Westfield – Mabel Beatrice “Bea” (Emerson) Wright, 93 (1924-2017) slipped peacefully away to join her loved ones on Sunday, October 15th. She was the beloved daughter of Annie May (Merrill) & Walter S. Emerson, born on 10/14/24 in Hebron, NH. Mabel was predeceased by her parents, 2 brothers William and Ernest Emerson, and 5 half-brothers Irving, Ralph, Paul, Walter and Donald Emerson. She is also predeceased by her dear husband, Edward “Ted” Wright after 56 years of marriage. Bea is survived by her brother, Gordon John Emerson of Wales, MA and a half-brother Gerald Emerson of Leeds, MA, and many nieces and nephews, including Debbie and Tom Samwell who were her loving guardians and caretakers since she went to reside at Heritage Hall North in Agawam in 2005. When Bea and Ed married, they built their home on Holyoke Road in Westfield and lived there until his passing in 2002. She worked at Anderson’s, Old Colony, and Chet’s Snack Shop, but her primary role was as homemaker and companion to Ed. They traveled extensively and were enthusiastic square dancers. They loved entertaining family, friends and neighbors and were well-known for huge country-themed parties at their home including a band, dancing and home-made fare. Bea also loved her parrot, Joe, which she had for over 40 years. Bea enjoyed her life at Heritage Hall very much and she made many dear friends among the residents over the years. Her family would like to thank the staff who blessed her life with dignity, compassion, love and humor. There are too many to name, but you know who you are. You are angels who blessed her days. Friends and family are invited to gather on Saturday, 10/21 at Firtion Adams Funeral Home, 76 Broad Street, Westfield to celebrate her life. Calling hours will be 11:00-12:00. A Service of Gratitude for Bea will be held there at 12:00 noon immediately followed by a burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Southampton Road, Westfield.Donations can be made in her name to the YMCA of Greater Westfield 67 Court Street, Westfield MA 01085 attn:Andrea Allard.
West Springfield – John R. Pitoniak, 66, (1950-2017) passed away on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Holyoke Healthcare Center. He was born in Westfield to the late Ralph J. and Gertrude C. (Swochak) Pitoniak and was a graduate of West Springfield High School. John worked as a foreman for CONLEAF Tobacco for many years. John served his country in the United States Air National Guard from 1970-1976. He enjoyed gardening, he loved cars and motorcycles, going to Hampton Beach, loved his Hermit Crabs, coffee hour with the guys at the park and enjoyed going to the Pioneer Valley Sportsmans Club. He is survived by his loving children, Jason R. Pitoniak with Denise M. LaPlante of Fairport, NY, Brett S. Pitoniak with Krissa Fondakowski of Chicopee and Kelly C. Pitoniak with Jeffrey D. Paquin, Jr., his companion, Barbara McEwan of Westfield and her family, his sister Mary M. Svedine with Walter C. Szczepanik of West Springfield. He was predeceased by his brother-in-law Donald F. Svedine. His family would like to thank the staff at Baystate Medical Center and Holyoke Healthcare Center for the tremendous care given to John and his family. John’s funeral will be held on Monday, October 23, 2017 with a Mass at 11 AM in Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church, 127 Holyoke Rd. Westfield, followed by burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Southampton Rd. Westfield. A Visiting hour will be held on Monday prior to the Mass from 9:30-10:30 AM in the Firtion Adams FS, 76 Broad St. Westfield, MA 01085. Donations in John’s name may be directed to the Westfield Homeless Cat Project, 1124 East Mountain Rd. Westfield, MA 01085. www.firtionadams.com
Ludlow- Ronald. E. Langevin, 87, (1930-2017) of Ludlow, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 14, 2017. Son of the late Wilfred and Aurore (Normandin) Langevin, he was born in Ludlow on June 24, 1930. A lifelong resident, he was a 1948 graduate of Ludlow High School. Ron proudly served his country as a Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. A pioneer of the television industry, Ron began his career in 1955 with WHYN- TV 40 where he produced/directed the Barbara Bernard Show. He received four United Press Intl. Broadcasters Assoc. “Best TV Documentary” Awards. He joined WWLP-TV 22 as producer/director in 1967, producing the popular At Home with Kitty Show and Tom Colton’s Highlights. He was promoted to Director of Public Relations for the station in 1979. Ron retired from TV-22 in 1990 after 35 years. He then worked for 19 years as a funeral service assistant, first at the Ratell Funeral Home and then at the Kapinos-Mazur Funeral Home.
