Susan E. (Doyle) Guzik
Susan E. (Doyle) Guzik, 53, of Williamsburg, passed away peacefully on the Monday, February 10, 2020, at UMass Memorial Medical Center. She was born in Northampton on January 19, 1967 to the late John M. and Carol (Swindell) Doyle.
Sue attended Northampton schools and was a graduate of Northampton High School class of 1984. After high school, she attended Holyoke Community College where she received an associate degree in the Science of the Curriculum of Legal Secretarial in 1987. With her degree, she worked for the Law Office of John Moriarty in Easthampton for several years.
Alongside her husband Joe, they made Maple syrup for all to enjoy. She truly was a hard worker; never complaining, and always had endless jobs on their farm to do, especially haying. She enjoyed cooking, crafts, making homemade pies, and wonderful jams. But, most of all, she loved her family, doting on her two boys, they were her everything. She will be sadly missed by her family and all who knew her.
Sue is survived by her loving husband; Joseph Guzik of Williamsburg, her sons; Timothy of Colrain, and Dillon of Williamsburg, her sisters; Gale Harris and her husband Gregory of Hadley, Cynthia Lynds and her husband Theodore of Cummington, her brother-in-law; Stanley Guzik and his wife Theresa, her sisters-in-laws; Sharon Paradee all of Williamsburg, Sandy Lukins and her husband Alan of Wichita, KS, several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and many dear friends.
Calling hours will be Friday, February 21, 2020 from 4-6 PM at the DROZDAL FUNERAL HOME of Northampton, followed by a memorial service at 6 PM in the funeral home. Burial will be in the Spring at Highland Cemetery in Athol, alongside her parents.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Guzik Farm, c/o Joseph Guzik, 2 Geer Hill Rd., Williamsburg, MA 01096.
Kevin F. O’Brien
Kevin Francis O’Brien, 62, of Williamsburg, passed away peacefully on Monday February 3rd at Maine Medical Center in Portland, ME after a long illness. He was born in Northampton on March 7, 1957 to the late Paul and Elizabeth (Dunny) O’Brien. He was a graduate of Hampshire Regional High School and was a self-employed carpenter for several years.
He is survived by his sons; Nicholas O’Brien of Phenix City, AL, Sean O’Brien of Eugene, OR, his grandchildren; Mariah and Jamis O’Brien of Phenix City, AL, his sisters; Shawneen Hambrock of Clifton, ME, Erin Adair of Haydenville, several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
There will be a Memorial Service in the Spring at the convenience of the family. DROZDAL FUNERAL HOME of Northampton has been entrusted with his services.
James Anthony Conz
June 21, 1953 - January 29, 2020
James was born in Northampton, MA to the late Alvin and Gloria (Harrigan) Conz, on June 21, 1953. He was a stunner, that blue-eyed, curly-haired brunette boy. He attended the Northampton Schools and graduated Northampton High School class of 1971. He loved sports, particularly baseball, and played as a great pitcher during his childhood and teenaged years. His father Al would often sponsor his teams with his plumbing and heating business, A.R. Conz, Inc., along with coaching too. Jim was a big Red Sox and Patriots fan, and you’d see him often sporting their hats in support. Jim also enjoyed skiing when he was younger, but his brothers have carried on that tradition for him! He also loved music and classic rock, and was even part of a Rolling Stones cover band in high school, called the Cellar Dwellers, performing as singer and tambourine player! He also enjoyed the piano in which his grandpa James Harrigan played. As a career, Jim took after his father in the plumbing and heating business, learning the trade since he was a young boy, and went on to take over his business after his passing in 1980. He later worked for other plumbing and heating businesses until his retirement. He served his community well, including taking on big jobs at Lathrop Nursing Home, and many other residential homes and commercial businesses, making a respectable and honorable name for himself along the way. He also was a great cook, his favorites were making homemade spaghetti sauce, lasagnas, shepard’s pie and beef stews! James died in his family’s home in the hilltowns of Westhampton on the afternoon of January 29th, 2020. He is survived by his four children: Jameson, Sara, Mathew, Jessica, and their mother, Cynthia, and his two younger brothers, Bill and Peter and their families. James now joins in peace with his late mother and father, his late older brother Bob, and his late best friend husky, Wolf, who passed just a month before him. He was truly loved by many, and was a loving, compassionate, kind and generous man who served his community well. He respected and honored his forefathers, family members, and other veterans who have served our country, and he was very patriotic in his own way. Not shying away from flying our flag. And he did it beautifully. We will miss him greatly, and as he would put it, “Mellow Out. Continue On, and God Bless!” Calling hours will be Thursday, February 20th from 4-6 PM at the DROZDAL FUNERAL HOME of Northampton, followed by a Memorial Service to begin at 6 PM. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.
