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.
George E. Wright
1927 - 2019
George E. Wright, 92, of Amherst, formerly of Pelham, passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 30, 2019 at Center for Extended Care in Amherst. He was born March 15, 1927 in Northampton to the late David S. and Florence (Smith) Wright.
He had attended Northampton High School and graduated. It was there where his father was an accomplished coach and teacher from 1919-1956, after his father’s death, the football field was honored in his father’s memory. In 1937, his mother Florence died, it was then he was raised by his father and his oldest sibling; Catherine. George excelled in school; attending Syracuse University. He was drafted to the United States Army, serving during WWII. George and his wife Hope had a beautiful home in Pelham, the loved tending to all their gardens. George was also an avid Red Sox fan, never missing a game. After College, he settled and became the Librarian at UMass for several years before his retirement.
George is survived by several nieces, and nephews, and devoted caregivers.
Besides his parents, and his wife Hope (Gilson) Wright, he was also pre-deceased by his siblings, David, Charles, Carol Putnam, and Catherine Grandia.
There are no calling hours, and all services will be private. He will be buried alongside his wife in the spring at Hope Cemetery in Worcester. DROZDAL FUNERAL HOME of Northampton has been entrusted with his services.
Deborah (Michalowski) Laprade
1955 - 2019
Deborah "Debby" J. (Michalowski) Laprade, 64, of Hatfield, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family at her side on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at Mont Marie Health Care Center in Holyoke. She was born January 16, 1955 in Northampton to the late Edward and Jean (Marchefka) Michalowski. Debby was educated and graduated from Northampton High School.
Debby had a love of gardening, enjoyed making beautiful stained-glass projects, and weaving baskets for all to appreciate. She loved the holidays and decorating; especially installing Christmas lights for local cities and towns. Most of all, she adored her family and spending time with them. She will be sadly missed by all who loved her.
She is survived by her devoted husband; Thomas Laprade of Hatfield, her son; Jason and his wife Jennifer of Hatfield, her daughter; Sharon Bean and her husband Dustin of Brownsville, VT, her grandchildren; JJ, Heather, Hayley, Hawley, and Dustin Jr., her sisters; Karen Bridges of Hatfield, Sharon Hill of Liberty Township, OH, Linda Scarcella of Valparaiso, IN, and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents, Debby was also pre-deceased by her sister; Nancy Michalowski.
Calling Hours will be Monday, December 9, 2019 from 4- 6 PM at the DROZDAL FUNERAL HOME of Northampton. Burial will be in the Spring at Calvary Cemetery in Hatfield.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Debby's name to American Lung Association, 1661 Worcester Rd., #301, Framingham, MA 0170.
Dhimani C. Rivera-Therrien
2001 – 2019
Dhimani C. Rivera-Therrien, 18, of Chicopee, passed away on Sunday, November 17, 2019, tragically, he was a victim of a violent crime. He was born April 25, 2001 in Northampton to Carlos Rivera and the late Ruthie May Therrien. He was educated and graduated from Chicopee High School, Class of 2019.
Dhimani was a well-loved student and excelled on the Basketball Court. He loved all sports; watching and playing them. He grew up as a Club Kid at the Boy’s & Girl’s Club of Chicopee. He enjoyed volunteering, working, and mentoring other children. He was a charismatic, beautiful son and brother, and those who knew Dhimani, even just a little, lost a shining light in their lives.
He is survived by his loving father; Carlos Rivera of Holyoke, sisters; J’nyalise Hernandez-Therrien, and Rhia Na’thai Maybelle Wilson-Therrien both of Chicopee, his grandparents; Robin Therrien and Lawrence Jackson, stepfather; Jawaun Wilson, several aunts, uncles, cousins, and numerous friends.
He was predeceased by his devoted mother; Ruthie May “May May” Therrien, whom he missed dearly.
Calling hours will be Monday, November 25, 2019 at DROZDAL FUNERAL HOME of 120 Damon Rd., Northampton from 4 – 8 PM. A prayer service will begin promptly at 7:30 PM. Burial will be private.
Donations may be made in Dhimani’s name to the Boys and Girls Club of Chicopee, 580 Meadow St., Chicopee, MA 01013.
Jean A. Creek
1944 – 2019
Jean A. (Matuzek) Creek, 75, of Westhampton, passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at Baystate Medical Center. She was born October 21, 1944 in Northampton to the late Felix and Florence (Deleva) Matuzek Sr. She was a graduate of Hopkins Academy. Jean had worked for over 30 years at Tubed Products in Easthampton before retiring from there. After retirement, she continued working as a CNA for several years.
Jean and her husband Von were avid Tandem Bicycle riders; traveling and riding all over the United States. When Jean could no longer ride the bicycle, they purchased a motorcycle and continued with their journeys, between visiting her sister, camping, shopping, and eating out, is what would always give her joy. Together they enjoyed going to the range and shooting black powder rifles; she would always be the better shot then her husband. Jean was the backbone of their family, the Matriarch, and the one who always had a positive outlook on life. She relished in the times spent with her loving family, but, most of all, she adored her grandchildren and great grandchildren, they always brought such happiness to her life. Jean will be greatly missed by all who loved her.
She is survived by her loving husband; Von Creek of Westhampton, her grandchildren; Stephanie Heller and her husband Jason of Satelite Beach, FL , Cheyenne Creek and her husband Anthony Torres of Northampton, and Jerry Creek of Westhampton, her great-grandchildren; Allaya and Dominic Torres-Creek, and Willow Heller, her sister; Tina Wise of North Bend, OR, her daughter-in laws; Pamela Creek of Westhampton and Robin Creek of Agawam, several nieces, nephews, and dear friends.