Ron was an avid photographer and world traveler. He was active in the Ad Club of Springfield, Kiwanis and Exchange Clubs. Ron was a devout communicant of St. Elizabeth’s Parish in Ludlow.
Ron is survived by his son Mark Langevin and his wife Christine Cronin of Springfield, his daughters Marie Marx and her husband Timothy of Westfield, Danielle Sullivan and her husband William of East Longmeadow and the love of his life Paula Goodreau of Ludlow. Ron also leaves his beloved grandchildren Derek, Meghan, Shannon and Alicia, his great-grandson Caleb and his four-legged friends Max and Ellie.
Family and friends are asked to gather for Funeral Services celebrating Ron’s life on Friday, October 20, 2017 at 8:45 AM at the Kapinos-Mazur Funeral Home, 64 Sewall St., Ludlow, MA, followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM in St. Elizabeth’s Parish, Hubbard St, Ludlow, MA. Rites of Committal with Military Honors will be in St. Aloysius Cemetery, Berkshire Ave., Springfield, MA. Visiting hours at the funeral home are Thursday, October 19, 2017 from 4:00-7:00 PM. In lieu of flowers or gifts Ron’s family requests that donations be made to St. Elizabeth’s Parish, 181 Hubbard St., Ludlow, MA 01056 For more information please go to www.kapinosmazurfh.com.
Southwick – Frances Wanda (Buynicki) Brown, 98, (1918-2017) passed away Saturday, October 14, 2017, at home peacefully surrounded by her loving family. She was born to the late Victor and Stephania Buynicki on December 25, 1918. Frances attended Southwick Grammar Schools and Westfield High School, before graduating from Bay Path College in 1939. Married William A. Brown II in 1944, they traveled extensively while he served in the Military for thirty years. The family returned to live in Southwick in 1961. She worked at Hamilton Standard for 20 years as an executive secretary for Space and Sea. She is survived by her sister Anne Bannish of Westfield. Her five children and their spouses: Kathleen and William Brown III of Springfield, MA, Cheryl Taylor from Houston, TX, Barbara and John Westcott III, Deborah and Robert Dunn, and Robert and Brenda Brown of Southwick, MA. Sixteen grandchildren: Adrienne and Justin Latham, Gail and William Brown IV, and Michelle Bennett of West Springfield, John Carter and Angelica Taylor, Benjamin and Constance Taylor, Allison and Johnathon Hardman, Jennifer and Lee Mikes of Houston, TX, John Henry and Sarah Westcott, Michael and Tami Westcott, Robert Zackery Dunn, Erica Rossini, Robert J and Danielle Brown of Southwick, Jessica Tower of Westfield, Daniel and Lauren Szymula Westcott of St. Louis, Missouri , Bryan& Renee Westcott of Old Town, Maine, Andrew& Maegan Brown of Calcium, NY, plus two honorary grandchildren Tyler and Shelby Arnold of Southwick and 28 great-grandchildren. Family and friends were a passion and delight, she loved to garden and feed the bears. She was predeceased by her husband William A. Brown II in1983 and Son-in-law John Carter Taylor of Houston TX, also her brothers and sisters, Paul, Albert, Mooky, Peter, Irene Buynicki, & Florence Holmes. Her funeral will be held on Friday at 9AM from the Firtion Adams FS, 76 Broad St. Westfield followed by a Mass at 10AM in Holy Trinity Church, Elm St. Westfield. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Southampton Rd. Westfield, MA 01085. Visiting hours will be held on Thursday from 5-8 PM in the funeral home. www.firtionadams.com