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Patricia Byrne

Mar 17, 1931 - Dec 07, 2023

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West Springfield, MA

Patricia E. (Murphy) Byrne, 92, entered into eternal rest on Thursday, December 7, 2023. Born in Somerville, MA, daughter of the late Michael A. and Marie E. (Sullivan) Murphy, she was a 1948 graduate of Medford High School. Patricia worked as a service representative for Nynex for twenty-two years, retiring in 1988. She was a self taught artist painting with oils as well as applying her talents to create beautiful antiqued ceramic Santa's. She volunteered for many years at Storrowton Village ap...Read More

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Bryon Edward Hendrix

Jan 15, 1966 - Feb 25, 2024

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West Springfield, MA

Bryon Edward Hendrix, formerly of Gaylordsville, died unexpectedly at his home in West Springfield, MA on February 25, 2024. He was born in New Milford on January 15, 1966, son to the late Lynn and Barbara Hendrix. He was 58 years old. Bryon grew up in Washington Depot and was a 1985 graduate of Shepaug Valley Regional H.S. He lived in Gaylordsville for many years before moving to Indiana, and most recently to Massachusetts, to be with family. Bryon worked for many years on a road crew for the State of CT, DOT but took early retirement due to his challenging health issues. Bryon enjoyed spending time with family, watching the news and talking politics. He also enjoyed listening to country music and collecting coins and pens. He was a man of few words but an exceptional listener. He will be remembered mostly for his kind heart and gentle nature. Bryon will be dearly missed by his siblings, Darlene Edmonds (Alan) of FL, Wilfred Laplante and Kevin Laplante (Linda) all of New Mexico, Laurie Anderson (Kurt) of Gaylordsville, Robin Hendrix of MA, and Cynthia Makuc (John) of MA. He is also survived by 13 nieces/nephews, 6 great-nieces/nephews and his beloved furry companions, Harleigh and Dakota. Burial and services are private and in care of Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street New Milford, CT.

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Deborah Jane Labarre

Dec 16, 1957 - Feb 24, 2024

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West Springfield, MA

"Deborah Jane Labarre, 66, of West Springfield, Massachusetts, passed away on February 24, 2024. New England Funeral \u0026amp; Cremation Center, 25 Mill Street, Springfield, MA has been entrusted with the arrangements. Visit www.nefcc.net"

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Dennis E. Green, Sr.

May 11, 1944 - Feb 18, 2024

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West Springfield, MA

Dennis E. Green, Sr., age 79, died February 18, 2024 at Bear Mountain in West Springfield. Dennis was born in Holyoke, son of the late Edward J. and Rita C. (Ryan) Green, and attended Saint Jerome Schools, where he was also a longtime parishioner of Saint Jerome Parish. After serving in the U.S. Army, Dennis had a career in the Maintenance Department of UMass Amherst and as a piper for the Holyoke Water Works. He was a member of the Holyoke Auxiliary Police Department, the Holyoke Springdale Turners Association, and was an avid bowler. Dennis is survived by his wife, Terri N. (Thaute) Green; two sons: Dennis E. Green, Jr. of Holyoke and Paul Green of Agawam; and five beloved grandchildren, a sister-in-law Diane Haas of Holyoke, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother Edward Green and Karen Saunders. A funeral service will be held on Monday, February 26th at 1:00 p.m. in the Barry J. Farrell Funeral Home, 2049 Northampton Street, Holyoke, followed by burial in Saint Jerome Cemetery. Calling hours will be held Monday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, MA Chapter, PO Box 1120, Framingham MA 01701 or to www.candlepins4cancer.com. To to the family or in memory of Dennis E. Green, Sr., please

