HADLEY - Julie Marie "Julia" (Superson) Gonski, 87, of 108 Rocky Hill Road, Hadley, passed away peacefully on Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, at Cooley Dickinson Hospital.
She was born July 15, 1925, in Hadley to the late Mary (Pelc) and George Superson, the youngest of four children.
Julie met her future husband, Benjamin Gonski, in 1944 while both took part in the senior play at Hopkins Academy and they were married a year later on June 17, 1945. She remained a devoted wife for nearly 61 years until Ben's death in March 2006.
Julie and Ben first resided on 36 Middle Street, helping to raise asparagus on the family farm. During the early years of marriage, she developed a fondness and skill with flowers while employed at Butler and Ullman Florists in Hadley. Her favorites were the camellias and fragrant roses and gardenias popular in corsages at the time. Her attention shifted to raising a family in the early 1950s with the birth of Elaine, then Rodney.
With long range goals of building a new home and sending the kids to college, Julie worked again outside the home once her children were older. She first took a job at the Prophylactic Brush Company in Florence. After moving to the new house on Rocky Hill Road, she became an employee at the University of Massachusetts dining facilities and continued there for about 23 years.
Julie and Ben worked together to provide a good home and opportunity for their children whom they loved dearly. They also were delighted to happily spoil their grandchildren whom they adored.
She was a devoted communicant of Most Holy Redeemer Church in Hadley. Julie is lovingly remembered by her daughter, Elaine Aldrich and husband Michael of Amherst; her son, Rodney and wife Ann of Raleigh, N.C.; and her grandchildren, Christina Aldrich, Alex Gonski and Julianne Gonski.
She is predeceased by sisters, Ann Zych of Westfield and Helen Superson of Hadley; and brother, Frank Superson of Framingham.
Calling hours at the Czelusniak Funeral Home of Northampton will be on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m.
Julia's funeral will be held on Saturday morning from the Czelusniak Funeral Home at 9 a.m. with a Mass at 10 a.m. at Most Holy Redeemer Church in Hadley. Burial will follow at Holy Rosary Cemetery in Hadley.
Flowers, especially fragrant flowers, are gladly accepted in her remembrance or donations in her memory can be made to VNA & Hospice of Cooley-Dickinson, 168 Industrial Dr., Northampton, MA 01060, http://www.vnaandhospice.org/.
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