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Jean Knybel

1924 - 2015 HOLYOKE, MA Jean Knybel, 90, of 2 Ross Road, died Saturday, April 4, 2015. Born on July 8, 1924 in Adams, she was a daughter of Frank Wilk and Sophie (Bezak) Wilk. She was married to Edward Symanski from 1946 until his death in 1967. Jean worked for Berkshire Medical Center for 20 years, first as a switchboard operator and then as a unit secretary in the operating room. Jean was founder and co-owner of A & J Country Crafters making little treasures and enjoyed many years of selling them at craft fairs in New England and New York. Jean was a parishioner at Holy Family Church in Pittsfield, Sacred Heart of Jesus and Our Lady of the Valley in Easthampton and was a member of the rosary sodality. Jean was a humble woman, but proud of her ability to raise seven children, much of it on her own, due to no small part to her selflessness and her willingness to sacrifice so much for her family, all while providing a role model of perseverance and hard work. Jean cherished spending time with her family, including Wednesday evenings with the Wilks, hosting sleepovers with the grandchildren and attending many of their academic and sporting events. She is survived by her beloved husband, Albert Knybel whom she married on December 26, 1988. Besides Albert, she is survived by her brother, Stanley Wilk and his wife, Joan of Cheshire: four sons, Ronald Symanski and his wife, Mary, of Ballston Spa, NY, Dennis Symanski and his wife, Nancy, of Redwood City, CA, Mark Symanski and his wife, Shari of Eagle, CO, and Gary Symanski and his wife, Cathy, of Pittsfield; two daughters, Susan Symanski of Bali, Indonesia and Judy Quinto and her husband, Jim, of Pittsfield; seven grandchildren, Benjamin, Jeffrey, Emily, Victoria, Thomas, Ava and Grace; three great-grandchildren, Genevieve, Oliver and Francesca; four step-children, Sharon, Edward, Jeffrey and Diane; and seven step-grandchildren. Jean was predeceased by her brothers, Thaddeus Wilk and Matthew Wilk, and sisters, Mary Bernat and Josephine Pietras; and her daughter, Pamela McMullen of Pittsfield, 2015, who is succeeded by her husband, Michael. FUNERAL NOTICE: Calling hours will be at the Graham's Funeral Home on 18 Adams Street in Easthampton on Thursday, April 9, 2015 from 4 to 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held Friday, April 10, 2015 at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of the Valley Church, celebrated by the Rev. John Smegal, Pastor of St Brigit's Church in Amherst and long-time family friend. Burial will be at Saint Joseph's Cemetery in Pittsfield at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials in her honor may be made to Mercy Life/PACE in West Springfield who provided wonderful care for Jean, and support for Albert during the last year of her life.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Apr. 7, 2015
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