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Evelyn Fuentes

Aug 09, 1964 - Feb 14, 2024

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West Springfield, MA

Evelyn (Negron) Fuentes, 59, entered into rest on Wednesday, February 14, 2024 at home. Born in Aibonito, Puerto Rico, daughter of the late Angel Negron and Ramona Alvarado, she grew up with Nereida Alvarado, Felix Rivera, and cousins, Mayra Rivera, Rafael Rivera and Enrique Rivera, she moved to Hartford in 1982, then moved to Florida in 2014 and to West Springfield in 2022. She enjoyed spending time with her family and cooking. She leaves her husband of forty years, Jorge Fuentes, four sons, Axel Fuentes of Springfield, Jorge A. Fuentes of Hartford, Luis Fuentes of Chicopee, Javier Fuentes of Hartford, a daughter, Janitza Fuentes of West Springfield, six brothers, Angel Negron, Edwin Moreno, Edmundo Moreno, Victor Negron, Carlos Moreno, Alejandro Negro, two sisters, Migdalia Moreno, Daisy Fernandez, twelve grandchildren, Joshua, Kaylee, Jacob, Naiomi, Jadiel, Valerie, Liam, Mia, Josiah and Avianna Fuentes, and Jariana an Caleb Zayas. She was predeceased by a grandson, Giovanni Montanez Fuentes. The funeral will be Tuesday at 10am at Curran Jones Funeral Home, 109 Main Street, West Springfield, followed by burial in Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery in Bloomfield, CT. Calling hours are Monday 5 - 8pm. For online condolences, please visit www.curranjones.com

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William “Bill” Driscoll Jr.

Feb 25, 1948 - Jan 29, 2024

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West Springfield, MA

"William “Bill” Driscoll Jr., 75, passed away Monday January 29, 2024. Born in Springfield, he was the son of the late William and Norma (Tutty) Driscoll. Bill was a graduate of West Springfield High School and attended STCC. He was a firefighter for the city of West Springfield for over 30 years. He was a Marine Corps Veteran during the Vietnam War and was a member of the K of C and the former commander of the VFW Post in West Springfield. He was an avid skier and golfer and loved to play pitch at the Tatham Social Club. He leaves his beloved wife, Joanne (Picano) Driscoll, his loving children, Kara Barenski and her husband David of Lenox, Kimberly of West Springfield (her partner Chris Breda passed away 3 months ago), and Brianne Driscoll of West Springfield, his beloved brother, Jack Driscoll and his wife Sandy of S. Carolina, his beloved grandchildren, Madeline and Emily, his sisters in law, Sharon Driscoll and Donna O’Neil, brother in law, John Picano and his wife Donna and several nieces and nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his brother, David. A funeral home service will be held Friday February 9 at noon from the Toomey-O’Brien Funeral Home 1043 Westfield St West Springfield with burial to follow in the Mass Veteran’s Cem in Agawam. A calling hour will be from 11-12. Donations may be made to the Mass Vets Cemetery Honor Guard 1390 Main St Agawam, MA 01001."

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Janet A (Zebrowski) Skypeck

Sep 29, 1940 - Feb 07, 2024

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West Springfield, MA

"Janet A (Zebrowski) Skypeck, 83, passed away February 7, 2024, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Springfield, September 29, 1940, the daughter of the late John and Angelina (Regula) Zebrowski. Janet lived most of her life in Chicopee and was a graduate of Chicopee High School. She owned and operated the former Supreme Diner in West Springfield with her late husband Jerome. She is predeceased by her son Jerome “John” Skypeck. She leaves her loving daughters, Cindy Weathers and her husband Ron of North Easton and Lori St Laurent and her husband Dean of Wilbraham, her beloved grandchildren, Jerome, Corey, Tyler and his wife Rakshita and her loving great grandson Toran. A Funeral Home Service will be Thursday, February 15, 2024, at 11AM from the Toomey-O’Brien Funeral Home 1043 Westfield St West Springfield with burial to follow in St Thomas Cemetery. A calling hour will be from 10-11AM. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the National Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation 733 Third Ave Suite 510 NY, NY 10017."

