Westfield – Brandon Lee White, 24, (1993-2017) of Westfield passed away suddenly on Saturday August 19th at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton MA. Brandon was born March 27 1993 in Springfield MA and spent his childhood split between Westfield and Southwick, where he attended High School. As a child, he excelled at BMX racing, baseball, snowboarding and skateboarding. He was an expert at backyard ramp building and a fearless jumper of anything that rolled on wheels. He was an incredible lover of animals and was famous for letting the family pets sleep in his bed. Brandon showed incredible kindness and empathy to others, especially the elderly. During his short life he touched many, and enriched the lives of his family. His infectious smile could melt the hearts of those around him. Brandon is survived by his loving mother and father, Heather and Dale Darosa of Westfield, Grandparents Doug and Carmen White of Rotonda FL, Grandparents David and Paulette Miller of Port Orange FL, Grandfather Wes Nutting of Westfield, and girlfriend Kaitlin Palazzi of Westfield. Brandon also leaves behind several step siblings, many Aunts, Uncles and cousins. Visitation hours will be held Thursday August 24th from 4-7 PM at Firtion Adams Funeral Home, 76 Broad St. Westfield MA 01085. The burial will be private.
WESTFIELD – David Owen Stevens, 85, died Monday August 14, 2017 at Westfield Gardens in Westfield, MA following a long illness with Parkinson’s Disease. He leaves his 2 daughters, Susan Camp of Southampton, MA and Charlaina Stevens of West Suffield, CT and his 4 grandchildren: Ryan and Tim Murphy and Lindsey and Brian Camp along with many other family members and friends. David was born in West Springfield, MA on November 28, 1931 to the late Cyril J. and Mary C. Stevens. David was raised with his brother James and sister Gail in West Springfield before moving to Florida for many years. He worked at Kidder Stacy in Agawam, MA for many years as a machinist and continued his work into his early 70’s. He married Rita Crosier of West Springfield and had 2 daughters. He later married Claire Hussey. David played football in high school and loved all sports. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy from January 1955 through January 1959. An avid golfer, David also enjoyed hunting, fishing and target shooting including skeet and trap. He loved dogs and trained them for hunting. David also enjoyed cooking and grilling for family and friends. David was a contributing member of Pioneer Valley Sport Club for over 50 years. Those who knew him could always count on David for a good laugh, welcoming his dry sense of humor and wit. David will be missed by his family and friends. Although he is no longer with us, his memory will live on in our hearts. Your memory will always be with us-We love you Dad! Family and friends are invited to celebrate David’s life on Sunday, August 27, 2017 from 2:00-4:00PM at Avalon Life Celebration Center & Cremation Services, LLC 691 College Hwy., Southwick, MA. In lieu of flowers please consider a memorial donation to Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke, 110 Cherry Street, Holyoke, MA 01040 (www.friendsofthesoldiershome.org) To express a condolence, share memories or photos please visit David’s memorial page at www.avaloncelebrations.com
Westfield – Francis D. O’Brien, 77, (1940-2017) also known as “Obie” and Skippy” passed away on Friday, August 18, 2017 at Baystate Medical Center surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Springfield to the late Francis O’Brien and Alberta (Zolyn) Gutowski and was a 1958 graduate of Westfield Trade. Francis received an Associate’s Degree in Business from Manchester Community College in Connecticut and his Bachelor’s in Business from Central Connecticut State College in New Britain. He served his country with the United States Navy from 1960-1964 and was honorably discharged as a ETN 3rd Class. Francis was employed as the manufacturing supervisor for Colts Manufacturing in West Hartford for 33 years, before he retired. He was a member of the American Legion Post 124 in Westfield. Francis is survived by his beloved wife of 45 years, Shirley A. (Kriesak) O’ Brien, his loving sons, Gary T. O’Brien and his wife Sherry of Thorndike, MA and Robert F. O’Brien and his wife Melissa of Agawam, two brothers, Daniel O’Brien and his wife Beverly of Westfield and Douglas O’Brien and his wife Denise of Chicopee, his cherished grandchildren, Ashlinn Ellis and her husband Dustin, Andrew O’ Brien, Annie O’Brien, Dakota O’Brien, McKenna J. O’Brien, Steven Dunn, Sarah Gamsby and her husband Mathias, Ian Gamsby and Glenn and Natalie Lane, his great granddaughter, Gabriella Gamsby, his brother in law, Roger Kriesak and his wife Nancy and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son Brian O’Brien in 2007. He loved his animals and will be sorely missed by his pet, Kayla. A Funeral Home Service will be held on Wednesday at 7PM in the Firtion Adams FS, 76 Broad St. Westfield. Visiting hours will be held prior to the service from 4-7PM in the funeral home. Burial will be private and at the convenience of his family. In lieu of flowers contributions in Francis’ name may be directed to the Westfield Animal Shelter, 178 Apremont Way, Westfield, MA 01085. www.firtionadams.com
Southwick: Tanner MacKenzie Brach, 24, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, August 7, 2017 at the U. S. Naval Base in San Diego, California. Born April 14, 1993, Tanner was on active duty with the United States Navy. He had just returned from Japan, where he served as an Aviation Ordnanceman (AO5) aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington. A 2010 graduate of Southwick-Tolland Regional High School, Tanner joined the Navy at the end of his senior year and had recently re-enlisted for another six years. It was while serving in Japan that he met his future wife, Sabrina Martinez. She and Tanner were wed in April 2017.
Family was everything to Tanner and he was an important part of a very large extended family. A loving kind-hearted young man, he was universally loved by everyone that knew him.
Besides his loving wife, Sabrina Martinez Brach, Tanner leaves behind his mother, Karina Pistritto; stepfather, Ermenegildo Pistritto; father, Gary Torello; brother, Nick Crosby; maternal grandparents, Alice and Walter Brach, Jr.; paternal grandparents, Dolores Shover and Kenneth Shover; his aunt Cassandra Vergnani and her fiancé, Anthony Sgueglia; aunt Shelly Garcia and her husband, Bernardo Garcia; aunt Bonnie Lee Miley; aunt Kim Quinn; cousins Carissa Vergnani, Sophia Vergnani, Eveline Vergnani, Summer Garcia, and Mark Quinn; as well as many great-aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
Calling hours for Tanner will be from 4:00PM-8:00PM on Tuesday August 22, 2017 in the Southwick Forastiere Funeral Home, 624 College Highway, Southwick. Funeral services will begin at 9:30AM on Wednesday August 23, 2017 from the funeral home to be followed by an 11:00 AM Liturgy of Christian Burial in Our Lady of the Lake Church, Sheep Pasture Road, Southwick. Tanner will be laid to rest on Saturday, August 26th at 11 AM with full military honors in New Cemetery, Southwick.
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