NORTHAMPTON - George T. Menousek, 88, of 10 Bancroft Road, passed away peacefully Tuesday evening, Nov. 5, 2013, at the Cooley Dickinson Hospital after a brief illness.
George was born on Feb. 3, 1925 in New Britain, Conn. He was the third of four children born to Edward and Mary (Smith) Menousek
Raised and educated in that community, he enlisted in the U.S. Army upon graduating from Catholic high school, proudly serving his country with the 63rd Battalion in Northern France and the Rhineland.
He received the European African Middle Eastern Theatre Campaign ribbon, the Army of Occupation Medal of Germany and the Victory Medal. He was honorably discharged and returned home in 1946.
George was passionate about music education and, upon returning home from the war, he attended Boston University, receiving his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in music education.
After graduating, he worked in Maryland but remained rooted in New Britain where he met and married Genevieve Perzanowski in 1954.
Soon after, George became a music educator in the Northampton School System and George and Gen settled in Northampton to live, work and begin their family.
George's career with the Northampton School system was long and successful, during which time he taught music to generations of Northampton families, including his own children who went on to have careers as professional musicians. He retired in 1987 as Head of the Fine Arts Department of the Northampton School system after 33 years of service and dedication to his career. He was a past member of the Kiwanis and a communicant of the former St. Mary's Church in Northampton.
His beloved wife of 55 years, Genevieve (Perzanowski) Menousek passed away in 2009. He leaves his children; George Menousek Jr. of Northampton and Andrea Santana and her husband Guillermo of Sparta, New Jersey, and his three grandchildren; James Menousek and Cecily and Alexander Santana, as well as several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 11 to 11:30 a.m., Thursday Nov. 14, 2013 at the Czelusniak Funeral home, 173 North St., Northampton, MA.
A Rite of Christian Service will be held at 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home for George and Genevieve. Interment of George and Genevieve's ashes will immediately follow at the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Agawam with Military honors for George being offered by the U.S. Army. Donations in George's memory may be made to the George T. Menousek Sr. Music Award, 380 Elm Street, Northampton, Mass. 01060.
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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Nov. 11, 2013