Doris (Martin) Sobzak

WESTFIELD – Doris (Martin) Sobzak passed away at the age of 100 on September 4th, 2023 at her home in Westfield. She was born on January 4th, 1923 (when Warren G. Harding was president) in the Aldenville neighborhood of Chicopee to Hermenegilde and Delia Martin.

In the 1970’s and 1980’s, Doris and her late husband Walter Sr. were well-loved by local flea market aficionados for their multiple tables of jewelry and beads. Growing up during The Depression was instrumental in their appreciation of the opportunities life offered. (Doris was always looking for the best bargains and was usually successful in finding them).

Doris is survived by her five children: Patricia Costantino of Tucson AZ, Carol Vanderheiden of Belchertown MA, JoAnne Sargent of Rye NH, Walter Jr. of Tucson AZ, and Rita Choe of Westfield MA. She was blessed with 16 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

Doris was predeceased by her husband, Walter Sr., a grandchild, Kyle Olechnowicz, sisters Lillian Talbot, Jeannette Williamson and Cecile Gaulin, and brothers Henry, Alfred and Roland Martin.

She will be greatly missed by her family and friends, and her neighbors in the Kennedy Apartments in Westfield. Special thanks go to Carol and Rita for their tireless, unstinting care of Doris during her last few years.

Graveside service will be held on Wednesday, September 13th at 1:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Cemetery at 203 Southampton Road in Westfield. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Parish, 127 Holyoke Road, Westfield.

To Top