Joseph G. Guertin
1924 - 2014 PITTSFIELD Joseph George Guertin, 89, of Pittsfield, died Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his friends and family. He was born in North Adams, on May 13, 1924, son of Arthur J. B. Guertin and Honorine (Giguere) Guertin. He attended the Notre Dame Parochial School and graduated from Drury High School, with the class of 1942. He was a veteran of World War II and served in the US Army Air Corps. Following the war, he completed the GE apprentice course and worked at the General Electric Co., in Pittsfield, as a senior designer in drafting at its Power Transformers Division until his retirement in 1984, after 42 years of service to the company. He was a communicant of St. Joseph's Church. Before moving to Pittsfield in 1957, he was an active communicant of the former Notre Dame du Sacre Coeur Church in North Adams. Following his retirement, Joe worked as a realtor with the Guitian Realty Co. He was active in the community and served as the president of the Berkshire County Historical Commission. He also served as president of the Berkshire Family History Association through the Berkshire Athenaeum. Joe was an instrumental figure in the establishment of the Conte Archives in Pittsfield. Joe was a member of the RSVP Program and was a founder of its Walking Tours of Pittsfield program. He also was a member of the board of directors of the Pittsfield Tree Watch. Joe was a member of the Missouri Aviation Academy and participated in annual reunions with his former Air Force comrades. His wife was the former Nathalie Regina Leona Serre, whom he married on Oct. 19, 1946. She died on Sep.18, 2013. Survivors include two daughters; Mrs. Peter Fedoryshyn and Annette M. Guertin, both of Pittsfield; his grandson, Deacon Christopher A. Fedoryshyn; his sister, Agnes Rivers of Florida, Mass., and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two sisters and one brother, Jean Wheeler, Alice Trombley, and Albert Guertin. FUNERAL NOTICE: The funeral will be Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at 8:15 a.m. from FLYNN & DAGNOLI-BENCIVENGA FUNERAL HOME, 5 Elm St. Pittsfield, followed by a funeral mass at 9 a.m., at St. Joseph's Church. Burial will follow in Southview Cemetery in North Adams. Calling hours at the funeral home are Friday, from 4 to 6 p.m. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Pittsfield Tree Watch, Hospice Care of the Berkshires or the Serre and Guertin Family Scholarship at Berkshire Community College, checks payable to BCC Foundation in care of the funeral home. To send flowers, a gift basket, card or message, please visit www.flynndagnolifuneralhomes.com.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Feb. 12, 2014