Besides her parents, she was pre-deceased by her two sons; Gerald and Bernard Creek and her brothers Felix Jr. and Leon.
All services will be private. DROZDAL FUNERAL HOME of Northampton has been entrusted with her services. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jean’s memory may be made to American Heart Association, 300 5th Avenue, Suite 6, Waltham, MA 02451.
Sandra A. Monat
1948 – 2019
Sandra Ann (Erman) Monat, 70, of Hadley, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 28th surrounded by her family at Care One in Northampton. She was born in S. Deerfield on November 2, 1948 to the late Anthony and Blanche (Zwirik) Erman. She graduated from Frontier Regional High School and enjoyed a long career in retail, with her most recent employment as a sales associate with Pride Stores.
Sandra liked to be around people, she was social and friendly with everyone. She treasured making new friends everywhere she went. She enjoyed gardening and tending to her beautiful flowers. Sandra liked crafting, reading, and listening to books on tape. She adored dog sitting for her eldest daughter and son in law, but most especially, she relished in spending time with her two devoted daughters. She will be fondly missed by all who knew her.
She is survived by her daughters; Christina Sibley of Hadley, Laura Dukette of Keller, Texas, two grandchildren; her sisters; Debbie Wallace, Kathy Robinson, Joanne Tomkiewicz, Marie Tuggle, several nieces, nephews, and friends.
Besides her parents, she was pre-deceased by her brother Anthony Erman Jr.
Calling hours for Sandy will be Saturday November 2, 2019 from 11 AM-12:30 PM at the Drozdal Funeral Home 120 Damon, Rd., Northampton. A memorial service will begin at 12:30PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Sandy's memory to: American Cancer Society, 330 Whitney Ave #420, Holyoke, MA 01040 www.cancer.org, or Cooley Dickinson VNA & Hospice, 168 Industrial Dr E #1, Northampton, MA 01060
Jessica S. Bach
1991 – 2019
Jessica S. Bach, 29, of Webster, formerly of Florence, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, August 24th at her home. She was born in Northampton on May 11, 1990 to Louis and Elizabeth (Bushey) Bach. She was a graduate of Smith Vocational High School and played on the Vikings softball team. After graduation, she had various jobs; most recently working for a temp agency as an administrative assistant.
She enjoyed attending numerous concerts with friends. Jessica loved spending time with her son, and her best friend; Tiara and her children, they would take them to the beach or waterparks where the children would play for hours, but most of all, she was a devoted mother. Her whole life was centered around her son Christian; he was the light in her eyes, she always put his needs first. She will be sadly missed by all who loved her.
Besides her parents; Louis and Betty of Florence, she is survived by her son; Christian Bach, her sister; Carolyn Bach of Amherst, her nieces, grandmother; Sara Bach of S. Hadley, several uncles, aunts, cousins, and dear friends.
Jessica is pre-deceased by her brother; Jeremy Bach, whom passed away in 2018, grandparents’; Gilbert Bach, and Clarence and Patricia Bushey.
There will be calling hours on Saturday, September 7, 2019 from 10 AM – 12 PM at the Drozdal Funeral Home of Northampton. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.
Donations may be made to: Easthampton Savings Bank – C/O “Christian Bach Fund”, 297 King St., Northampton, MA 01060.
Sharon M. Adams
Sharon M. (Brzozowski) Adams, 59, passed away unexpectedly, Monday, August 19th, 2019 at her home in Springfield. She was born in Northampton on September 6, 1959 to Joseph J. and Rita H. (Houle) Brzozowski of Hatfield. She grew up in Hatfield with her two brothers, John and Jim, and spent childhood summers working in the tobacco & cucumber fields.
She graduated from Smith Academy and then received an associate degree from Greenfield Community College. She went on to work at UMass Amherst in Human Resources for 11 years. She left to give birth, and was a devoted, loving, and proud stay-at-home mother for 14 years.
Sharon was then employed by the Diocese of Springfield, MA as an Independent Contractor, creating a database for six Diocesan Cemeteries through field research and data entry.
She later moved to working in Merchandising, specializing in Books and Magazines, which paved the way for her to find employment with Lindt Chocolates; a job that brought her, her friends, and family joy for several years.
You could often find her enjoying the summer weeks at her favorite cottage on Cape Cod with friends and family alike. She will be kept in memory through her phenomenal cooking skills passed down from generations before her, along with the recipes she curated that will be enjoyed for generations to come.
Besides her parents, Sharon is survived by her son; Joshua and his partner Samantha, of S. Hadley, her two brothers; John and his wife Robin, her son Seth, of Athol, and Jim and his wife Diane, of Hatfield, and their two children, Lauren, her partner Tom, and Steven.
Sharon was laid to rest at Calvary Cemetery, in Hatfield, MA at a private family gathering in respect to her wishes.
Drozdal Funeral Home of Northampton was entrusted with her services.
Donations may be made in Sharon’s memory to: The Food Bank of Western Mass, 97 N. Hatfield Rd, Hatfield, MA 01038.
