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Richard "Dick" Mierzejewski


1930 - 2012 Obituary Condolences
PITTSFIELD - Richard "Dick" Mierzejewski, 81, of 280 Onota St., Pittsfield, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, April 28th, surrounded by his wife and children.
Born on August 12, 1930, to the late Victor and Catherine (Pyrzanowski) Mierzejewski, he was a 1948 graduate of Pittsfield High School and attended Compton College in Compton, CA. Upon completion of high school, Dick worked at the Elmvale Worsted Mills and General Electric, and was a talented basketball player with the Wahconah All Stars that played in and around Berkshire County.
Dick served in the United States Navy aboard the USSTE Chandler during the Korean Conflict from 1951-1954. Upon his return to Pittsfield, he joined the Coast Guard Reserves where he was honorably discharged in 1961.
On Sept. 13, 1958, Dick married Jane (Cavanaugh) at the Polish Falcons where they first met. He is survived by Jane and his four children, Susan Palmer (husband Howell) of Vestal, NY, Brenda Pennels (husband Toby) of Windham, ME, Thomas Mierzejewski (wife Cathy) of Hanson, MA, and Cheryl McClusky (husband Steve) of Pittsfield. He will be dearly missed by his 10 grandchildren, Jason Mierzejewski, Sarah Sperber, Daniel and Travis Palmer, Taylor, Jordan and Shawn Pennels, Cameron and Hannah McClusky, and Corey Devos, and one great grandchild, Myles Levardi. He is also survived by his sister, Catherine Mlynarczyk of Pittsfield, and felt especially privileged to assist her in the loving care and upbringing of her three sons, Edziu, Ernest, and Joseph Mlynarczyk upon the death of her husband and Dick's best friend, Edward K. Mlynarczyk, in 1965. He enjoyed a very close relationship with all of his nieces and nephews and was recently blessed with two great-great nieces, Zoey Teutsch and Jordyn Mlynarczyk.
He was predeceased by his sister, Rita Egan of Manchester CT, and her daughter, Elizabeth Gould.
A Master Electrician, Dick was founder, owner, and operator of Kent Electric, an electrical contracting business that served many people in the Berkshires and surrounding areas. Having been in business for over 53 years, Dick was especially pleased that advertising was never used and his clientele was entirely word of mouth. Through the years, Dick taught and employed dozens of young apprentices who went on to work successfully in the trade, but he was most proud to be able to train and work with his son, Thomas Mierzejewski, son-in-law, Steven McClusky, grandsons, Cameron McClusky and Jason Mierzejewski, nephews, Edziu, Ernest, Joseph Mlynarczyk, and grand-nephews, Nicholas, Matthew, and Luke Mlynarcyzk. Matthew and Nicholas Mlynarczyk have worked for Kent Electric for the past 15 years and were instrumental in his daily care for the past many months.
Dick was a lifelong member of the Polish Falcons, Nest 580, having served as President, Vice President, and on the Board of Directors. He was awarded the Gold Legion of Honor, the highest award bestowed on a member, for his dedication and service to the organization. He was actively involved in many activities throughout the Falcons, including shuffleboard tournaments that raised funds for the organization's youth events. Dick and Jane shared a love and talent for shuffleboard, playing in tournaments from San Antonio, TX to Plattsburgh, NY. They were also accomplished dancers, and enjoyed dancing and teaching dance at the So-Ed Dance Club and the Polish Falcons.
A gifted accordionist, Dick especially enjoyed the holidays where he would play Christmas carols for shut-ins and residents of nursing homes and rehab centers. Richard and his wife enjoyed wintering in San Antonio, Texas, since 1999. In addition to the Polish Falcons, he was a member of the Polish Community Club, Fraternal Order of the Elks, American Legion, and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
FUNERAL NOTICE: Mr. Richard V. Mierzejewski died April 28th. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 2nd, at 8 a.m. from DWYER Funeral Home, with a Liturgy of Christian Burial at Saint Joseph's Church, celebrated by the Rev. Msgr Michael Shershanowicz, pastor, at 9 a.m. Calling hours will be at Dwyer Funeral Home Tuesday May 1st, 4-8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Polish Falcon's Nest 580 Youth Program, and Hospice of Western Massachusetts, care of Dwyer Funeral home. Please visit www.dwyerfuneral.com to leave condolences and remembrances.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Apr. 30, 2012
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