HATFIELD - Carl Kuzontkoski was reunited with his wife Phyllis on June 16, 2020, ten days prior to his 93rd birthday. In his family, Carl was the last surviving member of his generation, a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather; a compassionate friend, and a man who would gladly offer a joke or story to all who would listen.
Born to Charles and Florence Kuzontkoski, immigrants from Bialystok, Poland, Carl grew up in Whately, MA. He and his twin sister Carolyn were the youngest of eight siblings, including Chester, Walter, Ann, Joe, Jennie, and Charley.
After graduating with a certificate in automotive mechanics from Smith Vocational School, he served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He was particularly proud of his excellent marksmanship, a skill honed over many years as a deer hunter with his brother, Chet, and his nephews, Carl and Chet. He loved to fish and forage for mushrooms, which he often did with his younger daughter, Paula.
Shortly before enlisting, he met the love of his life, Phyllis Zembiski, at a lawn party. He loved to tell the story about how his future mother-in-law, Sophie, encouraged her daughter to date "that nice Polish boy." They married in July 1947, and remained devoted to each other until Phyllis' death, 70 years later.
He began his career as a mechanic with Hartwin Motors, and ultimately became co-owner of his own service centers, K & L with Albert Labbee, and later, C & L with Larry Flynn. Although a keen businessman, his compassion frequently led him to reduce or eliminate the bills of struggling customers.
Family, friends, and faith formed the foundation of Carl’s life. As a Eucharistic Minister, he served his church. As a friend, you couldn’t ask for anyone better. At home, Carl selflessly tended to his wife for the last ten years of her life. He was unabashedly proud of the achievements of his daughter, Carolyn Iacovone, and her husband Robert of West Boylston; his daughter, Paula Kuzontkoski, and her husband Juan Pablo Fernández of Boston; his grandsons Matthew Iacovone and Christopher Knittle, and Christopher's wife Jessica, and looked forward to video chats and updated photos of his great-grandson, Zander Knittle. He frequently reminisced about time spent with best friends, Clara and Jackie Shea, vacations in Maine, his love of cooking, his vegetable and flower gardens, and “polka” cruises with Happy Louie and his band.
After his beloved wife passed on in 2017, he moved to Christopher House in Worcester, MA to be closer to his daughters and their families. He was also adored and 'adopted' by many nieces, nephews, and friends who called him "Uncle Carl" or "Dad." Many thanks to the compassionate staff of the Belmont unit of Christopher House, and to all those who visited or sent cards and prayers.
Carl lives on in the values he instilled in and bestowed on his family and friends: kindness, love, hard work, honesty, compassion, generosity, and most of all, laughter.
Calling hours will be at DROZDAL FUNERAL HOME, 120 Damon Road, Northampton, MA, Monday, June 22, from 9:30 am to 10:30 am. A Liturgy of Christian Burial will take place at 11:00 am at Our Lady of Grace, 11 School Street, Hatfield. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Hatfield. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the funeral Mass and burial are by invitation only.
In Carl's honor, donations can be made to Christopher House, 10 Mary Scano Drive, Worcester, MA 01605 or to a charity of one’s choice.
John Faszcza, 90, passed away on June 15, 2020 at the Holyoke Soldiers Home. A full obituary will f
Warren Wesley Wyman
Warren Wesley Wyman, 78, of 436 Country Club Rd., Greenfield, MA, died on June 12, 2020, at home following a long illness.
Warren was born at Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield on November 30, 1941, to Ely and Ruth (Aschenbach) Wyman. He attended local schools and graduated from Greenfield High School in 1960. During his teenage years he was a camp counselor and taught swimming at Camp Apex.
Warren served six years in the U.S. Army National Guard from which he was honorably discharged.
He began his construction career working for W.W. Wyman Construction, a company founded and operated by his grandfather. Here he became a union carpenter. He then briefly worked for Bosteley Motors and Krohne’s Automotive before going back to the Carpenter’s Local Union in Northampton and eventually Local #1121 in Boston. He retired from Local #1121 in 2002.
During most of his construction years he worked as a millwright on local projects including the building of Vermont Yankee Power Plant, Northfield Mountain Hydroelectric and Bear Swamp Hydroelectric Station. He also worked on the repairing of the Turners Falls Dam, and various repairs of Rowe Nuclear Power Station and the Vermont Yankee Power Plant.
In 1967 he married Bernadette “Bernie” Pipczynski from Hadley (the bride he called her forever) and they spent their entire married life on Country Club Road in Greenfield. There they raised their children, Tom, and Mindy. As a couple they enjoyed traveling and visited all 50 states, Canada, and much of Europe; spending time outdoors, camping, hiking, and snow shoeing; and time with family and friends.
Warren became a member of the Brookside Volunteer Fire Department in North Greenfield in 1960 and was one of the four remaining members when it disbanded in the late 80’s. He was one of many volunteers to rebuild the Pumping Station Bridge in the 1970’s and after it was destroyed by a fire. He served as an EMT for Mercy Ambulance and Smith Ambulance. He was a volunteer for Boy Scout Troops 12 and 5 for many years.