Joseph "Joe" Mahay
1945 - 2019
Joseph (Joe) Mahay died on August 7th. He was 73, and died at home, 17 months after being diagnosed with metastatic colon cancer. He was born and raised in a rural farming community on the outskirts of the city of Saratoga Springs, NY. He attended a one room school house until 6th grade. He grew up working on his relatives’ farms. Joe received his BA in American History and MA in Sociology from SUNY Albany. In his youth he hunted and fished and developed a love for the outdoors that eventually led to his becoming an environmental activist. He was on the board and for a time the chair of Protect the Adirondacks. In 1990 he was named Adirondacker of the Year by Adirondack Life Magazine. Joe taught sociology at St. Lawrence University after getting his degrees, but spent 36 years of his career working with troubled youth and people with developmental disabilities. He and his wife, Naomi Tannen, were devoted partners for 44 years. Joe leaves three daughters, Jenna Mahay and Micah and Rebekah Perks, 2 sons-in-law, six grandchildren, four siblings, his step-father, and Naomi’s two sisters and their husbands, as well as many nieces and nephews and cousins. Joe and Naomi moved to Florence 6 years ago and have been active in the community since. Joe felt deeply appreciative of the local AA community and the community of Congregation B’nai Israel.
Joe devoted great energy and all his heart to many interests and projects he became involved in over the years. These included: hiking, gardening, knitting, baking, antique Farmall tractors, Jane Austen, and studying Talmud and other Jewish texts. He loved nature & the outdoors and shared this passion and knowledge with many people throughout his life.
Joe approached life with intellectual curiosity and deep human warmth. He was always generous and humble. He made a practice of giving $2 bills to homeless people on the streets of Northampton and knew many by name. He effected the lives of countless people and will be lovingly remembered as a gentle soul.
There will be a private, family graveside funeral. There will be a memorial service for Joe at Congregation B’nai Israel in approximately a month, date tba.
If anyone wishes to donate in his name, he chose: Protect the Adirondacks, Inc., PO Box 48
North Creek, NY 12853, MANNA Soup Kitchen, 48 Elm St Northampton, MA 01060 or Cooley Dickinson VNA & Hospice, 168 Industrial Dr., Northampton, MA 01060.
Ann N. Burda
1925 - 2019
Ann N. Burda, 94, of Hatfield, passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, July 25th. She was born in Northampton on June 14, 1925 to the late Frank and Tekla (Ziemba) Burda. She was educated in Hatfield schools and later went on to work at UMass as their accountant for several years before her retirement. Ann loved her Kindle Fire; staying up all hours of the night playing her games on it. She was an avid UMass Hockey and Red Sox fan; never missing a game. She was also a communicant of the former Holy Trinity Church in Hatfield.
She is survived by cousins, friends, and her kind caregivers.
There are no calling hours. Her burial will be alongside her parents; Friday, August 2nd at 8:15 AM at Calvary Cemetery in Hatfield. Drozdal Funeral Home of Northampton has been entrusted with her arrangements.
Norman “Norm” Wilber Jr.
1939 - 2019
Norman “Norm” Wilber Jr., 79, of Leeds, MA passed away on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at Massachusetts General Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Keene, New Hampshire on October 26, 1939 to the late Norman and Gertrude (Murphy) Wilber Sr.
Norm had joined the Army National Guard in 1957, and later went on to start his own business in the autobody field. Since 1959, he owned and operated Norm’s Autobody with shops located in communities that included S. Hadley, Westfield, Easthampton and, most recently, Hadley. He was very well known all over the valley for the precise and exceptional work he did on his customers’ cars. He flourished for many years before retiring in 2012.
Norm loved riding his Harley Davidson in the summer and his snowmobile in the winter. He would ride all over New England with his family and friends. He was a member of the American Legion Post 236 in Haydenville, MA and a member of the Burgy Bullets Snowmobile Club as well as the Hilltown Snowmobile Club in Ashfield, MA.
Norm leaves behind his partner and best friend of 38 years, Diane Marko of Leeds, his children, Norman Wilber III of Readsboro, VT, DebraJean Trottier and her husband Allan of Clarksburg, MA, and Tina Wilber and her fiancée Jim Greene of Whitingham, VT; his sister, Pamela Cosby and her husband Thomas of Roslindale, MA, 11 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, and dear friends. Norm will forever and lovingly be remembered by Diane’s children, Janine Kozlakowski of Leeds, Joanne Wallace and her husband Jason of Gill, MA and Teresa Houle and her fiancé Jason Wozniak of Hatfield, MA.
Besides his parents, he was pre-deceased by his brother Clayton.
There will be a calling hour at 11AM – 12PM on Sunday, August 25, 2019, at the DROZDAL FUNERAL HOME, 120 Damn Rd., Northampton, MA concluding with Military Honors. A celebration of Norm’s life will follow at the Young Men’s Club in Hadley, MA.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: American Cancer Society, 3 Speen St, Framingham, MA 01701.
1949 - 2019
Anne M. Taft died June 30, 2019, after a long battle while waiting for a liver and kidney transplant. Anne carried the fight for relief as long as she could, before heart/brain functionality finally surrendered. Anne will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Anne was born in Northampton, MA (1949) and attended local schools. Anne was a very complex and intense person, and had a quick wit, almost always getting in the last word, and leaving persons at the receiving end stunned or at a loss of words. She chose not to become involved in outside organizations and/or civic affairs, instead focusing on family and home related activities. She was known far and wide as an accomplished master for her cooking skills and acumen. She had been a former member of the Easthampton Congregational Church, and periodically would put together major desert dishes upon conclusion of church service in Fellowship Hall. Church service was almost always up when church members were aware in advance that she was hosting.
Anne had an uncanny love for both domestic and wild animals and would give generously to Defenders of Wildlife, others, while vigorously caring for her black Labrador retriever (Odessa) and Maine coon cat (Macintosh). Her animals were treated as royalty!!!
Anne leaves behind her husband of 19 years, Norman M. Taft, of Easthampton, step-children; Rebecca Taft Childress of Middletown, RI, Victoria Taft of Easthampton and Jonathan Taft of Marlborough, MA.
She also leaves behind her brothers: Alan Estes of Haydenville; Joel Estes and his wife Patty of Huntington; Three nieces, a nephew, and their 6 children. She was also predeceased by two brothers; Stuart and Michael Estes.
