MaryAnn T. (Ostrowski) Chudzik (1943 - 2018)

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AMHERST - MaryAnn T. Chudzik passed away peacefully on June 8, 2018, at Cooley Dickinson Hospital surrounded by her loving family.
She was born on Sept. 8, 1943, in Amherst, to Peter and Mary Jakimko Ostrowski. MaryAnn grew up on the family farm in North Amherst. She was educated in Amherst Public Schools and graduated from Amherst Regional High School in 1961.
MaryAnn took part in the Cooley Dickinson Hospital School of Nursing, and graduated as a registered nurse in 1964. She worked at Cooley Dickinson Hospital as a staff nurse on various floors until the mid-1970s. She then worked at several nursing homes and also did private duty nursing. In 1985, she left her nursing career and worked at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in housing services until her retirement in 2002.
On April 4, 1965, she wed Myron J. Chudzik of Hadley; they celebrated 53 years together earlier this year. They both worked, with family help, to build the home they have resided in since 1970. They both have a love for history, which they showed in the Colonial design of their home. MaryAnn made it a home to their three children.
MaryAnn enjoyed her herb, vegetable and flower garden that she and Myron built together. Watching all of the beautiful birds in her yard was a great joy to her.
She enjoyed cooking food in her kitchen; for her family and anyone else looking for a home-cooked meal made with love, her kitchen was lovingly named "Bopchi's Polish Kitchen." She enjoyed teaching family and friends to make different Polish foods that everyone enjoyed. She was well known for her amazing pierogis and golumpkis.
MaryAnn and Myron took trips to the Amish Country in Pennsylvania every year to relive their honeymoon trip. They also enjoyed traveling to see Historical American Revolution sites throughout the country.
She loved to read historical books and did so in her free time. She enjoyed going to Polish picnics and following Polish polka band The Eddie Forman Orchestra, locally and on several cruises.
She loved to go to antique car shows with Myron in his Ford Model A and other antique vehicles. She enjoyed the summer trips to Maine with her husband and granddaughter Kayla to visit the beach, antique shops, and enjoy the fresh seafood and donuts from her favorite spots.
MaryAnn was a communicant at Most Holy Redeemer Church. She enjoyed being in the Red Hats Society and all the trips she took with them. She also enjoyed different social activities at the Hadley Senior center, always making new friends along the way.
MaryAnn leaves her husband Myron, son John M. Chudzik and wife Beth of Belchertown, daughter Suzanne Chudzik of Hadley, and son Steven Chudzik and wife Colleen of Shutesbury. She also leaves her grandchildren Kayla Chudzik-Holt and significant other Rodney, Dennis Chudzik, Brian Chudzik, Lillian Barschenski and Jason Dodge. She leaves her siblings Barbara Perchak, Peter Ostrowski, Joanne Ostrowski, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She also leaves behind her daytime companion, Kasey the dog.
MaryAnn was predeceased by her mother and father; brothers Jerome, Charles, John, James, Carl and Edward; and sister Patricia Murawski.
Calling hours for MaryAnn will be held Tuesday June 12th from 3-6 p.m. at the Wrisley Funeral Home, 90 Sugarloaf St., South Deerfield. The funeral service will be held at the Most Holy Redeemer Church, 120 Russell St. in Hadley, at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 13. The burial will take place at The Holy Ghost Ukrainian Cemetery on Long Plain Road in Whately after the funeral service.
In lieu of flowers, gifts in MaryAnn's memory may be given to Dakin Animal Shelter of Franklin/Hampshire counties or any other charities of your choosing. Expressions of sympathy are available at
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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on June 11, 2018