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 Leonard E. Day Jr.


Leonard E. Day Jr., 86, of Westhampton, died on May 15th, 2020 of health complications. Leonard was born in Northampton, on July 3, 1933, to the late Leonard E. Sr., and Margaret J. (Shelkey) Day. Leonard was a graduate of Northampton High School. 

He joined the Air National Guard and attended the Armorers School. He was stationed at Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield, where he served as Staff SGT. Later, Leonard was employed at Smith and Wesson; and served as Assembly Foreman for Noble Manufacturing. Leonard’s craftsmanship developed steadfastly each day of his life for over fifty years as a self-employed gunsmith. He was known worldwide as a manufacturer of quality reproduction black powder firearms. Leonard was a proud member of the Mass Antique Arms Collectors Club and Seventeenth Century Society. Notably, Leonard loved history and was an avid historian. He was a founding member of the Sixth Mass Continentals participating in the March to Quebec. Leonard was also a historian of the history of the New World and the manufacture and distribution of firearms in the New World. 

Our Brother, Father, Granddad and Great-Granddad Leonard E. Day Jr. enjoyed sharing the Valley’s History with whomever had interest, he was basically a library of knowledge, there was nothing he couldn’t tell you about the last 400 years.

Leonard is survived by his three sons: Leonard E. and Deb Day III of Easthampton, Mark A. and Suzi Day of Ashfield and Jonathon C. Day and Mary May of Haydenville. Seven grandchildren: Aarron Day, Kaileigh (Day) O’Connor, Ashley (Henshaw) Knox, Justin Day, Emily, Madeline and Lucas Day. Six great-grandchildren: Camron and Walter O’Connor, Ryan Day, Danny and Grace Knox, Abel Day. His sisters, Marjorie J. Savino and Judith Quinn both of Florida.

Besides his parents, he was pre-deceased by his long-time companion, Betty Fisher Pinto who passed away on November 16, 2013.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in remembrance of Leonard to; The Fort at No.4, PO BOX 1336 Charlestown, NH 03603.

There will be a graveside service at a later date at the Center Cemetery in Westhampton. DROZDAL FUNERAL HOME OF NORTHAMPTON has been entrusted with his services.  


Brian C. McKillop



Brian Christopher McKillop, 54, of Northampton, passed away peacefully Wednesday May 20th, at Highview of Northampton. He was born November 14, 1965 in Springfield to the late Robert and Rosemarie (Pouliot) McKillop.  He attended schools in Springfield and received his GED. Brian had worked for several years at St. Mary’s Church in Springfield as a Handyman. He loved and was dedicated to all sports, including his beloved Boston Red Sox.  Brian particularly enjoyed his trips to Fenway Park with Fr. Francis Reilly of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish.

He is survived by his brothers, Michael McKillop and his wife Mary of Auburn, NH, and Thomas McKillop and his wife Joyce of Springfield, sister-in-law, Natalie McKillop of Coweta, OK, also several nieces, nephews, a grandnephew, and dear friends. His brother Jerry preceded him September 6, 2018. 

Brian received extraordinary care which was only made possible through Dr. Katz and the D’Amour center, caring nurses, aides, and staff at Highview of Northampton, the Lathrop Home and Cooley Dickinson Hospice. The family would like to express their thanks for the care and support that was given to Brian. They also want to acknowledge the care of Fr. Reilly and Brian’s spiritually family for many years. May God bless each and every one of you always. 

 Donations made be made to the D’Amour Center for Cancer Care, 3350 Main St, Springfield, MA 01107 or Cooley Dickinson VNA & Hospice 168 Industrial Dr, Northampton, MA 01060.

Due to the circumstances at this time, there will be a Celebration of Brian’s life at a later date. Drozdal Funeral Home has been entrusted with his services.

 Wayne Alsamo Canton



Wayne Alsalmo Canton was born on September 26, 1945 to Gladys Venzen and Prutus Canton, both who preceded him in death.  He was a native to St. Thomas US Virgin Island and relocated to Bronx, New York at the age of three with his mother. 

Wayne was educated in the New York Public School System, after which he moved to Massachusetts to attend Atlantic Union College where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Education. Upon graduation, Wayne went to work as a Public Relations Specialist with the Boston Gas Company. 

In 1968, Wayne met Betty J. Butler. The two were later married in 1970. To this union were born two beautiful daughters Yetanda (Canton) Massey and Soyini (Canton) Edwards.

Wayne was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed trips to the beach, fishing, hiking and gardening. Wayne had an appreciation for music, the performing arts, and history. 

Wayne was an active member of the High Valley community. Due to a decline in his health, he was relocated to Cooley Dickinson hospital, where he died on May 2, 2020.