She will be remembered by many close friends, including Dr. Melvin Hershkowitz of Northampton; who she cared for until health issues concluded further assistance, Steven Hathaway of Northampton, Aime & Richard Record, Nancy Flavin, Jaime & Dustin Paschal, and Linda Malinowski all of Easthampton.
Anne and I are particularly grateful to the professionals at Mass General Hospital in Boston, Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Fresenius Kidney Care Dialysis Center of Hampshire County, Linda Manor and Care One Nursing Home, and so many others who gave ongoing care over the last 18 months.
DROZDAL FUNERAL HOME of Northampton has been entrusted with the arrangements. A private final goodbye will be scheduled later this summer.
MSGT John H. Newman, USMC Retired
1938 - 2019
HATFIELD. John H. Newman, 81, passed away at his home on June 25, 2019, surrounded by his wife of 60 years, Patricia Newman and his loving family. John Harold Newman was born June 21, 1938 in Northampton, a son of Harold and Gladys Newman. John died of Parkinson's Disease and Cancer as a result of his exposure to Agent Orange while he served in Da Nang, Vietnam.
John served his country with honor and dignity for twenty-four years and one day in the United States Marine Corps retiring with the rank of Master Sergeant. Following retirement from the Marines, John began a 20 years career with General Electric as a technical representative. He finished his career working with his fellow Marines in HMX-1, The Marine Corps Presidential Helicopter Squadron stationed at Quantico, Virginia.
Throughout his life John's family was a source of immense joy and happiness. He will be remembered for his humor, his steadfast loyalty, his vast knowledge of Marine Corps history and kind-heartedness. He truly embodied the United States Marine Corps slogan: "Semper Fidelis".
He is survived by three daughters, a son, four grandchildren, a brother, two sisters and several nieces and nephews: Kim Cross and husband Dr. James Cross of New Haven, Vermont; Commander Kelley Newman USN Retired and wife Christi Keisling of Mesa, Arizona; Kristine Newman and husband Robert Brennan of Gilbert, Arizona; Kevin Newman of Hatfield, Massachusetts; grandchildren Gus Yost of Lincoln, Vermont; Kai, Finn, and Chase Brennan of Gilbert, Arizona; brother Jeffery Newman of Hatfield, Massachusetts; and sisters Jane Ewing of Burlington, VT; and Jude Newman of Montpelier, VT. John was predeceased by his parents, two siblings, James Francis Newman, Joan Newman Kochin and his baby son Timothy Michal Newman.
A Memorial Mass in celebration of John's life will be held on July 13th at 12:30pm at The Annunciation Church 85 Beacon Street Florence Massachusetts, with a visiting hour prior to the Mass at 11:30am. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the VNA and Hospice of Cooley Dickinson Hospital 168 Industrial Drive E#1, Northampton, Massachusetts 01060 or the Navy Relief Society 875 N.
Randolph Street, Suite 225, Arlington, Virginia 22203.
Marion D. Lapienski
Marion "Doris" (Passa) Lapienski, 85, of Hatfield, peacefully departed from this life while surrounded by loving family on Monday, June 17th at Duncaster: Caleb Hitchcock Health Center in Bloomfield, Connecticut. Marion was born in Tewksbury, Massachusetts on May 30, 1934 to Edward and Sophia Passa. Marion, wife of Stephen S. Lapienski for 56 years until his death on May 18th 2014, leaves behind her daughter Mary Inguanti and her husband Paul Inguanti of South Windsor, Connecticut, and their two children Elyse and Cal; her son Stephen Edward Lapienski and his wife Jaqueline of Easthampton, Massachusetts and their children Seamus Currie and Courtney Brousseau and her husband Jamie Brousseau, and their children Willamine and Theodore. She also leaves behind her loving sisters-in-law, Irene Pringle and Joanne Janczewski and her husband Al Janczewski, and many nieces and nephews.
Marion was a woman of her time and place, growing up with siblings and friends and coming of age in Northampton, Massachusetts. With an analytical mind and a gift for numbers and organization, Marion worked in the bursar's office at Smith College, and later kept the books and managed office matters for her husband's business in West Hatfield, Lapienski's Trucking. For her entire life, Marion gave much of her time to caring for others. In her spare time, she used her artistic talents to paint intricate ceramics and knit beautiful clothing for friends and family; she also enjoyed adventurous long road trips with her husband driving across the country to visit friends and see new places. She retold memorable stories about these trips to her family, from watching the sunrise in Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park, Maine to listening to country music and taking in the sights in Branson, Missouri. Marion looked forward to weekend visits with her grandchildren and children, and weekly visits spending time chatting with friends over coffee, at the hair salon, and elsewhere around town. Marion remained active past her official retirement, driving the seniors' van for the Hatfield Council on Aging, continuing her love of connecting with others, building friendships, and telling stories while driving the seniors to appointments around town. Her illustrious storytelling ability showed her attention to detail, which spilled into all aspects of her life including her love of baking - especially pies and cakes, always frustrated if a thin crack appeared in an otherwise perfect cheesecake. Marion's enthusiasm and adventurous spirit remained throughout her life, leading her to take the Amtrak train down to Washington, DC with her daughter for weekend trips to visit her granddaughter, affectionately referred to as "princess weekend."
