Miscellaneous Hampshire County, Massachusetts Obituaries - 1998


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Ashley L. Cook
ASHBY - Ashley L. Cook, 81, of Ashby, formerly of the Hadley area, died Jan. 14 in the Birchwood Manor Nursing Home in Fitchburg.
Mr. Cook was a U.S. Army veteran, serving for 25 years until 1964. His declarations include the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with a bronze service star.
Following his retirement from the armed services, Mr. Cook worked at the Colonial Press in Clinton, and also in the shipping department at New England Business Services in Townsend.
His wife, Annelise K. (Bode) Cook, died in 1982.
He leaves two daughters, Hannelore Colasando of Ashby, and Renate Cook of Rehoboth, Del.; two brothers, Raymond Cook of Melbourne, Fla., and Warren Cook of Hadley; and two sisters, Dorothy Arwood of Oak Ridge, Tenn., and Cecelia Smigen of Rockville, Md.
T.J. Anderson & Son Funeral Home in Townsend may be reached at (978) 597-2692.

Marguerite G. Frary
NORTHAMPTON - Marguerite G. (Gagne) Frary, 94, formerly of College Highway in Southampton, died Jan. 14 in the Northampton Nursing Home.
Mrs. Frary had worked at M & L Plastic Co. in Easthampton, and at Smith College, retiring in 1969. She had previously worked as a bookkeeper at the former Lang Motors in Easthampton for 20 years.
She leaves a son, Richard Frary of Southampton; five grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.
O'Brien Funeral Home in Easthampton may be reached at (413) 527-0222.

John M. Fritz Sr.
SOUTH HADLEY - John M. Fritz Sr., 70, of 27 Harvard St., died Jan. 14 at home.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.
Mr. Fritz worked at the University of Massachusetts as the lead custodian, retiring in 1989.
His wife, Ruth M. (Glackner) Fritz, died in 1993.
He leaves three sons, Donald W. Fritz, and John M. Fritz Jr., both of Washington state, and Thomas A. Fritz of South Hadley; two daughters, Barbara A. Sherry of Washington state, and Beverly J. Burnell of Hampden; a brother, G. Edward Fritz of Philadelphia; his fiancee, Marion Lapham of Amherst; 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a niece.
Ryder Funeral Home in South Hadley may be reached at (413) 533-1735.

Roy G. Hawley
PELHAM - Roy Graves Hawley, 82, of 55 Arnold Road, died Jan. 14 in the Elaine Health & Rehabilitation Center in Hadley.
He was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II.
Mr. Hawley worked as a purchasing agent at the Sinclair Company in Holyoke for over 25 years, until retirement. He then worked part-time for eight years at the former Amherst Chrysler Plymouth Garage.
He leaves his wife, Betty (Miller) Graves Hawley; three daughters, Betty N. Graves, Beverly Strakose, and Barbara Reynolds, all of Greenfield; a brother, Arthur Harris of Florida; a sister, Florence Rice of New Mexico; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Douglass Funeral Service in Amherst may be reached at (413) 253-3407.

Santa Labato
NORTHAMPTON - Santa (Mastropasqua) Labato, 89, of Northampton, died Jan. 14 in the Hampshire County Long Term Cared Facility in Leeds.
Mrs. Labato was a homemaker, and was known in town for her crocheting and Italian cookies and pastries.
Her husband, Donato Labato, died in 1971.
She leaves three sons, Nicholas Labato, and Paul Labato, both of Florence, and Dominic Labato of Northampton; two daughters, Angie Raymond and Theresa Labato, both of Northampton; 28 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Two sons, Frank Labato, and Daniel Labato, and a daughter, Christine, all died earlier.
Czelusniak Funeral Home of Northampton may be reached at (413) 584-3585.

John E. Lynch
SEMINOLE, Fla. - John E. Lynch, 66, of Seminole, formerly of Northampton, died Jan. 11 at home.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War.
Mr. Lynch was the assistant manager for Beaverdale Memorial Park in Hampden, Conn., for six years, retiring in 1996. He previously had worked at the Woodbridge Country Club in Woodbridge, Conn., as the head groundskeeper for 25 years.
He leaves his wife of 34 years, Sarah M. Onofaro Lynch; a son, John J. Lynch of Hoboken, N.J.; two daughters, Patricia Knapp of Trumbull, Conn., and Maureen LeClerc of Wolcott, Conn.; a brother, William Lynch of Westport, Conn.; and two granddaughters.
Cody-White Funeral Home in Milford, Conn. may be reached at (203) 874-0268.