He leaves to celebrate his life, daughters Yetanda (Canton) Massey and Soyini (Canton) Edwards. Brothers Lorne Canton (Cheryl) of Queens NY, William Stridiron (Lucia) of NC, Sekou Canton of Greenbelt, MD, and Raymond Stridiron who preceded him in death; Sister, Lucille (Canton) Clay of Largo, MD; Nephews Derek, Kevin, Kenan, Brian, and Omari. Nieces Alicia, Kendell, Aliyah, Luz, and Autumn. 

It was in Northampton, MA. where Wayne found his peace and made a life for himself. Much of his success was due to the support of Jewish Family Services, and more specifically the staff at High Valley Senior Inc. located in Northampton. The agency provided the physical, social, medical, and mental health needs Wayne required to thrive; while also providing us with the peace of mind that he was receiving proper care. In lieu of flowers we would ask that you donate to

Highland Valley Elderly Services Inc.  in honor of Wayne A. Canton. Your donations will allow the agency to continue to provide much needed services to the elderly. 


 Mary  H. Foster

HADLEY, MA -- Mary H. Foster, 82, of Hadley, passed away peacefully on April 23, 2020 at the Center for Extended Care in Amherst. She was born and raised in Houlton, Maine, daughter of the late Clayton and Margaret (Parkinson) Hanson, one of eight children, and later graduated from Houlton High School. It was in Houlton that she met and married Kerry Foster at the age of 18. They shared many happy years together with friends and family, and traveled extensively while Kerry was in the service. They later lived in Connecticut before settling in a large old farmhouse in Rochester, NH. Here, they hosted parties and family gatherings, tended their gardens and raised ducks. Their rooms were often filled to capacity with guests, overflowing into their “summer kitchen.” During these years while Kerry worked as a pilot for Eastern Airlines, Mary held everything together. She took pride in taking care of their property and animals, while welcoming all who came to visit or needed a place to stay.

Mary and Kerry separated in the early ‘90s when she moved to Hadley, however they remained close friends until her passing.

Mary made friends wherever she lived. She loved playing cards with her beloved sister Jean Ayotte, enjoyed reading, watching Jeopardy, doing crossword puzzles, and no one could beat her at scrabble.

Mary is survived by her brother Bill Hanson and sister-in-law Diane Hanson, as well as several nieces, nephews and good friends. All services will be private and at the convenience of her family. Drozdal Funeral Home of Northampton has been entrusted with her services.

Marion E. Pratt



            Marion E. Pratt, 93, of Easthampton, sadly passed away on Sunday April 19th at the Sixteen Acres Healthcare Center from Covid-19.  She was born in Palmer on September 14, 1926 to the late Alphonse and Angelina (Berthurme) Tousignan.

She was educated in Palmer and graduated from Palmer High School.  In 1957, Marion married the love of her life, the late Nelson Pratt Sr.  They raised their children and lived in the Thorndike section of Palmer for 20 years before moving to Easthampton in 1996.  Marion was employed by the former Diamond National Company for several years before her retirement.

She is survived by her caregiver and grandson, Andres Marrero Jr. of Springfield, her daughter, Mary T. Marrero of W. Cummington, her sister, Constance Gavin and her brother Harold Tousignan both of Brimfield, four grandchildren, one Great-granddaughter, several nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband Nelson Pratt Sr. and her son Nelson Jr. 

Burial will be in Spring Grove Cemetery at later date and at the convenience of the family when deemed safe.  DROZDAL FUNERAL HOME of Northampton has been entrusted with her services. 

Dr. Frederick J. Dzialo Sr. 



