NORTHAMPTON - Mildred V. (Pacosa) Twarog died peacefully Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, surrounded by her family, at the Overlook at Northampton.
She lived life fully, well and always exuberantly. She was born in Easthampton, lived briefly in Adams and spent most of her 97 years in Holyoke.
She began her work life as a teenager at Vic's Fashion Shop in Easthampton. She worked all of her life, as a lunch lady at Mater Dolorosa School in Holyoke, then as a bookkeeper at various stores including Magri's Grocery store in Holyoke. She also worked for many years as a bookkeeper for her late husband, William Twarog, a noted interior church decorator.
She raised a family of four children, her son Francis and his wife Bettina of Weston, her son Joseph and his wife Patricia Healey of Northampton and a son and daughter who tragically preceded her in death, William of Maine and Marie L'Heureux of Northampton.
She also leaves behind her son-in-law Gerry L'Heureux and daughter-in-law Rita Labarbera as well as nine beloved grandchildren, Emily Labarbera-Twarog of Chicago, Alex Twarog of Maine, Francis Twarog of Vermont, JP Twarog of Boston, Nicole L'Heureux of Northampton, Danielle L'Heureux of New Jersey, Maria Twarog of Boston, Sophia Twarog of Northampton, Michaela Twarog of Alaska and 11 great-grandchildren.
Throughout her long life, Mildred traveled to Florida, Texas, San Francisco, Poland, Israel and Paris. Mildred was a fantastic Polish cook. She loved to crochet, play scrabble and do word puzzles. She loved to spend time in her garden in which she grew tulips, daffodils and herbs.
Mildred had a love for Polish culture and traditions. She was known for her extravagant culinary creations on holidays in which she made a variety of breads, candies and pierogis which she shared generously. Her Polish heritage was part of her identity which she passed on to her children and grandchildren through her recipes, stories and traditions.
Mildred is remembered for her many years of giving, her infectious sense of sarcastic humor and feistiness and her generosity and her devotion to her church and her family.
Her family would like to extend a special thanks to her long-term caregiver and friend, Evelyn Williams of Holyoke. She lovingly looked after Mildred in her Holyoke home for many years during which they shared good times through songs and stories. The family would also like to give a sincere thanks to the loving staff at the Overlook of Northampton for their tremendous care.
Mildred was a beloved mother, grandmother, aunt, cousin, neighbor and friend. She will be greatly missed by her family and by the many lives she touched throughout her long and prosperous life.
She was a lifelong communicant of Mater Dolorosa Church in Holyoke until the diocese closed it and is now a member of St. Stanislaus Basilica parish, Chicopee.
Her funeral will take place Monday, March 4 at 8:30 a.m. from the Barry J. Farrell Funeral Home, 2049 Northampton St., Holyoke, followed by Mass in St. Stanislaus Basilica, Chicopee, at 10 a.m. Calling hours will be held on Sunday, March 3 from 2 to 5 p.m.
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