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HADLEY - George J. Kermensky, Sr., 93, passed away Saturday, April 5, 2014, at the Holyoke Soldiers Home.
Born in Hadley March 30, 1921, George was the son of the late Jozef and Frances (Zygmont) Kermensky. He was a lifelong resident of Hadley and was educated in town schools, and he also worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps (the CCC).
George enlisted in the United States Coast Guard in 1942 during World War II. He was a Sonarman First Class while aboard the famous wood-hulled cutters, and he served on an 83-foot wooden patrol submarine chaser, patrolling throughout the Caribbean and later in the Marshall Islands. He and his fellow servicemen were known as the "Iron Sailors." He was honorably discharged after the war and returned home.
George married the love of his life, Kathleen (Cycz), and the couple settled in Hadley to raise their family. He worked on the family farm throughout his life with his wife, raising vegetables, ornamental flowers, gourds and many other crops, which they sold to farmstands throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut.
George also worked for the Growers Outlet for a number of years before going to work at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he served in the Physical Plant and Central Stores. He retired in 1990 as a project estimator, after 29 total years of service at UMass.
He was active in his parish, St. Valentine's Polish National Catholic Church in Northampton, serving on the Parish Committee and Bingo Committee.
He leaves his beloved wife of 64 years, Kathleen (Cycz) Kermensky, and his children: George Jr. and his wife, Gail, and Joan and her husband, Charles Hulse, all of Hadley. He also leaves three grandchildren: Jeremiah and his wife, Saima,; Adrienne and her husband, David,; and Nathan and a great-granddaughter, Ella. As well, he leaves his sisters-in-law Wanda Lalashius of Manchester, Conn., Adeline Baranoski of Fairview, Mass. and Dorothy Terrell and Vera Kermenski, both of Hadley. Finally, he leaves many nieces, nephews and cousins.
George was predeceased by his brothers John and Frank.
Calling hours at the Czelusniak Funeral Home in Northampton will be Tuesday afternoon from 4 to 7 p.m. Funeral services for George will take place Wednesday from the funeral home at 9 a.m. with a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Valentine's Polish National Catholic Church, 127 King St., Northampton. Burial with military honors will follow in Holy Trinity Cemetery in Hatfield.
Donations can be made to St. Valentine's Church, 127 King St., Northampton, MA 01060 or to the Holyoke Soldiers Home, 110 Cherry St., Holyoke, MA 01040.
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Czelusniak Funeral Home
173 North Street
Northampton, MA 01060
Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Apr. 7, 2014