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Lorraine B (Goodreau) Zaleski

Jan 16, 1936 - Feb 02, 2024

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West Springfield, MA

"Lorraine B (Goodreau) Zaleski, 88, passed away February 2, 2024. Born in Springfield, January 16, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Napolean and Albina Goodreau. Lorraine worked as a Nurse at Baystate Medical Center for many years. Her husband, Walter died in 1997 and her daughter, Lisa died in March of last year. She leaves her beloved daughters, Linda Kulig (Edward) and Cindy Lacaprucia both of West Springfield, her beloved grandsons, Peter Durocher and Jeffrey Zaleski and her beloved great grandchildren, Trinity, Kameron and Kaulin. A Funeral Home Service will be held Wednesday February 14 at 11AM from the Toomey-O’Brien Funeral Home 1043 Westfield St West Springfield with burial to follow in St Thomas Cemetery. A calling hour will be from 10-11AM."

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Leon J. Pernice

Mar 13, 1931 - Jan 21, 2024

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West Springfield, MA

"The Pernice family sadly announces the passing of LEON J. PERNICE (“LP”), surrounded by his loving family on January 21, 2024 at Mercy Hospital. Leon was 92 years old and until a few weeks before his passing, he worked diligently in the profession he loved – an Architect with great talent and vision at the helm of the Firm he founded in 1963, Leon Pernice and Associates, Inc. Born Mar 13, 1931 to Joseph and Eunice (Borelli) Pernice, he grew up in the “Merrick” section and spent most of his life in West Springfield, graduated from West Springfield High School, Harvard College and the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. In 1952, Leon married his high school sweetheart, Yolande (Govoni) and they settled in West Springfield. One of his first designs as an Architect was his own home in West Springfield. Here he and his wife “Yo” lovingly worked together and raised their four children. Over the years their home was the place where family and friends gathered – celebrating holidays, birthdays and graduations as well as hosting many fund-raising and business events. Leon was a voracious reader of the classics, adventure and spy novels. Many years ago he began researching and documenting his family tree, an accomplishment he was proud of and completed in December 2023. He loved gardening, skiing trips to Vermont, and was a formidable tennis player. He spent much of his leisure time saltwater fishing with his sons at the Cape and in Florida. He loved tying his own flies and fly fishing with his brother, Bob, in and around local trout streams and rivers. He travelled extensively throughout Europe and brought each of his children to his homeland in Italy. Upon return, the family would gather around the slide projector to relive the adventures, the people, the places and especially the art galleries. Earlier in his career, Leon designed several private homes in addition to his own. His respect and appreciation for the design elements of Frank Lloyd Wright were reflected in his work, especially evident in his own home, most of which he custom designed and built. His contemporary style of design can be seen throughout Western Massachusetts, notably LPA’s many housing projects for elderly and disabled families, including Linden Towers Apartments and Seniority House Apartments in Springfield and McKinley House in Chicopee. For several years his firm has worked with several Massachusetts state and federally funded housing authorities renovating and modernizing aging housing developments with a focus on improving the lives of the elderly and families. His designs also included several municipal office buildings in area cities and towns. Throughout his sixty years of experience, he developed many long-standing, respected, professional and personal relationships with the clients he served and consultants and contractors he worked with on a daily basis. Early in his career he designed the West Springfield Boys and Girls Club, alterations to the original West Springfield Public Library and the North Adams City Hall – for which his firm received a design award from the American Institute of Architects. Additionally, one of the firm’s several projects at Smith College was recognized with an award of merit from the Northampton Historical Commission. Leon’s many years of experience can also be seen in completed projects at Mercy Hospital, Noble Hospital and several area church and religious structures of various denominations, including, Saint Anthony’s Maronite Church in Springfield, the First Methodist Church, Westfield and additions and alterations to his own parish, St. Ann’s in West Springfield. He was a devout Catholic, parishioner and lector at St. Ann’s. There he re-designed the church’s sanctuary where his “radial” design approach was considered ahead of its time. Earlier in his life he was an active member of the West Springfield community and its civic organizations – the Rotary Club, the Elks and UNICO, among others. Professionally he was a member of the American Institute of Architects and past president of its Western Massachusetts chapter, past president of the Massachusetts Association of Architects, the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and the Harvard Club of Western Massachusetts. Leon was predeceased by his beloved wife, Yolande in 2005 and his son, Leon, Jr. in February 2023. He leaves to cherish his memory his loving children David Pernice of West Springfield, his daughters Lisa Pernice-Gomes (husband, David) of West Springfield and Nina Cunningham (husband, Robert) of Bradenton, Florida, his brother, Robert (wife, Mary) Pernice of Holbrook, MA and many cousins, nieces and nephews. “Nonno” was especially loved by his grandchildren, Andrea, Greg, Mark, Allie, John, Anna, Sharlotte, Kai, Ashley and Nick, all of their spouses and partners who came to know him so dearly, and his great-grandchildren, Maeve, Emerson, Patrick, Eleanor, Julia, Robinson, Adeline, Winslow, Nicholas, Lucie, Andrew and Mason. Leon was a man of great faith, quiet confidence, generosity, and persevering spirit. He loved and cherished his family. He was always there for us in our times of joy and our times of need. We will continue to honor this great man and hold him close to our hearts. Most of all we will miss him dearly. We love you, Dad. Rest in peace. Calling hours: Friday, February 2nd, 4pm – 7pm, Toomey-O’Brien Funeral Home, 1043 Westfield Street, West Springfield, MA. Funeral Mass: Saturday, February 3rd, 11:00 am, St. Thomas the Apostle, 47 Pine Street, West Springfield, MA. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Sisters of Providence, Office of the President, 5 Gamelin Street, Holyoke, MA 01040 or the American Heart Association at www.heart.org."