Agnes St. Martin
ORLANDO, Fla. - Agnes "Gerry" (Godin) St. Martin,of Orlando, formerly of Easthampton, died Jan. 6 in a nursing home in Orlando, Fla.
Mrs. St. Martin had worked for many years at Julie Comforter, and later at Elco Dress Co., both in Holyoke.
Her husband of 45 years, William St. Martin, died in 1983.
She leaves two daughters, Carol Mendrek of Southampton, and Debra St. Martin of Orlando; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. A daughter, Diane Diegel, died in 1996.

Karol P. Kapinos
SOUTH HADLEY - Karol P. Kapinos, 65, of South Hadley, died Jan. 15 at home.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.
Mr. Kapinos had owned Mid-Way Motors of Chicopee from 1955 until retiring in 1985. After retirement, he and his son opened Mid-Way Motors of East Longmeadow. He was known as "Karol the Snowman" because he had owned and operated a snow-removal business for many years.
He leaves his wife, Barbara A. (Statkun) Kapinos; three sons, Karol M. Kapinos of South Hadley, Theodore S. Kapinos of Ipswich, and Peter J. Kapinos of Quincy; two daughters, Virginia A. Kapinos of Boston, and Jennifer J. Kapinos of South Hadley; two brothers, Frederick Kapinos and John Kapinos, both of Chicopee; a sister, Sophie Kapinos of Chicopee; and three grandchildren.
Kozikowski Funeral Home of Chicopee may be reached at (413) 592-9256.

George A. Landry, was furniture business co-founder
EASTHAMPTON - George A. Landry, 79, of 21 Northampton St., died Jan. 15 in Mercy Hospital in Springfield.
He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in the Pacific, Panama Canal Zone, and Europe, until being discharged in 1945.
Mr. Landry was co-founder and past president of Landry Furniture Corp. in Easthampton for 33 years, retiring in 1989. He had previously worked at the former Ruby Furniture Co. in Easthampton.
He leaves his wife, Anita (DeBarge) Landry; two sons, Robert Landry, and Frank Landry, both of Easthampton; two brothers, Raymond Landry of Scarborough, Maine, and Robert Landry of Milton, Fla.; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. A daughter, Francene Besko, died in 1977.
Mitchell Funeral Home in Easthampton may be reached at (413) 527-0872.

June R. Sabourin
SOUTH HADLEY - June R. (Dennehy) Sabourin, 73, of South Hadley, died Jan. 14 at home.
Mrs. Sabourin worked at Digital Corp. of Westfield as an assembler for 12 years, retiring in 1985.
Her husband, Henry E. Sabourin, died in 1995.
She leaves a son, David H. Sabourin of South Hadley; a daughter, Mary Lou ; a sister, Geraldine A. Donah of Holyoke; and a grandson.
Barry J. Farrell Funeral Home in Holyoke may be reached at (413) 536-3843.

Philip H. Sapowsky
GRANBY - Philip H. Sapowsky, 79, of 115 Kendall St., died Jan. 14 in Meadowood in South Hadley.
He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of World War II, serving in the Pacific Theater..
Mr. Sapowsky had worked as an inspector for Spalding Sports Worldwide in Chicopee until retirement. He had also been a dairy farmer in Granby.
His wife, Catherine (Mish) Sapowsky, died in 1996.
He leaves two sons, Philip R. Sapowsky of Three Rivers, and Andrew H. Sapowsky of Granby; a daughter, Nancy Palasz of Granby; a brother, Donald Sapowsky of Chicopee; a sister, Gloria Johnson of California; two grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Ryder Funeral Home in South Hadley may be reached at (413) 533-1735.