During Warren’s life he had many interests and hobbies. He loved horses and had his special horse, Sam, for many years. He loved hiking and camping and often made trips to Bourn Pond and Stratton Pond in Vermont and enjoyed chatting with the rangers. He was bit of a survivalist and was well versed in edible plants. Cars were a passion of his as well. He was proud of his 1953 MG TF, 1965 Corvair and his 1970 Porsche 911, in which he was often seen at local cruises. New cars were not an option for Warren and his fellow workers often teased him about his “antique fleet.” Warren was a member of the Yankee Motor Club for years.
As an avid reader, Warren could have as many as three or four books going at a time, along with several magazines, Mother Earth News being his favorite.
Warren will be missed by Bernie, his wife of almost 53 years, his daughter Mindy Horgan and her husband Ed of New Richmond, OH and his son Tom Wyman and partner Sue Lacosse of Gill. He will also be missed by his grandchildren, Justin, Jordan and Jocelyn Wyman, Eddie, Herwens, Brady, Ruby and Wagner Horgan and his bonus grandchildren; Josh, Fahrah and Jamie Day. He leaves a brother, Charles and his wife Carol of Riverside, CA, and Enfield, NH, and their children.
Upon marrying into the Pipczynski family, Warren acquired a huge family of siblings-in-law, nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews and he loved the huge family gatherings complete with Polka bands. His family extended to Duff and Clara Pipczynski, June Suleski and Richard Waido, Pat Pipczynski, Yadja and Bob Bacher, Martha and John Boisvert, Joe Pipczynski and Patty Cotton, Benjie and John Tessier, Tony Pipczynski and Fran Pipczynski and Janet Winter and their children and grandchildren.
For the last few recent years, Warren was well taken care of by wonderful caregivers. The family is very thankful for Mary Godin, Kathy Belanger, Laura Patenaude, Karen Muszynski, Judy Leveille, and Lily McEnaney, who had become like members of the family. Also, the family would like to thank Pioneer Valley Hospice for it’s very dedicated care.
Due to coronavirus and its ramifications, funeral services for Warren will be private. DROZDAL FUNERAL HOME OF NORTHAMPTON has been entrusted with his arrangements.
Flowers will be totally eliminated also, due to the present circumstances. Should anyone wish to make a donation in Warren’s memory, the suggested charities are Pioneer Valley Hospice and Palliative Care, 329 Conway St., #2, Greenfield, MA 01301 or to Green Mountain Club, 4711 Waterbury-Stone Rd., Waterbury Center, VT 05677, the place that cares for the trails where Warren spent most of his time.
William “Bill” Kelley
William “Bill” Kelley, 82, of Amherst, passed away on Wednesday, June 10th, in the comfort of his home surrounded by his loving family. Bill was born August 26, 1937, in Holyoke, to the late William and Bertha (Kiselewski) Kelley and spent his life in Amherst. Bill attended Amherst schools, and proudly served in the U.S. Air Force for three years, as a pivotal plane engineer during the Korean War. He enjoyed the opportunity to travel around the world during that time. He was a Union Carpenter for many years, before retiring.
Bill loved the peacefulness of fishing early in the morning on the Connecticut River, working in his beautiful garden, his summer trips to Maine, reading books, and Boston sports, but most of all, he enjoyed the fun times spent with his family and old and new friends. Besides Bill’s wonderful sense of humor, was his generosity and compassion for others, he loved helping people whenever he could.
He is survived by his children; Diane Kelley of Amherst, William Kelley of Easthampton, Lisa Fretwell of Belchertown and Paul Kelley of Lake Lure, NC. He was the proud Grandfather to nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He also leaves behind, his longtime companion, Janet Douyard, of Holyoke, and his sister; Ruthie Danylieko of Hadley and several nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, Bill was predeceased by his loving wife Grace (Clark) Kelley and his sister, Barbara Noble.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cancer Connection41 Locust St, Northampton, MA 01060 or Cooley Dickinson VNA & Hospice, 168 Industrial Dr. Northampton, Ma. 01060
A private memorial service with Military Honors will be held at a later date. Drozdal Funeral Home of Northampton has been entrusted with his services.
Katherine Bilski, 34, of Holyoke, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, June 6th at Baystate Medical Center. She was born in Northampton on December 2, 1985 to the late Richard S. Bilski and to Rebecca (Trombly) Bilski. Katie was a graduate of Easthampton High School, class of 2004. After high school, she attended Westfield State College where she received her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice all while working for the post office.
Katie loved the outdoors; she grew up camping with family and friends. She enjoyed playing softball and danced for most of her younger years. She had a distinctive talent of finding four leaf clovers: spotting them in a blink of an eye. She would always hand them out to everyone... rarely keeping one for herself. She was her sister Jessica’s shadow, always following her around, wanting to do what her big sister was doing. Katie loved unconditionally, she had the biggest heart and would do anything for anyone. But most of all, she adored her 3 beautiful girls, always taking pictures of them and sharing with all to see. She will be greatly missed by her oldest daughter, Maya.