Helen B. Chunglo
1922 – 2020
Westerly, RI –
Helen B. (Chmura) Chunglo, of Westerly, RI, formerly of Hadley, passed away on January 11th at the age of 97 with her loving family by her side. She was born February 22, 1922 in Holyoke, to the late Stanley & Josephine (Boczon) Chmura.
Helen had attended Hadley schools, and later went on to work at Pro-Brush in Northampton for several years as an Inspector before her retirement. She had lived in Hadley for most of her life before moving to Westerly, RI in 2008. She loved spending time and helping out with her grandchildren. Helen was a communicant of Most Holy Redeemer Church and was also a member of the Polish Alliance Club.
She leaves behind her sons; Daniel and his wife Joyce of Hadley, Paul of Sacramento, CA, her daughters; Theresa Pilcher of Uncasville, CT, Joan Punska and her husband David of Hope Valley, RI, eleven grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents, Helen was predeceased by her loving husband; Sebastian Chunglo whom passed away in 1997, her siblings; Anthony and Fred Chmura, Stasia Saletnik, Vera Kermenski, Mary Linder, Phyllis Gazda and her grandson; David Punska Jr.
There will be a calling hour on Monday January 20th from 9:30AM – 10:30AM at the DROZDAL FUNERAL HOME of Northampton, followed by a Mass at 11 AM at Most Holy Redeemer Church in Hadley. Burial will follow in St. Brigid’s Cemetery, Hadley.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Hope Hospice & Palliative Care, 1085 North Main St., Providence, RI 02904.
Lisa M. (Cafiero) Seymour, 56, of Hadley, passed away peacefully on Saturday morning, January 4, in the arms of her loving family and friends at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester. Throughout her sudden illness, she remained steadfast in hope and perseverance. Even in the darkest of times, Lisa reminded us with her humor that it is important to laugh. She was born on May 28, 1963 in Teaneck, NJ, and was the daughter of the late Salvatore and Lucille (Tornincaso) Cafiero.
The world has lost a beautiful woman who was extremely generous of heart and deed and who was always looking to befriend a stranger, lift another’s spirits, and help out wherever and however she could. Lisa was a giver – always promoting and aiding non-profits, small-businesses, charities, and fundraisers for those struggling with disabilities, discrimination, oppression, low-income, disease, as well as public service workers, police and veterans. Lisa’s family, or ‘mia familia’, as she lovingly called them, were the center of her world – her pride and joy. She was a devoted daughter, loving, dedicated sister, selfless, generous mother and supportive friend to so many; and she was fortunate to find the love of her life in Tony, to whom she was married for 30 years.
Lisa completed her political science major at University of Albany, SUNY and her Masters in Social Work at Columbia University. She worked for many years as a school social worker at Rumson Board of Education in NJ. Lisa was also the owner of Hedgehog Farms, a home-based Waldorf natural gifts company.
Lisa is survived by her husband, Tony Seymour of Hadley, daughter, Amanda Seymour of Hadley, and siblings, Steve & Kim Cafiero of Wilton, CT; and Gerard Cafiero of Pound Ridge, NY, as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews. Lisa was predeceased by both her parents, and her brother Vincent. She will be forever missed by her family and friends. Her kindness, laughter, love, support and generosity to whomever she met leaves an everlasting imprint on so many hearts and lives.
