Yambo

November 23, 1928 - January 10, 2017

HOLYOKE Felicita Yambo, age 88, of Holyoke, died Tuesday January 10, 2017 at Holyoke Medical Center. She was born in Cayey, Puerto Rico daughter of the late Ceferino Lopez and Amelia Torres, and was educated there. Felicita was predeceased by her husband, Jose Yambo. She is survived by two sons: Jorge Cruz of Holyoke and Reinaldo Cruz of South Hadley; three daughters: Gloria Lanciano of Chicopee...
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Michael J. Bolko

March 13, 1929 - January 9, 2017

HOLYOKE Michael J. Bolko, 87, of Holyoke, passed away on Monday, January 9, 2017 at the Holyoke Health Care Center. He was born in Holyoke, son of the late John and Mary (Pokora) Bolko and was a graduate of Holyoke High School. Michael was a United States Army Veteran of World War II, and retired after working for many years as a cable splicer for Nynex. He was a faithful communicant of Blessed...
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Mary T. Burgess

October 15, 1921 - January 9, 2017

HOLYOKE Mary (Losty) Burgess of Holyoke and Yarmouth Port died peacefully on January 9, 2017, at the Windsor Rehabilitation and Nursing Facility, in South Yarmouth, MA. Born in Holyoke, Massachusetts, the daughter of the late William "Burns" and Irene (Bresnahan) Losty, she attended Holyoke Schools, and worked in the Administrative Office of the Holyoke Hospital. Mary had two sisters, the late...
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Bridget Fournier

August 10, 1934 - January 8, 2017

Bridget (Farrell) Fournier, age 82, of Holyoke, passed away peacefully Sunday January 8, 2017 at Willimansett Center East. Bridget was born in Cahir, County Tipperary, Ireland on August 10, 1934, daughter of the late William and Margaret (Lube) Farrell, one of 17 siblings. She met her late husband, Bernard E. Fournier, from Holyoke, in England, married in Ireland, and came to Holyoke in 1958....
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Isabel T. Foley

August 8, 1918 - January 8, 2017

HOLYOKE Isabel T. (Digris) Foley, 98, went home to our Lord, being reunited with her beloved daughter, Susan. "Belle" died at Christopher House of Worcester on Sunday, January 8, 2017, surrounded by her family. Mrs. Foley is survived by her children. Ann T. Foley of Plainville, CT, Roseanne M. Fratoni of Shrewsbury, MA, Kathleen M. Foley of Hampton, NH, and James J. Foley, Jr. and his wife...
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John "Jack" Bell

September 4, 1929 - January 5, 2017

HOLYOKE: John Francis "Jack" Bell, 87, of Holyoke, died peacefully at home with his family by his side on Thursday, January 5, 2017. He was born in Holyoke, son of the late William and Bedelia (Reese) Bell, attended Holyoke Public Schools, and was a graduate of Holyoke High School, Class of 1948. He also graduated from the New England Institute of Anatomy in Boston. He was a United States Army...
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Rosa L Opio

April 1, 1946 - January 4, 2017

HOLYOKE: Rosa L. Opio Sierra, age 70, of Holyoke, passed away on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. She was born and educated in Juncos, PR, daughter of the late Alejo and Juana (Sierra) Opio. Rosa is survived by her husband, Santos Colon; and her children, Luz H. Flores of Holyoke, Carmen J. Flores of Springfield, Mildred Colon-Opio of Holyoke, Angel David...
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Gail R. Gamache

March 10, 1938 - January 3, 2017

SOUTH HADLEY Gail R. Gamache, 78, of South Hadley, passed away January 3, 2017. Born March 10, 1938, she graduated from HHS, HCC, MHC and ultimately earned a doctorate in Sociology from UMASS, where she was a researcher, adjunct professor, and co-authored two books. She is survived by her beloved husband of 60 years, Hugh Gamache, and four children, Gail Fisher-Pepin of CA, Tim Gamache of...
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Phyllis A. Linderme