She is survived by her daughters; Maya Pajak, Payton and Angelique Bruno, her mother; Rebecca Bilski of Easthampton, her brother; Phillip and his wife Kerry of Easthampton, her sisters; Jessica DeSousa and her husband Dave of Chicopee, Kimberly Brodeur of Pittsfield, her partner, Elvin Bruno of Holyoke, several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and dear friends.
All services will be held at a later date and at the convenience of the family. DROZDAL FUNERAL HOME of Northampton has been entrusted with her services.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Maya Pajak, Florence Savings Bank, 85 Main Street, Florence, MA 01062.
Euclides Varela Almeida, passed away on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at age 42 in a motor vehicle accident. He was born in Saltos, Cape Verde on July 20, 1977 and then immigrated to the United States in 2008. He worked in construction (employed by Stosz Construction) and was knowledgeable in many trades such as car and truck mechanics, auto body, carpentry and masonry. Always thinking of others first, he would lend a hand to anyone that needed help and was the person you could count on.
Although passionate about his work, that didn’t compare to the love he had for his family and friends. He was a devoted husband, father and friend. When enjoying the company of others whether they were long time friends or not, he enjoyed making them smile even if it meant playing a joke or two. When laughter broke out he was often the reason for it. It was enough to make anyone feel better and included. His smile could light up a room.
Euclides is survived by his wife Neusa Almeida, his two sons Cleiton and Thiago Almeida, and his daughter Cleidine Almeida. His Mother Juvinalia Varela, Father Hermino Almeida and several brothers and sisters that include Jose Almeida and others in Cape Verde, Mother in law Ester Bedford, Father in law Ulisses Marques, sister in laws Carla Ruiz, Rosangela Marques, Angela Marques, brothers in law Odmir and Jason Marques and a large Cape Verdean community in Amherst. Calling hours will be Tuesday, June 9, 2020 from 1-4 PM at DROZDAL FUNERAL HOME, 120 Damon Rd., Northampton. A funeral mass will be celebrated and officiated by Rev. John Smegal on Wednesday June 10, 2020 at 10 AM at St. Brigid's Church in Amherst. Private Burial for immediate family will follow at South Amherst Cemetery. Due to Covid, face coverings must be worn, and social distancing must be maintained at all times.
Ailton Correia also known as Nito, 28, of Amherst Massachusetts, passed away on June 2, 2020, in a tragic car accident.
Ailton Correia was born in Joan Varela, Santiago Cabo Verde on December 11, 1991. Correia graduated from Amherst Regional High School and was one-year shy of receiving a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
Correia worked as a Maker lab assistant for Reebok, while attending school. He first arrived in America on August 6th, 2008. Despite his lack of knowledge of the English language, and American culture, he was never shy of expressing himself and his talents. During his High School career Correia participated in many extra-curricular activities and sports, such as track, and varsity soccer. He was also actively involved in Brazilian Martial Arts, Capoeira, and volunteered as a children instructor at Lighthouse and many other programs. Correia was a well-rounded artist, he was not only exceptional at wire working, and sculpting , but he was also excellent at drawing, clothing design, graphics design, singing, guitar playing, wood working, home repair, and bicycle/car repair. Correia was a recipient of multiple scholarships and awards such as the Gold Key award at the Boston Globe Scholastic Art Awards. Correia’s Art was featured in Art exhibits in Greenfield Community college and MassArt and many other exhibits. Outside of art Correia attended Bridged Water State University to study Aviation Science and Aerodynamics. Correia believed that art can be found in anything, “I learned how to incorporate things from nature and found objects into my work. You can take trash and make it into something beautiful.”- Ailton Correia
Correia took a gap year in hopes to return to MassArt to complete his bachelor’s. During his gap year he worked for C&S, while also working on various art projects in his spare time.
Correia was an extraordinary being, he had a way of seeing and bringing the best out of people. He loved his family, and was always ready to uplift those around him, his gratitude ran deep on his veins. Correia was a strong believer in being his true self at all times. Ailton Correia was a master of many talents and Goals, there was nothing that he could not do once he set his mind to and we are a witness to it all.
Ailton Correia is survived by his parents Elisa Mendes Pereira, Henrique Correia Da Veiga, his siblings, Jususbelo Fidel Mendes De Barros, Wilson Revilino Mendes De Barros, Dulcineia Varela Da Veiga Moreno, Ivanilla Varela Da Veiga, Silene Elisa Mendes Correia, Sidilene Pereira Da Veiga, Junior Pontes Da Veiga, Simon Henrique Da Veiga, girlfriend Sofia Semedo, and many other family and friends.
The Family of Ailton Correia wishes to thank Family, Friends and the Drozdal Funeral Home
Calling hours will be Tuesday, June 9, 2020 from 1-4 PM at DROZDAL FUNERAL HOME, 120 Damon Rd., Northampton. A funeral mass will be celebrated and officiated by Rev. John Smegal on Wednesday June 10, 2020 at 10 AM at St. Brigid's Church in Amherst. Private Burial for immediate family will follow at South Amherst Cemetery. Due to Covid, face coverings must be worn, and social distancing must be maintained at all times.
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
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
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.