Calling hours will be Saturday, January 18, from 2-4 PM with a Memorial Service to begin at 4PM at the Drozdal Funeral Home, 120 Damon Road, Northampton, MA 01060.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Lisa’s honor to My Brother Vinny, P.O. Box 644, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598 www.MyBrotherVinny.org, a non-profit providing food, clothing and furniture to U.S. Veterans, outreach groups, shelters and families in need.
Roger T. Kellogg Sr.
1939 – 2020
Roger T. Kellogg Sr., 80 of Chesterfield, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday January 4th. He was born in Northampton on March 22, 1939 to the late Walter and Hazel (Munson) Kellogg Sr.
Roger was a graduate from Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School where he excelled in the Auto Body Shop. After high school, he immediately went to work at Pro-Brush; where he worked for 52 years as the Maintenance Director. In that 52 years, he never took a day off. This proved, that his hard-working ethics and dedication was shown thru his beautiful, well-manicured lawn and gardens. He was a Jack-of-all-Trades; from fixing anything, building various things, and working on cars. Roger was a caring, generous man and would always lend a helping hand to anyone in need. He was also an avid Red Sox and Patriots fan; never missing a game. But, most of all he adored his family, he will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his son; Ronald and his wife Barbara of Easthampton, his brother; Richard and his wife Celia of Westfield, his grandchildren; Amber, Thomas, Amanda and Marisa Kellogg, 8 great-grandchildren, his brother-in-law; Ervin Weeks, sisters-in-law’s; Bonnie, Patricia, and Julia Kellogg, also several nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, he was pre-deceased by his wife; Roseanne (Ozzolek) Kellogg, his sons; Joseph, Donald, and Roger Jr., his brothers; Walter, Charles, and Robert, and his sister; Barbara Weeks.
There will be calling hours on Sunday, January 19th, 2020 from 2 PM – 4 PM at the DROZDAL FUNERAL HOME, 120 Damon Rd., Northampton. A Memorial Service will immediately follow at 4PM. Burial will be private, and at the convenience of the family.
Christopher J. Lyons
1967 - 2019
Christopher J. Lyons, 52, of Port Charlotte, FL, formerly of Easthampton, passed away unexpectedly on November 10, 2019. He was born in Northampton to John Lyons and the late Priscilla (Charman) Lyons on March 16, 1967. He attended Northampton schools and was a graduate of Smith Vocational High School. Chris was an honorably discharged Veteran of the United Stated Army serving from 1986 - 1988. He had worked for several years as a Diesel Mechanic for Mitchell & Stark Construction Company. Chris also enjoyed playing golf with his friends and going fishing to try to catch the "Big One".
Chris will always be remembered for his willingness to help anyone that needed it and for his courage during difficult times. Even though he took his life we now know he is at peace, without pain . He will be dearly missed by all that knew and loved him.
He is survived by his loving wife; Gloria (Osolin) Lyons, his father; John Lyons of Northampton, a step-son; Jonathan of Portsmouth, NH, step-daughter; Jennifer and her husband Dan of Granby, his sister; Kelly Grygorcewicz of Easthampton, Nieces; Megan, Christin, and Erica and her wife Jocelyn, and great nephews; Kaden and Harlow.
Chris was predeceased by his mother Priscilla Lyons.
There will be a calling hour on Saturday, January 11, 2020 from 11:30 AM - 12:30PM at the DROZDAL FUNERAL HOME, 120 Damon Rd., Northampton. A Memorial Service will begin promptly at 12:30PM, followed by Military Honors. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. There will be a gathering following the service at the Hadley Farms Meeting House, 41 Russell St., Hadley.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Mathew J. Vieu Memorial Fund, Inc. PO Box 262, Granby, MA 01033, www.mjvm.org.