Dr. Frederick John Dzialo, Sr., son of the late Franciszek and Wladyslawa (Kubik) Dzialo of Chicopee Falls, passed away into eternal life on March 24, 2020 at the age of 88. Frederick was born in Chicopee Falls and graduated from Chicopee High in 1950. He was awarded the Polish Home Association Scholarship and attended the University of Massachusetts where he received his Bachelor and Masters of Science degrees. In 1959, he married his beloved wife Helen Partyka with whom he had five children.
Frederick worked for the Department of the Navy, where he became a Structural Naval Architect. He was awarded a National Science Foundation Grant to attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Civil Engineering in 1965. After graduation, he was offered a professorship at the University of Massachusetts where he continued his research, taught for 37 years, and was awarded the National Science Faculty Teaching Award. He found teaching to be his calling and could often be found in his office, tutoring a large group of students gathered around him. He founded F.J. Dzialo and Associates Civil Engineering prior to retirement from the University where he analyzed structures of many buildings, power plants, and bridges including the 9/11 Memorial in New York City.
Frederick was a devout member of the Roman Catholic Church and regularly attended mass at Our Lady of Grace Church in Hatfield, and Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Northampton. He was a spirited lector during mass, enjoyed singing in the church choir with Helen, and always had a positive outlook on life. He was a kind, gentle, and generous man who was always helping and caring for his children and others.
With a love for the waltz and polka, he and his wife Helen attended many dances together. He was an enthusiastic fan of the Red Sox, the Patriots, and the UMASS football and basketball teams. There were many happy memories attending these games with his family and friends.
Frederick is predeceased by his wife Helen (Partyka) Dzialo, son Joseph Dzialo, sister Helen Lukasik, brother Thaddeus Dzialo, sister-in-law Genevieve and husband Edward Wickles.
He is survived by his children Frederick Jr. and his wife Fabienne of San Diego, CA, Dr. Ann Francine Dzialo, MD and her husband Christopher Petroff of Groton, MA, Mary and her husband Louis Kuta Sr. of Bethesda, MD, John and his wife Choon Ting of Newton, MA, and daughter-in-law Martine of Longmeadow, MA; 11 grandchildren, Julie, Frederick III, Jonathan, Charlotte, Cyprien, Helena, John Paul, Louie II, Joseph, Theresa Rose, and Jack. Frederick is also survived by his brother, Walter Dzialo and his wife, Sherry of Montgomery, AL, brother-in-law, Richard Lukasik of South Hadley, MA and brother-in-law, Joseph Partyka Jr. of Ludlow, MA.
The funeral mass and burial services were held privately with immediate family on March 28, 2020. An announcement will be made for a memorial mass with friends and family to attend at a later date and when deemed safe. DROZDAL FUNERAL HOME of Northampton was entrusted with his services.
Donations may be made in memory of Frederick J Dzialo, Sr. to the Catholic Relief Services, www.crs.org, or Our Lady of Grace Church, P.O. Box 34, Hatfield, MA 01038, or Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 87 Beacon St., Florence, MA 01062. 


Elizabeth A. Russell


Elizabeth A. (Lastowski) Russell, 71, of Florence, passed away peacefully on Wednesday April 1, 2020 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital with her loving family at her side

She was born in Northampton On June 8, 1948 to the late Alexander and Zita (Rybecki) Lastowski. She was educated in Northampton schools and graduated from Northampton High School. Liz was a medical receptionist at Northampton Internal Medicine for 30 years before her retirement.

Liz enjoyed tending to her beautiful gardens, and reading books from various authors, but most of all she adored her family and her grand-kids. She was loved by many and she will be sadly missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 54 years; David Russell Sr., her daughter; Debbie Leigh of Southampton, her son Christopher Russell of Waterbury, VT, her grandchildren; Justin, Felicia, Sage, Erica, and Allison, six great-grandchildren, her brothers; Paul of Florence, Alexander of Barstow, CA, and her sister; Suzanne Roch of Easthampton, and several nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents she was pre-deceased by her son; David Russell Jr., her sister; Alice Mogelinski, and her brothers; Richard and John.

Elizabeth’s family would like to thank the Doctors, Nurses, and staff at Cooley Dickinson Hospital for all the compassion and care Liz received during this difficult time.

There will be a private graveside burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Northampton. There will be a Memorial service at a later date. DROZDAL FUNERAL HOME of Northampton has been entrusted with her services.


Edward Joseph Maloney

1975 - 2020


Edward Joseph Maloney, 44, of Leeds, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday March 28th. He was born June 13, 1975 in Northampton to Jane (Matuszewski) Maloney and the late John W. Maloney.

When Ed was a young boy, he played Little League baseball and liked racing his BMX bikes, he attended schools in Northampton and was a graduate of Northampton High School. Ed enjoyed going fishing either by himself or with friends, cheering on his favorite teams; the New York Yankees and New England Patriots, and was also an avid NASCAR fan. Ed had a love for the outdoors and being surrounded by nature. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his loving mother; Jane Maloney of Leeds, his sons; Edward Joseph Maloney Jr. of Baldwinville MA, and John Maloney, who’s serving in the National Guard, his sister; Denise Popkowski and family of Miller’s Falls, several aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends. 

A private memorial service will be held later in the year at the convenience of the family.  Drozdal Funeral Home of Northampton has been entrusted with his services. 


Richard D. “Dick” Lemieux


Richard D. “Dick” Lemieux, 91, of Northampton, passed away peacefully at Linda Manor Extended care Facility on Wednesday, March 25, 2020.

Dick was predeceased by his loving wife, Marguerite L. (Caouette) Lemieux who passed away in 2014.