John Wesolowski
GREENFIELD - John Wesolowski, 83, of Greenfield, formerly of South Deerfield, died Jan. 14 in Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran.
Mr. Wesolowski had worked in the public safety department at the University of Massachusetts for many years, retiring in 1979. He had previously worked at the former General Baking Co. for 25 years. He worked part-time for the Eaglebrook School after retirement.
He leaves his wife of 58 years, Helen M. (Becklo) Wesolowski; a son, John H. Wesolowski of Turners Falls; a daughter, Diane W. Tabor of Greenfield; two brothers, Albino Wesolowski of Greenfield, and Henry Wesolowski of Dayton, Nev.; three sisters, Charlotte Prystasz, and Bertha Markowski, both of South Deerfield, and Helen MacDaniel of Bridgeport, Conn.; four granddaughters; and three great-grandchildren.
Kostanski Funeral Home in Greenfield may be reached at (413) 773-9515.

Laura E. Gibbon
FLORENCE -Laura E. (Hulse) Gibbon, 89, died Jan. 15 in the Cooley Dickinson Hospital.
She was an avid gardener and a former member of the Eastern Star in Saugus. Her husband, Albert E.Gibbon, died in 1988. She is survived by a son, Peter Gibbon of Florence; two brothers, Chester Hulse of Monson, and Nelson Hulse of Agawam; a sister, Frances Chiabrandy of Concord; two grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
The O'Connell Funeral Home of Northampton may be reached at 584-3732.

Ruth Delisle
EASTHAMPTON - Ruth (Pope) Thouin Wing Delisle, 85, of 28 Teaberry Lane, died Jan. 17 in Mediplex Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center of Northampton.
Mrs. Delisle was the director of adult education in Hadley for 16 years, and in Easthampton for 20 years, retiring in 1981. She taught in Northampton, Hadley, Amherst, and Easthampton public schools. She had also been a teacher at the Clarke School for the Deaf in Northampton.
Her first husband, Arthur Thouin, died in 1976, and her second husband, Earl Wing, died in 1981.
She leaves her husband, Ernest Delisle; four sons, Albert E. Thouin, and Fred W. Thouin, both of Westhampton, James R. Thouin, and Roger Thouin, both of Easthampton; two daughters, Marjorie Thouin of Belchertown, and Cynthia G. Chrystal of Hollis, N.H.; three step-sons, Howard Wing, Paul Wing, and Timothy Wing, all of Southampton; two step-daughters, Dorothy Burke of West Mansfield, and Barbara Newesheller of Farmington, Conn.; a brother, Arthur Pope of Northampton; a sister, Dorothy Childs of Hyannis; 16 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Mitchell Funeral Home in Easthampton may be reached at (413) 527-0872.

Alice E. Gunn
MONTAGUE - Alice E. (Tanner) Gunn, 92, of Montague, who had worked in Amherst, died Jan. 17 at Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield.
Mrs. Gunn worked in the library at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.
Her husband, George A. Gunn, died in 1925.
She leaves two sons, David A. Gunn of Greenfield, and Sanford C. Gunn of Amherst, N.Y.; two daughters, Winifred A. Watson of Bernardston, and Dorothy G. Hmieleski of South Deerfield; 13 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.
McCarthy Funeral Home in Turners Falls may be reached at (413) 774-4808.

Dorothy Kochan
NORTHAMPTON - Dorothy Kochan, 70, of 71 State St. died Jan. 17 at The Cooley Dickinson Hospital.
She leaves two sons, John Storozuk of Easthampton, and Michael Storozuk of Minnesota; three daughters, Holly Wilder, Kathy Cross, and Ann Cornie, all of Springfield; a brother, Joseph Kochan of Hatfield; a sister, Helen Savino of Hatfield; and 10 grandchildren.
Drozdal Funeral Home in Northampton may be reached at (413) 584-5306.

Ronald G. Lampson
SOUTHAMPTON - Ronald G. Lampson, 62, of 21 Gilbert Road, died Jan. 17 at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.
Mr. Lampson was a sales manager for L.E. Belcher Oil Inc. in Springfield for 14 years, until retiring this year. He had previously worked at Pitteston Oil Co., now Ultramar Petroleum, in Springfield.
He leaves his wife, Margaret (Kingsley) Lampson; a son, Douglas R. Lampson of Southampton; a daughter, Susan E. Lampson of Charleston, S.C.; and a brother, Harold Wisner of Chicopee.
Mitchell Funeral Home in Easthampton may be reached at (413) 527-0872.

