Westfield – Shirley Ann (Hill) Wilcox, 81, passed away Monday, May 22 at the Governor’s Center in Westfield. Shirley was born July 30, 1935 in Huntington to the late Leslie and Anna (Parmlee) Hill. She grew up in Littleville and attended Chester schools, and later moved to Westfield in 1960. She is survived by her beloved husband of 60 years Bryan W. Wilcox, her dear grandson Shane Gilbert and his wife Dianna, her great granddaughters Anastasia and Abby of Southampton, her sister-in-law Yvonne Hill and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her daughter Stacy Wilcox, her brothers Richard Hill, William Hill, Leslie Hill Jr., Donald Hill and her sisters Ruth Noble, Dorothy Sygnator, Louise Green, Maxine Newell and Leona Schwaber. Shirley worked for many years at Kellogg Brush in Westfield. She was an avid Red Sox Fan, bird watcher, and a flower gardener. Shirley’s family would like to thank the Governor’s Center for the excellent care Shirley received especially to the nurses and CNAs. Per the request from Shirley there will be a private graveside service at Norwich Bridge Cemetery in Huntington, MA.
Westfield – Richard L “Dick” White, 84, of Westfield passed away on May 22, 2017 after a long battle with cancer. He was born on August 8, 1932 in Westfield to the late Joseph and Clara (Samson) White. He attended Westfield Schools and graduated from Westfield Trade School. After graduation he joined the US Army and served in the Korean War. He returned to Westfield and worked for Strathmore Paper Company. Later he became a truck driver and worked for several trucking companies before retiring from Yellow Freight Company in 1990. Dick is survived by his wife of 57 years, Barbara Capan White, his son Richard, Jr. of Westfield and daughters Roberta Newell of Winchester, Kentucky and Wendy White of Middletown, Delaware. He also leaves his grandchildren with whom he always looked forward to playing cards, R J White and Heather White, both of Westfield, as well as several loving nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sisters Alice Chistolini and Lillian Lesniewski and his brothers William, Robert, and Donald White. Dick was a communicant of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church where he participated in many parish dinners for over 30 years. An avid card player, he was a member of the Parish Pitch League. Dick loved spending the winter in Naples, Florida on the beach, at the pool, watching the Red Sox, or playing cards with his many friends.
A funeral mass will be held on Thursday May 25, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church, 127 Holyoke Road, Westfield, MA with burial to follow at Saint Mary’s Cemetery. Calling hours have been omitted. Donations in Dick’s memory can be made to Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church, 127 Holyoke Road, Westfield, MA 01085. Firtion-Adams Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
Granville – Cyril V. Maceyka, 92,of Granville, MA passed away peacefully in the comfort of family on May 16, 2017. He was born September 3, 1924 to the late Joseph and Theresa Bukowski Maceyka. He served our Country in the Marines during WWII. During which time, he played baseball with Ted Williams. Cy married,Mary “Doris” Brean. He was a self-employed carpenter, homebuilder and mason, building all with the utmost of perfection. One could always find Doris working right alongside Cy. He enjoyed baseball, gardening, ice fishing, hunting, ice hockey and the UCONN Women’s basketball team. Cy was pre-deceased by his wife, of 39 years in 2006, and his siblings Ernie Oresik, Joe, Paul and Emil Maceyka, Elaine Dickinson, Dorothy Babinski, nephews Wayne and Johnny Maceyka. He leaves behind three sisters-in-laws Jennie Maceyka of Granville, MA, Anita Barton and Margaret Brean of Watertown, CT, brother in law Jim Babinski of Westfield, MA along with many nieces and nephews. There will be a burial service at Silver Street Cemetery, Granville,on May 26 at 4:00 PM. In lieu of flowers donations be made in the memory of Cy Maceyka to The Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452. Firtionadams.com
LONGMEADOW – Robert E. Minalga, 76, of Longmeadow, beloved husband of Diane VanDyke Minalga, passed away on Monday, May 22, 2017. Born in Westfield, MA on April 17, 1941, he was the son of the late Stanley and Martha Minalga. Bob worked for many years at Texon in Russell before retirement. In his retirement, he worked as a crossing guard in Longmeadow, a job that he loved every day, putting a smile on the faces of all the children who were fortunate enough to see him every morning and afternoon. He will be missed by many family and friends in Longmeadow and beyond.
Besides his wife Diane, he leaves 3 children, Robert E. Minalga, Jr. (Mary) of Shrewsbury, Jeffrey Minalga (Kim) of Ellington, CT, and Tracey Menders (Steve) of Waterford, CT; 3 step-children, Melinda Rea (Tony), Marybeth Minardi (Joe), and Michael Oakes; 11 grandchildren, Alex Minalga, Kalie, Jayson and Sam Menders, Michael and Ciara Rea, Olivia, Alexa, Hanna, Laura Minardi, and Joe Minardi Jr. (Aislinn).
His family will receive friends on Thursday, May 25th from 10-11 AM at the Forastiere Smith Funeral Home, 220 North Main St., East Longmeadow, followed by a Funeral Home Service at 11 AM. Burial will follow in Longmeadow Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Dakin Animal Shelter, 171 Union St., Springfield, MA 01105.
His family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to Dr. David Bishop, Mercy 5th Floor and the Jewish Geriatric Services, New York Unit, for their compassion and care of Bob.