SUNDERLAND – Rudolph "Rudy" Hrynyshyn, 83, of 57 North Silver Lane, passed away on Feb. 2, 2013, at Charlene Manor Extended Care Facility in Greenfield, after a period of declining health.
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Rudy was born May 3, 1929, in Sunderland, the son of the late Aleck E. and Rose (Walko) Hrynyshyn. He attended the Sunderland Grammar School and graduated from Amherst High School in 1947. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and was an Army veteran of the Korean War.
Upon his discharge in 1952, he returned to Sunderland and was given the opportunity to work in the local supermarket, Red and White Supermarket, owned by John McGrath. It was here that Rudy was trained to be a meat cutter, thus starting a new career. He eventually owned and operated John and Rudy's Supermarket until his retirement. A few years later he worked part-time for Louis' Foods/Victory in Amherst and also at Millstone in Sunderland.
Over the years, Rudy was involved in many activities in the Town of Sunderland, such as part-time police officer, fireman, emergency medical technician, planning board member and grange member. He had a great fondness for his town and was a lifelong resident.
He married the former Janet Zidik on Sept. 14, 1958. Their entire married life was spent in Sunderland. He enjoyed working in his yard, watching all sports, particularly the Red Sox, but was happiest when attending his grandsons sporting events.
Besides his wife Janet, he leaves two daughters, Connie Laurenitis and her husband Fred of Sunderland and Sharon O'Brien and her husband Martin of Troy, N.Y.; and his two loving grandsons, Matthew Laurenitis of Chicago, Ill., and Anthony Laurenitis of Sunderland. He also leaves four sisters, Josephine Ouimette of Alberta, Canada, Mary Coffey and Louise Ciak of Sunderland and Jeanette Meyer of Springfield; and nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by two brothers, Alec and Roger, and three sisters, Ann Wehren, Juliette Koncas and Olive Swiderski.
There will be no calling hours. A private funeral will be held at the convenience of the family at a later date. Wrisley Funeral Home of South Deerfield is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Veterans Memorial and Park, c/o the Sunderland Selectman, 12 School St., Sunderland, MA or the Sunderland Vol. Firemen's Assoc., 105 River Rd., Sunderland, MA 01375.
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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Feb. 6, 2013