Sandra J. Mackey
1947 - 2019
Sandra J. (Sniado) Mackey, 72, of Northampton, passed away unexpectedly on Monday December 30th, 2019 at her home. She was born in Northampton on June 23, 1947 to the late Joseph and Carmen (DeMello) Sniado. Sandra was educated in Northampton and graduated from Northampton High School. After high school she enrolled at Northampton Commercial College. Before retiring, she had worked for many years as a Personal Care Assistant.
Sandy was a very generous woman, always giving to various charities. She loved vacationing at the Cape, where she relished in collecting different types of rocks, and viewing the beautiful lighthouses. She enjoyed gardening and writing, but most of all she loved her family, and her late husband of 48 years and high school sweetheart; William, whom sadly passed away in 2017. She adored Bill, and was deeply devoted to him, she truly missed him every day.
She is survived by her sons; Patrick and his partner Monique of Florence, Tyler and his wife Megan of Whatley, Shane and his partner Christine of Easthampton, her grandchildren Sandra Mackey of Florida, Calvin and Jolene Mackey of Whatley, great-grandchildren; Junior, Nels, and Lialh, a sister; Virgina Patenode, and nieces, nephews, and dear friends and family.
There will be a calling hour on Saturday, January 18th, 2020 from 10 AM - 11 AM at the DROZDAL FUNERAL HOME in Northampton. A Memorial Service will begin promptly at 11 AM.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Northampton Survival Center, 265 Prospect St., Northampton, MA 01060, The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, PO Box 160 Hatfield, MA 01038, Attn: Development Department, or VNA & Hospice, 168 Industrial Dr E #1, Northampton, MA 01060.
Harry N. Stone
1966 – 2019
Harry Nelson Stone, 53, of Florence, passed away on Friday December 6th at home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born April 17, 1966 in Northampton to the late Roger W. Stone Sr. and to Judith (Barstow) Stone. After graduating from Northampton High School in 1984, he enlisted in the United States Navy, and served actively from 1987-1989, and five years of the Reserves. Later he went on to receive his Associates Degree from Holyoke Community College.
Harry was a trainer of racehorses, specializing in a special breed of horses, called Standardbreds. He enjoyed the thrills of Harness racing, especially driving the sulky around the track. Harry loved playing and coaching pool and was quite proud of his trip to Las Vegas where he finished fifth in the National Camel 8-Ball Classic. Harry loved watching Patriots football and could be heard coaching them afar. He loved spending time with family, vacations to Maine and long games of Monopoly!
Harry is survived by his devoted mother; Judith (Barstow) Stone, his brother; Roger Stone Jr. both of Florence, sister-in-law; Serena Stone of Easthampton, his nieces; Coral, Gabrielle, Sarah, and Amy, his nephew; Avery, and a great-niece; Alexis. Also, many aunts, uncles, cousins, and dear friends. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Besides his father Roger, he was also predeceased by his brother Walter, and his loyal companion; his dog Athena.
Calling Hours will be Friday, December 13th from 5-7 PM at the DROZDAL FUNERAL HOME of Northampton. A prayer service will begin immediately at 7 PM in the funeral home, followed by Military Honors. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.
The family would like to thank the Mass General Cancer Center at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, the Cooley Dickinson VNA/Hospice, and Dr. Ahmed and staff at the VA in Leeds for the wonderful care he received.
In lieu of Flowers, donations may be made to Cooley Dickinson Visiting Nurse and Hospice, 168 Industrial Dr., Northampton, MA 01060.
Jeffrey J. Newman
1944 – 2019
Jeffery J. Newman, 75, of Hatfield, passed away on Friday December 6th at Baystate Medical Center after a brief illness. He was born in Northampton on October 19, 1944 to the late Harold J. and Gladys V. (Bernard) Newman.