As recent as this past holiday season, Marion knitted and donated many beautiful hats, mittens, scarves, and blankets to cancer patients, prematurely born babies, and families in need as a long-time member of the Knit-Hawks, a group of Sikorsky Aircraft Company volunteers and friends who contributed their skills and love to New England hospitals and churches. She was unconditionally generous and cared for all those around her. She is survived by close friends and family, including her brother Edward Passa of Chicopee, MA and was pre-deceased by her parents, Edward and Sophia Passa, and her sister Felicia Conn. Marion's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the caring, compassionate staff at the Duncaster: Caleb Hitchcock Health Center who delivered loving care to Marion 24/7. Additionally, they would like to thank Dr. William Butler, Dr. Ed Tuohy, Dr. Lee Goldstein, and Dr. Joe Saracco of Bridgeport Hospital for their vision, expertise, and clinical care in making these last six months for Marion both comfortable and dignified.
Calling hours will be on Friday, June 21, 2019 from 4-7pm at the Drozdal Funeral Home, 120 Damon Road, Northampton, MA. The Funeral Service will begin at 10am, Saturday, June 22, 2019 at the Drozdal Funeral Home. Burial will immediately follow at Calvary Cemetery, Bridge Street, Hatfield, MA. In Marion's memory, donations may be made by check to: Hatfield Council on Aging, 59 Main Street Hatfield, MA 01038.
Candy A. Ryan
Candace “Candy” A. Ryan, 68, of Easthampton, passed away peacefully, Friday morning, at Baystate Medical Center, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Northampton on December 20, 1950 to the late Roland and Lillian (Hebert) Ducharme.
Candy had worked for many years as a bartender for The Office Bar in the Baystate area of Florence. It is there where she made many longtime friends whom were very dear to her. As a new customer; you would be completely awestruck by her infectious smile as she would come to greet you. She was an avid Red Sox fan; never missing a game. Candy could always be heard screaming for her favorite team to either; “run faster”, or to “hit the damn ball”. She enjoyed playing cards with friends and family and was always there to help anyone in need; family or not. But most of all, she was immensely proud of her family, and leaves behind nothing but beautiful memories.
Candy is survived by her devoted children; Patrick Ryan and his wife Tawnya of Northampton, Nathan Ryan and his girlfriend Elizabeth Kovalski of Westfield, Matthew Ryan, Lisa Ryan and her girlfriend, Michele Mistalski, and Krystyne Saltis all of Easthampton, her grandchildren; Amberle Emerson, Taylor, Justice, Madison, Avery, and Noella Ryan, Sage and Samone Young, two great-grandchildren, her niece; Tammy Venne, and nephew, Paul Ducharme. She also leaves her favorite companion; her dog Rosco, and many dear friends.
Besides her parents, she was pre-deceased by her husband; Jack Connelly, her son; Michael Ryan, her sister; Shelley Ducharme, and her brother; Edward Ducharme.
Calling hours will be Thursday, June 13th from 4-6 p.m. at the Drozdal Funeral Home of Northampton. Her funeral will be Friday, June 14th, from 10-11a.m. at the funeral home, at 11 a.m. the funeral will proceed to St. Mary’s Cemetery, Northampton, for her burial with a religious service.
Donations may be made in Candy’s memory to a charity of one’s choice.
Mrs. Mary Farley Morton, 93, just short of turning 94, of Northampton, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 6th at Care One at Northampton. She was born in Rome, NY on July 16th, 1925 to the late Ambrose and Margaret McNamara. Mary’s father invented the first muffler winning Supreme Court for his patent against the Powell Motor Company.
In the early 1950’s Mary and her family moved to White Plains, NY from Rome. Her only child Michael was born on December 28th, 1946. In 1957, they moved to NYC with her sister Terry. She had worked for an advertising company named Sullivan, Staffer, Cowell & Baylis, and also as a telephone operator. Later she worked for a writer for Scott’s Stamp Magazine and the Crafts Edition for “Woman’s Day”, as well as “Redbook”.
When Michael was five, Mary took him for art classes at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. For 5th and 6th grade she enrolled him at PS 135 where his teacher was Mr. Louis Wolfe, he was a children’s book author. For Michael’s 7th and 8th grade she sent him to Grace Church School in Greenwich Village, and for high school he went to Trinity Boarding School in Pawling, NY.
In the summer of 1965, Mary and her son moved to London, England. In 1966, she married Bill Morton. They honeymooned in Portugal on the Algarve. Her husband worked for Redufusion and then B.B.C. as a television producer. He worked with his partner, Desmond Wilcox for a weekly documentary program called “Man Alive” for which he won a B.A.F.T.A. award. After “Man Alive”, he worked on an arts program; “Full House” and “Second House” as well as, “A Hundred Great Paintings”.
Mary will be missed by her son; Michael Morton of Northampton, and her two sisters, three brothers, as well as her many friends.
There will be a Celebration of Life Service on Wednesday, June 12th at 1:00 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 48 Elm St., Northampton. Burial will immediately follow in Spring Grove Cemetery, Northampton. DROZDAL FUNERAL HOME of Northampton has been entrusted with her services.
1943 - 2019
Jayne E. Finn, 76, of Haydenville, passed away on Saturday June 1st. She was born in Springfield on March 2, 1943 to the late Robert Brown and Madelyn Houle. Jayne had attended Greenfield Community College, where she graduated from the nursing program. After graduating, she later when on to work as a Registered Nurse for Riverside Industries in Easthampton for many years before her retirement.
She is survived by her loving sons; James Finn of Florence, Christopher Finn and his wife Melanie, her granddaughter; Marisa Finn all of Florence, her mother-in-law; Doris Finn, niece; Christine Brown, nephews; Jonathan and Tom Hebert, Patrick, Daniel, and Sean Finn, and Eric Dostal.
Besides her parents; Jayne was pre-deceased by her brother; Bob Brown, and nephew; James Dostal.