May 21, 1926 - January 2, 2017

Phyllis Ann (Bray) Linderme, age 90, of Southampton, passed away in the presence of her family on Monday, January 2, 2017. She was born in Holyoke, daughter of the late Leonard and Gladys (Rood) Bray and was a 1943 graduate of Holyoke High School. Phyllis was a retail clerk at the former Normand's Pharmacy and also at Steiger's Department Store. A lifelong resident of Holyoke, she worshipped at...
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Heather M. McMahon

April 15, 1986 - January 2, 2017

HOLYOKE Heather Mary McMahon, RN, 30, passed away peacefully on January 2, 2017 surrounded by her loving family and friends. Heather was born in Holyoke, MA on April 15, 1986, the daughter of James W. McMahon and Kathleen (Baush) McMahon. Heather was an avid swimmer from a young age, competing for the Holyoke YMCA Vikings for 15 years as well as USS swimming. Heather was a 2004 graduate of...
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James J. Sears

December 5, 1925 - January 1, 2017

James J. Sears, 91, of Holyoke, formerly of Fairview, passed away peacefully Sunday January 1, 2017 at the Holyoke Soldiers' Home. He was born in Holyoke, son of the late Michael and Ellen (Tighe) Sears, and was a graduate of Rosary High School. He attended St. Michael's College and was drafted into the United States Army in 1944, where he received a Bronze Star for his bravery. Jim was a Postal...
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David E. Dows

August 7, 1954 - December 31, 2016

CHICOPEE David Edward Dows, 62, of Chicopee, died on Saturday, December 31, 2016 in his home after a long battle with renal failure and its complications. He was raised in Lowell, son of the late Edward and Jenney (Goy) Dows. During high school David worked as a gas station attendant and later as a fry cook at Hoar's Fish Market in Lowell. He joined the United States Air Force after high...
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Howard E. Person

August 12, 1960 - December 31, 2016

HOLYOKE Howard E. Person, 56, of Holyoke, died on Saturday, December 31, 2016 at home surrounded by his family. He was born in Springfield, son of Dolores E. (Dutton) Person and the late Edward A. Person, was a 1978 graduate of Minnechaug High School and received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Massachusetts Maritime Academy. Howard was a Reservist with United States Navy from 1982 to 1988....
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David M. "Oakie" O'Connell

December 8, 1962 - December 31, 2016

HATFIELD David M. "Oakie" O'Connell, age 54, of Hatfield, died on Saturday, December 31, 2016. He was born on December 8, 1962 in Holyoke, son of the late Francis and Mary "Mae" (Moran) O'Connell. David was a graduate of Holyoke High School, Westfield State College and received his Master's Degree from Anna Maria College. He was a Sergeant with the Holyoke Police Department. David joined the...
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James S. "Jimmy" Kelaher

April 15, 1960 - December 29, 2016

HOLYOKE: James S. "Jimmy" Kelaher, Jr., 56, of Holyoke died peacefully on December 29, 2016. Born in Washington, DC, April 15, 1960 the son of the late Atty. James Smith Kelaher, Sr. and Claire (Moriarty) Kelaher, Jimmy attended Holyoke Public Schools and enjoyed 28 years at Sunshine Village. Jimmy leaves behind to cherish his memory, his loving sister and best friend, Marjorie "Gigi" Kelaher,...
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Cathy A. Means

October 4, 1949 - December 28, 2016

HOLYOKE Cathy A. Means, 67, completed her journey to the Lord on December 28, 2016, following a long illness. She died at Mont Marie Healthcare Center in Holyoke. Cathy had recently moved to Hubert Place in South Hadley, after residing on Gates Street in Holyoke for almost 40 years. Born on October 4, 1949, Cathy grew up in South Hadley, the daughter of Charles and Claire (Kelly) Bridges. She...
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Mary A. Powers

September 7, 1946 - December 27, 2016

HOLYOKE: Mary (Barrett) Powers, 70, of Holyoke passed away peacefully on December 27, 2016. Mary was raised in Holyoke, daughter of the late Vincent and Margaret Barrett. She was employed by New England Telephone Company for several years and retired in 2016 from Riverbend Medical Group after many years of service. She was a communicant of Our Lady of the Cross Parish in Holyoke. Mary was...
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Louisa O'Brien Guard