He was educated in Northampton and graduated from Northampton High School. Jeffrey was also a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. For most of his life he was a Brick mason working for himself, as well as, with other companies. After retirement, he moved back to his hometown to be close to his family and enjoyed wintering down south with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Throughout his life, his children and grandchildren brought him so much happiness, and he was always so proud of them. He will be sadly missed by all.
Jeffery is survived by his children; Jeffery and his companion Christine of Ballground, GA, Shane and his wife Juli of Charleston, SC, and Tara Newman-Trim also of Charleston, SC, grandchildren; Bri, Taylor, Jakob, Brady, Great-grandchildren; Ellie and Nash, his sisters; Jane Ewing of Burlington, VT, Jude Newman of Montpelier, VT, sister-in-law; Patricia Newman of Hatfield whom was more like a sister and was considered “blood”, several nieces, nephews, especially his niece Candy Angier and her husband David.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his siblings, James, John, and Joan Kochin.
There are no calling hours and a Celebration of life will be set for a later date. DROZDAL FUNERAL HOME of Northampton has been entrusted with his services.
In lieu of flowers, kindly make a memorial donation in Jeffery’s name to the New England Center and Home for Veterans, 17 Court Street, PO Box 845257, Boston, MA 02284-5257.
Richard D. Waskiewicz
1939 – 2019
Richard D. Waskiewicz, 80, of Amherst, passed away peacefully at 9:55 PM on Wednesday December 4, 2019, at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. He was born June 18, 1939 in Northampton to the late John and Jessie (Slesinski) Waskiewicz. He grew up on the family’s dairy farm in Amherst.
He was a 1960 graduate of the University of Massachusetts where he received his B.S. in Chemistry and graduated in 1972 with his Master’s in Public Health, also from UMass. On June 16, 1963, he married the love of his life, Marion A. Kostek. Together they raised three beautiful children, Douglas, Karen and Jeffrey.
After working a year in the food industry, he began what would turn out to be a long career at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Division of Food and Drugs. His early work at the division’s Amherst Laboratory involved food microbiology and analytical chemistry. Special areas of concentration involved identification of food borne pathogens and analysis of foods for pesticide and chemical residues and food additive. He then spent several years performing forensic drug analysis for law enforcement agencies.
In 1980, he was appointed Assistant Director for the Division with the responsibilities for the Western and Central Massachusetts inspection and laboratory functions. He transferred to the Division’s Jamaica Plain office in 1982 and was subsequently appointed as Deputy Director of the Division of Food and Drugs. He next assumed the role of Director of the Division’s Food Protection Program. His responsibilities included management of the Division’s wholesale food processing, dairy manufacturing and seafood plant licensing, inspection and enforcement functions, local board of health programs, policy development, and food borne illness investigations.
Throughout his career Richard played a key role nationally in the development and revision of policies and regulations in food, dairy products and seafood. His work was recognized through the receipt of many awards and citations. In 1998, he was presented with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner’s Harvey Wiley Special Citation, an award rarely given to state regulatory officials.
Richard took great pride to ensure the safety and well-being of the great people of Massachusetts, and after 38 years of public service, he retired from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
He was a devoted father and husband and being with his wife and family held the most joy for him in his life. Richard appreciated the many camping trips he took with his family, fishing, gardening, landscaping, and cooking wonderful meals. He was a deeply spiritual man who loved to help with Sunday Mass and teaching young people about the good ways of the Lord. He will be greatly missed by all who loved him.
He is survived by his loving wife; Marion (Kostek) Waskiewicz of Amherst, his children; Douglas and his wife Julie, Karen and her husband of Mariano, and Jeffrey and his wife Ana, 13 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, his brother; Dennis and his wife Rosalind, several nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends.
Calling hours will be Tuesday, December 10th from 4-6 PM at the DROZDAL FUNERAL HOME, 120 Damon Rd., Northampton.
The funeral will be Wednesday, December 11th at 10 am from the DROZDAL FUNERAL HOME, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Most Holy Redeemer Church, 120 Russell St., Hadley, at 11 AM. Burial will immediately follow in Holy Rosary Cemetery.