Calling hours will be Friday, June 7th from 12-2PM at the DROZDAL FUNERAL HOME, 120 Damon Rd., Northampton. A Memorial Service will begin at 1:45PM.
Donations may be made to: Riverside Industries, Inc.
1 Cottage Street, Easthampton, MA 01027.
Irene M. Russell
1929 - 2019
Irene M. Russell, 90, of Hadley, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 2nd at the Center for Extended Care at Amherst. She was born in Turners Falls to the late Peter and Mary Bergiel. She had attended schools in Turners Falls.
She had worked for many years at UMass in the Business Office before her retirement. Irene was a communicant of Most Holy Redeemer Church in Hadley and was also a member of the Red Hat Ladies Club, and the Golf and Mother’s Club. She enjoyed going to Florida in the winter, playing golf, and partying with her husband; Harry, and their friends. They always had a good time and made many fond memories.
She is survived by her devoted son and daughter-in-law; Dennis and Niki Russell of Sunderland. Her grandchildren; Jason and his wife Michelle, and their children; Ethan and Hunter of Montague, Daren and his wife Alex, and their children, Ryder and Lilly, Corey and his wife Kara and their children; Connor, Kallie, and Landon all of Mooresville, NC, her sister; Agnes Dobosz of Turners Falls, and several nieces and nephews, she will be sadly missed by all who knew her.
Besides her parents; she was predeceased by her loving husband; Harold “Harry” Russell, who passed away May 3, 2002, and her siblings; Charles, Raymond, Edward, Blanche, Agnes, and Elizabeth.
There will be a calling hour from 10AM – 11AM at the DROZDAL FUNERAL HOME of 120 Damon Rd., Northampton. Her burial will immediately follow, with Fr, Tomasz Gorny officiating at Holy Rosary Cemetery, Hadley.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Irene’s name to Alzheimer’s Association – Mass. Chapter, 309 Waverley Oaks Rd, Waltham, MA 02452 or online to: www.alz.org/
Richard S. Bilski
1952 - 2019
Richard Steven Bilski, 67, of Easthampton, passed away on Thursday, May 2nd at his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Holyoke on April 19, 1952 to the late Chester and Margaret (Elisee) Bilski. Rich was a graduate of Smith Vocational High School class of 1968. He then attended STCC where he received a degree in HVAC. Rich had served in the United States Army. After the service; he began his career as a lab technician in research and development at Mestek Inc. in Westfield for over 33 years.
His wife Becky had introduced him to camping and his first encounter was when they pitched a small tent at the DAR and slept under the stars; from there he fell in love with camping life. Rich enjoyed long walks on the beaches of Cape Cod, watching the excitement of horseracing and cheering on the Patriots and Red Sox. Every season, he appreciated the trip to Boston to catch a Sox game. But most of all, he loved his family, and the time he spent with them; always being the most special husband, father, grandpa, brother, uncle and friend. Rich will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Besides his devoted wife; Becky (Trombly) Bilski, he is survived by his son; Phillip and his wife Kerry of Easthampton, his daughters; Kimberly Brodeur of Pittsfield, Jessica DeSousa and her husband Dave of Chicopee, Katherine Bilski of Holyoke, his grandchildren; Kerissa, Maya, Jacob, Brayden, Peyton, Angelique, Augustin, Ashley, Douglas, Donald, Mikayla and Maxwell, 3 great-grandchildren, his brother; Walt Bilski of Easthampton, his sisters; Margaret Murphy and her husband John of Holyoke, Nancy Love of Owensboro, KY, several nieces, nephews, relatives, and dear friends.
A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, May 10th at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of the Valley Church, 33 Adams Street, Easthampton. A calling hour will precede the Mass from 10 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the church. Burial will immediately follow with Military Honors in Brookside Cemetery, Easthampton.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Richard’s memory to: Cooley Dickinson Visiting Nurse and Hospice, 168 Industrial Drive, Northampton, MA 01060. DROZDAL FUNERAL HOME of Northampton has been entrusted with the arrangements.
1923 - 2019
Frances Prasol, 95, of Florence, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at the Center for Extended Care in Amherst. She was born in Northampton on June 1, 1923 to the late Anthony and Josephine (Wan) Prasol. She had had attended Northampton schools and later went on to work for Pro-Brush in Florence before her retirement.
She is survived by her nieces; Nancy Blyda of Florence, and Mildred Beal of Holyoke.
Besides her parents she was pre-deceased by her siblings; Anthony, John, William, Michael, Helen Gesiorek, Nellie and Mary Prasol, and her nephew; John Prasol Jr.
A Liturgy of Christian burial was celebrated at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish on Thursday, April 25, 2019, burial followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Northampton. All services were private and under the direction of DROZDAL FUNERAL HOME of Northampton.
February 20th 1949 – March 6th 2019
Thomas Troy, 70, of Amherst, passed away on March 6, 2019 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. He was born in Luzerene County, PA on February 20, 1949. Thomas was an avid Red Sox fan, he never missed a chance to watch their games. He was loved by all who knew him, especially his providers and friends at ServiceNet. Thomas will be missed by many.
There will be a burial on Friday, April 12, 2019 at 10 AM at Bridge Street Cemetery in Northampton. Drozdal Funeral Home of Northampton has been entrusted with his services
Judith A. Kugler
Judith A. Kugler, 70, of Hatfield, passed away on Tuesday March 19, 2019 at Linda Manor Extended Care Facility. She was born February 5, 1949 in Northampton to the late Stanley “Teeny” and Helen (Zawacki) Kugler. Judy had attended Hatfield schools and was a graduate of Smith Academy High School. She had worked several years for Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Environmental Services before her retirement. Judy enjoyed spending time at various beaches throughout her life, she was also an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox and Patriots as an unpaid coach for each team.
