SOUTHAMPTON - Zigmund F. Garstka, 94, of Cold Spring Road, Southampton, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, at the Caldwell Home in Fitchburg.
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He was born Nov. 29, 1918, in Chicopee, the son of the late Walter and Bertha (Salamon) Garstka.
He moved to Southampton as a young child and was educated in the Southampton schools. He was a graduate of the Easthampton High School class of 1937.
Zig was a World War II U.S. Army Air Corps veteran, serving with the 379th Bomb Air group, carrying out 26 missions earning him both an Air Medal and the European African Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Ribbon.
Zig was employed by the Southampton Highway Department for over 50 years, formally retiring in 1981 but working well into his retirement because he was the only one who could run the grader.
Zig was a lifelong communicant of the Immaculate Conception Church, where he was a long time collector, and presently a parishioner of the Our Lady of the Valley Parish. Zig was a member of the American Legion Post #168 in Southampton and was an avid outdoors man who enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was particularly proud of his gardens.
Zig leaves his beloved wife of 62 years, Frances M. (Sazama) Garstka; his loving children, James J. Garstka and his significant other Jane Russell of Southampton, Jean M. DeLibertis and her significant other David S. DeLisle of Fitchburg; his four cherished grandchildren, James J. Garstka, Jr., Mark V. DeLibertis, Lisa M. DeLibertis and Jeff J. Russell; his caring brother and sisters, John V. Garstka, Alice Godek and Jeannette Kortes.
He was predeceased by his loved siblings, Helen Michonski, Gladys Moulton and Max Garstka.
A military funeral will be held Saturday at 9 a.m. from the O'Brien Funeral Home, 17 Clark St., Easthampton, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial 11 a.m. at the Our Lady of the Valley Parish. Burial will be in the St. Stanislaus Cemetery, all in Easthampton.
Memorial gifts can be made to the Caldwell Home, 10 Prospect St., Fitchburg, MA 01420.
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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Mar. 1, 2013