Barbara A. ((Reed)) Klemyk (1926 - 2013)

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SUNDERLAND - Barbara A. (Reed) Klemyk, 86, of Plumtree Road, died peacefully Monday, June 17, 2013, at home.

She was born Aug. 17, 1926, in Pelham, the daughter of the late Guy H. Reed and Gladys (Olds) Reed.

Her husband of 60 years, Walter J. Klemyk, died in 2007.

She attended local schools and graduated from the Springfield Technical High School in 1944. After graduation, she worked as a laboratory technician at Paige Laboratory at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, until her marriage in 1947 to Walter J. Klemyk of Sunderland.

In Sunderland, she raised eight children, began her 38 year career as a practical nurse and was an active member of the community.

During her nursing career, she was employed by the Cozy Corner Nursing Home and the Amherst Nursing Home as well as in private homes. After her 11 to 7 night shift, she continued with a full work day at home, managing a busy household and juggling the activities of her children. Into her schedule, she found time for local clubs and organizations.

In 1958, she became a trustee of the Graves Memorial Library in Sunderland, serving on the board for 34 years and recording secretary for her last seven years on the board. For over 50 years, she was a member of both the Sunderland Woman's Club and the Sunderland Grange, serving as lecturer for many years. She was a member of the Orient Rebekah Lodge for 40 years, the Order of the Eastern Star in Amherst for 26 years, and a member of the First Congregational Church of Sunderland, where she taught Sunday School for many years.

She is survived by six daughters, Donna K. Bosworth of East Longmeadow, Pamela K. Williams of Deerfield, Karyn A. Hyora of Chatham, Paula J. Osborne of Amherst, Kim R. Klemyk of Tacoma, Wash., and Wendy K. Beaubien of Montague; two sons, Walter J. Klemyk, Jr., of Camino, Calif., and Jay T. Klemyk of Sunderland; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two nieces and a nephew; and several cousins.

She was predeceased by her brothers Forrest of Springfield and Warren of Port Charlotte, Fla.

Barbara's family is especially grateful for the loving care she received from the staff at Serenity Homecare, the VNA & Hospice of Cooley Dickinson Hospital, as well as from private caregivers during her last years. Each of you brought joy and light to her life.

Memorial donations may be made to the Friends of the Sunderland Public Library, 20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375, the Sunderland Woman's Club Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 235, Sunderland, MA 01375, or the charity of the one's choice.

A burial service will take place at the Riverside Cemetery in Sunderland at a later date as determined by the family.

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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on June 22, 2013
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