She is survived by her sister; Elizabeth Kugler of Hatfield, her Aunt; Eleanor Haughton of Mountain Home, AK, her good friend; Ernie “Butch” Diemand of Florence, several cousins, and dear friends. She will be sadly missed for her quick wit and charm from all who knew her.
Calling Hours will be Sunday, March 24, 2019 from 4-7 PM at the DROZDAL FUNERAL HOME of Northampton. There will be a Funeral Mass at 10 AM on Monday, March 25, 2019 at Our Lady of Grace Church in Hatfield, please meet directly at the church. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family at a later date.
In lieu of flowers; donations may be made in Judy’s memory to: Hatfield Public Library, 39 Main St., Hatfield, MA 01038.
Doris F. Marko
Doris F. Marko, 87, of Hadley, passed away on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at UMass Memorial Medical Center following a brief illness. She was born on March 29, 1931 in Worcester to the late Carl and Lillian (Perry) Williams. She had attended New Salem Academy. She met and fell in love with her husband, the late Martin Marko; whom passed away in 1996. They started their family; raising six beautiful children in Leverett. As their family grew, they then settled and moved to Hadley in 1989. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting beautiful baby sweaters and clothes for her grandchildren and Christmas stockings for everyone. She was an avid Red Sox fan; never missing a game. Doris treasured her companion; her cat Frisky.
She is survived by her daughters; Diane Marko and her partner, Norman Wilber of Leeds, Donna Hubbard and her husband Stephen of Sunderland, her sons; Michael of Sonoma CA, Timothy of Concord, NH, Thomas of Kailua-Kona, HI, her grandchildren; Joanne Wallace, Teresa Houle, Janine Kozlakowski, Stephen Hubbard, Joshua Hubbard, Kari Marko and Jennifer Marko, 9 great-grandchildren, her sister; Carleen Williams of Laguna Hills, CA and many nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents and loving husband, she was also pre-deceased by her son, Joseph, and her sisters; Beverly Boudreau and Gail Rathburn.
The Memorial Service and burial will take place in the spring. DROZDAL FUNERAL HOME of Northampton has been entrusted with Doris' arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Doris' name to: American Diabetes, 260 Cochituate Rd., #200, Framingham, MA 01701 www.diabetes.org
1938 - 2019
Barbara (Handrich) Yanginski, 80, of Ware, passed away peacefully on Monday, with her loving family by her side at Quaboag Rehab and Skilled Care in W. Brookfield. She was born July 29, 1938 in Northampton to the late William and Phyllis (Russ) Handrich Sr. She had attended Amherst schools and later went on to receive her bachelor’s degree in Teaching at UMass Amherst. She began her teaching career at Shenendehowa High School in Clifton Park, NY, where she worked for 6 months before returning home. Upon her return, Barbara worked at the local Howard Johnson; serving up delicious ice cream, and it was there, that a young man named Joseph, from across the street came into her work to enjoy some of that ice cream. Barbara and Joseph instantly fell in love, they were married in 1960 and raised two beautiful children. As they settled, Barbara taught kindergarten in Amherst, Belchertown, and S. Deerfield schools for over 32 years before her retirement. Her passion for teaching was evident by her students coming back years later to see her. She treated and adored her students like they were her own. She relished in reading a good book and enjoyed observing wildlife and bird watching. She also spent many summers as a child and with her family walking the beaches of Maine. But, most of all she loved her family and spending time with them. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.
She is survived by her loving and devoted husband; Joseph Yanginski, her son; Kurt and his wife; Cindy of Deptford, NJ, her daughter; Tara and her husband; Paul of Ware, her grandchildren; Aaron, Bryan, Alexis Yanginski, and Nathan and Kyla Grenier, her brother; William Handrich Jr. and his wife Priscilla of Hadley, her sister; Janet Boheen and her husband; Richard of Center Barnstead, NH, her sister-in-law; JoAnn Duguay of S. Hadley, and several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be Friday March 8, 2019 from 4 – 6:30 PM at the Drozdal Funeral Home of Northampton. A religious service will begin at 6:30 PM. Friends and Family are invited to the Bluebonnet Diner after the service. Burial will take place in the spring at Plainville Cemetery in Hadley.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Barbara’s memory to: Town of Deerfield, “Deerfield Elementary”, 21 Pleasant St., S. Deerfield, MA 01373.
Estelle B. Elliott, 98, of Northampton, passed away peacefully, Saturday, February 16, 2019, at Care One at Northampton with her loving family by her side. She was born January 12, 1921 in London to the late Henri and Eleanor (Larter) Blaise. She had attended schools in England, France, and Belgium. During WWII, she met Charles H. Elliott, in Belgium, where he was stationed, they fell in love and got married. After WWII, Charles’ tour of duty ended, and he returned to the United States; sadly, without his beautiful bride. She soon would join him as she traveled a long journey by boat to be with him. Their reunion was joyous, and they settled in Northampton and raised their two children, as well as ten foster children. They had a blissful 65 ½ year marriage before his death in 2010.
She had worked at Smith College as a Senior Cook in the Chapin House for over 30 years. Estelle was a communicant of the former St. Mary’s Church in Northampton and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish. She enjoyed painting beautiful pictures, gardening, cooking delicious meals for her family, dancing with her husband, and singing. Estelle and her husband ran food stands at the Three County Fair, as well as many others for over 50 years, and people would come from all over just to enjoy their food. She also loved horse racing, always making sure to get that last bet in.
