HADLEY - Joseph G. Fill, 97, of Hadley, passed away Saturday, April 19, 2014, at the Holyoke Soldiers Home, with his family at his side.
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Joe was born April 15, 1917, in Hadley, the first child to George and Regina (Sliz) Fil. He graduated from Hopkins Academy in 1936 and enlisted in the U.S. Army March 14, 1941. During World War II, Joe was a tank driver in Battery B – 212th Armored Division – in Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, and Ardennes, of Central Europe. He received the European African Middle Eastern Theatre Campaign Ribbon, the American Defense Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. He was honorably discharged Oct. 8, 1945.
Joe worked as an auto mechanic for Blyda Ford and later for the Massachusetts State Police.
He was a member of the Hadley American Legion, the Hadley Young Men's Club, the Men's Club, Council of Aging and a communicant of Most Holy Redeemer Church.
He leaves his children Barbara and her husband Robert (Bob) Ovanes of Jupiter, Fla., Carol and her husband Edward (Ted) Dempsey of Jupiter, Fla., and David and his wife Joyce Fill of Hadley. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, Tabitha (Ovanes) and her husband Eric Karch of Sandwich, Matthew Ovanes and his wife Stacey of Boxford, T.J. Dempsey and his wife Dana of Orlando, Fla., Brian Dempsey and his fiancée Jessica Fasula of Somerset, David J. Fill, II, and his wife Brandi of Woodbridge, Va., Jessica Fill of Arlington, Va., and Richard Fill of Hadley; six great-grandchildren, Amanda and Ryan Karch, Hayden Ovanes, Avery and Chase Dempsey and Audra Fill; brother Stanley Fil of Hadley; and sisters Stacia Rotkiewicz of South Deerfield, Amelia Matuszko of Hadley, and Helen Czelusniak.
Joe was predeceased by his wife of 66 years Twega (Yurgielewicz) and brothers and sister Chester, John and Jennie Fil.
Joe "Dziadziu" loved to garden and spend time with his grand and great–grandchildren. When baby Audra would visit him in the Soldiers Home it would always make his day!
Calling hours will be held Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Czelusniak Funeral Home of Northampton. The funeral will be Saturday from the Czelusniak Funeral Home of Northampton at 9 a.m. with a Liturgy of Christian burial at 10 a.m. in Most Holy Redeemer Church. Burial with military honors will follow in Holy Rosary Cemetery, Hadley.
Donations in Joe's memory may be made to the Holy Rosary Cemetery Fund, 120 Russell St., Hadley, MA, or the Holyoke Soldiers Home, 110 Cherry St., Holyoke, MA 01040.
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Czelusniak Funeral Home
173 North Street
Northampton, MA 01060
Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Apr. 23, 2014