April 17, 1953 - December 27, 2016

HOLYOKE Louisa O'Brien Guard, 63, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family and loved ones, on December 27, 2016. She was born on April 17, 1953, daughter of the late Charles J. and Mary L. (Flynn) O'Brien. Wesa is survived by her husband of 32 years, William Guard, of Holyoke, and one son, Lenny Jacobson, of Los Angeles, CA. She was a stepmother to Heather Hammer (Chris) and Jeffrey...
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Patricia A. Wojcik

December 31, 1935 - December 25, 2016

HOLYOKE Patricia A. (Maher) Wojcik, 80, of Delray Beach FL, passed peacefully into the arms of our Lord on December 25, 2016. Born in Holyoke to the late John T. and Esther (Obuchowski) Maher, Pat attended Sacred Heart High School and Trinity College. She was a member of the Junior League of Holyoke, and worked on several political campaigns. She was a Sales Associate for G. Fox and Filene's for...
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Francis X. Sullivan

November 13, 1925 - December 24, 2016

HOLYOKE: Father Francis X. Sullivan, the longest-serving priest in the Diocese of Springfield, died Christmas Eve afternoon at the Marian Center in Holyoke. He was 91. He had ministered in the diocese for 68 years, and most recently was a concelebrant for the St. Patrick's Parade Mass which aired in March on the "Chalice of Salvation" weekly televised Mass. A native of Worcester, Mass., he was...
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Matthew J. O'Connor

July 23, 1930 - December 24, 2016

Rev. Matthew J. O'Connor, age 86, of Holyoke, a Priest in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield for over 60 years, passed into eternal life on Saturday December 24, 2016 at Holyoke Medical Center. He was born in Holyoke, son of the late Matthew and Mary (Kennedy) O'Connor, and was a graduate of Sacred Heart High School in Holyoke, St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, and St. Mary...
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Gilles A. Lambert

August 30, 1948 - December 22, 2016

HOLYOKE- Gilles A. Lambert, 68, of Holyoke, died Thursday December 22, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center. Gilles was born in Notre Dame Des Boise, PQ, Canada, son of the late Onesime and Maria (Delage) Lambert, and was educated in Canada. He was a self-employed carpenter. Gilles is survived by three brothers: Ernest, of Ware, Leon, of Palmer, and Normand Lambert, of Holyoke; five sisters: Germaine...
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June C. Moynihan

December 19, 2016

HOLYOKE June C. (LaBrecque) Moynihan, lifelong resident of Holyoke, passed away peacefully at her home on Monday December 19, 2016. June was born in Holyoke, daughter of the late Arthur and Nora (Sheehan) LaBrecque, and was a graduate of Sacred Heart High School. She worked as an inspector for the F.W. Sickles Co. and was a communicant of St. Jerome Church. June was predeceased by her husband,...
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Janet M. Bergeron

April 2, 1952 - December 19, 2016

SOUTHAMPTON Janet M. (Boisselle) Bergeron, 64, of Southampton, passed away on Monday, December 19th, 2016 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Holyoke, daughter of the late Alfred and Lillian (Noiseux) Boisselle, and was educated in Holyoke schools. Janet was a longtime manager at New England Telephone Co., AT&T, and Lucent Technologies, retiring in 2001....
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Tomasz Rzasa

October 6, 1921 - December 18, 2016

HOLYOKE Tomasz Rzasa, 95, of Holyoke, died Sunday December 18, 2016 at Holyoke Medical Center. Tomasz was born and educated in Jodlowka, Poland. He was a musician in the Rzasa Orchestra for many years. Tomasz is survived by his wife Zofia (Fudali) Rzasa; two sons: Adolf Rzasa and his wife Anna of South Hadley, and Ryszard Rzasa of Chicopee; a daughter, Helena Tymoczko and her husband Jerzy of...
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Francisca Malavé

July 1, 1923 - December 13, 2016

SOUTH HADLEY Francisca Malavé, 93, passed away peacefully Tuesday December 13, 2016 at Wingate of South Hadley. Francisca was born in Salinas, Puerto Rico, daughter of the late Gabriel González and the late Natividad Santos. She was a kind, caring, and strong woman. After spending her first 40 years in Puerto Rico, she came to Holyoke to start a new life. She loved animals, the outdoors, and...
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