She will be sadly missed by her son; Charles and his wife Diane of Northampton, her daughter; Patricia Fortier of Westhampton, four grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, and her special nephew; Ken Jr. who brought her Dunkin’ Donuts and coffee every weekend.
Besides her parents, and her loving husband Charles, she was also predeceased by her siblings and her son-in-law; Bill Fortier.
Calling hours will be Thursday, February 21, 2019 from 4-6 PM at the Drozdal Funeral Home of Northampton. A memorial service will begin at 6 PM.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Estelle’s memory to: Dementia Society of America, PO Box 600, Doylestown, PA 18901
Anita R. Millett
1955 – 2019
Anita R. (Theroux) Millett, 63, of Erving, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 31, 2019 at Charlene Manor in Greenfield. She was born in Holyoke on June 10, 1955 to Roger Theroux Sr. and the late Alta (Ackerman) Theroux. Anita had grown up in Granby most of her life. She was a home health aide in private homes for several years. Anita loved crocheting beautiful blankets, and walking on the beach, she also enjoyed going to her grandsons’ soccer games to cheer him on.
She is survived by her son; Jameson Sladeski and his wife LeeAnne of South Deerfield, her grandsons; Payton of S. Deerfield, and Nicolas of Denver, CO., her father; Roger Theroux Sr. of Westhampton, her brother; Roger Theroux Jr., and his wife Tina of Greenfield, and her sister; Debbie Almeida of Rhode Island.
There will be a calling hour on Friday, February 8, 2019 from 6-7 PM followed by a Memorial Service to begin at 7 PM at the Drozdal Funeral Home of 120 Damon Rd., Northampton.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Anita’s memory to: New England Office of the American Diabetes Association, 260 Cochituate Road, #200, Framingham, MA 01701.
1935 – 2019
Glenn Rubeck, 83, of Northampton, died January 30, 2019 in Linda Manor Nursing Home. Born in Northampton, November 24, 1935, he was the son of the late Harry and Lillian (Young) Rubeck. He graduated from Northampton High School and served in the US Army. Glenn worked as a boiler fireman at Savage Farms and Cooley Dickinson Hospital.
He leaves his wife; Beverly (Zakrzewski) Rubeck, his son; Glenn D. Rubeck of Northampton and his daughter; Joanne Brown and her husband Christopher of E. Springfield, his grandchildren; Michael Rubeck, Lillian, Christopher, Vanessa, and Joseph Brown. He leaves two sisters; Lorraine Malinouskas and June Brodeur, his beloved nieces; Deanne, Aleta, Laurie, Nancy, and nephews; Daryl and Dave and many cousins.
Glenn tended magnificent gardens from which he canned and prepared with expertise. He loved his family dearly and leaves a legacy of fishing trips and good times with is buddies. Donations may be made in his honor to Hospice of Franklin County, 329 Conway St., Greenfield, MA 01301.
Calling hours will be Friday, February 1, 2019 from 4-6PM. His funeral service will begin on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 10AM in the Drozdal Funeral Home of Northampton with a religious service to begin at 10:30 AM followed by Military Honors.
Kenneth P. Scott
Kenneth P. Scott, 70, of Florence, passed away on Tuesday, January 15, 2019. He was born February 16, 1948 in Northampton, to the late Frank “Tinker” and Phyllis (Tardy) Scott.
Ken worked for the City of Northampton for 35 years. After his retirement, he took many cruises with his wife Maryellen and vacationed annually at Old Orchard Beach in Maine. Kenny loved to plant and maintain his flower gardens each spring and summer; he also enjoyed crafting anything out of wood and could fix just about everything. He cherished all his dogs and relished in babysitting for the “grand-dogs”. He treasured seeing the children’s faces each morning as he worked as a school crossing guard; but most of all, he loved his family and friends. He will truly be missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his beloved wife; Maryellen (Frenier) Scott of Florence, loving father to; Kimberly Berard and her husband Ed of Westhampton, Kenneth P. Scott Jr., of Easthampton, and Richard Scott of Chamblee, GA, 7 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, his sisters; Linda Misterka and her husband Ken of Florence, and Lori Connelly and her husband Rod of Milton, also several nephews, a niece and numerous friends.
Calling hours will be Monday January 21, 2019 from 11AM to 1PM at the Drozdal Funeral Home of Northampton, a Memorial service will immediately follow at 1PM in the funeral home.
This coming summer, please plant a flower in your yard in remembrance of Ken.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ken's memory to: The American Diabetes Association, 260 Cochituate Road, #200 Framingham, MA 01701.
Craig Atwood Nehring, 69, of Florence, died unexpectedly on Thursday, January 3rd, 2019. Born on September 15th, 1949, in Northampton, he was the son of the late Roderick and Doris (Atwood) Nehring.
He graduated from Northampton High School in 1967 and also from Westfield State College. Craig worked for many years for the City of Northampton’s Water Department.
He loved the outdoors and especially deer hunting. He enjoyed camping and using the skills he learned as a Boy Scout. Craig was a friend to all and was content to lead a quiet life.
Craig is survived by a son; Fletcher and his wife Kelly of Chicopee and a daughter; Lorelei Miller and her husband Andrew of New York. He also leaves a grandson Shade. Besides his parents, he was also pre-deceased by his brother Bruce.
The family wishes to thank the first responders and also the caregivers at Cooley Dickinson Hospital for their professionalism and compassion.
A celebration of Craig’s life will be held Saturday, January 19th, 2019 at the Drozdal Funeral Home of Northampton. Calling hours will be from 10AM to 1PM. A Memorial service will begin at 1PM. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Craig’s name may be made to the: Western Massachusetts Council of the Boy Scouts of America by visiting https://www.wmascouting.org/memorial-tributefund