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Kayel G. DeAngelis

Jul 27, 1945 - Jan 19, 2024

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West Springfield, MA

"Kayel G. DeAngelis, 78, passed away peacefully surrounded by his wife and family. A proud member of the Army Reserves, Kayel, along with his brother, manufactured and sold custom furniture in NY for many years. He loved living life to it’s fullest, from having a horse farm to driving his pontoon boat on the lake in NH. He is survived by his beloved wife of 33 years Lisa (Valvo) DeAngelis, daughter Kristine DeAngelis-Lubanski and her husband Michael and their children; James and Sara Lubanski of Port Washington, NY, son Kayel Guy DeAngelis and his fiancé Piera Asaro and his children; Ava and Julia DeAngelis of Oyster Bay, NY and step sons; Joshua DuBois of West Springfield and Timothy DuBois and his wife Bernadette of Gardner, MA and brother Kenneth DeAngelis of CA. Family and friends may meet for Kayel’s Funeral Mass on Thursday at 11AM at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 47 Pine St., West Springfield. A private family burial will take place in Hawthorne, NY at a later date. Toomey O’Brien Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Assn., 309 Waverley Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA 02452."

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Gary W. Sherlaw

Nov 11, 1941 - Jan 13, 2024

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West Springfield, MA

"Gary W. Sherlaw, 82, died peacefully on Saturday January 13, 2024, with his wife Jean by his side. Gary was born in Westfield on November 11, 1941, to the late Lawrence V. and Marion (Peabody) Sherlaw. He was predeceased by his brother, Lawrence A. Sherlaw and his sister in law, Karen (Connie) Sherlaw. Gary will be sadly missed by his wife and best friend of 59 years, Jean (Schiavina) Sherlaw, his daughters, Kristin Sherlaw and Kimberly Sherlaw, his sister, Carolyn (Sherlaw) Lau, niece, Pamela (Sherlaw) Keavney, and his dog Coco. He also leaves his sisters in law, Shirley Bernarducci and Ron, Pauline Montelone, Debra Jordan and Dave and Fran Mackintosh and Roy and many nieces and nephews. Gary grew up in Feeding Hills and graduated from Agawam High School in 1959. He received his B.S. Environmental Health Degree from the University of Mass. in 1964 and a M.P.H. Degree from the University of Michigan in 1969. Gary was employed by NSF International in Ann Arbor, Michigan for 28 years working his way up to Vice President of International Operations. Upon retiring to Florida in 1999, he started a consulting business (Food Safety Consulting International) providing domestic and international consulting, auditing, and training services until he became ill in 2018 then moved to Massachusetts and resided in West Springfield. The Toomey-O’Brien Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to Reba’s Animal Rescue Adoption Center 1646 S. Military Highway Chesapeake, VA. 23320 for Gary’s lifetime support of all the furry animals that came into his life."

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