SOUTHAMPTON - Annette (Guerin) Golas, 70, of Southampton, died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, in Linda Manor Extended Care Facility, Northampton.
She was born Feb. 15, 1942, in Westfield, the daughter of the late Raymond R. Sr., and Helen Wemette Guerin.
Annette attended Westfield schools and graduated from St. Mary's High School, Class of 1959.
After leaving Westfield, she became a nun in the order of St. Joseph SSJ in North Brookfield. Sister Helene Raymond practiced her faith for 17 years as a teacher. She later became a teacher and guidance counselor at Westfield Public School, retiring in 1992.
In 1984, Annette became the wife of Richard S. Golas, who died in 2005. She enjoyed her travels with Richard to Europe and winters in Florida. She possessed a great nature. Her hobbies included making stenciled pillow cases and other items for newborns, reading and doing word puzzles. Annette missed her cat Gigi and her outreach to wild life.
She is survived by three brothers, Raymond R. Guerin Jr., of Gardner, Thomas Guerin of Texas and Christopher Guerin of Kansas; one sister, Barbara Russell of Florida; three step-sons, Steven R. Golas of West Springfield, Jeffery M. Golas of Peru and Robert S. Golas of Russell; one step-daughter, Caroline M. Valentino of West Springfield; seven step-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Annette's life will be held on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at 11 a.m. in Mitchell Funeral Home, 15 Park St., Easthampton. Calling hours at the funeral home will be from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service.
Memorial gifts in Annette's memory, in lieu of flowers, may be sent to, D'Amour Center for Cancer Care, 3350 Main St., Springfield, MA 01199 or The Sisters of St. Joseph, Mount Marie, 34 Lower Westfield Rd., Holyoke, MA 01040.
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