Raymond L. Potvin
GRANBY - Raymond L. Potvin, 80, of 62 West St., died Jan. 15 at Holyoke Hospital.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
Mr. Potvin was a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in Holyoke for 33 years, retiring in 1973.
He leaves his wife of 52 years, Helene A. (Gagnon) Potvin, and nieces and nephews.
Arthur J. Brunelle Funeral Home in Willimansett may be reached at (413) 532-7711.

Marguerite Savoie
EASTHAMPTON - Marguerite (Provost) Savoie, 79, of 2 Jessie Lane, died Jan. 18 at Hampshire Care in Northampton.
Mrs. Savoie had worked at BayBank in Easthampton for 12 years, retiring in 1986. She had previously worked at a credit bureau of Northampton, and at Stanley Home Products in Easthampton.
She leaves her husband, Emery Savoie; a son, Ronald E. Savoie of Easthampton; a sister, Vivian Provost of Wethersfield, Conn.; and two grandchildren.
Mitchell Funeral Home in Easthampton may be reached at (413) 527-0872.

Walter Woijeck
EASTHAMPTON - Walter Woijeck, 86, of Easthampton, died Jan. 16 at Hampshire Manor Nursing Home in Easthampton.
Mr. Woijeck had worked as a weaver for the former Ware Woolen Co.
He leaves a sister, JoAnne Wojcik of Ware.
Czelusniak Funeral Home of Northampton may be reached at (413) 584-3585. 

Bohdan W. Boluch
AMHERST - Bohdan William Boluch, 72, of South East Street, died Jan. 16 in Los Angeles, Calif., while visiting his daughter.
Mr. Boluch worked at Westover Air Force Base in Chicopee for a year until he was admitted into flight training school with the United States Army Air Corps. He graduated as flight officer, and entered combat as lead navigator, flying a B-24 in the 15th Air Command in North Africa and Italy. He flew 16 air combat missions over Germany, Austria, Romania, Hungary and Yugoslavia. He was awarded the Purple Heart Medal, for wounds received in action, and the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters.
He attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute for two years, and then joined the Massachusetts State Police in 1947. He was recalled to active duty during the Korean War, serving during 1951 and 1952, when he earned additional awards and ribbons while flying B-29 bombers.
He then resumed his career with the State Police, and moved up through the ranks, retiring as a captain. He was in charge of the State Police contingent that oversaw the orderly racial integration of South Boston High School. He completed his college degree at Holyoke Community College.
His wife, Ruth (Williams) Boluch, died in 1976.
He leaves five daughters, Pauline Straub of Phoenix, Ariz., Christine Hurston of West Warwick, R.I., Eleanor Walker of Baldwinsville, N.Y., Martha Feng of La Canada, Calif., and June Kudrikow of Belchertown; two brothers, Myron Boluch of North Scituate, and Ted Boluch of Albany, N.Y.; a sister, Eleanor Utrecht of Cincinnati, Ohio; and 12 grandchildren.
Douglass Funeral Service in Amherst may be reached at (413) 253-3407.

Marjorie T. Page
SOUTHAMPTON - Marjorie T. (Champagne) Page, 78, of 134 College Highway, died Jan. 18 in The Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton.
Mrs. Page and her husband founded and operated Hobby Acres Farm in Grafton, where they bred and raised Shetland and Hackney ponies. They continued to breed and raise ponies in Southampton until several years ago.
She leaves her husband of 57 years, George E. Page Jr.; a son, Wayne G. Page of Grafton; a daughter, Sharon L. Doane of North Grafton; two sisters, Yvonne Latino of Worcester, and Barbara Saide of Westboro; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
Robert C. Roney Funeral Home in North Grafton may be reached at (617) 839-4491.

Samuel E. Parents
SOUTH HADLEY - Samuel E. Parents, 90, of 53 Noel St., died Jan. 19 in Meadowood in South Hadley.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in the Italian campaign with the 351st Infantry Regiment of the 88th Infantry Division . He also served with the 33rd General Hospital and the Penn Base Press. He received the Purple Heart, and European, Mediterranean and American theater ribbons.
Mr. Parents worked for Heidelberg Eastern Inc. of Glendale, Long Island, N.Y., as a service and installation worker for 23 years. He had also worked at White & Wykoff Manufacturing Co. in Holyoke for 20 years.
He leaves his wife, Mabel (Plouffe) Parents; a brother, LeRoy Parents of Yakima, Wash.; and a sister, Elizabeth Parents of Holyoke.
Ryder Funeral Home in South Hadley may be reached at (413) 533-1735.

