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Francis "Tootsie" Wojtaszek Jr.

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Francis "Tootsie" Wojtaszek, Jr. 1937 - 2012 ADAMS Francis John "Tootsie" Wojtaszek, Jr., 74, of 10 Sparrow St., Adams, died Saturday evening, Jan. 21, 2012, at Berkshire Medical Center, Pittsfield. He was born in Adams on May 13, 1937, son of the late Francis J. and Julia (Wojtusiak) Wojtaszek. He attended schools in Adams and graduated from the former Adams Memorial High School with the class of 1954. Mr. Wojtaszek last worked for the Adams Department of Public Works, where he was appointed on May 1, 1976. He was appointed Highway Supervisor in 1988, and was named Director of Public Works for the town on May 22, 1991. He concurrently served on the Tree Commission and as Inspector of Pest Control, finally retiring in January of 2002. Earlier, he was the owner-operator of his family's business, the former Adams Sausage Co. on Mill St. in Adams, which was founded by his grandfather until closing the store in 1972. He also worked as a funeral assistant and driver for Paciorek Funeral Home in Adams for the past several years. He was an Adams firefighter for 16 years, elected to membership of the Alert Hose Company on Aug. 6, 1968. He served as company secretary for several terms, and retired as an Honorary Member on Aug. 7, 1984. Active in town affairs, he was a longtime member of the Adams Finance Committee, the Adams Retirement Board, the Downtown Development Commission, and the Adams Town Meeting. He was a Special Police Officer for the town since 1979. He was a communicant of St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Cheshire. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, the former Judith M. Gross, whom he married on Sept. 4, 1961; a son, James H. Wojtaszek and his wife, Deborah, of Cheshire; a daughter, Frances J. Sagendorph of Adams; a sister, Mary Jette and her husband, Richard, of Adams; an aunt, Elizabeth Godek, of Adams; a daughter-in-law, Renee Wojtaszek, of Adams; his former daughter-in-law, Leticia Wojtaszek, of Adams; eight grandchildren, Aaron, Michael, Nathan, Katelyn and Dylan Wojtaszek and Kyle, Ryan and Brady Sagendorph; two nieces, Julie Jette and Patty Hanley; and many cousins. He was predeceased by his son, John "Jack" Wojtaszek, on Aug. 5, 2001. FUNERAL NOTICE: The funeral will be held on Thursday, Jan. 26, at 8:45 AM from the PACIOREK FUNERAL HOME, 13 Hoosac St., Adams, followed by a Liturgy of Christian burial at 10 AM in St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Cheshire. Burial will follow in Bellevue Cemetery, Adams. Calling hours are Wednesday from 4 to 7 PM at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to St. Mary of the Assumption Church or to St. Stanislaus School through the funeral home. To leave a message of condolence, or for directions, please go online to www.apsfuneralhome.com

Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Jan. 24, 2012
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