SOUTH DEERFIELD - Rudolph A. Woloss, 87, of South Deerfield, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, in his home, surrounded by his loving family.
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Rudy was born March 11, 1926, in Hatfield, to the late John and Katherine (Vishaway) Woloss.
Rudy attended Smith Academy in Hatfield. He served in the Merchant Marines in World War II.
Rudy worked in the maintenance department of the Heritage Bank until his retirement. Prior to Heritage Bank he worked in the maintenance department of the Amherst Regional High School where he was twice given the distinct honor of having the senior class vote him as the honorary presenter of their diplomas.
Rudy was an avid golfer and bowler. He enjoyed organized sports and played softball well into his 50's. He especially enjoyed pitching and playing against the younger athletes. He also shared a love of bird watching, gardening, trips to the casino and round dancing with his wife. Family gatherings were especially meaningful to him.
Rudy leaves his loving wife of 65 years, the former Gladys Rattell of Springfield. He leaves his three children, Robert Woloss and his wife Linda of York Harbor, Maine, his son Rudolph Woloss and his wife Eileen of Lancaster, N.Y., and his daughter Katherine Jaycox of South Deerfield; 10 grandchildren, Thomas Peterson and Kristany Jaycox, Jennifer Amor, Rudi, Doug and Keegan Woloss, Benjamin and Sara Woloss, Kate Church and Rebecca Lampron; 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter. He also leaves a sister Eleanor Sicard and a brother Richard Woloss.
He was predeceased by two brothers and two sisters.
Rudy will be remembered for his family values, humor, beautiful singing voice, love of his family and his warm and caring heart.
A private service will be held at the family's discretion.
Donations in Rudy's memory may be made to the Cancer Care Fund of Cooley Dickinson Hospital, 30 Locust St., Northampton, MA 01060.
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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Aug. 9, 2013