Dick was born on October 29, 1928 in Holyoke, to the late Romeo and Aurore (Daviau) Lemiuex. He was a United States Army Veteran serving during the Korean War. He was a licensed Pharmacist and owner of Richard’s Pharmacy in Holyoke for several years. After his retirement, Richard served as a Parking Enforcer for the Town of Northampton.

He had a great love for his family, friends and Boston sports teams.  He was an avid reader enjoyed traveling and loved a good card game.

Richard is lovingly remembered by his five children; Jodi Lemieux of South Carolina, Jordan Lemieux of Holyoke, Jocelyn Melanson and her husband Ed of Northampton, Joel Lemieux and his wife Patricia of Holyoke and Job Lemieux and his wife Julie of Northborough. He will also be greatly missed by his nine grandchildren, Ryan Lemieux and wife Amanda of Chicopee, Rachel Lemieux of Holyoke, Ashleigh Witt-Wilder and husband Eric of South Carolina, Aubrie Witt of South Carolina, Shawna Lemieux of Holyoke, Marissa Melanson of Easthampton, Christopher, Jake and Garrett Lemieux of Holyoke, six great grandchildren and a nephew.

Besides his wife, and parents, he was also pre-deceased by his brother, Francis.

Dick will be laid to rest with his beloved wife, Marguerite at West Street Cemetery in Granby. Services with Military Honors will be private on a date to be determined by his family. DROZDAL FUNERAL HOME of Northampton has been entrusted with his services.  


Mary (O’Brien) Currie

1922 - 2020

Florence – 

Mary (O’Brien) Currie, 97, of Florence, passed away from a brief illness on Thursday March 12th at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Northampton on May 13, 1922 to the late William and Mabel (Carr) O’Brien. She was a graduate of Northampton High School and later went to work alongside her sisters; Catty and Eleanor as the head waitress for 30 years at The Log Cabin in Holyoke, before her retirement. 

Mary was a quick witted, kind, generous and loving lady, who always put others before herself. She wished for all, to put aside differences and keep love and harmony in their hearts. She enjoyed her trips to the casino with her family, never missing the annual excursions. Mary was loved by so many and will be sadly missed by all.

She is survived by her son; Robert and his oppo, Linda Devine of Westhampton, her daughter; Tina O’Brien of Florence, her daughter-in-law; Cheryl Currie of Florence, her brother; Ronald O’Brien of Florence, grandchildren; Sharyn Trombley, Scott Currie, Michelle, Michael and Todd O’Brien, Seamus Currie, Courtney Brousseau, Nathan Larsen,  six great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild, several nieces, nephews and dear friends.

Besides her parents, she was pre-deceased by her loving husband, whom she missed dearly; Warren Currie Sr., her son; Warren Jr., sisters; Catherine Wilkinson, Eleanor Mandeville, Eileen Murch, Shirley Countyman and her sister-in-law; Joni O’Brien.

All services will be held at a later date. DROZDAL FUNERAL HOME of Northampton has been entrusted with services.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the; Alzheimer's Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452 www.alz.org. For more information, please visit Drozdalfuneralhome.com.

And when great souls die, after a period peace blooms, slowly and always irregularly. Spaces fill with a kind of soothing electric vibration. Our senses, restored, never to be the same, whisper to us. They existed. They existed. We can be. Be and be better. For they existed.


Edmund A. “Pudge” Pruzynski


Northampton – 

Edmund A. “Pudge” Pruzynski, 81, formerly of Florence, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 4th, at Highview of Northampton. He was born in Northampton on December 11, 1938 to the late John and Anna (Lonczak) Pruzynski Sr. 

Ed had worked for several years at the Northampton Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Leeds as a security guard before his retirement. He was a Veteran of the United States Marines and was honored to serve for our country, he was a proud Marine. After retirement, Ed and his late wife Darlene enjoyed their time together traveling all over the United States, including spending their winters in Florida. One thing was for sure, he always made it back to Chesterfield in time to help his brother and nephew with the sugaring. He enjoyed his beautiful garden at his home, which he tended to all summer long, he was also an animal lover; including his horse and a goat you wouldn’t dare turn your back to. 

He is survived by his sisters; Jean Gieryk of Easthampton, Dolores McKay of Altamonte Springs, Fl, and several nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he was pre-deceased by his loving wife Hazel Darlene (Jaynes) Pruzynski, and his brothers, Peter and John Jr.

Calling hours will be Monday, March 9, 2020 at the DROZDAL FUNERAL HOME of Northampton from 11AM – 12:30 PM, there will be a religious service in the funeral home beginning at 12:30PM. Burial will immediately follow with Military Honors at the Massachusetts Veterans’ Cemetery in Agawam.     

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 Seymour


Hadley, MA

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

Chesterfield – 

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

Hatfield – 

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.         


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