Janet M. White
LARGO, Fla. - Janet Marie White, 37, of Largo, formerly of Florence, died Jan. 10 in Largo.
She leaves her longtime companion, James Farrell; three daughters, Justine Farrell, Jillian Farrell and Jenny Farrell, all of Largo; her mother, Rachel (Trombly) Biggars of Largo; two sisters, Rebecca Bilski and Tammy White, both of Easthampton; a brother, Curt White of Worthington; and three nieces and a nephew.
Abbey Park Lawn Funeral Home in Palm Harbor, Fla. may be reached at (813) 733-2300.

Priscilla R. Graham
NORTHAMPTON - Priscilla Rockwell (Losey) Graham, 94, of Northampton, died Jan. 19 in the Linda Manor Extended Care Facility in Leeds.
She had been a Gray Lady at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Leeds during World War II.
Mrs. Graham had worked as a sales representative for Beauty Counselor Products many years ago. She was a member of The Cooley Dickinson Hospital Auxillary, and had worked in the hospital coffee shop for many years.
Her husband, Prof. Paul G. Graham, died in 1982.
She leaves a son, Robert W. Graham of Jackson Hole, Wyo.; a daughter, Linda Graham St. Charles of Northampton; six grandchildren; and a great-grandaughter.
Pease Funeral Home in Northampton may be reached at (413) 584-0412.

Roger A. Labor
MONTAGUE - Roger A. Labor, 72, of Turners Falls, who had worked in Amherst, died Jan. 20 in Franklin Center Genesis Elder Care Network in Greenfield.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in the North African and European theaters.
Mr. Labor had been a truck driver for Matusko Trucking Co. of North Amherst for many years, retiring in 1980.
His wife, Mary (Pratt) Labor, died in 1981.
He leaves five sons, Roger A. Labor, David Labor, and Richard Labor, all of Salemburgh, N.C., Roger A. Labor Jr., and Eugene Labor, both of Athol; two daughters, Sherry Fann of Salemburgh, and Patricia Eisenbach of Long Island, N.Y.; three stepsons, Robert Baker of Amherst, Brinton A. Baker Jr. of Greenfield, and Donald E. Baker of Gill; five stepdaughters, Nancy Jackson of Montague City, Elaine Brosway of Bernardston, Linda Coy of Greenfield, Carol Maynard of Pelham, and Marie Sabassco of Hadley; a sister, Virginia Thomasello of Barre; 33 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. A son, Alan Labor, died in 1994.
Kostanski Funeral Home in Greenfield may be reached at (413) 773-9515.

Zita A. Lastowski
EASTHAMPTON - Zita A. (Rybecki) Lastowski, 80, of 14 Beyer Drive, died Jan. 20 at home.
Mrs. Lastowski had worked at the former Northampton State Hospital as head cook before retiring in 1982. She had also been a seamstress and cook at Smith College in Northampton.
Her husband, Alexander Lastowski, died in 1987.
She leaves three sons, Alexander Lastowski Jr. of Barstow, Calif., John Lastowski of Huntington, and Paul Lastowski of Florence; three daughters, Alyce Mogelinski of Sunderland, Elizabeth Russell of Florence, and Susanne Roch of Easthampton; a sister, Florence Wildes of Hayward, Calif.; 23 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. A son, Richard Lastowski, died in 1996.
Drozdal Funeral Home in Northampton may be reached at (413) 584-5306.

Natalie F. Merrill
LENOX - Natalie Fuller Merrill, 81, of Lenox, formerly of Amherst and Leverett, died Dec. 14 in Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
Mrs. Merrill had worked as a secretary to the faculty of Amherst College for a number of years.
Her first husband, Richard M. Howland, died in 1952.
She leaves her husband, William F. Merrill; two sons, Richard Howland of Amherst, and John Howland of Norwalk, Conn.; and seven grandchildren. A daughter, Ann Howland, died in 1990.
Services and burial were held at the convenience of the family.